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Couple Married at Ku Klux Klan Meeting in Hebe

| April 11, 2017

This post is a continuation of the reporting on hate groups that were active in the Lykens Valley area in the years following the Civil War.  It was a widely known fact that the third iteration of the Ku Klux Klan had a significant presence in the Lykens Valley and adjacent valleys during the early […]

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 […]

William Murphy of Tremont – Immigrant, Died at Vet Home in Virginia

| April 7, 2017

William D. Murphy, or William Murphy II as he is found in some records, was born in August 1844 in Ireland.  According to information in the 1900 census, he came to America in 1862, during the Civil War.  He married Hannah Grant some time prior to emigrating and they began a family in Ireland, which […]

Was Charles Meckenstorm of Tremont a Deserter?

| April 5, 2017

Sometimes men who are reported as deserters in the Civil War records were not actually deserters but died in the war, their deaths being unexplained or unreported.  Was this the case with Charles Meckenstorm? The Pennsylvania Veterans’ File Card from the Pennsylvania Archives (shown above) indicates that a Charles Meckenstorm enrolled on 14 August 1861 […]

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 […]