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Benneville Hoyer – Amputee Charged with Selling Liquor Without a License

| August 13, 2014

On 17 January 1891, it was reported in the Harrisburg Patriot that “the grand jury [Dauphin County, Pennsylvania] returned the following true bills….  Benneville Hoyer selling liquor without a license….  These bills were ignored…. Benneville Hoyer, selling liquor to minors.”  What was not stated in the article was that Benneville Hoyer was a Civil War […]

Obituary of Thomas W. Hoffman – Medal of Honor Recipient

| August 11, 2014

Thomas William Hoffman was born in Berrysburg, Dauphin County, on 21 July 1839, the son of Amos A. Hoffman (1809-1897) and Amanda [Harper] Hoffman (1815-1897).  Through the paternal line, he was a direct descendant of Johann Peter Hoffman (1709-1797) and his son, John Nicholas Hoffman (1749-1814), pioneer settlers of the Lykens Valley.  Thomas served two […]

Lewis Doutrich – 207th Pennsylvania Infantry

| August 6, 2014

The name of Lewis Doutrich appears on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as a veteran who joined the Heilner G.A.R. Post after its organization.  Lewis served as a Private in the Civil War. Lewis Doutrich‘s military records are found under several different spellings.  At enrollment, he was registered as Lewis Dauterich.  The most commonly used spelling, […]

Israel M. Groff and Sons – All Civil War Veterans?

| July 24, 2014

In the Middletown Cemetery, Middletown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, there is a grave marker (above) for an Israel M. Groff, born 27 October 1816 and died 8 January 1893. In the Hummelstown Cemetery, Hummelstown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, there is a gravemarker for a Dr. Israel M. Groff, born about 1837 and died 12 August 1893. The […]

Was Preston Saltzer a Drummer Boy?

| July 2, 2014

In the Saltzer family genealogy in A Comprehensive History of the Town of Gratz Pennsylvania, published in 1987, there is a brief reference following the inclusion of the name of Preston Saltzer (15 August 1851 – 1896): Said to be a drummer boy in the Civil War. As with most stories and facts presented in […]