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Duff

Origin of the Surname Duff
In the Gaelic, signifies black, but in the Cornish British and Welsh, a captain.


DANIEL DUFF (SHADRACK) was born 1772, and died August 15, 1855 in Carter County, Kentucky. He married NANCY ANN ALLISON Abt. 1795 in Guilford, North Carolina. She was born Abt. 1776 in Lee County, Virginia, and died 1849 in Perry Co., Ky. Notes for DANIEL DUFF: Daniel married Nancy Ann Allison in North Carolina, but a short time later, the couple moved to the Wallin Ridge section of Lee County, Virginia, where many of their children were born. He became a minister of the Primitive Baptist Church before he came to Kentucky. Nancy Ann Allison was born of Welsh parentage at Guilford County, North Carolina, in 1776. As is usually the case with the distaff side of a family, not much is known about her. We do know, however, that she was a faithful, caring wife and mother. Prior to 1818, this couple had moved to the head of the North Fork of the Kentucky River, in what is now Letcher County. According to family history, it was upon the suggestion of Elder Jesse Bowling that they settled on Grapevine Creek in old Clay County (now Perry County). History also suggests that Daniel was originally of the Presbyterian faith and changed his religious affiliations before arriving in Kentucky. This is very probable, since the Primitive Baptist and the Presbyterian faiths, at that time, were very similar. This opinion was strong in more than one of the families which descended from Daniel and Nancy Ann Duff. Daniel was active in Primitive Baptist churches of the Indian Bottom Association. Records confirm that he was involved with the Sandlick Church in Floyd County, the Oven Fork Church in Letcher County, the Indian Bottom Church in Perry County, and the Stillwater Baptist Church in Breathitt County. He was also the mover who brought the Quicksand Primitive Baptist Church in Breathitt County into existence. The Indian Bottom Church was founded in 1810 in what is now Letcher County, and soon became the leading church of the Indian Bottom Association of Regular Baptists. That church, and all other Primitive Baptist churches in Eastern Kentucky at that time, was a member of the Washington Association of Southwestern Virginia. Regardless of distance, these early churches were represented at the annual associations. One church historian states, "In 1814, Elder Daniel Duff was known to have preached where Whitesburg is now located (then Floyd County). In 1815, returning from Virginia, he was accompanied by two ministers, William Wells and John Flannery, pastor of the Deep Springs Church in Lee County, Virginia. Duff once lived on the river above Blackey, Kentucky, and came down into what is now Perry County in 1818. Records show that the Presbyteria, which organized the Oven Fork Church in 1820, was composed of Elders Daniel Duff, William Wells, and John Flannery (Perry County: A History, page 120). As an early minister in Perry County, he performed many of the marriages, which are entered in Marriage Books A and B. In 1839, the Quicksand Regular Baptist Church was organized. Its first moderator, which most faiths refer to as a "pastor," was Daniel Duff. According to church records, it was built about 600 yards above the mouth of Quicksand Creek. Measuring 20 feet by 24 feet, it was made of hand-hewn logs. Its seats were made of split logs and served the congregation for many years (from the minutes of the Quicksand Regular Baptist Church). An interesting fact is that none of the minutes of the Indian Bottom Association churches list Nancy Ann Duff as a member. Nancy Allison Duff died in 1849 and is buried in the John Bach Cemetery at Quicksand, Breathitt County. After her death, Daniel went to live with his daughter, Drucilla Duff Gilbert, in Carter County. A short time later, he married Ellen Roe. During his residence in Carter County, as a minister of the Christian Gospel, he continued to marry couples in this capacity. He died on August 15, 1855 and was buried near Olive Hill. His grave is yet to be identified, but family tradition has it that he is buried in the same cemetery as his second wife, Ellen Roe. ( Have extended info on Ellen Littleton Roe... Refer to "Hunters FTW File) By William Henry Young   Children of DANIEL DUFF and NANCY ALLISON are: i. HENRY C3 DUFF, m. MARY NANCY DAVIDSON. Notes for HENRY C DUFF: Henry C. served in the Kentucky Legislature, was the first sheriff of Perry County, and served as a teacher and postmaster in the Grapevine section of Perry County. He moved to Missouri and was killed there by a roving band of irregulars during the Civil War. 3. ii. RACHEL DUFF, b. 1797, Lee County, Virginia; d. July 14, 1855, Quicksand, Breathitt Co., Ky. iii. MARY DUFF, b. Abt. 1799, Lee County, Virginia. iv. MARTHA DUFF, b. Abt. 1801, Tennessee. 4. v. JOHN A. DUFF, b. Abt. 1802, Tennessee. 5. vi. DEBORAH DUFF, b. 1808. 6. vii. COLSON DUFF, b. Abt. 1815. 7. viii. ALEXANDER DUFF, b. Abt. 1817, Kentucky. 8. ix. DRUCILLA DUFF, b. Abt. 1821. x. SHADRACK DUFF, b. Abt. 1823; m. LUCINDA COMBS. Notes for SHADRACK DUFF: Shadrach Duff, son of Daniel and Nancy, is mentioned in an interview by the Rev. John J. Dickey, conducted in May 1898 with Matilda Duff Lewis. She states, "Shadrach Duff, my brother, was killed by an explosion of a keg of gunpowder when a young man..." xi. MARGARET DUFF, b. 1823; m. JOHN HAYS. Notes for MARGARET DUFF: John and Margaret first moved to Wolfe County to be near several of John's brothers, who lived there in the 1860s, 1870s, and 1880s. By 1880, he and Margaret Duff Hays had moved to Menifee County. 9. xii. MATILDA DUFF, b. April 09, 1825, Perry County, Kentucky; d. May 1904.

Descendants of *Shadrack/Shadrick/Shadrach DUFF

As compiled by
Jane A. Schwarz Combs
 

Generation No. 1

1. *SHADRACK/SHADRICK/SHADRACH1 DUFF was born in Ireland.

Child of *SHADRACK/SHADRICK/SHADRACH DUFF is:
2. i. *SHADRACH2 DUFF, b. 1746, Ireland; d. 15 March 1781, Guilford Co., NC.

Generation No. 2

2.  *SHADRACH2 DUFF (*SHADRACK/SHADRICK/SHADRACH1) was born 1746 in Ireland, and died 15 March 1781 in Guilford Co., NC.  He married *DEBORAH DIXON.  She was born 1750 in Dublin, Ireland or Scotland, and died 1780 in Guilford Co., NC.

" On March 15, 1781, the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, North Carolina, was raging.  General Green, the Colonial general, had carefull picked this site as the place to engage the English general, Cornwallis.  That day, Henry Lee's cavalry encountered cornwallis' advancing army and fought it briefly.  then the British Army crashed up the hill toward the courthouse, where green colonial troops fired two promised volleys and fled.

The battle was fought furiously by John Howard and William Washington's cavalries and seasoned Colonials.  Colonial and English troops fought each other, with neither side gaining the advantage, until Cornwallis ordered his gunners to open fire on friend and foe alike.  At the end of this slaughter, Shadrach Duff, the father of Daniel Duff, the ancestor of generations of Eastern Kentuckians, was dead.

Shadrach Duff's ancestors came from near the present site of Dufftown, Scotland.
There is little doubt that his ancestors fought the British in the Battle of Culloden, Scotland, during the time when the Scots were attempting to place Bonny Prince Charles on the throne.  Family history has Shadrach's father arriving in America from northern Ireland, which is clear testimony to this fact.

Shadrach married Deborah Dickson (Dixon) a few short years before the Battle of Guilford Courthouse.  He and Deborah had two children: Daniel and Elizabeth.  Deborah Dickson Duff died soon after her husband, and both children were bonded to Mary Hamilton at Guilford Courthouse, North Carolina, on November 20, 1786.

In the spring of 1787, Elizabeth would have been 13 years old and was bonded until she was 18.  Daniel was 11 years old that spring and was bonded until he was 21 (Court Records: Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Guilford County, North Carolina, November 20, 1786; page 232).

Children of *SHADRACH DUFF and *DEBORAH DIXON are:
 i. ELIZABETH3 DUFF, b. Abt. 1774, Guilford Co., NC; d. Green Co., KY; m. THOMAS MCQUEEN.
3. ii. *DANIEL (REV.) DUFF, b. 1776, Guilford Co., NC; d. 15 August 1855, Carter Co., KY    age 64.

Generation No. 3

3. *DANIEL (REV.)3 DUFF (*SHADRACH2, *SHADRACK/SHADRICK/SHADRACH1) was born 1776 in Guilford Co., NC, and died 15 August 1855 in Carter Co., KY., age 64.  He married (1) *NANCY ANN ALLISON 1795 in Guilford NC.  She was born 1776 in Guilford Co.,NC, and died 15 August 1849 in Quicksand (Breathitt) KY.  He married (2) ELEANOR LITTLETON ROE/NOE 16 March 1851 in Carter Co., KY, daughter of JOHN LITTLETON and LEANNER GODDARD.

In 1839, the Quicksand Regular Baptist Church was organized.  Its firs moderator, which most faiths refer to as a "pastor", was Daniel Duff.  According to church records, it was built about 600 yards above the mouth of Quicksand Creek.  Measuring 20 feet by 24 feet, it was made of hand hewn logs.  Its seats were made of split logs and served the congregation for many years. (fromthe minutes of the Quicksand Regular Baptist Church).  An interesting fact is that none of the minutes of the Indian Bottom Association churches list Nancy Ann Duff as a member.

Nancy Allison Duff died in 1849 and is buried in the John Bach Cemetery at Quicksand, Breathitt County.  After her death, Daniel went to live with his daughter, Drucilla Duff Gilbert in Carter county.  A short time later, he married Ellen Roe.

During his residence in Carter County, as a minister of the Christian Gospel, he continued to marry couples in this capacity.  He died on Aug. 15, 1855 and was buried near Olive Hill.  His grave is yet to be identified, but family tradition has it that he is buried in the same cemetery as his second wife, Ellen Roe.

A monument to his memory was erected at Caney, Kentucky, off Highway 191, about nine miles from West Liberty on the property of Daniel Duff's great-great-grandson, Wardie Craft.  Daniel's Bible, a small English book, is now owned by his great-great grandson, Cecil Duff, son of the late Claude Duff of Owsley County.  Ira Duff, now deceased, owned the Bible belonging to Daniel's son, John A. Duff.  I don't know who owns John's Bible today.

Ellen Roe was not a widow as is sstated in Perry county: A History.  She and her first husband, Edward Roe, divorced (Carter County, Kentucky, Order Book A).  Edward and Ellen had 11 children from 1814-1835, he married a 25 year old widow, Rebecca Burris Lewis and fathered five children by her, from 1838-1849.

Each of Daniel and Nancy Ann Duff's children are listed in chronological order.  Their younger children were all born on Grapevine Creek in Perry County.  The offspring of this couple numbers into the thousands, by the time we get to the ninth and tenth generations of Revolutionary War soldier, Shadrach Duff.

More About *DANIEL (REV.) DUFF:
Burial: Olive Hill, KY

Bonnie Duff-Smith <Duffsmith@prodigy.net> 427 Hidden Forest, S.; Longview, TX 75605.  Bonnie sent me a 9 page report on the Duff family. Oct.3, 2001.  she has Nancy's place of death as Perry Co., KY.

More About *NANCY ANN ALLISON:
Burial: Quicksand (Breathitt) KY      John Bach Cemetery

Children of *DANIEL DUFF and *NANCY ALLISON are:
4. i. *RACHEL "BETTY"4 DUFF, b. 1783, Lee or Perry Co., VA; d. 14 July 1856, Quicksand (Breathitt) KY       age 73.
5. ii. HENRY DUFF, b. 1799, Lee Co., VA; d. Abt. 1860, Perry Co., KY age 62.
 iii. MARY DUFF, b. Abt. 1800; m. ? SHEPARD (H/O MARY DUFF).
6. iv. MAJOR JOHN A. (MAJ.) DUFF, b. 1801, TN; d. 1892, Perry Co., KY.
 v. MARTHA DUFF, b. Abt. 1802, TN; d. IA; m. WILLIAM BOWMAN; d. IA.
7. vi. SHADRACH "SHADE" DUFF, b. 1803, Perry Co.,  KY; d. 1828.
8. vii. DEBORAH DUFF, b. Abt. 1808.
9. viii. COLSON DUFF, b. 09 July 1814, Old Clay County, KY (now Perry Co.); d. 18 March 1911, Perry Co., KY               Age 97.
10. ix. ALEXANDER DUFF, b. Abt. 1820, Perry Co.,  KY; d. Breathitt Co., KY.
11. x. DRUCILLA DUFF, b. 1823, Lee Co., VA; d. IL.
 xi. MARGARET DUFF, b. 1823, Perry Co., KY; m. (1) JOHN HAYS; b. 1820; m. (2) JOHN J. GODSEY.
12. xii. MATILDA DUFF, b. 09 April 1825, Perry Co., KY; d. May 1904.
 
 

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