Duncans in Bell Co. TX


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

Last revised November 22, 2010

Formed 1850 from Milam
Burnett formed 1852 from Travis, Bell, Williamson
Coryell formed 1854 from Bell
Lampasas formed 1856 from Bell, Travis


1860 Bell Co. TX Census
P.O. Belton
Pg.343, #617-632, Thos. DUNCAN 38 TN farmer $3956?-$12600?
                  M.A. (f) 35 AL
                  F.C. (f) 14, Mahala (f) 11 TX
                  Cora C. (f) 5 TX
                  M.A. NEWBERRY (m) 33? AL laborer $0-$250
                  (MAD: 1850 Limestone Co. TX census)

1870 Bell Co. TX Census
Beat No. 1, P.O. Belton
Pg.13, #43-43, DUCAN, Ellice (m) 37 TN BLACK farming $0-$275
                  Margert (f) 30 TN BLACK keeping house
                  Bennie (m) 4, Lucy 3, Laura 1 TX BLACK
                  MARSHAL, R. (m) 30 TN BLACK (blank)
                  Mack (m) 15 TX BLACK (blank)
Beat No. 3, P.O. Belton
Pg.60, #448-448, DUNCAN, Ned 38 AR BLACK farming $0-$100
                  Sallie 26 GA BLACK keeping house
                  Mary 6, Albert 4, Richard 1 TX BLACK
Beat No. 5, P.O. Belton
Pg.104, #152-152, DUNKIN, R. J. (m) 42 MS farming $0-$150
                  Lavina 27 AR keeping house
                  Andrew 3 TX
                  James 5/12 TX b.Feb.
                  (MAD: 1860 Caldwell Co. TX census; Robert J. Duncan indexed in 1880 San Saba Co. TX census, pg.446D)


Bell Co. TX Index to Probate Minutes, 1850-1930 (FHL film 981,010; SLC 9/6/2010)
      Date; file #; decd. or minor; admin, exec. or gdn; volume-page
      Oct. 13, 1906; #570; Duncan, Hiram et al; S.E. Duncan; T-62, 63, 64, 65, 147, 148, 149, 252, 254
      Feb. 15, 1908; #660; Duncan, Jas. A.; admin. Nora C. Duncan; T-13, 15, 23, 21, 21-197, 199, 200, 204, 201, 202
      Dec. 12, 1917; #1408; Duncan, J.D. decd, H.P. Robertson Jr. (Adm); 29-3, 4
      July 1869; D-010; Duncan, Mary A.; Wm. H. Hatrick; C-299, 309, 311, 329, 422, A-276
      No Patrick Duncan; did not copy most female names or late males
      Jan. 1, 1865; D-013; Duncan, Thomas; Eugene Rich; C-139, 140, 145, 158, A-207


Ellis Co. TX Deeds (FHL film 1,034,596; SLC 2/2009)
      A-304: Patent Vol.7 #158, 5 March 1853, to Thomas Duncan, 320 acres in Robertson District, Ellis Co., State of TX, on waters of Richland Creek, a branch of Trinity River about 20 miles S 15 deg. W of Waxahachie per Cert. 73, 12 Sept. 1839, (MAD: description not copied).
      A-305: 5 Sept. 1853, Thomas Duncan of Bell Co. TX to Harvey Skiles, 320 acres (above). Wit. John Patterson, C. Duncan.

HISTORIES before 1923

1893 "A Memorial and biographical history of McLennan, Falls, Bell and Coryell Counties, Texas : from the earliest period of its occupancy to the present time, together with glimpses of the future prospects, also biographical mention of many of the pioneers and prominent citizens.." pub. by Lewis Pub. Co. (FHL film 1,000,605 item 1; and Houston, TX, library book 976.4 M, from Lucille Mehrkam 2/1984)
      Pg.369: WILLIAM T.J. HARTRICH of Bell Co. TX, b. Brunswick, Germany, 9/22/1836, son of Ferdinand Hartrick who came to America ca 1852 with wife & children (more not copied); settled in IL where he d. 1878. William T.J. Hartrich married Feb., 1866, Miss Frances C. Duncan, b. Dec. 6, 1846, dau. of Thomas Duncan of TN who came to TX with Davy Crockett and married a dau. of Moses Griffin of Bell Co. Thomas Duncan to Bell Co. in 1851, d. 1866, leaving wife (who died June 1869) and three children: Frances C., wife of our subject; Mahala, widow of Cason Paul; and Cora C., who m. (1) Hugh Smith and (2) William Griswold. (more not copied) (from Vol.12, "Ansearchin News," Tennesseeans who moved to TX) (MAD: wife of Thomas Duncan of Troy, Bell Co., was Mary B. Clark, dau. of John W. Clark and M.J. Buchanan; from Biographical Sketches of Officials and Civil Officers, pg.50, Vol.1, "Bell Co. TX Records" by Mrs. Louis C. Hill and Mrs. John T. Martin, 1969; Houston, TX, library book 976.4 H646, from Lucille Mehrkam 1984; FHL book 976.4287 V2h) (MAD: Mary Ann Duncan, 1825-1869, wife of Thomas; Thomas Duncan 1821-1866; and Mrs. Thomas Duncan 1825-1896, bur. South Belton Cemetery, from pg.90, Vol.1, "Bell Co. TX Cemeteries" by John A. Barton, 1969, Houston TX library book 976.44 B433 from Lucille Mehrkam 3/1984; FHL film 1,398,602 item 7)
      Pg.378: Rev. JAMES A. DUNCAN, rector of the Parish at Temple and Belton, Bell Co. TX. Born at St. Andrews, Fifeshire, Scotland, the eldest son of David and Mary A. (Gregg) Duncan. His paternal grandfather, David Duncan, was a native of the same town. The family estates are held by Mr. Duncan's cousins on the maternal side. The family is descended from the Argles, a very ancient line. The father of James was an architect and builder. He died in 1869 and his wife followed him in 1879. Her father, James Gregg, was an officer in the British Navy who was retired after many years of active service. The Gregg family are descendants of the McGregors; a portion of the family emigrated to America and organized a Parish in NC; many of them are now residents of Texas, and hold high positions in the society and political world. James attended school at St. Andrews and when education was completed he entered the English Navy and served Her Majesty's goverment four years. At the experation of that period he resigned his position and emigrated to the United States. Here he settled in New Orleans, LA, in 1848. He resumed his study of theology. In 1849 he united with the Episcopal Church at Algiers. In 1853 he went to Canada but at the end of year returned to LA. The following year he purchased land in Grimes Co. TX and for 22 years made this his abiding place. He opened a plantation and also gave some attention to the raising of sheep on a large scale. The nearest Episcopal Church being 100 miles from his plantation he, took membership in the Methodist Church South and was ordained a Deacon at La Grange, TX, ca 1861 and three years later he was ordained an Elder. For 22 years he preached in Madison, Grimes and Leon Co.'s and organized several churches. He after went to Bastrop Co. for two years; he was then stationed at Columbus and Wimer for three years. Mr. Duncan returned to the Episcopal Church in 1888. Then for 10 months he filled the post of Missionary at Lampasas, while Mrs. Duncan was in ill health. In 1888 he was called to St. Lukes Parish, Belton, and the Mission Church at Temple. He made his home at Belton three years and in Dec. 1891 removed to Temple; here he owns some valuable property; he has erected four dwellings and has an interest in Duncan and Co. addition of 82 lots, situated on an elevated ridge in the NE part of Temple.
            Mr. Duncan has been twice married; at Watertown [Jefferson Co.], NY, he was united to Miss Marion Locke, daughter of Capt. Locke, a member of a Scotch regiment, who lost his life in the Island of Ceylon. Mrs. Duncan died in Dec. 1888 at Belton leaving five (sic) children: Silas A. Duncan, Eliz. wife of J.W. Martin, James E. Duncan, Alex Perry Duncan, Emma wife of Louis Eilers, and Louisa who died in Canada. Mr. Duncan was married Oct. 6, 1891, to Mrs. E.T. Young.

1922 "History of Oregon" by Charles Henry Carey, pub. Chicago: Pioneer Historical Pub. Co. (HeritageQuest images 5/2007, Local History Reel/Fiche Number 12524; FHL book 979.5 H2cc v.1-3 and fiche 6,046,590)
      Vol.II, Pg.679-680: JOHN SMITH YORK, who passed away in Portland, July 9, 1919, first became identified with the city in the fall of 1897, ... He was born October 8, 1870, in McMinnville, the county seat of Warren County, Tennessee. His father, Landy York, was also a native of that state, Confederate army in the Civil war ... Landy York married Miss Martha Smith, who was a daughter of John Smith, ... she died when her son John was a babe of nine months, and his eldest sister, Arminta, took charge of the home and baby brother for four years when the father passed away and the children went to live with an uncle. John S. York ... went to Killeen, Texas, to live with his aunt Fannie, his father's sister who had become the wife of P.L. Duncan. At that place he had a few years' experience in connection with an uncle who was a physician, but became associated with a cousin, F.M. Duncan, in the grocery trade. ... In the fall of 1897 that Mr. York first came to Portland ... The only relatives of Mr. York who left the native state for the Pacific northwest were a nephew, Lee Crain, of Portland, and William Duncan, a cousin, who accompanied Mr. York to Alaska. The latter is now an oil man residing in Texas. On 20 August, 1908, Mr. York married Mrs. Mary W. Patton, a native of Portland and a daughter of Wilson L. and Sebina O. Gaston. ... (MAD: Killeen, Bell Co. TX; Portland, Multnomah Co. OR)


Some early Duncans in Bell Co. TX:
      Alex Duncan (fmc), 23 Sept. 1865, mar. Margaret Lee (fwc)
      Miss Francis C. Duncan, 26 Feb. 1866, mar. W.T.J. Hartrick
      Miss Mahola Duncan, 18 April 1867, mar. C.N.J. Paul
      Cora C. Duncan, 16 Sept. 1869, mar. Hugh Smith

1936 "History of Bell Co. TX" by George W. Tyler (Houston, TX, library book 976.44T; from Lucille Mehrkam 1984; FHL book 976.4287 H2t and film 1,000,602 item 4)
      This book contains references on pg.41 to Privates Charles Duncan and Green B. Duncan in Capt. Thomas H. Barron's Co. of Frontier Battalian of Rangers at Ft. Milam 1836-1837; on pg.61 that Thomas Duncan was a participant in an attack at Morgan's Point in 1839.
      Pg.150 contains an article about the assassination of Thomas Duncan and his sheepherder Mr. Daws. The killing of Duncan and Daws in 1866 is also referred to in "I'll die before I'll run : the story of the great feuds of Texas" or "Ten Texas Feuds" (Bell Co.) by C.L. Sonnichsen, 1951 (from Lucille Mehrkam 12/1984; FHL book 976.4 H2scL)

1988 "Story of Bell Co. TX" Vol.1, by Bell Co. Historical Commission (FHL book 976.4287 H2L v.1)
      MAD: Duncan Vertical File of Belton-Bell Co. TX Library contains the typed articles used for this book (from Charles B. Nelson 11/1994). The following Duncans are referred to in this book:
      Pg.477: Allen Duncan, born 8/6/1843, died 2/10/1915, born near Alexander City, Tallapoosa Co. AL, son of Little Bryant Duncan and "Nacissa" Ann Cannafax, grandson of Allen Duncan and Sarah Bryant. Allen Duncan mar. Susannah Smith 4/14/1864 Tallapoosa Co. AL. ... (Author not given)
      Pg.477: C. Ralph Duncan, born in Bell Co. in 1918, the son of Dave and Tobitha Duncan ... Article by Margaret Duncan Anderson.
      Pg.477: Churchell William (Bud) Duncan Jr., judge of the 27th District Court, is the only son and third child of Ruth Gra'Delle Prather and C.W. (Church) Duncan Sr. He was born Aug. 3, 1924, in El Paso, TX, where the family was living temporarily. He is, however, a 4th generation Bell Countian, descended from Patrick Lafayette Duncan, who settled just south of present day Killeen in 1879, and James Cowan, whose family settled in the Nolanville area in the 1850s. ... Article by Gra'Delle Duncan.
      Pg.478: Churchell William Duncan Sr. Second of three children born to May Bell Cowan and Firm Mofford Duncan, Churchell W. (Church) Duncan was born south of Killeen on what is now Trimmier Road, June 24, 1896. He died December 2, 1974. His father, F.M. Duncan, was born in TN and brought to TX in 1879 by his parents, Patrick Lafayette and Sarah York Duncan. ... Article by Gra'Delle Duncan.
      Pg.479: D.A. Duncan. Dave Duncan came to Bell Co. with his parents, William A. (Alex) and Susan Jane (Ogle-Feris) Duncan, about 1903. The family settled on property in the Okay community near Ivy Gap. Dave had two step-brothers, two brothers and three sisters. He was born in Williamson Co. and lived in Central TX all his life. ... Article by Mary Margaret (Duncan) Anderson.
      Pg.479: Doyle A. Duncan was born in Bell Co. in 1913, the son of Dave and Tobitha Priest Duncan, who lived in the Okay community near present day Ivy Gap. ... Article by Margaret Duncan Anderson.
      Pg.480: Gra'Delle Prather Duncan, free lance writer and newspaper reporter, is one of three children of C.W. Duncan Sr. and Ruth Gra'Delle Prather Duncan. A fourth generation Central Texan, Gra'Delle was born Dec. 18, 1922, in Belton. ... Article by David Yeilding.
      Pg.480: James A. Duncan, a pioneer Episcopal minister in Belton and Temple, born Sept. 22, 1822, in St.Andrews, Fifeshire, Scotland, son of David Duncan and Mary Gregg. (MAD: this article gives more on the family, and information from the tombstones; see also 1893 "Memorial and Biographical History")
      Pg.480: Patrick Lafayette Duncan, (b. May 5, 1825) and wife Sarah Frances York (b. Dec. 1, 1844) were presumably born in TN and left their home in McMinnville, Warren Co. TN, in April 1879, headed for TX. ... Article written by Sadie Mae Duncan Evans.
      Pg.481: Thomas Duncan, born 2/21/1821, second child of Robert Duncan (died 10/31/1828 in Madison Co. TN) and Mahala O'Barr, mar. Mary Ann Griffin 12/18/1845. Article by M.L. Jamison.
      Pg.482: Thomas Jefferson Duncan (April 9, 1822 - Sept. 6, 1895) was born in Williamson Co. TX and mar. Mariah Bullin (Jan. 31, 1833 - Oct. 22, 1877). ... Article by Mary Margaret (Duncan) Anderson.
      Pg.483: William Alexander Duncan (June 4, 1854 - Jan. 6, 1946), a native of AR, married Susan Jane Ogle Feris (July 4, 1854 - Sept. 27, 1920) a native of Utah. Duncan had moved to Oatmeal in Burnet Co. TX from AR when he was 9 years old. After their marriage, he and Susan moved to Williamson Co., then to the Okay community near Ivy Gap in west Bell Co. about 1901. ... Article by Mary Margaret (Duncan) Anderson.
      Pg.483: Thomas Paten Duncan (Aug. 23, 1880 - Aug. 1, 1951) was born in Williamson Co., and on Nov. 28, 1900, mar. Rosa Luella Oldham (July 21, 1881 - June 7, 1961) at Lampasas. ... Article by Mary Margaret (Duncan) Anderson.
      Pg.484: Claude Earl Duncan (b. Feb. 22, 1917) was born in west Bell Co. in the Okay community ... Article by Mary Margaret (Duncan) Anderson.
      Pg.484: York Duncan (Jan. 2, 1879 - May 19, 1931) was born in Warren Co. TN, and was one of three young sons of Patrick Lafayette and Sarah Frances York ... Article written by Sadie Mae Duncan Evans.


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