Duncans in Grayson Co. TX


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

Last revised August 10, 2002

Formed 1846 from Fannin


1850 Grayson Co. TX Census
      No Duncan indexed

1860 Grayson Co. TX Census
P.O. Sherman
Pg.173, #527-534, John P. FERGESON 38 TN farmer $6000-$1210
                  Eliza J. 35 KY
                  Nancy A. 11, Margaret E. 9 TX
                  Jerrymia (f) 7, Stephen 3 TX
                  John 3/12 TX
                  Wm. C. LAWMAN 20 IN clerk $3700-$500
                  Jas. DUNCAN 18 KY teamster $0-$125
Pg.208, #991-1017, James DUNCAN 22 KY farm laborer $0-$500
                  Mary A. 19 TN (not mar.in year)

1870 Grayson Co. TX Census
Pg.12, #155, DUNKIN, Thornton 25 MO BLACK work hand
                  Ellen 17 VA MULATTO
Precinct 1
Pg.51, #730, DUNCAN, Louisa 40 GA keeps house $600-$200
                  Nancy 19, Enoch 12 GA
                  Price 9, James 6/12 TX b.Jan.
                  (MAD: ?? see Joseph 21 GA & Eliza 19 GA in 1850 Cobb Co. GA census)
Pg.65, #944, DUNCAN, Eliza 44 TX BLACK cook
                  Emilene 16, Allen 14 TX BLACK
                  SPARKS, Eli 20 TX BLACK
Pg.67, #901, HAHIST?, Thomas 21 TX farmer $500-$300
                  Annie 18 TX
                  HAHENS, John 14 TX
                  TURNER?, California (f) 18 AR
                  DUNCAN, John 15 AR
Pg.173, indexed Nelson Duncan; actually Nelson DUNCEY 45 SCT w/other sawyers
Pg.180, #106, MAN, Jacob 36 OH farmer $300
                  Elizabeth 33 GA keeps house
                  HASKET, Martha 15 TX, John T. 13 TX
                  DUNCAN, Martha 58 TN keeps house
                  DAVIS, Calvin 21 TX laborer


Grayson Co. TX Probate Minutes (MAD: did not find probate for William B. Duncan ca 1874)
   Vol. A-B 1846 & later - no Duncan (FHL film 1,290,422)
   Vol. D-E to 1862 - no index pages
   Vol. F, G 1862-1869 - no Duncan (FHL film 1,290,423)
   Vol.H-I 1869-1879 (FHL film 1,290,424)
      H-228, 229: Sept. 1872, Dist. Court, Louisa Davalt (sic) has filed her application for letters of administration in estate of Joseph Duncan to be heard next court on 4th Monday 1872. Rec. 22 Sept. 1872.
   Vol. I - no Duncan
   Vol.K-L 1879-1886 (FHL film 1,290,425)
      K-513: 19 Sept. 1881, estate of Rebecca F. Duncan et al, approved bond of G.B. Dishman as gdn. of Rebecca F., C.M., D.A., N.L. and S.R. Duncan, ordered letters issue to said E.B. Dishman as gdn.
      K-589: Oct. 18, 1881, inventory of estates of Rebecca F. Duncan, Chas. M. Duncan, D.A. Duncan, Nancy L. Duncan and S.R. Duncan, minors, by E.B. Dishman, gdn; includes 86 acres in Grayson Co. TX $600, note on J.A. Williams $50, corn, bacon, sewing machine, furniture, etc., total $796.
      L-435: 1 Aug. 1881, application for gdnship by E.B. Dishman for person and estate of Rebecca F. Duncan, Chas. M. Duncan, Drecilla A. Duncan, Nancy L. Duncan and Sidney R. Duncan, bond of $200; that on 29 April 1881, Mrs. Frances M. Duncan, a resident of Grayson Co., (she) left minor heirs Rebecca F. Duncan a female, age 12; Chas. M. Duncan, male, age 10; Drecilla A. Duncan, female, age 8; Nancy L. Duncan, female age 6; and Sidney A. Duncan, male age 4.
      L-451: 23 Jan. 1882, application of Amanda J. Pope for guardianship of the estates of Fannie, Wm., Jane, Luella, and George Duncan, minors; she qualified; appraisers appointed. Original application: Sept. 1881, Amanda J. Pope, resident citizen of Grayson Co., show that Fannie Duncan aged 13 yrs, Wm. Duncan aged 10 yrs, Jane Duncan aged 7 yrs, Luella Duncan aged 5 yrs, and Geo. Duncan aged 2 yrs, all minors, that they live in Grayson Co. and have a 1/2 interest in real estate worth $250 and personal property of $45, filed Sept. 9, 1881.
      L-522: Court 24 May 1884, application of E.M. Duncan for guardianship of person & estate of Harvey E. and William A. Duncan and Iona May Duncan, minors; E.M. Duncan is mother of Harvey Everett Duncan, a boy age 12; William Albert Duncan, a boy age 10, and Ioner May Duncan, a girl age 8; that Wm. Turner Duncan the father is dead; that in 1883 Nathaniel Duncan the father of said minors father died leaving real & personal property in Grayson Co. TX; that said Duncan during his lifetime advanced property to the minors but she does not know whether the minors have received their full share as heirs, 21 April 1884.
      L-559: Court 2 Feb. 1885, estate of Nathan Duncan decd, application of A. Duncan for Letters of Administration, bond of $2500 required; appraisers appointed.
   Vol.M-N 1882-1885 (FHL film 1,290,426)
      M-6: 16 Jan. 1882, petition by gdn. E.B. Dishman to sell personal property of Rebecca F. Duncan et al to pay debts.
      N-349: In Vacation, Dec. 1884; Dec. 20, "in chambers" re estate of Nathan Duncan decd, immediate necessity to protect interest of estate, appoint A. Duncan, eldest son, temporary administrator as soon as he posts bond of $2500, to collect money owed to estate by Jeff Belsuerr, by T.E. Lewis and others.
      N-353: 13 Dec. 1884, A. Duncan, temporary administrator of Nathan Duncan decd, filed bond.
      N-383: 6 Feb. 1885, Letters of administration issued to A. Duncan on the estate of Nathan Duncan decd.
      N-397: Feb. 1885, E.M. Duncan, had been appointed guardian of estate of Harvey E., Wm. A. and Nona M. Duncan, she failed to give bond within time allowed, revoke appointment of her guardianship, appoint J.D. Candry guardian who must post bond of $400.
      N-431: 4 March 1885, J.D. Candry presented guardian's bond as guardian of Harvey E. Duncan et al.
   Vol.O 1885-1887 (FHL film 1,290,427 item 1; none later, no other probate rec.)
      O-34: 10 Aug. 1885, estate of Harvey E. Duncan et al minors; J.T/F. Candry, guardian, cited to appear at Oct. 1885 term and file inventory and appraisement of estate of said minors.
      O-34: 10 Aug. 1885, estate of Nathaniel Duncan, by A. Duncan admr, inventory: one house? and one stable? on East Street, City of Sherman, Grayson Co. TX, known as the Duncan property, $500; one note against E. Lewis? and H.D. Shafer? $150; cash collected of Jeff Belcher $776.50, total $1426.50; report 26 Feb. 1885.
      O-84: 14 Aug. 1885, estate of N. Duncan, decd; ordered that A. Duncan admr. be authorized to pay to R.E. Smith out of estate's funds, $40 for his services as attorney in said estate.


Grayson Co. TX Civil Minutes Vol. 1, 1876-1880 (FHL film 1,290,427 item 2)
      No Duncan


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, Walter J.; A 4 US V. Inf.; 1889 Sept. 25, Invalid Appl. #730624, Cert. #568473, Texas. (MAD: b. Forsyth Co. NC 1842; ?grandfather was Peter F. Duncan; 1860 Davidson Co. NC census; Confederate 1863 Wake Co. NC, captured, joined U.S. Army 1864; 1870 Pettis Co. MO census, then to Grayson Co. TX; partly from Vol.IV, pg.169, of "TX Under Many Flags" by Clarence Ray Wharton, 1930, FHL film 1,000,594 item 4)

Index to TX Confederate Pension Records (from Lucille Mehrkam 10/1983)
      Application, Name, County, Book
      39854, Duncan, Mrs. Caroline, Grayson, 5

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; sketches alphabetical, good index)
      Pg.274: J.T. Edwards, general merchant of Howe [Grayson Co.], TX, b. NC 10 Nov. 1837; parents were J.S. and Nancy M. (Duncan) Edwards, natives of NC. J.S. Edwards is a son of William Edwards, a native of Orange Co. NC, born Aug. 18, 1812, still living. Mrs. Nancy Duncan was a daughter of John Duncan, and died in 1853. Six children still living, the subject (J.T.) the third in order of birth, the others being named Sarah M., David A., Jennie, Nannie and Oliver F. J.T. Edwards to TX Oct. 4, 1859, to Hunt Co. ... Conf. army ... married 1861 to Miss J.L. Moore, dau. of James? Moore of TX, 7 children (not copied). (MAD: see 1850 Ashe Co. NC Joshua Edwards, Alleghany Co. NC history)

1914 "History of TX and Texans" by Frank W. Johnson, Vol.1-5 (SUTRO book F386 J66 1914, CA State Library, Sutro Branch; and FHL book 976.4 H2j and film 547,564)
      Vol.4 pg.1656: Hon. ARTHUR B. DUNCAN, with his family, was a pioneer settler of Floyd Co. TX, now has been there 30 years. He was born in Hopkins Co. TX 12 Aug. 1862, son of Dr. William B. and Elizabeth (Vaden) Duncan. His father was born 1800 in Culpeper Co. VA, graduated Medical Department of University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in 1830, then to AR for 15 years, in 1845 to Hopkins Co. TX; in 1869 to Grayson Co. where he died in 1874 at age 74. His mother was born in TN, came with parents to TX in 1849, Hopkins Co. where she was reared, educated and married; after her husband died in 1874, she moved to Hale Co. where she lived until her death in 1892 at age 59. Judge Duncan, the 5th of nine children, married in Dec. 1882 to Miss Sarah K. Day in Montague Co.; her parents Mathew and Sarah Day of Grayson Co. TX, her mother still living at the home of Judge Duncan. Judge Duncan had ten children: Silas E. b. Montague Co. TX, married, lives Floydada, has 3 children; Mrs. Maude E. Hollum, b. Floyd Co., resides Jourdanton, Atascosa Co., 3 children; Mrs. Emma L. Watkins, b. Floyd Co., 4 children, resides Jourdanton, TX; Mrs. Edith E. Pitts, b. Floyd Co., lives El Paso, 2 children; Mrs. Hope E. Hammond, b. Floyd Co., resides Floydada, 1 child; Mrs. Ruby E. Brown b. Floyd Co., now lives Floydada; Miss Mattie E. Duncan, b. Floydada, attending high school; Arthur B. Duncan Jr., Floydada native, in school; Carroll V. and Mark W. Duncan, b. Floydada, in school.
            "The Early History of Floyd Co." by Claude V. Hall, 1947, has the additional information that Arthur B. Duncan, to Floyd Co. TX 1884, had brothers W.V. Duncan and Ed. Duncan who moved to Hale Co. and settled on Runningwater Draw in the spring of 1886; W.V. Duncan moved to Memphis, Hall Co. TX, in 1889 until 1893, when he moved to South Dakota until 1908, then to Canada. (from Lucille Mehrkam 5/1984; FHL book 976.484 H2h)
            "Texas Under Many Flags" by Clarence Ray Wharton, 1930, 5 vols.; Vol.IV, pg.137-8, has information on Arthur B. Duncan similar to that in the 1914 "History of TX and Texans". (FHL film 1,000,594, item 4; and from Evelyn Sigler 9/1984)
      Vol.5 pg.2538: SIMEON W.S. DUNCAN, "Commodore" Duncan, resident of Dallas more than 40 years, the father of Trinity River navigation, born Hardin Co. KY 22 Oct. 1848, the son of James A. and Catherine (Daughterty) Duncan. His father from VA, had moved in 1857 from Hardin Co. to Louisville [Jefferson Co.], where he was a merchant; in 1870 to TX with his family, from Jefferson TX to Grayson Co. in 1873, then Dallas where he died in 1892 at age 66, survived by his widow who was born in KY in 1827, died in Dallas in 1913 at age 86. Sim Duncan married in April 1883 to Miss Denia Bullion; their only child is Miss Josephine Duncan. (MAD: the same article is on pg. 2152-5 of the 1916 edition)

1916 "History of TX and Texans" by Frank W. Johnson, Vol.1-5 (SUTRO film 69 reel 2 & 3; CA State Library, Sutro Branch)
      Vol.5 pg.2152: SIMON W.S. DUNCAN -- see pg.2538 of the 1914 edition; same article.

1890 "Biographical & Historical Memoirs of Southern AR" Clark, Miller, Sevier, Howard, Pike, Lafayette, Hempstead, Columbia, Little River, Nevada, Cleveland, Ouchita (sic), Dallass, Bradley, Calhoun, Union, Ashley, Drew, Lincoln, Desha and Chicot Cos.; by Goodspeed (FHL film 266,242; and from Betty Laarveld 5/1987)
      Pg.1062: Chicot Co. County and probate judges -- W.B. Duncan, 1829-30, 1832-34.
      MAD: 1840 Monroe Co. AR census; 1850 Smith Co. TX census; William B. Duncan b.1800 Culpeper Co. VA, graduated Univ. of PA at Philadelphia in 1830 with degree in medicine, practiced AR for 15 years, to TX 1845, d. Grayson Co. TX 1874; mar. Mrs. Elizabeth Harper 3/15/1855 in Hopkins Co. TX (from sketch of their son Arthur B. Duncan b.1862 of Floyd Co. TX in Vol.IV, pg.137-8, of "TX Under Many Flags" by Clarence Ray Wharton, 1930, FHL film 1,000,594 item 4); Elizabeth L. Vaden had mar. Wm. L. Harper 3/2/1854 Hopkins Co. TX.

1891 "Portrait and biographical record of Macoupin County, Illinois : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, governors of the state and of the presidents of the United States" pub. by Biographical Pub. Co. (from Sue Monaghan; FHL film 924,426 item 1 and 1,000,501 item 5 and FHL book 977.383 D3p)
      Pg.409: GEORGE W. DUNCAN, who resides on section 3, Cahokia Township, where he carries on general farming and stock raising, is a representative of one of the pioneer families of the county, his father, Dr. Nathan Duncan, having here settled at an early day. He was born in North Carolina as were the grandparents of our subject and the family is of English origin. The Doctor married a North Carolina lady, Miss E. Lavina Linebarger, whose parents, natives of Pennsylvania, were of German descent. Two children were born unto them, Mary and Absalom, but before they left [Lincoln Co.] NC the daughter died. The Doctor with his wife and son and her parents came to the North, locating first in Indiana and after a year the Duncan family came to Illinois, locating first on the farm which is now occupied by our subject. This land the Doctor entered from the Government and in true pioneer style he began life, being one of the first settlers of the township. The nearest postoffice was in Carlinville, fifteen miles away and their markets were St. Louis and Alton, where they journeyed with oxteams, five days being required to make the trip. Some years later Dr. and Mrs. Duncan went to Montgomery Co. IL, where the lady, who was a consistent member and active worker in the Methodist Church, died at the age of seventy-five. The Doctor survived his wife some years and passed away in Sherman [Grayson Co.], TX. He became a prominent man in every community in which he resided ....


Some early Duncans in Grayson Co. TX:
      James Duncan, 1 July 1853, mar. Mary Jane Henry
      James L. Duncan, 31 Dec. 1865, mar. Sarah J. Williams
      Thorton Duncan, 25 March 1870, mar. Ellen Luper
      Nancy Duncan, 19 Oct. 1871, mar. J.A. Johnson
      Dan Duncan, 28 Nov. 1871, mar. Caroline Liden
      Louisa E. Duncan, 4 Feb. 1872, mar. Wm. Devalt
      Laura L. Duncan, 4 July 1872, mar. Y.T. Maxwell
      Nancy J. Duncan, 22 Dec. 1873, mar. W.F. Wear (MAD: dau. of John Duncan and Elizabeth (McElrath) of 1860 Calhoun Co. AL census)
      David Duncan, 22 Aug. 1875, mar. Ann B. Baskel
      Thornton Duncan, 30 Nov. 1875, mar. Aggie Dudley

1979 "History of Grayson Co. TX" Vol.I, by Grayson Co. Frontier Village Inc., pub. by Hunter Pub., Winston-Salem, NC (FHL book 976.4557 H2g; from Paul C. Duncan 7/1994)
      Sketch #361 by Ruth Pace is of John Robert Duncan, son of John Berry Duncan b.1822 SC who mar. first Lucinda and second Jane Ann Eddington; John Berry Duncan the son of Samuel Duncan b.1772 NC and wife Elizabeth Benson, dau. of Enoch Benson of Greenville Co. SC 1818, to Gwinnett Co. GA 1821.

1981 "Grayson Co. TX History" Vol.II, by Grayson Co. Frontier Village Inc., pub. by Heritage, Tulsa, OK (from Paul C. Duncan 7/1994)
      This volume contains additional sketches on descendants of Samuel Duncan of Gwinnett Co. GA, who came to Grayson Co. TX.

1930 "TX Under Many Flags" by Clarence Ray Wharton, 5 Vols. (FHL film 1,000,594 item 4)
      Vol.IV, pg.169: contains a biographical sketch of Walter J. Duncan, living at Roaring Springs, Motley Co. TX, born at Salem [Forsyth Co.], NC, 22 Feb. 1842, son of the late John Duncan b.VA and wife Kate Jones b.NC where they married and John Duncan died; she then to Grayson Co. TX, lived Runnels Co. TX where she died; Walter J. Duncan to Grayson Co. TX 1870, to Jack Co. TX 1885, to Dickens Co. 1890. "Mr. Duncan's paternal grandfather was born in Scotland and was young when he accompanied his father, Peter F. Duncan, to America, where the family home was established in VA." The article gives much more on the family of Walter J. Duncan. (MAD: 1850-1860 Davidson Co. NC census; 1870 Pettis Co. MO census)


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