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William Duncan III (b. December 28, 1690, d. October 1781)William Duncan III (son of William Duncan II and Margaret MurdomcMurde)73 was born December 28, 1690 in Dumfrieshire, Scotland, and died October 1781 in Culpeper Co., VA.He married Sally Rawley on February 11, 1721/22 in Orange Co., VA.
Notes for William Duncan III:
1781 WILL: Bromfield Parish, Culpeper Co, VA, WB B-37, 15 Oct. Dtd 24 Feb 1781, probated 15 Oct 1781, Wit: Wm. Hughes, Wm. and Shadrack Browning. Named the children as listed.
Northern Neck (VA) Land Grants (index 1690-1879 on FHL film 29,508)
H-434: 1 May 1753, grant to William Duncan junior and Rouland Duncan, both of Culpeper County, 410 acres in Culpeper Co, on the Little Fork of Rappahannock River, survey by Mr. George Hume, beg. ... corner to Francis Browning in William Duncan's line, ... to his corner, ... his line, ... corner to said Duncans and corner to John Robarts junior, ... his corner gum (tree) by Battle Run, ... another of his lines. (FHL film 29,514)
H-626: 13 March 1755, grant to William Duncan jun. of (blank) county, 495 acres in Culpeper County on Gourd Vine fork, survey by Mr. Richard Young, beg. ... South side of Cannon's River, corner John ? Barricks?, ... Browns line ... Frances Slaughter's, ... opposite mouth of Cannon's Run, ... opposite mouth of Rush River. (MAD: this is identical land to H-739) (FHL film 29,514)
H-739: 17 Nov. 1756, grant to William Duncan Jnr. of Culpeper Co., 495 acres in said county on Goard Vine fork on the south side of Cannons River, survey by Richard Young, beg. ... corner to John Barricles, corner Thomas Brown, Francis Slaughter's line, said River a little below the mouth of a steep branch corner of the said Slaughter's, mouth of a small branch opposite the mouth of Cannons Run, opposite the mouth of Rush River. (MAD: this is identical land to H-626) (FHL film 29,514)
T-138: Grant, 16 Dec. 1788 to Joseph Duncan, 157 acres by survey 13 Nov. 1787, in Culpeper Co., adj. Joseph Duncan's corner and line, Charles Mazingo and Reuben Slaughter, south side Allen's Run, corner to John Slaughter Cadwalader Reuben and Francis, then with John Slaughter's line ... (FHL film 29,520)
U-336: Grant, 12 Nov. 1789, to William Duncan and William Roberts, 436 acres by survey 15 Dec. 1775, in Culpeper Co. adj. the bridge branch corner to John Green and Samuel Moore, then with Moore's line ..., corner to said Moore and William Duncan, then with Duncan & Robert's line ..., leaving their lines and running with Nicholas Browning's line ... to Cannons River ... to Thomas Washburn's corner & line, ... John Green's corner on the River, with his line to the beg. (FHL film 29,521)
U-371: 24 Dec. 1789, Grant to Charles Duncan for £1 sterling, 178 acres by survey 12 June 1779, in Culpeper Co., beg. at corner to said Duncan on S.side Canon's River in Gourdvine fork, down the River, John Cooper's line, corner to James Murphet. (FHL film 29,521)
U-460: Grant, 24 Dec. 1789, by virtue of a warrant, grant to Charles Duncan, 178 acres by survey 12 June 1779, in Culpeper Co., adj. corner to the said Duncan's on the south side of Cannons River in the Goardvine Fork, then down the river, ... to John Coopers line, then to James Murphee's corner (Murphel?) & line, ... to said Duncan's corner & line. (FHL film 29,521)
A-1&2: 15 April 1749, David Kinkead and wife Winifred of St. Anne's Parish, Albemarle Co., to William Duncan and heirs of St. Marks Parish, Orange Co., for 5 shillings, 660 acres in Parish of St. Marks, Orange Co., bounded ... mouth of Kinkeads Run, side of Bessie Bell Mountain, to point of Mary Gray Mountain ... Wit. Saml. Scott, Rawly ("R his mark") Duncan, John Roberts Senr. (Jr. per Nancy Reba Roy), Wm. (X) Duncan Junr. 17 April 1749, release for £50. Same wit. Recorded 15 June 1749. (FHL film 30,942)
A-484: 27 Jan. 1753, John Farmer of Culpeper to Francis Browning, for £45, 100 acres, on William Duncan's line on south side of run called Middle Run, and witnesseth that William Duncan grant all his right and title of the said land to Francis Browning excepting one acre for the use of a mill which is already laid out; John Farmer had title; /s/ John Farmer, William Duncan. Wit. William Strother, John Duncan, Samuel Scott. (FHL film 30,942) (MAD: unable to find grant or survey or grantee deed to John Farmer in Orange or Culpeper Co. VA)
C-245: 20 Dec. 1759, William Duncan and Ruth (X), his wife, of Bromfield Parish, Culpeper Co., to Francis Browning, Jr., of same Co., for £25, 224 acres in Broomfield Parish between Allens Run & Mill Run. No wit. (FHL film 30,943) (MAD: unable to determine how William Duncan got this 224 acres)
C-286: 7 March 1760, Frances Browning to William Roberts and William Johnston, for £15, 50 acres in Brumfield Parish, on north side Cumons River, corner John Cooper, Browning's old line, Nicholas Browning's corner. Wit. Rawley Duncan, John Cooper, Isaac Wall. (FHL film 30,943)
C-288: 20 March MDCCLX (1760), Frances Browning the Elder of Brumfield Parish, for love ... to his son Nicholas Browning, 80 acres on little fork of Rappahannock, part of grant to said Browning of 430 acres 4 Feb. 1747. Wit. Wm. Johnston, Rowley Duncan, John Cooper. (FHL film 30,943)
C-491: 28 May 1753, lease from William Beverley of Blandfield, Essex Co., to Francis Grant of Culpeper, 100 acres, part of William Elkwood' tract in Culpeper Co., on the Bank of the Hedgman River, down the river, corner to the tenement of Joseph Amiss, line of Wm. Crawford, tenants of William Lett (Sett?), lease to Francis, his son William and his daughter Lucy. Wit. W. Russell, Henry Russell, William (X) Abbott. (FHL film 30,943)
C-494: 21 May 1762, Francis Grant of Culpeper Co. to Charles Duncan, Jr., all right etc. to within lease (C-491), for £16. Wit. Saml. Clayton, Cad. Slaughter, John Clayton. (FHL film 30,943)
1922 "History of KY" by William Elsey Connelley and E.M. Coulter, Vol.IV, ed. by Charles Kerr (from John Allen Duncan 1984 with permission to share with others)
Pg.376: DUNCAN GIBSON ... In the following paragraphs are sketched some of the outstanding figures in this old KY family, particularly those whose lives are not reviewed under other names.
William Duncan, born in Scotland, April 17, 1672, immigrated to America, January 22, 1722, settled in Culpeper Co. VA and February 11, 1722, married Ruth Rawley, daughter of Matthew Rawley, a native of England, who settled in VA in 1719. Their son, Daniel, born in Culpeper Co., was educated in PA, and thence went to Bourbon Co. KY. He owned and resided on a farm near the Scott Co. line. (JAD: cf. Ardery p.17 and K.D. Smith p.67)
1896 "Biographical Cyclopedia of the Commonwealth of KY" by John M. Gresham (from Ruth Robertson 1985 with permission to share with others)
Pg.291-2: HENRY FIELD DUNCAN. Ex-Commissioner of Insurance, Frankfort, [Franklin Co.] KY. The Reverend William Duncan, who was born in Perthshire, Scotland, January 7, 1630, was the progenitor of the Duncan family that settled in the colony of VA in 1690. Reverend William Duncan lost his life for refusing to take the Jacobite oath in the reign of Charles II; he married in 1657 Sarah Haldane. His oldest child, William Duncan, was born October 1, 1659; Charles, another son, September 6, 1662; Henry, January 11, 1664; Thomas, January 28, 1665; Mary, February 1, 1667. William Duncan, born April 19, 1690, was the grandson of the Reverend William Duncan who left Scotland, accompanied by his two sisters and brothers. He arrived in Culpeper Co. VA on January 23, 1722. On February 11 of the same year he took to wife Ruth Raleigh, daughter of Matthew Raleigh, who was born in England of Welsh parentage. Raleigh Duncan, their eldest son, was with General Washington at Braddock's defeat in 1755; also at Point Pleasant in 1774, where he was severely wounded, and was in all attacks made by the colonial troops against the invasion of Virginia by the traitor Arnold in 1781. The old Scotch families thus settled in the northern neck of VA were true to the cause of freedom during the great struggle for independence; no family was more true to the American cause than the children and grandchildren of William Duncan, who was the founder of this family in the colony of VA and the ancestor of the various branches of the Duncans who have scattered themselves over the South and West within the last seventy years.
1915 "History of Northwest MO" by Walter Williams (Los Angeles Public Library book 977.8 W728 Vol.3)
Pg.722-4: HON. ALBERT B. DUNCAN. "In an early day, two brothers, named respectively John and George Duncan, emigrated from Scotland to the United States. John settled in the State of Virginia (then a province), and George settled in Pennsylvania. From these two men it is believed that all, by this name in the United States have descended." (History of Missouri Baptists, p. 576.) (MAD: UNPROVEN)
Duncan is a Scotch name, and William and John are family names in every generation.
The most valuable and reliable information concerning the family history of the Duncan family was secured from Judge Daniel A. Grimsley, of Culpeper, Virginia, a lawyer of ability; and of a thorough knowledge of the records of his state and county.
He says: "From an examination of the records here, I find, that from 1750 to 1790 there lived in Culpeper County four large families by the name of Duncan, that of William and of Charles, of James and of Robert. Tradition in some branches of the family has it that they were Scotchmen and brothers and I have no doubt this is correct. They were people of more than ordinary education. I notice that all deeds, and wills made by them were signed by their own hands, both male and female, which was not at all common in those early days."
He says further: "All the Duncans of the olden time were farmers or planters, and, so far as my observation goes, it continues to be the leading employment of the family," (which is true at this time), "and they are remarkably good farmers, too. I have never known one to be an indolent, thriftless man."
The subject of this sketch, who was born in a log house in Green Township, Platte Co. MO, on the 17th day of April, 1862, is therefore a lineal descendant in the seventh generation of the immigrant ancestor, John Duncan, the line of descent being as follows, John, William, William, Frederick, Edward Pendleton, Richard Frederick, and Albert B.
Judge Grimsley says: "Now, of the third generation, William Duncan (the son of the first William), who married Rose Norman, died about 1788, and left the following children: William, whose wife was named Lucy, died in 1832; Benjamin, Frederick, James and Elizabeth." All of these were born in, and many of their descendants still live in Culpeper County.
Although Rev. William Duncan is a well documented and no doubt colorful figure, recent research by the genealogist Dr. John A. Robertson of Scotland has cast serious doubt as to whether the reverend's descendents ever immigrated to Virginia. Thus, the ancestors of Jael Duncan should be carefully re-established.
Nancy Reba Roy, in her monograph entitled "Descendants of William Duncan, The Elder" published in 1959, describes the descendants of William Duncan born in 1692 down to Jael's marrage with Samuel Stallard. Some doubt can be cast on the validity of her research because 1) she claims that William the Elder is the grandson of Rev. William Duncan of Scotland and 2) she makes the unfounded claim that Walter Stallard immigrated from England and settled in Rappahannock Co. VA in 1640. For the time being, we can only assume that Jael's grandfather was indeed William the Elder, but unfortunately we can't go farther back. Can anyone trace William the Elder farther back?
Dr. Robertson reports that:
1. The only recorded wife of Mr William  Duncan, minister of East Kilpatrick, was Janet McArthur, who was alive in 1688.
2. The eldest son of Mr William  was William , who married Margaret Forbes.
3. The eldest son of William  Duncan and Margaret Forbes was William , born by 8 December 1688. They had a younger son called John.
4. William  died before 24 September 1725. His younger full brother John was his heir, so William  died without legitimate surviving issue.
5. William  was still alive on 20 November 1725.
Dr. Robertson concludes that for the ancestry of Jael to be correct:
1. Mr William  must have been married more than once - perfecly possible.
2. William  must have been married more than once - again perfectly possible.
3. William  must have had another son called William, born after William 's death and after John's birth. Not impossible, as it was quite common when a child died for a later child to be given the same name, and there is no definite evidence of when William  died, other than that he was dead by 24 Sept. 1725. He could have died as early as 9 December 1688, with nobody bothering to record the fact until 1725.
4. Taking all 3 points together, however, it seems scarcely credible that there is no agreement at all between the alleged ancestry of Jael and the information in the documents.
5. It is obviously very unfortunate that Mr William  did not die while still minister at East Kilpatrick, as there would almost certainly have been a monument to him there, as there are for his succcessors. There is no testament for him, his son William , or for William .
6. It is possible that William (3) went to America sometime between 1688 and 1725, and his exact date of death may have been unknown in Scotland. However, if he had legitimate children in Virginia, his eldest son (or his daughters jointly if he had no sons) should have been his heir. John must have satisfied the Scottish court that William had died without surviving issue, but, as with any court decision, this might not actually be true. There is a very slim chance that the actual papers of the Glasgow Burgh Court case (not just the judgment) have been preserved, and it might be worthwhile trying to track them down; however, I wouldn't be too optimistic about finding them.
A summary of the various documents, as reported by Dr. Robertson, follows.
It seems very likely from these documents, as the author of the article in the Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae suggests, that Mr. William  Duncan had a son Alexander, to be identified with the minister of Kilburnie in Ayrshire 1680-88 who later became an Episcopal minister in Glasgow and was consecrated a bishop of the Episcopal church in 1724, dying in January 1733, his testament (with that of his son Mr. Robert Duncan who died June 1734) being recorded at Glasgow 22 May 1735. However, no proof of relationship between Mr. Alexander Duncan and Mr. William  Duncan has been found.
The following is the relevant part of a 'service of heir', in which a jury decides that one person is the legitimate heir of another.
It is the decision of a 15-man jury sitting in the Burgh Court of Glasgow on 24 September 1725. The original document is in the Scottish Record Office, reference C24/59. The copy in the bound volumes, which is what I saw, was recorded on 19 October 1725, being the 10th service of heir recorded in that month; the ref. is C22/59 folios 623 to 624.
The jury decided that -
John Duncan, bearer of these present documents [i.e. the documents proving his right to inherit] is the legitimate and nearest heir of the late William Duncan , his full brother, who died in the faith and peace of our sovereign lord [i.e. king George] and was the legitimate son of William Duncan , who was the eldest legitimate son of the late Mr William Duncan , minister of the word of God at Killpatrick.
Also, that the said John Duncan is of legitimate age [to inherit].
The original Latin text is:
[The jury decided] quod quondam Gulielmus Duncan filius legitimus Gulielmi Duncan qui fuit filius legitimus natu maximus quondam Magistri Gulielmi Duncan ministri verbi Dei apud Killpatrick frater germanus Joannis Duncan latoris presentium obiit ad fidem et pacem SDN et quod dictus Johannes Duncan est legitimus et propinquior haeres dicti quondam Gulielmi Duncan ejus fratris et quod est legitime aetatis.
Sasines (land transactions) for Mr William Duncan and his family for the period 1688 to 1761. There are no earlier sasines for them.
They all concern a so-called 'ten-shilling land', the lands of Lochbrae, lying in the parish of Easter Kilpatrick, being part of the Regality of Lennox, in the County of Dunbarton. 'Ten-shilling land' refers to the assessed value of the property at some remote time. The lands of Lochbrae were a part of the 'five-pound land' of Killermont, so the lands of Lochbrae are a tenth part of the lands of Killermont.
Land-holding in Scotland since about the year 1150 has been by 'feudal tenure'. Almost all the land in Scotland belongs to the king. He grants land, by royal charter, to those he favours. These people can then make grants of all or part of their lands to third parties. These third parties become their 'vassals', while the people who hold charters from the king become the 'superiors' of the third parties. In principle, the third parties can themselves grant some or all of what they hold to fourth parties; there's no limit in principle to the length of the chain of ownership.
These are NOT tenancies; all the people concerned have HERITABLE rights in the land. Everyone concerned has to make a small annual payment to his immediate superior, a so-called 'feu-duty'. Those who hold land directly from the king usually have to pay the least, e.g. a silver penny or a white rose, 'if asked'. One cannot make any major changes to land that one holds - e.g. create a new village - without the permission of the superior.
It is of course possible to buy the 'superiority' from your superior, so that you move up one step closer to the king. It is also common to resign lands back to the superior, so that a new charter may be granted to you, or to someone to whom you wish to give the land.
The superior of the lands of Lochbrae at the time of the sasines below was Laurence Colquhoun of Killermont (and perhaps later his son of the same name).
Summary of the Duncan sasines:
The dates at the start of each are the dates of recording in the register. The order of the last two have been switched to show the actual order of events:
1. [Scottish Record Office, ref. RS10/2 ff. 254v-255v] At Dumbarton, 8 December 1688.
This grants the ten-shilling land of Lochbrae to Mr William Duncan, minister of the gospel at East Kilpatrick, in life-rent, and to his grandson William Duncan in fee. In other words, Mr Duncan has bought the land for his grandson, whose property it becomes. But Mr William wishes to keep the income from the land for himself during the rest of his own life (i.e. until 1692, if he really did die in 1692). The sasine mentions Mr William's spouse as of 1688, calling her 'Joneta McCartour' once, and 'Joneta McCarthour' once, i.e. Janet McArthur. There is no way of telling from the document whether she was Mr William's 1st wife or mother of his children. However, the document does at least prove that Mr William had a grandson called William by 8.12.1688. There is no way of telling the age of the grandson; a one-day old child could have been granted ownership of the land, though he would not have been able to administer the land himself until he was 14 years old.
2. [Scottish Record Office, ref. RS10/5 ff. 267-268v] At Dumbarton, 27 October 1725.
This relates that John Duncan, full-brother and heir of William Duncan, becomes owner of the land. We know from the service of heir [above] that Mr William's grandson, William , died before 27 September 1725, without legitimate surviving issue. The reasonable assumption is that William  died shortly before that date rather than a long time before, i.e. in 1724 or early 1725, probably aged about 40.
3. [Scottish Record Office, ref. RS10/6 ff. 25v-26] At Dumbarton, 22 April 1727.
This relates that John Duncan sold (or otherwise handed over ownership) of the land to Mr Alexander Duncan, in life-rent, and Mr Alex's daughter Grizell Duncan, in fee. John does this WITH CONSENT OF HIS FATHER, William  Duncan, and the sasine includes the relevant prior agreement of 20 November 1725, signed by William Duncan and John Duncan. So William  Duncan, father of William  and of John, was alive and in Scotland on 20 November 1725. It is also clear from this that Mr Alexander Duncan must be a close relative of Mr William Duncan. Given that Mr Alex graduated from Glasgow University on 20 July 1675, it seems reasonable to agree with the author of the article about Mr Alex in the 'Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae' that Mr Alex was Mr William's son - a younger son, as we know that William  was Mr William's eldest son.
4. [Scottish Record Office, ref. RS10/8 ff. 413v-414] At Dumbarton, 29 June 1754.
Grizell Duncan is granted the tithe sheaves, and other sheaves, of the ten-shilling land of Lochbrae, in consequence of a charter granted to her father and herself of 3 March 1731. This is of no great importance. The tithes (or 'teinds' as they are usually called in Scotland) are often granted separately from the land itself.
5. [Scottish Record Office, ref. RS10/9 ff. 266v-267v] 21 April 1761.
This is a sasine in favour of Andrew Stalker, bookseller in Glasgow, of an annual rent of 5 pounds and 10 shillings from the lands of Lochbrae, granted by Mrs* Grizell Duncan, residing in Glasgow, lawful daughter of the deceased Mr Alexander Duncan, minister of the gospel in Glasgow. This reason for this grant need not concern us. Possibly Grizell has borrowed money from Stalker, and this is a way of repaying it. She retains ownership of the land. But it's useful in showing that she was living in Glasgow. * 'Mrs' is just a courtesy title; it doesn't mean she was married.
6. [Scottish Record Office, ref. RS10/9 fo. 271] 21 May 1761.
This document records that Grizell Duncan, lawful daughter of the deceased Mr Alexander Duncan, sometime minister of the gospel at Kilburny [in Ayrshire], thereafter minister of the episcopal congregation at Glasgow, resigns the lands of Lochbrae to Laurence Colquhoun of Killermont. i.e. she has resigned the lands back to the superior, for the new grant that follows:
7. [Scottish Record Office, ref. RS10/9 ff. 268v-269v] At Dumbarton, 11 May 1761.
Sasine in favour of John Duncan, of the lands of Lochbrae. John Duncan (full brother of the deceased William  Duncan, eldest lawful son of the NOW DECEASED William  Duncan, who was eldest lawful son of the deceased Mr William Duncan, minister of the gospel at Easter Kilpatrick) is granted the lands of Lochbrae. The document enlarges on this. It says John holds a charter in his favour as heir of his brother, granted by Laurence Colquhoun of Killermont, immediate lawful superior of the lands of Lochbrae. It explains that this Laurence had ratified a grant of the lands by John Lennox of Lochbrae (the previous owner) to Mr William Duncan and his grandson [i.e. the 1st sasine above]. It states that the grandson, William , was the eldest lawful son of William  Duncan and his spouse Margaret FORBES.
Dr. Robertson remarks that:
I noticed that there are several McMurdie testaments in the 1670s and 1680s in Dumfriesshire, and there's clearly some family tradition among some Duncan descendants of a Dumfries connexion, so this may be a better place to look for the correct ancestry than Dunbartonshire or Perthshire.
I would have thought that if a Haldane of the Gleneagles family had married Mr William, there would have been some record of her existence, but there does not appear to have been any Sarah or Susan, or indeed a Richard who is said to have been her father. [Source: John Haldane in Arizona - firstname.lastname@example.org]
One small comment on arms - I don't think you can conclude anything from similarity of arms. Once one man called Duncan - e.g. James D. of Mairdrum who died in 1601 without legitimate male issue - had a coat of arms, any later grant of arms to another Duncan might well be based on the same elements. It doesn't necessarily indicate kinship. There are several Robertsons who had similar arms with wolves' heads, but these Robertsons were not all related to one another, beyond being fellow Scots.
DANIEL DUNCAN, merchant and land owner, of Paris, Kentucky, was born near Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, January 20, 1773, to William and Mary Duncan. William Duncan and his father, Thomas Duncan, took up land in Hopewell Township, Cumberland county, Pennsylvania, as early as 1759 and 1762 when they were issued land warrants. William Duncan served during the Revolution as a First Lieutenant, Fifth Company, Fourth Regiment of Pennsylvania; his will, in which he styled himself "of Southampton Township", Cumberland county was recorded April 18, 1794 and mentioned wife, Mary, dau. of Francis Albert) and children: David, John, William (Jr.), Stephen, Daniel (our subject), Joseph, Margaret (married Mr. Blythe), Ann (married Mr. Culbertson of Chambersburg, Pa.), Jane and James. William Duncan Sr. is thought to have descended from Rev. William Duncan A. M., Episcopal minister, born 1630, Pertshire, Scotland; married August 29, 1657 Susan Haldane of Glasgow, Scotland and died 1692 in the 40th year of his ministry. William Duncan, son of Rev. William and Susan (Haldane) Duncan, born October 1, 1659; married 1681 Margaret McMurdo and had among others a son, Thomas Duncan, born January 12, 1686; immigrated with brothers to America and settled in Culpeper county, Virginia; married Jane (family name unknown) removed to the vicinity of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where his will was filed July 18, 1776 in which he named son, William Duncan, who was the father of Daniel Duncan of Paris, Kentucky.
DANIEL DUNCAN was about twenty years of age when he took up his residence in Paris. He soon became a prominent and respected citizen. In 1794 his father-in-law, Richard Timberlake, deeded him three hundred acres on "Paddy's run" and that same year he purchased from the Trustees of Paris an out lott no. 25. One James Taffe of Clark county, Kentucky, gave him power-of-attorney, in 1794, to make a deed to a lot in "Baltimore Town," Maryland, and there are numerous other records filed in the office of the county clerk of Bourbon county regarding this man who for forty years conducted his mercantile business and operated his farms in Paris and Bourbon county. On the first Friday in March, 1797, when the first election of trustees for the town of Paris (formerly Hopewell) was held, Daniel Duncan was among the six gentlemen elected. He was one of the trustees of the Bourbon Academy established by the State Legislature December 1798 and was elected treasurer at the organization meeting April 1st, 1799; was appointed by Governor Isaac Shelby justice of the peace of Bourbon county December 1794. Daniel Duncan married Oct. 7, 1793 Mary Timberlake born Dec. 25, 1776, 10 miles north of Richmond, Virginia, to Richard Timberlake and his second wife, Mary (Munden) Smith born May 19, 1747, widow of Samuel Smith and daughter of Thomas and Rachel Munden. The first wife of Richard Timberlake was the sister of Samuel Smith, first husband of his second wife. In 1790 Richard and Mary Timberlake moved from Hanover county, Virginia, to Harrison county, Kentucky, settling four miles east of Cynthiana and a little later to a farm five miles from Paris, Bourbon county, on the waters of Flat Run. Mary Timberlake, wife of Daniel Duncan, had one own brother, Harry (Henry), who represented Bourbon county in the State Legislature 1814, and three half brothers viz: Samuel, Obediah and William Timberlake and three own sisters viz: Nancy who married Hon. Robert Trimble, Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court, Rebecca who married James Findley of Cynthiana, Kentucky, and Betsy who married first George W. Baylor and second Mr. Chinn of Shelbyville, Kentucky, and one half sister, Sally Smith, who married John Clark of Hanover county, Virginia, who after his wife's death moved with his three children (two daughters and a son) to Harrison county, Kentucky; one of the Misses Clark married a Mr. Kelly of Cynthiana and the other Mr. Respass of Augusta, Kentucky. The will of Richard Timberlake was filed in Bourbon county October 1806.
James Duncan and Charles Duncan came to Kentucky territory in spring of 1788 and to the present limits of Jessamine county, Ky., from Culpeper county, Va. Charles Duncan was born there 1742. James Duncan born 1746 was murdered by Indians near mouth of Paint Lick Creek, Madison county, Ky., Nov. 7, 1792, and left a widow and three small children. James and Charles Duncan had a brother, Rawley Duncan, born in Culpeper county, Va., 1736, who also moved to Kentucky. Ref: Old letter written by Charles Duncan, grandson of Charles Duncan, to Samuel M. Duncan of Nicholasville, Ky., from Edenton, N. C., dated Sept. 23, 1888, published in the Jessamine Journal, Nov. 2, 1888. This letter containing much information on these pioneers, was sent to the editor for publication by Samuel M. Duncan, grandson of James Duncan, who gave the birth dates of Charles and James Duncan as 1762 and 1764 respectively, both having been born in Culpeper county, Va. Note: It is probable these men were of different generations-see article by Mrs. Linnie Wright Barrett, Kentucky Register, vol. 31, in which she refers to confusion in various branches of Culpeper and Fauquier Duncan families caused by duplication of given names.
More About William Duncan III and Sally Rawley:
Marriage: February 11, 1721/22, Orange Co., VA.
Children of William Duncan III and Sally Rawley are:
- +Rawley Duncan, b. November 23, 1736, Orange Co, VA, d. July 19, 1793, Rockbridge Co., VA.