Duncans in Marion Co. TX


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

Last revised January 17, 2013

Formed 1860 from Cass


1860 Marion Co. TX Census
Alleys Mills P.O.
Pg.455, #6-6, W.S. DUNCAN (m) 31 TN moulder $0-$20
                  N.C. (f) 30 TN
                  Jno. M. 9, Jas. H. 5 TX
                  Robt. JOHNSON 21 ENG moulder
                  Henry DAY 27 MA clerk
                  W.C. JERMAN (m) 25 PA moulder
                  (MAD: William Franklin Duncan mar. Caroline McAnally, 1850 Lawrence Co. TN)
Pg.455, #18-18, T.S. DUNCAN (m) 22 TN farmer $700-$125
                  Isabella DUNCAN 19 AL
                  Acey (m) 6/12 TX
                  (MAD: Theophilus Sanders Duncan, 1850 Lawrence Co. TN census; 1870 Hardin Co. TN census; Isabella, over 21, residing in TX, wife of Theophillus Duncan, dau. of James Childress decd and Elizabeth Childress decd. 9/7/1859, from Limestone Co. AL Probate Minute Book T, from pg.42, Vol.209, "Limestone Co. AL Records" by Pauline Gandrud)

1870 Marion Co. TX Census
Beat 2, P.O. Jefferson
Pg.356, #105-116, DUNCAN, William F. 41 TN brick mason $1000-$400
                  Nercilla (f) 40 TN keeping house
                  John M. 18 TN attending school
                  James H. 15 TN (blank)
Beat 4, P.O. Jefferson
Pg.380, #162-171, DUNCAN, Lucinda 35 AL BLACK (blank) $0-$0
                  Minerva 18 AL BLACK
                  Henry 12, Washington 9 TX BLACKS
                  Gabriel (m) 1, Sarah 1 TX BLACKS (does not say twins)
Ward 3, City of Jefferson
Pg.449, #285-319, (at last of preceding household; checkmark in "foreign birth" column for many individuals this page)
                  JACKSON, Anthony 46 KY MULATTO carpenter $0-$0
                  Francis (f) 37 GA MULATTO keeping house
Pg.449, #286-320, Edward ("f") 17 GA MULATTO
                  Amas (m) 9 GA MULATTO
                  Myra ("m") 9, Rhoda (f) 5 TX MULATTOS
                  William A. 2 (f) TX MULATTO
                  DUMICAN? (DUNNCAN?), Turner (m) 23 TX MULATTO preacher $0-$0
                  Ellen ("m") 17 GA BLACK keeping house


Marion Co. TX Deeds (indexes 1860-1934, A-E on FHL film 1,481,610 item 3; A-T on FHL film 1,481,611)
      Did not copy other Duncans, was looking only for heirs of J.W. Duncan, did not find 1875 grant.
      E-50: 18 Jan. 1869, patent to heirs of J.W. Duncan decd, about 9 miles N 19 deg. W from town of Jefferson by Bounty Warrant #134 on 29 Oct. 1859. (FHL film 1,502,610)
      G-20/21: Field notes of survey for Deed E-50 for 160 acres for heirs of J.D. Duncan; survey is #530 in Titus Co. on waters of Big Cypress adj. survey for Saml. Johnson, W.S. Finley, Hamilton Paggett, W.C. Lilley. Survey made 29 Oct. 1869, recorded in surveyor (F.Wilhite for Titus Co.) Book J, page 322. 4 Nov. 1869. (FHL film 1,502,611)

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; 1860 Marion Co. TX census)

1880 "Biographical Encyclopedia of Texas" pub. by Southern Publishing Co. (Houston, TX, library book 920B-1880; from Lucille Mehrkam 2/1984 and Lenox Baker 5/1984; 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 Marion Co. TX:
      James W. Duncan, 1859-1861, had fallen with Fannin; his heirs received bounty warrants; 29 Oct. 1859, his heirs received bounty warrant #134 for 960 acres; 320 acres in Marion Co. patented to the heirs on 1/18/1869, 40.75 acres in Cass Co. on 5/2/1871, 81.66 acres in Marion Co. on 3/4/1875, 234.5 acres in Morris Co. on 1/24/1906, and 278.8 acres in Red River Co. on 6/27/1868. On 14 Dec. 1861, his heirs received bounty warrant #365 for 960 acres; 300 acres in Cass Co. patented to heirs on 5/19/1869, 157 acres in Morris Co. on 4/23/1869, 503 acres in Franklin Co. on 3/1/1871. ("Bounty and Donation Land Grants of Texas 1835-1888" by Thomas Lloyd Miller, 1967, for service between 1835 and 1846, from records of the TX General Land Office; from Lucille Mehrkam 1984). (MAD: see deeds in Franklin Co. TX for heirs)
      William F. Duncan, 24 Feb. 1887, applied in TX, SC-13425, for pension for service in Mexican War in a TN unit ("Index to Mexican War Pension Files" by Virgil D. White; FHL book 973 M22mw)
      W.F. Duncan, 8 Aug. 1887, died; W.F. Duncan 12/28/1828 - 8/8/1887, N.C. Duncan wife of W.F., 1/7/1829 - 3/3/1885, and Amanda Duncan, dau. of W.F. and N.C., 8/20/1860 - 9/4/1867, bur. Kellyville Cemetery (pg.114, "Cemetery Records of Marion Co. TX 1846-1960" (no author) from Lucille Mehrkam 5/1984; FHL book 976.4193 V3d and films 823,718 item 2 and 873,723 item 1)


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