Duncans in White Co. IN


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

Last revised May 24, 2012

Formed 1834 from Carroll
Jasper formed 1835 from White, Warren


1840 White Co. IN Census
      No Duncan indexed

1850 White Co. IN Census (and from Lucille Mehrkam 1/1984)
130th Dist.
Pg.426, #423-481, Wm. DUNKEN 46 PA farmer $600
                  Mary 37 OH
                  Elizabeth J. 18, John 16, Susan 13 OH
                  Charlot 11, Tamson (f) 8, Martha 6 IN
                  Mary 3, Lydia 3/12 IN
                  (MAD: 1837-1841 Tippecanoe Co. IN; perhaps son of Aaron Duncan of ? 1820 Montgomery Co. OH, 1830 Tippecanoe Co. IN; 1860 Madison Co. IA census; wife perhaps Mary Mercer)
Pg.426, #424-482, Robert MERCER & family (indexed Duncan)
Pg.426, #425-483, Samuel DUNKEN 34 NY farmer $600
                  Elizabeth 27 OH
                  Martha 6, Emily 3 IN
                  (MAD: 1860 Madison Co. IA census; ? one Samuel Dunkin mar. Elizabeth Hornbeck 5/11/1843 Carroll Co. IN) Pg.426, #426-484, John DUNKEN 34 VA ("Virginia") farmer $600
                  Amineta 38 MD
                  Wm. 15, Martha Ann 13 IN
                  John W. 9, Robert 7 IN
                  Carly Jane (blotted) (f) 4 IN
                  George W. 1/12 IN
                  Susan GRAVES 18 OH
                  Letta Jane 2/12 IN
                  (MAD: John Duncan mar. Amaritta Ridgway 1/8/1835 Tippecanoe Co. IN; William and Robert in 1860 Benton Co. IN census)
Pg.439, #615, Enoch DUNKEN 25 NJ farmer $350
                  Samuel 44 NJ
                  John W. 18 NY
                  Johthano. (m) 15, Margaret L. 12 OH
                  Jeremiah E. (m) 10 IN

1860 White Co. IN Census
Monong. Twp.
Pg.480, #110-110, John DUNCAN 46 NY farmer $1200-$100
                  Amenetta 43 OH
                  E.J. (f) 14, G.W. (m) 10 IN
                  F.M. (m) 6, M.E. (f) 2 IN
                  (MAD: Ameretta and ch. in 1870 Tippecanoe Co. IN census)
Lincoln Twp.
Pg.584, #134-134, Jonathan W. SNYTER 63 NY farmer $2000-$600
                  Elizabeth 56 NY
                  Abram 17 IN
                  Bryan BROWN 13 OH
                  Mary DUNKIN 9 IN

1870 White Co. IN Census (also from Bonnie D. Clark 8/1999)
Monon Twp., 6/1870, pg.4
Pg.233, #25-25, DUNCAN, William 34 IN farmer $0-$705, father of foreign birth
                  Weltha (f) 33 OH Keeping house
                  John W. 10 IN
                  Sarah J. 12 IN at home
                  Robert E. 6, Francis (m) 4 IN
                  Anna 3, Elizabeth 1 IN
                  BRIGGS, Walter 60 NY retired farmer
                  (BDC: Probably Father or brother of Welthy)
                  (MAD: 1860 Benton Co. IN census)


White Co. IN Deed Index, v. 1-4, 1834-1866 (FHL film 2,195,518)
   Vol.1, 1834-1849 - No Duncan
   Vol.2, 1849-1856
      D-239: Duncan, John from John Joslin & wife, SE SW 40 acres 20-28-4, Dec.8, 1849
      F-406: Duncan, William (Bond) to Byron Cowdry, NW NW 40 acres 25-28-5, and NE NE 40 acres 26-28-5, and SE SE 40 acres 23-28-5, and SW NE 40 acres 30-28-4, March 23, 1854
      F-406: Duncan, William et ux to Byron Cowdry, same, March 10, 1854
      G-331: Duncan, Robert B. et ux to Samuel Duncan, NW SW 40 acres 29-28-4, and SE NE 40 acres 30-28-4, and NE SW 40 acres 19-28-4, Jan. 31, 1853
      G-332: Duncan, Samuel et ux to Joseph Chamberlain, same as G-331, Jan. 25, 1853
      G-331: Duncan, Samuel from Robert B. Duncan, NW SW 40 acres 29-28-4 and SE NE 40 acres 30-28-4, Jan. 31, 1853
      G-461: Duncan, John from State of Indiana, NW NE 40 acres 30-28-4, Nov. 1, 1853
      G-460: Duncan, John et ux to William H. Watson, NW NE 40 acres 30-28-4, June 13, 1855
      H-329: Duncan, John M. to Byron Cowdry, SW NE 40 acres 30-28-4, April 9, 1855

White Co. IN Deeds
      D-239/240: 8 Dec. 1849, John Joslin and wife Delia Joslin of White Co. IN, to John Duncan of White Co. IN, for $50 paid, sell land, SE 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec.20 Twp.28N Range 4W containing 40 acres more or less, together with improvements and appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ John Joslin, Delila Joslin. James K. Wilson, "Gardian". John H. Skiner J.P. certify the above John Joslin acknowledged the deed, also Delila Joslin his wife, and also came personally before me, James K. Wilson Guardian of said Delila Joslin and declared he believes the above release is for her interest and benefit and would be prejudicial to her husband to be prevented from disposing of the land above conveyed and relinquished by her, 8 Dec. 1848, /s/ John H. Skiner. Recorded March 19, 1850. (FHL film 2,195,524)
      F-406: William Duncan to Byron Cowdry, Bond. I have heretofore by deed March 7, 1854, conveyed to Byron Cowdry, real estate in White Co. IN, NW 1/4 of NW 1/4 Sec.25, the NE 1/4 of NE 1/4 Sec.26, SE 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec.23 in Twp.28 R5W and also SW 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec.30 in Twp.28 Range 4W, the last described parcel of which was entered by and legal title is now in my son John M. Duncan and the said Byron Cowdry has this day by mortgage conveyed to me to secure the payment of the ballance, being $2800, now if when the first payment is due, 25 March 1855, I shall convey to said Byron Cowdry by good deed in fee simple free from encumbrances, other than said mortgage, the lot of land above, then the payment of all monies secured by the mortgage is to be deferred until I can by indefeasible title convey the lot to said Cowdry. ... 10 March 1854, /s/ Wm. Duncan. Personally appeared William Duncan before David P. Vinton, Notary Public for Tippecanoe Co., 10 March 1854. Recorded March 29, 1854. (FHL film 2,195,525)
      F-407: 7 March 1854, William Duncan and his wife Mary Duncan of White Co. IN for $1600 paid by Byron Cowdry of Tippecanoe Co. IN, sell to Byron Cowdry real estate in White Co. IN, NW 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec.25, NE 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec.26, SE 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec.23 in Twp.28 R5W and also SW 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec.30 in Twp.28 Range 4W, all containing 160 acres more or less, together with appurtenances, and covenant that the title is free and clear, warrant title. /s/ Wm. Duncan, Mary (O) Duncan. 7 March 1854, William Duncan and wife Mary Duncan appeared before John H. Skinner, J.P., White Co. IN. Recorded March 30, 1854. (FHL film 2,195,525)
      G-331: 31 Jan. 1853, Robert B. Duncan of Marion Co. IN for $100 paid by Samuel Duncan, sell real estate in White Co. IN, NW 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec.29 Twp.28 Range 4W containing 40 acres, also SE 1/4 of NE 1/4 Sec.30 Twp.28 Range 4W containing 40 acres, together with appurtenances, his wife Mary E. Duncan relinquishes her dower. /s/ Robert B. Duncan, Mary E. Duncan. They appeared 21 Jan. 1853 before Lucian Barbour, Notary Public for Marion Co. IN. Recorded April 3, 1855. (FHL film 2,195,526)
      G-332/333: 25 ____ 1853, Samuel Duncan of White Co. IN for $600 paid by Joseph Chamberlin, sell real estate in White Co. IN, NW 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec.29 Twp.28 Range 4W containing 40 acres, also SE 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec.30 Twp.28 Range 4W containing 40 acres, also NE 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec.19 Twp.28 Range 4W containing 40 acres, warrant title. /s/ Samuel Duncan, Elizabeth Duncan who relinquishes her dower. 25 March 1853, Samuel Duncan and his wife Elizabeth Duncan appeared before John H. Skinner, J.P., White Co. IN. Recorded April 3, 1855. (FHL film 2,195,526)
      G-460: 13 June 1855, John Duncan and Amareta Duncan wife of said John Duncan of White Co. IN, convey and warrant to William H. Watson of White Co. IN, for $307 paid, real estate in White Co. IN, NW 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec.30 Twp.28 Range 4W containing 40 acres more or less. /s/ John Duncan, Amareta (X) Duncan. John Dunkin and Amareta Dunkin appeared 13 June 1855 before Joseph Chamberlin, J.P. Recorded June 25, 1855. (FHL film 2,195,526)
      G-461/462: State of Indiana, Letters Patent to John Duncan, No.1866, $50. Whereas John Duncan has filed with the Secretary of the state the certificate of the auditor whereby it appears full payment has been made per act approved May 29, 1852, to regulate the sale of swamp lands donated by United States to State of Indiana and provide for draining and reclaiming thereof, ... for the NW 1/4 of NE 1/4 Sec.30 Twp.28N Range 4W containing 40 acres more or less, in White Co., where said lands were offered for sale, now for $50 paid per Certificate No.1866, the State of Indiana assigns the said tract to John Duncan. ... 1 Nov. 1853. Recorded June 25, 1855. (FHL film 2,195,526)
      H-329: 9 April 1855, John M. Duncan of Madison Co. IA for $400 paid by Byron Cowdry? (Cawdry?) of White Co. IN, sell real estate in White Co. IN, SW 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec.30 Twp.28 R4W, containing 40 acres, together with appurtenances, warrant title. John M. Duncan appeared 9 April 1855 before John H. Skinner, J.P. of White Co. IN. Recorded April 29, 1856. (FHL film 2,195,526)


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, Robert, mother Duncan, Amarella; H 20 Ind. Inf.; 1864 Sept. 30, Mother Appl. #66954, Cert. #127177. (MAD: ? 1850 White Co. IN census)

HISTORIES before 1923

1915 "A standard history of White County, Indiana : an authentic narrative of the past, with an extended survey of modern developments in the progress of town and county" (Vol.2) by W.H. Hamelle, pub. by Lewis Pub. (FHL book 977.293 H2h)
      Pg.606-7: James F. Duncan, educator of a quarter century's experience in White Co., now in charge of the 8th grade of public schools of Monticello; born in Carroll Co. IN Nov. 30, 1865, one of nine children, two of whom are decd. Their parents were William and Wealtha (Briggs) Duncan, substantial people of Scotch-Irish ancestry, for many years identified with farming interests of White Co.; the family to White Co. in 1866. William Duncan had in the meantime gained an honorable record as a soldier in the Civil war; he enlisted in Co. K of the 63rd IN Infantry, being mustered in at Indianapolis, ... about one year; occupation a farmer & stock raiser, Republican, Christian Church, died Feb. 10, 1904, his wife died Oct. 19, 1890, both now at rest in Princeton Twp. James F. Duncan reared from infancy in White Co., educated local schools, two years Valparaiso University, 1 year Univ. of Colorado; 1908 became teacher of 8th grade in Monticello, Republican, Mason, he & wife in Christian Church. On Dec. 16, 1891, Mr. Duncan mar. Miss Dora Sexton, dau. of Louis W. and Sarah (Briney) Sexton; Sexton family were early settlers in Princeton Twp, Mrs. Duncan's parents now reside at Wolcott.
      Pg.777: Robert E. Duncan, insurance man, White Co., of Monticello, a son of William Duncan, he was born Oct. 17, 1862, in Monon Twp, White Co., where his early life was spent. Born and reared in VA, William Duncan came with his parents to White Co. when but 9 years old; soon after the outbreak of the Civil war, he enlisted in 46th IN Volunteer Infantry, returned to Monon Twp, upwards of 30 years engaged in general farming; fall of 1888, soon after death of his first wife, he moved into Village of Monon where he lived retired until his death in 1899; he mar. first in White Co. to Weltha (MAD: sic) Briggs, born NY State, and of 9 children, 7 now living. He mar. 2nd Cordelia Elder who survives him; he was Lincoln republican, member of Christian Church. Robert E. Duncan ... moved to Monticello on March 7, 1901, ... mar. March 26, 1890, Miss Eva R. McCampbell, dau. of David T. and Elizabeth (McCullough) McCampbell, who are of Scotch ancestry, republican, member of Independent Order of Odd Fellows, member of Presbyterian Church.

"Counties of White and Pulaski, Indiana : historical and biographical." by Weston A Goodspeed, M McFarland, R L Harven, Ed A Mossman et al; pub. Chicago: F.A. Battey & Co., 1883, 775 pgs. (LH6282, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL book 977.29 H2w 1988 and 977.29 H2w and film 928,140 item 3 and 934,924 item 1)
      Pg.77: Twentieth Infantry (Civil War) ... Robert Duncan, killed at Cold Harbor, Va., June, 1864. ...
      Pg.328: JOHN D. SCROGGS was born in Blount County, Tenn., October 10, 1820, and is the eldest of the six children of David and Margaret (Delzell) Scroggs, natives respectively of North Carolina and Tennessee. The family came to Putnam County, this State, in 1831, moved to Carroll County in 1832, and thence moved to this county in 1836, and located on land which the father had previously entered. The elder Mr. Scroggs was, in his days here, the only blacksmith between Burnettsville and Monticello; he died here in December, 1874, preceded by his wife in about 1848. John D. Scroggs was reared a farmer, and at the age of twenty began life by cutting wood, splitting rails and getting out square timber. This he continued until March, 1847, when he purchased the farm where he now lives. He was married, March 27, 1851, to Maria, daughter of John Gibson, and born in Ohio. In February, 1852, Mrs. Gibson died, and December 6, 1856, Mr. Scroggs married Eliza C. Carson, who died in April, 1860. November 19, 1860, Mr. Scroggs married Mrs. Margaret (Duncan) Delzell, and she died in April, 1875, leaving a family of four children -- David, Susan A., Margaret E. (deceased) and Joseph A. Mr. Scroggs is a Democrat and a member of the United Presbyterian Church. He owns eighty acres of good land, well cultivated and earned through his own industry and energy. (MAD: 1880 White Co. IN census)

1879 "The History of Madison County, Iowa : containing a history of the county, its cities, towns, &c., a biographical directory of its citizens, war record of its volunteers in the late rebellion, portraits of early settlers and prominent men, history of Iowa" pub. by Union Historical Company (CA State Library, Sutro Branch, microfilm 63, reel 27; and FHL book 977.781 H2)
      Pg.617: Lincoln Twp: DUNCAN, SAMUEL, farmer, Sec. 3, P.O. Winterset; was born in New York in 1816; when he was two years of age his parents removed to Ohio, and in 1820 emigrated to Indiana and came to this county May 26, 1853; owns 140 acres of land; has held office of school director many years; he married Miss Elizabeth Hornback in 1843; she was born in OH; has five children, Patsy, Emily, Jennie C., Fremont and Etta. (MAD: See White Co. IN)
         Duncan, Wm., farmer, Sec. 12; P.O. Winterset.
         Duncan, J.M., farmer, Sec. 1; P.O. Winterset.

1915 "History of Madison Co. IA and Its People" ed. by Herman A. Mueller, Vol.I & II (CA State Library, Sutro Branch, microfilm 63, reel 27; bad scratch all the way through film making 4 to 6 lines illegible on each page; no Duncan biography Vol.II)
      Vol.1, pg.297, History of Lincoln Twp. Samuel Duncan was a native of the State of NY, removing with his parents to Ohio, from there to Indiana, and from the Hoosier State to Iowa in 1853, when he became a citizen of Madison Co. He has held various Lincoln Twp. offices.

1888 "History of Harrison and Mercer counties, Missouri : from the earliest time to the present; together with ... family records, besides a condensed history of the state of Missouri" by Goodspeed (FHL book 977.8 H2hh)
      Pg. 624-5: Dr. H.J. Skinner, b. Perry Co. OH 10 March 1831, son of Samuel & Elizabeth (Hazelton) Skinner; January 15, 1854, he married Susan Duncan, who was born in Tippecanoe Co. IN Sept. 28, 1837, a daughter of William and Mary Duncan. One son and one dau., Josephine S. & Charles H.; Mrs. Skinner died Sept. 25, 1862, and on 5 Aug. 1864 he married her sister Charlotta, born White Co. IN 8 March 1840, who was the mother of 5 ch: Edna R., Willie, Harry B., Loren H., Laura C. Mrs. Skinner d. 12 July 1884 and the Dr. then married Emily J. Hess ... Dr. Skinner lived White Co. IN with parents until ca 1855; to Harrison Co. MO 1857. (more not copied on spouses of children)


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