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

Last revised July 12, 2013

Formed 1841 from Greene
Cedar formed 1845 from Dade, St. Clair
Lawrence formed 1845 from Barry, Dade


1850 Dade Co. MO Census (also from Vivian Biddle 1982 and June Davis 1995)
District 25
Pg.261, #13, Thomas McFARLAND 34 PA Minister O.T.P. $0
                  Calvin RANKIN 25 TN farmer $400
                  Adaline RANKIN 23 MO
                  "Bengaim" DURBY 40 NY phrenologist
                  John C. CALVIN 18 MO "labror"
                  Robt. DUNCAN 17 MO "labror"

1860 Dade Co. MO Census
Pg.15, #104, Henry W. WALKER 27 IN farmer $0-$160
                  Polly A. 23 MO
                  Catharine DUNCAN 54 TN
                  (MAD: 1850 Bates Co. MO census)
Pg.121, #788, Alvis DUNCAN 55 TN farmer $0-$250
                  Hannah 45 TN
                  Henry 19, John 17 TN
                  Eli 12, Mary 10 TN
                  Martha 6 MO
                  (MAD: Alvis plainly age 55; 1850 Monroe Co. TN census)
Pg.123, #798, Jefferson DUNCAN 40 TN farmer $350-300
                  Sarah 37 TN
                  Martha 19, Nichelas 18 TN
                  Nancy J. 16, John 14 TN
                  Mary 12, Sarah 12 TN
                  William 10, Thomas 8 TN
                  Henry 6, Mima (f) 4 MO
                  Samuel 8/12 MO
                  (MAD: Jefferson Duncan's wife said to be Sarah McGuire; 1850 Monroe Co. TN census as J. Duncan; one Martha Duncan mar. James T. Calclosure 9/1/1867)
Pg.123, #799, Bery DUNCAN Jr. 27 TN farmer $350-50
                  Rosa 25 TN
                  Huston E. (m) 10/12 MO
                  (MAD: said to have mar. Rosanna Cavender in 1858)
Pg.123, #800, Thomas DUNCAN 30 TN farmer $0-$150
                  Sarah 30 TN
                  Mary 10, Casander (f) 8 TN
                  William R. 4 MO
                  (MAD: 1850 Monroe Co. TN census)
Pg.123, #801, Berry DUNCAN Sr. 65 NC farmer $300-150
                  Jane 24, Samuel 22 TN
                  (MAD: 1850 Monroe Co. TN census)
Pg.123-4, #816, Silas E. SEYBERT 50 PA farmer $10000-$12000
                  Bernard 14, John 6 MO
                  Margaret 3, Samuel 2 MO
                  Mary J. 27 TN
                  Charles P. RUSHLON 30 TN laborer
                  William BUCKNER 16 MO laborer
                  David DUNCAN 15 MO laborer
                  (MAD: see David W. Duncan pg. 161)
Pg.161, #1053, Bary BUCKNER 40 TN farmer $0-$250
                  Catharine 34 MO
                  George 5, Alexander 4, Berry C. 2 MO
                  Isaac 18, William 16 MO
                  Delila A. DUNCAN 17 MO
                  David W. 15 MO
                  (MAD: see David Duncan pg.123; John Duncan 28 MO, wife Katharine 25 MO, and children on 1850 Jasper Co. MO census)

1870 Dade Co. MO Census (MAD: comments also by June Davis)
Morgan Twp.
Pg.54, #170-173, DUNCAN, David 25 MO farmer $400-$425
                  Ardela 21 MO keeping house
                  Mary 4, Martha 3, John 1 MO
                  (MAD: David Duncan mar. Ardena Wilson 2/22/1866)
North Twp.
Pg.75, #82-85, DUNCAN, Eli 23 TN farmer $0-$598
                  Caroline 24 NC keeping house
                  Almira 3, Eliza 1 MO
                  PATTON, John 10 MO farm laborer
                  (MAD: Elmira Duncan mar. Wm. H. Montgomery Jr. 12/19/1886)
Pg.75, #83-86, DUNCAN, Jefferson 53 TN farmer $2000-$790
                  Sarah 51 TN keeping house
                  William 20, Thomas 18 TN farm laborers
                  Henry 16 MO farm laborer
                  Maria 13, Samuel 11 MO at home
                  (MAD: Wm. A. Duncan mar. Mary Ellen Duffee 10/22/1871; Thomas Duncan mar. Arrena E. Dodson 8/4/1872, witness Wm. Duncan; Henry Dunkin mar. Clementine Fanning 12/21/1873)
Pg.75, #84-87, DUNCAN, Berry 38 TN farmer $1000-$421
                  Rosanna 28 TN keeping house
                  Huston (m) 11, Lincoln (m) 9 MO
                  John 4, Obleana (f) 2 MO
                  (MAD: Houston E. Duncan mar. Annie Duffy 1/25/1885; Arlena Duncan mar. James M. Duffy 6/26/1887)
Pg.75, #86-89, DUNCAN, Nicholas 30 TN farmer $0-$397
                  Calidonia 18 MO keeping house
                  Jane 1 MO
                  McGUIRE, Mary 40 TN domestic servant
                  (MAD: Nicholas Duncan mar. Caledonia Shipley 12/25/1867)
Pg.75, #87-90, DUNCAN, John J. 28 TN farmer $800-$276
                  Hetty A. 20 MO keeping house
                  Thomas J. 1 MO
                  (MAD: John J. Duncan mar. Hattie A. Fanning 8/22/1867)
Pg.75, #89-92, DUNCAN, Samuel 30 TN farmer $0-$1104
                  Mary 24 TN keeping house
                  Elkanah (m) 3, Fanny 2, William 4/12 Feb. MO
                  PATTON, William 16 MO farm laborer
                  (MAD: said to have mar. Mary Cavender 12/8/1865, but see marriage on that date to "Sarah" Cavender)
Pg.75, #90-93, DUNCAN, Sarah 40 TN keeping house $0-$100
                  Mary Jane 19 TN
                  Martha C. 16, William R. 13 MO
                  Benjamin F. 9, Emeline H. 9 MO
                  (JD: Sarah the widow of Thomas Duncan in 1860; Martha C. Duncan mar. Geo. W. Killingsworth 9/21/1872; Wm. R. Duncan mar. Amanda Wilson 10/24/1885)
Pg.77, #104-107, DUNCAN, Alvis 65 TN (blank) $0-$120
                  Hannah 60 TN keeping house
                  FRY, Benj. 22 OH farm laborer $0-$0
                  Mary Jane 22 TN
                  John H. 1/12 May MO
                  (MAD: Mary Jane Duncan mar. Benjamin Fry 8/5/1869)


Dade Co. MO will, book and page not given (from Stuart Duncan 7/1989)
      In the name of God Amen:
      I Henry Harper of the County of Dade in the state of Missouri, being of sound disposing mind and memory but weak in body and knowing that it ---- ---- for all men to die, do make ordain publish and declare this my last will and testament. First, I give and bequeath my soul to God who gave it, my body to resign to the dust from whence it came to be buried in a decent Christian like manner, and 2nd I will that my just debts be punctually paid. Thirdly, I give and bequeath to my well beloved wife Margaret Harper the farm on which I now live being the south west quarter of section nine (9) Township twenty eight (28) of Range twenty eight (28) containing 160 acres to have and to hold the same for and during her natural life together with all my stocks of horses, cattle, sheep and hogs my farming tools household and kitchen furniture & an old wagon together with all debts due owing to me or to become due to be truly enjoyed and possessed by her for and during her natural life or widowhood and at her death my will and design is that the above described land and whatever personal property may be remaining at her death or marriage to be equally divided between my three sons Andrew Jackson Harper, William Carroll Harper and Moses Hiram Harper all residing at home and my other four children (viz) John W Harper, Wiley A Harper, Sarah S Gillock and Elizabeth Jane Smith who are now married and doing for themselves I have all ready given to each of them the sum of fifty dollars in cash and other property which I consider makes them equal to what I have given to my wife and my three sons just named. It is my further will and design that each of the last four married children (viz) John, Wiley, Sary and Elizabeth have the sum of twenty five dollars each to be paid them by my executor whenever he may collect a note for 135 dollars on William Durham of the state of Tennessee and lastly I hereby constitute and appoint William Duncan, Sr.[?] of Jasper and State aforesaid to be the Executor of this my last will and testament revoking and annulling all former wills by me made and hereby certifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.
      In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this seventeenth day of January in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and forty four. Henry Harper (seal). [witnesses] Robert Gillock, Thomas Gillock
      Witnesses certified by Clerk of the county court Joseph Allen March 9, 1844. Clerk certified that the will was produced to him with a certificate of probate and entered in Record Book No 1, pages 38, 39 and 40. March 9, 1844.


Dade Co. MO Index to deeds v.1A-2A 1841-1870 (FHL film 932,411; SLC 5/9/2013)
   Vol.1A, 1841- Grantor: (does not give second party to deed)
      1-192: Duncan, David, Mtg. deed, June 28, 1842
      1-194: Duncan, Hiram, Mtg deed, June 28, 1842
      1-271: Duncan, David & William, deed, Dec. 26, 1842
      1-280: Duncan, Hiram, deed, Jan. 21, 1843
      1-346: Duncan, William, Apr. 10, 1843
      1-358: Duncan, David, Apr. 17, 1843
      1-388: Duncan, David, June 28, 1843
      2-37: Duncan, Hiram, Oct. 9, 1843
      2-48: Duncan, David, Oct. 16, 1843
      1-192: Duncan, William, Mtg, June 28, 1842
      1-194: Duncan, William, Mtg, June 28, 1842
      6-32: Duncan, Wesley H. & Charles S., Aug. 18, 1858
      Next grantee 1861, quit


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, Berry, widow Duncan, Rosie; M 8 MO Cav.; 1890 July 24, Invalid Appl. #826112, Cert. #702600, MO; 1912 Feb. 3, Widow Appl. #979661, Cert. #740439, MO. (MAD: 1860 Dade Co. MO census)
      Duncan, Eli D., widow Duncan, Malinda Caroline; L & M 6 MO Cav.; 1880? April 21, Invalid Appl. #651757, Cert. #995028, MO; 1922 April 11, Widow Appl. #1187475, Cert. #926855, MO. (MAD: 1860 Dade Co. MO census)
      Duncan, John C., mother Duncan, Hannah; E 7 Pro.? En. MO Mil., E 15 MO Cav.; 1888 April 3, Mother Appl. #370223, Cert. #250555, MO. (MAD: 1860 Dade Co. MO census)
      Duncan, Nicholas, widow Duncan, Caledona; E 7 Prov. En. MO Mil., E 15 MO Cav.; 1888 Aug. 2, Widow Appl. #377722, Cert. #404242, MO. (MAD: 1860 Dade Co. MO census; Nicholas Duncan, Private, b. Monroe Co. TN, age 22, from Dade Co. MO Civil War Discharge Papers; from pg.94, Vol.5, 7/1969, "MO Pioneers," FHL book 977.8 D2h, from Evelyn Sigler and Denzil Mauldin 1984)
      (MAD: James Duncan, age 72, P.O. Arcola, Dade Co., was granted MO pension #1341, approved 1 Jan. 1914, as ex-confederate soldier; from pg.62, Vol.16, 9/1983, "MO Miscellany" FHL book 977.8 D2w, from Denzil Mauldin 1984)

Affidavits from Civil War pension file WG-348-157 of William Gorsuch (from Thomas Hooker 7/1998)
      Widow's Declaration for Pension, Adams Co. IA, 3 Dec. 1887, Martha Gorsuch, resident of Corning, Adams Co. IA, age 60 years; widow of William Gorsuch who was a blacksmith in Co.I commanded by Stephen Julian in 2nd Reg. MO Artillery in War 1861-5; maiden name Martha Duncan, mar. William Gorsuch about Sept. 1841 near Madisonville in Monroe Co. TN by Strict Lane Esq., no record evidence of marriage except as the records of Monroe Co. TN show. William Gorsuch, her husband died in Insane Asylum at Topeka, KS, on or about 17 May 1885 of "Derangement of Digestive Organs and Fits" as results of "Catarah and Injury to left groin" that caused insanity (MAD: quotes on original application); she remained a widow since his death; appoints Wm. H. Hoxil? of Corning, IA, her attorney.
      Affidavit for Neighbors and General Purposes. In the matter of the Pension claim of Martha Gorsuch, widow of William Gorsuch, Co.I, 2d MO Artillery, 11 Feb. 1888, appeared ... Jeff Duncan, age 71 years, residence of Dade Co. MO, who ... declares ... that he was present at the wedding of William Gorsuch to Martha Duncan at her father's house in Monroe Co. TN in September 1841 by Esq. Lane; that the couple were never divorced but continued to live together as man and wife until the death of William Gorsuch; he has personal knowledge as an eye witness; his address is Arcola, Dade Co. MO.
      Affidavit for Neighbors and General Purposes. In the matter of the Pension claim of William Gorsuch, Co.I, 2d MO Artillery, 11 Feb. 1888, appeared ... Sarah Duncan, age 69 years, residence of Dade Co. MO, who ... declares ... that she was present at the wedding of William Gorsuch to Martha Duncan at her father's house in Monroe Co. TN in September 1841; the marriage was by Esq. Lane; that the couple were never divorced but continued to live together as man and wife until the death of William Gorsuch; she has personal knowledge as a neighbor at the time; her address is Dade Co. MO. (/s/ Sarah (+ her mark) Duncan.

HISTORIES before 1923

1917 "History of Dade County and her people : from the date of the earliest settlements to the present time together with departments devoted to the preservation of personal reminiscences, biographies of prominent persons and families, business growth and development; a history of the cities, towns and villages ..." by Wealtha Scott, pub. by Pioneer Historical Co. (FHL book 977.8745 H2s and film 1,036,088 item 1; and from June Davis 6/1995 and CA State Library, Sutro branch)
      Pg.361-363: CHARLES D. WHITE, born 2 Dec. 1862, son of Elija and Caroline (Clark) White, both natives of TN where they were married in June 1855; Mr. White had come into Dade Co. in 1854 ... Charles D. at the time of his father's death received 100 acres of good land from his father's estate. On Jan. 18, 1885, Mr. White married Eliza Duncan, who was born Jan. 9, 1869, a daughter of Eli Duncan and Caroline McGurie, his wife, both natives of TN. Mr. and Mrs. White have two fine children as follows: Myrtle C., b. Jan. 1, 1886 mar. Carter Clopton, and Jessie, b. July 27, 1887, mar. Marvin Willitt. ...


Jackson Co. MO Cemetery, from personal visit by Iris Grimmett (to MAD 1994)
   Lee's Summit, MO, cemetery:
      John H. Duncan, 1875 - 1949; wife Sarah, 1883 - (blank)
   Added info from Iris Grimmett, from 1880 Soundex, MO:
      J.H. Duncan, age 5, Dade Co. North, Vol.10, ED.18 Sh.25, L.11, son of Eli age 33 b.TN and Caroline 36 b.NC. (MAD: 1850 Dade Co. MO census)
      John H. Duncan, age 4, Reynolds Co. Cassall, Vol.28, ED.108, Sh.23, L.23, son of William 48 b.OH and Josephine 24 b.IL. (MAD: not identified 1850)


Some early Duncans in Dade Co. MO:
      Samuel Dunkin, 8 Dec. 1865, mar. Sarah Cavender.
      Martha Duncan, 1 Sept. 1867, mar. James T. Calclosure.
      Sarah Duncan, 27 Dec. 1868, mar. Field B. Glenn.
      Mary Duncan, 5 Dec. 1869, mar. Wm. C. Johnson.
      Samuel C. Duncan, 24 Dec. 1873, mar. Fannie P. Divine.
      Miss M.P. Duncan, 25 Dec. 1876, mar. Mr. J.M. Johnson.
      Chas. H. Duncan, 21 April 1878, mar. Rachel L.J. Richards at James Duncan's.
      James Polk Duncan, 1918, buried; James Polk Duncan, 1842-1918, wife Mary Jane Duncan, 9/17/1852 IL - 3/17/1938, dau. of Thos. Melvin & Jemima Hainline; bur. in Greenfield City Cemetery ("Dade Co. MO Cemeteries" by Dade Co. MO Gen. Society, from June Davis 6/1995) (MAD & JD: James P. Duncan mar. Mary A. Melvin 8/25/1870 McDonough Co. IL; 1880 Morris Co. KS soundex, 1850-1860 Washington Co. TN census, son of Jesse Duncan)


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