Duncans in Medina Co. OH


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

Last revised May 25, 2012

Formed 1812 from Portage
Lorain formed 1822 from Huron, Cuyahoga, Medina
Summit formed 1840 from Portage, Medina, Stark


1820-1830 Medina Co. OH Census
      No Duncan indexed

1840 Medina Co. OH Census
Sharon Twp.
Pg.197  James Duncan      2000,1  -  0000,1

1850-1860 Medina Co. OH Census
      No Duncan indexed

1870 Medina Co. OH Census
Granger Twp.
Pg.244, #72-74, HATCH, George 44 OH farmer $9200-$3150
                  Eveline 39 CANada keeping house (not parents of foreign birth)
                  Mary 18 OH school teacher, mother of foreign birth
                  Ada 14 OH at school, mother of foreign birth
                  Humphrey 12 OH at home, mother of foreign birth
                  Luna (f) 3 OH, mother of foreign birth
                  DUNCAN, John 22 OH farm laborer


Medina Co. OH Deed Indexes
   Deed index, v.1, 1818-1842 pg.136; v.2 1842-1858 (FHL film 475,495)
      Elisha Dunham, not copied
      No Duncan Vol.1 or Vol.2
   Deed index, v.7 1790-1839 (FHL film 475,498)
      No Duncan


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, John E., widow Duncan, Lura L.; A 124 Ohio Inf.; 1889 June 26, Invalid Appl. #712854, Cert. #535040, Ohio; 1930 May 19, Widow Appl. #1668245, Cert. #A-6-19-30; remarks XC2632100. (MAD: 1910 Medina Co. OH, b.1846 OH)

HISTORIES before 1923

1893 "Portrait and biographical record of Dickinson, Saline, McPherson and Marion Counties, Kansas : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens" pub. by Chapman Bros. (FHL book 978.13 D3p and film 1,000,035 item 2)
      Pg.349-50: BENJAMIN F. DUNCAN, President of the National Bank in Lindsborg (McPherson Co.), son of James W. and Christina (Forney) Duncan, hated slavery, one of earliest settlers in Andrew Co. MO, and carried on the milling business there until 1878 when he retired, later removing to Oregon (Holt Co.), MO, where he resided until his death. During the period from 1842 to 1860, a turbulent time in MO, James Duncan took a pronounced stand in opposition to slavery ... The Duncan family, both parents being natives of PA, the former born in Franklin Co. in 1815 and a miller by occupation, the latter born the same year, emigrated to OH in 1833 and settled in Wayne Co. where our subject was born May 28, 1837. He was the eldest of ten children, six of whom are now living. A lad when the family moved to MO, Benjamin received but limited school advantages. He early learned the miller's trade from his father, and remained home until the breaking out of the Civil War. He enlisted in Union Army, March 1862, Co. F, 4th MO Cavalry, and was made Corporal of the company ... served until April, 1863, discharged on account of disability. Then engaged in dry-goods business in Fillmore, MO, for 3 years, then went to farming in Andrew Co. MO for six years. In 1872 to KS, settled in Union Twp, McPherson Co., purchased his father-in-law's interest in a homestead claim, filed a soldier's claim to SE quarter Sec. 26. ... Mr. Duncan married March 30, 1875, to Miss Edith C. Bean, dau. of Nathan and Rachel (Jenkens) Bean, both since decd. Mrs. Duncan was born Sept. 24, 1844 in Clinton Co. OH. She, with her family, emigrated to MO, where she married our subject. They have suffered the loss of their one and only child. ... Republican, Methodist Episcopal Church, McPherson Post #87, G.A.R. ... (MAD: James Duncan mar. Christena Forney 1/14/1838 Wayne Co. OH, possibly 1840 Medina Co. OH census, not identified 1850; 1860 Andrew Co. MO census)


Some early Duncans in Medina Co. OH:
      John Duncan, ca 1864, on Medina Co. Roll of Honor from Civil War, wounded, mustered out. (pg.82, Vol.23, 1982 "OH The Cross Road of our Nation, Records & Pioneer Families" from Evelyn Sigler 4/1984) (MAD: one John Duncan 22 OH is indexed in the 1870 Medina Co. OH census)


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