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Who Was James W. Johnson? Died at Age 106.

| January 15, 2015

An obituary of James W. Johnson which appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot on 18 June 1910 gave the following information: Dead At Ripe Old Age of 106 Scranton, Pennsylvania, 17 June 1910 — James W. Johnson, colored, who was reputed to be 106 years old, died last night at his home in Winton.  He was […]

Four Who Claimed Association with Jeff Davis

| January 4, 2015

At the time of death of individuals, when their families are required to present them in the best light in an  obituary, often undocumented claims are made about their lives and sometimes their achievements are cast in terms of how they performed their duties or had personal connections with famous historical characters.  Both Lincoln and […]

Some African Americans with Civil War Connections Who Died in 1910

| December 30, 2014

The obituaries of four men who died in 1910 in Harrisburg provide an opportunity for further research for someone interested in the role played by African Americans in the Civil War.  Presented here are: (1) Edward Lowery; (2) Eli Gray; (3) William H. Harris; and (4) Gideon Williams. —————————- From the Harrisburg Patriot, 6 June […]

Scull Found in 1912 – An African American Who Died at Camp Curtin?

| December 6, 2014

A brief story found in the 5 June 1912 edition of the Harrisburg Patriot told of the finding of a scull along the Susquehanna River bank at Maclay Streets.  No follow-up story was located where the identity, or race, of the individual was determined. The article harks back to a period when phrenology was believed […]

The Death of Isaac Umholtz at Five Forks, Virginia

| November 26, 2014

Isaac Umholtz of Gratz and Lykens Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, was only 17 years old when he enrolled in the 127th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company D, as a Private on 9 August 1862, although he claimed his age was 21.  His older brother Emanuel Umholtz stayed at home on the family farm helping the father, Samuel […]