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Aaron Weaver Buried at Killinger – Was He a Civil War Veteran?

| December 15, 2017

Aaron Weaver, who was born 30 October 1843, and who died on 18 July 1923, is buried at the Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery, Killinger, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  At his grave site, there is a G.A.R. Star-Flag Holder, which recognizes him as an honorably discharged veteran of the Civil War.  However, efforts to locate a good […]

Who Was Joseph Way of Lykens and Was He a Deserter?

| December 11, 2017

The name Joseph Way appears on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as a Civil War veterans who served as a Private, but did not join the Heilner Post. In attempting to determine Joseph Way‘s regiment and company of service, one card in the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Card File stood out as an excellent match (shown above, from […]

Was George Tippers a Civil War Soldier?

| November 29, 2017

According to file information (above) obtained at a local historical society in the Lykens Valley, there is a Civil War veteran named George Tippers who is buried at the Methodist Cemetery in Wiconisco, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. Available information indicates George Tippers was born 11 August 1821 and died 1 March 1884. His wife, Mary Tippers, […]

When Did Conrad Toby Die and Where Is He Buried?

| November 27, 2017

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 […]

Why Does Jacob Umholtz Have a G.A.R. Marker at His Grave in Gratz?

| November 13, 2017

The photo above was recently taken at the Gratz Union Cemetery, Gratz, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, of the grave of Jacob Umholtz, who was born 18 March 1824 in Lykens Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, the son of Johannes “John” Umholtz (1796-1853) and Catherine [Harmon] Umholtz (1795-1880).  Next to the grave marker is a G.A.R. Star-Flag Holder […]