Taliaferro Oliver Duncan

Brief Life History of Taliaferro Oliver

When Taliaferro Oliver Duncan was born on 28 March 1781, in Fauquier, Virginia, United States, his father, William M Duncan, was 31 and his mother, Lydia Malissa Duncan, was 25. He married Mary Polly Smith in 1812, in Henry, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He died on 23 January 1849, in Henry, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 67.

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Family Time Line

Taliaferro Oliver Duncan
1781–1849
Mary Polly Smith
1796–
Marriage: 1812
Austin Bradford Duncan
1813–1888
Peter Kerlin Duncan
1819–1892
Susannah Duncan
1820–1872
Matilda S Duncan
1824–1905
John Samuel Duncan
1827–1902

Sources (8)

  • Talifarro Duncan, "United States Census, 1840"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Taliaferro Oliver Duncan - Government record: Marriage record or certificate: birth-name: Taliaferro Oliver Duncan
  • Oliver Duncan, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"

World Events (8)

1783 · A Free America

The Revolutionary War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris which gave the new nation boundries on which they could expand and trade with other countries without any problems.

1788 · Becomes the 10th state

On June 25, 1788 Virginia became the 10th state. 

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

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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