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A Slightly Longer Obituary of Henry Kemble

| June 27, 2016

On 14 December 2014, the story of Henry Kemble was presented here in a post entitled, Farmer of Northumberland County. Another obituary of him was recently located in the Mount Carmel Item of 6 January 1922: THE DEATH OF HARRY KEMBLE Harry Kemble, brother of the late Isaac Kemble of Mount Carmel, died at ten […]

Isaac Kemble – “The devil can’t chase these little gnats….”

| June 24, 2016

During the Civil War, Isaac Kemble served with the 47th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C, as a Corporal, enrolling at Sunbury, Northumberland County on 19 August 1861, and mustered into service in Harrisburg, 2 September 1861.  At the time he was 22 years old (born 1839), was employed as a surveyor, and resided at Sunbury.  He […]

James Kilrain – Irish Immigrant. Coal Miner, and Civil War Veteran

| June 22, 2016

James Kilrain was born about 1839 in Ireland.  At the time of the Civil War, he was living in Minersville, Schuylkill County and working as a coal miner.  He first volunteered for the 16th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company K, as a Private, serving in this 90-day regiment from 8 April 1861 through 10 July 1861.  Later […]

George Jury of Halifax – 172nd Pennsylvania Infantry

| June 20, 2016

George Jury was born on 2 March 1840 in Pennsylvania and died on 19 May 1912 in Halifax Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. During the Civil War he served in the 172nd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, as a Private.  After the Civil War, he applied for a pension on 25 September 1890.   He is buried at […]

Tower City Veteran Discovered in Perry County Cemetery

| June 17, 2016

A blog post here on 16 May 2016, Was Robert Hunter of Tower City a Civil War Veteran?, has received a response from a regular research contributor, Steve Williams, who pointed out that he believes that the same Robert Hunter mentioned in the 1890 Veterans’ Census for Tower City is buried in the Hunter’s Valley […]