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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 […]

Jacob Hess, Buried at Berrysburg – Did He Serve in the Civil War?

| May 11, 2016

Jacob Hess is buried at Sweitzer’s Cemetery, Berrysburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  According to his gravestone, he was born 31 July 1841, and died 20 February 1890.  His wife, Mary A. Hess is buried with him.  She was born 10 October 1847 and died 21 March 1929.   Also buried in the same plot, and named on […]

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 […]