Duncans in White Co. TN


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

Last revised July 29, 2010

Formed 1807 from Overton, Jackson, Smith
Warren formed 1807 from White
DeKalb formed 1837-8 from Cannon, Warren, White
Van Buren formed 1840 from Bledsoe, Warren, White
Putnam formed 1842 from White, Jackson, Overton, DeKalb


1820 White Co. TN Census
Pg.342  Marshal Duncan        000201        - 01220
   363  Thomas Ducan          120011        - 20210
   366  Joel Duncan           120110        - 21010

1830 White Co. TN Census
Pg. 15  Washington P. Duncan  2000,01       - 2100,11
    15  Marshal Duncan        0000,1001     - 0000,1001
    15  Samuel Flinchum       0000,1        - 0001,1
          (MAD: from Stokes Co. NC?)
    22  Thomas Duncan         0101,0000,1   - 0001,0001
          (MAD: children to McDonough, Schuyler and Hancock Co. IL)
    28  John Duncan           1000,1        - 0100,1

1840 White Co. TN Census
Pg. 23  Sanner Duncan         01            - 0010,01
    28  Sanna Duncan          22            - 0020,01
    46  Washington P. Duncan  1111,0001     - 2010,01
    48  Solomon Dunkan        0000,001      - 0000,0100,1

1850 White Co. TN Census
Page numbers without parens are stamped page numbers, within parens are handwritten numbers
District 6
Pg.63 (126), #828, Susanah DUNCAN 44 SC (blank) $0
                  Caroline HOOPER 21 TN
                  David 16 TN farming
                  (MAD: Mrs. Susannah (Pertle) Hooper, widow of John Duncan, mar. 8/26/1839; Susannah Pirtle mar. Edward E. Hooper as his second wife 7/11/1824, he died 8/15/1838; per Bible of Edward E. Hooper on pg.17-18, "TN, Records of DeKalb Co.; Bible, Family and Tombstone Records," by WPA, 1938; FHL film 24,530 item 3)
District 10
Pg.75 (149), #994, Charles PENNINGTON 38 TN farmer $200
                  Harriett 35 SC
Pg.75 (149), #998, Dabner PENNINGTON 27 TN & family, incl.
                  Charles 6 TN
                  (no other Charles Pennington 1850 TN; see Knox Co. TN for Wright gen., no date but had dau. Evaline b. ca? 1810)
District 12
Pg.83 (166), #1117, Solomon DUNCAN 51 TN farmer $1,800
                  Susanah 73 VA
                  Mahaly KERBY 17 TN
                  (MAD: son and widow of Marshall Duncan)
Pg.84 (168), #1128, Washington P. DUNCAN 53 VA farming $1,700
                  Lucy 52 SC
                  Susan CODD 82 NC
                  Rebecca DUNCAN 26 TN
                  Thomas 24, John 22 TN
                  Susan 20, Price 17 TN
                  Mary E. 16, James C. 12 TN
                  (MAD: Susan Codd the widow of Pierce Cody)
District 7
Pg.93 (186), #1261, Lewis HOWELL 27 TN farming $133
                  Jinsey 21 TN
                  Barbary Ann 2, Waman M.R. 8/12 TN
                  (MAD: Lewis Howell mar. Jerusha Duncan 12/19/1848)
Pg.93 (186), #1262, Susan DUNCAN 47 TN (blank) $600
                  John P. 20, James W. 17 TN
                  Tillman C. 14, Granderson P. 10 TN
                  Andrew 8 TN
                  (MAD: widow of William Duncan; Tillman C. Duncan in 1910 Searcy Co. AR census)
Pg.93 (186), #1263, William DOBBS 25 TN farming $133
                  Mary 25 TN (mar/in/year)
                  (MAD: William Dobbs mar. Mary Duncan, 11/29/1849)

1860 White Co. TN Census (some from Alice Duncan)
District 6
Pg.55 (120), #830-815, Thomas JONES Sr. 75 NC farmer $500-$400?
                  Susannah 55 TN
                  Matilda 30 TN
                  (MAD: Thomas Jones Sr. mar. Susannah Duncan 1/3/1858, she Mrs. Susannah Pertle Hooper Duncan, widow of John Duncan)
District 7
Pg.61 (132), #954-939, John T. DUNCAN 27 TN farmer $0-$250
                  Martha 27 TN
                  Martha S? 7, Nancy J. 3 TN
                  Nancy J. ALBERT 25 TN
                  (MAD: John T. Duncan mar. Martha C. Albert 8/29/1852)
Pg.64 (138), #973-958, John MASSEY 52 TN farmer $700-$95
                  Susannah 57 TN
                  Granderson DUNCAN 20 TN
                  Tilmon 24 TN $0-$180
                  Robert S. 3 IL
                  A.R. MASSEY (m) 18 TN farm laborer
                  (MAD: John Massa mar. 2/3/1853 (Mrs.) Susannah Duncan the widow of William Duncan; Tillman Duncan & family and Granderson P. Duncan & family in 1870 Putnam Co. TN census; Robert S. the son of Tilman C. Duncan who mar. Catharine Blankenship 8/7/1856 in Hancock Co. IL; Catharine age 23 b.VA d. 11/1859 per 1860 White Co. TN Mortality Schedule)
Pg.67 (143), #1003-988, Frances DUNCAN (f) 35 VA $0-$25
                  Jerusha C. 7, Mary 5 IL
                  Stephen D. 1 IL
                  (MAD: James W. Duncan, son of William & Susannah, mar. Frances Maria Blankenship 12/18/1852)
Pg.69 (148), #1040-1035, James D. SMITH 59? TN farmer $0-$150
                  Martha 29 NC
                  W.J.(m) 10, Amanda 8, John 6 TN
                  Hulda 4, Nancey 3, James D. 5/12 TN
                  (MAD: 1850 census, pg.129 (857), SMITH, James D. 30 TN, Martha 23 NC, William J. 3/12 TN, married Martha Millsaps 4/2/1849 White Co. TN; was looking for James D. Smith mar. Martha Jane DUNCAN 7/7/1853 in Washington Co. TN)
District 8
Pg.73 (156), #1098-1083, Bennett BLANKENSHIP 59 VA blacksmith $100 $130
                  Catherine 59 VA
                  Guilford 21, Ellen 16 VA
                  Mary DUNCAN 4 TN
                  (MAD: Mary probably the dau. of Tillman C. Duncan and Catherine Blankenship)
District 9
Pg.76 (162), #1145-1130, B.C. AUL (m) 57 NC farmer $0-$325
                  Elizabeth 52 NC
                  L.T. (m) 22, H.L. (f) 25 NC
                  Thomas J. 18, Martha R. 17 NC
                  Mary T. 14, Nancy J. 11 NC
                  Wm. A. DUNCAN 28 GA farm laborer $0-$0
                  Louisa 28 NC
                  Nancy E. 1, James G?. 3/12 TN
Pg.84 (4), #35-35, Thomas PRICE 30 TN blacksmith $300-$300
                  Mary 31 TN
                  William 13, Jackson 12, George 10 TN
                  Saroah STINNET 22 TN
                  Evaline 1 TN
                  (MAD: Looking for Thomas E. Price mar. Mary L. Duncan 1851 Washington Co. TN; none in East TN) District 12
Pg.93 (186), #1307-1272, Thomas W. DUNCAN 35 TN $300
                  Adeline 36 TN
                  Joseph STYLES 10 TN
                  (MAD: Thomas W. Duncan, son of Washington P., mar. Adaline Mitchell 3/10/1852)
Pg.94 (187), #1315-1300, Solomon DUNCAN 61 TN $4500 $1025
                  Lu ann HOWARD 21 TN
                  Elizabeth 19 TN
Pg.96 (191), #1341-1366, J.J. DUNCAN (m) 32 TN county officer $210 $4617
                  Susan 31 TN
                  (MAD: John J. Duncan mar. Susan Austin 11/1/1855)
Pg.96 (192), #1345-1330, Lucey DUNCAN (f) 62 SC $2000 $300
                  Rebecca 36, Susan 28 TN
                  Pierce 27 TN carpenter $3000 $300
                  Mary E. 25 TN
                  James 22 TN farmer $400

1870 White Co. TN Census
District 1, P.O. Sparta
Pg.280, #36-37, LEE, John W. 47 TN (white) farmer $4000-$2000
                  Mary J. 42 TN keeping house
                  Thomas J. 21 TN works on farm $500-$200
                  James M. 18 TN works on farm
                  Lee Ann (f) 16 TN MULATTO
                  Lafayett J. 14 TN (white) works on farm
                  Altimony (f) 12 TN at home
                  John W. 11 TN at home
                  Joseph C. 8, Emma 6 TN
                  Noopsey (m) 3, Ulyses G. (m) 1 TN
                  DUNCAN, Jesse (m) 14 TN (white) (blank)
Civil District 1
Taken 6/14/1870
Pg.291, #227-217, DUNCAN, Sarah 34 TN BLACK keeping house $100
                  Mary 15, Amanda 7 TN BLACK
Taken 6/18/1870
Pg.297, #298-298, DUNCAN, A.H. 42 TN school teacher -- $100
                  Amanda 23 TN keeping house
                  Mary 20 TN keeping house
                  Martha 13, Alphred (m) 1 TN
                  Sarah 1/12 b. March, TN
                  (MAD: Alfred Duncan, 1860 Hamilton Co. TN census)
Dist.?, P.O. Shady Grove, Taken 7/29/1870
Pg.368, #109-109, DUNCAN, Martha 37 TN keep house $100-$100
                  Susan 19 TN "without occupation"
                  Nancy J. 14, Sarah L. 9 TN
                  Miller (m) 8, Rebecca 4 TN
District 8, P.O. Shady Grove
Pg.370, #20-20, BLANKENSHIP, Bennitt (m) 60 VA (white) blacksmith $100-$100
                  Katharine (f) 67 VA keeping house
                  DUNCAN, Mary 14 TN (white) at home
Pg.370, #21-21, IRWIN, William L. 29 TN (white) farmer $500-$500
                  Emily C. 39 TN keeping house
                  James H. 1 TN
                  DUNCAN, Stephen D. 11 TN (white) works on farm
Pg.371, #40-40, WALKER, John 32 TN farmer $0-$450
                  Lavinia 33? (second digit written over) TN keeping house
                  DUNCAN, Sarah 8 TN
Civil District 12, Taken 7/25/1870
Pg.396, #39-40, DUNCAN, S. (m) 71 TN farmer $3000 $800
Pg.396, #40-41, STEWART, James 37 TN farmer
                  Lee Ann 33 TN keeping house
Pg.396, #41-42, STEWART, Jesse 52 TN & family
District 12, P.O. Newark, Taken 7/30/1870
Pg.402, #128-129, DUNCAN, John 42 TN farmer $800 $200
                  Susan 41 TN keep house
Pg.402, #133-134, DUNCAN, Lucy 74 NC keeping house $1000-$100
                  Susan 39 TN
                  RODGERS, James W. 16 TN (white) work on farm
                  Arnis Fany (f) 20 TN house keeper
                  HICKMAN, Milton 39 TN farmer $0-$200
                  Mary E. 37 TN keeping house
                  Josephine 2 TN


White Co. TN Marriage Records, 1838-1881 (FHL film 507,886; to page 100, 1873)
      Duncan, Tilman C. to Nancy Jane Tollent, 16 April 1862, 17 April 1862 (pg.66, #2116)
      Hickman, Milton W. to Miss E.C. Duncan, 1 Nov. 1866, same (pg.76, #2482)
      Maulden, Tucker to Elizabeth Howard, 20 May 1869, same (pg.85/88, #2757) (MAD: Tucker Mauldin mar. Hannah Duncan, 6/19/1844)
      Burns, Thos. M. to Mary Duncan, 26 Nov. 1870, 27 Nov. 1870 (pg.90, #2924)


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White Co. TN Probate Deed Books (FHL film 507,894; also Alice Duncan 5/1978)
      A-21 #103: Joel Duncan to John Anderson; Deed of Conveyance 160 acres land; personally appeared before Jacob A. Lane?, Clerk of the Court of the said county, Anthony Dibrell and Osburn Walker, subscribing witnesses to the within deed, who being sworn, depose and say they are acquainted with Joel Duncan, the within named conveyor, that he signed, sealed and acknowledged the within deed to be his act and deed upon the day of the date thereof for the purposes therein contained which is recorded and let? it be registered. Done at office the 6th day of September AD 1833. Teste Jacob A Lane, Clerk, W.B.C., by N. Oldham, D.C.
      A-121: William Duncan to William Dewcese; Deed conv. 51 ac 35/100 land; personally appeared ... William Duncan, the above-named conveyor, with whom I am personally acquainted, and acknowledged that he executed the within deed as his voluntary act .... Done in office 13 April 1835.
      A-137: Joshua Duncan to Robert King; Deed 135 acres and 2 tracts; Personally appeared ... Fielam M. Narramow whose name is subscribed as a witness ... says upon his oath that Joshua Duncan, the conveyor, signed ... the within deed ... to Thomas King ... for the purposes and things therein. 4 August 1835.
      B-118: Washington P. Duncan, Mary Ann Todd, Mary Baker, and others, to Thomas Eastland; Power of attorney; Personally appeared ... Washington P. Duncan ... whose names are subscribed to the foregoing power of attorney ... 1 May 1838. (See L-53 to 58)
      B-187: Jonas Turner to Solomon Duncan; Deed for 425 acres land in 5 tracts; Personally appeared Jonas Turner .... 16 Feb. 1839.
      B-195: Jonas Turner to Solomon Duncan; Transfer of location No. 3123 for 30 acres land; Personally appeared Jonas Turner .... 9 March 1839.
      B-240: William Duncan to William Carland and A. Dibrell, Atw.; Teste Bond; Personally appeared ... John England Jr., the subscribing witness to the within bond, says he is acquainted with William Duncan, the within bond bargainor, that he executed the within bond for the purposes therein contained and at the same time came William Carland, the above assignor, with whom I am also acquainted, .... 19 Sept. 1839.
      B-240: William Duncan to William Carland & A. Debrill - Teste Deed .... Susannah Duncan, adm. of William Duncan, deceased - to Anthony Debrill, 69 acres, land in three tracts, etc. 19 Sept. 1839.
      C-1: Samuel D. Arnold to Susannah Duncan; Deed of convy. for 50 acres land; Personally appeared Samuel D. Arnold .... 1 June. 1840.
      C-21: Thomas W. Duncan to Anthony Dibrell; Bill of Sale for Negroe Woman named Harriette; Personally appeared ... Thomas W. Duncan, the within named bargainor, with whom I am personally acquainted, and who acknowledged the due execution of the within bill of sale .... 10 Dec. 1840.
      C-82: George W. Gibbs to Washington P. Duncan; Deed for 100 acres of land; Personally appeared ... George W. Gibbs, the within named conveyor ... and who acknowledged the execution of the within deed .... 1 Oct. 1841.
      C-221: William Duncan to Jonathan Scoggins; Teste Bond; Personally appeared ... Daniel Kelly, subscribing witness to the within, and who ... said that he was acquainted with William Duncan, the within named conveyor, that he executed the within bond for the purposes therein contained .... 12 Oct. 1839.
      D-69: Solomon Duncan and others to Tucker Malden; 276-1/2 acres land, deed for 6 tracts; Personally appeared ... Solomon Duncan, one of the within conveyors with whom I am personally acquainted and who acknowledged that he signed, ... the foregoing deed of conveyance .... 24 March 1849.
      D-96: Solomon Duncan to George C. Broyles; Deed of 5 acres; Personally appeared ... Solomon Duncan, the within conveyor, with whom I am personally acquainted, and who acknowledged ... 9 Oct. 1849.
      D-151: Solomon Duncan to Tucker Maulden; Deed 55 acres, the 1/5 of M. Duncan's land; Personally appeared before me ... Solomon Duncan ... acknowledged the due execution of the within deed of conveyance. 7 Sept. 1850.
      D-152: Anthony Dibrell to the heirs of Wm. Duncan, decd; Deed 110 acres; Personally appeared ... Anthony Dibrell ... acknowledged the due execution of the within deed of conveyance. 12 Sept. 1850.


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White Co. TN Chancery Court Minutes 1842-1847; Vol. A; rewritten & indexed by WPA (FHL film 464,152)
      (FHL film 507,861 is original Chancery Court minute book)
      Pg.21: Preston & James Anderson vs. William G. Sims, Trustee, John Anderson, Rebecca Anderson, James Daulton, Admr., Green H. Baker Guardian James Snodgrass & John Parker Admr. Isaac Taylor, Lewis Bohannon, William B. Hall, James Snodgrass Guardian to the minor heirs of William Hill dec., Hugh Gracy, Smith J. Walling, the President and Directors of the Branch of the Bank of Tennessee at Sparta, and Joseph Pearson. 12 April 1843, the cause came on to be heard, and the report of the special commissioner appointed at the last term of the court was confirmed. Oct. 1842 the court had directed public sale of land and personal property in a trust deed, this was sold 5 Dec. 1842; the land was:
      122-1/4 acres deeded by James Anderson to John Anderson 11 May 1829, recorded in Book 2, pg.201, sold to James Anderson for $482.
      120 acres deeded by John McCawley to John Anderson 18 Oct. 1831, recorded in Book H, pg.381, sold to James Anderson for $251.
      (no acreage) deeded by Joel Duncan to said John Anderson 6 Sept. 1833, recorded in Book H, pg.503, sold to James Anderson for $301.
      114 acres deeded from Jessie Bullock & wife and James Howard to said John Anderson, recorded in Book S, page 145 on 28 Nov. 1838, sold to James Anderson for $205.
      338 acres deeded from William Howard to said John Anderson, recorded in Book J, page 97 on 28 Oct. 1834, sold to James Anderson for $395.
      100 acres deeded by William Parker to said John Anderson 11 Dec. 1829, deed not recorded, sold to Enoch Golden for $36.
      1/2 of a tract on main Caney Fork whereon Jacob Anderson Jr. lives deeded by said Jacob Anderson to said John Anderson, recorded, sold to James Anderson for $302.
      James Anderson's security was Preston Anderson; Enoch Golden Jr.'s security was Enoch Golden Sr.
      Personal property sold to Preston Anderson, William Gray, James Anderson, sale made at residence of said John Anderson. Personal property sold at court house was to Preston Anderson, Iradell Stone, James Scott, Andrew Scott, William H. Anderson.
      Debts included in the trust deed were to Rebecca Anderson; note in bank for which James Anderson made his note for the benefit of John Anderson, endorsed by Preston Anderson and James Scott; Joseph Pearson's debt; George Griffith, representative, debt; James Snodgrass, guardian to the heirs of Wm. Hill decd; Isaac Taylor's debt; William Robert's heirs debt; Lewis Bohannan debt; James Snodgrass & John Parker admr. of Wm. Hill, Decd, debt; Wm. B. Hall's judgement. All debts were paid on a pro-rated basis, about 20% on each debt. (pgs.53-64)

White Co. TN Chancery Court Minutes (FHL film 507,861)
      Vol.B, 1847-1857 - no Duncan
      Vol.C, 1857-1867
            Pg.21: J.S. Duncan vs. Catherine Back et al
            Pg.231, 342: J.J. Duncan vs. J. Austin et als.
            Pg.259: John J. Duncan vs. J.M. Austin et als
            Pg.404, 506: J.J. Duncan vs. J.R. Rodgers

White Co. TN Minute Book 1853-1858 (in letter to Dennis Sherman 2/1986, who sent to Alice Duncan; from Alice Duncan 7/1987)
      Pg.349: 2 Sept. 1856, John Massa went to court and says that Andrew ?Rurk? Duncan and Granderson Duncan, both sons of his begotten on the body of Susannah Duncan, born out of lawful wedlock, since their birth, they have been joined in lawful wedlock, to the lawful mother of said children. Names changed to Granderson Massa and Andrew ?Rurk? Massa.


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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, Granderson P.; B 1 Tenn. Mtd. Inf.; 1887 Oct. 8, Invalid Appl. #625184, Cert. #548713, Tenn. (MAD: White Co. TN)

Confederate Civil War Record of John T. Duncan (copy of documents from Tammy Duncan 7/1988)
      Co. B, 1 Battalion (Colms'), TN Infantry; Private in Capt. George W. Watson's Co. muster roll (not dated); age 35 years on Muster Roll Jan. 21, 1864; enrolled (enlisted) 9 Dec. 1861 at Zion, White Co. TN, by Capt. Watson for 3 years; absent sick at Jackson, GA, since 1 Apr. 1863 through Jan. & Feb. 1864. Muster Roll Jan. 6 to Aug. 1, 1862, says enlisted for 12 months; absent without leave since 11 Feb. 1862; muster roll Nov. 20 1862 to Feb. 21 1863 says enlisted for 2 years or for the war.
      (MAD: This is not the John T. Duncan of Monroe Co. TN 1850)


White Co. TN Merchants Licenses 1842-1852 (FHL film 464,155)
      John M. Duncan issued a license to sell goods, groceries, etc., in White Co. 2 Feb. 1846. (#7, pg.18)
      (Also indexed pg.210, 230, 248 - unable to locate - Duncan, J. & P.)

MAD: See "Some Duncan Families of Eastern Tennessee Before 1800" by Mary Ann (Duncan) Dobson for information and lineages about some of the Duncans in White Co. TN.


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