Duncans in VA


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

Last revised April 3, 2004



The Virginia Land Office Patent (1623-1774) and Grant (1779-1993) Books and the Northern Neck Land Grant Books (1690-1862) are available on the website of the Library of Virginia (Digital Collections - Land Records), and are searchable.

Abstracts of these records have been published.
      Land Office records were abstracted and published in Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants. Vol.1-3 (1623-1732), by Nell Marion Nugent. Richmond, Va.: Virginia State Library and Archives, 1992-    . Vol.4-7 (1732-1776), edited by Dennis Ray Hudgins. Richmond, Va.: Virginia Genealogical Society, 1994-1999. (FHL book 975.5 R2n)
      Abstracts of Northern Neck Grants from 1690 to 1692 (Grant Book 1)" in Cavaliers and Pioneers, Supplement, Northern Neck Grants, No. 1, 1690-1692, abstracted by Nell Marion Nugent; indexed by Susan Bracey Sheppard. Richmond, Va.: Virginia State Library, 1980. (FHL book 975.5 R2n supp. and FHL fiche 6,050,913)
      The rest of the Northern Neck grant books (1694-1862) were abstracted in Gray, Gertrude E., comp. Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants. 4 vols. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Pub. Co., Inc., 1987-1993. (FHL book 975.52 R2g)
      Northern Neck surveys, 1722 to 1781 were abstracted in: Joyner, Peggy S., comp. Abstracts of Virginia's Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys. 5 vols. Portsmouth, Va.: P. Joyner, 1985-1987. Vol.4 contains abstracts of the Guy Broadwater surveys which are also on the Library of Virginia website. (FHL book 975.5 R2j)


See the published abstracts and indexes to military records by Virgil D. White for Duncans who served in the various wars.


Many of the early VA county records have been published in books by Beverley Fleet, John Frederick Dorman, William A. Crozier, Samuel and Ruth Sparacio, Annie Bell Burns, Mary B. Kegley, Dorothy Ford Wulfeck, the DAR, and many others. The Quaker records have been published by William W. Hinshaw and others. The "Genealogies of Virginia Families" series from the volumes of the "Virginia magazine of history and biography" and "William and Mary college quarterly historical magazine" and "Tyler's quarterly historical and genealogical magazine" have references to early Duncans.

Name Index, CA Room, CA State Library, Sacramento, CA
      DUNCAN, R(ichard) H(enry) - (from index card only): (Newspaper) Sept. 3, 1888, "Call", pg.8, col.2. Jackson, Sept. 2. Dr. R.H. Duncan died in Plymouth yesterday. ... He was one of the oldest settlers of the northern portion of Amador County. (separate index card) 1876 Register of Voters, Amador Co.: DUNCAN, Richard Henry, age 42, born VA, lives Plymouth, registered 8/23/1875.

YOHOGANIA CO. VA - Formed 1766 from Augusta, Discontinued 1786; Became Pennsylvania; See Washington Co. PA

HISTORIES before 1923

1897 "Old VA and Her Neighbors" Vol.II, by John Fisk (Placerville Library book 975F)
      No Duncan spotted; no index

1914 "History of Mendocino and Lake Cos. CA" by Carpenter & Millberry, Historic Record Co. (qc979.415 C2, CA State Library, Sacramento; FHL film 1,000,113 item 1)
      Pg. 245: RALPH THOMPSON DUNCAN to Willits, CA, in 1910; born 8 May 1887 at Ukiah, Mendocino Co. CA, son of Charles Henry and Elizabeth (Shattuck) Duncan, natives of California. Paternal grandfather Jacob Duncan came from Virginia to Pacific coast in very early day, pioneer builder in Ukiah. Charles H. had three children, Ralph T. was second. Ralph married in San Francisco Iris Clare, native of College City, Colusa Co. CA. One child, Marjorie Iris Duncan.

1888 "History of Newton, Lawrence, Barry and McDonald Cos. MO" by Goodspeed (FHL book 977.87 H2hn)
      Pg.828, Newton Co.: Isaac Duncan, plastering contractor and dealer in lime, cement, sand, plaster of paris, etc., Neosho, Mo., was born in Richland Co. OH, in February, 1846. His father, Abraham Duncan, a farmer by occupation, was a native of Virginia, and his mother, Mary (Wilkins) Duncan, was born in NY. They were the parents of twelve children. Isaac ... came to this county in 1882 ... In 1872 he chose for his companion in life Miss Mary Cummins, who was born in OH, and the fruit of this union are two children, David and Albert. ....

1893 "Biographical History of Crawford, Ida and Sac Cos. IA: containing portraits of all the presidents of the United States, with accompanying biographies, a condensed history of Iowa, with biographies of the governors, engravings of prominent citizens of the counties, with personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families" pub. Chicago by Lewis Pub. Co. 1893 (Los Angeles Public Library book R977.7 B615)
      Pg.291: OLIVER PERRY DUNKIN, one of the leading citizens and pioneer farmers of Clinton township, Sac Co. IA, was born January 21, 1826. His father, Joshua Dunkin, was a native of Virginia and a soldier in the war of 1812. His grandfather, John Dunkin, was a descendant of Scotch ancestry. The maiden name of our subject's mother was Sarah Richardson. She was born in Ohio, a descendant of German ancestry, and was first married to a Mr. Riley, by whom she had four children. She married Mr. Dunkin in Brown Co. OH, and her death occurred in Fulton Co. IL, at the age of sixty. After her death the father came to Clinton Co. IA, where he died at the age of seventy. He voted for Fremont in 1856, but was a Democrat all his life. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and for many years was a Class Leader. ... (MAD: Joshua m. (1) 1809 Adams Co. OH; see 1850 Jackson Co. IA and Clayton Co. IA)

1910 "History of Davenport and Scott Co. IA" by Harry E. Downer, Vol.II (Los Angeles Public Library book R977.71 S42Do V.2)
      Pg.622: J.C. DUNCAN. ... was born in Allegheny Co. PA, December 14, 1840, of Scotch ancestors, for his grandfather, James Duncan, came from the land of hills and heather in the latter part of the eighteenth century. His son, James Duncan, was born in Virginia, but was reared by a farmer in Allegheny Co. PA, where he made his home until 1855, when he came to Iowa, locating near Le Claire, Scott county. There he lived throughout the remainder of his life and there died at the age of 69 years. His wife, who had been Miss Jane Wilson, before her marriage, was a native of Allegheny Co. PA, and lived to the ripe age of sixty-eight years. Eleven children were born to them, all of whom grew to maturity and eight are still living. The second in this family and the eldest son, J.C. Duncan grew to manhood ... He was about fourteen when his parents came to Iowa and can well remember the tedious trip ... In 1862, Mr. Duncan wedded Miss Nancy McConnell, who like her husband was born in Allegheny Co. PA. ....

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.241: COL. LEWIS J. WOOD ... born Mercer Co. KY July 12, 1812. His parents were William and Sally (Thomas) Wood, ... William Wood in 1792 to Mercer Co. KY where married dau. of Richard Thomas & widow of Ambrose Gordon, 1833 to Clay Co. MO, 9 ch. Isaac C. Wood (2nd son, Judge, decd) m. (1) Miss Lucy Curd, m. (2) Miss Louisa Duncan. Lewis J. Wood (third son) ... September 16, 1834, Lewis J. m. Miss Mary Duncan, born September 16, 1818, a daughter of Capt. James and Nancy (Music) Duncan, the father having been born in Virginia, and the mother in KY. They emigrated to MO in 1823, and settled upon a large tract of Government land which Capt. Duncan had purchased.
      Pg.327: S.E. BRECKENRIDGE, ... born in Bourbon Co. KY in 1828, and the following year was brought by his parents to Clay Co. ... Son of Edlyn and Eleanor (Duncan) Breckenridge, natives of Virginia, who early removed with their parents to KY. Edlyn Breckenridge was born December 7, 1788, and his wife January 17, 1795. ...

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 NC, May, 1840. His parents moving to Virginia, he there remained until he attained his 14th year, when he went to MO, where his mother died. The father, not altogether pleased with the prospect in MO, removed to VA. Prior to the rebellion he made his way to IL, 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: see ?? 1850 Grayson Co. VA; 1840 Ashe Co. NC)


"The Landmark" Statesville [Iredell Co.], North Carolina, Thursday, September 10, 1891 (transcription by and from Kathy Cawley 2/2004)
      The Landmark's New York Correspondent Married.
      THE LANDMARK last week received an invitation to attend the marriage of Mr. David T. Duncan and Miss Nellie Gaskins, which was solemnized at Bethel Church, Virginia, Tuesday evening, 8th inst. Mr. Duncan is a native of Virginia and is THE LANDMARK'S New York correspondent, and his marriage is an event which will be of peculiar interest to every reader of this paper. Our people have every week for eight years past followed his elegant pen with the keenest pleasure. His letters are the leading educational feature of THE LANDMARK, and, as it has remarked before, are the best writing done on any North Carolina paper. A city reader said not long since that he had for years read closely the letters of the best syndicate writers of the day, those of John Russell Young, George Alfred Townsend, and others, and we read that none were better written or of more interest than the New York letters to THE LANDMARK. It is even so. There is no feature of the paper that is so highly regarded and hence, as above suggested, the marriage of the gentleman who writes these charming letters is an event in which every subscriber to THE LANDMARK will feel a personal interest, and all will join it in the hope that the days of "D.T.D." may be long in the land and that his happiness as a married man may be complete.


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