Duncans in Rensselaer Co. NY


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

Last revised November 2, 2007

Formed 1791 from Albany


1800 Rensselaer Co. NY Census
Town of Hoosick
Pg.743  John Dunkin           30010       - 10010

1810 Rensselaer Co. NY Census
Pg. 28  J. Duncan             20010       - 00010
          (indexed I. Duncan)
    40  M. Dankin             11110       - 11011

1820 Rensselaer Co. NY Census - No Duncan indexed
Pg.  4  Margaret Dankin       001111      - 01101

1830 Rensselaer Co. NY Census
Troy Ward 4
Pg. 75  Patrick A. Duncan     1102,002    - 2020,001

1840 Rensselaer Co. NY Census
Pg.256  John Duncan           Free colored

1850 Rensselaer Co. NY Census
Troy Ward 6
Pg.253, #--, Michael DUNCAN 7 IRE, Thomas 4 IRE
Pg.254, #--, Archibald DUNCAN 42 SCT
                  (no house numbers these pages)
Pg.424, #1172, James TABIN & family
                  Timothy DUNCAN 28 IRE mar/in/year
                  Julia 24 IRE mar/in/year
Pg.432, #1307, Jacob C.A. SNYDER & family
                  John DUNCAN 24 IRE laborer
                  & others
Pg.234, #1024, John DUNKIN 72 CT BLACK farmer $1000
                  Nancy 71 CT BLACK
Pg.375, #2281, Harison LESTER & family
                  Charlotte DUNCAN 18 ENG

1860 Rensselaer Co. NY Census
Troy, Ward 1
Pg.42, #209-295, Edward DUCON? 32 IRE fireman Gas work $0-$800
                  Mary 33 IRE
                  Mary 9, Dennis 6, Edward J. 3 NY
Troy, Ward 7
Pg.571, #1-1, Jas. EUSTACE 69 IRE fancy store $0-$700
                  Christopher (m) 34 IRE shoemaker $1600-$600
                  Ann 34 IRE
                  Joseph 6/12 NY
                  Alexander 6, Jane 4 NY
                  Mary DUNCAN 24 NY housekeeper
Troy, Ward 8
Pg.724-5, #241-379, Frank DUNKIN 30 IRE porter $0-$40
                  Bridget 26 IRE
                  Frank 2 NY
Pg.70, #430-565, John DUNCAN 56 ENG laborer $0-$50
                  Mary 44 ENG
                  William H. 10 NJ
Pg.71, #439-578, Arthur DUNCAN 37 SCT machinist $1500-$100
                  Ann 38 ENG
                  Catharine 9, James 8 NY
                  Elisabeth 1/12 NY
Pg.233, #592-611, Hosey BENNET (m) 72 NY farmer $0-$0
                  Hannah 66 NY
                  Jerrey? (m) 38 NY farmer $5000-$1625
                  Caroline 30 NY
                  Mary 5, James H. 3 NY
                  Emily DUNCAN 14 UNK BLACK
                  Abba J. BENNETT (f) 26 NY
                  Spencer WHITMAN 54 NY farm laborer
Pg.254, #768-791, John DUNCAN 82 RI BLACK (blank) $0-$0
                  Nancy 70 UNK BLACK
                  Elloria (f) 12, Lucy 10 MA ("Mass") BLACK

1870 Rensselaer Co. NY Census
Pg.633, #542-680, DUNCAN, Arthur 49 SCT merchant $0-$0, parents of foreign birth
                  Ann 49 ENG, parents of foreign birth
                  Cathrine 20 NY, parents of foreign birth
                  James 18 NY plumber, parents of foreign birth
Troy, Ward 4, Subdivision 347
Pg.141, #136-169, MOREHEAD, Jane 40 SCT keeping house $0-$1500, parents of foreign birth
                  James 21 NY on a steam boat, parents of foreign birth
                  Carrie 18 NY at home, parents of foreign birth
                  Edward 16 NY, William 13 NY, parents of foreign birth
                  WICKS, William 25 NY house painter
                  HILTON, John 21 NY gas fitter
                  KARR, Charles P. 25 NY piano tuner, parents of foreign birth
                  DUNCAN, Lizzie 30 NY servant, parents of foreign birth
Troy, Ward 13, (indexed as Ward 7) (first name first this page)
Pg.356, #175-254, William COMBS 54 CT coal dealer $2500-$600
                  Caroline 49 CT
                  Anna DUNCOMB 25 NJ (blank) $0-$500


Elmwood Cemetery, Schaghticoke, Rensselaer County, New York State (from Alice Zetterstrom 10/2001)
      Cemetery inscriptions copied September 2001 by Alice Lowder Zetterstrom.
      Earl M. Duncan 1900 - 1995; his wife Alice H. Beecroft 1903 - 1992
      (different lots)
      Lynn R. Duncan 1908 - 1979; his wife Ethel M. Golden 1901 - 1975

HISTORIES before 1923

"Landmarks of Rensselaer County, New York" by George Baker Anderson; pub. Syracuse, N.Y.: D. Mason & Co., 1897, 1359 pgs. (LH4381, HeritageQuest images 6/2007; FHL film 934,848 item 3)
      Pg.351: Troy. The work of razing the old court house was begun March 11, 1895, by eight men under the direction of Contractor Charles Duncan, soon after the close of the last term of court held in the old building.
      Part 3, pg.161: Family sketches. DUNCAN, Charles, was born in Scotland in 1844, in which country he learned his business as a carpenter and builder. He came to this country in 1864 and settled in Troy where he continued his business. In 1872 he started in business for himself and is now one of the prominent contractors and builders of Troy. He erected the State Armory at Troy and at Hoosick Falls and several collar factories, the Second Presbyterian church, and is at present at work on the new court house. He manufactures all kinds of lumber for buildings, sawing, planing, etc.; his works are located on Front street near Fulton. He is vice-president of the Pioneer Building and Loan Association, and a member of King Solomon's Lodge, F. & A.M. In 1871 he was married to Annie Buchanan of Troy, daughter of Archibald Buchanan who for forty years was connected with the Burden Iron Works. He has one son and four daughters.
      Part 3, pg.348: WILLIAMSON, Rev. Robert D., was born in Millersburgh, Ohio, February 23, 1833. He is of Scotch-Irish descent. His early ancestors settled in Lancaster, Pa., about 1780. His father, David Williamson, was born in Pennsylvania and died in Ohio in 1860. His mother was Catherine Duncan, who died in 1882. Rev. Williamson graduated from Franklin College, New Athens, Ohio, in 1853 ... May 1857 he married Phebe L. Cruikshank, of Troy. ... (MAD: Millersburgh, Holmes Co. OH)

1898 "A Portrait and biographical record of Portage and Summit Counties, Ohio : containing biographical sketches of many prominent and representative citizens, together with portraits and biographies of all the presidents of the United States, and biographies of the governors of Ohio" pub. by A.W. Bowen, also 1906 (FHL book 977.13 D3p and film 1,000,336 item 5; from Charles A. Duncan 5/1987)
      Pg.731: Charles Duncan, an ex-soldier of the Civil war, and now a respected citizen of Mantua Station, Portage Co. OH, was born in Red Creek, Wayne Co. NY, August 31, 1844, a son of James and Mahala Duncan.
      James Duncan, father of Charles, was born in Scotland in 1799, was taught blacksmithing under the good old thorough Scotch methods, and at the age of 27 years came to the U.S., located in Troy [Rensselaer Co.], NY, where he worked at his trade for many years in the Troy Mills, his specialty being ax-making, and later moved to Red Creek. He married a widow, Miss Mahala Withington, who bore the maiden name of Williams, and who was of Puritan stock, and whose father was a soldier in the war of 1812. The children born to this marriage were named Mahala, James, Phebe, Charles, Francis, Maryette and Henry. The father of this family was called to rest in Red Creek, at about the age of 77 years, dying in the faith of the Presbyterian church.
      Charles Duncan was taught blacksmithing by his father and worked at his trade until August 12, 1862, when he enlisted, at Red Creek, in Co. G, 138th NY Vol. Inf., but was soon afterward transferred to the 9th NY Heavy Art., 6th Army Corp, 3rd Div., 3rd Brigade, under Col. William A. Seward, in which he served until honorably discharged in July, 1865, at Syracuse NY, ...
      September 12, 1876, Mr. Duncan married, at Sterling [Cayuga Co.], NY, Miss Isabella Van Patten, dau. of Christian C. Van Patten, and in 1877 came to OH and settled at Mantua Station, Portage Co., where he has ever since successfully followed his trade. To the marriage of Mr. & Mrs. Duncan has been born one child, Ward C., now a youth of great promise. ...

"Emma Willard and her pupils, or, Fifty years of Troy Female Seminary : 1822-1872" (Rensselaer Co. NY) ed. by Mrs. A.W. Fairbanks; pub. New York: Mrs. R. Sage, 1898, 962 pgs. (LH4363, HeritageQuest images 6/2007; FHL film 6,071,296)
      Pg.300: DUNCAN, ELIZABETH H., daughter of Samuel and Catharine V. (Bratt) Duncan, was born in Williamstown, Mass. The family home was in Hoosick, N.Y., when she entered Troy Seminary in 1846, where she continued until 1848. ... In 1850 she married Shepard Thayer, of North Adams, Mass. Of the children of Mr. and Mrs. Thayer, one daughter and two sons are living. ... In 1896 Mrs. Shepard Thayer's home continued in North Adams, Mass. (MAD: Williamstown, Berkshire Co. MA; Hoosick, Rensselaer Co. NY)
      Pg.471-472: DUNCAN, HENRIETTA, daughter of John and Christiana (Arnott) Duncan, born in Xenia, O., was a pupil in Troy Seminary in 1850 and 1851, in which latter year she graduated. She married, in 1866, John Alexander, of Philadelphia, and died in Philadelphia in 1877. ... The husband of Mrs. Alexander, and one son, Lucien Alexander, Lawyer, survive her. Family residence, 1935 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pa. (MAD: Xenia, Greene Co. OH)
      Pg.681: Duncan, Mrs. C.C. - Tella C. Effinger. EFFINGER, TELLA C., daughter of Dr. Michael and Elmira (Catlin) Effinger, was born in Lancaster, O. She entered Troy Seminary in 1866, and left in 1867. In the same year she married Charles Convers Duncan, and has had four children. Her husband died in 1879. Address, in 1894, Mrs. Tella C. Effinger, 1524 Eighteenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.


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