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Jacob Klinger and Sarah [Reed] Klinger – Death at the Almshouse and a Murder Story

| September 7, 2016

Today’s post begins the story of one of the most brutal and sensational murders ever committed in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania – that of Sarah Ann [Reed] Klinger, the widow of Civil War soldier Jacob Klinger. It is believed by some that the Jacob Klinger who served in the 172nd Pennsylvania Infantry in the Civil War […]

Edward Crabb – Victim of Bigotry in Gratz

| July 1, 2016

Another Memorial Day has gone by and the grave of Edward Crabb, an African American Civil War soldier buried in Gratz Union Cemetery, continues to be un-decorated [no G.A.R.-Star-Flag-Holder and Flag].  In addition to being un-decorated, the Crabb family plot is one of the worst maintained in a cemetery which is known for its manicured […]

Lykens Valley Roots of Jared Bohn Faust, Monument Engraver

| February 29, 2016

  The chief engraver of several battlefield monuments at Gettysburg was Jared Bohn Faust, who was born in Berks County, Pennsylvania, on 27 August 1846, the son of Reuben Eirich Faust (1818-1890), a carpenter, and Mary Ann [Bohn] Faust (1812-1874).  Jared spent some of his early years in Lykens Township and Gratz Borough, of Dauphin […]

Martin Koppenhaver – Was He a Civil War Veteran & Did He Have Two Families?

| September 2, 2015

At the St. Paul’s (Artz) Cemetery in Sacramento, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, the tombstone of Martin Koppenhaver (1829-1900) has a G.A.R. star and flag holder indicating that he served in the Civil War.  However, to date no military or pension record of Civil War service has been found for him. Next to the stone of Martin […]

Wendall Miller – Laborer of Hubley Township

| October 30, 2014

A Civil War grave marker found in the St. Paul’s (Artz) Church Cemetery, Sacramento, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, for Wandal Miller, who served in the 107th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company G, presented somewhat of a challenge to research due to his common surname.  Wandal, who was more commonly found as Wendall Miller (or as he was located […]