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William Lesher – “This Man in War Four Years”

| September 15, 2016

In the 1890 Census for Mable, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, a William Leasure was named for his service in the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company H, as a Private, with the added comment, “This man in war four years.”  The dates given for his service were, 18 April 1861 through 16 April 1864.  However, in searching the […]

David Muir of Foster Township – His Killing in 1865 Attributed to Molly Maguires

| May 2, 2016

On 25 August 1865, David Muir, a mine superintendent who lived in Foster Township, was murdered near his home in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.  A description of his death appeared in the Reading Times, 29 August 1865: MURDER — We learn that David Muir, a superintendent of the Forest Improvement Company, was murdered on Friday, on […]

Additions to Veterans’ List – W, Y and Z

| June 14, 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.  […]

Samuel A. Wesner – Killed at Mines in 1904

| January 24, 2013

A death at the mines at Mahanoy City, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, occurred on 7 November 1904.  Though not reported as such in the brief notice that appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the man who was killed, Samuel Wesner, was a Civil War veteran. Car Off Track; Kills Man Special to The Inquirer MAHANOY CITY, Pennsylvania, […]

The Census of 1860

| June 17, 2012

In 1860, the United States conducted the Eighth Census.  The total population of the country was determined to be 31, 443, 321, which represented a 35.4% increase over the Census of 1850.  Included in the total population in 1860 were 3,953,761 slaves.  Pennsylvania’s population in i860 was 2,906,215. Pennsylvania’s white population in 1860 was 2,849,266. […]