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Martin Koppenhaver – Was He a Civil War Veteran & Did He Have Two Families?

| September 2, 2015

At the St. Paul’s (Artz) Cemetery in Sacramento, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, the tombstone of Martin Koppenhaver (1829-1900) has a G.A.R. star and flag holder indicating that he served in the Civil War.  However, to date no military or pension record of Civil War service has been found for him. Next to the stone of Martin […]

Some Brief Obituaries of Lykens Valley Area Civil War Veterans

| August 12, 2015

The following are some brief obituaries of three Lykens Valley area Civil War veterans as they appeared in local newspapers: —————————– From Harrisburg Telegraph, 20 December 1899: JOSEPH RITZMAN Funeral services were held this afternoon over the body of Joseph Ritzman, who died at his home in Wiconisco, Wednesday morning, after eight years of suffering […]

Pillow Historical Society Open House Features Civil War Program

| July 3, 2015

Open House at Pillow Historical Society – 4 July 2015 The Pillow Historical Society will host an Open House at the museum on Saturday, 4 July 2015, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The museum will have some new displays including stove pipe making tools used by Earl Bingaman, the council minute books from Pillow […]

Was William P. Crabb an African-American?

| May 15, 2015

The William P. Crabb who joined the 11th Pennsylvania Cavalry on 15 August 1864, did so at Harrisburg, claiming to be 25 years old (born in Adams County), was of dark complexion, residing in Frailey Township, Schuylkill County, and was employed as a miller. Prior to the above enlistment, a William P. Crabb, age 21 […]

The Pension Fraud Case of Andrew M. Betz

| May 1, 2015

A few years ago, a message was received from an Ancestry.com subscriber, A. Sinton, regarding an Anthony Betz, who was born in 1836: I have been trying to determine if the Anthony Betz, born 1836, in my tree is the Civil War soldier who enlisted in the 177th [177th Pennsylvania Infantry].  I see you have […]