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Grandson of Thomas Umberger Guards Inheritance but is Arrested

| October 27, 2017

A brief item in the Harrisburg Telegraph of 20 November 1913 noted the following: Dalmatia — Thomas Umberger, 78 years old, a well-known farmer and veteran of the Civil War, died very suddenly of apoplexy on Monday night.  He is survived by one daughter. Thomas Umberger died on 17 November 1913.  He was born 4 […]

Cyrus Romberger – Was He Excused from Military Service For Health Reasons?

| September 20, 2016

Cyrus Romberger was born 14 July 1843 in Lykens Township, Dauphin County, the son of Daniel Romberger (1816-1882) and Hannah [Bergstresser] Romberger (1818-1889).  Although he was of age to be required to register for the draft, no record has been located that he did so, and in the various rosters of regiments examined, no record […]

A Slightly Longer Obituary of Henry Kemble

| June 27, 2016

On 14 December 2014, the story of Henry Kemble was presented here in a post entitled, Farmer of Northumberland County. Another obituary of him was recently located in the Mount Carmel Item of 6 January 1922: THE DEATH OF HARRY KEMBLE Harry Kemble, brother of the late Isaac Kemble of Mount Carmel, died at ten […]

Isaac Kemble – “The devil can’t chase these little gnats….”

| June 24, 2016

During the Civil War, Isaac Kemble served with the 47th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C, as a Corporal, enrolling at Sunbury, Northumberland County on 19 August 1861, and mustered into service in Harrisburg, 2 September 1861.  At the time he was 22 years old (born 1839), was employed as a surveyor, and resided at Sunbury.  He […]

Some Civil War Connections to Pillow (Part 3 of 3)

| July 29, 2015

On 4 July 2015 I gave the Keynote Speech at the Pillow Historical Society Open House, Pillow, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  One of the parts of that talk was the identification of twenty-one Civil War veterans who had some connection to Pillow (formerly called Uniontown). Today’s post features the final seven of those men with some […]