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George Jury of Halifax – 172nd Pennsylvania Infantry

| June 20, 2016

George Jury was born on 2 March 1840 in Pennsylvania and died on 19 May 1912 in Halifax Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. During the Civil War he served in the 172nd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, as a Private.  After the Civil War, he applied for a pension on 25 September 1890.   He is buried at […]

George W. Jury – Moved to Kansas and Died There in 1914

| June 16, 2016

The little that was previously known about George Washington Jury was found in a history of the Jury family entitled Portrait of Our Ancestors, pages 86-87: George Washington Jury was born 29 December 1939, son of Simon Jury and his first wife Julianna/Juliann [__?__] Jury.  He was baptized at Fetterhoff’s Church, Halifax, Dauphin County, on […]

Cornelius Hoke – Wagonmaker, Halifax Native – Died at Renovo

| June 8, 2016

The Williamsport Sun Gazette reported the death of Cornelius Hoke in its 8 January 1913 edition: RENOVO VETERAN ON DEATH’S ROLE [sic] Cornelius Hoke Dies After Long Sickness Aged 71 Years Cornelius Hoke, an aged and respected citizen of this place, died last evening at 6:40 o’clock at his residence on Eleventh Street after a […]

Obituary of Samuel W. Sheesley

| June 1, 2016

When Samuel W. Sheesley died on 18 March 1917, similar obituaries appeared in the two main Harrisburg newspapers: SAMUEL W. SHEESLEY DEAD Samuel W. Sheesley, 81 years old, a veteran of the Civil War, died last night at the Polyclinic Hospital, at 8:30 o’clock.  Funeral services will be held from the home of his son-in-law, […]

John Peter Crabb – A Third Party Slate of Candidates?

| May 31, 2016

John Peter Crabb, Civil War veteran and native of Gratz, Pennsylvania, moved to Harrisburg after the Civil War, where he became a founder and Commander of Stevens Post No. 520, G.A.R. and was very active in Republican Party politics. He was previously profiled here, and last week a blog post told of a fair held […]