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Henry B. Miller of Tremont – 50th Pennsylvania Infantry

Posted By on March 27, 2017

Henry Barry Miller was born on 1 October 1840 and died on 5 April 1923.  He is buried at the Arlington Cemetery, Upper Darby, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, and at the grave site, there is a bronze emblem designating his Civil War service.  Records show that at the time he enlisted, he was a resident of Tremont, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

On 14 August 1861, Henry B. Miller enrolled in the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C, at Schuylkill Haven, Schuylkill County Pennsylvania.  On 9 September 1861, he was mustered into service as a Private.  At the time he was 21 years old, was working as a machinist, and stated that his residence was Tremont.  He stood, 5 foot 4 inches tall, had sandy hair, a dark complexion and blue eyes.  On 1 January 1864, at Blaine’s Crossroads, Tennessee, he re-enlisted.  And, on 30 July 1865, he received an honorable discharge.

On 19 May 1883, Henry B. Miller applied for a disability pension, which the record card (above from Fold3) indicates that he received.  An additional application, for an increase due to age, was submitted on 14 February 1907.  According to the card, he died on 5 April 1923 in Philadelphia.  No widow applied, possibly indicating that the wife preceded him in death.

In 1890, Henry B. Miller was living at 115 Pine Street in Philadelphia.  He reported his service in the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry, but did not state any disabilities.

Some additional information is available at his Findagrave Memorial.  On Ancestry.com, other information about him includes residence in Shamokin, Northumberland County, in 1880, where he was working as a coal miner, his wife’s name was Rebecca, and there were several minor children in the household. It is believed that Henry’s parents were John B. Miller and Leanis [Stover] Miller.

Much more information is needed to fill out the biographical sketch of this veteran.  Specifically needed are: an obituary, photo(s), information about his military service, and genealogical information about his family.  If any reader can supply any of the above, please do so by adding comments to his post or sending the information via e-mail.





Wartime Sketches by Charles F. McKenna

Posted By on March 24, 2017


The following illustrations were taken from Under the Maltese Cross – Antietam to Appomattox:  The Loyal Uprising in Western Pennsylvania, 1861-1865, compiled by Charles F. McKenna, and published in Pittsburgh in 1910.  Click on the title for a free download of this book, which is a history of the 155th Pennsylvania Infantry.

All of the sketches in this post are by Charles F. McKenna. McKenna was a member of the regiment, Company E, and his portrait appears above.



Sketch of Callen’s Grave, Bethesda Church


Theophilus S. Callen



Camp Humphreys


Hoe-Down – Camp Humphreys


Scene – Battle of Chancellorsville

cfm-departure123rdpavolsforhome-001Departure 123rd Pennsylvania Volunteers [123rd Pennsylvania Infantry] from Camp Humphreys for Home


President Lincoln and Gen. Hooker Reviewing Army


“Hoo-Doo-Ed,” on Road to North Anna


Obituary of William P. Miller of Lykens

Posted By on March 22, 2017

The name of William P. Miller appears on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as a veteran of the Civil War who served at the rank of 1st Lieutenant, but was not a member of the Heilner Post.

The obituary of William P. Miller appeared in the Harrisburg Telegraph of 25 March 1872 as a reprint from the Lykens Register of a few days prior.  Fortunately, the obituary was published by the Telegraph, because nearly all the existing copies of the Register were destroyed in a fire in 1900.

DEATH OF WILLIAM P. MILLER — The Lykens Register says:  On Friday evening, 15th inst., at his residence in this place, William P. Miller, Esq., aged 32 years, 9 months and 24 days.  Mr. Miller’s disease was consumption, from which he had suffered several years.  He served during the rebellion as First Lieutenant of Company H, 210th Pennsylvania Volunteers [210th Pennsylvania Infantry] (one year men), and was at the time of his death a Justice of the Peace in this borough, to which office he was elected last fall.  He was well known and had a large circle of friends.  His funeral, which took place on Sunday afternoon last, was probably the largest that ever occurred in this place.  It was attended by the Lodge of Odd Fellows (escorted by the silver cornet band), Wiconisco Encampment and Lykens Camp of American Mechanics, of which orders deceased was a member, all in regalia; also a detachment from Anthony Post, G.A.R., of Williamstown, in Zouave uniform, and the people of this place and Wiconisco almost en masse.  A salute was fired over the grave by the soldiery.  The funeral services were held at the Lutheran Church, where a feeling discourse was pronounced by Rev. Kloss, who consoled the grief stricken relatives and friends with the belief that their loss was not as one without hope, but that he for whom they mourned had been called from the changing scenes of this world to a blessed immortality. — Rev. S. A. Heilner also made a few remarks.

Mr. Miller leaves a wife and two children and a large number of relatives residing in this place.

Readers are urged to add additional information about William P. Miller by adding comments to this post.

Information Sought on Isaac B. Moyer, Buried at Hoffman Cemetery

Posted By on March 20, 2017

A government-issue gravestone marks the burial place of Isaac B. Moyer at the St. Peter (Hoffman) Church Cemetery, Lykens Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. The stone notes his service in the 49th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I.  Also at the grave site is a bronze G.A.R.-star-flag-holder.

A copy of the file card with information regarding the granting and delivery of the stone is shown above.  Isaac B. Moyer, who served as a Sergeant in the 49th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, died on 28 May 1872, and through a contract on 8 July 1887 with Sheldon & Sons, a headstone was supplied to a cemetery “at or near Lykens.”

In the Veterans’ File Card found at the Pennsylvania Archives, it is stated that this same Isaac B. Moyer re-enlisted as a Veteran Volunteer on 15 February 1864, and was discharged on 30 November 1864 by a Surgeon’s Certificate of Disability.  The date of his original muster, some time prior to the re-enlistment date, has not yet been located.

At his muster, which occurred when he was 19 years old, he was 5 foot 7 inches tall, had black hair, a fair complexion and dark eyes.  He was working as a laborer and indicated that he was born in Snyder County, Pennsylvania.

The Pension Index Card from Ancestry.com (shown above) shows that Isaac B. Moyer applied for disability benefits on 7 July 1865, which he received and collected until his death, which as previously noted occurred on 28 May 1872.  However, a widow did not apply until 11 January 1890, the same date that application was also made for minor benefits.  Since neither of these latter pensions was granted, some irregularity must have been discovered.  The widow, Mary A. Moyer, is named “Mary A. Breslin,” possibly a re-marriage which would have made her ineligible for Isaac’s pension.  Too much time may have passed for the application of the minor for benefits, or possibly there was no record that the minor was the legal child of Isaac B. Moyer.  In any event, it is possible that the applicant, Ida A. Moyer, was a legal child.  Both of these pension applications were submitted at the exact same time as shown by the sequential numbers given to them.

Little else is known about Isaac B. Moyer.

Readers are asked to add to the information on this veteran by submitting comments to this post.





Daniel McManaman – 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry – Named on Lykens G.A.R. Monument

Posted By on March 17, 2017

Daniel McManaman is named on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as a veteran of the Civil War who served as a Private and who was a member of the Heilner Post, joining after its organization.

One difficulty in finding him in the records is that his surname is found with many different spellings, including McManamy, McMeneman, McMannaman, McMenemann, etc.

According to the Pennsylvania Veterans’ File Card (shown above from the Pennsylvania Archives), Daniel McManamy, enrolled on 18 February 1864 at Pottsville in the 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company F, as a Private, and was mustered into service at that place on the same day.  At enrollment, he claimed to be 20 years old (born about 1844), born in Schuylkill County, then residing in Pottsville, and working as a miner. He stood 5 foot 7 inches tall, had brown hair, a medium complexion, and gray eyes.  His service lasted until 23 August 1865, when he was honorably mustered out with his company.

According to the Pension Index Card found at Ancestry.com, Daniel McManaman applied for a pension on 4 March 1892, which he received and collected until his death.  His widow, Alice McMannaman applied on 31 January 1931, but was not awarded benefits.

An additional piece of information on Daniel McManaman is found on the Pension Index Card from Fold3 – that he died on 17 December 1930 at Mt. Carmel, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.

In searching the Mt. Carmel Item, which is available from Newspapers.com (1929 and 1931 are available, not 1930), an obituary from 5 February 1931 was found for Mrs. Alice McManaman, who died the evening before.  The mention of her husband, who predeceased her, was found in the second paragraph:


Mrs. Alice McManaman, Died At Ten O’clock Last Night

Mrs. Alice McManaman, 81, one of the community’s oldest and most highly respected residents, died from infirmities of age at 10:00 o’clock last night, at her home, 206 South Locust Street.

The prominent octogenarian passed away exactly seven weeks after the death of her husband, Daniel McMananman [sic], prominent Civil War veteran.

Mrs. McManaman was born in Ireland, a daughter of the late Hugh O’Neill and Mary [Kelly] O’Neill, and came to this country when an infant, her parents settling in Short Mountain, Schuylkill County [sic].

From Short Mountain, the family moved to Wiconisco, Dauphin County.  Mrs. McManaman came to Mount Carmel in 1887.

She was in excellent health until six years ago.  A stroke of apoplexy weakened her and her condition rapidly declined since then.

To survive, she leaves the following sons and daughters:  Mrs. Julia Murray, Brooklyn; Mrs. Mary Breslin, at home; Mrs. John Whalen, Mt. Carmel; James McManaman, Brooklyn; Mrs. Joseph Yeager, Brooklyn; Frances McManaman, Dooleyville; and Mrs. John Coval, Brooklyn.

One brother, Hugh O’Neill, Brooklyn; 32 grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren also survive.

The funeral will be held Monday morning with services in the Church of Our Lady at 8:30 o’clock.  Burial will be made in St. Mary’s Cemetery at Beaverdale.

The two locations from the Lykens Valley area noted in the obituary are:  Short Mountain and Wiconisco.

Daniel McManemy was located in the Wiconisco Township census of 1850.  He was living with his parents, Neal McManemy, age 39, a shoemaker, born in Ireland, and Judith McManemy, age 42, born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  One younger brother, James McManemy, was named, age 0.

In 1860, the family was living in Reilly Township, Schuylkill County, where the father, Con McNamana, age 51 was working as a shoemaker,and mother Judy McNamana, indicated she was born in Nova Scotia.  Daniel McNamana, age 14, was working as a shoemaker, and the younger brother, James McNamana, age 10, was also still in the household.

In 1870, Daniel McNammany, age 24, is living in Porter Township, Schuylkill County, and working as a miner.  His wife, Alice McNammany, age 21, was keeping house.  One child appears in this census, Julia McNammany, age 2, at home.

In 1880, the family was living in Wiconisco Township, where Daniel McManamen, age 34 was working as a coal miner; Alice McManamen, age 30, was keeping house; daughter Julia McManamen, age 12, attending school; daughter Mary McManamen, age 10, attending school’ daughter Alice McManamen, age 7, reported as having measles; son James McManamen, age 5; daughter Rose Ann McManamen, age 3; and son Frances McManamen, age 5/12 (born December).  Note:  In tracing the genealogies of some of the children, Lykens is given as their birthplace.

According to Alice’s obituary (above), the family moved from Wiconisco to Mt. Carmel in 1887.

In 1890, Daniel McManmamy, was living in Mt. Carmel, and reported his Civil War service with the 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry.

In 1900, Daniel McManiman, head of family, age 52, was living in Mt. Carmel, and working as a coal miner.  Although he stated that he was born in Pennsylvania, he also stated that he arrived 50 years prior and was a “naturalized” citizen.  It is not known at this time why he didn’t consider himself a natural born citizen.  Another unexplained piece of information is the number of years that he and Alice were married – given as only 9 in the census – while Alice McManiman, age 49, born in Ireland, indicated that she bore 9 children, 8 of whom were still alive at the time of the census.  Children in the household for the 1900 census were:  James L. McManiman, age 25, a laborer; Rose McManiman, age 22, a dress maker; Francis J. McManiman, age 20, a laborer; Daniel McManiman, age 17, a laborer; and Catherine McManiman, age 14, at school.

A death certificate has been located for Daniel McManemy, who died on 17 December 1930, at Mt. Carmel, of complications of old age.  The father’s name is given as Cornelius McManemy (the “Neal” in the 1850 census is an abbreviation) and the mother’s name is given as Julia Burke, with her birthplace given as Ireland (most likely the same person as the 1850 census).  The informant was Mrs. John Whalen, who is named in the obituary as a daughter.

Finally, the Findagrave Memorial pictures two grave markers, each with a different spelling.  The birth and death dates for Daniel are noted as 23 June 1844 and 17 December 1930.  Both Daniel and Alice are buried at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Mt. Carmel.

While some of the information in the above records is conflicting with other information, it is clear that the Daniel McManaman who is named on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument is the same person who is named in the other records given here and that there is a definite connection with the Lykens-Wiconisco Township area.  Further research still needs to be done on his Civil War service – which possibly can be found in the pension file not consulted for this blog post.

Also, it should be noted that this veteran definitely has a connection to Porter Township/Tower City (1870 census), and is not named on the veterans’ memorial in that community.

Additional information is requested from readers who can either add comments to this post or send the information via e-mail.