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Mary Ann (Duncan) Dobson
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Last revised February 2, 2013

PERRY CO. PA
Formed 1820 from Cumberland
 

CENSUS RECORDS

1820 Perry Co. PA Census
Pg.334  Joseph Duncan        110001      - 30010          Rye Twp


1830 Perry Co. PA Census
Pg.276  James M. Duncan      1000,2100,1 - 0000,2         Juniata
   303  Stephen Duncan       0000,001    - 1000,1         Wheatfield


1840 Perry Co. PA Census
Pg.261  James M. Dunkin      1010,01     - 1200,1         Bloomfield
   264  William Dunkin       2000,1      - 1000,1         Centre
   267  James Dunkin         0122,001    - 1100,101
   352  Crawford Duncan      2000,1      - 0000,1         Tyrone

1850 Perry Co. PA Census
Saville
Pg.307, #95, James M. DUNCAN 51 PA carpenter
                  Eleanor 44 PA
                  Samuel M. 20, Mary J. 18 PA
                  Elisa 16, Ann 14 10 PA
                  Joseph W. 10, James M. 7 PA
                  Wm. W. 4 PA
                  (MAD: 1860 Warren Co. IL census)
Tyron
Pg.389, #168, Poorhouse
                  Crawford DUNCAN (m) 41 PA criple
                  several names
                  James DUNCAN 4 PA "want"
                  several names
                  Susanah DUNCAN 38 PA want
                  Mary 3 PA want
Carroll
Pg.418, #164, William BLACK 80 PA farmer $130
                  Catharine 70 PA
                  William DUNCAN 10 PA
Centre
Pg.435, #182, William DUNCAN 35 PA fuller?
                  Catharine 35 PA
                  James 13, Samuel 12 PA
                  Sarah J. 11, Martha 1 PA
Newport
Pg.474, #737, James DUNCAN 61 PA laborer
                  Hannah 58 PA
                  James 24, Thomas 18 PA
                  Eleanor J. 16, Emeline 14 PA
Pg.474, #740, William DUNCAN 23 PA boatman
                  Lydia 19 PA, mar/in/year
                  w/HARTZELL family age 33 & younger
Pg.475, #741, Davis DUNCAN 27 PA boatman
                  Harriet 24 PA
                  Samuel POWER 18 PA
 

1860 Perry Co. PA Census
Centre Twp.
Pg.420, #204-202, Peter CAMERON 61 SCT farmer $0-$0
                  Susan 39 PA
                  William 18 PA farm laborer
                  Robert 16, James 13 PA
                  Peter 11, Catharine 6 PA
                  Willis (m) 3 PA
                  Mary DUNCAN 12, James 15 PA
Miller Twp.
Pg.620, #55-55, Charles K. SMITH 29 PA farmer $0-$1600
                  Angeline 22 PA
                  Hannah DUNCAN 38 PA servant
                  Tenford J. SMITH (m) 15 PA laborer
                  Jacob E. 14 PA
                  David YAHN 21 PA laborer
Newport Borough
Pg.639, #250-250, Wm. DUNCAN 31 PA laborer $0-$75
                  Lydia 29 PA
                  Ezora E. (f) 6, Irvin D. (m) 3 PA
                  Charles C. 1 PA
Pg.640, #265-265, Joseph DUNCAN 28 PA laborer $700-$150
                  Caroline 29 PRUSSIA
                  Josephine 10, Catherine 8 PA
                  Geo. G. 5, Wm. 2 PA
                  Jane 5/12 PA
Pg.666, #187-187, James DUNCAN 25 PA laborer $400-$100
                  Mary A. 24 PA
                  Sarah E. 12, Ellen J. 1 PA
                  Henrietta (f) 3 PA
                  (MAD: ages as given)
Saville Twp.
Pg.770-1, #219-219, Jacob BOWER 38 PA laborer $500-$260
                  Mary A. 36 PA
                  John A. 10, Sarah C. 9 PA
                  Amelia J. 7, Thomas J. 3 PA
                  Benjamin H. 2, Mary E. 9/12 PA
                  Ann DUNCAN 36 PA
                  Jacob BOWERS Sr. 67 PA tailor $400-$30
Spring Twp.
Pg.815, #549-546, Wm. DUNCAN 45 PA (blank) $700-$30
                  Catharine 45 PA
                  James 23, Samuel 21 PA
                  Martha 11, William 9 PA
                  Amanda 3 PA
 

1870 Perry Co. PA Census
Carroll Twp
Pg.28, #254-261, FANNYFELTER?, Elizabeth (f) 65 PA (blank) $300-$0
                  DUNCAN, Mariah (f) 20? PA
                  DUNCAN, James 32 PA laborer
Newport Borough
Pg.169, #5-5, DUNCAN, James 46 PA W. on R.Road $1200-$300
                  Mary 44 PA K.H.
                  Henrietta (f) 12 PA
                  Chas. (m) 9 PA
                  Angenia (f) 7 PA
                  Daniel 6/12 PA b.Dec.
Penn Twp., P.O. Duncannon
Pg.186, #67-82, DUNCAN, Joseph 35 PA day laborer $0-$200
                  Elizebeth 32 PA keeping house
                  Mary 11/12 PA (month of birth blank)
                  DUNCAN, Salome 10 PA
                  Ann 9 PA
                  Joseph 6 PA
                  B. (m) 3 PA
                  MORRIS, William 64 IRE day laborer $0-$100, parents of foreign birth
                  Margret 58 IRE keeping house, parents of foreign birth
                  McEMMY?, Charles 24 PA pedler
                  Elizebeth 29 PA keeping house
                  and many more families
Spring Twp.
Pg.259, #39-40, DUNCAN, James 36 PA laborer $0-$0
                  Emma 27 MD (written above PA), father of foreign birth
                  William 3, Charles 1 PA
Pg.272, #235-241, DUNCAN, Samuel 33 PA laborer $800-$100
                  Mary A. 26 PA
                  Sarah F. 4, Mary C. 2 PA
                  DUNCAN, William 60 PA laborer
 

COURT RECORDS

Go to the Perry Co. PA Court Records
 

REFERENCES FROM OTHER LOCALITIES

Adams Co. PA Deeds, v. N-O, 1832-1842 (FHL film 20,674)
      N-14: 28 Sept. 1832, Stephen Duncan and wife Louisa P. Duncan to Jacob B. Lyon of Adams Co., for $12,500 paid, sell their interest in an undivided fourth part of Duncannon Forge, Merchant Grist & Saw Mill and Distillery in Wheatfield Twp, Perry Co., and to an undivided fourth part of tracts of land in said county, the several tracts of land conveyed by Thomas & Martha Duncan to Stephen Duncan on 22 Feb. 1827, the land & mill property conveyed by Robert Clark to Duncan & Mahen 13 April 1822, the tract of mountain land conveyed by Andrew Mahen to same on 27 April 1828, the tract of land in Wheatfield Twp. in said county conveyed by John Blair to same on March 31, 1830, and also the tract of land conveyed to same in Tyrone Twp. in said county by Jonas Jakes 5 Sept. 1827, and all his interest in the undivided fourth part of Chesnut Grove Furnace in Huntington Twp, Adams Co. and all the lands appertaining to said furnace including the land conveyed to John S. Mahon by the Sheriff of Adams Co. & subsequently conveyed to Stephen Duncan 8 Sept. 1832, the land purchased from William Plank on which the Furnace is located, the tract of land purchased from Conrad Warner on which the ore bank is situated, the land conveyed by John L. Fuller & wife to Stephen Duncan, and all the land which was jointly held by Duncan and Mahon & which 1 Sept. 1832 was conveyed to Stephen Duncan, and also one fourth of all his interest in all the personal property of said Stephen Duncan connected with Duncannon Forge in Perry County and Chesnut Grove Furnace in Adams County, including every description of stock, coal, wood, personal effects whatsoever, together with buildings, improvements, ... /s/ Stephen Duncan, Louisa P. Duncan. Wit. John Brooks. Ack. 25 Oct?. 1832. Recorded 19 Dec. 1832. (FHL film 20,674)
      N-15: 28 Sept. 1832, Stephen Duncan and wife Louisa P. Duncan to John Johnson of Borough of Harrisburg?, for $25,000 paid, sell all their interest in the undivided half of Duncannon Forge, Merchant Grist & Saw Mill and Distillery in Wheatfield Twp, Perry Co., and to an undivided half of tracts of land in said county, the several tracts of land conveyed by Thomas & Martha Duncan to Stephen Duncan on 22 Feb. 1827, the land & mill property conveyed by Robert Clark to Duncan & Mahen 13 April 1822, the tract of mountain land conveyed by Andrew Mahen to same on 27 April 1828, the tract of land in Wheatfield Twp. in said county conveyed by John Blair to same on March 31, 1830, and also the tract of land conveyed to same in Tyrone Twp. in said county by Jonas Jakes 5 Sept. 1827, and all his interest in the undivided half of Chesnut Grove Furnace in Huntington Twp, Adams Co. and all the lands appertaining to said furnace including the land conveyed to John S. Mahon by the Sheriff of Adams Co. & subsequently conveyed to Stephen Duncan 8 Sept. 1832, the land purchased from William Plank on which the Furnace is located, the tract of land purchased from Conrad Warner on which the ore bank is situated, the land conveyed by John L. Fuller & wife to Stephen Duncan, and all the land which was jointly held by Duncan and Mahon & which 1 Sept. 1832 was conveyed to Stephen Duncan, and also three fourths of all his interest in all the personal property of said Stephen Duncan connected with Duncannon Forge in Perry County and Chesnut Grove Furnace in Adams County, including every description of stock, coal, wood, personal effects whatsoever, together with buildings, improvements, ... /s/ Stephen Duncan, Louisa P. Duncan. Wit. John Brooks. Ack. 25 Oct?. 1832. Recorded 19 Dec. 1832. (FHL film 20,674)
 

Jefferson Co. PA Deed (FHL film 923,840; SLC 9/17/2012)
      3-90/91: 1 Oct. 1839, Stephen Duncan of Adams Co. MS and Catharine A. Duncan his wife of Adams Co. MS but now ?? in City of Philadelphia, PA, appoint John Duncan of Southampton Twp, Cumberland Co. PA, to be our lawful attorney to sell lands, collect money, etc. ... in Cos. of Cumberland, Perry, Venango, Indiana and Jefferson in PA, ... Stephen Duncan ack. before John Binns, Aldr, Cumberland Co. PA, Oct. 7, 1839, Recorded 27 Nov. 1839 in Book 1 Pg.1437. Rec. 27 April 1840 (Jefferson Co. PA).
 

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, Joseph, widow Duncan, Elizabeth C.; B 42 PA Inf., B 190 PA Inf.; 1886 Dec. 22, Widow Appl. #348253, Cert. #274212, PA. (MAD: ?? 1870 Perry Co. PA)
      Duncan, Joseph W., widow Duncan, Caroline A.; F 83 Ill. Inf.; 1884 March 4, Invalid Appl. #507503, Cert. #896639 cancelled, Iowa; 1897 July 24, Widow Appl. #659185, Cert. #493061, Ill. (MAD: 1850 Perry Co. PA census; 1860 Warren Co. IL census)
      Duncan, Samuel; C 9 PA Cav.; 1890 July 29, Invalid Appl. #838293, Cert. #578401, PA. (MAD: Perry Co. PA History)
 

HISTORIES before 1923

1873 "History of Perry County in Pennsylvania, from the earliest settlement to the present time" by Silas Wright; pub. unknown: unknown (LH 1019, HeritageQuest images 6/2007)
      Pg.156: The "Perry Forester" for May, 1827, contains the following: "A very extensive bed of stone coal has been discovered near the mouth of Sherman's creek, in this county, on land belonging to Stephen Duncan, Esq., of Philadelphia." ...
      Pg.263: Duncannon Iron Works, ... were started at Petersburg, Perry county, about 1830. The first of these works was a small charcoal forge, erected by Duncan and Morgan, ... after a few years, the property was bought by Wm. L. Wister and C.W. Morgan ...
 

1922 "History of Perry Co. PA; including descriptions of Indians and pioneer life from the time of earliest settlement, sketches of its noted men and women and many professional men" by Harry Harrison Hain, pub. by Hain-Moore Co. (FHC book 974.845 H2h; from Theresa Berg to Elaine Bonneau to MAD 11/2000)
      Pg.919 from Chapter XXXVIII Perry County's Boroughs, Townships and
Villages: "Bloomfield Borough - The County Seat"
      "The village, for it then was a mere handful of houses, was granted a post office under the John Quincy Adams administration, in May, 1825, with Dr. John Ickes as postmaster. A list of the men who have held that position, with the dates of their assuming it:" .... "Joseph Duncan, 1830" -- Joseph M. Shatto (no date but one of several between 1845 & 1849) ... "Isaac N. Shatto, 1853".
 

"Pennsylvania at Chickamauga and Chattanooga : ceremonies at the dedication of the monuments erected by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to mark the positions of the Pennsylvania commands engaged in the battles, 1897." (anonymous); pub. Harrisburg, Pa.?: W.S. Ray, state printer, 1900, 555 pgs. (LH11487, HeritageQuest images 6/2007)
      Pg.480: Ninth Regiment Cavalry: Duncan, Samuel, Private, Co.C, Elliottsburg, Perry Co. PA
 

1879 "History of Fulton County, Illinois : together with sketches of its cities, villages and townships, educational, religious, civil, military, and political history; portraits of prominent persons and biographies of representative citizens" pub. by Chas. C. Chapman & Co. (FHL book 977.348 H2h)
      Pg.703: Harris Twp. Samuel M. Ickes, son of Jonas and Mary (Duncan) Ickes, born Perry Co. PA, March 12, 1836. His father, who is still living, was born in Montgomery Co. PA, Feb. 3, 1793. He tells us the name Ickes was formerly Ecke, a Saxon word, meaning a corner. Mr. I. erected Bloomfield Academy, Perry Co... son Samuel was educated in this institution. Our subject moved to Warren Co. IL in 1856, to Knox Co. in 1864, and came to this county in 1872. He married Jan. 13, 1859 to Miss Elizabeth J. McCartney ....
 

1900 "Genealogical and Biographical Record of Will County, Illinois : containing biographies of well known citizens of the past and present" pub. by Biographical Pub. Co. (FHL film 1,000,523 item 2)
      Pg.142: S. Finley Duncan, DDS; Dentist of Joliet. Opened office in Joliet in 1888; retained former patrons at Wilmington as well as gained new ones. First member of this branch of Duncan family in America was James Duncan, who came from Scotland and settled in Perry Co. PA. His son, Samuel, was born in PA where he followed miller's trade in early life. In 1854 to IN, first in county adjoining Henry Co. to which he subsequently removed. Rented grist and sawmill, later bought the property. Republican, Methodist. Died 1895 age 85 years. Twice married, by first wife (unnamed) had four daughters, one of whom, Hannah J. Duncan, survives; by second wife, Margaret Duffy of OH, had five children, four of whom attained mature years: Davidson D. engaged in milling at old homestead; John Wesley died in infancy; Beverly W., business man of Markle, IN; Joseph Trimble, farmer & stock raiser of Henry Co. IN; and S. Finley of this sketch. In Knightstown, IN, near where Dr. Duncan was born Dec. 1, 1856, he received his education and grew up; took up study of dentistry at age 18 ... Feb. 1879 came to Will Co. Presbyterian Church. Married on Oct. 18, 1881, to Louise, daughter of Bryan Fisher of Wilmington; two chidren: Margaret Louise and Hubert Fisher.
 

1883 "History of the State of Kansas : containing a full account of its growth from an uninhabited territory to a wealthy and important state; of its early settlements; a supplementary history and description of its counties, cities, towns and villages, their advantages, industries and commerce, to which are added biographical sketches and portraits of prominent men and early settlers" ed. by William G. Cutler, A.T. Andreas; pub. Chicago : A.T. Andreas (FHL book 978.1 H2hi 1976 & v.2; FHL film 982,248 items 1-2)
      Pg.508: Jefferson Co., Valley Falls, Delaware Twp. JAMES F. DUNCAN, farmer, Section 3, P.O. Valley Falls, is a native of Pennsylvania, and was born in Perry County, September 17, 1834. When two years of age removed with parents to Maryland, afterwards to West Virginia, and eventually to Illinois. In after years was a resident of Iowa for a time, agricultural pursuits being his vocation in life. August 9, 1862, he enlisted in Company A, One Hundred and Twelfth Illinois Volunteer Infantry; participated in twenty-four open field engagements; among these were Franklin, Nashville, Atlanta, Lost Mountain and Rocky Face. Served until June 20, 1865, and was honorably discharged. Mr. Duncan came to Kansas in 1872. He is one among the substantial farmers of Jefferson County. He was married in Illinois to Miss Sarah J. Miller, a native of that State. By the union they have three children -- C.W., A.F. and E.E. (MAD: married Henry Co. IL; 1870 Greene Co. IA census)
 

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.140: CULBERTSON, Stephen Duncan, jeweler; born in Perry Co., Pa., Oct. 12, 1846; son of David Hayes and Mary Galbraith (Linn) Culbertson; removed to Philadelphia, 1849; to Princeton, Ia., 1860, to Carroll Co., Ia., 1869; educated in public and private schools, Princeton, Ia., and Monmouth (Ill.) College; married, Princeton, Ia., Feb. 1, 1872, Mary Eliza Hess; children, Stephen Roy, Robert Hayes, Cornelia May, Ethel Burchard, Rolla McCloskey and Linn Nicholls. Left college in 1869, to engage in stock business in Carroll Co., Ia. In 1883 formed partnership with George J. Hess in jewelry business in St.Louis, and the business was incorporated Mar. 2, 1904, as the Hess & Culbertson Jewelry Co., of which is vice-president and treasurer. Republican. Presbyterian. Mason (Knight Templar, Scottish Rite, and Shriner); member Royal Arcanum, St.Louis Legion of Honor, Royal League. Club: Mercantile. Office: 320 N. 6th St. Residence: 1709 Cora Ave.
 

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.140: CULBERTSON, Stephen Duncan, jeweler - not copied
 

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