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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 […]

Obituary of Thomas W. Hoffman – Medal of Honor Recipient

| August 11, 2014

Thomas William Hoffman was born in Berrysburg, Dauphin County, on 21 July 1839, the son of Amos A. Hoffman (1809-1897) and Amanda [Harper] Hoffman (1815-1897).  Through the paternal line, he was a direct descendant of Johann Peter Hoffman (1709-1797) and his son, John Nicholas Hoffman (1749-1814), pioneer settlers of the Lykens Valley.  Thomas served two […]

Was Preston Saltzer a Drummer Boy?

| July 2, 2014

In the Saltzer family genealogy in A Comprehensive History of the Town of Gratz Pennsylvania, published in 1987, there is a brief reference following the inclusion of the name of Preston Saltzer (15 August 1851 – 1896): Said to be a drummer boy in the Civil War. As with most stories and facts presented in […]

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 […]

Jacob & Jonas Walborn – Sons of Christian & Judith Walborn

| June 16, 2014

Two sons of Christian Walborn (1802-1871) and Judith [Hartman] Walborn (1804-1853) of Lykens Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, have been confirmed as Civil War soldiers:  Jacob Walborn (1839-1915) was a member of the 78th Pennsylvania Infantry; and Jonas Walborn (1840-1912) was a member of the 99th Pennsylvania Infantry.  In addition, there is a possibility that a […]