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Update on Hiram Groff – Captured at Gettysburg, Then Parolled

| April 28, 2016

On 4 November 2014, a post entitled “The Groff Brothers?  Hiram, Valentine and William,” was presented here.  Some questions were asked in that post and readers were asked to submit additional information about the men named Groff.  Note:  A prior post also discussed “Israel M. Groff and Sons – All Civil War Veterans?” The following […]

Selected Items from the Pension Files of Mrs. Daniel Williard

| April 5, 2016

Daniel Williard is buried at Zion (Klinger’s) Cemetery at Erdman, Lykens Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  His grave marker is a government issue stone which notes that he served in the 177th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I. Daniel Williard is honored on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument.  He’s named as a Private who was a member of the […]

The Stites Family in the Civil War

| March 9, 2016

William Doubert Stites (1840-1915) is the “W. D. Stites” whose name appears on the Millersburg Soldier Monument. On 31 August 1861, William D. Stites was mustered into service at Harrisburg in the 47th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company D, as a Private.  At the time of enrollment, he gave his age as 21, his residence as Bloomfield, […]

Jacob Swab & Jacob W. Swab – Two Different Elizabethville Area Veterans

| February 8, 2016

In the 1967 published list of Civil War veterans from the Elizabethville, Dauphin County, the name of Jacob Swab appears.  In researching this soldier, it is now known that there were actually two persons of this name, one found in the records as Jacob Swab and the other found as Jacob W. Swab. ——————————— JACOB […]

Philip C. Swab – A Grand Funeral!

| February 3, 2016

Philip C. Swab is buried at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Elizabethville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  During the Civil War, he served in the 208th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, as a Private.  He was mustered into service on 30 August 1864 and honorably discharged on 1 June 1865.  In 1870, Swab was a retail dry goods […]