Duncans in Botetourt Co. VA


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

Last revised August 26, 2003

Formed 1769 from Augusta
Fincastle formed 1772 from Botetourt, discontinued 1777
Montgomery formed 1776-7 from Fincastle, Botetourt, Pulaski
Rockbridge formed 1778 from Augusta, Botetourt
Bath formed 1790-1 from Augusta and Botetourt Co. VA, Greenbrier Co. WV
Alleghany formed 1822 from Bath and Botetourt Co. VA, Monroe Co. WV
Roanoke formed 1838 from Botetourt, Montgomery
Craig formed 1851 from Botetourt, Giles, Roanoke, Alleghany, and Montgomery Co. VA, Monroe Co. WV


1810-1850 Botetourt Co. VA Census
      No Duncan indexed

1860 Botetourt Co. VA Census
Pg.119, #3-3, James L. WALROUD 70 VA merchant $3000-$14000
                  C.V. HANNAH (f) 37 VA
                  James L. 8 VA
                  John P. DUNCAN 22 VA clerk
                  Virginia WOLTZ 18, Ann M. 16 VA
                  (MAD: 1850 Greenbrier Co. WV census; 1870 Raleigh Co. WV census)

1870 Botetourt Co. VA Census
      No Duncan indexed


Botetourt Co. VA Marriage Register 1770-1853, typed (register on FHL film 30,734; Index on FHL film 30,733)
      23 Jan. 1788, John Douglass to Ann Morris. (p.38)
      9 May 1795, John Garretson to Rebeccah Duncan, sec./wit. Jeremiah Duncan, mar. by Edward Mitchell 12 May 1795. (p.80, 519)
      30 Dec. 1796, George Dunkin to Levina Weir, bdm./wit. James Weirs (pg.90)
      11 Jan. 1803, James Auld to Esther Duncan, p. Robert Duncan decd, father, bdm./wit. John Auld. (p.131)
      15 Aug. 1803, John Beckner to Mary Duncan, p. Robert Duncan decd, sec/wit. Robert Duncan; mar. by Edward Mitchell, return 4 Sept. 1803. (p.135, 536)
      18 Oct. 1804, Robert Duncan to Catharine Darr, above the age of 21 years, Joseph Darr father, bdm. Joseph Darr Jr.; returned 30 Oct. 1804 by Edward Mitchell. (p.144, 539)
      21 Dec. 1808, Richard Huntsman to Nancy Duncan, Robert Duncan decd father, bdm. Jonathan Beckner, return 22 Dec. 1808 by John Helms. (p.177, 552)
      17 Sept. 1845, James L. Wright to Mary Duncan, James Duncan father, James W. Taylor wit./bdm, return 18 Sept. 1845 by A.J. Elmore. (p.454, 663)


Botetourt Co. VA Wills (Index on FHL film 30,694)
      A-255: 29 March 1787, Robert (X) Dunkin of Botetourt Co., VA, weak in body, land I now live on adj. William McClanen and Nikels Carper on Backe Creek to be sold, 1/2 to wife Cettron, the other half to my five children Mary Eastair and Rachel and my son Robert and my dau. Nancy when they come of age; moveable estate and household furniture and plaintion (sic) tools be sold and money divided unto my wife and five children, except one young bay mare to my dau. Mary; plantation lying in Hersion (?) County on the watters of Ealke in State of Virginia to be sold when youngest child comes of full age, money divided between my wife and five children; I appoint daughters Estair, Rachel and my son Robert to be bound until of full age; Robert to be bound as a blacksmith. To my five daughters, that is, Margaret Elizabeth Rebeca Isbel and Janet 5 shillings each. Exec. Nickles Carper, Mathew Wilson. Land on Ealkes Waters from James Ewing. Wit. William McClelan, Andw. Clark, Christian Hershburger. Proved June, 1787. Inventory returned 9 Oct. 1787. (FHL film 30,695; the Elk River is in Harrison Co., which now includes Lewis and Braxton Co. WV)
      (MAD: See Robert m. Elizabeth Lyons 1809 in Montgomery Co. VA, widow of William Lyons who was a blacksmith; to Knox Co. TN)


VA State Land Office Surveys
      Book 21, 1787 (FHL film 29,564)
      21-9: Surveyed for Robert Duncan, 340 acres in Botetourt Co. by entry on Waters of Looneys Creek branch of James River adj. lands of Robert Neeley, April 13, 1781 by Saml. Walker Jr. S.B.C. Rec. 27 Oct. '86, grant issued 7 Aug. 1787.
      Book 27, 1793-1794 (FHL film 29,570)
      27-606: Surveyed for Jeremiah Dunkin, 148 acres by virtue of part of a Land Office Treasury Warrant of (blank) acres #19659 assigned to him by John Preston who was assignee of Goerge Houghter the land lying in Botetourt Co. on the waters of Cataba Creek a branch of James River, adj. his own land formerly Middletons and the land of Samuel Baldwin; October 17, 1791. Rec. 6 Nov. 1793, Grant issued 27 Aug. 1794.

VA State Land Grants
      12-338: Aug. 7, 1787, Robert Duncan, Botetourt Co., 340 acres on Looneys Mill Creek of James River adj. Robert Neely. (FHL film 29,310)
      30-201: Aug. 27, 1794, Jeremiah Dunkin, Botetourt Co., 148 acres on Cataba Creek branch of James River adj. his own lands formerly Middletons and the lands of Samuel Baldwin. (FHL film 29,310) (MAD: from Frederick Co. VA)
      44-279: Jan. 21, 1800, William Duncan, Botetourt Co., 42 acres on Sinking Creek of New River. (FHL film 29,310) (MAD: see Montgomery Co.)
      62-463: June 15, 1812, John Kirk, Thomas Kirk, Wm. Kirk, Joseph Kirk, Benjn. Kirk, Nimrod Kirk, Frances Farless formerly Kirk, Mary Dunkan formerly Kirk, heirs and heiresses of Thomas Kirk decd, Botetourt Co., 72 acres under John's Creek Mountain on waters of Sinking Creek. (FHL film 29,310) (MAD: Mary Kirk mar. William Duncan 1786 in Montgomery Co. VA)

Botetourt Co. VA Deeds (index to 1888 on FHL film 30,701)
      6-429: 19 Dec. 1797, Jeremiah Dunkin of Green Co. TN appoint Martin McFaran? of Botetourt my attorney to make deed to Jacob Carper or whoever in possession of my bond which I gave to John Walker for 408 acres in Botetourt on waters of Catauba Creek. /s/ Jeremiah Dunkin, Rebekah Dunkin. Wit. Jonathan Newman and James Moore. And another bond for 100 acres. (FHL film 30,704)
      6-430: 13 Feb. 1798, Martin McFanan? (McFenam?) of Botetourt Co., Attorney for Jeremiah Dunkin of Green Co. TN, to Coonrad Swert? (Scout?), for £50, 100 acres part of 148 acre tract granted to said Dunkin by pattent 27 Aug. 1794, on Catauba Creek, corner land of Jacob Carper.
      7-744: 23 April 1802, Robert Duncan, Mary Esther Rachel Nancy Duncan, heirs of Robert Duncan their father deceased, to Jacob Honce, for $68-2/3, 7+ acres, part of 340 acre grant by patent 7 Aug. 1787 on waters of Back Creek, a branch of Looneys Creek a branch of James River. /s/ Robert Duncan, Mary (X) Duncan, Heaster (X) Duncan, Reachel (X) Duncan, Nancy (X) Duncan. Wit. Nicholas Carper, John Beckner, Jacob Hous, William Edmonson. (FHL film 30,704)
      9-408: 11 April 1808, Nicholas Carper the only acting executor of will of Robert Dunkan decd, to Martin Gates, in conformity with will, for £500, 300 acres on headwaters of Back Creek a branch of Loanies Creek, part of 340 acres grant to Robert by patent 7 Aug. 1787. No Wit. (FHL film 30,705)
      No later grantor deeds

HISTORIES before 1923

1891 "Biographical & Historical Memoirs of MS" by Goodspeed (FHL book 976.2 D3b Vol.1 Pt.2)
      Pg.671-3: JAMES M. DUNCAN, ... was born in Greene Co. TN on the 28th of October, 1813, and inherits Scotch blood from his paternal grandfather, who was a native of Scotland. The latter and a brother came to the United States prior to the Revolution, and the brother was killed by the British near Norfolk, VA. The grandfather settled in Botetourt Co. VA, and there reared his family, consisting of George, Jerry, Amos, Benjamin, David and two daughters. The fourth child in order of birth, Benjamin, grew to manhood in Virginia, and when a young man went to East Tennessee, where he was married in 1812 to Miss Nancy Ross, also a native of the Old Dominion, and a daughter of William Ross, who served in the Revolutionary war, and was present at the surrender of Cornwallis. Mr. Ross has several sons, who served in the Creek Indian wars. Mr. and Mrs. Duncan continued to reside in Greene Co. TN until November, 1822, when they moved to Limestone Co. AL, and from there to Shelby Co. TN, in 1834. The father followed merchandising from the close of the Indian wars, in which he served as a lieutenant in Capt. Waterhouse's company, until about 1850, when he carried on planting .... He was a stanch whig, ... a Mason of rank, ... of Shelby county. He died June 1, 1860, ... his wife died in the same county in 1836, leaving six children -- three sons and three daughters, two of whom are yet living: James M. Duncan, the subject of this sketch, and the eldest child; and Mrs. Ann Reembert, of Shelby Co. TN. After his wife's death Mr. Duncan was married the second time and became the father of two children by this union, a son and daughter, both now deceased. James M. Duncan passed his boyhood and youth in Limestone Co. AL, and there received his education. In 1836 he started out in life for himself as a merchant at Mooresville, Ala., Limestone county, and there continued until the spring of 1840. He first came to Mississippi in 1838, to administer upon the estate of George Dillard, and ... moved there in the fall of 1840. ....


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