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Was Sylvester Snyder, Buried at Berrysburg, a Civil War Veteran?

| October 2, 2017

Sylvester Snyder (1844-1891), son of Abraham Snyder (1814-1888) and Hannah Maria [Bordner} Snyder (1821-1900), is buried at the Old Methodist Cemetery, Berrysburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  Alongside his grave marker is a a G.A.R. Star-Flag Holder indicating that he was a veteran of the Civil War.  Initial efforts to locate his regiment and company of service […]

John G. Sommers – Upper Paxton Township, 1890

| September 1, 2017

John G. Sommers, who was found in the 1890 Veterans’ Census for Upper Paxton Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, served in the 3rd Maryland Cavalry, Company K, as a Bugler, from 27 November 1863 through his discharge on 7 September 1865. That same John G. Sommers, applied for a disability pension on 11 February 1889 and […]

Who Was Jacob R. Smith Who Enrolled at Lykens?

| August 28, 2017

On 26 April 1861, Jacob R. Smith was mustered into the 10th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company F, as a Private.  At the time,he said he was 20 years old (born about 1841), was employed as a boatman, and lived at Clarks Ferry, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  He was honorably discharged on 31 July 1861. No record has […]

Lykens Valley Ku Klux Klan Events Needing Further Research

| August 25, 2017

Today’s post presents some events involving the Ku Klux Klan that were reported in the Elizabethville Echo.  Each event needs further research. The post is a continuation of the reporting on hate groups that were active in the Lykens Valley area in the years following the Civil War.  It was a widely known fact that […]

Was Daniel Shive Murdered in 1893?

| August 16, 2017

During the Civil War, Daniel A. Shive served in the 210th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, as a Private, from 12 September 1864 through his honorable discharge on 30 May 1865.  He applied for a disability pension on 28 March 1891, which he received, but not long afterward, he was found dead along the railroad tracks […]