Duncans in Victoria Co. TX


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

Last revised February 18, 2003

Formed 1836 from Old Mexican Municipality
Calhoun formed 1846 from Victoria, Matagorda, Jackson
DeWitt formed 1846 from Goliad, Gonzales, Victoria
Lavaca formed 1846 from Colorado, Victoria, Jackson, Gonzales


1850-1860 Victoria Co. TX Census
      No Duncan indexed

1870 Victoria Co. TX Census
Precinct 5, P.O. Victoria
Pg.300, #11-10, DINCANS, Stephen 50 NC farmer $900-$1350
                  Henrietta (f) 44 HANOVER keeping house, parents of foreign birth
                  Thomas 14 TX at school, mother of foreign birth
                  Robt. 20 TX stock keeper, mother of foreign birth
                  Laura (f) 4 TX, mother of foreign birth


Index to TX Confederate Pension Records (from Lucille Mehrkam 10/1983)
      Application, Name, County, Book
      47569, Duncan, Jessie L., Victoria, 7

HISTORIES before 1923

1912 "A history of Kentucky and Kentuckians : the leaders and representative men in commerce, industry and modern activities" by E. Polk Johnson, 3 vols. (CA State Library, Sutro Branch, book F451 J7 V.II; from John A. Duncan 4/1985)
      Pg.1655-6: ELLIS DUNCAN, M.D. - The family to which Mr. Ellis Duncan belongs has its origin far back in the history of Scotland, when clan fought clan and the land was the scene of bloody strife with its would-be master, England. He is prominent among the younger members of the medical profession of Louisville, and is coroner of Jefferson Co. His ability does not seem to be limited with the years of his age or connection with the profession, as a short sketch of his life will show.
            Mr. Duncan was born in Worthington, Jefferson Co. KY, January 7, 1874. His great-great-grandfather, Robert Duncan, a native of Westmoreland Co. VA, came to KY in 1678 (sic), settling in Nelson Co. He was one of five brothers who emigrated from Scotland, they being the sons of William Duncan, a Scotch Presbyterian, whose head was cut off, for being a heretic, in 1665. The fact that they were Scotch Presbyterians is all one requires who is familiar with that worthy sect as evidence of their firm principles of moral conduct and noble character. Of the five sons mentioned above, Henry was the Doctor's ancestor. Thomas Duncan, great-grandfather of the Doctor was 18 years of age when he came to KY. Ellis, son of Thomas, was the grandfather of the Doctor, whose father was Thomas Green Duncan and was born in Nelson Co. KY. He removed to Jefferson Co. in 1873 and is still living. The mother of the Doctor was Mary R. McClure, a native of Logansport, IN, the daughter of General Daniel McClure, ... (Gen. McClure) died in 1900 at age of 80 years, m. Matilda Hite, a sister of Milton Hite. Mrs. (Mary R. McClure) Duncan died in 1893, at the age of 43 years.
            In 1876, when the Doctor was 2 years of age, his parents removed to TX, and it was in the public schools of Victoria [Victoria Co.], TX, that he received his early educational training. ... When he returned to Louisville in 1893, he entered the medical department of the University of Louisville, from which he was graduated March 30, 1896, ... (more on his activities).
            The Doctor married Annie Kinnard, widow of George W. Strother, deceased. Mrs. Duncan was born in Middletown, KY. (no dates; no other family info.)
      1930 "The Medicine Man in Texas" by Geo. Plunkett Red, pg.324-6, Victoria Co. TX, contained an article about Dr. Thomas Green Duncan, born Bardstown [Jefferson Co.], KY, Nov. 29, 1840; ran away from home to join Confederacy, mar. Miss Mary Regina McClure, had 6 children, 3 died in early childhood; to TX in July 1882 and visited a brother living in Wharton Co., then made their home in town of Victoria; she died Feb. 1893, he mar. 1894 to Mrs. Jessie Lasseter, he died 14 May 1910. (from Jeannine Wright 1/1992) (JW: father of Dr. Ellis Duncan of Louisville KY, Scottie English (Duncan) Forbes, and Madge (Duncan) Brown of Cripple Creek CO)


Some early Duncans in Victoria Co. TX:
      William Duncan, 9 March 1826, with Col. Elijah Stapp in letter of introduction from Green DeWitt of Ralls Co. MO to Stephen F. Austin: "permit me to introduce to your attention Col. Elijah Stapp and Mr. William Duncan, who come to Texas for the purpose of selecting lands for a number of families who intend to migrate from this county to that country." (from pg.326, "The Signers of the TX Declaration of Independence" by Louis Wiltz Kemp, 1944, from Evelyn Sigler and Lucille Mehrkam 1984; and from pg.294, "War of 1812 Veterans in TX," by Mary Smith Fay, FHL book 976.4 M2f, from Lucille Mehrkam 1984) (MAD: Elijah Stapp died 21 Aug. 1842 Indianola, Victoria later Calhoun Co. TX.)
      Alexander Duncan, after 1 Oct. 1837, arrived in TX; had 3rd class land grant for 640 acres in Victoria issued 4 Dec. 1839. (from Vol.1, "1840 Citizens of TX, Land Grants" by Gifford White, FHL book 976.4 R2wge and fiche 6,100,364; from Lucille Mehrkam 1984). (MAD: see also Kaufman Co. TX)
      Joseph W. Duncan, 25 Nov. 1884, mar. Maria E. DuBoes


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