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Philip C. Swab – A Grand Funeral!

| February 3, 2016

Philip C. Swab is buried at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Elizabethville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  During the Civil War, he served in the 208th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, as a Private.  He was mustered into service on 30 August 1864 and honorably discharged on 1 June 1865.  In 1870, Swab was a retail dry goods […]

Update on Inglis V. Fairbain of Tower City

| February 1, 2016

On 13 November 2015, Who was Inglis V. Fairbain of Tower City? was presented in a blog post here.  Within a few days, a comprehensive summary was received from Debby Rudy, a regular research contributor who lives in the Lykens Valley area.  Her response answers many of the questions asked in the first blog post, […]

The Millersburg Roots of John H. Geist

| January 11, 2016

John Henry Geist (1838-1928) was the son of John Geist (1801-1880) and Susanna [Frederick] Geist, who were married in Millersburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, on the 12 December 1824.  But, other than his parents’ marriage, did John Henry Geist have a connection with Millersburg and the Millersburg area? John Henry Geist was a Civil War veteran […]

Rev. Thomas Garland – Served in Lykens, Halifax, & Williamstown

| January 8, 2016

Rev. Thomas W. Garland (1847-1925) was first located as Civil War veteran in the 1890 Veterans’ Census for Halifax Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, where he reported that he had served in the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company F, as a Private, from 31 March 1864 through discharge on 19 July 1865.  He also indicated that he […]

Obituary of George W. Geesey of Millersburg

| January 4, 2016

George W. Geesey, whose name appears on the Millersburg Soldier Monument as a Civil War veteran, died on 3 February 1927.  For much of his working life, he served as the janitor or custodian of the Millersburg train station/depot and was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad.  He retired in 1915 after 30 years of service […]