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Millersburg Ferry

| December 31, 2010

In 1825, the first ferry was “poled” across the Susquehanna River at Millersburg.  At the time of the Civil War barges were in operation, mainly to transport goods.  The one mile journey across the Susquehanna River was not easy as the river provided a formidable barrier between Dauphin and Perry Counties, and other than the […]

Tower City, Porter, and Rush Township Veterans Memorial

| December 30, 2010

The Tower City Borough, Porter Township and Rush Township Veterans Memorial is located at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Cemetery which is located along Route 209 in Tower City, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. The memorial consists of a wall of names of those who served in all of America’s wars, a patio of commemorative bricks provided by […]

Buffington Family in the Civil War – South Carolina Cousins

| December 29, 2010

(Part 3 of 3).  Ruth Buffington, daughter of Richard Buffington (1654-1748) was born either in England or in America some time before her brother Richard, who is said to be the first child born in what is now Pennsylvania.  According to the records of the Concord Monthly Meeting, Ruth married Ezekiel Harlan of Kennett, Pennsylvania, […]

Buffington Family in the Civil War – Lykens Valley

| December 28, 2010

(Part 2 of 3). Benjamin Buffington (c1730-1814), the great-grandson of Richard Buffington, emigrant from Great Marlow on the Thames, England, was the first of the Buffington family to settle in the Lykens Valley.  After the American Revolution, in which he served in Captain Weaver’s Company, he brought his family to the area at the end […]

Buffington Family Civil War Veterans

| December 27, 2010

(Part 1 of 3).  Richard Buffington of Great Marlow on the Thames, England, is considered to be the progenitor of the Buffington family in American.  His arrival in America occurred around 1675 and he is connected to the early history of both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Personal and financial troubles for Lord Berkeley (West Jersey) […]