Sarah Elizabeth Duncan

Female1830–August 1880

Brief Life History of Sarah Elizabeth

When Sarah Elizabeth Duncan was born in 1830, in Tilden, Webster, Kentucky, United States, her father, Elijah Duncan, was 41 and her mother, Nancy Lewis, was 36. She married James Thomas Handley on 1 November 1848, in Henderson, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Morganfield, Union, Kentucky, United States in 1870 and Corydon, Henderson, Kentucky, United States in 1880. She died in August 1880, at the age of 50.

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Family Time Line

James Thomas Handley
Sarah Elizabeth Duncan
Marriage: 1 November 1848
Minerva Jane Handley
Rovella Handley
William J. Handley
Mary Frances Handley
Isaac William Handley
Sarah Catherine Handley
Nancy Ann Handley
James Robert Handley
Edward Gibson Hanley
George Henry Fink Handley
Nathan Ignatious Handley

Sources (12)

  • Sarah Handley in household of James Handley, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Sarah Duncan, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"
  • Sarah E Duncan in entry for James R Handley and Lizzie Duncan, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1 November 1848Henderson, Kentucky, United States
  • Children (12)

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    Siblings (8)

    +3 More Children

    World Events (8)

    1830 · The Second Great Awakening

    Age 0

    Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

    1830 · Louisville and Portland Canal Opens

    Age 0

    The Louisville and Portland canal opened in 1830. It was a 2 mile canal. It helped with the barrier caused by the Falls of the Ohio River at Louisville by making a route around them.


    Age 16

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    Name Meaning

    Scottish: from the Older Scots personal name Dunecan, itself from the traditional Irish royal name Donnchad(h), derived from donn ‘brown-haired’ + cath ‘battle’. Judging by the Scots form, the Scottish Gaelic intermediary seems to have been understood as containing ceann ‘head’, as if the whole name meant ‘brown head’; compare sense 2. In Ireland the name was Anglicized as Donagh or Donaghue. Compare Donahue .

    Irish: used as an Anglicized equivalent of Gaelic Ó Duinnchinn ‘descendant of Donncheann’, a byname composed of the elements donn ‘brown-haired man’ or ‘chieftain’ + ceann ‘head’.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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