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The Pension Fraud Case of Andrew M. Betz

| May 1, 2015

A few years ago, a message was received from an Ancestry.com subscriber, A. Sinton, regarding an Anthony Betz, who was born in 1836: I have been trying to determine if the Anthony Betz, born 1836, in my tree is the Civil War soldier who enlisted in the 177th [177th Pennsylvania Infantry].  I see you have […]

Was Daniel Miller of Enders a Civil War Veteran?

| December 23, 2014

Daniel Miller (1817-1893) is buried at Fetterhoff’s Cemetery, Halifax Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  Until recently, it was assumed that this was the same Daniel Miller who served in the 210th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, as a Private.  However, there is no G.A.R. star flag holder at the grave site and no actual military or pension […]

Erastus B. Hoffman – Harrisburg Alderman with Roots in Berrysburg

| December 21, 2014

The obituary of Erastus B. Hoffman, found in the Harrisburg Patriot of 8 December 1921, has verified another name for the ever-growing list of Civil War veterans with connections to the Lykens Valley area of Pennsylvania. FUNERAL TODAY FOR ERASTUS HOFFMAN Alderman of Fifth Ward Died Monday in University of Pennsylvania Hospital Following Operation Funeral […]

Death of Isaac P. Messner – Kicked Overboard by a Horse

| November 17, 2014

An entry in a 9th Pennsylvania Cavalryman’s diary read as follows: Saturday 30th [November 1861] – In the morning about 4 A.M. another excitement On board the Arago owing to a report that Isaac Messner was kicked over board by one of the Horses on board the Anglo Saxon… one of Co. B…. Both sides […]

George Spangler – 103rd Pennsylvania Infantry

| November 10, 2014

George Spangler, who late in life was a school janitor in Lykens Borough, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, died on 25 January 1921.  He was a Civil War veteran who served in the 2nd Company G of the 103rd Pennsylvania Infantry. The obituary appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot on 28 January 1921: CIVIL WAR VETERAN DIES AS […]