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Lykens Valley Pastor Was Ku Klux Klan Leader

| June 8, 2017

A Lykens Valley pastor was a known leader of the Ku Klux Klan.  He served several churches in the valley, and not only promoted the K. K. K. outside his role of ministering to his congregations, but included K. K. K. activities within the worship services he conducted. This post is a continuation of the […]

Abner M. Pike of Halifax – Some Tragic Stories

| May 5, 2017

The death of Abner M. Pike was announced in the Harrisburg Daily Independent, 3 November 1902.  The obituary in that newspaper did not mention his Civil War service: Death of A. M. Pike Special to the Star-Independent Halifax, 3 November 1902 — A. M. Pike, a prominent business man of Halifax, died at 9 p.m. […]

Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Election of 1866 – The Defeat of a White Supremacist

| September 16, 2016

The Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Election of 1866 pitted a Union General and war hero, John W. Geary, against a avowed racist and white supremacist, Heister Clymer.  Geary headed the Republican or Union ticket and Clymer headed the Democratic or Copperhead ticket. Unlike the Presidential Election of 1860, official vote totals by townships and boroughs were available […]

Where is Peter Crabb Buried?

| August 19, 2016

Peter Crabb, one of the earliest settlers of Gratz, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, was an African American who was born in Pennsylvania about 1787.  He was the father of two known Civil War soldiers, John Peter Crabb and Edward Crabb, both previously profiled here.  At the present time, there are two working theories on where Peter […]

Millersburg Area African Americans During Civil War Times

| July 29, 2016

Three African American males of Civil War service age were located in 1860s censuses or draft records of the Millersburg and Upper Paxton Township area.  These men are presented here in the hope that a reader can add additional information about them.  Did they serve in the military during the Civil War?  What happened to […]