Duncans in Lawrence Co. TN


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

Last revised July 25, 2013

Formed 1817 from Hickman, Maury
Lewis formed 1843 from Hickman, Maury, Wayne, Lawrence


1820 Lawrence Co. TN Census
Pg.  3  James Duncan          210010    - 32010
     4  Sally Duncan          130000    - 40110
    13  Melsher Duncan        300010    - 31010

1830 Lawrence Co. TN Census
Pg.291  John Duncan           1201,21   - 0100,1
          (MAD: 1820 Hickman Co. TN; brother of William S. below)
   293  William S. Duncan     3001,32   - 0100,1

1840 Lawrence Co. TN Census
Pg.120  William Duncan        1300,01   - 0150,02
   126  William S. Duncan     1220,01   - 0001
   134  Bell L. Duncan        1212,101  - 1110,1
   138  David L. Duncan       0100,1    - 1000,1
          (MAD: mar. 10/5/1830 Elizabeth Sharp)

1850 Lawrence Co. TN Census (and from Roy Hall 2/1989)
Page numbers without parens are stamped page numbers, within parens are handwritten numbers
District 2
Pg.319 (638), #419, John GREEN 37 GA farmer $0
                  Winny 37 TN
                  Anna 18, John 16 TN laborer
                  Susanna 14, Robert 12, Patrick 10 TN
                  Martha J. 7, Wm. T. 9/12 TN
                  (MAD: was looking for John Green mar. Martha Duncan 8/11/1840 Marshall Co. TN; see 1850 and 1860 Marshall Co. TN census)
District 8
Pg.322 (644), #460, Abraham HELTON 29 TN farmer $200
                  Amanda 27 TN
                  Eliza E. 4 TN
                  George W. DUNCAN 12 TN
                  (MAD: Abraham Helton mar. Mary A. Duncan 12/26/1842 or 1843; see the [Abraham] Helton Bible Record, on pgs.1-2 of "TN, Records of Lawrence Co.; Bible, Family and Tombstone Records" by WPA, 1938, on FHL film 24,528 item 3)
Pg.324 (647), #483, Wm. S. DUNCAN 50 SC iron manufacturer $0
                  Elnor 35 NC
                  Jas. M. 8, Nancy E. 6 TN
                  Araminta 3 TN
                  Willy WILLIAMS 60 NC
                  (MAD: mar. 12/21/1841 to Eleanor Williams; son of David)
Pg.324 (647), #486, Wm. F. DUNCAN 22 TN iron manufacturer $0
                  N.C. (f) 21 TN (mar/in/year)
                  (MAD: William Franklin Duncan mar. Carolyn McAnnelly (W.F. Duncan to N.C. McAnally) 12/27/1849; 1860 Marion Co. TX census; buried Marion Co. TX)
Pg.324 (647), #489, John A. HAGEN 38 KY iron manufacturer $10,000
                  & family & other laborers, including
                  D.C. DUNCAN (m) 18 TN laborer
                  (MAD: David in 1860 Wayne Co. TN census, D.C. in 1880 Hardin Co. TN census)
District 6
Pg.332 (663), #592, Charles McLEAN 46 KY farmer $3000
                  Mary S. 41 UNK
                  Samuel D. 20 (student), Robert J. 18 TN
                  Sarah J. 16, Wm. 10, Ann E.C. 5 TN
                  Charles 3, Ephreim 1 TN
                  (MAD: Charles McLean mar. Mary S. Duncan 8/4/1824; she the dau. of Melcher Jerome Duncan who went to Pike Co. MO by 1830)
District 11
Pg.357 (713), #940, Wm. DUNCAN 46 TN gunsmith $0
                  Elizabeth 40 TN
                  Lewis 19, John 15 TN laborers
                  Thos. 9, Joseph 7 TN
                  N.S.B. (m) 1 TN
                  (MAD: mar. Elizabeth Kelly per query by Mrs. Donald K. Duncan)
District 7
Pg.366 (731), #116, John DUNCAN 50 SC iron maker $0
                  Parissa W. 43 NC
                  Nancy C. McANALLY 21, Lucinda E. 19 TN
                  Wm. S. DUNCAN 20 TN laborer
                  Martha McANALLY 17, Elmira 15 TN
                  Nancy E. DUNCAN 15 TN
                  Margaret McANALLY 12 TN
                  Theophilus DUNCAN 12, Josephine J. 8 TN
                  Jas. W. 6, Frances A. (f) 3 TN
                  (MAD: John mar. 1st Nancy Myatt bef. 1820; his father was David of Hickman Co. TN; his son Wm. S. in Hardin Co. TN 1860 census; to ?? Hardin Co. TN w/2nd wife 1860; Theophilus in 1860 Marion Co. TX census)
District 11
Pg.381 (762), #337, David S. DUNCAN 27 TN teacher $0
                  Elizabeth 25 TN
                  Jas. M. 5, Martha A. 1 TN
                  Elizabeth 11 TN
                  (MAD: D.S. Duncan mar. Elizabeth Miatt 5/5/1844; widow & family in 1860 Dickson Co. TN census)

1860 Lawrence Co. TN Census
5th District
Pg.423, #318-234, Mary A. DUNCAN 37 TN housework $0-$50
                  Sarah M. 16, James 15 AL
                  Nancy J. 14 AL
                  Susan E. G. 12, Reed (m) 5 MS
                  (MAD: Mary A. (McAnnally), wife of John Wiley Duncan, mar. 1/26/1843)
7th District
Pg.439, #1210-929, Wm. S. DUNCAN 60 SC farmer $0-$200
                  Elen 45 NC
                  Nancy E. 14, Araminta 12 TN
                  Isabella 9, Adaline 6 TN
                  Robert A. 2 TN
                  (MAD: ? Ellen Duncan and children in 1870 Giles Co. TN census)
6th District
Pg.433, #1414-1098, Arthur CREWS 61 NC farmer $1500-$600
                  Levicia 59 NC
                  James 20, Zachariah 17 TN
                  Jonathan 14 TN
                  Mary A. BUNDNOUT? 27 TN
                  Arthur C. 7 TN
                  Louisa DUNCAN 24 TN

1870 Lawrence Co. TN Census
6th Civil District, P.O. Lawrenceburg
Pg.44, #18-18, DUNCAN, George W. 32 TX farmer $0-$0
                  Louisa 34 TN
                  Matilda J. 8 TN
                  Eliga L. (m) 2 TN
8th Civil Dist., P.O. Lawrenceburg
Pg.63-4, #123-129, DUNKON, Elizabeth 37 AL keeping house $0-$200
                  Nancy J. 21 AL works in cotton mill
                  James J. 16 AL works in cotton mill
                  Mary E. 14 AL works in cotton mill
                  (MAD: family of James Duncan, 1860 Lauderdale Co. AL census)


Lawrence Co. TN Wills 1829-1847 (FHL film 976,274)
      No Duncan wills
      Pg.296: Oct., 1843, John Duncan guardian for Mary Ann, Merella, Lucinda, Martha, Elmira and Margaret McAnnally. Report of 1841, 1842. Estate of Martin McAnnally; settlement included payment by D.L. Duncan; Wm. Burris exec. (pg.328) Report of 1843. (pg.359) Report of 1844. (pg.360, nothing found)


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)
      J.W. Duncan, 20022 (20002?), 100a, 7/11/1849, Lawrence, 4-802, Middle TN Occupant Claim
      J.W. & Wm. Duncan, 20001, 193a, 7/11/1849, Lawrence, 4-801, West TN Occupant Claim
      John & W.S. Duncan & John G. McDonald & George Ford, 27014, 10a, 12/19/ 1838, Lawrence, FF-443, General
      Milcher Duncan, 22564, 80a, 10/15/1824, Lawrence, 4-672, General
      Melcher Duncan, 25315, 25a, 3/16/1827, Lawrence, CC-544, General
      William Duncan, 20001, 193a, 7/11/1849, Lawrence, 4-801, Middle TN Occupant Grant
      William S. Duncan, 19776, 199a, 5/10/1849, Lawrence, 4-568, Middle TN Occupant Grant
      William Duncan et al, 20002, 100a, 7/11/1849, Lawrence, 4-802, Middle TN Occupant Grant

Land Grant from the State of Tennessee, #22564, Book Y page 672, FHL film No.1012963, image in file (text and image from Sharon Koleber 8/16/2009):
      "By virtue of part of Certificate No.5569 dated the 21st day of May 1824 issued by the Register of West Tennessee to John Cobb for 600 acres and entered on the 27th day of May 1824 as an ocupant [sic] claim under the act of 1823 No.1330,
      There is granted by the said State of Tennessee to Milcher [sic] Duncan assignee of the said John Cobb a certain tract or parcel of land containing Eighty acres by survey bearing date the 10th of June 1824 lying in the Seventh District in Lawrence County waters of Shoal Creek, Range four and Section four And bounded as follows to wit: Beginning at a black and red oak on the east side of the Military road and nine poles South of the north east corner of entry No.469 in the name of A & J McDonald from thence east one hundred and ten poles to a white oak, thence south one hundred and sixteen poles to a post oak & black oak, thence west one hundred and ten poles to two black Jacks on said McDonalds east boundary, thence north one hundred and sixteen and three fourth poles with McDonalds east boundary to the Beginning. Dated 15 October 1824.

State of Tennessee Land Grant No.25315 to Melcher Duncan, Book CC page 544, FHL film No. 2023967, image in file (text and image from Sharon Koleber 8/16/2009):
      Know ye that by virtue of certificate No.920 dated the 1st day of March 1826 signed by the Commissioner for west Tennessee to the assignee of the Register of the Western District for 25 acres and entered on the 2nd day of May 1826 as an occupant claim under the act of 1825 by No.1733.
      There is granted by the State of Tennessee to Melcher Duncan assignee of the said Register a certain tract or parcel of land, containing Twenty five acres by survey, bearing date the 7th day of November 1826, lying in the Seventh District in Lawrence County in Range four Section four bounded as follows to wit: Beginning at a black oak the north east corner of entry No.469 Thence west sixty poles to a post oak. Thence south twenty six poles with the west boundary of said entry to the north east corner of Jno A. Hart's entry, a post oak. Thence west with the north boundary of the same twenty & a half poles to a post oak & black oak. Thence north seventy & three fourth poles to a post oak & black oak. Thence east 80 poles to a post oak on the west boundary of an entry made by McDonald. Thence south forty four & 3/4 poles with the same to the beginning. Dated 16 Mar 1827.

Lawrence Co. TN Deed Index (FHL film 976,277; SLC 5/6/2013)
      C-18: Duncan, Melcher to William & Francis Wisdom, deed
      C-94/95: Duncan, Melcher to ... (slaves)
      E-59/60: Duncan, John & William L. deed to Thomas Bell
      E-60/61: Duncan, John & William L. deed to Thomas Bell
      E-62/63: Duncan, John & William L. deed to Thomas Bell
      E-143/145: Duncan, John & W.S. to William McKnight, Deed of trust
      F-120/121: Duncan, John & others, trustees, deed to Noah Parker
      I-438/439: Duncan, William S. to Wm. McKnight & others
      N-109/110: Duncan, A.J. & A. from R.G. Ramsey, transfer
      M-467/468: Duncan, J.W. & wife to C.H. Nicholson, deed
      M-468/469: Duncan, J.W. & McMacken, W.P. title bond to C.H. Nicholson

Lawrence Co. TN Deeds (SLC 5/6/2013)
   Deed records, v.A-E 1819-1836 (FHL film 976,278)
      C-18: 1 Oct. 1827, Melcher Duncan to William Wisdom and Francis Wisdom, all of Lawrence Co., TN, 2 tracts of land in 7th Surveyors District in Range 4 and Section 4 in state & county afsd, both granted to said Duncan by State of TN, one of 80 acres on east side of Military road, corner of Entry No.469 in name of H. & J. McDonald, containing 80 acres more or less, the other of 25 acres, beg. NE corner of Entry 469, to NE corner of John A. Wails Entry, west boundary of Entry made by McDonald, containing 25 acres more or less, the former by Grant No.22564, the latter by No.25315, for sum of $400 paid, together with advantages belonging, warrant title. /s/ Melcher Duncan. Wit. Thomas Blair, Daniel Lindsey. Ack. Oct. term 1827, recorded 18 Dec. 1827. (and copied SLC 9/3/1982) (FHL film 976,278)
      C-94/95: 22 July 1824, Melcher Duncan of Lawrence Co. TN for $260 paid, sell to Josephus Irvin of afsd a negro girl named Ginney aged about (blank) years of age, warrant title. /s/ Melcher Duncan, wit. A.P. Cunningham, W.W. Cherry. "The above erased by concent June the 27th 1828" /s/ W.W. Cherry. Proven by oath of W.W. Cherry in July term 1828 County Court, registered 23 July 1828. (FHL film 976,278)
      C-95/96: 20 Jan. 1827, Received of Joseph Irwin $150 in my own notes & store account for the year 1826 as compensation for a negro girl child about 2 years old by the name of Riller which I have this day sold and by these presents deliver the same to Josephus Irvin, warrant title. /s/ Melcher Duncan. Wit. W.W. Cherry. Proved July term 1828 of Lawrence Co. Court by W.W. Cherry, recorded 26 July 1828. (FHL film 976,278)
      E-59/60: (no date) John and William S. Duncan of Lawrence Co. TN to Thomas Bell of Lawrence Co. TN, for $187.68 paid, sell parcel of land in 7th Surveyor District in Lawrence Co. Range 4 & Section 4, beg. at the SE corner of Entry No.684 in the name of Henry Sharp for 160 acres, then with Sharpe's Entry ... to a stake in Shoal Creek, then to the beginning, containing 80 acres more or less, with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ John Duncan, William S. Duncan. Wit. John Harrison, Charles Hicks. They ack. deed 7 May 1834. (and copied SLC 9/3/1982) (FHL film 976,278)
      E-60/61: 7 May 1834, John and William S. Duncan of Lawrence Co. TN sell to Thomas Bell of afsd, a parcel of land containing 2 acres and 86 poles more or less on the waters of Cromsans fork, being part of the 160 acre tract granted to Sharp, beg. where the corner of said Duncan's iron works claim ?? with said Sharps line, then south with Duncan's claim to a stake near Cromson fork, ... for $40 paid, warrant title. /s/ John Duncan, William S. Duncan. Wit. John Harrison, Charles Hicks. Ack. 7 May 1834, registered 8 May 1834. (and copied SLC 9/3/1982) (FHL film 976,278)
      E-62/63: 7 May 1834, John & William S. Duncan of Lawrence Co. TN to Thomas Bell of afsd, for $187.68 paid, sell parcel of land in afsd between Big Shoal Creek and Cromson's fork in 7th Surveyors District & Range 4 Section 4, beg. on the north boundary line of a 63 acre survey granted by TN to George Lucus?, William Lucus, Willis Lucus & John W?. Harristhon? by Grant No.25986, which is west of the most east corner of said survey and 5 poles west of the bank of Big Shoal Creek, being a corner of a tract conveyed to M.H. Buchanan & G.F. Dimonton by said Lucases & Harriston on 12 Nov. 1831, then from said creek ... in south boundry line of said 63 acre tract, another corner of said Buchanan & Dimonton ... Shoal Creek, then ... east boundary of said Sharps 160 acre tract, then ... where it enters or crosses Cromsons fork, then ... to the beginning, containing 43 acres and 49 poles more or less, with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ John Duncan, William S. Duncan. Wit. John Harrison, Charles Hicks. Ack. April 7, 1834, Registered 9 May 1834. (and copied SLC 9/3/1982) (FHL film 976,278)
      E-143/145: 19 Aug. 1834, William S. Duncan and John Duncan appoint William McNight Jr. our trustee, that Pleasant Harris on 8 Feb. 1834 secured a judgement against John Duncan and Daniel H. Casey for $60.90 debt which was stayed by Thomas J. Mathews, said Judgt. before George Lorcesd? Esqr. and said execution is now in the hands of William W. Mathews a constable for said county and now under the management and control of William Davis and me the said John Duncan and William S. Duncan Willys? (wish?) to service the payment of the debt to said William Davis as agent for Pleasant Harris and also to secure Thomas J. Mathews who is the stay? to the said debt, now we make William McKnight Jr. our trustee to the intent that the said Wm. McKnight does proceed to sell a certain field of standing corn which is given safe by consent to sell after 10 days notice ... securing $30 out of the said crop of corn to be paid to William P. Dorman and the balance if any by McKnight to John or William S. Duncan, the field of standing corn is lying on a northwest direction from the courthouse and is the farm tended this year where John Duncan now lives and containing about 40 acres of land in cultivation which is the farm bought from Chas. McGee near to Lawrenceburg, which we have transferred to said William McKnight Jr. /s/ John Duncan, William S. Duncan. Wit. William W. Mathews, A.S. Alexander. Proved by oaths of wit., 19 Aug. 1834. Registered 20 Aug. 1834. (FHL film 976,278)
   Deed records, v.F-H 1836-1846 (FHL film 976,279)
      F-120/121: 25 April 1833, John Duncan, William S. Duncan, A.S. Alexander, William A. Edmiston, Miles S. Parks, Daniel Bintly and William McKnight Jr., trustees for the Jackson Academy for Lawrence Co. TN, and Noah Parker of afsd, for $42.09-1/2 paid, sell parcel of land in afsd, being part of the academy lot in said town, ... near Williams south corner of a 460 acre tract, then ... containing 2-3/4 acres more or less, with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ William McKnight Jr., Miles S. Parks, Wm. S. Edmonton, Daniel Bintly, A.S. Alexander, W.S. Duncan, John Duncan. They ack. deed 6 July 1833. Registered 7 March 1837. (FHL film 976,279)
   Deed records, v.I 1846-1849 (FHL film 976,280)
      I-438/439: 21 June 1849, William S. Duncan sold to William McKnight Jr., Willis S. Parks and Lovick P. Parks for $600 paid, a parcel of land in Range 4&5 and Sec.4 on the waters of Crawfish Creek entered in my name by Entry No.996 on 27 March 1849, beg. at NW corner of Entry No.1365 in name of William Horton for 25 acres, then to SW corner of Entry No.894 in name of William Mobley for 176 acres, on the eastern boundary of T.D. Deavenport land, then to corner of Entry 161 in name of Thomas D. Deavenport for 1690 acres, then to another of his corners, then ... occupant Entry No.5 in name of E. Thompson for 178-1/2 acres, then ... conditional line between said Duncan and John Hannes, then ... east boundary of the creek, then with conditional line between said Duncan and William Mobley, then to ... west boundary of Entry 398 for 50 acres in name of A. & J. McDonald, then ... NW corner of Entry No.1365 in name of William Horton, then to the beginning, containing by estimation 199 acres more or less, with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ William S. Duncan. Wit. C.J. Kerin?, J.B. Stribling. Ack. June 21, 1849. Presented for registration June 21, 1849. (FHL film 976,280)
   Deed records, v.M 1853-1857 (FHL film 976,283)
      M-467/468: 12 Nov. 1856, John W. Duncan and his wife Mary Ann Duncan to C.H. Nicholson, for $125, sell 1/6 part of lots No.52 and 53 in town of Lawrenceburg, each containing 2 acres, on Waterloo Street and NW corner of Lot No.54, then to an alley, then ..., 4 acres, with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ J.W. Duncan, Mary Ann (X) Duncan. Wit. R.H. Rose, T.C. Ramsey. Ack. 12 Nov. 1856. Reg. Nov. 12, 1856. (FHL film 976,283)
      M-468/469: 12 Nov. 1856, John W. Duncan and W.P. McMackin bond to C.H. Nicholson for $250, that C.H. Nicholson this day purchased of Margaret M. McMackin the wife of said Wm. P. McMackin 1/6 part of Lots No.52 & 53, each containing 2 acres, in the town of Lawrenceburg, and known as Lots No.52 & 53, for which 1/6 of said two lots and appurtenances and rents thereof, the said C.K. Nicholson has purchased for $125, which sum has been paid by C.K. Nicholson ... now if a deed should be made, said lien to be discharged. Now if John W. Duncan and Wm. P. McMackin cause Margaret M. McMacken or should she voluntarily make the deed in fee simple to said C.K. Nicholson to 1/6 of said two lots No.52 & 53, then this obligation is void, but should she fail or refuse to make it at her arrival at age 21, then this obligation to remain in full force. /s/ W.P. McMackin, J.W. Duncan. Wit. R.H. Rose, W.T. Neal. They ack. deed 12 Nov. 1856. Recorded Nov. 21, 1856. (FHL film 976,283)
   Deed records, v.N 1857-1860 (FHL film 976,284)
      N-109/110: R.G. Ramsey, indebted to A.J. Duncan & Co. on a note dated 15 April l857 due 8 months for $349.57, one note dated 18 Sept. 1857 due 6 months for $606.43, one note dated 30 Oct. 1857 due 6 months for $200.20, one note dated 15 April 1857 due 12 months for $349.58, ballance on account due 1 Nov. 1857 $23.25, now for the above, I transfer to said A.J. Duncan & Co. all my interest in the several tracts of land in Lawrence and Wayne, ... (more not copied) /s/ R.G. Ramsey, 21 Dec. 1857. Ack. 21 Dec. 1857, registered Dec. 21, 1857. (FHL film 976,284)


Wilson Co. TN Chancery Court Suit (from Sue Harris by email 4/2000; her extract)
      In Feb. 1867, according to a chancery court suit filed in Wilson Co. TN, Edwin M. Duncan, Jr. (mar. Elizabeth Kilger 20 March 1862, Wilson Co. TN), Martha Duncan (mar. James J. Lawrence 18 Jan. 1858, Wilson Co. TN), and Polk Etta Duncan (mar. Richard Frank Brown 11 March 1862, Wilson Co. TN) all lived in Lawrence Co. TN, and R.F. Brown went by the name Frank.


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, George W., widow Duncan, Louisa; F 6 Tenn. Cav., I H & R 2 Tenn. Mtd. Inf.; 1884 May 12, Invalid Appl. #513071, Cert. #629776, Tenn.; 1914 Jan. 3, Widow Appl. #1020031, Cert. #774395, Texas. (MAD: B 2 TN Mtd. Inf.= Wayne Co. TN; ? see Lawrence Co. TN; 1890 Hardin Co. TN pensioner)

HISTORIES before 1923

1886 "History of TN; Lawrence, Perry and Hickman Co." by Goodspeed (TN Gen. Society Library #2929 from Evelyn Sigler 10/1983 and Dale O. Duncan 8/1985)
      Lawrence Co.:
      The pioneers of Beeler Fork were John Beeler, M. Duncan, Robert Hayne, Josephus Irvine, Samuel Thomas and Thomas Paine, ca 1815. (pg.750)

"History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Tarrant and Parker Counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families" by Sam Houston; pub. Chicago : Lewis Pub. Co., 1895. -- 658 p. : ports. (LH12163, HeritageQuest images 5/2007; FHL fiche 6,330,406 to 6,330,412)
      Pg.426: J. BAXTER McLEAN, M.D., one of the leading physicians of Fort Worth, Texas, was born near Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, December 22, 1852, and is the son of Charles and Mary (Duncan) McLean. The father was born in Kentucky, in 1804, and at about the age of fourteen or fifteen emigrated to Tennessee, where he was engaged in farming. He was very prominent in the county of Lawrence, and for 42 years continuously, except during the civil war, was an office-holder, ... and one term in the Tennessee Legislature. His death occurred in Tennessee, in 1884. Mary Duncan, mother of our subject, was born in Tennessee, in 1809. She is still living, residing on the old homestead near Lawrenceburg, where she has lived for nearly seventy years. There were thirteen children born to the parents, eight of whom are still living. Dr. McLean was reared in Lawrence Co. TN ... he was married in 1887 to Miss Hattie McLean, of Marshall county, Tennessee, daughter of Harvey McLean, deceased. The issue of Dr. McLean and wife is one son, Charles Harry, aged four years. ... In 1879 to Tarrant Co. TX, in 1885 to Fort Worth, Texas.

1889 "Biographical Souvenier of State of TX" by F. Battey (FHL book 976.4 D3bs; also from Lucille Mehrkam, Lenox Baker, Evelyn Sigler; sketches alphabetical, good index)
      Part of Preface: "No pains have been spared to make the facts to be found within these covers accurate. With but few exceptions the material has been gathered from those most immediately interested and then submitted in type-written form for correction and revision."
      Pg.264-5: John W. Duncan, born Hickman Co. TN, March 11, 1825, son of John and Nancy (Myatt) Duncan, grandson of David Duncan, and great-grandson of William Duncan, of pure Scotch descent on both paternal and maternal sides. John Duncan, father of John W., was a machinist, a colonel in State militia of TN, and died in 1867 at age 74 years. His wife, Nancy (Myatt) Duncan, died 1840 at 40 years of age. John W. Duncan was reared and educated in TN, came to TX Dec. 1859, located first Marion Co., then in 1860 to Upshur Co., 3 years later to Anderson Co., 7 years later to Fannin Co. In 1863 enlisted in Conf. army, Co. H, 18th TX Inf., trans-MS department, and served as capt. of Co. H. two years. Blacksmith by trade, became farmer after war. Served as Justice of Peace in Lawrence Co. TN as well as constable. In 1885 appointed postmaster at Bonham, TX. Jan. 26, 1843, at early age of 18, (John W.) Duncan married Miss Mary A. McAnally, dau. of Dr. Martin McAnally; 5 children: Evaline, Minerva, Martin G., Wylie N., and Charles L. He a Mason. (MAD: married in Lawrence Co. TN)
      Pg.268-71: Hon. John M. Duncan, prominent attorney of TX, born TN Feb. 7, 1851. His father, Franklin Duncan, born 1828 in TN, an ironmaker, in war with Mexico, and some years after its close moved from TN to MO for a year, then to TX with a capitalist named Browder with whom he established first iron smelting works in TX about 18 miles from Jefferson; later established several foundries throughout eastern TX, died Aug. 1887. His wife was Caroline McAnnelly, born Giles Co. TN in 1830. (MAD: William Franklin married in Lawrence Co. TN) John M. Duncan is survivor of twins, the first children born to his parents, the other, a brother, dying in infancy. He was reared a brick mason, then studied law, when he began reading under Judge C. Stallcup in 1872 ... In 1877 Mr. Duncan was elected county attorney of Gregg Co., then elected State Senator from district comprised of Gregg, Upshur, Smith & Camp counties; in 1884 to Tyler, and elected judge of Smith Co. In 1876 Mr. Duncan married Miss Allie B., a dau. of Edwin R. Davis.

1880 "Biographical Encyclopedia of TX" (Houston, TX, library book 920B-1880; from Lucille Mehrkam 2/1984; also from Lenox Baker 5/1984)
      Pg.277: John M. Duncan of Longview, Gregg Co. was born Lawrenceburg, Lawrence Co. TN, 7 Feb. 1851, came Texas 1858 and located near Jefferson, Marion Co. TX. Learned the trade of brick mason under his father. Worked and went to school alternately. In 1871-72 studied law at Jefferson in office of John C. Stallcup, now of Denver, CO. Admitted to Bar 1872 and moved to Longview the following year. Elected county attorney of Gregg Co. 15 Feb. 1876 ....

"The Indian Wars and Pioneers of TX" by John Henry Brown, no date, ca 1890-1900 (Memphis Public Library book 920.07 B894; from Evelyn Sigler 9/1984)
      Pg.726: John M. Duncan, born Lawrence Co. TN on Feb. 7, 1851. Parents W.F. and M.C. Duncan who came to TX in 1858. W.F.'s wife came in 1859 to Marion Co. John M. was a lawyer, married Miss Allie Davis of Longview, TX, in 1876. She died at Tyler in July, 1886, no children. John M. m. 2nd 1890 Miss Eddie Louise House.

1912 "Reminiscences of the Boys in Grey 1861-1865" (Texas) by Mamie Yeary (FHL film 1,000,598 item 1; pages 202-204, in alphabetic order by surname)
      Forward: In offering to the public these "Confederate Reminiscences" my only apology is to place in permanent form, and in the very words of the participants, as far as practicable, the personal experiences of the "men behind the guns," the "boys in the line," ... Many interesting papers, too lengthy for the scope of this work, have been abridged to contain the most important parts. ... While editing the data so kindly sent me, I have entered fully into each skirmish, battle, march and campaign. ...
      Thos. J. Duncan, Austin [Austin Co.], TX; born near Laurenburg [Lawrenceburg?, Lawrence Co.], TN. Enlisted in the Confederate Army Jan. 16, 1862, at Milliken, [Brazos or Hopkins Co.] TX, as First Corporal in Co. H, 8th TX Infantry, Hawes' Brigade, Walker's Division, Trans-Mississippi Department; Tom Caruthers first Captain and O. Young first Colonel. I was transferred to the Ordnance Department, and was never engaged in battle, but I know all the hardships endured by the Confederate soldier.

1890/91 "History of Counties of Woodbury and Plymouth, IA, including an extended sketch of Sioux City" by A. Warner & Co. Pub. (from Charles L. Duncan 2/1995; see "William Duncan the Elder of Culpeper Co. VA" by Nancy Reba Roy)
      Pg.738: Josephus Duncan, retired, Le Mars, was born in Lawrence Co. TN, Jan. 14, 1820. His parents, Melcher and Sarah Duncan, were natives of Robertson Co. TN, and Russellville, [Logan Co.] KY, respectively. His paternal grandfather, John Duncan, came from Scotland, and his maternal grandfather, John Irvin, from London, England. In the fall of 1829 our subject removed with his parents to Pike Co. MO, where he was reared on a farm and where his parents died at the respective ages of 82 and 85 years. Of their 10 children, Josephus is the 7th child. When 17 years of age, he began learning the blacksmith trade. In 1845 he went to Grant Co. WI and mined lead for 4 years. He then bought a farm, and besides tilling it worked at building. In Oct. 1861 he enlisted in Bissell's regiment of engineers, later known as the Western MO engineers; he served 18 months in the blacksmith detail and was discharged on account of injuries received in being thrown from a railroad train. He came to Le Mars [Plymouth Co.] in 1877, and after farming one year, bought a hotel, which he conducted 8 years as the Duncan house. He is a member of the Free-Will baptist church and G.A.R. and has always been a republican. In Sept. 1850 he married Hannah J., dau. of Andrew Hogle, a native of NY. They have 3 living children, viz, William James, John Colby and Melcher Jerome. George Alma, the second, died in Nov. 1881 aged 28 years.


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