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Henry B. Meffert – Grandson of Elizabethville Founder Died in Missouri

| August 24, 2016

In researching the descendants of John Bender (1780-1827), who laid out the town of Elizabethville in 1817, Henry Benjamin Meffert was discovered as a Civil War soldier who served in the 83rd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company F, as a Private and a Corporal.  Portraits of Henry B. Meffert and his wife Lydia Dell Tunks are shown […]

John Henry Jury – 172nd Pennsylvania Infantry – Some Additional Information

| July 20, 2016

Previously on this blog, as part of a post describing Forney’s Cemetery, Washington Township, Dauphin County, the following was published about John Henry Jury: John Henry Jury was born in 1834 in Berrysburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, the son of Jacob Bretz Jury (1799-1884), a farmer, and Mary Ann or Anne Marie [Schupp] Jury.  John Henry […]

Edward Crabb – Victim of Bigotry in Gratz

| July 1, 2016

Another Memorial Day has gone by and the grave of Edward Crabb, an African American Civil War soldier buried in Gratz Union Cemetery, continues to be un-decorated [no G.A.R.-Star-Flag-Holder and Flag].  In addition to being un-decorated, the Crabb family plot is one of the worst maintained in a cemetery which is known for its manicured […]

Benjamin F. Harper’s Widow of Loyalton, Died in 1917

| June 2, 2016

The following obituary appeared in the Harrisburg Telegraph, 8 March 1917: MRS. CLARA HARPER DIES Elizabethville, Pennsylvania, 8 March 1917 — Mrs. Clara Harper, widow of Frank Harper, a Civil War veteran, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clayton B. Holtzman, in West Main Street, in West Main Street, on Tuesday, after a […]

Jacob Zerby of Elizabethville – Cavalryman and Blacksmith

| May 6, 2016

Jacob Zerby, Civil war veteran of the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, died on 19 November 1913.  His death was reported in the Harrisburg Telegraph of the next day: Elizabethville — Jacob Zerby, a member of Sherman’s Cavalry during his famous march “to the sea,” died of the infirmities of old age yesterday after a year’s illness […]