Duncans in Grimes Co. TX


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

Last revised August 27, 2007

Formed 1846 from Montgomery
Madison formed 1842 from Leon, Grimes, Walker
Waller formed 1873 from Austin, Grimes


1850 Grimes Co. TX Census
      No Duncan indexed

1860 Grimes Co. TX Census
Prairie Plain
Pg.229, #105-105, J.R. COX (m) 25 TX merchant $500-$4250
                  E.M. (f) 18 TX
                  Edgar 1 TX
                  P.S. DUNCAN (m) 36 TN wheelright $0-$300?
                  Susan 27 TN
                  R. Henry DUNCAN 12, John D. 10 TN
                  V. Ellen (f) 8, William S. 5 TN
                  Frances A. (f) 3, Amos N. 1 TN
                  (MAD: Peter S. Duncan, 1850 Madison Co. TN census)
Pg.273, #717-708, James A. DUNCAN 34 SCT farmer $400-$500
                  Marian (f) 35 Isle of Ceylon?
                  Sarah 11, Mary C. 8 LA
                  James C. 7 Canada
                  Levy? A. 3, Emma J. 3/12 TX
                  James CUNINGHAM 15 LA

1870 Grimes Co. TX Census
Precinct #1, P.O. Anderson
Pg.234, #410-410, DUNCIN, Henry 30 AL BLACK farm laborer $0-$100
                  Lizzy (f) 25 AL BLACK keeping house
Pg.299, #417-417, HARRISON, Mont. (m) 38 TN farmer $1000-$1000
                  Mary 32 ENG keeping house, parents of foreign birth
                  Sarah 13 TX at home, mother of foreign birth
                  Elizabeth 12, John 9 TX at home, mother of foreign birth
                  Richard 4/12 TX b.Jany, mother of foreign birth
                  DUNCAN, Virginia 18 TN (white) at home
                  (MAD: ? dau. of P(eter) S. & Susan Duncan on 1860 census)
P.O. Grimes Plains (Precinct not given)
Pg.309-310, #1603-1603, HARRISON, Barney 49 VA farmer $2000-$1000
                  Margaret 37 TX keeping house
                  Josephine 13 TX at home
                  Virginia 11 TX at home
                  Eugenia (f) 9 TX (blank)
                  Susan 5, Dolly (f) 4 TX (blank)
                  HARRISON, Barney 2 TX
                  DUNCAN, William 14 LA farm laborer (white)
                  SANFORD, John 18 TX BLACK farm laborer
                  (MAD: ? son of P(eter) S. & Susan Duncan on 1860 census)
Pg.311, #1627-1627, HARRISON, Philip 47 VA farmer $500-$200
                  Melvina 46 TN keeping house
                  Frank 19 TX farm laborer
                  Beauregard (m) 8 TX
                  DUNCAN, Ann 12 TX at home (white)
                  (MAD: ? dau. of P(eter) S. & Susan Duncan on 1860 census)
Anderson P.O. (no Precinct)
Pg.344, #2177-2177, DUNCAN, Josiah 35 GA farmer $0-$200
                  Ella 34 GA keeping house
                  Phillis (f) 14 TX at home
                  Kessiah (f) 12 TX at home
                  Mildred 10 TX at home

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.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.


Some early Duncans in Grimes Co. TX:
      Mary E. Duncan, 1 Dec. 1869, mar. James Martin
      Wm. H. Duncan, 1869-1871, mar. Eliza. Jane McMillan (Mar.Book J)
      Wash Duncan, 28 Feb. 1877, mar. Margaret Hinton or Henton
      Josephine Dunkin, 24 Jan. 1878, mar. Arthur Hunter

"History of Grimes County [TX] : land of heritage and progress" by Grimes Co. Historical Commission, 1982 (Clayton, TX, Library book 976.4243 H673 GRIMES; from Lucille Mehrkam 2/1984)
      Pg.283 of this book contains an article by Mary Eliz. Carter Duncan about the Steve D. Duncan Family; he a descendant of Hiram Duncan (2/3/1852 - 12/16/1932) who was a son of George Washington Duncan II (2/12/1814 - 1868) who was a son of George Washington Duncan (ca 1778 - 2/29/1848) and Penelope Wells, of Llano Co. TX.
      Pg.283 also contains an article by Dora Jean Nobles about the family of Samuel Porter Duncan and wife Minnie Elizabeth Walton.


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