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Ambrose Rathvon – Emergency Man, President of Millersburg Planing Mill Company

| May 24, 2017

Two entries appear in the 1893 Harrisburg City Directory for the Millersburg Planing Mill Company, as seen in the page portion above.  In the first entry, the company is named in the alphabetical listing with officers given as follows:  Ambrose Rathvon, President; Ramsey E. Moyer, Treasurer; and H. Frank Sheetz, Secretary.  At the bottom of […]

Why Did John T. Pepper Serve in a Pennsylvania Regiment?

| May 22, 2017

The 50th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, was composed almost completely of men who lived in and around the Lykens Valley area.  However, there were some exceptions. John T. Pepper was born on 5 November 1838 in New York.  About 1859, he married Emeline Bonham, who according to all records seen, was also born in New […]

John Powell – Killed in Powder Explosion at Kalmia Mine, 1877

| May 17, 2017

John Powell, who was born in England about 1844, enrolled in the 3rd Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery on 26 January 1864 at Philadelphia.  Although the above Pennsylvania Veterans’ File Card from the Pennsylvania Archives states that he did not muster into service until a year later, other records indicate that the card is in error and […]

Michael O’Leary – Coal Miner of Wiconisco

| May 1, 2017

Michael O’Leary, whose name appears on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as a Civil War veteran from the Lykens-Wiconisco area who was not a member of the Heilner Post, was identified as to his regiment and company by a record found on Ancestry.com in the series, Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Civil War Soldiers. The index […]

Robert Newton of Williamstown – Alias “Richard Noble”

| April 19, 2017

In the 1890 Veterans’ Census for Williamtown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, Robert Newton, alias Richard Noble, reported that he had served in the 95th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company E, as a Private.  He was located in the records of that regiment under the name Richard Noble. The Pennsylvania Veterans’ File Card from the Pennsylvania Archives gave the […]