Duncans in Gregg Co. TX


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

Last revised January 17, 2013

Formed 1873 from Rusk, Upshur


1880 Gregg Co. TX Census
E.D.35 & 36, Precinct 1; pg.30, SD 2, ED 35
Pg.422B, #317-335, DUNCAN, J.M. (m) 28 TN mar. lawyer TN TN
                  A.B.C. (f) 23 OH wife keeping house NY MD
Precinct 3, pg.16, SD 2, ED 37
Pg.463D, #143-143, TODD, Fouchea T. (m) 25 TX mar. farmer AL AL
                  Aletha P. 25 TX wife keeps house TN NC
                  Homer O. 1 TX son TX TX
                  EDWARDS, Elisabith 68 TN mother-in-law widow PA PA
                  DUNCAN, James P. 9 TX step-nephew AL TN
                  Ruthy V. 11 TX step-niece AL TN
                  JOHNSON, William 20 TX BLACK boarder farm laborer MS MS

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)
      Part of Preface: "No pains have been spared to make the facts to be found within these covers accurate. With but few exceptions the material has been gathered from those most immediately interested and then submitted in type-written form for correction and revision."
      Pg.264-5: John W. Duncan, born Hickman Co. TN, March 11, 1825, son of John and Nancy (Myatt) Duncan, grandson of David Duncan, and great-grandson of William Duncan, of pure Scotch descent on both paternal and maternal sides. John Duncan, father of John W., was a machinist, a colonel in State militia of TN, and died in 1867 at age 74 years. His wife, Nancy (Myatt) Duncan, died 1840 at 40 years of age. John W. Duncan was reared and educated in TN, came to TX Dec. 1859, located first Marion Co., then in 1860 to Upshur Co., 3 years later to Anderson Co., 7 years later to Fannin Co. In 1863 enlisted in Conf. army, Co. H, 18th TX Inf., trans-MS department, and served as capt. of Co. H. two years. Blacksmith by trade, became farmer after war. Served as Justice of Peace in Lawrence Co. TN as well as constable. In 1885 appointed postmaster at Bonham, TX. Jan. 26, 1843, at early age of 18, (John W.) Duncan married Miss Mary A. McAnally, dau. of Dr. Martin McAnally; 5 children: Evaline, Minerva, Martin G., Wylie N., and Charles L. He a Mason. (MAD: John W. Duncan mar. Mary A. McAnnally 1/26/1843 Lawrence Co. TN)
      Pg.268-71: Hon. John M. Duncan, prominent attorney of TX, born TN Feb. 7, 1851. His father, Franklin Duncan, born 1828 in TN, an ironmaker, in war with Mexico, and some years after its close moved from TN to MO for a year, then to TX with a capitalist named Browder with whom he established first iron smelting works in TX about 18 miles from Jefferson; later established several foundries throughout eastern TX, died Aug. 1887. His wife was Caroline McAnnelly, born Giles Co. TN in 1830. John M. Duncan is survivor of twins, the first children born to his parents, the other, a brother, dying in infancy. He was reared a brick mason, then studied law, when he began reading under Judge C. Stallcup in 1872 ... In 1877 Mr. Duncan was elected county attorney of Gregg Co., then elected State Senator from district comprised of Gregg, Upshur, Smith & Camp counties; in 1884 to Tyler, and elected judge of Smith Co. In 1876 Mr. Duncan married Miss Allie B., a dau. of Edwin R. Davis. (MAD: William Franklin (W.F.) Duncan mar. N.C. McAnally 12/27/1849 Lawrence Co. TN)

1880 "Biographical Encyclopedia of Texas" pub. by Southern Publishing Co. (Houston, TX, library book 920B-1880; from Lucille Mehrkam 2/1984; Clayton Gen. Lib. 976.4 B615 TEX)
      Pg.277: John M. Duncan of Longview, Gregg Co. was born Lawrenceburg, Lawrence Co. TN, 7 Feb. 1851, came Texas 1858 and located near Jefferson, Marion Co. TX. Learned the trade of brick mason under his father. Worked and went to school alternately. In 1871-72 studied law at Jefferson in office of John C. Stallcup, now of Denver, CO. Admitted to Bar 1872 and moved to Longview the following year. Elected county attorney of Gregg Co. 15 Feb. 1876 ....
      (MAD: An article in "The Handbook of Texas" ed. by Walter Prescott Webb and others, 1952-1976 (from Lucille Mehrkam 10/1984; FHL book 976.4 A5ht) has further details on John Martin Duncan, including the information that he also mar. Eddie Louise House in 1890, and died in San Antonio [Bexar Co.] on 4/21/1917.)

"The Handbook of Texas" ed. by Walter Prescott Webb and others, 1952-1976 (from Lucille Mehrkam 10/1984; FHL book 976.4 A5ht; Internet reference from Barbara West 2/2001)
      The articles in this book are available on the Internet at the following website:


Some early Duncans in Gregg Co. TX:
      Sampson R. Duncan, 15 April 1876, mar. Mrs. Eliz. S. Duncan
      John M. Duncan, 19 Dec. 1876, mar. Miss Allie B.C. Davis


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