Duncans in Hopkins Co. TX


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

Last revised August 27, 2014

Formed 1846 from Lamar, Nacogdoches
Delta formed 1870 from Hopkins, Lamar
Rains formed 1870 from Hopkins, Hunt, Wood


1850 Hopkins Co. TX Census
      No Duncan indexed

1860 Hopkins Co. TX Census (also from Jean Walker 7/1984)
Pg.126, #235-233, Alfred PEYTON 44 IL Christian Clergyman $200-250
                  E.M. (f) 42 TN
                  Alfred 12 LA
                  Jesse 10, James 7 AR
                  John 5, Elizabeth 1 TX
                  Nancy T. IRWIN 59 VA domestic
                  Joseph DUNCAN 21 TN brick mason
Pg.128, #264-262, Ellington SEARLES 18 GA day laborer 0-0
                  L.Q. WOOD (m) 17 MS day laborer
                  J.C. DUNCAN (m) 21 TN day laborer
                  J.T. WYNN (m) 20 GA day laborer
                  W.J. BRIGGS (m) 21 TN day laborer
Pg.131, #424-422, Wm. B. DUNCAN 60 VA farmer $1800-2620
                  Elizabeth 26 TN
                  Julia 16 TN
                  Wm. B. 10, Laura 4 TX
                  Woodson 2, Mary 5/12 TX
                  (MAD: 1850 Smith Co. TX census)
Pg.178, #480-479, Gerard DUNCAN 22 AR farmer $500-400 (mar/in/year)
                  Elizabeth A. 15 TX (mar/in/year)
Bright Star
Pg.191, #352-349, Benjamin DUNCAN 37 VA farmer $400 $400
                  Frances (f) 24 AL
                  George 15, Joseph 13 AL
                  Charlie 5 AL
                  Robert 2 TX
                  (MAD: 1850 Talladega Co. AL census)

1870 Hopkins Co. TX Census (pg.119 also from Jean Walker 7/1984)
Precinct 1, P.O. Bright Star
Pg.39, #82-85, McLAUGHLIN, John 45 AL farmer $0-$500
                  Harriet A. 38 AL keeping house
                  Thomas 16, Lucy J. 15 TN
                  Louisa D. 11, Robert E. 9 TN
                  Jacob R. 8 TN
                  DUNCAN, John 19 TN farmer
                  LANE, Henry 23 TN farm laborer
Precinct 3, P.O. Black Oak
Pg.119, #115-115, DUNCAN, Benjamin 48 VA farmer $0-$500
                  Fanny 35 AL keeping house
                  Robert 12, James 9 TX
                  Minie? (Marie?) 6, Sarah 4 TX
                  Claudius (m) 4/12 TX b.Feb.
                  SYKES, Caroline 20 AL at home (can't write)
                  DUNCAN, Charles 16 AL in school
                  (JHW: neighbors Inglet, Sistrunt)
Precinct 5, P.O. Charleston (not Precinct 3 as indexed)
Pg.167, #29-29, WRIGHT, Lafayette W. 45 TX (written over TN) farmer $600-$600
                  M?.J. (f) 37 TN keeping house
                  DUNCAN, Robert 11 TX (white) (blank)
                  SHAW, Kezah (f) 33 MS BLACK domestic servant
                  Rebecca 14 AR BLACK domestic servant
                  Jerry (m) 6 AR BLACK domestic servant
                  Dorah (f) 1 TX BLACK


Henderson Co. TX Deeds
      F-183: 26 Jan. 1852, Aderine (X) Angelin of Anderson Co. TX to William B. Duncan of Hopkins Co. TX; that William B. Duncan as agent for Aderine Anglin has located said Angelin headrights for one league and labore of land on "Kicapoo Neck" in present county of Henderson, TX, surveyed in two equal halves, one being south of said Kickapoo Creek beg. SE corner of survey of L. Hall, and the other mainly north of said Kickapoo Creek at NE corner of said Hall's survey; now for said Duncan's services in locating and surveying, and for $100, Anglin deeds to Duncan 1000 acres to be taken across the West end of the N 1/2 of said headwright, beg. SW corner of survey 13,000,000 "varas" made for Aderine Anglin, being the N 1/2 or tract, then east far enough to make 1000 acres by running north across to the N boundary. Wit. Saml. Slater, Thomas A. Slater; ack. July 1852, rec. 23 July 1852. (FHL film 1,481,025)
      O-236: 18 March 1865, William B. Duncan of Hopkins Co. TX to A.C. King of Henderson Co., for $1000, 1000 acres on N.side Kickapoo Creek, original owner A. Anglin; ack. 27 April 1865 in Hopkins Co.; no wit.; rec. 27 April 1865. (FHL film 1,481,027)

Chicot Co. AR Deed (FHL film 977,963; SLC 7/22/2014)
      G-45: John R. Sanford of Coahoma Co. MS for myself and as attorney in fact for William B. Duncan now of state of Texas, for $300 paid by Chapman Johnson of Chicot Co. AR, sell to said Chapman Johnson the tract or parcel of land in Chicot Co. containing 150-97/100 acres, the NW frac. 1/4 of frac. Sec.25 Twp.15S Range 2W in District of Lands subject to sale at Helena, AR, for which tract of land a patent has issued to James Carp? and John Houston of St.Francis Co. who on 3 June 1836 assigned their interest to myself and William B. Duncan, and for myself and as attorney in fact for William B. Duncan agree with Chapman Johnson to warrant title. 3 Oct. 1849. /s/ John R. Sanford, William B. Duncan by John R. Sanford Atty in fact. Wit. A.G. Underwood, Jno. Preston Jr. Ack. 3 Oct. 1849 before A.G. Underwood, J.P., Phillips Co. AR. Filed for record Jan. 7, 1850, and recorded Jan. 17, 1850. (MAD: Hopkins Co. TX per Monroe Co. AR deed G-233 in 1858; 1850 Smith Co. TX census) (FHL Film 977,963)

Monroe Co. AR Deed (SLC 9/10-11/2013)
      G-233: W.B. Duncan deed to Wm. Harvick. State of Texas, Hopkins Co. 28 May 1858, William B. Duncan of Hopkins Co. TX for $150 paid, sell to William Harvick of Monroe Co. AR, my interest in 3 tracts of land in AR, the SW 1/4 Sec.22 Twp.1S Range 2E containing 160 acres, also NW 1/4 Sec.32 Twp.1N Range 3E containing 160 acres; and also NE 1/4 Sec.28 Twp.1N Range 2W containing 160 acres, together with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ William B. Duncan. Wit. John M. Ewing, Z.G. Mathew. Ack. 28 May 1858 before R.E?. Mathews, County Clerk, Hopkins Co. TX. Certification the deed is a true copy or transcript from the original filed in my office for record, 17 Aug. 1858, Joseph P. Vanos? Clerk. (FHL Film 1,019,818)

Smith Co. TN Deed (FHL film 319,088; SLC 5/8/2013)
      X-305/306: 5 Oct. 1856, Mary A. Moore formerly Mary A. Vaden, dau. of William Vaden & Mahala H. Vaden and William Moore husband to said Mary A. Moore, also Lodwick Vaden son of said William & Mahala H. Vaden, also Elisabeth T. Duncan formerly Elizabeth T. Vaden dau. of said William & Mahala H. Vaden & her husband William B. Duncan, also William B. Vaden son of said William & Mahala H. Vaden, also Matilda Anne Posey formerly Matilda Ann Vaden dau. of said William & Mahala H. Vaden and her husband Edwin D. Posey, all of Hopkins Co. TX, appoint said William Vaden surviving husband of said Mahala H. Vaden decd. our attorney to receive whatever money and personal property may be coming to us respectively as heirs of said Mahala H. Vaden decd late the wife of William Vaden afsd and formerly Mahala H. Beasley, dau. of Isham Beasley who recently deceased in Smith Co. TN, and our attorney William Vaden is authorized to compromise with the other heirs and the administrators of the estate of said Isham Beasley decd in relation to the division and apportionment of said estate ..., sign receipts, etc. /s/ W.B. Duncan, W.B. Vaden, Elizabeth T. Duncan, Mary A. (X) Moore, Matilda Ann (X) Posey, Wm. Moore, Edwin D. Posey. They appeared 5 Oct. 1856 before R.E. Mathews, Clerk of Hopkins Co. TX County Court, and ack. instrument. Certification by J.A.G. Milton, Chief Justice of Hopkins Co. TX, 5 Oct. 1856. Reg. Jany. 8, 1857. (FHL film 319,088)

HISTORIES before 1923

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)
      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)

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.110: Joseph A. Brasher, b. July 28, 1842 in Christian Co. KY, son of Hampton Brasher, son of Lawrence Brasher native of KY. Hampton Brasher began early life in Hopkinsville, KY; died in Confederate army Dec. 19, 1864; had married 1st to Altezara J., dau. of Joseph Woodruff native of Hopkins Co. KY, two children Emsley H. and Joseph A. Hampton Brasher married 2nd to Mahala A., daughter of James Duncan; nine children: Lucinda E., Altezara J., James F., Nancy C., William L., Oliver H., Martha E., John M. and Maggie, six still living. Joseph A. enlisted Confederate army in 1862 ... until disbanded June 8, 1865, came to TX that year, married Jan. 10, 1867 to Permelia J., dau. of Matthew Armstrong, a native of KY. (6 children, not copied) Matthew Armstrong b. Christian Co. KY in 1809, mar. Miss America Ash in 1848, to TX 1866, was one of first settlers in Hopkins Co. TX, d. 1878.

"Reminiscences of the Boys in Grey 1861-1865" (Texas) by Mamie Yeary, 1912 (FHL film 1,000,598 item 1; pgs.202-204 in alphabetic order by surname)
      Forward: In offering to the public these "Confederate Reminiscences" my only apology is to place in permanent form, and in the very words of the participants, as far as practicable, the personal experiences of the "men behind the guns," the "boys in the line," ... Many interesting papers, too lengthy for the scope of this work, have been abridged to contain the most important parts. ... While editing the data so kindly sent me, I have entered fully into each skirmish, battle, march and campaign. ...
      Thos. J. Duncan, Austin [Austin Co.], TX; born near Laurenburg [Lawrenceburg?, Lawrence Co.], TN. Enlisted in the Confederate Army Jan. 16, 1862, at Milliken, [Brazos or Hopkins Co.] TX, as First Corporal in Co. H, 8th TX Infantry, Hawes' Brigade, Walker's Division, Trans-Mississippi Department; Tom Caruthers first Captain and O. Young first Colonel. I was transferred to the Ordnance Department, and was never engaged in battle, but I know all the hardships endured by the Confederate soldier.

1882 "A History of the Baptists in MO" by R.S. Duncan (FHL book 977.8 K2d)
      Pg.576-9, Bear Creek Association
      LEWIS DUNCAN - In an early day, two brothers, named respectively John and George Duncan, emigrated from Scotland to the United States. John settled in the state of Virginia (then a Province), and George settled in Pennsylvania. From these two men it is believed that all by that name in the United States have descended.
      Lewis Duncan, the subject of this sketch, was a native of Virginia, and was born in Culpepper (sic) County, the first day of March, 1806. The old homestead was about eighteen miles northwest of Culpepper court house, and six miles from Gaines' Cross Roads.
      His father was James Duncan, a native of Fauquier Co. VA, and his mother's maiden name was Dorcas Butler, a daughter of Spencer Butler, of Culpepper Co. VA. They were in moderate circumstances; educational advantages were not such then as now, and he received only a partial common-school education while growing up. But when near his maturity he managed to acquire a sufficient knowledge of the English branches to teach school. In the school-house he was at home. By his mild but positive manner of government, he used to control with ease quite a number of young men, some of whom were quite rude, as was not unfrequently the case in those early days. After his ordination to the ministry he quit teaching school. He was the middle son of seven children - six sons and one daughter - none of whom are now living except it be Dr. William Duncan, of Texas, who is now quite elderly, if living.


Some early Duncans in Hopkins Co. TX:
      Wm. B. Duncan, 1837-1840, had 3rd class grant in Hopkins Co. TX for immigration 10/1/1837 to 1/1/1840 on pg.755, "Abstract of Titled and Patented Lands Compiled From the Records of the General Land Office of the State of Texas" published in Austin in 1860 (indexed by Paul Campbell; published in Vol.3#2 "Texas Heritage Quarterly," from Lucille Mehrkam 2/1984 and CA State Library, Sutro Branch, book F385 T48)
            Wm. B. Duncan, 4 March 1836, lived in TX; had 1st class grant for land in Hardin Co. TX (listed on pg.665) and in Liberty Co. TX (listed on pg.950) from "Abstract of Titled and Patented Lands Compiled From the Records of the General Land Office of the State of Texas" published in Austin in 1860 (indexed by Paul Campbell; published in Vol.3#2 "Texas Heritage Quarterly," from Lucille Mehrkam 2/1984 and CA State Library, Sutro Branch, book F385 T48)
      Wm. B. Duncan, 1855, had 3 females on scholastic census in Dist.16, Meranda, Cecelia and Julia. (District 16 partially missing; Vol.20#3, "TX Footprints"; and pg.126, "Texas Scholastics 1854-1855" by Gifford White, 1979, from Lucille Mehrkam 3/1984; FHL book 976.4 J2w)
      Wm. B. Duncan, 15 March 1855, mar. Elizabeth Harper; Elizabeth L. Vaden had mar. Wm. L. Harper on 2 March 1854
      Caroline Duncan, 2 March 1859, mar. Richd. Hicklin
      Maranda Duncan, 3 March 1859, mar. W.R. Beckham
      Grard Duncan, 18 Aug. 1859, mar. Eliz. De Spain
      Julia Duncan, 15 May 1861, mar. W.T. Davis
      James Duncan, 12 Oct. 1865, mar. Elizabeth M. Shores
      Grard Duncan, 15 June 1870, mar. Elenora Mitchell
      J.H. Duncan, 5 Sept. 1872, mar. (f) S.E. Walker
      T.W. Duncan, 16 Nov. 1873, mar. Ella M. Starr (MAD: bur. Nacogdoches Co. TX)
      J.H. Duncan, 27 Jan. 1876, mar. (f) M.S. Ivey
      E.M. Duncan, 6 April 1876, mar. Joseph G. Kimbrel
      J.R. Duncan, 13 Nov. 1878, mar. Dixie Crowder
      G.W. Duncan, 1 July 1879, mar. Ella Towns
      Elizabeth Duncan, 26 April 1901, applied in TX for a Mexican War Pension WC-13894 as widow of William B. Duncan, SC-3375 of TX, he served in Co.D 2nd TX Mounted Vols. as a Private. ("Index to Mexican War Pension Files" by Virgil D. White; FHL book 973 M22mw) (MAD: 1850 Smith Co. TX census, 1860 Hopkins Co. TX census)


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