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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 […]

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 Hassinger – Mitchell’s Independent Militia

| May 22, 2014

Jacob E. Hassinger was born 4 January 1836 in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, the son of Jeremiah Hassinger and Esther [Schmeltz] Hassinger. He was first married to Susanna Huber (or Hoover), who died in 1855.  Susanna is buried at the St. John (Hill) Church Cemetery, near Berrysburg in Mifflin Township.  Her grave marker is in German […]

Wilhelm Weaver of the 177th Pennsylvania Infantry

| October 20, 2013

Finding the obituary of the William Weaver or Wilhelm Weaver who served in the 177th Pennsylvania Infantry has helped clarify some information about him.  The obituary appeared in the West Schuylkill Herald on 4 March 1910: WILHELM WEAVER A funeral cortege passed through town on Saturday forenoon bearing the remains of an old soldier to […]

Lydia McColly Snyder – Widow of James Snyder

| September 21, 2013

Lydia [McColly} Snyder was the widow of Civil War soldier James Snyder (1830-1903) who served in the 210th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, as a Private.  Lydia was born on 23 June 1834, the daughter of Robert McColly (or McCully) and Anna Catharine [Lubold] McColly.  Lydia’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth [Buffington] Lubold, the daughter of Revolutionary […]