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Calvary United Methodist Church and Cemetery (Part 3 of 6)

Posted By on August 17, 2011

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


David Israel (1844-1878).  David was the younger brother of Daniel (see below), was born in Wales and came to America with his family around 1847.  He served in the 26th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company D, as a Private, and was mustered in on 19 June 1863 and was discharged on 30 July 1863.  There are no dates on his grave marker but other sources indicate he died at the age of 34.  At this time, the cause of death has not been discovered nor is it know if he was ever married.  David lived in Wiconisco from the time of his arrival in America through his death and worked as a coal miner.


Daniel Israel (1838-1902).  Daniel Israel was born in Wales and came to America around 1847, and with his family went to Wiconisco.  He served in the 10th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company F, as a Private from 26 April1861 through 31 July 1861.  He later joined the 173rd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company K, as a Private from 16 October 1862 to 18 August 1863.  Before the war, he and his brother David worked as laborers.  After the war, he and his wife Hannah continued to live in Wiconisco where Daniel first worked as a miner, then as a shoe dealer, and eventually he was a landlord.


Adam Miller (no dates).  There is a G.A.R. marker at Adam’s grave.  Nothing is known at this time of his military service.  Readers are invited to contribute information to help complete his records.


William Henry Maurer (1846-1949).  Primarily known as “Henry”, he was the last surviving veteran in the Lykens Valley and Dauphin County area, supposedly living to be more than 100 years old.  There is some dispute about his birth year, some sources giving 1848 and some sources giving 1846.   As previously reported on this blog, he spent his early years in Gratz where his father was a medical doctor.    Henry first served in the 26th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company D, as a Private, where he saw action at Gettysburg, and later in the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company B, as a Private, where he took part in “Sherman’s March to the Sea.”  Henry married Louise Mary Zechman and lived the early part of his life in the Wiconisco and Lykens Township area where he worked as a machinist.  Later in life he moved to Steelton where he continued to work as a machinist.  Henry Maurer attended the 75th Anniversary Reunion of the Battle of Gettysburg as a representative of the G.A.R. from Pennsylvania.


William H. Hawk (1844-1912).  Served in the 11th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company D, as a Private, from 27 November 1861 through Gettysburg where he was wounded on 1 July 1863 and the Wilderness on 5 May 1864.  His discharge date is not known at this time as he was absent at the muster out for his regiment, probably recovering from wounds.  William married Sarah Tilda “Sophie” Kocher and lived in Washington Township, Berrysburg, Lykens and Wiconisco, where he worked as a laborer.


Joseph B. Miller (1837-1919).  Served in the 210th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, as a Corporal from 7 September 1864 through 30 May 1865.  His brother Benjamin F. Miller also served in the war.  Joseph and his wife Priscilla lived in Jackson Township, Dauphin County, where he worked as a farmer.  Later in life they moved to Wiconisco.


Charles Henry Laudenslager (1847-1921).  Also found in the records as Laudenschlager and Laudensclager.  Served in the 103rd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company G, as a Private from 14 March 1865 to 25 June 1865.  Charles married Sarah Yeager and lived in Pillow, Gratz, Wiconisco Township and Wiconisco where he worked as a miner and laborer.


Luther Albert Grace (1832-1916).  Served in the 165th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, as a Private, from 10 November 1862 through 28 July 1863 when he was discharged at Gettysburg.  Luther Grace married Mary A. Zimmerman and lived in Williamstown and Williams Township where he was laborer doing odd jobs.


Continued tomorrow.

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.


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