Duncans in Bourbon Co. KY


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

Last revised July 14, 2013

Formed 1785 from Fayette
Mason formed 1788 from Bourbon
Clark formed 1792 from Bourbon, Fayette
Harrison formed 1793 from Bourbon, Scott
Nicholas formed 1799 from Bourbon, Mason


1810 Bourbon Co. KY Census
Pg. 68  Duncan, Daniel         12010          - 20010
    82  Duncan, Washington     10210          - 00010
        Duncan, Roger          10110          - 10100
    83  Duncan, Thomas         00101          - 01101
   121  Duncan, James Jun.     00010          - 20100
        Duncan, James Sen.     01421          - 01101
        Duncan, Mathew         10010          - 30010
        Duncan, Seth           11010          - 20010
          (MAD: from Pendleton Co. KY)

1820 Bourbon Co. KY Census
Pg. 60  Mathew Duncan          410010         - 41020   N.Middletown
Pg. 90  John Duncan            000010         - 10101
   108  John Duncan            000010         - 30100
        James Duncan           200010         - 52010
        Elizabeth Duncan       100120         - 00011
   118  Thos. Duncan           000001         - 00001
   124  Wm. Duncan             210101         - 11110
   134  Rogers Duncan          210010         - 20010
        Washington Duncan      310210         - 10010
   136  Joseph Duncan          001300         - 10100
   144  Danl. Duncan           000201         - 01101

1830 Bourbon Co. KY Census
Pg.295  Cath. Duncan           0              - 0000,0001
   297  Sarah Duncan           001            - 0001,01
   303  Roger Duncan           0002,0110,01   - 0111
   305  Washington Duncan      1111,0001      - 1202,001
   307  Bansh Duncan           0              - 0010,0000,1
   309  H.T. Duncan            2000,1         - 0000,1
   310  Danl. Duncan           1200,1100,1    - 1100,11
        Susan Duncan           Free colored
   351  Jeremiah Duncan        0101,21        - 0
   358  John Duncan            0100,001       - 0012,001

1840 Bourbon Co. KY Census
Pg.294  Sally Duncan           0200,01        - 1100,101
   304  Jeremiah Duncan        0011,001       - 0
   335  M.P.M. Duncan          0001,1         - 0000,0001
   337  Jacob Duncan           0000,0100,01   - 0000,1
        Archibald Duncan       0000,1         - 0001

1850 Bourbon Co. KY Census
Millersburg Dist.
Pg.248, #364, James DUNCAN 23 KY sandler? $800
                  Susan 24 KY
                  (MAD: no children, but see 1860 Bath Co. KY census)
Pg.248, #365, Archibald DUNCAN 34 (30?) KY sandler? $600
                  Molly 28 KY
                  Josephine 10, Henry 3, Ann 8 KY
                  (MAD: 1860 Ray Co. MO census)
Pg.250, #399, Jacob DUNCAN 41 KY farmer
                  George Ann (f) 40 MD
Pg.265, #630, Daniel SHAWHAN 27 KY farmer
                  Margaret 23 KY
                  Elizabeth 2 KY
Pg.265, #631, Elizabeth DUNCAN 41 KY
Pg.265, #632, John BROOKS 41 KY physician $1300
                  Ann 40 KY
                  Margaret 10, John 8, Ellen 6 KY
District 1
Taken 9/13/1850
Pg.301, #514-521, Francis M. WILSON 28 KY trader
                  Eliza 23 KY
                  Garrett (m) 4 KY
                  (MAD: see Montgomery Co. KY reference Eliza Ann Duncan b. 1811 mar. Francis M. Wilson, had dau. 1849-1855)
Pg.303, #557-564, Jeremiah DUNCAN 58 KY farmer $36000
                  Mary C. 26 KY
                  Catharine G. 6, Winnifrid (f) 5 KY
                  Hannah 3, Jannus Ann 1 KY
                  Jas. W. PROCTOR 25 KY farmer

1860 Bourbon Co. KY Census
Pg.515, #213-230, Jerry DUNCAN 68 KY farmer $105,000-$30,000
                  Mary C. 35 KY
                  Catharine 15, Winnie (f) 14 KY
                  Hannah 12, J. Anna 11 KY
Ruddles Mills
Pg.522, #264-281, Dan DUNCAN 36 KY (blank) $7000-$500
                  Susan 33 KY
                  (MAD: W.T. Redmon family #261-278)
Pg.523, #270-287, Jno. B. THORNTON 41 KY physician
                  Ellen 34 KY
                  Towles (m) 13 KY
Pg.523, #271-288, Mary DUNCAN 74 PA (blank) $5000-$7000
Pg.523, #272-289, Allen MOORE 71 KY farmer $36000-$20,000
                  Elizabeth 56 KY
                  Susan E. 17 KY
District 1, P.O. Shawhans Station
Pg.549, #481-483, Matilda DUNCAN 47 KY farmer $2000-$500
                  Wm. 25, Sallie 22 KY
                  Jno. 19, Mary 15 KY
                  Rudolph WILSON 24 KY m/in/year
                  Mary E. 15 KY m/in/year
P.O. Ruddles Mills
Pg.592, #820-783, Jacob DUNCAN 50 KY farmer $3000-$4000
                  GeorgeAnn (f) 48 KY
                  Richd. RULE 15 KY farm laborer $0-$500

1870 Bourbon Co. KY Census
Clintonville Precinct
Pg.289, #82-82, ASHURST?, William 56 KY (white) farmer $13000-$1300
                  Cordelia 45 KY keeping house
                  George 23 KY farmer
                  Annie 20, Sallie 16 KY at home
                  Owen 15, Elizabeth 12, Sallie W. 10 KY at school
                  SMITH, James A. 30 KY farmer
                  DUNCAN, Joseph 30 KY BLACK farm laborer
                  Rebecca 30 KY BLACK domestic servt.
Middletown Precinct
Pg.316, #48-47, CLAY, Amanda 60 KY (white) farmer $32,000-$2,000
                  Isaac C. 29 KY farmer $15,000-$2,000 mar. in Jan.
                  Alice 20 KY no occupation mar. in Jan.
                  Lizzie 34 KY (white) keeping house
                  John 9, Alice 7, Susan 5, Henry 3, Annie 2 KY
                  CURL, Alfred 28 KY BLACK farm laborer
                  CLAR, George 35 KY (white) farm laborer
                  DURKIN, Thomas 25 IRE farm laborer, parents of foreign birth
Pg.316, #50-49, DUNCAN, Frazier 32 KY BLACK farm laborer
                  Jane 28 KY BLACK domestic Servt.
                  Mary 10, Sam 4, Carrie (f) 2 KY BLACK
                  MOREJOY (MONJOY?), Campbell (m) 18 KY MULATTO farm laborer
                  Bettie 13 KY BLACK keeping house
Millersburg Precinct
Pg.328, #97-97, TURNEY, Jesse 73 KY (white) farmer $5,800-$7,000
                  Nancy 73 KY keeping house
                  Mary 76 KY BLACK domestic svt.
                  CANEY?, Martin 56 KY BLACK farm hand
                  Mandy 42 KY BLACK domestic svt.
                  James 20, Abe 18 KY BLACK farm hands
                  Henry 16 KY BLACK farm hands
                  DUNCAN, Chas. 10 KY BLACK
                  Susan 8 KY BLACK
                  Mary 5, George 2 KY BLACK
Pg.337, #63-54, KY Weslyan University, lots of people,
                  alphabetic order, including
                  DUNCAN, W.E. (m) 19 KY pupil
North Middletown Precinct
Pg.345, #3-3, JONES, Jos. 44 KY (white) farmer $29,200-$5,000
                  Leoma 39 KY keeping house
                  Will 15 KY works in Jame?
                  Mary 11 KY
                  Allen 5 KY
                  JACKSON, George?? 17 KY BLACK farm hand
                  DUGINS?, Chas. 16 KY BLACK farm hand
                  DUNCAN, Mary 23 KY BLACK domestic svt.
                  Newt. (m) 18 KY BLACK
North Middleton
Pg.346, #15-15, E.P. BEAN (m) 42 b. Henter KY, farmer $79,100-$14,970
                  Sallie 32 Henter KY
                  George 11, Cyntha 9, Lee (f) 7 KY
                  Mattie 6, Jno. 4 KY
                  Bennett 2, Nannie 10/12 KY
                  (MAD: looking for Mrs. Asa Bean a sister of William R. Duncan who died age 56 in 1876 McLean Co. IL, formerly of Clark Co. KY; she of North Middletown, Bourbon Co. KY)
Paris Precinct
Pg.383, #293-296, DUNCAN, Jacob 60 KY (white) whisky dealer $6000-$2000
                  George A. (f) 59 KY keeping house
                  EWING, Elizabeth 20 KY BLACK domestic servant
                  SHANHAN?, John 20 KY (white) dry goods clerk
Pg.383, #301-299, DUNCAN, Matilda 56 KY (white) keeping house $600-$0
                  Sallie 31 KY no occupation
                  Joseph 29 KY farm laborer
                  HINKSTON, Mary 54 KY (white) no occupation
Pg.384, #316-314, DUNCAN, Dan 47 KY (white) farmer $900-$900
                  Susan 42 KY keeping house
                  KELLAR, Garret (m) 14 KY MULATTO domestic svt.
                  DAUGHERTY, Maggie (f) 16 KY (white) at school
Pg.391, #410-400, SHERMAN, Peter 50 KY BLACK farm laborer $0-$0
                  Melinda 50 KY BLACK keeping house
                  DUNCAN, Robert 10 KY BLACK farm laborer
Pg.393, #429-419, THOMAS, Frank 57? (51?) KY BLACK farm laborer $0-$0
                  Amanda 56 KY BLACK domestic servt.
                  RED, Susan 13 KY BLACK domestic servt.
                  DUNCAN, Carrie (f) 9 KY BLACK
                  KING, Jacob 65 KY BLACK farm laborer $0-$400
Pg.398, #504-505, WILSON, Nathan 45 KY BLACK farm laborer $0-$0
                  Rachel 40 KY BLACK domestic sevt.
                  DUNSON, Frank 16 KY BLACK farm laborer
                  JOHNSON, Frank 20 KY BLACK farm laborer
Pg.402, #551-551, PORTER, George 21 KY BLACK farm laborer $0-$0
                  Margaret 26 KY BLACK domestic sevt.
                  Alice 7? KY BLACK
                  DUNCAN, Patsy? (?Prut?) (m) 25 KY BLACK farm laborer
                  FORD, Amanda 65 KY BLACK domestic sevt.
                  (MAD: Patsy? or ?Prut? written over; ? Preston Duncan in 1880)
Paris Ward 2
Pg.444, #116-115, DUNCAN, Jeremiah 73 KY (white) farmer $150,000-$80,000
                  Mary C. 46 KY keeping house
                  Hannah 21 KY no occupation
                  CHAMBERS, William T?. 27 KY druggist $8,000-$3,000
                  Katherine 25 KY no occupation
                  BELL, George R. 26 KY Hat & cap dealer $0-$2900
                  Jimmie (f) 20 KY no occupation
                  Duncan (m) 2/12 KY b.Aug.
                  FORD, James K. 27 KY hardware merchant $9,000-$18,000
                  Winnifred W. 23? KY no occupation
                  MURRY, Caroline 25 KY MULATTO domestic serv.
                  Martha 36? KY BLACK domestic servt.
                  Anna 11 KY MULATTO domestic svt.
                  WASHINGTON, Ellen 14 KY BLACK domestic svt.
                  (MAD: Jeremiah indexed as age 78, but looks more like 73)
Ruddles Mills Prct.
Pg.459, #113-113, BOWEN, G.W. (m) 42 KY (white) farmer $30,000-$73,000
                  Lucy 37 KY keeping house
                  Jno. 13, Will 11, Caroline 9 KY
                  George Ann (f) 7, Bell (f) 3 KY
                  DUNCAN, Joe 24 KY (white) farm hand
                  WYATT, George? 30 KY (white) distiller
                  HAYDEN, Maria 46 KY BLACK domestic svt.
                  Bettie 12, Delia 7 KY BLACK
                  FRIGATE, Ann ("m") 28 KY BLACK farm hand
                  TODD, Harry (m) 35 KY BLACK farm hand
                  FERY? (FORG?), Jesse (m) 30 KY BLACK farm hand


Bourbon Co. KY marriages and wills have been published by Julia Hoge Spencer Ardery in her book "The Duncans of Bourbon Co. KY" (FHL fiche 6,018,102 and other sources). The book includes:
      The 1830 will H-398 of Thomas Duncan and information about his widow Catherine.
      The estate of Roger Duncan in 1840 naming his heirs.
      The 1835 estate K-34 of Washington Duncan and 33-410 of his widow Mary Duncan and the deeds naming their heirs.
      The 1822 will in Harrison Co. KY of Joseph Duncan, father of Washington Duncan.
      The 1857 will P-713 of Sarah Duncan naming her children, along with other documents.
      Deeds of Barsheba Duncan, widow of Elias, in 1837 and also in 1847 when she lived in Boone Co. MO.
      The 1802 deed E-684 of James Duncan to his son Reuben Duncan.


Go to the Bourbon Co. KY Estate Records


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Go to the Bourbon Co. KY Land Records; Deed Index

Go to the Bourbon Co. KY Deed Books Part 1, Books B to R

Go to the Bourbon Co. KY Deed Books Part 2, Books S to 62


ARCHIBALD DUNCAN, Rev. Pension Application W-8679 (FHL film 970,863)
      Applied 19 Sept. 1832 in Harrison Co. KY; died 13 Nov. 1839 Harrison Co. KY; enlisted for 3 years in Oct. or Nov. 1779 in Fauquier Co. VA under Capt. Mark Thomas, Col. Slaughter, Genl. Clarke; born 22 May 1763 in Bute Co. NC; record of age copied from record made by his father; lived in Fauquier Co. VA when enlisted; since the Rev. War lived in Culpeper Co. VA then Fauquier Co., then in 1800 to KY, Bourbon and Harrison Co.; known to Capt. John Whitehead and Robt. Garner and John Trumble.
      Application of Hannah Duncan, age 63, on 4 March 1840, in Harrison Co. KY; m. Archibald Duncan in August 1792; husband died 13 Nov. 1839; known by Wiseman Hitch of Harrison Co. KY, age 63 on 8 Nov. 1839, in Fauquier Co. VA about 5 years after their marriage and has lived as near neighbor for about 40 years; known by Nancy Hitch of Harrison Co. KY, age 58 on 18 Jan. 1840, who was at wedding; letter from Thos. Parker of Versailles, KY, 18 March 1840, whose Aunt was Hannah Duncan.
      Application of Hannah Duncan, age 67, on 3 Feb. 1843, in Harrison Co. KY; Hannah Williams m. Archibald Duncan 22 Aug. 1792 in Fauquier Co. VA, bond by Archibald Duncan and Joseph Parker, wit. G. Gwathmey.
      Click here for a more extensive extract from the pension file.

Index to War of 1812 Pension Applications and Bounty Land Warrant Applications; National Archives Film (FHL film 840,458)
      Duncan, Jeremiah; SO 16829, SC 11768; BL 39430-40-50, 61062-120-55; Private Capt. Richard Matson's Co. KY Mil. 8/15/1813 to 11/19/1813; sol. res. 1851, 1855, Bourbon Co. KY, 1871 Paris, Bourbon Co. KY; maiden name of wife Hannah E. Scott m. (no date) Bourbon Co. KY.

"Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kentucky" (Union Soldiers), 1861-1866, Vol.I (from John A. Duncan 1995, and FHL film 1,463,599 for Regiment organization)
      Page, Company, Name, Rank, Date enrolled, When and where mustered in, period, when and where mustered out, remarks. Separate groups for Discharged, Transferred, Died, Deserted.
      Pg.184, Company B, 7th KY Volunteer Cavalry, organized at Paris, [Bourbon Co.] KY: Hugh Duncan, Private, enr. Aug. 10, 1862, mustered in Aug. 16, 1862, at Paris, KY, for 3 years; mustered out July 10, 1865, at Edgefield, TN.

"Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kentucky" (Union Soldiers), 1861-1866, Vol.II (from John A. Duncan 4/1995, and FHL film 1,463,600, appendix pages)
      Page, Company, Name, Rank, Date enrolled, When and where mustered in, period, when and where mustered out, remarks. Separate groups for Discharged, Transferred, Died, Deserted.
      Pg.5, Company B, 18th KY Volunteer Infantry: Lewis Duncan, Private, enr. Nov. 22, 1861; mustered in Feb. 8, 1862 at Paris, [Bourbon Co.] KY, for 3 years; Wounded in action at Richmond, KY, Aug. 30, 1862.

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, Frazier, widow Duncan, Jane; B 100 US C. Inf.; 1891 Feb. 6, Invalid Appl. #996746, Cert. #708793, KY; 1899 Nov. 15, Widow Appl. #708621, no cert., KY. (MAD: Bourbon Co. KY 1890; mustered in at Lexington, Fayette Co. KY)
      Duncan, Hugh; B & I 7 KY Cav.; 1883 Nov. 12, Invalid Appl. #499674, no cert., Ohio. (MAD: 1850 Nicholas Co. KY; mustered in at Paris, Bourbon Co. KY)
      Duncan, Joe; B 6 US C. Cav.; 1883 May 29, Invalid Appl. #484971, Cert. #280810, KY. (MAD: Bourbon Co. KY 1890; see Josephus Duncan)
      Duncan, John W.; G 53 KY Mtd. Inf.; 1880 June 25, Invalid Appl. #388665, Cert. #276102. (MAD: organized at Paris, Bourbon Co. KY; see Joseph W. Duncan; see Joseph Dukin)
      Duncan, Joseph W.; G 53 KY Mtd. Inf.; 1880 June 25, Soldier Appl. #388665, Cert. #276102; remarks C2575005. (MAD: organized at Paris, Bourbon Co. KY, mustered in at Lexington, [Fayette Co.] KY; see also John W. Duncan; see Joseph Dukin; ? Joseph M. Duncan, Owen Co. KY 1890)
      Duncan, Josephus, widow Duncan, Rosa; B 6 US C. Cav.; 1893 Feb. 25, Widow Appl. #571328, no cert., KY. (mustered in at Bowling Green, Warren Co. KY; see Joe Duncan)
      Duncan, Lewis; B 18 KY Inf., B 30 KY Inf.; 1863 March 9, Invalid Appl. #12974, Cert. #23026. (MAD: mustered in at Paris, Bourbon Co. KY; Grant Co. KY 1890)


Handwritten pages, Draper manuscripts, probably Vol.16, series CC (from John A. Duncan 7/1985)
      Pg.250-251: Fayette County.
      Family Record in Bible - 4 to - Isaiah Thomas - Worcester - 1791.
      Daniel Duncan, son of Wm. and Mary Duncan, of Pennsylvania, was married to Mary Timberlake, daughter of Richard and Mary Timberlake of Ky., Oct 17 - 1793.
      Wm. Duncan, Feb. 17 - 1795.
      Sally Smith Duncan. Nov. 23 - 1797.
      Henry Timberlake Duncan. March 20 - 1800.
      Mary M. Duncan. Wednesday. Sept. 29 - 1802. Polly?
      Eliza Duncan. Sunday night. Dec. 9 - 1804.
      Maria Duncan. Tuesday morning, Nov. 11 - 1806.
      James Wm. Duncan. Sunday morning, January 21 - 1810.
      Maria Ann Duncan, Tuesday evening, June 14 - 1812.
      Daniel James Wm. Duncan. July 26 - 1816.
      Henry Duncan Jenkins - Dec. 30 - 1822. (Dr. H.D.J. Lex.)
      Mary Barr Jenkins - Wed. Morng., Oct. 6 - 1824.
      Daniel - son to Theodorick & Eliza Jenkins, Sat. Oct. 14 - 1826.
      An infant son, born July 1814 - and departed this life in 13 days after its birth.
      Wm. Duncan dep.t. life, Wed. Sept. 3 - 1800, after 12 hours sickness with the croup.
      Sally Smith Duncan dep.t. life, Frid. Nov. 14 - 1800 - after five days sickness with a putrid sore throat.
      Maria Duncan, dep.t. life, Frid. night, Sept. 25 - 1807.
      Daniel Duncan - son of Wm. and Mary Duncan of Pa. - dep.t. life, June 20 - 1833, in the 69th year of his age.
      Mary Duncan, consort of Daniel Duncan, died March 21 - 1849.
      Eliza Jenkins - daughter of Danl. & Mary Duncan, died, Feb. 18 - 1848.

"The [Illinois] governors' letter-books, 1818-1834" by Elias K. Kane, Shadrach Bond; pub. Springfield, Ill.: Trustees of the Illinois State Historical Library, 1909, 353 pgs. (LH6189, HeritageQuest images 4/2007 and 7/2007)
      Pg.61-62: Governors' Letter-Books, February 5, 1824.
      Copy of a letter to Mathew Duncan, Esq.(1).
            Vandalia, Feby. 5, 1824.
      Sir -- I recd by the last mail your letter dated Dec. 15, (but with the Postmark of Jany 23) in which you inform me that you, as one of a company, were anxious to lease the Muddy Saline and wish to know for what length of time and on what terms I should be willing to grant a lease to be paid in improvements made on the place. In reply I have to state, that I should be willing to lease the Muddy Saline for the term of three years free of rent; on condition that you would bind yourselves to dig or bore into the earth or rock to the depth of [at] least one hundred feet unless you should sooner find good salt water, as strongly impregnated with salt as the best salt water used at the Gallatin Saline and of a quantity sufficient to keep in constant operation 40 kettles of 40 gallons each; to wall up the well with durable materials to erect all the necessary buildings for the making of the salt, and the accomodations of the hands; to cut the timber regularly both big and little as well trunks as limbs; and to bind yourselves not to commit any waste, and to deliver in good Repair at the expiration of the lease, the premises with every thing on them except the metal which will be considered your property.
      A violation of the above conditions; or an omission or neglect to labour on the improvements for a period of some three or four months to make void the lease.
      If these or somewhat similar terms (for I should not object to vary them a little) should please you and the company, one of you had better come up and have the lease executed at this place.
      I am with all due respect, EDWARD COLES.
      To Mathew Duncan, Esq., Brownsville.
      Footnote 1. Matthew Duncan : born 1790 in Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky; 1814 removed to Kaskaskia where he founded "The Illinois Herald," the first newspaper published in Illinois; January 24, 1815, appointed justice of the peace of Randolph County by Governor Edwards; 1815, published first volume of "Pope's Digest;" January 26, 1816, appointed recorder of Randolph County; 1817, sold printing establishment and newspaper to Daniel P. Cook and Robert Blackwell; October 4, 1832, elected captain of a company of Illinois Rangers; 1833, appointed captain in first regiment of dragoons of the regular army; 1837, resigned commission and entered business at Shelbyville; January 16, 1844, died. --Snyder, John F., Personal Letter.
      Pg.62: Copy of a letter Richd J. Hamilton (1).
            Vandalia, March 19, 1824.
      Dr. Sir -- About the first of Feby. I received a communication from Mathew Duncan, in which he expressed a wish to lease the Muddy Saline, and requested to be informed on what terms I would lease it, to be paid for in improvements. I immediately complied with his request by stating the length of time and conditions on which I would lease it. Since then I have not heard from him.
      About a month since I received an application from John Hammon, of your town, to cultivate a field on the Saline tract. To this I have made no reply in consequence of my being in daily expectation of hearing from Mr. Duncan.
      Feeling myself under the necessity of troubling some friend, and knowing of none in the vicinity in which I have more confidence, or who I believe would more cheerfully render a service to the State than yourself, I am induced to ask the favour of you to ascertain whether Mr. Duncan intends leasing the Saline; and if he should not, to rent for the season the field to Mr. Hammon, or some other person to be paid in improvements to be made on the place, or for such other consideration as you may think most advantageous for the state.
      You would also render an acceptable service to the State, as well as confer a favour on me, by undertaking the Genl. Superintendance of the Saline until it is rented. (MAD: more not copied, no other mention of Mathew Duncan, footnote re Richard Jones Hamilton not copied)
      Pg.131: Governors' Letter-Books, October 25, 1827. Letter mentions Jos. Duncan at board of directors meetings of 22 October 1822 and 20 August 1823.
            Footnote 3. Joseph Duncan : born February 22, 1794, at Paris, Kentucky; (in the Territorial Records of Illinois, a Joseph Duncan was appointed September 30, 1814, lieutenant of the Second Regiment of St. Clair County; August 7, 1818, a justice of the peace of Madison County); 1818, settled at Fountain Bluff, Jackson County; 1823, commissioned major-general of the Illinois militia; 1824-26, state senator from Jackson County; 1827-34, congressional representative; 1828, married Elizabeth Caldwell Smith and moved to Jacksonville; 1831, appointed brigadier-general by Governor Reynolds; 1834-38, governor of Illinois; 1842, unsuccessful Whig candidate for governor; January 15, 1844, died at Jacksonville; in politics Duncan was first a Jacksonian Democrat and then a Whig. --Reynolds, John My Own Times, Illinois, 1855.
      Pg.133: Copy of a letter to the Cashier: Executive Department, Dec. 11th, 1827. Sir-- You will please furnish to this Department, a statement of the amount of Auditors Warrant other than those belonging to the school fund which are now in your possession as Cashier of the Bank of Illinois. Very respectfully, Your most obt. Servt, Ninian Edwards.
            (to) James M. Duncan (1) Cashier of the State Bank of Illinois.
            Footnote (1): James M. Duncan; served as clerk of the Supreme Court from 1819-41.


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HISTORIES before 1923

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Many obituaries from early KY and MO newspapers have been abstracted and published; these should be consulted.

"The Duncans of Bourbon Co. KY" by Julia Hoge Spencer Ardery (FHL fiche 6,018,102 and other sources).
      This book includes many source records and lineages for Duncans in Bourbon Co. KY and should be consulted.

The web pages of Bob Francis contain a lot of information on early families in Bourbon Co. KY, including the Duncans.

1983 "Jackson Co. IL Formation and Early Settlement" by John W.D. Wright (FHL book 977.3994 h2w)
      Pg.102-4 of this book contain a biography of Matthew Duncan, born at Paris, Bourbon Co. KY in 1790, d.1844, son of Major Joseph Duncan who married Anna Maria McLaughlin. The biography also contains information on his brothers. It may have been taken from 1894 History by Ben Brink which had very similar sketch on pg.59.

1969-1970 "Vermilion Co. (IL) Pioneers" by James V. Gill and Maryan R. Gill, 2 vols., pub. by Heritage House (FHL book 977.365 D3g)
      Preface: The biographies and family histories printed in this book are taken from the Danville Evening Commercial of 1892 and 1893. ...
      Pg.14 contains a biography of Darius Duncan, born in Bourbon Co. KY 12/1/1813, son of James and Nancy Duncan, and should be consulted for many more details.

"The Story of Thomas Duncan and His Six Sons" by Katherine Duncan Smith, 1928 (Los Angeles Public Library book R929.2 D911 and other libraries)
      This book includes the descendants of Thomas Duncan, whose will was filed in Cumberland Co. PA in 1776; his son William Duncan married Mary Albert and left a will proved in 1794 in Cumberland Co. PA; William was the father of Daniel Duncan whose son Henry T. Duncan lived in Bourbon Co. KY.

"KY Ante-Bellum Portraiture" by Edna Talbott Whitley, 1956; photographs from collection of National Society of Colonial Dames of America in KY (from John A. Duncan 7/1986)
      Pg.138-139 of this book include information about Dr. Stephen Duncan (1787-1867).
      Pg.132-137 include information about Henry Timberlake Duncan, Sr. (1800-1880) and his family.


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