Duncans in Culpeper Co. VA Histories


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

Last revised November 2, 2007

HISTORIES before 1923

1890 "History of Lower Shenandoah Valley, Cos. of Frederick, Berkeley, Jefferson & Clarke" by J.E. Norris, pub. Chicago by A. Warner (FHL book 975.59 H2n)
      Genealogy & Biography: Pg.636-7: James F. Kerfoot, farmer, P.O. Millwood [Clarke Co. VA] (more on Kerfoot ancestry), born Sept. 2, 1832, eldest of a family of ten children born to William C. and Eliza Ann (Sowers) Kerfoot. William C. died in May 1880 aged 75 years, and his wife Eliza died in 1868 aged 53 years. Of the other sons, ... William Henry is living in Fauquier Co. VA. James F. Kerfoot, our subject, was educated at Columbian College, Washington, DC, graduating 1852. He married Miss S. Olivia Duncan, daughter of E.G. Duncan of Culpeper Co. VA, a descendant of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and has a family of four children: William D., Daniel H., J. Frank and Cora Lee, the latter being the wife of Homer Boughner of Clarksburg, WV. ...

c1903 "A History of the city of Washington : its men and institutions" ed. by Allan B. Slauson; pub. Washington, D.C.: Washington Post Co. (LH10455, HeritageQuest images 4/2007)
      Pg.257-259: FRANK HUME, wholesale grocer, ... (In 1721) George Hume emigrated with his uncle Francis to the colony of Virginia, settling in St. George Parish, County of Spotsylvania, ... 1751 was appointed by the crown as surveyor of Orange County, ... From the second, Francis, the subject of this sketch is descended. Planter in the county of Culpeper, where he married Elizabeth Duncan, by whom four sons and two daughters were born. The second son, Armistead, also a planter, married Priscilla Calvin, daughter of John and Sarah Calvin, December 25, 1798, and died in Culpeper county, January 19, 1815. They had six sons and one daughter. Charles, the youngest of the sons, was born July 1, 1814, .... (MAD: no sources given for this genealogy, use caution)

1886 "History of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford & Marshall Cos. TN" by Goodspeed (TN Gen. Society Library #591 from Evelyn Sigler 1983 with permission to share with others; no index; no Duncan biographies)
      Rutherford Co.: John B. McClanahan, b. Feb. 17, 1820, son of Matthew, grandson of Samuel from Culpeper Co. VA to Rutherford Co. TN 1801. Samuel's father from Ireland. Samuel was Major in Rev. War and War of 1812. (pg.1050)

1887 "Hancock's diary, or, A history of the Second Tennessee Confederate Cavalry : with sketches of First and Seventh battalions, also, portraits and biographical sketches." by R.R. Hancock; pub. Nashville, Tenn.: Brandon Print. Co. (LH12688, HeritageQuest images 5/2007; FHL fiche 6,082,669)
      Pg.33: June 1861. ... Muster roll of Captain E.D. Payne's Company (D): Duncan, J.H., d.
      Pg.38: September, 1861. ... Monday, 9th ... It was about this time that Captain Payne left the battalion, and Duncan was made Captain of Company D.
      Pg.176: Seventh Battalion, Company A., ... Duncan (MAD: no first name), Fourth Sergeant. Captured at Medon, West Tennessee, and mortally wounded July 15, 1864.
      Pg.584: E.O. Elliott served as quartermaster of the Second Tennessee until it and Wilson's Regiment were consolidated, about February, 1865. He was then sent into West Tennessee with a detachment under Captain William Duncan, in search of absentees from Forrest's command. ...
      Pg.599-601: CAPTAIN JAMES HARVEY DUNCAN. J.H. DUNCAN, second son of Alexander C. and Hannah Duncan, was born March 10th, 1817, in Pulaski County, Kentucky. His grandfather, James Duncan, who was born at Culpepper Court House, in Culpepper County, Virginia, July 18th, 1764, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and was at the siege and capture of Yorktown, Virginia, when Lord Cornwallis surrendered to General Washington on the 18th of October, 1781; and in 1790 he settled in Kentucky, where he was killed the next year by the Indians, leaving a widow and three small children. The oldest was the Captain's father, who was born in Russell County, Virginia, June 30th, 1788; the other two, William and Sallie (the latter became Mrs. McGee), were twins, and born in Jessamine County, Kentucky, in 1790. After the war of 1812, William settled in Hickman County, Tennessee, where, after raising a large family, he died in 1869.
            The Honorable Ralph Williams, the captain's grandfather on his mother's side, also served in the Revolutionary War under General Greene and the famous Marion.
            The subject of this sketch, who was educated in the common country schools, learned the carpenter's trade when a young man, and was a very successful contractor for ten or twelve years in Lancaster, the county seat of Garrard County, Kentucky.
            In 1843 he married Mrs. Fannie Dawson, who died in 1847, leaving no children. He was married again in 1848 to Miss Louisa B. Hudson, who was born in Garrard County, Kentucky, in 1830. He left Kentucky in 1849, and settled in Davidson County, Tennessee, where he was engaged in farming and trading in horses, mules, and cattle when the war broke out.
            J.H. Duncan enlisted in the Confederate service as a private in Captain E.D. Payne's company, which, about the first week in July, 1861, became Company D of the First Battalion of Tennessee Cavalry. About September following he was, much against his own will, unanimously elected captain of Company D, Captain Payne having resigned. Captain Duncan served at the head of his company with the First Battallion during the two campaigns into Kentucky under General Zollicoffer, who was warmly attached to the captain. It has been said that the latter was the only man who could make the former laugh.
      Pg.600. R.R. Hancock's Diary.
            After the action and defeat at Fishing Creek, Kentucky, the captain fell back with the Confederate army through Middle Tennessee to North Mississippi, where, in May, 1862, the First Battalion re-enlisted and reorganized and Companies B and D were consolidated, and Captain William Parrish commanded the consolidated company.
            Captain Duncan now returned to Middle Tennessee, and soon after joined Wheeler's Cavalry,* (*He raised and commanded an independent company of scouts, but reported to Wheeler.) with which he did valiant service until wounded in the foot at Chickamauga September 20th, 1863, where he was captured and sent to prison on Johnson's Island. He was exchanged in time to take part in General Hood's campaign against Nashville on the staff of General Granberry. He served on faithfullly to the close of the war; surrendered to General James Wilson near Selma, Alabama, and was soon after with loved ones at home in the northern portion of Wilson County, Tennessee, to which place his family had removed in 1863. His occupation after the war was farming and trading in stock.
            Captain Duncan was very lively - always had an anecdote to suit the occasion, and was a favorite with all soldiers. He was a warm partisan in all elections, and was always a States' Rights Democrat. He was a devoted husband and a kind and affectionate father. His last wife bore him three daughters - Cora (now Mrs. Birthright), Eudora (now Mrs. Buchanan, of Nashville, Tennessee), and Lizzie (who died in 1880), and two sons - James McAfee, of Saundersville, Sumner County, Tennessee, and Mongolia (of Texas).
            In reference to her father's death Eudora says, in a letter to her uncle, S.M. Duncan:
            "Pa's death was caused by taking an overdose of morphine through mistake. He was in wretched health, and went himself to Starkes' store in Saundersville, Sumner County,* (*The captain lived in Wilson County and had crossed the Cumberland River to attend church as above named.) and purchased a bottle of morphine, THINKING it was quinine. .... (MAD: elipses theirs) He took it at ten o'clock A.M. and lived until ten at night, October 15th, 1873. Everthing that could be done was administered for his recovery, but all of no avail. Brother Jesse Sewell was carrying on a protracted meeting at Saundersville at the time. Pa was so anxious to hear the discourse through, as he was a strict member of the Christian Church, and had been one year previous to his death, he took the quinine, as he thought, as a stimulant. .... (MAD: elipses theirs) We never knew until after services that he had taken anything, as ma did not attend church that day. Brother Sewell assisted him home. He never spoke but once after returning. He said: 'Ma, I cannot be with you long; I am almost gone,' then fell asleep in Jesus, never to wake with us in this old, unreligious world."
            The remains of the gallant captain were interred at the McLean graveyard, in the first district of Wilson County. The captain's widow is still (1887) living.

1914 "History of TX and Texans" by Frank W. Johnson, Vol.1-5 (book F386 J66 1914; CA State Library, Sutro Branch)
      V.4 p.1656: Hon. ARTHUR B. DUNCAN, with his family, was a pioneer settler of Floyd Co. TX, now has been there 30 years. He was born in Hopkins Co. TX 12 Aug. 1862, son of Dr. William B. and Elizabeth (Vaden) Duncan. His father was born 1800 in Culpeper Co. VA, graduated Medical Department of University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in 1830, then to AR for 15 years, in 1845 to Hopkins Co. TX; in 1869 to Grayson Co. where he died in 1874 at age 74. His mother was born in TN, came with parents to TX in 1849, Hopkins Co. where she was reared, educated and married; after her husband died in 1874, she moved to Hale Co. where she lived until her death in 1892 at age 59. Judge Duncan, the 5th of nine children, married in Dec. 1882 to Miss Sarah K. Day in Montague Co.; her parents Mathew and Sarah Day of Grayson Co. TX, her mother still living at the home of Judge Duncan. Judge Duncan had ten children: Silas E. b. Montague Co. TX, married, lives Floydada, has 3 children; Mrs. Maude E. Hollum, b. Floyd Co., resides Jourdanton, Atascosa Co., 3 children; Mrs. Emma L. Watkins, b. Floyd Co., 4 children, resides Jourdanton, TX; Mrs. Edith E. Pitts, b. Floyd Co., lives El Paso, 2 children; Mrs. Hope E. Hammond, b. Floyd Co., resides Floydada, 1 child; Mrs. Ruby E. Brown b. Floyd Co., now lives Floydada; Miss Mattie E. Duncan, b. Floydada, attending high school; Arthur B. Duncan Jr., Floydada native, in school; Carroll V. and Mark W. Duncan, b. Floydada, in school.

1886 "KY, a History of the State" by Perrin, Battle & Kniffin, 3rd Edition
      Allen Co. WILLIAM HENRY READ was born in Barren Co. ... July 10, 1841. His father, Samuel J. Read, Sr., was a native of VA, born in Culpeper Co. April 24, 1808, and when three years of age came to KY with his parents; married in 1830 to Eliza Jane, dau. of Thompson C. Berry. ... Mr. [Samuel J.] Read is now 77 years of age; he is a son of Theophilus Read, who was a Virginian by birth, and of Scotch parentage; he married Margaret Duncan, in 1797, and 14 years later removed to Barren (now Allen) Co. KY and located on Bay's Fork Creek, on the farm now occupied by his descendants; he was born February 21, 1775; his death occurred in Bourbon Co. KY October 3, 1821. His widow, Margaret (Duncan) Read -- who was a direct descendant of Winiford Favier, a French nobleman of distinction -- died February 14, 1856, aged 81 years. ...

1885-1888 "KY, a History of the State" by Perrin, Battle & Kniffin, 4th Edition
      Mercer Co. GEORGE BOHON, native of Wayne Co. KY, born July 4, 1849. His father William F. Bohon a merchant in Wayne and Mercer Cos. was born in Nov. 1810 in Mercer Co.; he married at about thirty years of age to Mrs. V.A. Hutchison, of Danville, KY; seven children: Dr. J.T. of Lincoln Co.; W.J., wholesale hats, of Louisville; H.C., cashier of First National Bank, Harrodsburg; Elizabeth H., wife of L.W. Hudson, a farmer of Garrard Co.; George; Mattie B., wife of A.H. Peacock, a jeweler of Sherman, TX; and Rane S., dry goods merchant, Decatur, IL, all of whom are living. William F. Bohon died in 63rd year of age, in April 1873. Jack Bohon, the grandfather of George Bohon, was a native of Culpeper Co. VA, one of first settlers in Mercer Co., married Miss Martha Lightfoot, nine children (not copied here). George Bohon ... at age 21 in Louisville 1869, five years, then livery business in Danville, KY; sold out in 1876 and embarked in grocery business, later other business; 1883 purchased half interest in Mercer Grain & Coal Co., for one year, then present business as dealer in buggies. Mr. Bohon in December 1871 married Miss Irene Saunders, dau. of S.B. & Phoebe (Duncan) Saunders of Jessamine Co.; three children: Minnie, Davis and Hanly, all living; Christian Church.

1887 "KY, a History of the State" by Perrin, Battle & Kniffin, 5th and 6th Edition
      Pg.783: DUNCAN FAMILY. It has been truly said "Those lives that are without striking incidents are nevertheless worthy of record." That portion of history which is denominated biography has particular claims upon the historian, and truth is but a matter of common honesty. Rev. William Duncan was born in Perthshire, Scotland, Jan. 7, 1630. He fell a Martyr during the religious troubles that afflicted Scotland at the time of Charles II was restored to the throne of his ancestors. Rev. William Duncan had a grandson William Duncan who was born in Scotland April 19, 1690, and settled in the colony of VA in the year 1719. He was married to Ruth Rawley Feb. 11, 1722. Rawley Duncan born in Culpeper Co. VA. Nov. 23, 1724, was the grandfather of the late William Duncan of Jessamine Co. who died in 1863 and was born in Jessamine Co. Jan. 1, 1788. William married Nancy Blackford dau. of Benj. Blackford in 1813. Children: Ryan born Nov. 6, 1814; Margaret born Jan. 14, 1817; Catherine born July 17, 1819; Sally Ann born Oct. 21, 1821; James born Feb. 7, 1824; Robert born Sept. 8, 1826; Benjamin S. born Feb. 13, 1829; Charles W. born April 28, 1831; and Mary D. born Sept. 23, 1834. Robert and Benjamin are the only sons now living, Mrs. Kate Bourn and Mrs. Sallie Scott the only daughters. Robert Duncan married Miss Virginia Nave in 1865; children: Maggie Florence, Robert Jacob, Lizzie, Miranda & Emma Besueden. Benjamin S. Duncan married Lucy A. Funk, youngest dau. of John Funk, May 22, 1856; children: Allen B., Carrie B. and John W. Duncan. Allen B. Duncan married Miss Georgia Proctor, dau. of J.W. Proctor, of Danville, KY; Carrie B. Duncan married David Bell, son of Dr. Bell and grandson of the late Judge Robertson, both of Lexington, KY; J.W. Duncan is not married. Charles Duncan the grandfather of Robert and Benjamin was born at Culpeper C.H. VA, Oct. 8, 1762. He settled in Jessamine Co. in 1787, where he reared a large family, and died during a visit he made to Washington [Co.], IN, July 12, 1829. Sallie A. Duncan, dau. of William and Nancy Duncan, whose sketch appears elsewhere, was married to Robert Carlisle, in 1861; he was a native of Fayette Co. KY; his father was Robert Carlisle who was born in VA, and John G. Carlisle is a nephew of Robert Carlisle Sr. R.G. Carlisle was a school-teacher in this county about 1850; he was born in 1820 and died in 1864; one child survives: Lizzie G., married to James A. Hulett of Jessamine Co. Sallie A. Duncan's second marriage was to Willaby S. Scott, born in Bourbon Co. KY in 1815, died in 1882, leaving three children: Sallie, Carlisle and Eliza. Mrs. Scott owns 70 acres of fine land in Nicholasville Precinct. B.S. Duncan owns 880 acres in the same precinct.
      RICHARD H. STROTHER, life insurance agent at Milton, Trimble Co. KY, native of Carrollton, KY, born July 10, 1841, a son of Jeremiah and Sallie (Peniston) Strother, natives of Bourbon and Gallatin Cos. His grandfather, George Strother, was born in Culpeper Co. VA in 1776, came to KY, first located in Bourbon Co., but about 1803 moved to Gallatin Co. and settled near Milton, now in Trimble Co.; justice of peace, Methodist preacher. Jeremiah Strother was also a preacher and farmer, and a general surveyor, having surveyed all the lands in Gallatin and Trimble Cos; in State Legislature about 1827; died in 1878. Richard H. Strother reared on home farm near Milton; Sept. 1862 volunteered in Col. Giltner's 4th KY Cavalry, captured at Rheatown TN in Oct. 1863, prisoner at Camp Chase for two years. Returned to old homestead, and in 1880 was elected magistrate of the Milton Dist., served 6 years. Aug. 12, 1875, he married Miss Lucy, dau. of late William R. Duncan of Trimble Co. Three children: Kate, Sallie and Jennie. ...

1882 "History of Bourbon, Scott, Harrison & Nicholas Co. KY" by Perrin (from Evelyn Sigler 1982 with permission to share with others)
      Mary Duncan, dau. of Thornton Duncan and Mary Routt, natives of Culpeper Co. VA.

1922 "History of KY" by William Elsey Connelley and E.M. Coulter, Vol.IV, ed. by Charles Kerr (from John Allen Duncan 1984 with permission to share with others)
      Pg.376: DUNCAN GIBSON ... In the following paragraphs are sketched some of the outstanding figures in this old KY family, particularly those whose lives are not reviewed under other names.
      William Duncan, born in Scotland, April 17, 1672, immigrated to America, January 22, 1722, settled in Culpeper Co. VA and February 11, 1722, married Ruth Rawley, daughter of Matthew Rawley, a native of England, who settled in VA in 1719. Their son, Daniel, born in Culpeper Co., was educated in PA, and thence went to Bourbon Co. KY. He owned and resided on a farm near the Scott Co. line. (JAD: cf. Ardery p.17 and K.D. Smith p.67; MAD: not the son of William Duncan and Ruth Rawley; see Cumberland Co. PA, not Culpeper Co. VA)

1878 "Biographical Encyclopedia of KY of the Dead and Living Men of the 19th Century" pub. Cincinnati, Ohio, by J.M. Armstrong, 1878 (Memphis Public Library book 920.07 B62, from Evelyn Sigler 1984 with permission to share with others; and FHL book 976.9 D3b pt.1)
      Pg.692: Hon. James R. Duncan, M.D., physician and surgeon, born Nov. 1, 1815 in Logan Co. KY. His parents were natives of Culpeper Co. VA, of Scotch-Irish origin. Father was farmer, in Logan Co. since 1824, now 93 years old. His mother died Aug. 4, 1824. James R. Duncan graduated from Transylvania Univ. in spring of 1850, was a surgeon in Union Army with 9th and 13th KY Infantry, 13th KY Mounted Infantry, also on post hospital duty; 1863 State Senator from 13th Dist. From May 1864 and three following years traveled in CA, OR, WA Territory, Idaho, Montana, returned to KY; a Missionary Baptist, Mason; married May 8, 1845 Catherine Dunn of Allen Co. KY. She died Oct. 15, 1855; he married 2nd Sept. 19, 1871 Elizabeth Harris of Simpson Co. KY. His only child, the daughter by first marriage, is the wife of D.H. Roark, now residing in KS.

1896 "Biographical cyclopedia of the commonwealth of Kentucky : embracing biographies of many of the prominent men and families of the state" compiled and published by the John M. Gresham Company; pub. Chicago: J.M. Gresham Co. (from Ruth Robertson 4/1985; FHL book 976.9 D36bf; SLC 9/2007)
      Pg.291-292: HENRY FIELD DUNCAN, Ex-Commissioner of Insurance, Frankfort, Kentucky -- The reverend William Duncan, who was born in Perthshire, Scotland, January 7, 1630, was the progenitor of the Duncan family that settled in the colony of Virginia in 1690. Reverend William Duncan lost his life for refusing to take the Jacobite oath in the reign of Charles II.; he married in 1657 Sarah Haldane. His oldest child, William Duncan, was born October 1, 1659; Charles, another son, September 6, 1662; Henry, January 11, 1664; Thomas, January 28, 1665; Mary, February 1, 1667. William Duncan, born April 19, 1690, was the grandson of the Reverend William Duncan who left Scotland, accompanied by his two sisters and brothers. He arrived in Culpeper County, Virginia, on January 23, 1722. On February 11 of the same year he took to wife Ruth Raleigh, daughter of Matthew Raleigh, who was born in England of Welsh parentage. Raleigh Duncan, their eldest son, was with General Washington at Braddock's defeat in 1755; also at Point Pleasant in 1774, where he was severely wounded, and was in all attacks made by the colonial troops against the invasion of Virginia by the traitor Arnold in 1781. The old Scotch families thus settled in the northern neck of Virginia were true to the cause of freedom during the great struggle for independence; no family was more true to the American cause than the children and grandchildren of William Duncan, who was the founder of this family in the colony of Virginia and the ancestor of the various branches of the Duncans who have scattered themselves over the South and West within the last seventy years. (MAD: use caution) (MAD: Frankfort, Franklin Co. KY)
      Henry F. Duncan is the son of Joseph Dillard and Jane (Covington) Duncan, and was born near Bowling Green, KY, March 13, 1854. Joseph Dillard Duncan was born in Culpeper Court House, VA, and with his father came to KY in 1818. His father was a farmer in Warren Co., and was for a number of years engaged in merchandising in Bowling Green in connection with his other interests. He is a member of the Baptist Church; has served as magistrate, and has always taken an active part in politics, and he is now chairman of the Democratic Committee of his district, although in the eightieth year of his age.
      Edmund Duncan (grandfather) was a native of Culpeper Co. VA and made his settlement in Warren Co. KY about the year 1818, where he was a farmer until the time of his death, which occurred in 1859. He had been a Whig in his political tenents in the old days of Whigs and Democrats, and filled the office of magistrate.

1896 "Memorial history of Louisville from its first settlement to the year 1896" [Jefferson Co. KY] by J. Stoddard Johnston, pub. Chicago: American Biographical Pub. Co. (FHL film 1,000,051 item 2; SLC 9/2007)
      Vol.II, pg.508-509: HENRY FIELD DUNCAN, late insurance commissioner of Kentucky, son of Joseph Dillard and Jane (Covington) Duncan, was born near Bowling Green, Kentucky, March 13, 1854. Rev. William Duncan, who was born in Perthshire, Scotland, January (blotted) 1630, was the progenitor of the Duncan family that settled in the colony of Virginia in 1690. William Duncan, a grandson of Rev. William Duncan, left Scotland accompanied by his four brothers and arrived in Culpeper County, Virginia, on January 23, 1722. On February 11, of the same year, he married Ruth Raleigh, daughter of Matthew Raleigh, who was born in England of Welsh parentage. Raleigh Duncan, eldest child of William Duncan and Ruth Raleigh, was with General Washington at Braddock's defeat in 1755; also at Point Pleasant in 1774, where he was severely wounded, and was in all attacks made by the colonial troops against the invasion of Virginia by the traitor, Arnold, in 1781. The old Scotch families thus settled in the northern neck of Virginia were true to the cause of freedom during the great struggle for independence. No family was more loyal to the American cause than the children and grandchildren of William Duncan, who was the founder of this family in the colony of Virginia, and the ancestor of the various branches of the Duncans who have scattered themselves over the South and West. (MAD: use caution)
            Joseph Dillard Duncan, the father of the subject of this sketch, was born in Culpeper County, Virginia, December 2, 1814, and, with his father, came to Kentucky in 1818. Edmund Duncan, his father, was a native of Culpeper County, Virginia, and was born in 1786. Upon coming to this State he settled in Warren County, where he was a large land and slave owner and a prosperous farmer up to the time of his death, January 10, 1860. He was a Whig and never held any office except that of magistrate. Joseph Dillard Duncan has devoted the greater part of his life to agriculture on his farm in Warren County, where he now resides. Jane Covington Duncan, the mother of Henry F. Duncan, was the daughter of Joseph Covington and Nancy Lylburn Berry. Her father was a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, and came when a child and settled in Warren County, where he died in 1860. Nancy Lylburn Berry was born in Virginia and moved to Kentucky in 1783, settling in Hardin County. The Covingtons are of Scotch-Irish extraction.
            The subject of this sketch was educated in the private schools of Bowling Green and at Georgetown College, of Georgetown, Kentucky, completing his collegiate studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In May, 1876, he was appointed clerk in the state auditor's office, at Frankfort, and served two years each there and in the following positions: (MAD: not copied). On the 1st of January, 1888, he was appointed deputy insurance commissioner of Kentucky, and on November 11, 1889, was appointed insurance commissioner ... In politics Mr. Duncan is a sound money, gold standard Democrat. Episcopalian ...
            He was married at Holy Trinity Church, Georgetown, Kentucky, Nov. 9, 1876, to Sallie Childs Buford, daughter of Temple and Edward Ann (Morrison) Buford, and granddaughter of Napoleon B. Buford, graduate and professor at West Point and late major-general U.S.A. On her maternal side Mrs. Duncan is a great-granddaughter of General William Johnson, of Scott County, Kentucky, and a descendant of Robert Johnson, the pioneer ancestor of the family, who was the father of Vice-President Richard M. Johnson.

1868-1870 "The history of Methodism in Kentucky" by A.H. Redford; pub. Nashville, Tenn.: Southern Methodist Pub. House (LH11281, HeritageQuest images 5/2007; FHL film 1,698,242 items 10-12)
      Pg.272-281?: Vol.II, from the sessions of the Ohio and Tennessee Conferences of 1812 to their sessions of 1813. Among the local preachers of Kentucky, ... George Strother. He was born in Culpepper county, Va., February 14, 1776. He was the second son of John and Jane Strother. In his eighteenth year, he was a volunteer to fight 'the Whisky Boys' of Pennsylvania. In his twentieth year, he married Miss Mary Duncan, daughter of James and Seeny Duncan, in his native county. In May, 1796, he and his father, with their families, started for Kentucky, then in its original and romantic wildness. They voyaged on a flat-boat from Red Stone Old Fort, on the Youghiogheny River, and landed at Limestone, (Maysville,) Ky., after a tedius and perilous journey. Their first home was near Paris, Bourbon county, Ky., where they remained for six months. George thence removed to what is now Trimble county, and settled near Corn Creek, where he resided until his decease, on the 29th of July, 1864. ... (much more extolling his virtues). (pg.283) "The writer of this imperfect sketch had the sad pleasure of preaching the funeral-sermon of that venerable man of God. ..." (footnote source: Letter to the author from the Rev. W.H. Anderson, D.D., of the Louisville Conference.)

1882 "A History of the Baptists in MO" by R.S. Duncan, Bear Creek Association (FHL book 977.8 K2d)
      Pgs.576-9: LEWIS DUNCAN - In an early day, two brothers, named respectively John and George Duncan, emigrated from Scotland to the United States. John settled in the state of Virginia (then a Province), and George settled in Pennsylvania. From these two men it is believed that all by that name in the United States have descended. (MAD: Unproven)
      Lewis Duncan, the subject of this sketch, was a native of Virginia, and was born in Culpepper (sic) County, the first day of March, 1806. The old homestead was about eighteen miles northwest of Culpepper court house, and six miles from Gaines' Cross Roads.
      His father was James Duncan, a native of Fauquier Co. VA, and his mother's maiden name was Dorcas Butler, a daughter of Spencer Butler, of Culpepper Co. VA.
      He was the middle son of seven children - six sons and one daughter - none of whom are now living except it be Dr. William Duncan, of Texas, who is now quite elderly, if living.
      Lewis Duncan was married September 11, 1827, to Harriet Kinnaird, youngest daughter of David Kinnaird, of Culpepper Co. VA. She was to him a help-meet indeed, for twenty-five years; and of her was born to him eleven children - eight sons and three daughters - all of whom lived to manhood and womanhood. He professed conversion and was baptized in the spring of 1828.
      On the 16th of the following October, he, with his family - my mother and oldest brother, who was but an infant - started for Missouri, where he landed about the middle of the following December. He settled, lived and died in Lincoln County.

"MO Baptist Biography" by J.C. Maple & R.P. Rider, Vol.IV; ca 1914 but date not given on title page (from Donald Duncan 1991 with permission to share with others)
      Pg.91-94, Rev. LEWIS DUNCAN, 1806-1872; religious activity in MO 1838-1872.
       Rev. R.S. Duncan, author of the History of MO Baptists, was a son of Rev. Lewis Duncan. We find in the autobiography of the son a good outline of his father's life. From this source is gleaned the brief sketch here written.
       Elder Lewis Duncan was born March 1, 1806, in Culpepper Co. VA, afterwards a part of Rappahannock county. Lewis Duncan was the son of James and Dorcas Duncan. His mother was a daughter of Spencer Butler of Culpepper Co. VA. Lewis Duncan was married on 11 Sept. 1827 to Miss Harriet Kennaird, daughter of David Kennaird of Culpepper Co. VA. He united with the Mount Salem Baptist Church and was baptized by Rev. William F. Broaddus, D.D. ... On 16 Oct. 1828 he started for MO with his wife and baby. He ended the journey about the middle of the following December. Established his home in Lincoln Co. MO, about 13 miles southwest of Troy, the county seat. He soon thereafter united with a Baptist Church called Antioch, near present Warrenton, now the capital of Warren Co. MO. A few years later he removed his membership to Troy Baptist Church, now called Sand Run Church, and meets some four miles south of Troy. ... His son, Rev. R.S. Duncan, said of his final and fatal illness ... He fell asleep on the Lord's day, December 15, 1872, and on the 17th was buried in the family cemetery, between his mother and the mother of his children."

1921 "Centennial History of MO (the center state): one hundred years in the Union, 1820-1921" by Walter Barlow Stevens, Vol.IV, Biographies (FHL book 977.8 H2s; old 977.8 H611c)
      Pg.1023: ALBERT B. DUNCAN, judge ... of Buchanan county, was born in ... in Green township, Platte Co. MO, April 17, 1862. He is a lineal descendant of John Duncan, a Scotchman who emigrated to Virginia at an early day and became the founder of one of the prominent families of the commonwealth. His father, R.F. Duncan, was a pioneer of Platte county and was born in Culpeper Co. VA. The mother, whose maiden name was Sarah A. St. John, was a native of Platte county. ....

1899 "History of Buchanan Co. and St. Joseph, MO" (The Daily News') by The St. Joseph Publ. Co. (FHL book 977.813 H2r)
      Pg.476: ALBERT B. DUNCAN, attorney at law, office in Crawford Theater building, was born on a farm near Dearborn, in Platte Co. MO, April 17, 1862. His father, Richard F. Duncan, was born in Culpeper Co. VA, and his mother, whose maiden name was Sara A. St.John, was born in Platte county. Our subject attended the public schools and went to William Jewell College, from which he graduated in June of 1886, ... (no marriage info given, but includes a photo).

1915 "History of Northwest MO" by Walter Williams (Los Angeles Public Library book 977.8 W728 Vol.3)
      Pg.722-4: HON. ALBERT B. DUNCAN. "In an early day, two brothers, named respectively John and George Duncan, emigrated from Scotland to the United States. John settled in the State of Virginia (then a province), and George settled in Pennsylvania. From these two men it is believed that all, by this name in the United States have descended." (History of Missouri Baptists, p. 576.) (MAD: UNPROVEN)
      Duncan is a Scotch name, and William and John are family names in every generation.
      The most valuable and reliable information concerning the family history of the Duncan family was secured from Judge Daniel A. Grimsley, of Culpeper, Virginia, a lawyer of ability; and of a thorough knowledge of the records of his state and county.
      He says: "From an examination of the records here, I find, that from 1750 to 1790 there lived in Culpeper County four large families by the name of Duncan, that of William and of Charles, of James and of Robert. Tradition in some branches of the family has it that they were Scotchmen and brothers and I have no doubt this is correct. They were people of more than ordinary education. I notice that all deeds, and wills made by them were signed by their own hands, both male and female, which was not at all common in those early days."
      He says further: "All the Duncans of the olden time were farmers or planters, and, so far as my observation goes, it continues to be the leading employment of the family," (which is true at this time), "and they are remarkably good farmers, too. I have never known one to be an indolent, thriftless man."
      The subject of this sketch, who was born in a log house in Green Township, Platte Co. MO, on the 17th day of April, 1862, is therefore a lineal descendant in the seventh generation of the immigrant ancestor, John Duncan, the line of descent being as follows, John, William, William, Frederick, Edward Pendleton, Richard Frederick, and Albert B. They were a race of strong, rugged men. Most of them lived long lives and nearly all became heads of large families.
      Judge Grimsley says: "Now, of the third generation, William Duncan (the son of the first William), who married Rose Norman, died about 1788, and left the following children: William, whose wife was named Lucy, died in 1832; Benjamin, Frederick, James and Elizabeth." All of these were born in, and many of their descendants still live in Culpeper County.
      Frederick was born in 1770, and was there engaged in agricultural pursuits during his entire life, owning a large farm, which he operated mainly with slave labor. He married Susan Stallard, who was also born in that county in 1870(sic), daughter of Randolph Stallard, a chaplain in the Continental army.
      Edward Pendleton Duncan was born in 1803 in Culpeper County, and resided there until after his marriage. In 1837, braving the hardships and privations incidental to frontier life, he came with his family to Missouri, ... Platte County, locating there shortly after the Platte Purchase and the annexation of six counties to the State of Missouri. ... He settled on a tract of land in what is now Green Township, ... and there resided until his death, which occurred in March, 1869. Uncle Ned, as he was universally known, .... He was married three times, the maiden name of his first wife, and the mother of his children, was Fannie Luttrell; she died in middle life, leaving seven children, namely: Richard F., Virginia, Lucy, James B., Mary Delia, Francis and Edward Willis.
      Richard Frederick Duncan was born in Culpeper Co. VA, November 14, 1830. A lad of seven years when he accompanied his parents to Missouri, he was brought up in true pioneer fashion, .... until his death, July 7, 1907.

1881 "History of Saline Co. MO: including a history of its townships, cities, towns and villages; Subtitle: together with a condensed history of Missouri; the state consitution; a military record of its volunteers in either army of the great Civil War; general and local statistics; miscellany; reminiscences, grave, tragic and humorous; biographical sketches of prominent men and citizens identified with the interests of the county." pub. St. Louis by Missouri Historical, 1881 (Los Angeles Public Library book R977.81 S22Hi; MAD's extracts)
      Pg.604: JAMES P. DUNCAN, P.O. Cambridge, born Logan Co. KY, 19 Feb. 1831. About 1837 to MO. with parents Benj. F. and Sarah A. Duncan, settled Howard Co. 5 years; ca 1842 to Saline Co., spent few years Lafayette Co. Married ca 1856 Miss N.F. Wilhite.
      Pg.623: GEO. W. DUNCAN, son of B.F. and Sarah A. Duncan, born Logan Co. KY, 5 Feb. 1834; married 15 Jan. 1857 Miss Charlotte J. Shumate.
      Pg.629: BENJAMIN F. DUNCAN, P.O. Cambridge, born Culpepper (sic) Co. VA, 4 Dec. 1800, to Logan Co. KY, 1828, thence Howard Co., MO 1837 ... Married 22 Jan. 1828 Sarah A. Shields Pendleton, of Warrington, VA.

1910 "Past and Present of Saline Co. MO" by William Barclay Napton (FHL book 977.847 H2n)
      Pgs.784-786: CHARLES B. DUNCAN ... is a son of George W. Duncan, a prominent resident of Clay township, who was born in Logan Co. KY, February 5, 1834. George W. Duncan is a son of Benjamin and Sarah (Pendleton) Duncan, who were born in Culpeper and Fauquier Co. VA, respectively, the former's birth occurring on December 4, 1800. On their marriage they removed to Kentucky, where they made their home until 1837, when they moved to Sheridan Co. MO, locating two miles north of where Glasgow now is. Their stay there was brief, as they soon moved to Howard Co. MO, where they lived about four years. In 1841 they came to Saline county ... In 1844 they moved to Lafayette county, ... Tabo creek until 1847. ... in 1847 ... returned to Clay township, Saline county ....

1893 "Portrait and Biographical Record of Clay, Ray, Carroll, Chariton and Linn Cos. MO: containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, together with biographies and portraits of all the presidents of the United States" pub. Chicago, by Chapman Bros. 1893 (Los Angeles Public Library book R977.8 P853)
      Pg.323: STEPHEN C. DUNCAN ... of Clay Co. MO, ... one of the early pioneers of the State. .... Mr. Duncan was born December 15, 1833, in Henry Co. KY. His parents were Stephen and Lucy (Browning) Duncan, both natives of Bourbon County, where the father was born October 17, 1797, and the mother several years later. The father, who had remained with his parents until his marriage, shortly after removed to Saline Co. MO, and in 1838 bought an improved farm ... and in December, 1840, came to Clay County, ... Upon this homestead Stephen Duncan, Sr., continued to reside for fifteen years, then located in Clinton Co. MO, where he died April 6, 1877. ... He was twice married and unto him and his first wife were born seven children: Thaddeus C.S., deceased; James W.; Sarah E., who has been thrice married, first to William Lynch, then to Mr. Williams and now the widow of Mr. Tuggle; Lucy twice married, her first husband, Matthew Duncan, her second, Lloyd Browning; John S., deceased; Stephen C., our subject; Mary E., deceased, wife of John W. Brenham. The mother of our subject died and was buried in Saline County, and in 1839 the father married Nancy Nicholson, a daughter of John Nicholson, and to them were born eleven sons and daughters, five of whom lived to attain their majority: Henry C.; Pembroke S.; Mattie, deceased wife of Joseph Glossip; Benjamin M. and Nannie. Father Duncan buried his second wife in April, 1875. The paternal grandfather, James Duncan, was a native of Culpeper Co. VA, where he grew up to manhood and married Miss Strode. Farming was the occupation of his life and he owned a two hundred and forty acre farm in Kentucky, to which he removed in a very early day. He was a man of resolute energy and actively participated in the War of 1812. Our subject ... March 5, 1863, Mr. Duncan was united in marriage with Mary E. Davenport, a daughter of Rice B. and Rebecca (Winn) Davenport. This estimable lady died September 10, 1869, leaving no children. .... November 10, 1870, our subject was married to Miss Maria Winn, a daughter of James and Malinda (Hutsell) Winn. ....

1888 "History of Newton, Lawrence, Barry and McDonald Cos. MO" pub. by Goodspeed Publ. Co. (FHL book 977.87 H2hn)
      Pg.974, Lawrence Co.: RICHARD THOMAS REED, stockman and farmer, was born in Allen Co. KY, April 25, 1835, and moved to Missouri in 1854. He first located in Jasper County, but at a later period, the same year, came to Lawrence County. He is a son of Richard and Frances (Duncan) Read, and grandson of Robert and Nancy (Browning) Read. They were all born in Virginia, the father being a native of Culpeper County, and a farmer and mill-wright by trade. The grandfather was also a mill-wright and farmer. Richard T. Reed, our subject, was married to Virginia Morris, who was born in Allen Co. KY, October 31, 1842, and by her is the father of the following family: James Henry, Nancy Sarah, Donna Arabelle, Isadora, Mason Theopolis, Charles Sanders (no comma) Ludia Martin, Ida Alice and Abbie Louella. The family are members of the Baptist Church.

1897 "Annals of Platte Co. MO" by W.M. Paxton, pub. by Hudson-Kimberly Publ. Co. (FHL book 977.8135 H2p)
      Pg.816-8: 1885, April: April 23 -- ... We will now take up the whole DUNCAN FAMILY.
      Frederick Duncan was born in Culpeper Co. VA in 1770; married Susan Stallard, born in 1780, daughter of Randolph Stallard (i), a captain in the Continental army. They were the ancestors of the Duncan family of Platte. We notice four of their children:
            I. EDWARD PENDLETON DUNCAN. He married Fannie Luttrell, and came to Platte in 1838. They settled near New Market, and in 1858 he was elected a representative from this county. In 1856 he was elected a member of the county court. He was a courtly and intelligent gentleman, of wealth, integrity, and influence. Ch:
      I. RICHARD F. DUNCAN, m'd Dec. 21, 1859, Sarah Ann St.John, dr. of Noah. Ch: 1. Frank; 2. Albert; 3. William; 4. Etta, m'd Oct. 27, 1890, Chas. A. Carson; 5. Remus E; 6. Boss; 7. Coleman Duncan; 8. Randall (ii); 9. Dovie.
      II. LUCY DUNCAN, m'd Feb. 14, 1854, Dr. G.W. Field (i). (See.)
      III. VIRGIE A. DUNCAN, b. in 1834; m'd March 15, 1857, E.R. George. .... His parents were Peyton George, b. in 1800, in Fauquier Co. VA, and Aletha Carson, b. Dec. 20, 1801, in Spottsylvania Co. VA. Ch: ....
      IV. MARY DELIA DUNCAN, m'd 1st, Wm. E. Minor. (See.) She was divorced, and m'd 2d, Sept. 14, 1872, David R. Stallard, b. Jan. 17, 1836, son of Albert G. (see) Stallard, b. in Rappahannock Co. VA, July 13, 1813, and of Sallie Luttrell, b. Dec. 23, 1807, and m'd Dec. 31, 1833. ....
      V. JAMES BURRELL DUNCAN, m'd Nannie Guthrie; dead. Children: 1. Mona Duncan, m'd Arch. Roy; 2. David; 3. James; 4. Lucy E., m'd Jan. 29, 1890, Alonzo Drais. Children: ... James B. Duncan has married again, and lives in Denver.
      VI. FANNIE DUNCAN, m'd W.P. George. (See.) They live near Camden Point. Ch. ....
      VII. EDWARD WILLIS DUNCAN, m'd Lavinia Duncan, dr. of Harrison. Ch: 1. Sallie Duncan; 2. Myrtle; 3. Agnes; 4. Lucy Duncan; 5. Hattie; 6. Edward; 7. Ben Duncan; 8. Maggie. After the death of his first wife, Judge Ed P. (sic) Duncan m'd 2d, Melvina Connet, and after her death he m'd 3d, Agnes McCormick; no children.
            II. JOHN RANDALL DUNCAN, Was born in Culpeper Co. VA, in 1821; married in 1843, Mildred J. Duncan, born March 2, 1821, dr. of Marshall and Polly Duncan. John R. and his wife, Mildred J., live at Camden Point, honored and revered by neighbors and a widely diffused posterity. They came to Platte in 1844. They possess wealth, intelligence, integrity, and Christian faith. They have distributed their lands to their children, and are enjoying comfort and seclusion. Ch:
      1. JAMES L. DUNCAN, m'd Sallie Williams, in Texas. Ch: 1. Ed. R. Duncan; 2. Lilian; 3. Lula; 4. Randall; 5. Duff.
      II. CAMILLA DUNCAN, m'd 1st, Jas. Dulin. Ch: ... Camilla m'd 2d, Henry Thorp, and had: ...
      III. MILDRED DUNCAN, dead; m'd 1st, Feb. 23, 1873, Lieut. L.C. Ransdall. Ch: ... Mildred m'd 2d, Hugo Wilkinson. Ch: ...
      IV. ISABEL DUNCAN, dead; m'd Dec. 27, 1876, Marcellus Stallard.
      V. HELEN A. DUNCAN, m'd John Buchanan. Ch: ...
      VI. WILLIAM MARSHALL DUNCAN, b. March 8, 1859; m'd Jan. 4, 1880, Annie T. Smart, dr. of Thos. A., of Kansas City, b. Dec. 28, 1861. He is a farmer, residing near Dearborn. Ch.
         1. Thomas Duncan, b. Dec. 1, 1880.
         2. Lillie Lee Duncan, m'd Sept. 2, 1896, Oscar M. Halfried, b. Jan. 15, 1882.
         3. Bessie B., b. Sept. 19, 1884.
         4. John R. Duncan, b. June 7, 1888.
         5. Alta, b. Dec. 3, 1890.
      VII. JOHN STERLING DUNCAN, m'd Emma Maupin, dr. of Richard. Ch: 1. Mary Duncan; 2. Grace; 3. Marshall; 4. John Samuel Duncan.
      VIII. ED. LEE DUNCAN, b. Nov. 8, 1867; m'd Dec. 23, 1891, Lottie Trumbo, dr. of John. Ch: 1. Chas. M. Duncan, b. Oct. 28, 1892.
            III. ELDRIDGE DUNCAN, Lived in Virginia. He was the father of I. ROBERT DUNCAN, father of 1. Robert L. Duncan, m'd Nov. 10, 1890, Grace M. Meads, dr. of Henry (See.)
            IV. MADISON DUNCAN, Lived and died in Virginia.

1909 "A history of Clay County, Indiana : closing of the first century's history of the county, and showing the growth of its people, institutions, industries and wealth" by William Travis; pub. Chicago : Lewis Publishing (LH10318, HeritageQuest image 10/2007; FHL book 977.244 H2t and film 928,385 item 2)
      Vol.2 pg.103-104: WALTER COVINGTON DUNCAN, M.D.-- Among the representative business men of Harrison township is Walter C. Duncan, M.D., a well-known druggist of Clay City. A native of Indiana, he was born October 13, 1855, at Noblesville, Hamilton county. He comes from substantial Scotch ancestry, being a lineal descendant in the fifth generation from the immigrant ancestor, the line of descent being thus traced: Coleman, Daniel Coleman, Henry Coleman, Coleman Covington, and Walter Covington. (MAD: use caution on birthplace of the earliest Coleman Duncan)
      Coleman Duncan, who was born in Dumfrieshire, Scotland, came with his brother George to America in colonial days, settling in Virginia, where he lived during the remainder of his life. Daniel Coleman Duncan removed with his family from Virginia to Kentucky, becoming a pioneer of Hopkinsville, and was there employed in tilling the soil until his death. James Coleman Duncan was born in Culpeper county, Virginia, but was brought up on the Kentucky homestead. When a young man he came to Indiana as a pioneer settler of Hendricks county. Taking up a tract of timbered land three miles north of Salem, in the Fort Red School House district, he reclaimed a farm from the wilderness, on which he resided until his death, and many of his descendants are now living in that vicinity. He was twice married, and was the father of sixteen children, and as his second wife was a widow with six children when he married her he had the care of twenty-two children, truly a patriarchal family.
      Coleman Covington Duncan was born in 1831, in Hendricks county, Indiana, on the parental homestead. He was reared to agricultural pursuits, and as a boy eagerly seized every opportunity for increasing his knowledge and advancing his education beyond that obtained in the common schools. When ready to start in life on his own account he embarked in the mercantile business, for a number of years thereafter being located at Carpentersville, Putnam county, Indiana. From there he went to Otterville, Boone county, Missouri, where he dealt in live stock until after the breaking out of the Civil War. Returning then to this state, he kept a hotel at Greencastle for a number of years, and then engaged in the marble business in Illinois, first in Salem, and later in Vandalia. Giving up that business, he again came back to Indiana, and after a short residence in Brazil settled in Clay City, and here spent his last days, dying at the age of 73 years. His wife, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Glen, was born in Hendricks county, Indiana, 67 years ago, a daughter of William A. and Mary (McKenzie) Glen. Her parents were both born in Virginia, of colonial ancestry, and were among the earlier settlers of Hendricks county. Of the children born to Coleman C. and Elizabeth Duncan, four grew to maturity, as follows: Walter C., the subject of this sketch; James William; Mary; and Frank. (MAD: 1860 Cooper Co. MO census, 1870 Marion Co. IL census)
      Walter C. Duncan received his early education in the public schools, and at the age of 19 years began the study of medicine with Dr. R.H. Hogan, then one of the leading practitioners of Salem, Illinois. He subsequently attended lectures at the Saint Louis Medical College from which he was graduated with the degree of M.D. in 1876. The ensuing year Dr. Duncan practiced with his former preceptor, and then located in Vandalia, Illinois, where he was in active practice for eight years. Removing then to Smithboro, Illinois, he was there located as a physician for three years, in his professional career meeting with success. Coming to Clay City in 1889, the Doctor purchased a drug business which he has conducted most successfully ever since.
      Dr. Duncan married, in 1889, Mrs. Elizabeth (Perkins) Brown, who was born in Bond county, Illinois, a daughter of Henry and Mary Perkins. By her marriage with Mr. Brown, Mrs. Duncan has had one child, William Brown, of Millbury Grove, Bond county, Illinois.

Return to the Culpeper Co. VA Research File


Return to Index to Duncan Research Files in Virginia

Return to The Genealogy Bug's Home Page