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Two Men Named George Hinkle

| April 19, 2016

Two men named George Hinkle, both associated with the Lykens Valley area of Pennsylvania, saw Civil War service.  They can be differentiated by their middle initial and regiment/company of service.  It does not appear that they are closely related, although additional research could prove otherwise. George W. Hinkle (1843-1878) George W. Hinkle is buried at […]

Hamilton Bailey – Coal Wagon Inventor Was Married to Halifax Native

| February 26, 2016

Catherine “Kate” Pinkerton was born in 1833 in Halifax, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, the daughter of George Kirby Pinkerton (1797-1875) and Margaret Mary [Wright] Pinkerton (1802-1882).  She married Hamilton Bailey, a blacksmith of Harrisburg. Two of Miss Pinkerson’s brothers served in the Civil War:  (1) Hiram W. Pinkerton, buried at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Pottsville, and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jacob R. Miller – Halifax Township Native & Pennsyvania Railroad Man

| March 13, 2015

Jacob Robert Miller was born in Halifax Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, on 15 July 1833 to Peter K. Miller and Margaret [Muench] Miller.  During the Civil War he served in the 201st Pennsylvania Infantry, Company E, as a Private, from 19 August 1864 through his discharge by Special Order on 7 November 1864.  He died […]