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Mary Ann (Duncan) Dobson
the Genealogy Bug

Last revised August 21, 2007

CHRISTIAN CO. KY
Formed 1796 from Logan
Henderson, Livingston formed 1798 from Christian
Muhlenberg formed 1798 from Christian, Logan
Todd formed 1819 from Christian, Logan
Trigg formed 1820 from Christian, Caldwell
 

CENSUS RECORDS

1810 Christian Co. KY Census
Pg.76  Dunkin, Melchar    10010     - 10010
         (MAD: one Metcher Duncan mar. Sally Irwin 5/30/1808
            Logan Co. KY)

1820 Christian Co. KY Census
Pg.44  Jos. C. Duncan     300110    - 10010

1830 Christian Co. KY Census
Pg.22  James Duncan       0000,01   - 0111,0001
   50  James Duncan       1111,001  - 0021,001

1840 Christian Co. KY Census
       No Duncan indexed

1850 Christian Co. KY Census (pg.462 also from Margaret Sinn 8/1997)
District 1
Pg.460, #431-479, Alex J. DUNCAN 50 TN farmer $0
                  Mary 45 TN
                  Jas. C. 21 TN farmer $0
                  Adaline 18 KY
                  Lorany A. (m) 16 KY farmer
                  Alfred Y. 14, Francis M. (m) 11 KY
                  Wm. A. 8, Sarah E. 5, Mary C. 1 KY
                  (MAD: 1860 Graves Co. KY; "Lorany" A. as Lorenzo A. Duncan mar. 7/29/1853 "Marany" Braswell, mar. 4/4/1875 America D. Gibson, both Christian Co. KY; Adelaide Duncan mar. Herman or Hiram Moore 3/24/1853)
Pg.462, #471-519, Jason LADD 41 KY laborer $0
                  Mary A. 30 KY
                  Henrietta M. 13, David B. 11, John H. 9 KY
                  Wm. A. 7, Mary T. 4, Elizabeth J. 1 KY
                  (MAD: per Margaret Sinn, wife was Mary A. Duncan, lived later in Hopkins Co. KY)

1860 Christian Co. KY Census
P.O. Hopkinsville
Pg.573?, #527-527, F.G. MONTGOMERY (m) M.D. Superintendent
                  several pages of names, paupers, idiots, etc.
Pg.575, #527-527, Betsy DUNCAN 49 KY insane
                  (MAD: ?? Betsy Matthews mar. Alfred Duncan 5/30/1830)
Pg.576, #527-527, Jamima DUNCAN 25 KY insane/Pauper

1870 Christian Co. KY Census
5th Civil District, P.O. Lafayette
Pg.428, #52-52, FRASER, Clara 40 KY BLACK keeping house $0-$100
                  Malinda 10 KY BLACK
                  Douglas 6 KY BLACK
                  DENCOM, Harvey (m) 22 KY BLACK work on farm
                  WIESEBERLY, John 21 KY BLACK work on farm
                  ELLIS, George 18 KY BLACK work on farm
                  WILCOX, John 23 KY BLACK work on farm
3rd Civil District, P.O. Hopkinsville
Pg.512, #233-233, DUNCAN, Ben 54 KY BLACK works on farm $0-$110
                  Lucinda 60 KY BLACK
 

ESTATE RECORDS

Christian Co. KY Wills (FHL film 464,798)
      L-184: 10 June 1841, Timothy (X) Dunevan (not Duncan); of Hopkinsville, Christian Co. KY; to wife Mary Dunevan for purpose of rearing and educating my younger children; if she marries she to receive 1/3 real estate for life and 1/3 personal property; balance among all my children; upon wife's death to all my children; appoint wife Mary Dunevan executrix. Wit. F.G. Sharp, Daniel Dunavan. Prob. 5 July 1841.
      L-359: Will of Sally C. McLaughlin of Christian Co. KY, 20 May 1842; emancipate all my servants over 25 at the time of my death, the balance to be free when they arrive at that age; to John S. Curd & Edward S. Curt, $1,000 each when the money can be made without sacrificing any of the property. To the son of my late nephew Edward R?. Slaughter, 500 acres on Deer Creek in Henderson Co. My household furniture to be equally divided between Sally Ann Davidge? & Lucy Buret? Curd, also the balance of my estate after the above donations are paid. Sally Ann Davidge is to have the house & lot on which she now lives over and above her equal portion. My oldest female servant Matilda is to have four acres of land laid off from the tract on which I now live at the nearest point to town & a good form for table? cabbin put on it & paid for out of the estate. She is also to have a good new wheel & a pair of cards, a bed & bedstead & a walnut breakfast table also a good cow? & calf and ... Mary is to have the old secretary and a trunk and also ... My friend Judge Shackelford executor. Wit. James Bradley, Deselis Y?. Harding, and John Bring?, who appeared in court 3 Oct. 1842.
            (MAD: supposed to be aunt of Gov. Joseph Duncan & Capt. Matthew Duncan. Sally Slaughter mar. in 1807 Hon. James H. McLaughlin and d. 1844 without issue, he of Christian Co. KY who adopted his two nephews Joseph Duncan later Gov. of IL and Capt. Matthew Duncan who mar. Sally's niece Susan Clayton Slaughter; from pg.315 and 320, Slaughter Family, given in Vol.V of "Genealogies of VA Families" from "Virginia Magazine of History & Biography." Matthew Duncan mar. Susanne or Susannah C. Slaughter 11/15/1810 Christian Co. KY. Equity Court Suit 5-71 in Logan Co. KY, Edwards vs. Campbell and McLean, filed July 1816, indicates Matthew Duncan had removed to Kaskaskia [Randolph Co.], IL Territory, and mentioned a slave in Christian Co. KY; from Vol.1, pg.43-44, of "Logan Co. KY Abstract of Equity Cases" Vol.1, by Montgomery Vanderpool, FHL book 976.976 P28v)
 

LAND RECORDS

Christian Co. KY Deeds (indexes 1797-1819, no Duncan, and 1818-1835 on FHL film 460,288; index 1835-1853, no Duncan, on FHL film 460,289)
      L-75: 4 Sept. 1820, Edward Bradshaw and wife Fanny to Joseph C. Duncan, both Christian Co. KY, $652.50, 120 acres incl. where Duncan now lives, part of 400 acre survey made in name of James Crutcher on County Court Certificate #1300 and patented to said Bradshaw and Joshua Cates, adj. land Joshua Cates sold to William Radford, where John Radford now lives. No wit. (FHL film 461,752)
      L-76: 4 Sept. 1820, Edward Bradshaw and wife Fanny to Edward C. Duncan, both Christian Co. KY, $752.50, 167 acres part of 400 acre survey above and part of 100 acre survey in name of Samuel Berry patented to said Bradshaw on Cert. #85 adj. Joshua Cates to Wm. Radford, ... where John Radford now lives, adj. land to Joseph C. Duncan, survey now owned by Powhatan Wooldridge. No wit. (FHL film 461,752)
      L-402: Relinquishment of wife Fanny Bradshaw to above 2 deeds. (FHL film 461,752)
      L-421: 23 June 1821, Joseph C. Duncan of Christian Co. KY to Bank of KY, as mortgage for $300 of above land. (FHL film 461,752)
      L-422: 23 June 1821, Edward C. Duncan mortgage of above land for $300 to Bank of KY. (FHL film 461,752)
      P-149: 2 Feb. 1824, Edward C. Duncan and wife Matilda to Moses Salle, $542, 167 acres (above land). (FHL film 461,754) (MAD: Edward C. Duncan mar. Matilda Thrift 10/11/1821)
      P-296: 16 June 1824, Bank of KY to Edward C. Duncan, release of mortgage. (FHL film 461,754)
      P-300: 2 July 1824, Release of Matilda Duncan of dower to P-149. (FHL film 461,754)
      P-328: 8 July 1824, Edward C. Duncan mortgage to Robt. Stapp, both Christian Co., for $200, negro girl Abby age 14. Wit. Jno. G. Reynolds. (FHL film 461,754)
      Q-307: 11 Sept. 1826, Edward C. Duncan to Joseph C. Duncan and Barba Collins; Duncan and Collins are security for $140 and Joseph Duncan is security for $51 and $20 and $130; mortgage to Duncan & Collins negro woman Betty about 55 and Abbey about 17 and her child a boy 4 months old. (FHL film 461,755)
      R-286: 22 Jan. 1829, Joseph C. Duncan and wife Nancy to Ezekiel Lloyd, both Christian Co. KY, $360, including where Duncan now lives, 120 acres; neighbors not copied. R-341, examination of wife Nancy. (FHL film 461,756)
      R-408: 6 July 1829, Robert Higgins to John Allensworth and Joseph C. Duncan, all Christian Co. KY; Allensworth and Duncan are security for Higgins who owes Tho. S. Slaughter, exor. of James H. McLaughlin decd. in injunction bond of $1000; mortgage of personal property, animals and 22-1/2 acres land on Flat Lick. No wit. (FHL film 461,756)
      S-434: 6 May 1831, James Duncan mortgage; Duncan owes $68 to C. Crusman, guardian & c; Drewry A. West his security; mortgage to P.H. Anderson a wagon and two yoke stears. No wit. (FHL film 461,757)
 

COURT RECORDS

Christian Co. KY Circuit Court Order Books
      Book 1807-1812 - no index (FHL film 960,426)
      Book 1812-1815 (FHL film 961,823)
            Pg. 398: 12 Oct. 1814, M. Duncan vs. John Bird and Jno. H. Anderson, in covt.
            Pg. 435: 5 April 1815, M. Duncan vs. John Bird and Jno. H. Anderson, in covt., suit be continued to next term; plaintiff recover of def. the cost.
      Book 1822-1824 - no index (FHL film 961,824)
      Book 1824-1826 - no index (FHL film 961,824)
      Quit

Christian Co. KY Guardian Bonds, Vol.A., 1827-1845 (FHL film 466,829)
      No Duncan

Christian Co. KY County Court Orders
      Vol. A, 1797-1805 - no Duncan (FHL film 463,424)
      Vol. B1, 1805-1809 - no Duncan
      Vol. B2, 1808-1814 - A-L index pages missing (FHL film 463,425)
      Vol. C, 1814-1819 - no Duncan
      Quit
 

TAX RECORDS

Christian Co. KY Tax Lists (FHL film 7,926; quit after 1811)
      1797-1807 - no Duncan
      1808, East Division:
            Duncan, John, 133a on Whipporwill Creek, entered in name of Richd. Hall, 1 male over 21, 1 male 16-21, 1 horse
      1808, West Division:
            Duncan, Joshua, 1 male over 21, 0 horse
            Dunking, John, 1 male over 21, 0 horse
      1809-1811 - no Duncan
 

OTHER RECORDS

Christian Co. KY Vital Statistics (FHL film 216,820)
      1855, 21 Nov. Elizabeth Dunkin, age 80, widow, res. Christian Co. KY, born same, parents Randall and Margaret Boyd, d. Christian Co. of croup. (MAD: Marshall Duncan mar. Elizabeth Boyd 1/12/1808 Warren Co. KY)
 

REFERENCES FROM OTHER LOCALITIES

Todd Co. KY Deed (FHL film 355,905)
      A-366: 15 Feb. 1822, Thompson M. Ewing, Sheriff, to Martin Duncan of Robertson Co. TN; that on 29 June 1821, execution of a Firi Facias #1095 issued from the clerk of Christian Circuit Court in the name and at the instance of Wm. Duncan's executors against Samuel Dudley for $895.86 and interest of 6% from 5 Feb. 1819, and $10.01-1/2 costs, and was delivered to George F. Glenn, Deputy Sheriff, for Thompson M. Ewing, Sheriff of Todd Co., to execute, who sold to the highest bidder, Martin Duncan, on 4 Aug. 1821, lot #13 and part of lot #12 in Town of Elkton, for $1.

Caldwell Co. KY Deeds
      E-207: 1 March 1827, Charles Lofland, a Commissioner appointed by decree of the Caldwell Circuit Court, to Alfred Woolf; that at the last Sept. term of the Caldwell Circuit Court a decree was pronounced in the suit in chancery between Fielding Woolf, Alfred Woolf, & others, complainants, and Harrison Woolf and others heirs of Henry Woolf decd & others are defendants, which decreed that the land in the complainant's bill be sold to the highest bidder on a credit of twelve and eighteen months, the amount of sale to be equally divided in the payments, and it was further decreed that Charles Lofland be appointed a commissioner to carry out the decree, and give notice of the sale by inserting it into the Village Museum at least one month prior to the day of sale, and that the sale should take place on the premises, and he should require bond with approved security for the payment, and he should make a deed; he has given notice by advertisement in the Village Museum for one month previous to the day of sale, on 18 Nov. 1826 exposed for sale the two tracts of land in the bill; the tract of 200 acres granted to Henry Woolf Snr. by KY on 16 Dec. 1801 was first offered for sale, and Alfred Woolf was the highest bidder at the sum of $351, and he executed a bond to the heirs of Henry Woolf decd. for the payment in two equal payments in 12 and 18 months; now the said Lofland, Commissioner, deeds to the said Alfred Woolf the tract of land containing 200 acres in Caldwell Co. (formerly Christian) on W.fork of the Sinking Fork of the Muddy Fork of Little River, adj. Wells Griffith line and the creek. Ack. in court 28 March 1827 by Charles Lofland, ordered recorded. (FHL film 466,845)
      E-209: 1 March 1827, Charles Lofland, a Commissioner appointed by decree of the Caldwell Circuit Court, to Thomas Matlock; that at the last Sept. term of the Caldwell Circuit Court a decree was pronounced in the suit in chancery between Fielding Woolf & Alfred Woolf, & others, complainants, and Harrison Woolf and others heirs of Henry Woolf decd & others are defendants, which decreed that the land in the complainant's bill be sold to the highest bidder on a credit of twelve and eighteen months, the amount of sale to be equally divided in the payments, and it was further decreed that Charles Lofland be appointed a commissioner to carry out the decree, and give notice of the sale by inserting it in the Village Museum at least one month prior to the day of sale, and that the sale should take place on the premises, and he should require bond with approved security for the payment, and he should make a deed; he has given notice by advertisement in the Village Museum for one month previous to the day of sale, on 18 Nov. 1826 exposed for sale the two tracts of land in the bill; after selling the first tract, the rest was offered for sale, which tract contained 200 acres granted to Henry Woolf by KY on 22 Jan. 1814, and Thomas Matlock was the highest bidder at the sum of $150, and he executed a bond to the heirs of Henry Woolf decd. for the payment in two equal payments in 12 and 18 months; now the said Lofland, Commissioner, deeds to the said Thomas Matlock the tract of land containing 200 acres in Caldwell Co. (formerly Christian) on a branch of the sinks of the Muddy Fork of Little River (deed does not name neighbors). Ack. in court 28 March 1827 by Charles Lofland, ordered recorded. (FHL film 466,845)

Treasurer's Land Records of Green River Settlers (KY), 1796-1806; at KY State Land Office; arranged by date, certificate number listed; Part 3, 1807-1808 (FHL film 174,986; and from Dixie Normandy 10/1993)
      Pg.8, Aug. 25, 1807, Fielding Wolf assee of J. Watson, 30a Christian Co., #1447 (MAD: see Caldwell Co. KY)
      Pg.8, Aug. 25, 1807, Henry Wolf Junr., 200a Christian Co., #3348
      Pg.8, Aug. 25, 1807, Fielding Wolf, 40a Christian Co., #254
 

FAMILY RECORDS

Family Bible of Winfred Duncan (from VA files of Kay D. Hampton loaned through Lu Durham 5/1988, now at Platte Co. MO Historical Society; owner of Bible not given)
      (MAD: John Duncan b.1767 VA, mar. 1st Nancy Browning 4/27/1802 Culpeper Co. VA; mar. 2nd Nancy Danks 3/22/1825 Logan Co. KY; mar. 3rd Elizabeth Jane Palmer 5/20/1828 Christian Co. KY; 1850 Logan Co. KY census)
      (Material originally in three columns, first column headed "Births", then a column of several lines with name and marriage info, last column headed "Deaths", have added "d." for death date)
      Births, (unlabeled), Deaths
      Oct. 1, 1784, Nancy Duncan, wife of J. Duncan, d. May 23, 1823
      Mar. 10, 1811, Francis Coleman Browning, Brother of Daniel Brown Browning, d. Mar. 13, 1843
      May 20, 1813, Celia Sutton Browning, m. Francis C. Browning, d. Feb. 13, 1888
      Jan 2, 1833, Mary Jane Browning, m. Jas. Austin Duncan, Dau. of Francis Coleman Browning, d. Apr. 18, 1902
      Oct. 22, 1834, Gillian Browning, m. Geo. Strother Browning, d. Feb. 4, 1886
      Jan. 28, 1837, John William Browning, d. Nov. 15, 1837
      Aug. 24, 1838, Robert Wilson Browning, m. Nov. 10, 1863, C.A. Richards, (no death date)
      Aug. 26, 1840, Isaac Q. Browning, d. Feb. 27, 1865, "(Atlanta, GA)"
      Mar. 1, 1843, Sarah Margrett Browning, d. May, 1894
      Sept. 15, 1844, Cynthia A. Rhoads, wife of Robt. Wilson Browning, (no death date)
      Aug. 8, 1838, William A. Holland, d. May, 1914
      Mar. 21, 1864, Chas. J. Holland (no death date)
      Dec. 1, 1865, Robt. H. Holland (no death date)
      Nov. 3, 1867, George E. Holland (no death date)
      Oct. 30, 1869, William S. Holland (no death date)
      Nov. 5, 1871, Laura J. Holland (no death date)
      Feb. 13, 1873, Virginia C. Holland (no death date)
 

HISTORIES before 1923

"Counties of Todd and Christian, Kentucky : historical and biographical" ed. by William Henry Perrin; pub. Chicago: F.A. Battey, 1884, 706 pgs. (LH13595, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL book 976.97 H2p and film 164,616)
      Pg.67: History of Christian County ... James H. McLaughlan. He was an uncle of Joseph Duncan, who was, for a time, a Deputy Clerk under him, and who afterward was Governor of Illinois, and a famous soldier and politician.
      Pg.115-116: Christian Co. Joseph Duncan. Some of the older citizens of Hopkinsville still remember a bright and intelligent young man named Joseph Duncan, who was Deputy Circuit Clerk here for several years under James McLaughlan. He was a nephew to Mr. McLaughlan, and was born in Paris, Bourbon Co., Ky., February 23, 1794, and came to Christian County as a Deputy Clerk to his uncle, who had been appointed Circuit Clerk of the county. Though young, he took an active part in the war of 1812, and was with Col. Croghan at Fort Stephenson. Having emigrated to Illinois, he first appeared to the public as Major General of the Militia. In 1826 he was elected to Congress over Hon. Daniel P. Cook, a prominent politician of that day, and who had never before been defeated for a public office. From this time until his election as Governor, he retained his seat in Congress. In the Black Hawk war of 1832, he was appointed by Gov. Reynolds a Brigadier-General. He was elected Governor of Illinois in 1834, over ex-Lieut.-Gov. Kinney, by more than 17,000 majority. Gov. Duncan was a man of limited education, but with naturally fine abilities. A portrait of him, which the writer once saw in the State House at Springfield, presents him with swarthy complexion, high cheek bones, somewhat like Abraham Lincoln, broad forehead, piercing black eyes and straight black hair. His administration was an able one, though to a large extent unpopular, owing to the fact that he deserted the Jackson party, to which he had belonged, and which was largely in the ascendancy in Illinois. As President, Gen. Jackson had shown such a decided hostility to several Western measures in which Mr. Duncan was greatly interested, he refused longer to act with the party. Gov. Duncan died in Illinois a number of years ago.
 

"County of Christian, Kentucky : historical and biographical" by L. Lindsay; ed. by William Henry Perrin; pub. Chicago: F.A. Battey Pub. Co., 1884, 650 pgs. (LH13582, HeritageQuest images 5/2007; FHL book 976.978 H2c and film 1,033,633 item 1)
      Pg.559: Hamby Precinct. DR. J.R. MOORE was born in New Providence, Montgomery Co., Tenn., on November 10, 1840, and is a son of James M. and Mary (Lesembe) Moore. The father was a native of North Carolina and the mother of Tennessee. Both are still living in Montgomery County. Dr. Moore is the second of seven children. ... Dr. Moore ... settled in Oakwood, Montgomery County (after graduating in 1865) until 1871, when he came to this county and settled at Crofton, for about three years, then came to this precinct. .... Dr. Moore was married in Montgomery County on March 31, 1866, to Miss Mary Gibbs, a daughter of Stephen and Malinda (Duncan) Gibbs, both natives of Tennessee. This union has resulted in seven children, of whom six are now living, viz.: John, Anne, Robert, Clay, James and Willie. ...
 

1876 "A history of the pioneer families of Missouri, with numerous sketches, anecdotes, adventures, etc., relating to early days in Missouri : also the lives of Daniel Boone and the celebrated Indian Chief Black Hawk, with numerous biographies and histories of primitive institutions" by Wm. S. Bryan and Robert Rose (Los Angeles Public Library book 977.8 B915)
      Pg.325, Callaway Co.: DUNCAN -- Joseph C. Duncan, of Buckingham Co. VA, was of Scotch descent. He married Nancy Maddox, and settled in Christian Co. KY, in 1817. In 1829 he removed to Missouri and settled in Callaway county, where he lived the rest of his life. His wife died in 1860, and he died in 1870. They had nine children, but two of them died before they were grown. The names of the other children were -- Elizabeth A., Frederick W., Ouslow G., Jerome B., Artinicia, Merrett B., and Edward. Elizabeth A. married John McMahan, and is now a widow. Frederick W. lives in Oregon. Ouslow G. married Julia A. Broadwater, and lives in Audrain county. Jerome B. married Mary George. Artinicia married Colonel Marshall S. Coats, of Coats' Prairie. Merrett B. married Mary E. Berkett. He is a prominent banker of Mexico, MO. Edward married Martha McMahan, and lives in Monroe county. Joel and Richard were the two who died before they were grown.
 

1889 "Biographical souvenir of the state of Texas : containing biographical sketches of the representative public, and many early settled families" pub. by F.A. Battey (from Lucille Mehrkam 10/1984; FHL book 976.4 D3bs; sketches alphabetical, good index)
      Pg.110: Joseph A. Brasher, b. July 28, 1842 in Christian Co. KY, son of Hampton Brasher, son of Lawrence Brasher native of KY. Hampton Brasher began early life in Hopkinsville, KY; died in Confederate army Dec. 19, 1864; had married 1st to Altezara J., dau. of Joseph Woodruff native of Hopkins Co. KY, two children Emsley H. and Joseph A. Hampton Brasher married 2nd to Mahala A., daughter of James Duncan; nine children: Lucinda E., Altezara J., James F., Nancy C., William L., Oliver H., Martha E., John M. and Maggie, six still living. Joseph A. enlisted Confederate army in 1862 ... until disbanded June 8, 1865, came to TX that year, married Jan. 10, 1867 to Permelia J., dau. of Matthew Armstrong, a native of KY. (6 children, not copied here) Matthew Armstrong b. Christian Co. KY in 1809, mar. Miss America Ash in 1848, to TX 1866, was one of first settlers in Hopkins Co. TX, d. 1878. (MAD: Mahala Duncan mar. Hampton Brasher 1847 in Hopkins Co. KY; she the daughter of William Duncan per Hopkins Co. KY 1863 deed 25-402)
 

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