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John Orth – German Immigrant in the 127th Pennsylvania Infantry

In 1910, John Orth, an immigrant from Germany, was living in the household of his son, Jacob A. Orth, in Lebanon, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania.  At that time, John, a widower, was living on his Civil War pension, which was referred to in the census as “own income.”  The son was a bookkeeper and the household […]

Eleven Civil War Dead of Millersburg

“One hundred twenty six men from Millersburg served in the war, some for more than a one-year enlistment.  Of those 126 men, 11 died.”  This statement is found on page 41 of the book, A Celebration of Millersburg’s Bicentennial, edited by Nancy L. Wert and Edwin D. Schlegel, and published in 2007. The number of […]

The Steever Brothers of Millersburg (Part 3 of 4)

In today’s post, Wesley Steever (1835-1895) will be profiled. On the Millersburg Soldier Monument there are three Steever brothers who are honored as Civil War soldiers.  Initially it was difficult to identify them as brothers and construct a genealogy.  However, a biographical sketch was located of a younger brother, Aaron M. Steever, a pharmacist born […]

Miscellaneous News Briefs from Area Newspapers – 1922, 1931, and 1943

Three news briefs from local area newspapers are presented here to show how the impact of the Civil War lasted well into the 20th Century. —————————– From the Harrisburg Telegraph of 3 February 1922: —————————— PLAN MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR THE DEAD Members of Post 58, G.A.R., Will Meet at Headquarters Memorial services for eighteen comrades […]

Simon C. Gratz – Son of First Mayor of Gratz, Pennsylvania

Additional information has been discovered about Simon C. Gratz, the son of Theodore Gratz and Ellen [Carson] Gratz of Gratz, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  Simon C. Gratz was the brother of John C. Gratz of the 10th Pennsylvania Infantry and the 96th Pennsylvania Infantry, who died of disease during the Civil War.  They were the grandsons […]