Duncans in Union Co. IN


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

Last revised May 24, 2012

Formed 1821 from Wayne, Franklin, Fayette


1830 Union Co. IN Census
Pg.222  Peter Duncan         3200,01    - 0110,01
   228  Benjamin Dungan      1100,1     - 1000,1
   229  Joseph Dungan        0100,01    - 1000,1
   240  Richard Duncan       1101,01    - 1210,01
   247  Bluford Duncan       1120,001   - 1100,01

1840 Union Co. IN Census
Pg.284  Elizabeth Duncan     0000,01    - 0000,0000,1
          (MAD: Elizabeth Sunderland, widow of John Duncan
            from Montgomery Co. OH)

1850 Union Co. IN Census
Liberty Twp
Pg.283, #33, David DUNKAN 40 OH farmer $3200
                  Mary 45 KY
                  Margaret E. 19 IN
                  (MAD: David Dunkin mar. Mary Bell 8/4/1831; son of John & Eliz. Sunderland; 1840 & 1860 Rush Co. IN census)

1860 Union Co. IN Census
Union Twp.
Pg.249, #263-270, Saml. WILSON 69 PA farmer $13000-$4100
                  Richard W. 35 IN farmer
                  David W. 28 IN farmer
                  Harriette DUNCAN 26 IN servant

1870 Union Co. IN Census (no Duncan indexed)
Harrison Twp.
Pg.55, #95-95, SHRADER, Aaron 66 PA (white) farmer $12000-$2000
                  SHRADER, Sarah 54 PA keeping house $680-$0
                  SHRADER, Aaron M. (m) 20 IN at home
                  DUCAN, Nancy A. 11 OH attending school
                  TUBBS, Andrew J. 7 OH attending school
                  BRENEN, James 26 IRE farm laborer, parents of foreign birth


Union Co. IN Index to Probate Order Books 1829-1852, Index to Estates 1875-1877 (FHL film 1,549,021 items 1-2)
      No Duncan

Union Co. IN Complete Probate Records
      v.A-C 1829-1843 (FHL film 1,548,887)
            Vol.A, no Duncan
            Vol.B, Vol.C - no index
      v.D-F (sic) 1843-1848 (FHL film 1,548,888)
            Vol.D - no index
            Vol.E - no Duncan (1846-1848)
            Vol.F, no Duncan

Union Co. IN Partition Records 1859-1905, Misc. Probate 1845-1877 & later (FHL film 1,549,021; items 9 and 10)
      No Duncan


Union Co. IN Deed Indexes
   Grantors 1815-1927 (FHL film 1,571,502)
      B-439: Duncan, William to Samuel Stover, Oct. 19, 1827, $100, pts of SE & SW 1/4's Sec.32 T15 R14, 30 acres, rec. Sept. 2, 1828
      C-208: Dunkin, William to William Payton, Mch. 27, 1829, $532.50, pt of SE 1/4 Sec.25 T14 R13, 106.5 acres, Oct. 7, 1829.
      C-425: Duncan, William to George Smith, Jan. 9, 1830, $150, W 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec.30 T15 R14, 80 acres, Apr. 14, 1830
      F-454: Dunkin, William to Henry Bauser, May 14, 1827, $700, NE and pt. fct. NW 1/4 Sec.1&2? T10 R2, 162 acres, May 24, 1836
      F-535: Dunkin, Richard to Simpson and Lyons, Nov. 10, 1835, $265, pt of fct NE 1/4 Sec.25 T14 R13, 20 acres 97/100, Dec. 1, 1836
      G-315: Duncan, Richard to John Harlan, Nov. 13, 1835, $3,000, NE 1/4 Sec.36 T14 R13, 160 acres, Dec. 4, 1837
      G-316: Duncan, Benj. to John Harlan, Apr. 1, 1836, $1350, pt. of fract. Sec.31, T14 R14, 110 acres, Dec. 6, 1837
      I-304: Dunkin, Elizabeth to Jacob Adney, Feb. 4, 1842, $800, pt. NE 1/4 Sec.25 T14 R13, 68 acres, Feb. 22, 1842
      M-252: Duncan, David to Jacob Sholl, May 23, 1849, $400, pt. of SW 1/4 Sec.36 T14 R13, 18.76 acres, June 1, 1849
      Next was 1868
   Grantees 1815-1894 (FHL film 1,571,503)
      C-207: Duncan, Richard from Benjamin Hillman, Oct. 3, 1829, $25, pt W 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec.25 T14 R13, 20.97 acres, rec. Oct. 7, 1829
      D-46: Dunkin, Benjamin from Ralston Shields,l Apr. 11, 1831, $330, pt of fract. Sec.31 T14 R14, 110 acres, July 28, 1831
      D-55: Dunkin, Elizabeth from William Polan, July 27, 1831, $400, pt of E 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec.25 T14 R13, 68 acres, Aug. 5, 1831.
      E-222: Dunkin & Wilson from Simpson & others, bond, Sept. 10, 1832, $100, pt. of W 1/2 [N?] 1/2NE 1/4 Sec.25 T14 R13, Dec. 17, 1833
      O-120: Duncan, William from US, Patent, Sept. 16, 1819, NE 1/4 Sec.2 T10 R2, 160 acres, Dec. 1, 1853.

Union Co. IN Deeds
      B-439: 19 Oct. 1827, William (X) Duncan and wife Elizabeth (X), the said Duncan being heir of John Miller decd. late of Union Co. IN, to Samuel Stover, both of Union Co. IN, for $100, piece of land in SE and SW 1/4 Sec.32 T15 R14E, 30 acres, which is an undivided moiety or dividend of the shares of the said William Duncan and Sarah Luallen which said share the said Duncan previously purchased of Isaac Luallen and Sarah his wife, she being joint heir of the estate of the said John Miller afsd decd, the said William Duncan and wife Elizabeth relinquish all their right to above premises. Wit. Tho. Harbin, Mary Waterous. Ack. Union Co. IN. (FHL film 1,571,488)
      C-207: 3 Oct. 1829, Benjamin Hillmon of Union Co. IN (also /s/ Sarah (X) Hillmon) to Richard Dunkin of same, $25, part of W 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec.25 T14 R13E, 20.97 acres (meets and bounds not copied). Wit. Henry H. Brandenburg, William Hillmon. (FHL film 1,571,488)
      C-208: 27 March 1829, William Dunkin and wife Hannah of Union Co. IN to William Payten of Wayne Co. IN, for $532.50, land beg. in NE corner SE 1/4 Sec.25 T14 R13E (meets & bounds not copied) containing 106-1/2 acres. Both signed. Wit. Henry H. Brandenburg, Mary (X) Strong. Ack. Union Co. IN. (FHL film 1,571,488)
      C-425: 9 Jan. 1830, William (X) Duncan (also /s/ Elizabeth (X) Duncan) of Union Co. IN to George Smith of Fayette Co. IN, $150, W 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec.30 T15 R14E. Wit. John Riegel, Atwit Moses Stinson. (FHL film 1,571,489)
      D-46: 11 April 1831, Ralston Shields and wife Anna of Fayette Co. IN to Benjamin Dunkin of Union Co. IN, for $330, part of fractional Sec.31 T14 R14E, containing 110 acres, reserving to John Abbernathy leave to get stone on said land for his own special use. /s/ Ralston Shields, Any Shields. Wit: John Tate, Richard Dunkin. Ack. Fayette Co. IN. (FHL film 1,571,489)
      D-55: 27 July 1831, William Polan of Union Co. IN to Elizabeth Dunkin of same, $400, part of E 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec.25 T14 R13E beg. at NE corner, 68 acres. /s/ William Polan, Elizabeth (X) Polan. Wit: William Langston, Nathan Crouch. Ack. Union Co. IN. (FHL film 1,571,489)
      E-222: 10 Sept. 1832, bond of Thomas (X) Simpson Sr., Thomas Simpson Jr., and Abraham Lyons of Fayette Co. IN to Richard Dunkin and Samuel Wilson of Union Co. IN, for $100, they grant to said Dunkin and Samuel Willson the privilege of digging and halling away as much stone as is needed for benefit of their farms; tract Dunkin sold to said Simpsons and Lions, being part of W 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec.25 T14 R13E. Wit. Wm. Simpson, John Mongar. (FHL film 1,571,489)
      F-454: 14 May 1827, William Dunkin of Union Co. IN to Henry Bauser of State of Ohio (no county), for $700, two tracts; NE 1/4 Sec.2 T10 R2W, and part of NW 1/4 Sec.1 in same Twp. and Range beg. at SW corner. /s/ William Dunkin, Hannah (X) Dunkin. Wit. Daniel Ogden, Harriet Ogden. (FHL film 1,571,490)
      F-535: 13 Nov. 1835, Richard Dunkin of Union Co. IN (also /s/ Lydia Dunkin) to Thomas Simpson and Abraham Lyons of Fayette Co. IN, for $265, part of W 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec.25 T14 R13E, beg. S of the NW corner of said quarter, being 20 acres 97/100. Wit. Jesse Stair JP, John H. Glanton. (FHL film 1,571,490)
      G-315: 13 Nov. 1835, Richard Duncan of Union Co. IN to John Harlin of same, for $3,000, NE 1/4 Sec.36 T14 R13E. Signed Richard Dunkin, Lydia Dunkin. Wit: Jesse Starr JP, John H. Glanton. (FHL film 1,571,490)
      G-316: 1 April 1836, Benjamin Dunkin of Union Co. IN to John Harlin of same, for $1,350, part of fractional Sec.31 in T14 R14E ... containing 110 acres. /s/ Benjamin Dunkin, Jane Dunkin. Wit: Jesse Starr, John H. Glanton. (FHL film 1,571,490)
      I-304: 4 Feb. 1842, Elizabeth (X) Dunkin to Jacob Adney, for $800, part of E 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec.25 T14 R13E, beg. at NE corner, 68 acres. Wit. John Rider. Ack. Union Co. IN. (FHL film 1,571,491)
      M-252: 23 May 1849, David Duncan and wife Mary of Fayette Co. IN to Jacob Scholl Senr. of afsd, for $400, land beg. at NE corner of SW 1/4 Sec.36 T14 R13, 18 acres 76/100. Wit. John H. Shirky JP. Ack. Union Co. IN. (FHL film 1,571,492)
      O-120: Patent #7563? to William Dunkin of Montgomery Co. (MAD: no state), deposited with Land Office at Cincinnati, NE 1/4 Sec.2 T10 R2W, 16 Sept. 1819. Recorded Vol.34 pg.272. Rec. Dec. 1, 1853. (FHL film 1,571,493) (MAD: see Montgomery Co. OH Deed Q-384 which names William Dunkin & wife Hanna)


Carroll Co. IN Deeds
      B-499/500: 21 June 1836, Israel Davis of Union Co. IN to Benjamin Dunkin of afsd, for $300 paid, sell land in Carroll Co. IN, E 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec.9 Twp.24N Range 1E, containing 80 acres, together with hereditaments and appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ Israel Davis, Nancy Davis. Israel Davis ack. deed and his wife Nancy Davis released dower rights, 24 June 1836 before John Yaryaw, J.P. Edgehill Burnside, Clerk of Union Co. IN County Court certified John Yaryaw, 31 June 1836. Recorded 27 Oct. 1836. (FHL film 2,208,675)
      B-502: 22 Dec. 1835, Samuel Ayres and Nancy his wife of Hamilton Co. OH for $750 paid, sell to Richard Dunkin of Union Co. IN, land, NW 1/4 Sec.2 Twp.24 Range 1E, together with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ Samuel Ayres, Nancy (X) Ayres. Wit. R. Mulford, Thomas Floyd. Samuel Ayres ack. deed and wife Nancy released dower 22 Dec. 1835 before Richard Mulford, J.P., Hamilton Co. OH. Recorded 28 Oct. 1836. (FHL film 2,208,675)

Franklin Co. IN Deeds
      H-352/353: 10 Sept. 1830, Peter Dunkin of Union Co. IN to Patsey Fletcher of Franklin Co. IN, for $18 paid, sell tract or parcel of land in Franklin Co. IN, beg. at Benjamin Snowdon's SE corner of Sec.12 Twp.12 Range 13, then ... to the beginning containing 4-1/2 acres more or less, being part of S 1/2 of Fractional Sec.12 Twp.12 Range 13, together with appurtenances, warrant title. Release of dower by Rebecca Dunkin. /s/ Peter Dunkin, Rebecca (X) Dunkin. Wit. Reden Osborn, Josiah Maul. Peter Dunkin and wife Rebecca Dunkin appeared 10 Sept. 1830 before Redin Osborn, J.P. Recorded 29 Aug. 1831. (FHL film 1,862,073)
      K-96/97: 10 Sept. 1830, Peter Dunkin of Union Co. IN to John Thompson of Franklin Co. IN, for $600 paid, sell tract or parcel of land in Franklin Co. IN, being part of south half of fractional Sec.12 Twp.12 Range 13, bounded beg. at SW corner of Sec.12 Twp.12 Range 13, then north to Patsey Fletcher's corner on the section line, then ... south with the old boundary to the SE corner of said section, then W to the beginning, containing 160 acres more or less, together with appurtenances, warrant title. Release by Rebecca Duncan of her dower rights. /s/ Peter Dunkin, Rebecca (X) Dunkin. Wit. Redin Osborn, Josiah Maul. Peter Dunkin and wife Rebecca Dunkin appeared 10 Sept. 1830 before Redin Osborn, J.P. Recorded 29 Sept. 1832. (FHL film 1,862,073)

Montgomery Co. OH Deed (FHL film 966,648)
      Q-384: (blank day and month) 1832, Elizabeth (X) Dunkin widow of John Dunkin of Montgomery Co. OH decd, and William Dunkin (and) Hannah his wife, Peter Dunkin (and) Rebecca (X) his wife, Richard Dunkin (and) Lydia his wife, Benjamin Dunkin (and) Jane his wife, Joshua Dunkin (and) Julian his wife (signed Julia Ann (X) Dunkin), David (X) Dunkin (and) Mary (X) his wife, Samuel Wilson (and) Rachel (X) his wife, and Mary Dunkin, all heirs at law of estate of said John Dunkin decd, to Peter Popence, Elizabeth Popence, Cynthia Ann Popence and James Popence Junr. of County aforesaid, for $2,250, the NW 1/4 Sec.20 Twp.2 Range 6, and 50.4 acres (being) E part of NE 1/4 Sec.26 Range and Twp. aforesaid, between the Miami Rivers, (meets & bounds), containing in all 223.1 acres. Wit. William Langston, John Black, H? Claron?. Union Co. IN certification for Elizabeth Dunkin, William Dunkin and wife Hannah, Richard Dunkin and wife Lydia, Benjamin Dunkin and wife Jane, Joshua Dunkin and wife Julian Ann, David Dunkin and wife Mary, Samuel Wilson and wife Rachel, and Mary Dunkin, 7 June 1832. Carroll Co. IN certification for Peter Duncan (sic) and wife Rebecca, 24 Sept. 1832.

HISTORIES before 1923

1908 "Commemorative biographical record of prominent and representative men of Indianapolis [Marion Co. IN] and vicinity : containing biographical sketches of business and professional men and of many of the early settled families" pub. by J.H. Beers (FHL book 977.252/I2 D3c and fiche 6101617 (Vol.1) and 6101618 (Vol.2); ? CA State Library, Sutro Branch)
      Pg.269-272: DUNKIN. The Dunkin family, some members of which spell their name Duncan, orig. from Scotland, branch herein from old Colonial stock of PA in the Red Stone country. John Dunkin, grandfather of Michael and William Dunkin, of Selma [Delaware Co.], IN, was a farmer who went from PA to OH as a young man; in latter state he married Elizabeth Sunderland, who died July 15, 1843, in Union Co. IN, she the dau. of Peter Sunderland, one of orig. pioneers. The Sunderlands had preceded Dunkins to that section, and when John Dunkin, accompanied by a companion, crossed the mountains with a knapsack on his back, he found them well settled. Dayton, OH, was then a hamlet ... After marriage, John Dunkin settled on Mad river, 3 miles southeast of Dayton [Montgomery Co.], where he cleared a farm and resided until death. He & wife were parents of: William, b. Sept. 22, 1788, died Nov. 22, 1870; John, b. Oct. 21, 1790; Peter, b. June 8, 1792; Michael, b. Jan. 29, 1795, died young; Rachel, b. Jan. 20, 1797, d. Jan. 2, 1860; Benjamin, b. Aug. 20, 1799; Michael, b. Aug. 28, 1801; John b. Sept. 5, 1803; Joshua, b. Sept. 25, 1805; Polly, b. Nov. 22, 1807; and David, b. Sept. 22, 1810, d. Sept. 1, 1881. These names and dates are from the records left by William Dunkin, and copied in the family Bible.
            (MAD: William in 1850 Delaware Co. IN census; Peter in 1850 Carroll Co. IN census; Benjamin in 1850 Carroll Co. IN census; Michael (Richard) in 1850 Carroll Co. IN census; John in ?? 1850 Fulton Co. OH census; Joshua in 1850 Carroll Co. IN census; David in 1850 Union Co. IN census; Elizabeth (Sunderland) in 1840 Union Co. IN census)
      William Dunkin, b. Sept. 22, 1788, son of John, reared on Mad river in Montgomery Co. OH, there married May 11, 1815, to Hannah Smith, b. in New Jersey, dau. of John Smith who died in that State, the dau. removing to Montgomery Co. OH with friends Joseph Silver and his family. Mr. Dunkin about 1820 removed to IN, settled Union Co. In May 1827 family moved to Delaware Co., there then being 6 children, and settled on farm now occupied by William Dunkin, one of the children; farm purchased from Robert Bronson and from Jacob Jackson. In 1854 built present 2-story house. ... older Dunkins were "Hardshell" Baptists, John Dunkin having been a preacher of that faith in OH. In politics William Duncan was orig. an old-line Whig, later one of original Republicans, voting for Fremont and Lincoln. Served in War of 1812 for 2 years as corporal in an OH regiment, his service being in Canada; stationed at Terre Haute, IN, when battle of Tippecanoe was fought. Regiment recruited at Dayton, OH. Mr. Dunkin died Nov. 22, 1870, aged 82; his wife died Feb. 1870. Their children were: John S., b. Feb. 10, 1816, in Union Co. IN; Louisa, b. May 18, 1818; Elizabeth, b. May 31, 1820; Michael, b. Feb. 25, 1822; Elmira, b. Sept. 2, 1825; Aaron, b. Feb. 19, 1828; William, b. Feb. 22, 1832; and George, twin of William. The above record was copied from the family Bible, where it is inscribed in the clear handwriting of Edward Henry, an old-time school teacher of Wellsburg, VA, and dated 1849.
      WILLIAM DUNKIN, son of William, born on old homestead Feb. 22, 1832, ... age 22 married Elizabeth Ellen Clevenger, b. on edge of Randolph Co. IN May 5, 1838, dau. of Morgan and Rebecca Ann (Conner) Clevenger, Morgan the son of Samuel and Margaret Clevenger. (more on Clevenger family n/c here). Mr. Dunkin ... Methodist, Republican; six children: George Morgan, Hannah Jane, Frances Helen, William Sherman, Lida Pauline, and David J. ... has lived to see each of them grow up ...
      MICHAEL DUNKIN, born in Union Co. IN Feb. 25, 1822, age 5 when father moved to this section near 1st May 1827. ... attended school one summer in Union Co. IN, living with his grandmother, Elizabeth Dunkin, after death of her husband John in OH. Four of her sons and Samuel Wilson, who had married her daughter Rachel, had settled there. Michael Dunkin also attended school in Delaware Co. one term, one term in Smithfield, and two terms ... Selma. ... On Nov. 9, 1843, Michael Dunkin married in Liberty Twp. to Hannah Caroline Stiffler, b. Bedford Co. PA March 5, 1823, dau. of John & Elizabeth (Hull) Stiffler (more on Stiffler family n/c here). Campbellite Church 1854, Whig & later Republican. (MAD: 1850 Randolph Co. IN census) Children:
            Benjamin Franklin Dunkin, b. Feb. 4, 1845, married Mary Bradfield and has 2 children: Cora (m. Isaac Wingate, farmer of Delaware Co; they have dau. Ethel); and Clay (m. Hattie Williams, 2 children: Helen & Emily).
            John Sampson Dunkin, b. Aug. 28, 1846, farmer of Delaware Co., m. Julia DeWitt, has children: Maggie (m. Nebraska Bullock, farmer of Delaware Co., has 3 children: Mark, Ruth & Paul); Mattie (twin of Maggie, m. Charles Dill, farmer of Delaware Co., has child Dorothea); Hattie, Ann, Joshua, Joseph & Jessie.
            Zachariah Taylor Dunkin, b. June 18, 1850, m. Maggie Norris and has ch.: Edgar (lives St. Louis, has child Kenneth), Nellie & Kirby.
            Hannah Elizabeth Dunkin, b. Nov. 11, 1852, d. age 13 years.
            Mary Louisa Dunkin, b. Oct. 7, 1854, m. Charles Carmichael, have 2 children: Carrie (m. V. Smithson) and Myrtle (m. William Kessling, had 3 ch: Elsie, Kenneth & Floy).
            John Fremont Dunkin, b. June 28, 1857, farmer of Delaware Co., m. Dora Reece, has ch: Louis, Earl, Grenada and Margaret.
            Aaron Clay Dunkin, b. Feb. 15, 185- (sic), m. Jenny Carmody, had 2 ch: Floy and Lois.
            William Perry Dunkin, b. Nov. 14, 1848, d. in infancy.

1920 "Military History of Delaware County, Indiana" by A.L. Kerwood (IN State Library book 977.201 D343 KE, no photocopying allowed, extract from C.T. Duncan 11/29/2007)
      Pg.323: WILLIAM DUNKIN SR. William Dunkin, Sr, Soldier War of 1812. Born and raised near Dayton, Ohio where he enlisted for two terms of a year each. Served in Dragoons with same horse which he retired to his property near Smithfield, Union County, Indiana. Received no pension but land grants of 80 acres for each term of service.
      Wife Hannah Smith, born and raised near Trenton, New Jersey. (CTD: No date of marriage.) Eight children: 5 sons and 3 daughters (CTD: No names). Belonged to Baptist Church near Smithfield where man and wife were buried. They were removed 22 years later and reburied Mt. Tabor graveyard.
      (MAD: Dayton, Montgomery Co. OH)


"IN Land Entries, Vol.1, Cincinnati District 1801-1840; Vol.2 pt.1, Vincennes Dist. 1807-1877" by Margaret R. Waters (FHL fiche 6,017,587 and book 977.2 R2w 1977)
      This book contains early land entries for Union Co. IN, including William Dunkin in 1815 in T10N R2W of 1st P.M. and 1827 in T15N R14E of 2nd P.M.


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