Duncans in Grant Co. WI


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

Last revised January 1, 2012

Formed 1836 from Iowa Co.


1840 Grant Co. WI Census
      No Duncan indexed

1850 Grant Co. WI Census (pg.154 from Mary Ruksznis 9/1999)
24th Dist.
Pg.30, #408, Josephus DUNCAN 30 TN farmer $100, mar/in/year
                  Hannah J. DUNCAN 19 NY
Pg.66, #959, Abram E. KILBY 53 NC
                  Rhoda 47 VA
                  Elizabeth 17, John J. 15 MO
                  Sarah M. 12, Rhoda J. 11 WI
                  James H. DUNCAN 18 MO
                  (MAD: see Pike Co. MO for Reuben Kilby)
Pg.66, #960, William HARPER 44 KY farmer $250
                  Sarah 41 NC
                  Rhoda J. 3, William T. 1 WI
                  Salona L. DUNCAN (f) 16, John 14 MO
                  (MAD: William Harper mar. Sarah (Kilby), widow of John Duncan, 7/13/1844 Pike Co. MO)
Pg.69, #1010, John DUNCAN 47 SCT farmer $200
                  Easter 41 NY
                  George 18, James 17 CAN
                  Jemima 15, Mary A. 14 CAN
                  William 11, John 10 CAN
                  Jane 8, Phebe 6 CAN
                  Easter 5, David 2 CAN
                  Elizabeth 2/12 CAN
Pg.114, #401, Chas. DUNCAN 30 PA farmer $300
                  Phebe 24 OH
                  Wm. 7 OH
                  Penelope 5 WI
                  H. (f) 1 OH
                  (MAD: Charles Duncan mar. Phoebe Sampson 12/16/1841 Trumbull Co. OH; 1860 Crawford Co. PA census)
Pg.140, #768, Merchant, laborers, miners
                  John DUNCAN 32 KY miner
Hazel Green
Pg.154, #?, Thomas A. NESBIT 32 KY
                  Sarah 25 VA
                  Joseph W. 6, Mary E. 4, John 2 MO
                  (MAD: Thomas Ammon Nesbit mar. Sarah Wyett Duncan 6/16/1843 Callaway Co. MO, from info of Mary Ruksznis 9/1999)
Pg.166, #1202, Wm. DUNCAN 26 PA laborer $200
                  Mary A. 20 OH
                  Harriet M. 7/12 WI
                  Maria 20 PA
Pg.177, #1360, Robert DUNCAN 27 OH miner
                  Rachel 27 OH
                  Chas. A. 3, Olive 1 WI
                  John 3/12 WI
                  (MAD: 1860 Sibley Co. MN census)

1860 Grant Co. WI Census
Town of Elenboro
Pg.121, #785-784, Daniel PHILLIPS 61 NY farmer $1000-$1200
                  Harriet 62 CT
                  David C?. 26 OH (blank) $1000-$1800
                  Mary A. DUNCAN 28 OH (blank) $0-$150
Pg.126, #828-828, Thos. DUNCAN 35 IRE cooper $0-$150 (alone)
Town of Glen Haven
Pg.179, #557-537, John DUNCAN 59 SCT farmer $12000-$0
                  Esther 50 NY
                  William 21 CANada East farm laborer $0-$0
                  John 19, Jane 17 CANada East
                  Phebe 15, Esther 13 CANada East
                  David 11, Elizabeth 9 CANada East
                  George 27 CAN E. miner $0-$400
                  James 26 CAN E. miner $0-$0
                  Jabez CLEMONS 27 NY miner $0-$0
                  Jemima 25 CAN E. $0-$90
                  Scott (m) 2, Clara 1 WI
                  John CONNOR 23 MI farm laborer $0-$0
                  Robert TAYLOR 19 ENG farm laborer $0-$0
                  Chaimberlain HUDSON (m) 17 WI Terr. farm laborer $0-$0
                  Charles ENGLISH 2 CAN E.
                  (MAD: Esther 50 NY and Elizabeth 9 CAN ? 1870 Crawford Co. WI census)
Town of Platteville
Pg.541-2, #85-82, Philip HENDERSHUTE? 37 CAN harness maker $7000-$1500
                  Sarah 34 CAN
                  James 13, Rachel 10 WI
                  Sylvester 7 WI
                  Philip 7, Sarah 1 WI
                  Alexander DUNCAN 30 SCT harness maker $0-$0
                  Jacob LONG 21 WI servant $0-$0
                  Abraham GLASSCUT? 20 IL miner $0-$0
                  (MAD: Alexander Duncan in Iowa Co. WI 1850 census)
Town of Potosi
Pg.661, #486-472, Joseph DUNCUN 40 TN farmer $450-$250
                  Hannah J. 28 NY
                  William J. 8, George A. 6 WI
                  John C. 4, Melcher 2 WI
                  (MAD: 1880 Plymouth Co. IA census)
Town of Waterloo
Pg.727, #1149-1125, John DUNCAN 25 MO farmer $1600-$520
                  Fanny 19 NY
                  Frank 6/12 WI
                  Alfred BONHAM 19 WI T. farm laborer $0-$0

1870 Grant Co. WI Census
Pg.5, #60-60, ADKIN, Joseph 55 KY farmer $500-$200
                  Nancy 58 KY keeping house
                  Worden (m) 16, Lorinda 19 WI at home
                  DUNCAN, Olive (f) 29 KY keeping house
Pg.5, #61-61, DUNCAN, John 28 CAN farmer $800-$400, parents of foreign birth
                  Lee (m) 6 WI at home, father of foreign birth
                  James 4 WI at home, father of foreign birth
                  Ena (f) 2 WI at home, father of foreign birth
Pg.123-124, #125-124, DUNCAN, Josephus 50 TN farmer $3000-$1150
                  Hannah J. 39 NY keeping house
                  William J. 19 WI works on farm
                  George A. 16, John C. 14 WI works on farm
                  Melcher J. (m) 11 WI works on farm
                  HOGLE, Andrew 75 NY superanuated
                  HOGLE, Anna 71 MA superanuated
Glen Haven
Pg.141, #23-24, HULCROFT?, Willie 26 CAN farmer $4000-$1000, parents of foreign birth
                  Phebe 23 CAN keeping house, parents of foreign birth
                  Evert 3 WI at home, parents of foreign birth
                  Likner? (m) 8/12 WI at home, b.Aug., parents of foreign birth
                  ELSWORTH, George 11 WI at home, parents of foreign birth
                  PINE, William 60 VA farm laborer
                  SYKES, John 12 WI farm laborer
                  DUNCAN, David 22 CAN farmer, parents of foreign birth
Pg.141, #25-26, WILDMAN, Wm. 30 IRE farmer $6000-$1000, parents of foreign birth
                  Jane 22 CAN keeping house, parents of foreign birth
                  BONNER, Robert 55 IRE farm laborer, parents of foreign birth
                  DUNCAN, Charles 11 CAN at home, parents of foreign birth
Pg.161, #54-55, TRAVIS, John 26 WI farmer $2000-$400
                  Laura 23 WI keeping house
                  James 1 WI
                  DUNCAN, Mary 38 OH house work
Pg.249, #324-331, DUNCAN, John 30 NY woolen manfr. $0-$0
                  Emma 23 WI (blank)
                  Cora 2 IA
                  McKANE, Mary 24 IRE weaver, parents of foreign birth
                  GOPEL, Dunlop? (m) 28 SAXony weaver, parents of foreign birth
Pg.458, #192-190, HUNTINGTON?, John 30 ENG farmer $12,000-$0, parents of foreign birth
                  Eliza J. 27 WI keeping house
                  ROBINSON, Maggie 3 WI
                  DUNCAN, Samuel 19 IL farm hand, mother of foreign birth
                  HARRIS, David 18 NJ farm hand
Pg.486, #41-41, DEWITT, Peter 65 NJ physician $6000-$500
                  Sarah 50 NC keeping huse
                  A.J. 25 IL carpenter
                  George 21 WI clerk i store
                  DUNCAN, Alx (m) 40 SCT harness maker $0-$270, parents of foreign birth
Pg.497, PIERSON, not DUNSON, not copied; indexed John DUNSON 38 ENG


Wisconsin Marriages, pre-1907 (from Kathy D. Cawley 1/5/2008)
Name: Pluma Jones
Marriage Date: 25 Aug 1852
County: Grant
Volume: 01
Page: 0284
Name: Robert Dawkins [KDC: should be Duncan]
Marriage Date: 25 Aug 1852
County: Grant
Volume: 01
Page: 0284
      (KDC & MAD: 1860 Crawford Co. WI)


Marshall Co. IA Deeds (SLC 9/30/2011 and 10/4/2011)
      9-294: David Parret et ux to James Duncan. 4 July 1865, David Parret and Emeline Parret of Marshall Co. IA to James Duncan of Grant Co. WI, for $1200 paid, sell the North 1/2 of SE 1/4 and South 1/2 of NE 1/4 and NE 1/4 of NE 1/4 of Sec.6 Twp.82 North Range 18 West, containing 200 acres. They warrant title. /s/ David Parret, Emmaline Parret. David Parret and Emeline Parret appeared 4 July 1865 before James G. Williams, Clerk Dist. Court. Filed for record 5 July 1865. (FHL film 956,668; SLC 9/30/2011; filled-in printed form, slightly blurred image)


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, Josephus, widow Duncan, Hannah J.; L MO Engrs Col? the? West; 1863 June 15, Invalid Appl. #26064, Cert. #25237; 1898 July 15, Widow Appl. #679472, Cert. #468891, Iowa. (MAD: 1850 Grant Co. WI census; 1877 Plymouth Co. IA)
      Duncan, William, widow Duncan, Mary A., minor Alderman, M.A., Gdn.; B 28 Wis. Inf.; 1863 June 22, Widow Appl. #25411, Cert. #32256; 1866 Feb. 23, Minor Appl. #121662, Cert. #78242. (MAD: 1850 Grant Co. WI census)

"History of the Third Regiment of Wisconsin Veteran Volunteer Infantry 1861-1865" by Edwin E. Bryant; pub. Madison, Wis.: Veteran association of the regiment, 1891, 488 pgs. (LH13188, HeritageQuest images 5/2007; FHL fiche 6,118,337)
      Pg.130: List of losses in Third Regiment at the Battle of Antietam, Sept. 17, 1862. Killed or died of wounds. Campany F. Privates T.F. Duncan, ...
      Pg.426: Duncan, Thomas F.; residence Ellenboro; date: Apr. 22, '61. Wnd. Antietam, died Sept. 18, '62, Smoketown, Md., wnds. (MAD: Ellenboro, Grant Co. WI)

HISTORIES before 1923

1884 "History of Crawford and Richland Counties, Wisconsin : together with sketches of their towns, portraits, history of Wisconsin" pub. Springfield, Ill. : by Union Pub. Co. (FHL book 977.57 H2c; SLC 9/2007)
      Pg.701-702: Robert Duncan was born in 1827, in Westmoreland Co., Penn. When quite young he removed with his parents to Ohio. In 1844 Mr. Duncan went to Ellenboro, Grant Co., Wis., where, in 1852, he married Pluma A. Jones. They have had six children, five of whom are living -- Obed A., Charles A., Chauncy N., Laura A. and Ella M. Robert W. was born Oct. 3, 1869, and died Oct. 16, 1870; Charles A. and Chauncy W. are now living in Iowa. Mr. Duncan came to the town of Scott, Crawford Co., in 1854, purchasing eighty acres of land, on section 21, where he has since resided. He afterwards purchased another forty acres of Walter Blandon. He served as a faithful soldier about nine months in the 47th Wisconsin Volunteers. He served several terms on the town board of supervisors.

1890-1891 "History of the counties of Woodbury and Plymouth, Iowa : includes an extended sketch of Sioux City, their early settlement and progress to the present time; a description of their historic and interesting localities; sketches of the prominent men, and biographies of many of the representative citizens" by Will Leach Clark, J.E. Norris and others, pub. by A. Warner & Co. Pub., Chicago (from Charles L. Duncan 2/1995; FHL book 977.7 H2wp and film 1,000,024 item 2)
      Pg.738: Josephus Duncan, retired, Le Mars, was born in Lawrence Co. TN, Jan. 14, 1820. His parents, Melcher and Sarah Duncan, were natives of Robertson Co. TN, and Russellville, [Logan Co.] KY, respectively. His paternal grandfather, John Duncan, came from Scotland, and his maternal grandfather, John Irvin, from London, England. In the fall of 1829 our subject removed with his parents to Pike Co. MO, where he was reared on a farm and where his parents died at the respective ages of 82 and 85 years. Of their 10 children, Josephus is the 7th child. When 17 years of age, he began learning the blacksmith trade. In 1845 he went to Grant Co. WI and mined lead for 4 years. He then bought a farm, and besides tilling it worked at building. In Oct. 1861 he enlisted in Bissell's regiment of engineers, later known as the Western MO engineers; he served 18 months in the blacksmith detail and was discharged on account of injuries received in being thrown from a railroad train. He came to Le Mars [Plymouth Co.] in 1877, and after farming one year, bought a hotel, which he conducted 8 years as the Duncan house. He is a member of the Free-Will baptist church and G.A.R. and has always been a republican. In Sept. 1850 he married Hannah J., dau. of Andrew Hogle, a native of NY. They have 3 living children, viz, William James, John Colby and Melcher Jerome. George Alma, the second, died in Nov. 1881 aged 28 years.

1888 "Portrait and biographical album of Sedgwick County, Kansas : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent... citizens of the county ..." pub. by Chapman Bros. (CA State Library, Sutro Branch; FHL book 978.186 D3p and film 1,000,039 item 2)
      Pg.819-20: CHARLES A. DUNCAN, one of Co. Commissioners; boyhood spent in Iowa Co. WI, where he was born 10 June 1847; his parents Robert and Rachel (Gard) Duncan were natives of IN & IL, the former a resident of Wichita and the latter deceased. Charles A. age 8 when family moved to Sibley Co. MN; in 1868 Robert Duncan to KS, first to Pottawatomie Co., then Feb. 1870 to this Co., Park Twp. Charles A. married Miss Kate Ackerman on 30 Oct. 1871; she b. Anamosa, Jones Co. IA, Oct. 17, 1853, dau. of Erastus B. and Annis (Bennett) Ackerman who moved to Sibley Co. MN. Seven children: Estella May, Emma, Clara, Laura, Charles, Robert and Lee, all living. Charles A. enlisted 27 Feb. 1863 in Co. D, Independent Battalion, MN Cavalry, mustered out 11 June 1865. Democrat, Universalist.
      Pg.878-9: ROBERT DUNCAN, citizen of Wichita; to Wichita 1880. Grandfather was born among the Highlands "land of the thistle"; to US at early day; settled Allegheny River in PA; not many years later he turned his face to the further West, but after reaching Ohio was never more heard from. It is supposed he was murdered by Indians or ... Robert Duncan left his family in PA, and among his sons was Charles C., father of our subject, born in 1800, age 2 when father left home. Age 19 engaged as raftsman on Allegheny River, and in Ohio; entered tract of land in Washington Co. 5 miles from Marietta, there met & married Miss Charity Gard, native of VA, born 1798. Seven children: Mary A., Robert, Julia, Elias, Elizabeth, Charity, Nancy. In 1831 to Hamilton Co. IN for a few years, then IL, then WI; Mother had died at her home in IN in Jan., 1839; Charles C. Duncan subsequently married Miss Elizabeth Perie, had 4 more children: Frank, Delmer, Henry and Rachel. Charles C. died Sumner Co. KS, Oct. 12, 1886, age 86. Subject Robert Duncan was born Washington Co. OH on Jan. 8, 1823, age 8 when family to IN, age 20 when family to WI. He worked lead mines of Grant Co. for 15 years, age 24, in 1847, married Miss Rachel Gard, born March 7, 1823 in Washington Co. OH, dau. of John and Amy Gard, natives of VA and of German and Irish descent. Charles C. & Rachel were parents of 7 children: Charles A., Olive, John G., Warren R., Emily, Wellington and Byron D., all living, married, residents of this state. Mrs. Duncan died 6 Dec. 1873 on visit to brother's residence in Pottawatomie Co. KS; Mr. Duncan on 6 June 1875 married Mrs. Rebecca Stevens, dau. of David Gard; she a niece of his former wife. In 1855 Mr. Duncan to MN on land purchased from government; in 1867 to Pottawatomie Co. KS; in 1870 to Sedgwick Co. Republican.

1883 "History of the State of Kansas : containing a full account of its growth from an uninhabited territory to a wealthy and important state; of its early settlements; a supplementary history and description of its counties, cities, towns and villages, their advantages, industries and commerce, to which are added biographical sketches and portraits of prominent men and early settlers" ed. by William G. Cutler, A.T. Andreas; pub. Chicago : A.T. Andreas (FHL book 978.1 H2hi 1976 & v.2; FHL film 982,248 items 1-2)
      Pg.1410: Sedgwick Co., Park Twp. C.L. DUNCAN, farmer, Section 13, P.O. Wichita, was born in Wisconsin, in 1847. Is a son of Robert and Rachael (Gard) Duncan. Was married in 1870, to Miss Kate Ackerman, daughter of E.B. and Annie Ackerman. Has five children -- Estella M., Emma, Laura, Clara and Charles. Came to Kansas in 1867. Located in Pottawatomie County. After two years removed to Wabaunsee County. Subsequently removed to Sedgwick County, and located on the farm on which he now resides. Owns 160 acres of land; has 80 acres under cultivation, and is engaged in farming and stock raising. His farm is finely located on bottom land, between the Big and Little Arkansas rivers. The soil is of a rich sandy loam. Principal crop is corn, with an average yield of forty bushels per acre. Was in the War of the Rebellion. Enlisted in 1863, in the Independent Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry, Company D. Assigned to the department of the Northwest. Principal service in Dakota and Minnesota. Was mustered out in 1865. Is a member of the Universalist Church, and of the Masonic Fraternity, A.F. & A.M., Wichita Lodge, No. 99, and of the Old Settlers' Association of Sedgwick County. Is Trustee of Park Township. Was first elected in 1878 and 1879, and re-elected in 1882 and 1883. Has been Clerk and Treasurer of the township, and member of the School Board. (MAD: ?? see Charles A. Duncan in 1850 Grant Co. WI census with Robert Duncan)

The biographical sketch on pg.993 of the 1881 "History of Grant County, Wisconsin" pub. by Western Historical Co., was posted by "rmunns" on the Duncan message board at Ancestry.com on June 23, 2006.
      Pg.993, Town of Wingville, has a sketch of Alexander Duncan which includes his father-in-law Richard H. Palmer.


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