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Mary Ann (Duncan) Dobson
the Genealogy Bug

Last revised July 6, 2009

RED RIVER CO. TX
Formed 1836 from Old Spanish Municipality
Fannin formed 1837 from Red River
Bowie, Lamar formed 1840 from Red River
Titus formed 1846 from Red River, Bowie
 

CENSUS RECORDS

1850 Red River Co. TX Census
      No Duncan indexed

1860 Red River Co. TX Census
Clarksville P.O.
Pg.117, #777-777, W.B. SAMS (m) 30 AR merchant $10,000-$18,500
                  Jane A. 28 TN
                  Laura 7, William 6 TX
                  Susan 3, James 2 TX
                  Sarah DUNCAN 22 KY
                  Wm. EVANS 45 NY clerk
 

1870 Red River Co. TX Census
P.O. Clarksville
Pg.16, #81-81, DUNCAN, Robt. 33 ENGland farmer $250-$250, parents of foreign birth
                  Mary 42 LA house keeping
                  Benjamin 7, Wm. 5 TX, father of foreign birth
                  James 3 TX, father of foreign birth
                  BLOODSWORTH, Charity (f) 65 MS, father of foreign birth
P.O. Robbinsville
Pg.109, #1385-1385, DUNCAN, Ham (m) 52 GA farmer $0-$500
                  Mary 52 NC keeping house
                  James 17, Miles (m) 14 AL
                  PAYNE, Anne 33 AL
                  Rhoda (f) 10 AL
                  (MAD: ?? Miles Duncan in 1860 Randolph Co. AL census, ?? 1880 Logan Co. AR; or Harman Duncan in 1850 Tallapoosa Co. AL)
 

1880 Red River Co. TX Census (partial; HeritageQuest image 1/2007)
Precinct (blank), page 2, S.D. ?, E.D.102
Pg.234B, #17-17, DUNCAN, N.B., w/m age 35 mar. farmer AL GA GA (faint, could be A. or N.)
  Martha A., w/f age 35 wife mar. keeping house AL AR AL
  Archie, w/m 10 son single works on farm TX AL AL
  Mary, w/f 6 du. single TX AL AL
  John, w/m 4 son single TX AL AL
  Nathan D., w/m 2 son single TX AL AL
  Elizabeth, w/f ?/12 (blotted) b.Dec. dau. single TX AL AL
      (MAD: N.B. Duncan mar. Martha Ann Blanton 1/4/1870 Red River Co. TX; perhaps Napoleon B. Duncan age 6 in 1850 Marion Co. AL census with Elizabeth Duncan whose children were in Young Co. TX in 1860 census)
 

HISTORIES before 1923

1889 "Biographical souvenir of the state of Texas : containing biographical sketches of the representative public and many early settled families" by F. Battey (FHL book 976.4 D3bs and films 547,587 and 599,230 and 1,000,596 item 2; and from Lucille Mehrkam and Evelyn Sigler; sketches alphabetical, good index)
      Pg.852-5: L.D. VanDyke, one of oldest & most prosperous farmers of TX, born PA Dec. 23, 1816, son of William and Nancy (Duncan) VanDyke, former also a native of PA, farmer, Methodist church, died PA age 72. (MAD: married Cumberland Co. PA 4/1/1813, from 1898 "History of the Big Spring Presbyterian Church, Newville, PA, 1737-1898" by Gilbert Ernest Swope, from Florence Dyess 1985) L.D. VanDyke was 2nd in family of six children; James A., lawyer in State of MI; L.D. above; Ellen; John H. a lawyer in Milwaukee, WI; William Duncan (MAD: William Duncan VanDyke) killed at battle of Drainesville in Union army; and Samuel W., farmer in WI. L.D. VanDyke age 17 clerk in PA, to TX in 1842, mercantile business in Bowie Co., 5 years later in 1847 to Red River Co.; in Civil War Conf. service; married 1843 to Miss Adelia West, dau. of Major Edward West of TN; 11 children (not copied); Mrs. Van Dyke died 1873. (Pg.855, brief sketch of James E. VanDyke b. 7/13/1846 Bowie Co. TX, son of Lambert D. and Adelia (West) VanDyke)
            "Claiborne Dandridge West of Buckingham County, Virginia : his ancestors and descendants" by Louetta West Wilson and John William Johnson, 1967, on pg.94 mentions Lambert Duncan VanDyke above, and on pg.239, mentions William VanDyke b.1789 who mar. Nancy McKeehan Duncan of PA. (Memphis Public Library book 929.2 W51, from Evelyn Sigler 11/1983; FHL book 929.273 W52c and film 1,036,177 item 6)
 

REFERENCES FROM OTHER LOCALITIES

Cass Co. TX Deed, Vol.D (FHL film 1,301,874; SLC 6/2009)
      D-244: 12 March 1849, William Walker and wife Jane and Mary D. Duncan, all Red River Co. TX, for $5, to Jane L?. Hewett; that on 1 April 1848 Mary Duncan as admx of estate of Albert D. Duncan decd. made deed to James L. Hewett of Cass Co. TX for $166-2/3 to be paid before the 1st Tuesday in May, 1848, deed for 308 acres in Cass Co., lot 7 in survey of A.D. Duncan; the deed was made by the admx without the consent of the heirs of A.D. Duncan; NOW William Walker and wife Jane and Mary D. Duncan release their interest. /s/ William C. Walker, Mary D. Duncan, Eliza J. Walker. Ack. Red River Co.
 

Roane Co. TN Wills and Estate Settlements (FHL film 560,100)
      C-47: May 1839 probate, Will of A.D. Duncan of Texas, dated 16 March 1839, being now at Esq. Samuel Elkridge's in Roane Co. TN, in feeble health: Wife Mary D. Duncan land she now lives on; Step-dau. Rosannah Jarman, 1/4 lands located by W. S. McClure, being 1/2 land I have interest in; Dau. Eliza Jane 1/2 land covered by B. C. Fowler's headwright; Infant of wife not born yet when I left home, the other 1/2 land; All my other lands when located and title perfected ...; Step-dau. Rosannah Jarmon I relinquish all claim I have to real estate in Perriville, West Tennessee, which belonged to estate of Wm. Jarman, decd.; If it meets with wife's approbation, Stephen Jarman Esq. act as her guardian; other terms; Exec. Mary D. Duncan, Joseph P. Fort M.D., and Wm. H. Moore; if wife Mary wants to come to TN from Texas she can sell property there; my two brothers-in-law Stephen Jarman and David B. Carns act as executor if wife moves to TN. (MAD: See also Cass Co. TX)
 

Lincoln Co. NC Deed (FHL film 421,016)
      38-552: 26 May 1840, Mary D. Duncan formerly Mary D. Scott sister and heir and legatee to William A. Scott deceased, now a resident of Red River Republic of TX appoint David Parks of Mecklenburg Co. NC attorney to receive ... whatever may be due and owing me as heir and legatee of aforesaid William Scott deceased from the executors of said Scott decd. Mary D. Duncan appeared in Republic of TX, County of Red River, 26 May 1840. Rec. Lincoln Co., June 1841. (MAD: see Albert D. Duncan of Hardeman Co. TN)
 

OTHER RECORDS

Some early Duncans in Red River Co. TX
      A.D. Duncan, 1838, bought land or was otherwise listed in deeds recorded in Red River Co. TX Deed Books A-B pg.122, A-B-C pg.9, A-B-C pg.14, A-B-C pg.44, A-B-C pg.476, D-15, D or F-113, F-144, F-254. (pgs.9, 16, 17, 18, 43, 46, 56, 124, 134, "Red River County, Texas, Deed Abstracts; Republic of Texas and State of Coahuila and Texas (Mexico)" by Joyce Martin Murray, 1986; TN Gen. Society Library #5399 from Evelyn Sigler 9/1986; FHL book 976.4212 R28m)
      A.D. Duncan, 12 March 1838, signed petition for creation of new county of Lamar from Red River Co. (Vol.23#4, "TX Footprints" from Lucille Mehrkam 2/1984)
      Joseph A.B. Duncan, 5 July 1838, deceased, had 2nd class land certificate for 640 acres to his heirs reported genuine (alphabetic list, "First Settlers of Red River Co. TX" by Gifford White, 1981, from Jean Walker 8/1984; FHL book 976.4212 H2f)
      Alexander Duncan, 5 July 1838, had 2nd class land certificate for 640 acres reported genuine (alphabetic list, "First Settlers of Red River Co. TX" by Gifford White, 1981, from Jean Walker 8/1984; FHL book 976.4212 H2f) (MAD: see also Kaufman and Victoria Cos. TX)
      Alexander Duncan, 1838-1840, in lists issued 1838-1840, recorded in Deed Record F pg.3-60. (pg.100, "Red River County, Texas, Deed Abstracts; Republic of Texas and State of Coahuila and Texas (Mexico)" by Joyce Martin Murray, 1986; TN Gen. Society Library #5399 from Evelyn Sigler 9/1986; FHL book 976.4212 R28m)
      Albert D. Duncan, 1 Nov. 1838, bought land certificate with Leonard W. Perry from Richard M. Hopkins, admin. of estate of Lewis C. Dennison decd, recorded Deed Book A-B-C pg.91. (pg.21, "Red River County, Texas, Deed Abstracts; Republic of Texas and State of Coahuila and Texas (Mexico)" by Joyce Martin Murray, 1986; TN Gen. Society Library #5399 from Evelyn Sigler 9/1986; FHL book 976.4212 R28m)
      William B. Duncan, Jan. 1839, arrived TX; had 3rd class Conditional Certificate for 640 acres in Red River Co. dated 1 Aug. 1839 and unconditional certificate dated 6 July 1846. ("1840 Citizens of TX; Land Grants" Vol.1, by Gifford White; FHL book 976.4 R2wge and fiche 6,100,364; from Lucille Mehrkam 1984)
      W.B. Duncan, 1840, on tax roll, 1 white poll (pg.141, perhaps "1840 Citizens of TX; Tax Rolls" Vol.2, by Gifford White, FHL book 976.4 R2wge and fiche 6,100,365; from Lucille Mehrkam 1984)
      J.H. Duncan, 1840, on tax roll, 1 white poll, 1 slave (pg.141, perhaps "1840 Citizens of TX; Tax Rolls" Vol.2, by Gifford White, FHL book 976.4 R2wge and fiche 6,100,365; from Lucille Mehrkam 1984)
      James H. Duncan, 13 June 1840, had sold slave to Amos Ury, recorded Deed Book A-B-C pg.329 (pg.34, "Red River County, Texas, Deed Abstracts; Republic of Texas and State of Coahuila and Texas (Mexico)" by Joyce Martin Murray, 1986; TN Gen. Society Library #5399 from Evelyn Sigler 9/1986; FHL book 976.4212 R28m)
      Alfred D. Duncan, 8 Jan. 1840, had been appointed guardian of Rosinda S. Jarman in place of James Jarman; statement in Perry Co. TN 8 Jan. 1840 that Stephen Jarman and David S. Cairns were to divide property among the heirs of William Jarmon, but report was lost, ack. in Hardiman Co. TN that negro woman Violett and her children were allotted to Rosinda, and taken from TN to TX by Duncan; Red River Co. TX Deed A-B-C pg.243 as "guardianship rescinded." (pg.30, "Red River County, Texas, Deed Abstracts; Republic of Texas and State of Coahuila and Texas (Mexico)" by Joyce Martin Murray, 1986; TN Gen. Society Library #5399 from Evelyn Sigler 9/1986; FHL book 976.4212 R28m)
      Mary Duncan, 1840, on tax roll, guardian for Rosannah Jarman, 6 slaves (pg.141, perhaps "1840 Citizens of TX; Tax Rolls" Vol.2, by Gifford White, FHL book 976.4 R2wge and fiche 6,100,365; from Lucille Mehrkam 1984) (MAD: 1850 Cass Co. TX census)
      A.D. Duncan, 4 July 1843, decd; administrators George Gordon and Daniel N. Alley, transferred land to James Sampson, recorded in Deed Book F-99 (pg.120 "Red River County, Texas, Deed Abstracts; Republic of Texas and State of Coahuila and Texas (Mexico)" by Joyce Martin Murray, 1986; TN Gen. Society Library #5399 from Evelyn Sigler 9/1986; FHL book 976.4212 R28m)
      A.D. Duncan, 4 July 1843, decd; administrators George Gordon and Daniel N. Alley, sold right of Mary D. Duncan, wife of A.D. Duncan (also extracted as "A.C. Duncain", in land or residence, recorded in Deed Book F-182 and F-130 (pg.113, 123, "Red River County, Texas, Deed Abstracts; Republic of Texas and State of Coahuila and Texas (Mexico)" by Joyce Martin Murray, 1986; TN Gen. Society Library #5399 from Evelyn Sigler 9/1986; FHL book 976.4212 R28m)
      Mary D. Duncan, 16 Nov. 1843, neighbor to lots in Clarksville sold by George Gordon and wife Isabella H. Gordon to Mary M. Herrick, recorded Deed Book F-53 (pg.116, "Red River County, Texas, Deed Abstracts; Republic of Texas and State of Coahuila and Texas (Mexico)" by Joyce Martin Murray, 1986; TN Gen. Society Library #5399 from Evelyn Sigler 9/1986; FHL book 976.4212 R28m)
      William Duncan, 1846, on tax list ("Republic of Texas: Poll Lists for 1846" by Marion Day Mullins, 1974; FHL book 976.4 R4m, from Lucille Mehrkam 1984; and from Ruth Robertson 1983) (MAD: see Jane Duncan in 1850 San Augustine Co. TX census, widow of William)
      Telpy Duncan, 27 May 1847, mar. William W. King (MAD: see 1850-1860 McDonald Co. MO census, she born 1830-1831 AL)
      Eliza Jane Duncan, 8 July 1847, mar. William C. Walker (MAD: dau. of Albert Dean Duncan & Mary (Scott) Jarman)
      James W. Duncan, 1859-1861, had fallen with Fannin; his heirs received bounty warrants; 29 Oct. 1859, his heirs received bounty warrant #134 for 960 acres; 320 acres in Marion Co. patented to the heirs on 1/18/1869, 40.75 acres in Cass Co. on 5/2/1871, 81.66 acres in Marion Co. on 3/4/1875, 234.5 acres in Morris Co. on 1/24/1906, and 278.8 acres in Red River Co. on 6/27/1868. On 14 Dec. 1861, his heirs received bounty warrant #365 for 960 acres; 300 acres in Cass Co. patented to heirs on 5/19/1869, 157 acres in Morris Co. on 4/23/1869, 503 acres in Franklin Co. on 3/1/1871. ("Bounty and Donation Land Grants of Texas 1835-1888" by Thomas Lloyd Miller, 1967, for service between 1835 and 1846, from records of the TX General Land Office; from Lucille Mehrkam 1984). (MAD: see deeds in Franklin Co. TX for heirs)
 

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