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From: "Georgia Helderlein" <>
Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2003 13:54:56 -0800

NOTE: I've had these 18 pages of early Duncans 20 yrs., and believe they will be helpful to others researching in Pennsylvania and parts of Kentucky. I have broken them up, and will be sending about 8 more parts. Someone sent them to me, and I had nothing to do with the research.


Early History of DUNCANs.


By Kate Duncan Smith

(D.A.R. School) (handwritten)


THOMAS DUNCAN married JANE _____. He was as early as 1740, a resident of Cumberland County, PA;., Hopewell Township. He was a first settler, a brave pioneer of Christian civilization in a new country. He died in 1776. Will on record at Carlisle, PA.

Date, 1766. Probated, 1776. There is no record of Will or deeds of his wife, Jane, and it is presumed she died between 1766 and 1776.

Children of Thomas Duncan and Jane _____.

1. William Duncan, born

2. Stephen Duncan, born 1729 Twin to Daniel*

3. Daniel Duncan, born 1729 Twin to Stephen*

4. David Duncan, born

5. John Duncan, born

6. Samuel Duncan, born

*It has been accepted but not proven that Stephen and Daniel Duncan were twins.

I. William, eldest son, stopped near Pequea and near the "Lititz Moravian Settlement." He remained behind to take care of the camp while his father and five brothers went on to locate their new home. While William remained here he became acquainted with and married Mary, dau. Of Francis Albert and wife _____, who were members of the Moravian Settlement.

William Duncan is described in his will as of Southampton Twp., Cumberland County, PA. On July 31, 1776, he was commissioned First Lieutenant in Fifth Company, Fourth Cumberland Co. Association. He died in 1794. His will dated Oct. 16, 1793; proven on April 19, 1794, Cumberland County Wills.

Their issue:

a. John Duncan, married Miss McComb.

b. William Duncan, married first, Margaret Culberson; m. 2nd, Nancy McKeehan; married third _____Shields; m. 4th, Mary Mitchell, and had several children.

c. Stephen Duncan, married ______Finley.

d. Daniel Duncan.***

e. Joseph Duncan, m. 1) Hannah Brady; 2) Matilda McNaughton.

f. David Duncan.

g. James Duncan, m. Mary Ewing, June 5, 1798.

h. Margaret Duncan, m. ______Blythe.

i. Jane Duncan, m. Robert Culbertson.

j. Ann Duncan, married __________.

***Daniel DUNCAN left PA, and settled in Paris, KY.

He is the ancestor of the KY Duncans, the Vorhees; also the

Ancestor of the wife of General John C. Underwood.

Daniel's issue:

Henry T. Duncan, born 1800 - died 1881, Lexington, KY.

Had issue, Henry T. Duncan, Jr. Henry T. Duncan, Jr., had issue:

George Brand Duncan; Eliza M. Duncan, Edward M. Duncan;

Nannie B. Duncan; Henry T. Duncan, Jr.; Lillie Brand Duncan; Margaret P. Duncan; Daniel Duncan; & Fannie Duncan.

II. STEPHEN DUNCAN, born 1729 - date of birth in a mourning ring belonging to Mrs. Ann M. Sutton, 311 Hamilton St., Philadelphia, PA.

He married Ann Fox. She was born 1732, died Dec. 19, 1796 at Carlisle, PA. Stephen died March 30, 1794 at Carlisle, PA. His Will, dated August 10, 1793, proven January 1, 1795, recorded at Carlisle, PA.

Stephen's issue:

a. Margaret Duncan, m. Judge John Carson, 1-4-1775.

b. Thomas Duncan, m. Martha Callendar, 4-29,1775 or? 1795.

c. John Duncan, m. Sarah C. Postlewaite.

d. Lucy Duncan, m. Judge Jonathon Hoge Walker, 1790.

e. Ann Duncan, m. Rev. Samuel Mahon, 6-22-1792.

f. Robert Duncan, m. his first cousin, Eleanor Duncan 3-29,1805.

g. James Duncan.

h. Stephen Duncan, married his cousin, Harriet Elliott.

i. Mary Duncan, died unmarried.

III. DANIEL DUNCAN, born 1729 - In February, 1763, at the first sale of lots in Shippenburg, he purchased Lots # 32, 38, 120 and 121.

He served in the War of the Revolution in Third Battalion, Cumberland

County Militia. (See PA Archives, Sixth Series, Vol. 4, page 548). He died late in 1790 or early in 1791, leaving all his children minors but one. Daniel married 1) _______and had (a) Ann Duncan, b. 1764, married COL. Robert Elliott, of Hagerstown, MD., 3-18-1781.

Daniel married 2), Dinah Jacobs, 1769. She died Jan. 4, 1791, about the date of her husband's death.

Daniel's issue by Dianah Jacobs.

b. Joseph Duncan, b. 1772, married Ruth Rippey, 12-9-1791.

c. Sarah Duncan, m. Francis Campbell.

d. Arnold Duncan, b. 5-16-1776 m. Martha (Patty) Patterson about

e. 1797-98, dau. Of Robert Patterson and Mary Millard.

f. Samuel Duncan, b. in Shippenberg, PA, 3?-1-1778, married 3-16-1800, Elizabeth Creagh.

g. John Duncan, b. 1780, married 1)1802, Catherine Redette. He married 2) Mrs. Elizabeth Hunt in 1816.

h. Jesse Duncan, b. 10-16-1782, Never married. He died in Natchez, Mississippi in 1804, aged 22 years. (Notice of his death in Carlisle, PA Gazette.)

i. Eleanor Duncan, b. 1784 married her cousin, Robert Duncan, son of Stephen Duncan, 3-28-1805.

j. Mary Duncan, b. 1786. Never married. Died in 1850.

IV. DAVID DUNCAN, b. about 1730-1735, married Margaret Hamilton.

He served as Assistant Quartermaster General in the War of the Revolution for some time previous to 1781, at which date he was commissioned by the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania Commissioner of Purchases in Westmoreland County. It is assumed he was the David Duncan who was chosen by Congress on March 9, 1776, to sign the $4,000,000 Bills of Credit ordered to be issued. He died April, 1792, in Pitsburgh. Will probated April 18, 1792.

David's issue:

a. Samuel Duncan, b. ca 1760-65 married about 1790, Ann Smith.

b. David Duncan.

c. Hannah Duncan, married Major John Finley, the noted Indian Trader and Revolutionary hero. He was born 1747, died in Fleming County, KY 1837-8. He served as Lieutenant and Captain in the Pennsylvania Line, in the 5th and 8th Regiments, and as Major in Wayne's Army in 1793.

Hannah & Major Finley's issue:

1. David Duncan Finley, married his mother's niece,

Elizabeth Gibson.

d. Mary Duncan, married David Clark.

e. Margaret Duncan, married Isaac Holvey.

Issue of David Duncan Finley & Elizabeth Gibson:

Samuel Finley

David Finley

Maria Jane Finley, m. Dr. Robert Dorsey Tilton.

Margaret Finley,

Betsy Ann Finley

Sarah Finley

Martha Finley

V. JOHN DUNCAN, m. Miss Shippen of the family of the founder of

Shippenburg, PA. One of his sons lived in KY, and another in New Orleans. (Have not been able to contact descendants of JOHN.)

VI. SAMUEL DUNCAN, Lived and died in Cumberland County, PA.

Letters of Administration upon his estate were granted 9-s5-1778, to his brother, WILLIAM DUNCAN. In February, 1763.. (next line did not copy).

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