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Death and Funeral of John E. Nace

| April 13, 2017

This obituary appeared in the Harrisburg Evening News, 12 June 1924: JOHN E. NACE John E. Nace, 89 years old, of Halifax, who for the past two months had been living with his son, O. C. Nace, 22 North Harrisburg Street, Steelton, died this morning.  Besides his son, he is survived by two brothers, David […]

Samuel Mumma or Samuel Mummy? – Confusion Over Ancestry of Lykens Veteran

| April 10, 2017

According to information on his grave marker in the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery in Lykens, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, Samuel Mumma was born on 12 October 1822 and died on 12 September 1870.  The marker does not indicate that he was a Civil War veteran, but his Findagrave Memorial notes that he served in the 26th Pennsylvania […]

Nelson C. Meck – Charter Member of Millersburg G.A.R. Post

| April 3, 2017

Nelson C. Meck was born 24 March 1847 in Pennsylvania, the son of John Meck (1820-1886), a drayman, and Lydia Meck (a819-1887).  Both parents are buried at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Millersburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. On 7 March 1865, Nelson Meck enrolled at Harrisburg in the 83rd Pennsylvania Infantry, the second Company K, and […]

Bernard Plotzer – Died on Way Back from Germany, 1876

| March 29, 2017

Barnhardt Plotzer Sr.‘s name appears on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as a veteran from the Civil War who was not a member of the Heiler Post.  Finding him in the records was not easy because of the various ways his name is spelled in those records.  For example, the first name has been found as […]

Wartime Sketches by Charles F. McKenna

| March 24, 2017

The following illustrations were taken from Under the Maltese Cross – Antietam to Appomattox:  The Loyal Uprising in Western Pennsylvania, 1861-1865, compiled by Charles F. McKenna, and published in Pittsburgh in 1910.  Click on the title for a free download of this book, which is a history of the 155th Pennsylvania Infantry. All of the […]