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Mary Ann (Duncan) Dobson
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Last revised February 4, 2014

IROQUOIS CO. IL
Formed 1833 from Vermilion
Will formed 1836 from Cook, Iroquois
Kankakee formed 1853 from Iroquois, Will
 

CENSUS RECORDS

1840-1850 Iroquois Co. IL Census
      No Duncan indexed

1860 Iroquois Co. IL Census
Ashkum
Pg.163, #1282-1164, James DUNKIN 39 SCT farmer $6270-$5900
                  Christine 30 SCT
                  Hector 13 NY
                  James 11, Hattie 9, John 7 NY
                  William 5, Robert 3 NY
                  Isabela 1 IL
                  J.B. KERR (m) 40 SCT carpenter $6000-$100
                  P. BONCE (m) 23 SCT carpenter $0-$50
                  Wm. ROGER 20 ENG farm laborer
                  M. ALTMAN (m) 22 NY farm laborer
                  Edwin WILKS 18 ENG farm laborer
                  Mary WATERS 19 ENG servant
                  (MAD: 1850 Erie Co. NY census; Hector Duncan in 1870 Cook Co. IL census)

1870 Iroquois Co. IL Census
Ash Grove Twp. (first names first)
Pg.218, #69-65, Newal DUNCAN 40 IL farmer $4800-$800
                  Mary J. 33 IL housekeeper
                  Harry (m) 16, Cring (f) 13 IL
                  Alva (m) 11, Frank 8 IL
                  Mary 4, Asa 2 IL
                  Liza 5/12 IL b.March
                  Frank BRATTON 12 IL
                  George 10, Thomas 6 IL
                  (MAD: 1860 Vermilion Co. IL census; Cring 13 was Christian 4 in 1860)
Onarga Twp., Town of Onarga (households have two sets of numbers)
Pg.424, #446-442, (written above)
                  #346-342, (on line, in same handwriting as rest of text)
                  SMITH, George 24 MD farmer $0-$600
                  DUNCAN, Ben 34 IL farmer $0-$650
                  "Matha" (f) 22 IN keeps house
                  Edward 3, Jessee (m) 2 IL
 

LAND RECORDS

Iroquois Co. IL Deed Indexes, copied to ca 1860 (copied by CVD in SLC 5/4/2013)
   Grantor index A, 1835-1857 (FHL film 1,321,552 item 1)
      A-122: Duncan, Joshua to Henry Strickler, dated Nov. 2, 1835, recorded Nov. 3, 1836, deed, W 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec.12, NE 1/4 Sec.13, E 1/2 NW? Sec.13, all Twp.27N Range 11W, 320 acres
      B-381: Duncan, John J. to Joseph Moore, Sept. 8, 1846, Sept. 24, 1846, Deed, W 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec.36 Twp.27N Range 12W
      B-483: Duncan, John J. to William Downing, Oct. 23, 1846, Nov. 11, 1847, Deed, E 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.36 Twp.27N Range 12W
      B-541: Duncan, Asa & others to Saml. D. Younglove, Mar. 15, 1847, Apr. 13, 1848, Deed, Lot No.5 in Block 41 or 21 in town of Middleport
      E-343: Dunkin, Amos to Altamiah Cole, Sept. 27, 1843, July 14, 1852, Deed, Lands in Twp.17 for which see record
   Grantor index B, 1858-1862 (FHL film 1,321,552 item 2)
      N-578: Duncan, James F. to John W. Hope, W.Deed, dated April 8, 1858, consid. 140 CC&B, S 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec.31 T24N R11W, filed March 17, 1859
      20-102: Duncan, James to Paul Correll, Mortgage, Jan. 19, 1861, 155 CC&R, Sec.30 T28N R14W, April 27, 1861      
   Grantee index A 1835-1857 (FHL film 1,321,555 item 4)
      B-46: Duncan, Amos from James T. Holliday, dated Sept. 13, 1837, recorded Nov. 11, 1841, E 1/2 N 1/4 Sec.22 Twp.27N R12W, W 1/2 NE Sec.28, SW NW 1/4 Sec.28 Twp.27N R12W, Roll 129 CC&R
      A-498: Duncan, Amos from William S. Moore, Jany. 20, 1840, Feb. 20, 1840, Lot 4 in Block 50 in town of Middleport
      A-485: Duncan, Amos from Newell & Whiteman, Sept. 23, 1839, Jan. 16, 1840, Lot 3 in Block 52 in Town of Middleport
      B-45: Duncan, Amos from Jacob Troessler, Mar. 3, 1838, Nov. 11, 1841, Lot No.2 NE 1/4 Sec.6 Twp.4N R12W, W 1/2 SE Sec.30 Lot 2 NW, Sec.31 T27 R12W (see secon... [illegible]) Roll 129 CC&R
      A-486: Dunkin, Amos from Newell & Whiteman, Sept. 23, 1839, Jan. 16, 1841, Lot 8, Block 31 in Town of Middleport, Roll 128 CC&R
      E-509: Dunken, Robert from Isaac Courtwright, Nov. 27, 1852, Dec. 9, 1852, SW 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec.1 T26N R12W
   Grantee index B 1858-1861 (FHL film 1,321,556 item 1)
      M-510: Duncan, Hannah from Thomas Rifton, Deed, dated Dec. 16, 1857, Roll 138 CC&R, S 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec.31 T24N R11W, filed Feb. 17, 1858
 

Iroquois Co. IL Deeds (SLC 9/11/2013)
      A-122/123: Nov. 2, 1835, Joshua Duncan and Nancy his wife of Fountain Co. IN to Henry Strickler of Iroquois Co. IL, for $1400 paid, sell parcels of land in Iroquois Co. IL, W 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec.12 Twp.27N Range 11W, containing 80 acres, and NE 1/4 Sec.13 Twp.27N Range 11W containing 160 acres, and E 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.13 Twp.27N Range 11W containing 80 acres more or less, with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ Joshua Dunkin, Nancy Dunkin. Wit. Wm. Worthington, D. Newell. Ack. 2 Nov. 1835 before Wm. Worthington, J.P., Fountain Co. IN. Cert. 9 Dec. 1835 by Wm. B. White, Clerk of Fountain Co. Circuit Court, for Wm. Worthington. Recorded Nov. 3, 1836. (FHL film 1,321,560)
      A-485/486: 23 Sept. 1839, Hugh Newell and Jacob A. Whiteman of Iroquois Co. IL to Amos Dunkin of Adams Co. OH, for $52 paid, sell tract of land with appurtenances in Iroquois Co. IL, Lot No.3 in Block No.52 in Town of Middleport in Iroquois Co. IL, warrant title. /s/ Hugh Newell, Jacob A. Whiteman. Wit. E.D. Boone. Ack. 23 Sept. 1839 before Edward D. Boone, J.P. Recorded Jan. 17, 1840. (FHL film 1,321,560)
      A-486/487: 12 Nov. 1839, Hugh Newell and Jacob A. Whiteman of Iroquois Co. IL to Amos Dunkin of Adams Co. OH, for $61 paid, sell Town Lot, with appurtenances, in Town of Middleport, Iroquois Co. IL, Lot No.8 in Block No.31, warrant title. /s/ Hugh Newell, Jacob A. Whiteman. Wit. Micajah Stanley. Ack. 12 Nov. 1839 before Micajah Stanley, J.P. Recorded Jan. 17, 1840. (FHL film 1,321,560)
      A-498/499: 20 Jan. 1840, William T. Moore and Eliza Jane his wife of Iroquois Co. IL to Amos Dunkin of Adams Co. OH, for $50 paid, sell town lot with appurtenances in Town of Middleport, Iroquois Co. IL, Lot No.4 in Block No.50, warrant title. /s/ William T. Moore, Eliza Jane Moore. Wit. Oliver Smith, Foster Moore. Ack. 20 Jan. 1840 before Foster Moore, J.P. Recorded Feb. 21, 1840. (FHL film 1,321,560)
      B-45/46: 3 March 1838, Jacob "Dressler" and Barbary his wife of Adams Co. OH to Amos Dunkin of same, for $1200 paid, sell tracts or parcels of land in Iroquois Co. IL described by the receivers certificate at Danville, IL, as Lot No.2 of NE 1/4 Sec.6 Twp.26N Range 12W containing 82-32/100 acres, W.H. of SE 1/4 Sec.30 Twp.27N Range 12W containing 80 acres, also Lot No.2 of NW 1/4 Sec.31 Twp.27N Range 12W containing 80-42/100 acres, also NW 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec.9 Twp.26N Range 12W containing 40 acres, also SW 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec.31 Twp.27N Range 12W containing 80-52/100 acres, together with improvements and appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ Jacob Tressler, Barbary (X) Tressler. Wit. David Burley, Samuel Tressler. Ack. 3 March 1838 before Daniel Burley, J.P., Adams Co. OH. Cert. 20 Sept. 1841 by Joseph Darlington, Clk, Adams Co. OH, for Daniel Burley Esq. Recorded Nov. 11, 1841. (FHL film 1,321,560)
      B-46/47: 13 Sept. 1837, James T. Holiday and Rebecca his wife of Adams Co. OH to Amos Dunkin of afsd, for $500 paid, sell parcels of land in Iroquois Co. IL on the waters of the Iroquois River, E 1/2 N 1/4 Sec.22 Twp.27N Range 12W containing 80 acres, also W 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec.28 Twp.27N Range 12W containing 80 acres, also SW NW 1/4 Sec.28 Twp.27N Range 12W containing 40 acres, with improvements and appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ James T. Holiday, Rebecca Holiday. Wit. Daniel Boyle, Williamson G. Adamson. Ack. 13 Sept. 1837 before Daniel Boyle, J.P., Adams Co. OH. Cert. 20 Sept. 1841 by Joseph Darlington, Clk, Adams Co. OH, for Daniel Burley Esq. Recorded Nov. 11, 1841. (FHL film 1,321,560)
      B-381: 8 Sept. 1846, John J. Dunkin and Ann Dunkin his wife of Fountain Co. IN to Joseph Moore of Sciota Co. OH, for $250 paid, sell parcel of land in Iroquois Co. IL, W 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec.36 Twp.27N Range 12W in District of lands subject to sale at Danville, IL, containing 80 acres more or less, with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ John J. Dunkin, Ann Dunkin. Wit. Jos. Poole, Oliver Smith. Ack. 8 Sept. 1846 before Joseph Poole, J.P., Fountain Co. IN. Recorded Sept. 24, 1846. (FHL film 1,321,560)
      B-483/484: 23 Oct. 1846, John J. Dunkin and Ann Dunkin his wife of Fountain Co. IN to William Downing of Iroquois Co. IL, for $250 paid, sell parcel of land in Iroquois Co. IL, E 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.36 Twp.27N Range 12W, containing 80 acres, with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ John J. Duncan, Ann Duncan. Wit. Jos. Pool, Oliver Smith. Ack. 23 Oct. 1846 before Joseph Poole, J.P., Fountain Co. IN. Cert. 5 Oct. 1847 by Joseph Ristine, Clerk of Circuit Court of Fountain Co. IN for Joseph Poole Esqr. Recorded Nov. 11, 1847. (FHL film 1,321,560)
      B-541/543: 15 March 1847, Asa Duncan and Christian his wife late Christian Newell, Ambrose P. Andrews and Elizabeth his wife late Elizabeth Newell, James Norris and Mary his wife late Mary Newell, "Derias" Duncan and Margaret his wife late Margaret Newell, Henry Stevenson and Martha his wife late Martha Newell, Emily Newell and Minerva Newell of Vermillion Co. IL, the heirs at law of Hugh Newell decd, to Samuel Younglove of Iroquois Co. IL, for $300 paid, sell town lot with appurtenances in town of Middleport, Iroquois Co. IL, Lot No.5 in Block No.41, warrant title. /s/ Asa Duncan, Christian Duncan, Ambrose P. Andrews, Elizabeth Andrews, James Norris, Mary J. Norris, Darius Duncan, Margaret (X) Duncan, Henry Stevenson, Martha Ann Stevenson, Emily Newell, Minerva Newell. Wit. Stebbins Jennings, Thomas Johnston. They ack. deed 15 March 1847 before Stebbins Jennings, J.P. of Vermilion Co. IL. Recorded April 13, 1848. (FHL film 1,321,560)
      E-343/346: 27 Sept. 1843, Amos Dunkin and Keziah his wife of Adams Co. OH for $2,750 paid by Allamiah Cole of said county, sell to said "Allaniah" Cole, parcels of land in Iroquois Co. IL, E 1/2 NW 1/4 and W 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec.28 Twp.27N Range 12W containing 80 acres, each entered by James T. Halliday at Receiver's Office at Danville, IL; also SW 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec., Twp. & Range afsd entered by said James T. Halliday ... containing 40 acres, which parcels containing together 200 acres of land were conveyed to said Amos Dunkin by said James T. Halliday; also Lot No.2 of NW 1/4 Sec.6 Twp.26N Range 12W containing 80-52/100 acres, and lot No.2 of NE 1/4 Sec, Twp. & Range last afsd containing 80-32/100 acres; also NW 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec.9 Twp.26N Range 12W containing 40 acres; also W 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec.30 Twp.27N Range 12W containing 80 acres; also Lot No.2 of NW 1/4 Sec.31 Twp.27N Range 12W containing 80-42/100 acres, and SW 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec, Twp & Range last afsd containing 49 acres, which last mentioned 6 parcels containing together 403-16/100 acres were entered at Land Office at Danville afsd by William McDaniel who conveyed them to Darial Dressler who conveyed the same to said Amos Dunkin; also Lot No.8 in Block 31 in Town of Middleport in Iroquois Co. IL, and Lot No.3 in Block 52 in Middleport, both were conveyed to Amos Dunkin by Hugh Newell and Jacob Whitman; also Lot No.4 in Block 50 in Middleport afsd conveyed to Dunkin by William S. Moore and wife, together with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ Amos Dunkin, Kezia Dunkin. Wit. J. Hempleman, E.S. Moore. Ack. 27 Sept. 1848 before J. Hempleman, J.P., Adams Co. OH. Cert. by Joseph Darlington, Clerk of Court of Common Pleas of Adams Co. OH for Jacob Hempleman Esq., 28 Sept. 1843. Amos Dunkin and Kezia his wife appeared in Adams Co. OH and again ack. the deed, 21 Feb. 1852, before James M. Clannahan, J.P., and Richardson N. Edgergeton, J.P., Certification by W. Work, Clerk, of Court of Common Pleas of Adams Co. OH for James McClannahan and Richard N. Edgerton Esq. who are still Justices of the Peace, 18 May 1852. Filed for record July 12, 1852, recorded July 14, 1852. (FHL film 1,321,562; SLC 9/11/2013 and 12/9/2013)
      E-509/510: 27 Nov. 1852, Isaac Courtright and Ruth Courtright his wife of Iroquois Co. IL to Robert Dunken of afsd, for $37 paid, sell real estate in Iroquois Co. IL, SW 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec.1 Twp.26N Range 12W, 40 acres more or less, warrant title. /s/ Isaac Courtright, Ruth Courtright. Ack. 27 Nov. 1852 before Sanford P. Claggett, J.P. Recorded Dec. 3, 1852. (FHL film 1,321,562)
      M-510/511: 16 Dec. 1857, Thomas Rifton and Lucy J. Rifton his wife of Brooklyn, Kings Co. NY, to Hannah Duncan, wife of James F. Duncan of Brooklyn, afsd, for $1 and other valuable considerations, to them paid, sell parcel of land, S 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec.31 Twp.24N Range 11W in Iroquois Co. IL containing 80 acres more or less, with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ Thomas Rifton, Lucy J. Rifton. Ack. 17 Dec. 1857 before Joseph C. Lawrence, Commissioner of New York Co., NY. Recorded March 3, 1858. (FHL film 1,321,565)
      N-578/579: 8 April 1858, Hannah Duncan, wife of James F. Duncan of city of Brooklyn, Kings Co. NY, to John W. Hope of same, for $1200 paid, sell parcel of land, S 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec.31 Twp.24N Range 11W in "Irquois" Co., IL, containing 80 acres, conveyed by Thos. Rifton & wife by deed 16 Dec? 1857, Recorded Book M Pg.510, Feb. 17, 1858, with appurtenances, warrant title. /s/ Hannah Duncan, James F. Duncan. Wit. K?.H. Pusse, Sylvester Lay. Ack. 8 April 1858 before Sylvester Lay, Notary Public of New York City & County, State of NY. Recorded March 30, 1859. (FHL film 1,321,566)
 

MILITARY RECORDS

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, Benjamin F., widow Duncan, Martha E.; B 25 Ill. Inf.; 1882 Aug. 31, Invalid Appl. #458601, Cert. #238914, Ill; 1918 Nov. 30, Widow Appl. #1132067, Cert. #862657, Kans. (1900 Jewell Co. KS, b.1836 IL; 1870-1880 Iroquois Co. IL, 1880 as Frank Duncan)
      Duncan, Charles, widow Duncan, Mary J.; H 85 Ill. Inf.; 1890 Aug. 4, Invalid Appl. #858249, Cert. #916807, IL; 1926 Nov. 26, Widow Appl. #1562228, Cert. #A-4-18-27, IL. (MAD: from Woodland [Iroquois Co.] IL per IL Civil War database)
      Duncan, Newell, widow Duncan, Mary J.; K 76 & B 125 Ill. Inf.; 1891 Feb. 10, Invalid Appl. #995016, no cert., Colo.; 1892 Jan. 11, Widow Appl. #536833, Cert. #395276, Colo. (MAD: 1850-1860 Vermilion Co. IL; 1870-1880 Iroquois Co. IL; she in ?? 1900 Weld Co. CO)
      Duncan, William; Cav. Co. B 36 Ill. Inf., K 15 Ill. Cav., K 10 Ill. Cav.; 1893 March 6, Invalid Appl. #1147124, Cert. #1034454, Minn.; remarks C2544357. (MAD: enlisted Plato, Iroquois Co. IL)
 

HISTORIES before 1923

"Past and present of Iroquois County, Illinois" by J.W. Kern; pub. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1907, 739 pgs. (LH5443, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL book 977.364 D3k)
      Pg.515-516: ALBEN L. BROUGHER, resident since 1871 ... Prairie Green township ... native of Pennsylvania, born near Harrisburg on 6 Aug. 1846; his father, John Brougher, was born in the same county of Pennsylvania ... married Mrs. Eleanor Ann Lutz, nee Gregory ... he died 1876, having for about two years survived his wife who died in 1874. ... Alben L. Brougher ... married in Keystone state to Miss Mary Ann Messinger, who later died in PA when but a young woman of 18 years. One child of that marriage, Miles Brougher, now a businessman of Stephenson, PA. In 1871 to Indiana, first at Allerton where in 1872 he married present wife, maiden name Nancy E. Brown, ... then Prairie Green township, likewise owns a farm in Vermilion County. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Brougher have been born six children: John R. and Merwin W., who are twins and are now married; Alben J., at home; Velera Ann, the wife of David Hazner, a farmer of Prairie Green township; Leah, the wife of Edward Duncan, of Ellis Station, Illinois; and Mary, the wife of George Dobson, of Stockland township. ...
      7/17/2010, Note by Wade Dick: The daughter of Alben L Brougher was Velena Ann, not Velera Ann, and she married David H Hainer, not Hazner.
 

1880, c1879, "History of Iroquois County [Illinois] : together with Historic notes on the Northwest, gleaned from early authors, old maps and manuscripts, private and official correspondence, and other authentic, though, for the most part, out-of-the-way sources" by H.W. Beckwith; pub. Chicago: H.H. Hill and Co. (LH5437, HeritageQuest images 2/2007 & 5/2007; FHL book 977.364 H2b and film 924,665 and 825,578 and 934,987 item 3)
      Pg.630-631: Onarga Township. Benjamin F. Duncan, farmer and stock-raiser, Onarga, is a son of Asa Duncan, and was born in Newell township, Vermilion county, Illinois, August 9, 1835, and there lived with his parents, engaged in farming and attending school till about twenty years of age. The love of adventure then led him west, where he visited Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming. ... in the spring of 1861 when the war of the rebellion broke out, he returned home and enlisted in Co. B, 25th Ill. Vol. Inf. ... On returning home he at once came to Iroquois county to look after the family of his brother, who was still in the service. January 25, 1866, he married Miss Martha E. Drake, who was born April 26, 1848, in Vermilion county, Indiana, and is the eldest daughter of Jesse Drake, Esq., one of this county's early settlers. Mr. Duncan now has three children: Edward E., Jesse Elmer and George M., and is engaged in farming and stock raising in Onarga township.
 

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