Duncan research files of
1830 Greene Co. IL Census Pg. 13 Grenup B. Duncan 0000,1 - 1001 (MAD: Greenup Duncan mar. Tomzon Day 12/29/1828) 1840 Greene Co. IL Census Kane Pg. 88 James Duncan 1200,011 - 0010,1 (MAD: ??? son of John Duncan & Lydia Spiller, b. 1794?; Williamson Co. IL) (MAD: 1850 Madison Co. IL per Debra Schulte 1998/1999) Apple Creek Pg.125 G.B. Duncan 0100,01 - 0010,1 (MAD: 1850 Morgan Co. IL census)
1850 Greene Co. IL Census
"between Macoupin & Apple Creeks"
Pg.59, #791-795, Jeremiah HIGGINS 31 IL farmer $300
Amelia 28 NY
Mary 1 IL
Joseph P. TYLER 78 ENG tailor $0
John DUNCAN 22 TN laborer $0
1860 Greene Co. IL Census
"Between Apple Creek & Macoupin," P.O. Carrolton
Pg.747, #896-896, James M. GATES 36 IL farmer $12000-$5000
Eusius? HENDERSON (f) 73 OH domestic
Sarah A. GATES 19 IL
Samuel 21 IL farm hand
Joseph FEGER 21 GERM farm hand
Joseph DUNCAN 24 D.C. farm hand
William HILL 20 OH farm hand
Pg.988, #2499-2509, Elizabeth DUNCAN 47 TN (blank) $0-$125
James 23 TN laborer
Nancy 20 TN
Thomas THONANCE? 23 IL (blank) $300-$500
(MAD: Elizabeth Hampton, widow of John Duncan, 1850 Washington Co. TN census)
Pg.990, #2812-2522, Joseph DUNCAN 42 TN farmer $2500-$600
Susan 37 TN
Mary 16, Martin 14 TN
Sarah 12, Nancy 10 TN
James 8, Robert 6, Joseph 4 IL
John IRVINE 21 TN laborer
(MAD: 1850 Washington Co. TN census)
1870 Greene Co. IL Census
No Duncan indexed
1920 CENSUS, ROODHOUSE CITY, GREENE COUNTY, ILLINOIS (from Kathy D. Cawley 3/2005)
PAGE 41B, SD 12, ED 51
HARVEY, HEAD, OWNS/MORTGAGED, AGE 37, IL./IL./IL, CLERK/STEAM R.R.
MAY, WIFE, AGE 39, IL./IL./IL.
WAYNE, SON, AGE 14, ATTENDED SCHOOL, IL./IL./IL.
EARNEST, SON, AGE 12, ATTENDED SCHOOL, IL./IL./IL.
JOHN, SON, AGE 10, ATTENDED SCHOOL, IL./IL./IL.
BESSIE, DAUGHTER, AGE 6, ATTENDED SCHOOL, IL./IL./IL.
(KDC: 1910, 1930 Morgan Co. IL census)
Greene Co. IL Deed Indexes, copied to ca 1860 (copied by CVD in SLC 5/3/2013)
Deed index, Grantors 1821-1878 (FHL film 1,310,001 item 1; MAD: Book P is 1845; Book DD is 1860)
C-183: Duncan, Coleman to Cornwell, Titus
F-88: Duncan, G.B. to Farmer, W.M.
F-245: Duncan, James M. to Tillson, John Jr.
G-604: Duncan, Governor to Armstrong, John
G-606: Duncan, Governor to Armstrong, John
H-30: Duncan, Joseph to Fry, Daniel I?., Jr.
H-31: Duncan, Joseph to Fry, Daniel I?., Jr.
H-126: Duncan, Joseph Govr. Ills. to Hawks, Daniel
H-268: Duncan, Joseph Govr. Ills. to Calvin, Luther H.
H-562: Duncan, Joseph Governor to Weisner, James H.
I-232: Duncan, Joseph Governor to Bowman, Abraham
P-103: Duncan, Joseph Governor to Clendman, H.P.
Deed index, Grantors (FHL film 1,310,001 item 3; MAD: Book MM is 1866, Book PP is 1867, Book 54 is 1879)
MM-407: Duncan, Joseph to Tanner, William R.
PP-330: Dunken, W.H. to Hawkins, Silas
QQ-436: Duncan, Joseph to Snyder, Michael
54-234: Duncan, Wm. H. to Goacher, Elias
Deed index, Grantees A-S 1821-1864 (FHL film 1,310,003 item 3)
I-342: Duncan, Joseph from Pinkard, W.G.
K-309: Duncan, Joseph from Panick, Henry (MAD: not found in deed book)
L-511: Duncan, Joseph from Slettinius, Joseph
X-47: Duncan?, John? N.B. & Weight?, James from Keach, Hiram
Y-41: Duncan, Joseph from Allen, James
AA-596: Duncan, Joseph from Jayne, Thomas
Greene Co. IL Deeds (SLC 9/11-13/2013)
C-183/184: 5 April 1831, Coleman Duncan of Hopkins Co. KY to Titus Cornwell of Greene Co. IL, for $170 paid, sell parcel of land in Greene Co. IL, W 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec.21 Twp.9N Range 13W containing 80 acres, together with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ Coleman Duncan. Wit. John W. Scott, John Stafford. Ack. 5 April 1831 by Coleman Duncan before John W. Scott, J.P. Recorded April 16, 1831. (FHL film 1,310,006; SLC 9/11/2013 & 12/9/2013) [MAD: see also Madison Co. IL and Logan Co. KY]
F-88: 31 Jan. 1835, Greenup B. Duncan and Tomzen (X) Duncan his wife of Greene Co. IL for $100 paid, sell to William M. Farmer of afsd, all that tract of land in Greene Co. IL, NE 1/4 NE 1/4 section of Sec.28 Twp.12N Range 12W of 3rd principal meridian containing 40 acres, with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ Greenup B. Duncan, Tomzen (X) Duncan. Wit. Elijah Allen, Jesse Hicks. Ack. 31 Jan. 1835 before Elijah Allen, J.P. of Greene Co. IL. Recorded Oct. 3, 1835. (FHL film 1,310,006)
F-245/246: 27 Feb. 1835, James M. Duncan of Fayette Co. IL for $20 paid by John Tillson of Hillsboro, Montgomery Co. IL, quit claim to said John Tillson land in Greene Co. IL, 80 acres, E 1/2 SW 39N 11W of 3rd Mdn, with appurtenances. /s/ J.M. Duncan. Wit. L. Morton. Ack. 19 June 1835 before James W. Berry, Clerk of Fayette Co. IL Circuit Court. Recorded Dec. 26, 1835. (FHL film 1,310,006)
H-30/31: 14 Jan. 1837, Joseph Duncan, Governor of State of IL, it appears from a return made to the auditor of public accounts by Samuel Smith, School Commissioner and agent for inhabitants of Greene Co., that per several acts of General Assembly of IL authorizing sale of Sections No. 16 or such lands as may be granted in lieu thereof for the use of schools, the Commissioner on 13 Oct. 1835 sold to Jacob Fry and Isaac Darneil of Greene Co. IL, a lot of land in county afsd, being part of Sec.16 granted by US to State of IL for use of inhabitants of Twp.6N Range 12W of 3rd principal meridian, designated as Lot No.14 of Sec.16 Twp.6N Range 12W of 3rd principal meridian containing Ninety Five Hundredths acres by survey, and Jacob Fry and Isaac Darnielle has paid $333 per acre for the said lot of land, the State of IL does hereby convey to said Jacob Fry and Isaac Darneille the lot of land afsd with appurtenances. /s/ Joseph Duncan. By the Governor, A.P. Field, Secretary of State. Countersigned Levi Davis, Auditor P.A. Recorded March 3, 1837. (FHL film 1,310,008)
H-31/32: 23 Feb. 1837, Joseph Duncan, Governor of State of IL, it appears from a certificate of purchase issued by Samuel Smith, School Commissioner and agent for inhabitants of Greene Co., that per several acts of General Assembly of IL authorizing sale of Sections No. 16 or such lands as may be granted in lieu thereof for the use of schools, the Commissioner on 13 Oct. 1835 sold to Jacob Fry and Isaac Darneil of Greene Co. IL, a lot of land in county afsd, being part of Sec.16 granted by US to State of IL for use of inhabitants of Twp.6N Range 12W of 3rd principal meridian, designated as Lot No.7 of Sec.16 Twp.6N Range 12W of 3rd principal meridian containing 3-75/100 acres by survey, and Jacob Fry and Isaac Darnielle have paid $103.50 per acre for the said lot of land, and the said Jacob Fry and Isaac Darneil have transferred their certificate of purchase to Revel W. English, now the State of IL sells to Revil W. English the lot afsd with appurtenances. /s/ By the Governor, Joseph Duncan, A.P. Field, Secretary of State. Countersigned Levi Davis, Auditor P.A. Recorded March 3, 1837. (FHL film 1,310,008)
I-342/344: 5 Jan. 1837, William G. Pinkard and Elizabeth his wife of Alton, State of IL, to Joseph Duncan of Morgan Co., state afsd, for $9,640.83 paid, sell parcel of land in Greene and Macoupin Co. IL, E 1/2 Sec.32 Twp.8N Range 9W of 3rd principal meridian, also NE 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec.31 Twp.8N Range 9W of 3rd principal meridian, also E 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.35 Twp.8N Range 10W of 3rd meridian, also NW 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec.35 Twp.8N Range 10W of 3rd meridian, also E 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.35 Twp.8N Range 10W of 3rd meridian, also NW 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec.35 Twp.8N Range 10W of 3rd meridian, also NE 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec.3 Twp.7N Range 10W of 3rd meridian, also N end of W 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec.36 Twp.8N Range 10W, also a certain part of Lot No.1 in Block No.3 in Hunters addition to Alton, being 123-1/2 feet front on Liberty Street by 150 feet deep on Royal Street, and is the same parcel conveyed to said Pinckard by deed by John Bostwick & wife on 2 May 1836, also lot of ground in Alton on SE corner of Penitentiary Tract which was heretofore laid off into lots and sold by the Inspectors, which Lot hereby intended to be conveyed is bounded beg. at corner of State and 2nd Streets, then ..., being the same lot on which said Pinckard is now erecting a brick store, together with appurtenances, warrant title, PROVIDED under the condition that William G. Pinckard executed his promissory note for $9641.83 due 5 years after date, if the note is paid, this deed void. /s/ Wm. G. Pinckard, Elizabeth (X) Pinckard. Wit. J.M. Krun, John H. Sparr?. Ack. 6 Jan. 1837 before John H. Sparr, Notary Public, Madison Co. IL. Recorded Jan. 31, 1838. (FHL fim 1,310,009)
L-511/512: 24 Nov. 1838, Joseph Stettinius and Helen his wife of City of St. Louis, MO, to Joseph Duncan of Morgan Co. IL, for $1 paid, sell parcels of land, E 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.25 and E 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.26, both Twp.13N Range 10W, also NE 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec.7 and W 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.8, both Twp.16N Range 12W, also SE 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec.15 Twp.12N Range 10W of third principal meridian, with appurtenances, warrant title, this 22 Aug. 1839. /s/ Jos. Stittinius, Helen Stittinius. Wit. Geo. A. Hyde. Ack. 23 Aug. 1839 before Geo. A. Hyde, J.P., St.Louis Co. MO. Cert. by Henry Chouteau of St.Louis County Court, MO, for George A. Hyde Esq., 28 Aug. 1839. Recorded Jan. 29, 1840. (MAD: dates as given) (FHL film 1,310,010)
X-47: 28 Jan. 1853, Hiram Keach of Greene Co. IL to John A.B. Duncum and James Wright of afsd, for $50 paid, quit claim parcel of land in Greene Co. IL, E detached part of SW 1/4 Sec.27 Twp.9N Range 13W of principal meridian containing 49 acres, with appurtenances. /s/ Hiram Keack. Wit. Francis P. Vedder. Ack. 28 Jan. 1853 before Francis P. Vedder, Clerk of Greene Co. IL Court. Filed April 9, 1853. (FHL film 1,310,015)
X-47/48: 2 April 1843, John A.B. Duncum and James Wright of Greene Co. IL to J.D. Smith of Jersey Co. IL, for $50 paid, quit claim parcel of land in Greene Co. IL, E detached part of SW 1/4 Sec.27 Twp.9N Range 13W of 3rd principal meridian containing 49 acres, with appurtenances. /s/ James Wright, John A.B. Duncum. Wit. A.F. Colman. Ack. 2 April 1853 before S.B. Nott, J.P. of Jersey Co. IL. Cert. 4 April 1853 by George W. Louder, Clerk of Jersey Co. Court, for J.B. Nott, J.P. Filed April 9, 1853. (FHL film 1,310,015)
Y-41/42: 7 Feb. 1854, James Allen and Delila his wife of Greene Co. IL to Joseph Duncan of afsd, for $2,000 paid, sell parcels of land in Counties of Greene and Macoupin, IL, 45 acres off N part of E 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec.12 Twp.10N Range 10W, also 45 acres off N part of W 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.7 Twp.10N Range 9W, and being all of said tracts of land except 35 acres off south end of each of said tracts this day by us sold to Henry Rainy, and also NE 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec.11 Twp.10 Range 10, also NW 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec.6 Twp.10 Range 9, all of W of the 3rd principal meridian, with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ James Allen, Delila Allen. Ack. (blank) April 1852 before Carlos Cox, J.P. of Greene Co. IL. /s/ 7 Feb. 1854, Charles Cox, J.P. Cert. 31 July 1854 by Francis P. Vedder, Clerk of Greene Co. Court, for Carlos Cox. Filed July 31, 1854. (FHL film 1,310,016)
AA-596/597: 23 Dec. 1856, Thomas Jayne and Emily his wife of Greene Co. IL to Joseph Duncan of Greene Co. IL, for $800 paid, sell parcel of land in Greene Co. IL, N 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.14? Twp.10N Range 10W of 3rd P.M., with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ Thomas Jayne, Emily Jayne. Ack. 23 Dec. 1856 before Penckney? Hughes, J.P., Greene Co. IL. Filed May 5, 1857. (FHL film 1,310,017)
Macoupin Co. IL Deeds (SLC 12/12/2013)
F-563/565: 5 Jan. 1837, William G. Pinkard and Elizabeth his wife of Alton, IL, to Joseph Duncan of Morgan Co. state afsd, for $9,641.13 paid, sell piece or parcel of land in counties of Greene and Macoupin, state of IL, E 1/2 Sec.32 Twp.8N Range 9W, also NE 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec.31 Twp.8N Range 9W, also E 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.35 Twp.8N Range 10W, also E 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.35 Twp.8N Range 10W, also NW 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec.35 Twp.8N Range 10W, also NE 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec.3? Twp.7N Range 10W, also N end of W 1/2 of NE 1/4 Sec.36 Twp.8N Range 10W, also part of Lot No.1 Block No.3 in Hunter's addition to Alton, being 123-1/2 feet front on Liberty St. by 150 feet deep on Royal Street and is the tract conveyed to said Pinckard by warrantee deed by John Bostwick & wife on 2 May 1836, also lot in Alton on SE corner of penitentiary tract which was laid off into lots and sold by the inspector which lot is bounded beg. at corner of State and 2nd Streets, which is the same lot on which said Pinckard is now erecting a brick store, together with appurtenances, warrant title, provided made with the express condition that whereas William G. Pinckard has this day made his promissory note to party of second part, 5 years after date I promise to pay Joseph Duncan $9,641.83 with 12% interest payable semi-annually in each year, Jan. 5, 1837. /s/ Wm. G. Pinckard. Now if the promissory note is paid, this deed is void. /s/ Wm. G. Pinckard, Elizabeth (X) Pinckard. Wit. J.M. Krum, John H. Sparen?. Ack. before John H. Sparr, Notary Public, Madison Co. IL. Recorded 20 Jan. 1838. (FHL film 1,320,280)
Madison Co. IL Deed (SLC 12/12/2013)
15-119/121: No.69. 5 Jan. 1837, William G. Pinckard and Elizabeth his wife of Alton [Madison Co.], IL, to Joseph Duncan of Morgan Co. IL, for $9?,641.88 paid, sell parcel of land in Counties of Greene and Macoupin, IL, the E 1/2 Sec.32 Twp.8N Range 9W, also NE 1/4 of NW 1/4 Sec.30 Twp.8N Range 9W, also E 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.35 Twp.8N Range 10W, also E 1/2 SW 1/4 Sec.35 Twp.8N Range 10W, also NW 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec.35 Twp.8N Range 10W, also NE 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec.3 Twp.7N Range 10W, also N end of W 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec.36 Twp.8N Range 10W, also certain part of Lot No.1 in Block No.3 in Baxter's? addition to Alton, being 123 1/2 feet front on Liberty Street by 150 feet deep on Bagal?? Street, the same tract sold to said Pinckard by Warranty deed by John Bostwick & wife on 2 May 1836, also lot in Alton on SE corner of Penitentiary tract which was laid off into lots & sold by the inspectors which is bounded beg. at corner of State & Second Streets, then ... being the same lot on which said Pinckard is now erecting a brick store, with appurtenances, warrant title, but said William G. Pinckard this day executed his promissory note to party of 2nd part, said note for $9,841.?? 5 years after date, to pay Joseph Duncan $9,641.83 with 12% interest payable semi-annually in each & every year, for value recd, Jan. 5, 1837, /s/ Wm. G. Pinckard. Now if the note is paid, this to be void. /s/ William G. Pinckard, Elisabeth (X) Pinckard. Wit. for Wm. G. Pinckard only, J.M. Krum; both, John H. Sparr. Ack. 6 Jan. 1837 before John H. Sparr, Notary Public, Madison Co. IL. Recorded Jan. 11, 1837. (FHL film 484,055)
Logan Co. KY Deeds
Q-385/6: 21 Oct. 1830, Greenup B. Duncan of Green Co. IL to John B. Dunn of Logan Co. KY, $20, an undivided 1/6 part of land on which Mrs. Lucy Duncan, widow of Nimrod Duncan decd, now lives, in Logan Co. on Elklick Fork of Muddy River, the whole contains about 250 acres. No wife, no wit. (FHL film 364,588) (MAD: see Fayette Co. IL; Green B. Duncan had pension SC-2707 in IL 8/31/1892 for service in Black Hawk War)
W-429/430: No.329. 12 Oct. 1839, Greenup B. Duncan and Tomasen his wife of Green and Thomas Day and Nancy his wife of Scott and State of Illinois, for $100 paid, to Isom Edwards of Green Co. IL, sell to sd Isom Edwards our interest and expectation to her undivided parts of lands in Logan Co. KY on head of Laurel Creek a water of Muddy River, on Johnson's line, also an 18 acre tract adj. on southwardly corner of above, corner to Zacheriah Cross, Aaron Johnson, and relinquish all our entire claims to above premises. /s/ Grenup B. Duncan, Tomasin Duncan, Thomas (X) Day, Nancy (X) Day. Wit. Isam Cranfill, Thomas (X) Grace. Statement by Isam Cranfill, J.P. of Green Co. IL, that Greenup B. Duncan and Tomasin his wife and Thomas Day and Nancy his wife ack. deed, 12 Oct. 1839. Statement by William Conlin, Clerk of Green Co. Court, for Isom Cranfill, 17 Oct. 1839. Recorded Logan Co. KY 31 Oct. 1839. (FHL film 364,591)
Newspaper obituaries, undated, name of newspaper not given but residence was in Shelby Co. IL (from Tracy DeVault 1/2005; to him from Debra (Adams) Arnold, a descendant of Joseph and Susan (DeVault) Duncan)
OBITUARY - Joseph Duncan
A GOOD MAN GONE
AN OCTOGINARIAN LAID TO REST
Father Duncan One of Our Oldest and Most Highly Esteemed Citizens Enters the Home at the End of the Way.
Thursday, March 30th, at 12:30 a.m. our well known and aged citizen Joseph Duncan. Sr., passed from the scenes of time to those of eternity. While his death was not unexpected yet it was sad. To one who had held with such tenacious firmness to life's affairs, it was truly pathetic to see the hour of surrender come. Mr. Duncan was an honorable and honored man. To know him was to esteem him.
The funeral was conducted at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Nathan Francis, Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the presence of a large number of sympathizing friends. The service was in charge of Rev. A.D. Cooper assisted by the other ministers of the town. Rev. Rob't. Irwin also made a brief talk. The music was furnished by a quartette consisting of Mrs. A.J. Combs, Sella Thomas, J.W. Gregory and Morton Gregory. The body was laid away in the West Side Cemetery.
The following are the facts of Father Duncan's life as prepared by those who knew him best:
Joseph Duncan, Sr., the subject of this sketch was born in Washington county, Tennessee, near Jonesborrough, on February 27, 1817. He grew to manhood on the farm receiving a common school education.
In 1842 he was married to Miss Susan Devalt. This union lasted till Mrs. Duncan's death, about fifty-seven years. Father Duncan was one of the pioneers to Illinois, having settled near Jacksonville, 1851. Later he bought a farm and moved to Green county, near Fayette. He was converted at the age of twenty-two, uniting with the Baptist church. He has been identified with the same denomination while in this State.
In 1866, Mr. Duncan bought a farm in Shelby county, near Moweaqua. He resided on this farm until a few years ago when he and family moved to Moweaqua. Since the death of Mrs. Duncan, he has lived with his daughter, Mrs. Mary C. Francis.
Through all his life Mr. Duncan been a hard working man, sober, of sturdy and industrious habits. He was a faithful, useful church member. Giving liberally of his time and means to the cause he loved. He was the honored senior deacon of the Moweaqua Baptist church. He gave an endowment fund to this church. He was a man of strong principles and decided convictions. His health began failing over two years ago and since last November has been steadily declining until death came to his relief and went to rest, peacefully trusting in his Saviour. His children are Mrs. Mary C. Francis, Martin K., Sarah, Jennie, James T., Robert and Joseph F. Duncan. Three deceased -- Sarah, Jennie and Robert.
Those in attendance from abroad were: J.D. Francis, Girard; Joseph Duncan, Palmyra; Martin Owen, Decatur; Miss Emma Duncan, White Hall; Mrs. R.P. Duncan, D. Sanders, Oscar Owen, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Owen, all of Stonington; Mr. and Mrs Jas Duncan and Mr. H. Grooms, Decatur; Wheeler Brown, Blue Mound, M.K. Duncan; Mrs. Ada Corzine, Mr. Hight, Assumption; Mr. and Mrs Hilvety, Decatur; Mrs. Edgar, the nurse of Decatur.
(Tracy DeVault note: J.D. Francis was Joseph D. Francis, grandson; Joseph Duncan was Joseph B. Duncan, nephew; Miss Emma Duncan is Emma S. Duncan, niece and M.K. Duncan was Martin Kitzmiller Duncan, son.)
(Tracy DeVault comment: In the last paragraph there is listed Mrs. Jas Duncan and Mrs R.P. Duncan. If you know who these people are, please let me know. Also, in an old genealogy that I have, there is a reference to one of the Duncan girls marrying an Owen. The reference was pretty messed up but, from the last paragraph in the obiturary, it is clear that there is some connection to the Owens. If you know what this connection is, I would like to hear about it.)
(MAD note: 1910 "History of Shelby Co. IL" by Bateman & Selby, pg.869, biographical sketch of Nathan Francis, gives death date of Joseph Duncan as March 30, 1905.)
OBITUARY - Susan (DeVault) Duncan
A MOTHER IN ISRAEL
Death of Susan DeValt Duncan, a Beloved Wife and Mother at Rest In Heaven
HER FAITH WAS IN GOD TO THE END.
Susan DeValt beloved wife of Jos. Duncan, Sr., quitely passed away in death at the family home in this city Feb. 1st, 1899, at 1 o'clock p.m., after a lingering illness of, consumption in which she bore her sufferings patient and uncomplainingly. When asked by her friends how she felt, most always answered she felt better, a proof that she was cheerful and her mind lingered on the bright side of life in which no clearer manifestation of a true christian character could have been exemplified. When told of the death of others that had taken place during her last days, she would say it looked almost too bad for so many younger, more useful persons to be taken while she lingered on, thereby manifesting that she felt her allotted time was drawing to a close. She was a kind affectionate wife and mother who loved her husband, and children and she likewise being loved by them in return.
She was a good neighbor and true friend in the years we have personally known her. We could mention many beautiful incidents in connection with her life, but one of the most impressive recalled to our memory was several years ago when her three sons professed religion. And at an afternoon meeting in the old Baptist Church, Robert, James and Joseph all were baptized and united with the Church, she was so happy her heart was overflowing and being unable to control her feelings. She shouted God's Praises in real earnest until there was not a person in the audience who did not shed tears of joy with her. Her family, including her sister were at her bedside when the end came. The funeral took place Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Baptist Church was conducted by Rev. Jo. B. Rogers assisted by Rev's Paisley, Jos. Thomas, and J.J. Midkiff. The Pall Bears were, Robt. B. Wilson, H.A. Pratt, Robt. W. Hight, H. Grooms, Wallace Gregory and Samuel Cushing. The remains were laid to rest beside those of her two daughters in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery west of town.
Those who attended the funeral from abroad were: Wm. Hight, Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Hight, of Macon, H. Grooms of Decatur, Rev. J.J. Midkiff, of Stonington, J.W. Brown of Blue Mound and Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Cushing of Assumption.
Susan C. DeValt Duncan, daughter of Jacob and Rachel DeValt was born near Hanover, Pa., Feb. 13th, 1824 and died at Moweaqua, Ill., Feb. 1st, 1899, age 74 years, 11 months and 12 days. She removed with the family to Tennessee when she was a child of about four years. She was married Oct 18th, 1812 to Joseph Duncan and moved to Jacksonville, Illinois in 1851. Living there about one year, they moved to Fayette, Green county, residing there until Feb. 10th, 1867 when they moved to the neighborhood of Moweaqua and later to the home in this city. Bro. and Sister Duncan lived as man and wife together for more than 56 years. To them were born eight children, Sarah A, Jennie, Robert, and a child dying in infancy have passed to the otherside, Mary, Martin, James and Joseph living. Besides the aged husband and four children, Sister Duncan leaves one brother and a sister, Mrs. Hunt, of Tulsa, Indian Territory, who was present during the last months of her illness. She and Bro. Duncan both joined the Baptist Church before they were married, and united with the Church here in 1867, and have been members in good standing ever since.
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, James F., widow Duncan, Delila; F & A 12 Ill. Cav.; 1890 July 23, Invalid Appl. #839121, Cert. #638585, Ill; 1901 April 5, Widow Appl. #738558, Cert. #649160, Ill. (MAD: Greenfield and Fayette, [Greene Co.] IL per IL Civil War database)
Duncan, Joseph, widow Duncan, Martha; G 49 Ill. Inf.; 1897 April 3, Widow Appl. #651554, no cert., Ill. (MAD: 1850 Madison Co. IL census, 1860 Marion Co. IL, born Greene Co. IL per muster roll)
"Past and present of Greene County, Illinois" by Ed. Miner; pub. Chicago: S.J. Clarke, 1905, 635 pgs. (LH5040, HeritageQuest images 4/2007)
Pg.247: Company G, 3d Cavalry. James T. Duncan, mustered in Feb. 28, 1862, Co.A, 12th Cavalry, private, transferred Co. F.; Veteran; transfered F, Consol., mustered out May 29, 1866, sergeant.
1885 "History of Greene and Jersey Counties, Illinois : together with sketches of the towns, villages and townships, educational, civil, military, and political history; portraits of prominent individuals, and biographies of representative men. History of Illinois." by Continental Historical Co. (FHL film 934,985 item 1)
No Duncan biog. in Jersey Co.
Pg.1107, Greene Co., White Hall, Hotels: The Commercial hotel was built in 1869 and was first kept by John Carr ... The present landlord, Thomas Duncan, took the house in Aug., 1882, and it has met with its first success under his management. This success has been well deserved, as Mr. Duncan is a boniface who spares no pains to make his guests comfortable. He and his estimable family are a welcome addition to the city of White Hall. The house contains 20 sleeping rooms, besides the other appurtenances of a good hotel, and has a liberal patronage.
Thomas Duncan, the present proprietor of the Commercial, was born at Jonesboro [Washington Co.], Eastern TN, March 1, 1821. He is a son of James and Sarah (Hunt) Duncan, both natives of TN. He lived with his parents until age 25, engaged in farming with his father. In 1856 he moved to this state and bought land near Girard, Macoupin Co., farmed nine years, then sold farm and engaged in grocery business at Girard 11 years, then embarked in hotel business there, taking charge of Enterprise hotel for three years; then White Hall & took charge of Commercial hotel. Married Aug. 7, 1856, to Elizabeth B. Kitzmiller, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Carr) Kitzmiller. They have nine children, 8 living: Martha M. married L.P. Smith living at Palmyra, Macoupin Co.; Mary E., Sarah E., Ella B., Laura A., Katie J., Birdie Irene and Ethel V. All except one were endowed with talent for vocal music. The one deceased was an infant, not named. Baptist, republican.
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