Duncan research files of
1790 York Co. SC Census, Camden Dist. Pg. 28 Saml. Wattson, James Wattson, John Aking, William Hill, William Barry, Saml. Watson Junr, James Graham, Archd. Barron, John Barron, John Carrol, James Simerel, ... 28 Saml. Karr, Joseph Boggs, James Risk, Mathw. Brown, John Gabby, Thomas Duncan 111xx John Alexander, John Campbell, Andrew Carr, John Carr, Mary Moorland, Robt. Mcfarling, Timothy Sexton, William Barnhill, Alexr. Glass, James Glass, Hugh Barry, Roger Barry, Joseph Gaby, Margt. Dunkin 124xx (MAD: widow of James; see wills of Patrick & James Duncan in Camden & Craven Cos. SC) Richd. Miller, Neel McKinny, Mary Carrel, Smith Sanders ... 1800 York Co. SC Census (pages partly very faint, parts of pages torn and missing) Pg.960 David Byers, Robert Kennedy, William Kennedy, James Witer..., Capt. James Meek, Anthony Peeler, (625) William Duncan 21010 - 20110 Samuel Buchanon Violet Watson 00000 - 10010 Samuel Wright 962 Joseph Hopkins, George Knox, James Venable, Elizabeth Fall?, William Byers, James Rowell, Benjamin Garison, (626) Robert Duncan 00100 - 00100 Jane Hartman, James Hope (Rope?) Jr, Burgess Clark, William Kerr 966 Lydia Bridges?, James Bridges, John ???, Benjamin? ?Colly, Lewis Balling, Thomas Bolling, Pete? ??cy, (628) James Duncan 11001 - 32010 William Petrie?, ??, ?? Hill?, J... ? 976 Rebeckah Montgomery, Hilary Montgomery, Charles ??, John Hill, George Davis, ? Allen, (661) Thos. Duncan Sr. 00001 - 00011 Thos. Duncan Jr. 10010 - 21011 Robert Duncan 00100 - 00200 Dellia M?iaby?, William C. ??, James Dickey, Thomas ??son, ? Davis, ? Davis, ??, end of county. 1810 York Co. SC Census Pg.261a Elias Davison, Saml. Carson (FC), Robert Davison Esq, Chas. Curry, James Moore Sr, Wm. Hacket, Hugh Walker, 262 Robert Duncan 60010 - 00010 (632) (MAD: ? 1820 Wilkinson Co. GA census; 1830-1850 Talbot Co. GA census) James Glass, Wm. Laney Sr., Patrick Duncan 00010 - 01020 John Yarborough, Saml. Curry, Jona. Newman Esq., Gideon Dupont, John Peters Jr., Robert Hemphill, Saml. Neely (AC), Wm. Templeton, Thos. Duncan 01001 - 01201 Jos. McKenzie Sr, John Berry Sr, John Barron, John McElwell Sr. 263a John Wallace, John Galen Jr, Margaret Tate, Geo. Kidd, (676) Mary Duncan 00000 - 00001 (MAD: widow of Thomas Duncan Sr.) Betsey McClain, Daniel Kerr, James Mullin, John Young, Jas. Neely 270 Zechariah Cooper, Robert Parker, Gilly Fowler, Valentine Martin, Joseph Collins Jr, Elizabeth Morgan, William Looch?, (661) James Duncan 11101 - 41310 (MAD: ?? to GA; Revolution?) (pg.270a) Wm.? Camp, Mary Copeland, John Copeland, Wm. James, Laban Catlet, Daniel Q?uin Sr., Ellis Hill, Daniel Gilmore 1820 York Co. SC Census Capt. Joseph Wrens Company: Pg.159a David Roddy, William Wylie, John Canmer, William Roddy, James Duncan 100010 - 11100 Edmund Clark, David Grayham Sr., William T. Ingram, Robert McKight Capt. Tolbert Jones Company: Pg.162 John Mullen, Susannah Bowers, William Henderson, Benjamin Kerr, Thomas Duncan 100001 - 00101 Henry Smith, Hamilton Carrell, William Fewel, George Kidd Capt. Peter Allbright's Company: Pg.167a George Allen, John McIlhaney, Dnl?. Alley, James Arthur 000001 - 00001 (MAD: stepfather of James Duncan) Samuel Manhood, Archibald Steel Sr, John Sillamsen, Benjamin Reeves, Thomas Bates, Joseph Poag, William Dunnan, Sarah Johnston Capt. Thomas Logan's Company: Pg.170 John Holt, James Wood, Samuel Green, James Wylie, William Wylie, Henry Duncan 100211 - 01211 (MAD: or "Dunean") John McFarland, Henry Morss, Daniel Gilmore, William Hopper (MAD: no Henry Dunean in 1800, 1810 or 1830 SC census index; see 1800 Lexington Co. SC, Absalom & William "Dunean") 1830 York Co. SC Census Pg.349 Capt. William Young, Francis Spencer, Samuel McHord, John Robertson, James Arthur 0000,0000,0001 - 0000,0000,01 (MAD: husband of Sarah & step-father of James Duncan b. 1794) Joseph Briggantz, Robert? Clark, George Conrod 355 Hugh Bresons, George E. Hetlon, James F?. Danison, Samuel Young, Clark Robertson, George Wright Esq., James Duncan 1110,01 - 1010,02 Violet Clinton?, Robert Ash Jr., John Rainey, James Lindsay 384 John Fulton widow, James Craig, John Riddle, Thomas Wilson, George Johnston, John Luris?, John Clark, William Tones?, Samuel H. Dinkins 0000,2 - 0 (MAD: indexed Samuel W. Dunkins) James Duff (end of page) 391 James Fewell, John Ash, Francis Enimer??, Samuel Tate, Rachel Dunkin 0 - 0000,01 Katherine Tate, William Stephenson, Elizabeth Dunham 1840 York Co. SC Census Pg.275 Wm. F. Melton, George W. Williams, James Brian Jr, George Steel, Saml. H. Dinkins 0000,01 - 1000,0001 (MAD: indexed Saml. Dinkins) Stanhope Sadler, John J? Moore, W.P. McFadden, John Blair 278 Daniel Nickoll, Wm. Presley, John Bufirt?, Thos. Whitesides, James Biggnem?, Robt. Presly?, Edward Chambers, James Duncan 0111,101 - 1010,102 (MAD: to Fairfield Co. SC) David Byers?, John Thirs?son, Thompson Walker, Joseph Wiley 308 Daniel Casimer?, J.J. Wilson, Wm. Cuninear?, Robt. Patrick Sr., Jas. M. Patrick, Thos. Barnet, Wm. Camel, John G. Eakins, Elizh. Duncan 0 - 0000,1000,01 Thos. W. Eakin, Alexr. Barnet, Jas. Wallace, Wm. Donaldson 314 Wm. Campbell Jr., Nancy McClems?, Harriet Simms?, John Garvin, James Cook, Nancy Hayne, Lilly E. Casilap, Stephen Duncan 0000,001 - 0 Jane Rogers, Saml. Dawson, Catherine Harsham, G.W.G. Cobb 1850 York Co. SC Census No Duncan indexed
1860 York Co. SC Census
P.O. Smiths Turn out
Pg.381, #278, Henry DUNKIN 27 Richland SC railroad ovr. $0-$1000
Nancy 27 Richland SC
Mary 9, Isabella 7 Richland SC
Frances A. (f) 6, John 2 Richland SC
Pg.409, #734, Poor house
Rachel DUNKIN 70 b. "YDSC" pauper
Pg.487, #192, James HAMTON 27 NC farmer $0-$183
Elizabeth 27 NC Asst. Dom.
Calvin J. (m) 16 NC Asst. Dom.
Nancy L. 13 NC
George W. 12 NC
Elizabeth F. 7, John 5 SC
Wade W. (m) 3, Jonathan M. 3/12 SC
Oliver DUNCAN 32 SC hired laborer $0-$25
Sarah 36 SC Asst. Dom.
Mary E. 5 GA
Allison W. (m) 3/12 SC
Sabre GREGG ("m") 21 SC Asst. Dom.
(MAD: Oliver Duncan mar. Sarah Griggs 1855 Habersham Co. GA; 1870 Knox Co. TN census)
1870 York Co. SC Census
Subdivision No. 1, P.O. Yorkville
Pg.269, #312-319, DINKINS, Robert 62 SC (white) farm laborer $0-$140
Sarah S. 30 NC keeping house
Mary S. 12, Dorcas C. 10 NC
Robert M. 5, Amanda J. 2 SC
Pg.269, #313-320, DUNKIN, Henry 39 SC (white) overseer on R.R.Ros. $0-$300
Nancy 39 SC keeping house
Isabel 17, Frances F. (f) 15 SC
John H. 12, Ithama (m) 10 SC
William G. 6, Pinkney E. (m) 3 SC
Blairsville, Bullocks Creek Twp.
Pg.442, #99-99, DUNCAN, J.P. (m) 32 SC (white) farmer $0-$326
Mary 30 SC keeping house
James L. 9, Lavinia 7 SC
Amelia J. 5, William J. 1 SC
Subdivision 103, P.O. Yorkville
Pg.487, #434-425, DUNCAN, Harrison D. 53 SC (white) farming $1000-$700
Francis (f) 45 SC keeping house
YOUNGER, Susan A. 14 SC at home
CAVENY, Susan E. 15 SC BLACK domestic servant
Pg.504, #674-665, DUNCAN, John F. 46 SC (white) farming $800-$500
Dulcinea 46 SC keeping house
Capers? (m) 21, Asbury (m) 18 SC farm laborers
Dora (f) 14 SC farm laborer
Coke (m) 10, Whiteford (m) 13 SC farm laborer
Julius (m) 6, Watson 3 NC at home
Fletcher (m) 25 NC farm laborer
BIRD, Emily 58 SC "wandering" insane
(MAD: birthstates as given; 1860 Cleveland Co. NC census; plainly John F. Duncan, not Jehu F. Duncan as listed in 1880)
1900 York Co. SC Census (Ancestry.com image 9/6/2006; pg.151 rechecked HeritageQuest images 12/2006)
Kings Mountain Twp., S.D. 246, E.D. 95, Sheet 22
Pg.151A, #371-371, DUNCAN, Nancy, Head, w/f, Jan 1845, age 45 (sic) M[arried] 20y 7 ch., 7 living, NC NC NC, farmer, 0 no no yes, rent
Bolin, son, w/m, Feb. 1882, age 18, single, NC NC NC farm laborer
Otis, son, w/m, Jan. 1883, age 17, single, NC NC NC farm laborer
Hattie, dau., w/f, May 1885, age 15, single NC NC NC
Brisco, son, w/m, Apr 1887, age 13 NC NC NC farm laborer
(MAD: plainly "M" (married) and not "W" (widowed) as compared to "Martha" and "William" on same page; 1910 Rutherford Co. NC census; Bolin, Otis & Brisco not identified later)
Kings Mountain Township, S.D. 246, E.D. 95, Sheet 25
Pg.154A, #430-430, DUNCAN, Calvin, head w/m Sept. 1879 age 21 mar. 3 years, b.TN NC NC, farmer, 0, y/y/y, rent
Katie, wife w/f Sept. 1879 age 21 mar. 3 years, 1 ch, 1 living, SC SC SC
Lee Z., son w/m July 1898 age 1 single SC TN SC
(MAD: 1910 Cherokee Co. SC census)
York Co. SC Index (from Juanita Breckenridge to Bobbie McDowell to MAD 7/1982)
Year, General Index, Kind, Case, File
1782, James Duncan, Adm., 55, 2470
1789, John Duncan Et., Adm., 55, 2467
1790, Mary Duncan, Guar., 66, 3164
1809, Thomas Duncan, Ex., 55, 2457
1811, Mary Duncan, Ex., 55, 2458
1877, H.D. Duncan, Ex., 88, 4392
1903 (1902?), Henry Duncan. W.G. Duncan, Adm., 133, 5408
1908, James H. Duncan, Gua, 133, 5417
1910, Nancy Duncan. John Henry, Ex., 145, 5633
1911, J.P. Duncan, Adm., 149, 5685. J.L. Duncan
1926, J.L. Duncan, Ex., 248, 8342
1928, Mary E. Duncan, Gar., 252, 8482
York Co. SC Wills and Administrations (index on FHL film 229,623)
Case 55, File 2457: Thomas Duncan decd., 1809 (FHL film 229,665; looked at, not copied; already had will, found nothing more of particular interest)
Case 55, File 2458: Mary Duncan decd, 1811 (FHL film 229,665; looked at, not copied; already had will, found nothing more of particular interest)
Wills, SC Archives, York Co. Wills, Vol.1, pg.430 (from Alice Duncan to Vivian Biddle 12/1977)
Will of THOMAS DUNCAN SEN, York District South Carolina. This last Will and Testament of Thomas Duncan Sen. made this third day of July one thousand eight hundred and eight being and living in York Destrict South Carolina, Calling to mind the uncertainty of life and that it is appointed for all men to die & being weak in boddy but Thanks be to God I enjoy my perfect sound mind and Memory, I do apoint this my last Will and Testament And first I comend my body to the ground and my Soul to God who gave it.
And further I Will that all my just Debts and Funeral expences be paid.
further I will and by this my last Testament make over all my Estate both real and personal Lands Cattles of every kind and houshold furniture and all other property whatsoever that that I possess unto my beloved Wife Mary Duncan to hold and possess without let on molestation to leave it to whome she will at her decease.
And further I do hereby apoint Demsey Winbun & Geo; Davis executor and Mary Duncan my beloved Wife executrix of this my last will and Testament & I herby declare this to be my last will Testament & made void all other wills made here tofore by me.
Dated Signed and Sealed the day and year above written with my own mark and in the presance of ---- ---- Tho's (X his mark) Duncan (Seal) Wit. Jno. A. Gebie, William Henderson, William W. Stanton. Probated April 3, 1809; Will Book "A" P.(blank); Case No. 55; File No. 118
York Co. SC Will (from Joyce Graf 11/1983)
A-322/323; Case 55; File 119: Will of Mary (x) Dunkin, 8 May 1811; weak in body; to "Niece Ann Kidd all that tract of land on which I now live (which was willed to me by my beloved Husband Thomas Dunkom to dispose of it at my pleasure)" for her use her lifetime and after her Death to her heirs; also stock, household goods, bonds, etc. Executors Charles Brownfield, Henry Kerr, George Davis. Wit. Roger Barry, George Kidd, Mary (x) McFarlsong. Produced in court 5 Aug. 1811 by Rodger (sic) Berry, who said George Kidd and Mary McFarlane (sic) were witnesses. Executors qualified.
York Co. SC Wills and Administrations
55-2467: John & James (sic) Duncan dec'd, John Barron Admr, 1789 (typed on packet envelope) (FHL film 229,665)
January 9, 1790, appraisal by James Young, Archabald Barron & Thomas Duncan; sale of estate of John & Jane Duncan, dec'd. Sales to Vilot Duncan, John Barron, Samuel Long, Alexander Nichoster? (McWhorter?), John Cary, James Grove?, Joseph Boggs?, James Ross, George Cunningham, Silas Firling?, Nathan ??.
The estate of John & Jane Duncan (no date): Notes due the estate £101.7; due by the estate £142.4. Notes due to John Gebie, Dr. Wm. M. Lean?, Joseph Carroll, David Beard, Christopher W. Whorter (MAD: McWhorter), Joseph Adams, Ben Kerr, John Eakins, Colo. Bratton, Colo. Watson, Alexr. Walker, Thos. Adams, Wm. Barry, John Barron, Jas. Blair, John Finley, Jos. Gebie, estate of Alexr. W. Whorter (MAD: McWhorter) decd, estate of Matthew Bigger decd, William Hansia?, Matthew Moffet, Denney Winbourn, James Risk, Wm. Watson indorsed to Jos. Gebie, James Carr, Samuel Curry on his wife's account for a legacy left to her by her grandfather Patrick Duncan decd, Jas. Ross (son of John), William Berry, James Young, Henry Curiwele?, Adam Miller, James Clinton, Daniel ??.
Notes due the estate by John Carrol, Joseph Carrol, Shadrick Boles? (Nols?), William Hill.
Estate of John & Jane Duncan, administrator's bond of John Barron, securities Alexander McWhorter, and Thomas Duncan, all York Co., £400, 12 Oct. 1789. Wit. John Eakins, Joseph Watson. Letters of adm. issued to them 12 Oct. 1789.
"Possessed by James Young, Thomas Duncan, & Archibald Barron" saddle, a woman's saddle, a wheel, etc. Jan. 9, 1790.
(comments by Robert Cabbage 10/2005: see the will of James Stuart proved 1753 in Chester Co. PA)
55-2470: James Duncan decd, Joseph Ratchford admr, 1782. (FHL film 229,665) (MAD: see will in Kershaw Co. SC)
Inventory of estate Nov. 21, 1783; Robert Duncan's act. £139.65. Includes bed, spinning wheel, table, farm animals & tools.
19 Sept. 1783, court order for appraisal of estate of James Duncan. (can't read handwriting)
2 Oct. 1806?, Joseph Ratchford settlement of estate of James Duncan. Paid Joseph Jewel, James Risk?, Joseph Gebie, tax, McCummins, John ??, etc. £26.37 dollars in hand.
66-3164: Mary Duncan, Minor; John Barron, guardian; bond. (FHL film 229,674)
21 Oct. 1790, bond of John Barron, James Young, Joseph Boggs; £30 sterling; John Barron appointed guardian of Mary Duncan, an orphan child; to give her suitable education and maintenance suitable to her station, free from any expenses to her share of the estate left by her father John Duncan.
15-631: William Dunker (sic), decd, Henry Alexander admr, 1823. (FHL film 229,635)
18 Oct. 1823, appraisal of estate of William Duncan decd. at the house of Henry Alexander admr, includes set of shaving instruments, lot tobacco, pair shoes, spectacles & case, thimble, comb, body clothing, trunk or box, etc. Filed by Jos. Moore, A(lexander) Akin, Charles Davison.
18 Oct. 1823, Warrant of Appraisement (printed form with blanks filled in); order to Henry Alexander, admr. of William Dunken, to make an appraisal of his estate.
15 Aug. 1823, bond of Henry Alexander, Jos. Moore and James Kerr, for Henry Alexander as admr. of estate of William Dunken.
York SC Probate Box (possibly from Kirby Watkins ca 4/1995; from Charles W. Hite 4/1995)
Box 31, File 1286, Estate of John Morgan, 3 Oct. 1818, Peter Morgan Administrator, securities John Dunkan, and Elizabeth Morgan; heirs: Nimrod, Lucinda, Charles, Ginney, Elizabeth (CWH: #2), Juda, Peter, Patsy, Elizabeth, and Jane Morgan.
York Co. SC Ordinary Court, Index to Estate Record Books A-B, 1787-1811 & index to Will Book A, 1787-1811 (FHL film 1,028,957)
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JAMES DUNCAN, Rev. Pension Application S-37901, PA, NC, GA (MS) (FHL film 970,863; National Archives Roll 863)
Applied 19 Nov. 1827, age 74-5? in Feb. 1827, in Baldwin Co. GA; enlisted in 1776 for 2 years at Pittsburg (PA) under Capt. Andrew Waggoner, Col. James Wood; witnesses Benjamin Gilbert of Putnam Co. GA who served with James, Wm. Y?. Hansell of GA.
Statement of James Duncan, son of James, 22 Jan. 1850; that James Sr. lived in Baldwin Co. GA 4-5 years before his death, before that he lived in NC; James Sr. d. 17 Feb. 1834 in Baldwin Co. GA, leaving no widow and only 4 children heard of in 4-5 years: James, John, Jane Harris, Edy Neely. Eady Nealy of Jasper Co. MS on 16 June 1851; John Duncan and Jane Harris of Pontotoc Co. MS on 26 July 1852; James Duncan Jr. still living 26 July 1852.
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Revolutionary War Pension W-2700, Thomas Russell (FHL film 972,104; see Anderson Co. SC and Jackson Co. AL; two of his children married Duncans ca 1820-25; following is very brief extract from pension.)
Pension granted to Tabitha Russell, widow of Thomas, 1850-1858, pension #26,258; she applied for bounty land 29 March 1855 in Jackson Co. AL.
Original pension application 14 Aug. 1832 by Thomas Russell, resident of Jackson Co. AL; he had enlisted 1781 in Mecklenburg Co. NC, left service 7 April 1782 (did not copy officers); discharged at Orangeburg, SC. He was born in Cumberland Co. PA 1761, proof of age in the family Bible. He lived in Mecklenburg Co. NC when called into service, lived in York Co. SC about 7 or 8 years, in Pendleton District SC upwards of 22 years, about 3 years in Franklin Co. TN, since which time he has lived in Jackson Co. AL. (skipped some)
Dates of birth of thirteen children given without names in a statement of James Russell Jr. on 5 Dec. 1851; Thomas's wife was Tobitha Jenkins, born 18 June 1770. Children born from 1786 to 1810.
Statement 5 Dec. 1851 by James Russell who was present at their marriage in York Co. SC; James was raised by them from age about 5 or 6 or 7. Thomas Russell Sr. died July 1850. Thomas Russell Sr. was James Russell's eldest brother.
(MAD: ?? 1781-82 Mecklenburg Co. NC; 1782-1790 York Co. SC; 1790-1812 Pendleton-Anderson Co. SC; 1812-1815 Franklin Co. TN; 1815-1832 Jackson Co. AL)
Index to War of 1812 Pension Applications and Bounty Land Warrant Applications; National Archives Film (FHL film 840,458)
Duncan, James, widow Ellen; WO 24486, WC 24915; BL 38834-80-50, 17738- 80-55; Private Capt. Beaty's Co. SC Mil., 10/1/1814 to 3/7/1815; Res. of soldier 1851, 1855, Fairfield Co. SC; res. of widow 1878 Chestnut Grove, Chester Co. SC; maiden name of widow Ellen Roddey, m. June 15, 1815, Neelys Creek, York Co. SC; soldier d. April 26, 1862, Chestnut Grove, SC; widow d. June 23, 1883, Chester Co. SC.
Lincoln Co. NC Deeds (FHL film 19,257)
25-107: 30 Jan. 1806, Patrick Duncane (signed) of York District, SC, to John Morris of Lincoln Co. NC, $180, 145 acres in Lincoln Co, corner Abernathy, Bynum, which was willed to the said Patrick Duncan by James Russell, to James Russell from Jacob Bridges 25 May 1803; and another tract 11a, corner Charles Williams, conveyed by James Russell to said Patrick Duncan by will, granted to Russell by deed from Jacob Bridges 25 May 1803, total 156a. Wit. William White, Logan Henderson.
Rutherford Co. NC Wills (FHL film 428,321)
B-33: October 1794 court: Know all men by these presents that I, John Bridges of York Co. SC, do bargain, will and deliver unto William Camp and Jas. Duncan (tight binding) of Rutherford Co. NC, certain negro man named George and also one bright bay ??, feather bed, etc.; to the said William Camp & James Duncan in partnership; without meaning fraud or ?? to any heir at law or creditor but under full consideration of the said William Camp & James Duncan being my security in two suits at law which consist between me and Michael Hogan and their taking upon themselves to act for me as my attorney to ask, demand, sue for ... receive all bonds, bill of debt and bank accounts that are due unto me the said John Bridges ... Wit. Jos. Camp, Pirhus? Camp jurat. (MAD: this document had been abstracted as "Jno." Duncan in error)
B-99: Oct. 1798 court: John Bridges, of York Co. SC for divers good causes, have made, ordain, authorized and appointed Wm. Camp & James Duncan of Rutherford Co. NC my true and lawfull attorney for me and in my name, and to my use, to ask, demand, sue, and receive all debts, dues, bonds, bills, and book accounts from my debtors that stand indebted to me in North & South Carolina. Wit. Jo. Camp, Abishai Camp. /s/ John (X) Bridges. 24 Nov. 1792. (also from "Rutherford Co. NC Wills & Misc. Records 1783-1868" by James E. Wooley and "Rutherford Co. NC Abstract of Wills 1779-1822" by Caroline H. Davis) (MAD: Perhaps this Camp family related to the John Camp in "Spartanburg Co. SC Minutes of County Court 1785-1799" by Brent H. Holcomb, on pg.85, court on 16 Dec. 1788, John Camp against John Chism, ordering that a Dedimus Potestatum issue to Rutherford Co. NC to examine John Camp, Thomas Camp, Susannah Camp, Reubin Hill & Sarah Camp on the part and behalf of the said Plaintiff, he being also required to give the defendant 10 days notice of the time and place of examination.)
1908 "Men of mark in South Carolina : ideals of American life; a collection of biographies of leading men of the state" ed. by J.C. Hemphill, Vol.III (FHL film 1,000,581; from Martha Jones 6/1990)
Pg.143-4: WATSON BOONE DUNCAN, Ph.D., pastor and preacher, born March 19, 1867, at Blacksburg, York (now Cherokee) county, South Carolina, is the son of J.D.F. Duncan and Dulcenia (Hopper) Duncan. His grandfather, Decatur Duncan, was of Scotch-Irish descent.
He attended the country schools near his father's farm, working "outside school hours." He took a preparatory course of study in Cherokee and Broad River academies; but just as he was ready to enter college his father met with financial reverses which made it impossible for him to meet the expense of a college course for his son. The son had made up his mind to have an education, and he persuaded his father to let him have a plot of ground to plant in cotton. With the assistance of horses and tools which his father loaned him, he ploughed, planted, hoed, and picked the crop which paid for his first year in Wofford college. After that he taught, sold books, acted as clerk, and did many other kinds of work to meet his own expenses, until he secured his degree of A.B. after two years' study at Wofford and two years at the Polytechnic college. He took the usual theological course of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and commenced his pastoral duties in Sumter county in 1888, serving later at Timmonsville, Allendale, St. George, the First Church in Laurens, and St. John's church, Rock Hill.
The ambition for study, however, did not fail, and he not only kept up his reading, but took an A.M. degree from both Wofford and Erskine colleges, pursued a four years' Chautauqua course, and took some special courses of study under the advice of professors in Vanderbilt university. He received the degree of Ph.D. from Central university in 1906. He has been repeatedly made a member of important committees and boards. He was a delegate to the First General Missionary conference of the Southern Methodist church, held in New Orleans in 1901. He has been called on for many addresses on public occasions, besides preaching frequently at school and college commencements. His published writings include "Character Building" (1890); "Our Vows" (1895); "Twentieth Century Sketches" (1901), and a number of articles for magazines and papers. A loyal member of the Democratic party, he is also a Mason and a member of the Knights of Pythias, in which last order he has held the office of chancellor commander.
He was married February 6, 1899, to Lizzie Huggins, and has had four children, of whom three are now living. His present address is Rock Hill, South Carolina.
Pg.145-6: WHITEFORD McKENDREE DUNCAN, for more than 20 years a preacher & pastor in the SC conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and now presiding elder of the Greenville district, SC, was born in Cleveland Co. NC, Sept. 24, 1857. His father, a farmer, J.D.F. Duncan, is remembered by his acquaintances because of his "genius for friendship" and his warm-hearted generosity. The family is of Scotch-Irish descent.
A healthy and happy boyhood was passed in the country, where Whiteford Duncan early became familiar with the ordinary labor of the farm, ... While fond of sports, he early showed a bent of mind toward serious study. He worked to earn the money to pay his way through college. He attended the country schools near Blacksburg, SC, where his boyhood was passed. After pursuing preparatory studies he entered Wofford college and was graduated with the class of 1884. In December of that year he entered the SC conference of the Methodist church, ... He became pastor of the Methodist church at Aiken, SC, filing that position until 1888.
On November 15, 1888, he married Miss Susie Legare Bruns, a daughter of Professor Henry M. Bruns. They have had four children, all of whom are now living. ... Democratic party, Mason, Knight of Honor, Knight of Pythias ... His address is Greenville, SC.
"Twentieth Century Sketches" no date (Obtained by Martha Jones from Winthrop University of Rock Hill, SC, 3/1995; typed by Charles W. Hite)
Pg.189: Rev. Watson Boone Duncan, youngest child of Mr. J.D.F. Duncan and Mrs Dulcenia Hopper Duncan, was born on his father's farm near Blacksburg, York Co., S.C., March 10, 1867. His parents were of Scotch descent. The first school he ever attended was one near his home and was taught by his father. He also attended this school when it was taught by Col. W.D. Camp. He then entered the school at Black's (now Blacksburg) which was taught by Prof. J. Emory Watson. Then he spent some time in the Broad River Academy where his older brother, Rev. Whiteford M. Duncan was principal. Later on he attended the Blacksburg High School of which Rev. J.A. White of N.C. was principal. He then [spent] two years at Wofford College, pursuing the full course leading to the A.B. degree, but was compelled on account of defective eyes and depleted purse to abandon the college course before completing it.
But after leaving Wofford, his eyes greatly improved, and securing a certificate from Dr. Carlisle, showing the work done while at Wofford, he matriculated with the Polytechnic College in the correspondence department, and after two years of hard study and rigid examinations, completed the A.B. course, receiving the degree. He then took the A.M. degree from Erskine College, doing the necessary work in the department of Philosophy under W.M. Grier, and in the department of English literature under Dr. J. McLain. He then took the A.M. course at Wofford College, doing the necessary work in the department of Philosophy, etc. ... Later on he did two years work with Central University and, having received credit for post-graduate work already done, received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from this Institution.
Mr. Duncan was converted and joined the Church at the age of eleven, and at the age of fifteen realized that it would be his duty to preach the gospel. He yielded without hesitation and began to prepare for the work. He was received on trial into the South Carolina Conference in Dec. 1887 at Spartanburg, Bishop H.M. McTyelere presiding. The class joining that year were ...
He was ordained Deacon by Bishop John C. Granberr, at Darlington, in Dec. 1891. His appointments have been as follows: Oakland Circuit 1888, Wedgefield Circuit 1889, etc....
On Feb. 6, 1889, Mr. Duncan was married to Miss Lizzie Huggins, daughter of Dr. Herman H. Huggins and Mrs Louisa Gary Huggins, of Manning, SC. Their first child died in infancy. The names of those living are Rev. Watson Boone Duncan Jr. who at this writing is serving his first year in the South Carolina Conference, Miss Elizabeth Louise Duncan, and Herman Franklin Duncan.
Mr. Duncan writes for several papers and magazines. His published works are: Baptism, Our Vows, Twentieth Century Sketches, etc. ....
Copies of newspaper articles, undated, newspaper not given (from Martha Jones 12/1989)
DUNCAN MAKES ADMIRABLE ADDRESS (picture, Rev. W.M. Duncan)
Rev. W.M. Duncan, of Greenville, made an admirable address before the YMCA meeting Sunday afternoon. "A Young Man's Vision and Its Result" was the subject of his remarks ... (MAD: no personal data in article)
BLACKSBURG RITES FOR FLETCHER DUNCAN, 86
Respected Citizen Succumbs to Short Illness; Funeral Yesterday.
Fletcher Duncan, 86, highly respected Blacksburg man, died Thursday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J.B. Cashion, on Blacksburg route 2. He had been sick about 10 days.
Mr. Duncan went to Blacksburg from Earl when quite a young man. He served for many years as a deacon in the Baptist church and maintained his interest in religious matters until the end. Funeral services were conducted yesterday at the Blacksburg Baptist church by the Rev. B.L. Hoke and the Rev. W.N. Long. Interment was in the old Blacksburg Cemetery with J.L. Goodson, Blacksburg Mortician, in charge. The pall bearers were John, M.B., Tom and James Cashion, Howard Childers, and Fletcher Duncan, 2nd.
Mr. Duncan had been married twice. His first wife, who died more than 30 years ago, before marriage was Miss Sara Gunthrap. The following children survive this union: William and M.L. Duncan, Atlanta; J.E. Duncan, Asheville; Mrs. Mattie Albert, Akron, Ohio; and Mrs. Cashion, with whom Mr. Duncan had resided several years. His second wife was Miss Sallie Blair, whose death occurred about eight years ago. He is survived by a brother, Capers? Duncan, of Lincolnton, N.C., and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
DEATH CLOSES LONG MINISTRY (very faint)
Rev. Whitefoord McK. Duncan Died Yesterday. Was Presiding Elder. Endo-carditis Brings End, After Brief Illness, to Methodist Preacher.
The Rev. Whitefoord McKendree Duncan, presiding elder of Columbia (faint) district, Methodist Episcopal Church South, died at his home at 1418 Marion Street in this city yesterday morning at 11:30 o'clock. Mr. Duncan had not been well for the past four months, but it was not until the last few weeks that his condition was regarded as serious. The immediate cause of his death was endo-carditis, an affection of the lining of the heart.
The funeral will be held at Washington Street Methodist Church this afternoon at 4 o'clock, the interment taking place immediately thereafter in the graveyard of that church. Active pall bearers are: W.J. Murrey, W.D. Lever, R.C. Williams, J.M. ??, J.B. Penland, and J.B. Stellion?. Honorary pallbearers are: W.M. Lester M.D., (several names, not copied here). ...
Mr. Duncan leaves a wife and four daughters, all of whom were at the bedside when the end came. The daughters: Mrs. F.M. Owens of Greenville, Miss Lillian Grace Duncan and Miss Susie Bruns Duncan, students at Columbia college, and Miss Helen Matthews Duncan. Mrs. Duncan was formerly Miss Susie Bruns, a daughter of the late Dr. Henry Bruns, a distinguished professor at the College of Charleston. She and Mr. Duncan were married November 15, 1888. Mr. Duncan is survived by six brothers, M.F. Duncan of Blacksburg, W.C. and W.A. Duncan of Lincolnton, N.C., J.C. Duncan of Prosperity, J.B. Duncan of Gaffney, and the Rev. Watson B. Duncan D.D., pastor of St. Paul's church at Orangeburg.
Before being made presiding elder of Columbia District, Mr. Duncan served Greenville district in that capacity for four years. Previously ...
Mr. Duncan was a North Carolinian by birth, being born in Cleveland county, September 24 1857. After graduating from Wofford college in 1884, having supplemented his college work with the four years' conference course, he at once began his active work in the Methodist ministry, which he continued uninterruptedly until his death. ... (last paragraph not on copy)
DR. WATSON DUNCAN PASSES AT FLORENCE
Prominent Methodist Minister Born Near Town of Blacksburg.
Dr. Watson B. Duncan, prominent Methodist minister who was born near Blacksburg, died Sunday night at a Florence hospital after a short illness.
Dr. Duncan was 62 years old. He was a brother of the late J.C. Duncan, who was chief of police at Blacksburg for many years. He was pastor of the Methodist church at Lake City.
Dr. Duncan was born on his father's farm near Blacksburg, in what was then York county, March 19 (10?), 1867. After his grammar, grade and high school work, he entered Wofford college, but at the end of two years had to abandon his course because of his eyes. Later when this trouble improved, he took an A.B. from Polytechnic college, and then ... He was received on trial in the SC conference in December, 1887. He was ordained deacon in 1889, and elder in 1891. He has served ... author of several books ...
Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Tuesday at the Lake City church, after which the body will be taken to Manning for interment.
Surviving the minister are his widow, two sons, H.F. Duncan, pastor of the Duncan Memorial church, Charlotte, N.C., and W.B. Duncan, Jr. of Lake City, and one daughter Mrs. Olin Horne, of St. George.
"The Gaffney Ledger" May 3, 1895 (on Microfilm in Cherokee Co. SC Public Library, Rutledge St., Gaffney, SC; from Charles W. Hite 4/1995)
Frank Duncan died here at 3:30 o'clock on Wed 24th April. He was quite an aged citizen. He will be buried at Parhom Church. (CWH: sic; Mt.Parham Baptist Church, Blacksburg, SC).
Commencement of the Cherokee High School, Black's, S.C., May 28, 1885 (copy of page from Martha Jones 6/1990)
Includes ... Marshals: C.F. Hopper, Erwinsville, NC; W.B. Duncan, Black's S.C.
Some York Co. SC records have been abstracted and published:
"AR DAR Records, Little Rock Chapter, Pulaski Co." AR DAR (FHL film 869,280 item 1); includes Bible of William Roddey Duncan, born 4 March 1816, married Jane Minerva Boyd on 22 June 1848, died 7 Nov. 1860; to Bradley Co. AR 1857; she mar. 2nd Thomas Lyle; their Bible also given.
"York Co. SC Marriages 1770-1869 Implied in York Co. SC Probate Records" by Barbara Langdon, 1983 (FHL book 975.743 P2l; and from Evelyn Sigler)
"York Co. SC Newspapers, Marriages and Death Notices, 1828-1865" by Brent H. Holcomb, 1981 (Memphis Public Library book 919.3575 Y63h; from Evelyn Sigler 6/1984)
"SC Historical Magazine" Vol.72 pg.112 (from Evelyn Sigler 8/1983)
"York Co. SC Minutes of County Court 1786-1797" by Laurence K. Wells (FHL book 975.743 P2w; and from Evelyn Sigler)
"Pinckney Dist. SC Common Pleas Minute Book, 1792-1794" abstracts by Lucille Hendrick Gardner (FHL book 975.7 P2pd)
"NC Land Grants in SC, Anson & Mecklenburg Cos., 1749-1770" Vol.II, by Brent H. Holcomb (FHL book 975 R28h V.2; from Evelyn Sigler and Joyce Graf); includes 1768 grants to Patrick Duncan and to William Duncan, in "Mecklenburg" Co. NC.
"The Jury Lists of SC 1778-1779" compiled by Ge Lee Corley Hendrix and Morn McKoy Lindsay, 1975 (FHL book 975.7 P2h and film 1,597,906 item 5; from Dean Smith Cress and Brenda Furches)
"SC Revolutionary Soldiers 1750-1856" (SC DAR Records) (FHL film 855,232)
"SC Baptists 1670-1805" by Leah Townsend, 1935 (FHL book 975.7 K2t)
"SC Magazine of Ancestral Research" Vol.VII, 1979 (FHL book 975.7 B2sc; from Charles W. Hite, Evelyn Sigler, and Lucille Mehrkam); includes Buffalo Baptist Churchyard Cemetery; other issues and years include other records
"Bulletin of Genealogical Society of Old Tryon Co. NC" Vol.2, 1974 (from Evelyn Sigler and Charles W. Hite); includes records from Buffalo Baptist Church, Cherokee, SC
"Tombstones & Cemeteries of Cherokee Co. SC & surrounding areas" Vol.1 & 2, by Bobby G. Moss and Dennis R. Amos (FHL book 975.742 V3m; and from Martha Jones)
York Co. SC Beersheba Presbyterian Church Records (FHL film 1,036,844 item 13; from Louis Boone 5/1987); no Duncan
"Misc. Genealogical Records of SC" 1957 (SC DAR Records) (FHL film 855,230)
"York Co. SC Misc. Records 1800-1950" (SC DAR Records) (FHL film 855,220)
"York Co. SC Historical & Genealogical Records of SC" Vol.1 & 2, by Thorn Rathburn and J. Dewey Lamb (FHL book 975.743 P2r; and from Evelyn Sigler); no Duncan
"The Old Iron District, a Study of the Development of Cherokee Co. (SC) 1750-1897" by Bobby Gilmer Moss (from Lenox Baker 12/1985)
"DAR Genealogical Records, 1940" by Richard Winn Chapter (SC DAR Records) (FHL film 855,228)
"SC Gen. Records 1971-72" (SC DAR Records) (FHL film 893,738)
"Who's Who in America, 1930-1931" pub. by Marquis (from Evelyn Sigler 8/1983; FHL book 973 D36w); includes Watson Boone Duncan, clergyman, b. Blacksburg, SC, Mar. 19, 1867, son of Jehu Franklin Duncan and Dulcenia Harper.
1982 "Heritage of Cleveland Co. NC" Vol.1, by Cleveland Co. Hist. Assn (FHL book 975.6775 H2h); includes information on the Hopper family, York Co. SC
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