Duncans in Clark Co. KY Estate Records


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

Last revised July 14, 2013


Clark Co. KY Mixed probate records, 1793-1868; index to wills and settlements, 1793-1854 (FHL film 183,146; from Louis Boone 9/1984)
      Josiah Duncan: Inv. 4-101; Sale 4-105
      Charles Duncan: Inv. 4-316; Sale 4-332
      Joshua Duncan: Settlement 4-605
      Joseph Duncan: Will 6-126; Inv. 6-187; Sale 6-192
      Joseph Duncan Esq.: Settl. 8-434
      John W. Duncan: Will 8-487; Inv. & Sale 9-119/21; Settle. 9-186
      Elizabeth Duncan: Settle. 9-187
      John S. Duncan: Settle. 9-189
      John W. Duncan: Settle. 9-264
      Sally Duncan: Settle. 9-265, 9-333
      Thomas R. Duncan: Gdn. settle. 9-337
      James B. Duncan: Will 10-3 (no Book 10 found on film)
      Mary Duncan: 10-19
      Sally Duncan: Settle. 10-41
      Jesse Duncan: Will 13-612; Inv. 13-613; Sale 13-626 (free man of color; not copied)

Clark Co. KY Mixed probate records, 1793-1868 (many from Louis Boone 9/1984)
      4-101: 9 Nov. 1815, Joshua Duncan inventory; included note on James Duncan due 25 Dec. 1806 for $40; note on William Dunkin due 1 March 1810 for $50; note on Jesse Stone due 15 Feb. 1816 for $20; note on William Hall due 1 Dec. 1815 for $8; note on Jacob West for 51 cents; inventory by Thomas Warnall (Wainale?); appraised by Arch. Burton, Thomas Essex?, John Donaldson. (FHL film 183,148)
      4-105: 15 Nov. 1815, Joshua Duncan sale; purchasers included Ruth Duncan, George Carpenter, William Hall, Joshua Hall, John Legget, Robert Campbill, George Redman, Rice Pendleton, Henry (Harry?) Duncan. Wit. James P. Bullock. (FHL film 183,148)
      4-316: 5 Aug. 1818, Charles C. Duncan inventory submitted by James Duncan, Jacob Brockman, Stephen Brockman, C.K. Duncan, ??? (FHL film 183,148)
      4-332: 27 July 1818, Charles C. Duncan sale; purchasers Joseph Duncan, Richard Rice, James Duncan, Stephan Brockman, Jacob Brockman, James (Jas?) Quissenberry, Joel Quesenberry, Francis Wilkerson, Jemima Duncan; by C.K. Duncan admr. (FHL film 183,148)
      4-605: 14 Oct. 1818, Settlement of estate of Joshua Duncan, decd, by Thomas Wornall, admr. Income includes: Nov. 15, 1815 (sale) one note on Jesse Stone due 15 Feb. 1816, one note on William Hall due 1 Dec. 1815, an account on Jacob Vish or Virt, due bill on Thomas Rogers, account recd. from Jacob Vish or Virt; Feb. 22, 1817, cash recd. of Andsewell Gaffery which he collected from Amos Duncan; Nov. 22, 1817, one note on James Duncan for $50 which is money that he collected from his uncle James Duncan of the state of IN which said note is not collected. Cash paid out includes: July 15, 1817, cash paid for postage of J. Dunkins letters; Nov. 22, 1817, settled with James Dunkin credit on note, $14. (FHL film 183,148; MAD's extract)
            (MAD: see Breckinridge Co. KY Deed C-495, March 12, 1816, Henry Haynes and Pheba his wife to Elizabeth Jennings late Elizabeth Duncan, Nancy Duncan, James Duncan, Sally Vert late Sally Duncan, Polly Anderson late Polly Duncan, William Duncan, Sidney Duncan, Isabela Duncan, and Joshua Duncan all of them legal heirs and representatives of Joshua Duncan decd. late of Clark Co. KY; from pg.228, Vol.4, "Breckinridge Co. KY Records" by Michael L. and Bettie Anne Cook, 1984; from Evelyn Sigler 3/1986, and FHL book 976.9854 V2c. Cydney Dunkin, Isabella S. Duncan, and Joshua Dunkin are called "infant orphans" of Joshua Dunkin on 18 Jan. 1819 in Breckinridge Co. Court Records Book 3, 1819-1822, pg.29, when William Board was appointed their guardian; from pg.210, Vol.3, of "Breckinridge County KY Records")
      6-126: Will of Joseph Duncan Sr. dated Feb. 12, 1818, prob. April 1826. Directs that a purchase be made of four Sections and 3/4 of a Section, or 3,040 acres, in Missouri Territory as soon as land office is opened in that County and distributed by lot as follows: To daughter Polly S. Daniel and sons Charles C., Cary K., Lewis and Joseph, each 3/4 of a Section or 480 acres; to daughter Diana Lampton, 1/4 of a Section or 160 acres and an equal interest in 1/4 of a Section with his daughter Lucinda; to daughter Lucinda, 1/4 of a Section or 160 acres and an equal interest in 1/4 Section with his daughter Diana Lampton, leaving surplus of 160 acres. Sons Cary K. and Lewis to sell 5 negroes by name and such other property as necessary to make first payment on the land, being 1/4 of its value, another 1/4 to be paid in 2 years and 1/4 annually until purchase price is paid. Sons Cary K. and Lewis are authorized to sell tract of land "whereon I now live," 300 acres, to effect purchase of this land. Estimated Congress price of land is $2 per acre, but should it be higher than $2.25 the quantity purchased must be less.
            In order to make an equal distribution of his estate among all his children, the following is an estimation of value of property given each: To daughter Sally Collins $3,000; to son James $2,550; to daughter Elizabeth Embree $1,750; to daughter Peggy Daniel, deceased, $1,750; to daughter Nancy Watkins $1,635; he then estimates value of land in Missouri Territory herein given together with other property already received to following children: To daughter Polly S. Daniel $1,040; to son Charles C. $1,070; to son Cary K. $1,030; to son Lewis $1,030; to daughter Diana Lampton $980; to son Joseph $1,040; to daughter Lucinda $1,070 and negro girl valued at $500 to be given to her when she is 21 or married; as daughter Diana Lampton's portion is less than others by $50 and if he does not give her that sum before his death, his wife is requested to do so.
            To wife Nancy, balance of estate during life or widowhood, and then to be distributed among his children in such manner that they all may have an equal amount with daughter Sally Collins and then balance equally divided among all the children; portion that would have gone to daughter Peggy Daniel, deceased, to her children: Travis, John and Charles Daniel.
            Executors: Wife Nancy Duncan, sons Cary K. and Lewis Duncan. Wit. Jacob B. Brockman, Stephen Brockman. (FHL film 183,149 and old FHL film 25132-4; this wording from FHL film 183,191: "Abstracts of wills of Clark County, Kentucky, from the formation of the county in 1793 to 1850" by George F. Doyle) (MAD: see Cary K. Duncan in Lincoln Co. MO)
      6-187/92: 2 May 1826, Joseph Duncan inventory by Lewis Duncan, exec.; sale 23 May 1826. Purchasers include Thomas Smith, Thomas Burris, Rogers, Wallis Tate, Allen Haggar, William Berry, Lewis Duncan, John Dawson, Rice Pendleton, John Owen, John Miles. (FHL film 183,149)
      8-219: Will of John Strode, Sr., dated March 11, 1834, proved August 25, 1834, wife Ruth, names his children including his daughter Mary Duncan deceased and his grandchildren including Mary Duncan's children Ruth Ann, Elizabeth, and John S. (see pg.107-8 in "Historical Records of the Blue Grass Region of KY" by Lucy Kate McGhee)
      8-434: 2 July 1835, Joseph Duncan settlement by Lewis Duncan exec.; each heir receive $535.09 from sale of goods. (FHL film 183,150)
      8-487: John W. Duncan's will, dated August 25, 1835, proved April 25, 1836. To wife Margaret, during her life or widowhood, part of home tract purchased of John Payne, to be laid off as follows: Beginning at east end of his plantation at the end of a division fence between two fields in Harrison's line and with that fence westwardly to a pair of draw bars at the big spring, thence with the spring lot fence to the garden fence at upper end of two corn cribs, thence around south side of garden to west corner of same, thence with a division fence between a field and grass lot down to a place formerly called the little spring to intersect fence that comes down from west side of apple orchard, thence with that fence to upper corner of apple orchard about a north course, thence westwardly with a division fence between two grass pastures crossing the creek to F.B. Nichols' line, thence round with his line to Griffin Kelly's line, thence round with Kelly's line to Harrison's line, thence with Harrison's line to beginning, about 60 acres.
            To son Thomas W., balance of home tract bought of John Payne; also at death or marriage of wife said Thomas to have land allotted to his mother in addition to above. To son William R., tract of land bought from Capt. James Young. To two daughters Elizabeth Bowren and Sally Duncan, tract of land bought from David Sutherland's heirs, to be equally divided between them; land bequeathed to Elizabeth to be hers as long as she may live and then to be equally divided between all her children; land bequeathed to Sally to be rented out and proceeds with bequest in money hereinafter mentioned to be given to his wife as compensation for maintenance of said daughter Sally, she being in a state of body and mind incapable of taking care of herself.
            To wife, one black woman purchased of William Young, and another with her two children during her life and then to be equally divided between his surviving children, daughter Elizabeth's part to be divided between her children. To son William R., black woman and black man. To son Thomas W., black boy and black girl purchased of William Young. To daughter Elizabeth Bowren, two black girls during her life and then to be divided between all her children. To granddaughter Mary Duncan Bowren, negro girl.
            To daughter Sally, should she again come to her proper mind and survive, three little negro girls, in trust with his son William until they are seven, so that they may be with their mother who was given to said William, and should said Sally be dead or die thereafter they are to be divided amongst his three surviving children, Elizabeth, William and Thomas.
            To wife, all money received from estate of her father William Redman, which she has had in her possession since his decease; also out of his own money $600. To daughter Sally, $600 to be put out at interest and interest with proceeds of her land to be used as directed above. To daughter Elizabeth Bowren, $600 to be loaned out at 10% per annum and interest given her annually, the principal secured until her children are 18 or marry, when they are to receive an equal share; money to be placed in hands of son William as trustee. To two sons William and Thomas, all the money their uncles John and William Redman now owe on notes, $1,100 with interest, to be equally divided between them.
            Should there be surplus money after paying all legacies, to be equally divided between wife and surviving children. After his decease personal estate to be sold and proceeds divided as follows: To wife, 1/3, balance to be equally divided amongst his children. Has placed in hands of Alfred Bowren various notes on sundry persons amounting to about $1,000, which he is to collect for the exclusive benefit of himself and family.
            Executors: Friend and neighbor Frederick B. Nicholds (sic), son William R. Duncan. Witnesses: Wiley Roy Brasfield, Lewis Berry, L.B. Yeates.
            Codicil, January 11, 1836. His wife and children shall have immediate possession of land, slaves and money bequeathed to them, and that rents, hire and profits of said land, negroes and money shall not be taken into account by executors, but that each have the same and use and profit thereof. Since son Thomas W. is not of proper age to manage his property, appoints his friend Daniel Smith as trustee for said son, until testator's decease or he is 18. Wit. R. Hawes, John Martin.
            Frederick B. Nicholds and William R. Duncan qualified with John Clinkinbeard, Strauder Goff and Daniel Smith as sureties. (FHL film 183,150 and old FHL film 25132-5; this wording from FHL film 183,191: "Abstracts of wills of Clark County, Kentucky, from the formation of the county in 1793 to 1850" by George F. Doyle)
      9-119/21: 2 May 1836, John W. Duncan's inventory; includes note on Daniel Smith $55, W.R. Duncan $120, Daniel Smith & Isaac Cunningham $300, Daniel Smith and Isaac Van Meter $199; sale held 4 May 1836 by J.W. Duncan (?); purchasers also include Wm. Strode, Griffin Kelly, Alfred Bouren, Cornelius Bouren. (FHL film 183,150)
      9-186: 7 Dec. 1837, John W. Duncan settlement of estate; sale of goods total $5969.07; Sally Duncan (deceased?) (FHL film 183,150)
      9-187: 29 Aug. 1837, Elizabeth Duncan now Elizabeth Ecton; guardian was John Grigsby; Elizabeth was infant orphan of John Duncan; cash paid J.B. Duncan 11 March 1837 among others. (FHL film 183,150)
      9-189: John S. Duncan, infant orphan of John W. Duncan. (FHL film 183,150)
      9-264: 14 June 1838, John W. Duncan; settlement with executors F.B. Nichols and William Duncan; included payment to William and Margaret Duncan. (FHL film 183,150)
      9-265: Sally Duncan; F.B. Nichols was paid $400 as trustee for Sally. (FHL film 183,150)
      9-337: 26 June 1837, Thomas R. Duncan settlement, infant of John W. Duncan. (FHL film 183,150)
      10-3/4: I, James B. Duncan, being of sound mind, do constitute this my last will & testament. In the first place, I desire that all my just debts be paid so soon after my death as practicable, my securities who are bound for me for the payment of money first, and any other creditors afterward, so soon as the means can be realized. After all my debts are paid the balance I leave to my wife Nancy Duncan for her to divide among my children as she may think just, having a due regard to the claims of each, reserving to herself her due proportion during her life. And further I constitute & appoint Nancy Duncan, George Fry Jr., & Washington Miller the executrix & executors of this my last will & testament. Of Nancy Duncan I do not require security, of George Fry & Washington Miller I require them to give security according to law as provided in such cases. I further give my executrix & executors the power to sell all or any portion of my town property as they may think best for the interest of my wife & children. November 8th, 1839. /s/ J.B. Duncan. Witness: A.W. Mills, Jno. Martin. Clarke Co. July Court 1841. Will was produced in court and proven by oaths of A.W. Mills & Jno. Martin, ordered recorded, certificate granted them with Alexr. In? Preston and Wm. C. Sympson bondsmen for $10,000. (FHL film 259,297; SLC 4/29/2013) (MAD: from Mason Co. KY)
      10-19: To the Clarke County Court now sitting. I, Nancy Duncan, widow of James B. Duncan deceased, hereby renounce the executrixship of the last will and testament of said James B. Duncan, 26 July 1841. /s/ Ann Duncan. Wit. Benjamin F. Allen. July court, 1841, Certificate proven by oath of Benj. F. Allen, a witness, ordered recorded. (FHL film 259,297)
      10-41/42: 30 June 1841, the undersigned proceeded to settle and state the accounts of F.B. Nichols? and William R. Duncan as trustees for Sally Duncan estate of Jno. W. Duncan decd and submit the following: The settlement made with said trustees in July 1838 & January 1839 having been set aside by the Clark Circuit Court, the same are refered to for? vouchers herein.
         Trustees of Sally Duncan, to Rent of 1837 $94; rent of 1838 $35; rent of 1839 $50; rent of 1840 $70; total debts to Jany 1 1840 $249; Credits by tax 1837 $2.29; see settlement 1838; by cash paid H? L. Frimell? $.75; taxes 1838, see settlement 1809, $2.10; Margaret Duncan Oct. 1837 rent $94; Margaret Duncan rent 1838 $35; the ?? fee for surveying No.1, $2.00; Tax 139, No. 2, $2.29; Cash paid J.W. Cook, No.3, $1.25; J.P. Bullock, No.4, $.75; Compensation to trustees for personal services 1837 & 1838, renting, &c, $5.00; Commissioner fee for his former settlement, $6.00; do fee for their settlement $3.00; (more not copied) ... there is a bal. due Sally Duncan $22.57; (more not copied), from which it appears that the trustees have paid to Sally Duncan all the ?? to January 1st 1841 and the unpaid ... due 1 April l841.
         This settlement? with F.B. Nichols & Wm. R. Duncan trustees of Sally Duncan being laid over at last court ... ordered recorded. (FHL film 259,297)

Clark Co. KY Mixed Probate records
      Vol.8-9 1832-41 - no heirs of James Duncan d. 1841 (FHL film 183,150)
      Vol.10, 1841-45 - no heirs of James Duncan d. 1841 (FHL film 259,297)

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