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.Martha M. Williams (6).

Martha Martin Williams is a daughter of Josiah Frederick Williams and Margaret  "Peggy" Thomas Philips

Martha was born 12 Jan 1836 at Maplewood on Gallatin Pike in Inglewood Davidson county TN.  (Her death certificate says 1833 and is an error)
She married Andrew Jackson "Jack" Duncan (picture to the left) on 6 June 1854 in Davidson County TN.
After her husband died, Martha was living with her daughter Bessie and her husband Paul Eldridge in the 1900 census.  She also lived with her sister Milbrey Philips Ewing.

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Family of Martha Martin WILLIAMS


Husband:  Andrew Jackson "Jack" DUNCAN

Birth:          Dec 1828 in Tennessee

Death:         30 May 1878 in Davidson County TN from Heart Disease

Marriage:     06 Jun 1854 in Davidson County TN





Wife:           Martha M. WILLIAMS

Birth:                12 Jan 1836 in Nashville, Davidson Co TN

Death:            29 Dec 1918 in Nashville, Davidson Co TN; Age: 85

Burial:          30 Dec 1918 in United States

Father:         Josiah Frederick WILLIAMS

Mother:        Margaret (Peggy) Thomas PHILIPS



1                        Name: Martha "Mattie" DUNCAN

F                        Birth: 27 Aug 1855 in Davidson, Tennessee, USA

Death: 06 Apr 1920 in Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, USA Spouse: Watt WADE

2                        Name: Andrew Jackson "Jack" DUNCAN

M                       Birth: Abt. 1858 in Tennessee

                        Left home and disappeared.

3                        Name: Dillie DUNCAN

F                        Birth:       14 Jul 1859 in Nashville, Davidson Co TN

Death: 15 Jan 1939 in Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, USA

Marriage: Nashville, Davidson Co TN

Spouse: John W. THOMAS

4                        Name: Cooper DUNCAN

M                       Birth: Abt. 1863 in Davidson, Tennessee, USA

Death: 29 Jan 1880 in Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, USA

5                        Name: Lee DUNCAN

F                        Birth: Aug 1864 in Davidson, Tennessee, USA

Death: 12 May 1928 in Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, USA

Spouse: Fannie TERRACE

6                        Name: Bessie DUNCAN

F                        Birth: 11 Feb 1868 in Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, USA

Death: 20 Jan 1951 in Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, USA

Spouse: Paul ELDRIDGE

7                        Name: Josie DUNCAN

F                        Birth: 08 Apr 1871 in Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, USA

Spouse: Mark HENDERSON

8                        Name: Mary DUNCAN

F                        Birth: Abt. 1872 in Nashville, Davidson, Tennesee, USA

Spouse: Felix SHWAB

9                        Name: Bowlena DUNCAN

F                        Birth: Abt. 1876 in Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, USA

Death: 13 Apr 1895 in Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, USA

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Tribute is Paid to Mrs. M. W. Duncan

Nashville Tennessean, Tuesday Morning, December 31, 1918

The death this Sunday morning at the age of 85 of a Christian woman of great character, like Mrs. Martha Williams Duncan -- the woman who was born in the immediate vicinity of Nashville and who here lived a long useful and influential life," implored the passing tribute of a sigh" from older citizens, if not, indeed from many younger ones who knew and loved her and where beneficially influenced by her noble example of Christian womanhood.  She was the youngest and last surviving member of a family of 14 children.

She was the daughter of Josiah and Margaret Williams and was born about 85 years ago at Maplewood, the family homestead, on the Gallatin road in a house built by her father and adorned with beautiful and lasting woods cut from his estate. Her latter years, though made most happy by her children, where years rather of memories. She lived to see passed away her father and mother, and also some in their prime and some in their old age, all of her brothers and sisters with whom in her childhood she had played on the lawn of her beautiful home.

She passed through the critical period of the Civil War and all of its sorrows, seeing her own home on the Franklin Road leveled to the ground that the guns of Fort Negley might have an unobstructed range against her Confederate kindred who were advancing in  a return to their homes.

She lived through the harsh days of Reconstruction, but afterwards saw her country reunited and again, with brotherly love all fighting together to maintain the safety and freedom of their united country, as well as giving freedom and peace to the rest of the world.  During her long life she had her share of trials and sorrows, but bravely maintained throughout her cheerfulness of spirit, comforted by the love of those who had ever been the objects of her love and care.

It may be of some interest to some of her friends to be reminded of those in her large family who preceded her, for many of them were citizens of Nashville throughout their lives.  Her six sisters where Milbrey, who married Orville Ewing:  Rebecca, who married Edwin H. Ewing:  Rowena, who married Edwin Ewing:  Mary, who married James C. Warner:  Sarah, who married Dr. Whittaker of Clarksville:  Margaret, who married Dr. Kennedy of Chattanooga.  Her brothers were James, Henry, Joseph and John, two others having died in infancy.  The first named four removed from this vicinity in early manhood. They became the fathers of large families.  John, the youngest, lived in Nashville.  He died two or three years ago near Goodlettsville. He was a much beloved citizen of East Nashville and is most kindly remembered.

Mrs. Duncan's three older sisters married three brothers and each raised a large family. Their numerous children were closely allied as first double cousins. Her sister, Mary lived for a while in Chattanooga but later her husband, James C. Warner returned to Nashville and became one of the best-known citizens in this entire section, because of his marked ability in the development of the natural resources of this section. He was the father of Leslie, Percy, Joseph and Edwin Warner.

In Mrs. Duncan's early days very great importance was attached to family life and the influence of the home fireside was very strongly felt. The profoundest respect was paid by children to their parents and the family ties between brothers and sisters were of the strongest. The home, the trees, the spring, the birds, were all dear to those who, as children, filled their homes with glee. With the order of these things changed, as they afterwards became, it was truly delightful to the younger element to listen to Mrs. Duncan refer with great liveliness of recollections to the many delights of her girlhood.

She was however, to no sense resentful of the change, because she kept abreast of all happenings, appreciated the philosophy of some of the advances in modern life and was as companionable  to the younger set as they were to themselves, because she continued to be in her sympathies and interest a part and of them.

She was very beautiful in her youth and quite early in life married Mr. A. J. Duncan. Not long after her marriage her husband established as his home the house on the northeast corner of Church and Vine street, subsequently the home of Mr. J. F. DeMoville, and now occupied by the Castner Knott Company store. She made this home a very happy one as she did also the one subsequently occupied on the Franklin Road. She was the mother of nine children, six daughters and three sons.

In their love and reverence for her they but showed an inherited trait. Ms. Duncan sustained in a truly admirable way all of the higher relations of life, for she was a duitiful(sic) and loving daughter, a true wife, a most affectionate mother, a very sincere friend, and above all, a Christian of true faith, with the tenderest of hearts, quickly responsive.  She has closed a long and useful life and now rests in peace under the trees of beautiful Mount Olivet.

ROBERT EWING - One of her many nephews

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We can see from the above obituary that Martha Williams and her husband first lived at the corner of Church Street and Vine Street (now 6th Ave.) in downtown Nashville where the red X is in the map to the right . 
Later, they moved out on Franklin Road near Ft. Negley and sold their home on Church Street to a cousin, Mary L. Phlilps (daughter of William Duncan Philips) and her husband John Felix DeMoville.  This corner was later the home of the Caster Knott Store. 
During the Civil War Martha's home on Franklin Road was demolished by the Yankees to clear the view from Ft. Negley.

They then moved further out Franklin Pike in what is now the Melrose neighborhood as you can see in the small map further down this page.

The Street Where We Lived 

Recalling Church Street's Glory Days

February 08, 1996

On that Saturday, just as it had done for 90 years, the Castner Knott store at 618 Church opened its doors for business. After the doors closed that day at 6 p.m., they would never open again.

By 1 p.m. the store had been very nearly picked clean. A pathway led through a maze of empty display cases. A few rumpled dress shirts lay piled on long tables. Men hurriedly rifled through racks of marked-down suits, while women loaded up on pantyhose. The bargains were impressive—an Oxford shirt for $15, a sweatsuit slashed to half-price—but the mood was less than festive.

Asked if she would miss the store, a woman thumbing through packs of hosiery said, “No. There’s a Castner’s five minutes from my house.” She shrugged. “It’s not nice to say, but it’s true.”

A woman in a red coat led a little girl upstairs toward the children’s department. Without pausing, they walked past a bronze plaque on the wall beside the staircase. “This tablet,” the worn plaque proclaimed, “is set at the site of the Felix DeMoville residence, famous for 45 years as the home of a refined, cultivated and hospitable family, wherein good cheer, gentle manners and intellectual intercourse brought cordial charm to gracious entertainment.” The DeMoville house had stood there, the plaque explained, from 1857 to 1902. Next to the plaque, a red construction-paper sign was taped to the wall. The sign read, “Final Week.” 


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Andrew Jackson Duncan was engaged in business in Nashville under the name of Duncan, Morgan & Co., beginning 24 Oct 1853 according to the below advertisement.

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Andrew Jackson Duncan's business under the name of Duncan, Morgan & Co. extended beyond Nashville based on the following records found in Logan County KY deed records:

Logan Co. KY Deeds (FHL film 364,596)

33-225/226: No.226. 5 Aug. 1854, Jordan T. Judkins of Logan Co. KY to Andrew J. Duncan, George Scaright, Irby Morgan and Francis Furman, merchants trading under the style of Duncan, Morgan & Co., of Nashville, Davidson Co. TN, that Judkins for $1 paid by said Duncan, Morgan & Co., and further consideration, convey the store house and grounds of said Judkins in Keysburg, Logan Co. KY, which was purchased by Judkins from William Burnett, also one house and lot of ground in Blanville, Ballard Co. KY which was conveyed to Judkins by Peter Stratton, and appurtenances, that Jordon T. Judkins and Wallis Lewis are indebted to said Duncan, Morgan & Co. for $473.26 by note 8 April 1853 due 6 months after date, and $443.82 due 8 Jan. 1854 (more notes), if Judkins pays the notes with costs, this obligation void. /s/ J.J. Judkins. J.J. Judkins ack. mortgage 5 Aug. 1854. (FHL film 364,596)

33-227: No.228. 5 Aug. 1854, Waller Lewis to Andrew J. Duncan, George Senright?, Irby Morgan and Francis Ferman? merchants trading under the name of Duncan, Morgan & Co. of Nashville, Davidson Co. TN, for $1, sell to said Morgan Duncan & Co. a parcel of land in Logan Co. KY adj. to the village of Volney, being the same upon which said Lewis now resides which he purchased of William F. Gains and containing 5 acres by survey, warrant title, but upon the condition that Waller Lewis and Jordan T. Judkins are indebted to Duncan Morgan & Co. for $473.26 by note 8 April 1853 due 6 months from date, $443.82 due 8 Jan. 1854, $446.02 due 8 Feb. 1854, $383.05 due 28 March 1854, $388.80 due 28 July 1854, said notes are entitled credit of $515.41, if Lewis pays off the notes with interest and cost, the above obligation is void. /s/ Waller Lewis. Wit. John A.L. Boyer, Robert G. Lewis. Proved 7 Aug. 1854 by oaths of Jno. A.L. Boyer and Robert G. Lewis, witnesses, recorded 17 Aug. 1854. (FHL film 364,596)

33-343/346: 9 Nov. 1854, Evans G. Foulks of town of Russellville, Logan Co. KY, to Jas. H. Colstory, Robt. B. Hall, W.H. Sparfinan? & J.F. Armstrong merchants trading under the style of Coleton Hall & Co.; H. Montgomery, R. Davidge, & H.H. Buffennges? merchants trading under the firm and style of Montgomery Davidge & Co.; Joshua McDowell and Davis R. Young merchants trading under the firm and style of McDowell & Young; J.A. McDowell, D.R?. Young, Thos. B. Overton & J. Parsons merchants trading under the style and form of McDowell & Young & Co.; Wm. Piatt, Tunan? T. Bucklin and David S. Piatt, merchants trading under the firm and style of Piatt, Buckler & Co.; that Wyable? & Wheat merchants, H.T. Cass & Co. merchants, Locke Kay merchants of Louisville, KY; John Hardy of Russellville, KY; A.J. Duncan, Irby Morgan, Geo. Scaright? & Francis Furman merchants trading under the firm & style of Duncan Morgan & Co. of Nashville, TN, and A.J. Wheeler of Cincinnati, OH; that for $1 paid, sell stock in trade (mortgage, more not copied) if paid, then this obligation to be void. /s/ E.G. Foulks. Mortgage ack. and recorded 9 Nov. 1854. (FHL film 364,596)

34-434/435: (blank day) April 1856, we hereby release the mortgage of J.T. Judkins to Duncan, Morgan & Co. of a certain house and lot in Keysburg, Logan Co. KY, and you are hereby directed to make this necessary intra? for its release, /s/ Andrew J. Duncan, Geo. Searight, Francis Franisan?, Joby Morgan, as members of said firm of Duncan, Morgan & Co. They appeared at Davidson Co. TN, Andrew J. Duncan, Geo. Searight, and Francis Furman, and ack. the deed, 2 April 1856. Certification by F.R. Chatham, Clerk of Davidson Co. TN, for Fly? Morgan, one of the bargainers, 12 April 1856. Recorded in Logan Co. KY 29 April 1856. (FHL film 364,596)

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1860 Davidson Co. TN Census
9th District
Pg.163 (144), #988-988, A.J. DUNCAN (m) 35 TN merchant $125,000-$350,000
                  Martha 24 TN
                  Mattie 5, Andrew E. 3 TN
                  Maggie 1 TN

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1870 Davidson Co. TN Census
10th District, P.O. Nashville
Pg.359, #352-418, DUNCAN, Andw. J. 42 TN (white) Banker $80,000-$20,000
                  Martha W. 34 TN keeping house
                  Mattie 15, Jackson 12 TN at home
                  Margaret 9, Cooper (m) 7 TN at home
                  Lee (m) 5, Busie (f) 2 TN at home
                  Josie (f) 2-1/2 TN b.Apr. at home
                  KNIGHT, Sampson 20 TN MULATTO at home
                  HORTON, Flerena (f) 35 TN BLACK cook
                  STAMP, Mollie 18 TN BLACK house servt.

Giles Co. TN Deed (FHL film 968,948)
      Z-501: 17 Sept. 1858, A.J. Duncan by H.H. Hanes & Co., agent, to L.A. Westmoreland, $225, negro boy Ben age 19. Reg. in Davidson Co. by A.J. Duncan 20 Sept. 1858.

John L. Mitchell's Tennessee State Gazetteer and Business Directory, Volume 1, for 1860-'61.
Listed under the "Engineer" section
A. J. Duncan & Co., Nashville, TN

State of Tennessee – Pleas at the Court House in the City of Nashville for the Special Term appointed for this Monday the 17th of March 1873 “to dispose of all unfinished business.”
Present the Hon. J. C. Guild one of the Judges of the State of Tennessee and assigned to hold the Courts of the Law Court of Nashville.

The following court filing shows us where Jack Duncan and Martha owned land.

R. M. Samuels vs. W. L. B. Lawrence- Levy- The following papers were brought into court to be recorded: W. L. B. Lawrence was commanded to personally appear in court to answer to the complaint made by R. M. Samuels that the defendant owes the plaintiff $500. It is determined that there is not personal property which to levy the judgment so it is then levied on a tract of land in Davidson County. The land is as follows: A tract of land about 2 miles from Nashville on the Franklin Middle Turnpike Road commonly known as Granny White Pike containing about 90 acres, bounded on the west by the mentioned turnpike road, bounded on the north by W. T. Berry’s land, bounded on the east by W. T. Berry’s land, Protestant Orphan Asylum lot and A. J. Duncan’s land. It is ordered by the court that the property be levied to satisfy the plaintiff’s judgment.

The below Foster 1871 map of Davidson County TN confirms the above description of where Andrew Jackson Duncan was living at that time.  His previous home had been destroyed during the Civil War because it was blocking the view of the Yankee forces from Fort Negley.

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