Private William Duncan, Co. I, 125th Ohio Volunteer Infantry

1844

  • March 19: William was born to parents John and Nancy Duncan in Holmes County, OH.

***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: William re-enlisted and was mustered into the 125th OH Infantry.
  • 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 fierce combat within the Carter family yard.

1865

  • September 25: William Duncan was discharged from the U.S. Army.

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, OH for the C. A. and C. Railroad.

1880

  • June 2: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Killbuck, Holmes County, OH showed 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, OH. They produced flour for White Lily Flour.***

1900

  • June 1: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Killbuck, Holmes County, OH showed 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 was a young servant by the name of Dora Markley, 18 yrs.

1901

  • October 25: Coshocton Daily Age, Coshocton, OH.
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1910

  • April 20: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Killbuck, Holmes County, OH showed William, a flour mill owner, and Lydia (Elizabeth) living with their children: Carl, 27, Ada, 25, Fred, 22.

1920

  • January 5: The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Killbuck, Holmes County, OH showed William, a flour mill owner, and Sarah E., living with their adult daughter, Ada.

1928

  • April 13: William Duncan died in Holmes County, OH.
  • April 14: The Tribune, Coshocton, OH.
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  • April 15: News-Journal, Mansfield, OH.
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***William was a republican. He supported the arts and helped build the local theater in Killbuck.***