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Lybrand F. Nolen – Lykens Veteran, Injured in Mines, Moved to Iowa

| April 17, 2017

Lybrand F. Nolen is buried at the Municipal Cemetery in Carroll, Carroll County, Iowa.  His grave marker is a government issue stone which notes that he served in the 16th United States Infantry, Company B.  Other records indicate that he served as a Private, beginning his three-year term of service on 4 October 1864 during […]

Death and Funeral of John E. Nace

| April 13, 2017

This obituary appeared in the Harrisburg Evening News, 12 June 1924: JOHN E. NACE John E. Nace, 89 years old, of Halifax, who for the past two months had been living with his son, O. C. Nace, 22 North Harrisburg Street, Steelton, died this morning.  Besides his son, he is survived by two brothers, David […]

Samuel Mumma or Samuel Mummy? – Confusion Over Ancestry of Lykens Veteran

| April 10, 2017

According to information on his grave marker in the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery in Lykens, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, Samuel Mumma was born on 12 October 1822 and died on 12 September 1870.  The marker does not indicate that he was a Civil War veteran, but his Findagrave Memorial notes that he served in the 26th Pennsylvania […]

Updated Information of John C. Miller of Lykens, Including Son’s Tragic Death

| March 31, 2017

Previously, on this blog, the death and funeral of John C. Miller were described. The above portion of the plaque on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument notes the name of 1st Sergeant John C. Miller as a Civil War veteran who was wounded during the war and joined the Heilner Post after its organization. The Pennsylvania […]

Bernard Plotzer – Died on Way Back from Germany, 1876

| March 29, 2017

Barnhardt Plotzer Sr.‘s name appears on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as a veteran from the Civil War who was not a member of the Heiler Post.  Finding him in the records was not easy because of the various ways his name is spelled in those records.  For example, the first name has been found as […]