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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 […]

Obituary of Peter A. Campbell of Millersburg

| December 13, 2014

The death of Peter A. Campbell was noted in the Harrisburg Patriot on 8 July 1919: OLD PONY MAIL RIDER DIES AT MILLERSBURG Millersburg, 7 July 1919 — Peter A. Campbell, the oldest native-born resident of this place, and one of the Government’s pony mail riders between here and Sunbury years ago, died at his […]

How Did Daniel D. Weaver Die?

| December 10, 2014

Daniel D. Weaver was born 13 June 1831, the son of Johann Jacob Weaver (1803-1875) and Catharina [Lenker] Weaver (1798-1862).  In 1850 the family was living in Upper Paxton Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania and Daniel was working as a laborer.  The father Jacob was a farmer and brother John Weaver, age 22  living at home, […]

William H. H. Sieg – Pennsylvania Wartime Secret Service Agent

| November 29, 2014

Not all those who served during the Civil War were members of the military.  In an obituary that appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot on 20 December 1916, the wartime record of William H. H. Sieg was given as “in the secret service under Governor Curtin.” Following a lingering illness, William H. H. Sieg, former postmaster […]

Was John Neubold a Civil War Veteran?

| November 7, 2014

A death notice for John Neubold of Millersburg appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot on 17 February, 1921: JOHN NEUBOLD, 83, DIES Millersburg, 16 February 1921 — John Neubold died at his home on Tuesday from a complication of diseases.  Mr. Neubold was 83 years old and was a native of Germany.   The funeral arrangement […]