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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 […]

Jacob Herbert Rowe – Insurance Agent at Millersburg

| October 17, 2014

The “J. H. Rowe” whose name appears on the Millersburg Soldier Monument, was Jacob Herbert Rowe, born 25 April 1841 in Pennsylvania, the son of Jeremiah Rowe and Jane [Shower] Rowe, and died at Millersburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, of senile dementia, on 21 June 1928.  He is buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Millersburg.  At […]

What Was the Middle Name of John G. Keihner?

| August 29, 2014

The recent addition of Pennsylvania Death Certificates to Ancestry.com has helped to provide some new information about many of the men who served as Civil War soldiers.  In the case of John G. Keihner (1847-1909), a new middle name has been found.  Keihner, who was from Lykens Township, Dauphin County, moved into Gratz in 1886.  […]

The Brothers David Brown and Samuel E. Brown – Family Photos

| May 12, 2014

Previously, in a post entitled David Brown – 177th Pennsylvania Infantry, two photos of David Brown of Pillow, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, were presented.  Now, another photograph has come to light which shows David Brown (1837-1902) later in life with his four grown children: David Brown is seated in center, between his son John Adam Brown […]

Another Biographical Sketch of Dr. Andrew J. Pontius

| February 2, 2014

Andrew Jackson Pontius, who is named on the Millersburg Soldier Monument, was first featured here on this blog with a biographical sketch on 19 April 2012.  That previous sketch was from the book, A Celebration of Millersburg’s Bicentennial. The following biographical information is adapted from A Comprehensive History of the Town of Gratz Pennsylvania, published […]