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William A. Loomis – Mennonite Born in Halifax Who Served in Civil War

| October 7, 2016

The above family card for Anthony Wayne Loomis (1806-1864) was found in the Mennonite Vital Records of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 1750-2014, available on Ancestry.com. It shows a child, William A. Loomis, born 27 December 1842, married Harriet Thomas, and died 4 September 1900.  The card states that Anthony Wayne Loomis lived in Halifax, Pennsylvania. On […]

Who Was William M. Leebrick of Halifax?

| October 3, 2016

In the list of Civil War veterans which was published in the Halifax Area Bicentennial Book in 1994, there is the name William Leebrick.  Not much is known about him other than he was credited with Civil War service.  He is not found in any Halifax area cemeteries. In the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Card File, found […]

Robert B. Kepner of Halifax – Clerk to the Postmaster General of U.S.

| August 1, 2016

Robert B. Kepner was born in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, about 1825, the son of Benjamin Kepner (1800-1846) and Margaret [Bowes] Kepner (1803-1836).  He died in Washington, D.C., on 17 February 1879.  He is buried at the Halifax United Methodist Church Cemetery in Halifax, Dauphin County.  Above is shown the index card from the data base, […]

Marks Hornet – African American Soldier from Elizabethville

| April 22, 2016

In the 1860 Census of Washington Township, (Post Office Elizabethville), Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, there appears a family identified in the “Color” column as “m” for Mulatto.  The head of the family was Marks Hornet, a 38 year-old laborer.  He indicated to the census that he was born in Pennsylvania, that did not own any real […]

A Brief History of the B. F. Miller G.A.R. Post #393 at Fisherville

| November 30, 2015

Fisherville is a small community in Upper Dauphin County, near Halifax Borough, that in 1883 formed a local G.A.R. post.  Much of the history of that post has been lost over time and now needs to be re-created through available resources, among those resources, the Harrisburg and other archived newspapers and the national Grand Army […]