Duncans in Lauderdale Co. TN


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

Last revised September 24, 2013

Formed 1835 from Dyer, Tipton


1840 Lauderdale Co. TN Census
      No Duncan indexed

1850 Lauderdale Co. TN Census
Page number without parens is stamped page number, within parens is handwritten number
District 5
Pg.287 (573), #536, Wm. HENLY 32 TN farmer $0
                  Waco (m) 65 VA farmer $1500
                  John B. DUNCAN 55 VA (blank) $0
                  (MAD: from Amherst Co. VA; 1860 Montgomery Co. TN census; son of John Duncan & Jane Hall)

1860 Lauderdale Co. TN Census
8th District
Pg.378 (94), #642, John R. DUNCAN 35 TN farmer $1400-$617
                  Mary J. 28 NC
                  William 6, James A. 3 TN
                  Mary E. 5/12 TN

1870 Lauderdale Co. TN Census
District 7, P.O. Ripley
Pg.611, #252-252, DUNCAN, James 32 AL (white) farm laborer $0-$0
                  Francis (f) 25 MS keeping house
                  Francis (f) 2 TN
District 8, P.O. Ripley
Pg.623, #150-150, DUNCAN, John 47 TN (white) farmer $1200-$1000
                  Jane 38 NC keeping house
                  William 16, James 12, Mary 10 TN farm lab.
                  Margeret 7 TN attending school
                  Jane 5, Susan 2 TN
District 9, P.O. Ripley
Pg.633, #7-7, DUNCAN, Jaames (sic) 23 TN (white) farmer $0-$300
                  Malinda 31 KY keeping house
                  Joseph 8 IL farm lab.
                  Robert 6 IL
                  Edward 4 MO
                  John 2 TN
                  PEARSON, Jacob 15 TN BLACK farm laborer
                  ALSBROOK, B. (m) 14 TN BLACK farm laborer


Lauderdale Co. TN Wills
      Book A, 1837-1844 - no Duncan (FHL film 1,008,571)
      Book B, 1850-1855 - no Duncan
      Book C, 1855-1860 - no Duncan
      Book D, 1860-1868 - no Duncan
      Book E, 1867-1885 - no Duncan (FHL film 1,008,572)
      Book F, 1885-1904 - no Duncan

Lauderdale Co. TN Deed Index 1836-1875 (FHL film 1,008,573)
      No Duncan

HISTORIES before 1923

1887 "History of Tennessee; West Tennessee" by Goodspeed Pub. Co. (FHL book 976.8 H2h 1887)
      Pg.805: Lauderdale Co. The first merchants were Campbell and Harrolson, in 1838. Then followed Patton and Taylor, a Jackson firm, and John Duncan.

1887/8 "History of West TN" by Goodspeed ("History of Lauderdale, Tipton, Haywood and Crockett Cos." from Evelyn Sigler 11/1983; FHL film 899,867)
      Pg.854, Lauderdale Co.: J.W. Duncan, an extensive merchant and cotton planter of Golddust, Lauderdale Co., was born Jan. 26, 1848, at Rising Sun, [Ohio Co.] IN, and was the oldest of 7 children born to Wilson N. and Frances E. Duncan. The father was a native of VA, and died in 1881 at Golddust. The mother was a native of Indiana and died in 1870. The father was a steamboatman, and our subject was engaged in the same business when 15 years of age, at Cincinnati, [Hamilton Co.] OH, until 1876, when he commenced merchandising at Ashport and Golddust, and has since continued. During the war he was on steamboats employed by the Government to transport goods from the war department. July 11, 1877, he married Amelia B. Volkmar, the daughter of Frederick and Mary Volkmar, of Memphis, TN, and they have had 3 children: Berdie May, born Aug. 1878; Willie, born Oct. 1882; and Fannie, born Sept. 18, 1886. ....

1880 "Sketches of TN Baptist Ministers" by Boren (Memphis Public Library book 922.6 B73; from Evelyn Sigler 10/1984)
      Pg.233: Elder John B. Duncan born in Amherst Co. VA Oct. 5, 1796, baptized by William Davis in the James River June, 1815, ordained 1821, Presbytery: Wm. Duncan, Fleming Duncan, V.M. Mason, John Davis. He was a representative in the VA Legislature 1828-9; practiced law for 17 years; served as pastor at Grace, Society Hill, Hermon, Paris, Clarksville. He married Nov. 12, 1819, Mildred Coleman. He died 20 Aug. 1879 at the home of his nephew, Capt. O.R. Henley near Ripley (Lauderdale Co. TN) at age 83. He was preacher of the gospel for 63 years. At one time a citizen of MO, he accompanied Doniphans' expedition to Santa Fe, returning through Mexico. His body is laid to rest in the family burying ground of Mrs. Ann Conner near the remains of his much loved co-worker, The Rev. C.C. Conner, D.D. Ripley, TN.


Hardeman Co. TN Deed (FHL film 989,344)
      Y-297: 14 Feb. 1873, J.R. Duncan and wife M.J., S.H. Duncan and wife M.J., J.H. Duncan and wife R.E., W.T. Duncan and wife P.C., and N.J. Duncan and M.E. Duncan, to John Hazlegrove, $2500, two tracts of land, 200 acres, one of 140 acres in 10th Dist. in Hardeman Co., R.2, Sec.3, granted by TN to James Duncan 7 May 1829, and corner to Entry #975? for 440 acres in name of heirs of Hugh Curran; the other of 60 acres in R.2, Sec. 3, 10th Dist., corner Entry 1827 for 150 acres in name of William Ramsey. R.E. Duncan, wife of James H. Duncan, appeared in Hardeman Co. TN 14 Feb. 1873; Mrs. M.J. Duncan wife of J.R. Duncan appeared in Lauderdale Co. TN 3 June 1873; M.J. Duncan, wife of S.H. Duncan, and P.C. Duncan wife of W.T. Duncan appeared in Hardeman Co. TN 12 June 1873; Samuel Tozer? and A.J. Gregory witnesses testified to handwriting of M.E. and N.J. Duncan.


Duncan Obituary Notices (from William Ralph Phillips 1/1991; see Hardeman, Lauderdale & Blount Cos. TN; names and dates of newspapers not given; annotated by Ralph)
            John R. Duncan
      John R. Duncan died at his home Curve Tennessee Wednesday July 12th, 1899. Age 74 years. Mr. Duncan was born in East Tennessee. When a child he was brought to Hardeman County by his father, the late James Duncan.
      John Duncan lived here until 1855 when he moved to Lauderdale County. He was twice married; his first was Mary Jane Bently of Haywood County, by whom he had five children. She died in 1875. His second marriage was a lady of Lauderdale County (Midgett) who with the children of his first wife survived. Mr. Duncan was an honorable Christian gentleman for years a consistent member of the Baptist Church. He was a half brother of the Mr. William Duncan Sr. of Bolivar Tennessee.

            William M. Duncan
      William Duncan Dies After Long Illness. As a Boy He Heard Forrest's Force Raiding Fort.
      William Duncan, whose "Thrill of a Lifetime" came when, as a boy, he heard Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest's forces blasting the Yankees at Fort Pillow in Lauderdale County, died at 9 o'clock yesterday morning following an illness of six years. He was 86 and lived at 58 Bodley, Memphis [Shelby Co.], Tenn. Born in Hardeman County, Tenn. near Bolivar, Mr. Duncan came to Memphis 35 years ago from Ripley, Tenn. where he served as turnkey at the Lauderdale County Jail under Sheriff Joe Crocket. Previously he had served as city marshal at Halls, Tenn. and had farmed several years at Nankipoo, Lauderdale County. During the Civil War Mr. Duncan's father bought a farm near Fort Pillow, and when General Forrest raided the Fort in 1863, young Duncan received the biggest thrill of his life when the cannon began to roar, he frequently told his children. Another Civil War thrill came when Mr. Duncan and his father eluded Yankee pursuers while enroute home from Brownsville with money obtained from the sale of cotton. Mr. Duncan came to Memphis in 1905 as an employee of a timber company. He later worked as a night watchman for the Peabody Hotel and the Memphis Furniture Company. A stroke of paralysis forced him to retire about 12 years ago. He had been confined to his bed for the past six years. Mr. Duncan was a member of the Baptist Church. He leaves three daughters, Mrs. J.M. Cox, Mrs. Dora Phillips, and Mrs. John Hall, all of Memphis.
      Services, conducted by the Rev. D.D. Satterwhite, will be at the National Funeral Home Memphis, at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning. Burial will be in Forrest Hill Cemetery.

            William Duncan
      Services for William Duncan, former turnkey at Lauderdale County Jail, were held at 10:A.M. at National Funeral Home. Rev. D.D. Satterwhite officiated. Burial was in Forest Hill Cemetery. Mr. Duncan died Saturday after a long illness. He was 86. First stricken 12 years ago, he became seriously ill six years ago.
      He was born in Hardeman County, near Bolivar Tennessee, and farmed for several years at Nankipoo, Lauderdale County. He remembered many events of the Civil War. He served as turnkey at Lauderdale County jail a short time and was city marshal at Halls, Tenn. at one time. He came to Memphis [Shelby Co. TN] in 1905 and worked for a lumber company. He was later night watchman for the old Peabody Hotel and later the Memphis Furniture Company. He was a Baptist and resided at 58 Bodley Ave.
      He leaves three daughters, Mrs. J.M. Cox, Mrs. Dora Phillips, and Mrs. John Hall, Memphis, six grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

            Allena Duncan
      Miss Allena Duncan, the 12 year old daughter of Mr. W.M. Duncan, died at the home of Mr. W.F. Cones, in this city Tuesday afternoon about six o'clock, after an illness of six weeks of Typhoid fever. Allena was a bright child and her death at this early age is indeed sad to her many friends.
      Her remains were laid to rest in Enon Cemetery, Wednesday afternoon. We extend symmpathy to the Bervement (sic) father and other relatives and friends.

            Roberta Childress; Daughter of Lula Catherine Duncan Childress
      Funeral services for Miss Roberta Childress, 18, daughter of Mrs. James Hall, 58 Bodley Avenue, who died at the family residence yesterday morning at 4[30 o'clock, will be held from the home this afternoon at 3: o'clock. The Rev. W.L. Norris will conduct the rites and interment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Memphis [Shelby Co.], Tennessee.
      Miss Childress is survived by her mother, one sister, Catherine Hall and two brothers, L.V. Childress and J.W. Hall, all of this city. September 28th, 1924.


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