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Mini Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (Mc)
McQuagge, Duncan

Duncan McQuage/McQuaig/McQuagge born ca 1765 came with his wife, 3 sons, and daughter from North Carolina to the Euchee Valley Scottish settlement southeast of what is now DeFuniak Springs in Walton County, FL in the early 1820's. Census records show him in the 1820 Census of Conecuh County, Alabama as Duncan McQuaig; in the 1821 Census of West Florida as Duncan McQuagge; and finally in the 1830 Walton County Florida Census as Duncan McQuagg. He was issued a land patent on May 15, 1829 in Walton County for 80 acres in Section 12, T2N, R18W as Duncan McQuaig. A large number of patent deeds were issued on this date so he probably occupied this land for many years before this date.

  There are previous records such as the 1779 Richmond County NC Census tax list with Duncan & John McQuague; the 1790 Federal Census of Richmond County, NC with Malcom, Peter, and Duncan McQuig (over age 16 and with a wife); a December 1795 Richmond County Petition for Military Organization as Dunkin McQuag (Line 5); a December 13, 1799 list of "persons who took an oath that they were prevented from voting for Duncan McFARLAND in an election in said county where alligations of impropriety were raised" (#59) as Duncan McQuage; the 1799 List of Voters for Richmond County NC for Senate (#54) as Duncan McQuagne; an 1800 Petition of Inhabitants of Anson County, North Carolina as Dunkin McQuag (X on Line 6); the Anson County, NC Census' of 1800 as McUage and of 1810 as McQuague; and the Anson County 1815 Tax List (Capt. Smith's Company) as Duncan McQuage showing the ownership of 226 acres valued at $400.

  "In 1806 families of Scottish origins organized a Presbyterian Church in Anson County, NC and family names of participants were McRae, McLeod, Campbell, McQuagg, McLouchlin, McKay, McPherson, McKinsie, McClennon. Land for the church and cemetery was purchased in 1806. In 1816, Duncan McQuague sold 226 acres on Long Branch of Jones Creek in Anson County for $350.00."

It is not certain whether any of these recorded entries with slightly different surname spellings are the same Duncan, but they appear to be the same man. We are still searching for information on his parents/grandparents and exactly when and where he came from in Scotland.


Wm. Duncan McQuagge

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