Duncans in WI


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

Last revised June 23, 2010


Wisconsin US Land Office Records (patents) pre-July 1, 1908, are available online:

"Territorial Papers, Michigan Territory, 1829-1837" Vol.XII (CA State University, Sacramento, library)
      Pg.1133-4: Petition to Congress by Inhabitants of the Territory, March 1, 1836: The petitioners had settled on public lands in the Territory of Wisconsin pursuant to the preemption acts of 29 May 1830 and 19 June 1834; petition that they be authorized to purchase their improved lands at a minimum price. Signed by George E. Duncan among others.

"Territorial Papers, Wisconsin Territory, 1836-1848, 1836-1839" Vol.XXVII (CA State University, Sacramento, library; see also IOWA)
      Pg.18-20: Petition to Congress by Inhabitants of Rock River, referred March 7, 1836: That the inhabitants of Root River have already surveyed a road from that place through; a regular line of post coaches will be established between the two extremes crossing an important point of Fox River (footnote that the Fox River 'of Illinois' which flows in a southerly course through the present Wisconsin counties of Waukesha, Racine and Kenosha and joins the Illinois River at Ottawa, IL, is the Fox River referred to here) which will undoubtedly be an established county seat, then to the Rapids on this river, then to Cassville already designated as the Capitol. Petition to establish a Post Rout immediately. (Footnote that a mail route from Racine at the mouth of Root River to Cassville, with a branch to Galena, IL, via Wisconsin City, was provided by an act approved July 2, 1836.) Signed by Geo. E. Duncan (footnote that he also signed the petition on page 13; not copied), among others.

"Territorial Papers, Wisconsin Territory, 1836-1848, 1839-1848" Vol.XXVIII (CA State University, Sacramento, library)
      Pg. 407-410: Petition to Congress by Citizens of Western Wisconsin, referred Feb. 28, 1842: That since the Treaties of 1837, settlements have been made on the St. Croix, Menominee, Chippeway, and Black River; reference to Lake St. Croix, settlements at Pocagamon and La Point. Petition for post route from Ft. Winnebago by Falls of Black River, Falls of Chippeway, the Menominee Mills & Dacotah, to Ft. Snelling in Iowa Territory; also a post route from Prairie du Chein to the Falls of Black River and there to intersect the route from Ft. Winnebago to Ft. Snelling; also a post route from Dacotah in St. Croix Co., the county seat, by the Falls of St. Croix and Mouth of Pocagamon Lake to La Point on Lake Superior. Signed by David Duncan among many others.

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)
      Duncan, Eugene, widow Duncan, Emily C.; A 16 Wisc. Inf.; 1890 Aug. 5, Invalid Appl. #929551, Cert. #650477, Wisc.; 1922 Jan. 30, Widow Appl. #1184390, Cert. #917329, LA. (MAD: ? 1860 Dane Co. WI census; James Eugene Duncan and Emily Forbes, 1875 Waushara Co. WI, 1900 Calcasieu Par. LA, from "Eugene and Edith, 1870-1916, My Parents" by Emily Brown Stothart, 1981 (Eugene Brown and Edith Duncan); FHL fiche 6,019,910)
      Duncan, George; M 7 Ill. Inf.; 1927 May 7, Invalid(S) Appl. #1579510, Cert. #A-10-8-27 Wis.; remarks C2301898.
      Duncan, Henry A., widow Duncan, Josephine; A 16 Wis. Inf.; 1883 May 29, Invalid Appl. #484970, Cert. #259835, Wis.; 1884 June 10, Widow Appl. #316500, Cert. #215785, Wis. (MAD: 1880 Lincoln Co. WI, b.1843 NY; ?? 1870 Kalamazoo Co. MI)
      Duncan, James; B 46 Ill. Inf., F 45 PA Inf.; 1890 July 25, Invalid Appl. #881663, Cert. #664350, Wis. (MAD: enlisted in Stephenson Co. IL)
      Duncan, James, widow Duncan, Agnes E.; I 42 Wis. Inf.; 1880 Oct. 7, Invalid Appl. #411355, Cert. #709848, Wis.; 1909 Dec. 27, Widow Appl. #932766, Cert. #696575, Iowa. (MAD: ?? Agnes Duncan b.1849 WI indexed in 1910 Linn Co. IA with son William A. b.1876 WI)
      Duncan, James B., widow Duncan, Josephine A.; H 23 Wis. Inf; 1880 April 22, Invalid Appl. #362648, Cert. #227060; 1885 May 12, Widow Appl. #326635, Cert. #238003, Wis. (MAD: 1870 Dane Co. WI; 1880 Sauk Co. WI, b.1840 NY)
      Duncan, James K.L., widow Duncan, Lillian J.; naval service, Ord. Sea., enlisted June 26, '63, discharged June ??, Ft. Hindman, Pamfest, Clara, Delorise?, Great Western, Lafayette, Fearnot; 1890 Mch. 27, Invalid Appl. #16128, Cert. #23709, Wis? (Was?); 1916 Oct. 2, Widow Appl. #1079146, (cert. blank), Utah; remarks Died March 27, 1913.
      Duncan, John A., widow Duncan, Mary A.; L 2 Minn. Cav.; 1892 Sept. 21, Invalid Appl. #1131721, Cert. 1152965, Wis.; 1922 Aug. 2, Widow Appl. #1192346, Cert. #918278, Wis. (MAD: ? 1880-1910 Chippewa Co. WI, b.1848 PA or OH)
      Duncan, John E., widow Duncan, Harriet B.; Capt. B 23 Wis. Inf.; 1884 June 21, Invalid Appl. #516122, Cert. #306703, Iowa; 1901 Jan. 11, Widow Appl. #732916, Cert. #650987, Iowa. (MAD: 1870 Lafayette Co. WI; 1880 Hardin Co. IA)
      Dunken, John G.; A & H 5 Wis. Inf.; 1871 Jan. 3, Invalid Appl. #162402, Cert. #144377. (MAD: Richland Co. WI)
      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)
      Duncomb, Moses, widow Duncomb, Mary J.; A 4 Wis. Cav.; 1877 Jan. 2, Invalid Appl. #229352, no cert.; 1885 Jan. 9, Widow Appl. #322712, no cert., Wis. (MAD: 1870 Walworth Co. WI)
      Duncan, Robert, widow Duncan, Pluma A.; G 47 Wis. Inf.; 1880 May 12, Invalid Appl. #365303, Cert. #310249; 1901 Sept. 10, Widow Appl. #748311, Cert. #531512, Wis. (MAD: 1860 Crawford Co. WI census)
      Duncan, Robert G.; E 2 Wis. Cav.; 1896 July 6, Invalid Appl. #1179152, Cert. #1035215, Iowa; remarks C2543537.
      Duncan, Samuel M., widow Duncan, Jane; I 48 NY Inf.; 1890 July 14, Widow Appl. #436224, Cert. #294168, Wis. (MAD: 1880 Chippewa Co. WI, b.1843 NY)
      Duncan, Solomon, widow Duncan, Helen G.; I 13 Wis. Inf.; 1889 Sept. 9, Invalid Appl. #727638, Cert. #484429, Wis.; 1917 Dec. 29, Widow Appl. #1112501, Cert. #840871, NY. (MAD: ? 1860 Walworth Co. WI census)
      Duncan, Thomas C., widow Duncan, Emma J.; A 1 Wis. Cav.; 1883 Aug. 14, Invalid Appl. #492477, Cert. #499534, Ill.; 1902 Aug. 11, Widow Appl. #768233, Cert. #543637, Ill. (MAD: 1900 Cook Co. IL, b.1841 SCT)
      Duncan, Thomas J.; E 35 Mich. Inf.(S); 1927 Oct. 18, Invalid(S) Appl. #1594402, Cert. #A-3-23-28, Wis.; remarks C2293665.
      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)
      Duncum, William G., mother Banks, Elizabeth; G 3 Wis. Cav.; 1869 Jan. 13, Mother Appl. #170250, Cert. #133263. (MAD: ? 1850 Walworth Co. WI census)
      Duncan, William H., widow Duncan, Florence; D 24 Wis. Inf.; 1887 April 12, Widow Appl. #353416, no cert., Ill. (MAD: ?? 1870 McLean Co. IL, he b.1835 VT, she in 1880 McLean Co. IL)

1880 "Memorial record of the fathers of Wisconsin : containing sketches of the lives and career of the members of the consti tutional conventions of 1846 and 1847-48 with a history of early settlement in Wisconsin" by H.A. Tenney and David Atwood, pub. by D.Atwood, Madison, WI (Memphis Public Library book 929.375 T298m; from Evelyn Sigler 2/1985; FHL book 977.5 D3t, and film 1,000,802 item 1)
      Pg.252: John Hawkins Rountree, ggf. Randall Rountree from Ireland to VA; gf. Thomas Rountree to Warren Co. KY 1795, d. Warren Co. KY; father John Rountree from KY to Montgomery Co. IL Feb. 1824.


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