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William W. Davidson Dies on Visit to Detroit

| August 19, 2015

William W. Davidson was born in South Manheim Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, the son of John H. Davidson and Elizabeth [Schwenk] Davidson, on 18 December 1842.  In the 1860 Census he was single, living in Millersburg, and working as a tanner. In September 1862, William responded to the emergency presented to Pennsylvania by joining the […]

Henry Kemble – Farmer of Northumberland County

| December 14, 2014

Henry “Harry” Kemble, the son of Adam Kembel and Lydia [Zartman] Kemble, was a farmer in Jackson Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.  During the Civil War, he served two enlistments, the first of which was from 16 August 1862 in the 136th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C, as a Private, until he received a discharge on a […]

Jonathan J. Hoke – Shoemaker of Elizabethville

| October 22, 2014

The shoemaker, Jonathan J. Hoke (1825-1903) is buried at Matter’s Church Cemetery, Elizabethville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  At his grave, there is a G.A.R. star-flag holder.  The photograph (above) is linked to the Findagrave Memorial for Jonathan J. Hoke.  In a recent visit to the Matter’s Church Cemetery, a photograph was taken for the Civil War […]

Benneville Hoyer – Amputee Charged with Selling Liquor Without a License

| August 13, 2014

On 17 January 1891, it was reported in the Harrisburg Patriot that “the grand jury [Dauphin County, Pennsylvania] returned the following true bills….  Benneville Hoyer selling liquor without a license….  These bills were ignored…. Benneville Hoyer, selling liquor to minors.”  What was not stated in the article was that Benneville Hoyer was a Civil War […]

Christian Zimmerman – 210th Pennsylvania Infantry

| June 23, 2014

Christian Zimmerman was born 17 September 1820 and died 25 April 1907.  During the Civil War he served in the 210th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, as a Private, from 7 September 1864 thorough discharge with his company on 30 May 1865.  In April 1865, he received a bullet wound in his left arm. The Pennsylvania […]