Duncans in Ottawa Co. MI


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

Last revised July 31, 2008

Formed 1831 from Kent
Oceana formed 1831 from Ottawa
Mason formed 1840 from Ottawa, Oceana
Manistee formed 1855 from Mackinac, Ottawa, Oceana, Grand Traverse
Muskegon formed 1859 from Ottawa


1840-1850 Ottawa Co. MI Census
      No Duncan indexed

1860 Ottawa Co. MI Census
Ottawa Twp.
Pg.408, #1242-1185, George PARKS 42 NY county treasurer $7750-$700
                  Pamelia 40 NY wife $4000-$0
                  Byron W. (m) 16, George B. 7 MI
                  Frances P. (f) 1 MI
                  Lucy A. DUNCAN 11 MI
                  Cornelia HALL (f) 18 Holland servant
Pg.411, #1260-1203, Moses B. HOPKINS 40 OH lawyer $3500-$500
                  Laniera? (f) 37 VT
                  Amanda M. 17 OH
                  Augusta (f) 14 IL
                  James 4 MI
                  William P. DUNCAN 27 ME ("Maine") teacher $0-$500
                  (MAD: ?? 1850 Plymouth Co. MA age 21; 1870 Middlesex Co. MA census age 37)
Pg.428, #1420-1356, Rices Hotel
                  Robt. W. DUNCAN 36 VT attorney $4000-$1000

1870 Ottawa Co. MI Census
Town Grand Haven
Pg.74, #34-34, DAMKEN?, Micheal 40 IRE farmer $800-$60, parents of foreign birth
                  Cathrine (sic) 30 IRE keeps h., parents of foreign birth
                  Mary 11, Abigal (f) 10 NY, parents of foreign birth
                  Julia 6, John 3, Cate 1 MI, parents of foreign birth
City of Grand Haven (pages very faint)
Pg.86, #111-111, DUNCAN, Lewis H. 26 MI engineer -?- $1,000?-$200
                  Flora L. 27 NY keeping house
                  Saml. E. 9/12 b.Oct. MI
                  Lucy 14 MI
                  Anna 10 MI
Pg.90, #161-161, ?DRAYTON, Jas. C. 54 NY civil engineer $2000-$400
                  Julia 57 NY keeping house
                  Mary A. 28 IL teacher
                  James T. 22 WI clerk in store
                  DUNCAN, Robert W. 40 NY lawyer $0-$0
Pg.114, #575?-575?, ALBEE, James 25 MI clerk in store
                  Lucy 21 MI keeping house
                  DUNCAN, Bell (f) 16 MI
Town Zeeland (faint page)
Pg.317R, #23-23, DUNNICK? (indexed DUNNCAN), Arend (m) 56 NETherland farmer $5000-$900, parents of foreign birth
                  Fenly? (Tenly?) (f) 46 NET (blank), parents of foreign birth
                  Henoril? (m) 19 NET, parents of foreign birth
                  Lucas (m) 17 NET, parents of foreign birth
                  James?? (m) 14 NET, parents of foreign birth
                  Agreby? (f) 8 NET, parents of foreign birth


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 W., widow Duncan, Ada C.; E 21 Mich. Inf.; 1888 June 4, Invalid Appl. #657583, Cert. #414508, Mich.; 1922? Nov. 21, Widow Appl. #1197055, Cert. #929551, Mich.; remarks XC2708362. (MAD: 1910 Allegan Co. MI, b.1839 OH; 1880-1900 Ottawa Co. MI)

HISTORIES before 1923

1888 "Early history of Michigan : with biographies of state officers, members of Congress, judges and legislators : published pursuant to Act 59, 1887" by S.D.Bingham, pub. by Thorp & Godfrey, state printers and binders (HeritageQuest image 2/2007; sketches in alphabetic order, Local History Reel/Fiche Number 4546; FHL film 1,000,076 item 2)
      Pg.240: ROBERT W. DUNCAN, Representative from Ottawa county in 1855, was born in Rutland, Vt., February 24, 1824. He came to Grand Haven in 1851, where he now resides. By profession a lawyer, politically a Democrat. He has been circuit court commissioner six terms; prosecuting attorney two terms; mayor in 1868; supervisor several times; and has repeatedly been the democratic candidate for circuit judge.

1878 "Memorials of the Grand River Valley" by Franklin Everett; pub. Chicago: Chicago Legal News Co. (LH4949; HeritageQuest 5/2007)
      Pg.422: Ottawa and Muskegon Co. Grand Haven ... Robert W. Duncan, attorney. 1868, R.W. Duncan, mayor.

1882 "History of Ottawa County, Michigan" pub. by Page & Co. (FHL film 1,000,245 item 3; SLC 9/2007)
      Pg.56: R.W. Duncan, lawyer, was born in Vermont in 1834, came to Grand Haven in 1851, and has been Prosecuting Attorney two terms and Circuit Court Commissioner six terms.


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