Duncans in Kaufman Co. TX


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

Last revised May 4, 2003

Formed 1848 from Henderson
Rockwall formed 1873 from Kaufman


1850 Kaufman Co. TX Census
      No Duncan indexed

1860 Kaufman Co. TX Census
Rock Wall P.O.
Pg.47, #330-332, C. DUNCAN (m) 54 KY farmer $1800-$1790
                  Joicy 47 KY
                  William 19 (laborer), Lucy 14 MO
                  Susan 8 MO
                  (MAD: Caswell Duncan, 1850 Howard Co. MO census; 1880 Rockwall Co. TX census)

1870 Kaufman Co. TX Census
P.O. Kaufman
Pg.54, #381-394, DUNCAN, Caswell 64 KY farmer $1600-$600
                  Joicy 58 KY keeping house
Pg.104, #1101-1119, DUNCAN, James 32 TX farmer $700-$500
                  Jane 20 TX keeping house
                  Susan 3 TX
                  William Ths. 1 TX
                  (MAD: 1850 McNairy Co. TN census; 1860 Anderson Co. TX census)
Pg.104, #1102-1120, NORVELL, Loisa (f) 52 TN keeping house $0-$300
                  DUNCAN, George 28 TX at home $0-$200
                  Alexander 27 TX at home $0-$200
                  Lacy (m) 22 TX at home $0-$200
                  (MAD: 1850 McNairy Co. TN census; 1860 Anderson Co. TX census)
Pg.105, #1108-1126, DUNCAN, David 26 TX farmer $200-$500
                  Emiline 24 TX keeping house
                  Josephine (f) 4 TX
                  Lacy (m) 1 TX
                  (MAD: 1850 McNairy Co. TN census; 1860 Anderson Co. TX census)


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, Virgil H., widow Duncan, Clara; M 2 Tex. Inf.; 1927 Oct. 8, Widow(S) Appl. #1593713, A-3-10-28, Ark.; remarks XC3000182. (MAD: Virgil H. Duncan mar. Clora Dinelly 3/9/1893 Kaufman Co. TX)

Records in TX State Archives, Ranger Rolls (copy of card indexes from Karen S. Collins 11/20/1994)
      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)


Henderson Co. TX Deed (FHL film 1,481,028)
      P-59: At court July 1867, pertaining to estate of decd. persons. On 27 July 1867, the commissioners to partition estate of R.B. Thomas decd among the distributees reported some property could not be divided, including Abst. #81, 200 acre headwright of B.W. Brown in Kaufman Co. on Wild, appraised for $60, recorded Book C of Estates page 525 on 20 Jan. 1870. On 26 Aug. 1867, the claim of Jane Duncan, wife of James Duncan, to take property at its appraised value, she one of heirs and distributees of estate of R.B. Thomas decd; she be permitted to take 200 acres in Kaufman Co., the headright of B.W. Brown and No.87 on Abstract, at the price of $100. 20 Jan. 1870. Certified a true copy.

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 and film 547,564)
      Vol.5 pg.2613: WILLIAM THOMAS DUNCAN of Reeves Co. TX, born Ellis Co. TX 17 March 1869, son of James and Elizabeth Jane (Thomas) Duncan, both born TN, pioneers to TX in the 1840's, located in Kaufman Co., there James Duncan became a rancher, lived in Kaufman Co. 15 years, then moved to Brown Co. and later to Kimball Co., in 1882 moved to Jeff Davis Co. where he spent the last 16 years of his life, dying in 1898; was in Confederate service. Children of James (& Elizabeth Jane): William Thomas; George D. is a merchant in Toyah; James Lafayette, ranching in Jeff Davis Co.; Joseph D. a stockman near Toyah; Lela now Mrs. Frank Billingslea of Toyah. William Thomas Duncan married 29 July 1889 to Miss Annie L. Chalk, a native of TX; they have 4 children: Alice Zillah, now Mrs. Albert Tinnin of Culberson Co.; James C. in business with his father; William K. and Aubrey who live at home.


Some early Duncans in Kaufman Co. TX:
      Alexander B. Duncan, 1836-1837, immigrated to TX between 3/1/1836 and 10/1/1837, had 2nd class grant for land in Kaufman Co. TX (listed on pg.858, "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)
            One Alexander Duncan, after 1 Oct. 1837, had a 3rd class grant for 640 acres in Victoria Co. TX, Unconditional certificate issued 4 Dec. 1839. ("1840 Citizens of TX; Land Grants" Vol.1, by Gifford White, FHL book 976.4 R2wge and fiche 6,100,364; from Lucille Mehrkam 1984)
      Mary A. Duncan, 30 June 1859, mar. Henry M. Wikle
      Eliz. Duncan, 1 Jan. 1860, mar. James M. Simmons
      David Duncan, 20 Jan. 1865, mar. Emaline Smith
      Catherine Duncan, 7 June 1865, mar. Nimrod Ramey
      James Duncan, 11 Jan. 1866, mar. Jane Thomas
      Susan M. Duncan, 6 May 1868, mar. H.D. Shaw

1978 "History of Kaufman Co. [TX]" by Historical Commission (FHL fiche 6,049,336; from Joe Hammond 2/1992; sketches in alphabetic order; authors not given)
      Vol.1 pg.76, contains a sketch of JAMES WESLEY DUNCAN, b. 12/18/1868 in Tazewell, Claiborne Co. TN, son of William Marshall Duncan and Sarah Simmons, married Martha Jane Lewis 10/27/1887 in Harlan Co. KY; in 1892 to Arlington [Tarrant Co.], TX, later to Gastonia, in Kaufman Co. The sketch gives more on his family.


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