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Who Was John McCurtin Who Enrolled at Berrysburg then Deserted in Indiana?

| January 16, 2017

The Pennsylvania Veterans’ File Card for John McCurtin (shown above from the Pennsylvania Archives), indicates that a 45 year old John McCurtin, enlisted at Berrysburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania on 25 September 1861, in the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company B.  At the time, he indicated that he resided in Dauphin County and was a stone cutter […]

John McCollum – First Defender, Buried at Williamstown

| January 9, 2017

John McCollum is buried in the United Methodist Church Cemetery in Williamstown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  Previously on the Civil War Blog, he was featured with the following information: John McCollum (1833-1901). He is buried in the McCollum family plot and a ground marker notes his name as “John.”  Census records indicate he was born at sea […]

Rev. Joel Light – Served in Valley View-Hegins Area

| December 14, 2016

A brief obituary of Rev. Joel Light appeared in the Reading Times, 25 February 1904: REV. JOEL LIGHT Rev. Joel Light died at his home, in Lebanon, of general debility, yesterday morning aged about 70 years.  He was one of the best known ministers in the United Brethren Conference and had charges at various times […]

Nathaniel Lehman of Lykens – A Tribute from His Church

| October 14, 2016

In the Memorial Book of the Otterbein Church of the United Brethren of Christ, Lykens Borough, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, the following tribute is recorded: Brother Nathaniel Charles Lehman was born 12 September 1844 at Berrysburg, Pennsylvania, and died in Lykens, Pennsylvania, 5 March 1918, age 73 years, 5 months and 23 days. He was married […]

Cyrus Romberger – Was He Excused from Military Service For Health Reasons?

| September 20, 2016

Cyrus Romberger was born 14 July 1843 in Lykens Township, Dauphin County, the son of Daniel Romberger (1816-1882) and Hannah [Bergstresser] Romberger (1818-1889).  Although he was of age to be required to register for the draft, no record has been located that he did so, and in the various rosters of regiments examined, no record […]