Duncans in Monroe Co. MO


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

Last revised August 8, 2008

Formed 1831 from Ralls
Audrain formed 1831 from Monroe


1840 Monroe Co. MO Census
Marion Twp.
Pg.125  David Duncan        3133,1001     - 0011,001
Jackson Twp.
Pg.130  James Duncan        0000,1        - 2000,1
Pg.144  Jno. Duncan         2000,01       - 1000,1100,1

1850 Monroe Co. MO Census
Pg.85, #229, Jesse LOCKER 60 KY farmer $800
                  Elizabeth 58 KY
                  Jesse W. 19, Allen 17 KY farmers
                  Sarah GAINES 18 KY
                  George W. GAINES 22 KY farmer, m/in/year
                  Elizabeth 19 KY, m/in/year
                  Elizabeth DUNCAN 47 VA
                  (MAD: Elizabeth Gardner, mar. 10/13/1829 Madison Co. KY to Cargal or Carol Duncan who died 1833 Gallatin Co. KY; ? see Carrol Duncan 28 TN in 1850 Mississippi Co. MO census; one Judith Elizabeth Duncan b. 10/16/1830 Madison Co. KY, d. Daviess Co. MO, mar. 2/19/1850 George Washington Gaines, from info of Margaret Stopher 2/1996)
Pg.90, #289, Martin DUNCAN 26 MO farmer $400
                  Melinda 32 KY
                  Alsa DAVIS (f) 9 MO
                  Mary A. 7, Georgeann (f) 2 MO
                  (MAD: Martin Duncan mar. Melinda Davis 8/26/1847; she & ch. in 1870 Madison Co. IA census; said to be Martin Luther Duncan, born 12/11/1826 Chariton Co. MO, mar. Mrs. Malinda (Williams) Davis, widow of Evan Davis, d. 1862 in gold fields of CA, Malinda mar. 3rd William Shipley, Martin the son of David Duncan)
Pg.90, #290, James DUNCAN 35 KY farmer $200
                  Mary 37 KY
                  Melinda 13, Elizabeth 11 MO
                  John W. 9, Green F. (m) 6 MO
                  James W. 4, Charlotte 1 MO
                  (MAD: James Dunkin mar. Mary Virginia Taylor 8/21/1836 or 8/21/1839; said to be born 8/1/1814, died 4/11/1886, son of David Duncan; son James W. 4 MO mar. Marion Co. MO; Charlotte (f) not Carter (m))
Pg.140, #930, Thomas A.C. DRY 30 KY farmer $800
                  Minerva 28 KY
                  Nancy DUNCAN 18 KY
                  (MAD: Minerva Duncan mar. Thomas Dry 1/12/1843)
Pg.141, #940, John C. DUNCAN 33 VA farmer $800
                  Martha A. 33 KY
                  Catharine 8, Candis (f) 6 MO
                  Mary E. 4, Sarah M. 1 MO
                  Willis DUNCAN 57 VA farmer
                  Sarah W. 26 VA
                  Martha 17 KY
                  (MAD: John C.'s age 53 or 33 overwritten, age 42 in 1860; John Duncan mar. Martha Johnson 4/13/1841; John C. Duncan d. 1875, estate in Audrain Co. MO; Willis Duncan mar. Jinny Bailey 9/28/1811 Lincoln Co. KY, bond by John Duncan, 1820 Amherst Co. VA census, died 1/12/1856 in Lawrence, Douglas Co. KS, age 69y, per obit in "Herald of Freedom," Lawrence, KS Territory, 1/26/1856, pub. in "Vital Records from Bibles" pg.146, by CA DAR Vol.6, FHL film 844,415 item 5)
Pg.148, #1037, David DUNCAN 64 VA farmer $600
                  Elizabeth B. 56 KY
                  Squire 17 MO farmer
                  Philip C. 14, Sarah 13 MO
                  (MAD: see S. Duncan 25 MO in 1860 Solano Co. CA census; Philip "P.P." in 1860 Randolph Co. MO census, 1870 Atchison Co. KS census; birth of children of David Duncan b. 3/11/1786 and Elizabeth Finney or Finnel b. 2/22/1794, from records of David's granddau. Eliza Florence Duncan Hudson 1861-1941 through Shirley A. Hanson 1984, said to include Jonathan W. Duncan b. 12/27/1811, Jonathan Duncan mar. Sarah Riddle 4/22/1841; Sarah Duncan b. 2/11/1813, Sally Dunkin mar. William Rice 2/14/1836; Nancy Duncan b. 1/2/1820; Henry B. Duncan b. 1/10/1822 mar. Phoebe Long 9/10/1846, she in 1850-1860 Grundy Co. MO census; Elizabeth Duncan b. 3/27/1823, Elizabeth Dunkin mar. John Burk 12/26/1846; William Duncan b. 4/27/1824; George W. Duncan b. 5/28/1825, mar. Atsie? Gorman? 3/17/1852? Randolph Co. MO, died ca 6/22/1857; Susan Duncan b. 1/13/1828, mar. John W. Sumpter 4/13/1848; David Jackson Duncan b. 7/11/1829; Francis Marion Duncan (m) b. 11/21/1832; Squire Duncan b. 4/19/1834; Josiah T. Duncan b. 6/27/1837)
Pg.152, #1097, Greenberry DUNCAN 33 KY miller $800
                  Nancy 28 KY
                  Willis G. 6, John W. 1 MO
                  Francis M. (m) 20 MO miller
                  William SUMPTER? 18 KY miller
                  (MAD: 1860 Randolph Co. MO census; Greenberry Duncan mar. Nancy Rice 10/7/1841; said to be son of David Duncan)

1860 Monroe Co. MO Census (pg.198 & 216 also from Jeanne Peterson to Margo Thiel to MAD 1984; pg.74 also from Dorothy Franks 2/1989)
Woodlawn, taken 7/3/1860
Pg.74, #493-493, James DUNCAN 45 KY farmer $640-425
                  Elizabeth 26 PA
                  John W. 19, Green B. 16 MO farm hands
                  James W. 13, Carter T. (m) 11 MO
                  F/R. M. (m) 8, Minerva 4 MO
Pg.74, #496-496, David DUNCAN 74 VA farmer $640-100
                  Elizabeth 66 KY
Pg.74, #497-497, Stephen DUNCAN 31 MO farm hand
                  Leava 31 VA
                  Elizabeth 11 MO
                  Lucy A. 9, Mary 7 MO
                  John 4, Josphene? (f) 1 MO
                  (MAD: ?? one John 15 IA and Josphene? Duncan 11 IA were with Joseph ANDERSON in 1870 Douglas Co. KS census)
Jackson, P.O. Paris?
Pg.198, #1373-1376, J.C. DUNCAN (m) 42 MO? farmer $0-$1300
                  Eliz. 35 KY
                  Catherine 18, Candis (f) 16 MO
                  Mary 14, Sarah 10 MO
                  (MAD: J.C. Duncan mar. Elizabeth Carrol 12/12/1858; one J.C. Duncan, born in Amherst Co. VA May 7, 1818, d. 15 Feb. 1875, aged 56 yrs 11 mos 20 ds, was buried in the Midway Cemetery, 12 miles north of Mexico City, Audrain Co. MO, from Mrs. Clara Kaiser of Audrain Co. Hist. Society to Margo Thiel to MAD 1987)
Pg.216, #1458-1494, T.A.C. DRY (m) 45 KY farmer $3000-$3500
                  Minerva 44 MO
                  Nancy DUNCAN 26, Martha 23 KY

1870 Monroe Co. MO Census
Clay Twp.
Pg.532, #178-185, DUNCAN, Sampson R. 34 VA (white) farmer $0-$955
                  Dorcas A. 34 IN keeping house
                  Elizabeth 14 MO at school
                  William R. 12 MO farm laborer
                  Lucy C. 9, John S. 7 MO at home
                  Abraham L. 4, Colonel E. (m) 1 MO
                  SANDERS (SANDENS?), Granville (m) 27 MO "gentleman" $0-$0
Jackson Twp.
Pg.551, #18-18, DRY, T.L.T.A.C. (m) 54 KY farmer $400-$3000
                  Manerva 53 VA keeping house
                  Polly 78 KY "lady"
                  DUNCAN, Nancy 38 KY (blank)
                  Martha 35 KY
                  LYNCH, Edmond 32 KY farmer
                  DUNKLIN, Sarah 18 IL at home
Jefferson Twp.
Pg.628, #308-307, REED, Jno. W. 39 IL R.R. laborer $1000-$240
                  Lucinda 28 MO keeping house
                  Jennie 18 IL at home
                  William 13 IL at home
                  Chas. F. 5 IL at home
                  Annie B. 10/12 MO b.Nov.
                  DUNKIN, Phillip 24 NY R.R. laborer
                  & more R.R. laborers
South Fork Twp.
Pg.677, #16-16, DUNKIN, Edward 35 MO physician $1200-$260
                  Martha C. 30 MO keeping house
                  Claudia 3 MO
                  (MAD: Dr. Edward Duncan mar. Martha C. McMahan 5/10/1866 Callaway Co. MO; Dr. Edward Duncan 9/11/1834 - 1/4/1916 and wife Martha C. 6/5/1839 - 8/1/1913, bur. Midway Christian Church Cemetery, Audrain Co. MO, from Mrs. Clara Kaiser of Audrain Co. Hist. Society to Margo Thiel to MAD 1987)
Woodlawn Twp., pg.6
Pg.738, #45-43, DUNCAN, James 55 MO farmer $1800-$880
                  Elizabeth 34 PA keeping house
                  Minerva A. 14 MO at home
                  John W. 7 MO farm laborer
                  Lucinda C. 5 IA
                  Elisha A. 3 MO
                  Squire W. 1 MO

1880 Monroe Co. MO Census from Soundex
Vol.23 ED 59 Sheet 4 Line 33, Woodlawn (pg.710D from CD index, son Tucker 7 MO)
DUNCAN, J. (male) 66 KY
            Elizabeth 41 OH wife
            Catherine 15 IA dau.
            Elisha 12 MO son
            Willard 10, Evert 8, Lacker? (Lucker?) 7 MO sons
            Josie 6, Melvina 2 MO daus.
            J.W. (male) 16 MO G.S. (grandson)


Monroe Co. MO Will (from Margo Thiel 1/1985, MAD's extract)
      (MT: Minerva (Duncan) Dry was sister to John C. Duncan, son of Willis Duncan of Monroe Co. MO.)
      D-521: Minerva J. Dry of Monroe Co. MO, age 87 years, 1 April 1903. To my nephews Frank Philips and Charlie Philips and niece Alice Buffington (nee Philips) each $200; to Alexander F. Philips $300; to heirs of my sister Mary Philips $600; to four daus. of my brother Nicholas Duncan $100 each; to Bessie Duncan my niece, dau. of Wesley Duncan, $200; to Alvia(?) Booth, son of my sister Martha A. Booth, $200; to Benjamin F. Cunningham, my nephew, $400 and he attend to my grave and husband's grave after my death; to my niece Mallie J. Davis $400; to Estell Davis Manerva Davis and Nannie Cunningham each $100 (no commas); to Sula Stith Artie Foster and Leah Foster $100 each (no commas); to Mattie, dau. of Kate Peak, $100; to Eva M. Cunningham $100; remainder if any to be equally divided between my lawful heirs; executor J.E. Lyn. Wit. Dr. C.H. Dixon and Jane R. Wright. (MAD: proved 11 May 1903, from will index Vol.1, 1834-1975, on FHL film 972,876) (MAD: See ?? 1870 Barry Co. MO census for Nicholas Duncan)

Monroe Co. MO Probate Records, Settlements, guardians, etc., Vol.1-2, 1835-1875 (FHL film 972,879)
      Vol.1, 1835-1872 (no Duncan)
      Indexed: John W. Dunkin, H.C. Appr. pg.98, 1st S. (settlement) pg.146, citation to court pg.242, 2nd S. pg.247, S. cont. pg.286, 3rd set. pg.288, 4 S. pg.333, 5 S. pg.425, 6 S. pg.521.
      1-98: Aug. 3, 1863, James Dunkin appt. guardian of John W. Dunkin, a minor under age 14; bond $400, surety Elish. Wood and William Capp.
      Vol.2, 1873-1875
      Indexed: Jno. W. Dunkin, 8 S. pg.65, 9 S. pg.310
      2-65: 28 Nov. 1873, estate of John W. Dunkin, minor, 8th annual settlement, came James Dunkin, guardian and curator etc., $805.68 balance.
      2-310: Probate Court 3rd day March term 1875, court held March 24, 1875; James Dunkin presented 9th annual settlement of his account as guardian and curator of the estate of John W. Dunkin, showing a balance due said minor of $976.81, which settlement is by the court examined and approved.

Monroe Co. MO Administrator's Bond (from Margo Thiel 2/1986, MAD's extract)
      Bond of Nimrod H. Philips, John S. Conyers, and James K. Harless, for Nimrod H. Philips to be administrator of the estate of Willis Duncan, 9 June 1860. The heirs of Willis Duncan, decd, are Nicholas Duncan who lives in Johnson Co. MO; Wesley H. Duncan who lives in Douglas Co. KS; & John C. Duncan, Mary F. Philips, Manervy J. Dry, Nancy E. Duncan, Martha A. Duncan and Sarah W. Cunningham Cambis A. Philips; that Willis Duncan died without a will.
      (MAD: ?? one Sarah Jane Duncan mar. Andrew J. Cunningham 12/12/1839 in Highland Co. OH)


Monroe Co. MO Deed Index (FHL film 975,059)
      B-234: David Duncan to Philip Prather, 10/9/1835
      B-264: James Duncan from Sam'l Howell, mort., 1/7/1836
      B-302: E. Duncan to Sam'l Howell, 1/29/1836
      C-64: David Duncan from Gabl. G. Rice, 3/14/1837
      C-502: David Duncan to P. Williams, T.D., 3/16/1838
      D-202: Jas. Dunkin to Edward Williams, T.D., 12/31/1838
      D-365: Ellis Duncan to Jas. Sparks, 11/1/1837
      E-230: Jas. Duncan for Buford from Thos. A. Perdon et al, T.D., 3/16/1840
      F-42: Jas. Duncan to Jno. N. Parsons, no date
      G-262: Jas. Duncan to Jno. Fry, 5/24/1843
      G-476: Willis Duncan from Jas/Jos. Davis, T. bond, 1/22/1842
      H-605: C.K. Duncan to M.J. Embree, Att., 10/4/1843
      I-7: Willis Duncan from Jas. Foreman by trust, 1/5/1847
      I-8: Willis Duncan to Jno. Stewart, 2/8/1847
      I-174: Martin Duncan from Pleasant McCann, 11/20/1847
      K-167: Geo. M. Dunkin to David Dunkin, 3/26/1850
      K-193: Martin Dunkin to Jas. Pennell Jr., 3/2/1850
      L-127: J.M. Duncan to T.F. Bradford, 5/13/1851
      L-148: E. Duncan to J.T. Marr, 10/2/1851
      L-258: Jas. Duncan from Ambrose Bush, 1/31/1852
      L-364: Willis Duncan from Jas. Foreman, 3/29/1852
      L-505: Willis Duncan from P.G. & J.B. Camden by atty, 8/4/1852
      L-506: W. Duncan to J.W. & D. Eubans, mort., 8/6/1852
      M-432: Wm. S. Duncan from Walker Wright, 4/8/1853
      M-509: Wm. S. Duncan to Walker Wright, 1/3/1854
      N-72: Willis Duncan to Jno. Adkison, 5/1/1854
      N-73: Willis Duncan to Robt. S. Adkison, 5/1/1854
      N-130: Jas. Dunkin to Jno. T. Lilly, 1/12/1854
      O-321: Mary B. Dunkin hrs from Jno. F. Lilly, 1/6/1856
      Next grantor deed 1859; next grantee deed 1860; not copied further

Monroe Co. MO Deeds
      B-234: 9 Oct. 1835, David (X) Duncan and wife Elizabeth (X) of Monroe Co. MO to Philip Prather of Howard Co. MO, $100, 80 acres, S 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec. 4, Twp. 55, Range 10?. Elizabeth appeared 24 Dec. 1835 to release dower. (FHL film 975,061)
      B-264: Pages 264 and 265 either blank or so faded they appear blank.
      B-302: 29 Jan. 1836, Ellis Duncan and wife Mary E. of Nelson Co. KY to Samuel Howell of Monroe Co. MO, $150, 80 acres, E 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec. 21, Twp. 55N, Range 11W. Both appeared in Nelson Co. KY. (FHL film 975,061)
      C-64: 14 March 1837, Gabriel G. Rice and wife Martha (X) to David Dunkin, $30, S 1/2 NE 1/4 and SW 1/4 Sec. 4, Twp. 55N, Range 12W. (FHL film 975,062)
      C-502: 16 March 1838, David (X) Dunkin of Monroe Co. to Philip Williams of same, trustee; Dunkin owes William Arnold $800 due by bond 25 Dec. 1838; mortgage of W 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec. 4, Twp. 55N, Range 12, 80 acres "as per duplicate (no 14661)" and also 20 acres, S 1/2 NE 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec. 4, Twp. 55N, Range 12, which Dunkin purchased of Gabriel G. Rice; also a horse, etc. (FHL film 975,062)
      D-202: 31 Dec. 1838, James (+) Dunkin to Edward Wills, trustee; Dunkin owes Wm. Arnold $104; mortgage of personal property. (FHL film 975,062)
      D-365: 1 Nov. 1837, Ellis Duncan and wife Mary Eliza of Bardstown, Nelson Co. KY, to James Sparks of Monroe Co. MO, $400, land in middle forks of Salt River and in Palmyra land office, 160 acres, NE 1/4 Sec. 27, Twp. 55N, Range 11W. Mary Eliza examined in Nelson Co. KY. (FHL film 975,062)
      E-230: 16 March 1840, Thomas A. Purdom of Ralls Co. MO trust deed to James Dunkan and John Buford of the --- county and state (tight binding); Purdom owes $9343; trust deed of mortgage of New London Hotel, house and lot in Co. of Ralls; frame house in town of Paris, Monroe Co.; and a lot of other property not copied. (FHL film 975,063)
      F-42: 12 May 1841, James (X) Duncan of Monroe Co. MO to John A. Parson of same; Duncan owes John A. Parsons $62; mortgage of 40 acrs, NE 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec. 21, Twp. 55, Range 9W, where Duncan now resides; also personal property. (FHL film 975,063)
      G-262: 24 May 1843, James (X) Duncan and wife Mary V. (X) of Monroe Co. MO to John Fry of Marion Co., $100, 40 acres, NE 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec. 21, Twp. 55, Range 9W. (FHL film 975,064)
      G-476: 22 Jan. 1842, Joseph Davis of Scotland Co. MO title bond to Willis Duncan of Monroe Co. MO, $960 payable in good bank notes on State Bank of Kentucky or its branches, upon receipt of money by Duncan, 240 acres, W 1/2 NE 1/4, E 1/2 NW 1/4, E 1/2 NW 1/4, NW 1/4 SE 1/4, NE 1/4 SW 1/4, all Sec. 20, Twp. 54N, Range 11W. Wit. R.B. Burton. Recorded 27 March 1844. (FHL film 975,064)
      H-605/6: 4 Oct. 1843, Cary K. Duncan of Lincoln Co. MO appoint Milton J. Embree of Monroe Co. MO attorney; Duncan holds bond on Benjamin Lampton decd late of Monroe Co. MO, to convey to Duncan land for use of Diana Lampton and her children; SW 1/4 Sec. 22 and E 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec. 9, both Twp. 54N, Range 8W, 240 acres; when deed obtained from heirs of Benjamin Lampton decd for first two tracts, Embree to convey title to purchasers and invest proceeds in negro girl and such other property as Diana Lampton may designate. (FHL film 975,064)
      I-7: 5 Jan. 1847, William G. Moore, assignee of Joseph Foreman, to Willis Duncan, both Monroe Co. MO; whereas on 4 April 1842 Joseph Foreman made a grant deed of assignment to William G. Moore for benefit of his creditors of 280 acres in Twp. 54, Range 11W, SE 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec. 16, SW 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec. 16, and 60 acres in NE 1/4 of Sec. 21, and 60 acres in NW 1/4 Sec. 22, and E 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec. 22; Moore sold at auction 1 Sept. 1842 to Willis Duncan, the highest bidder, for $481; Duncan paid $481 and interest and is granted land. (FHL film 975,065)
      I-8: 8 Feb. 1847, Willis Duncan (signed, no wife named) to John Stewart, both Monroe Co. MO, $1120, SE 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec. 16; SW 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec. 21; 60 acres in NW 1/4 of Sec. 22; E 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec. 22; all Twp. 34, Range 11W, the land conveyed by William G. Moore, assignee of Joseph Foreman. No wit. (FHL film 975,065)
      I-174: 20 Nov. 1847, Pleasant McCann and wife Lucinda to Martin Duncan, both Monroe Co. MO, $200, 80 acres, W 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec. 25, Twp. 54, Range 10W. (FHL film 975,065)
      K-167: 25 March 1850, George W. Dunkin to David Dunkin, both Monroe Co., trust deed for $1 and for love of mother Elizabeth Dunkin, "as I am about to leave her and go to the distant shores of California," personal property, horse, wagon, etc. "to have use and enjoy the said property forever in trust however and for the use and benefit of my mother the said Elizabeth Dunkin wife of said David Dunkin". David (+) Dunkin accept the trust 25 March 1850. (FHL film 975,065)
      K-193: 2 March 1850, Martin Dunkin and wife Malinda to Joseph Purcell, all Monroe Co. MO, $318, 80 acres, W 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec. 25, Twp. 54, Range 10W. (FHL film 975,065)
      L-127: 13 May 1851, Jane E. Duncan and Jno. M. Duncan (Jane called wife of Jno. M. by county clerk when she examined to release dower) of Chariton Co. MO to Theaderick F. Bradford of same, $300, land in Monroe Co., NE 1/4 Sec. 6, Twp. 53, Range 12 and 60 acres off of the south end of E 1/? SW 1/4 Sec. 5 in same Twp and Range except so much of first parcel conveyed ... Reed by Jonathan Crawley, supposed to be about 5 or 10 acres. (FHL film 975,066)
      L-148: 2 Oct. 1841, Ellis Duncan and wife Mary E. of Nelson Co. KY to Jefferson F. Marr of Monroe Co. MO, $230, 80 acres, W 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec. 12, Twp. 54N, Range 10W. Wife Mary Eliza appeared in Nelson Co. KY 2 Oct. 1851. (FHL film 975,066)
      L-258: 31 Jan. 1852, Ambrose Bush to James Dunkin, all Monroe Co. MO, $400, 80 acres, E 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec. 9, Twp. 55, Range 12W. (FHL film 975,066)
      L-364: 29 March 1852, Joseph Foreman and wife Margret of Linn Co. MO to Willis Duncan of Monroe Co. MO, $1120, 280 acres, SE 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec. 16; SW 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec. 16; 60 acres in NE 1/4 Sec. 21; 60 acres in NW 1/4 Sec. 22; E 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec. 22; all Twp. 54, Range 11W. (FHL film 975,066)
      L-505: 4 Aug. 1852, Peter G. Camden and John B. Camden by his attorney P.G. Camden; Whereas a judgement was rendered by Monroe Circuit Court on 1 Dec. 1843 in favor of John B. Camden and Peter G. Camden, assignees of Joseph Davis, against Willis Duncan, for $1054 debt & damages, upon which judgement execution issued on 13 Feb. 1844, and the same was levied on divers lands belonging to said Duncan; the Sheriff returned the following described land bought by Hanton Buckner, attorney for said Camden: E 1/2 NW 1/4 and W 1/2 of NE 1/4 and NE 1/4 of SW? 1/4 and NW 1/4 of SE 1/4 in Sec. 20, Twp. 54, Range 11, for $400; now the Camdens for $700 quit claim to said Willis Duncan all interest we have in the above land and any other lands that may be bound by our Judgment aforesaid and we do moreover release unto said Duncan the unsatisfied balance due on our said judgement and acknowledge the same to be fully satisfied. (FHL film 975,066)
      L-506/7: 4 Aug. 1852, Willis Duncan to D. & J.N. Eubanks, all of Monroe Co. MO, mortgage (promissory note), E 1/2 NW 1/4, N? 1/4 of NE 1/4; NE 1/4 SW 1/4; NW 1/4 SE 1/4 of Sec. 20, Twp. 54, Range 11; due in 12 months. Note in margin dated 5 July 1853 shows mortgage paid. (FHL film 975,066)
      M-432: 8 April 1853, Walker Wright and wife Jane W. to William S. Duncan, all Monroe Co. MO, $400, E 1/2 W 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec. 10, Twp. 55, Range 11, 40 acres except one acre reserved by William A. Sparks in SE corner; also W 1/2 W 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec. 10, Twp. 55, Range 11W, 40 acres. (FHL film 975,067)
      M-509: 3 Jan. 1854, William S. Duncan and wife Mehettabel E. to Walker Wright, all Monroe Co. MO, $430, E 1/2 W 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec. 10, Twp. 55, Range 11W, 40 acres less one acre reserved by William A. Sparks; also W 1/2 W 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec. 10, Twp. 55, Range 11W, 40 acres. (FHL film 975,067) (MAD: 1850 Hardin Co. KY census, children in 1860 Grayson Co. KY census; Wm. S. Duncan, 36, born Boyle Co. KY, died Monroe Co. MO 8/12/1855, son of Housen & Susannah Duncan, from pg.16, "Grayson Co. KY Vital Statistics" by Ingmire, from Patrick Duncan 8/1987)
      N-72: 1 May 1854, Willis Duncan to John Adkinson, both Monroe Co. MO, $600, W 1/2 NE 1/4 and NW 1/4 SE 1/4 of Sec. 20, Twp. 54, Range 11W. (FHL film 975,067)
      N-73: 1 May 1854, Willis Duncan to Robert S. Adkinson, $600, E 1/2 NW 1/4 and NE 1/4 SW 1/4 of Sec. 20, Twp. 20, Twp. 54, Range 11W. (FHL film 975,067)
      N-130: 12 June 1854, James Dunkin and wife Mary V. (X her mark) of Monroe Co. MO to John T. Lilly of Randolph Co. MO, $620, 80 acres, E 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec. 9, Twp. 55, Range 12W. (FHL film 975,067)
      O-321: 6 Jan. 1856, John T. Lilly of Randolph Co. MO to Mary N. Dunkin and her bodily heirs of Monroe Co. MO, $600, 80 acres, E 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec. 9, Twp. 55, Range 12W. No wit. (FHL film 975,068) (MAD: Malinda W. Dunkin mar. John Lilley 3/14/1854 Monroe Co. MO)


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Audrain Co. MO Probate Document (from Margo Thiel 10/1986; MAD's extract)
      January term, 1876, Petition to set off Dower, Frances Duncan, plff vs. Danl. E. Shea, Pub. Admr. Catharine Jane Peak, Camfuss Ann [MT: Candis Ann] Peak and her husband Wm. Peak, Mary C. Drie & Thos Drie, Sarah M. Foster & Jos. Foster, John W. Duncan & Wesley Duncan, Defts.
      Plaintiff says that she was the wife of John C. Duncan, deceased, at the time of his death and for a long time prior to his death had been living in lawful wedlock with said deceased; that the said John C. Duncan departed this life on the (blank) day of (blank) 1875 and that at his death he was seized & possessed of the following real estate situate in Audrain Co. MO ... 200 acres. She has not relinquished right of dower ... Dated Dec. 13, 1875.
      Summons to the defendants to appear in the Probate Court on 2nd Monday of January 1876.
      Monroe Co. Sheriff's Return: delivered a copy to C.A. Peak on 5 Jan. 1876; to Mary C. Dry 31 Dec. 1875; to Joseph Foster and Sarah M. Foster on 4 Jan. 1876; by leaving a copy at place of abode of Thomas Dry with a white member of his family over age of 15 on 31 Dec. 1875; leaving a copy (etc.) Wesley Duncan on 31 Dec. 1875, and Wm. Peak on 5 Jan. 1876, and J.W. Duncan 4 Jan. 1876; Catharine Jane Peak not found in Monroe Co. on 5 Jan. 1876.

Randolph Co. MO Deed (FHL film 975,196)
      H-642: 11 Feb. 1852, Benjamon F. Stephens and wife Francis A. of Randolph Co. MO to George W. Dunkin of Monroe Co. MO, $260, E 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec. 23 T54 R16, 80 acres (sometimes written "Dunklin"). Chain of title not copied. Wit. John H. Thomas, Wm. M. Srimpler?.

Casey Co. KY Deed (FHL film 591,566)
      5-245/6: 24 Nov. 1845, Willis Duncan, a citizen of Monroe Co. MO at present in Lincoln Co. KY, to Samuel Baxter of Casey Co. KY, for $3,510.00, 100 acres on Carpenters Creek, waters of ?? River adj. land once owned by William Farrel and Sterling Coulter, the first tract being the land conveyed to said Willis Duncan by George Carpenter and wife; the second or other tract adj. the first, corner to Dunwodie's 100 acre survey, George F. Carpenter's line, Harrison's line, A. Harrison's corner, William's? line, being the land conveyed by the commissioners to said Duncan, 100 acres. No wife. Wit. J.H. Smith, T. Huston, Forin? F. Fox.


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.
      Dunkin, Joel J.; H 23 MO Inf.; 1880 June 26, Invalid Appl. #388667, Cert. #244580. (MAD: 1860 Grundy Co. MO census; born Monroe Co. MO, enrolled 10/12/1861, age 20, discharge recorded 9/8/1866 Grundy Co. MO, from pg.82, Vol.13, 12/1971, "MO Pioneers," FHL book 977.8 D2h, from Evelyn Sigler and Denzil Mauldin 1984)


Newspaper notice of death, in the Paris Mercury, [Monroe Co. MO] February 23, 1875, pg.3, col.2 (image from Gail Karcher by email 4/1/2008; to her from the Missouri Library)
      "We learn that Mr. J.C. Duncan, who lived on Long Branch, in this county, died on Monday of last week, of pneumonia, aged about 60 years. He was an industrious farmer and much esteemed as a citizen. He had been a resident of this county for many years."

The obituary Resolutions from the Grange was in the Monroe county appeal, Paris, Missouri, March 5, 1875, pg.3, col.4 (image from Gail Karcher by email 4/1/2008; to her from the Missouri Library)
      "Obituary Resolutions.
      "At a meeting of Prairie View Grange, No.1935, P. of H., on the 20th of Feb, 1875, the following resolutions were adopted:
      "WHEREAS, An All-Wise Providence has [seen fit?] to remove from our midst, our worthy Chaplain, J.C. Duncan. Therefore, be it
      "Resolved, That the Prairie View Grange [tender?] to the family of the deceased our heart-felt sympathy and condolence in their sad bereavement.
      "Resolved, That in the death of Brother J.C. Duncan, this Grange has lost a faithful and an efficient laborer, and the society in which he moved, a worthy member, whose many Christian virtues, are worthy of our emulations.
      "Resolved, That the members of Prairie View Grange, No.1935, be requested to wear the badge of mourning for 30 days, and that the hall be draped in mourning for 30? dys.
      "Resolved, That the Secretary be instructed to send a copy of these resolutions to the family of the deceased; and that a copy of the same be sent to the Monroe APPEAL, and that it be requested to publish them.
      "Mercury and Mexico papers please copy.
            "H.J. LEE, Master
      "J. O'Neal, Sec'y"

HISTORIES before 1923

1884 "History of Monroe and Shelby counties, Missouri ... : including a history of their townships, towns and villages together with a condensed history of Missouri ... biographical sketches of prominent citizens" pub. by National Historical Co. (FHL book 977.832 H2h)
      Pg.463-464, Woodlawn Twp., Monroe Co.: JAMES DUNCAN (Farmer, Post-office, Duncan's Bridge). It was for Mr. Duncan's father, David Duncan, that Duncan's Bridge was named, and he, the father, was one of the sturdy pioneers of Missouri. He came to this State with his family away back in the territorial days of the country. His wife was a Miss Elizabeth Finney before her marriage and they reared a worthy family of children. On coming to Missouri they first located in Howard county, then a sort of center for settlers. But later along they removed to Randolph county and finally settled permanently in Monroe county. Their family was the only one for considerable time throughout all the region round about Duncan's Bridge. ... James Duncan, the subject of this sketch, was born in Kentucky, August 1, 1814, but was principally reared in Missouri. .... Away back in 1835, he was married to Miss Mary V. Taylor. She lived 27 years after she wore her bridal wreath, and became the beloved mother of seven children, but three of whom are now living: Greenbury, James and Francis. John W. died after his marriage, the others, young and unmarried. In 1862 Mr. Duncan was married to Miss Elizabeth Capp. They have seven children: ... Aside from a trip to California in 1850, his whole life has been spent in Monroe county ....

1878 "The United States biographical dictionary and portrait gallery of eminent and self-made men : Missouri volume" pub. by U.S. Biographical Pub. Co. (Los Angeles Public Library book R977.8 U61; FHL film 1,425,620 item 1)
      Pg.647: RICHARD P. GILES, Shelbina. Richard P. Giles was born June 20, 1846, in Hardin Co. KY. His father, Granville T. Giles, was a native of Wythe Co. VA, and followed through life the profession of medicine. He settled in 1848 in Monroe Co. MO, and afterwards located at Palmyra, Marion county. His mother, whose maiden name was Rosanna Duncan, was a native of Kentucky, a daughter of Housen Duncan, farmer. Richard P. Giles was reared on the family farm in Monroe Co. MO. ....

1876 "A history of the pioneer families of Missouri, with numerous sketches, anecdotes, adventures, etc., relating to early days in Missouri : also the lives of Daniel Boone and the celebrated Indian Chief Black Hawk, with numerous biographies and histories of primitive institutions" by Wm. S. Bryan and Robert Rose (Los Angeles Public Library book 977.8 B915)
      Callaway Co., pg.325: DUNCAN -- Joseph C. Duncan, of Buckingham Co. VA, was of Scotch descent. He married Nancy Maddox, and settled in Christian Co. KY, in 1817. In 1829 he removed to Missouri and settled in Callaway county, where he lived the rest of his life. His wife died in 1860, and he died in 1870. They had nine children, but two of them died before they were grown. The names of the other children were -- Elizabeth A., Frederick W., Ouslow G., Jerome B., Artinicia, Merrett B., and Edward. Elizabeth A. married John McMahan, and is now a widow. Frederick W. lives in Oregon. Ouslow G. married Julia A. Broadwater, and lives in Audrain county. Jerome B. married Mary George. Artinicia married Colonel Marshall S. Coats, of Coats' Prairie. Merrett B. married Mary E. Berkett. He is a prominent banker of Mexico, Mo. Edward married Martha McMahan, and lives in Monroe county. Joel and Richard were the two who died before they were grown.
      Callaway Co., pg.379-380: TAYLOR -- William Taylor, of Stokes Co. NC, married Sarah Scruggs, and they had a son, Isaac, who married Catharine Vaughan, a sister of Martin Vaughan, of Audrain Co. MO. Their children were -- Carter, Fountain, and Mary. The mother died while they were young, and their father having married again ... they were adopted by their uncle Martin, who came to Missouri in 1830. Carter, the eldest, married Minerva Callock, and settled in Howard county, where they lived and died. Mary married James Duncan, who settled in Monroe county. Fountain settled in Callaway county. ...

1879 "The United States Biographical Dictionary: Kansas Volume, containing accurately compiled biographical sketches into which is woven the history of the state and its leading interests" pub. Chicago and Kansas City : S. Lewis & Co. (FHL book 978.1 D3u v.1&2; FHL film 874,388, items 1&2)
      Pg.629-630: WESLEY HARVEY DUNCAN, Lawrence [Douglas Co. KS]. Wesley H. Duncan, a pioneer business man of Lawrence, was born in Rockbridge county, Virginia, April 18, 1817. His father, Willis Duncan, was a Virginia planter, rather extensively engaged in tobacco-producing, a leading man in his neighborhood, a soldier in the war of 1812, and the son of a Revolutionary soldier. The family were Baptists and four of the uncles of Wesley H. Duncan were Baptist ministers, the one for whom he was named being in the Baptist ministry for over fifty years. His mother's name was Jane (Bailey) Duncan, and her father was a large stockraiser in Kentucky, where they were married. She was an active, useful member of the Baptist church.
            Wesley H. Duncan was educated in the country school houses of Lincoln county, Kentucky, to which place his father removed when he was only nine years old, embracing only about thirteen months schooling. Being of an adventurous spirit, he started out for himself at an early period, spending about nine years in the lead mines of Galena, Illinois, and a short time in Missouri, where he was married.
            In 1850 he immigrated with his family, a wife and one child, to California, crossing the plains with ox teams, being about four and a half months on the road. He opened a miners store at Cold Spring, Eldorado county, and was quite successful, mining only enough to say that he dug some gold. In the spring of 1853 he returned from California to Monroe county Missouri, and in the spring of 1855 came to Kansas, locating at Lawrence, and at once opened out a large store of general merchandise, in company with Charles Duncan, his brother-in-law and second cousin. In Lawrence he carried on that business until 1860, when the partnership of W.H. & C. Duncan was dissolved by mutual consent, and he entered into the dry goods and grocery business with Columbus Hornsby, since deceased, until 1862. He then entered into the same business with Duncan Allison and continued with him until he [MAD: Allison] was murdered in the Lawrence massacre of August 21, 1863. In this massacre he lost twenty-five thousand dollars in money and goods, eight thousand dollars being in cash.
            Immediately after the massacre he entered into business with Robert Morrow, in a dry-goods house in Lawrence, continuing in that occupation for about three years. Selling out, he devoted himself to the settlement of his business and collection of accounts until 1868, when he removed to California and resided at San Jose for a year. He then returned and entered into the hardware and agricultural implement trade with Charles Duncan and G.W.E. Griffith, as Griffith, Duncan & Co. With some changes in the firm he has continued to carry on that business until the present time.
            He has been a Mason for about twenty-one years. Mr. Duncan is a believer in the Christian religion, generally attending the Methodist church with his family, but never having associated himself with any church organization, but has been a liberal contributor to the erection of churches and religious enterprises. To Wesley H. and Charles Duncan is to be credited the largest portion in the erection of the first Methodist Episcopal church in Lawrence.
            Mr. Duncan was originally a Whig, casting his first presidential vote for General Harrison in 1840, and, since the organization of the Republican party, has been a Republican. He was an early free-state man, contributing liberally to the cause, and still retains some of the old free-state script as mementos of the sacrifices of the free-state struggles.
            Mr. Duncan has been twice married. He was married to Miss Margaret Duncan, in Johnson county, Missouri. She died in California, leaving one son, William T. Duncan, now a promising young business man. In May, 1854, he was married in Johnson county, Missouri, to Miss Elizabeth Watts, by whom he has had five children, only two of whom survive -- Lucetta, fourteen years old, and Wesley Harvey, five years old.
            Mr. Duncan is an energetic, upright business man, who has had many ups and downs in the world, retaining a character for the highest integrity. He has never failed to contribute to any worthy cause as far as he felt able.


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Obituary and funeral home notice of Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Dry (from Margo Thiel 10/1984)
      Mary Elizabeth Duncan was born September 28, 1846, in Brown Co. IL. At the age of 12 she moved with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Duncan to Paris, MO. On April 9, 1868 she was united in marriage with Thomas G. Dry. To this union were born 5 children, two passing away in infancey. In 1885 she moved with her family to Barton Co. MO ... In 1919 she moved to Mulberry where her husband passed away April 25, 1922. ...
      Funeral home notice: Mary Elizabeth Dry, born Sept. 28, 1846, died Nov. 26, 1933, age 87 years, 1 month and 28 days. ...
      (MJT: obit full of errors but Mary Elizabeth always gave her birthplace as Brown Co. IL even though the 1850 census of Monroe Co. MO gives it as MO. The family migrated from KY to IL according to family stories, then to MO.)

Some early Duncans in Monroe Co. MO:
      Martin Dunkin, 8 Jan. 1850, guardian of Mary Ann and Alsey Davis, infant heirs of Evan Davis under 14, security James R. Abernathy; recorded Monroe Co. MO Guardianship Bonds Book 2, pg.114 (from pg.69, Vol.21, 12/1973, "MO Pioneers," FHL book 977.8 D2h, from Evelyn Sigler and Denzil Mauldin 1984)
      James Duncan, G.W. Duncan, W.B. Duncan, 19 Nov. 1850, and Rumsey Saling arrived from California; from pg.2 col.3 "Paris Mercury" ("Monroe Co. MO, Paris Mercury Abstracts, Misc. Papers, 1844-1871" by K. Wilham, FHL book 977.8325 V4w and film 795,995 item 5; from Dorothy Franks 1990)
      Susan A. Duncan, 8 July 1851, minor heir of H.H. Duncan and Susannah Duncan, decd, over age 14, chose G.T. Giles as her guardian; securities Richard Porter and Harvey Giles; recorded Monroe Co. MO Guardianship Bonds Book 2, pg.139 (from pg.71, Vol.21, 12/1973, "MO Pioneers," FHL book 977.8 D2h, from Evelyn Sigler and Denzil Mauldin 1984)
      Lucinda Duncan, 23 Sept. 1852, mar. John Hawkins.
      Malinda W. Dunkin, 14 March 1854, mar. John Lilley.
      William S. Duncan, 1 Oct. 1855, died intestate, admin. John M. Moore, securities G.T. Giles and James Wood; recorded Monroe Co. MO Wills & Admins. Book B, pg.290 (from pg.46, Vol.26, 3/1975, "MO Pioneers," FHL book 977.8 D2h, from Evelyn Sigler and Denzil Mauldin 1984) (MAD: 1850 Hardin Co. KY census, children in 1860 Grayson Co. KY census; one John M. Moore mar. Susan Ann Duncan 9/22/1852)
      Caroline or Carmelia A. Duncan, 29 Sept. 1856/1865, mar. William Peak.
      James Duncan, 3 April 1860?, mar. Elizabeth Capp.
      Katharine J. Duncan, 27 March 1862, mar. Howard P. Peak.
      John M. Duncan, 25 May 1862, mar. Rachel Coopp.
      Richard D. Duncan, 29 May 1866, mar. Laura V. Penn.
      Mary E. Duncan, 9 April 1868, mar. Thomas Griffin Dry.
      (blank) Duncan, 18 Feb. 1869, mar. Martha A. Capp.
      Edward Duncan, 1870, b. Calloway Co. MO, to Monroe Co. MO 1870, patron of the 1876 "An Illustrated Historical Atlas of Monroe Co. MO" (pg.57, Vol.3, 1968, "MO Pioneers," FHL book 977.8 D2h, from Evelyn Sigler and Denzil Mauldin 1984)


"The Dry - Drye lineage : a history and genealogy of Jacob Drye (1764-1854) and his descendants" by Hazel Rennolds Sanders, 1981 (FHL film 1,035,589 item 4; from Margo Thiel 10/1984)
      Pgs.36-37 of this genealogy include Thomas A.C. Dry who mar. in Monroe Co. MO on 12 Jan. 1843 to Minerva Duncan, and includes their children and the estate settlement of T.A.C. Dry on 25 Jan. 1888 recorded in Monroe Co. MO Will Book C, pg.405, naming his wife and heirs; and the will of Minerva Dry "1906" naming her heirs.
      Pg.239 includes Thomas Giffin Dry who mar. in Monroe Co. MO on 9 April 1868 to Mary Elizabeth "Molly" Duncan, and gives their children.

"Sumpter Family (ca 1692-1975)" by Penny (Mrs. Bob) Sumpter, 1975 (FHL booklet 929.273 A1 #3563)
      This booklet gives the family of John Wesley Sumpter who mar. 13 April 1848 in Monroe Co. MO to Susan Dunkin, born 13 Jan. 1828 Monroe Co. MO, died 2 Feb. 1908 Denver, CO, dau. of Elizabeth and Daniel David Dunkin. The booklet also gives the family record of Daniel David Dunkin and his children.

Duncan Verticle File folder, Missouri State Historical Society Library, Columbia, MO (visit by MAD 10/1985)
      The file contains information from the family history of Greenberry Duncan, born 7 May 1818 KY, died 2 Jan. 1893, bur. Johnson Cemetery, Randolph Co. MO, mar. 7 Oct. 1841 Monroe Co. MO to Nancy Jane Rice; compiler is listed as Golah N. DeWitt and J.J. Naylor, 1972, from information from Mrs. Hoenig of Wellsville MO amd Ruby (Mrs. Hauz A.) Kendrick of Omaha, NE.
      The file also contains information on the family of David Duncan, b. 3 Nov. 1786 VA, and wife Elizabeth Finnell and their children.
      The file also contains information on Willis Green Duncan Sr., b. 27 Jan. 1821, d. 1885, and wife Eliza Florence Green; he mar. second 1863 Mrs. Eveline Hill; it includes his obituary pub. 23 Sept. 1898 in the "Higbee News." (MAD: 1850 Randolph Co. MO census; 1860 Carroll Co. MO census)
      The file contains the obituary of Mrs. Elizabeth Duncan who mar. Wesley Duncan May 1854 in "Johnson" Co. MO, pub. 2 Oct. 1879 in the "Lawrence Standard." (MAD: Wesley H. Duncan mar. Elizabeth Watts 5/11/1854 in Cass Co. MO; Lawrence, Douglas Co. KS)


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