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

Last revised July 31, 2008

RICHLAND CO. WI
Formed 1842 from Iowa
Vernon (formerly Bad Ax) formed 1851 from Richland, Crawford
 

CENSUS RECORDS

1850 Richland Co. WI Census
      No Duncan indexed
 

1860 Richland Co. WI Census
(sections in alphabetic order by name of town, rather than continuously by page number)
Richwood
Pg.141 (210), #1205-1034, Daniel DUNCAN 46 OH farmer $2200-$500
                  Elizabeth 40 OH
                  John 19, Albert 8 IN
                  Mary 6, Frances (f) 4 WI
                  Ellissa (f) 1 WI
                  (MAD: 1850 Tippecanoe Co. IN census)
 

1870 Richland Co. WI Census
Town of Richwood
Pg.711, #132-132, DUNCAN, Daniel 55 OH farmer $2000-$500
                  Elizabeth 50 OH
                  Albert 18 IN
                  Mary J. 16, Frances (f) 13 WI
                  Malissa C. (f) 11 WI
Pg.711, #139-139, DUNCAN, John 27 IN farmer $200-$0
                  Mary 22 WI
                  Jurard W. (m) 3, Elizabeth 2 WI
                  "Boy not named" (m) 6/12 WI b.Jan.
 

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.
      Dunken, John G.; A & H 5 Wis. Inf.; 1871 Jan. 3, Invalid Appl. #162402, Cert. #144377. (MAD: Richland Co. WI)
 

HISTORIES before 1923

1890 "Biographical and historical memoirs of Adams, Clay, Webster and Nuckolls Counties, Nebraska .." by Goodspeed (FHL film 1,000,183 item 1, book 18)
      Pg.749, Nuckolls County. John G. Dunken is the assessor of the town of Nelson, and also Nelson Precinct, Nuckolls County, Neb. He was born in the "Hoosier State" in 1841, and grew to manhood in Richland County, Wis., whither he had moved with his parents, Daniel and Elizabeth Dunken. After attending the common schools and assisting his parents on the home farm until he reached manhood, he began to work his own way in the world, and in 1866 was married. His arrival in Nuckolls County, Neb., dates from 1878, therefore he is one of its oldest settlers, and has witnessed its growth and development. He was in the State during the grasshopper period, and although he experienced some hard times, he continued to remain on his farm of eighty acres which he had first purchased. He has always been a Republican in politics, his first presidential vote being cast for Abraham Lincoln, and in 1880 he was elected to the position of township assessor, and was re-elected in the fall of 1889, a position he is now filling. On May 10, 1861, he joined the Federal army, becoming a member of Company H, Fifth Wisconsin Infantry, and served until he received his discharge on July 15, 1865. He was with the Army of the Potomac throughout the Peninsular campaign, and was with Grant from the time he entered the Wilderness until the surrender of Gen. Lee at Appomattox Court House. He was at the grand review at Washington, D.C., and during his term of service was wounded four times; first, on December 13, 1862, in Burnside's crossing at Fredericksburg; then on May 6, 1864, and on August 21, 1864, in the Shenandoah Valley, under Sheridan, in the Sixth Army Corps. His marriage to Miss Susan Appleby, who was born in Lafayette County, Wis., has resulted in the birth of ten children (two of whom died in childhood): William (whose wife was formerly Maggie Harritt), Elizabeth (wife of William Harritt), Austin (deceased), Walter, James, Leroy, Arthur, Bertha (deceased), Clifford and Grace. The family are members of the United Brethren Church.
 

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