Duncans in Loudoun Co. VA


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

Last revised November 23, 2007

Formed 1757 from Fairfax
Fairfax formed 1742 from Prince William, Loudoun


1810 Loudoun Co. VA Census
Pg.285  Dunkin, Charles       10011         - 10100
        Dunkin, Susanna       01300         - 00201
   288  Dunkin, Jno.          11010         - 10020
   290  Dunkin, Samuel        31010         - 12110
   317  Duncom, Amos          10010         - 10201

1820 Loudoun Co. VA Census
Pg.130  John Duncan           000110        - 01101
   131  Saml. Duncan          011401        - 01101
   153  Susan Duncan          100220        - 00021
   156  Charles Duncan        210010        - 21010

1830 Loudoun Co. VA Census
Pg.  2  Henry Duncan          0001,02       - 0000,001
    23  Henry Duncan          1010,01       - 2200,1
   109  Joshua Dunkin         1010,01       - 0000,1
        Samuel Dunkin         0100,2000,1   - 1100,1000,1
        (MAD: son of ?Joshua Sr.; Samuel Jr. b.1805 & wife
         Charlotte in St.Joseph Co. MI 1850; James B. b.1804
         to Rappahannock Co. VA, then St.Joseph Co. MI 1850)

1840 Loudoun Co. VA Census
Pg.146  Henry Dunken          1100,001      - 0111,001

1850 Loudoun Co. VA Census
Pg.235, #1044, Geo. DUNCAN 62 VA "Patter"
                  Marshall PERRY 46 VA labourer
                  Meldria (f) 36 VA
                  Carnelia LITTLE (f) 23 VA
Pg.261, #1425, Wm. GRAYHAM 35 VA farmer
                  Reaner (f) 26 VA
                  Nancy 43 VA
                  Andrew 65 VA
                  Betsey SHARER 23 VA
                  Betsey DUNCAN 20 VA
Pg.302, #2021, Henry DUNCAN 54 VA laborer
                  Mary 52 VA
                  Jno. 25, Nancy 23 VA
                  Betsey 19, Joseph 21 VA
                  Catharine 15, Edward 12 VA
                  (MAD: John in 1860 Prince William Co. VA census)

1860 Loudoun Co. VA Census
Belmont P.O.
Pg.342, #174-174, Jas. GRUB 49 Loudoun VA farmer $4000-$977
                  Rachel 58 Loudoun VA
                  Nancey DUNCAN 34 VA domestic $0-$50

1870 Loudoun Co. VA Census
Northern Division
Pg.128, #1234-1254, GRUBB, James 60 VA (white) farmer $17,000-$0
                  Rachel 68 VA keeping house $0-$2000
                  DUNCAN, Nancy 50 VA (white) house keeper
                  RINEY, Sarah 53 MD (white) boarding
Southern District
Pg.224, #792-799, BRIGGS, Silas 22 VA BLACK farm laborer $0-$0
                  Sophia 28 VA BLACK keeping house
                  & children & other families, including
                  DUNCAN, Franklin 1 VA BLACK at home
                  Mary 2/12 VA BLACK b.Mar. at home


Loudoun Co. VA Guardian Accounts
      Vol. A, 1823-1837 - no Duncan (FHL film 32,370)
      Vol. B, 1838-1852 - no Duncan (FHL film 32,271)

Loudoun Co. VA Probate Records (SAR & DAR records) (FHL film 850,093; from Louis Boone 1987 with permission to share with others)
      No Duncan

Loudoun Co. VA Wills and Administrations (from VA Archives, from Charles Gordon 1983 with permission to share with others)
      Sept. 12, 1774; Inventory of John Coleman. Appraisers Stephen Rozell, Joshua Duncan, Samuel Coombs.
      Dec. 7, 1776; Will of George Morrow. Wit. Stephen Rozell, Joshua Duncan, James Buckeley.
      Nov. 1, 1791; July 13, 1795; Will of Benjamin Mason; bequests to children. Wit. Charles Dunkin and others.

Loudoun Co. VA Index to Will Books A, B, & C, Circuit Court, 1816-1904; and wills 1810 on (FHL film 32,293)
      No Duncan

Go to the Loudoun Co. VA Wills


Northern Neck Land Grants (from Charles Gordon 1983 with permission to share with others)
      Sept. 10, 1757; Northern Neck land grant to Joshua Dunkin, Loudoun Co., at Williams Gap, adj. Gregg & Garrett.

Loudoun Co. VA Superior Court Deed Book A, 1809-1844 (FHL film 32,346)
      No Duncan

Go to the Loudoun Co. VA Deed Index

Go to the Loudoun Co. VA Deeds


Go to the Loudoun Co. VA County Court Order Books 1757-1845

Loudoun Co. VA Chancery Court Order Books, 1831-1866; Books A-B, 1831-1847 (FHL film 32,368)
   Vol. A, 1831-1838
      A-40: 25 April 1832, Samuel Duncan and Anne his wife late Anne Burson, daughter of James Burson deceased, plts, against Aaron Burson, executor and devisee of James Burson decd, John Whitacre and Michael Plaister, defts, in Chy. This cause came on to be finally heard this day upon the Bill, answers of the Defts, John Whitacre and Michael Plaister, exhibits and depositions taken in the cause, and due publication having been made against the absent defendant Aaron Burson according to law, upon consideration whereof the Court doth adjudge order and decree that the bill of the Complainants be dismissed and that the Defendants recover against the said complts. their costs by them about their defence in this behalf expended. (In margin: $32.75 Dfts. costs).
      A-49: 27 April 1832, Jonathan Reed vs. Susannah Duncan & others; that on motion of defendant, the security given by plaintiff for prosecuting the injunction awarded him on 22 Sept. 1821 is insufficient; plaintiff resides out of (state), more security must be posted or the injunction will be set aside and the bill (complaint) dismissed.
      A-58: 2 May 1832, Jonathan Reed vs. Susannah Duncan & others; Reed to appear and show cause. (pg.64) 21 Sept. 1832, Reed did not appear, the defendants awarded costs which are to be paid from the bond.
      A-98: 23 April 1833, William C. Palmer, Pltf., vs. Samuel Dunkin Jr. & Benj. Jackson, Deft.; James P. Lovett, Pltf., vs. same; on motion of James B. Dunkin asking to be made a party to the suit, Dunkin was made a party defendant.
      A-122: 29 April 1833, John Nolan vs. Amos Denham (sic), Oliver Denham & John Boyd, in chy. Nolan to recover against Boyd $116.75 and interest from 1 May 1832 and against Denham $75 and interest from 1 Jan. 1825.
      A-128: 21 Sept. 1833, James P. Lovett vs. Samuel Dunkin Jr. & Benjn. Jackson, in chg; continued.
      A-130: 21 Sept. 1833, Samuel Dunkin Senr. and J.B. Dunkin compl vs. William Chandler deft, in Charge; suits dismissed being agreed by the parties.
      A-131: 21 Sept. 1833, William C. Palmer vs. Samuel Dunkin Jr. &c; James B. Dunkin added as a party defendant.
      A-201: 28 April 1834, Susan Berkeley & others vs. Matthew P. Lee, exec. of Jno. L. Berkeley & others; case heard; answer of Matthew P. Lee, exec. of John L. Berkeley decd; to settle accounts of John L. Berkeley, exec. of George Berkeley decd, particularly the hires and profits from the estate, while in possession of John L. Berkeley ... (p.329) 28 Nov. 1836, case agreed and dismissed. (MAD: Looking for Benjamin Duncan vs. Susannah Berkeley & others, case M 2756, 1832, indexed but not on film)
      A-219: 27 Sept. 1834, William C. Palmer vs. Saml. Dunkin Jr. and others, in Charge; by agreement in writing between the pltf. and James B. Dunkin one of the defendants, this suit is dismissed, the pltf. and defendants paying the cost in equal proportions.
      A-240: 22 April 1835; (several suits) Samuel Dunkin vs. Jno. W. Grayson's Adm. & B. Grayson; it is suggested to the court that Johnston Cleveland (is dead) late sheriff comer. admr. of Jno. W. Grayson decd and that the other defendants in these several causes are dead; and on motion of the several cmpts by their counsel, writs of scire facias are awarded them to revive these several suits against Notley C. Williams Sheriff of Loudoun Co. Comittee Admr. de bonis non of said John W. Grayson decd.
      A-327: 28 Nov. 1836, Samuel Dunkin vs. Jno. W. Grayson's Adm. ...; continued.
   Vol. B, 1839-1847: (No other indexed references)
      B-61: 21 Sept. 1839, George W.R. Seal and Elizabeth C. his wife late Denham (not Duncan)
      B-61: 21 Sept. 1839, Samuel Dunkin vs. the same; for reasons appearing to the court it is ordered that (this) suit be dismissed and that the complts pay to the defendants their costs by them about their defense.


Loudoun Co. VA Tithables and Tax, 1758-1799, Cameron Parish (FHL film 31,052)
      1758: Samuel Duncan, negro Tom, 2 (not Thomas Duncan)
            Francis Peyton (& other Peyton fams.)
      1759: (by Richard Coleman)
            Richard Vallendigham
            (only a partial list)
      1760: Separate list includes Francis Peyton
            John Coleman, 1
            Joshua Dunkin, 1
            Nehemiah, Moses, Aaron?, John Garrison, 4
            Ephraim Dunham, 1
      1761: Samuel Duncan, negro man, 2 (list of John Mickehenny)
             Joshua Dunkin, 1 (list of Frances Peyton)
      1762: Samuel Duncan & negro Tom, 2 (Lee Massey's list)
      1763 - no list
      1764, part 1 - no Duncan (no part 2)
      1765: Duncan, Joshua, 360a, 1 p (list of Levin Powell)
             Wm. Duncam?, 1 (list of William Carr)
      1766, part 2 - no Duncan (no part 1)
      1767: Dencuon, William and Dencuen, Peeter, 2 (1st list)
             Joshua Duncan, 1 tithable, 369a (2nd list)
      1768: Joshua Duncan, 1 (1st list)
             Benoni Demans, 1 (2nd list)
             Joshua Duncan, 1 (Seven parcell's list)
      1769: No Duncan Part 1 or Part 2
      1770 - no Duncan
      Quit at page 538

Shelburne Vestry Book, 1771-1806, Loudoun Co. VA (FHL film 33,932; from Louis Boone 1986 with permission to share with others)
      No Duncan
      Joseph Janney (LB: possibly the one in Iris Grimmett's line?; no family info; no index)


SAMUEL DEAN, Rev. War Pension, Rejected, R2808 (FHL film 970,780)
      Declaration, Henry Co. KY, to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress 7 June 1832; (blank?) Feb. 1846, Application of Samuel (X) Dean R2808 of Henry Co. KY, aged 85 years; that he enlisted as a private soldier in the Army of the US in 1779? (1784?) for months and served in the (blank) Regiment of the VA line under the following officers: Jonas Dunkin Capt. That he resided in Loudoun Co. VA when he entered the Army by enlistment; that he was marched to Redstone old fort or to Pittsburgh and thinks it was to Pittsburg, where after remaining? in service about four months he was mustered out of service on account of the termination of the Rev. War; that he served with an embodied? corps called into service by competent? authority, that he was in the field or garrison from the time of his enlistment ... Wit. Alexander Williams?, Stephen Fitzgerald??? (indexed: served with Wm. Housley).
      (MAD: see also Samuel Dean served in Edgefield Dist. SC)

Index to War of 1812 Pension Applications and Bounty Land Warrant Applications; National Archives Film (FHL film 840,458)
      Duncan, Henry; SO 27462, SC 18500; BL 25796-80-50, 1973-80-55; Sergt. Capt. Dennis McCarty's and Sgt. Capt. Noble Beveridge's Cos. VA Mil, 5/23/1814 to 12/26/1814; Sol. res. 1851, 1855 Loudoun Co. VA, 1872 St.Louis Co. (PO Normandy) MO; maiden name of wife American Ann Pearson, mar. Jan. 9, 1843, St.Louis Co. MO.


Go to the Loudoun Co. VA References from Other Localities

HISTORIES before 1923

1885-1886 "KY, a History of the State" 2nd or 3rd Edition (volumes), by Perrin, Battle & Kniffin (FHL book 976.9 D3wt)
      Simpson Co. DR. GEORGE W. DUNCAN was born Jan. 26, 1826, in Simpson Co. KY, and is the tenth of 8 boys and 4 girls born to Sanford and Nancy (Hammond) Duncan. Sanford Duncan was born in Loudoun Co. VA. He was a son of Colman Duncan, who married Mary Lyne, both of Westmoreland Co. VA; was a Revolutionary soldier and immigrated to Nelson Co. KY about 1795. He was born in February, 1742, and died in April, 1823. His wife was born in March, 1749, and died in May, 1814. Colman Duncan was a son of Henry Duncan, who was born in Scotland. He with two brothers came to the United States and settled in Westmoreland Co. VA. Mrs. Nancy (Hammond) Duncan was a daughter of Job Hammond, who married Mary Stone, both of KY and of Welsh origin. He was an officer of the Revolutionary war, and was wounded in both arms in an Indian fight. Sanford Duncan came from Nelson to Logan Co. KY about 1800. In 1818 he located 5 miles south of Franklin, assisted in organizing the county of Simpson, was one of the commissioners appointed to run and locate the State line from Reelfoot Lake to the Mississippi River in 1840; was also appointed one of the commissioners to survey Simpson Co. and lay out school districts. He did all the public business in his own community, and was one of the most influential and valuable citizens in Simpson Co. He farmed extensively ... Masonic fraternity. Dr. G.W. Duncan was reared on a farm and received a good education. In 1840 he entered Cumberland College at Princeton. When the college was transferred to Lebanon he returned to Franklin and finished his education. In 1846 commenced the study of medicine ... in 1848 graduated; located and commenced practice at Mitchellville, TN. In 1859 located in Franklin, KY ... ever since. He married, September 4, 1860, Dorinda Puryar, of Smith Co. TN, a daughter of William and Mary (Pearce) Puryar, both natives of TN, of French and Scotch descent, respectively. William was a son of Daniel Puryar. To Mr. and Mrs. Duncan have been born eight children, four now living: Mary Sanford, Charles A., George H. and William A. Dr. Duncan and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian and Baptist Churches, respectively. ... Masonic fraternity, Knight Templar. ...

1887 "KY, a History of the State" 5th or 6th Edition (volumes), by Perrin, Battle & Kniffin (FHL book 976.9 D3wt)
      LYNE FAMILY. About 1650, Thomas Lyne said to have been of Welsh origin, the ancestor of the Lyne Family now residents of Jessamine Co., with his brother Henry emigrated from Bristol, England, to Westmoreland Co. VA. He had a son Thomas who married a Mary Edwards of VA and he also had a son Thomas who married a Mary Sandford. He had nine children, of whom one was a Thomas, and he married Mary Pagit of VA, who died in 1812 (his death occurring about 1804). He was a blacksmith by trade and operated a hotel on the Winchester & Alexandria VA road. He had seven children: James, Robert, Thomas, Timothy, William, Sandford and Naomi (Mrs. Reuben Settle). Thomas Lyne the fourth was born March 26, 1783, in Loudoun Co. VA, subsequently settled in Woodford Co. KY, and engaged in farming and the blacksmithing business; he married Mary Connelley, dau. of Sandford and Mary (Ramey) Connelley, natives of VA; he died in 1848, she in 1870. They had eleven children: Sandford, Nancy (Mrs. David Williams), Mary (Mrs. Elijah Neal), William, Daniel, Matilda (Mrs. John S. Duncan), Thomas, Martha (Mrs. Joseph A. Gaines), Elizabeth (Mrs. S.P. Hendricks), James and Fannie (Mrs. George W. Goode). William, the fourth child, was born March 7, 1813, and married Margaret Jane Ray, dau. of Robert and Elizabeth Ray, of Fayette Co., who died Sept. 29, 1884, leaving six children (more not copied).

1884 "History of Marion Co. MO: together with a condensed history of Missouri, the city of St. Louis, a reliable and detailed history of Marion County" by Perkins (FHL book 977.835 H2h)
      Pg.759; Round Grove Township: JUDGE JOHN C. DUNCAN. Judge Duncan was born April 14, 1829, in Loudon Co. VA, a son of Benjamin and Lucinda T. (Berkley) Duncan, of Virginia. Benjamin Duncan moved to Palmyra in the fall of 1829, and started a pottery, in which business he engaged until his death, in 1857. Mr. J.C. Duncan was educated in the subscription schools of Marion county, and learned his father's trade, which he followed until 1852. He then went to California and engaged for a short time in mining. Returned home in July, 1853, and was married November 29, of that year, to Miss Mary McChristy, daughter of William and Leah (White) McChristy, of Kentucky. To this union ... Mr. Duncan is the survivor of a family of two children; his brother, Henry Edgar, died at Santa Fe, New Mexico, January 12, 1846.

1896 "Memorial & Biographical Record of Kansas City and Jackson Co. MO" by Lewis Publishing Co. (Los Angeles Public Library book 977.81 J13Me)
      Pg.554: ZACH G. COOPER. ... He was born September 8, 1815, on the old family homestead in Nelson Co. KY. His father was John Cooper, a native of Loudoun Co. VA, and his grandfather, Benjamin Cooper, was a native of England. The mother of our subject, who born the maiden name of Mary Duncan, was born in Loudoun county, and was a daughter of Harry Duncan, of Virginia. Both families removed to Kentucky when nothing but a fort marked the site of the city of Louisville. They settled in Nelson county, where the father of our subject was married and cleared a farm, spending his remaining days thereon. Eleven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Cooper, of whom three are now living: Mrs. Miranda Dugan, of Nelson Co. KY, whose son Thomas now owns the old family homestead there; Zach G.; and Benjamin, a very wealthy planter living in Louisiana, ....

1914 "History of TX and Texans" by Frank W. Johnson, Vol.1-5 (SUTRO book F386 J66 1914; CA State Library, Sutro Branch)
      Vol.4, pg.1823: JOHN T. DUNCAN, practiced law in Texas more than 35 years, home at La Grange. His great-grandfather Coleman Duncan from Loudon Co. VA to Nelson Co. KY in 1792, the ancestor of the branch now living in TX. John T. Duncan was born in Washington Co. TX in 1854; his parents were George J. and Elizabeth (Dallas) Duncan. His father was born 1810 near Louisville, KY, came to TX 1839, settled Washington Co. in March 1851; in 1880 moved to Milam Co. where he resided until his death in 1893. Elizabeth Dallas, born 1829 KY, died 1906; her parents were natives of PA, went from there to KY, then to TX in 1833 near Independence, Washington Co.; her father died in 1834 (MAD: her parents never named). In 1878 John T. Duncan was mayor of La Grange. On 11 Jan. 1881 he married Miss Genelle Harris, daughter of Ben T. Harris of Belleville, TX. The Duncans have three children: Josephine who married Leonard H. Dyer, a lawyer of New York City; Frankie who lives at home; Douglas Duncan, a lawyer at Belleville, married. (MAD: same article on pgs. 2283-2285 in 1916 edition, Vol.5; SUTRO film 69 reel 2&3, CA State Library, Sutro Branch)

1891 "Commemorative Biographical Record, Carroll (Co.), OH: containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, and of many of the early settled families" pub. Chicago, by J.H. Beers, 1891 (FHL book 977.167 D3c)
      Pg.1075-6: John S. Iden, decd, born East Twp, Carroll Co. OH, Jan. 5, 1827; father George Iden born Feb. 28, 1785, in Loudoun Co. VA, married Sept. 12, 1812, Miss Matilda A. Brown, who was born Jan. 3, 1793, same place; they had 12 children: Lucinda, born June 12, 1813, wife of Thomas Willie of Licking Co. OH; George W., born May 30, 1815, residing in IN; Catherine, born Dec. 17, 1817, married Thomas Duncan, both deceased; Samuel, born April 7, 1820, residing in IN; Jehu B., born June 2, 1822, also in IN; Mary, born August 15, 1824, widow of late Greenburry Ray, Knox Co. IL; John S., our subject; Matilda, born May 2, 1829, died in infancy; William H., born March 27, 1830, resides in East Twp; Abigail A., born Oct. 23, 1832, died in infancy; Harvey A., born Oct. 25, 1833, resides in Augusta Twp; and Frances M., born Aug. 29, 1838, widow of Josiah Westfall, late of Rochester, OH. George Iden came to OH in 1814, to where Hanoverton, Columbiana Co., now stands; farm now owned by J.S. Iden's heirs, deeded the land 2 Jan. 1819 by government; George Iden died Oct. 26, 1849; Mrs. Iden and family lived there until 1858, when built new home. Mrs. Iden died Feb. 5, 1885. John S. Iden married on Oct. 13, 1859, to Miss Eliza A. Potts (more not copied)

1879 "The History of Warren County, Iowa : containing a history of the county, its cities, towns, etc., a biographical directory of its citizens, war record of its volunteers in the late rebellion, general and local statistics, portraits of early settlers and prominent men, history of the northwest, history of Iowa, map of Warren County, constitution of the United States, constitution of the State of Iowa, miscellaneous matters, &c." pub. by Union Historical (FHL book 977.782 E7m and films 989,437 item 2 and 874,361 item 2)
      Pg.643: Biographical Township Directory: Belmont Township. WILSON, J.N., farmer, Sec.24; P.O. Felix, born October 6, "1823" in Loudon County, Virginia; here he grew to manhood; came to Ohio in 1830, where he lived till 1854, when he came to this county and settled where he now lives; helped to organize the township; and voted at the first election; he and John Duncan gave the township its name; has held several township offices and been largely identified with the school interests of the town; when he came here there was but one house in sight, and only the one lone tree, which many of the old settlers will remember was cut down by one Hilton for firewood during a storm in which he was unable to get to the timber; Mr. Wilson gathered up in early times about 1,000 acres of land, which he has given to members of his family as they have grown up, only reserving for himself a competency during his old age; owns a fine farm of 200 acres; was married Oct. 9, 1830, to Miss Lydia E. Dunkin, a native of Virginia; have had nine children: John W., Moses H., Tamer L., Lydia V., Angelia, James M., Stephen, Mary E. and Joseph L.; Tamer L. and John W. are deceased. (MAD: from Belmont Co. OH)

1896 "A Memorial and biographical record of Iowa" by Charles Frush; pub. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co. (LH11536, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL film 934,926 item 6; book 977.7 D3m v.1&2 and film 1,033,791 items 2-3 and fiche 6,051,365)
      Pg.424-425: M.H. WILSON, [one of the] pioneer settlers of Warren Co. IA, from 1855. Born August 27, 1833, in Belmont Co. OH, and was the second of nine children of J.N. and Lydia (Duncan) Wilson. The father was born in Loudoun county, Virginia, and died in Belmont Township, Warren County, Iowa, his remains being interred in the Quaker cemetery, ... His wife, who was also a native of Virginia, now sleeps by his side in the quiet cemetery. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. They became residents of Belmont County, Ohio, in 1832, and in 1855 started Westward with a "prairie schooner" making the journey to Fairfield, Iowa, in four weeks. For a year they remained in Jefferson county, and then came to Warren county. They were accompanied by the maternal grandmother, Mrs. Duncan, who was then past the age of ninety years. She was long a member of the Society of Friends, but in her later years joined the Methodist Church, and was ever a consistent Christian woman. M.H. Wilson was a young man of 22 years when with the family he came to Iowa ... On the 2d of March, 1858, he married Miss Cecelia Gregg, a native of Belmont county, Ohio, and a daughter of Abner Gregg, who died in that county. Two children ...

1892 "Portrait and Biographical Record of Kalamazoo, Allegan and Van Buren Cos. MI" by Chapman Bros. (Los Angeles Public Library book R977.4 P853)
      Pg.267: WILLIAM MOTTRAM, M.D. ... born in the State of New York, January 30, 1810, and passed from this life at his home in Kalamazoo, July 2, 1891. .... The Doctor was married January 20, 1835, at Schoolcraft, this State, to Miss Gillian Marguerite, daughter of George E. and Ruth (Duncan) Lloyd, natives of Virginia, where they were among the first families. An aunt of Mrs. Mottram, on her father's side, lived to be over one hundred years old. One of the Lloyds became United States Senator. Mrs. Mottram came to Schoolcraft, this State, as early as 1832, one of a party of thirty-six, only two of whom are living at the present time, namely: Mrs. Mottram and her sister, Mrs. D.G. Kendall, who is at present residing in San Antonio, Tex. .... (LB: Loudoun Co. VA?)

1880 "History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan : with illustrations and biographical sketches of its prominent men and pioneers" ed. by Franklin Ellis & Crisfield Johnson & others, pub. by D.W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia (HeritageQuest image 2/2007, Local History Reel/Fiche Number 4587; FHL film 908,063 item 1 and 1,000,080 item 3)
      Pg.173-174, Berrien Co. MI, City of Niles: (indexed Lawson A. Duncan, b.1832) MAJOR L.A. DUNCAN was born in Columbus, Bartholomew Co. IN. His father was a native of Leesburg [Loudoun Co.], VA, and his mother of Chillicothe, OH. When two years of age his father died, and he, with his mother, went to Charlestown, Clarke Co. IN, to live with his grandfather, the late Judge James Scott. His grandfather and father being newspaper men and editors, he, it may be said, grew up in the profession.
      In 1856 he removed West, stopping in Iowa City [Johnson Co.], Iowa. In 1858, in connection with G.H. Jerome, he assumed the editorship of the Iowa City "Republican," and in 1861 was appointed, by the Governor of the State, one of the swampland commissioners to settle swamp-land claims of the State against the general government.
      While in Iowa he was instrumental in helping that veteran Abolitionist, John Brown, through the State to Harper's Ferry, though ignorant of his destination and full purpose.
      In 1862 he resigned his commissionership to enter the Union army. He was appointed adjutant of the 40th Iowa Infantry upon the formation of that regiment, and took part in the siege of Vicksburg and capture of Little Rock, AR; in the battles of Prairie D'Ann (where, when on staff duty and leading the 50th Indiana Infantry into action, he had a horse shot under him), Jenkins' Ferry, Little Missouri River, and several minor engagements. He was commissioned major March 17, 1865, this being the highest vacancy occurring in his regiment during the war. After the surrender of Lee he served some months in the Indian Territory, and was finally mustered out with his regiment at Fort Gibson, Aug. 15, 1865. Though he was three years in his country's service, he claims only an inconspicuous part in the war.
      In February, 1866, he came to Niles, and in connection with E.C. Dana, bought two newspaper establishments, - the "Niles Enquirer" and the "Berrien County Freeman," - which he consolidated under the name of the "Niles Times." At the expiration of two years Mr. Dana retired, and the name of the paper was changed to the "Niles Republican," since which time Maj. Duncan has been sole editor and proprietor. He claims to publish a good, clean, reliable, local paper, and his patrons and readers acknowledge the justness of this claim.
      In 1872 he was elected presidential elector for the Fourth Congressional District, and cast a personal vote for U.S. Grant and Henry Wilson. He served four years on the Republican State Central Committee, and was one of the board of visitors to the State normal school in 1879.
      Maj. Duncan, since the formation of the Republican party, has always been a warm supporter of that party and its principles. Prior to its organization he was a Whig, having been reared in that political faith.

1889 "Portrait and biographical album of St. Joseph County, Michigan : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of the state, and of the presidents of the United States." pub. Chicago: Chapman Bros., 1889 (HeritageQuest image 2/2007, Local History Reel/Fiche Number 5007; FHL book 977.419 D3s and film 1,000,247 item 4)
      Pg.326-327: CHARLES J. CLOWES. This pleasant and genial gentleman and his estimable wife are living comfortably together on a well-regulated homestead on section 6 in Mendon Township, where, during the years of an extended residence, they have gathered around them hosts of friends. ...
      The father of our subject, Joseph H. Clowes, was born in Loudoun County, Va., and married Miss Ann E. Dunkin, a native of the same place. In 1832, leaving the Old Dominion, they made their way to Southern Michigan, during the Territorial days, and for a short time sojourned in Nottawa Township. Later they moved to what is now Colon Township, where the father operated as a tiller of the soil, and where his death took place Sept. 17, 1850. The mother is still living, having survived her husband a period of thirty-eight years, and remaining a widow. She is now quite aged, and makes her home with her son Charles J.
      The parental family included two children only, our subject and his sister Ruth. The latter, the elder of the two, married Samuel Fisk, and died at her home in Vicksburg, in January, 1882, aged about fifty-three years; she was born in Virginia. The native place of Charles J. was in the then unimportant town of Schoolcraft, Kalamazoo County, where he first opened his eyes to the light Oct. 28, 1834. His father was for many years engaged in the dry-goods trade, and Charles J. assisted him in the store until his death. ...
      One of the most important events in the life of our subject was his marriage with Miss Demetra Potter, which took place at the home of the bride in Brady Township, Kalamazoo County, March 9, 1862. The lady is the daughter of Jeremiah and Nancy (Johnson) Potter, who were both natives of New York State. ...

c1912 "Kansas : a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc... with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence." Vol.I-II ed. by Frank Wilson Blackmar; Supplementary Volume (Vol.III) Parts 1-2; pub. Chicago : Standard Pub. Co. (FHL film 1,000,028)
      Supplementary Vol.(III), pg.136-139: WILLIAM DUNKIN, of Independence [Montgomery Co.], Kan., became a law student in the office of Thacher & Banks, at Lawrence, Kan., in March, 1872. About one year thereafter, through the kind influence of Judge N.T. Stephens, then associated with the firm of Thacher & Banks, at Lawrence, Kan., in March, 1872. About one year thereafter, through the kind influence of Judge N.T. Stephens, then associated with the firm of Thacher & Banks, Mr. Dunkin was admitted to the bar of Douglas county, and thereafter, on April 1, 1873, opened a law office and entered upon the practice of his profession at Independence, Kan. He has since then continuously occupied the same office. At the time he located at Independence he was wholly unacquainted in the county and spent the first few months in assiduous study, with little or no professional work.
            He was then appointed city attorney and at once vigorously took up the pending litigation concerning the entry of the town site, the patent to which had been for several years withheld on account of contests between the city and claimants to portions of it. The next year (1874) he became a candidate on the Democratic ticket for county attorney. ... After his unsuccessful race for county attorney Mr. Dunkin soon acquired a lucrative practice, singularly, in a large measure, from political opponents. In 1876 he married Miss Elizabeth Browning Hull, of Kalamazoo, Mich. She is a native of Stonington, Conn. Their children are Florence E., Cora Hull Kimble (nee Dunkin), and William Latham, all residents of Independence, Kan. In 1877 Mr. Dunkin was elected by an overwhelming majority over Judge James DeLong as mayor of Independence, and shortly afterwards, through the aid of Senator John J. Ingalls, secured the patent to the town site, which had been held back by the contests and litigation for six or seven years. ... At the end of his term Mr. Dunkin declined to become a candidate for reelection ... In 1888, while spending the summer with his family on Lake Michigan, and over his telegraphic protest to the Democratic convention, Mr. Dunkin was nominated as a candidate for state senator. He was defeated by something less than 400 plurality, while the Republican ticket carried the county by over 1,000. During his residence at Independence he has accumulated a comfortable fortune, consisting largely of a number of river bottom farms, business and residence buildings in the city and elsewhere, and personal property, to the management of which his time is in the main devoted.
            Mr. Dunkin was born at Flint Hill, Rappahannock county, Virginia, April 7, 1845. His father, Dr. William Dunkin, was born in Loudoun county, Virginia, April 5, 1797. After studying medicine and attending medical lectures in Baltimore, he was graduated in 1822 and for about twenty years thereafter practiced his profession in Rappahannock county, Virginia, where he was wedded to Mrs. Elizabeth Late (nee Woodside), a widow, who was the mother of two children -- a son, William Michael, and Mary Catherine -- by her deceased husband, John Late. Dr. Dunkin was descended from Scotch parentage and his wife was of Irish extraction. The ancestry (MAD: sic) of both lived in Virginia for many years during the Colonial period and through the Revolutionary war, in which some of them participated. In the spring of 1846 Dr. Dunkin, with his family, then consisting of his wife, two step-children, a daughter (Anne) and a son (William) then less than a year old, moved in covered wagons with his numerous slaves across the Alleghany mountains to a new home in Harrison county, Virginia. Their home was a farm situated between Bridgeport and Clarksburg, which in time he increased to about 1,000 acres. At the time of his arrival there typhoid fever was prevalant in the county. At his former home Dr. Dunkin had had much recent experience in the treatment of this dreaded disease. He therefore at once acquired an extensive practice and soon won an enviable reputation as a physician, which endured to the time of his death, June 22, 1868. Soon after locating he began the erection of a large stone house, in which he resided until his death. At this house were born the following children: John, James, Elizabeth and Amanda, the last in 1854, all of whom are yet living. About 1855 the stepson, William M. Late, after studying medicine at home, attended medical lectures one year at Baltimore and then two years at the University in Philadelphia, where he graduated in 1858, and on his return Dr. Dunkin gradually retired in favor of his stepson, who held the practice and added to it till his death, in 1906.
            Owing to the excited state of the public mind preceding the Civil war, and the unsettled conditions along the line of hostility, where the doctor and his family lived during the war, educational facilities were sadly neglected. During a portion of the time the older children were periodically instructed by the doctor, by private tutors at home, and by inferior teachers at subscription schools. At times the home was between contending armies and often not far from the seat of hostilities. While the doctor and his wife were slaveowners, as had been their ancestors during and since the Colonial days, he was an uncompromising and aggressive Union man, and felt if the preservation of the Union should result in the destruction of slavery it would be an additional blessing, ... In those never-to-be-forgotten days along the border it was not unusual to find brothers in opposing armies and fathers arrayed in deadly conflict against their sons. In the case of Dr. Dunkin his brothers and relatives were without exception loyal to the government and many of them served in the Union army, while his wife's relatives were equally devoted to the cause of the Confederacy and a number of them fought in the Southern army.
            When about sixteen years of age William Dunkin, Jr., became greatly concerned about an education. He wanted to go to the academy at Morgantown, W.Va., afterwards the West Virginia University, to take up a classical course, and finally, after graduating from Princeton or Harvard, study and practice law. He persistently, but unsuccessfully, importuned his father on the subject till at last, when about nineteen years of age, he ran away from home and went to New York City, where, after weeks of effort, he secured a position as errand boy in the office of Edward P. Clark, a distinguished lawyer on Lower Broadway, with whom he remained some three months, when he returned home with the understanding that he was to enter the academy. His father, however, seemed unalterably opposed to that part of the plan respecting the practice of law, ... After some six or eight months at the academy, where the son had made fine progress in a classical course, he returned home in broken health, which did not become fully restored for several years.
            After his father's death, in 1868, Mr. Dunkin administered on his estate and settled that portion of it in Michigan, where he spent the winter of 1871-72 for that purpose. In March, 1872, at the instance of his cousin, Maj. Wyllis C. Ransom, of Lawrence, Kan., he entered the law office of Thacher & Banks, as before stated.


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