Duncans in Grayson Co. VA


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

Last revised September 18, 2003

Formed 1792-3 from Wythe, Patrick
Wythe formed 1789 from Montgomery (Pt. Grayson)
Carroll formed 1842 from Grayson, Patrick
See Floyd Co. VA


1820 Grayson Co. VA Census (alphabetic)
Pg. 45  Dunkins, Thos.          200010     - 40010 ?
        Dinkin (not copied)
        Duncan, Berry           300010     - 10100
        Dinken, Benford         210010     - 20010

1830 Grayson Co. VA Census
(from Vivian Biddle 1981 with permission to share)
Pg.255  Duncan, Greenberry      1021,001   - 1000,01
        (MAD: from Montgomery Co. VA)

1840 Grayson Co. VA Census (handwriting plain)
Eastern District
Pg.292  Greenberry Dunkins      0110,2001  - 0110,001
   296  John Dunkin             0000,1     - 2000,2
        (MAD: indexed twice but only one listed)

1850 Grayson Co. VA Census
Pg.174, #210, Jonathan DUNCAN 38 NC laborer
                  Temperance 37 NC
                  John 18, Orronne (m) 16 NC
                  Franklin 14, Washington 12 NC
                  Columbus 10 NC
                  Laura 8, Montiaville (m) 6 VA
                  Julia 4, Caroline 3 VA
                  Jane 1 VA
                  (MAD: Columbus mar. 1865 Morgan Co. IL; Montraville in Morgan Co. IL for Civil War; from ? 1840 Ashe Co. NC census)
Pg.193, #480, Uriah PEEK 22 VA farmer
                  Cornelia 21 VA
                  Nancy J. 2 VA
                  Nancy DUNCAN 13 VA

1860 Grayson Co. VA Census
P.O. Independence
Pg.90, #690-646, John F. POOL 32 VA farmer $1300-$650
                  Rosa 30 VA
                  Sarah 8, Martha 5 VA
                  Robert H?. 2 VA
                  Martha DUNKIN 18 VA seamstress

1870 Grayson Co. VA Census
Wilson Creek Twp.
Pg.234, #289-291, HALSEY, McCoy (m) 24 VA (white) farmer $0-$207
                  Lucy 27 VA keeping house
                  John R. 3, Victoria (f) 2 VA
                  Wm. C. 7/12 VA b.Nov.
                  Robert 69 VA farmer $2600-$860
                  Mary 68 NC
                  DUNKIN, Debora 14 NC (white) house keeping
Pg.252, #531-533, DUNCAN, John 26 NC (white) farm laborer $0-$0
                  Katharine 31 VA keeping house
                  Robert F. 7 VA
                  Martha 4 NC
                  Jane 10 NC house keeping


Grayson Co. VA Marriage Register 1793-1906, general index to marriage registers 1793-1933, pg.75; birth & death registers 1853-1870 (FHL film 31,758)
      1-27, Henry Dunkin to Mary Dalton, 1835 (married 3 Nov. 1835 by John Cock; from Lucille Mehrkam 1984)
      2-119, Sage H. Duncan to Cathred (sic; Catherine) Douglass, 1865 (not found)
      2-38, Jonathan Duncan to R.C. Sexton, 1879
      1-42, Nathan Bonas (Bond) to Nancy Dunkin (Dickens), mar. June 1, 1808 by G. Quisenberry
      1-42, Elisha Bud to Mary ----, 1809
      2-42: Aaron McGrady to Polly Duncan, 1880
      Later marriages not copied; cannot read page numbers in marriage books
      Did not look at register of births 1853 & later, in order by year but not by surname.


Grayson Co. VA Will & Estate Index, 1796-1953 (FHL film 31,741)
      No Duncan until 1932


VA State Land Office Surveys, Book V, 1838-1840 (FHL film 29,612)
      V-91: Grayson Co. VA, surveyed for Greenberry Duncan, 50 acres by virtue of location made 27 May 1838 on Land Office Treasury Warrant for 3000 acres #14074 issued 16 May 1838 in Grayson Co. on Grassy Creek, to Goards Mill Creek, to Greasy Creek. May 27, 1838. Grant issd 30 May 1838.

VA State Land Grants (FHL film 29,311, and from Charles Gordon 1983 with permission to share with others)
      89-295: Nov. 30, 1838, Greenberry Duncan, Grayson Co., 50 acres on Greasy Creek.
      89-296: Nov. 30, 1838, Greenberry Duncan, Grayson Co., 100 acres Gourlis? Mill Creek (indexed Greasy Creek).

Grayson Co. VA Deeds (indexes; grantee on FHL film 31,745; grantor on FHL film 31,744)
      No Duncan grantor until 1891
      3-488: Dunken, John, to Dunken, Berry, 83a Grassy Creek, 5/27/1817 (not copied)
      6-301: Duncan, John from Smith, Geo. & Nancy, 100a Grassy Cr., 1832
      8-308: Duncan, John Jr. from Smyth, Geo. by agent, 50a Grassy Creek, 1840
      8-426: Duncan, Jackson and Joshua et al from Phillips, Ambrose, 50a Grassy Creek, 1841
      8-539: Duncan, Reed from Bobbitt, Wm. & Nancy et al, 195a & 200a Big R.I. Creek 1844
      1844 is latest Duncan deed; next grantor is 1880, next grantee is 1891

Grayson Co. VA Deeds
      6-301: 4 Nov. 1831, George Smith and wife Nancy to John Duncan, both Grayson Co., for $100, 100 acres on Grassy Creek, branch of Big Reed Island, the waters of new River, adj. Thomas Simpkins cond. line. Wit. Frederick Qusenbery, Thomas (X) Simpkins, Granbery (X) Dunkin. (FHL film 31,748)
      8-308: 18 Sept. 1839, Alexander Smyth (/s/ for George Smyth) to John Dunkin, both Grayson Co., for $30, 50 acres on Grassy Creek adj. Richard Phillips line, Henry Simpkins line. No wit. (FHL film 31,749)
      8-426: 25 Jan. 1841, Ambrose Phillips to Joshua Duncan and Jackson Duncan, all Grayson Co., for $200, 50 acres on Grassy Creek the waters of Big Reed Island, adj. Tobias Phillips line, county line, Moses Quesenberry's line. No wife; no wit. (FHL film 31,749) (MAD: Joshua Duncan in 1850 Carroll Co. VA)
      8-539: 15 Sept. 1844, Absolom Williams and wife Sally (/s/ Sarah (X)), and William Bobbitt and wife Nancy to Reed Dunkin, all Grayson Co., for $800, 200 acres from Bibbitt and 195a from Williams, on Big Reed Island, adj. William Bobbitt's land, Big Field branch (of creek), James Bobbitt's line. No wit. (FHL film 31,749) (MAD: 1850 Carroll Co. VA)


Index to War of 1812 Pension Applications and Bounty Land Warrant Applications; National Archives Film (FHL film 840,458)
      Duncan, Greenbury, Greenberry or (Dunkin) Berry, widow Nancy; WO 4682, WC 33338; BL 21918-160-55; Private Capt. Timothy Dalton's Co. VA Mil., 2/8/1815 to 3/3/1815; residence of soldier 1855, Carroll Co. VA; residence of widow 1871, 1878 Carroll Co. (P.O. Dug Spur) VA; maiden name of widow Nancy Philips, m. 1809 Grayson Co. VA; soldier d. May 12, 1860, Carroll Co. VA, widow d. Feb. 19, 1882; Remarks: widows pension certificate in brief.

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, Montraville; H 105 Ill. Inf.; 1880 June 11, Invalid Appl. #376255, Cert. #263937. (MAD: 1850 Grayson Co. VA; Morgan Co. IL)


Alleghany Co. NC Original Probate Records (FHL film 1,651,918)
      FRANKLIN DUNCAN, 1898 (not all documents extracted; see Alleghany Co. NC for more) ...
          Petition to Superior Court, D.R. Duncan admin. of Franklin Duncan decd, vs. H.A. Duncan, Calvin Duncan, Oliver Duncan, G.W. Duncan, Isam B. Waganer and wife Rosa Waganer, Dobson Waganer and wife Peggy Waganer, Wm. Jennings and wife Teny Jennings, J.J. Hampton and wife Jane (last name not given), Bryson Kirby and wife Julia Kirby, Tyre Duncan, Richard Edwards and wife Eunice Edwards; that Franklin Duncan died in 1898; petitioner qualified as administrator in 1898, he died owing money, no personal estate but owned two tracts of land, one known as "Susan Wolf" lands adj. David Richardson, M. Hudson and Martha J. Wolf (acres not given), and the other adj. poor house lands, 30 acres; Franklin Duncan left ten children: petitioner and H.A. Duncan, Calvin Duncan, Oliver Duncan, G.W. Duncan, Rosa Waganer, Peggy Waganer, Teny Jennings, Jane Hampton, Julia Kirby, and two grandchildren, Tyra Duncan and Eunice Edwards, being children of Wesley Duncan, a decd son of Franklin Duncan; all heirs live in Alleghany Co. except Jane Hampton and Julia Kirby who live in Grayson Co. VA, and Tyra Duncan and G.W. Duncan who live in the State of Missouri; petition to sell land.

HISTORIES before 1923

1878 "History of Morgan Co. IL" by Donnelley, Loyd & Co. Publ. (FHL book 977.346 H2h)
      Pg.544: "Morgan County Directory" DUNCAN, J.C., farmer and stockraiser, Sec. 24, P.O. Waverly. Mr. D. was born in North Carolina, May, 1840. His parents, moving to Virginia, he there remained until he attained his fourteenth year, when he went to Missouri, where his mother died. The father, not altogether pleased with the prospect in Missouri, removed to Virginia. Of a restless, stirring disposition, however, prior to the rebellion he made his way to Illinois, where he lived in the several counties of Morgan, Sangamon and Macoupin. J.C., who heads this sketch, married Mrs. Arminda J. Allis, relict of Richard Allis, and a daughter of Andrew J. Stice, an old pioneer of this county. Mrs. Duncan died April 27, 1878, leaving to the care of her husband five children: Clara A., Ira J., Irwin L., Minnie A., and Chas. W. (MAD: Jonathan Columbus Duncan; See 1850 Grayson Co. VA, ?? 1840 Ashe Co. NC)


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