Person:John Duncan (32)

John Duncan
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Name John Duncan
Gender Male

This John Duncan is identified as the son of Person:John Duncan (31) when he appears in court records in 1780, choosing his guardian as William Cowan. The commonly accepted DOB for John Duncan, Jr. is 1763, though the source for that is not known. This would make him about 11 years of age at the time of his fathers death in 1774. The fact that he would have been 19 years of age at the time he selected his guardian suggests that this selection was "pro forma". It is possible that he was much younger than 11 when his father died.

There is a record for a "John Duncan, Jr." roster of Moore's Fort in mid 1774. If that John Duncan is the son of Person:John Duncan (31) then his DOB would surely be much earlier than 1763. Alternatively, this Person:John Duncan (32) may be a different person altogether.


Hamilton's article on the death of Issac Crissman gives the following information:

The estate of Isaac Crissman was administered at the first court held for Washington County on January 28, 1777, by Archibald Cox, with John Kinkaid, Abraham McClellan, John Anderson and John Snoddy as securities, and the appraisers of the estate were: John Kinkaid, Sr., James Wharton, John Dunkin and Samuel Porter. It is interesting to note of these men appraising and administering Crissman’s estate that Archibald Cox and Wharton were killed later by Indians, and John Dinkin and Samuel Porter were captured and carried to imprisonment in Canada.

This John Dinkin is presumably a typo for "John Dunkin" or "John Duncan", and probably refers in any case to Person:John Duncan (32), rather than Person:John Duncan (31)]] since he's mentioned three years after the death of the later. There are a number of genealogies on Ancestry that seem to deal with a "Captain John Dunkin" who was taken prisoner by the British, and sent to Montreal. It is this Captain John Dunkin that Hamilton is presumably referring to. Samuel Porter is well documented as having been captured by the British in Kentucky and taken to Canada/Detroit. Presumably this John Duncan went with him to settle in Kentucky, and was also among those captured. Some genealogies that deal with this event associated this John Dunkin with a different origin altogether. It is not clear yet which story line is correct. More critically, it is not clear what relationship this John Duncan has to person:John Duncan (31)


  1. SWVP Register 1769-1775
  2. Person:John Duncan (31)
  3. Hamilton's article on the death of John Duncan. (Gives data on son's guardianship)
  4. Southwest VA Militia Roster Early 1774