Duncans in Franklin Co. MA


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

Last revised September 3, 2009

Formed 1811 from Hampshire


1820-1830 Franklin Co. MA Census
      No Duncan indexed

1840 Franklin Co. MA Census
Pg.173  Samuel G. Duncan      0000,1  -  1000,1

1850 Franklin Co. MA Census
Pg.97, #337-373, Nathan PIERCE 37 MA farmer
                  Belinda 35 MA
                  Mary J. 6, Lydia M. 3 MA
                  Monroe (m) 2, James 7/12 MA
                  Henry DUNCAN 2 MA
Pg.135, #264-313, Samuel G. DUNCAN 36 VT farmer
                  Sophia 37 MA
                  Martha 10, Elijah W. 9 MA
                  Win. H. (m) 8 (or 4), Eliza A. 1 MA
                  Delia HARKINS 30 MA
                  Martha FASTER? 44 MA
                  Abigail THOMAS 18 MA
                  Sarah P. BRIGGS 20 MA
Pg.203, #721-749, Jesse DUNKIN 68 MA farmer
                  Lydia 38 MA
Pg.221, #1008-1040, Charles W. DUNCAN 42 MA physician $3500
                  Lucinda 40 MA
                  Fannie (f) 10, Sarah 5 MA

1860 Franklin Co. MA Census
Pg.666, #562-659, Mary PRENTISS 53 MA (blank) $2,000-$200
                  Eliza F. 23 MA milliner
                  Martha DUNCAN 20 MA milliner
Pg.694, #730-880, Saml. G. DUNCAN 47 VT table cutter $1,000-$300
                  Sophia 47 MA
                  Elijah W. (m) 19 MA table cutter
                  Wm. H. 18 MA table cutter
                  Eliza A. (f) 11 MA
Pg.762, #1181-1429, Chas. M. DUNCAN 52 VT physician $1,100-$1,000
                  Lucinda 50 VT
                  Fanny L. 20 MA, Sarah M. 15 MA

1870 Franklin Co. MA Census
Pg.201, #385-393, JONES, Levi 57 NH manft. $2,000-$1,000
                  Caroline L. 54 MA keeping house
                  DUNCAN, Carrie 27 MA house work
                  JONES, Frank 23 MA mechanic
                  Lizzie A. 15 MA school
Pg.258, #92-92, DUNAKIN, Charles E. 34 VT farmer $2000-$200
                  Olive M. (f) 30 VT keeping house
                  Charles E. 12 MA laborer
                  Alonso D. 10, Silas S. 8 VT school
                  Marian F. (f) 7, Nella S. 4 MA school
                  Edson J. (m) 2 VT
                  Henrietta (f) 1/12 MA, b.May
Pg.363, #20-23, DUNCAN, Charles M. 61 VT physician $3,000-$10,000
                  Lusinda E. 60 VT house keeping
                  Fanny L. 30 MA at home
                  UPTON, Sarah M. 25 MA school teacher
                  BARDWELL, Miretta 43 MA seamstress
Pg.366, #33-39, BIRDWELL, Orsamus (m) 58 MA farmer $17,500-$3,000
                  Hellen L. 46 VT house keeper
                  Daniel P. 19 MA works on farm
                  Arthur J. 16, Sarah E. 14 8 MA
                  Lucy L. 13, Havelock O. (m) 11 MA
                  Eveline H. 8 MA
                  HOUGHTON, Edward 19 MA works on farm
                  NICHOLS, Frances (f) 23 VT
                  HAWKS, Milicent (f) 30 MA telegraphing
                  DUNCAN, James 14 GA BLACK works on farm
                  Virginia 11 GA BLACK does house work
Pg.374, #151-171, DUNCAN, Samuel G. 57 VT works in bit shop $0$0
                  Sophia 58 MA house keeping
                  Lida A. 21 MA at home
                  William H. 28 MA works in cutlery
Pg.400, #123-126, HUNT, Melsan (m) 57 MA farmer $3500-$1275
                  Catherine 51 MA keeping house
                  Abbie J. 19 MA no occupation
                  DUNNAKIN, Frank 18 MA work on farm


"Early Massachusetts marriages prior to 1800 : with the addition of Plymouth County marriages, 1692-1746" 3 volumes in one, edited by Frederic W. Bailey, pub. by Bureau of American Ancestry, 1897-1914, with the addition of Plymouth County marriages, excerpted and reprinted from The Genealogical advertiser, v. 1-2, Cambridge, 1898-1899. Book 1, Worcester Co.; Book 2, Plymouth Co.; Book 3, Middlesex, Hampshire, Berkshire and Bristol Cos. (Placerville County Library book 929.3744E; FHL book 974.4 V2b and film 874,200 item 1 and fiche 6,051,393)
      Samuel Duncan to Patience Choat, both of Warwick [Franklin Co.], April 13, 1779, Athol, Worcester Co. (Vol.1, pg.161)


"Record of the Massachusetts volunteers, 1861-1865" (anonymous); pub. Boston: The Adjutant-General under a resolve of the General Court, 1868-1870, 1886 pgs. (LH12744; HeritageQuest 5/2007; FHL books 974.4 M2mar v.1-2 pt.1-3 and film 1,321,031 items 1-2)
      Pg.133: Sixtieth Regiment Infantry, M.V.M. (One Hundred Days) Company K.
         Duncan, William H., age 22, $86.00, Buckland, July 22, '64, Nov. 30, 1864, expiration of service. (MAD: Franklin Co.)
      Vol.II, pg.121: Tenth Regiment Infantry, M.V. (Three Years), Company H.
         Duncan, Elijah W., Corp., age 20, Greenfield, Sept. 12, '61, Transferred June 19, 1864, to 37th Inf. (MAD: Franklin Co.)

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, Elijah W.; H 10 Mass. Inf.; 1904 Aug. 13, Invalid Appl. #1322558, Cert. #1102949, Ill.; remarks C2-505-978. (MAD: ?? 1850-1860 Franklin Co. MA, b.1841 MA)
      Duncan, Samuel; G 54 Mass. Inf.; 1865 June 16, Invalid Appl. #72587, Cert. #45908. (MAD: Resided Franklin Co. MA)
      Duncan, William H., widow Duncan, Emma J.; K 60 Mass. Inf.; 1890 Oct. 13, Invalid Appl. #952361, Cert. #1048176, Mass.; 1905 March 23, Widow Appl. #824525, Cert. #595954, Mass. (MAD: Franklin Co. MA)

HISTORIES before 1923

1895-1896 "A history of Deerfield, Massachusetts : the times when and the people by whom it was settled, unsettled and resettled : with a special study of the Indian Wars in the Connecticut Valley : with genealogies" (Franklin Co.) by George Sheldon; pub. Deerfield, Mass.: unknown (LH4799; HeritageQuest 5/2007; FHL book 974.422/D1 H2s v.2 and film 924,556 items 1-2 and 924,557 item 1)
      Vol.II, pg.369: WELLS. 63. DANIEL, s. of Daniel (47), b. 1791; of Gfd.; grad. at Dart. C. 1810; studied law with Elijah Alvord in Gfd.; add. to the Bar 1813; principal of Dfd. academy; state senator; dist. attorney for Western Mass.; chief justice of court of common pleas, 1844, to his death in 1854. He m. Mary Duncan; she d. at Cambridge, May 26, 1882. Ch: George Duncan, abt. 1827; W.C. 1846; Harvard Law School 1848; add. to Bar 1849; ... k. at Cedr Creek, Va., Oct. 13, 1864; buried in Gfd.
      Vol.II, pg.216: HOYT. 13. ELIJAH, s. of Jona. (7), b. 1778; rem. from Wisdom to Strongville, Ohio. He m. (pub. Apr. 3, 1802) Sophia Denio. Ch: ... Sophia, May 1, 1812; m. Sam'l G. Duncan.
      Vol.II, pg.749: 1780 ... Enlisted for three years or the war, Dunkin, Levi, Apr. 5.
      Vol.I, pg.159: Captain Turner's Soldiers ... Dunkin, Jabez,* Worcester. (*killed)

1867 "Sketches of the alumni of Dartmouth college: from the first graduation in 1771 to the present time, with a brief history of the institution" by George Thomas Chapman; pub. by Riverside press, 1867 (Google book, 8/25/2009)
      MAD: "Ms" is "Massachusetts" Dartmouth College, Hanover, Grafton Co. New Hampshire
      Alumni 1791. Pg.63: HUGH WALLIS, A.M. the son of James Wallis, was born at Colerain, Ms, June 15, 1767, and died at Gates, N.Y. Sept. 7, 1848, ae 81. He studied divinity; was ordained pastor of the Cong. Ch. at Bath, Me, Dec. 9, 1795; (more not copied) and lived the last 6 years of his life at Gates. He married, 1. Mary Duncan of Colerain in 1798. 2. Susannah Upham in 1808. 3. Mrs. Nabby Butterfield in 1839. (MAD: Colerain, Franklin Co. MA)

1880 "Memorial record of the fathers of Wisconsin : containing sketches of the lives and career of the members of the constitutional conventions of 1846 and 1847-8 : with a history of early settlement in Wisconsin" by Horace A. Tenney, pub. Madison, Wis.: D. Atwood, 1880 (part from Kathy D. Cawley 12/2006 and part from images on HeritageQuest 1/2007)
      Pg.243-244. HON. SAMUEL R. McCLELLAN. SAMUEL R. McCLELLAN was born in the town of Coleraine, Franklin county, Massachusetts, March 19, A.D. 1806. His father, Capt. ROBERT McCLELLAN, was a son of Col. HUGH McCLELLAN, a soldier of the revolution. His mother, SARAH TODD DUNCAN, was born in Londonderry, New Hampshire, a daughter of GEORGE DUNCAN, one of the early settlers of that town. The death of his father before he was five years old was a great blow to his mother, who was left with five children - three girls and two boys - of whom he is the elder. At the age of nine years he went to live with an uncle, his father's brother, JOHN McCLELLAN, M.D., who proved a second father to him.
            At an early age he commenced the study of medicine with his uncle, and in 1826, attended medical lectures in Boston. He returned to Columbia county, New York, the residence of his uncle, with whom he studied in the spring of 1827, and soon after was licensed to practice medicine by the medical society of that county. After practicing with his uncle a year and a half, he removed to the village of Claverack, seven miles from his uncle's residence, where he remained two and a half years. In the fall of 1830, he was married to CATHARINE GARNER, orphan daughter of MARTIN GARNER and CYNTHIA HUYCK GARNER, of the town of Ghent, Columbia county. Soon after his marriage he went back to the village of Johnstown, the residence of his uncle, and practiced with him five years. In the spring of 1836, he removed to the city of Hudson, and very soon acquired a full practice, and in the spring of 1839, was complimented with a honorary degree from Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia; was president and censor of the medical society of Columbia county several years, and (pg.244) served four years as delegate to the medical society of the state of New York. After eighteen years of hard labor in his profession, he felt that he was wearing out and a change of some kind seemed absolutely necessary for him, and having a family of four sons and three daughters, he decided to emigrate to the west. He landed at Southport (now Kenosha), July 5, 1845. Here he rested a few weeks to recruit his health, and in the fall of the same year, he began to improve his farm in the town of Wheatland (now Randall), and moved on it the following winter.
            In the fall of 1847, he was elected from the county of Racine a member of the Constitutional Convention which formed the constitution of this state. He served on the committee on the judiciary, and was an intelligent, hardworking and highly respected member of the convention. He early interested himself in agricultural pursuits, and served three years as president of the agricultural society of Kenosha county; was elected senator of the eighth senatorial district in the fall of 1857, and served with great acceptance to his people during the regular term. He afterward removed to the city of Kenosha and practiced his profession nearly nine years, when he again retired to his farm, where he now resides. His post-office address is Wilmot, Kenosha county, Wisconsin.
            Dr. McCLELLAN is still engaged in the practice of his profession, and is deemed a very skillful physician. As a citizen, he stands very high with his people. He is now (1880) in the seventy-fifth year of his age, but retains both his mental and physical vigor in a remarkable degree. His life has been a long and a busy one, that has been of great usefulness to the world.

1910 "Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of the State of Massachusetts" Vol.1 and 4, ed. by William Richard Cutter, A.M., assisted by William Frederick Adams; pub. by Lewis Historical Publishing (SLC 9/2007) (MAD: see Rockingham Co. NH)
      Vol.1 (FHL book 974.4 D2c v.1 pt.1)
            Pg.135: Daniel Duncan, wife Elmira N. (Stockwell) - looked at, not copied, minor reference
            Pg.136: William F. Duncan - looked at, not copied, minor reference
      Vol.4 (FHL fiche 6,051,241)
            Pg.2174-2175: BELL. The Bell family of this sketch is of very ancient Scotch ancestry. (MAD: much more not copied on the early Bell family) John Bell, progenitor of the ninth, thirteenth and forty-first governors of New Hampshire, was born in the vicinity of Coleraine, probably in the parish of Ballymony, county Antrim, Ireland, in 1678, and died in Londonderry, New Hampshire, July 8, 1743, aged sixty-four years. He was not of the first company of Scotch-Irish who founded Nutfield, now Londonderry, New Hampshire, in April 1719, but he was there in 1720, and received a grant of sixty acres in the Aiken Range, where he and his son John afterward lived. He returned to Ireland in 1722, having cleared his farm and prepared a house, and brought his wife and two surviving daughters, two of his children having died in infancy. He was a useful and respected citizen and held various offices. He drew lands amounting in all to three hundred acres. He married in Ireland, Elizabeth Todd, daughter of John and Rachel (Nelson) Todd, sister of Colonel Andrew Todd. She died August 30, 1771, aged eighty-two years. Children: 1. Samuel, born September 28, 1723; removed to Cambridge, New York. 2. Letitia, married Deacon George Duncan. 3. Naomi, married Captain William Duncan. 4. Elizabeth, married James Duncan. 5. Mary, married George Duncan. 6. John, married Mary Ann Gilmore.
      William Bell, of Palmer, Massachusetts, said to be John's son by the history of Palmer, married Elizabeth ---- and had a large family of children between 1736 and 1757. The list of children as given above is on the authority of Parker's history of Londonderry. If William were a son of John, Thomas, mentioned below, may be also. Both were certainly related to the Londonderry settler very closely. Many of the Londonderry people came to Palmer and Colerain to settle.
      (I) Thomas Bell, immigrant ancestor, son or nephew of John Bell, mentioned above, was born in Ireland, doubtless at Ballymony, near Coleraine, county Antrim, in 1717. He died September 1, 1789, aged seventy-two, at Coleraine, Massachusetts. He married in Boston, October 18, 1743, Esther Bell, sister of James, who was a cousin of Thomas Bell. She died at Coleraine, April 17, 1782, aged sixty-five years. The history of East Boston by Somers states that he went to Derry (Londonderry), New Hampshire, and afterward lived at Roxbury, Massachusetts. ... (MAD: much more on his family and his son Walter Bell born May 18, 1759, not copied) (MAD: Coleraine, Franklin Co. MA)

1906 "Past and present of Bureau County, Illinois" by George B. Harrington; pub. Chicago: Pioneer Pub. Co. (LH4510, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL 977.3372 H2gh and film 934,971 item 3)
      Pg.435-436: C.B. DORR, section 34, Indiantown township, born September 14, 1861, ... George E. Dorr, father of our subject, New York, to this county, died in 1890 ... [had] married in New York Sarah A. Harrison ... died in 1900. C.B. Dorr married Miss Luella M. Duncan, a daughter of D.H. Duncan, of Tiskilwa, and they have three children: Bertha M., 10 years of age; Marion A., 6 years; and George H., 2 years. ... Congregational church at Providence ...
      Pg.815-816: CAPTAIN F.C. DUNCAN, manager of the Princeton gas plant, although one of the more recent acquisitions to the citizenship of Princeton, is so well known in business circles in Illinois as to have become already a representative resident of this place. He is a native of Bath, Maine, born March 23, 1847. His parents were Captain Charles C. and Hannah (Tibbetts) Duncan, who were likewise natives of Maine. In early life Captain Charles Duncan began following the sea and was a shipmaster. He took his family on various European and Mediterranean voyages until he established himself in New York city as a ship broker and ship owner in 1854. He also had a branch office in England, and carried on that business until 1867. ... Returning to this country, he resided in Brooklyn, New York, until he removed to Northfield, Massachusetts, in 1885, and became interested in school work there, in which he continued up to the time of his death, which occurred in Northfield in 1898. His wife passed away in New York city in 1869.
            Captain Duncan of this review largely acquired his education in the schools of Bath, Maine, and attended the Polytechnic schools of Brooklyn, New York, and he also continued his studies in England to some extent. ... In 1863 he came to the United States from England, and after receiving a special order from Gideon Welles, then secretary of the navy, to have his age waived, ... he obtained an acting appointment and went on board the United States ship Brooklyn as an officer of the United States navy ... At the close of the war he returned to the merchant service and sailed as chief officer until he obtained command in 1871. (list of his ships) In 1898 at San Francisco, and for a year thereafter remained a resident of that city. ... On nearly all of these voyages he was accompanied by his family, and his two youngest sons were born on board that ship.
            In 1899 Captain Duncan located at Galesburg, Illinois, where he became assistant secretary and treasure of the gas and electric light company ... When George F. Duncan of the McKinley syndicate purchased the Princeton gas works of H.S. Captron, he asked his brother to take charge of the new purchase, and he removed his family to Princeton on the 12th of May. This is his present business connection. The gas plant had its inception in 1874 and became an established fact in 1875. ...
            Captain Duncan was married in New York city to Miss Kate Belcher, a native of Brooklyn, New York. Her parents were Samuel E. and Elizabeth (Foshay) Belcher, the former for thirty-four years president of the Jefferson Fire Insurance Company of New York city ... he made his home there until recent years, and now lives with his daughter in Bridgeport, Connecticut, at the age of 82 years. His wife passed away in New York city in 1902. Unto Captain and Mrs. Duncan have been born five children: Alice, at home; Otis Belcher, who is connected with the Western Electric Company in Chicago; Kate, at home; Fred Belcher, a student in Knox College, and Charles Clifford, at home. Captain Duncan is a republican, ... both he and his wife took letters to Central Congregational church at Galesburg, Illinois, from Plymouth church of Brooklyn, New York, ... in which both their fathers were deacons. The family now reside on South Pleasant street in Princeton, ... (MAD: Bath, Sagadahoc Co. ME; Brooklyn, Kings Co. NY; Northfield, Franklin Co. MA)


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