William James Dunlap

Civil War Service:  Company F, 63rd Pennsylvania Volunteers and Company H, 105th Pennsylvania Volunteers

Obituary of William J. Dunlap from Clarion, PA newspaper dated Thursday, August 12, 1915 – found with the belongings of Grace (Stover) Bryner.

William J. Dunlap

            The final summons for the “muster out” with an “honorable discharge” came to the above name old veteran Tuesday evening, August 10, 1915, at 11 o’clock and, at peace with God and man, he quietly and peacefully laid down the habiliments of mortality and put on those of immortality, and death was swallowed up in victory.  He had worn with honor the uniform of his country and also that which distinguished his as a “soldier of Jesus Christ” and now in his “muster out” he laid them down for the “psalms of victory.”

            William James Dunlap was born in Allegheny County, Pa., March 22, 1840 the son of Samuel and Catharine Dunlap.  He came to Clarion in his early you manhood and took his place as an honorable citizen and helped to make the town.

            When the “rude tocsin of war” sounded Mr. Dunlap was among the first to respond to his country’s call, enlisting August 1, 1861, under Capt. B. J. Reid (afterward Major) in Co. F, 63rd Regt. Pa. Vols., which was assigned to the Second Brigade, Second Corps of the Army of the Potomac.  He was in many battles:  Yorktown, Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, Savage Station, being captured in this battle and confined to prison in Castle Thunder for two months.  Then followed Second Bull Run, Chantilly, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville, where he was wounded by a bullet cutting his head from front to back, and he was in the hospital at Annapolis but resumed his place in ranks in time for Gettysburg and Mine Run.  Re re-enlisted as a veteran Dec. 31, 1863, and then came the Wilderness and Spotsylvania when he was transferred to Co. H, 105th P V. I  At Petersburg he was wounded in the forehead, losing his right eye.  Eleven days after receiving this wound he felt something hard in the cavity of the eye and finally, with his fingers, extracted the heavy Minie ball, which caused his wound.  This relic he kept until his dying day.  He was honorably discharged July 28m 1865, and returned home and to good citizenship.

            On March 12, 1867, he was united in marriage with Mrs. Sue C. Delo, in Clarion.  Mrs. Delo had two children, J. Stanley Delo, now of Chicago, Ill.  and Miss Mary H. Delo, an accomplished teacher who lives in Clarion.  Mrs. Dunlap died several years ago, but he is now survived by their sons and daughters as follows:  John I. And Nellie C. Dunlap, of Clarion; Samuel R. , of New Kensington; Lloyd B. and Ed. M., of Weehawken, N.J.;   Three sisters also survive:  Mrs. Ella Stilt, Fresno, Cal.;  (next two lines are unreadable).  One child, Arthur, preceded the father in death.

            Mr. Dunlap was a man of true, honorable and pure life, and enjoyed the confidence of all his fellow citizens.  He suffered intensely with pains in his head but he never complained, but endured.  For many years he was a devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church of Clarion and love the communion and fellowship that gave him.  He was a member of Capt. J. P. Loomis Post, No. 250, G.A.R., and Clarion Lodge, No. 252, I.O.O.F., and in all of these he was just as faithful as a man can be.

            His funeral will be held Friday afternoon at o’clock from his late home with his pastor, the Rev. Glenn M. Shafer, in charge of the services, and the interment will be made in the Clarion cemetery.

            Now he lies low in the grave, vanquished by death, but triumphant in Him who resurrects from the dead those who believe in Him.


Father*                     Samuel Dunlap

Mother*                    Catharine (--?--)


Birth*                   22 Mar 1840            Allegheny County, PA.

Marriage*           12 Mar 1867            Susan C. Richards (b. 24 Jan 1842, d. 25 May 1908)

Son:                                                      John I. Dunlap

Daughter:                                             Nellie C. Dunlap

Son:                                                      Samuel R. Dunlap

Son:                                                      Lloyd B. Dunlap

Son:                                                      Ed M. Dunlap

Son:                                                      Arthur Dunlap

Death*                10 Aug 1915            Clarion, Clarion County, PA.


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