Giles Henderson Duncan

Brief Life History of Giles Henderson

When Giles Henderson Duncan was born on 18 February 1843, in Montgomery, Virginia, United States, his father, William Lewis Johnson Duncan, was 23 and his mother, Susannah Mary Akers, was 25. He married Sarah Ann Elizabeth Wilson on 27 September 1866, in Montgomery, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Blacksburg, Montgomery, Virginia, United States in 1900 and Big Lick, Roanoke County, Virginia, United States in 1910. He died on 29 September 1910, in Roanoke, Virginia, United States, at the age of 67, and was buried in Fairview Cemetery, Roanoke, Virginia, United States.

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Family Time Line

Giles Henderson Duncan
Sarah Ann Elizabeth Wilson
Marriage: 27 September 1866
Olivia Susan Duncan
Gilliam Frances Duncan
Sarah Alice Duncan
Maggie May Rutledge
William James Duncan
Sarah A Duncan
Isiah B. Duncan
Laura Belle Duncan
Arthur Giles Duncan

Sources (44)

  • Giles H Duncan, "United States Census, 1870"
  • G H Duncan, "Virginia, Library of Virginia State Archive, Births, Marriages, and Deaths 1853-1900"
  • Giles A Duncan, "Virginia, County Marriage Records, 1771-1989"

World Events (8)

1844 · Lumpkin's Jail

In 1844 when Robert Lumpkin bought land in Virginia, this would be the spot of the Infamous Slave Jail (or Lumpkin’s Jail). The slaves would be brought here during the slave trade until they were sold. Lumpkin had purchased the land for his own slave business.


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

1861 · The Battle of Manassas

The Battle of Manassas is also referred to as the First Battle of Bull Run. 35,000 Union troops were headed towards Washington D.C. after 20,000 Confederate forces. The McDowell's Union troops fought with General Beauregard's Confederate troops along a little river called Bull Run. 

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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