Duncans in Breckinridge Co. KY


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

Last revised June 9, 2012

Formed 1799 from Hardin
Meade formed 1823 from Hardin, Breckinridge
Hancock formed 1829 from Daviess, Ohio, Breckinridge


1810 Breckinridge Co. KY Census
Pg.157  Duncan, James Jun.   00100         - 31010
   161  Duncan, James Sen.   00001         - 01001

1820 Breckinridge Co. KY Census (semi-alphabetic)
Pg.249  Duncan, Wm.          100010        - 40010
        Duncan, James        301110        - 02111
        Duncan, Ruth         010000        - 10101
          (MAD: widow of Joshua d.1815-1816;
            see Clark Co. KY records)
        Duncan, James W.     200010        - 10101
        Duncan, Wm.          000100        - 20101
   251  Duncan, Wm.          000010        - 00101
        Duncan, Wm.          120010        - 20010
        Duncan, Heathy       100000        - 00110

1830 Breckinridge Co. KY Census
Pg. 46  James Duncan         0021,0001     - 0000,0001

1840 Breckinridge Co. KY Census (from Vivian Biddle 12/1981)
Pg.435  Samuel Duncan        2200,1        - 0100,1
          (MAD: one Samuel Duncan mar. Lydia Snellin 9/8/1832,
            of 1850 Grayson Co. KY census; one Samuel Duncan mar.
            Hannah Muffitt 5/11/1835, of 1860 Ballard Co. KY census)
        James Butler
        George P. Duncan     0000,1        - 0001,1
        James Duncan         0000,0000,1   - 0000,0000,1
        John Butler ... Wm. Piles
        Wm. Duncan           1000,1        - 2001
        Mathias Batston

1850 Breckinridge Co. KY Census
District 2
Pg.62, #246, James DUNCAN 73 MD farmer $2250
                  George S. 14 KY
                  (MAD: James Jr. mar. 1st Anne Pomeroy 11/14/1799 Jefferson Co. KY, mar. 2nd Elizabeth Coleman 5/12/1851 Hardin Co. KY, d.1857)
Pg.62, #247, George P. DUNCAN 38 KY farmer $300
                  Elizabeth A. 35 KY
                  Catharine BRADEN 24 KY
                  Mary E. PURCELL 11 KY
                  Simeon NOTTINGHAM 16 KY
                  (MAD: Geo. P. Duncan mar. Elizabeth A. Purcell 5/20/1839 Hardin Co. KY)
Pg.62, #248, William G. DUNCAN 32 KY farmer $300
                  Lydia 29 KY
                  Malinda 11, Martha J. 10, Ezra 8 KY
                  Simeon 6, James 4, Benjamin 2 KY
                  Christiana E. (f) 6/12 KY
                  (MAD: 1860 Grayson Co. KY census)
District 1
Pg.97, #25, (boarding house with others)
                  Philo V. DUNCAN 29 IN ("Ia") merchant $3500
                  Susan E. 28 MD
                  Henry V. 3, Stanley K. 6/12 KY
                  (MAD: from Wayne Co. IN; see Hancock Co. KY deed 1852)

1860 Breckinridge Co. KY Census
(2nd number is stamped page number)
District 1, P.O. Hardingburg (Stephensport)
Pg.123/515, #827, George DUNCAN 23 KY farmer $1100-$1600
                  Sarah 25 KY
                  Helen 2, James 1 KY
                  (MAD: died 1868 McLean Co. KY, widow there in 1870 census)
District 2, Cloverport
Pg.7/539, #47, P.V. DUNCAN (m) 39 KY merchant & farmer $30,000-$30,000
                  Susan 38 KY
                  Henry V. 12, Stanley K. (m) 10 KY
                  Smith (m) 6, Anna 3 KY
                  (Patrick Hays 8/2000: Philo V. Duncan, son of Warren Duncan & Sally Daniel)
District 2, P.O. Hardinsburg
Pg.39/572, #291, G.P. DUNCAN (m) 47 KY farmer $1800-$6000
                  Elizabeth A. 44 KY
                  Mary E. PURCELL 21 KY
Pg.69/602, #514, Benjamin J. DUNCAN 37 KY farmer $22,000-$3,000
                  Maria 32 IN
                  Alonzo 10, Susan May 2 KY
                  (Patrick Hays 8/2000: son of Warren Duncan & Sally Daniel; Warren the son of Benjamin Duncan and Abigail Harrell)

1870 Breckinridge Co. KY Census (pg.95 also from Tina Magnan 10/1986)
Cloverport Dist.
Pg.39, #62-63, DUNCAN, Francis (m) 25 KY (white) farmer $0-$100
                  Eliza A. 26 KY keeps house
Pg.39, #63-64, DUNCAN, William 4 KY at home
                  Lawrey E. (f) 1 KY at home
Town of Cloverport
Pg.60, #9-7, JONES, Sarah 35 KY (white) cook $0-$0
                  DUNCAN, Mary 26 KY MULATTO keeps house
                  John A. 9 KY MULATTO at home
                  Anna 3, Eli 1 KY MULATTO
                  JONES, Charles 8 KY (white)
                  Frederick 4, Ana E. 7/12 KY b.Oct. (whites)
Pg.63, #77-63, DUNCAN, B.S. (m) 48 KY (white) tobacco dealer $13,000-$11,000
                  Mariah 42 KY keeps house
                  Alonzo 21 KY factory clerk
                  Effie H. 4 KY
                  FRIEND, J.E. (m) 21 KY (white) telegraph operator
Pg.65, #100-86, DUNCAN, P.V. (m) 49 IN (white) tobacconist $6000-$1000
                  Susan E. 47 MD keeps house
                  D. Smith (m) 15 KY attends school
                  Annie 13 KY attends school
                  PARKER, Kate 40 IN widow at home $0-$4500
                  KINSOR, Addie (f) 37 IN asst. house keeper
                  SINGLETON, Jennie 13 KY MULATTO cook attends school
                  DUNCAN, H.V. (m) 23 KY (white) merchant $0-$2120
Dehavens District
Pg.72, #4-4, DUNCAN, Mary 45 KY MULATTO keeps house $0-$0
                  Martin 21 KY BLACK works on farm
                  Henry 13 KY BLACK works on farm
                  Emaline 11 KY BLACK at home
                  Elizabeth 7 KY BLACK at home
Hardinsburg Precinct
Pg.95, #134-132, DUNCAN, George B. 58 KY (white) farmer $2000-$5000
                  Elizabeth 55 KY keeps house
                  TERRY, Mary 17 KY at home
                  WHITWORTH, Nora (f) 15 KY at home
                  DYE, Charles 9 KY at home
Pg.97, #155-153, DUNCAN, Perry (Terry?) 40 KY BLACK farm hand $0-$200
                  Margarett 40 KY BLACK keeps house
                  Caroline 15, Catharine 13 KY BLACK at home
                  Sam 12, Thomas 11 KY BLACK at home
                  George 9, Slepthin? (m) 8 KY BLACK at home
                  Polly ("?m") 18 KY BLACK at home
                  GIVANS, Hiram B. 25 KY (white) common laborer
Pg.97-98, #167-165, NEAPIN?, Washington 50 KY (white) farmer $500-$400
                  NEAPIN?, Hannah 43 KY (white) keeps house
                  Sarah E. 25 KY at home
                  Mary E. 16 KY at home
                  DUNCAN, Richard 17 KY BLACK works on farm
                  William 17 KY BLACK works on farm
Pg.98, #167-165, DUNCAN, Thomas 68 KY BLACK works on farm $200-$300
                  Sallie 65 KY BLACK keeps house
                  Mary 20, Maria 17 KY BLACK at home
                  Malinda 30 KY BLACK at home
                  Clay 14 KY BLACK works on farm
                  Thomas 2, Sarah 4 KY BLACK
                  PULLIN, James 37 KY (white) farmer $0-$200
                  (MAD: household numbers the same for both households)
Pg.98, #174-172, PAYNE, Kittie (f) 78 VA (white) at home
                  COX, Elizabeth 37 KY BLACK cook
                  DUNCAN, Washington 19 KY BLACK works on farm


Breckinridge Co. KY Wills (FHL film 422,129)
      1-17: 18 Feb. 1817, will of James Duncan; all to my wife Heathy and my youngest son Samuel; if my wife should marry all my real estate to my son Samuel; upon wife's death all estate to my son Samuel except $1 to be equally divided between my sons James William & John & daughter Polly (no commas). Wit. James Duncan Jr., Betsy (X) Amons, Ann Duncan. Prob. May, 1817.
      The will of James Duncan (Jr.) was recorded on April 5, 1857 in Will Book 1, pg.239 (from "Breckinridge Co. KY Records" Vol.4, pg.38; by Michael L. and Bettie Anne Cook, 1984; from Evelyn Sigler 3/1986). An extract in the notebooks of Kay D. Hampton now at Platte Co. MO Historical Society: Will Book 1, page 240; will of James Duncan Jr. dated Feb. 1, 1857; to sons George P. Duncan, Wm. G. Duncan, daughters Hannah Pile and her heirs, daughter Margaret (Peggy) Hardin, Jane Blackwell and her heirs, Betsy (Elizabeth) Harned, and heirs and George S. Duncan, a grandson. Bequests to numerous other grandsons and granddaughters and to his second wife Betsey. This will was dated Feb. 1, 1857, and he died April 5, 1857. He left in this will land, large amounts of money, a number of slaves to his children and a farm to grandson George Smith Duncan whom he reared. This will stated his sons George P. Duncan and William G. Duncan were executors.
      The will of Thomas Duncan was recorded on 18 Nov. 1878 (ibid; and from Roy Hall 1/1987)
      The will of George P. Duncan, wife Elizabeth Ann, was recorded on 18 Nov. 1889 (ibid)


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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, John P.; Major 13 KY Inf., F 13 KY Inf.; 1897 July 24, Invalid Appl. #1195248, no cert., Ark. (MAD: orig. mustered in at Camp Hobson, KY, near Greensburg, KY; Men were recruited from Casey, Green, Taylor, Hart, Nelson, Hardin, Grayson, Breckinridge and Meade Cos.)


Hancock Co. KY Deeds
      4-264: 2 Oct. 1849, Timothy Holmes and wife Elizabeth and Thomas H. Ayres and wife Martha, of Hancock Co. KY, to Benjamin L. Duncan of Breckinridge Co. KY, $150, 1-3/4 acres on Ohio River, on which Medin Wilson formerly built a steam mill and formerly sold by Robert Triplett, reserving mines and minerals. (FHL film 495,014)
      5-361: 11 Aug. 1852, Benjamin L. Duncan and wife Maria and Philo V. Duncan and wife Susan E., of Breckinridge Co. KY, to John G. Duncan and Charles B. Duncan of Hancock Co. KY, for $1719.28 including notes payable (paid 1854), 1-3/4 acres (above land). No wit. (FHL film 495,015) (MAD: John G. & Charles B. in Daviess Co. KY 1850)

Madison Co. KY Deeds
      P-239/240: 21 Aug. 1822, John Dunkin and Francis his wife of Breckenridge Co. KY to Stephen Perkins of Madison Co. KY, for $106 paid, sell a tract of land containing by survey 17-1/2 acres in Madison Co. on the waters of Tates Creek, beg. at the fork of a branch corner to Cosby, then down said branch with its meanders N 54 E 22 poles to the mouth of a drain, then up said drain as it meanders N 48 W 20 poles, then N 24 W 52 poles to two beeches and a red oak on said Purkins line, then with said line S 69 deg. W 22 poles to a walnut and hickory at the head of a drain, then down said drain as it meanders S 14 W 36 poles, then S 21 E 26 poles to the mouth of said drain on Cosby's spring branch, then with said branch S 82 E 39? poles to the beginning, with its appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ John Dunkin, Frances Dunkin. They appeared on 29 Aug. 1822 before David Irvine, Clerk. (FHL film 183,291)

HISTORIES before 1923

1886-1887 "KY, a History of the State" 3rd Edition (Volume), by Perrin, Battle & Kniffin (FHL book 976.9 D3wt, and from Denzil R. Mauldin)
      Pg.114-5, Breckinridge Co. VIRGIL G. BABBAGE, attorney at law, born town of Cloverport, Breckinridge Co., Aug. 22, 1854, son of J.C. Babbage born in State of NY in 1817, came to KY about 1846, settling at Cloverport where engaged in saddlery and harness business and later practiced law, dying on Dec. 7, 1884. The maiden name of subject's mother was Elvira Massey, born NC about 1821, still living. Children of J.C. and Elvira Babbage are: Mrs. Elza Taylor, John D., Courtney P., Mrs. Lou Duncan, Virgil G., Mrs. Kate Rowland, Charles and Jennie. .... (MAD: preceeding article about John D. Babbage, son of J.C. and Elvira Babbage, states that John C. Babbage was born 1817 England, family to US and settled at Poughkeepsie NY when he quite young; more on John C. Babbage family). (MAD: Lou Babbage age 20, married Jan. 23, 1871, to Henry V. Duncan age 24, in Breckinridge Co. KY)
      Pg.123 (pg.1054), Breckinridge Co. JAMES H. CUNNINGHAM, born Dec. 22, 1818, in Grayson Co., when about 12 years old came with parents to Breckinridge Co. His father Matthew Cunningham born Fauquier Co. VA 1787, son of James Cunningham a native of IRE, to VA when young, to KY about 1802 to Washington Co., then after a few years to Breckinridge Co., had been soldier in Rev. War. Matthew Cunningham was twice married, first about 1809 to Miss Elizabeth, dau. of Little Berry Davis of Fauquier Co. VA, children: Little Berry D., Nancy B. (Vertrees), Sarah W. (Cox), James H. and Joel D. His second marriage took place in 1830 to Mrs. Margaret Hartly, dau. of James Duncan. May 31, 1840, James H. Cunningham married Miss Melissa A., dau. of George and Nancy (Beauchamp) Barr ...
      Pg.151 (pg.1054), Breckinridge Co. HON. ROBERT R. PIERCE was born in Louisa Co. VA, June 22, 1823, fourth in family of six children born to Richard and Pamela (Cosby) Pierce, natives of VA; father died when Robert small. Robert in 1848 to KY, Breckinridge Co., engaging in tobacco business until 1882 ... Married in 1850 to Laura E. Allen, by whom he had ten children, seven now living: Jessie R., wife of Nathaniel Wilson; Frederick H. unmarried; Robert B. married to Anna Duncan; Allie R. wife of Rev. Montgomery May; Eli Murray, married Tillie Weiger; Annie Laurie and William R. Mrs. Pierce died 1874, and Nov. 30, 1876, Mr. Pierce married Annie R. Thomas, dau. of Dr. Joshua H. Thomas ...
      Pg.161-2, Breckinridge Co. FREDERICK WALTER, born in Germany Aug. 5, 1835, eldest son of John and Louisa (Scheffling) Walter; family to US in 1842, first settled at Rome, Perry Co. IN until 1855, then to Cloverport, KY. Frederick Walter ... located at Cloverport, KY, and July, 1859 purchased the interest of Mr. P.V. Duncan in the firm of Vest and Duncan, general merchants. His partnership with Mr. Vest dates from that time and continued without interruption for a period of 20 years. ...

1883 "History of Daviess County, Kentucky : together with sketches of its cities, villages and townships, educational, religious, civil, military, and political history, portraits of prominent persons, biographies of representative citizens, and an outline history of Kentucky" pub. by Inter-State Pub. Co. (FHL film 1,421,700 Item 5, and FHL book 976.9864 H2d; from Lucille Mehrkam 10/1982; SUTRO book F457 D3 H6, CA State Library, Sutro Branch)
      Pg.623-24: William Muffett was born in Breckinridge Co. KY, Jan. 6, 1831, and is a son of Benjamin Muffett, who died when William was but five years old. Our subject's mother, Elizabeth B. Duncan, was born near Yelvington, this county, and had removed to Breckinridge County, but upon the death of her husband she returned with her family to this county. She afterward married Henry Roberts. ....


William Galloway Duncan Bible (transcript from Larry Grimes 3/2002; his comments; MAD: modified format slightly; see also Grayson Co. KY; an image of the Bible has been posted on the webpage of Dee Lott at http://www.wacohi.com/duncan.htm)
      This transcript of the Family Record pages of the William Galloway Duncan Bible is intended to preserve every detail, as much as possible. Abbreviations and misspellings are not changed intentionally. Where lowercase script is used, the transcript continues the tradition. Even the placement of the written record on each page has been recorded as accurately as this typist is able. Preserving the original punctuation is most difficult because we are working from photographs. What seems like a comma or period is subject to interpretation due to the age of the original pages and imperfection of the photos.
      The handwriting is thought to be that of William Galloway Duncan himself in the earlier entries. Obviously he did not write his own date of death nor that of his wife, Lydia, who died some years later. That the styles are similar may be attributable to the education standards of the era. Some pencil notation was probably added later; i.e. James Poke Duncan.
      We are indebted to Reva Duncan Hart, Elizabethtown, Kentucky, for her permission to publish this transcript. She is a great-granddaughter of William Galloway Duncan and a granddaughter of his son, William Clifton.
      /s/ Lawrence B. Grimes, Great-grandson of William Clifton Duncan, April 13, 2002
            FAMILY RECORD
            BIRTHS. (first column)
      James (Poke) [1] Duncan was born Oct the 6 1846
      Ben (Franklin) [1] Duncan was born in July the 22, 1848
      Christiann Ellen Duncan was born in febuary the 7 day 1850
      John David Duncan was born in october the 19, 1851
      Rachael Eldorah Duncan was born november the 1 1853
            BIRTHS. (second column)
      William G. Duncan was born in march the 6, 1818
      Lydia Harned was born in august the 29, 1821
      William Clifton Duncan was born July the 13 1855
      Eli Virgil Duncan was born July the 5 day 1857
      Sarah Evaline Duncan was born January the 15 1860
            FAMILY RECORD
            G. S. D. [2] BIRTHS. G. S. D. (first column)
      Helen Ann Duncan was born march the 3 1857
      James Decalb Duncan was born February the 5, 1859
      Robert Dale owen [4] Duncan was born February 18. 1861
      Mary Essa Duncan was born may the 2th 1867
      George Smith Duncan was born August the 24 1868
      Florence Croow [5] was born September the 11th 1864
            BIRTHS. (second column)
      Lydia Fentress [3] was born January the 17 1860
      Ezra Fentress was born february the 17 1861
      Fanny Fentress was born may the 12 day 1862
      Catharine Fentress was born June 13th 1864
      [blank space] Fentress was born oct the 23. 1866
      Hester Fentress was born June the 21st 1865
      Vitula and Artella [6] Fentress was born June the 14th 1870
            FAMILY RECORD
            DEATHS. (first column)
      Mary Katharine Duncan deceased July the 6 1846 age 17 months
      Christiann Elen Duncan Deceased Aprile the 11 day 1856 age 6 years 2 months and 5 days
      George S. Duncan Deceased January the 3th, 1868
      Wm. G. Duncan deceased June 13, 1886
      Lydia Duncan Died June the 17th, 1897
            DEATHS. (second column)
      Helen Duncan Deceased december the 19, 1836 age 18 years
      Anna Duncan Deceased february the 4, 1849 age 74 years 9 months 17 [7] days
      James Duncan Deceased Aprile the 4 day, 1857 age 79 - and 11 months and 8 days
      Nathaniel Harned Deceased Aprile the 23 1855 age 78 years 8 months and 8 days
      [-blank-] Fentress Deceased november the 1st 1866
      Elizabeth ann Duncan Deceased August the 23 1875
            FAMILY RECORD
            MARRIAGES. (two columns, first items spanned both columns)
      Wm. G Duncan & Helen Smith was Married 29 Oct 1835
      Geo. Smith Duncan was born 16 Nov. 1836
      Wm. G Duncan & Lidia Harned was Married 25 of Janu" 1838
      Malinda Duncan Was born 8 febr. 1839
      Martha Jane Duncan Was born 7 febr. 1840
      Ezra Duncan was Born 21 Aprile 1842
      Simeon Duncan was Born 21 Sept. 1843
      Mary Catherine Duncan [8] Was born 23 feb. 1845
            MARRIAGES. (first column)
      George S. Duncan and Sarah E Preston was married febuary the 14, 1856
      Malinda Duncan and Henry E. Fentress was married February the 16th 1859
            MARRIAGES. (second column)
      Martha J Duncan [9] and Hiram A. Crow was married October the 25 1863
      Simeou Duncan and Lucretia Wood was married february the 1 1864
      Ezra Duncan and Margaret A. Robertson [10] was maried Decenber the 2 1869
            (Last 'Family Record' Page from William Galloway Duncan Bible. A sheet of commercial lined paper was pasted into the Bible to the right of a printed page for "Deaths. This transcript endeavors to show the page as accurately as possible, including line breaks, spelling, punctuation, etc.) (MAD: format modified slightly)
      Benjamin F. Duncan and Josafine Fentress was married october the 2th 1870
      James P. Duncan and Elmina C. Pate was mried aprile the 20th 1873
      John D. Duncan and Roxanna Peyton was married December the 24th 1874
      Eli Vergil Duncan and Sarah Jane Nevitt was maried March the 4th 1876
            Footnotes by Lawrence Grimes:
      [1] Apparently added later in pencil. Cannot distinguish difference in handwriting. 'Poke' (generally interpreted as 'Polk' is quite clear.
      [2] Script initials in ink, added two places.
      [3] First of two 's' looks like an 'f'; typical.
      [4] Reasonably interpreted from the written record as "Robert Daleowen Duncan". Generally, individuals in this family had two given names; not three.
      [5] Entry delineated top and bottom with hand-drawn double lines. "Croow" is clear in original.
      [6] Given name, Artella, and month subject to interpretation of poor quality photograph.
      [7] Difficult to decipher.
      [8] Entries on this line and above ignored the printed vertical line and flowed across the width of the page. Entries below this line were confined to the left or right column. Horizontal lines were added to distinguish each entry.
      [9] The remainder of this column is very faint and subject to interpretation.
      [10] (sic.)


Many Breckinridge Co. KY records, including marriages, deeds which name heirs, and wills, have been published by Michael L. and Bettie Anne Cook. Other records have been published by the Historical Society, the DAR, and others.

"Bible and Family Records of Grayson Co. KY" by Lorenza D. Carby, 1985 (FHL book 976.9842 D2c, from Roy Hall 2/1993)
      Pgs.18-19 of this volume contain the Duncan-Harned Bible, for William Galloway Duncan, b. 3/6/1818, mar. 1st Helen Smith 10/29/1835 Breckinridge Co. KY, she d. 12/19/1836, had son George Smith Duncan (MAD: d.1868 McLean Co. KY); William G. Duncan mar. 2nd Lydia Harned 1/25/1838 Breckinridge Co. KY; and gives the children. The record also includes the death of Anna Pomeroy Duncan who d. 2/4/1849 aged 74y 9m 17d.


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