Duncans in Bowie Co. TX


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

Last revised August 8, 2002

Formed 1840 from Red River
Cass formed 1846 from Bowie
Titus formed 1846 from Red River, Bowie


1850-1860 Bowie Co. TX Census
      No Duncan indexed

HISTORIES before 1923

1889 "Biographical souvenir of the state of Texas : containing biographical sketches of the representative public and many early settled families" by F. Battey (FHL book 976.4 D3bs and films 547,587 and 599,230 and 1,000,596 item 2; and from Lucille Mehrkam and Evelyn Sigler 1984; sketches alphabetical, good index)
      Pg.852-5: L.D. VanDyke, one of oldest & most prosperous farmers of TX, born PA Dec. 23, 1816, son of William and Nancy (Duncan) VanDyke, former also a native of PA, farmer, Methodist church, died PA age 72. (MAD: married 4/1/1813 Cumberland Co. PA) L.D. VanDyke was 2nd in family of six children; James A., lawyer in State of MI; L.D. above; Ellen; John H. a lawyer in Milwaukee, WI; William Duncan (MAD: William Duncan VanDyke) killed at battle of Drainesville in Union army; and Samuel W., farmer in WI. L.D. VanDyke age 17 clerk in PA, to TX in 1842, mercantile business in Bowie Co., 5 years later in 1847 to Red River Co.; in Civil War Conf. service; married 1843 to Miss Adelia West, dau. of Major Edward West of TN; 11 children (not copied); Mrs. Van Dyke died 1873. (Pg.855, brief sketch of James E. VanDyke b. 7/13/1846 Bowie Co. TX, son of Lambert D. and Adelia (West) VanDyke)


Some early Duncans in Bowie Co. TX:
      James H. Duncan, Nov. 1836, arrived in TX; had Class 2 grant for 640 acres, Conditional Certificate issued 8 June 1841 in Bowie Co., Unconditional Certificate issued 1 April 1844 in Bowie Co. (Vol.1, "1840 Citizens of TX, Land Grants" by Gifford White, FHL book 976.4 R2wge and fiche 6,100,364; from Lucille Mehrkam 1984)


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