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Was Daniel Shive Murdered in 1893?

| August 16, 2017

During the Civil War, Daniel A. Shive served in the 210th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, as a Private, from 12 September 1864 through his honorable discharge on 30 May 1865.  He applied for a disability pension on 28 March 1891, which he received, but not long afterward, he was found dead along the railroad tracks […]

Confusion in the Records of Joseph M. Smith of Halifax

| August 2, 2017

Joseph M. Smith is buried at Halifax United Methodist Church Cemetery, Halifax, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. His stone states that he was born 9 October 1846 and died 13 April 1918 – and that he served as a Private in Company C of the 107th Pennsylvania Infantry.  At his grave there is a G.A.R. Star-Flag Holder.  […]

Obituary of George F. Rhawn, 1896

| July 12, 2017

Two Harrisburg newspapers printed a brief obituary of George F. Rhawn when he died on 13 September 1896 at Halifax, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  The first was the Harrisburg Telegraph, 14 September 1896: An Old Halifax Veteran Dead George F. Rhawn, an old Halifax war veteran, died Sunday evening at the residence of County Commissioner Isaac […]

Godfrey Sammet – Dies After Breaking Ground for Halifax School, 1913

| June 16, 2017

An interesting story appeared in the Harrisburg Telegraph, 18 August 1913, about Civil War veteran, Godfey Sammet: GROUND BROKEN FOR NEW HIGH SCHOOL Halifax’s Oldest Citizen Starts Boyer Memorial Building with Informal Ceremonies Halifax, Pennsylvania, 18 August 1913 – Ground for the new Boyer Memorial High School building to be erected by the local school […]

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, […]