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William Henry Miller – Enders Descendant from Halifax Killed by Indians in Dakota Territory

| February 19, 2017

William Henry Miller was born in January 1846 in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. He was the son of John Miller (1812-1857) and Mary Jane [Bryan] Miller (1811-1868).  John Miller, the father, was the grandson of Capt. Johann Philip Christian Enders.  The 1850 census portion (shown above from Ancestry.com), is from Halifax Township, Dauphin County, where the […]

Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Election of 1866 – The Defeat of a White Supremacist

| September 16, 2016

The Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Election of 1866 pitted a Union General and war hero, John W. Geary, against a avowed racist and white supremacist, Heister Clymer.  Geary headed the Republican or Union ticket and Clymer headed the Democratic or Copperhead ticket. Unlike the Presidential Election of 1860, official vote totals by townships and boroughs were available […]

Widow of Philip W. Keiter Dies in Harrisburg, 1914

| August 8, 2016

Philip W. Keiter was born on 22 June 1833 in Halifax Township, Dauphin County, and died on 6 June 1883.  During the Civil War, he served in the 36th Pennsylvania Infantry Militia, Company C, as a Sergeant, a company that was formed from what was pre-war known as the “Home Guards” or the Gratztown Militia. […]

Samuel Keiter – 172nd Pennsylvania Infantry

| August 3, 2016

Samuel Keiter was born 8 November 1819, and married Susannah Shutt, who was born 4 October 1922. His Civil War service was chronicled in Captain Enders Legion, pages 109-110: Samuel enlisted 2 November 1862 at Camp Curtin, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in the 172nd Pennsylvania Regiment [172nd Pennsylvania Infantry], Company A for nine months. On 2 December […]

Jacob Keener Jr. – Lykens Resident, Moved to Kansas

| July 13, 2016

Jacob Keener, son of Jacob Keener (1823-1902) and Barbara [Weltmer] Keener (1822-1901) enrolled in the 127th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company D, as a Private, in Harrisburg, on 7 August 1862.  He gave his age as 19, his occupation as farmer, and his residence as Lykens.  He is one of many Civil War veterans who at one […]