Duncans in Lauderdale Co. MS


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

Last revised June 27, 2009

Formed 1833 from Choctaw Cession


1840 Lauderdale Co. MS Census
Pg.50  Gilmore Duncan      1000,01  -  1100,01
            (MAD: one Elmira H. Duncan mar. William V. Bennett 1/25/1840)

1850 Lauderdale Co. MS Census
Pg.384, #834, Gilmore A. DUNCAN 40 SC farmer $300
                  Milly 40 NC
                  Louisa 16, Eveline 14 TN
                  Wm. 9, Camilla 7 MS
                  Nancy J. 5, Amanda 2 MS
                  Kuron? CLAY (m) 66 VA wheelright
                  (MAD: see 1853 Hickman Co. TN deed O-592; 1860 Clark Co. AR census; 1870 Tippah Co. MS census)

1860 Lauderdale Co. MS Census
Beat #3, P.O. Daleville
Pg.101, #707-686, John DUNCAN 40 SC farmer $800?-$600
                  Sarah D. 30 SC dom.bus.
                  William 17 AL farm lab.
                  Jeremiah 19 AL farm lab.
                  Catharine 15 AL
                  Nancy 10, Sarah 6 MS
                  Caroline 5, George W. 1 MS
                  (MAD: 1850 Kemper Co. MS census)

1870 Lauderdale Co. MS Census (pg.145 also from Mary Lou Lisenbe 2/2001)
Meridian P.O.
Pg.35, #233-233, LUCAS, John L. 42 AL house carpenter $0-$0
                  Julia 29 MS keeping house
                  Walter 10, Anna 8, John 3 MS at home
                  "Lulia" (f) 1 MS at home
                  DUNCAN, Noah 56 VA BLACK carpenter
Township 8
Pg.145, #171-171, DUNCAN, John 56 SC farmer $400-$800
                  Sarah 55 SC keeping house
                  Calhan (f) 24 AL
                  Elizabeth 19 MS
                  Sarah M. 16 MS
                  Ellen R. (f) 14 MS
                  George W. 11 MS
                  (MLL: "Catherine" 24, "Elteuh" 14)
Township 8, Lauderdale P.O.
Pg.156, #318-318, DUNCAN, Jack 30 TN BLACK farm laborer $0-$0
                  Peggy 25 SC BLACK keeping house
                  Alley (f) 4, Pink (m) 2, Betsey 1 MS BLACKS

1880 Lauderdale Co. MS Census
Meridian, pg.38, SD 2, ED 90
Pg.19B, #339-387, STEWART, Mary A. 64 NY widow house keeping SCT SCT
                  Lueise? (Luuse?) (f) 25 LA dau. IRE NJ? (MAD: NY?)
                  DUNCAN, Josie (f) 15 LA boarder NY (blank)
                  (MAD: ? 1860 Hinds Co. MS census; Mary A. Duncan, widow of Charles Stewart, sister of John Duncan who died 1872 leaving will in Carroll, Hinds and Winston Co. MS)
Meridian, pg.64, SD 2, ED 90 (also from Carolyn Castor 10/2001)
Pg.32D, #556-673, DUNCAN, L. Alexander 51 NY mar. book keeper SCT NY
                  Annie B. 45 KY wife housekeeping KY VA
                  DUNCAN, Catharine E. 60 TN boarder NC TN
                  McCRAVEN, Willie (m) 14 MS boarder clerk in store MS AL
                  ALLNUTT, John L. 35 KY boarder traveling agent -- -- (blank birthplaces for parents)
                  Bettie R. 32 KY wife KY KY
                  Robt. G. 13 KY son KY KY
                  Clifford (m) 2 MS son KY KY
                  (MAD: the will of C.E. Duncan is indexed in 1891 in Lauderdale Co. MS Will Book 1-279)
Sub District 1, pg.1 SD 2, ED 92
Pg.70A, (blank)-#6, DUNCAN, Wm. 24 MS BLACK employee laborer -- -- (alone) (blank birthplaces for parents)
Western Portion of Beat 2, pg.5, SD 2, ED 93
Pg.98A, #48-68, DUNCAN, Jack 41 MS BLACK widow farmer, "leg off", MS GA
                  Alis 14 MS BLACK dau. housekeeper MS AL
                  Betsy 10 MS BLACK dau. MS AL
                  Edner 5 MS BLACK dau. MS AL
                  Marth 3 MS BLACK dau. MS AL
Pg.98A, #48-69, TWILLEY, Lucinda 30 MS BLACK widow, (relationship:) hireland, farm laborer MS GA
                  Amanda 11 MS BLACK hireland, farm laborer MS MS
                  George 10 MS BLACK hireland, (blank), MS MS
Beat No.3, Daleville, pg.34, SD 2, ED 95 (also from Mary Lou Lisenbe 2/2001)
Pg.150B, #250-250, DUNCAN, John 62 SC "widow" farmer SC VA
                  Sarah F. 60 SC "widow" wife keeping house SC SC
                  George W. 21 MS son, works on farm SC SC
                  SALTON, Nancy 55 SC widow, sister-in-law, works on farm, SC SC
                  Jack 34 MS nephew single at home SC SC
                  Tilda (f) 21 SC niece single works on farm SC SC
                  Dosiu? (Dosiee?) (f) 10 MS niece single, works on farm MS MS
                  (MAD: last name copied as SALTER by Mary Lou Lisenbe)


Lauderdale Co. MS Deed (FHL film 899,137; SLC 6/2009)
      J-252: 1 July 1859, William C. Duncan and wife A. Elizabeth Duncan and L. Alex Duncan and wife Annie B. Duncan of City of New Orleans, LA, to F.C. Semmes of Lauderdale Co. MS, for $200, their interest in SE 1/4 NW 1/4 and NE 1/4 SW 1/4, Sec. 11, T6, R15E. Wit. George Clark and Edw. A. Willard. Ack. before R. Brenan, Commr., New Orleans, LA. (MAD: Wm. C. Duncan 26 NY & family in 1850 Orleans Par. LA; L. Alexander Duncan 51 NY in 1880 Lauderdale Co. MS but not found 1850-1870)

HISTORIES before 1923

1921 "History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography" 4 vols., by Thomas M. Owen, Vol.III, pgs.516-519 (FHL fiche 6,048,243 to 6,048,246; also from Donna Little 8/1982)
      DUNCAN, L. ALEXANDER, publisher, civil postmaster, city treasurer & city clerk of Meridian [Lauderdale Co.] MS, was born February 16, 1829, in New York City; son of William and Louise Augusta (Gardner) Duncan, the former a native of Glasgow, Scotland, who removed to Canada and later located in New York City, removed to Courtland [Lawrence Co. AL] in 1830, where he taught schools; took charge of Athens female academy, 1836-1838, and opened a school for girls in Grenada, Miss.; became a merchant in 1840; grandson of Alexander and Mary (McFarlan) Duncan, of Scotland, who migrated to New York City about 1808, and of Hiram Gardner, a native of Carlisle, PA, who located in New York City, .... Mr. Duncan received his elementary education in Courtland and Athens, AL, and in Grenada, MS, and attended the Collegiate school in NY City which he left in 1846, a few months before graduation. He was a clerk in his father's store in Grenada, 1846-47, and during the latter year entered book & printing business in New Orleans, LA, where he was a joint publisher with his brother, Rev. Dr. Cecil Duncan, of the "Southern Baptist Chronicle" until 1850; he was a publisher in that city of the "New Orleans Baptist Chronicle" 1852-1855, also issued a number of pamphlets; civil postmaster of Meridian, MS, 1863-1864; city treasurer 1868, and city clerk from 1871 to present; Democrat, Mason and Baptist. married Jan. 21, 1856, in New Orleans, to Annie Battalie, dau. of Edward Conyers and Martha Turbeville (Battaile) Payne, who lived in Hayfield, VA, and later in Winchester, KY, granddau. of Hay Battalie of Hayfield, VA; res. Meridian, MS.

1907 "Mississippi, Comprising Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons; Arranged in Cyclopedic Form" planned & edited by Rowland, pub. by Southern Hist. Publ. Assn.; vol.1 A-K, vol.2 L-Z, vol.3 includes index & portraits, contemporary biography; vol.4 includes portrait, suppl. volume comprising sketches of representative MS'ans for whom special portraits have been executed on steel (FHL book 976.2 H2m and fiche 6,051,432 to 6,051,435)
      Vol.III, pg.218 and Vol.4, pg.91-92: L. Alexander Duncan, pioneer citizen of Meridian [Lauderdale Co. MS], native of New York City, born Feb. 16, 1829. Son of William and Louisa A. (Gardner) Duncan, the former born in the City of Glasgow, Scotland, the latter in the City of New York where their marriage was solemnized. The parents of William Duncan came to America when he was a boy, he was reared and educated in New York City where he lived until 1830, then to AL, in 1838 he took up his abode in Grenada, MS, taught in the female colleges in Courtland (Lawrence Co.) and Athens, AL, and also in Grenada, MS. Later he was in the general merchandise business, finally located in the City of New Orleans, where he conducted a book store for a number of years, and died in 1863 while on a business trip to New York. His wife died in 1847 in Grenada, MS, and he married again in 1848 to Mrs. Kate Easly of Middleton, MS, who died in 1892 at Meridian leaving no children. Of the children of his first marriage, only one, the subject of this review, is still living.
            L. Alexander Duncan completed his education in New York City, worked for his father in the New Orleans book store, then worked for a newspaper which ceased publication in 1850. In the Civil War, he was mustered into Confederate service in the regiment of Home Guards in New Orleans, and was discharged in the early part of 1862, then he came to Meridian, MS, in 1863, and in 1878 located in Memphis, TN, in 1879 returned to Meridian. On Jan. 21, 1856, he married Miss Annie B. Payne, daughter of Edward C. Payne of New Orleans, LA; she died 1893. (FHL fiche 6,051,434 and 6,051,435, MAD's extract; no reference to a Duncan in the sketch about the town of Meridian, county seat of Lauderdale Co., in Vol.II)


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