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William Reinberger – Farmer of Halifax Township

| June 2, 2017

  William Reinbarger died on 23 April 1926, and is buried at the Fetterhoff’s Cemetery, Halifax Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. His Findagrave Memorial does not note that he was a veteran of the Civil War. The spelling variations of the surname make it difficult to research this individual.  His name is found as Rineberger, Rinebarger, […]

Death and Funeral of John E. Nace

| April 13, 2017

This obituary appeared in the Harrisburg Evening News, 12 June 1924: JOHN E. NACE John E. Nace, 89 years old, of Halifax, who for the past two months had been living with his son, O. C. Nace, 22 North Harrisburg Street, Steelton, died this morning.  Besides his son, he is survived by two brothers, David […]

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. […]