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Who Was Henry Garmer of Hebe?

| January 18, 2016

On Line No. 4 of the 1890 Veterans’ Census for Hebe, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania (above, from Ancestry.com, click on document to enlarge), there appears the name of Henry Garmer (or Henry Germer) who claimed service as an “Unassigned” soldier, a recruit, in the 3rd Pennsylvania Infantry, from 17 September 1864 through 1 November 1865.  No […]

Charles J. Hartleaf – “Dutch Charlie”

| January 15, 2016

From the Harrisburg Telegraph of 20 May 1905, came a story of the heroic efforts of “Dutch Charlie” to save the life of an eight year old girl whose clothes were on fire: CHILD DIED OF BURNS Ruth Ellen Harvey’s Clothes Caught Fire from Flaming Refuse Ruth Ellen Harvey, aged 8, daughter of Mr. and […]

Obituaries of the Three Geesey Men in the 103rd Pennsylvania Infantry

| January 13, 2016

The three men whose obituaries appear below all served in the 2nd Company G of the 103rd Pennsylvania Infantry as Privates.: ——————————– Adam Flinchbaugh Geesey (1841-1921): Adam F. Geesey, a former treasurer of York County, Civil War veteran and bank directory, died on Saturday at his home in York from paralysis, aged 79 years. Mr. […]

The Millersburg Roots of John H. Geist

| January 11, 2016

John Henry Geist (1838-1928) was the son of John Geist (1801-1880) and Susanna [Frederick] Geist, who were married in Millersburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, on the 12 December 1824.  But, other than his parents’ marriage, did John Henry Geist have a connection with Millersburg and the Millersburg area? John Henry Geist was a Civil War veteran […]

Rev. Thomas Garland – Served in Lykens, Halifax, & Williamstown

| January 8, 2016

Rev. Thomas W. Garland (1847-1925) was first located as Civil War veteran in the 1890 Veterans’ Census for Halifax Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, where he reported that he had served in the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company F, as a Private, from 31 March 1864 through discharge on 19 July 1865.  He also indicated that he […]