Duncans in Lenawee Co. MI


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

Last revised March 10, 2007

Formed 1822 from Wayne
Branch formed 1829 from St. Joseph, Lenawee
Cass, Hillsdale formed 1829 from Lenawee


1830-1860 Lenawee Co. MI Census
      No Duncan indexed

1870 Lenawee Co. MI Census
Adrian, Ward 3
Pg.82-83, #2-2, LAWRENCE, Willis T. 51 NY hotel keeper & family
                  & many tenants including on pg.83
                  WHEELER, Adolph 27 MI dry goods dealer Ret. $125-$15,000
                  DUNCAN, David 28 SCT photographer, parents of foreign birth
                  GORDON, Herbert 28 NY harness maker $1,000-$5,000
                  BEISEL, Francis (m) 18 MI Telgh Opt.
                  ABBOTT, Ralph 30 IRE Hostler, parents of foreign birth
Pg.83-84, #11-11, LOWRIE, Adam H. 33 SCT Prof. history & Literature $0-$3500
                  ("College" in margin)
                  & many others, including
                  DUNCAN, Geo. W. 27 IN student
                  DUNCAN, M. Taylor (m) 21 IN student
Township of Deerfield
Pg.191, #104-102, DUNCAN, William J. 24 ENG RailRoad Hand $0-$0, parents of foreign birth
                  Malissa 23 MI keeping house, parents of foreign birth
Township of Hudson
Pg.274, #194-193, DUNVAN, John 41 SCT blacksmith $2000-$1000, parents of foreign birth
                  Eliza 38 IRE keeping house, parents of foreign birth
                  Robert 13 CAN at school, parents of foreign birth
                  Wm. 5 MI parents of foreign birth
                  Wilson 2 MI parents of foreign birth
                  Jane 6/12 MI b.Dec. parents of foreign birth
                  Jessie (f) 6/12 MI b.Dec. parents of foreign birth
                  HAWKINS, E. (m) 21 MI blacksmith
                  (MAD: indexed John DUNCAN)
Township of Ogden, P.O. Ogden Central
Pg.390, #216-214, DUNCAN, Peter 30 OH farm laborer $0-$0
                  Julia 25 OH keeping h.
                  Anna 3/12 MI b.Mar at home


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, George W.; F 67 Ohio Inf.; 1883 March 26, Invalid Appl. # 477308, Cert. #447117, Mich. (MAD: b.1845 Fulton Co. OH, to Ogdon, Lenawee Co. MI by 1865 where he married Martha J. Irwin; from pg.88, "Ohio the Crossroads of Our Nation - Records and Pioneer Families" Vol.XV, 1974; from Evelyn Sigler 12/1983)

HISTORIES before 1923

1909 "Memoirs of Lenawee County, Michigan : from the earliest historical times down to the present, including a genealogical and biographical record of representative families in Lenawee County" by R.I. Bonner, pub. by Western Historical Assn., 2 vols. (HeritageQuest image 2/2007, Local History Reel/Fiche Number 4966; FHL book 977.431 H2m and film 1,697,484 item 1-2)
      Vol.2, pg.109-110: George W. Duncan, who has come to be recognized as one of the leading agriculturists of Deerfield township, was born in Metamora [Fulton Co.], Ohio, April 27, 1845. He is the son of David and Maria (Gilson) Duncan, the former of whom was born in Syracuse [Onondaga Co.], NY, and the latter in Vermont. In an early day they removed to Fulton Co. OH and the father cleared and improved an eighty acre farm. Both parents died there, the father in 1888, and the mother in 1887. Six children were born to the parents. William H. died while in the service of his country as a member of Company F, of the Sixty-seventh Ohio infantry; McLain lives in Massachusetts; Elmer C. lives at Metamora, Ohio; Inez Duncan Spalding died at Hudson, Mich., in 1898, and a son died in infancy. George W. Duncan, of this sketch, attended the public schools of Metamora, Ohio, and then worked with his father until the outbreak of the Civil war. He then enlisted as a private in Company F, Sixty-seventh Ohio infantry, and rendered gallant service during the balance of the great internecine struggle. When he had received his honorable discharge from the service he returned to Ohio and lived there until 1892. In that year he removed with his family to Lenawee county and settled on a farm in Deerfield township, which he later disposed of, and then purchased the well improved farm where he now resides. In the matter of politics Mr. Duncan has been a member of the Republican party ever since he became old enough to vote, and he has served as a school director of district number six. In religious matters he is allied with the Church of God, and his only fraternal or social relations are with the Grand Army of the Republic. On Dec. 18, 1865, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Duncan and Miss Martha Irwin, born near Metamora, Ohio, Sept. 21, 1846. She is the daughter of William and Jane (Montgomery) Irwin, both of whom were natives of Ireland, who came to Fulton county, Ohio, early in their lives, and were among its first settlers securing land from the government. He was a contractor on the canal from Toledo to Maumee. Two children were born to this union, William H. and Dora Jane (Duncan) Baxter, both married and residing in Toledo. Ernest H. Eckert, who has lived with Mr. and Mrs. Duncan since he was ten months old, seems as near and dear to them as their own children. He was born Nov. 18, 1881, at Ottawa Lake, Monroe county, Michigan, and was married at Riga Nov. 15, 1902, to Miss Louise Murbach, daughter of Henry and Minnie (Schultz) Murbach, by whom he has one child, Ruth, born April 21, 1904. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Duncan were both born near Metamora, Ohio. William H. was born Sept. 27, 1866, and Dora Jane on July 30, 1868.


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