Duncans in Lancaster Co. PA


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

Last revised August 29, 2014

Formed 1729 from Chester
York formed 1749 from Lancaster
Cumberland formed 1750 from Lancaster
Berks formed 1752 from Bucks, Chester, Lancaster, Philadelphia
Northumberland formed 1772 from Lancaster, Bedford, Berks, Northampton
Dauphin formed 1785 from Lancaster
Lebanon formed 1813 from Dauphin, Lancaster


1790 Lancaster Co. PA Census
Lancaster Borough
Pg.137  Duncan, James        122xx

1800 Lancaster Co. PA Census
Pg.182  Robert Duncan        21010        - 20100

1810 Lancaster Co. PA Census
Pg.572  ---- Duncans (sic)   10100        - 10100

1820 Lancaster Co. PA Census
        No Duncan indexed

1830 Lancaster Co. PA Census
Pg.494  James Duncan         1000,1       - 0001,101

1840 Lancaster Co. PA Census
Pg. 26  John Duncan          0100,01      - 2000,01
   272  George Dunken        2000,0001    - 0200,01
   328  James Dunken         0110,01      - 01

1850 Lancaster Co. PA Census
Pg.44, #21, James DUNCAN 44 IRE doctor $1800
                  James 21 PA student
                  Robert 19, Caroline 17 PA
Pg.44, #24, Jacob HAWKE 73 PA innkeeper & family
                  Lorenza DUNCAN (m) 5 PA
Pg.78, #25, Henry Heckman 68 PA plough maker
                  Elizabeth 64 PA
                  Amos DUNCAN 11 PA
Pg.355, #296, John DUNCAN 45 PA pedlar dry goods
                  Sarah 40 PA
                  William 15, Mary 13 PA
                  Sarah 10, George 7 PA
S.E. Lancaster
Pg.380, #461, Henry LANDIS 52 PA farmer $40,000
                  Esther 52 PA
                  Eliza 19, Henry 11 PA
                  Nelby DUNCAN (m) 55 PA laborer BLACK

1860 Lancaster Co. PA Census
Columbia Twp.
Pg.145, #785-786, Amelia MODERWELL 49 PA post mistress $0-$0
                  Saml. S. 25 PA clerk
                  Sarah 23, Maggy 19 PA
                  Snowden R. (m) 17, Mary C. 13 PA
                  Stephen P. 10 PA
                  Carrie DUCAN 23 PA (blank)
E. Donegal Twp.
Pg.312, #347-356, James DUNKAN 42 PA day laborer $150-$100
                  Elizabeth 32 CANada
                  James 16, Elexandria (m) 13 PA
                  Sarah A. 6, Ambrose (m) 5 PA
Eden Twp.
Pg.419, #155-155, William J. HESS 39 PA innkeeper & family
                  & others
                  James DUNCAN 28 PA drover
Conestoga Twp.
Pg.95, #30-30, Levi SHANK 50 PA farmer & innkeeper $22000-$1200
                  Margaretta 51 PA
                  Henry 26, Elias (m) 18 PA
                  Leah (f) 16, Lydia 14 PA
                  Levi W. 10 PA
                  Bares H. BRIDDLES (m) 16 PA
                  James H. DUNCAN 5 PA
Martic Twp.
Pg.499, #407-425, Martha SNAVELY 40 PA (blank) $600-$50
                  Mary E. 16 PA
                  Elizabeth EOKMAN? 74 PA
                  Amos DUNCAN 21 PA laborer
City of Lancaster, S.E. Ward
Pg.992, #481-461, Wm. DUNCAN 26 PA book seller $0-$0
                  Ann 26 SCT
                  John ROUGH 55 SCT store kelker
                  May S. BALKIN (f) 24 IRE
                  Joana (f) 2 PA
City of Lancaster, S.W. Ward
Pg.565-6, #6-6, Jacob HUBER 42 PA innkeeper $15000-$700
                  & family & others
                  Ellen DUCAN 19 IRE servant

1870 Lancaster Co. PA Census
E. Hempfield Twp., Dist. No. 236
Pg.472, #448-448, RAUTY?, George 42 PA farmer $0-$1790
                  Annie 37 PA keeping house
                  HEPNER, Sarah 17 PA domestic servt.
                  DUNCAN, Jeremiah 19 PA domestic servt.
                  FICHNER? (FULINER?), Adam 22 PA domestic servt.
                  BOWERS, John 20 PA farm laborer
Lancaster Ward 1, 209th Dist.
Pg.161, #39-59, DUNCAN, Wm. F. 35 PA fancy dry goods mercht. $0-$4000
                  Annie R. 35 SCT keeping house, parents of foreign birth
                  Irving C. 19 PA at school, mother of foreign birth
                  Laura C. 6 PA at school, mother of foreign birth
                  John R. 4 PA, mother of foreign birth
                  ROUGH, John 66 SCT retired merchant $0-$5000, parents of foreign birth
                  SCOFIELD, Maria 78 PA (blank) $0-$8000
                  VORHES, Mary J. 41 PA (blank) $5400-$6150
Lancaster Ward 7, 211th District
Pg.351, #424-457, Home for Friendless Children, Soldiers Orphans (starts pg.350; semi-alphabetic)
                  DUNCAN, William 10 PA

1910 Census, Rapho Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (from Kathy D. Cawley 3/2007)
S.D.# 4, E.D.# 134, Page# 123B, Image# 13 of 31
DUNCAN, (indexed as Dunca)
W.F., Head, m/w, age 57, M2X, 24 yrs., PA./PA./PA., mission/home
Mary A., Wife, f/w, age 45, M1X, 24 yrs., 7 chi. born, 6 living, PA./PA./PA., cigar maker/factory
Sarah A., Daughter, f/w, age 15, PA./PA./PA., gasket maker/asbestos factory (twin)
Mary E., Daughter, f/w, age 15, PA./PA./PA., gasket maker/asbestos factory (twin)
William H., Son, m/w, age 14, PA./PA./PA., labor/asbestos factory
James, Son, m/w, age 7, PA./PA./PA.
George, Son, m/w, age 5, PA./PA./PA.
      (KDC: 1900 Dauphin Co. PA census)

1920 Census, Manheim Borough, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (from Kathy D. Cawley 3/2007)
S.D.# 4, E.D.# 93, Page# 174, Image# 26 of 32
Charlotte Street
William H.,
Head, rents, m/w, age 22, m'd., PA./PA./PA., foreman/asbestos plant
Caroline, Wife, f/w, age 21, m'd., PA./PA./PA.
Charles, Son, m/w, age 2 3/12, PA./PA./PA.
Richard, Son, m/w, age 1/12, PA./PA./PA.
~next door~
Head, rents, f/w, age 57, PA./PA./PA.
Sarah, Daughter, f/w, age 24, single, PA./PA./PA., gasket maker/asbestos plant
James, Son, m/w, age 16, PA./PA./PA., laborer/green hose
George, Son, m/w, age 14, attends school, PA./PA./PA.

1930 Census, Penn Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (from Kathy D. Cawley 3/2007)
E.D.# 36-04, S.D.# 26, Page# 262, Image 23 of 26
William H.?,
Head, rents/$14., m/w, age 33, m'd at 21, PA./PA./PA., machinist/asbestos co.
Caroline, Wife, f/w, age 31, m'd at 19, PA./PA./PA.
Charles F., Son, m/w, age 12, attends school, PA./PA./PA.
Richard S., Son, m/w, age 10, attends school, PA./PA./PA.
William J. Jr., Son, m/w, age 6, attends school, PA./PA./PA.
Dorothy M., Daughter, f/w, age 3 9/12, PA./PA./PA.
Betty J., Daughter, f/w, age 2 2/12, PA./PA./PA.


"Marriage license bonds and baptisms of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 1757-1799" typescript at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania; 1965 (FHL film 383,285; from Charles A. Duncan 9/1987; not indexed)
      Pgs.55 & 69 are County Marriage records; pgs.119-132 are 1751-1790 County marriage records; pg.133+ is Rev. Cuthbertson's diary; Not church records.
      MAD: see this source for information on Duncans in Lancaster Co. PA

"Register of Marriages and Baptisms performed by Rev. John Cuthbertson, Covenant Minister" (1751-1791, Lancaster Co. PA) by Helen Fields, 1934 (FHL film 48,224, from Charles A. Duncan 10/1987)
      See this source for some references in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Northumberland and York Co. PA.

1896 "Early Lutheran Baptisms and Marriages in Southeastern Pennsylvania : the records of Rev. John Casper Stoever from 1730 to 1779" (FHL book 974.8 K2se)
      1761, Aug. 27, John Dunkin & Elenore Sharp, Salisbury & Hanover (p.69) (MAD: John Dunkin of Salisbury, Lancaster Co., mar. Elenore Sharp of Hanover, Dauphin Co.; to Washington Co. VA)
      1772, Oct. 14, John Glover & Sophia Duncan, Derry (p.75) (MAD: see in Dauphin Co.)


Go to the Lancaster Co. PA Land Records


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"Pennsylvania Archives" Series Three, Vol.XVII, ed. by W.H. Egle; pub. 1897 (Google book, 4/21/2010)
      Proprietary and state tax lists of the county of Lancaster for the years 1771, 1772, 1773, 1779 and 1782
   Pg.5, Returns and Assessments, County of Lancaster, 1771, Lancaster Borough
      Duncan, David, (blank)
      (pg.14) Freemen: David Duncan, 15.0 tax
   Pg.33, Returns and Assessments, County of Lancaster, 1771, Paxton Township
      Duncan, Jno., 100 acres, 2 horses, 3 cattle, 8.0 tax
   Pg.69, Returns and Assessments, County of Lancaster, 1771, Little Britain Township
      Duncan, Alex'r, 88 acres, 2 horses, 2 cattle, 5.0 tax
   Pg.78, Returns and Assessments, County of Lancaster, 1771, Martick Township
      Dunkan, Jas., 50 acres, 2 horses, 1 cattle, 12.0 tax
      Dunken, Rob't, 300 acres, 1.12.0 tax
   Pg.162, Returns and Assessments, County of Lancaster, 1771, Londonderry Township
      Duncan, Jno., 174 acres, 2 horses, 3 cattle, 13.0 tax
      Duncan, Alexander, 1.10.0 tax
   Pg.204, Returns for the County of Lancaster, 1772, Little Brittain Township
      Duncan, Alex'r, 60 acres, 3 horses, 2 cattle, 5.0 tax
   Pg.208, Returns for the County of Lancaster, 1772, Martick Township
      Duncan, Ja's., 90 acres, 2 horses, 2 cattle, 12.6? tax
      Duncan, Rob't, 200 acres, 4 horses, 3 cattle, 1.10.0 tax
   Pg.252, Returns for the County of Lancaster, 1772, Londonderry Township
      Duncan, Jno., 150 acres, 3 horses, 3 cattle, 18.0 tax
   Pg.315, Returns for the County of Lancaster, 1772, Paxton Township
      Dunkan, Jno., 140 acres, 2 horses, 2 cattle, 7.6 tax
   Pg.370, Returns for the County of Lancaster, 1773, Little Brittain Township
      Duncan, Alexander, 80 acres, 2 horses, 2 cattle, 6.0 tax
   Pg.374, Returns for the County of Lancaster, 1773, Londonderry Township
      Duncan, And'w., 15.6 tax
      Duncan, John, 16 acres, 2 horses, 2 cattle, 3.0 tax
   Pg.378, Returns for the County of Lancaster, 1773, Paxton Township
      Duncan, James, 100 acres, 5.0 tax
      Duncan, John, 140 acres, 2 horses, 3 cattle, 7.6 tax
   Pg.432, Returns for the County of Lancaster, 1773, Martock Township
      Duncan, James, 60 acres, 2 horses, 2 cattle, 10.0 tax
   Pg.445, Returns for the County of Lancaster, 1773, Salsbury Township
      Freemen: Dunken, Robert, 15.0 tax
   Pg.528, Effective Supply Tax, County of Lancaster, 1779, Strasburg Township
      Freemen: John Duncan
   Pg.561, Effective Supply Tax, County of Lancaster, 1779, London Derry Township
      Duncan, John, 100 acres, 3 horses, 4 cattle, 6 sheep
   Pg.567, Effective Supply Tax, County of Lancaster, 1779, Paxton Township
      Duncan, James, 282 acres, 3 horses, 4 cattle, 6 sheep, 1 Negroe
      Duncan, John, 150 acres, 1 horse, 2 cattle
   Pg.590, Effective Supply Tax, County of Lancaster, 1779, Upper Paxtang Township
      Duncan, Jno., 100 acres, 2 horses, 1 cattle
      (pg.593) Widdow Duncan, 200 acres Located Lands
   Pg.627, Effective Supply Tax, County of Lancaster, 1779, Hanover Township
      Freemen: Duncan Camble, Duncan Sincler, James Duncan (& others)
   Pg.638, Effective Supply Tax, County of Lancaster, 1779, Martick Township
      Duncan, James, 100 acres, 4 horses, 10 cattle, 10 sheep
   Pg.642, Effective Supply Tax, County of Lancaster, 1779, Bart Township
      Duncan, James, 1 horse, 2 cattle, 6 sheep
   Pg.652, Effective Supply Tax, County of Lancaster, 1779, Little Brittain Township
      Duncan, Alex'r, 80 acres, 2 horses, 4 cattle, 6 sheep
      (pg.655) Freemen: John Duncan
   Pg.690, Returns and Valuations, County of Lancaster, 1782, Hanover Township
      Dunckin, Camble, 7.0.0 tax
   Pg.700, Returns and Valuations, County of Lancaster, 1782, Upper Paxton Township
      Duncan, John, 100 acres, 2 horses, 2 cattle, 2.17.0 tax
      (pg.705) Widow Duncan, 200 acres Located Unimproved Land
   Pg.733-734, Returns and Valuations, County of Lancaster, 1782, Paxton Township
      Duncan, James, 141 acres (missing right side of page)
      Duncan, Wm., 141 acres, 2 horses, 2 cattle, 5.5.0 tax
   Pg.819, Returns and Valuations, County of Lancaster, 1782, Londonderry Township
      Duncan, John, 174 acres, 4 horses, 3 cattle, 10.15.6 tax
      (pg.823) Freemen: John Duncan, 3.10.0 tax


Dauphin Co. PA Deeds from index (SLC 12/2008)
      E1-109/112: That in February 1737 Thomas Burney obtained a warrant of survey for 200 acres bounded by Beaver Creek & the Great Spring in Paxton Township in Lancaster Co., and said Thomas Burney sold the tract of land to Henry Melroy of said township & county in Fee but the deed by him was lost, the said Thomas Burney by his certain other deed dated 4 May 1774 released all his right, title & interest to the tract of land then adj. Robert Wright, James McNeight, and other lands of the said Henry Melroy then decd., and Henry Milroy son of the said Henry Milroy decd, Alexander Brown & Jannet his wife, Elizbeth Milroy, James McNeight & Martha his wife, Mary Milroy, Rosana Milroy & William Wilson & Rebecca his wife, the heirs of the said Henry Milroy decd; WHEREAS the said Henry Milroy son of the said Henry Milroy decd, Alexander Brown & Jane his wife, Elizabeth Milroy, James McNeight & Martha his wife, William Willson & Rebecca his wife, Mary Millroy & Rosanna Millroy by deed granted their interest in the tract held under this warrant and then bounded by lands of Caspar Byerly, John Carpenter, Windle Fochur, James Espey, James Finney, Michael Cantier? (Canlier?), William Brown, Bartholomew Haines, James McKnight & William McClure, contained as it then appeared 400 acres besides allowance, to James Duncan in fee, and WHEREAS a certain James Espey was possessed under an improvement-right of a messuage or tenement & tract of 100 acres in the said Paxton Township in Lancaster Co. adj. land of Windle Fockler, Abraham Eagly & the said James Duncan, and on 8 April 1773 granted the same messuage ... of 100 acres to the said James Duncan in fee, and WHEREAS the said James Duncan & (blotted) Jane? his wife on 24 October? 17(blotted) by deed sold to John Duncan Junr. party hereto in fee simple all the messuage etc. of 100 acres claimed under James Espey as aforesaid, and also 92 acres more, being part of the above tract of land claimed under said Thomas Burney's warrent, bounded by lands of the Revd. Joseph Linn, Jacob Richer, Windle Fackler, & the said James Duncan; NOW we the said John Duncan Junr. of Paxton Township in Lancaster Co., yeoman, and Mary his wife, for £600, paid by John Buck of same township & county, yeoman, grant and confirm to the said John Buck all that messuage or tenement & tract or parcel ... on line of James Finney's land, Bever Creek, Abraham Egale's land, line of Windle Fackler's land, line of James Duncan's land, crossing Beaver Creek to the beginning, containing 192 acres, being the same two several tracts granted by the said James Duncan & Jane his wife to the said John Duncan Junr. in fee, together with buildings, barns, etc. 25 April 1777, /s/ John Duncan Jnr, Mary (X) Duncan; wit. Fredrick Bock, Edwd. Burd. Witnesses appeared, statement 31 Aug. 1791, rec. Oct. 3, 1791. (FHL film 21,263; years as given)
      E1-113/115: 26 April 1777, James Duncan of Paxton Township, Lancaster Co., yeoman, owning two tracts in Paxton Township in Lancaster Co., one that I purchased from the heirs of Henry Milroy decd, and the other from James Espey, did grant and sell 92 acres of the first mentioned tract bounded by lands of Reverend Joseph Linn, Jacob Ricker, Windle Fackler, & other lands of me the said James Duncan, also all that other tract or parcel of land being an improvement containing 100 acres with the messuage or tenement thereon erected in Paxton Township afsd adj. lands of Windle Fackler, Abraham Agley & me the said James Duncan to John Duncan Junr. in fee; and whereas the said John Duncan & wife being so seized of the same several tract of lands granted the same to John Buck of Paxton Township afsd according to the following description, to wit, beg. at a stone in the line of James Finneys land, then ... Beaver Creek, Abraham Agle's land, Windle Fackler's land, line of land of me the said James Duncan party hereto, then crossing Beaver Creek to the beginning, containing in the whole 192 acres, granted to me as aforesaid to the said John Duncan agreeable to the verbal agreement between us but there not being any instrument of writing duly executed by me to fix the partition of the 92 acres from the remainder of the tract claimed under the heirs of Henry Milroy which I still retained to myself; NOW, I the said James Duncan in order to settle any disputes which might hereafter arise on the premises & fully to confirm the said John Buck in his title to the same, and for 5 shillings, I quit claim to John Buck all my right to the said two several tracts of land granted as aforesaid by the said John Duncan & wife to the said John Buck ... /s/ James Duncan. Wit. Fredrick Bock, Edw. Burd. 31 August 1791. (FHL film 21,263)
      E1-127/129: 21 May 1791, James Duncan of Lower Paxton Twp., Dauphin Co. PA, yeoman, to Benjamin Duncan of afsd, yeoman; a patent was granted to said James Duncan for a certain tract of land called "Windsor" situate in Paxton Twp, Dauphin Co., on the bank of Beaver Creek, adj. land of John McCollin, land of John Buck, by Wendle Frackler's land, vacant land, Gasper? (Jasper?) Byerly's land, land late of William McClure decd, Peter Felty's land, land of widow Brown & Thos. Bell, bank of Beaver Creek, containing 270 acres and one half & allowance of 6%, patent dated 29 Jan. 1790, recorded in Patent Book 15 pg.244; NOW the said James Duncan for £900 paid by Benjamin Duncan, sell to said Benjamin Duncan 200 acres of the above tract of land to be divided off the south part of the aforesaid tract by a line running nearly East and West including the improvements now in the possession of said Benjamin Duncan, subject to the payment of the residue of the purchase money, interest, etc. /s/ James Duncan, wit. Jno. Ross, Jno. W. Kittera?. Received on the above date the sum of £900 being the full consideration money, /s/ James Duncan. James Duncan appeared in Lancaster Co., statement 21 May 1791; recorded October 19, 1791. (FHL film 21,263)
      V1-518/520: Matthew Duncan's Exor to Nicholas Strow. 18 Dec. 1816, Letitia Duncan surviving executrix and the Reverend James Gray surviving executor of the will of Mathew Duncan late of the City of Philadelphia to Nicholas Straw of town of Halifax, County of Dauphin, farmer of the other part; by patent dated 4 August 1773 granted to Margaret Duncan land called the Convention containing 217 and 1/2 acres more or less in Upper Paxton township then in Lancaster now in Dauphin Co. which was surveyed on 20 May 1773 on a warrant dated 29 Oct. 1772 as by said patent recorded in Patent Book AA Vol.14th page 19th, and the said Margaret Duncan by will recorded in the City of Philadelphia authorise the afsd Mathew Duncan as her executor to dispose of said tract of land, and that said Mathew by his will also in the said office authorized his executors of whom the said Latitia and James are the only survivors to sell the tract of land; NOW the said Letitia Duncan and James Gray for $1,850 paid by Nicholas Straw, sell to him the above tract of land, bounded ... corner of Alexander Scott's land, by Wiconesho Mountain, by Samuel Rankin's land occupied by Metchard Montgomery, containing 270 acres and a half and allowance. /s/ James Gray, Letitia Duncan. Wit. Danl. J. Desmond, Samuel Badger. Appeared in City of Philadelphia Dec. 18, 1816, Letitia Duncan and James Gray. Recorded June 29, 1815. (FHL film 21,270; SLC 12/2008 & 2009)

Erie Co. PA Deed
      B-526: 2 March 1801, William Duncan late of the City of Philadelphia now of the Borough of Lancaster in Lancaster Co. PA, Esq., and wife Maria, for $60?, sell to James Trimble of said Borough, Senior? (Scrivenor?), lots of ground in town of Erie at Presgisle in Erie Co. PA, that is, two of the said lots number 3303 and 3306 being in the first division of the said Town on Front Street fronting Presqisle Bay at the distance of 82 feet 6 inches from the NE sides of Holland Street, containing in breath both together on front street 160 feet, that is, 82 feet 6 inches one lot and in length or depth 165 feet to the lot numbered 330(in fold) and 3305 bounded by said Front Street, and by the lots numbered 3302, 33??, 3305 and 3307, and the other two of the said lots numbered 3305 and 3308 in the same division at the corner of Second Street and Holland Street, containing in front both together on Second Street 165 feet, that is to say 82 feet 6 inches in each lot, and in length or depth along Holland Street from Second Street to lots No. 3306 and 3307 165 feet, bounded by Second Street by Holland Street and by lots No. 3304, 3306, and 3307, being the same lots by two patents 28 Feb. 1801 to said William Duncan. /s/ Wm. Duncan, Maria Duncan. Wit. William Birrell, Benjamin Rogers. Statement 9 May 1801 by witnesses. Recorded 4 Nov. 1826. (FHL film 870,357; SLC 9/10/2010)

Juniata Co. PA Deeds (SLC 7/26/2014)
   Deed Book B-C, 1835-1840 (FHL film 941,745)
      B-172/173: 24 Oct. 1835, Alexander L. Hayes Esq. of City of Lancaster, PA, and Isabella his wife, to William A. Duncan of East Donegal Twp, Lancaster Co. PA, for $160 paid, sell one undivided third part of tract of land on south side of Juniata River which is its northern boundary partly in Walker and partly in Talbot Twp in Juniata Co., which is now and for several years past has been in the occupation of Jacob Webster, containing in the whole about 150 acres more or less, which said premises the said Jacob Webster has on 8 Oct. instant covenanted with said Alexander L. Hayes to yield possession to said Alexander L. Hayes for the consideration therein, which consideration the said Jacob Webster has found himself unable to comply with, together with houses, ... and buildings thereon erected, and with orchards, etc. and appurtenances, and also the interest etc. of said Alexander L. Hayes and Isabella his wife to the same, subject to whatever may be due to the commonwealth for patenting and interest, warrant title. /s/ Alexr. L. Hayes, Isabella Hayes. Wit. Sam Dale, John Mouk? (Monk?). Recd on the above date from William A. Duncan $160 in full, A.L. Hayes, wit. Sam Dale, John Mouk. Ack. 24 Oct. 1835 before Saml. Dale, Lancaster Co. Recorded 2 April 1836. (FHL film 941,745)

Venango Co. PA Deed (FHL film 864,539; SLC 10/6/2011)
      B-302/304: 28 Feb. 1801, William Duncan late of the City of Philadelphia now of the Borough of Lancaster in Lancaster Co. PA, Esq., and wife Maria for $120 paid by James Trimble of said Borough, Tanicher?, sell land in 6th District of Donation Land on west side of the Allegheny River in Venango Co. PA, number MCLXII, adj. vacant land, Lot No.1161, Lot No.1155, Lot No.105, containing 200 acres, No.1162, granted 10 present month to said William Duncan, to said James Trimble. /s/ Wm. Duncan, Maria Duncan. Wit. Grace Rieger, Thomas Butcher. 7 March 1801 Thomas Butcher, one of the witnesses, appeared before Frederick Kuhn, one of the Associate Judges of Court of Common Pleas of Lancaster Co. (Previous deed recorded 19 Feb. 1817, no recording date shown for this deed)

York Co. PA Deed
      C-21/22: 5 March 1765, Thomas Griffith of Shrewsbury Township, York Co. PA, Yeoman, and wife Jannet to James Duncan of Martick Township in Lancaster Co. PA, yeoman, that by patent 16 Feb. 1754 granted to Thomas Griffith the following two tracts of land in Shrewsbury Township, York Co., the first beg. at a marked chesnut oak a corner of David Griffiths other land, then by the same and vacant land ... to ... the beginning containing 161 acres and 74 perches, and the other tract beginning at a marked spanish oak, then extending by vacant land ... containing 79 acres and 132 perches, patent entered in Office for recording deeds for City and county of Philadelphia in Patent Book AA Volume 3 Page 378 &c; now for 150 pounds PA money, Thomas Griffeth and Jannet have sold to James Duncan all the first described tract containing 161 acres and 74 perches and also the following described piece of land, part of the above described tract of 79 acres and 132 perches, beg. at a Chesnut a corner of the whole tract, then by a line dividing this part from the residue of the whole tract heretofore sold to Peter Keefer, then ... another corner of the whole tract, then ... to the beginning containing 39 acres and 3/4 of an acre, in the whole containing 201 acres more or less. /s/ Thomas Griffeth, Jannet (X) Griffeth. Wit. Thomas Armor, John Boyd. Ack. 5 March 1765. Recorded 23 March 1765. (FHL film 22,097; SLC 9/10/2010)

Mecklenburg Co. NC Deed (FHL film 19,268)
      Deed Book 1, pgs.284,286, contain a Lease and release dated 3 & 4 Nov. 1765, Thomas Allison of Rowan Co. NC to Pattrick Duncan of Nortuck Twp, Lancaster Co. PA, for 200 acres in Mecklenburg Co. on the south side of the Cataba River between John Humphuries (sic) and Wm. Watsons land which had been patented March 28, 1756, witnesses Charles Moore, Hugh Barry, John Duncan.
      MAD: from "Mecklenburg Co. NC Deed Abstracts 1763-1768" Vol.I, by Brent Holcomb (FHL book 975.676 R28hb, and TN Gen. Society Library #2148 from Evelyn Sigler 11/1982) and "GA Gen. Magazine" #51-54, 1974 (TN Gen. Society Library #1492 from Evelyn Sigler 3/19/1984)
      Louis Boone comments 6/1994: There is no Nortuck Twp. in Lancaster Co. PA; apparently the Mecklenburg Co. NC clerk misread or the deed was miswritten or the township name badly misspelled, and should have referred to Martic Twp.

"Orange Co. NC Records, Deed Book 5 Abstracts" Vol.8, by William D. Bennett, ca 1987 (FHL book 975.6565 R28b)
      Pg.52-53: Includes abstract of Deed Book 5, pg.250: 18 Sept. 1794, William Chamberlain of Sadsbury Twp, Chester Co. PA, and wife Hanna, to William Guy of Sadsbury Twp. in Lancaster Co. PA, that Jonas Chamberlain father of William owned 2 tracts in Orange Co. at his death, one tract of 300 acres from John Tompson & wife Priscilla 19 Feb. 1765 ... adj. Joseph Dunkin's line, etc.; Jonas Chamberlin's will provided that if any of his sons moved to NC they could have the land, ... will dated 10th of 8th month 1768, recorded in Lancaster ...
      Pg.73: Includes abstract of Deed Book 5, pg.366: 28 second month 1794, Joshua Chamberlain of Ladsbury Twp, Lancaster Co. PA, tanner, surviving exec. of Jonas Chamberlin, late of sd. Township, to William Chamberlin of same ...

Fayette Co. KY Circuit Court document (from Karen Scales 2/1999; MAD's extract)
      Fayette Co., KY Circuit Ct. Cases; Location A47-K9, Box 1A
      (Boxes of misc. papers which evidently have become loose, and escaped their bundles; cases w/o numbers, etc.)
      State of Pennsylvania, Lancaster County SS. This Day Joseph Simon of the Borough of Lancaster personally appeared before me, the Subscriber, one of the Associate Judges of the Court of Common pleas in & for the said County of Lancaster - & made oath according to Law - that Simon Gratz, of the City of Philadelphia, William Irvin of Pittsburgh, in the County of Allegany - and Samuel Duncan of Shippensburg, in the county of Cumberland, are material Witnesses on his Behalf in an Action on the Case which he has brought against James Lemon in the District Court for the State of Kentucke, held at the town of Lexington and that the said witnesses reside within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. /s/ Joseph Simon.
      Sworn & Subscribed before me this 21st Day of Feby 1797., /s/ Frederick Kuhn.
      Lancaster County. I John Hubley, Prothonotary of the Court of Common please for the said County - do certify - that Frederick Huhn Esquire - before whon the above affidavit is taken, is one of the associate Judges of the Court of Common Pleas in & for the said County of Lancaster and that full faith & credit is to be given to all his official acts. Given under my hand and Seal of my office this 21st Day of Feby 1797. /s/ John Hubley, Prot.


ALEXANDER DUNCAN, Rev. Pension Application S-42187, PA (FHL film 970,863; National Archives Roll 863)
      Applied 2 Oct. 1821, age nearly 80, in Franklin Co. PA; enlisted Aug. 1775 in Lancaster Co. PA under Capt. James Ross, Col. Wm. Thompson; served 1 year; has blind wife; living with son who has wife and 4 children; applied also 5 May 1818.
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ANTHONY DUNKIN, Rev. Pension Application S-1808, Invalid, TN (FHL film 970,867; from National Archives)
      Greene Co. TN, 25 Oct. 1832, Affidavit of Anthony Dunkin, aged 88, Entered Militia service; was citizen of Augusta Co. VA, volunteered under Capt. Cunningham and served 12 months at Ford Dinwiddie; does not recollect the year or month in which he entered service; discharge is lost; he again was drafted and served 3 months under Capt. Trigg, Col. Preston, marched from Montgomery Co. VA to NC and fought at Guilford Courthouse and Whitesils? Hill at Shallow Ford of Yadkin, he knew Majors Cloyd and Sawyers; he was born in Lancaster Co. PA 1743 or 4 but has no record of age; moved to Augusta Co. VA, then to Montgomery Co. VA, then after Rev. to Washington Co. TN, then to Greene Co. TN where he has lived for past 30 years. Testimony by Edwin Grubs and Azariah Doty.
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JAMES DUNCAN, Rev. Pension Application S-2187, PA: (FHL film 970,863; National Archives Roll 863 and from Charles A. Duncan)
      Applied 13 Nov. 1832, age 77, in Washington Co. PA; lived Nottingham Twp; drafted Aug. 1776 in Lancaster Co. PA under 1st Lt. John Hickman, served under Gen. Irwin and Armstrong, Col. Greenwalt, Col. Porter & others for 2 months; drafted Dec. 1776 under Capt. Robert Ramsey and Lt. John Hickman and Ens. John Ramsey for 2 months; drafted Aug. 1777 in Lancaster Co. PA under Capt. John Scott; served two months each in 1778, 1779, 1780; b. 1755 in Lancaster Co. PA; lived in Washington Co. PA 43 years; known by Lewis? Hamilton, Robert Sore?, John Witherow, John Hamilton, Robert Barr; wit. David Hamilton of Nottingham Twp and David Bolton of Hollowfield Twp.
      Statement by Elisebeth McCord, age 60?, on 11 Sept. 1832 in Washington Co. PA; that she lived in same family with her brother James Dunkin in Pearth? Twp, Lancaster Co. PA when he was drafted; she is widow of Mark McCord likewise drafted who died long ago; she has been blind for 11 years and depends on her brother for support.
      Letter 2 Dec. 1843 refers to widow (unnamed); James d. some time in 1835.
      (MAD: See Washington Co. PA deed 2S-36, 1 April 1835, James Duncan and wife Margaret of Nottingham to John Duncan, their son, of Franklin Co. PA, $500 for 53 acres on Mingo Creek willed by Mark McCord (dated 10 Feb. 1823) to wife Elizabeth for her support; Elizabeth a sister of James Duncan.)
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JAMES DUNCAN, widow Margaret, Rev. Pension Application W-3400, PA: (FHL film 970,863; National Archives Roll 863)
      Application of Margaret Duncan, widow of James, 27? Sept. 1845 in Southampton Twp, Cumberland Co. PA; James lived in Lancaster Co. PA before going to War; Margaret m. James on 30 Dec. 1788; James d. 1 Jan. 1838; James a Corporal in 10th PA Reg. from Dec. 1780 to April 1781; James Duncan m. Margaret Johnston on 30 Dec. 1788 in Presbyterian Church, Carlisle, Cumberland Co. PA, by Rev. Robt. Davidson; Margaret, age 85, made declaration 17 Sept. 1848.
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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, Amos; D 122 PA Inf.; 1881 May 11, Invalid Appl. #421242, Cert. #384223, PA. (MAD: ? 1850 Lancaster Co. PA)

HISTORIES before 1923

"Biographical annals of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania : containing biographical and genealogical sketches of prominent and representative citizens and of many of the early settlers." (anonymous); pub. Chicago: J.H. Beers & Co., 1903, 1751 pgs. (LH572, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL book 974.815 D3b v.1-4 and film 908,995 items 1-2 and 1,000,560 item 1; Sacramento FHC book)
      No Duncan biography
      Pg.110: ... Record of the children Isaac and Susanna (Weaver) Schnader left: ... (1) Solomon Schnader married Elizabeth Jane Crawford, a daughter of James and Mary (Bothwell) Crawford, who came to this country from County Tyrone, Ireland, about the year 1800, and settled in what is now Crawford county, Ohio. Their children are: Edward L. Snader, an actor of prominence on the American stage, whose wife is Fanny McIntyre, a celebrated singer and actress; and Susie Snader, wife of William Duncan, of Bloomfield, Ohio. (MAD: Bloomfield, Coshocton Co. OH)

1882 "History of Washington County, Pennsylvania : with biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men" by Boyd Crumrine, pub. by L.H. Everts (from Neva Fisk 4/1985 and Louis Boone 10/1985)
      Pg.803: Alexander Duncan emigrated from Lancaster Co. to Washington Co. and located a tract of land in Smith Twp. His sons were Daniel and John. Daniel was killed by a tree falling on him during a heavy storm. John married Elizabeth Moreland. He was ordained an elder in the Kiree Spring Church in 1803. His residence was near the present town of Florence. His living children are James, Daniel, and Susan (Mrs. Calley) who is now living in Florence in her 82nd year.

1893 "Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens and of many of the early settled families" pub. by J.H. Beers (FHL book 974.882 H2 and from Byron Merrill 11/1987)
      Pg.989: Daniel Duncan, Smith Twp. ... grandson of Alexander Duncan. John Duncan, father of the subject, was born about 1768 in Lancaster Co. PA, where he married, and in 1780 came to Washington Co., Smith Twp, about 1-1/2 mile north of Burgettstown. A brother, Daniel Duncan, who came West with him, was killed by lightning. To this marriage of John Duncan (no wife named), five children were born: Alexander, David, John, Elisha and Susan, all of whom lived to adult age, and Susan, who was born June 30, 1800, died at Florence in 1890, having lived to see her great-great-grandchild. Mrs. John Duncan died soon after the birth of her youngest child, and Mr. Duncan then married Nancy Morrison, of Washington Co., who bore him children as follows: James, Elizabeth, Jane, and a son deceased in infancy (twins), Joseph, Daniel (whose name opens this sketch), and Norris. Of this family Daniel is the only one yet living. The mother passed away, and John Duncan for his third spouse married Mrs. Emery, who died in 1852. ... Whig. Daniel Duncan was born May 12, 1815, on farm where he is yet living and where his father first located after coming to Washington Co. September 20, 1851, he married Rachel Van Eman, born 1825, daughter of Garrett Van Eman, a native of Smith Twp. Children: Ella (at home), Logan V. and O.C. (twins), the former a farmer living on part of the home place, the latter living at home, and Norris, who died in infancy. The wife died in 1855 and was buried at Florence, this county. On June 18, 1860, Daniel Duncan was married to Margaret, dau. of John Horner, of Hanover twp, this county. Whig, then Republican ... U.P. Church at Burgettstown.

1891 "Biographical & Historical Cyclopedia of Indiana and Armstrong Cos. PA" by Samuel T. Wiley, pub. by John M. Gresham (Memphis Public Library book 974.889 W676b; from Evelyn Sigler 2/1985)
      Pg.206: Snyder Gen. Antes Snyder, b. Snyder Co. Dec. 9, 1836, son of George A. and Ellen (Duncan) Snyder, grandson of Gov. Simon Snyder; ggfather Anthony Snyder came 1758 to America from Germany, d. 1774. Gov. Snyder b. Lancaster Co. Nov. 5, 1759, d. Nov. 9, 1819.

1886 "History of Cumberland and Adams Counties, Pennsylvania : containing history of the counties, their townships, towns, villages, schools, churches, industries, etc.; portraits of early settlers and prominent men; biographies; history of Pennsylvania, statistical and miscellaneous matter, etc." pub. by Warner, Beers & Co.; Part 2, Adams Co. (FHL book 974.84 H2h pt.1&2)
      Pg.353: Borough of Gettysburg. HON. WILLIAM A. DUNCAN, in his extraction a Pennsylvanian, was born in Franklin Twp, Adams Co. PA, February 2, 1836. He died at Gettysburg November 14, 1884, in his 49th year. His paternal ancestors originally went from the neighborhood of Edinburgh, Scotland, to Donegal, Ireland, from whence, about the year 1750, his grandfather, Seth Duncan, immigrated to America, and located in Lancaster Co. PA. He there married and lived until late in life, when he removed to Abbottstown, then York (now Adams) Co. Seth had a number of children, most of whom became notable people. His son, Adam Seth Enos Duncan, the father of the subject of this sketch, died in 1840, aged 51 years, and Mr. Duncan was left an orphan boy at the age of 4 years, with two other brothers, but a few years older, to the charge of a widowed mother. He ... matriculated at the age of 17 at Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA, in 1853. ... (no mention of wife and children; see more in York Co.)

"Biographical annals of Franklin County, Pennsylvania : containing genealogical records of representative families, including many of the early settlers, and biographical sketches of prominent citizens." (anonymous); pub. Chicago: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1905, 778 pgs. (LH687, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL book 974.844 D3b pt.1-2 and film 908,210 item 4; pg.638 from Kathy Cawley 11/2005)
      Pg.638-641: DUNCAN FAMILY. SETH DUNCAN (born in Scotland about 1724) went to County Donegal, Ireland, but about 1750 emigrated to Pennsylvania. He first settled in Lancaster county, but late in life removed to Abbottstown, York (now Adams) county. He was twice married. The name of his first wife was Reinhold, and she was of a noteworthy German family of Lancaster county. They had issue:
            1. JAMES was appointed second lieutenant in the 2d Canadian (Hazen's) Regiment, Nov. 3, 1776; he was promoted to be first lieutenant, April 8, 1777, and captain, March 25, 1778. He retired Jan. 1, 1783.
            2. MATTHEW was a volunteer in the Canada expedition, under Col. Benedict Arnold, in 1775, and was taken prisoner in the assault upon Quebec, on the last day of that year. While he was a prisoner he was commissioned, Jan. 5, 1776, captain in the 5th Pennsylvania Battalion, Col. Magaw, and was reported in the rolls of the 6th Regiment, Pennsylvania Line, Feb. 18, 1777, a prisoner on parole.
            3. WILLIAM (born in Adams county Oct. 14, 1772 - died Feb. 16, 1864) was a merchant in Philadelphia. He was superintendent of U.S. military stores at the Philadelphia arsenal in 1812, ... For many years he was a member of the Legislature from Philadelphia. He was surveyor of customs at the port of Philadelphia, 1829-38. He was one of the founders of Jefferson Medical College. He married (first) Oct. 31, 1792, Mary Moulder (died in 1818), daughter of William Moulder; (second), 1822, Sarah Moulder (died in 1832), sister of his first wife; and (third) Anna C. (Peale) Staughton, daughter of James Peale, and widow of William Staughton, D.D.
            4. ABNER L. was admitted to the Philadelphia Bar, Feb. 26, 1798; he removed to New Orleans, where he rose to eminence at the Bar. He was one of Gen. Jackson's aids at the battle of New Orleans, ...
            5. HANNAH married John Nicholson, comptroller-general of Pennsylvania, 1782-94, and escheator-general, 1787-95. He was an extensive landowner in Pennsylvania, ... ... the greater part of his land reverted to the Commonwealth. Among these were two tracts sold in Chambersburg July 15, 1807, the original warrants for which were in the names of Matthew and Seth Duncan. These tracts were described as on the "head waters of Conedwinnett." Mr. Nicholson died in the debtors' prison in Philadelphia in 1800.
            6. MARTHA married June 23, 1791, William Moulder. He was appointed an associate judge of the court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia, Aug. 2, 1813, and he was treasurer of Philadelphia county, 1827-30.
            Mr. Duncan married (second) Christiana Bedinger (Bittinger), of Adams county; they had issue:
            1. JOHN (born in 1779 - died in 1851) was a physician; he lived at Duncan's Mill, on the Falling Spring, until late in life, when he removed to Adams county, where he died. He amassed a large fortune for that period, amounting to about $200,000. He never married.
            2. POLLY died in 1817.
            3. ADAM S.E. (II)
            (II) ADAM SETH ENOS DUNCAN (born in Adams county, in 1789 - died in 1840), son of Seth and Christiana (Bedinger) Duncan, served in the war of 1812 ... After the war he taught school for a while, and later returned to Adams county, where he was a farmer and merchant at Cashtown, in Franklin township. He married (first) Mary White, of Lancaster county; they had issue:
            1. MARY married (first) Moses B. Meals; (second) John W. Reges.
            Mr. Duncan married (second), in 1815, Mary Mark (born in 1798 - died in 1880), daughter of Peter and Anna Maria Mark; they had issue:
            1. MARTHA (born April 16, 1816 - died 1859) married Oct. 2, 1847, George Smith (born Feb. 16, 1818 - died 1898), son of Jacob and Margaret (Fleeger) Smith, of Adams county. He was a farmer. In 1852 he settled on the farm near Mount Alto, Quincy township, which he afterward owned. He also acquired the ownership of Duncan's Mill, on the Falling Spring, now known as Smith's Mill. ... (MAD: children not copied)
            2. SUSAN ELIZA, born July 8, 1819; died in infancy.
            3. ANNA MARIA, born Dec. 8, 1822, died Dec. 9, 1843.
            4. JOHN MONROE, born May 6, 1825, died Oct. 8, 1851.
            5. ABNER JACKSON, born Sept. 15, 1827, died in infancy.
            6. AUGUSTUS (III)
            7. CALVIN MARK (born May 28, 1831 - died March 22, 1894) was graduated at Franklin and Marshall College in 1856. He studied law in Chambersburg, and was admitted to the Franklin County Bar, April 12, 1858. He was elected to the State Senate in 1865, and re-elected in 1868. He married Dec. 16, 1858, Mary Grace Metzger (born in 1840), daughter of Jacob and Ana (Downing) Metzger, of Lancaster; they had issue: William Augustus, born Oct. 1, 1859, died Sept. 22, 1893; Calvin Mark, born Aug. 31, 1861; Francis Metzger, born Sept. 18, 1865; Robert Spencer, born Sept. 30, 1868; and John McClurg, born Nov. 9, 1874.
            8. JOANNA, born Nov. 21, 1833, died aged nine years.
            9. WILLIAM ADDISON (born Feb. 2, 1836 - died Nov. 14, 1884) was graduated at Franklin and Marshall College in 1857, and was admitted to the Adams County Bar in 1859. He was prosecuting attorney of Adams county, 1862-65, and 1868-71. He was elected to the XLVIIIth Congress in 1882, but died before the expiration of his term. He married Catherine Schmuker, daughter of Dr. Samuel S. and M. Catherine (Sheenberger) Schmuker; they had issue: Charles M., born April 2, 1864, a lawyer at Gettysburg; William M., born July 14, 1865; John S., born July 7, 1867; and Schmuker.
            (III) AUGUSTUS DUNCAN (born at Cashtown, Adams County, March 8, 1829), son of Adam S.E. and Mary (Mark) Duncan, is the only survivor of his family. He was educated in the public schools and in the preparatory department of Marshall College, at Mercersburg. In 1853 he came to Guilford township, where he took charge of the Duncan Mills, on the Falling Spring, which he conducted until 1860 ... After relinquishing the mill he removed to Chambersburg. In 1867 he became one of the purchasers of the "Valley Spirit" newspaper, which he conducted in conjunction with John M. Cooper and William S. Stenger, and later under the firm name of Duncan & Stenger, until 1876. Since the latter year he has led a retired life ... Mr. Duncan married, in 1853, Florence Rowan (died in January, 1860), daughter of Mrs. Catherine Rowan. Children:
            1. ANNIE HELEN died aged fifteen years.
            2. JEANETTE died aged three years.
            3. FLORENCE died when one year old.

1880 "History of Page County, Iowa : containing a history of the county, its cities, etc.; a biographical directory, war record, history of Iowa" pub. by Western Historical Co. (Los Angeles Public Library book R977.71 P13Hi)
      Pg.623: Duncan, John, farmer and stone-mason, section 14, 90 acres of land, P.O. College Springs; born in Indiana Co. PA, March 4, 1807. In April, 1867, he came to Page county with his family. Volunteered June 27, 1863, ... PA Volunteers .... He was married to Miss Lettie Reid, of Alleghany Co. PA, in February, 1832, by whom he has eight children, of whom only two are living: Belle and John R. His wife died February 20, 1867. He married Miss Mary A. Duncan, of Clarinda, September 14, 1869; this wife died on February 27, 1879. For 53 of his life Mr. Duncan has been a member of the U.P. church. ...

"History of Jefferson County, Iowa : a record of settlement, organization, progress and achievement" by Charles J. Fulton; pub. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1912-1914, 945 pgs. (LH8981, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL book 977.794 H2t and film 844,509 item 1 and 934,948 item 1)
      Vol.II, Pg.59-62: Greer McKee ... Henry McKee, the father of Greer McKee, was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and spent almost his entire life in the Keystone state. Prior to his demise he removed to Ohio, locating in Harrison County, and there continued to follow the trade of a carpenter until his death. He had been a soldier of the war of 1812, .... He married Elizabeth Duncan, who was born, reared and married in Washington county, Pennsylvania, where her death also occurred. Her father, James Duncan, was a lifelong resident of the Keystone state, where he carried on general farming. He, too, was a soldier of the Revolutionary war, and Greer McKee, of this review, believes that he is the only man in the state of Iowa who is the grandson of two Revolutionary soldiers. By a former marriage to John McCloskey, Mrs. McKee had four children, and unto her second marriage were born two children of whom Greer McKee is the elder. His sister, Mary Jane, who married Andrew Myers, is now a resident of Spokane, Washington, her husband having died shortly after participating in the battle of Perryville, in the Civil war, his death being caused by a wound received in that engagement. Greer McKee was but six years of age when his mother passed away. He continued a resident of Pennsylvania until his sixteenth year, when he went with his father to Harrison county, Ohio ....

1902 "Centennial Biographical History of Crawford Co. OH" by Lewis Pub. (FHL book 977.127 D3c; see Crawford Co. OH for more)
      Pg.188-190: Arthur M. Duncan, M.D. ... of Bucyrus, native of Crawford Co., born in Texas Twp. Jan. 18, 1850, traces his ancestry back to colonial epoch in history of the country, and thence back to Scotland ... The best information attainable seems to establish beyond reasonable doubt the fact that three Duncan brothers, coming from Scotland about 1722, settled in Cumberland Co. PA, and became the progenitors of the family in America. They were descendants of the Rev. William Duncan, a martyr in the Covenanter persecution in Scotland. Andrew Duncan, the grandfather of our subject, was born in Lancaster Co. PA March 12, 1750, and died in 1828 in York Co., that state. Under George III, he was appointed justice of the peace. When the colonies had achieved their independence from the British crown he was reappointed by the federal government and served in that capacity for more than half a century. Presbyterian church, and from 1770 to death was elder of Round Hill Presbyterian Church in York Co. PA. Washington Duncan, father of the doctor, born York Co. PA 1810; when young man left native state; to Crawford Co. 1833 with mother and sister Ann Elizabeth who afterward married Arthur Andrews, prominent pioneer and citizen of Crawford Co. Mr. Duncan married Eliza Gibson ...


"Daily Gazette and Bulletin" Williamsport [Lycoming Co.], PA., June 29, 1895 (transcription by and from Kathy Cawley 1/2004)
      The largest business house of the kind in this vicinity.
      J.M. DUNCAN, manager of the DUNCAN DEPARTMENT STORE, 36 East Third Street, one of the largest houses of the kind in this section of the state, was born in Chanceford Township, York County, December 18, 1854. When he was very young his parents moved to Lancaster County. He attended the county schools and also the Millersville Normal. At the age of 14 years he entered a country store and for six years he followed that business, being employed at Marticville and Rawlinsville, during that time. After leaving the country stores he located in Lancaster city with George M. Steinman & Company, accepting the position of cashier and entry clerk. He remained with this firm three years and then became associated with the clothing firm of Myers & Rathton in the capacity of bookeeper. He remained with them for six years.
      In October 1885, Mr. Duncan came to this city and formed a co-partnership with J. W. Waldley under the firm name of Duncan & Waldley. This firm opened a five and ten cent store and by judicious advertising, careful management and apparent desire to please their patrons they built up a reputation upon the pedestal of which the present house firmly stands. The partnership was dissolved in February, 1894, and now Mr. Duncan manages the business. This store occupies the first, second and third floors and the basement of the building, 36 East Third Street. Like the store, the stock is extensive, and comprises such a variety of articles that it is the wonder of all visitors how track is kept of them.
      The basement is used as a storeroom for heavy goods and besides contains a complete line of express wagons, toy wheelbarrows, window and door screens.
      On the first floor is found house-furnishing goods, from a teaspoon to a refrigerator or gasoline stove. There also is their five and ten goods and the notion department, both of which are extensive and embrace a variety of goods, among which can be found anything desired in those lines from a pin to a pair of suspenders or an umbrella. Their crockery department is in the rear end and it is in this line that they make a special display. Crockery means all kinds of dishes and in this store you will find a confusing variety so vast in proportions as to elicit comment from the beholder. From single piece to set, the line is complete, and in heavy goods no better stock to select from could be desired. Tin, wood and willow ware are also kept. In tin they have from the toy dishes for the children to the largest size dish pan, while in willow can be secured anything from lunch to a market basket, and their line of wooden articles embrace everything from bowl to a bucket.
      Pictures and frames, fine china and bric-brac are on the second floor. the display of pictures would do credit to an art store. Among them can be found chromos, etchings, engravings, oil and water colors, while the subjects are those expressing sentiment and would with appiateness (sp) adorn the walls of any home. Fine china, the best quality, is displayed, the array being a very attactive one. An inspection is necessary to give one an idea of the line carried. On the third floor is the storage room.
      The Duncan Department Store is one of the best known houses in the city and bears an excellent reputation. A large corps of clerks give courteous attention to all who call. (KDC note: picture of J.M. Duncan included with article)

"Adams Centinel" Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Wednesday, November 28, 1827 (transcription by and from Kathy Cawley 2/2004)
      DIED, At Lancaster [Lancaster Co.], on Friday week, aged about 70 years, the Hon. Thomas Duncan, one of the judges of the Supreme Court of this state. His remains were removed to Carlisle [Cumberland Co.] for internment.


1905 "The Duncan and Gibson Families" by Hugh Welch Duncan (FHL book 929.273 D912d and film 1,303,260 item 14)
      The book contains information on James Duncan who lived at Chestnut Level, York Co. PA, died prior to 1770, wife Elizabeth; children: Robert lived in Lower Chanceford, York Co. PA; John settled in Fairfield Co. OH; James settled in Beaver Co. PA; Andrew Duncan Sr. of York Co. PA; Mary married Joseph Reed of Lower Chanceford, York Co. PA; and Elizabeth married Mr. Yocum and lived near Slate Ridge, MD. The book also gives much information about the children and grandchildren. According to "Vital Records from Bibles" by CA DAR, Vol.24 (FHL film 844,421 item 14), a Bible was bought by Andrew Duncan (1750-1828) of the 5th Company, 6th Battalion, Lancaster Co. PA Militia.

1906 "Historical & Biographical Sketch, One Branch of the Williamson Family, 1745-1906" by Rev. Robert Duncan Williamson (Library of Congress book CS71.W729 1906)
      Pg.14+: Chapter III. Mother's Ancestry and a Part of Her History. Catherine Duncan Williamson, our mother, was the youngest daughter but one of Andrew Duncan and Anne Smith. She was born in York Co. PA, July 11, 1788, about two miles from Cross Roads and three miles from the old Round Hill Presbyterian Church.
      Her grandfather and grandmother, James and Elizabeth Duncan, were natives of Ireland, of Scotch-Irish birth, and came to this country from the North of Ireland about the year 1748 or 1750, locating in the eastern part of PA in what was then known as Lancaster Co. They had four sons and two daughters, James, Robert, John and Andrew, and Mary and Elizabeth.
      MAD: This book contains much more on this family.

"A Diary of Public Events and Notices of My Life and Family etc." by Samuel Hervey Laughlin, from Jan. 1 1845 to --- (TN State Archives microfilm; extracts from Joseph G. Duncan 10/1984 and from Bill Brown 12/1984)
      JGD: a biography of Samuel H. Laughlin, "Samuel Hervey Laughlin, Polk's Political Handyman" by Frank B. Williams, Jr., is in the "TN Historical Quarterly" Vol. XXIV, #4, winter, 1965, pp. 356-392.
      Pg.162-5: CAPT. John Dunkin (Duncan) 1743--1818, born 1743 in Lancaster, not Chester, county, Pennsylvania, (son of Thomas Duncan and Elizabeth Alexander) died in Lancaster Co. PA in 1762; John Dunkin (1743-1818) married Ellinor Sharpe, dau. of John Sharpe, left PA about 1765, to Russell Co. VA, died Washington Co. VA. MAD: there is much more in this diary about the family.
      The complete text from the diary is on the website of James Porter, along with a lot of other information about the families and relatives of Samuel Porter and Elizabeth Dunkin. Capt. John Dunkin or Duncan, born in Lancaster Co. PA in 1743, died in Washington Co. VA in 1817; his sons John Duncan or Dunkin moved to the area that became Whitley Co. KY and Joseph Duncan or Dunkin to the area that became Coffee Co. TN.


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