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Henry A. Martz – Lifelong Railroad Man, Served in 127th Pennsylvania Infantry

| February 3, 2017

Henry A. Martz was born 11 December 1831 in Elizabethville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, the son of Daniel Martz (1810-1844) and Hannah [Buffington] Martz (1812-1897). His name appears on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as a Private who joined the Heilner Post after its organization. The obituary of Henry A. Martz appeared in the Lykens Standard, 12 […]

Benjamin F. Harper’s Widow of Loyalton, Died in 1917

| June 2, 2016

The following obituary appeared in the Harrisburg Telegraph, 8 March 1917: MRS. CLARA HARPER DIES Elizabethville, Pennsylvania, 8 March 1917 — Mrs. Clara Harper, widow of Frank Harper, a Civil War veteran, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clayton B. Holtzman, in West Main Street, in West Main Street, on Tuesday, after a […]

Marks Hornet – African American Soldier from Elizabethville

| April 22, 2016

In the 1860 Census of Washington Township, (Post Office Elizabethville), Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, there appears a family identified in the “Color” column as “m” for Mulatto.  The head of the family was Marks Hornet, a 38 year-old laborer.  He indicated to the census that he was born in Pennsylvania, that did not own any real […]

Some Brief Obituaries of Lykens Valley Area Civil War Veterans

| August 12, 2015

The following are some brief obituaries of three Lykens Valley area Civil War veterans as they appeared in local newspapers: —————————– From Harrisburg Telegraph, 20 December 1899: JOSEPH RITZMAN Funeral services were held this afternoon over the body of Joseph Ritzman, who died at his home in Wiconisco, Wednesday morning, after eight years of suffering […]

Jacob Shiro – Farmer, Merchant & Postmaster of Gratz

| June 25, 2014

Jacob Shiro was born in Wittenberg, Germany, on 19 February 1843, the son of Jacob Shiro and Susan [Bellon] Shiro. He arrived in the United States around 185 at the age of eight.  During the Civil War, he served in Company G, 103rd Pennsylvania Infantry, as a Private, from 14 March 1865 through discharge on […]