Duncans in Jack Co. TX


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

Last revised April 19, 2009

Formed 1856 from Cooke
Donley formed 1881 from Jack


1860 Jack Co. TX Census (also from Jean Walker 7/1984)
P.O. Jacksboro, Sheet 92, 7/17/1860
Pg.363, #639-647, George DUNKIN 40 IL blacksmith $0-$250
                  Judea 40 TN
                  John 21 TX laborer
                  Arminda 16 TX
                  Texana (f) 12, Moses 12 TX
                  Pollie 8, Hiram 7 TX
                  George 5, Julia A. 2 TX
                  (MAD & Jean Walker: George W. Duncan 1850 Caldwell Co. TX census, 1870 Llano Co. TX census; wife Judith Damron, ch. John Richard, Arminda, Sarah T., Wm. Moses, Rebecca, Hiram T.)
Pg.363, #640-648, George DAMRON 24 TN laborer $0 - $200
                  Mary 18 TN, mar. in year
                  (Jean Walker: Mary was dau. of George Duncan and Judith Damron)


TX General Land Office Records (extracts from Karen S. Collins 11/1994)
      Certificate #194, George W. Duncan, Fannin Land District. 3rd Class Cert. for conditional headright for 640 acres; 2 surveys: (1) 320 acres on Pecan Creek; (2) 320 acres on Bois D/Arc Creek. On 4 July 1841, changed to 2nd class unconditional because had resided in Republic of Texas for 3 years and has done and performed all the duties required of him as a citizen.
      Certificate #193, George Duncan, Fannin Land District. 3rd Class Cert. for conditional headright for 640 acres, two tracts of 320 acres each, both on Bois D'Arc Creek. On 5 July 1840, changed to 2nd class unconditional because had resided in Republic of Texas for 3 years and had done and performed all the duties required of him as a citizen. Sold all to Baker for $300, 14 Nov. 1846. George Duncan was still in Fannin Co. at the time of this sale.
      Script - 43-2/10 acres, George W. Duncan. Jack Co. TX on Cleveland Creek; contracted to buy 5 Aug. 1859; land was public domain for sale by state; forfeited for non-payment.


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, Hiram T., widow Duncan, Harriet C.; Indian Wars; enlisted 1872, discharged 1875, Capt. Smith's Co. Min, Men? (Mesa?), Texas Vols.; additional service 1919-6-27 Henry? (Hinly?) Capt. Smith's Co., Texas Frontier Forces; 1917 Aug. 7, Ind. Serv. Appl. #14662, Cert. #13914, Texas; 1923 Jan. 27, Widow Appl. #1730759, Cert. (blank), Tex; remarks XC920854. (MAD: b.1852 Fannin Co. TX; 1860 Jack Co. TX census)

Index to TX Confederate Pension Records (from Lucille Mehrkam 10/1983)
      Application, Name, County, Book
      25814, Duncan, Mrs. Fannie A., Jack, 3

Records in TX State Archives, Ranger Rolls (copy of card indexes from Karen S. Collins 11/1994)
      Name & Rank: Duncan, G.W., Pvt.; Comm. Off: Hamner, H.A., Capt.; Organ.: Rangers. Enlisted Jan.14-60 at Jacksboro for 12 months. (Disch. & Descrip. blank) Remarks: R&F 86; citizens of Wise, Parker, Montague, Young & Jack counties in public meeting at Jacksboro org. Co. for protection of frontier; 1 MR. (KSC: think this is George Washington Duncan, son of George Duncan, of Jack Co. TX)
            (Copy of election from TX State Archives, Jack Co., of the Ranging Company, Captain H.A. Hammer, 24 Jany. 1860, names include G.W. Damran, G.W. Duncan.)
      Name & Rank: Duncan, Geo., Pvt.; Comm. Off: Vanpool, Obed, Capt.; Organ.: Trinity Guards, Cav. Co. Precinct No. 7, Kaufman Cty., 13th Brig. TM. Enlisted Jy.6-61. (Disch. & Descrip. blank) Remarks: R&F 67; Election cert. with roll. Co. comm. Sept.3-61; Co. org. under Act of Feb. 15-58. 1 MR dtd. Aug.24-61; 1 list of names enrolled on [reserve] militia in Precinct No. 7, Kaufman Cty. (KSC: this may be George H. Duncan)


Some early Duncans in Jack Co. TX:
      George M. Duncan, 4 March 1836, lived in TX; had 1st class grant for land in "Jack" Co. (listed on pg.801, "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, and 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)
      Mary Duncan, 8 Sept. 1859, mar. Geo. Damron
      Armenda Jane Duncan, 7 April 1861, mar. J.W. Martin
      Rachael Duncan, 7 Aug. 1873, mar. Ward Smith

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: 1870 Pettis Co. MO census; see Grayson Co. TX)


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