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Mary Ann (Duncan) Dobson
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Last revised November 21, 2012

JEFFERSON CO. MS
Formed 1799 from Natchez, originally named Pickering
Claiborne formed 1802 from Jefferson
 

CENSUS RECORDS

1830 Jefferson Co. MS Census
Pg. 27  John H. Duncan    1210,01    - 1000,11


1840 Jefferson Co. MS Census
Pg.286  J.H. Duncan       0010,001   - 0001,01
                   (males 0012,001? blotted)

1850 Jefferson Co. MS Census
West 10 Twp.
Pg.85, #64, T.J. CHAMBERLAIN 35 MS planter $20,000
                  M. (f) 25 MS
                  Paulin (f) 4, Duncan (m) 2/12 MS
                  Thos. F. GRAVES 30 MS overseer
                  Jane 26 MS
                  S.C.(f) 4/12 MS
                  (MAD: Thomas I/J. Chamberlain mar. Mabella J. Duncan 10/29/1844; Dr. Walter Wade mar. Mrs. Mabella J. Chamberlain 12/14/1859)
Town of Fayette
Pg.98, #255, Jno. H. DUNCAN Sr. 58 VA physician $2500
                  P.H.R. (f) 56 VA
                  Robt. 32 KY lawyer
                  Charles 22 MS planter
                  Jno. H. Jr. 30 KY lawyer
                  Randolph 18 MS student
                  (MAD: John H. Duncan mar. Paulina R. Holt 11/13/1816 Harrison Co. KY; see also Clark and Bracken Co. KY)
East 10 Twp.
Pg.106, #392, Walter WADE 40 SC planter
                  Alex Hambly 14 MS
                  (MAD: J.R. Wade indexed pg.108; L. Wade pg.110, W.W. Wade pg.111, not looked at)
 

1860 Jefferson Co. MS Census
District 1
Pg.75, #591-558, Charles C. DUNCAN 38 MS planter $8,000-$32,000
                  John H. 78 VA M.D. $0-$9,000
                  Pauline 68 VA
                  Robert 47 MS lawyer $0-$14,000
 

1870 Jefferson Co. MS Census
P.O. Fayette, "Towship" 9
Pg.70, #110-109, DUNCAN, Jno. L. 78 VA (white) regular Phines? $0-$0
                  P.A. (f) 76 VA (white)
                  (MAD: plainly "Jno. L." not Jno. H.)
Pg.70, #111-110, (DUNCAN,) C.E. (m) 42 MS (white) farmer $10,000-$2,000
                  Clara E. 24 MS keep house
                  Alfred 4, Mary P. 1 MS at home
Pg.86, #395-394, THOMPSON, Missy? (f) 16 MO BLACK domest. servt. $0-$0
                  DUNCAN, Mary A. 15 MS BLACK domest. srvt.
Pg.95, #579-578, DUNCAN, Peter 58 MS BLACK F.labor $0-$0
                  Phamery (f) 56 MS BLACK F.laborer
                  HIMAS?, Rose (f) 16 MS BLACK F.laborer
                  BILING?, Hannah (f) 10 MS BLACK F.laborer
P.O. Rodney
Pg.100, #50-50, DUNCAN, Sarah (f) 38 Fly? (FL?) BLACK keeping boarding house, $0-$250
                  & boarders
                  DUNCAN, Joseph 6 MS BLACK
Township 10, P.O. Fayette
Pg.162, #247-247, DUNCAN, Maho (f) 70 KY BLACK unemployed $0-$0 (alone)
Township 9, P.O. Fayette
Pg.165, #327-322, SIMMONS, Grade? (m) 22 MS BLACK Farm Laborer $0-$0
                  Salone (f) 19 MS BLACK keeps house
                  DUNCAN, James 15 MS BLACK Fm. laborer
                  CHUCK?, Emma (f) 15 MS BLACK
Pg.170, #405-405, DUNCAN, James 45 AL BLACK F.Lab. $0-$0
                  Jane 35 VA BLACK
                  Robert 12 MS BLACK at school
                  HICKS, Lewis 10 MS BLACK at school
                  Harris (m) 5 MS BLACK
                  COLEMAN, Medora 3 MS BLACK
Pg.180, #55-55, DUNCAN, Fielding (m) 22 MS BLACK farm labor $0-$0
                  Pattie (f) 21 MS BLACK
                  Virginia 7/12 MS BLACK b.Jan.
Pg.180, #67-67, HEARD, Persius?? (m) 35 MS BLACK farm laborer $0-$0
                  Emaline 34 VA BLACK keeping house
                  Letitia 2 MS BLACK
                  WILLIAMS, Andrew 10 MS BLACK
                  DUNCAN, Louisa 18 MS BLACK farm laborer
 

MARRIAGE RECORDS

Jefferson Co. MS Marriages; Index to mar. records colored & white 1805-1857 (FHL film 893,069, item 2)
      Book D & later - 1884, not copied
 

ESTATE RECORDS

Jefferson Co. MS General Index, probate; index to estates, 1800's, General Docket (FHL film 893,040 item 1)
      #255: Duncan, A.B., Old #349
      #191: Duncan, Robt., Old #339
 

Jefferson Co. MS Will Books, index 1800-1917 (FHL film 893,068 item 2)
      No Duncan, Book A
 

Jefferson Co. MS Chancery Court Packets, 1830-1890
   Cases D-189-211 (FHL film 1,905,385)
      D-191: Item 2, #191, Duncan, Robert, decd, Mabella J. Wade executrix. Inventory including law books, slaves, appraisal 25 Feb. 1863. Met in conjunction with Charles E. Duncan, brother who acted for Mrs. M.J. Wade extrx. Total $12,750. Order for appraisal was issued 5 Sept. 1862. Petitions by at least two men that Robert Duncan owed them money and Mabelle J. Wade should have paid it. No will in packet.
   Cases D-243-258 (FHL film 1,905,388)
      D-255: Duncan, Alfred B., ward, C.E. Duncan gdn. Petition July 1, 1867, Charles E. Duncan, gdn. of Alfred B. Duncan; sold at private sale the real estate of his said ward for $2,000 and executed a deed to the purchaser T?. K. Whitney recorded in Book I of Probate Final Records on pgs. 354, 355, and 356. Order to Clara E. Duncan, John H. Duncan and Paulina Duncan to show cause on 1st day of May term 1867 re petition of Charles E. Duncan, gdn. of Alfred B. Duncan, to sell real estate, /s/ 5 April 1867. "Alfred Bacon Duncan" on another document. Land in Jefferson Co. MS adj. N by lands formerly owned by John H. Duncan, E by lands of John M. Whitney, S by lands of estate of Jno. R. Danden, W by lands of Samuel Hill, containing 146 acres.
         Petition of Chas. E. Duncan, 3 April 1867?, that his infant son Alfred Bacon is seized and possessed of some real estate descended to him by the death of his late sister Belle, petition for letters of guardianship. Answer of Clara E. Duncan, John H. Duncan Jr. and Paulina Duncan to the petition to sell land, that they are the nearest relatives of said Alfred Bacon Duncan ward; they agree to sale; /s/ Chas. E. Duncan, Clara Duncan, John H. Duncan, Paulina A.R. Duncan, July 1, 1867. Petition to sell that part of tract of land inherited by him and conveyed by deed of gift from Dr. John H. Duncan to his grandchild said Belle Duncan, which was conveyed to said J.H. Duncan by Hugh Montgomery trustee &c by deed 29 Dec. 1857. (neighbors given, not copied) Your petitioner, April 3, 1867, says his ward has no brothers or sisters, his nearest relatives are his mother Clara E. Duncan, his grandfather John H. Duncan and his grandmother Paulina Duncan (crossed out "Mabella"); they should appear in court about the sale.
 

Jefferson Co. MS Wills (FHL film 893,068)
      B-68: Will of Robert Duncan; petition by Mabella J. Wade, that some time in May 1862, Robert Duncan late of said Co. (Jefferson Co. MS) died leaving a will duly signed and wholly in his own handwriting, which petitioner now presents for probate; that the testator made no appointment of an executor in his will; petitioner further shows that Robert Duncan died owning real and personal estate consisting of a tract of land, slaves, and debts due him, estimated at about $15,000; petitioner wants to fulfill his wishes, and asks for letters of administration; she is the sister of the decedent; securities Charles E. Duncan; asks for appointment of Thomas C. West, David Harrison, John T. Davidson, E.H. Hicks and John M. Whitney as appraisers; 1 Sept. 1862. Handwriting proved on oath of Chas. E. Duncan and E.H. Hicks. 1 Sept. 1862.
            Robert Duncan make this my last will & testament, for fear that I may have committed some error in the management of the Chamberlain estate, I give, bequeath & devise all my estate real, personal and mixed, including all debts coming to me, to Pauline Chamberlain, Duncan Chamberlain and Thomas J. Chamberlain, infant children of Thomas J. Chamberlain deceased, and my sister now Mabella J. Wade. Intentionally I have never wronged or deprived them of one cent. The debts due me from my father and Charles E. Duncan I do not wish to be paid until my father John H. Duncan shall die, but the notes are to be renewed so that they shall not be barred by the statute of limitations. The debts which Randolph Duncan and John H. Duncan &c, now in Texas, owe me, I give to them in event of my death. Signed, sealed & published and declared to be my last will & testament this 3 June 1861. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 5 June 1861. Robert Duncan.
 

LAND RECORDS

Jefferson Co. MS Land Deed Index A-Z, v.A, A1, 1797-1871 (FHL film 892,550
      B-116: Duncan, Jno. H. to Wm. Harper, mtg, Nov. 5, 1829 - Apr. 19, 1827
      B-479: Duncan, Jno. H. to F. Beaumont, mtg, July 18, 1831 - June 11, 1831
      B-158: Duncan, Jno. H. from Thos. Grafton et ux, Apr. 7, 1828 - Jan. 12, 1828
      B-670: Duncan, Jno. H. to Isaac Pipes, mtg, May 8, 1833 - Apr. 12, 1833
      C-144: Duncan, Jno. H. et ux to trustees M.E. Church, July 29, 1834 - July 29, 1834
      B-671: Duncan, Jno. H. from Isaac Piper & wife, deed, May 8, 1833 - Apr. 12, 1833
      B-684: Duncan, Jno. H. from Hy. Platnor, May 29, 1833 - May 29, 1833
      C-13: Duncan, Jno. H. from P.T. Williams, Dec. 10, 1833 - Dec. 10, 1833
      C-538: Duncan, Jno. H. to Thos. H. Duggan, Mch. 27, 1837 - Dec. 2, 1836
      D-59: Duncan, Jno. H. to Hughes & Chaney, agmt, Nov. 4, 1838 - Nov. 7, 1836
      D-338: Duncan, Jno. H. to Thos. H. Duggan, Jan. 30, 1839 - Jan. 15, 1839
      D-339: Duncan, Jno. H. to Thos. H. Duggan, Jan. 30, 1839 - Jan. 15, 1839
      C-19: Duncan, Jno. H. from Isaac Clawson, Dec. 18, 1833 - Dec. 18, 1833
      C-40: Duncan, Jno. H. from Whitfield Brown, Feb. 25, 1834 - Feb. 8, 1834
      C-306: Duncan, Jno. H. from Martin L. Smith, Dec. 22, 1835 - Apr. 4, 1835
      C-370: Duncan, Jno. H. from Hy Platner, May 4, 1836 - Apr. 22, 1836
      C-414: Duncan, Jno. H. from Abram Clawson, Aug. 4, 1836 - Aug. 4, 1836
      C-483: Duncan, Jno. H. from G.B. Clawson, Dec. 16, 1836 - Dec. 17, 1836
      Quit on Jno. H. - D-589, E-272, E-625
      E-750: Duncan, Jno. H. et ux to Chas. Clark, Feb. 15, 1844 - Feb. 13, 1844
      F-204: Duncan, Robert to S.T. Chambers, Dec. 29, 1845 - Nov. 24, 1845
      F-381: Duncan, Stephen et ux to Zebulon Butler, Jan. 8, 1847 - Oct. 22, 1846
      F-436: Duncan, Jno. H. et ux to W.H. Dunbar, Apr. 8, 1847 - Apr. 3, 1847
      E-14: Duncan, Jno. H. et al from Jno. Wells, D/T, Nov. 2, 1840 - Nov. 2, 1840
      Quit on Jno. H. - E-510
      G-156: Duncan, Stephen et al to Isaac B. McCorkle, Apr. 9, 1849 - Oct. 22, 1846
      E-589: Duncan, Robt. from Thomas Kemp, Apr. 22, 1843 - Apr. 26, 1843
      F-270: Duncan, Jno. H. Sr. from Wm. J. Clawson, Apr. 22, 1846 - Apr. 21, 1846
      Quit on Duncan, Robt. - F-616, H-83, H-82, I-544, H-628
      Quit on Duncan, Jno. H. Sr. - H-223, H-191, H-634
      K-249: Duncan, Jno. H. to Mabella Duncan, deed, Mch. 8, 1866 - Mch. 3, 1866
      More not copied
      K-526: Duncan, Robt et al to Wade Harrison, deed, Oct. 7, 1859 - Feb. 1, 1859
      K-556: Duncan, Jno. H. Sr. to E.R. Duncan, B/S, Dec. 12, 1859 - Dec. 12, 1859
      L-154: Duncan, C.E. et al to I.A. Thompson, deed, Sept. 30, 1865 - July 28, 1865
 

COURT RECORDS

Go to the Jefferson Co. MS Court Records
 

MILITARY RECORDS

Case Files of Applications from Former Confederates for Presidential Pardons ("Amnesty Papers") 1865-1867, Group I, Pardon Applications Submitted by Persons from the South (from Kathy Cawley 9/2007; MAD's extract)
      Charles E. Duncan, 1 Aug. 1865, and wife Clara E. Duncan, 10 Sept. 1865, of Jefferson Co. MS, they are natives of said state and have always resided therein, and are respectively of the ages of 38 and 22 years. Petitioner Charles E. has always been a plantor and has always been a states rights Democrat in his position and voted with his party in good faith. He has never held or sought office ... or served in the Confederate Army or held arms ... They had relatives and friends in the Confederate Army and in their anxiety and sympathy for them may have said or done something ... each owns property to their sole & separate use, they are unable to assess its value and cannot say whether it is or is not worth $20,000 but think it would not sell for that amount in cash. (Roll 32, Mississippi, Coo-Ha names, FHL film 1,758,770)
 

REFERENCES FROM OTHER LOCALITIES

Bolivar Co. MS Deeds
      D-422: 4 April 1853, James M. Sillers of Bolivar Co. MS borrowed money from Wiley B. Stuart of Jefferson Co. MS; Robert Duncan of Jefferson Co. MS to act as trustee. (pg.107, "Early MS Records; Bolivar Co. Vol.I, 1836-1861" by Katherine Branton & Alice Wade, 1988, Memphis Public Library book 929.3625 B689b9, from Georgie Cooper 1988)
      H-333: 16 Aug. 1859, John H. Echols and wife Medora E. of Hinds Co. MS to Pauline Duncan and Thomas J. Chamberlain of Jefferson Co. MS, 165 acres, for $1650 paid by Robert Duncan and Mabella J. Chamberlain, execs of the will of Thomas J. Chamberlain decd and conveyed to Pauline Duncan and Thomas J. Chamberlain by said will. (pg.146, "Early MS Records; Bolivar Co. Vol.I, 1836-1861" by Katherine Branton & Alice Wade, 1988, Memphis Public Library book 929.3625 B689b9, from Georgie Cooper 1988)
 

Bracken Co. KY Deeds (SLC 9/22/2012)
      H-55/56: 27 June 1825, John H. Duncan and wife Paulina of Jefferson Co. MS by their attorney in fact David Holt of Fayette Co. KY to Samuel Young of Bracken Co. KY, for $625 paid, sell land in Bracken Co. KY on waters of ?Lucy Creek containing 500 acres, beg. in Greenup's pattent line, ... warrant title. /s/ John H. Duncan, Paulina R. Duncan, by their attorney in fact David Holt. Wit. Robert C. Flora. Ack. 25 June 1825 by David Holt before Robert C. Flora, D.C., Bracken Co. (FHL film 344,075; SLC 9/22/2012)
      H-273/274: 27 Sept. 1827, John H. Duncan and wife Paulina A.R. Duncan of Jefferson Co. MS appoint Thomas Holt of Harrison Co. KY our attorney to sell and convey 500 acres of land in Bracken Co. KY, being part of a tract of land formerly owned by Thomas Holt, Senr, and by him bequeathed to said John H. Duncan and Paulina A.R. Duncan, wife of afsd Duncan and daughter of said Thomas Holt, Senr, ... and upon sale, shall make deed ... /s/ John H. Duncan, Paulina A.R. Duncan. They appeared 27 Sept. 1827 before W.L. Davis, J.P., and E. Duggan, J.P., of Jefferson Co. MS. Certification 2 Oct. 1827 by Isaac Pikes, Clerk of Jefferson Co. Court, for William L. Davis and E. Duggan. Certification by Jacob Ramsan Holmes, presiding Justice of Jefferson Co. Court, for Isaac Pikes, 4 Oct. 1827. Recorded Bracken Co. KY April 7, 1828. (FHL film 344,075; SLC 9/22/2012)
 

Breckinridge Co. KY Deeds
      F-426/428: John H. Duncan and Paulina A.R. Duncan late Paulina A.R. Holt wife of said John H. Duncan, and Amelia B. Holt of Jefferson Co. MS, being legal heirs of Thomas Holt decd late of Harrison Co. KY, for diverse considerations to us, nominate our brother David Holt of said Harrison Co. KY our attorney to sell etc. the lands of our decd. father and to settle any liability with the proceeds which our father would have been responsible for on account of sales of land in state of OH or elsewhere, ratifying anything he may do in relation to the said Thomas Holt's estate. And we John H. Duncan & Paulina A.R. Duncan do further authorize our attorney David Holt of Harrison Co. KY to sell or do anything in relation to lands sold by myself in KY, the title to which has not been completed, or which he may sell etc. 7 July 1823. /s/ John H. Duncan, Paulina A.R. Duncan, Amelia B. Holt. Wit. Jas. G. Ward, John Fortin. They appeared before Philip Dinon, Clerk of Jefferson Co. MS Court, 7 July 1823. Certification by James Gibson, presiding Justice of Jefferson Co. MS, for Phillip Dinon, 7 July 1823. Deed produced in Harrison Co. KY Aug. 18, 1823; and produced in Breckinridge Co. KY Jan. 2, 1824. (FHL film 422,082)
      F-428/430: 1 Jan. 1824, David Holt for himself and as attorney for Joseph H. Holt, Thomas Holt, Jane M. Holt and Luisa M. Holt of Harrison Co. KY and John H. Duncan and Paulina A.R. Duncan his wife late Paulina A.R. Holt and Amelia B. Holt of Jefferson Co. MS, being heirs of Thos. Holt decd. late of Harrison Co. KY, to Micajah Board of Breckinridge Co. KY, for $625 paid to Thomas Holt in his lifetime, sell parcel of land in Breckinridge Co. KY on the waters of Sinking Creek, being part of a sixty thousand acre survey pattented by VA to Philip Barbour and bounded beg. on left bank of north fork of Sinking Creek, then ... containing 500 acres, warrant title. /s/ David Holt for himself and as attorney for Jos. H. Holt, Thomas Holt, Jane M. Holt, Luisa M. Holt, John H. Duncan, Paulina A.R. Duncan, Amelia B. Holt. Ack. Jan. 2nd? (3rd?) 1824 by David Holt before Horace Allen, Deputy Clerk, Breckinridge Co. court. (FHL film 422,082)
 

Harrison Co. KY Deeds
      9-23: 7 July 1823, John H. Duncan and wife Paulina A.R. formerly Holt and Amelia B. Holt of Jefferson Co. MS, legal heirs & representatives of Thomas Holt decd. late of Harrison Co. KY, appoint brother David Hold (sic) of Harrison Co. KY attorney; decd. father's estate. Wit. Jas. G. Wood, John Foster. Reg. in Jefferson Co. MS. (FHL film 216,853)
      11-472: 30 Nov. 1829, Amelia B. Holt appoint John H. Duncan of Jefferson Co. MS attorney; Thomas Holt by will gave me negro & divisional share of estate; attorney to receive share of estate. Reg. Jefferson Co. MS. (FHL film 216,854)
 

Ross Co. OH Deeds
      19-521: 7 July 1823, John H. Duncan and wife Paulina A.R. Duncan late Paulina A.R. Holt and Amelia B. Holt of Jefferson Co. MS, legal heirs of Thomas Holt decd, late of Harrison Co. KY, appoint brother David Holt of Harrison Co. KY attorney to sell and settle inheritance ... sell land in State of OH and elsewhere. Wit. Jas. G. Wood, John Foster in Jefferson Co. MS. (FHL film 340,465)
      19-522: Joseph H. Holt of Bourbon Co. KY, Thomas Holt, Jane M. Holt, Louisa M. Holt and Amelia B. Holt of Harrison Co. KY, etc. (FHL film 340,465)
      22-237: 14 June 1824, David Holt for himself and attorney for John H. Duncan and wife Paulina A.R. Duncan formerly Holt not copied. (FHL film 340,466)
 

OTHER RECORDS

Early Duncans in Jefferson (Pickering) Co. MS
      A.L. Duncan, 1801, witness with David Odam for Fanny Odam, widow and exec. of David Odam Sr. of Pickering Co., MS Territory. Wit. A.L. Duncan, David Odam. (pg.365, "Natchez (MS) Court Records, 1767-1805 : Abstracts of Early Records" by May Wilson McBee, TN Genealogical Society Library book #3214 from Evelyn Sigler 1983) (MAD: see New Orleans LA)
 

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