Duncans in New Madrid Co. MO


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

Last revised October 30, 2014

Formed 1812, Original district
Scott formed 1821 from New Madrid
Pemiscot formed 1851 from New Madrid


1830-1860 New Madrid Co. MO Census
      No Duncan indexed

1870 New Madrid Co. MO Census
Big Prairie Twp.
Pg.249, #23-23, DUNCAN, John 32 KY farmer $0-$0 mar.in Dec.
                  Lucy 24 KY mar.in Dec.
Pg.249, #24-24, WALDROP, Joseph 40 KY farmer $0-$0 mar.in Aug.
                  Belle 24 KY mar.in Aug.
Lesieur Twp.
Pg.274 - indexed Belle Dunkin, actually Archer DUNKLIN 31, wife Belle 39


New Madrid Co. MO Abstract & index to deeds 1805-1870 (FHL Film 926,625; SLC 5/11/2013)
   FHL catalog: Be alert for out-of-alphabetical order sequences in indexes, especially at the end of the grantor & grantee sections of each index.
      3-32/35: Dunkin, Jas. to Estate of R. ? Waters, 1808
      No other grantor, no grantee

New Madrid Co. MO Deeds (SLC 7/16/2014; have jpg images)
   Deed records, v.1-5 1805-1815 (FHL Film 926,627)
      2-106/107: Oct. 21, 1805, Whereas I, William Dunkin, did obtain the right of petitioning for 400 acres of land and on 8 Dec. 1801 at the recommendation and approbation of Dr. Henry Peyroux? Commandant of the district, petition for the same, and the said Henry Peyroux did on 20 Dec. 1801 give in my favour an order of survey to Joseph Story, the surveyor to survey for me the said quantity of 400 acres, and I have on my part complied with the law to obtain and keep said land, and having this day received of Richard Jones Waters $100 in full payment for the said 400 acres of land on the Big Bid? between said Richard Jones Waters Mill and the town of New Madrid and do sell the same to him for the afsd $100 and appoint him the said Richard Jones Waters my attorney to execute ... such deeds as may be necessary to obtain the completion or confirmation of title for the said 400 acres of land. /s/ William (D his mark) Dunkin. Wit. Josh Humphreys, Francois Loriend?. Oct. 21, 1805, Recd. of Richard Jones Waters $100 the consideration money, /s/ William (D his mark) Dunkin. Wit. Josh. Humphreys, Francois Lesoures? Ack. 21 Oct. 1805 by Wm. Dunkin before B. Olive, J.P. of Court of Common Pleas. Recorded 28 June 1808. (FHL film 926,627)
      3-32/33: 17 Feb. 1809, James Dunkin of New Madrid Co. LA to Francois? Julia Waters and Joshua Humphreys, joint administrators of the estate of Richard Jones? Waters, decd, late of said district, of the district and territory afsd, that James Dunkin for $100 paid, being part of the amount of a note given by William & James Dunkin to decd. Richard Jones? Waters for $89 in salt and also the probable amount of the costs of suit lately commenced in Court of Common Pleas in the district of St. Genevieve commenced by Adr. against the said William & James Dunkin on the said note, and the said Francois Julia Waters and Joshua Humphreys Administrators entirely acquitted, have sold to said Francois Julia Waters and Joshua Humphreys as administrators of the estate of sd. Richard Jones decd. that tract or parcel of 750 arpens of land in the district afsd in New Madrid Twp. about 11 miles a northwardly course from the town of New Madrid and about one mile from the plantation formerly claimed by Richard Martin, a northwardly bourn? fronting on Lake L. Maria beg. at a stake the NW boundary of Henry Maston's? claim to land, then N. 75 E 40 arpens with said Masters? on a road formerly called a King's Road, then N. 15 W 18-3/4 arpens to a stake, then S 75 W 40 arpens to a stake near the afsd Lake, then with the lake to the beginning, being the settlement rights or claim to the said James Dunkin under the second section of the act of Congress respecting such claims in the territory, which said tract of 750 arpens of land together with appurtenances is hereby sold to said Francois Julia Waters and Joshua Humphreys as admin. of said estate of Richard Jones Waters decd, warrant title ... patent in our names. /s/ James (x) Dunkin. Wit. Josh. Story, B. Olive, S. Hanna. Ack. 17 Feb. 1809 by James Dunkin before Thomas Evans, JP, Louisiana Territory, District of New Madrid. Recorded 10 March 1809. (FHL film 926,627)

HISTORIES before 1923

1908 "A history of Missouri from the earliest explorations and settlements until the admission of the state into the Union" 3 Vols., by Louis Houck, pub. by R.R. Donnelley (FHL book 977.8 H2h and films 1,697,679 items 2-3 and 1,320,710 item 1; from Louis Boone 2/1984)
      Vol.2, pg.166 (Vol.1?, pg.334?): Pierre Duncan, oath taken 14 May 1793 at New Madrid, Fort Celeste. Pg.338 says this may be Prior Duncan who was a settler in north MO during the War of 1812 at Fort Hampstead.
      Kaskaskia, in Randolph Co. IL, across the river from St. Genevieve Co. MO. Several settlers came from Kaskaskia IL into St. Louis MO at an early time.

1908 "History of Missouri" by Louis Houck, Vol.II (from Louis Boone 3/27/1984)
      Pg.154-5: Vandenbenden: The precise jurisdiction of the commandants at New Madrid and Cape Girardeau were for a time a matter of dispute. This New Madrid jurisdiction appears to have at one time extended at least as far north as the so-called Big Swamp, a bottom about three miles wide, located immediately south of Cape Girardeau city, and called by the French Grand Marais. The New Madrid district always embraced the Tywappity bottom, situated opposite the mouth of the Ohio, as well as all the country as far west as White River. Before the establishment of the civil and military post of Cape Girardeau, the jurisdiction of the commandant of New Madrid extended as far north as Cinque Homme creek, this creek being named as the northern limit of the claim of Morgan. On the south, the jurisdiction of the Arkansas post seems to have extended as far north as the mouth of the St. Francois and west to White river, ....
      The principal settlement near New Madrid was located on Lake St. Ann ... On Lake St. Marys, Stephen and Joseph St. Marie, though residents of New Madrid, in 1791, had their plantations, so also Francois St. Marie dit Bourbon. (Footnote:) The first plantations were opened by David Shelby (1796) of PA, ...; William Dunkin (Duncan) (1801), a Madame Dunkins presented a bill against the estate of Thomas Brucks for nursing him in last sickness; .... [MAD: apparently in the settlement on Lake St. Marys].

1912 "(History of) Southeast Missouri, a narrative account of its historical progress, its people and its principal interests" 2 Vols., by Robert Sidney Douglass; pub. by Lewis Pub. Co. (Los Angeles Public Library book 977.8 D737; FHL book 977.89 H2d and film 1,000,278 items 1-2)
      Counties of Ste. Genevieve, Cape Girardeau, New Madrid, Madison, Washington, Perry, St. Francois, Bollinger, Pemiscot, Dunklin, Mississippi.
      Pg.81: District of New Madrid. As originally defined by the Spanish in the grant to Morgan, the District of New Madrid extended from the Cinque Homme, south to the mouth of the St. Francois, and west a distance of ten or 15 miles, though the western boundary was not exactly located. Out of the north part of this district was carved the District of Cape Girardeau and after this was done New Madrid District was bounded on the north by Tywappity Bottoms. The exact line between Cape Girardeau district and New Madrid district was, however, for a long time a matter of dispute. It was finally settled by the governor-general and located at a point about five miles south of the present town of Commerce. The western boundary was left unsettled; however, the district was generally understood to extend as far west as there were settlements. .... The southern boundary of the District of New Madrid was generally understood as about the present southern boundary of the state. It was fixed not by any order or enactment but by the fact that settlements extended only about that far to the south.
      Pg.1209-10: (New Madrid Co.) BURWELL A. DUNCAN, M.D. Grandson of a soldier of the Revolution, son of an ardent SC secessionist and a member of the convention at Charleston, brother to three officers of the Confederate army, himself a soldier surgeon in the grewsome fields of battle, Dr. Burwell A. Duncan is a citizen whom Morehouse is proud to claim.
            Robert Duncan, the grandfather of Revolutionary fame, was married to Hannah Carr. Their union was blessed with twelve children, one of whom, John by name and the eldest by birth, came to Missouri early in the 19th century and had a family of twenty-four children. Those were times of large families. Perry Duncan, father of Burwell, had eleven children.
            The birthplace of Perry Duncan was Greenville, SC, and May 26, 1800, was the date of his birth. His wife was Mary Hill, of Wilkes Co. GA, where her father had his plantation. She was 14 years younger than her husband, to whom she was married when she was nineteen years old. ... A devout Methodist ... Perry Duncan had been prominent for years in the legislature of his state and he was a member of the seccession convention held at Charleston, SC. His name is carved on the marble tablet at Columbia, SC. It was to be expected that his sons would go to the front as they did. Robert P. was an adjutant and served on General Dick Anderson's staff. Wiley was one of Butler's guards in the 4th SC. James was a captain and Burwell surgeon of the 2nd Mississippi Regiment.
            The Doctor was born at Greenville, SC, March 24, 1835. He attended the academy at Greenville and then went to Furman University. In 1855 he began the study of medicine and graduated in 1857 ... After his graduation Dr. Duncan went to Mississippi and practiced his profession in that state until he came to Morehouse in 1906. It was in Mississippi that his mother, Mrs. Perry Duncan, died in 1868, three years after her husband had passed away on his plantation in Georgia.
            Dr. Duncan's first marriage took place in 1858 at Aberdeen [Monroe Co.], MS. The bride was Miss Celestia Strong, daughter of General Elisha Strong. She was two years younger than Dr. Duncan and their union lasted over thirty years, until it was dissolved by Mrs. Duncan's death in 1890. Their son, Rev. Perry E. Duncan, was born in 1862. He became a Methodist minister of note and was married to Mary, daughter of Lafayette Smith, who bore him five children. His death occurred February 9, 1905, at Iuka, Mississippi, where he was one of the most prominent men of his denomination. The daughter of this marriage, Anna Duncan, became Mrs. Thomas G. Blackwell, wife of the present judge of county court in New Madrid Co. MO. She has two children.
            On January 30, 1904, Dr. Duncan was married to Mrs. Julia Watson Manning, daughter of Asa Watson and widow of Payton Manning, a colonel on General Longstreet's staff. Dr. Duncan ... His church is the Methodist, South.


"Territorial Papers, Louisiana-Missouri Territory, 1806-1814" Vol.XIV (CA State University, Sacramento, library book)
      Pg.378-397: Land Commissioners to the Secretary of the Treasury, March 15, 1810; cover letter for letter from William Russell, St. Louis, to the Land Commissioners and William C. Carr, 14 March 1810; letter from Russell is cover letter for memorials of inhabitants of Territory of Louisiana, no date, 1810. Memorial (petition) that the inhabitants have seen a large portion of their just and bona fide claims to land, formerly provided for by Spanish custom and usage, rejected. That there are many defects in the present laws and regulations in regard to their land claims. That the 2nd section of the law of Congress passed 2 March 1805 used the words "one mile square together with" which seemed to mean not less than a mile square; that under the faith of this section of law, claimants have bought and sold these kind of claims and bound themselves to guarantee the title to at least a mile square; that the commissioners issued certificates that the claimants under this section of the law were entitled to 640 acres at least; that if this section of law can now be interpreted to mean one hundred arpens to the settler, it might as well be construed to mean nothing. ... Machanicks (sic) and others who lived in towns had no idea of forfeiting their right, for want of occupying the particular tracts conceded to them, if claims like those are now to be rejected under the 4th Sec. of the law of Congress passed 3 March 1807. For want of three years cultivation, such construction will impair the obligations of bona fide contracts made in good faith under the Spanish government. The 2nd Sec. of the law of Congress passed 2 March 1805 confirms land on (certain conditions) to claimants actually inhabiting and cultivating their claims on 20 Dec. 1803. (Objections to having to occupy their land on a particular day, instead of for a time; mentions that if they had known of the treaty which ceded Louisiana to France, and which transferred it to the US, they would have completed their titles.) Section 6 of subscribers signed by William Dunkin among others, and forwarded by Col. Stephen Byrd Esqr. of Dist. C. girardeau (sic) to post master in St. Louis. Another section signed in New Madrid Township of Big Prarie. Sec. 14 signed by Thos. Musick and others, no location given. Sec. 19 signed by James Musick and others, location "to mouth of Coldwater". Sec. 22 signed by William, David, Uri, John, Abraham and Jesse Musik or Musick and others, no location given. A total of 986 signatures.

Some early Duncans in New Madrid Co. MO:
      James Dunkin, 27 Feb. 1806, over 21, claimed 750 arpents of land on lake St.Mary in New Madrid, and produced a certificate of survey dated 27 Feb. 1806 to the Board; testimony by George Wilson on 14 March 1806 that the land was inhabited and cultivated prior to 20 Dec. 1803, and by William Coxe on 21 June 1808 that the ground was cleared in 1802; on 14 March 1806 the claim was granted, but on 3 April 1811 the Commissioners said the claim ought not to be granted. Minutes of the First and Second Board of Land Commissioners, 1805-1812, and 1832-1835, Book 1, pg.163, and Book 5, pg.131. (pg.105, Vol.II, "First Settlers of MO Territory, by grants in the present states of Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma" by Ericson & Ingmire, 1983, FHL book 977.8 R2f; "Index to the Minutes of the First and Second Board of Land Commissioners, MO" 1805-1812 and 1832-1835; by St. Louis Gen. Society, FHL book 977.8 R22i and fiche 6,117,346, from Louis Boone 3/1984; pg.100, Vol.2, 1968, "MO Pioneers," FHL book 977.8 D2h, from Evelyn Sigler and Denzil Mauldin 1984)
      William Duncan, 10 March 1806, claimed land in New Madrid Co. Minutes of the First and Second Board of Land Commissioners, 1805-1812, and 1832-1835, Book 1, pg.137 and 138, as claimant and owner, 10 March 1806, and Book 4, pg.455, as claimant, 31 July 1810. ("Index to the Minutes of the First and Second Board of Land Commissioners, MO" 1805-1812 and 1832-1835; by St. Louis Gen. Society, FHL book 977.8 R22i and fiche 6,117,346, from Louis Boone 3/1984) William Duncan issued Commissioner's Certificate #430 for settlers rights to land in the Territory of LA on Bayou St.Thomas in New Madrid Co. on July 1810. (pg.7, Vol.1, 1967, "MO Pioneers," FHL book 977.8 D2h, from Evelyn Sigler and Denzil Mauldin 1984) William Dunkin filed petition to Land Commissioners in 1810 in Louisiana Territory. (pg.89, Vol.1, 3/1976, "MO Miscellany" FHL book 977.8 D2w, from Denzil Mauldin 12/1984)
      William Dunkin, 21 May 1822, referred to in deed in Saline Co. MO Deed Book A or B, 1821-1828, from Robert D. Dawson and wife Malinda of New Madrid Co. to Francoise J. Waters, widow of Richard Jones Waters decd, deed of relinquishment to the original headrights of Jesse Demint, Isaac Thompson, and William Dunkin. (pg.39, Vol.7, 4/1970, "MO Pioneers," FHL book 977.8 D2h, from Evelyn Sigler and Denzil Mauldin 1984)
      William Dunklin, 1 April 1840, died intestate, admin. Jefferson Dunklin and Susan Dunklin, securities Richard J. Waters and Hezekiah D. Maulsby; widow Susan Dunklin and seven children: Harriet, John, Mary, George, Emeline, Jane, and Jefferson Dunklin, all residing in New Madrid Co. with their mother. New Madrid Co. MO Administration Records 1832-1846, pg.181-183. (pg.79, Vol.11, 8/1971, "MO Pioneers," FHL book 977.8 D2h, from Denzil Mauldin 12/1984)


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