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Henry B. Meffert – Grandson of Elizabethville Founder Died in Missouri

| August 24, 2016

In researching the descendants of John Bender (1780-1827), who laid out the town of Elizabethville in 1817, Henry Benjamin Meffert was discovered as a Civil War soldier who served in the 83rd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company F, as a Private and a Corporal.  Portraits of Henry B. Meffert and his wife Lydia Dell Tunks are shown […]

Where is Peter Crabb Buried?

| August 19, 2016

Peter Crabb, one of the earliest settlers of Gratz, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, was an African American who was born in Pennsylvania about 1787.  He was the father of two known Civil War soldiers, John Peter Crabb and Edward Crabb, both previously profiled here.  At the present time, there are two working theories on where Peter […]

George H. Romberger – He Paid for a Substitute

| August 12, 2016

George H. Romberger is buried at the St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, Berrysburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  He has a Findagrave Memorial which does not identify him as a Civil War veteran and there is no G.A.R.-Star-Flag Holder at his grave site.  He was born 19 October 1937 and died 8 Apr 1907. In his research […]

Daniel D. Romberger – Emergency Militiaman from Orwin

| August 10, 2016

Daniel D. Rumberger was originally located in the 1890 Veterans’ Census for Porter Township, Schuylkill County (shown below).  Initially, there was some difficulty in identifying his birth and death dates and his connection to the Romberger family.  However, using some of the information from Bob Averill’s Romberger research, he was positively identified as Daniel D. […]

Widow of Philip W. Keiter Dies in Harrisburg, 1914

| August 8, 2016

Philip W. Keiter was born on 22 June 1833 in Halifax Township, Dauphin County, and died on 6 June 1883.  During the Civil War, he served in the 36th Pennsylvania Infantry Militia, Company C, as a Sergeant, a company that was formed from what was pre-war known as the “Home Guards” or the Gratztown Militia. […]