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Henry A. Higgins – 173rd Pennsylvania Infantry

The name Henry A. Higgins appears on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as a Private who was not a member of the Heilner Post.  Finding information about many of the Civil War soldiers who are named on the Lykens plaque is often difficult owing to common names, spelling variations, and the fact that many died early […]

John P. Hocker – 173rd Pennsylvania Infantry

“Public Notice – Notice is hereby given that letters of administration on the estate of Peter Hocker, late of Middle Township, Dauphin County, deceased, have been granted….”   Thus began a legal item that appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot, 18 January 1866. The story behind the notice was found in the Commemorative Biographical Encyclopedia of […]

When Did Conrad Toby Die and Where Is He Buried?

Conrad Toby, born about 1836, was an immigrant from Bavaria, Germany who served in the 173rd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company H, as a Private, from 5 November 1862 to 17 August 1863. The Pension Index Card, shown above from Ancestry.com, indicates that his widow, Caroline [Hildebrandt] Toby, applied for pension benefits on 23 July 1890, which […]

Moses Nutt – Forgeman and Farmer

Moses Nutt died on 5 March 1891 in Lykens, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  His funeral was conducted from St. John’s Lutheran Church at that place and he was buried in the Lykens Cemetery. According to information found in the church book, Moses was born in Speedwell, New Jersey, on 17 October 1814, the son of John […]

Elias Geist Morgan – 48th Pennsylvania Infantry

Elias Geist Morgan was born on 10 May 1842 in Upper Mahantongo Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.  He was the son of Samuel Morgan (1812-1897) and Abolina [Geist] Morgan (1816-1890). On 9 March 1865, Elias Morgan enrolled in the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company D, at Philadelphia and was mustered into service the same day as a […]