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Daniel Duncan (abt. 1740 - 1782)

Daniel Duncan
Born about in Surry-Sussex Virginiamap [uncertain]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 42 in Caswell Co., NCmap
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Profile last modified | Created 9 Jan 2009 | Last significant change: 28 Mar 2023
20:32: Chris Douglas edited the Biography for Daniel Duncan (abt.1740-1782). (Minor corrections. ) [Thank Chris for this]
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No original source records have been located to confirm birth or marriage records. It appears that some erroneous information may have been published, and perhaps republished/reported, making the “actual facts” obscure. There is a great deal of conflicting information surrounding the Duncan Families in North Carolina – Many Source-to-Source discrepancies; co-mingling of records, Lack of records; conflicting family stories; number of Duncan’s with the same names, inter-marriages, etc.

There are several Duncans that seem to originate from Albermarle Parish -- many named Nathaniel, Daniel, David etc. Therefore, it is recommended that researchers perform their own thorough analysis of the different family lines.

See Research Notes regarding Daniel/Nathaniel. Both had sons named Nathaniel (aka Nathan aka Nathanel) There is a good deal of controversy regarding which Nathaniel married Jane Rainey Nov. 6 1782 North Carolina.

Surry County VA Formed 1652 from James City County
Sussex County VA Formed 1753-4 from Surry
Family Location Surry/Sussex Virginia to Caswell Co North Carolina to Henderson Kentucky and Georgia


Daniel Duncan is a member of Duncan Clan.

Daniel Duncan son of David Duncan and Elizabeth Unknown

Named in David's Will - See the 1744 will of David Duncan in Surry Co. VA with the records of Nathaniel Duncan d. 1773.)
Estimated Birth 1695-1745 -- likely 1720-1740
Estimated Marriage - Unknown 1743- Possibly 2X
1st Frances Unknown
2nd Mary (Unknown) (presumed to be Mary Church) (1720-1796 - parents unknown) - (Admin of Estate)
Death Estimate Before Feb 1794 Caswell County, North Carolina

Presumed Children

Estimated Children Births between 1744-1780 Named in Estates, but otherwise Unproven as Children (See Will Transcripts) and Marriages in Caswell)

  • Possibly 2 daughters named Mary - one older as guardian/adiministrator and one younger) (p.41); (Mary (the older) may, in fact, be spouse Mrs. Mary)
Mary (the older)
Mary Duncan (the younger)
  • (Mary) "Polly" Ragsdale (m. Benjamin Ragsdale 1792) [1]
  • Frances (Francis) Duncan (m Madden) (Champness Maddin 17 Jan 1792[2])
  • Patience Wilkerson (m. Wager Wilkerson May 27 1780)
  • Nathaniel Duncan (m. Jane Rainey Nov 6 1782]])
  • Jessee (Jesse) Duncan (m. Hannah Paschall, dau of William Paschal Jul 14 1780)
  • Elizabeth m. Unknown
  • Nancy (m.Daniel Merritt Jan 27 1784
  • Abner m Unknown
  • Martin m. Mary Polly Ray 15 Sep 1806[3]
  • Sally Stanton (m Unknown Stanton/Staneton/Stenson/Stinson[4]

(Possible Son-in-Laws)

  • Will Rainey, Ruben Newton, Archibald Murphey, John Campbell, Daniel Merritt ; Benjamin Ragsdale


Feb 1794 Daniel Duncan – Mrs. Mary Duncan, admin estate of Daniel Duncan

"Caswell Co. NC Will Books 1777-1814, Guardian Accounts 1794-1819, Tax Lists 1784" Vol.1, by Kendall (extracts from Louis Boone 8/15/82 & 10/21/82; TN Gen. Society Lib. #3955, extracts from Evelyn Sigler 2/1/83; FHC book 975.6575 P28k v.1, SLC 2/27/93)
Will Book A, pg.182: Inv. estate of Danl. Duncan by Mary Duncan, admin. Court Dec. 1781. (pg.8)
Will Book B, pg.180: Sales of estate of Danl. Duncan on 30 Jan. 1787. Buyers: Mary Duncan, Jesse Duncan, Nathl. Duncan, Will Rainey, Reuben Newton, Archd. Murphey, John Campbell, Daniel Merritt. By Mary Duncan, adm. Court April 1787. (pg.21)
Will Book C, pg.44: Feb. 1784, Recd. of Mrs. Mary Duncan, adm. of Daniel Duncan £50 in full of legacy of said estate. /s/ Danl. Merritt for Nancy Duncan. C-44, Recd. of Mrs. Mary Duncan for legacy from Danl. Duncan. /s/ Nathl. Duncan. C-45, Frances Duncan to Mary Duncan, guardian acct. C-45, Recd. of Mrs. Mary Duncan adm. of Danl. Duncan decd. for wife Frances' legacy. /s/ Champess Madding; wit. Elizabeth Duncan. C-45, Mary Duncan (the younger) acct. with Mary Duncan (the Elder). C-46, Rec. of Mrs. Mary Duncan wife Mary's legacy from estate of Daniel Duncan. /s/ Benjamin Ragsdale. C-46, Patience Wilkerson in acct. with Mary Duncan, adm. Court July 1793. (pg.43)


Will of Mary (Person NC)

(Mary was evidently the widow of Daniel Duncan, proved by the names of her daughters, two sons Abner and Martin were not named in the receipts filed in Daniel's estate.

Six children (Nathaniel as son but not one of 6) Sons Abner, Martin, Elizabeth, Sally Stanton, Nancy Merritt, Francis Madden, Polly Ragsdale Polly Merritt (granddau) 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.


  1. "North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 ," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 3 November 2017), Benjamin Ragsdale and Mary Duncan, 1792; citing , Caswell, North Carolina, United States, p. Item 1, Office of Archives and History, Division of Archives and Records. State Archive of North Carolina and various county Register of Deeds; FHL microfilm 478,484.
  2. "North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 ," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 3 November 2017), Champness Maddin and Francis Duncan, 17 Jan 1792; Caswell, North Carolina, United States, p. Item 1, Office of Archives and History, Division of Archives and Records. State Archive of North Carolina and various county Register of Deeds; FHL microfilm 478,484.
  3.  : Martin Duncan sold his land in 1802, Person Co. NC Deed Book C, pg.329. (It is probable that son Martin moved to Mercer Co. KY and named a son Champness Madden Duncan.)
  4. Was Alexander Stinson's wife Sally's maiden name Duncan or Anderson?
    (1) Alexander's will (Caswell Co. NC Will Book A, p. 182, March 1782) names wife Sarah, daughter Nancy, father John, and grandfather Childress.
    (2) Mary Duncan's will (Person Co. NC Will Book 1, p. 268, Sep 1796) names daughter Sally Staneton and is signed by Nancy Stinson.In the list of Mary's children, Sally is first, perhaps indicating that she was oldest child. Also Nancey Stenson married John Morgan on 27 Sep 1796 in Caswell County.
    (3) Joseph Merritt, a descendant of Daniel and Mary Duncan, wrote in a family sketch in the 1890's, that Mary Duncan, nee Capehart, was widow Anderson when she married Daniel Duncan.); When Daniel's estate was divided, there was no mention of a daughter Sally.
  5. Digital Copy Caswell County, North Carolina, Will Books, 1777-1814 ; 1784 Tax List, Guardians' Accounts, 1794-1819, Books 1777-1880; Katharine Kerr Kendall, Mary Frances Kerr Donaldson; Genealogical Publishing Com, 1979 - 428 pages - Ref #44-46

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Duncan-4183 was created by Karen Fleming through the import of IshmaelGibson_2014_0325.ged on Mar 25, 2014.

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Duncan-4183 and Duncan-10 appear to represent the same person because: The two Daniels represent the same "person" Multiple merges regarding descendants -- See notes at Lowest Profile David Duncan-11.

Son of David & Elizabeth - wife Mary

posted by Sandy Edwards