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Samuel Snyder of Berrysburg, Mifflin Township & Pillow

| October 9, 2017

During the Civil War, Samuel Snyder of Mifflin Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, served in Captain Murray’s Cavalry Militia as a Private, from about 18 June 1863 to his discharge on an unknown date as a result of typhoid fever.   This information was discovered in the 1890 Veterans’ Census for Pillow, Dauphin County, where he was […]

Was Sylvester Snyder, Buried at Berrysburg, a Civil War Veteran?

| October 2, 2017

Sylvester Snyder (1844-1891), son of Abraham Snyder (1814-1888) and Hannah Maria [Bordner} Snyder (1821-1900), is buried at the Old Methodist Cemetery, Berrysburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  Alongside his grave marker is a a G.A.R. Star-Flag Holder indicating that he was a veteran of the Civil War.  Initial efforts to locate his regiment and company of service […]

Lykens Valley Ku Klux Klan Events Needing Further Research

| August 25, 2017

Today’s post presents some events involving the Ku Klux Klan that were reported in the Elizabethville Echo.  Each event needs further research. The post is a continuation of the reporting on hate groups that were active in the Lykens Valley area in the years following the Civil War.  It was a widely known fact that […]

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 […]

Israel Neiman – Veteran of Mifflin Township

| April 15, 2017

Israel Neiman is buried at the Old Methodist Cemetery in Berrysburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  At the time the photograph of his grave maker was taken (shown above) there was no indication at the cemetery that he was a Civil War veteran.  According to the stone, he was born 10 July 1820 and died 19 November […]