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Obituary of Dr. Jacob W. Shope of Halifax & Harrisburg

| July 31, 2015

Dr. Jacob W. Shope died on 14 June 1923 in Harrisburg.  His obituary appeared the next day in the Harrisburg Telegraph. While funeral services were being conducted for his brother in another part of the city, Dr. Jacob W. Shope, Civil War veteran and prominent Harrisburg physician died yesterday afternoon in his home, 32 South […]

Was a Civil War Memorial Ever Erected at Dauphin Borough?

| March 16, 2015

  In late 1919, two newspapers reported plans to move a large boulder from Short Mountain between Lykens Township and Wiconisco Township in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, to the Borough of Dauphin, which was on the Susquehanna River just south of Halifax and just north of Harrisburg.  The idea was to create a memorial to area […]

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 […]

Elias Martin and Levi B. Ditty of Reed Township

| February 12, 2015

Elias Martin (1839-1918) is buried at Highland Cemetery, Dauphin Borough, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  During the Civil War, he served two enlistments, although only one is named on his grave marker. Elias Martin first enrolled at Duncan’s Island in the Susquehanna River in Company C of the 136th Pennsylvania Infantry on 8 August 1862.  He was […]

Jacob W. Bowers – Halifax Area Veteran

| November 22, 2014

Jacob W. Bowers was born 18 January 1846 at Halifax, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, the son of Adam Bower (1818-1885) and Mary Bower (1820-1856).  The family name is found both as Bower and Bowers as can be seen by the various records presented here in this blog post. At the time of the Civil War, Jacob […]