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James Duncan

Feb 4, 1752 - Feb 17, 1834

Cemetery: Memory Hill
East Side, Section I, Lot 3, Grave 1
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Inscription and Notes:

Birth and death dates per pension records, etc.
Military Service: American Revolution
Virginia, Lieut. Minute Bn of GA

James Duncan enrolled as soldier at "Pittsburg on the Ohio" in 1776 and other times.[1]  He served as a private in the Virginia Continental Line.[2]  He also served as a Lieutenant in a battalion of Minutemen and the Georgia Militia from Wilkes county under Colonel Elijah Clarke.  He fled to North Carolina during the British occupation of Georgia.  .  He applied for a pension on Nov. 19, 1827, as a resident of Baldwin County, Georgia.  He received bounty land in Washington County and later a pension for his services.[3]

In 1851, his living sons were John and James Duncan and living daughters were Jane Harris of Baldwin County and Edy Neely of Jasper County, MS.[4]

When he died in 1834, Milledgeville's Federal Union noted the loss of another patriot of the Revolution, writing

DIED, on the 17th instant (February 1834) at Milledgeville, James Duncan, Senior, aged eighty-two years and thirteen days.  He was a native of Virginia, and entered the army of his country at the commencement of the revolutionary war.  He continued in the service during the whole of that arduous and perilous struggle which tried men's souls; and did not retire from the army until the liberty of his country was firmly established.  He was a gallant soldier, and a patriotic citizen, and ardent friend and an honest guileless man.  His funeral was solemnized with military honors by the Volunteer Corps of Milledgeville."[5]

[1]. Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files, Vol. 1, abstracted by Virgil D. White, 1990, p. 1038.

[2]. Revolutionary War Pension.

[3]. Georgia Revolutionary War Soldiers Graves, compiled by H. Ross Arnold and H. Clifton Burnham, 1993, Georgia Society of SAR.

[4].  Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files.

[5]. Federal Union (newspaper), Feb 19, 1834.

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