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Who Was John McDermot – On Lykens Monument?

| January 13, 2017

The name Owen McDermot appears on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as an area veteran who was not a member of the Heilner G.A.R. Post.  Who was he? The only person of that name who was found in the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Card File was Owen McDermott, who at 18 years old, enrolled in the 136th Pennsylvania […]

Jonathan Miller – Recognized on Tower City Memorial

| December 21, 2016

Previously, on 9 February 2013, Jonathan Miller was profiled as art of a blog post on Civil War burials at the St. Paul’s Cemetery, Tower City, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania: Very little is known about Jonathan Miller (c. 1824-1890) except that he served in the 39th Pennsylvania Infantry (Emergency of 1863), Company H, as a Private, from […]

Who Was W. H. McDonald? – Named on Millersburg Soldier Monument

| December 9, 2016

The name “W. H. McDonald” appears on the Millersburg Soldier Monument indicating that he had a connection to Millersburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, and to the Civil War. But, who was he?  Thus far he has not been identified. Looking for his full name, his regiment and company of service, and any other information about him […]

William Lebo – Medical Doctor at Hegins

| November 16, 2016

The photograph shows Dr. William C. Lebo working on a cadaver while a student at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, some time after the Civil War.  In the 1870 census of Gratz Borough, Dauphin County, he indicated he was a medical student and was living in the household of his brother-in-law, Henry R. Lehr, who […]

Who Was Jane McGuire, Widow of Tremont?

| November 9, 2016

The 1890 Veterans’ Census for Tremont, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania (shown above), indicates that a Jane McGuire, a widow, lived at that place.  She reported that her deceased husband, Thomas McGuire (or Thomas Maguire), was a Civil War veteran , Private of the 39th Pennsylvania Infantry (Emergency of 1863), Company D. An index card was located […]