Duncans in Sullivan Co. IN


Duncan research files of
Mary Ann (Duncan) Dobson
the Genealogy Bug

Last revised May 24, 2012

Formed 1817 from Knox
Vigo formed 1818 from Sullivan
Owen formed 1819 from Daviess, Sullivan
Greene formed 1821 from Daviess, Sullivan
Clay formed 1825 from Owen, Putnam, Vigo, Sullivan


1820 Sullivan Co. IN Census
Pg.115  James D. Dunkin     111211       - 11010
          (MAD: James Duncan mar. Sarah Foulger
            3/5/1807 Knox Co. IN)
   124  William DUNEGAN     not copied

1830 Sullivan Co. IN Census
Pg.182  James D. Duncan     0130,1000,1  - 0111,001
   194  Wm. Duncan          0000,1       - 0100,01
          (one name)
        Silas Duncan        0000,1       - 0000,001
          (one name)
        Alpheus Duncan      0000,1       - 0000,1
   195  John Duncan         1001,1       - 0000,1

1840 Sullivan Co. IN Census
Pg. 67  Mary Duncan         0001         - 0001,001

1850 Sullivan Co. IN Census
Haddon Twp.
Pg.221, #301, Wilmer? E. NASH 42 KY farmer $2000
                  Eliza 28 KY
                  Francis S. (m) 8 IA
                  John W. 6, Judia A. 4 IN
                  William A. 3/12 IN
                  Mary M. NASH 72 VA
                  Joshua DUNKIN 17 IN laborer
                  Telfar? ARMSTRONG (m) 15 IN laborer
Pg.221, #306, Townsley WILSON 35 OH farmer $300
                  Jane E. 36 KY
                  Sarah J. 9, Caroline 8, Mary ?. 5 IN
                  Joana 4, John M. 1 IN
                  Samuel DUNKIN 12 IN
Gill Twp.
Pg.297, #384, Peter HOPEWELL 26 IN blacksmith $200
                  Emly (f) 30 IN
                  Nancy CANARY 15 IN, Melissa 8 IN
                  Lewis DUNCAN 35 IN carpenter

1860 Sullivan Co. IN Census
Haddon Twp.
Pg.728, #150-150, James L. NASH 30 IN farmer $3750-$1500
                  Sarah 24 IN
                  Robt. B. 4, John M. 2 IN
                  Saml. DUNCAN 22 IN laborer
Gill Twp., New Lebanon
Pg.820, #784-787, James M. BURNETT 30 IN (blank) $0-$300/500
                  Nancy M. 28 IN
                  Josephine 8 IN
                  Anthony 4 MO
                  Rachel 2 IN
                  James DUNCAN 17 IN
                  Lewis 44 IN carpenter $300-$200
Gill Twp.
Pg.846, #964-977, George DUNCAN 32 IN farmer $1600-$950
                  Mary 23 IN
                  John 6, Rachel 4 IN
                  Amanda 4 twins, Wm. 10/12 IN
                  (MAD: 1870 Clark Co. IL census; ? 1850 Vigo Co. IN census)

1870 Sullivan Co. IN Census
Curry Twp.
Pg.34, #200-200, DUNCAN, William S. 45 IN physician $700-$1520
                  Charlott 44 IN keeping house
                  Manerva P. 21 IL at home
                  Minnie C. 16 IL
                  Josephine (f) 10 IL
                  Luvinia M. (f) 4 IL
                  (MAD: 1850 Moultrie Co. IL census)
Gill Twp.
Pg.73, #133-127, DUNCAN, Samuel W. 33 IN farmer $0-$300
                  Mary 34 IN keeping house
                  Ella J. 8, John A. 5, Sarah 3, Lewis F. (m) 1 IN
                  WILLIS, John R. 12 IN farm hand
Pg.82, #279-267, DUNCAN, Lewis F. 54 IN carpenter $1000-$100
                  Martha K. 34 IN keeping house
                  SANDUSKY, Mary L. 12 IN at home
                  Samuel C. 9, John T. 7, Aaron W. 6 IN


Sullivan Co. IN Deed Indexes; have put book-page first
   Deed index, grantor v.1, 1850-1855 (FHL film 1,401,660 item 1)
      L-44: Duncan, E.O. to A. Seaton & others, quit claim, 27 July 1853, E 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec.24 Twp.8 Range 8, 80 acres, and W 1/2 SE 1/4 24-8-8, 80 acres, and E 1/2 SW 1/4 24-8-8, 80 acres, and NW [1/4] SW 1/4 24-8-8, 40 acres, recorded July 10, 1854.
      L-158: Duncan, E.O., to Polly McBride, quit claim, 2 March? (blank year), above land, March 2, 1854.
      L-252: Duncan, E.O. from George Botts, 6 April 1854, warrantee, (above land), April 28, 1854
   Deed index, grantor v.3, Jan. 1850-Aug. 1864 (FHL film 1,401,660 item 2)
      9-168: Dunkin, Alpheus to Jno. L. Davis, War, Aug. 14, 1851, pt NE NE [and] NW NE 24-6-10, (blank $), Aug. 19, 1851
      14-371: Dunkin, Alpheus by adm. to Jas. H. O'Boyd, adm. deed, Jan. 14, 1857, $91.95, pt 23-6-10, Sept. 20, 1858
   Deed index, grantee v.3, Jan.1850-June 1864 (FHL film 1,401,662 item 1)
      L-44: Duncan, Ezra O. from Archibald Sexton et al, War, July 27, 1853, $300, NW SW SE 24-8-8 and E 1/2 SW 24-8-8, Jan. 12, 1854
      19-470: Duncan, John from David Sheldon, War, March 7, 1841, $1100, SW 15-7-10, 160 acres, May 7, 1864

Sullivan Co. IN Deeds
      L-44: William C. McBride and Malinda (X) McBride of Sullivan Co. IN quitclaim to John G. McBride of Sullivan Co. IN for $65 their undivided interest in real estate in Sullivan Co. IN, NW 1/4 SW 1/4 and E 1/2 of SW 1/4 and SE 1/4 of Sec.24 in Twp.8N Range 8W containing 280 acres, being our undivided interest in real estate of which Allen McBride died seized. /s/ 9 Nov. 1853, Wm. C. McBride, Malinda (X) McBride. Wit. Joseph W. Wolf. They ack. deed before Joseph W. Wolf, Clerk of Sullivan Co. IN Circuit Court, 9 Nov. 1853. Recorded 11 Jan. 1854. (FHL film 1,401,671)
      L-44/45: Archibald Seaton and wife Lavina Seaton, James McBride and wife Sarah Lona McBride, James Poe and wife Lucretia Poe, all heirs at law of Allen McBride late of Sullivan Co. IN, for $300 paid by Ezra O. Duncan, release and quit claim to Ezra O. Duncan our interest in premises with appurtenances in Sullivan Co. IN, E 1/2 SE 1/4 and W 1/2 SE 1/4 and E 1/4 of SW 1/4 and NW 1/4 SW 1/4 of Sec.24 Twp.8 Range 8 containing 280 acres more or less. 28 July 1853. /s/ Archable Sexton, Lavina (X) Sexton, James McBride, Sarah Lona (X) McBride, James Poe, Lucretia (X) Poe. Wit. William Piggs, Enoch Sexton, William Hill. Personally appeared before William Piggs, J.P. of Sullivan Co. IN, Polley McBride the late wife of Allen McBride decd. and mother of said Luvina Sexton and declared she believes the afsd conveyance is for the benefit of such married woman and it would be prejudicial to her and her said husband to be prevented from disposing of the lands thus conveyed, 27 July 1853, /s/ Polly (X) McBride. Certification by William Pigg, J.P. of Sullivan Co., that Archable Sexton, Lavina Sexton, James McBride, Sarah Leona McBride, James Poe, Lucretia Poe ack. deed 27 July 1853. Recorded 18 Jan. 1854. (FHL film 1,401,671)
      L-158: Polly McBride quit claims to John G. McBride and Ezra O. Duncan real estate in Sullivan Co. IN, E 1/2 SE 1/4 and W 1/2 SE 1/4 and E 1/2 of SW 1/4 and NW 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec.24 Twp.8N Range 8W, for $400. /s/ 2 March 1854, Polly (X) McBride. 2 March 1854, Polly McBride appeared before Geo. W. Hanchett, J.P. Recorded March 2, 1854. (FHL film 1,401,671)
      L-252: 26 April 1854, John G. McBride and wife Elizabeth McBride, and Ezra O. Duncan and wife Lucinda Duncan, convey and warrant to George Botts of Knox Co. OH, premises in Sullivan Co. IN, E 1/2 SE 1/4 and W 1/2 SE 1/4, the E 1/2 of SW 1/4 and NW 1/4 of SW 1/4, all Sec.24 Twp.8N Range 8W, containing in all 280 acres more or less, together with all improvements thereon, for $2,120. /s/John G. McBride, Elizabeth (X) McBride, Ezra O. Duncan, Lucinda (X) Duncan. Wit. G.W. Wolfe. 26 April 1854, they appeared before Joseph W. Wolfe, Clerk of Circuit Court of Sullivan Co. IN. Recorded April 28, 1854. (FHL film 1,401,671)
      9-168/169: 14 Aug. 1851, Hiram S. "Hachett," Commissioner of Sullivan Co. IN, to John S. Davis of same, that Alpheus Dunkin late of Sullivan Co. IN decd. in his lifetime owned tract of land in Sullivan Co., NW 1/4 NE 1/4 containing 40 acres and 28 acres off NE 1/4 of NE 1/4 Sec.24 Twp.6N Range 10W, and at Probate Court in town of Sullivan in said county on 16 May 1851 on petition of Hiram S. Hanchett, Admin. de bonis non of the estate that there were insufficient funds to pay debts, asked the court to order sale of the real estate, and the court was satisfied that all the heirs of the decedent, to wit, Joshua Dunkin and Samuel Dunkin, had been notified, and Hiram S. Hanchett having given bond, on 13 Aug. 1851 he sold at public sale to John S. Davis for $136, being 2/3 the appraised value, who made full payment ... this a deed to John S. Davis for all the afsd tracts or parcels of land. /s/ Hiram S. Hanchett. Certification by Henry K. Wilson, Clerk of Probate Court, 18 Aug. 1851. Recorded Aug. 19, 1851. (FHL film 1,401,670)
      14-371/373: 14 Jan. 1857, Hiram S. Hanchett, Admin. of estate of Alpheus Dunkin late of Sullivan Co. IN decd, to James H. O'Boyle of afsd, that Alpheus Dunkin late of Sullivan Co. IN decd. in his lifetime owned certain tracts of land, lots 6 and 10, in the E 1/2 of E (blank) of Fractional Sec.23 in Twp.6N Range 10W, also SW 1/4 SE 1/4 of same section, twp. & range in Sullivan Co. IN, and at Probate Court in town of Sullivan in Sullivan Co. on 17 May 1857 on petition of Hiram S. Hanchett, Admin. de bonis non of the estate that the personal estate was insufficient to pay the debts, and exhibited an inventory of the debts due, and that Joshua Dunkin & Samuel Dunkin, the only heirs, had been notified, and their guardian at law Chilliner E. Nash appeared and filed his answer, but no cause was shown why the real estate should not be sold, and Hiram S. Hanchett having given bond, the sale was prolonged from time to time until 10 July 1852, when he sold at public sale to James H. O'Boyle for $91.95, being the highest price; the sale was confirmed by the court at the August term 1852 ... to confirm the sale to James H. O'Boyle and for $91.95 paid, Hiram S. Hanchett sells to James H. O'Boyle all the afsd land. /s/ Hiram S. Hanchett. He ack. deed 14 Feb. 1857. /s/ Joseph W. Wolfe, Clerk; Fred. Brown, J.P. Approved in Court Feb. 14, 1857. Recorded 20 Sept. 1858. (FHL film 1,401,673)
      19-470/471: 27 March 1841, David Sheldon and wie Eliza of Sullivan Co. IN to John Duncan, for $1100 paid, sell land in Sullivan Co. IN, SW 1/4 Sec.15 Twp.7N Range 10W estimated to contain 160 acres more or less, together with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ David Sheldon, Eliza R. Sheldon. Wit. W.C. Craiger, Daniel Sheldon. David Sheldon and wife Eliza Sheldon appeared 27 March 1841 before W.C. Craiger, J.P. Recorded 7 May 1864. (FHL film 1,401,675 item 3)


Knox Co. IN Deed (FHL film 7,768)
      A-232: 5 July 1815, James D. Dunkin and wife Sally (X) of Knox Co. IN to James B. McCall of same, $900, 90 acres, part of 400 acre grant to James Baird and conveyed to James D. Duncan 18 June 1814, located in name of James D. Dunkin, adj. Robert Gill. Wit. L. Black, David Porter/Parker?. (later: Sally D. Dunkin). (MAD: James Duncan mar. Sarah Foulger 3/5/1807 Knox Co. IN; see Sullivan Co. IN 1820-1830 census)


Documents from Civil War Service and Pension Files (from Margaret Barrett 1994)
      Army Discharge Papers:
      William H. Duncan enrolled 14 June 1861 for 3 years, discharged 17 June 1864, Private of Capt. Emil Munich's Co. (A?) 8th Regt. Veteran Reserve Corps Volunteers, age 21 years b. Owen Co. IN, 6 ft 0 inches high, fair complexion, black eyes, dark hair, a farmer. (MAD: ? see Jesse Duncan mar. Dianna Cundiff 1835 Owen Co. IN, on 1850 Martin Co. IN census with Wm. H. 5 IN)
      William H. Duncan enrolled as Private ?? for David Becker? in 52nd Regt. of IN Infantry Vols, on 23 Sept. 1864 for 1 year, discharged 8 May 1865; age 20 years, b. IN, 6 feet 2 inches, fair complexion, dark eyes, brown hair, a farmer.
      Sullivan Co. IN Marriage Record:
      William H. Dunkin to Nancy Ann Chambers, that on 17 March 1866 a Marriage License was issued in Sullivan Co. IN; afterwards on 20 March 1866, a Certificate of Marriage was filed in the Clerk's Office, that William H. Dunkin and Nancy Ann Chambers were joined in marriage on 18 March 1866, /s/ Benson Usrey J.P.; certified by Thomas J. Mann, Clerk, 10 August 1883. (Stamped: Pension Office Sept. 8?, 1883?)
      Declaration for Pension for Children Under Sixteen:
      Jasper Co. MO, 31 Oct. 1891, appeared William H. Duncan, only child of William H. Duncan who enlisted as William H. Duncan in Co.D 15th Reg't. Indiana Inf. Vols, in War of 1861 and died of disease due to service at Sullivan Co. IND on 12 Feb. 1871; that his death was the result of his military service, that he left a widow surviving him who remarried on 4 April 1875; that the following are the only surviving legitimate children who were under age 16 at the time of his death: John E. (decd) born 2 Oct. 1868 by Nancy A. Chambers, Wm. H. born 8 Mch. 1871 by Nancy A. Chambers. That the father was married under the name of William H. Duncan to Nancy A. Chambers at Sullivan, Indiana, on 18 Mch. 1866 by Esquire Usrey; that a prior application for pension has been filed & pension granted to widow; ... his residence at Jasper Co. MO, P.O. Sarcoxie. /w/ William H. Duncan. (Stamped: Pension Office Nov. 9? 1891)
            (notes by Margaret Barrett: William H. Duncan (Sr.), born Jan. 18, 1843, died Feb. 14, 1871, buried in Deckard Cemetery, Cass Twp., Sullivan Co. IN, per cemetery record. William H. Duncan (Sr.) died Feb. 12, 1871, before William H. Duncan (Jr.) was born March 8, 1871. Nancy A. Chambers Duncan mar. April 4, 1875, to Samuel Kimberlin.) (MAD: 1880 Jasper Co. MO census)
      Claim for Bounty, Arrears of Pay, Etc., Survivors or Heirs:
      Act of March 4, 1907, Claimant W.H. Duncan. Newton Co. MO, (blank date) 1908, appeared W.H. Duncan, son and heir of William H. Duncan, ... make application for all arrears of pay, etc., Certificate No.447,271 (minor claim). My Post Office address is Granby, Newton Co. MO. /s/ William H. Duncan. (rest of form blank)

Pension Index Card File, alphabetical; of the Veterans Administrative Contact and Administration Services, Admin. Operations Services, 1861-1934; Duff to A-J Duncan (negative FHL film 540,888, some cards very faint); Joseph Duncan to Dunn (positive FHL film 540,889, some cards very dark)
      Cataloged under Civil War, 1861-1865, pensions, indexes; does not say if Confederate or Federal, but probably Federal. Negative film, some cards much too faint or dark to read, some cards blurred or faded, particularly the service unit and the dates of application. Most of the very faint or dark cards were in a slightly different format, with space for years enlisted and discharged which were sometimes filled in. Many of these were for service in later years, although one or two were for service ca 1866.
      Name of soldier, alias, name of dependent widow or minor, service (military unit or units), date of filing, class (invalid or widow or minor or other), Application #, Certificate #, state from which filed (sometimes blank), attorney (sometimes blank, MAD: did not usually copy), remarks. Sometimes the "Invalid" or "Widow" class had an "s" added to it before the application #; occasionally the area for the service information included a circled "S". The minor's name was frequently that of the guardian rather than the minor.
      The military unit was frequently the Company Letter, the Regiment Number, sometimes US Vet Vol Inf. (US Veteran Volunteer Infantry), L.A. (Light Artillery), H.A. (Heavy Artillery), US C Inf (US Colored? Infantry), Cav. (Cavalry), Mil. Guards, V.R.C. (?Volunteer Reserve Corps?), etc. Sometimes there were several service units given.
      Cards appear to be arranged by the last name, first name, middle initial if any, and state (including "US") of service.
      Duncan, William H., widow Duncan, Nancy A., minor Duncan, William W.; D 15 Ind. Inf., A 8 V.R.C.; 1869 April 12, Invalid Appl. #142132, Cert. #657802; 1872 Aug. 8, Widow Appl. #205029, Cert. #304665; 1891 Nov. 9, Minor Appl. #531417, Cert. #447271, MO. (MAD: Jasper Co. MO, Sullivan Co. IN)

HISTORIES before 1923

1884 "History of Green & Sullivan Cos. IN" by Goodspeed (FHL film 541,322; Los Angeles Public Library book 977.21 G812Hi; and from Louis Boone 8/1984)
      No Duncan biography in Greene or Sullivan Co.; no Duncan indexed in 'IN Biographical Index'
      Minor civil war references not copied
      Pg.485-486: The First Government Land Patents. The land purchased in the county, from the Government by patent, during the years 1816 and 1817 was as follows: ... Township 6, Range 10; ... James Duncan. (list by township and range of purchasers)

1896 "Art Souvenir (sic) of Leading Citizens & Farmers' Directory of Sullivan Co. IN" pub. by Sullivan Times Co. (FHL book 977.241 D48a)
      DUNCAN, W.J., born Johnson Co. IN 1853 came to Sullivan Co. 1871, owns 80 acres Curry Twp.
      DUNKIN, LEWIS L., born Sullivan Co. 1816, served 6 months in Mexican War under Gen. Taylor - residence New Lebanan.

1887 "Portrait and Biographical Album of Coles Co. IL" by Chapman Bros; from reference in Linnie Wright Barrett Notebook 17, pg.4, to Samuel J. Jackson (FHL film 825,562)
      Pg.221: Dr. W.S. DUNCAN, of Hutton Twp., spent his childhood and youth in Greene Co. IN, where he was born Feb. 26, 1825; his grandfather having been Isaiah Duncan, an enterprising Southern farmer who was born, reared and spent his entire life in SC (MAD: Newberry Co. per Eli's 1850 census); he married and became the father of a family, including five sons and two daughters. The sons were Isaiah, George, John, Eli and Joshua. Of these, the father of our subject was next to the youngest. He received a common school education and remained with his father on the farm until reaching manhood. He then migrated North and, locating in Greene Co. IN, was married to Miss Rebecca Stevens in the spring of 1822. Mrs. Duncan was born Feb. 28, 1801, in KY, and was the dau. of William Stevens, who emigrated from the Blue Grass regions to Harrison Co. IN. After marriage, Mr. Duncan rented a tract of land and farmed until the spring of 1835; he then came to Edgar Co., this State, secured possession of 40a of timber land, part of which he cleared and occupied until spring of 1853; he then removed with his family to Laclede Co. MO and died there in 1856, leaving a family of seven children. While a resident of IN he and his wife had become members of the Dunkard Church, but after coming to IL united with the Christian Church. The mother survived her husband about 23 years, making her home with her children, and died Dec. 10, 1881. The parental family included the following children: Isaiah who died in infancy; W.S. of our sketch; John who died in infancy; George now a minister of the Christian Church at AR; Joshua; Marion who died when 20 years of age; Obadiah a resident of Piatt Co. IL; Jane; Elizabeth a widow, now residing in Marion Co., and Polly A. who has carried on a millinery establishment in Bement [Piatt Co.], IL, for the last 20 years.
            Dr. Duncan was the 2nd child of his parents and received but a common-school education; when 18, he commenced working in a tanyard for 3 years, then enlisted in Co. H, 4th IL Vol. Inf., started on 16 June 1846 by wagon to Springfield, IL, bound for Mexico; after reaching the seat of war, he found that the precarious state of his health would prevent him from continuing in the ranks, and in Dec. received his discharge on account of disability, the result of measels contracted at Matamoras, Mex. Upon returning to Edgar Co., he began teaching school, ... worked on farm, ... in about 1853 began practicing (as doctor) in Coles Co. The marriage of Dr. Duncan and Miss Charlotte W. Elsbury was celebrated at the home of the bride, Dec. 3, 1847; Mrs. Duncan was born March 13, 1826, and is the dau. of John and Charlotte (Winters) Elsbury, natives of IN. Dr. Duncan continued teaching for about 3 years after his marriage, ... located at Strington, ... until 1860, that spring he took up residence at Sidney, Champaign Co. In Jan. 1864 during progress of Civil War, he enlisted in Co. I, 10th IL Vol. Cav., and was appointed Assistant Surgeon, receiving his commission 18 March ... until Oct. 13 following, when he resigned, returned to Sidney, continued practice until 1868. Health compelled him to leave prairie country so he moved to Farmersburg [Sullivan Co.], IN; until Aug. 1884, then returned to Sidney, then to Hutton Twp. in Oct. 1886, where still lives. Mrs. Charlotte Duncan died at Farmersburg, IN, in Oct. 1874; member of Christian Church; bore nine children, recorded as follows: Minerva P. born Oct. 3, 1848, is the wife of John W. Payne, of Evansville, IN; Melissa C. born June 11, 1850, is the wife of Alfred Duncan of Fulton Co. MO; Mary E. born Sept. 12, 1852, died 13 days later; Minnie C. born May 10, 1854, is the wife of Joab Patton of IN; Laura B. born Jan. 14, 1857, died when 18 months old; Josephine F.P. born May 15, 1860, is the wife of Dr. George H. Bogart, of IN; Rebecca D. born July 12, 1863, died Aug. 15 following; her twin brother, William M., died Aug. 5 following. Nora, born July 10, 1865, became the wife of Lester E. Foulke and is a resident of Champaign Co.
            The present wife of our subject, whom he married Jan. 5, 1875, was formerly Miss Elizabeth Johns, a native of Boone Co. IN, and born June 29, 1846; she is the dau. of Hardin W. and Charlotte T. Johns, natives of KY; two children: William O. born Sept. 25, 1875, died Sept. 15, 1878; and Blach G. (MAD: sic) born April 16, 1883; the Dr. and Mrs. Duncan members of 7th Day Adventist Church; while resident of IN, Dr. Duncan identified himself with the Sullivan Co. Medical Assn, ... Fairbanks IN Lodge A.F.&A.M., Terre Haute Chap.; Republican.


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