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ALCORN CO. MS
Formed 1870 from Tippah, Tishomingo, Wilkinson
Prentiss formed 1870 from Tishomingo
 

CENSUS RECORDS

1870 Alcorn Co. MS Census
Corinth
Pg.240, #28-28, DUNCAN, Fanny 46 AL BLACK keeping house $1280-$0
                  Martha 21 MS BLACK washing
                  John 14 MS BLACK
                  Luella (f) 9 MS MULATTO
                  Ada 6, Lily (f) 4 MS BLACKS
                  William E. 1 MS MULATTO
Pg.248, #127-129, ELGIN, Chas. P. 31 AL county treasurer $400-$800
                  E. Tashion (f) 25 MS keeping house $5000-$1000
                  N. Lena (f) 8, Anna S. 6 MS
                  Susie E. (f) 4, Wm. Fredk. 2 MS
                  DUNCAN, Susan C. 21 MS
                  Wm. L. 72 SC
                  Rebecca N. 18 MS
                  McDONALD, Moses 26 MS BLACK laborer $0-$0
                  Mary 26 MS BLACK cook
                  Henry 4, James 1 MS BLACKS
                  DUNCAN, Jno. 28 MS clerk $0-$300
                  SANDERS, Frank H?. 36 TN merchant $8000-$20,000
                  (MAD: 1860 Tishomingo Co. MS census; Ellen E.F. Duncan mar. C.P. Elgin 5/14/1861 Tishomingo Co. MS; one Mary Jane Duncan mar. F.H. Sanders 10/26/1867 or 10/29/1867 Tishomingo Co. MS)
Pg.257, #247-249, DUNCAN, Thomas D. 24 MS merchant $5000-$5000
                  Juliet E. 19 MS (sic) keeping house
                  Luella (f) 1 MS
                  ELGIN, Clifford C. 25 AL clerk in store $0-$0
                  ELGIN, Matilda 30 AL BLACK cook
                  (MAD: Thomas "B." Duncan mar. Juliette E. Elgin, dau. of Fred Elgin, 2/27/1868, from "Huntsville Advocate" 28 Feb. 1868, pg.43, Vol.42, "Alabama Records, Newspapers" by Mrs. Pauline Jones Gandrud)
Pg.259, #270-271, DUNCAN, Thos. D. 24 MS merchant $5000-$5000
                  Juliet E. 19 AL (sic) keeping house
                  Luella (f) 1 MS
                  ELGIN, Clifford C. 25 AL clerk $0-$0
                  ELGIN, Matilda 30 AL BLACK cook
                  (MAD: different neighbors)
Twp.1 Range 5
Pg.263, #11-11, DUNCAN, Jno. 37 MS f.hand $0-$0
                  Rebecca 35 MS
                  Lizzie 11, Alice 4, Susan 1 MS
                  (MAD: 1860 & 1880 Tippah Co. MS census)
Twp.2 Range 5
Pg.279, #21-21, DUNCAN, B.F. (m) 38 TN farmer $500-$500
                  Mary 35 TN keeps house
                  Murtnell (m) 13, Mary 12 TN
                  Mag. (f) 10, Charly (m) 8 TN
                  George 6, Frank 4 TN
                  Mont. (m) 3 TN
                  Tammie? (f) 8/12 Sept. TN
                  (MAD: Benjamin Duncan and family incl. son Marshall, in 1860 Tippah Co. MS census)
Twp.2 Range 6
Pg.290, #11-11, DUNCAN, B.F. (m) 35 TN farmer $320-210
                  Sarah 35 TN keeps house
                  John 12 TN farm hand
                  Milis (m) 10, Fanne (f) 8 TN
                  Mollie (f) 6, Thinas (m) 4 TN
                  Jennie (f) 2 TN
Pg.294, #31-31, DUNCAN, Bob 25 MS (white) farmer $320-250
                  Sarah 23 MS keeps house
                  Manasseh? (f) 1 MS
 

1880 Alcorn Co. MS Census (pg.356D also from Bobbie McDowel 7/1988)
District 1, Pg.10, SD 1, ED 1
Pg.245B, #86-91, DUNCAN, Sinai (m) 54 GA widowed farmer GA GA
                  Alvin 28 GA widowed son works on farm GA GA
                  N.J. (f) 23 GA single dau. at home GA GA
                  Edward 21 GA single son works on farm GA GA
                  Susan 17 GA single dau. at home GA GA
                  Price 16 GA single son works on farm GA GA
                  Cambell (m) 14 GA single son works on farm GA GA
                  (MAD: Rufus B. Duncan family of 1860 Cherokee Co. GA census)
District 2, pg.43, SD 2 ED 2
Pg.282C, #309-311, DUCAN, Jno. 66 GA mar. farmer (blank) (blank)
                  Louisa 58 GA wife keeps house GA GA
                  Georgia A. 19 MS dau. at home GA GA
                  Robt. E. 21 MS son works on farm GA GA
                  (MAD: spelling as given; 1860-1870 Tishomingo Co. MS census)
District 2, Pg.54, SD 2, ED 2
Pg.287B, #392-399, DUNCAN, Elijah 56 SC BLACK mar. farmer VA VA
                  Amanda 30 MS BLACK wife keeping house (blank) TN
                  Fannie 15 MS BLACK dau. at home SC MS
                  Johnie (m) 10 MS BLACK son works on farm SC MS
                  Joseph 8, Richard 5 MS BLACKS sons SC MS
                  Mandie (f) 4 MS BLACK dau. SC MS
                  DILLINGHAM, Carrie 15 MS BLACK step-dau. at home MS MS
                  DUNCAN, "not named" 1/12 MS BLACK MS MS, (month of birth not given)
District 2, Pg.60, SD 2, ED 2
Pg.290D, #441-449, DUNCAN, James 30 TN mar. works in lum? mill AR (blank)
                  E. (f) 22 AR wife keeping house (blank) (blank)
                  Harriet 3 AR dau. (blank) (blank)
District 3, Pg.20, SD 1, ED 3
Pg.300D, #4-4, DUNCAN, Bill 31 SC BLACK mar. farmer SC SC
                  Mandey 22 GA BLACK wife keeping house GA GA
                  Clay (m) 3 MS BLACK son SC GA
                  M.B. (f) 1 MS BLACK dau. SC GA
District 5, Pg.12, SD 1, ED 5 (BM: this area formed from Tippah Co. MS)
Pg.356D, #(blanks, line 27+), DUNCANE, Benjamin F. 49 TN mar. farmer TN TN
                  Mary J. 45 TN wife keeping house TN TN
                  Marshael E. 23 TN son farm laborer TN TN
                  John C. 19 MS son farm laborer TN TN
                  George W. 15, Benjamin F. 13 MS sons TN TN
                  Montrey R. (f) 11 MS dau. TN TN
                  Sarah J. 9 MS dau. TN TN
                  Louis J. 7, Noah E. 5 MS sons TN TN
                  William A. 4 MS son TN TN
                  Sally M. 3 MS dau. TN TN
                  Hugh 2 MS son TN TN
                  not named (m) 6/12 b.Jan. MS son TN TN
                  (BM: Mary Ann and Ellen must be married in households of their own in 1880; G.O. Duncan listed 14 children in this family.)
Corinth, Pg.9, SD 1, ED 6
Pg.374A, #72-81, DUNCAN, Fannie 50 AL BLACK widowed keeping house "not known" "not known"
                  Martha 30 MS BLACK dau. widowed "not known" AL
                  Ella 18 MS BLACK grand-dau. "not known" MS
                  Lilly 13 MS BLACK grand-dau. "not known" MS
                  John 4 MS BLACK grand-son "not known" MS
Corinth, Pg.22, SD 1, ED 6
Pg.380B, #238-250, SANFORD, George 34 MS hotel keeper
                  & family and servants and boarders including
                  DUNCAN, John 35 MS single (white) boarder merchant TN TN
Pg.380B, #241-253, DUNCAN, Thomas 32 MS mar. clerk SC TN
                  Juliet 29 AL wife keeping house KY TN
                  Luella 11 MS dau. MS AL
                  Lucile 2 MS dau. MS AL
                  ELGIN, Minerva 58 TN mother-in-law widowed TN TN
 

LAND RECORDS

Tishomingo Co. MS Index to Deeds, at Alcorn Co. MS courthouse (FHL film 895,871; see Tishomingo Co. MS for deeds bef. 1870)
      (Deed book AA, 1867-1871)
      AA-215, C.W. Bell to T.D. Duncan
      AA-303, T.D. Duncan to E.S. Mitchell (have)
      AA-312, W.P. Lee to C.D. Duncan
      AA-340, F.G. Tankington to T.D. Duncan
      AA-341, T.D. Duncan to/from S.H. Barnett assee (have)
      AA-343, T.D. Duncan to J.H. Viser
      AA-347, T.D. Duncan to H.C. Seighchrist
      (Deed book BB, 1867-1880)
      BB-204, T.D. Duncan to A.J. Yancey
      BB-411, W.B. Dilworth to T.D. Duncan
      BB-456, W.L. Duncan to J.E. Gillenwaters (have)
      BB-517, T.D. Duncan gdn. &c to Ann Barnett (have)
      (Deed book CC, 1867-1871)
      CC-548, C.P. Elgin to J.H. Duncan (have)
      CC-571, H.B. Dillworth to T.D. Duncan
      (Alcorn Co. Deed books v.1 1870-1874) & later
      Quit
      TR#4 pg.89, T.D. Duncan to Juliette E. Duncan

Tishomingo Co. MS Deed
Alcorn Co. MS Deed TR#4 pg.89, T.D. Duncan to Juliette E. Duncan (FHL film 895,940, deed book 4, 1868-1877) - not found this book
 

ESTATE RECORDS

Alcorn Co. MS Guardian Bonds and Letters 1858-1870 (FHL film 895,894)
      Index blank; apparently guardian bonds for minors.
 

COURT RECORDS

"Reports of cases in the Supreme Court for the State of Mississippi" containing cases decided at the October term 1883 and April term 1884, by J.A. Brown; Vol.61, pgs.321 to 329 (California State Law Library, Sacramento, 1/2004)
      R. N. SAUNDERS et al. v. M. A. MITCHELL et al.; Supreme Court of Mississippi; 61 Miss. 321; October, 1883, Decided.
      Appeal from the Circuit Court of Alcorn County. Hon. J. W. Buchanan, Judge.
      On the 17th of March, 1866, W. L. Duncan was by the Probate Court of Tishomingo County adjudged to be insane, and T. D. Duncan appointed his guardian. At the time of the inquisition of lunacy there were pending against the said W. L. Duncan, in the circuit court of said county, several suits, to which the said T. D. Duncan, guardian, was made a party by scire facias, and in these judgments for large amounts were entered in September, 1866, against T. D. Duncan, guardian, and upon the executions which followed, it appears by the return certain real estate, including the land in controversy in this suit, were pointed out by the guardian as the property of W. L. Duncan, and levied upon and sold, on the 4th day of March, 1867, and one A. B. Dilworth became the purchaser, entered into possession, and afterward conveyed the land by deed to appellees, who in 1873 erected on the part in controversy valuable improvements. On March 5, 1868, the said W. L. Duncan was upon his own petition adjudicated a bankrupt, and J. E. Gillenwater was, on the 7th day of December, 1868, duly appointed his assignee with the usual order, vesting in him the property of the bankrupt. The said W. L. Duncan with his petition in bankruptcy, filed a schedule of his debts, amounting to forty thousand dollars, and also a schedule of his assets, valued at about twelve hundred dollars, but did not include therein or anywhere refer to the property involved in this suit. On the 20th of January, 1869, said W. L. Duncan obtained his discharge from said bankrupt suit, and in August, 1876, died intestate, leaving as his heirs the appellants, who sue in ejectment, to recover the land in controversy, claiming it as heirs of said Duncan. Judgment was rendered against them in the court below and they appeal to this court.
      COUNSEL: Houston & Reynolds, for the appellant.
      1. Guardians of lunatics have the same power and authority over the lands of their wards as executors and administrators have. The lands of the lunatic cannot be sold under a judgment rendered against his guardian. They can be disposed of alone by the guardian acting under the decree of the probate or chancery court. The sale under the judgment did not pass any title.
      2. The land in controversy in this suit was never sold by the assignee in bankruptcy, was never administered in any way in that court. The estate has been finally settled. The assignee and creditors are now barred from any proceeding to reach this land and administer it in the bankrupt court. The adjudication in bankruptcy vests the title of the bankrupt in the assignee, as trustee for creditors and the bankrupt. He can sell to pay debts and expenses, but if there are no debts and expenses, or if they are satisfied or barred, what becomes of the property not disposed of? There is no law which vests it in the assignee, and none which authorizes a reconveyance to the bankrupt. What becomes of it? The question is fully answered in the authorities cited, and the principle announced, that the property re-vests in the bankrupt and at his death in his heirs, and the principle is sustained by reason and authority.
      C. E. Stanly, on the same side
      1. The defendants could not acquire the title from the sheriff's sale under the judgment against the guardian, because the judgment was void. The circuit court had no jurisdiction. The judgment to be effective should have been against William L. Duncan in person, not against his guardian, T. D. Duncan. While W. L. Duncan's lunacy did not divest him of the title to his property, yet his estate should have been all administered and wound up by the probate court. The jurisdiction of the probate court is exclusive over matters confided to it by the constitution. The court of probate is a court of original and general jurisdiction as to matters confided to it by the constitution.
      2. Are appellants precluded from recovery by the pretended bankruptcy of William L. Duncan? He was adjudged a lunatic by the Probate Court of Tishomingo County in March, 1866, and a guardian appointed. This was conclusive proof of fact of lunacy. After a general derangement has been shown it is then incumbent on the defendants to show that the party who did the act was sane at the very time it was performed. If the title by any means could have passed to the assignee, when the assignee was discharged, and the bankrupt discharged the property not administered, was not Duncan reinvested with the title?
      Whitfield & Young, for the appellees.
      1. The judgments and decrees of a bankrupt court are conclusive and cannot be impeached collaterally, except for want of jurisdiction in the court. If the sanity of the bankrupt was essential to the validity of the judgment, then since insane persons do frequently recover, or have lucid intervals, the presumption that ominia rite acta applies and protects the judgment. But an insane person can take the benefit of the bankrupt law.
      2. If then the proceedings adjudging W. L. Duncan a bankrupt were not utterly void, his title to the land in question was thereby by operation of law, absolutely vested in Gillenwater, his assignee.
      3. The argument of the plaintiff in error seems to be that the fact that the assignee has not asserted a claim to the property although in consequence of the false inventory filed, raises a presumption that he has abandoned or resigned his trust and title, and that such abandonment operates to cancel the judicial proceeding by which he acquired his title, and the property reverts to the bankrupt for the want of another claimant, because he ought to have what his creditors do not claim. The error in this is manifest. See Atwood v. Thomas, 60 Miss. 162, which is conclusive of this case as to effect of bankruptcy proceedings.
      Green & Boone, on the same side.
      1. In the first place we insist that the judgment is only informal or voidable and not void, and if not void the title passed to Dillworth. It will be observed that the judgment in this case is not against T. D. Duncan de bonis proprius, but that the judgment and execution are against the estate of W. L. Duncan.
      2. Appellants are estopped.
      COOPER, J., delivered the opinion of the court.
      The sale of the land of the lunatic under an execution issued on a judgment against his guardian was a nullity and the purchaser acquired no title. After the appointment of a guardian by the probate court, the statute required that the lands of the lunatic should be sold for the payment of his debts, contracted when he was of sound mind, in the same manner as sales of land of a decedent were required to be made for the payment of his debts, and such sales could only be made by order of the probate court. Notwithstanding the appointment of a guardian by the probate court, it was within the power of the bankrupt court to make an adjudication of bankruptcy on the petition of the lunatic, for though he had been adjudged a lunatic, it may be that he afterward recovered or had lucid intervals. By the decree on the inquisition of lunacy against Duncan, it was conclusively settled that he was a lunatic at the time of the decree, but not that he always would be. The bankrupt court was a court of record, and decrees of such courts cannot be collaterally attacked by showing that a party plaintiff or defendant was a lunatic at the time of its rendition. If the bankrupt was a lunatic at the date of the adjudication of bankruptcy, the bankrupt court proceeded in error of fact, and the mistake should have been pointed out by a writ of error coram nobis. The principal question presented is whether by reason of the discharge of the bankrupt and the assignee, and the lapse of time since intervening, there had been a reinvestment of the title of the bankrupt to the land sued for, in his heirs-at-law, so as to enable them to recover in ejectment against one having no title. The land sued for was not included in the schedule of assets filed for the bankrupt, but that was not necessary to transfer the title to the assignee, the title passed to the assignee by reason of the adjudication of bankruptcy, the appointment of the assignee and the conveyance made by the register. Whatever title the bankrupt had passed to his assignee, the question is has it ever passed back to him or his heirs? In Steevens v. Earles, 25 Mich. 40, it was held that the bankrupt was entitled to the surplus of his estate remaining after the payment of all debts proved against it, and after the lapse of thirty years it was presumed that all debts had been discharged, and the heirs of the bankrupt were permitted to recover in ejectment lands which had not been returned by the bankrupt on his schedule. On the other hand, it was held in Robinson v. Denny, 57 Ala. 492, that the heirs-at-law of a bankrupt could not maintain an action to recover lands which belonged to him at the time of his bankruptcy, although it was shown that the bankrupt and his assignee had been discharged, and that all debts due by the bankrupt had been paid or legally satisfied, the court saying: "It is doubtless true, that if after the payment of the debts, which may be proved against the estate of a bankrupt, a surplus remains in the hands of the assignee, he holds it in trust for the bankrupt, and that on a proper application to the court of bankruptcy, payment or a transfer of it will be decreed. Until the decree is obtained the title remains in the assignee, and if the surplus consists of rights in action, he alone can maintain suit founded upon them. No other court can properly inquire whether the debts of the bankrupt are satisfied, and what are his rights and equities, or the rights and equities of the assignee or of creditors."
      The bankrupt act made no provision for the reconveyance by the assignee to the bankrupt of any surplus of the estate which might remain after payment of the debts proved against the estate, but such surplus of necessity belongs to the bankrupt. It cannot be held by the assignee for he is a mere officer of the court and holds the title officially not personally. It cannot be appropriated by the creditors, for they never have any right to the property itself, but only to have its proceeds applied to the payment of their demands, and when these are satisfied they are strangers both to the bankrupt and to the estate. Since the law makes no provision for a reconveyance of the estate, and the bankrupt is the only party entitled thereto on the execution of the purposes for which it is taken, it seems to us that there is reverter of the original title to the bankrupt by operation of law. But such reversion ought not to be presumed or found, in the absence of clear and full proof of the complete execution of the purposes for which the property is held by the assignee.
      Where, as in the Michigan case, there had been a lapse of sufficient time, twenty years, to raise the common-law presumption of payment of all claims, we are not prepared to say that this would not be sufficient to authorize a recovery of the land in an action of ejectment brought by the bankrupt or his heirs. If also it should be made to appear, as in the Alabama case, that the debts had been actually satisfied, or if there was clear proof of an abandonment of the property by the assignee and creditors, we are unable to see why such action might not be maintained.
      But it cannot be said that the assignee or creditors of a bankrupt have abandoned property the existence of which was unknown to them, for an abandonment implies an election not to take the property, and an election implies knowledge of the thing abandoned.
      In this case it is shown that the property sued for was not put on the schedule by the bankrupt. The estate actually surrendered was insufficient to pay the costs of the bankrupt proceedings, and there is nothing shown from which it may be inferred that either the assignee or the creditors had any notice of the bankrupt's right to the land. The bankrupt was by law charged with the duty of making a full disclosure and surrender of all the property owned by him. This he failed to do. Proof of debts by the creditors would have availed them nothing, if the whole estate had consisted of the property returned by the bankrupt and their failure to prove their claims under such circumstances cannot be said to be a surrender of their debts. They were warranted in assuming that there was no other estate than that described in the schedules, and neither the bankrupt nor his heirs ought under these circumstances to be permitted to say that the creditors or the assignee abandoned the property to him or to them.
      The defendants may not be entitled to retain the property, but neither are the plaintiffs entitled to recover it.
      The judgment is affirmed.
      CHALMERS, J., dubitatur. I doubt without dissenting from the conclusion reached.
      It is manifest from the record that the bankrupt omitted the land in controversy from his schedule because ignorant of his own superior title to it and with no fraudulent design. Many years have now elapsed since his own discharge in bankruptcy and that of his assignee. There is no intimation of any intention to proceed further in bankruptcy by any creditor, nor indeed any proof that there are any existing creditors. I doubt under these circumstances whether the present holders of the property can raise the question of his former bankruptcy and his loss of title thereby.
      If they were marked trespassers, I would say with confidence that they could not, but they hold, and have held for many years under color of title, and as plaintiffs (the heirs of the bankrupt) can only oust them on the strength of their father's title, which is constructively in custodia legis for the benefit of any possible creditors through some assignee to be hereafter appointed, it may be that my associates have reached the correct conclusion.
 

REFERENCES FROM OTHER LOCALITIES

Madison Co. AL Deed (FHL film 1,305,856)
      R2-466: 6 June 1870, whereas Louisa A. Hereford wife of Charles W. Hereford (both of Madison Co.), Julia E. Duncan wife of Thomas D. Duncan (both of Alcorn Co. MS), Charles P. Elgin (and wife E.F. Elgin, both of Alcorn Co. MS), Thomas A. Elgin (and wife Laura T. both of Harrison Co. TX), Caswell C. Elgin (of Alcorn Co. MS), Richard P. Elgin (of Harrison Co. TX) and George A. Elgin (of Madison Co.), heirs of the estate of William F. Elgin; they know William F. Elgin wished the estate to go to their mother Minerva R. Elgin but neglected to make a will; therefore they assign property to Minerva R. Elgin, 40 acres, NE 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec. 33, Twp. 3, Range 1E, and lot in City of Huntsville.
 

OTHER RECORDS

From a scrapbook in the Corinth [Alcorn Co.], MS, Courthouse (from Bobbie McDowell 8/1982; copy is white print on black background, includes photo.)
      THE CORINTH HERALD'S - HON. W.L. DUNCAN
      Among the pioneer citizens of old Tishomingo county no one is entitled to more consideration and appreciative remembrance than the Hon. William Lane Duncan. For thirty-six years he was a conspicuous figure in the development of the county and on many occasions took the lead in matters of more than general interest to the citizens of the great "State of Tishomingo." As a man he was admired by all; while those who differed from him politically were forced to acknowledge him a foeman worthy of their steel. He was a fluent speaker, and few of his contemporaries cared to cross lances with him on the hustings. He was opposed to seccesion, but after Mississippi had severed the ties binding the great commonwealth to the Federal union, he fell valiantly into line and worked unceasingly for the success of the Stars and Bars, and when the banner of Southern rights was furled, he assisted in bringing order out of chaos and helped to make it possible for the people to nobly build upon the ashes of the past.
      William Lane Duncan was born in South Carolina in 1800. His facilities for acquiring an education were limited, but he made the best of such as were at hand. In the latter part of the '20's he, together with his father, Thomas Lane Duncan, and two uncles, John F. and E. Garner, emigrated to Russell's Valley, Alabama, and thence to Hardeman county, Tennessee.
            Thomas Duncan, after the surrender of the lands to the government by the Chickasaws, moved to Pontotoc county, Mississippi, and before his death acquired an immense fortune.
            John F. Duncan moved to old Tishomingo county in 1834 and was elected a member of the first board of police of the county in the spring of 1836, serving two years. He later moved to Pontotoc county, where he resided the remainder of his life.
            E. Garner Duncan, Sr., moved to Tishomingo county in 1848, but only remained a short time, returning to Hardeman county, Tennessee, where he lived to the day of his death. (MAD: Sallie (Cox) Duncan, b.1839 Hardeman Co. TN, mar. 1865 Hardeman Co. TN to E. Garner Duncan b.1842 d. 1895 Kossuth [Alcorn Co.] MS, applied for TN Confederate widow's pension in Shelby Co. TN; from "TN's Confederate Widows and Their Families; Abstracts of 11,190 Confederate Widows Pension Applications" by Edna Wiefering, 1992, FHL book 976.8 M28w)
            Wm. L. Duncan was married to Miss Rebecca Null, in Hardeman county, Tennessee, on the 7th day of November, 1830, and in 1842 moved to Tishomingo county, where he lived the remainder of his life. In October, 1845, he was elected sheriff of Tishomingo county, and was re-elected in October, 1847. During his first term he executed James Adams, the first person to be hung in the county, and while serving his second term hanged Adaline, a slave. He refused to make the race for a third term, but accepted the appointment as superintendent of the State penitentiary, but owing to ill health was unable to fill the position, resigning shortly after receiving the appointment. Mrs. Duncan died in 1852 and was buried in the Jacinto cemetery, and the same year Mr. Duncan embarked in the mercantile business in Jacinto with a Mr. Smith; and in 1857 purchased his partner's interest and conducted the business alone until 1859, when he moved to Corinth [Alcorn Co. MS after 1870], forming a partnership with Mr. J.C. Terry. Their stock of goods was destroyed by the Federal army. Mr. Duncan was also an extensive buyer of cotton, and when the Confederates were preparing to evacuate Corinth he had 162 bales of cotton stored on the lot where the union freight depot is now located, and which were burned by order of Gen. Beauregard when the army left for Tupelo. When Gov. Pettus issued a call for sixty day troops, in 1861, and designated Corinth as one of the points of mobilization, Mr. Duncan was appointed quartermaster, but the volunteers began to arrive before the governor had prepared the quartermaster for their reception, and as a result Mr. Duncan advanced $5,000 with which to purchase supplies. Gov. Pettus a few days later forwarded Mr. Duncan $50,000, and thereafter everything moved along like clock work. At the close of the war Mr. Duncan was chosen to represent Tishomingo county in the State convention, July, 1865, and also served a term in the State Senate. He died on the 11th of August, 1876, and was laid to rest in the City cemetery, but was later disinterred and buried in Henry cemetery.
 

HISTORIES before 1923

1889/1890 "Recollections of Mississippi and Mississippians" by Reuben Davis, pub. by Houghton, Mifflin (CA State Library, Sutro Branch, book F341 D27; from Gloria Baker 1993)
      Pg.420: Before I [MAD: Reuben Davis] left Jackson for headquarters at Corinth, I obtained a promise from the governor that he would, within 5 days, send a full stock of supplies for the troops, including tents, and $50,000 for the use of the quartermaster. I also informed him that Colonel William Duncan would be quartermaster. To my great surprise and chagrin, when I arrived at Corinth [Alcorn Co. MS], there were tents for two companies only, and not one morsel of provision, or one dollar for use. Two companies were on the train with me. I saw Colonel Duncan and obtained a loan of $5,000 for immediate use. Duncan was a most active and efficient officer. ...
 

1906 "The Book of St.Louisans : A Biographical Dictionary of Leading Living Men of the City of St.Louis" Edited by John W. Leonard, Pub. St.Louis, The St.Louis Republic, 1906; Copyright, 1906, by Albert Nelson Marquis (Google Books 8/6/2009, Harvard College Library book, US 25460. 20)
      Pg.142-143: CURLEE, Shelley Hammond, clothing manufacturer; born Corinth, Miss., Aug. 29, 1868; son of William P. and Mary (Boone) Curlee; educated in public schools of Mississippi; married, Corinth, Miss., June 7, 1893, Luella Duncan; one son, S.H., Jr. Began business career as traveling salesman for Janis, Saunders & Co., dry goods, St.Louis, covering Texas and Indian Territory, 1890-97; in 1897 joined in organizing the Corinth Clothing Manufacturing Co., of which was vice-president and general manager; and in 1900, joined in organization of the present corporation, the Corinth Woolen Mills, manufacturers of pants and children's clothing, of which he is president. Office: 1128-1130 Washington Ave. Residence: 5736 Clemmons Ave. (MAD: Corinth, Alcorn Co. MS)
 

1912 "The Book of St.Louisans : A Biographical Dictionary of Leading Living Men of the City of St.Louis" Second Edition, 1912. Revised, Enlarged and Brought Down to date. Edited by Albert Nelson Marquis. Pub. Chicago, A.N. Marquis & Company, 1912. (Google Books 8/6/2009; from New York Public Library book)
      Pg.143: CURLEE, Shelley Hammond, clothing manufacturer; born Corinth, Miss., Aug. 29, 1868; son of William P. and Mary (Boone) Curlee; educated in public schools of Mississippi; married, Corinth, Miss., June 7, 1893, Luella Duncan; one son, S.H., Jr. Began business career as traveling salesman for Janis, Saunders & Co., dry goods, St.Louis, covering Texas and Indian Territory, 1890-97; in 1897 joined in organizing the Corinth Clothing Manufacturing Co., of which was vice-president and general manager; in 1900, joined in organization of the Corinth Woolen Mills, manufacturers of pants and children's clothing, of which was president until 1909, when firm name was changed to Curlee Clothing Co., of which is president. Member Business Men's League. Mason, Knight Templar, Shriner. Club: Mercantile. Office: 1128-1130 Washington Ave. Residence: 5724 Chamberlain Ave. (MAD: Corinth, Alcorn Co. MS)
 

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