William R. Enderby, a farmer on section 35, Preble township, Brown Co., Wis., and formerly a soldier of the civil war, was born, Jan. 30, 1841, in Lincolnshire, England. His parents, John and Eliza (Sherriff) Enderby, were both natives of England and came to America in 1854; they located in Wisconsin, settling in Freedom, Outagamie county, where they were farmers until 18-07, and in that year located in the township of Preble.
Mr. Enderby, entered the army within the first year of the war, enlisting Oct. 19, 1861, in Company H, 12th Wisconsin Infantry, at Green Bay, for three years. Dec. 31, 1863, he was discharged at Natchez, Miss., to become a veteran and he re-enlisted the same day in the same company and regiment. He received final discharge July 16, 1865, at Louisville, Ky., under special order of the War Department. Mr. Enderby was in rendezvous it Madison with his regiment and on going to the front was in all the exposure and useless movements which involved all the hardships of military service in an inclement season and in which he made the long marches which covered all the time until the spring of 1863, when he was first in action at Cold Water and went thence to tile Siege of Vicksburg. A part of his regiment was in the, action at Jackson and his brigade went to Natchez in August where the command remained until the regiment was reorganized after the bulk of its numbers had veteranized. Mr. Enderby was a participant in the work of the Meridain expedition in which the 12th did a large amount of business, calculated to cripple the resources of the rebels and marched over 400 miles. He returned to Wisconsin in the spring of 1863 on his veteran's furlough and, on returning, became a member of the Army of the Tennessee and took part in the actions preceding the Atlanta campaign with the troops under Sherman. He was taken with chronic diarrhea and went to the hospital at Huntsville, Ala., and successfully to the hospitals at Nashville, Tenn., and Louisville, Ky., and, after recovery, went to join his regiment going by way of New York to Pocotaligo and to Wilmington, N. C., and made connection with the command of Sherman. On the day before the surrender of Johnston, while on picket duty at Pocotaligo, be was struck in the threat by a spent ball. The hardships of the Meridian march caused varicose veins of the right leg and the march to Washington after the close of hostilities caused the same trouble in his left leg.
After being discharged with his regiment he returned to Wisconsin and has since been a farmer. He was married Sept. 8, 1865, to Eliza Ann Jeffrey. Their children who are living are named Annie Eliza, John T., May L., William L., Carrie Jane, Robert G., Wilbert M., Albert H., Duane M., Loella A. and Malinda A. died when a little less than two years old. The oldest daughter is married. Robert Sherriff, who was a soldier in the civil war, is the uncle of Mr. Enderby; a sketch of him appears on another page. At the first presidential election after he returned from the war, his father, who was a Democrat, proposed that they should go to the polls to vote. The son objected, is he his father would deposit a vote contrary, to the principles for which he had fought. But, as the father insisted, the son went and nullified the Democratic vote by voting for Grant. .