Duncans in Cherokee Co. KS


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

Last revised July 30, 2008

Formed 1855 from unorganized territory


1860 Cherokee Co. KS Census
      No Duncan indexed

1870 Cherokee Co. KS Census
Cherokee Twp.
Pg.27, #2-2, DUNCAN, Alex 32 PA farmer $320-$125
                  Amanda 30 PA keeping house
                  Almira J. 11 PA helping keep house
                  Jessie L. (f) 8, Sarah E. 4, Charles M. 2 PA
                  Clark S. (m) 1 KS
                  (MAD: 1860 Armstrong Co. PA census)
Pg.27, #3-3, DUNCAN, Alonzo 24 PA farmer $350-$170
                  Dillie (f) 23 PA
                  William M. 4, John L. 2 PA
                  Lizzie M. (f) 7/12 KS b.Nov.
                  CROW, David 14 PA working on farm
                  (MAD: ? son of George Duncan, 1860 Armstrong Co. PA census)
Pg.30, #64-62, DUNCAN, Charles 23 PA farmer $350-$110
                  Jane 23 PA keeping house
                  Charles F. 2 PA
Lyons Twp.
Pg.71, #26-23, DUNCAN, Thomas 31 IN farmer $400-$500
                  Sarah 28 IL keeping house
                  Clarinda (f) 2, Mary 1 IL
                  McCLURE, Thomas 26 IL farmer $300-$85
                  DUNCAN, Peter 26 IN farming $0-$50
                  (MAD: sons of William Duncan and Amanda Hutsell; from Morgan Co. IN)
Pleasant View Twp.
Pg.90, #55-52, DUNCAN, John 52 PA farmer $500-$105
                  Afelipa (f) 47 NY keeping house
                  (MAD: ? 1860 Gallia Co. OH census, 1850 Armstrong Co. PA census)
Baxter Springs, Ward 2 (faint page)
Pg.169, #60-57, KING, Dearman? (m) 40 OH farming $2200-$525
                  Mary 47 OH keeping house
                  Gertrude (f) 14 IN
                  Lena? (f) 9, Jacob C. 5 IA
                  Delancy? (m) 3 IA
                  DUNCAN?, William 24 PA (white) carpenter $0-$0
                  COLEMAN, Sines?? (m) "about 25" PA carpenter $0-$0


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, Hiram W., widow Duncan, Margaret M.; F 33 Ind. Inf.; 1890 Feb. 21, Invalid Appl. #756442, Cert. #526731, Kans.; 1913 July 7, Widow Appl. #1010823, Cert. #769034, Cal. (MAD: b.1846, 1850 Hamilton Co. IN, see Morgan Co. IN; 1880 Cherokee Co. KS; d. 1913 Los Angeles Co. CA)

HISTORIES before 1923

1904 "History of Cherokee Co. KS and representative citizens" by Nathaniel Thompson Allison, pub. by Biographical Pub. Co. (FHL book 978.199 H2a and FHL film 1,000,034 item 3)
      Pg.280: THOMAS R. DUNCAN, one of the pioneer settlers of Cherokee Co., a substantial and representative farmer of Lyon township, owns (dark edge) acres of highly cultivated land, NE quarter Sec. 27, Twp. 34, range (dark edge). He was born at Martinsville [Morgan Co.], IN, February 10, 1839, and is a son of William and Amanda M. (Hutsel) Duncan.
      Robert Duncan, the grandfather of Thomas R., was born in Scotland and accompanied his two brothers to America, all probably settling in the State of NY. There William Duncan was born and learned the cabinet making trade before going to Indiana. Failing health caused him to remove in 1856 to IL where his sons could engage in farming. He took part in the Black Hawk War. In early days he was a Whig, but afterwards voted for Stephen A. Douglas and was subsequently identified with the Republican party. He died in IL, in 1879, at the age of 72 years. His wife was born September 20, 1815, near Lexington, KY, and died at Martinsville, IN, November 22, 1847, when Thomas R. was not quite nine years old. Their children were: Thomas R., who weighed but two and a half pounds at birth; Peter, a farmer of Mineral Spring [Barry Co.], MO, who belonged to Co. H, 27th Reg., IL Vol. Inf., in the late? (dark) War; Giles, who belonged to Co. D, 1st Reg., IL Vol. Inf., and died in the service in February, 1863; and Jesse H., who resides near Murphysboro, IL. The father married three times, and three children of each wife still survive.
      Thomas R. Duncan was 17 years of age when his parents moved to Jackson Co. IL, and he was engaged in farming there from 1856 to 1862, when he enlisted on Aug. 12 in Co. D, 81st Reg., IL Vol. Inf., under Captain Ward and Col. James (dark) Dollins. ... Mr. Duncan was captured with 700 of his comrads and was confined in Andersonville Prison for two and a half months, at Savannah for one month, and at another point, for a month and a half, and was then paroled. ... (Rejoined regiment Jan. 1865 after absence 6 months; honorably discharged shortly afterwards, now receives pension $6 a month; returned to IL in 1865.)
      In the spring of 1869, Mr. Duncan started for Kansas, with his wife, two children and his brother. Each of the brothers took up 160 acres of "Joy" land ... Republican, Missionary Baptist. On October 22, 1866, Mr. Duncan was married to Sarah A. McClure, who was born in Jackson Co. IL August 5, 1840, and is a daughter of John A. and Clarinda (Nace) McClure. Mrs. Duncan's father was born in Ohio, and her mother in PA. The children of this marriage were as follows: Clarinda, wife of Allen Jarrett, who has two sons, Robert and Estel; Maria, who died aged two years; John A., of Columbus, who has four children; Edward H., of Lyon township, who has three children; Kate, wife of Robert Rogers, of West Mineral, who has one child; Laura, wife of James A. Sizemore, of Lyon township, who has five children; Dora, wife of Frederick Divens, of Washington; and Jarretta, wife of Jesse Roper, of Lyon township, who has one child. ...

1883 "History of the State of Kansas : containing a full account of its growth from an uninhabited territory to a wealthy and important state; of its early settlements; a supplementary history and description of its counties, cities, towns and villages, their advantages, industries and commerce, to which are added biographical sketches and portraits of prominent men and early settlers" ed. by William G. Cutler, A.T. Andreas; pub. Chicago : A.T. Andreas (FHL book 978.1 H2hi 1976 & v.2; FHL film 982,248 items 1-2)
      Pg.1163: Cherokee Co., Baxter Springs. H.W. DUNCAN, stock-dealer, was born in Indiana May 21, 1848. At the age of nineteen, he began the drug business, which he followed three years in Indiana. He was then in a saw-mill one year, and came to Kansas October, 1869, locating in Woodson County, where he took up a homestead, and remained on it six years. He came to Baxter Springs and engaged in butcher business a short time, and then commenced handling stock in all lines, buying, selling and shipping, and is still in same business. He owns 300 acres of farm land, and is now one of the stock dealers of Kansas. (MAD: ? Hiram W. Duncan, 1850 Hamilton Co. IN census, 1860-1870 Hancock Co. IN census ?)


Probate Files, Madison Co. MO (copy of pages from William Smallen to Charles L. Duncan 5/1995 to MAD, MAD's extract)
      Probate file of Elizabeth Duncan: Application of John H. Stevenson for Letters of Administration on Estate of Elizabeth Duncan Deceased, Probate Court, Madison Co., Jan. 20th 1896.
            Application for Letters of Administration, Madison Co. MO, in the matter of estate of Elizabeth Duncan, decd; John H. Stevenson says that to the best of his knowledge and belief, the names of the heirs of said Elizabeth Duncan decd. and their places of residence are as follows: Charles P. Noell of Oklahoma, Frances Stevenson of Madison Co. MO, Eliza Turnbaugh nee Duncan of Madison Co. MO, James Duncan of Colorado, Ida Duncan minor child of Thos. Duncan decd. of Perry Co. MO, Joseph Duncan of Galena "County" KS, Elizabeth Tessereau? nee Duncan of Madison Co. MO; that said Elizabeth Duncan died without a will, he will make inventory ... /s/ J.H. Stevenson, 16 Jan. 1896, before N.B. Allen, Judge of Probate Court. (MAD: preprinted form uses "County of"; no Galena Co. KS, but a town of Galena in County of Cherokee in Kansas)
            (2nd document) Administrator's Bond, of John H. Stevenson as principal and Joseph Duncan, Joseph Turnbaugh, Joseph Schutte, H. Otto Thost, Newton McCallum, and Alex. Nifong as securities (all signed), for $5,000, dated at Fredericktown, 20th Jan. 1896, for John H. Stevenson, who has been appointed administrator of the estate of Elizabeth Duncan; approved Feb. term 1896, by N.B. Allen, Judge of Probate. Filed 20 Jan. 1896, Recorded in Book C of Administrator's Bonds, Page 262.
            (reverse of 2nd document) Oath, John H. Stevenson, administrator of the estate of Elizabeth Duncan, decd, says that Elizabeth Duncan died intestate and without leaving any will at Madison Co. A.D. 1896, leaving as "his" heirs Charles P. Noell, Frances Stevenson, Eliza Turnbaugh, James Duncan, Joseph Duncan, Elizabeth Tesserow, Ida Duncan minor child of Thomas Duncan; that he will make an inventory ... 20 Jan. 1896, (signature of Judge of Probate blank).


"Our Hutzel Heritage, A Genealogy of the Hutzel-Hutsell Family" by Sue Hutsell and Jane Hutsell Terral, 1980 (FHL book 929.273 H979h)
      This book contains information on pg.28 and 50-52 about the families of William Duncan who married Amanda Hutsell (see the 1904 "History of Cherokee Co. KS" by Allison); and on pg.46 about William Harrison Lott who mar. 1st on 8/22/1839 to Sarah J. Duncan, 2nd on 11/20/1844 to her cousin Letitia Duncan, and 3rd in Clinton Co. MO on 6/26/1847 to Louisa Jane Wilkerson; and on pg.48 about Stephen Charles Duncan, son of Stephen Duncan b.12/15/1833 Henry Co. KY and Lucy Browning, who mar. on 11/11/1870 to Maria Rebecca Winn in Clinton Co. MO. (MAD: see also Clay Co. MO)


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