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Mary (Church) Duncan (1719 - 1796)

Mary Duncan formerly Church
Born in Freetown, Massachusettsmap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 76 in Person, North Carolina, United Statesmap
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Mary (Person Co. NC) was evidently the widow of Daniel Duncan, as proved by the names of her daughters, but her two sons Abner and Martin were not named in the receipts filed in Daniel's estate. It is probable that her son Martin moved to Mercer Co. KY and named a son Champness Madden Duncan.[1][2]

Some researchers indicate LNAB as Capehart; others indicate Mary was "widow Anderson when married to Daniel Duncan


Mary Church Parents Unknown

Birth Estimate 1720
Marriage Estimate Unknown 1743
Death Estimate 1796 Will Transcript[3]

Will Mary (Person Co NC)

Person Co. NC Wills, Inventories, tax lists, etc.; Book 1792-1797 (FHC film 19,591, SLC 8/27/82) (Person Co. NC was formed in 1791 from Caswell Co. NC)
Pg.268: 24 March 1796, Mary Duncan of Person Co. NC, sick and weak, son Abner Duncan 1/2 land whereon I now live on the east side to be divided from the other half 109a, horse, etc.; son Martin the other half, including house, 109 acres, etc.; dau. Elizabeth Duncan, slave, etc.; son Nathaniel Duncan 5 shillings and no more; Polly Merritt my granddaughter small walnut chest; rest sold and divided between my "six" children namely Sally Stanton, Nancy Merritt, Francis Madden, Elizabeth Duncan, Polly Ragsdale, Abner Duncan and Martin Duncan. Appoint friends William Trotter and John Campbell exec. /s/ Mary (+) Duncan. Wit. H. Harrisson, Robt. Moore, Nancy Stanton. Recorded 7 Sept. 1796.

Martin Duncan mar. Polly Ray on 15 Sept. 1806 in Mercer Co. KY)

Mercer Co. KY Deeds (index & some extracts from Jean Harper 5/23/87; some deeds from FHC in SLC 6/13/87)

Deed Book 14, pg.247: 27 March 1826, James Ray to Mary Duncan, wife of Martin C. Duncan, both Mercer Co. KY, for love to dau. Mary Duncan and five shillings, 102-3/4a where said Mary now lives, corner Buchannon, Holms & Myers, David Williams. No wit. (FHC film 191,817, SLC 6/13/87) (MAD:

Deed Book 22, pg.425: 15 Aug. 1840, Martin C. Duncan and wife Mary B. to John L. Lillard, 5, 10a on Salt River, being detached from northern boundary of tract whereon said Martin C. and Mary B. Duncan now live, adj. land of said Lillard, corner Buchanan. No wit. (FHC film 191,821, SLC 6/13/87)

Deed Book 29, pg.139: 1854, sale of negro slaves to Abraham M. Vanarsdall by heirs of Martin C. Duncan; heirs include Daniel C. Duncan, Mathew T. Duncan, Martin C. Duncan Jr., Champness Duncan, John R. Duncan, Abner N. Duncan, Isaac B. Pritchett and Lucy Jane his wife granddau. of Martin and Mary Duncan, A.B. Burton. (extract from Jean Harper) (MAD: Lucy Jane Duncan and Isaac Pritchett m. 1848 Pike Co. MO)


  1.  : Champness Madden Duncan: "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954," database with images, FamilySearch Champness M Duncan and Sarah W Davis, 15 Dec 1855 citing Mercer, Kentucky, United States, Madison County Courthouse, Richmond; FHL microfilm 192,267.
  2. Find A Grave, database and images : accessed 26 July 2019, memorial page for Madden Duncan (1825–7 Aug 1906), Find A Grave: Memorial #55454377 citing Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Yvonne~~~ (contributor 46818183).
  3. Person Co. NC Wills, Inventories, tax lists, etc.; Book 1792-1797 (FHC film 19,591, SLC 8/27/82) (Person Co. NC was formed in 1791 from Caswell Co. NC) Pg.268: 24 March 1796

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GEDCOM import. Church-1600 was created by Karen Fleming through the import of IshmaelGibson_2014_0325.ged on Mar 25, 2014. User ID: 0A25EE91E1F241C99FB93060317C1E4E8C82

  • Source: S1651395124 Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.Ancestry Family Tree Ancestry Family Tree 1439796

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Church-1600 and Church-1 appear to represent the same person because: Please approve merge for Duplicate wife Mary Church (est 1720-1796) from prior merges - Married Daniel (see notes at Duncan-10 ) moved to Person Co NC after Daniel's death. These two profiles represent the same Mary -- Lowest LNAB is Church-1.

Thank you for your help to consolidating these profiles.

posted by Sandy Edwards

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