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Calvary United Methodist Church and Cemetery, Wiconisco (Part 6 of 6)

Posted By on August 23, 2011

Civil War veteran burials in the Calvary United Methodist Church Cemetery, Wiconisco, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, concludes today.


Samuel Klinger (1819-1891).  Served in the 173rd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company K, as a Private.  See prior post on Samuel Klinger.  He was married four times:  Rebecca Cooper; Magdalena ?; Belinda Savidge; and Catherine Kissinger.  Samuel was a laborer and lived in Lykens Township, Lykens Borough and Wiconisco.  There is an error on the date on his military grave marker.


Israel Machamer (1832-1868).  Also known as Mogherman.  Served in the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company B, as a Private, from 7 October 1861 to his discharge at the end of his term of service on 24 December 1864.  He married Caroline Fisher.  Not much is known about his life except that he died at the age of 35.  Anyone with more information is urged to contribute it.


John Henry Keen (1837-1910).  John first served in the 173rd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company K, as a Private.  He mustered in on 3 November 1862 and mustered out 18 August 1863.  During this term of service he got bitten by a horse near Richmond, Virginia.  He then joined the 11th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company D, as a Private, and served from 12 February 1864 through 13 August 1865.  It must be noted that there are two persons named John Keen who lived in Wiconisco at about the same time.  They were about the same age and their records may be co-mingled.  The one of this burial is believed to the none who was not the blacksmith.  There are records of a John Keen marriage to Catherine Snodgrass and records of a John Keen marriage to Ann M. Poticher. This John Keen worked as an outside laborer at the mines.


Daniel Wert (1825-1908).  His name is also found as Wart and Wirt.  Served in the 16th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company B and Company G, as a Private, from 6 February 1865 through 11 August 1865 when he was mustered out at Richmond, Virginia.  He married Mary Ann Miller before the Civil War.  Daniel was born in Berks County and spent an early part of his life in Pine Grove, Schuylkill County, working as a master carpenter.  Later he moved to Williams Township where he was first a laborer and then operated a grocery store.


Isaac W. Holland (1844-1928).  Some sources give the birth year as 1845,  He first served in the 21st Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company G, as a Private for a six month term from 15 July 1863 to 20 February 1864.  Then he joined the 99th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C, as a Private, mustered in 6 March 1864, promoted to Corporal on 1 Mar 1865, and discharged on 1 July 1865.  Isaac married Harriet Workman in 1869.  He lived in Lykens and Wiconisco where he spent most of his working years as a track foreman for the Summit Branch Railroad.  Toward the end of his life he became senile and his family could not take care of him so he was sent to live in a Veteran’s Home in Hampton, Virginia.


George Arthur Pinkerton (1844-1909).   Served in the 17th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company H, as a Private, from 17 September 1862 through 28 September 1862.  Then he served in the 39th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company E, as a Private, from July 1863 to discharge on 2 August 1863.  He married Mary Louisa Treibley.  He was born in Wiconisco but lived in Tremont before the Civil War.  Like his father, he became a school teacher, a profession which he held in Wiconisco until near the end of the 19th century when he gave it up to become a plasterer.  In the records, he is found as George A. Pinkerton and should not be confused with George Atlee Pinkerton who was also a Civil War veteran, but from Lancaster County.


William Keen (1846-1910).  Also found as Keene in the records.  There is some confusion here as to which regiments he served in because there are several persons named William Keen who were veterans of the Civil War.  There is a William Keen in the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company D, who was a Private, and served from 23 February 1864 to 2 February 1867.  There is also a William Keen who served in the 16th U.S. Infantry, Company D and the 25th U.S. Infantry, Company D.  The grave marker, which is worn and hard to read, indicates service in the 16th U.S. Infantry and the Pension Index Card mentions both the 16th U.S. Infantry and the 25th U.S. Infantry – but not the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry.  William married Julia Ellen Hawk and lived in Wiconisco, Williamstown, and Williams Township where he worked at the mines as a car brakeman.


James Hunter (1833-1903).  James was born in Scotland and arrived in America in 1858 at the age of 25.  He is also found in the records as James Winter.  James served in the 103rd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company G, as a Private, from 11 April 1865 to 25 June 1865.  He and his wife Susan lived in Wiconisco after the war where James worked as a laborer at the coal breaker and a laborer in the mines.


This concludes the six part series on the Calvary United Methodist Church and Cemetery in Wiconisco, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

Information for this post was taken from the files of the Civil War Research Project.  The Civil War Research Project is seeking additional information on any Civil War veterans who are currently included in this study or veterans who should be included.  Readers are invited to contribute by commenting on this post or by by contacting the Civil War Research Project.



3 Responses to “Calvary United Methodist Church and Cemetery, Wiconisco (Part 6 of 6)”

  1. Tiffany Herb says:

    Hello, I first of all want to compliment this amazing website. I could not find the 2nd and 3rd stories of the civil war veterans buried in Cavalry United Methodist in Wiconisco. I was hoping to find some information on my Great Great Grandfather who is buried there and served in the civil war. His name is Isacc D. Steel. Do you have any information on his gravesite or him? Thank you, Tiffany

  2. Dave Weaver says:

    Mr. Gasbarro, great site and research! Through your research, have you by chance seen or have any thoughts where I could search for potential photographs of the 9th PA Cavalry? I am not sure if any even exist, or existed, and I have not had much luck locating any on my own. My great x4 grandfather fought with the unit throughout the entire war and my family does not have, or at least cannot location, any images of him. Thanks! Dave

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