William L. Dunlap, traveling salesman for J. H. Labaree & Co., New York City, was born in Franklin, Johnson County, Ind., September 14, 1840, son of Joseph A. and Nancy S. (Jones) Dunlap, and is of Scotch-Irish origin. His father was born in east Tennessee, January 23, 1811, and now resides in this city. The mother of Mr. Dunlap was born in South Carolina, in about 1816, and died in Franklin, in 1881. The family came to Johnson County in 1831. Our subject is the second of twelve children born, ten of whom are living. Mr. Dunlap was raised and educated in Franklin. September 1, 1861, he enlisted in Company F, Seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry. Spent three years in the service, and was in these battles: Gettysburg, Antietam, Bull Run and Fredricksburg, and was honorably discharged in 1864, at Indianapolis. Coming home, he went to Henry County, Ill., and stayed one year in the dry goods business, and then returned to Franklin. In March, 1866, he began the grocery business, and continued until 1884, when he began traveling in 1885, and has since continued. He was married in 1868 to Miss Isabell Reaves, of Richmond, Ind., who was born in 1846. They have these three children: Jessie, Wimford, and Louie. In politics, he is a republican. He was made a Mason in 1867, is a Knight Templar, a member of Franklin Commandery, belongs to Lodge No. 23, I. O. O. F., and is a K. of P. In the latter, he was elected grand chancellor for the state in 1883, and served one year, and is a member of G. A. R. Wardsworth Post, No. 127. He and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church.

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Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 605.