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Obituary of and Memorial to George W. Ely

| November 11, 2015

George Washington Ely died on 18 January 1914 in Lykens Borough, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  As a member of the United Brethren Church in Lykens, his name was inscribed into the memorial book there and his obituary was attached to his memorial page.  The page, which is shown below, incorrectly gives his name as “George Edward […]

William Dodd Mystery Solved – Not Civil War

| November 6, 2015

In a post on 14 October 2015, several questions were raised about William Dodd who is buried at Calvary United Methodist Church, Wiconisco, Dauphin County.  The questions mainly centered around whether he was a Civil War soldier.  As a result of information provided by Deb Rudy, a Lykens Valley area researcher and contributor to this […]

Death of Major Findlay I. Thomas at Lykens, 1922

| October 26, 2015

Information about Civil War veteran Findlay I. Thomas of York County was first presented to the Civil War Research Project by researcher-writer Dennis Brandt.  Although Thomas spent most of his life outside the Lykens Valley area, he died in Lykens Borough, Dauphin County, in 1922.  Despite this connection with Lykens, he was previously ignored by […]

Peter D. Eby – Killed in Mines at Lykens, 1882

| October 23, 2015

Notice of the results of a coroner’s inquest into the death of Peter D. Eby at Lykens appeared in the Harrisburg Telegraph on 5 January 1882: KILLED IN THE MINES A Man’s Neck Broken While Riding on the Cars Coroner Shindler was called to Lykens yesterday to hold an inquest on the body of Peter […]

Obituary of Benjamin F. Eby, 1934

| October 21, 2015

The name of Benjamin F. Eby appears on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument found on North Second Street in that Borough, Dauphin County.  He was a Private in the Civil War and he joined the Heilner G.A.R. Post after its organization. Benjamin F. Eby died on 19 June 1934 in Harrisburg and the following obituaries appeared […]