Duncans in Cape Girardeau Co. MO


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

Last revised November 17, 2004

Formed 1812, Original County
Madison formed 1818 from Cape Girardeau, Ste. Genevieve
Wayne formed 1818 from Cape Girardeau
Stoddard formed 1835 from Cape Girardeau
Bollinger formed 1851 from Cape Girardeau, Stoddard, Wayne


1830 Cape Girardeau Co. MO Census (from Vivian Biddle 1982)
Pg.435  James Duncan       0022,2001    - 0000,0001
   446  Turner Duncan      0101,01      - 2110,01
          (MAD: 1840 Wayne Co. MO census; ?? widow Mary in
            1850 Butler Co. MO census ??)

1840 Cape Girardeau Co. MO Census
      No Duncan indexed

1850 Cape Girardeau Co. MO Census (also from Vivian Biddle 1982)
Pg.451, #1583-1599, Thomas DUNCAN 35 KY farmer $0
                  Delila 34 IL
                  Margaret 13, Stephen 11 IL
                  Elizabeth 10, James 9 IL
                  Nancy Ann 6, Mary 1 MO
                  (MAD: 1840 Gallatin Co. IL census; 1860 Saline Co. IL census)
Pg.456, #1650-1666, James DUNCAN 84 NC farmer $0
                  Mary A. 79 VA
                  James 39, Jesse 37 MO farmers $0
                  (MAD: James and Jesse in 1860 Bollinger Co. MO census)
Pg.474, #1904-1921, William DUNCAN 29 MO farmer $0
                  Lydia 29 MO
                  James F. 1 MO
                  (MAD: William T. Duncan mar. Lidia Smith 9/29/1846; 1860 Bollinger Co. MO census)

1860 Cape Girardeau Co. MO Census
Hubble Twp.
Pg.175, #388-388, Thomas B. STHEM? 37 OH farmer $2000-$600
                  Mary E. 31 OH
                  Clara? Bell (f) 12, Herras? (m) 11 OH
                  Emily F. 7, Sarah J. 4 OH
                  Otho H. (m) 2 OH
                  Laura A. 5/12 OH
                  Andrew J. DUNCAN 25 OH (blank)
Randol Twp.
Pg.339, #1574-1586, John JONES 30 KY farmer $0-$50
                  Louisa 30 KY
                  Richmond (m) 12, Araminta (f) 10 KY
                  Jacobine (f) 5, Olivia (f) 2 KY
                  Ann DUNCAN 45 KY insane

1870 Cape Girardeau Co. MO Census
Liberty Twp., P.O. Allenville
Pg.155, #18-17, DUNCAN, Moses 56 MO brick mason $200-$100
                  Jane 55 TN keeps house
                  Louisa (f) 23 MO no occupation
                  William 19 AR invalid
                  Fanny 11 AR at school
                  (MAD: nothing in other columns to say why William was an invalid)
                  (MAD: 1860 Independence Co. AR census, born NC)
Shawnee Twp., P.O. Pocahontas
Pg.195, #133-124, LEOKES, Henry 42 Londell? farm hand $0-$250, parents of foreign birth
                  Catharine 32 Londell? keeping house, parents of foreign birth
                  Margaret 7 Londell? at home, parents of foreign birth
                  Claus (m) 5 Londell? at home, parents of foreign birth
                  Hermann (m) 3/12 MO b.April at home, parents of foreign birth
                  Johanna (f) 2/12 MO b.April at home, parents of foreign birth
                  DUNCAN, Margaret 60 HESSE at home, parents of foreign birth
                  (MAD: ages of children as given)


Cape Girardeau Co. MO Probate index 1816-1918 (FHL film 925,667)
      No Duncan to 1870


Cape Girardeau Co. MO Deed Indexes
      Grantee Deed Index, Vol. 1, 1805-1828 (FHL film 925,623)
            F-122/3: Duncan, Matthew from Wm. Smith and wife, deed for 640a on White water; rec. 2 June 1821.
            F-266: Duncan, Matthew from John Payne Jr., 320a being 1/2 of 640a conf. to Wm. Smith, #2271; rec. 29 July 1822.
            F-279: Duncan, Matthew and Jno. Payne Jr., an explanation as to location of 320a sold by Payne to Duncan; rec. 10 Sept. 1822.
      Grantee, Vol. 2, 1828-1849 - no Duncan (FHL film 925,623)
      Grantee, Vol. 3, 1849-1856 - no Duncan early; quit (FHL film 925,624)
      Grantor, Vol. 1, 1805-1828 (FHL film 925,627)
            F-171/2: Duncan, Matthew to John Payne, 640a on White Water; rec. 22 Nov. 1821.
            F-282: Duncan, Matthew to Wm. P. Lacy, bill of sale for 3 negroes, rec. 17 Sept. 1822.
      Grantor, Vol. 2, 1828-1849 - no Duncan; quit (FHL film 925,627)

Cape Girardeau Co. MO Deeds
      F-122: 11 May 1821, William Smith of Randolph Co. IL to Matthew Duncan of Jackson Co. IL, $350, 640 acres grant to said William Smith as his settlement right, ref. to book in Recorders Office in Jackson, Cape Girardeau Co. MO. /s/ Wm. (X) Smith, Margonnet (X) Smith. Wit. Saml. Johnston, Sarah Johnston, Hilliard Fowler. Rec. Kaskaskia, Randolph Co. IL. (FHL film 925,632)
      F-171: 21 Nov. 1821, Mathew Duncan of Jackson Co. IL to John Payne of town of Jackson, MO, $1800, 640 acre grant to William Smith deeded to Duncan 11 May 1821. No wife. Wit. A.P. Field, James R. McDonald. (FHL film 925,632)
      F-266: 28 July 1822, John Payne Jr. of Town of Jackson, MO, to Matthew Duncan of Jackson Co. MO (sic), $1300, 320 acres taken off NW end of Survey #2273 in name of William Smith of 640 acres, being 1/2 the orig. land, on waters of White Water. No wife. Wit. Isaiah F. Hamilton, John Wathn (?). (FHL film 925,632)
      F-279: Clerk recorded additional info that was on the back of the above deed, the following in explanation ... 320 acres to be taken off SW instead of NW end, so the 320 acres not conveyed is free from the swamp. Both signed. (FHL film 925,632)
      F-282: 15 Sept. 1822, Matthew Duncan of Jackson Co. IL to William P?. Lacy of Town of Jackson, MO, $500, 3 slaves Mariah, age 20, Eliza age 2, and Diannah an infant, transferred from Isaac Murphy who raised them in Sumner Co. TN to Duncan by bill of sale 28 April 1822. Wit. Jo. Duncan, E. Fenwick. (FHL film 925,632)

HISTORIES before 1923

1888 "Kentucky, a History of the State" 8th Edition (Volume), by Perrin, Battle & Kniffin (FHL book 976.9 D3wt)
      Pg.55. JAMES C. GILBERT, born at Jackson [Cape Girardeau or Jasper Co.], MO, Dec. 12, 1832, descended from a good old KY family, his maternal grandfather, James Duncan, having been one of early settlers of Louisville [Jefferson Co.]. His father died when the subject was still quite young, and his mother removed to Salem [Washington Co.], IN. Here James grew to manhood, received a good practical education, apprenticed to the printers' trade under Mr. Oliver Lucas. He came to Louisville about 1847. He is the practical head of one of the largest printing houses in Louisville ... He married Miss Emma B. Hoe, of Louisville. (MAD: Eliza Jane Duncan mar. John Gilbert 1827 in Washington Co. IN)


Civil War Record, James Henry Duncan (Researched and transcribed by Garland D. Vinyard, posted with his permission; partial record; see Saline Co. IL for complete file)
      National Archives, General Index to Pension Files 1861-1934, Series T-288, Roll 133 - Duncan, James H., widow Duncan, Nancy. Co. K, 56th Illinois Inf.; Invalid 1866, September 8, Application #115308, Certification #106023, IL. Widow, 1928 June 14, Application #161602, August 21, 1928, [Saline Co.] Illinois.
      Reply of James H. Duncan as to birth: "State of Ills, Saline Co.}SS. Feb. 19th 1917. I James H. Duncan of the Town of Independence and County of Saline and State of Ill. do here- by certify that I do not find any written record of my birth my Parents was illiterate people and they left no written record of my birth that I can find and I further state that I lived in Cape Giradraw (sic, Girardeau) Co. four miles north of the city of Cape Giradraw Missouria (sic, Missouri) in June 1850 and I lived in Independence Township Saline County Illinois in June 1860 and further state that I was living with my Parents at the above date and their names was Thomas Ducan and Delilah Duncan and my Brothers and Sisters names are Margaret Duncan, Stephen Duncan, Elizabeth Duncan, Nancy Duncan, Mary Duncan, Sarah Duncan, T.J. Duncan, J.F. Duncan. The No. of my Certificate is 106023. James H. Duncan. Subscribed and sworn to before me this the 19th day of February 1917. Thomas Keneiph, Notary Public. Notary Public Commission expires January 7th 1920."
      MAD: see Saline Co. IL for complete file


"MO State Genealogical Association Journal" Vol.XIV #3, Summer 1994 (FHL book 977.8 D25m, from Dorothy Franks 2/1995)
      Pgs.124-128 contain an article about William Linn of Ste.Genevieve and Perry Cos. MO and Fayette Co. IL, by Phyllis J. Bauer, assisted by Norman R. Peters. "This article first appeared in the surname quarterly 'Lynn/Linn Lineage,' Vol. VII, No. 1 - Spring 1993." Among other things, the article says that William Linn of Ste.Genevieve married Polly Ann Duncan of Cape Girardeau, about the end of 1819, and refers to tax lists in Perry Co. MO from 1819 to 1826. The article says that Polly Ann Duncan was the sister of Joseph Duncan, Governor of Illinois 1834-1838, and that the Linns lived in or near Vandalia, Fayette Co. IL, when William died in 1847. The article has much more about their family and lives, and lists sources. (MAD: she from Barren Co. KY)

Some early Duncans in Cape Girardeau Co. MO:
      Polly Dunckin, 11 July 1819, mar. John Peringer
      Mary Ann Duncan, 2 Dec. 1819, of Cape Girardeau, mar. William Lynn Esq. of Ste. Genevieve; from "St.Louis Inquirer" 8 Dec. 1819, Miss Duncan, mar. Thursday ("1300 'Missing' MO Marriage Records from Newspapers 1812-1852" by George F. Wilson and Maryhelen Wilson and Lois Stanley, Los Angeles Public Library book 977.8 W748; FHL book 977.8 V2w and film 1,421,793 item 10) and from "Missouri Herald" 11 Dec. 1819, Miss Mary Ann Duncan of IL (pg.44, "MO Pioneers" Vol.3, 1968, FHL book 977.8 D2h; from Evelyn Sigler and Denzil Mauldin 1984)
      Elizabeth Duncan, 8 June 1834, mar. Eli Kinder
      Louisa Dunkin, 2 July 1839, mar. Joseph Underwoods


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