Charles C. Duff.
Birth: December 16, 1842-1843.
Wife: Flora C. Graham Duff.
Married September 11, 1866.
Children: Luie A. Duff
Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Owosso, Shiawassee county, Michigan.
Son of Robert Murray Duff, a native of Scotland and Adeline McGregor Duff.
Charles came to Michigan in Oct. 1865, and engaged in the wholesale and retail grocery business in Owosso, Michigan.
DUFF, CHARLES C— Age, 20 years. Enlisted, July 1, 1863, at Denmark; mustered in as private, Co. A, September 3, 1863, to serve three years; appointed sergeant, no date stated; mustered out with company, July 31, 1865, near Manchester, Va.; veteran; prior service in Co. B, Thirty-fifth New York Volunteers.
Wife: Flora C. Graham Duff, signed up for his pension on July 23, 1925.
Duff, Charles C. This gentleman is one of Owosso's best-known business men. He is a native of this State, having been born in the town of Brest, Monroe Co., Dec. 16, 1842. Mr. Duff received a common school education, and after the death of his father in 1848, moved to Lewis county, N. Y., where he engaged in farming and school teaching, and also worked for some time in a box factory. At the breaking out of the war, he was the first man to enlist in Harrisburg, N. Y., which he did April 28, 1861, as a member of Company B of the 35th N. Y. Volunteers, and was discharged with this regiment May 7, 1863. He however re-enlisted the same day with the 20th New York cavalry, and served with that regiment until August 31, 1865.
After the long marches of Pope's retreat, which commenced at Fredericksburg and ended at Antietam, during which time his regiment was engaged in the battle of Cedar Mountain, Georgetown, second Bull Run, Chantilla, South Mountain, and Antietam, his present disability, which begun in the form of rheumatism some months before, had assumed such serious proportions that he was taken with the sick and wounded to the Patent Office hospital at Washington, where he remained five weeks, and returned to his regiment. Afterward, he was transferred to the Band of the regiment on account of his disabled condition
His regiment was the first white troop to enter Richmond on the morning of April 3, 1865, and their band was the first to play the "Star Spangled Banner" and other national music in Richmond after its capture. At the close of the war he returned to Lewis county, N. Y.,' and shortly afterward came to Owosso and accepted a position as clerk in the grocery store of his brother-in-law, Mr. M. L. Stewart, and remained in his employ until 1870, when he engaged in the business for himself, and which he has successfully operated since that time.
In 1890 Mr. Duff erected the store building on Exchange street which he now occupies and where he conducts both a wholesale and retail grocery business.
He was married in 1866 to Miss Flora G. Graham, daughter of Dr. J. M-. Graham. To this union have been born two daughters. During his . long residence in Owosso, Mr. Duff has made many warm friends, and has built up a large and profitable business. Though a Republican in politics, he has never sought public office, but has often been solicited by his friends to do so.
Charles C. Duff father was Robert Murray Duff, a native of Scotland, who was born in 1802. He married Adeline McGregor, a native of Lewis County, N. Y., and soon after that event established his home in Monroe County, this State. There he spent the remnant of his days, dying in 1847. His widow survived him one year. They had seven children, five sons and two daughters, and Charles is the fourth on the family roll.