William Duncan, Private, 125th Ohio Volunteer Infantry
("Opdycke's Tigers")

1844

  • March 19: Born to parents John and Nancy Duncan in Holmes County, Ohio.
  • ***attended Millersburg Academy.***

1862

  • June 14: William left Millersburg Academy and enlisted in the U.S. Army. He initially served in the 87th O.V.I.
  • ***Brothers James and John also served.***
  • September 15: Captured at the Battle of Harpers Ferry.
  • ***Paroled and exchanged.***

1863

  • August 16: Re-enlisted.
  • November 25: William “was one of the men with Captain Parks when the guns were captured from the enemy’s rear guard at Mission Ridge.”

1864

  • November 30: Fought at the Battle of Franklin. His regiment was engaged in hand to hand combat within the Carter Family yard.

1869

  • William and his brother, John, built the Holmes County Fairgrounds and Race Track.

1871 -1877

  • William and John built large portions of railroad in Knox County, Ohio for the C.A. and C. Railroad.

1880

  • The United States Federal Census taken on June 2nd in Killbuck, Holmes County, Ohio show William, a grain merchant, and Eliza living with their son, John H., 2 yrs old.
  • ***William and John owned both a Grist and Saw Mill in Killbuck, Ohio. They produced flour for White Lily Flour.***

1900

  • The United States Federal Census taken on June 1st in Killbuck, Holmes County, Ohio shows William, flour mill proprietor, and Sarah E., living with their children: Roland C., 17, Ada G., 15, Frederick W., 12. Also living with the family is a young servant by the name of Dora Markley, 18 yrs.

1910

  • The United States Federal Census taken on April 20th in Killbuck, Holmes County, Ohio shows William, a flour mill owner, and Lydia (Elizabeth) living with their children: Carl, 27, Ada, 25, Fred, 22.

1920

  • The United States Federal Census taken on January 5th in Killbuck, Holmes County, Ohio shows William, a flour mill owner, and Sarah E., living with their adult daughter, Ada.

1928

  • April 13: William Duncan died in Holmes County, Ohio.
  • ***William was a republican. He supported the arts and helped build the local theater in Killbuck.***