Duncans in Jefferson Co. WI


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

Last revised April 25, 2009

Formed 1837 from Milwaukee


1840 Jefferson Co. WI Census
      No Duncan indexed

1850 Jefferson Co. WI Census
Pg.22, #336, Daniel CHAMPIONS? 41 NY
                  H. (f) 38 NY
                  Harriet 13, Augusta 8 NY
                  Henry DUNCAN 8 WI
Pg.22, #342, Silas DUNCAN 31 NY cabinet maker
                  Elizabeth 31 NY
                  (MAD: 1860 Waupaca Co. WI census; the webpage of Michael A. Shoemaker contains more information on this family at http://www.pcez.com/~bigshoe/du/Dunc/dungen.html; see also Oneida Co. NY)
Village of Palmyra
Pg.182, #1137, Thos. S. DUNCAN 55 NY farmer $2000
                  Lucretia 52 NY
                  F.B. (m) 8, Phebe J. 16 NY

1860 Jefferson Co. WI Census
Pg.391, #1025-995, C. Stiles (WOLLINE?) (m) 28 NY farmer $1000-$505
                  William 26 NY farmer $1000-$505
                  Mary DUNCAN 31 NY domestic $600-$0
                  Alice 9 WI
                  Franklin STILES 27 NY farmer $0-$100
                  (MAD: ditto marks at the end of C. Stiles, ? to indicate the surname in the household above, which was Wolline)
Town of Palmyra
Pg.503, #263-248, Arthur GOODLETTER? 30 SCT farmer $0-$264
                  Isabel 28 SCT
                  Jane 7, William 5 WI
                  Betsy 2 WI
                  Thomas DUNCAN 19 SCT (blank)
Waterloo P.O.
Pg.602, #1009-979, A.D. FAVILLE (m) 38 NY farmer $6000-$2060
                  Ellen 31 CT
                  Hariet (f) 10, S. (m) 7 WI
                  Laura 5, Caseus 1 WI
                  Charles DUNCAN 16 NY farm laborer
                  Willhelmina WOLLINE (f) 19 PRUSSIA domestic

1870 Jefferson Co. WI Census
Pg.286, #112-111, KNAPP, Albertus 48 NY farmer $8000-$2750
                  Polly 44 NY keeping house
                  Adella 11 WI at school
                  GRAVCE, Orville (m) 20 WI farm laborer
                  MITCHELL, Wm. 16 WI farm laborer
                  DUNCAN, L. (f) 71 NY (blank)


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, Charles L., widow Duncan, Lydia; E 4 Wis. Inf., E 4 Wis. Cav.; 1884 June 26, Invalid Appl. #516496, Cert. #329982, Wis.; 1905 March 31, Widow Appl. #825090, Cert. #594036, Wis.; remarks XC2675903. (MAD: 1880 Waushara Co. WI b.1844 NY; 1870 Waupaca Co. WI; ?? 1860 Jefferson Co. WI; ?? 1900 Wood Co. WI)

HISTORIES before 1923

"Portrait and biographical record of Walworth and Jefferson counties, Wisconsin" pub. Chicago, Lake City Publishing Co., 1894 (FHL film 908,347 item 1; SLC 10/2008 and 12/2008)
      Pg.303-304: JAMES W. DUNCOMB is one of the well-known citizens of La Grange Township. He follows general farming and stock-raising on section 33, where he has 120 acres of rich prairie land. He started out in life for himself a poor boy, but he possessed an enterprising and energetic spirit, which has overcome the difficulties in his path. Step by step he has worked his way upward until he has obtained a well-deserved competence.
      Mr. Duncomb is a native of Canandaigua [Ontario] County, N.Y., born December 13, 1852, and is a son of Moses and Mary J. (Wilbur) Duncomb, who were also natives of the Empire State. The father was a blacksmith by trade, and followed that business in the East until 1855, when he went to Jefferson County, Wis. In Hebron, Wis., he carried on a blacksmith shop until April, 1861, when, prompted by patriotic impulses, he ... became a member of Company A, Fourth Wisconsin Infantry, in which he served for three years. ... When his term had expired he was honorably discharged and at once returned to his home. Soon after, he removed to Richmond Centre, where he spent several years. He died in March 1882, and his remains were interred in Barron County, Wis. He was a member of the Baptist Church. His wife still survives him, and is now living in Menomonie, Dunn County, Wis.
      Mr. and Mrs. Duncomb were the parents of ten children, eight sons and two daughters, of whom eight are yet living. The one in whom we are most interested, James W., was brought by his parents to the West during his infancy and has since lived in this locality. His school privileges were those afforded by the district schools of the neighborhood, and even those advantages were quite meagre, for at the early age of twelve years he was thrown upon his own resources to make his way in the world. He began to earn his own livelihood by working as a farm hand for $9 per month, and was thus employed for eleven years, when he determined to engage in farming in his own interest. For four years he rented land in Sugar Creek Township, and then, with the capital he had acquired, purchased his present farm, this being in 1882.
      In the mean time, Mr. Duncomb was married. On the 7th of March, 1878, he wedded Miss Mary A. Lewis, daughter of John and Diantha (Harrison) Lewis. They now have three children, a son and two daughters: Eva M., Frank L. and Florence E. Their home is the abode of hospitality, and Mr. and Mrs. Duncomb have many warm friends in the community, who hold them in high regard. In his political views, Mr. Duncomb is a Republican ...


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