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Samuel P. Klinger – Farmer of Northumberland County

| September 7, 2014

Previously, two men named Samuel Klinger had been identified to be included in the Civil War Research Project.  In researching Samuel P. Klinger of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, who was born on 16 September 1824 and died 4 February 1903, it was discovered that he was also a Civil War veteran – thus bringing the total […]

Samuel Spotts – Drowned in James River at Harrison’ Landing, Virginia

| June 14, 2014

Military and pension records for Samuel Spotts (1841-1862), who is also found in the records as Samuel Spatz,  indicate that he died by drowning in the James River, Virginia, on 7 July 1862 at Harrison’s Landing. Samuel was a member of the 35th Pennsylvania Infantry (also known as the 6th Pennsylvania Reserves) and had been […]

William Shartel – Merchant and Hotel Keeper

| June 8, 2014

On 14 July 1860, more than two years before he was was drafted into service in the Civil War, William Shartle (1835-1874), applied for membership in the Gratz Borough, I. O. O. F. (International Order of Odd Fellows).  In his application, he declared that he was 25 years old, was living in Jordan Township, Northumberland […]

Additions to Veterans’ List – L

| June 3, 2013

Veterans of the Civil War identified as having some connection to the Lykens Valley area and included in the Civil War Research Project was last updated 19 April 2012.  In a series of posts continuing intermittently until concluding in mid-June, a brief sketch of each of the new names added since then will be presented.  […]

Dauphin County Church Records Available at Schwalm Library in Gratz

| May 11, 2013

The Gratz Historical Society has a collection of compiled and original copies of records from most of the churches in the Lykens Valley area.  One of the most useful sets of book is the nine-volume edition of Dauphin County Church Records. These volumes contain a variety of records for the indicated churches, including birth and […]