Duncans in Saunders Co. NE


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

Last revised July 31, 2008

Formed 1856 as Calhoun from Sarpy, Douglas
Name changed 1862 to Saunders


1860 Calhoun Co. NE Census
      No Duncan indexed

1870 Saunders Co. NE Census
Twp.17 Range 7, P.O. Eldred
Pg.321, #406-401, GROVE, William 54 OH farmer $800-$600
                  Mary 45 OH
                  William 20 OH farm laborer
                  Minerva 19, Ellen 17, Wesley 12 OH
                  Duncan (m) 10, George 8 OH
                  DUNCAN, Francis (m) 6 OH
                  DUNCAN, Millard (m) 4 IA ("Iowa")
Twp.13 Range 9, P.O. Ashland
Pg.355, #61-60, DUNCAN, John A. 41 PA farmer $1000-$200
                  Lucy 29 VT
                  Ephraim (m) 13 PA
                  Willard (m) 9, Elizabeth 4 IN
                  Hannah 1 NE
                  (MAD: 1860 Juniata Co. PA census)


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, James F., widow Duncan, Sarah J.; K 106 Ill. Inf.; 1881 May 16, Invalid Appl. #421243, Cert. #287970, Iowa; 1885 Dec. 24, Widow Appl. #333860, Cert. #294906, Nebr. (MAD: b. Williamson Co. IL, mar. Logan Co. IL & 1860 census, d. Saunders Co. NE; see Menard Co. IL; 1880 Mills Co. IA)

HISTORIES before 1923

1900 "Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens of Saunders and Sarpy Cos. NE" by Biographical Pub. Co. (Carmichael, CA, Library book)
      No Duncan biographical sketch indexed

"Past and present of Saunders County, Nebraska : a record of settlement, organization, progress and achievement" by L.W. Gilchrist; pub. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1915, 941 pgs. (LH8995, HeritageQuest images 5/2007; FHL book 978.2296 H2p v.1&2 and film 1,000,192 items 2-3)
      Vol.2, pg.640-641: MARSILLIOT BELLVILLE GIFFIN, living in retirement in University Place, Nebraska, .. born 5 February 1838 in Belmont county, Ohio, and his parents were George and Sarah A. (Bellville) Giffin, both natives of that county. The family removed to Sangamon County, Illinois in 1855, then thirteen years later, or in 1868, they came to Saunders county, Nebraska, then homesteaded land in Butler County. In 1885 returned to Saunders county. Both now rest in the Valparaiso cemetery. Thirteen children. Marsilliot B. Giffin ... in Company G, Seventh Illinois Volunteer Infantry. ... On 1 Oct. 1861 in Christian county, Illinois, Mr. Giffin was united in marriage to Miss Mary J. Easley, who was a daughter of George W. and Nancy Easley and who passed away on the 27th of September 1890. To this union were born the following children: ... Cary A., who first married William Duncan and after his death she married George Himber; ...


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