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Obituary of Samuel W. Sheesley

| June 1, 2016

When Samuel W. Sheesley died on 18 March 1917, similar obituaries appeared in the two main Harrisburg newspapers: SAMUEL W. SHEESLEY DEAD Samuel W. Sheesley, 81 years old, a veteran of the Civil War, died last night at the Polyclinic Hospital, at 8:30 o’clock.  Funeral services will be held from the home of his son-in-law, […]

Rev. Thomas Garland – Served in Lykens, Halifax, & Williamstown

| January 8, 2016

Rev. Thomas W. Garland (1847-1925) was first located as Civil War veteran in the 1890 Veterans’ Census for Halifax Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, where he reported that he had served in the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company F, as a Private, from 31 March 1864 through discharge on 19 July 1865.  He also indicated that he […]

Obituary of George S. Klinger from West Schuylkill Herald

| October 15, 2013

The obituary of George S. Klinger appeared in the West Schuylkill Herald, 9 February 1906, and included a summary of his military record: George S. Klinger On Wednesday noon 31 January 1906, George S. Klinger one of Gratz’s highly honored citizens and one of our country’s defenders departed this life and was mustered into eternity.  […]

Israel Seiders – Pennsylvania Railroad Employee

| October 6, 2013

Israel Seiders was born on 1 September 1838 in Matamoras, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, the son  Henry Seiders (also known as Zeiders) and Mary [Miller] Seiders,  His mother was a descendant of the Enders family, early pioneer settlers of the area near Halifax Township.  He died on 4 May 1904, and the next day, his obituary […]

Additions to Veterans’ List – S

| June 11, 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.  […]