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Philip Koch, Buried at Erdman – Was He A Civil War Veteran?

| July 25, 2016

Philip Koch was born about 8 April 1813, the son of Heinrich Koch and Catherine [Ploutz] Koch, of Lykens Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  Philip’s baptismal record is found in the records of the Zion (Klinger’s) Lutheran Church at Erdman, 22 May 1813. In 1850, Philip Koch is found in Lykens Township.  He was married to […]

Isaac Koppenhaver – Hotel Proprietor of Millersburg

| July 11, 2016

  Isaac Koppenhaver (1849-1900) was a well-known businessman of Millersburg and was a Civil War veteran. The Harrisburg Telegraph of 26 September 1900, told of his funeral: Isaac Koppenhaver Buried Millersburg, 26 September 1900 — All that was mortal of the late Isaac Koppenhaver – genial “Koppy” to a thousand friends – was laid to […]

Edward Crabb – Victim of Bigotry in Gratz

| July 1, 2016

Another Memorial Day has gone by and the grave of Edward Crabb, an African American Civil War soldier buried in Gratz Union Cemetery, continues to be un-decorated [no G.A.R.-Star-Flag-Holder and Flag].  In addition to being un-decorated, the Crabb family plot is one of the worst maintained in a cemetery which is known for its manicured […]

Was Henry B. Hoffman Excused from Military Service Because of a Diseased Eye?

| June 7, 2016

A family story, oft repeated but without any proof, was that Henry B. Hoffman of Millersburg was excused from Civil War military service because of a “diseased eye.”  Instead, he supposedly served on the staff of Gov. James Pollock at the rank of Colonel. An additional feature of this family story is that he served […]

Two Men Named George Hinkle

| April 19, 2016

Two men named George Hinkle, both associated with the Lykens Valley area of Pennsylvania, saw Civil War service.  They can be differentiated by their middle initial and regiment/company of service.  It does not appear that they are closely related, although additional research could prove otherwise. George W. Hinkle (1843-1878) George W. Hinkle is buried at […]