DUNAWAY, WILLIAM E., a retired farmer living in Springfield, Ill., has been a resident of that city since 1880, and upon his locating there spent several years at carpentering. He is a veteran of the Civil War and well known in Grand Army circles. He was born in Kentucky May 22, 1834, son of James Dunaway and his wife, who moved from Kentucky to Hendricks County, Ind., at an early day, and a few years later came to Sangamon County, and settled on a farm near Buffalo Hart. Some years later James Dunaway moved to a farm near Dawson, Sangamon County, but finally returned to his original farm near buffalo Hart, where both he and his wife died. He was an active member of the Baptist Church and in politics was first a Whig and later a Republican.
In boyhood William E. Dunaway attended school in a log building, with crude furnishings and few conveniences or comforts. He lived with his parents until seventeen years old, when he began working among the farmers of the neighborhood. He enlisted as private, July 25, 1862, at Buffalo Hart, the term of his enlistment being three years, and he participated in every battle in which his company served, being under the command of General Sherman and A. J. Smith. He was a faithful soldier, fulfilled every duty, and was never wounded or captured. He was a member of Camp Butler Post, G.A.R., until they disbanded, not long ago.
At the close of the war mr. Dunaway resumed farming, in which line he was fairly successful, and in 1880 moved to Springfield where he engaged in carpenter work. He has been retired some years. In politics he is a Republican. He is well known in the city and has many warm personal friends. He was married (first) to Miss Mary Johnson, born near buffalo Hart, who died in 1880, and some years later he married (second) Miss Helen Lanham, of Sangamon County, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Matthews) Lanham, and the following children were born of this union: Russell, of Springfield; Nellie, wife of Tilford Hadley, of Springfield; and Lizzie