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Jacob Shiro – Farmer, Merchant & Postmaster of Gratz

| June 25, 2014

Jacob Shiro was born in Wittenberg, Germany, on 19 February 1843, the son of Jacob Shiro and Susan [Bellon] Shiro. He arrived in the United States around 185 at the age of eight.  During the Civil War, he served in Company G, 103rd Pennsylvania Infantry, as a Private, from 14 March 1865 through discharge on […]

Jacob Hassinger – Mitchell’s Independent Militia

| May 22, 2014

Jacob E. Hassinger was born 4 January 1836 in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, the son of Jeremiah Hassinger and Esther [Schmeltz] Hassinger. He was first married to Susanna Huber (or Hoover), who died in 1855.  Susanna is buried at the St. John (Hill) Church Cemetery, near Berrysburg in Mifflin Township.  Her grave marker is in German […]

Capt. Jacob F. Hoffman – Merchant

| November 26, 2013

Capt. Jacob F. Hoffman was the brother of Medal of Honor recipient Thomas W. Hoffman.  He was born in Lykens Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania on 25 December 1841, and was one of six Hoffman brothers who served in the Civil War.  For a time, he was a merchant in Pillow and Berrysburg in Dauphin County.  […]

Two Civil War Veteran Obituaries from the West Schuylkill Herald of 1904

| November 19, 2013

The obituaries of two Civil War veterans, John Kauffman and Daniel Harman, as published in the West Schuylkill Herald of 1904, are presented in today’s post, along with some additional information about these veterans from the files of the Gratz Historical Society. ————————— John Kauffman (or Kaufman) Kauffman’s obituary appeared in the West Schuylkill Herald, […]

Jacob L. Weaver – Private in 9th Pennsyvlania Cavalry

| November 5, 2013

Additional information has been located on Jacob L. Weaver of Elizabethville, Dauphin County, who served in the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry during the Civil War. The obituary of Weaver appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot on 22 January 1903:   Jacob L. Weaver, who died of pneumonia on Friday, was buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery on […]