Duncans in Walworth Co. WI


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

Last revised October 18, 2013

Formed 1836 from Brown


1840 Walworth Co. WI Census
      No Duncan indexed

1850 Walworth Co. WI Census
E. Troy
Pg.177, #185, Irene DUNKIN (f) 39 NY (blank) $3000
                  George W. 17 (farmer) NY
                  Solomon 6, Byran (m) 1 WI
                  Lavin J. EDWARDS 26 NY farmer
                  Mary J. 20 NY
                  Frank 3/12 WI
                  Ganette (f) JUNOS? 23 SCT
Pg.178, #201, John SCHWARTZ 35 GERM
                  Barbara 26 NY
                  Elizabeth 3 NY
                  Marin DUNKIN (f) 70 SWEDEN?
                  & laborers b. GERM
Pg.273, #756, Nathaniel GREY 26 NY farmer
                  Alvira 28 NY
                  William 25 NY
                  Caroline 13, David 11 NY
                  Mary DUNCAN 9 NY
                  James 5 NY
Pg.274, #757, James DUNCAN 67 SCT farmer $2000
                  Mary 30 NY
                  James H. 16 NY
Pg.274, #759, James G. DUNCAN 32 NY
                  Elizabeth 28 NY
                  William 9 NY
                  Rebecca 3 WI
                  (MAD: 1860 New York Co. NY census, Ward 20, Div.3 pg.263)

1860 Walworth Co. WI Census
La Grange
Pg.397, #364-363, Gilbert NOSTLEY? 55 ENG farmer $18,000-$2,715
                  Sally P. 48 ENG
                  & family & farm laborers, including
                  William DUNCAN 20 SCT farm laborer
East Troy Town
Pg.558, #747-757, John CRITY 65 PA farmer $6000-$1000
                  Elizabeth 61 PA
                  George 23, Cornelia 19 NY
                  George DUNCAN 9 Unknown
E. Troy Village
Pg.583, #921-931, East Troy Hotel, incl.
                  Soloman DUNCAN 16 WI laborer

1870 Walworth Co. WI Census
E. Troy
Pg.81, #170-173, DUNCAN, Solomon 26 WI farmer $3000-$450
                  Irena 57 NY keeping house
Pg.81, #171-174, DUNCAN, George W. 36 NY farmer $450-$3000
                  Mary J. 35 NY keeping house
                  Charles H. 16 WI at home
                  WATERS, Gilbert 85 NY blacksmith
La Grange
Pg.166, #45-37, PATCHEN?, Jared? (m) 58 NY farmer $8000-$1200
                  Mary 37 NY keeping house
                  Minnie (f) 2 WI
                  STREET, Hannah 17 NY domestic servant
                  LONG, Charles 11 WI attending school
                  DUNCAN, William 17 NY farm laborer
Pg.336, #795-787, DUNCOMB, Moses 47 VT farm laborer $0-$150
                  Mary 38 NY keeps house
                  Fremont (m) 14 WI at home
                  Julia 12, Moses 10 WI at home
                  Ezra (m) 5, Charles 3 WI


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.
      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, 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)
      Duncum, William G., mother Banks, Elizabeth; G 3 Wis. Cav.; 1869 Jan. 13, Mother Appl. #170250, Cert. #133263. (MAD: ? 1850 Walworth Co. WI census)


McHenry Co. IL Deeds (SLC 9/12/2013)
      K-15/17: 8 Dec. 1845, Ira Nourse of McHenry Co. IL to James and James G. Duncan of Walworth Co. WI, for $200 paid, sell parcel of land, N 1/2 W 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.17 Twp.46 Range 7E in District of lands subject to sale in the Chicago Land District, in McHenry Co. IL, containing 40 acres by survey, with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ Ira Nourse. Wit. Bela H. Tryon, Chas. W.H. Tryon. Ack. 8 Dec. 1845 before Bela H. Tryon, J.P. of McHenry Co. IL. Recorded March 15, 1848. (FHL film 1,468,755)
      K-430/431: 26 Feb. 1848, James Duncan and James G. Duncan and Elizabeth R. his wife of Lyons, Walworth Co., WI, to S. Nelson Tower of same place, for $225 paid, sell premises in McHenry Co. IL, S 1/2 W 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.17 Twp.46N Range 7E, in the Chicago Land District, in McHenry Co. IL, containing 40 acres more or less, with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ James Duncan, James G. Duncan, Elizabeth R. Duncan. Wit. T.B. Wakeman. Ack. 28 Feb. 1848 before T.B. Wakeman, J.P. McHenry Co. IL. Recorded Oct. 26, 1848. (FHL film 1,468,755)
      2-403/404: 29 Jan. 1847, Delamore Duncan and Pamela his wife of Kalamazoo Co. MI to Charles Sibley of Walworth Co. WI, for $1250 paid, sell tracts of land in Walworth Co. WI Territory, N 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec.34 containing 80 acres and N 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.35 containing 80 acres, by US survey, and in Twp.1N Range 18E, also one other piece of land in McHenry Co. IL, SW 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec.5 Twp.46N Range 8E containing 40 acres by US survey, with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ Delamore Duncan, Parmela Duncan. Wit. Wm. Bassett, Alanson Wood. Ack. 1 Feb. 1847 before Alanson Wood, J.P., Kalamazoo Co. MI. Cert. 5 Feb. 1847 by M.D. Cobb, Clerk of Kalamozoo Co. MI Circuit Court, for Alanson Wood. Recorded Feb. 27, 1851. (FHL film 1,468,756)

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 ...

"Biographical review of Dane County, Wisconsin, containing biographical sketches of pioneers and leading citizens." pub. Chicago, Biographical Review Pub. Co., 1893 (Sutro Library microfilm \MICRO-FILM\258\Reel 5\Book 12, 3/24/2010; MAD's extract)
      Pg.157-160: Hon. William Penn Lyon. The subject of this sketch, one of the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of the State of Wisconsin, is the son of Isaac and Eunice (Coffin) Lyon. He was a native of Chatham, Columbia Co. NY, born Oct. 28, 1822. His parents were ... Quakers ... In 1841 when he was nineteen years old he accompanied his father and family to Wisconsin and settled at what is now the town of Lyons, in Walworth Co., and he resided until 1850. Worked farm until spring 1844, the entered office of the late Judge Gale as a student of law, summer returned to farm work, ... fall of 1845 again became a law student ... 1846 admitted to bar in Walworth county. Justice of Peace of town of Hudson, now Lyons, ... In 1847 Judge Lyon ... married .. Miss Adelia C., the accomplished daughter of the late Dr. E.E. Duncomb, of St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada. ... In 1850 removed to Burlington, Racine Co., until 1855, then to city of Racine until 1861, District of Attorney 1855-1858 of Racine Co., 1859 chosen as Representative in Wisconsin Legislature and was made Speaker. ... August 7, 1861, Captain of Company K, Eighth Wisconsin Infantry ... (more on war service, became Colonel) ... mustered out of service 11th Sept. 1865. He was subsequently brevetted Brigadier-General of the US Volunteers to date from October 26, 1865. ... Chosen Judge of the First Judicial Circuit of Wisconsin ... In 1879 Judge Lyon was the Republican candidate for Congress in the 4th District but was defeated -- filled a vacancy on Supreme Bench on 20 Jan. 1871, ... elected in 1878 and 1884 for 10 years ... There are two surviving children of the family of Judge Lyon: Clara Isabel, born in 1857, the wife of J.O. Hayes, Esq.; and William Penn, Jr., born in 1861. Both reside in California.


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