William Councilman was 1837 in Orange County. He married Lydia Coble on 6 August 1859. He was a private in the 8th North Carolina Regiment, Company I. He enlisted on 5 July 1861 in Alamance County, NC. He was present and accounted for throughout the war. He survived the war and died in Wake County, NC at the Soldier’s Home in June 1922. He is buried at Oakwood Cemetery in the Confederate Section, Division 7.