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Civil War Blog

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William A. Loomis – Mennonite Born in Halifax Who Served in Civil War

The above family card for Anthony Wayne Loomis (1806-1864) was found in the Mennonite Vital Records of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 1750-2014, available on Ancestry.com. It shows a child, William A. Loomis, born 27 December 1842, married Harriet Thomas, and died 4 September 1900.  The card states that Anthony Wayne Loomis lived in Halifax, Pennsylvania. On […]

Jacob Klinger and Sarah [Reed] Klinger – Death at the Almshouse and a Murder Story

Today’s post begins the story of one of the most brutal and sensational murders ever committed in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania – that of Sarah Ann [Reed] Klinger, the widow of Civil War soldier Jacob Klinger. It is believed by some that the Jacob Klinger who served in the 172nd Pennsylvania Infantry in the Civil War […]

John Crane of Millersburg and Lykens

John Crane, who is also found in the records as John Crain, is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery, Millersburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  At his grave there is a G.A.R.-Star-Flag Holder indicating service in the Civil War.  However, his name does not appear on the Millersburg Soldier Monument. There is a John Crane who served in […]

The Yeager Family in the Civil War (Part 2)

In 1912, the Hon. James Martin Yeager wrote and published A Brief History of the Yeager, Buffington, Creighton, Jacobs, Lemon, Hoffman and Woodside Families and Their Collateral Kindred of Pennsylvania.  Yeager was formerly the President of Drew Seminary for Young Women of Carmel, New York as well as a former Member of the House of […]

William B. Meetch – Had Connections to All of Dauphin County

The following is the obituary of William B. Meetch as it appeared in the Harrisburg Telegraph, 3 September 1919: Former Power in Local Politics is Dead at Advanced Age WILLIAM B. MEETCH, LONG PROMINENT, IS DEAD Was for Years Repubilcan Leader and Widely-Known Hunter of Big Game LOVER OF OUTDOOR LIFE Although 75 Years Old […]