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Henry A. Martz – Lifelong Railroad Man, Served in 127th Pennsylvania Infantry

Posted By on February 3, 2017

Henry A. Martz was born 11 December 1831 in Elizabethville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, the son of Daniel Martz (1810-1844) and Hannah [Buffington] Martz (1812-1897).

His name appears on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as a Private who joined the Heilner Post after its organization.

The obituary of Henry A. Martz appeared in the Lykens Standard, 12 February 1925:


A fall two weeks ago proved fatal to Henry A. Martz at the home of his son Robert Martz, 553 South Second Street, this place, Tuesday, at 9:00 a.m.  Mr. Martz was aged 93 years, 1 month, and 29 days.  He was a resident of this place for 75 years, was born in Washington Township, and was twice married, his first wife being Sara Harner, who preceded him in death 20 years ago.  His second marriage was to Mrs. Jacob Wise, who died 10 years ago.  Surviving are the following children:  Robert Martz of Lykens; Kate Pinkerton, Mrs. Wells Pinkerton, of Llewellym; Mollie Watkeys, Mrs. George A. Watkeys,, of Wiconisco; and one step-son, Charles A. Wise of this place.  For 43 years Mr. Martz served the Pennsylvania Railroad, Lykens Branch, and was retired from service of the company about 20 years ago.  He was also a Civil War veteran and a member of the Brotherhood Relief of the Pennsylvania Railroad.  The funeral will be held this afternoon at one o’clock, services being conducted at the home of Robert Martz by the Rev. Walter Carvin of the Baptist Church, after which the cortege will go to Matter’s Cemetery, west of Loyalton where burial will be made.

Henry A. Martz died on 10 February 1925 and the notice of his funeral appeared in the Harrisburg Telegraph two days later:


Lykens, 12 February 1925 — Funeral services for Henry A. Martz, age 96, oldest resident of Lykens, a Civil War veteran and retired Pennsylvania Railroad man, who died at the home of his son, Robert Martz, Tuesday morning, will be held tomorrow afternoon at 1 o’clock with the Rev. Walter Carvin officiating. Burial will be made in Matter’s Cemetery, Loyalton [sic].

He is survived by his son, Robert Martz; two daughters, Mrs. Wells Tinkerton, Llewellyn, and Mrs. George Watys, Wiconisco, and stepson, Charles A. Wise, Lykens.

The Civil War service of Henry A. Martz was in the 127th Pennsylvania Infantry:

Henry A. Martz enrolled on 9 August 1862 in Harrisburg and was mustered into service as a Private in Company D, of the 127th Pennsylvania Infantry.  Three days later he was mustered into service.  At the time of his muster, he was 24 years old, was employed as a railroader and resided in Dauphin County. He received an honorable discharge on 29 May 1863.

As previously stated, Henry A. Martz is buried at the Matter Cemetery, Washington Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

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