Duncans in Defiance Co. OH


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

Last revised May 25, 2012

Formed 1845 from Williams, Henry, Paulding


1850-1870 Defiance Co. OH Census
      No Duncan indexed


Defiance Co. OH Deed Indexes
   Deed index v.1, 1823-1866 (FHL Film 900,490)
      4-309: Durkin, John to Gorman, M. & B.
      Durham, more Durkin not copied
      13-234: Duncan, John & wife to Harmon Hackman
      13-284: Duncan, John & wife to David Miller
      14-205: Duncan, John & wife to Bertholomew Turner
      no Duncan grantee
   Deed index v.1-2, 1823-1875 (FHL Film 900,482)
      13-284: Duncan, John to David Miller
      (MAD: no Duncan grantee)
   Deed records transcribed from Williams Co. and other counties, v. 1, 1824-1837 (FHL Film 900,491 Item 2)
      No index

Defiance Co. OH Deeds
   Deed records, v.4-5 1853-1854 (FHL Film 900,496)
      4-309: 26 May 1853, John DURKIN and wife Bridget DURKIN of Defiance Co. OH, for $200 paid, sell to Michael Gorman and Barney Gorman of Defiance Co. OH, real estate, 20 acres of land out of SE corner of W 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.23 Twp.4N Range 4E, said piece of land being 40 rods wide ..., in Defiance Co. OH, together with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ John (X) Durkin, Bridget (X) Durkin. Wit. D. Taylor, Peter M. Dodd. John Durkin and wife Bridget Durkin appeared before D. Taylor, Notary Public, 26 May 1853. Recorded Oct. 3, 1853. (MAD: Durkin, not Dunkin)
   Deed records, v.13-14 1854-1858 (FHL Film 900,429)
      13-234/235: 19 April 1864, John Duncan and wife Nancy Duncan of Holmes Co. OH for $1600 paid, sell to Harman Hockman of Defiance Co. OH, real estate in Defiance Co. OH, SE 1/4 Sec.26 Twp.5N Range 4E, containing 160 acres more or less, together with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ John Duncan, Nancy (X) Duncan. Wit. Robert Justice, Virginia Justice. They appeared 19 April 1864 before Robert Justice, J.P. of Holmes Co. OH. Recorded June 13, 1864.
      13-284: 21 June 1864, John Duncan and wife Nancy Duncan of Holmes Co. OH for $400 paid, sell to David Miller of Defiance Co. OH, real estate in Defiance Co. OH, NW 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec.35 Twp.5N Range 4E containing 40 acres more or less, with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ John Duncan, "Mancy" (X) Duncan. Wit. D.P?. Leadbetter, Robert Justice. John Duncan and wife Nancy Duncan appeared 21 June 1864 before Robert Justice, J.P., Holmes Co. OH. Recorded July 7, 1864.
      14-205: 28 Feb. 1865, John DURKIN of Defiance Co. OH for $425 paid, sell to Bartholomew Turner of Defiance Co. OH, real estate, E 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.23 Twp.4N Range 4E containing 20 acres more or less, in Noble Twp. Defiance Co. OH. It is understood said Durkin gives to said Turner the right of way through his land, being the W 1/4 of W 1/4 of NW 1/4 of said section, for a road to the land hereby sold and also gives to said Turner the right to fire wood for his own use when he moves on said land and a sufficiency of timber for rails to make his fence 10 rails high from said Durkin land on the outside of said land sold, these privileges to continue as long as said Turner lives on said place or holds same, together with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ John (X) Durkin, Bridget (X) Durkin. Wit. Henry Hardy, Wm. C. Holgale. John Durkin and Bridget Durkin appeared 1 March 1865 before Henry Hardy, Notary Public of Defiance Co. OH. Recorded March 10, 1864. (MAD: Durkin, not Dunkin)

HISTORIES before 1923

1904 "Portrait & Biographical Record of Western OR" pub. by Chapman Pub. Co. (from C.T. Duncan 7/2006 from IN State Library)
      Pg.920-921: Henry C. Duncan. In tracing the ancestry of the Duncan family, we find the grandfather, William A. Duncan, to have been a native of Scotland and prior to that time the family name was CORNFORD. During the Revolutionary war, on account of a difference of opinion in sympathy with the British cause, the grandfather changed his name to DUNCAN, his mother's maiden name. He was a sea-faring man and finally died at sea, leaving an only son, William A. Jr., the father of Henry C. Born in 1802 near Philadelphia, PA, he early learned the blacksmith's trade and many useful years of his life were spent in the pursuits of that occupation, but his later years were passed in that peaceful and independent calling, farming. He was united in marriage with Elizabeth Liechty, of German descent, born in Lancaster Co. PA about 1810. She bore her husband the following six children: Alexander, deceased; Henry C.; Matilda, deceased; Sarah, the widow of the late William Himilwright, of Shelby Co. OH; William A. who died at Camp Nelson during the Civil war while serving as a private in the Fourth Indiana Volunteer Cavalry; and Eliza, also deceased. Removing to Ohio about 1850, the parents of these children located in Independence, Defiance Co., and soon after their removal to that section both passed to their eternal rest, the year 1850 marking the date of their demise.
      Near the city of Mexico, in Juniata Co., PA, May 16, 1836, Henry C. Duncan first saw the light of day, and his boyhood days were spent in attending school in this vicinity and later in Ohio, after the removal of the family to that state. Deprived of both parents early in life, he started out to make his way in the world at the early age of fifteen years, being scantily fitted for the battle of life. His first manual labor was performed in the capacity of laborer on the Wabash and Miami canal, and for six years he was employed in canal work. Thirsting for adventure, in the spring of 1858 he joined a military company in Ohio and started for Utah to engage in an active campaign against the Mormons but before reaching their destination the order was revoked and Mr. Duncan proceeded on to Kansas and for a brief time thereafter he followed teaming in the government service, driving a six-mule team in the transfer of government supplies to Camp Floyd, Utah. In the fall of the same year he determined to proceed to California and while upon the Sierra Nevada mountains he was caught in a snow storm and was obliged to leave everything, being thankful to escape with his life, and finally succeeded in reaching Marysville, where he spent the winter.
      As the mining camps appeared to offer great inducements to the fortune seeker, in the spring of 1859 he went into Shasta county, and followed mining in that section but was not successful. Removing in 1860 to Jackson county, Ore., he persevered in his efforts and continued to work in the mines near Jacksonville, with little or no success until 1871, and realizing that he could not make a fortune in that way he discontinued that line of work and turned his attention to other things.
      Mr. Duncan first became identified with Klamath county in 1871, by taking up a pre-emption claim in Langells valley and for two years thereafter he followed stock-raising there, but on account of the Modoc war was forced to leave his place and seek safety in Klamath Falls during the winter of 1873. He subsequently established what is known as Parker's station and remained there until 1877. The two years following were spent at Ashland and he then returned to Langells valley with a herd of cattle which he had bought, but the severe winter which followed caused him to lose everything, and once more he found himself at the bottom of the ladder. Undaunted, he returned to Ashland and secured employment in various capacities and by industry and thrift accumulated his small savings and in 1881 went to Montana, once more investing his money in stock. For several years thereafter he followed farm pursuits and stock-raising in that section, but in 1884 he disposed of his interest there and again took up his residence in Oregon. Purchasing a farm in Klamath county three miles north of Langells Valley post-office, he has continued to follow the stock business there ever since. His farm of eighty acres is finely improved and he gives especial attention to the raising of cattle, horses and mules, having about one hundred and eighty head of cattle.
      The marriage of Mr. Duncan, June 25, 1866 in Jackson county, united him with Mary A. Kilgore, a daughter of James Kilgore; Mrs. Duncan was born July 20, 1847, and she and her husband now have three sons, William A., Alfred C. and Henry E., all at home. Politically Mr. Duncan is allied with the Republican party in national issues, but believes in voting for the best man in local affairs. He can not be termed an active politician, having devoted his energies to his business interest, which has also caused him to refrain from joining many fraternal orders. He is a member of but one secret society, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, having passed all the chairs of Jacksonville Lodge No. 10. Through his whole life he has been a hard worker and to this fact, and to his honesty, he attributes his success. He stands well in his community.


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