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Benjamin Kratzer – Veteran Dies in Dauphin County Almshouse

| October 24, 2014

A brief death notice appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot on 5 May 1887: His Name Only Known. Benjamin Gratzer, who died at the county almshouse on Monday night, and late a member of Company B, Ninth Pennsylvania Cavalry [9th Pennsylvania Cavalry]. will be buried this afternoon from the undertaking establishment of E. F. Neely, under […]

Jonathan J. Hoke – Shoemaker of Elizabethville

| October 22, 2014

The shoemaker, Jonathan J. Hoke (1825-1903) is buried at Matter’s Church Cemetery, Elizabethville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  At his grave, there is a G.A.R. star-flag holder.  The photograph (above) is linked to the Findagrave Memorial for Jonathan J. Hoke.  In a recent visit to the Matter’s Church Cemetery, a photograph was taken for the Civil War […]

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 […]