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

Last revised September 20, 2003

FORSYTH CO. NC
Formed 1849 from Stokes
 

CENSUS RECORDS

1850 Forsyth Co. NC Census
Pg.274, #1133, Charles VIST 66 VA miller $330
                  Catharine 62 NC
                  Anna 32, Samuel 21 NC
                  John DUNKINS 3 NC

1860 Forsyth Co. NC Census
Salem P.O.
Pg.638, #533-498, Charles VEST 79 NC farmer $450-200
                  Catherine 72 NC
                  Samuel 31 NC farmer $50-$225
                  John C. DUNCAN 14 NC
Pg.757, #1520-1446, Gasper TODD (m) 43 NC farmer $900?-$500
                  Rachael 48? NC
                  Julius DUNKINS (m) 13 NC

1870 Forsyth Co. NC Census
Winston Twp.
Pg.459, #185-199, Salem Female Academy (lots of names) (starts pg.458)
                  DUNCAN, Sallie 16 SC (white) attending school
 

MARRIAGE RECORDS

Forsyth Co. NC Marriage Licenses 1849-1877; index (FHL film 899,691)
      In order by year, groom alphabetic 1849-1850; then by groom only. No Duncan groom or bride from page by page through Book 1
 

ESTATE RECORDS

Forsyth Co. NC Index to administrators etc. 1849-1955 (FHL film 899,588)
      Duncan, John. Joel Vest adm, qualified Dec. 2, 1862, record Book M-2, file # X-647, final Settlement F-523, P-472 (no date)
      Next Duncan is 1938

Forsyth Co. NC Probate Records; Index to wills, 1849-1969
      Devisors, A-Z (FHL film 899,702)
            No Duncan until 1948
            No Boyer until 1889
            1858 Charles Vest, file W-90, Record 1-155
      Devisees, A-M (FHL film 899,703)
            No Duncan until 1946

Forsyth Co. NC Probate Records; Settlements 1868-1893 (FHL film 882,915)
      No Duncan 1868-77, 1883-93

Forsyth Co. NC Probate Records; Inventories of estates
      1849-53, Vol.1 - no Duncan (FHL film 899,591)
      1853-58, Vol.2 - no index
      1858-62, Vol.3 - no Duncan (FHL film 899,592)
            3-326: Dec. 1860, list of property sold Sept. 28, 1860, of estate of Charles Vest, incl. widow (unnamed) by Johnathon and Samuel Vest. No Duncan.
      1863-68, Vol.4
            4-10: March court 1863, Inventory and account of sale of estate of John C. Duncan; cash received from John Boyer, $170; Joel Vest, admin.
            (no other Duncan reference)
            4-32, 80, 144 Lewis Vest estate - no Duncan
            4-32, 100, 144 Charles Vest estate - no Duncan
      (MAD: Wanted parents of John C. Duncan b. 1846-1847, living with Charles Vest 1850-1860)

Forsyth Co. NC Will Book (FHL film 899,697)
      1-155: File W-90, Will of Charles Vest of Forsyth Co. NC, Sept. 19, 1858; in common health; my son Lewis Vest $1, he wrote me he had traded me apart $1000 and wasn't settled yet & I think it not proper to give him any more for he would spend it; to Samuel Vest his lot where the dwelling house & other buildings are; to Joel Vest his lot where the dwelling house and other buildings are; to Lucy Huser? her lot of land etc.; to Ann Groover her lot of land etc; all my land? to my children and grandchildren except Lewis Vest as heretofore mentioned; the bottom land to be divided as well as the upper; the mill tract (MAD: too faint); wife Catharine Vest one room of dwelling house and residue and household furniture and her living from the mill and plantation; exec. Johnson Vest and Samuel Vest; my children: Lewis Vest $1 and no more; Joel Vest and Johnson Vest and Lemuel Vest & Lucy Huser and Anny Croorer/Croom to be heirs; Lewis Vest children to have something. (MAD: Joel West was admin. of estate of Ann Duncan who died Stokes Co. NC by 1848, probably the Ann Duncan who was dau. of George Burroughs and Jean Scates; from Vol.II, pg.17, of "Early Families of the NC Counties of Rockingham & Stokes with Rev. Service" by James Hunter Chapter DAR; FHL book 975.66 D2d)
 

LAND RECORDS

Forsyth Co. NC Deed indexes 1849-1927 D-G
      Grantors, p.35 (FHL film 899,535)
            26-577: 1869, Catherine Duncan to Jno. W. Shoaf, deed, 51a Middle Fork
      Grantees, p.35 (FHL film 899,558)
            Duncans start 1916

Forsyth Co. NC Deeds
      26-577: 27 Sept. 1869, Catharine Duncan (+) of Forsyth Co. NC to John Wesley Shoaf of same, $300, 51 acres 64 poles by computation on waters of Middle Fork of Muddy Creek, adj. Andrew Burk's line & corner, Vawter's NE corner & line; wit. J.G. Blackburn; proven 26 Dec. 1885 by J.G. Blackburn. (FHL film 899,515) (MAD: probably widow of John Duncan 1850 Davidson Co. NC census)
 

MILITARY RECORDS

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, Walter J.; A 4 US V. Inf.; 1889 Sept. 25, Invalid Appl. #730624, Cert. #568473, Texas. (MAD: b. Forsyth Co. NC 1842; Confederate 1863 Wake Co. NC, captured, joined U.S.Army 1864; 1870 to Grayson Co. TX; see Vol.IV, pg.169, "TX Under Many Flags" by Clarence Ray Wharton, 1930, on FHL film 1,000,594 item 4; son of John Duncan b.VA d.NC and his widow Kate Jones who went to TX where she lived in Runnels Co.; Walter's grandfather b. Scotland, when young to VA with his father Peter F. Duncan; 1870 Pettis Co. MO census)
 

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