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George VanHouten of New Jersey & Orwin – Widows Compete for Pension

| November 6, 2017

George VanHouten was born on 25 December 1833 in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.  During the Civil War he served with the 31st New Jersey Infantry, Company D, as a Private, from about 17 September 1862 through an honorable discharge on 24 June 1863.  He died on 3 May 1892 in Hopewell, Mercer County, New Jersey, […]

Daniel D. Romberger – Emergency Militiaman from Orwin

| August 10, 2016

Daniel D. Rumberger was originally located in the 1890 Veterans’ Census for Porter Township, Schuylkill County (shown below).  Initially, there was some difficulty in identifying his birth and death dates and his connection to the Romberger family.  However, using some of the information from Bob Averell’s Romberger research, he was positively identified as Daniel D. […]

Isaac Houtz – Letters to His Sister Leah

| May 18, 2016

Leah Houtz (1843-1924) was the daughter of John Wendell Houtz and Elizabeth [Wolf] Houtz, of Orwin, Porter Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.  During the Civil War, Leah received letters from her brother, and one of those letters has been preserved and transcribed by the family.  Unfortunately, Isaac is presumed to have died in the war and […]

Who Was John Lebo?

| July 20, 2014

Because there were possibly six Pennsylvanian who served in the Civil War who had the name “John  Lebo,” at least two of whom were from the geographical area of this Civil War Research Project, this post intends to summarize some of the known information about the two and present some information about the other four. […]

Civil War Burials in St. Peter’s U.C.C. Cemetery, Reinerton (Part 1 of 3)

| November 23, 2012

St. Peter’s United Church of Christ Cemetery is located in Reinerton, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.  To find the cemetery, travel south on Clarks Valley Road (Route 325) from the main street of Tower City which is called Grand  Avenue (Route 209).  At Deitrich Avenue, make a left turn and travel east.  The church and cemetery are […]