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Civil War Veteran Burials in Grace United Evangelical Cemetery, Muir (Part 2 of 2)

Posted By on October 20, 2012

Part 2 of 2.  The Grace United Evangelical Cemetery is located on south Keystone Street in Muir, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.  From Interstate-81 (I-81), take the Tower City Exit (Route 209) and travel west on Rt. 209 to the community of Muir.

At the sign for the United Methodist Church (Grace United Methodist Church) and the Porter Township Municipal Building, turn left (south) onto Keystone Avenue and proceed about four blocks and the Methodist Church will be on the left.  The Muir All Wars Memorial will be on the left.  Proceed two short block and the cemetery will appear on the right.  It is located on the southwest side of the  intersection of Keystone Street and East Church Street.  At that intersection, there is a a sign for the Muir Fire Department which is on the north side of East Church Street.

Continued from yesterday….


WILLIAM H. LONG (1847-1933)


William H. Long

William H. Long, also found in the records as William Henry Long and William Long, who married Mary A. Updegrove, served in Regular Army regiments during the Civil War.  After the war, he was a laborer and farmer in Porter Township, eventually becoming the township’s Supervisor of Roads and near the end of his life the truant officer for the township schools.  He and Mary Ann had a large family and there are some interesting stories about him and his background that have been contributed by descendants – as well as papers from his pension application file.  He is named on the Tower City Veterans Memorial.


JONAS P. REIGLE (1835-1889)

Jonas P. Reigle is named on the Tower City Veterans Memorial and was previously profiled in the post entitled:  Children of Daniel Riegle, Dauphin County Commissioner (Part 2 of 2).  He is also mentioned as one of the many members of the Riegle/Reigle family who served in the Civil War (click here).  Jonas served in the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A and Company K, Corporal.  A laborer, he was mustered in 9 September 1961 and mustered out 29 September 1864 at the expiration of his term.  During his service, he was in the hospital at Camp Nelson, Kentucky, for typho-malarial fever.  He married Rebecca Holtzman.



Solomon S. Updegrove

Solomon S. Updegrove is named on the Tower City Veterans’ Memorial.  He is is one of two veterans with the same name.  This one is distinguished from the other by the fact that he survived the war (the other did not) and nearly always used the middle initial “S” – although the name plate on the Tower City Memorial doesn’t include the middle initial.  Solomon married Matilda Brown.  He was the son of Solomon Updegrove and Barbara [Rickert] Updegrove.  According to his records, he served in the 18th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company E, as a Sergeant from 2 October 1862 through 12 October 1865.  During his service he was held for a time as a prisoner after being captured at Strausburg, Virginia.


Other veterans who are buried in Tower City area cemeteries will be featured in future posts.

Additional information is sought on these veterans and other veterans in the Civil War Research Project.  Comments can be added to this post or an e-mail can be sent to the project.  Of particular interest are pictures and stories.


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