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Dorcas Duncan/Surry County

Dorcas Duncan/Surry County

Posted: 20 Apr 2001 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 16 May 2002 10:40AM GMT
Surnames: Duncan
I am seeking all vital information on Dorcas Duncan, born about 1783 in Surry County (could have been 'SC', Virginia or North Carolina)...husband - William Lester, Sr....father - John Duncan...mother - Darcus. William passed away in 1863, probably in Wyoming County, Virginia.


Re: Dorcas Duncan/Surry County

Posted: 3 Aug 2007 6:59PM GMT
Classification: Query
Here is some information I have on Dorcas and William Lester:

Information on marriage to Polly (Smith) Blankenship is found in the book Annals of Tazewell County, Virginia.

It seems that the Lesters came from England and first settled in North Carolina. There, William Lester was born in about the year 1770 and married Dorcus Dunegan. Some years after the Revolutionary War, William Lester moved west where game was more plentiful. He had two daughters and one son. It seems that his wife died before he moved into this direction, and that in crossing the New River, one of his daughters drowned, Dorcus by name. It is not known what became of the other daughter.

William Lester, when a very old man, married old Polly Blankenship, widow of Eli Blankenship Sr.. They lived at Upper Sturgeon Branch on Big Cub Creek. She lived to the age of 103 years.

His son Joseph, came with his father and married Dicey Bailey, a daughter of Archibald Bailey, and settled at the mouth of Rose Branch on Little Huff Creek. According to "Dyres Index" Joseph took up a land grant of 20 acres on Little Huff in Logan County in 1831. Their children were: (1) Pleasant Lester who married a Miller and settled on Big Branch. (2) Rebecca married A. Laxton Godfrey and settled on Little Huff at the mouth of Spring Branch. (4) Isaac B. Lester married Polly Godfrey and settled on Little Cub Creek. (5) Joseph Lester Jr. married Martha Morgan, a daughter of David Morgan. (6) Archibald Lester married a daughter of Anthony Morgan. (7) Nancy Lester married Eli Blankenship. (8) Tazzie Lester married William Walls. (9) David Lester married several times. (10) Matthew J. married Minitie Justice of Logan County. (11) Amos Lester married Edna Cline.

Joseph Lester Sr. was sheriff of Wyoming County from 1856 to 1860. Joseph Je., Isaac B., Archibald and David Lester were Confederate Soldiers in Co. G 22nd Va. Reg. Inf.

Re: Dorcas Duncan/Surry County

Posted: 19 Feb 2013 7:11AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Lester, Duncan, Lightfoot
Hi Kenneth, my name is Eddie E. Lester Jr. I am a descendant of William Sr. I have tried to fiquire out the Darcus/Dorcas lineage as well! It is confusing at a minimum! I do believe she died in Surry Co , N.C. I have read that Go ho ga's name was assummed by Nancy (sister of Darcus) when Go ho ga (1) passed, she was believed to have named one of her daughter's after her sister Darcus? Also it was believed she made the Trail of Tears. Where William Sr. met her is the mystery? But the timeline for Darcus (sister of Nancy/aka Ga ho ga) just didn't fit. Her niece Darcus makes more sense. I can't be certain of these tidbits but it allowed me the luxury of being able to let it somewhat "lay". My line runs through Joseph Sr., Devil Dave, England Rescue, Levi Elbert and Eddie E. Sr. Let me know if you have any current updates please!
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