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

Last revised August 9, 2008

TALLAHATCHIE CO. MS
Formed 1833 from Choctaw Cession 1830
Grenada formed 1870 from Carroll, Yalobusha, Choctaw, Tallahatchie
Leflore formed 1871 from Carroll, Sunflower, Tallahatchie
 

CENSUS RECORDS

1840 Tallahatchie Co. MS Census
      No Duncan indexed

1850 Tallahatchie Co. MS Census
12th Sub.
Pg.381, #214, James M. DUNCAN 36 TN farmer $5000
                  Susan A. 18 MS
                  Benj. G. 13 AL
                  John C. TURNER 35 SC overseer
                  (MAD: James Madison Duncan of AL, also called James M. Duncan Esq., mar. Mrs. Susan Augusta Sykes, dau. of James A. and Susan Girault, on 7/26/1849; from Newspaper notices pub. in "Marriages and Deaths from MS Newspapers, 1801-1850" Vol.2, by Betty Couch Wiltshire, Heritage Books Inc., 1989, FHL book 976.2 V2w, from Georgie Cooper 1989; and from pg.184, "Genealogical Abstracts of Marriage and Deaths from 'Nashville Christian Advocate'" by Annie Sandifer Trickett, 1985, FHL book 976.855/N1 V28sa, from Evelyn Sigler 1986)

1860 Tallahatchie Co. MS Census
Pg.429, #387, James M. DUNCAN 45 TN farmer $56,000-$77,490
                  Augusta 26 MS
                  Benjamin J. 22 AL
                  Sousan H. (f) 8, J. Giralt (m) 6 MS
                  Dunbar? (m) 4, James N. 1 MS
                  Edmon D. GREEN 26 NC carpenter $0-1060
                  John C. TURNER 41 SC overseer $0-500
                  (MAD: 1870 Grenada Co. MS census; Ben Duncan 42 AL d.Apr. 1880 Grenada Co. MS, per mortality schedule)

1870 Tallahatchie Co. MS Census
Dist. 4, P.O. Charleston
Pg.587, #67-67, DUNCAN, Ashley S. 38 TN (white) farmer $0-$385
                  Sallie 22 MS keeping house
                  (no children)
                  (MAD: 1860 Hempstead Co. AR census)
Dist. 5, P.O. Charleston
Pg.610, #40-40, HOLLAND, George 30 VA MULATTO farm laborer $0-$0
                  RANDOLPH, Charles 30 VA BLACK farm laborer
                  DUNKUM, James B. 23 VA white farm laborer
                  HARRIS, Alfred 12 VA BLACK at home
                  (MAD: ??? 1850 Buckingham Co. VA census, son of John & Martha A.)
 

MILITARY RECORDS

Case Files of Applications from Former Confederates for Presidential Pardons ("Amnesty Papers") 1865-1867; roll 1, Name Index to Pardon Application Files; Group I, Pardon Applications Submitted by Persons from the South.
      Application of James M. Duncan of Tallahatchie Co. MS for special pardon. Grenada, MS, Aug. 12th, 1865, by James M. Duncan, native of Greene Co. East TN but for the last 15 years citizen of Tallahatchie Co. MS, aged fifty "(52)" years and a farmer by profession ... he has never been in the military service of the so called Confederate states ... (Roll 32, Mississippi, Coo-Ha; FHL film 1,758,770; SLC 6/14/2008)
      Statement that James M. Duncan thinks the petition is true - and statements by others (MAD: do not know who made the petition.) (Roll 35, Mississippi, Sl-Yo & Misc. File, FHL film 1,758,773; SLC 6/15/2008)
 

HISTORIES before 1923

1891 "Biographical and historical memoirs of Mississippi : embracing an authentic and comprehensive account of the chief events in the history of the state, and a record of the lives of many of the most worthy and illustrious families and individuals" 2 vol. pub. in 2 parts each; pub. by Goodspeed Pub. Co. (FHL book 976.2 D3b and films 845,437 item 2, and 845,438 items 1-2, and 845,439 item 1; and from Evelyn Sigler)
      Vol.1 Pt.2 Pg.671-3: JAMES M. DUNCAN, ... was born in Greene Co. TN on the 28th of October, 1813, and inherits Scotch blood from his paternal grandfather, who was a native of Scotland. The latter and a brother came to the United States prior to the Revolution, and the brother was killed by the British near Norfolk, VA. The grandfather settled in Botetourt Co. VA, and there reared his family, consisting of George, Jerry, Amos, Benjamin, David and two daughters. The fourth child in order of birth, Benjamin, grew to manhood in Virginia, and when a young man went to East TN, where he was married in 1812 to Miss Nancy Ross, also a native of the Old Dominion, and a daughter of William Ross, who served in the Revolutionary war, and was present at the surrender of Cornwallis. Mr. Ross has several sons, who served in the Creek Indian wars. Mr. and Mrs. Duncan continued to reside in Greene Co. TN until November, 1822, when they moved to Limestone Co. AL, and from there to Shelby Co. TN, in 1834. The father followed merchandising from the close of the Indian wars, in which he served as a lieutenant in Capt. Waterhouse's company, until about 1850, when he carried on planting .... He was a stanch whig, ... a Mason of rank, ... of Shelby county. He died June 1, 1860, ... his wife died in the same county in 1836, leaving six children -- three sons and three daughters, two of whom are yet living: James M. Duncan, the subject of this sketch, and the eldest child; and Mrs. Ann Reembert, of Shelby Co. TN. After his wife's death Mr. Duncan was married the second time and became the father of two children by this union, a son and daughter, both now deceased. James M. Duncan passed his boyhood and youth in Limestone Co. AL, and their received his education. In 1836 he started out in life for himself as a merchant at Mooresville, Ala., Limestone county, and there continued until the spring of 1840. He first came to MS in 1838, to administer upon the estate of George Dillard, and ... moved there in the fall of 1840. .... He was first married while living in AL to Miss Mary H. Gamble, who was born and reared in that state. She died on the 21st of June, 1840, leaving two children: Benjamin G. and Mary, both of whom are deceased. The former served as a soldier in the Civil war, and was a member of Captain Stanford's battery, ... His death occurred on the 6th of April, 1880, in Grenada. The other child died in Alabama when young.
            Mr. Duncan's second marriage was to Mrs. Susan Augusta (Girault) Sykes, widow of Dr. J.B. Sykes, whom she had married in 1847. Her parents, James A. and Susan (Dunbar) Girault, were early settlers of Mississippi. James A. Girault was born near Natchez, MS, in 1793, and died at Jackson, MS, March 24, 1851. (more on Girault genealogy) Mrs. Duncan ... the fourth child in order of birth. She was born at Bellevue, near Natchez, on the 19th of October, 1832 ... (more on Girault genealogy). To Mr. and Mrs. Duncan were born 9 children, five of whom are now living: Robert D., engaged in merchandising at Greenwood, Miss.; James M., resides at Vicksburg and is teller in the Delta bank; Annie E., married R.S. Turnage and lives in Memphis, TN; Blanton C. is a merchant of Grenada, Miss.; and Katie A., who is a single and a highly accomplished lady. Those deceased are: Mary, died in 1852; Nancy Ross, died in 1859; John G., died in 1866; and Susan H., who was the wife of Thomas P. Lampkin, died in 1883, leaving two beautiful young daughters, Helen and Elouise. Mrs. Duncan is a member of the Methodist church. Mr. Duncan is a democrat in politics and is the only one of the older members of the family who voted with that party, they being whigs.
 

REFERENCES FROM OTHER LOCALITIES

Lauderdale Co. AL Deed (FHL film 1,022,577)
      15-573: (blank day) June 1856, James M. Duncan and wife Susan A. Duncan of State of MS to Benjamin F. Foster and George W. Foster of town of Florence, AL, $400, E 1/2 SW 1/4 and W 1/2 SW 1/4 and S 1/2 W 1/2 SE 1/4, Sec.16 T2 R11W, 200 acres; ack. in Tallahatcha Co. MS; no wit. Rec. 12 Sept. 1858.
 

OTHER SOURCES

Family Bibles:
      The Girault Bible includes Susan Augusta Girault, dau. of James and Susan Girault, born at Bellevue near Natchez 19 Oct. 1832, mar. 1st Dr. J.B. Sykes of AL, mar. 2nd James M. Duncan on July 26, 1849; Susan died at her home, Wildwood Plantation, in Grenada Co. MS on 2 Dec. 1898, age 66 yrs. It was published on pg.14, Vol.5, "Mississippi cemetery and bible records" by Mississippi Genealogical Society (FHL book 976.2 V3m and Vol.1-19 on fiche 6,051,105, and films 496,623 to 496,626; and Memphis Pub. Library book 929.3 M66, from Evelyn Sigler 1983)
      The James Madison Duncan Bible includes James M. Duncan, born Oct. 28 (year not given), married Mary Hunt Gamble 21 July 1836, married Susan Augusta Sykes 26 July 1849, and gives their children, including Benjamin Gamble Duncan, Blanton Duncan and J.M. Duncan Jr. It was published on pgs.17-18, Vol.5, "Mississippi cemetery and bible records" by Mississippi Genealogical Society (FHL book 976.2 V3m and Vol.1-19 on fiche 6,051,105, and films 496,623 to 496,626; and Memphis Pub. Library book 929.3 M66, from Evelyn Sigler 1983)
      The Blanton C. Duncan Bible includes Blanton Charles Duncan, who married Lizzie G. Townes on 5 Sept. 1887, and their children, he the son of James M. Duncan and Susan Augusta Sykes who were married on Thursday July 26, 1849 at the residence of Edward Portevent, Tallahatchie County, Mississippi. It was published on pgs.18-19, Vol.5, "Mississippi cemetery and bible records" by Mississippi Genealogical Society (FHL book 976.2 V3m and Vol.1-19 on fiche 6,051,105, and films 496,623 to 496,626; and Memphis Pub. Library book 929.3 M66, from Evelyn Sigler 1983). It was also published on pgs.21-22, Vol.XX, "Mississippi cemetery and bible records" by Mississippi Genealogical Society, 1986 (FHL book 976.2 V3m and Memphis Pub. Library book 929.3 M66, from Evelyn Sigler 1989)
 

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