Posted By Norman Gasbarro on June 1, 2016
When Samuel W. Sheesley died on 18 March 1917, similar obituaries appeared in the two main Harrisburg newspapers:
SAMUEL W. SHEESLEY DEAD
Samuel W. Sheesley, 81 years old, a veteran of the Civil War, died last night at the Polyclinic Hospital, at 8:30 o’clock. Funeral services will be held from the home of his son-in-law, P. Frank Gerhart, with whom he resided at 70 North Eighteenth Street, Tuesday evening. The Rev. J. A. Lyter, pastor of Derry Street United Brethren Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Long’s Church Cemetery near Matamoras, Pennsylvania. Mr. Sheesley was a member of Company A, of the 210th Regiment of Pennsylvania Infantry. [from Harrisburg Patriot, 19 March 1917].
WAR VETERAN IS DEAD
Samuel W. Sheesley, aged 81, a veteran of the Civil War, died last night at the Polyclinic Hospital. He was a member of Company A, of the 210th Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry. Funeral services will be held Tuesday evening at 7:30 o’clock from the home of his son-in-law, Frank Gerhart, 70 North Eighteenth Street. The Rev. J. A. Lyter, pastor of the Derry Street United Brethren Church, will have charge. Burial will be made in Long’s Church Cemetery, near Matamoras, Pennsylvania. [from Harrisburg Telegraph, 19 March 1917].
During the Civil War, Samuel W. Sheesley served in the 210th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, as a Private. At the time of his enrollment, he was about 29 years old.
On 30 September 1881, he applied for a pension, which he received and collected until his death.
On 15 January 1867, Samuel married Mary Jane Sweigert in Halifax, Dauphin County. Mary Jane preceded him in death in 1899.
Prior to the Civil War, Samuel was working as a farm hand in Halifax. In 1870, he had moved to Wiconisco, where he was working in a company carpenter shop. By 1890, he had returned to Halifax and by 1900, he moved to Harrisburg, where he lived until his death.
Samuel and Mary are buried at Long’s Cemetery, just outside the Borough of Halifax. Additional information about Samuel W. Sheesley can be found at his Findagrave Memorial.
Although Samuel W. Sheesley lived in Wiconisco for a time, he is not named on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument (which also includes veterans from Wiconisco).