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January 18, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County: The Duncan Family

Marcus M. Duncan (1808–1864).

Mardisville Cemetery. Talladaga, Alabama. Courtesy

In 2017, Slate River Ramblings published posts about the Clay family and their home, Pleasant Grove.

At that time, Slate River Ramblings reader Dave Duncan commented with more information about Junius Clay, who became the guardian for Duncan orphans in Buckingham County.

This handwritten note was found on the back of a letter dated Oct. 1, 1921, Violet Bank Studio, Petersburg, VA.

I wish I could give you the information desired as to George Duncan. This is all I know. My grandfather Marcus Monroe Duncan was the son of George Duncan. He was born in Buckingham Co., VA. He & his brother George & sister Eliza were left orphans at an early age, Mr. Junius Clay being guardian. The Buckingham records were destroyed & our family Bible burned. I think my gr. gr. grandfather was also George Duncan of Albemarle or Fluvanna Co.—his wife Ann & his lands on both sides of the river— Hardware, I think. The family tradition is that he was a Rev. soldier. So he would probably be listed from one of those 3 counties as a soldier.

Thanking you for any trouble,

Sincerely yours,

Alice V. D. Pierrepont.

When Marcus M. Duncan died in 1864, Junius Clay was married and about sixty-years old.

Does a Slate River Rambling reader know what became of the Duncan orphans or more about the life and death of Marcus M. Duncan?


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  1. Joanne Yeck / Jun 27 2019 1:40 pm

    Thanks, Deb. Let’s hope someone who knows more sees your post!


  2. Deb Kaiser / Jun 27 2019 1:03 pm

    Just to append to my above comments, I have been researching the Huguenots of Manakin Town for some time now. I have also found evidence of Duncans in Goochland County in 1737-1741 (Martin, John and David) through the Goochland County Wills and Deeds, v.02. Still searching but there might be some connection also to a Bonion or Binion or Binnion who are listed together of Huguenot settlers in the James River area – source the Douglas Register.

  3. Joanne Yeck / Mar 5 2019 2:58 pm


    I hope you enjoy the book!


  4. Deb Duncan Kaiser / Mar 4 2019 9:44 am

    I have traced my father’s paternal line back to the Duncan’s of Buckingham County. In collaboration with living cousins, some who are y-DNA related to my brother, we have determined it is very likely our 5th Great Grandfather was John Duncan and my line is through his son James and grandson, David Duncan, born in Prince Edward County in 1756 and who married Elizabeth Finnell in Garrard County in 1811. Y-DNA connections are through Edward Duncan, who married Elizabeth Curd and his son, Joseph Curd Duncan and also through Jess Duncan, who appears to have moved on to Shelby County, K. I am very interested in sharing information with others who are researching the Duncan’s of Buckingham County.
    Our Buckingham Duncan ancestors married into descendants of the Huguenots who came to the James River area in 1700-1701…the Bondurant, Agee and Foure (Ford) families. There was an Ester Duncan on one of the ships, but I have not been able to prove anything further.

    • Joanne Yeck / Mar 5 2019 5:53 am


      Many thanks for your comment. Please search the Slate River Ramblings archive for more information about our Huguenot families in Buckingham County.


      • Deb Kaiser / Mar 5 2019 10:23 am

        Thank you, Joanne. I have ordered your book as well and look forward to learning more about Buckingham County history.

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