Duncans in Chowan Co. NC


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

Last revised September 20, 2003

Formed 1670 from Prec. Albemarle
Bertie formed 1722 from Chowan, Bath
Tyrrell formed 1729 from Bertie, Chowan, Currituck, Pasquotank
Hertford formed 1754 from Bertie, Chowan, Northampton
Gates formed 1778 from Chowan, Hertford


1800-1870 Chowan Co. NC Census
      No Duncan indexed


Chowan Co. NC Index to Wills (FHL film 18,483)
      No Duncan

Chowan Co. NC Wills (FHL film 18,479)
      C-56: 23 March 1812, will of William Littlejohn of town of Edenton, State of NC, make this will written with my own hand, revoking all others; my exec. to send every two years after my decease, £25 in a bill of exchange to my cousin Alexander Littlejohn Esq., attorney at law, in Stirling, North Britain, for the use of my sister Mrs. Jean Duncan during her life; to those of my children who may be living at the time of my death, all my estate, real and personal, to be equally divided among them, share & share alike, as tenants in common and not as joint tenants, provided that if during my life, any of my children die leaving a child or children, such child or children shall take in the division of my estate the share to which his or her or their parent would have been entitled had he or she been living at the time of my decease; appoint my sons Thomas Blount Littlejohn, Joseph Blount Littlejohn, John Wilson Littlejohn, and my son-in-law John Little execs. Proved June 1817 by John W. Littlejohn to have been found among the valuable papers of William Littlejohn decd; the handwriting was attested by Jno. B. Blount, Edmond Hockins and Nathaniel Bond, and ordered recorded.

Chowan Co. NC Original Estates (FHL film 1,750,333)
      Littlejohn, William. (Frame 735 and 736) Dec. 1817, Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, Petition of John W. Littlejohn and John Little, exec. of will of William Littlejohn, and of Joseph B. Littlejohn, Thomas B. Littlejohn, Elizabeth Littlejohn, John W. Littlejohn, and of George Little, John Little, and Sarah Blount Little infants by their father & guardian John Little; that William Littlejohn late of town of Edinton, Chowan Co., died about the (blank) day of March, 1817, having first made his will which was admitted to probate, appointing petitioners John W. Littlejohn and John Little among others as execs., that petitioners John W. Littlejohn and John Little only qualified as his execs, that testator died owning considerable number of negro slaves to whom petitioners are entitled as legatees and distributees, they desire a sale be made so a proper division may be made among the petitioners; petition to allow sale. /s/ J.W. Littlejohn, John Little, Tho. B. Littlejohn, Jos. B. Littlejohn, Eliz. M. Littlejohn.


Chowan Co. NC Petitions to County Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions 1816-1841, incl. sale of property, division of estates, etc. (FHL film 18,525)
      No Duncan
      Pg.29: 15 Sept. 1818, Private sale of slaves of Wm. Littlejohn

Chowan Co. NC Grantor Deed Index (FHL film 259,361)
      No Duncan grantor to book P2


"Jessamine (KY) Journal" Friday, November 2, 1888, front page (from Lexington, KY, library, from John A. Duncan 10/1984 with permission to share with others) (MAD: Edenton is in Chowan Co. NC; use with caution, unable to verify from other records)
            GENEALOGICAL -- One of the Old Jessamine Families
            The Duncans -- Ancient and Modern -- Here and Elsewhere.
      To the Editors of the Jessamine Journal:
      More than a month since I received the following interesting letter from an unknown kinsman, Charles C. Duncan, of North Carolina, who it appears is a great-nephew of Rawley Duncan, my great-grand-father. As the letter contains many interesting facts which have never been known to any of the living descendants of Rawley Duncan, scattered over the Southern and Western states, I don't think it out of place to request you to give it a place in your paper.
      My grand-father, James Duncan, and his brother, Charles Duncan, settled in the present limits of Jessamine county early in the fall of 1788. Charles Duncan was born in Culpepper county, Va., in 1762. He was the father of the late William Duncan, Esq., and the grand-father of Robert and Benjamin Duncan. Charles Duncan died in Washington county, Ind., about the year 1831. My grand-father was also born in Culpeper county, in 1764, and was killed near the mouth of Paint Lick in Madison county, Ky., Nov. 7, 1792, in the twenty-eighth year of his age, leaving a widow and three small children. In 1781 he ran away from home and in company with Nathaniel Harris enlisted in the rebel army under Gen. Greene; was at the battle of Guilford, C.H., and at the siege of Yorktown. Nathaniel Harris afterwards became one of the most distinguished Methodist preachers of the olden times in Kentucky. He was for more than sixty-five years a preacher in the Methodist church in Kentucky, and died in Versailles in 1849, being eighty-four years of age.
      I never knew before that my grandfather had two sisters, and a brother named Edward, and that my great-grand-father was in Braddock's defeat in 1755, and enlisted in the American army during the Revolution to resist the invasion of Virginia by Lord Cornwallis and Gen. Arnold. Such facts have never been known to any of their descendants in Kentucky.
      The Letter.
      Sedge (?) Moor Farm, Near Edenton, N.C. Sept. 18, 1888.
Sam'l. M. Dancan, Nicholasville, Ky.
      Dear Sir: -- In the "Sunny South" of Sept. 15th, I have seen and read a very interesting sketch you have recently written concerning the finding of the remains of James Duncan, your grand-father, who was murdered by a party of Indians in the early settlement of Kentucky, near the mouth of Paint Lick creek, in Madison county, Ky., Nov. 7, 1792, in the 28th year of his age, leaving a widow with three small children. In your very interesting notice of your grand-father you state that he was the youngest child of Rawley Duncan, of Culpeper county, Va., that he and his brother Charles Duncan removed from Virginia to Kentucky in the summer of 1788. I am happy to inform you that Rawley Duncan, your great-grand-father, was the oldest brother of my grand-father, Charles Duncan, who was born in Culpeper county, Va., on the 7th of December, 1742. My uncle Rawley was also born in the same county in 1736; was married to Sallie McLane, daughter of James McLane, of Stafford county, in 1759. My grand-father married Susan Bourn, of Orange county, in 1769; had ten children, six sons and four daughters, to wit: Thomas, John, George, Benjamin, Robert, Charles, Susanah, Elizabeth, Louiza and Nancy Ann. Your great-grand-father, Rawley Duncan, according to the "old Colonial church record," was the father of six children, Margaret, Elizabeth, Edward, Charles and James, who was your grand-father, the youngest son of my great-uncle.
      My grand-father had a brother James, who was born in 1746, married Sina Browning, of Augusta county, Va., and settled at an early day in Kentucky. Margaret married James Strother, of Fauquier county, and died without issue in 1807. Elizabeth married William Garnett. She had one son who died in Philadelphia in 1801, attending the Medical lectures of the distinguished Dr. Rush. William Duncan, the founder of the family in the colony of Virginia, was born in Dumfrieshire, Scotland, Dec. 28th, 1690. He was the grand-son of the Rev. William Duncan who lost his life for refusing to take the "Jacobite Oath" during the reign of Charles II. His grand-son William, settled in Virginia in 1724, and was married to Ruth Rawley, daughter of Mathew Rawley, in 1726. Mathew Rawley was a native of Wales, and was a member of the Church of England and settled in Virginia in 1720. From the record which all Scotch Presbyterians have preserved in their churches, I copy the following record of William Duncan, the founder of the family in Virginia:
      Margaret Haldane, born 1727; Mehitable, born 1729; Ruth Elizabeth, born 1732; Mary Ann, born 1734; Rawley Duncan, born 1736; William Jr., born 1739; Charles, born 1742; James, born 1746; Townsend, born 1752.
      Rawley Duncan and my grand-father served in the regiment which Washington commanded in the Brittish army when Gen. Braddock was defeated and killed in 1755. My grand-father was severely wounded in the battle of Point Pleasant in 1774. When Gen. Arnold, the traitor, invaded Virginia in 1781, my great-uncle and grand-father volunteered to assist in the defense of Richmond, which was threatened by Lord Cornwallis and Gen. Arnold. This was the last military service in which they were engaged during the Revolutionary war. Many of the old Scotch families that settled in Northern Virginia were loyalists, many of them enlisted in the British army and were sent to New York; but all the descendents of William Duncan were true to the cause of freedom during the struggle for American Independence. The old Scotch settlers in Northern Virginia were members of the Presbyterian church and were well trained by their ministers, before the Revolution commenced, to hate English tyranny, and "taxation without representation."
      Your great-grand-father and mine were members of the old Timber Ridge church in Rockbridge county. Rawley Duncan and his wife and my grand-father were buried in the old church lot of Timber Ridge. Rawley Duncan died in 1793. My grand-father and grand-mother died the same day, July 9th, 1813. I am the only surviving son of Charles Duncan, who was born in Culpepper county, Va., May 9, 1796. He removed to North Carolina in 1839. He married Susan Bledsoe, of Spottsylvania county.
      My mother died in 1856. She was a member of the Presbyterian church, was a devoted Christian. She lived for God and Heaven, possessed largely the Spirit of her Master, loved everybody, and was loved by all. She was an amiable woman, kind hearted to the poor in every station of life. She was prompted in all she said and did by love. Hers was a religion known by all with whom she was associated, who felt its power by her pious walk and Christ-like example. She met death without the least fear, and bore her sufferings with more than human patience.
      My father died of cholera in Havana, in July, 1852. He was a ruling elder in the Presbyterian church for twenty years before his death. An unostentatious man, he was emphatically an upright one, and a zealous and consistent Christian. As a citizen, neighbor and friend he was among the liberal, the useful, and the trusted. Calm and unruffled in temperment, he met life without repining or contention. Sound in judgment and unswerving in principle, he gained respect without seeking it; too modest to covet promotion, he filled with credit the high duties that were laid upon him, in the Church, as in spheres strictly secular or educational, he was confided in because he deserved to be. He didn't reserve for the service of his Maker the dregs of a life devoted to the God of this world. No; in the vigor of his manhood, when the honors of the world held forth their flattering allurements, he "chose rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season." Many times when he was laid upon a bed of sickness from which we could not hope he would rise, have I seen him full of joy, and longing to depart and be with Christ.
      As before stated, my father died of cholera in Havana on the 7th of July, 1852. His remains were brought home and deposited in the cemetery at Edenton, by the side of my mother.
      I will inform you, in conclusion, that I was born Nov. 10, 1823, to (sic) Fairfax county, Va.; was married in (sic) Amelia Tibbetts in January, 1849. I have six sons and two daughters. My daughters are married and reside in Texas. Three of my sons are also married and reside in Alabama. My youngest son lives with me.
      As I have written a long and tedious letter, I trust you will not throw it aside, and be kind enough to write me a long letter. My wife and myself have read your interesting notice of your grand-father in the "Sunny South" with great pleasure and profit. Let me often hear from you.
      Your friend and kinsman,
            Charles C. Duncan.


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