Duncans in Claiborne Co. TN


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

Last revised January 3, 2014

Formed 1801 from Grainger, Hawkins
Campbell formed 1806 from Anderson, Claiborne
Hancock formed 1844 from Claiborne, Hawkins
Union formed 1850 from Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Grainger, Knox


1830 Claiborne Co. TN Census
Pg.123  William McCubbin   1100,01   - 0000,01
          (MAD: see Benton Co. AR, Z.H. McCubbins, son of
           William & Thebe (Duncan) McCubbins who married
           in TN & moved to (Edgar Co.) IL ca 1834 where
           they died; not identified IL 1840, no Wm. McCubbins
           in IL 1850; no other William McCubbin in TN 1830)
   148  Mary Ann Dinkin    0002      - 1000,1001

1840 Claiborne Co. TN Census
Pg.214   William Dunkin     1000,1    - 0000,1

1850 Claiborne Co. TN Census (and from Roy Hall 2/1989)
      No Jeremiah Duncan, wife Mary (Bee?) with daus. Milly and Nancy, from page-by-page check
      Page numbers without parens are stamped page numbers, within parens are handwritten numbers
Pg.260, #356, J.C. LARGE 40 TN farmer
                  Elizabeth 32 VA
                  Jonathan 10, Mary A. 9, Isaiah 6 TN
                  Melviry 4, William B. 1 TN
                  John CARMON 21 TN blacksmith
                  Dulary KIRKLING 88 UNK pauper
                  Wm. SUMPTER 72, Margaret 78 pauper
                  Tabithy YOUNG 55 TN pauper
                  James HICKS 32 TN pauper
                  John MARTIN 105 (sic) VA BLACK pauper
Pg.272 (545), #521, Geo. W. DINKINS 35 TN
                  Juda 25 TN
                  Orleary 8, Mahala J. 5 TN?
                  Geo. W. 1 TN?
Pg.288, #716, David BURK 65 VA farmer $1500
                  Mary A. 43 TN
                  children 26 to 3 b. TN
                  Mary A. DINKINS 86 VA
7th Subdivision
Pg.329 (658), #1238, Andrew J. DUNCAN 24 VA farmer
                  Mary A. 24 VA
                  Wm. M. 2, Nancy E. 1/12 TN
                  (MAD: from Washington Co. VA)

1860 Claiborne Co. TN Census
2nd District
Pg.258 (22), #141, James A. DUNCAN 30 TN laborer $0-$50
                  Margaret 29 VA
                  Samuel 7, Benjamin 5 VA
                  James 3 VA
                  Louisa 2 TN
                  (MAD: 1850 Lee Co. VA census, mar. Margaret Rollins 1852)
3rd District
Pg.267 (40), #362, Andy J. DUNCAN 34 TN mechanic $0-$295
                  Mary A. 34 TN
                  Wm. M. 12, Nancy E. 10 TN
                  Arminta 5, Buford F. 2 TN

1870 Claiborne Co. TN Census (pg.286 from Billie Wilburn Duncan 5/2000)
3rd Civil District, P.O. Pleasant
Pg.219, #49-48, DUNKEN, James 39 TN farmer $0-$225
                  Margaret 40 VA keeping house
                  Sampson T. 17 VA works on farm
                  Benj. F. 16 VA works on farm
                  James J. 14 VA works on farm
                  Louisa (f) 12, Elizabeth 10 TN
                  Wiley W. (m) 4 TN
9th Civil District, 9 July 1870, P.O. Tazewell
Pg.286, #102-85, DUNCAN, A.J. 45 W M VA Farmer $425-$340
                  Mary A. 45 W F VA Keeping House
                  Aremittia 14 W F TN
                  Burford F. 11 W M TN Working On Farm
                  John M. 9 W M TN
                  Rhoda E. 6 W F TN
                  Martha 3 W F TN
                  CARROLL, B.F. 17 W M TN
Pg.286, #104-87, DUNCAN, Wm. 22 W M TN Farmer
                  Sarah J. 18 W F TN Keeping House, Can't Read Or Write
                  James W. 1 W M TN
District 9, P.O. Tazewell, TN
Pg.288, #132-113, BEWFORD, J.W. (m) 60 VA (white) farmer $1000-$350
                  Mary 68 VA keeping house
                  DUNCAN, Jane 14 TN (white) domestic servant
Town of Tazewell
Pg.303, #117-117, DINKINS, Judith 46 VA (white) seamstress $0-$0
                  George 21 TN at home
                  AILES, Samuel 25 TN (white) works on farm
                  Jane 23 TN house keeping
District 11, P.O. Tazewell, TN
Pg.318, #64-55, DINKINS, John 35 VA (white) farmer $225-$120
                  Dorcas 28 VA keeping house
                  James P. 5, Martha E. 3 TN


Claiborne Co. TN Marriages, Vol.2, 1838-1850 (FHL film 24,619 item 3)
      #16: Marriage license isd. to Andrew J. Dunkin (?) and Mary Venable June 26, 1847. L.L. Harrell, J.P. celebrated the rights of Matrimony May 27 (?) 1847.

Claiborne Co. TN Marriages (from Mary Sutton 7/1984)
      William M. Duncan to Sarah J. Simmons, Aug. 4, 1867
      Nancy Duncan to Thomas J. Wallace, 2/10/1869
      B.F. Duncan to Harriet McMathis, 12/24/1874
      Samson T. Duncan to Synenes J. Gilbert, 10/18/1874
      A.J. Duncan to Emily M. Carroll, 11/6/1874
      W.H. Duncan to Rebecca J. Ferguson, 3/29/1876


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)
      Mary H. Dunkin, 10834, 50a, 4/4/1825, Claiborne, 10-118, East

East TN Land Grants (FHL film 1,012,801)
      10-118: 4 April 1825, Grant #10834 to Mary A. Dankin (not Duncan), Claiborne Co., Entry #58 on 25 June 1824, 50 acres on waters of Blairs Creek on Henry County branch, G. Wrights corner, surveyed 22 July 1824.

Claiborne Co. TN Deed Index to 1860 (FHL film 898,403)
      A-250, Jesse Duncan and John Mires to John James, 1805
      A-228, Jesse Duncan and John Mires from Stokley Donelson, 1804
      B-24, Jesse and L. Duncan to Robert James, 1809
      M-255, Jeremiah Duncan from John Crutchfield, 1831
      P-311, J. Duncan to Joseph Lynch, 1837
      U-583, A.J. Duncan from Chas. McVay, 1851
      V-25, A.J. Duncan to W.G. Payne, trust deed, 1851
      No other grantors or grantees

Claiborne Co. TN Deeds
      A-269: 1 Feb. 1804, from Stockely Donelson and John Adair his attorney of Knox Co. TN to Jesse Duncan and John Mires of Claiborne Co. TN, $20, 44 acres in the county, part of original grant to Stokely Donelson and James King #641 recorded in Hawkins County Deed Book I, page 296. Wit. John Mullens, John Cassey. (FHL film 898,404)
      A-297: 25 Aug. 1805, Jesse Duncan and John Mires of Claiborne Co. TN to John James of same, $150, above 44 acres. Wit. James Carson, Laurence Duncan. Proven in court 7 March 1806 by oath of Larrance Duncain. (FHL film 898,404)
      B-24, 27 Feb. 1809, Larrance (X) Dunkin and Jesse (X) Dunkin of Claiborne Co. TN to James Roberts of same, $250, 100 acres, beg. Aaron Sharp's line, part of orig. grant to Stokley Donelson and James King #641. Wit. Richd. Hudson, Aaron Sharp. Rec. Feb. 1810 on oath of wit. (FHL film 898,404)
      M-255: 19 Sept. 1831, John Critchfield of Claborne Co. TN to Jeremiah Duncan of Whitley Co. KY, $300, 100 acres where said Critchfield lives, on Powels River, Lot A of Henderson grant and 50 acres of Baddy's tract (similar) and 100 acres joining first, and 50 acres, four tracts total 300 acres. Wit. Walter Evans, Alfred Critchfield. (FHL film 898,407)
      P-311: 31 Oct. 1837, Jeremiah (X) Dunkin of Claiborne Co. TN to Joseph Lynch of same, $300, above land. Wit. Wm. Houston, Wm. Kirkpatrick. Rec. 2 Nov. 1837 on oaths of wit. (FHL film 898,408)
      U-583: 19 May 1851, Charley (+) McDay to Andrew J. Duncan, both Claiborne Co., $262.50, 50 acres on Powels River on Slate Creek, John McNews corner. Wit. Jos. B. England, Saml. A. Hamblet. (FHL film 898,409)
      V-25: 18 Aug. 1851, Andrew J. Duncan to William G. Payne, above land, in trust; Duncan owes Buford Venable a note of this date for $56.75. (FHL film 898,409)


Claiborne Co. TN Court Records
      Minute Docket, 1818-1819 (FHL film 24,619 Part 1)
            No Duncan
      Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions 1819-1821 (FHL film 24,619 Part 2)
            No Duncan
      Court Record Minutes 1819-1822 (FHL film 898,397)
            Not indexed


Claiborne Co. TN Will Book A, 1837-1846 (FHL film 24,619, part 4)
      No Duncan


Claiborne Co. TN Cemetery (from Mary Sutton 7/1984)
   Behind Clanceys Restaurant on hill, New Tazewell, TN
      Mary B. Duncan, 6/1/1910 (only one date)
      Tom E. Duncan, 6/1/1906, d. 8/4/1976
      Isham G. Leabow, 1862-1937
      Rachel Rogers, wife of Isham G. Leabow, 1861-1896
      Infant son of I.G. & Rachel Rogers Leabow, Aug. 12, 1886
      Cora E. Franciso, wife of Isham G., 1877-1970
      (MBS: these are supposed to be kin to Blount Co. Lebow's)

HISTORIES before 1923

1919 "Sketches of TN Pioneer Baptist Preachers" by J.J. Burnett (TN Gen. Society Library, from Evelyn Sigler 1985 and 1986)
      Pg.318: Tidence Lane, first minister to preach regularly to a TN congregation. Son of Richard and Sarah Lane, was born in MD near Baltimore, August 31, 1724. He was a grandson of Dutton Lane and Pretitia Tidings, and a great-grandson of Major Samuel Lane, an officer in the King's service in the Province of Maryland, in 1680. He was an older brother of Dutton Lane, a pioneer preacher in VA. He was the father of Lt. Isaac Lane, who, under Col. Sevier, performed patriotic service at the battle of King's Mountain. Isaac Lane in 1802 gave the land on which was built the meeting house of the first Baptist church organized in Claiborne Co. TN, the church at Big Spring (now Springdale).
      Tidence Lane parents moved to VA and thence to NC where Tidence grew to manhood, and where he married Esther Bibbin (or Bibber) May 9, 1743. Converted by Shubael Stearns. Served as pastor at Buffalo Ridge, Washington Co. TN, 1779. After 4 or 5 years in the "Holston country" Tidence Lane moved into what in now Hamblen [Grainger] Co. Tidence d. Jan 30, 1806.

1899 "The Ministerial Directory of the Baptist Churches" by George W. Lasher, D.D.; pub. by Ministerial Directory Co., Oxford, OH (copy of pgs.225-226 from Margo Thiel 1/1986)
      (MAD: Name, city & State; Place of birth; Place and date licensed and ordained; Preached; other abbreviations: Preached; Studied; Church; Institute; College)
      DUNCAN, W.M., Minkton [Claiborne Co.], TN - Born TN; Ord. July 21, 1894, Meyers Grove Ch., TN; P. Meyers Grove TN 1895; In the old Bap. Ch. 20 yrs; P. several Chs., in same; joined Regular Baptists 1894.
      DUNCAN, James A., Capps Ford [Claiborne Co.], TN - Born Johnson Co. TN; Lic. 1876, Gap Creek Ch. TN; Ord. 1877 Shady Grove Ch. TN; Preached New Salem 1880; Rock Creek 1880-85; New Zion 1884-86; Fairview, TN 1889-; Ev. work.


Rutherford Co. TN Deed Book Z, pg.374 (FHL film 377,689; SLC 12/10/2013; typed extract from Barbara Blankenship 7/1991 as Book A, pg.374)
      Z-374: No.545. Joseph C. & Elizabeth Large to Charles Dement. Claiborne Co. TN. This agreement this day entered into between Joseph C. Large and his wife Elizabeth Large of afsd and Charles Dement of Rutherford Co. in said state, that said Elizabeth Large wife of the said Joseph C. Large, is the legitimate daughter of Abner Duncan and Rachel Dunkin, the said Rachel Duncan the mother of said Elizabeth Large having been a daughter of Joshua Ward, brother to the late William Ward of Rutherford Co. TN and the said Rachel Duncan, the mother of said Elizabeth Large being the same person mentioned and called in the will of the late William Ward as one of three daughters of Joshua Ward a brother of the testator, and the said Rachel being now dead, it is supposed by said Charles Dement that the said Joseph C. Large and his wife Elizabeth hath some interest in the estate of said testator William Ward arising and accrue by the will of said William Ward and by the death of said Rachel Dunkin. And the said Charles Dement being anxious and desirous to purchase such interest as the said Joseph C. Large and Elizabeth Large now have in all the estate both real and personal which was of the late William Ward decd. of Rutherford Co. TN, now be it known ... that we the said Joseph C. Large and Elizabeth Large for $200 paid by said Charles Dement, hereby release and quit claim to said Charles Dement and his heirs all the interest ... that we now have to the estate real or personal of which the said William Ward died seized and possessed and which is mentioned in his last will and testament, hereby empowering the said Charles Dement .. to ask, demand, etc. all such portion of the estate ... wheresoever the same may be found. 14 June 1842. /s/ J.C. Large, Elizabeth Large. Wit. Gray Garrett, Wm. Marcum. They ack. document 14 June 1842 before Wiley Huffaker, Clerk of Claiborne Co. TN County Court. Registered June 27, 1842. Issd. to Charles Dement July 4, 1842. (FHL film 377,689; SLC 12/10/2013) (MAD: see Abner Duncan of Washington Co. VA; see Rutherford Co. TN for comments by Barbara Blankenship)


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