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Some Civil War Connections to Pillow (Part 1 of 3)

Posted By on July 15, 2015

On 4 July 2015 I gave the Keynote Speech at the Pillow Historical Society Open House, Pillow, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  One of the parts of that talk was the identification of twenty-one Civil War veterans who had some connection to Pillow (formerly called Uniontown). Today’s post features the first seven of those men with some of the information known about them.  Most of these men have been previously featured here on this blog and links are provided to those past posts.

Two posts will follow, each of which will present seven of the men.

The Pillow Historical Society is particularly interested in pictures of the men and their wives for an updated “veterans-of-all-wars” display that they are working on.  Where pictures of the veterans are not included in the posts in this series, it can be assumed that the Civil War Research Project has not yet obtained them – and, if any descendants of those veterans have digital images they would like to contribute for the memorial display, they can be e-mailed to the Project.  Also mentioned in the talk were two supposed veterans, one of whom has a G.A.R. marker at his grave and the other has been included because family or local tradition has stated that they had Civil War service.  For those two, confirmation of their actual Civil War service must be obtained or they will not be included in the veterans’ display.  Readers of this blog are invited to share what they know either by commenting directly to this post or sending an e-mail to the Project.

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Jonathan S. Anspach (22 November 1835 – 14 February 1908)

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Occupation:  Photographer.  Self-Portrait (above).  Born: Lebanon County.  Lived in Pillow after Civil War.  Married: Leah Miller.

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Buried: Union Cemetery, Jordan Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.

G.A.R. Civil War marker at grave but no service record found.

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Charles D. Arters (11 December 1835 – 14 February 1908)

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Occupation:  Teacher and Clerk in Schuylkill County.

Service: 195th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company K, Private.  MI: 14 February 1865     MO: 23 May 1865.

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Buried: Charles Baber Cemetery, Pottsville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

Laura Arters, the daughter of Charles D. Arters, married Charles A. Snyder of Pillow.

Note:  A question was asked at the Open House as to whether Charles A. Snyder was a descendant of the founder of Pillow, which was originally called Snydertown or Schneidershtettle) after John Snyder who died in 1855.  The question was left unanswered.

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David M. Brown (13 September 1837 – 7 February 1902)

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Occupation:  Laborer and Farmer.

Service: 177th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, Private.  MI: 2 November 1862     MO: 5 August 1863.

Lived in Pillow late in life.  Married: Catherine “Kate” Gottschall

Buried: Grand View Cemetery, Pillow, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

Note:  For an additional story about David M. Brown, see The Brothers David Brown and Samuel E. Brown – Family Photos.

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Jonas Bubb (9 March 1827 – 10 January 1886)

BubbJonas-177thPAFlag-001 Occupation:  Plasterer.

Service: 177th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, Private.  MI: 1 November 1862     MO: 5 August 1863.

Born and Died in Pillow.   Married: Rebecca Bordner.

Buried: Grand View Cemetery, Pillow, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

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Cyrus F. Buffington (24 February 1839 – 21 July 1930)

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Occupation:  Wagoner and Wheelwright.

Service: None Known. Registered for Draft in July 1863 (see above).

Lived in Mifflin Township and Pillow.  Married: Caroline Bingaman.  Married: Maria Dunkelberger.

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Buried: Union Cemetery, Jordan Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.

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William Elias “Eli” Dilfield  (19 March 1845 – 1 December 1915)

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Occupation:  Saddler and Hotel Keeper.

Service: 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company B, Private and Saddler.  MI: 22 February 1864     MO: 28 July 1865.

Born in Pillow but Lived in Mifflin Township, Hegins Township, Shamokin, Tremont and Reading.  Married: Ellen McClain.  Married: Sarah Ellen “Sallie” Hoffa.  Married: Ellen V. Keiser.

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Buried: Charles Evans Cemetery, Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania.

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Charles Drumm  (8 February 1824 – 25 April 1897)

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Occupation:  Laborer, Shoemaker and Farmer.

Service: 177th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, Private.  MI: 2 November 1862     MO: 5 August 1863.

Lived in Lykens Township, Mifflin Township, Lower Augusta Township, and Pillow.  Married: Christianna “Dinah” Beck.

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For regimental flag photos see:  Pennsylvania Civil War Battle Flags.

The 2nd and 3rd parts of this series will follow in the days ahead.

 

 

 

 

 


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