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Moses Neyer – Another Missing Millersburg Civil War Veteran

Posted By on April 24, 2017

Moses Neyer is missing, i.e., his name in missing from the tablet on the Millersburg Soldier Monument which recognizes Civil War soldiers from that community and the surrounding area of Upper Paxton Township who honorably served in the war.   The photograph at the top of this post (from Findagrave) of his stone at the Oak Hill Cemetery, Millersburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, has a G.A.R.-star-flag holder at his grave site.  Moses Neyer was previously mentioned on this blog as being on the list of Oak Hill Cemetery Civil War veterans.

The portion of the tablet on the Millersburg Soldier Monument where the name Moses Neyer should appear is shown above.

This post will show that the Moses Neyer who is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery was an honorably discharged Civil War soldier and that he had a definite relationship with Millersburg and Upper Paxton Township later in his life, and should have been included.

According to cemetery information, Moses Neyer was born on 17 July 1841.  His death certificate notes the place of birth as Pennsylvania.  Also, a Virginia Soldier Home record from 1905, gives his birthplace as Pennsylvania, as do census returns from 1850 through 1880, and 1900.

The Pennsylvania Veterans’ File Card from the Pennsylvania Archives (shown above) indicates that Moses Neyer enrolled in the 129th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company E, at Tamaqua, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, on 7 August 1862.  The only personal information given about him on the card was his age – 20 years old.   Moses was mustered into service as a Private on 15 August 1862 and served honorably until his discharge, which occurred at the conclusion of his term on 18 May 1863.

Note:  There is a second person named Moses Neyer who also served in the Civil War.  He was in the 132nd Pennsylvania Infantry, but his birth and death years were 1835 and 1912, and he is buried in Carbon County, Pennsylvania.  It is clear from examining the records of this second Moses Neyer that he had no relationship with Millersburg.

The above Pension Index Cards (top from Ancestry.com, bottom from Fold3), provide a picture of the pension applications for Moses Neyer.  On 24 May 1890, he applied for an invalid pension, which he collected and received until his death, which occurred on 7 August 1908 according to theFold3 card.  Following his death, on 2 September 1908, the widow, Amanda Neyer, applied for benefits, which she received until her death.  Note:  The death date for Moses is in slight conflict with that found on his Pennsylvania Death Certificate, which is given there as 16 August 1908.

Although the widow received pension benefits, she did so for only a short time.  The record indicates that that she died on 16 October 1908.  She is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery, Millersburg.

Amanda Neyer was, prior to her marriage, Amanda Reichert, also found in the records as Amanda Richard and Amanda Rickert.

In the 1890 Veterans’ Census, Moses Neyer was living in Tower City, Schuylkill County, and reported his service in the 129th Pennsylvania Infantry.

In 1900, the family was living in Upper Paxton Township, and Moses reported that he was a farmer.

On 21 November 1905, Moses Neyer was admitted to the Soldiers’ Home in Hampton, Virginia.  He gave his service as the 129th Pennsylvania Infantry, and also indicated that he had contracted heart disease in 1862 while in the service.  At the time of his admission, he gave his age as 64, noted that his residence was Millersburg subsequent to his discharge from the home, was married (wife’s name Amanda Neyer of Tower City), and his occupation was farmer.  His other personal information included a height of only 5 feet, a light complexion, brown eyes, and grey hair.  His religion was Protestant and he could not read or write.  The above home record was obtained from Ancestry.com.  The date of death on the home record was recorded as 16 August 1908 and the place of death was Dauphin, Pennsylvania (consistent with his death certificate).


Three brief notices pertaining to Moses Neyer were found in the Harrisburg newspapers:

Moses Neyer has gone to the National Soldiers’ Home, in Virginia, for the winter.  [From: “Millersburg Notes,” Harrisburg Telegraph, 17 November 1906].


The body of Moses Neyer, who died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. O. W. Deibler, at Dauphin, Saturday, was brought to this place today for burial in Oak Hill Cemetery.  [From:  “Millersburg,” Harrisburg Telegraph, 20 August 1908].


The following wills and letters of administration were probated and granted today by Register of Wills J. J. Hargest:  Will of Moses Neyer, late of Millersburg, letters to John Neyer…. [From”  “Wills Probated,” Harrisburg Daily Independent, 8 September 1908].

It is very clear that this Moses Neyer had a definite connection to Millersburg and Upper Paxton Township and should have been included on the Millersburg Soldier Monument.  It is not known at this time why he, and so many others were ignored by those who erected this monument.







Moses Nutt – Forgeman and Farmer

Posted By on April 21, 2017

Moses Nutt died on 5 March 1891 in Lykens, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  His funeral was conducted from St. John’s Lutheran Church at that place and he was buried in the Lykens Cemetery.

According to information found in the church book, Moses was born in Speedwell, New Jersey, on 17 October 1814, the son of John Nutt and his wife Nance.  He was married to Sarah Elizaberth Moyer, and with her had three children.

Some of the above information is in conflict with other sources.  For example, the birth date for Moses Nutt, as found on his grave marker (shown below) is given as 17 October 1819.

And, four children have been identified in Ancestry.com records.

However, not noted in the above records nor at graveside is the fact that Moses Nutt served in the Civil War.  This is also not noted on the Findagrave Memorial.

The Pennsylvania Veterans’ File Card, shown above from the Pennsylvania Archives, has a “Moses Nut” serving in the 173rd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company K.  Other records show that he served as a Private, from approximately 16 October 1862 through honorable discharge on 18 August 1863.

Moses first applied for pension benefits on 28 December 1887 as shown by the Pension Index Card from Ancestry.com (above).  He was not awarded benefits.  Following his death, his widow, Sarah E. Nutt applied and she did receive benefits which she collected until her death.  However, her application was not made until April 1901.

Moses Nutt appears in the following censuses:

1850 – Wiconisco Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania – Occupation:  Forgeman.

1860 – Wiconisco Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania – Occupation:  Forgeman.

1870 – Washington Township (near Elizabethville), Dauphin County, Pennsylvania – Occupation:  Farmer.

1880 – Lykens, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania – Occupation:  Iron Man.

Finally, it should be mentioned that he is recognized on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as a veteran who joined the Heilner Post after its organization.  Following his name is an “*” indicating he was wounded during the war.

Additional information is sought about this Civil War veteran, his family and his service.

Robert Newton of Williamstown – Alias “Richard Noble”

Posted By on April 19, 2017

In the 1890 Veterans’ Census for Williamtown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, Robert Newton, alias Richard Noble, reported that he had served in the 95th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company E, as a Private.  He was located in the records of that regiment under the name Richard Noble.

The Pennsylvania Veterans’ File Card from the Pennsylvania Archives gave the following information about Richard Noble:  At the time of his enrollment, he was a recruit who resided in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, was 34 years old (born about 1830), and was working as a laborer.  He stood nearly 5 foot 10 inches tall, had brown hair, a light complexion, and hazel eyes.  On 21 March 1864, he was mustered into service at Pottsville in the 96th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company E, as a Private, and was wounded in action on 10 May 1864.  On 18 October 1864, he was transferred into the 95th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company E.  And at the date of muster out of the company [17 July 1865] he was absent.  Other records indicate that his wounds were receive at 10 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia.  This information as to his wounds was also reported as a war-related disability in the 1890 Census cited above.

At this point in the research into Richard Noble, it is not known if that was his original name, which after the Civil War was changed to Robert Newton, or if he was originally Robert Newton and decided for some reason to serve under the name of Richard Noble.  In searching the pension records on Fold3, no pension application was located under either name or for either regiment of service.

All the post-Civil War records of this individual are found under Robert Newton, and the only record located thus far which gives the alias is the 1890 Census.

For most of his post-war work career, Robert Newton worked in the mines in and around Williamstown.

About 1860, Robert Newton married Mary Ann “Annie” Dugan (1838-1910) and had six children with her:  Mary Newton (1863-1948); James Clemeth Newton Sr. (1865-1930); Hannah Newton (1866-1945); Robert Newton Jr. (1870-1936); Charles J. Newton Sr. (1871-1947); and Thomas Bernard Newton (1875-1937).  Most of the family is buried at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Williamstown including Robert and his wife Annie.

According to cemetery records and newspaper information, Robert Newton was born 3 September 1833, probably in Maryland, and died on 19 December 1910 in WilliamstownAnnie [Dugan] Newton was born May 1838 in Ireland and died 12 October 1910 in Williamstown.  At the time of this writing, the Findagrave Memorial was not updated to include the information about Civil War service.

Additional information is sought about this Civil War soldier who served under the name of Richard Noble but lived out his life in Williamstown as Robert Newton.



Lybrand F. Nolen – Lykens Veteran, Injured in Mines, Moved to Iowa

Posted By on April 17, 2017

Lybrand F. Nolen is buried at the Municipal Cemetery in Carroll, Carroll County, Iowa.  His grave marker is a government issue stone which notes that he served in the 16th United States Infantry, Company B.  Other records indicate that he served as a Private, beginning his three-year term of service on 4 October 1864 during the Civil War, and ending it a Macon, Georgia, as part of the occupation force during Reconstruction, 4 October 1867.

Additional information about him is also found at his Findagrave Memorial.

Lybrand F. Nolen was born in Lykens, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, on 7 January 1832, the son of Richard Nolen and Mary Nolen.   In 1850, he was living with his parents in Wiconisco Township, Dauphin County, where his father was working as a stone mason.  Lybrand married about 1854 and with his wife Sarah, had at least seven known children which have been identified in Ancestry.com trees, although in 1900, Sarah reported that she had eight children, four of whom were still alive.

In 1860, Lybrand Nolen was a store keeper in Wiconisco Township.

In 1870, the family lived in Wiconisco Township, where Lybrand was working in the mines.  His oldest son, Milliard Nolen, was also working in the mines.

The Harrisburg Telegraph, 1 August 1879, reported from the Lykens Register that L. F. Nolen (as he was also known), was involved in a mine accident:

An accident occurred in No. 5 gangway, deep slope of the Lykens Valley Colliery on Wednesday afternoon, which severely injured L. F. Nolen and J. W. Witmer, of this borough.  They were working at the head of a manway, ad a bump of top-rock suddenly occurring, let the sulphur down from the fissure upon their naked lamps, which caused an explosion and knocked the men down to the bottom of the manway, a distance of thirty-three years.  Neither one was badly burnt, but both were severely bruised, and Mr. Nolen had numerous cuts about his head and face.

In 1880, going by the name of Leib Nolen, the family appears in the 1880 census for Lykens, where Lybrand was still working in the mines.

By 26 August 1884, Lybrand Nolen applied for a disability pension based on his military service – which he received and collected until his death, which, according to the Pension Index Card from Fold3 (shown above), occurred on 1 March 1914, in Sioux City, Iowa, where he and his family moved some time after he was involved in a second mining accident.

The second accident was reported 30 November 1888 in the “Upper Dauphin Notes” of the Harrisburg Telegraph:

L. F. Nolen, of Lykens, had his left leg broken in the mines last Monday by coal and dirt falling on him.

The family appears in the Carroll County, Iowa, census of 1895, and again at the same place in 1900, where Lybrand was working as a day laborer.  By 1910, he was retired, and living off his “own income,” presumably his Civil War pension.

Findagrave records indicate that Lybrand’s wife Sarah died on 24 1912, leaving him a widower for a little more than the last two years of his life.

Finally, the Lykens G.A.R. Monument contains the name “L. F. Nolen” in the category of those who joined the Heilner Post after its organization.

Did Lybrand F. Nolen move to Iowa because of his misfortune in the mines or was there another reason?  Much more research still needs to be done on this veteran who served honorably in a United States regiment during the Civil War.  Any additional information that can be supplied by a blog reader would be welcome!


Israel Neiman – Veteran of Mifflin Township

Posted By on April 15, 2017

Israel Neiman is buried at the Old Methodist Cemetery in Berrysburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  At the time the photograph of his grave maker was taken (shown above) there was no indication at the cemetery that he was a Civil War veteran.  According to the stone, he was born 10 July 1820 and died 19 November 1886, aged 66 years, 4 month, and 9 days.  Also, at his Findagrave Memorial, there is no mention of his Civil War service.

Previously on this blog, Israel Neiman was added to the list of Civil War veterans who served from the Lykens Valley area.

On 26 November 1886, the Harrisburg Telegraph reprinted an obituary of Israel Neiman that had appeared earlier in the Lykens Register:

We note with regret the death of Mr. Israel Neiman, living near Berrysburg.  Mr. Neiman was sick but a short time and breathed his last on Friday morning.  He was a useful and respected citizen, whose loss will be felt by his family and the community at large.  His age was 66 years.  The funeral was held on Monday.  Services in the Methodist Episcopal Church.  Revs. G. B. Fisher and J. R. Bailey officiated.

The obituary also failed to mention his Civil War service.


A Pennsylvania Veterans’ File Card was located at the Pennsylvania Archives for an Israel Neiman who served in Company H of the 192nd Pennsylvania Infantry.  It appears that this is the same Israel Neiman who is buried at Berrysburg.  Records of the regiment indicate that he was mustered into service on 21 February 1865 and honorably discharged on 24 August 1865.

Since Israel Neiman died in 1886, he did not apply for a pension, having received no disability as a result of his war service.  In 1890, when the rules were relaxed to allow old age as a sufficient reason to apply, an Eliza Neiman applied for widow’s benefits, which she received and collected until her death, as shown on the Pension Index Card (above) from Ancestry.com.

Eliza Neiman, according to information found in family trees on Ancestry.com, was Elizabeth Enterline born 13 May 1825 and died 9 July 1896.  She married Israel prior to 1847 and had at least seven children with him:

Mary Neiman (1847-1867);

John L. Neiman (1849-1872);

Israel E. Neiman (1851-1931), who married Susan Daniel (1858-1932);

Sarah S. Neiman (1853-1948), who married William Streepy;

William Neiman (1854-1923), who married Ellen Sabina Row (1860-1933);

Michael Neiman (1858-1927); and

Samuel M. Neiman (1861-1918).

Occupations for Israel Neiman include blacksmith (1850); farmer (1860); farmer (1870); and farmer (1880).  Also, information is available on Newspapers.com that indicates Israel served on several juries during his lifetime, that he was the executor of at least one estate, and that he was elected and served as a Mifflin Township supervisor.

More information is sought about Israel Nieman, his Civil War service and his family. Readers who can add to this blog post can do so by responding in the “comments” section.