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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.

 

Will of Ann Duncan of Jessamine County

Ann, wife of James B. Duncan, died March 20, 1849, aged 48 years. ‘god shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.’

I’m always excited to see the will of a woman back in the early days!  From her gravestone, located in the Duncan family cemetery in Nicholasville, we know that Ann was the wife of James B. Duncan.  At the time of her death in 1849, Ann has three children, Charles, Julia who married a Brown, and Margaret Ann, unmarried.  Notice there is no date on the will – an unusual fact.  I love the descriptions of silver table spoons, tea spoons, tongs, dessert spoons, etc.  This gives an idea of the type of life this family led.  When Ann Duncan talks about securing these items ‘with the property’ I suppose she means they must be handed down as family heirlooms, and not sold.

Feeling myself daily declining and believing that my end is near I wish to make some distribution of the little worldly goods I possess.  After my just debts are paid I give to my second daughter, Margaret Ann Duncan, a piece of land containing about fifty acres, lying in Mason County, four miles from Maysville on the Flemingsburgh Turnpike, and also the hire of my old man Billy while she remains single.  She is to have the whole benefit, but if she marry, then it is to be divided in three equal parts and entailed on their posterity made secure so that they cannot spend it.  I also wish that at my death a division of my bed clothing and furniture.  I have already given to Charles Duncan and Julia Brown a share of each, therefore I wish Margaret Ann to have the largest share in this last division.  I also give her my bed stead, my dressing bureau and a pair of poster tables that are now in my house.  I give Charles Duncan a half dozen silver table spoons, a half dozen silver tea spoons, they are to be secured with the property so that he cannot spend them.  I give Julia Brown my silver cream spoon, she now has a half dozen silver table spoons of mine in her possession.  I wish them also to be secured with the balance.  I give Margaret Ann Duncan, my daughter, a half dozen silver dessert spoons, a half dozen silver

tea spoons, a pair of silver sugar tongs, two salt shakers(?), one mustard spoon, one silver soup spoon, two silver butter knives, all to be secured as spoken of before.  I also give Margaret Ann, my daughter, my gold watch in consideration of her kindness and attention to me during my illness.  I had omitted to mention that I have four hundred and fifty dollars in the hands of Mr. Ely Anderson, living in Maysville, which will be due the second day of June; that I also give to Margaret Ann my daughter, and wish it secured with the rest.

Ann Duncan

Attest – J. Asline, William Duncan

State of Kentucky              Jessamine County April Court 1848

I, Daniel B. Price, Clerk of the County Court for the County of Jessamine, do certify that this writing was at the court aforesaid, produced and proven in open Court according to law by the oaths of William Duncan and J. Asline, the subscribing witnesses thereto, to be the last will and testament of Ann Duncan, deceased, and ordered to be recorded and a certificate of probate granted, whereupon the same together with this certificate has been duly entered of receipt in my office.

Attest.  Dan B. Price

Will Book G, Pages 415-416 – Jessamine County Clerk’s Office

Duncan Cemetery On Main Street In Nicholasville

The small, iron fence-enclosed Duncan Cemetery on the corner of Main Street and Duncan Street reminds me of the Linton family cemetery in Washington County – just a simple family cemetery, but one with lots of stories and history.

William Duncan, born January 1, 1788, died September 6, 1863.

William Duncan and Nancy Blackford married in Jessamine County, Kentucky, December 22, 1813.  Between the twenty year span of 1814 and 1834, the couple had nine children.  A family Bible gives births, marriages and deaths, which came in handy since a few of the stones were difficult to read.

Nancy, wife of William Duncan, born December 17, 1791, died June 24, 1860.

Nancy Blackford Duncan’s parents are also buried in this cemetery – Benjamin Blackford and Catherine Sadowski.

In memory of Benjamin Blackford, born February 19, 1762, died November 21, 1842, aged 80 years, 8 months and 2 days.

In memory of Catherine Blackford, born October 6, 1770, died February 8, 1832, aged 62 years, 3 months and 2 days.

Rion Duncan was born November 6, in the year of our Lord 1814.  Departed this life September 5, 1849.

Rion Duncan was the eldest son of William and Nancy.  He married Louisa Tompkins.

Louisa Duncan, born February 26, 1816, died April 19, 1853.

In memory of Margaret Duncan, born January 14, 1817, departed this life January 3, 1848, aged 30 years, 11 months and 2 days.

Margaret was the oldest daughter of William and Nancy.

James Blackford Duncan, born February 7, 1824, died August 16, 1854, son of William and Nancy.

Charles W. Duncan, born April 28, 1831, died January 14, 1852, son of William and Nancy.

Alexander Crockett Duncan, born in Russell County, Virginia, June 30, 1787, died May 10, 1857, aged years, brother to William Duncan.

Ann, wife of James B. Duncan, died March 20, 1849, aged 48 years. 

This Ann cannot have been married to the James B. Duncan in this cemetery due to the age difference.  They are not buried side by side.

Information taken from the Bible of William and Nancy Duncan:

  • William Duncan was born January 15, 1788, and died September 6, 1863.  He married Nancy Blackford December 22, 1813.
  • Nancy Blackford Duncan was born December 17, 1791, and died June 24, 1860.

Children:

  • Rion Duncan was born November 6, 1814, and died September 5, 1849, from cholera.  He married Louisa Tompkins June 20, 1837.
  • Margaret Duncan was born January 14, 1817, and died January 3, 1848.
  • Catherine Duncan was born July 27, 1819.  She married James Bourn January 21, 1847.
  • Sally Ann Duncan was born October 21, 1821.  She married Robert Carlisle April 9, 1851.
  • James Blackford Duncan was born February 7, 1824, and died August 16, 1854.
  • Robert Duncan was born September 8, 1826.  He married Virginia Nave November 28, 1865.
  • Benjamin Sandusky Duncan was born February 13, 1829.  He married Lucy A. Funk May 22, 1856.
  • Charles William Duncan was born April 28, 1831, and died January 14, 1852.
  • Mary Deziah Duncan was born September 25, 1834.  She married James Carlisle October 5, 1854.

Nancy’s parents:

  • Benjamin Blackford was born February 19, 1760, and died November 21, 1842.
  • Catherine Sadowski Blackford was born October 6, 1770, and died February 8, 1832.