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Martin Koppenhaver – Was He a Civil War Veteran & Did He Have Two Families?

| September 2, 2015

At the St. Paul’s (Artz) Cemetery in Sacramento, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, the tombstone of Martin Koppenhaver (1829-1900) has a G.A.R. star and flag holder indicating that he served in the Civil War.  However, to date no military or pension record of Civil War service has been found for him. Next to the stone of Martin […]

Some Wedding Anniversaries of Veterans in 1919

| August 24, 2015

Two Civil War veterans with connections to the Lykens Valley celebrated long-term marriage anniversaries at the end of 1918 and the end of 1919.  Both anniversaries were reported in the newspapers of 1919. Cloyd C. Bender was born in Perry County, Pennsylvania, but lived most of his life in Halifax where he first worked as […]

Obituary of William DeHaven of Millersburg

| August 21, 2015

William H. DeHaven, born 21 June 1846, served in the 208th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company E, as a Private, during the Civil War.  After the war he was one of the founding members of the G.A.R. Kilpatrick Post at Millersburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. He lived in Millersburg most of his life, working as a laborer in […]

William W. Davidson Dies on Visit to Detroit

| August 19, 2015

William W. Davidson was born in South Manheim Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, the son of John H. Davidson and Elizabeth [Schwenk] Davidson, on 18 December 1842.  In the 1860 Census he was single, living in Millersburg, and working as a tanner. In September 1862, William responded to the emergency presented to Pennsylvania by joining the […]

Two Civil War-Era Centenarians Who Died in 1923

| August 14, 2015

In going through some obituaries that appeared in the Harrisburg Evening News in 1923, two centenarians were discovered.  One was an African American woman, supposedly born in slavery who escaped via the Underground Railroad, who has to be considered as one of the longest living persons ever; the other was said to be at the […]