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Duncan Family of Jessamine County

In an earlier post I shared photos of the small Duncan Cemetery located on Main Street in Nicholasville.  Today I share more information about the family, from one of the biographies gathered and written by W. H. Perrin, J. H. Battle and G. C. Kniffin, published in 1887.   Biographies were written and accumulated over the state and country during this time period, to save the historical information of local, ordinary people.  I have found these to be useful not only in my Kentucky research, but also in Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska.  Remember to use these biographies as a beginning point, going back to original research to back up what is written in these biographies from over a century ago. 

To see more photographs of this cemetery go to the Duncan Cemetery blog written in April of this year.

from Kentucky – A History of the State; Perrin, Battle, Kniffin, 1887

Jessamine County

Duncan Family

It has been truly said, ‘Those lives that are without striking incidents are nevertheless worthy of record.’  That portion of history which is denominated biography has particular claims upon the historian, and truth is but a matter of common honesty.  Rev. William Duncan was born in Perthshire, Scotland, January 7, 1630.  He fell a martyr during the religious troubles that afflicted Scotland at the time Charles II was restored to the throne of his ancestors.  Rev. William Duncan had a grandson, William Duncan, who was born in Scotland, April 19, 1690, and settled in the colony of Virginia in the year 1719.  He was married to Ruth Rawley February 11, 1722.

Rawley Duncan, born in Culpeper County, Virginia, November 23, 1724, was the grandfather of the late William Duncan of Jessamine County, who died in 1863, and was born in Jessamine County, January 1, 1788.  William was married to Miss Nancy Blackford, daughter of Benjamin Blackford, in 1813.  The following are the names of his children in their order:  Ryan, born November 6, 1814; Margaret, January 14, 1817; Catherine, July 17, 1819; Sally Ann, October 21, 1821; James B., February 7, 1824; Robert, September 8, 1826; Benjamin S, February 13, 1829; Charles W., April 28, 1831, and Mary D., September 25, 1834.  Robert and Benjamin are the only sons now living.  Mrs. Kate Bourn and Mrs. Sallie Scott, the only daughters.

William and Nancy Blackford Duncan’s stones are the two taller ones in the middle row.  William  Duncan, born January 1, 1788, died September 6, 1863.  Nancy, wife of William Duncan, born December 17, 1791, died June 24, 1860.

Robert Duncan was married to Miss Virginia Nave, youngest daughter of Jonathan Nave, in 1865.  The names of his children are Maggie Florence, Robert Jacob, Lizzie, Miranda and Emma Besueden.  Benjamin S. Duncan was married to Lucy A. Funk, youngest daughter of John Funk, May 22, 1856.  His children are:  Allen B., Carrie B. and John W. Duncan.  Allen B. Duncan married Miss Georgia Proctor, daughter of J. W. Proctor, cashier of the First National Bank of Danville, Kentucky.  Carrie B. Duncan married David Bell, son of Dr. Bell and grandson of the late Judge Robertson, both of Lexington, Kentucky.  J. W. Duncan is not married.

Charles Duncan, the grandfather of Robert and Benjamin, was born at Culpeper C. H., Virginia, October 8, 1762.  He settled in Jessamine County in 1787, where he reared a large family, and died during a visit he made to Washington, Indiana, July 12, 1829.  Sallie A. Duncan, daughter of William and Nancy Duncan, was married to Robert Carlisle, in 1851; he was a native of Fayette County, Kentucky.  His father was Robert Carlisle, who was born in Virginia, and John G. Carlisle is a nephew of Robert Carlisle, Sr.  R. G. Carlisle was a school-teacher in this county about 1850.  He was born in 1820, and his death occurred in 1864.  One child born to Robert G. Carlisle survives, Lizzie G., married to James A. Hulett, of Jessamine County.  Sallie A. Duncan’s second marriage was to Willaby S. Scott, who was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky, in 1815, died in 1882, leaving three children, Sallie, Carlisle and Eliza.  Mrs. Scott owns seventy acres of fine land in Nicholasville Precinct.  B. S. Duncan owns 380 acres in the same precinct.

 

George Brown and Anne Hemphill Buried In Maple Grove Cemetery

George Brown, February 28, 1819 – October 30, 1897, aged 78 years, 8 months.  Maple Grove Cemetery, Nicholasville, Jessamine County, Kentucky.

from The History of Jessamine County, Kentucky, Young, 1898

George Brown was born in Nicholasville, Jessamine County, February 28, 1819, and died October 30, 1897.  He first attended school at St. Joseph’s, Bardstown, Kentucky, afterward at Centre College, Danville, and finally at Transylvania University in Lexington.  Upon leaving college he at once engaged in the business of the manufacture of hemp.  His father had been one of the pioneers in hemp manufacture in Lexington and the son acquired a practical knowledge of the business early in life.  Owning a large number of slaves, which he used in his business, he made it extremely profitable and he continued in the manufacture of hemp for many years.  In the fall of 1853 he moved to a farm on Jessamine Creek, about two miles from Nicholasville, and in conjunction with his farm operated a hemp manufactory.  He married Anne M. Hemphill in 1843, who proved to him an affectionate, faithful and helpful wife.  She was one of the model housekeepers of Jessamine County and as neighbor and friend had no superior.

Mr. Brown was a man of intense activity; domestic in his taste, he loved his home and added to it those things which made it attractive.  He was a model husband and father.  When twenty-two years of age, he united with the Nicholasville Presbyterian Church, in the faith of which he continued to the end of his life, and at his death he was the oldest living member of the organization.  He was converted under the preaching of Rev. David Todd.  He was efficient and earnest in his Christian work and was always one of the liberal and helpful members of the congregation.  He was a pure, good man; long president of the Jessamine County Bible Society, he was not only active but useful in the Bible work and has left behind him no enemies and host of friends.

While in Maple Grove Cemetery in Nicholasville, earlier this year, we came across the beautiful stone for Anne Hemphill Brown.  This is one of the most beautiful stones I’ve encountered. 

Buried between her husband, and son, Victor, the carving of the image of the woman is amazing.  The flowers, lace, details of the dress and cross she wears around her neck is extremely vivid and clear.

In memory of Anne M. Hemphill, wife of George Brown, June 9, 1826 – March 29, 1888.  ‘A kind and true wife, a dear and fond mother and a faithful friend.  We cherish her memory.’

The love and regard held for Anne is definitely evident in the carving on the front of the stone.  The sentiment on the back of the stone just reinforces this.

1799 Sagacer/Bruner Marriage

The following marriage bond is from Jessamine County, Kentucky.  At the courthouse in Nicholasville all early marriage records have been scanned and can be brought up on the computer a moment’s notice.  Unfortunately this one was not lying flat – there is a crease at the bride’s first name!  It looks like Hetty, but I cannot be sure.  Evidently it was her brother or father that was the bondsman.  Within the bond he is listed as Henry Bruner, but when he signed at the bottom it doesn’t look exactly like Henry – and notice the word Dutch in parenthesis.

scan029Know all men by these presents that we Frederick Sagacer and Henry Bruner are held and firmly bound unto James Garrard, Esq., Governor of Kentucky, and his successors in the sum of fifty pounds to which payment well and truly to be made to the said Governor and his successors.  We bind ourselves, our heirs and firmly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our hands and dated this 28th of September 1799.  The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound Frederick Sagacer and Hetty(?) Bruner.  Now if there be no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage then the above obligation to remain in full force and virtue, otherwise to be void.

Frederick Sagacer

(Dutch)               Henry Bruner (?)

Jessamine County, Kentucky