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Obituary of John K. McGann of Enders

| November 23, 2014

Enders, 22 July 1909 — John K. McGann, an aged veteran of the Civil War and a highly esteemed gentleman of this community, died at his home at Wheatland Farm on Wednesday night after a lingering illness of several months, aged seventy-four years.  Mr. McGann spent most of his life in this community, having taught […]

Death of a Civil War Veteran’s Son in West Point Football Game

| November 20, 2014

About 105 years ago, the Army-Navy Football game, scheduled to be held at Franklin Field, Philadelphia, was cancelled as a result of the death of an Army player in a prior football game with Harvard University, and the football programs at West Point and Annapolis were is danger of being abolished. “Young Byrne expired just […]

Josiah Folk – Died of Heart Disease at Cleveland, Tennessee, 1864

| November 19, 2014

Josiah Folk (or Foulk or Fulk as he is sometimes found in the records) was born about 1829, probably in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  In the 1850 census of Wiconisco Township, Dauphin County, he is found as a blacksmith.  Living in his household were his wife Susanna [Riegle] Folk, working as a milliner, and infant daughter, […]

Death of Isaac P. Messner – Kicked Overboard by a Horse

| November 17, 2014

An entry in a 9th Pennsylvania Cavalryman’s diary read as follows: Saturday 30th [November 1861] – In the morning about 4 A.M. another excitement On board the Arago owing to a report that Isaac Messner was kicked over board by one of the Horses on board the Anglo Saxon… one of Co. B…. Both sides […]

Death of an Ex-Slave at Paxtang

| November 16, 2014

Manuel Walker was one of many ex-slaves who chose to relocate in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, in the years immediately after the Civil War.  He died on 18 September 1907 and his obituary appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot the next day. DEATH OF AN EX-SLAVE Manuel Walker, the aged colored sexton of Paxton Presbyterian Church, died […]