Duncan research files of
THOMAS DUNCAN, Rev. Pension Application W-1577 (FHL film 970,864; from National Archives)
Applied 19 Sept. 1832 in Monroe Co. TN, age 68 lacking 1-2 months, where he had lived a little over a year. Born 1765 Pittsylvania Co. VA; volunteered 1781 age 17, under Capt. Wm. Dix for 3 months; witness Rev. John Selvidge of Roane Co. TN; and Charles Price, age 60, of Monroe Co. TN who knew Thomas in Caswell Co. NC and knew Wm. Dix. After war, at age 21 to Caswell Co. NC, 1803 (30 years bef. 3 June 1833) to Anderson Co. TN, then about 22 years ago to Roane Co. TN, then to Monroe Co. TN ca 1832.
Declaration of Rhoda Duncan on 5 May 1849, age 78, in Monroe Co. TN; m. 23 July 1786 to Thomas Duncan in Pittsylvania Co. VA; statement by Beryman Duncan 5 May 1849 in Monroe Co. TN; Thomas d. 28 Dec. 1845 in Monroe Co.; declaration of Rhoda 8 March 1850, m. by Rev. Roberts, record of birth of first and only child Berriman Duncan, b. 24 Oct. 1787, made by her father George Whitten in a hymn book, Berriman's wife's age below it (illeg.); statement by Rhoda 24 Aug. 1850; Rhoda d. 31 March 1852.
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"Census of the Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services, Act of Sixth Census (1840) pub. 1841" (CA State Library, Sacramento)
Thomas Duncan, of 27th Regiment, Monroe Co., East Tennessee, age 76, head of family.
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.
Dunkin, Robert P., widow Dunkin, Adaline; H 5 Tenn. Inf., I 5 Tenn. Inf.; 1879 Sept. 30, Invalid Appl. #311805, Cert. #314840, Tenn.; 1883 March 22, Widow Appl. #302341, Cert. #231824, Tenn.; remarks, not identical with (Serv?) C. 398704, Robt. P. Duncan H 5 Tenn. Inf. (MAD: Blount & Monroe Cos. TN; 1890 pension in Loudon Co. TN)
TN Confederate Pension Application
Indexed: 7594 Duncan, John E., Hamilton, 3rd (Lillard's) Mtd. Inf.
#7594, Jno. E. Duncan, filed Oct. 30, 1905, allowed Rossville, GA, accepted, Wid. #1883 (MAD: widow Martha Elizabeth Duncan, Hamilton Co. TN); applicant John E. Duncan, native of TN; res. near Chattanooga, Hamilton Co. TN; member Col. Rowan's Regt., wounded Wautauga River near Coittes Sta. by a mine ball striking me just back of left shoulder coming out the front of my right shoulder; born Blount Co. TN 1835; enlisted 1861, Col. Vaughn, 3rd TN Regt., Capt. Moreloen? (Morawin?), Lieut. Grubb; lost use of right arm; paroled Kingston, GA; family consists of wife and 4 children ages 57, 27, 25, 17, 16, all girls; actual resident of TN "18 months"; /s/ 7 Oct. 1905; wit. W.L. Fox. M.J. Roddy, age 73, heard J.E. Duncan say he was paroled just after he came home from Civil War, /s/ 27 Oct. 1905. Statement by Geo. Walker, Madisonville, TN, knew "Jno. E. Duncan (Red John)" before the war, /s/ Aug. 17, 1905. J.R. Russell, Madisonville, TN, knew Jno. E. Duncan, we called him red John and was raised on Fork Creek Monroe Co. TN; /s/ 11 Aug. 1905. (FHL film 969,789)
Affidavits from Civil War pension file WG-348-157 of William Gorsuch (copy from Thomas Hooker 7/1998)
Widow's Declaration for Pension, Adams Co. IA, 3 Dec. 1887, Martha Gorsuch, resident of Corning, Adams Co. IA, age 60 years; widow of William Gorsuch who was a blacksmith in Co.I commanded by Stephen Julian in 2nd Reg. MO Artillery in War 1861-5; maiden name Martha Duncan, mar. William Gorsuch about Sept. 1841 near Madisonville in Monroe Co. TN by Strict Lane Esq., no record evidence of marriage except as the records of Monroe Co. TN show. William Gorsuch, her husband died in Insane Asylum at Topeka, KS, on or about 17 May 1885 of "Derangement of Digestive Organs and Fits" as results of "Catarah and Injury to left groin" that caused insanity (MAD: quotes on original application); she remained a widow since his death; appoints Wm. H. Hoxil? of Corning, IA, her attorney.
Affidavit for Neighbors and General Purposes. In the matter of the Pension claim of Martha Gorsuch, widow of William Gorsuch, Co.I, 2d MO Artillery, 11 Feb. 1888, appeared ... Jeff Duncan, age 71 years, residence of Dade Co. MO, who ... declares ... that he was present at the wedding of William Gorsuch to Martha Duncan at her father's house in Monroe Co. TN in September 1841 by Esq. Lane; that the couple were never divorced but continued to live together as man and wife until the death of William Gorsuch; he has personal knowledge as an eye witness; his address is Arcola, Dade Co. MO.
Affidavit for Neighbors and General Purposes. In the matter of the Pension claim of William Gorsuch, Co.I, 2d MO Artillery, 11 Feb. 1888, appeared ... Sarah Duncan, age 69 years, residence of Dade Co. MO, who ... declares ... that she was present at the wedding of William Gorsuch to Martha Duncan at her father's house in Monroe Co. TN in September 1841; the marriage was by Esq. Lane; that the couple were never divorced but continued to live together as man and wife until the death of William Gorsuch; she has personal knowledge as a neighbor at the time; her address is Dade Co. MO. (/s/ Sarah (+ her mark) Duncan.)
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