Duncan research files of
The area covered by old Berkeley District SC, taken in part from "Counties in SC," typed pages from file of Leonardo Andrea, SC genealogist (FHL film 954,248, and from Louis Boone)
According to Leonardo Andrea, Berkeley County was a Colonial County; the records are in Charleston Co. Courthouse, and some in the Historical Commission in Columbia.
The boundaries of Berkeley County began with the present county of Charleston and followed on west side along old Colleton to the NC line where the present counties of Greenville and Pickens join on Saluda River. From this point, it was supposed to follow the NC line to the Broad River, but for some reason did not do so. From the Pickens-Greenville line on NC Berkeley county came in a straight line down to a point where the present city of Columbia stands. From Columbia it followed the south banks of the Congaree and Santee Rivers to the Atlantic and down the Atlantic to the Colleton line. Berkeley County in its upper reaches, had an indefinite line. It comprised the present counties:
Charleston, save for a small strip across the Edisto River which in Colonial times was in Colleton.
Dorchester which was once called St. George Parish.
Calhoun which was once called Amelia Township and later St. Matthew Parish, also once called Lewisburg Co.
Orangeburg Co., save for a small slice on west which was Colleton.
Lexington Co. which was first known as Saxe-Gotha.
Newberry Co., the western half.
Laurens Co., the western half or more properly the west 2/3rds.
Greenville, the western half.
The eastern portions of Greenville, Laurens and Newberry, as well as Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union were first laid off as part of Berkeley Co., and a little later as old Craven Co.
Index to South Carolina Royal Land Grants, A-K (FHL film 22,581)
(Location in parentheses below was added in small handwriting near the name columns, apparently at a later date)
Duncan, James, (Duncans Cr.), Berk, 100a, 16-379, 29 Apr. 1768
Duncan, James, (S. Fork of Duncans Cr.), Berk, 150a, 25-447, 15 May 1772
Duncan, John, Duncans Ck, 200a, 6-416, 7 Oct. 1765/8?
Duncan, John, Duncans Ck, 50a, 6-415, 7 Oct. 1755
Duncan, John, (S. Fork of Tyger Creek), Berk, 200a, 11-47, 20 Apl. 1763
Duncan, John, (Lick Br. Duncans Cr.), Berk, 200a, 37-70, 11 Aug. 1774
Dunken, Richard, (Bush Cr.), Berk, 200a, 23-163, 22 Feb. 1771
Dunken, Samuel, (Bush Cr.), Berk, 144a, 32-554, 31 Aug. 1774
SC Royal Land Grants
6-415: 7 Oct. 1755, to John Duncan, 50 acres on Duncans Creek, bounded on all sides by vacant land; plat certified 3 May 1754. Delivered to John Duncan 14 Feb. 1756. (FHL film 22,585; Berkeley Co.)
6-416: 7 Oct. 1755, to John Duncan, 200 acres on Duncans Creek, bounded all sides by vacant land; plat certified 4 May 1754; delivered to Mr. John Duncan 14 Feb. 1756. (FHL film 22,585; Berkeley Co.)
11-47: 20 April 1763, to John Duncan, 200 acres in Berkley Co. in fork between Broad and Saludy Rivers on S. fork of Tygger Creek, bounded on all sides by vacant land; plat certified 18 Nov. 1762. (FHL film 22,587)
16-379: 29 April 1768, to James Duncan, 100 acres in Berkley Co. in fork of Broad and Saludy Rivers situate on small branch of Enoree River called Duncans Creek not ten foot wide or one foot deep, bounded all sides by vacant land; plat certified 2 Feb. 1768. (FHL film 22,589)
23-163: 22 Feb. 1771, grant to Richard Dunkin, 200 acres in Berkley County on the waters of Bush Creek bounding to the north west on land laid out to Samuel Dunkin south west on land laid out to Hannah Cook and David Meat all other sides on vacant land. (FHL film 22,593) (MAD: see Richard and Samuel Dunkin in Loudoun and Fairfax Co. VA records)
25-447: 15 May 1772, to James Duncan, 150 acres in Berkeley Co. on fork between Broad and Saludy in the S fork of Duncans Creek and the Mulberry Branch, bounded SW by Reuben Flanigan and vacant land, NE by John Duncan and James Duncan, other sides vacant; plat certified 17 Oct. 1771. (FHL film 22,593)
32-70: 11 Aug. 1774, surveyed 21 May 1773, Royal land grant to John Duncan, 200 acres in Berkeley Co. in fork between Broad and Saludy Rivers on a branch of Duncans Creek, lick branch, bounded SW by land laid out to Jno. Duncan Senr, SE by land laid out to John Clark, other sides vacant. (FHL film 22,596)
32-554: 31 Aug. 1774, grant to Samuel Dunkin, 144 acres in Berkley County on the waters of Palmeter branch & Bush Creek bounding northwest on James Ballanger, southwest on Mathew Copprock & Jno. Ryley, northeast on James Ballanger & Isaac Gouint, southeast on John Ryley and one Huffman. Surveyed 15 March 1773. (FHL film 22,596)
SC Land Plats 1688-1787 (Index on FHL film 22,598)
Name, location, No. of Acres, volume, page, date
Duncan, James, Berkley, 100a, 9-147, 28 May 1769
Duncan, James, Berkeley, 150a, 14-493, 14 Oct. 1771
Duncan, John Jr., Berkley, 200a, 14-491, 21 May 1775
Duncan, Richard, Berkley, 200a, 14-497, 17 Dec. 1767
Duncan, Saml., Berkley, 144a, 14-489, 15 Mar. 1773
Duncan, Saml., Berkley, 144a, 14-509, 15 Mar. 1773
SC Land Plats (some pages include a diagram of land)
7-322: Pursuant to a precept ... 2 Nov. 1762, survey of lands to John Duncan on a tract of vacant land in Berkeley Co. 200 acres in the fork between Broad and Saludy River, on the S. fork of Tyger Creek, butting and bounding all sides by vacant land; certified 18 Nov. 1762. (FHL film 22,604)
9-141: Precept 3 March 1767, to James Duncan, 100 acres in Berkley Co. in the fork between Broad and Saludy Rivers, situate on a small branch of Enorees River called Duncans Creek not ten feet broad or one deep; certified 28 May 1767 (sketch shows bounded by vacant lands). (FHL film 22,606)
14-489: Receipt 2 March 1773, laid out to Samuel Dunkin, 144 acres and quarter, in Berkley County, on waters of Palmeter Branch, waters of Bush Creek, bounding ... James Ballenger, Mathias Coppock, John Ryley's, Israel Gaunt. Surveyed 15 March 1773. (FHL film 22,607)
14-491: Receipt 4 May 1773, laid out to John Duncan Junr., 200 acres in Berkley Co. in the fork between Broad River and Saludy on a branch of Duncan's Creek called the Loiate? (Losate?) Branch, bounded by lands of John Duncan Sr. & S. Braly, John Clark. Cert. 21 May 1773. (FHL film 22,607)
14-493: 6 Aug. 1771, laid out to James Duncan, 150 acres in Berkley County in the Fork between Broad River and Saludy, on the S. Fork of Duncans Creek and the Mulberry Branch, bounded ... Robin Flanigan, John Dunkin & said James Dunkin. Cert. 7 Oct. 1771. (FHL film 22,607)
14-497: 1 Dec. 1767, to Richard Dunkin, 200 acres in Berkley Co. on waters of Bush Creek, bounded .. Samuel Dunkin, Hannah Coote, David Moat. Cert. 17 Dec. 1767. (FHL film 22,607)
14-509: 2 March 1773, to Samuel Dunkin, 144 acres and a quarter, in Berkley County on waters Palmeter Branch, waters of Bush Creek, bounded ... James Ballinger, Martha Coppaete, John Ryly, Israel Gaunt. Surveyed 15 March 1773. (MAD: diagram of land is identical to that in 14-489; but handwriting hard to read) (FHL film 22,607)
SC Memorials (Land) (Index on FHL film 23,297)
Name, location, No. of acres, volume-page, date
Duncan, James, Berkley, 100a, 2-497, 2 Feb. 1761?
Duncan, James, Berkley, 150a, 11-281, 29 June 1772
Duncan, John, Berkley, 200a, 6-79, 1 Aug. 1761?
Duncan (Dunklin), Joseph, Berkley, 457a, 13-201, 2 Jany. 1775
Duncan, Richard, Berkley, 200a, 10-373, 3 April 1771
Duncan, Samuel, Berkley, 144a, 13-322, 15 Feb. 1775
Duncan, Sarah, Berkley, 350a, 10-254, 10 Oct. 1770
SC Memorials (Land)
10-254: 10 Oct. 1770; Memorial to Sarah Duncan, 350 acres in Berkley Co. in the fork between Broad and Saludy Rivers, on a small branch of Bush Creek, bounding NE on land laid out to David Taverner and part vacant, SW part on land of William Austin? and part vacant, the other sides on vacant land; survey certified 4 Sept. 1770, and granted 19 Sept. 1770 to the Memorialist at the quit rent of 3/ sterling or 4/ Proc. money of 100 acres to commence 2 years from the date. In witness whereof she hath hereunto set her hand ... "Saml." Duncan. (FHL film 23,303)
10-373: "A Memorial exhibited by Richard Dunkin to be requested in the Land Office of a plantation or tract of lands containing two hundred acres, situate in Berkley County, on the waters of Bush Creek, Bounding to the NW on lands laid out to Samuel Dunkin, SW on lands laid out to Hannah Cook and David Moat: survey certified the 7th of August 1770, and granted the 22d day of February 1771 to the Memorialists, at the quit rents of 3/ sterling or 4/ Proc. Money for two acres, to commence two years from the date. In witness whereof he hath hereunto set his hand the 5th of April 1771. John Caldwell D.L. (surveyor). /s/ Thos. Yeats. (wit.)" (FHL film 23,303)
13-322: 15 Feb. 1775, Memorial exhibited by Samuel Dunkin, 144 acres in Berkley Co. on waters of Palmetter Branch of Bush Creek, bounding NW on James Ballangers, SW on Mathew Coppocks and John Riley, NW on James Ballangers and Isaac Grundy? and SE on John Riley? and one Hoffmans land, survey certified 15 March 1773 and granted 31 Aug. 1775; quit rent 3/ stg. or 4/ proc. per hundred acres to commence two years from the date; in witness whereof he hath hereunto set his hand 15 Feb. 1775, Joseph Wright D.L. dtd August 28 1775 to Jiricon? (Zincon?) Quinn. (FHL film 23,303)
Charleston Dist. SC Deeds
V5-492/3: Lease & release, 2/3 Nov. 1777, John Milhouse of Craven Co., Camden Dist., SC, millwright, to William Duncan of Berkeley Co., 96th Dist., 300 acres on S.fork Tyger River adj. on SW by land laid out to William H. (blank), all other sides vacant, incl. houses etc., to enable William Duncan to receive a grant; wit. Jesse Hayes, Wm. Teat, James Teat; rec. "36" Jan. 1787. Release for £300, land granted 30 May 1763 to John Milhouse of 300 acres in Berkly Co. on S.Fork Tyger River adj. SW on land laid out to William Hendricks, other sides vacant, rec. Book XX pg.108. (FHL film 23,567) (MAD: see Spartanburg Co. SC)
X5-19: Lease, 26 June 1765, John Duncan of Duncan's Creek of Craven Co. SC, planter, to William Hendricks of same, millwright, John Duncan Senr. lease 200 acres on S.fork Tyger "Creek" in Berkly Co., all sides vacant land, incl. houses etc.; wit. John Odel, Thomas "Hill"; reg. 28 March 1787. (FHL film 23,562)
X5-22: Release, 27 June 1765, John Duncan Senr. of Duncan's Creek in Craven Co. SC, planter, to William Hendricks of same, millwright, 200 acres in Berkeley Co. in the fork between Broad and Saludy Rivers on S.fork Tyger Creek, all sides vacant, according to plat with the grant recorded in Book X, pg. 47; John Duncan and Elizabeth (x) his wife release for £200 ...; wit. John Odell, Thomas "Will"; rec. 28 March 1787. (FHL film 23,562) (MAD: there were a lot of grantee deeds here to William Hendricks, land adj. Brazel Prater, Joseph Witmore, etc., not copied; see Newberry Co. SC)
Charleston Co. SC Probate Records; Inventories 1771-1774, Vol.Z (FHL film 194,636)
Z-137: Inventory of estate of Samuel Dunkin decd, incl. 4 cows, 5 head of young (cows), waggon & gear complete, horses, filleys, old mare, sundry plantation tools, 2 guns and a barrel, 1 rifle gun, sundry household goods, 2 spinning wheels, carpenters tools, woman's saddle, beds & furniture, a saddle, bridle & saddle bags, 1 old negro man, looking glass, bed, flour, etc. The above is a just and true inventory of the goods and chattels shewed us by Sarah Dunkin and appraised; 13 July 1771, /s/ Jacob Brooks Jurat, Wm. Gillum (X). (MAD: see Old Berkeley & Craven Cos. SC)
Newberry Co. SC Deed (FHL film 24,233)
A-361: 18 July 1787, John Duncan and wife Jean to William Addington, £17.17, 136 acres, part of 200 acre grant to John Duncan on line of "grant in Berkeley now Newberry" County on lick branch of Duncans Creek in fork between Broad and Saludy Rivers, shape on plat annexed to original grant to said John Duncan 11 Aug., reg. Book RRR pg. 574. Both signed by mark. Wit. James Duncan, Moses (X) Duncan, Ringnall? Odell.
"Laurens and Newberry Cos. SC: Saluda and Little River Settlements 1749-1775" by Jesse Hogan Motes III and Margaret Peckham Motes, 1994 (FHL book 975.73 R2m; and from Jim Wanke 4/1997, from Mary L. Cook Public Library, Waynesville, OH)
This volume contains extracts from surveys and memorials for land in several districts: Sec.3, Saluda River and Beaverdam Creek in Berkeley Co. for Richard and Samuel Dunkin or Duncan and Samuel's widow Sarah; Sec.5, Bush River and Beaverdam Creek in Berkeley and Craven Co. for Nelson Duncan (also written Darkett) and Samuel Dunkin or Duncan; and Sec.8, Little River above Mudlick Creek, witness Samuel Duncan in 1793 to a deed recorded in Newberry Co. Part 3, Case Study: Settlement on Little River 1755-1833; Chapter 9, Beaverdam / Mountville Settlement, Laurens Co. 1755-1833, includes a deed in Laurens Co. to land adj. Regnal Duncan in 1833.
There are references to Duncans in old Berkeley Co. SC in the following:
"SC Historical Magazine" Vol.78, pg.11, which refers to "Letters to the Bishop of London from the Commissaries in S.C." including Alexander Duncan, lic. 28 Jan. 1717, serving at St. John's Berkeley, 1718. (FHL book 975.7 B2s)
"Abstracts of the Wills of SC, 1760-1784" by Caroline T. Moore, Vol.3, pg.14, which includes Will Book QQ, 1760-1767, John Duncan as a witness to the will of John Patterson, merchant of Berkeley Co., naming his mother Mary Pennington among others, dated 24 Jan. 1761 and proved 6 June 1761. (FHL book 975.7 P2m)
"A Compilation of the Original Lists of Protestant Immigrants to SC 1763-1773" by Janie Revill, 1939, pgs.75, 78, which includes an abstract from the Council Journal 33, pg.178-184, meeting of June 22, 1767, petition by John Duncan, age 29, for a warrant of survey of 100 acres on the bounty, he being a protestant and lately arrived in the province on the ship "Nancy" (FHL book 975.7 W2r and FHL film 22,819, and from Evelyn Sigler and JoAnn Kline) (MAD: see Berkeley Co. SC)
"Citizens and Immigrants, SC, 1768" by Mary B. Warren, pg.22, 44, which includes a request about his warrant for 100 acres in Berkeley Co. on 3 Feb. 1768, and the grant of land on 22 April 1768 to James Duncan. The book includes a reference that these may be records of families long resident in SC as well as those just arrived from northern colonies. To be eligible for the bounty, immigrants must be Protestants and come to SC with written recommendation of his/her good character from civil or church officials from former residence. (from Evelyn Sigler 8/1983) (FHL book 975.7 N28w, 2nd ed.)
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