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Mary Ann (Duncan) Dobson
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Last revised February 16, 2013

CUMBERLAND CO. PA
Formed 1750 from Lancaster
Bedford formed 1771 from Cumberland
Franklin formed 1784 from Cumberland
Mifflin formed 1789 from Cumberland, Northumberland
Perry formed 1820 from Cumberland
 

CENSUS RECORDS

1790 Cumberland Co. PA Census
Pg. 77  Duncan, Wm.          115xx       Col. 2   Hopewell, Newton, Tyborn
        Duncan, Robt.        222xx       Col. 3     & Westpennsboro Twp
    79  McAnelly, Henry      111xx       Col. 1   "
        Duncan, Joseph       111xx       Col. 2
        Duncan, Samuel       22111       "
        Duncan, Wm.          301x1       "
        Duncan, James        113xx       "
        Duncan, John         144xx       "
        Duncan, Stephen      242xx       Col. 3
    80  Duncan, Joseph       1435x       Col. 1   "
    84  Duncan, Stephen      64612       Col. 3   Eastern Portion
        Duncan, John         1241x       "          (one name between)
    85  Duncan, Thomas       134xx       Col. 1   "


1800 Cumberland Co. PA Census
Pg. 50  Benjm. Duncan        11010       - 20010           Rye
    92  Jas. Duncan          00010       - 20010           Toboyne
   188  James Duncan         21201       - 10020           Carlisle
           one name
        Saml. Duncan         01010       - 11100
           two names
        Thomas Duncan        12110       - 21110
   222  James Duncan         00010       - 10100           Dickinson
   233  Wm. Duncan           01010       - 22000           Westpennsbro
   256  Wm. Duncan           10010       - 00010           Mifflin
   269  John Duncan          11301       - 12101           Hopewell
   278  David Duncan         11110       - 30021           Southampton
   296  Joseph Duncan        10010       - 10010           Shippensburg
   298  Arnold Duncan        02200       - 20110           Shippensburg Twp


1810 Cumberland Co. PA Census
Pg.  3  Francis Duncan       00000       - 00000 - 4       Carlisle
     7  James Duncan         02110       - 20421
    10  Thomas Duncan        00301       - 43220
    33  Mathew Duncan        00010       - 00100           E. Pennsboro
    51  John Duncan          00201       - 00201           Hopewell
    76  Joseph Duncan        20100       - 10100           Newton
    87  Joseph Duncan        21011       - 01210           Rye
    89  John Duncan          21120       - 11100           Shippensburg
    92  Arnold Duncan        30011       - 03010
    97  David Duncan         20001       - 21001           Southampton
         6 names
        William Duncan       10110       - 30101
   100  Aaron Duncan         30001       - 10010           Toboyne
   103  James Duncan         20010       - 21010           Toboyne
   118  William Duncan Esq.  30001       - 01101           W. Pennsboro


1820 Cumberland Co. PA Census
Pg.  5  Eza Duncan           100010      - 10010           Allen
    27  William Duncan       111101      - 10001           West Penn
    33  Joseph Duncan        100010      - 21010           Newton
    37  Ruth Duncan          011100      - 01001           Shippensburg
          3 names
        John Duncan          001010      - 10100
    39  John Duncan          310010      - 01010
    56  William Duncan       310010      - 22010           Southampton
        David Duncan         020001      - 01210
    57  Samuel Duncan        000020      - 00000           Hopewell
        John Duncan          000101      - 00101
        David Duncan         200010      - 01010
          (David next to John)
    58  William Duncan       010100      - 00100


1830 Cumberland Co. PA Census
Pg. 10  Martha Duncan        0           - 0101,101        Carlisle
    18  Eleanor Duncan       0           - 0101,12
    42  Wm. Duncan           0010,2000,1 - 3000,1001       W. Pennsboro
    72  Jesse Duncan         0000,1      - 1001            Shippensburg
    77  John Duncan          1101,101    - 2001,01
    79  Wm. Duncan           0121,1001   - 0112,101        Southampton
    80  Wm. Duncan           0221,01     - 3210,001
        David Duncan         0000,1000,1 - 0000,1001
          (David next to Wm.)
    86  David Duncan         0220,001    - 0201,0001       Hopewell


1840 Cumberland Co. PA Census
Pg.  3  David Duncan         0011,1001,1  - 0011,001       Hopewell
    39  Ellen Duncan         1            - 1101,102       Carlisle
    43  Martha Duncan        0            - 0010,2000,1
    64  John D. Duncan       2100,02      - 0000,2         Southampton
    67  Wm. Duncan           0020,3000,1  - 0001,21
    68  Isabel Duncan        0102,1       - 1110,01

1850 Cumberland Co. PA Census (pg.167 from Florence Dyess; faint filming otherwise, best I could read; pg.194 from Kathy Cawley 11/2004)
Lower Allen
Pg.19, #253, William DUNCAN 25 PA miller
                  Catharine 22 PA
                  John 2, Hiram C. 7/12 PA
N. Middleton
Pg.32, #32, Daniel DUNCAN 45 PA w/others
Pg.45, #196, Cornelius DUNCON 19 PA w/others
W. Pennsboro
Pg.57, #6, Stephen DUNCAN 16 PA student
                  in Plainfield Classicle (sic) Academy
Frankford
Pg.90, #129, George MILLER 64 PA
                  Catherine 50 PA
                  Catharine DUNCAN 7 PA
Upper Dickinson
Pg.112, #241, Frances FULTON 44 PA farmer $8000
                  Sarah 12, Mary 10 PA
                  Nancy DUNCAN 47 PA
                  Sarah 24, Mary 22 PA
                  Nancy 20 PA
                  (MAD: 1860 Peoria Co. IL census)
Pg.112, #245, William DUNCAN 17 PA laborer w/others
Hopewell
Pg.160, #8, David DUNCAN 77 PA gentleman $1000
                  Eliza 62 PA
                  Elizabeth McCORMICK 16 PA
                  Violet SHOEMAKER 16 PA
Pg.167, #124, Jacob KRAMER 33 PA farmer
                  Rebecca 23 PA
                  Wm. C. 2 PA
                  David DUNCAN 68 PA none
Pg.169, #159, Saml. E. DUNCAN 32 PA farmer
                  Lucinda 33 PA
                  Joshua 5, Wm. B. 5 PA
                  Sarah 3, John 1 PA
                  Saml. DUNCAN 67 PA farmer
Pg.172, #189, Jacob AW (sic) 48 PA farmer $440
                  Elizabeth 33 PA & ch.
                  & laborers
                  Mary J. DUNCAN 17 PA
Southampton
Pg.180, #298, Wm. DUNCAN 37 PA farmer
                  Elisa 40 PA
                  Saml. 30 PA blind
                  Tennessa (f) 25 PA
                  Alexander M. 27 PA
                  John MARTIN 16 PA
Shippensburg Twp. 8/28/1850
Pg.194, #474-487, David DUNCAN 33 PA farmer $0
                  Grisseldah (f) 26 PA
                  Wm. 4, Mary 2 PA
                  Mary HEPPARD 20 PA
                  John FOSNOCHT 16 PA labourer, attended school within year
Shippensburg
Pg.202, #611, John B. DUNCAN 45 PA forwt merchant $2000
                  Margaretta 32 PA
                  Wm. 12, John A. 9 PA
                  James B. 7, Agnes S. 4 PA
                  Saml. A. 1 PA
                  & others
Pg.213, #804, Benjamin DUNCAN 30 PA cabinet maker $600
                  Mary A. 29 PA
                  Catharine 2, Elizabeth M. 1 PA
Pg.214, #818, Elizabeth DUNCAN 58 ENG $800
                  Mary E. 21 PA
Newton
Pg.301, #175, Isabella DUNCAN 51 PA
                  Lellidia (f) 21, Eliza J. 13 PA
Pg.340, #160, Ellen DUNCAN 62 PA
                  Mary ?. 45 PA
Pg.345, #221, Martha DUNCAN 84 " (ditto) $4500
                  Martha 37 "
                  Hannah LOCKAN? 36 "
                  (MAD: ditto marks for several households after family born NY)
Carlisle Borough
Pg.331, #41-44, Eakarius? BEATY 30 PA Ed... (Educator?)
                  Margaretta 23 PA
                  William 5, Alexander 2 PA
                  Anna 10/12 PA
                  James THOE? 20 PA painter?
                  John DUNCAN 17 PA painter?
                  Ellen GALBRAITH 18 PA
 

1860 and 1870 and LATER CUMBERLAND CO. PA CENSUS

Go to the 1860 and 1870 and later Cumberland Co. PA Census Records
 

ESTATE RECORDS

Cumberland Co. PA wills; Book B (FHL film 21,078)
      B-212: (blank day and month) 1766, will of Thomas Duncan in Hopewell Twp., Cumberland Co. PA, yeoman, of perfect mind and memory; my just debts and funeral charges be paid and satisfied; to my wife 1/3 part of all my estate, to wit, money, lands, cattle, moveable, debts, household goods, &c.; to my son William Duncan 5 shillings; to my son John Duncan 5 shillings; to my son Stephen Duncan 5 shillings; to my son David Duncan five shillings; to my son Samuel Duncan 2/3 of what remains after my wife and the other above legacies are taken off; to my son Daniel the remaining 1/3 part after the afsd legacies and bequeathments are taken off; if my wife Jane should not survive or outlive me, then to my sons Daniel Stephen and Samuel that 1/3 part devised to my wife, equally divided; my wife Jane and my son Stephen my sole executors; revoke all former wills. /s/ Thomas Duncan; wit. William Brown, Samuel Coulter, Jno. McCallifler. Produced in court for probate by William Brown and Samuel Coulter, 18 Jan. 1776.

Cumberland Co. PA Will Book B (FHL film 21,078, SLC 9/2007; very dark copy)
      Pg.241-242: George Pumery of ?? of Letterkenny in the county of Cumberland, Pennsylvania, yeoman, being of advanced age, ... 1st I will & order all my just debts be paid; next, to my beloved wife Margaret one third part during her natural life. I also give to my daughter Elizabeth wife of Charles Boyle ?? shilling sterling. I also give to my daughter Mary wife of Robert Reed one shilling sterling. To my son Thomas Pummery the sum of five shills. Pennsylvania currency. I also give to my daughter Hannah wife of John Wallace one shilling sterling. I also give to my (MAD: does not give relationship) John Pummery one shilling sterling. I also give to my daughter Margaret wife of David Duncan one shilling sterling. I also give to my daughter Isabel wife of John Carmichael one shilling sterling. And I give to my son George Pummery (MAD: too dark) ... residue & remainder of my estate both real & personal (MAD: too dark) appoint my said wife & my said son George Pummery executors, revoking all former & other wills by me heretofore made. 5 October 1773. /s/ George (N his mark) Pumery. Signed, sealed and published before us, Daniel Duncan, Alexdr. Peeples, Mattw. Henderson. Proven 6 day of Novm. 1776, letters Testamentary were granted to Margaret the wife of the decd. & George Pomery executors named in the last will & testament of the decd ...
 

Cumberland Co. PA Orphans Court Bond Book, Volume 8 (FHL film 1,009,842; from Kathy Cawley 9/2007)
      Pg.151: Bond of David S. Runshaw, administrator of David Duncan deceased, and David Wherry, for $5,000, 30 Dec. 1851; David S. Runshaw, administrator as aforesaid has applied to the Orphans' Court of Cumberland Co. for an order for the sale of the Real Estate of said David Duncan decd.; that David S. Runshaw administrator of said David Duncan decd. shall perform his duty. Wit. Sam Martin. Approved by the Court 20 Dec. 1851. (MAD: 1851 could be 1857)
      Pg.177: Bond of David S. Runshaw, administrator of Samuel Duncan deceased, and James A. Kelso, for $3,800, 22 March 1853; David S. Runshaw, administrator of Samuel Duncan deceased has made application to the Orphans' Court of Cumberland Co. for an order for the sale of the Real Estate of said Samuel Duncan decd. for the payment of debts & said court hath granted the same; that David S. Runshaw administrator of said Samuel Duncan decd. shall perform his duty. Wit. J.S. Colwell. March 22, 1853, approved by the Court.
 

MARRIAGE and CHURCH RECORDS

"Register of Marriages and Baptisms performed by Rev. John Cuthbertson, Covenant Minister" (1751-1791, Lancaster Co. PA) by Helen Fields, 1934 (FHL film 48,224, from Charles A. Duncan 10/1987)
      See this source for some references in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Northumberland and York Co. PA.

1877 "A History of the First Presbyterian Church of Carlisle, PA" by Conway Wing (FHL film 908,183 and book 974.843/C1 K2w; and from Beverly Allan to Florence Dyess to MAD 11/1984)
      The book contains background information on the first settlement in the area, as well as references to Duncans mentioned ca 1773 as Contributors mentioned in Treasurer's Account Book, and ca 1784-85 as members of the congregation.

1900 "History of the Middle Spring Presbyterian Church, Middle Spring, PA, 1738-1900" by Belle McKinney Hays Swope (from Donna Cuillard to Florence Dyess to MAD 11/1984)
      This book contains a lot of references to Duncans in this church from 1805 to 1844 and later during the Ministry of Rev. John Moody, D.D., and tombstone inscriptions.

1898 "History of the Big Spring Presbyterian Church, Newville, PA, 1737-1898" (Newton Twp, Cumberland Co. PA) by Gilbert Ernest Swope (from Florence Dyess 5/1985)
      This book contains a lot of references to Duncans in this church from 1786 to 1898.
 

COURT RECORDS

Go to the Cumberland Co. PA Court Records Part 1
      JOSEPH DUNCAN Administrator of DINAH DUNCAN deceased, against Administrators of DANIEL DUNCAN deceased; Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Lewiston; 3 Yeates 203; May, 1801, Decided.
      DUNCAN and wife against FORRER; Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Southern District, Chambersburg; 6 Binn. 193; October 9, 1813, Decided.
      STILES against NELLY, a Mulatto; Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Chambersburg District, Chambersburg; 10 Serg. & Rawle 366; October, 1823, Decided.
      FOULK against BROWN; Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Middle District, Harrisburg; 2 Watts 209; May, 1834, Decided.

Go to the Cumberland Co. PA Court Records Part 2
      EGE v. SIDLE et al; Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; 3 Pa. 115; June 11, 1846, Decided. Harrisburg, May term 1846.
      WILSON v. McCULLOUGH; Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; 19 Pa. 77; July 20, 1852, Decided.

Go to the Cumberland Co. PA Court Records Part 3
      HARPER against BLEAN; Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Middle District, Harrisburg; 3 Watts 471; May, 1835, Decided.
      WILSON v. McCULLOUGH; Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; 23 Pa. 440; July, 1854, Decided.
      MAHON v. DUNCAN; Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; 13 Pa. 459; May, 1850, Decided.
      McCUNE'S Appeal; Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg; 65 Pa. 450; May 11, 1870, Argued; May 26, 1870, Decided.
 

LAND RECORDS

"Pennsylvania Archives" Series Three, Vol.II, ed. by W.H. Egle; pub. 1894 (Google Book; 4/20/2010)
      Minutes of the Board of Property and other references to lands in Pennsylvania including proprietary (old) rights
      Pg.403-404: Caveat Book No.4, Land Office, 17th June, 1767. Stephen Duncan enters a Caveat against granting a Patent to Daniel Lawrence for a Lott of Ground on Hanover & Pomfret Streets in the Town of Carlisle marked in the general plan thereof No.164 untill he can have a hearing in said Office, Alledging the right of Said Lawrence to Said Lott is vested in him Said Duncan by and under a Sherriffs Sale. David Kennedy for James Tilghman, Sec'ry. To John Lukens, Esq'r, S.G. (MAD: Carlisle, Cumberland Co. PA)
      Pg.531: Caveat Book No.5, Land Office, 2d April, 1773. George Cunningham enters a Caveat against the granting a Patent to James Caldwell & Wm. Duncan for a Tract of Land joining their other Land in Hopewell Township, Cumberland County Alledging that he hath a Warrant for the same Land, or a part thereof, prior to any Right of said Duncan or Caldwell if any they have. David Kennedy for James Tilghman, Sec'ry. To John Lukens, Esq'r, S.G.
 

Go to the Cumberland Co. PA Indexes to Land Records

Go to the Cumberland Co. PA Land Records Part 2, Deed Books A to O

Go to the Cumberland Co. PA Land Records Part 3, Deed Books P to TT
 

TAX RECORDS

"Pennsylvania Archives" Series Three, Vol.XX, ed. by W.H. Egle; pub. 1897 (Google book, 4/20/2010)
      State and supply transcripts of the county of Cumberland for the years 1778, 1779, 1780, 1781, 1782 and 1785
   Pg.21, First State Tax, County of Cumberland, 1778, Carlisle
      Duncan, Stephen, 2 negroes, 9 horses, 6 cattle, 24.0.0 tax
      Duncan, James, 1 cattle, 2.14.8 tax
   Pg.38, First State Tax, County of Cumberland, 1778, Fermanagh Township
      Duncan, William, 74 acres, 1 horse, 1 cattle, 5.15.0 tax
   Pg.58, First State Tax, County of Cumberland, 1778, Hopewell Township
      Duncan, John, 24 acres, 2 horses, 2 cattle, 4.18.0 tax
      Duncan, William, 270 acres, 1 negroe, 2 horses, 2 cattle, 24.12.0 tax
      Duncan, Daniel, 2 negroes, 1 horse, 1 cattle, 10.16.0 tax
   Pg.62, First State Tax, County of Cumberland, 1778, Lurgan Township
      Duncan, Daniel, 174 acres, 9.18.0 tax
      Daniel Duncan, 248 acres, 4 horses, 6 cattle, 19.9.4 tax
   Pg.72, First State Tax, County of Cumberland, 1778, Middleton Township
      Duncan, Stephen, 7.10.0 tax
   Pg.81, First State Tax, County of Cumberland, 1778, Newtown Township
      Duncan, Daniel, 172 acres, 9.10.0 tax
      (pg.84) Perry & Duncan, 500 acres, 25.0.0 tax
   Pg.105-106, First State Tax, County of Cumberland, 1778, West Pennsboro' Township
      Duncan, Robert, 2 horses, 2 cattle, 2.0.0 tax
      Duncan, Stephen, 174 acres, 9.15.0 tax
   Pg.134, Supply Rates, County of Cumberland, 1779, Carlisle
      Duncan, Stephen, 8 horses, 4 cattle, 1 negroe
      Duncan, James, 1 cattle
   Pg.141, Supply Rates, County of Cumberland, 1779, Derry Township
      Duncan, Daniel, 200 acres
   Pg.167, Supply Rates, County of Cumberland, 1779, Guilford Township
      Duncan, Alexander, hatter, 1 cattle
   Pg.172, Supply Rates, County of Cumberland, 1779, Hopewell Township
      Duncan, William, 450 acres, 5 horses, 6 cattle, 1 negroe
      Duncan, John, 175 acres, 2 horses, 3 cattle
      Duncan, Daniel, 1 horse, 2 cattle, 1 negroe
   Pg.181, Supply Rates, County of Cumberland, 1779, Lurgan Township
      Duncan, Daniel, 350 acres
   Pg.210, Supply Rates, County of Cumberland, 1779, Newtown Township
      Daniel Duncan, 400 acres
   Pg.235, Supply Rates, County of Cumberland, 1779, West Pennsbro' Township
      Duncan, Robert, s., 200 acres, 2 horses, 3 cattle
      Duncan, Stephen, 250 acres
   Pg.267, Supply Rates, County of Cumberland, 1780, Carlisle
      Duncan, Stephen, 9 horses, 9 cattle, 1 Negroe
      Duncan, James, 2 cattle
   Pg.274, Supply Rates, County of Cumberland, 1780, Derry Township
      Duncan, Daniel, 200 acres
   Pg.293-294, Supply Rates, County of Cumberland, 1780, Fannett Township
      Duncan, Daniel, 200 acres
      Duncan, Daniel, 100 acres
   Pg.299, Supply Rates, County of Cumberland, 1780, Guilford Township
      Duncan, Alexander, hatter, 1 horse, 2 cattle
   Pg.306-307, Supply Rates, County of Cumberland, 1780, Hopewell Township
      Duncan, Daniel, 1 horse, 1 cattle
      Duncan, John, 240 acres, 3 horses, 2 cattle
      Duncan, William, 600 acres, 6 horses, 13 cattle, 1 Negroe
   Pg.317, Supply Rates, County of Cumberland, 1780, Lurgan Township
      Duncan, Daniel, 500 acres
   Pg.335, Supply Rates, County of Cumberland, 1780, Middleton Township
      Duncan, Stephen, 278 acres
   Pg.367, Supply Rates, County of Cumberland, 1780, West Pennsbro' Township
      Duncan, Robert, 2 horses, 2 cattle
      Duncan, Stephen, 256 acres
   Pg.404, Transcript of Taxables, County of Cumberland, 1781, Carlisle
      Duncan, James, labourer, 2 cattle
      Duncan, Stephen, shop-keeper, 12 horses, 5 cattle, 1 Negroe
   Pg.412, Transcript of Taxables, County of Cumberland, 1781, Derry Township
      Duncan, Daniel, 200 acres
   Pg.428, Transcript of Taxables, County of Cumberland, 1781, Guilford Township
      Duncan, Alexander, 1 horse, 1 cattle
   Pg.433, Transcript of Taxables, County of Cumberland, 1781, Hopewell Township
      Duncan, Daniel, 2 horses, 2 cattle, 1 Negroe
      Duncan, Jn'o, 240 acres, 4 horses, 2 cattle
      Duncan, William, 600 acres, 4 horses, 6 cattle, 1 Negroe
   Pg.444, Transcript of Taxables, County of Cumberland, 1781, Lurgan Township
      Duncan, Dan'l & Ramsey, 400 acres
   Pg.463, Transcript of Taxables, County of Cumberland, 1781, Middleton Township
      Duncan, Stephen, 278 acres
   Pg.502-503, Transcript of Taxables, County of Cumberland, 1781, West Pennsbro' Township
      Duncan, Robert, 200 acres, 1 horse, 1 cattle
      Duncan, Stephen, 256 acres
   Pg.518, Transcript of Taxables, County of Cumberland, 1781, Fannett Township
      Duncan, Daniel, 200 acres
   Pg.548, Transcript of Taxables, County of Cumberland, 1782, Carlisle
      Duncan, James, 2 cattle
      Duncan, Stephen, 12 horses, 5 cattle, 1 Negroe
   Pg.569, Transcript of Taxables, County of Cumberland, 1782, Fannett Township
      Duncan, Daniel, 300 acres
   Pg.575, Transcript of Taxables, County of Cumberland, 1782, Guilford Township
      Duncan, Alexander, 1 horse, 3 cattle
   Pg.588-589, Transcript of Taxables, County of Cumberland, 1782, Hopewell Township
      Duncan, Daniel, 2 horses, 2 cattle, 1 Negroe
      Duncan, William, 600 acres, 4 horses, 6 cattle, 1 Negroe
   Pg.609, Transcript of Taxables, County of Cumberland, 1782, Middleton Township
      Duncan, Stephen, 278 acres
   Pg.644, Transcript of Taxables, County of Cumberland, 1782, Tyrone Township
      Dunkin, David, 1 cattle
   Pg.656, Transcript of Taxables, County of Cumberland, 1782, West Pennsbro' Township
      Duncan, Rob't, 200 acres, 2 horses, 2 cattle
      Duncan, Stephen, 256 acres
   Pg.676, Transcript of Taxables, County of Cumberland, 1782, Derry Township
      Duncan, Danial, 200 acres
   Pg.696-697, Transcript of Taxables, County of Cumberland, 1785, Carlisle
      Duncan, James, 1 cattle
      Duncan, Stephen, 64 acres, 10 horses, 5 cattle, 2 Negroes
      Duncan, Thom's, Esq'r, 1 horse
      Duncan, John, 1 horse
   Pg.719, Transcript of Taxables, County of Cumberland, 1785, Greenwood Township
      Duncan, Tho's, esq'r, attor'y, 150 acres
   Pg.724, Transcript of Taxables, County of Cumberland, 1785, Hopewell Township
      Duncan, William, Sen'r, 586 acres, 4 horses, 5 cattle, 1 Negroe
      William Duncan, Jun'r, 2 horses, 2 cattle
      Duncan, John, 248 acres, 3 horses, 3 cattle
      Duncan, Daniel, 578 acres
      Duncan, Stephen, 920 acres
   Pg.733, Transcript of Taxables, County of Cumberland, 1785, Middleton Township
      Duncan, Stephen, 238 acres
   Pg.756, Transcript of Taxables, County of Cumberland, 1785, Shippensburgh
      Duncan, William, (blank)
      Duncan, Daniel, 3 horses, 1 cattle, 2 Negroes
   Pg.762, Transcript of Taxables, County of Cumberland, 1785, Tyrone Township
      Duncan, David, 2 cattle
   Pg.768, Transcript of Taxables, County of Cumberland, 1785, Wayne Township
      Duncan, Daniel, 300 acres
   Pg.773, Transcript of Taxables, County of Cumberland, 1785, West Pennsbro' Township
      Duncan, Robert, 100 acres, 2 horses, 1 cattle
      Duncan, William, 201 acres
      Duncan, Stephen, 250 acres
 

HISTORIES before 1923

Go to the Cumberland Co. PA References in Cumberland County Histories
 

Go to the Cumberland Co. PA References in County Histories of Other Localities
 

REFERENCES FROM OTHER LOCALITIES

Go to the Cumberland Co. PA References From Other Localities, Part 1, PA Counties A to D

Go to the Cumberland Co. PA References From Other Localities, Part 2, PA Counties E to J

Go to the Cumberland Co. PA References From Other Localities, Part 3, PA Counties K to Z and Other States
 

MILITARY RECORDS

JAMES DUNCAN, widow Margaret, Rev. Pension Application W-3400, PA (FHL film 970,863; National Archives Roll 863)
      Application of Margaret Duncan, widow of James, 27? Sept. 1845 in Southampton Twp, Cumberland Co. PA; James lived in Lancaster Co. PA before going to War; Margaret m. James on 30 Dec. 1788; James d. 1 Jan. 1838; James a Corporal in 10th PA Reg. from Dec. 1780 to April 1781; James Duncan m. Margaret Johnston on 30 Dec. 1788 in Presbyterian Church, Carlisle, Cumberland Co. PA, by Rev. Robt. Davidson; Margaret, age 85, made declaration 17 Sept. 1848.
      Click here for more from the pension file.

"Muster Rolls and Papers relating to the Associators and Militia of the Co. of Cumberland" from "PA Archives" Series 2, Vol. XIV (from Florence Dyess 12/1985)
      Associators in 1777. 1st Battalion, Lt. Colonel Robert Culbertson, July 31, 1777. 2nd Co.: 2nd Lt. Robert McComb, July 31, 1777. (pg.392-393)
            4th Battalion, 5th Co.: 1st Lt. William Duncan, July 31, 1777. (pg.402-403)
      Cumberland Militia in 1778. 1st Battalion, Lt. Colonel Robert Culbertson, May 14, 1778. 4th Battalion, 5th Co.: 1st Lt. James Duncan, May 14, 1778. (pg.417, 427-429)
      Proceedings of Committee. Resolve, June 7, 1776, in Committee, Shippensburgh, The Committee of West Pennsborough Township, in this County, on the 4th instant, seized 16 kegs of gunpowder ... Resolved, unanimously, That the aforesaid 16 kegs of Gunpowder ... together with 9 kegs more ... be immediately delivered to Stephen Duncan, Samuell Laird, and James Pollock of Carlisle, by them to be kept in the publick Magazine at Carlisle until ... further disposal thereof. (pg.486-487)

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, James B., widow Duncan, Elizabeth; I 118 PA Inf.; 1917 Nov. 28, Widow Appl. #1111188, Cert. #863422, PA. (MAD: ? 1850 Cumberland Co. PA census)
      Duncan, John A., widow Duncan, Elizabeth A.; F 13 PA Cav.; 1891 June 22, Invalid Appl. #1033135, Cert. #804651, PA; 1926 June 12, Widow Appl. #1543242, Cert. #A-7-29-26, PA. (MAD: ? 1880 Cumberland Co. PA b.1842 PA; 1900 Allegheny Co. PA)
 

OTHER RECORDS

"Notes and Queries: Historical, biographical and genealogical, chiefly relating to interior Pennsylvania" Vol.1, by William H. Egle, 1898 (Memphis Public Library book 929.348 N911; from Evelyn Sigler 2/1985)
      Pg.151: Stephen Duncan, merchant of Carlisle [Cumberland Co.], d. March 30, 1794, in the 65th year of his age. He was commissioned Justice of the Peace June 9, 1777; was a member of Assembley from 1780-83; appointed county treasurer Oct. 22, 1783. He was the first trustee of Dickinson College.

"Notes and Queries: Historical, biographical and genealogical, chiefly relating to interior Pennsylvania" Vol.2, by William H. Egle, 1895 (Memphis Public Library book 929.348 N911; from Evelyn Sigler 2/1985)
      Pg.190: Stephen Duncan, native of Cumberland Co., brother of Judge Thomas Duncan, represented Philadelphia in the Senate. He was a lawyer, died in Washington City.

"Notes and Queries: Historical, biographical and genealogical, chiefly relating to interior Pennsylvania" by William H. Egle, 1899 (Memphis Public Library book 929.348 N911; from Evelyn Sigler 2/1985)
      Pg.169: Middle Springs Church, Cumberland Co. PA:
            Hugh Duncan, b. 1823, d. at Ogdensburg [St.Lawrence Co.] NY Aug. 11, 1865.
            Isabella Duncan, b. April 18, 1797, d. Jan. 25, 1872.

"PA Archives, 2nd Series" Vol.IX, pg.788 (Ed. 1880) (from index cards of Kit Smith 8/1983)
      Cumberland Co. PA: Ephraim Blaine, b. 1741 d. 1804, m. (1) Rebecca Galbraith, m. (2) Sarah E. Duncan, Cumberland Co. PA, High Sheriff 1771-1773.

"Pennsylvania: Genealogies chiefly Scotch-Irish and German" by William Henry Egle, 1886, 2nd edition 1896 (Placerville book GEN REF 929.109748 E)
      Pg.280: Ephraim Blaine, b. May 26, 1741 in north of Ireland; to Cumberland Co., PA; d. 16 Feb. 1804 Middleton Twp., Cumberland Co., PA. Cumberland Co., PA, sheriff 1771-1773, in Rev. War. Married (1) June 26, 1765 (prob. Cumberland Co., PA) Rebecca Galbraith; married (2) Sarah E. Duncan, widow of John Duncan of Carlisle and daughter of Col. Samuel Postlethwaite.
      Pg.284. Mention of Wm. McNeill Irvine, b. Carlisle, PA, ca 1778, d. 1854 Harrisburg, PA; studied law with Judge Thomas Duncan, admitted to Cumberland Co. Bar 1802.
      Pg.285. John Bannister Gibson, b. Nov. 8, 1780 in Shearman's Valley, now (1886) Perry Co., PA, d. May 2, 1853 in city of Philadelphia, buried Carlisle, PA, ... entered the law office of his kinsman, Thomas Duncan, admitted to Cumberland Co. Bar 1803.
      Pg.380. William Linn, b. 1787; d. in Lurgan Twp, April 5, 1873, ... Dau. (3) Griselda, b. July 22, 1824; m. December 31, 1844, David G. Duncan, of Newville, PA., b. February 14, 1817; and had issue (surname Duncan):
            1. William Linn, b. December 6, 1845; m., first, December 19, 1866, Arabella Davidson; secondly, September 21, 1876, Bell Tritt.
            2. Mary Galbraith, b. March 18, 1848.
            3. Samuel A., b. June 23, 1851.
            4. Emma J., b. March 5, 1854; m., December 1, 1875, John D. Mains.
            5. David Galbraith, b. January 19, 1856.
            6. John K., b. July 14, 1858.
            7. Elizabeth A., b. October 22, 1860.
            8. Sarah P., b. February 7, 1863.
            9. Theresa A., b. February 6, 1865; d. October 5, 1867.
            10. James M., b. February 5, 1867.
            11. Flora G., b. April 2, 1869.
            12. Eva, b. August 20, 1873.
      Pg.595: Thomas Creigh, of Cumberland Co., PA; b. Aug. 16, 1769; d. Oct. 29, 1809 unmd.; studied law under Thomas Duncan and admitted to practice July 2, 1791.
      Pg.595: Elizabeth Creigh (sister of Thomas), b. Feb. 3, 1779; d. Dec. 3, 1829; m. Samuel Duncan who d. 1819.
      Pg.710: Jonathan Hoge Walker, b. 1756; m. Lucretia Duncan. (?Cumberland Co., PA?)
      Pg.712-713: Jonathan Hoge Walker, b. 1756 Cumberland Co., PA, d. 1818 Natchez, Miss., while visit son Duncan Walker. Studied law under Stephen Duncan of Carlisle. M. ca 1790 Lucretia Duncan, dau. of Stephen Duncan of Carlisle, PA. Issue: Stephen Decatur, b. 3/13/1791, d. 7/13/1797; Duncan S., d. unm. at Natchez, Miss.; Mary Ann, m. ---- Pourtell; Robert John, b. 7/23/ 1801 ...; Charlotte Corday m. in Miss.; Martha Elizabeth Duncan, b. 7/23/1806 in Northumberland PA. (MAD: see will of James Duncan in Warren Co. KY)

"Draper Collection of KY Papers" Calendar Series, Vol.II (from Evelyn Sigler 6/1983 and John A. Duncan 7/1985)
      Pg.48: Dec. 25, 1788; John Duncan, Lexington, Notice of his removal into a new store opposite the courthouse.
      Pg.481: n.d. (Shane, John D.) Interview with H.T. Duncan, Fayette County, Ky. Notes on Tim Peyton, Henry Hart, Gen. Charles Scott, Savoru (?), Trigg, and Jesse Bledsoe; early social customs in Paris and vicinity; the Duncan family record, births, and deaths; anecdote about Governor Chambers of Iowa and Henry Clay. A.N. 3 pp. 16CC249-51.

Handwritten pages, Draper mss., probably Vol.16, series CC (from John A. Duncan 7/1985)
      Pg.250-251: Fayette County.
      Family Record in Bible - 4 to - Isaiah Thomas - Worcester - 1791.
      Daniel Duncan, son of Wm. and Mary Duncan, of Pennsylvania, was married to Mary Timberlake, daughter of Richard and Mary Timberlake of Ky., Oct 17 - 1793.
            BIRTHS.
      Wm. Duncan, Feb. 17 - 1795.
      Sally Smith Duncan. Nov. 23 - 1797.
      Henry Timberlake Duncan. March 20 - 1800.
      Mary M. Duncan. Wednesday. Sept. 29 - 1802. Polly?
      Eliza Duncan. Sunday night. Dec. 9 - 1804.
      Maria Duncan. Tuesday morning, Nov. 11 - 1806.
      James Wm. Duncan. Sunday morning, January 21 - 1810.
      Maria Ann Duncan, Tuesday evening, June 14 - 1812.
      Daniel James Wm. Duncan. July 26 - 1816.
      Henry Duncan Jenkins - Dec. 30 - 1822. (Dr. H.D.J. Lex.)
      Mary Barr Jenkins - Wed. Morng., Oct. 6 - 1824.
      Daniel - son to Theodorick & Eliza Jenkins, Sat. Oct. 14 - 1826.
      An infant son, born July 1814 - and departed this life in 13 days after its birth.
      Wm. Duncan dep.t. life, Wed. Sept. 3 - 1800, after 12 hours sickness with the croup.
      Sally Smith Duncan dep.t. life, Frid. Nov. 14 - 1800 - after five days sickness with a putrid sore throat.
      Maria Duncan, dep.t. life, Frid. night, Sept. 25 - 1807.
      Daniel Duncan - son of Wm. and Mary Duncan of Pa. - dep.t. life, June 20 - 1833, in the 69th year of his age.
      Mary Duncan, consort of Daniel Duncan, died March 21 - 1849.
      Eliza Jenkins - daughter of Danl. & Mary Duncan, died, Feb. 18 - 1848.
 

"Adams Centinel" Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Wednesday, November 28, 1827 (transcription by and from Kathy Cawley 2/2004)
      DIED, At Lancaster [Lancaster Co.], on Friday week, aged about 70 years, the Hon. Thomas Duncan, one of the judges of the Supreme Court of this state. His remains were removed to Carlisle [Cumberland Co.] for internment.
 

OTHER SOURCES FOR INFORMATION

"Minutes of the Annual Conferences of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1891/92" (University of TX Library; from Jean Walker 7/1984; MAD's extract)
      Pg.130-131: North Alabama Conference, 1891: Daniel Duncan, born in Shippenburg [Cumberland Co.], PA, May 11, 1803, died Oct. 28, 1891. MAD: references to Chambers Co. AL 1845, Tuscaloosa Co. AL 1847, Talladega Co. AL, Jefferson Co. AL.

"The Duncans of Bourbon Co. KY" by Julia Hoge Spencer Ardery, 1943 (FHL fiche 6,018,102)
      This book contains the ancestry and family of William Duncan d.1794 Cumberland Co. PA (see "The Story of Thomas Duncan and His Six Sons" by Katherine Duncan Smith, 1928), and his son Daniel Duncan, b.1773, d.1833 Scott Co. KY, married 7 Oct. 1793 to Mary Timberlake; she of Boone Co. MO 1842.

"The Story of Thomas Duncan and His Six Sons" by Katherine Duncan Smith, 1928, (Los Angeles Public Library book R929.2 D911)
      See this book for information about descendants of Thomas Duncan, wife Jane, who died in 1776 at Carlisle, Hopewell Twp., Cumberland Co. PA.

Loose items in book "The Story of Thomas Duncan and His Six Sons" by Katherine Duncan Smith, 1928, originally owned by Marian Bradford, a descendant of Stephen Duncan, who mar. R.W.B. Elliott (book given 8/14/1979 to John A. Duncan; copy of loose items from John A. Duncan 3/1985)
      Obituary, undated: Mrs. Elliott, 80, a Church Leader ... Sewanee, TN, May 25. Mrs. Marion Bradford Elliott, wife of Robert W.B. Elliott, a retired NY attorney, died today at her home here. Her age was 80. Mrs. Elliott and her husband moved to TN in 1939 after his retirement ... Born in NY, Mrs. Elliott was the daughter of Dr. Theodore Dwight Bradford, a physician, and Mrs. Matilda Rose Leverich Bradford. Her maternal grandfather, Charles P. Leverich, was president of the Bank of NY. Her paternal grandfather, Dr. Richmond Bradford, was a descendant of William Bradford, who became Governor of Plymouth Plantation in MA. .... (MAD: see pg.63 of the book, #586)

"Genealogies of PA Families from 'The PA Genealogical Magazine'" Vol.2 (from Florence Dyess 9/1987) [Cumberland Co.]
      Pg.107-110: Callender, Irvine and Duncan Families; from "The Irvine Story" by Nicholas B. Wainwright ... MAD: contains information on the family of Stephen Duncan, b. ca 1729, d. 30 March 1794, wife Ann, b. 13 Dec. 1731, d. 19 Dec. 1794.

"DUNCAN FOLDER, Heber G. Gearhart Collection, Genealogical Society of PA" (FHL film 525,548)
      MAD: This collection has a lot of material on Duncans in PA

"Delavan : 1837-1937 : a chronicle of 100 years" (Tazewell Co. IL) (anonymous); pub. Delavan, Ill.: Sponsored by the city of Delavan, Illinois, 1937, 79 pgs. (LH13117, HeritageQuest images 4/2007)
      Pages 50 and 70 contain information on Joseph Culbertson Duncan, born July 29, 1822, at Big Spring, Cumberland Co. PA; with his parents he moved to Mercersburg, Franklin Co. PA, in 1826; he married Miss Margaret McKinstry on February 4, 1845; in 1850 to Connersville, Fayette Co. IN; to Delavan, Tazewell Co. IL in 1856; wife died in 1896, he died March 18, 1897.

The will of George Pumery dated October 5, 1773, proved 6 November 1776 in Cumberland Co. PA, and recorded in will book B, pg.241, names among other heirs his daughter Margaret, wife of David Duncan. An abstract of the will was published in "History and genealogy of the Pomeroy family and collateral lines, England, Ireland, America : comprising the ancestors and descendants of George Pomeroy of Pennsylvania" by Edwin Moore Pomeroy, published in 1958 by William McL. Pomeroy and J.N. Pomeroy; and is on the RootsWeb's World Connect Project, webpage of Dennis L. Maness for the ancestry of Rosa Joan Duncan, for George Holmes Pomeroy at
     http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=rjduncan&id=I3894
 

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