John Duddy, London, of Duddy & Duddy, dealers in dry goods, notions, etc., was born in Philadelphia, Penn., February 14, 1842. He is a son of John Duddy, a native of Ireland, and a farmer by occupation. He came to Ohio when our subject was but five years of age, locating at Cincinnati, and suesequently in Logan County, Ohio, where he died about 1878. He married Alice Floyd, who died in 1850. His second marriage was to Margaret Space. Mrs. Duddy was the mother of six children, three living -- two sons in Madison County and one in Indiana. Our subject early learned carriage-painting, and came to London in 1864. He worked at his trade till 1867 and then went to Indiana. where he remained five years. He returned to London. and with Richard Acton, commenced the manufacture of carriages and buggies. He engaged in his present business in 1878, in company with William Kinney, and in August 1880 the partnership was dissolved. A brother, James then became a full partner, and the firm of Duddy & Duddy enjoys a good, steady trade. Mr. Duddy is a member of the Masonic fraternity and the Knights of Honor. He is Democratic in politics. but has never been an aspirant for office. He was married, in 1867, to Sallie Betts, a native of this county. One son was given them, Raphael C. Mrs. Duddy departed this life in May, 1874, and Mr. Duddy was again married, in June 1876, to Mary E., daughter of Wilson Dungan. Mrs. Duddy is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.


From HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY - W. H. Beers [Chicago, 1883]