William Duncan and Charlotte were a caring, married couple, who married in the late nineteenth century. The couple married and lived in Sunbury, Pennsylvania. They did also have one son together, Irvin and another son, Harris, born in 1905 who died in infancy. William had an average build with short brown hair and brown eyes. He worked for the Pennsylvania railroad as a machinist and a blacksmith.  William was named after his grandfather, William, a German from the old county of Mecklenberg, who never set foot in the developing America. Sadly, William Duncan passed away due to be only the young age of thirty.

After this tragic accident, Charlotte married Mr. McNaught, but then divorced him. During this time, she gave Irvin care and hospitality and eventually she remarried a third time to William Willard. He surprisingly already had ten kids, so Charlotte was suddenly a mother of eleven. But in her motherly way, she happily took care of them as well. The family attended Lutheran church most of the time because of their religion and the family continued to live together in Sunbury.

Lottie was a very strong independent woman and was much ahead of her time. She had an average build, brown eyes, and short brown hair. Charlotte went by the name Lottie and was a homemaker all her life. She was quite spirited and was very outspoken, especially about women’s rights. Taking care of eleven kids was a lot of work, but she was still a great mother and wife and accomplished most things women did not during this time. She was very different than many women, in a good way, and set up women’s groups, and other similar services in her community.

Later, son Irvin started to build houses for a living, and Charlotte then had helped Irvin buy a house in Hummels Wharf on Old Mill Road in 1925. Irvin married and started his family there. Soon, she moved into that house with Irvin and she eventually passed away there. This family endured lots of hardships but survived with adversity and love.

  1. Shirley M. Duncan, December 1995
  2. Marc D. Thompson, December 1995