Duncans in Wayne Co. MO


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

Last revised June 28, 2015

Formed 1818 from Cape Girardeau
Ripley formed 1833 from Wayne
Butler formed 1849 from Wayne
Bollinger formed 1851 from Cape Girardeau, Stoddard, Wayne
Iron formed 1857 from Dent, Madison, Reynolds, St.Francois, Washington, Wayne


1830 Wayne Co. MO Census (from Vivian Biddle 1982)
Pg. 41  Eli Dunkin          1100,1     - 0101  - 1 male slave age 0-10
          (MAD: 1840 Ripley Co. MO census; 1850 Madison Co. MO census)

1840 Wayne Co. MO Census (and from Vivian Biddle 1982)
Butler Twp.
Pg.225  Turner Duncan       1101,001   - 1120,001
          (MAD: 1830 Cape Girardeau Co. MO census;
            see ?? Mary Duncan, 1850 Butler Co. MO census)
   233  Josiah Duncan       1100,01    - 0000,1  - 1 slave

1850 Wayne Co. MO Census (also from Vivian Biddle 1982 and Mary Louise Craven 1985)
Pg.203, #276-286, Josiah DUNCAN 41 KY clergyman $400
                  Margaret 33 MO
                  Andrew A. 15 MO laborer
                  William R. 11, Mary C. 10 MO
                  Susan J. 6 MO
                  Henry H. 3, Richard W. 1 MO
                  Hannah 57 UNK BLACK
                  (MAD: Josiah was son of Rice Duncan and Jane)

1860 Wayne Co. MO Census (from page by page search, no Duncan indexed)
Benton Twp.
Pg.672, #142-143, Margret DUNCAN 45 MO (blank) $1500-$700
                  Andrew A. 25 MO farmer $1200-$300
                  William R. 21 MO farmer $0-$170
                  Susan L. 16, Henry Mc. 14, Richard W. 12 MO
                  Frederick M. 3 MO
                  Hanner MILLER (f) 66 NC BLACK

1870 Wayne Co. MO Census
Benton Twp.
Pg.152, #7-7, LESTER, John 62 KY farmer $3000-$1235
                  Nancy C. 38 KY house keeper
                  Catharine 19, Thos. 15 MO at home
                  MOSS, Piety (f) 18 MO lives with family
                  DUNCAN, Lidia A. (f) 2 MO lives with family
                  RHOADS, Wm. L. 16 MO farm laborer $200-$447
Pg.155, #48-50, DUNCAN, R.W. (m) 21 MO farmer $600-$431
                  Elizabeth 21 MO house keeper
                  LESTER, John 21 MO farm laborer $0-$125
(taken June 9, 1870)
Pg.156, #57-59, DUNCAN, Andrew A. 37 MO farmer $3000?-$1450
                  Martha A. 26 MO keeping house
                  Andrew J. 8 MO at home
                  Lucinda J. 6, Maria J. 4, Lee P. (m) 2 MO
                  Margaret C. 9/12 MO b.Oct.
                  Margaret 56 MO lives in family
                  Frederick N??. 13 MO lives in family
                  ST.JOHN, Mary 19 MO lives in family
                  DUNCAN, Millie J. (f) 7/12 MO b."Aug." adopted by family
                  (MAD: Margaret 56 MO was widow of Josiah of 1850 Wayne Co. MO; not identified 1860 census)
St.Francis Twp.
Pg.212, #25-25, DUNCAN, Henry 23 MO farmer $800-$424
                  Sarah 22 MO keeping house
                  Edward 8, William 2, Martha 5/12 b.Dec. MO


Wayne Co. MO Probate Records; Courthouse burned 1854; Wills 1869-1914, Vol.1 (FHL film 927,314)
      No Duncan

Wayne Co. MO Will (from Mary Louise Craven 8/1990, and FHL film 927,314 item 2)
      2-212: 19 March 1923, will of Henry Mackelmery Duncan (/s/ H.M. Duncan); to my wife Emma C. Duncan the whole of my property both personal and real estate, she to pay debts by disposing of any property necessary, the residue to be her sole property for life, then divided among my bodily heirs, to wit: William F., Margaret E., Andrew B., Mary J., Joel A., D. Anne, H. Frank, Roy C., Robert L., Nora M., Eli Co., Clara V., T. Benton, and Lottie M., all to share alike except my son William F. Duncan having received $400 from me during my lifetime, the $400 shall be deducted from his share; my son Andrew B. Duncan received $100 to be deducted from his share; my son Joel A. Duncan shall receive the value of one horse above his share; my daughters Clara V. and Lottie M. Duncan each shall receive the value of one cow over their share. Designate Emma C. Duncan and William Duncan executors without bond. Wit. N.G. Wilson, Jno. F. Wagner, wit. to signasture; other witnesses Matt Hughes, W.W. Hughes, Ottis A. Hughes. That on 18 March 1824, personally appeared W.F. Duncan who said that Henry Mackelmery Duncan died testate at residence on 11 March 1924, leaving as his heirs at law Emma C. Duncan widow, William F. Duncan son, Margaret E. Brumbow daughter, Andrew B. Duncan son, Grace Rubottom, Mabel Rubottom, heirs of Mary J. Rubottom deceased daughter, Joel A. Duncan son, D. Anne Lewis daughter, H. Frank Duncan son, Roy C. Duncan son, Robert L. Duncan son, Nora M. Lewis daughter, Eli C. Duncan son, Clara V. Hughes daughter, T. Benton Duncan son, Lottie M. Duncan daughter. Admitted to Probate 18 March 1924.
      MAD: Obituaries for Henry M. Duncan, born Otter creek August 24, 1846, died at his home on Lake creek March 11, 1924, married first to Sarah V. Hughes Feb. 3, 1867 who died about 45 years before 1924, married 2nd Emma C. Meador on June 4, 1881; and for Emma Catherine Meador, dau. of Rev. Joel and Mary Ann Twidwell Meador, born March 19, 1866, died at Piedmont [MO] Oct. 6, 1948, married June 4, 1881, to Rev. Henry Mackelmery Duncan who died March 11, 1924, were published in an unknown newspaper, probably in Piedmont, MO; the obituaries name the surviving children. (from Linda Smyth 10/1993)


Wayne Co. MO Abstract & index to deeds re-recorded v.A-B 1849-1895 (FHL film 927,394; SLC 5/11/2013)
   FHL catalog: Vols A-N are deed records, re-recorded after fire.
      Duncan, A.A. to Henry M. Miller, Aug. 19, 1868, Feb. 26, 1869, W.D., recorded F-550 & 551, re-recorded B-205
      Duncan, A.A. to Z. McAlister, July 5, 1881, Dec. 21, 1881, W.D., recorded M-142, re-recorded A-97
      Others after 1868; quit, did not look at inverted index

Wayne Co. MO Deeds (SLC 7/17/2014; have jpg images)
   Re-recorded Deeds, v.B, 1865-1893 (FHL film 927,398)
      B-205/207: 17 Aug. 1868, Andrew A. Duncan, Martha A. Duncan, husband and wife of Wayne Co. MO, to Henry M. Miller of Wayne Co. MO, for $700 paid, sell parcel of land in Wayne Co. MO, all that portion of SW 1/4 NW 1/4 and SE 1/4 NW 1/4 of SW 1/4 Sec.16 Twp.28 Range 5E, containing 110 acres more or less, also 5 acres and 69/100 being a portion of NE 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec.17 beg. on section line, 13 chains and 30 links south of quarter section corner between Sec.16 and 17, then north along section line to above quarter section corner 13 chains and 30 links, then west 7 chains to the middle of the channel of Lake Creek, then south 73 deg. west in the channel of Lake Creek, ..., containing 5 acres and 69/100, warrant title. /s/ Andrew A. Duncan, Marth A. Duncan. Ack. 17 Aug. 1868 before Rush Byrne, J.P. Wayne Co. MO. Certification 13 March 1869 by Geo. C. Bowen, Clerk of Circuit Court and Recorder, the within instrument was filed 26 Feb. 1869 and recorded in Book F, pgs.550 and 551. Filed for record April 27, 1893. (FHL film 927,398)
   Warranty Deeds, v.A, 1885-1891 (FHL film 927,398)
      A-97: 8 July 1881, A.A. Duncan and Martha A. Duncan his wife of Wayne Co. MO to Zerd? McAllister of Wayne Co. MO, for $700 paid, sell part Survey No.2211, Twp.30 Range 5E, all that part that lays on the west side of the St. Francois River of said survey, containing 160 acres more or less, warrant title. /s/ A.A. Duncan, Martha A. (x) Duncan. Wit. J.D. Wallis. Ack. 7/8/1881 before J.D. Wallis, J.P., Wayne Co. MO. Recorded 21 Dec. 1881 in Book M pg.142. Filed for rerecording 29 Mch 1893. (FHL film 927,398)

Wayne Co. MO, Deeds (needed index at front of book, if any; copied SLC by CVD 6/6/2015)
   Vol.F, 1864-1893 (FHL film 927,400)
      no index, only text of deeds
   Vol.G, 1850-1891 (FHL film 927,400)
      Indenture printed forms, dates 1890-1891
   Vol.H, Deed Record 1870-1884 (FHL film 927,401)
      Indenture forms, 1870-1884
   Vol.I, Deed Record 1855-1884 (FHL film 927,401)
      Handwritten pages, no index
   Vol.J, Miscellaneous Deeds, 1849-1889 (FHL film 927,402)
      no index


Josiah Duncan of St.Francois Assn. (from MO Baptist Historical Commission Library; from Linda Smyth 10/1993)
      LDS: This is part of a book on Baptist Ministers and is part of the collection at the MO Baptist Historical Society.
      Josiah Duncan, born in KY, May 10, 1808, his fathers name Rice. Mother Jane - she was a Thomsen. His native county not known or of wife. Bout the spring (one word too faint) joined the Baptist Church 1830 converted all his daily labor. Married Jan 1834 to Margaret Miller. Joined the Greenville Church. Ordained to the ministry 4th Lords in Apr. 1845 by A.G. Ferguson, C. Sanders, Deacons. H. Harmon & James Farris in Wayne Co. MO. Died Nov. 1858.
            I have been unable to get some of the dates as you wanted them but have done the best I can for you. /s/ A.A. Duncan. (MAD: this could be A.H. Duncan, initials faint)
      (Another document:) State of MO, County of Wayne, To all to whom these presents may come: This is to certify that Josiah Duncan Member of the United Baptist Church of Christ called Mt. Pleasant was ordained and set apart to the whole work of the Ministry on the 4th Lords day in April 1845. by prayr and laying on of the hands of the Presbyterry consisting of the following Elders and Deacons and signed by the same. /s/ Elders, N.G. Ferguson, E. Landers; Deacons, W. Williams, Jas. Farrell. (also from Mary Dagenhart 11/1993)

Handwritten page, H.M. Duncan (from MO Baptist Historical Commission Library; from Linda Smyth 10/1993 and Mary Dagenhart 11/1993)
      MO, Wayne Co., July 17, 188(right edge missing); we the undersigned having this day met at the request of the Libertyhill Baptist Church to examine into the qualification and standing of Bro. H.M. Duncan as a minister of the Gospel of the above named denomination after the examina(missing) find him orthodox and orderly, w(missing) therefore have this day provided to ordain and set apart by the imposition of our hands Bro. H.M. Duncan to the great work of the Gospel Ministery and he is arthorized to administer the ordinance of the Gospel and to solemnize the rights of matrimony when and where Godin? so providence may cast his lot. /s/ Presbyter names: A.R.S. Meador, J.W. Wilson.


Iron Co. MO Deed (SLC 7/14/2014; have JPG images)
      E-485: 26 Dec. 1865, Adam J. Duncan and Melvina S. his wife of Madison Co. MO to Francis M. Williams of Cape Girardeau Co. MO, for $1 paid, sell parcel of land in Iron Co. MO, the S 1/2 of NE 1/4 of NE 1/4 Sec.36 Twp.31N Range 4E containing 20 acres, warrant title, except to persons claiming said land by reason of having paid tax on said land. The land herein conveyed was sold and intended to be conveyed to said Francis M. Williams by Adam J. Duncan and Melvina S. his wife in their warranty deed of 22 Aug. 1857, recorded in Iron Co. MO Deed Book A pages 6 and 7 but not being described in said deed of that date. This deed is executed for the purpose of correcting said original deed and vesting the title to said 20 acres of land in the said Francis M. Williams. 26 Dec. 1865. /s/ Adam J. Duncan, Melvina (X) Duncan. Ack. 26 Dec. 1865 by Adam J. Duncan and Melvina L. Duncan his wife before P. ? Powers, Notary Public, Wayne Co. MO. Filed Feb. 17, 1866. (FHL film 914,419)


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, Andrew A., widow Duncan, Martha A.; A 47 MO Inf.; 1890 Aug. 8, Widow Appl. #459674, Cert. #585778, MO. (MAD: 1850 Wayne Co. MO census)
      Duncan, William R., minor Kelley, Lida A., child; A 47 MO Inf.; 1910 March 19, Minor Appl. #938426, no cert., MO. (MAD: 1850 Wayne Co. MO census)

HISTORIES before 1923

1888 "History of southeast Missouri : embracing an historical account of the counties of Ste. Genevieve, St. Francois, Perry, Cape Girardeau, Bollinger, Madison, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Dunklin, Scott, Mississippi, Stoddard, Butler, Wayne and Iron, including a department devoted to the preservation of personal, professional and private records" pub. by Goodspeed (FHL film 908,664 and 1,000,277; some pages also from Donald Duncan 1/1991 and from Sue Monaghan 2/1988)
      Pg.338: Formation of Wayne Co. ... Sheriffs: ... A.A. Duncan, 1865. Assessors ... A.A. Duncan, 1861-62.
      Pg.1070, Butler Co. Byrd Duncan, of the firm of B. Duncan & Co., is a native of Wilson Co. TN, born July 20, 1846. His father, Richard M. Duncan, also a native of TN, was of NC ancestry, while his wife, Miss Alapher Breece, was a native of the same State but of British stock. Father was a stonecutter by trade, about 1859 engaged in the business near Bowling Green [Warren Co.], KY. With the opening of the war he moved to Shawneetown [Gallatin Co.], IL, where the mother died in 1870 at age 62. He still lives there at age 76. Now a Republican, earlier a Whig. Both parents Baptist. Byrd, youngest of seven children, common school education, age 16 began brick-layer's trade, for about 7 years. To Wayne Co. MO 1873, clerk, until to Poplar Bluff [Butler Co.] in 1878; then he became a member of the firm of B. Duncan & Co. with Pat Harmon. ... In 1879 he married Miss Mollie Spence, native of Butler Co. Have two sons and two daus. (not named). (MAD: Richard M. Duncan in 1850 DeKalb Co. TN census, son of John Duncan died Smith Co. TN.)
      Pg.1125: Adam J. Duncan was born in Madison Co. MO, in 1824, and is the son of Eli and Rebecca (Johnson) Duncan, who were born in Kentucky and Missouri, in 1802 and 1805, respectively. The father came to Missouri in 1816, and here married Miss Johnson in 1821. The former died in 1866, and the latter in 1860. They were members of the Missionary Baptist Church, and he held the office of judge of the county court for some time. In 1829, Adam J. Duncan came with his parents to Wayne Co. MO. About 1839 they went to Ripley County, but a year or so later returned to their old place in Madison County, and there Adam J. lived until his marriage in 1851, to Melvina Mann, who was born in 1831, in Wayne Co. MO. To them were born the following children: Henry C., Rebecca J., Eli A. (deceased), Finus E. (deceased), Richard A., Nancy C., Mary E. and Martha L. Rebecca married William Hoskins; Catherine is the wife of William Jordan, and Mary is the wife of James McAllister. While Mr. Duncan was a resident of Madison County the county was divided, and he became a resident of Iron County, and while living there, held the offices of justice of the peace, deputy sheriff and constable. Mrs. Duncan's parents were Andrew and Susan (Duncan) Mann, and were native Missourians.
      Pg.1126: Mrs. Martha Ann Duncan, widow of Andrew A. Duncan, a prominent farmer of Wayne Co. MO, was born in Reynolds Co. MO, in 1844. Her parents, Arnold and Lucinda (Biggers) Mann, were born in Missouri; the former died in 1872, and the latter when Mrs. Duncan was a little girl; twelve of their thirteen children were reared to maturity. The father's second wife was Thirza Blackwell, and to them were born two children; the mother is dead. Mrs. Duncan was married to Andrew Duncan, who was born May 22, 1835, and their union resulted in the birth of ten children, nine living: Andrew J., Lucinda J. (Bennett), Mariah I. (Wallace), Lee P., Margaret C. (Sheets), John, Robert H., George T. and Andrew L. The father died on the 20th of July, 1881. He was industrious and economical, and left his family well provided for. The farm consists of 400 acres, with 120 acres in a good state of cultivation. The four youngest children reside with their mother, and assist in tilling the farm. Mrs. Duncan gave her two sons (Andrew and Lee) each a farm worth $2,000. She is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, and is a very estimable lady.


Some early Duncans in Wayne Co. MO:
      James Duncan, 1818, on delinquent tax list in old Lawrence County, Missouri Territory, now Wayne Co. (pg.108, Vol.4, Jan.1969, "MO Pioneers," FHL book 977.8 D2h, from Evelyn Sigler and Denzil Mauldin)
      William Duncan, 1818, on delinquent tax list in old Lawrence County, Missouri Territory, now Wayne Co. (pg.108, Vol.4, Jan.1969, "MO Pioneers," FHL book 977.8 D2h, from Evelyn Sigler and Denzil Mauldin)
      Elder Josiah Duncan, 10 Nov. 1858, died in Wayne Co. MO age 50; from obituary in 25 Dec. 1858 issue of "Tennessee Baptist" (from "Obituaries and Marriage Notices from the Tennessee Baptist, 1844-1862" author not given, from Donald Duncan 4/1991)

"Wayne Co. MO Cemeteries" by St.Louis Gen. Society (TN Gen. Society Library #3839 from Evelyn Sigler 5/1984; FHL book 977.892 V3w and fiche 6,048,476)
      Duncans are listed in the Otter Creek Cemetery including Martha Ann Duncan 8/4/1841 - 8/29/1928; in the Graham Cemetery; in the Liberty Hill cemetery (pg.60) including Rev. H.M. Duncan 8/24/1846 - 3/11/1924 and his wives Sarah Hughes Duncan and Emma C. Duncan and several of his children; in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery, and the Masonic Cemetery in Wayne Co.

1972 "Wayne Co. MO" by Rose Fulton Cramer (FHL book 977.892 H2c)
      Pg.113 and 493-494 include brief information about Eli Duncan and Josiah Duncan, early settlers.


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