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Lewis F. Hummel – German-born Cavalryman Died in Mount Carmel

| May 13, 2016

The death of Lewis F. Hummel in Shamokin on 30 November 1906 helped to bring to light some interesting information about some ties to several communities in the Lykens Valley area as well as his Civil War service.  His obituary appeared in the Mount Carmel Item on the day he died: VETERAN OF CIVIL WAR […]

Franklin E. Fisher and the Fotheringill Brothers of Frailey Township

| November 27, 2015

In researching Franklin E. Fisher who served in Company C of the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry, and who died in Reading, Berks County, on 25 December 1932, it was discovered that after Franklin’s first wife died, he married Sarah [Irving] Fotheringill, the widow of Joseph W. Fotheringill of Lykens, Dauphin County, also a Civil War veteran.  […]

Civil War Records in the Published Schuylkill County Archives Series – Volume 1

| May 30, 2013

Today’s blog post provides information on Volume 1 of a series of books published beginning in 1995 by Closson Press, titled Schuylkill County Pennsylvania Archives.  In all, three volumes were published through 1996.  The series was based on genealogical research done by: Phillip A. Rice, a specialist in church and cemetery records; Jean A. Dellock, […]

Tower City, Porter and Rush Township Civil War Veterans – Part 2

| July 11, 2012

The Tower City Borough, Porter Township and Rush Township Veterans Memorial is located at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Cemetery which is located along Route 209 in Tower City, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.  It was the subject of a prior post on this blog on 30 December 2010. Within the glass cases on the monument are name […]

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. […]