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William Straw of Williamstown, 1890 – Portrait Found

In researching William Straw who served in the 6th Pennsylvania Infantry as well as the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry, it was discovered that for a short time he lived in Williamstown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, as per the 1890 Veterans’ Census of that community.  Straw was a blacksmith who was born in England about 12 October 1841, […]

Emanuel Straub – Former Hegins Resident Dies at Shamokin, Age 90

Emanuel Straub, who was born in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, on 5 November 1842, was the son of George Straub (1803-1859) and Barbara [Zerbe] Straub (1803-1899).  After the death of his father, the mother and Emanuel moved in with Daniel Straub, Emanuel’s brother, who was a farmer in Hegins Township, Schuylkill County.  All appear together in […]

Peter B. Rank – Merchant of Williamstown

Peter B. Rank was born 31 October 1839.  During the Civil War, he served in the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry (Emergency of 1863), Company D, as a Corporal, from about 2 July 1863 through discharge at the end of the emergency, 26 August 1863.  He married the former Pauline Rudy, and with her had four children.  […]

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

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 […]

Daniel B. Oberholzer – Artist of Elizabethville & Carpenter of Millersburg

The name Daniel Oberholtzer appears on the plaque on the Millersburg Soldier Monument, Millersburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  In researching him, several surprising facts were uncovered. According to information found on Ancestry.com and elsewhere, Daniel Oberholtzer (or Daniel Oberholzer is he is sometimes found in the records), was born on 2 June 1838 in Pennsylvania, the […]