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The Heckert Family of Northumberland County in the Civil War

| March 23, 2016

In the Genealogical and Biographical Annals of Northumberland County, by J. L. Floyd and Company, 1911, a biographical sketch appears of the ancestry of James F. Heckert (1855-1936).  James F. Heckert was too young to serve in the Civil War, but several his relations did serve.  They are mentioned in the biographical sketch.  [Note:  click […]

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 […]

Israel M. Groff and Sons – All Civil War Veterans?

| July 24, 2014

In the Middletown Cemetery, Middletown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, there is a grave marker (above) for an Israel M. Groff, born 27 October 1816 and died 8 January 1893. In the Hummelstown Cemetery, Hummelstown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, there is a gravemarker for a Dr. Israel M. Groff, born about 1837 and died 12 August 1893. The […]

Where Is the Cannonball that John Deppen Took from the Gettysburg Battlefield?

| October 12, 2013

According to information found in the Genealogy of John W. Deppen with a Brief History of His Ancestors, a copy of which is found in the Schwalm Library of the Gratz Historical Society, John Deppen, “perhaps in the company of others,” traveled to the Gettysburg battlefield and took a “spent cannonball” which was later passed […]

Additions to Veterans’ List – W, Y and Z

| June 14, 2013

Veterans of the Civil War identified as having some connection to the Lykens Valley area and included in the Civil War Research Project was last updated 19 April 2012.  In a series of posts continuing intermittently until concluding in mid-June, a brief sketch of each of the new names added since then will be presented.  […]