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Jacob Herbert Rowe – Insurance Agent at Millersburg

| October 17, 2014

The “J. H. Rowe” whose name appears on the Millersburg Soldier Monument, was Jacob Herbert Rowe, born 25 April 1841 in Pennsylvania, the son of Jeremiah Rowe and Jane [Shower] Rowe, and died at Millersburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, of senile dementia, on 21 June 1928.  He is buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Millersburg.  At […]

The Kauffman Brothers of Minersville

| October 15, 2014

Two brothers, Jonas Harrison Kauffman (1840-1930) and Luther Samuel Kauffman (1846-1938), both associated with Minersville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, saw service in the Civil War and following the war had successful professional careers, the older brother as a physician and the younger brother as an attorney.  Jonas H. Kauffman has also been named in two sources […]

John W. Hoffman – Document File

| October 13, 2014

John W. Hoffman (1843-1926).  Photo (above) from family collection. The following documents are presented here to show some of the types of information that can be found in the Pension Application Files available at the National Archives (NARA) in Washington, D.C. To locate the complete files at the National Archives, first consult the Pension Index […]

Reunions of the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry Held in Lykens

| October 10, 2014

Following the Civil War, many Pennsylvania regiments tried to hold annual reunions of their members.  One of the most successful of the Pennsylvania regiments in this regard was the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry as the following news article from the Harrisburg Patriot of 11 June 1909 attests: FORTIETH REUNION OF NINTH CAVALRY Flag Presented by Ladies […]

David Zerfing – Iowa Soldier Born in Upper Mahanoy Township

| October 8, 2014

David Zerfing was born in Upper Mahanoy Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, the son of Nathan Zerfing (1811-1886) and Judith [Klock] Zerfing (1811-1846) and the grandson of Peter Zerfing (1769-1853).  John Zerfing (1805-1891), was a brother of Nathan.  John’s son, Elias Zerfing,  was a Civil War soldier from Gratz, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  Elias Zerfing was featured […]