Duncans in Bradley Co. TN


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

Last revised July 29, 2003

Formed 1836 from Indian Lands
Polk formed 1839 from Bradley, McMinn


1840 Bradley Co. TN Census
      No Duncan indexed

1850 Bradley Co. TN Census (and from Roy Hall 2/1989)
Page numbers without parens are stamped page numbers, within parens are handwritten numbers
26th Subdiv.
Pg.146 (292), #120, Pleasant A. LEEPER 29 TN (blank) $0 (alone)
                  (MAD: mar. Mary A. Duncan 1852 Jefferson Co. TN)
Pg.159 (317), #288, Joshua DUNKIN 25 TN farmer $0 can't read/write
                  Lucinda 44 TN can't read/write
                  Chesley H. (m) 12, James 10 TN
                  Elizabeth 8, Newton (m) 6 TN
                  Charity 4, Russell 2 TN
                  (MAD: 1860 Walker Co. GA census)
Pg.202 (404), #886, Rebecca DUNKIN 45 TN (blank) $0 can't read/write
                  Floyd 18 TN farmer, Wm. 16 TN farmer
Pg.204 (408), #921, Eli RICHEY 59 NC farmer $3000
                  Nancy 56 TN
                  Caroline 19, Elizabeth 16, Emeline 12 TN
                  Robert F. MAROW 10 TN
                  (MAD: Eli Richa mar. Nancy DUNCAN 1/18/1816 in Washington Co. TN)
Pg.230 (460), #1287, James DUNKIN 27 TN farmer $0
                  Martha 28 TN
                  Thomas W. 3, Mary 1 TN
                  Nancy A. STEPHENS 68 MD
                  (MAD: 1860 Hamilton Co. TN census)
Pg.233 (465), #1326, Rhoda DUNKIN 58 TN (blank) $1200
                  Delila 33, Cleminda 31 TN
                  Wm. 20 TN farmer
                  Elvira 18 TN
                  Mary 15, Joseph 11 TN
                  Joseph 59 TN farmer
                  (MAD: from Washington Co. TN)
Pg.233 (465), #1329, Andrew DUNKIN 25 TN farmer $600
                  Mary 21 TN

1860 Bradley Co. TN Census (and from Linda Curtis 10/1988)
Pg.204, #99, Mary LEEPER 30 TN (blank) $400-$2000
                  James F. 8 TN
                  (MAD: Pleasant A. Leeper mar. Mary A. Dunkin 1852 Jefferson Co. TN)
Pg.230 (465), #1087, Andrew DUNCAN 36 TN farmer $0-$0
                  Mary A. 31 TN
                  Delili (f) 46 TN
                  Thomas FURGERSON 16 TN
Pg.231 (167), #1099, Edward TAYLOR 26 TN
                  Elvira 23 TN
                  Dennis (m) 1? TN
                  Maranda SHELTON 20 TN
Pg.231 (167), #1100, Rinda DUNCAN (f) 40 TN
                  Joseph 24 TN
Pg.231 (167), #1105, Jefferson DUNCAN 38 TN (blank) $800-$600
                  Susan J. 34 TN
                  Joel K. 12, John 10 TN
                  Eviline 7, Melvina (f) 3 TN
                  James M. 7/12 TN
                  Nancy KIRKPATRICK 60 TN
                  (MAD: see 1870 Hickory Co. MO census, per Linda Curtis)
Pg.232 (170), #1121, Wm. DUNCAN 28 TN farmer $2500-$500
                  Mary P. 24 TN
                  Nancy J. 8, Sarah A. 3 TN
                  Delila E. 1/12 TN
                  Warren ECTON? (ERTOVE? ERLOVE?) (m) 23 TN
                  (MAD: 1870 Polk Co. MO census)

1870 Bradley Co. TN Census
6th Civil Dist., P.O. Cleveland
Pg.325, #250-241, LEEPER, Mary 38 TN (white) keeping house $800-$150
                  Frank 18 TN apprentice to B.Man?
                  DUCAN, Margaret 18 TN (blank)
9th Civil District
Pg.353, #29-29, DUNCAN, Andrew 45 TN clergyman $4200-$1775
                  Mary A. 41 TN keeping house
                  HOGINS?, Arminda (f) 8, James 4 TN
                  CLAYNEY?, Elizabeth 31 TN teacher


Bradley Co. TN Chancery Court Minutes (FHL film 966,900)
      1838-1841 - no Duncan indexed
      1840-1851 - no Duncan indexed
      1851-1857 - no Duncan indexed (MAD: Vol.2 pg.321 contains a reference to the suit of Andrew Cowan exec. of John L. Barkley decd vs. James Duncan etc., 2 March 1855; from "Tennessee Tidbits" Vol.3 by Marjorie Fischer and Ruth Burns)

Bradley Co. TN Court Minutes 1858-1867 (FHL film 966,908)
      No index


Bradley Co. TN Miscellaneous (FHL film 464,077)
      Entry Taker's Books, 1841-1842 - no Duncan
      Will Book, 1859-1884 (typed) - no Duncan
      Trustees Book, 1836-1876:
            A.J. Duncan - pg. 203, 240, 255
            T.J. Duncan - pg. 205, 211
            William Duncan - pg. 226, 268, 287, 298
      Pg.95: #1717, Joseph Duncan, juror, Sept. term, 1845, $8.00 settled for 1847.
      Pg.123: #2241, James Roberts and Joseph Duncan, court order, $11.87-1/2 settled for 1848.
      Pg.131: #2368, Joseph Duncan, court order, $18.12-1/2 settled for 1850.
      Pg.161: #2930, A.J. Duncan, court order 1851, $4.00 settled 1854.
      Pg.161: #2946, John Duncan, juror 1851, $16.00 settled 1852.
      Not copied later


Tennessee Land Grants Index (FHL film 1,002,730)
      Copied all Duncan, Dunkin, etc. (no Duncomb) through 1849; did not copy later index. Film consists of small index cards for each grant; some grants are repeated if they appear in two books.
      Name, Grant #, Acres, Date, County, Book & Page, District (Actual grant books are in series by District, then book volume & page)
      James Dunkin & his heirs, 6913, 80a, 1/2/1851, Bradley, L-340 (2), Ocoee Dist.; Entry #7 9/4/1850
      Robert Duncan, 3041, 120a, 7/8/1841, (no county), F-123, Ocoee Dist., entry 2749-2750 4/29/1841

Ocoee District TN Land Grants
      F-123: 8 July 1840, Grant #3041 to Robert Duncan, in consideration of two entrees No. 2749 and 2750 dated 29 April 1812?, 120 acres in the county of (blank) in said District, in 3rd range west of the basis line, 2nd fract. twp, 4th Sec., being W 1/2 and the NE (corner?) of the NE 1/2, beg. at SW corner of said quarter. (FHL film 1,013,326) (MAD: see Hamilton Co. TN?)
      L-341: 2 Jan. 1851, Grant #6913, in consideration of an entry (no number) dated 4 Sept. 1850, by F.W. Leu the certified copy being assigned to James Dunkin, grant to said Dunkin, 80 acres in the county of Bradley in the said Dist., in 1st Range West of basis line, 1st Twp, and (handwritten insertion: 18er?) Section, being W 1/2 of NW 1/4 of said Section, beg. at NW corner of said 1/4. (FHL film 1,013,330; NOTE: page 340 is blank)

Bradley Co. TN Deeds (Index on FHL film 966,924)
      A-292: 12 July 1866, James E. Surgine to A.J. Duncan, $200, 40 acres in Dist. 9. Wit. James Kirkpatrick, T.J. Duncan. (FHL film 966,925)
      A-391: 7 Jan. 1860, Isaac Smart to William Duncan, $1900, 180 acres on Lick Creek. Wit. John Stanfield, J.G. Ninnes. (FHL film 966,925)
      B-30: 14 Sept. 1857, Andrew J. Duncan and William Duncan to William P. Palmer, $3900, 160 acres in Ocoee Dist. in 1st range W. of base line, Twp. 1, Sec. 18, SE 1/4. (FHL film 966,925)
      B-40: 10 March 1860, William H. (X) Neeley to Andrew J. Duncan, $4,000, 282 acres on Candys Creek Ridge, Ocoee Dist., Dist. 9, corner John McPhenan. Wit. John McPhenon, James Kirkpatrick, R.H. McPhenon. (FHL film 966,925)
      B-78: 8 Sept. 1853, John B. Duncan to John Hall, $940, 115 acres in Ocoee Dist., SW 1/4 of Sec. 8, Twp. 3, Range 1 West. (FHL film 966,925)
      C-305: 28 Feb. 1870, William Duncan to Holiday Shirry?, $780, 90 acres, corner SE 1/4 of Sec. 11, Moses? Lick Creek, corner between William Duncan and William Wyrich. (FHL film 966,926)
      C-337: Wm. Duncan to Alfred Fitzgerald, 50 acres, 11 April 1870 (not copied further) (FHL film 966,926)
      E-237: 18 Jan. 1876, J.W. Beard and wife Elizabeth (/s/ Lizzie Beard) to A.J. Duncan, $400, 2-1/2 acres. (FHL film 966,927)
      F-368, A.J. Duncan from F.P. Davis & wife (not looked at)
      F-370, M.E. Duncan from Yound S?. trustee (not looked at)
      G-86: 17 March 1880, A.J. Duncan and wife Rebecca Duncan to John Cleveland, $350, 2 tracts, 2-1/2 acres beg. NE corner of SE 1/4, in right of inheritance. Wit. A.C. Mulkey, M.E. Mulkey. (FHL film 966,928)


McMinn Co. TN Deed (FHL film 830,202)
      K-436: 3 Dec. 1853, Joseph McCully of McMinn Co. TN to John B. Duncan of Bradley Co. TN, $1,500, tract in McMinn Co., 2nd Range W of Meridian, 3rd Twp., 29 Sec., and SE 1/4 of said section, in Hiwasee Dist., being 160 acres; wit. John H. Smith, George McCully.


Pension Index Card File, alphabetical; of the Veterans Administrative Contact and Administration Services, Admin. Operations Services, 1861-1934; Duff to A-J Duncan (negative FHL film 540,888, some cards very faint); Joseph Duncan to Dunn (positive FHL film 540,889, some cards very dark)
      Cataloged under Civil War, 1861-1865, pensions, indexes; does not say if Confederate or Federal, but probably Federal. Negative film, some cards much too faint or dark to read, some cards blurred or faded, particularly the service unit and the dates of application. Most of the very faint or dark cards were in a slightly different format, with space for years enlisted and discharged which were sometimes filled in. Many of these were for service in later years, although one or two were for service ca 1866.
      Name of soldier, alias, name of dependent widow or minor, service (military unit or units), date of filing, class (invalid or widow or minor or other), Application #, Certificate #, state from which filed (sometimes blank), attorney (sometimes blank, MAD: did not usually copy), remarks. Sometimes the "Invalid" or "Widow" class had an "s" added to it before the application #; occasionally the area for the service information included a circled "S". The minor's name was frequently that of the guardian rather than the minor.
      The military unit was frequently the Company Letter, the Regiment Number, sometimes US Vet Vol Inf. (US Veteran Volunteer Infantry), L.A. (Light Artillery), H.A. (Heavy Artillery), US C Inf (US Colored? Infantry), Cav. (Cavalry), Mil. Guards, V.R.C. (?Volunteer Reserve Corps?), etc. Sometimes there were several service units given.
      Cards appear to be arranged by the last name, first name, middle initial if any, and state (including "US") of service.
      Duncan, John H., widow Duncan, Catherine, minor Duncan, John H. "(hapless child)"; K 1 Tenn. Cav.; 1866 Aug. 16, Widow Appl. #131803, Cert. #153203; 1903 Dec. 8, Minor Appl. #795790, no cert., Tenn. (MAD: Bradley & Hawkins Co. TN)
      Duncan, Joseph, mother Duncan, Clarinda; Corp. A 8 TN Inf.; 1865 July 3, Mother Appl. #100491, Cert. #95549. (MAD: see Bradley Co. TN, b.1839)
      Duncan, William F.; M 4 Tenn. Cav.; 1872 Feb. 21, Invalid Appl. #172837, Cert. #319374. (MAD: Bradley Co. TN)

TN Civil War Questionnaire, Federal Soldiers (FHL film 975,591; only one Duncan)
      These questionnaires were sent by TN Historical Committee to all living Civil War Veterans about 1914-1915, and vary a little in format. Not all were returned by the veterans. They are about four pages long, a printed form to fill in the blanks. A name index was printed in Ansearchin News, Vol. 25, sent by Evelyn Sigler; the TN State Library & Archives has either the originals or a copy.
      This questionnaire contains 46 questions, many about his parents' home and work, many about his own home and work as a boy, some about servants and the feeling in his area about slaves and slave-holders, his schools, and his service in the War, such as experiences in battles, and the names & addresses of other men in his company.
      Duncan, William Franklin, Co. M, 4th TN Cavalry.
      TN Historical Committee Questionnaire, filled in by William Franklin Duncan, of Tasso, [Bradley Co.] TN, age 80 years and 4 months, born in Ashe now Alleghany Co. NC, a Federal Soldier in Civil War in Co. M, 4th TN Cavalry, 4th Regiment TN Cavalry Volunteers; credited to Washington Co. TN. (MAD: see also Carroll Co. TN)
      7. Father: a farmer, George Washington Duncan, born at Sparta, Ashe now Alleghaney Co., NC; lived in Ashe Co. NC and Washington Co. TN; he was a farmer and ex Mexican Volunteer.
      8. Mother: Jane Elizabeth Edwards, daughter of William Edwards and his wife Nancy Edwards, who lived near Gap Civil Ashe Co. NC.
      9. Remarks on Ancestry: John Duncan, great grand father, a soldier of Revolutionary War 1776, John Duncan grand father soldier of 1812, George W. Duncan father volunteer Mexican War. William Edwards great grand father an Englishman first lived? in NY, William Edwards grand father first settled in Penn and then in NC. Nancy Edwards and Duncan was from Ireland.
      Father owned a farm; did not own slaves; owned about 100 acres, value $500; occupied common country log house. Father George W. Duncan was a farmer owned land and mill, worked the farm and ran the mill at times. Mother done house work, cooking, spring? and weaving, making own wearing apparel. No slaves, only domestic white girls.
      William F. Duncan enlisted for Co. M, 4th Regt. TN Cavalry, US Army, May 6, 1864, and credited to Washington Co. TN; was offered $750 to be credited to NY City as substitute for NY; after enlistment Co. sent first to Nashville, TN, to Camp Catlett (more on battles); discharged July 12, 1865 at Nashville, TN; landed at home in Jonesborro, Washington Co. TN, in July 1865.
      Others in Company: William F. Duncan, John Duncan, ...
      Added letter: 1/1 (?) 1923, to Honorable John Trotswood Moore, Director, Nashville, TN: In reply to yours of March? date I give you further history of myself. After the Civil War I was 1st Lieut. of Co. E, 2nd Regt. NC State Troops and ?? of the Regt. and was elected Lieut. Colonel of same. I married Martha Jane Hensley Sept. 28, 1865. She was mother of one son, David Washington Duncan, borned March 24th 1867. He was a member of lower house of Tennessee Legislature. He was killed by Rail Road train near Cleveland, Tennessee, March 24, 1922. On his birth day on a crossing. He was stock inspector for Tennessee appointed by Capt. Peck and Governor A.A. Taylor?. /s/ William F. Duncan, Tasso, TN.
      Second added letter: 1/1 (?) 1923, same address: On March the 12th 1871 I was married to Malissa Christina Briggs. She was the mother of Martha E. Duncan borned 8-13 1873 now living, John Thomas Duncan born Janay (sic) 21 1877 living, William L. Duncan 1-17-1879 living, Marvin D. Duncan 11-22-1881 dead 7-6-1903, Isham F. Duncan 1-1-1884 living, Oscar L. Duncan 2-16-1886 died at Donelson Tenn 3-31-1921, Fredric R. Duncan April 8-1889 dead 6-8-1890, Evan P. Duncan 2-12-1892 now living. My wife Malissa Chistina (sic) Duncan died Nov. 5 1921 members of the Christian Church. I am yours William F. Duncan, Tasso Tennessee.

HISTORIES before 1923

1887 "History of TN; East TN" by Goodspeed (FHL book 976.8 H2ha Vol.2)
      Pg.979, Bradley Co.: John Richey was born in Blount Co. Nov. 9, 1830, the son of Eli and Nancy (Duncan) Richey. They were of Scotch and Irish descent. The father was born in Mecklenburg Co. NC about 1795 and died in Bradley Co. TN in 1857. The mother was born in Washington Co. TN about 1801 and died in Bradley Co. in Feb. 1863. The parents were married in Washington Co. about 1816. Soon after their marriage they moved to Blount Co., and lived there till 1849, at which time they came to Bradley Co., and settled where our subject now lives, where they spent the remainder of their days. The father was an influential citizen, and quite a successful planter; in 1855-56 he represented Bradley Co. in the State Legislature; he was a stanch Democrat and of the Presbyterian persuasion, but not a member of the church. The mother was a worthy and strict member of the Seceders Church. Our subject is the 6th of 8 children. ....


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