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Obituary of Isaac Uhler – Born Near Elizabethville

Posted By on November 17, 2017

The Philadelphia Public Ledger of 23 April 1921 announced the death of Isaac Uhler:

Isaac Uhler, a veteran of the Civil War, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Helen M. Fleming, 5239 North Fifteenth Street [Philadelphia], yesterday.  He was seventy-seven years old.  Mr. Uhler is survived by Mrs. Fleming and one son, Doyle M. Uhler.  Funeral services will be held at the home at 4 o’clock tomorrow afternoon.

Isaac Uhler was born on 20 October 1843, in Washington Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, the son of Isaac Uhler (1813-1850) and Hannah [Hoffman] Uhler (1819-1899).  The mother was a direct descendant of Johann Peter Hoffman (1709-1797), pioneer settler of the Lykens Valley.

The Veteran Index Cards, shown below from the Pennsylvania Archives, summarize his service.  Additional information was provided by researcher Dennis Brandt.

Early in the Civil War, Isaac Uhler at age 19, enrolled at Fisherville, Dauphin County, in the 130th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company H, as a Private, 12 August 1862, from which he was discharged on a Surgeon’s Certificate on 28 February 1863, due to “hypertrophy of heart contracted before enlistment.”

At Harrisburg, on 24 February 1864, he enrolled in the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company K, as a Private, and was mustered into service the same day.  At the time, he said he was a farmer and he resided in Dauphin County.  His physical description:  nearly 5 foot 7 inches tall; light colored hair; blue eyes; and light complexion.  During his service he was hospitalized for bronchitis and a hernia and was again discharged on a Surgeon’s Certificate on 25 May 1865 at South Madison, Indiana.

Isaac Uhler is buried at Highland Cemetery, Lock Haven, Clinton County, Pennsylvania.  Additional information about him can be found at his Findagrave Memorial.


News clipping from Newspapers.com.


Obituary of Cyrus Spangler

Posted By on November 15, 2017

Notices were given in the Harrisburg newspapers in April 1916 of the death of Cyrus Spangler, a Civil War veteran of the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company B.


Cyrus Spangler, aged 75 years, died Saturday, died Saturday at his home, 8 North Fifth Street [Harrisburg].  Funeral services were held at his late residence last night at 8 o’clock.  The body was taken to Lykens to-day by Undertaker Hoffman, where interment was made.  The services there will be conducted by Heilner Post G.A.R.  He is survived by a widow, one son, Atwood Spangler, of Philadelphia; one brother, George Spangler, of Lykens, and one sister, Mrs. Emma Umberger, of Philadelphia.


SPANGLER Cyrus Spangler, on 15 April 1916, aged 79 years.

Funeral services at the late home, 8 North Fifth Street [Harrisburg], Monday evening, 17 April 1916, at 8 o’clock. The body will be taken to Lykens, Pennsylvania, on the 8 o’clock train, Tuesday morning, where services will be held at 2 P.M. in the Church of the Transfiguration. Relatives and friends and members of Heilner Post, G.A.R., No. 232, and Wiconisco Council, No. 57, Jr. O.U.A.M., are invited to attend, without further notice.

Cyrus Spangler was formally recognized on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as a Sergeant who joined the G.A.R. Post there after its organization.


News clippings from Newspapers.com.

Why Does Jacob Umholtz Have a G.A.R. Marker at His Grave in Gratz?

Posted By on November 13, 2017

The photo above was recently taken at the Gratz Union Cemetery, Gratz, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, of the grave of Jacob Umholtz, who was born 18 March 1824 in Lykens Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, the son of Johannes “John” Umholtz (1796-1853) and Catherine [Harmon] Umholtz (1795-1880).  Next to the grave marker is a G.A.R. Star-Flag Holder indicating that the Jacob Umholtz who is buried here was a Civil War veteran.

The photograph was previously presented here on this blog in a post entitled Gratz During the Civil War – Cemeteries (Part 3).  That post presented only the grave marker photos and locations of those who were said to be veterans and who were on the original veterans’ list and cemetery map that had been compiled by a Gratz organization some time after World War I. The list and map were used to locate veteran graves to honor the veterans on Memorial Day, Veterans’ Day, and other patriotic holidays.  However, there was no designation as to what regiment and company in which the veteran served.

After a significant amount of research, thus far, no Civil War service has been located for the Jacob Umholtz (1824-1894) who is buried at the Gratz Union Cemetery.

The cemetery has no records indicating military service, except what is inscribed on the markers.

Currently, the Gratz V. F. W. maintains the veteran graves for the appropriate holidays, but apparently bases the decoration of the graves on the old list and map that was prepared more than 75 years ago.

Jacob Umholtz was married twice.

His first wife was Anna Maria “Mary” Artz (1825-1858).  With her he had four children:  Jonathan Umholtz, born about 1848; Henry Umholtz, born about 1850; Aaron A. Umholtz, born about 1855; and Mary A. Umholtz, born about 1858.

After Mary died in 1858, Jacob Umholtz married Adaline Hess, who was born in 1844.  With her he had one child, Elmer Lincoln Umholtz, who was born about 1865.

Jacob Umholtz died on 8 June 1894.

Help is requested to determine whether or not Jacob Umholtz (1824-1894) was a Civil War veteran.



Nathaniel Stutzman of Hegins – Buried at Arlington National Cemetery

Posted By on November 10, 2017

Nathaniel Stutzman, also known as Nathan Stutzman, was about 19 years old when he enrolled at Pottsville in the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, as a Private.  He was a shoemaker from Schuylkill County, and stood 5 foot 3 inches tall, had a florid complexion, dark hair and hazel eyes.

The Pennsylvania Veterans’ File Card, shown above from the Pennsylvania Archives notes that he died on 19 May 1864, less than 3 months after he entered the service.  The death occurred at Washington, D. C., and he is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

In 1850, 5 year old Nathan lived with his family In Lower Mahantongo Township, Schuylkill County.  His father, Michael Stutzman was a carpenter.

In 1860, 14 year old Nathan was living in Hegins Township, Schuylkill County.  It is believed that he was living in Hegins Township at the time of his enlistment in 1864.

In the Register of Deaths of Volunteers, line shown above in two parts, Nathaniel Stutzman died at Douglas General Hospital, Washington, D. C., 19 May 1864, of “resection of head, rt. humerus.”  The date of his wound was not given in the register.  These registers are available on Ancestry.com.

According to a history of the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry, the regiment was involved in a battle at Spottsylvania Court House from 12 May to 21 May 1864, so it could be assumed that the wound he received occurred at that battle.

On 19 September 1874, Nathaniel’s mother, Mary Stutzman, applied for a pension based on her son’s service and death. From the Pension Index Card, shown above from Fold3, she received that benefit.

At this time, not much more is known about this veteran or his service.

For a prior post which mentioned Nathaniel Stutzman, see Additions to Veterans List.

For more information, see the Findagrave Memorial.  According to that source, Nathaniel received a severe wound in the right shoulder and that the wound occurred at Spottsylvania Court House.

October 2017 Posts

Posted By on November 8, 2017

A listing of the October 2017 posts on The Civil War Blog with direct links:

Was Sylvester Snyder, Buried at Berrysburg, a Civil War Veteran?

September 2017 Posts

Did Martin Troutman Who Deserted in 1863 Die in the War?

Samuel Snyder of Berrysburg, Mifflin Township & Pillow

Another Martin Troutman Mystery

George H. Troutman – Another Veteran Overlooked by Millersburg?

Philadelphia Memorial to Octavius V. Catto

Jonas Swab – Elizabethville Hometown Hero

Samuel Trump – Boatman and 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry

John S. Trego – Gravely Wounded at South Mountain, 1862

John Townsend – Died from Injuries in Railroad Accident

Grandson of Thomas Umberger Guards Inheritance but is Arrested

Charles Wesley Umholtz – From Tremont to Tennessee