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Andrew Weir – Immigrant from Scotland & Engineer at Mines

| December 20, 2017

Andrew Weir was born on 19 October 1833 in Scotland and came to the United States about 1855.  By occupation, he was an engineer who worked in the mines around Williamstown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, where he lived and raised his family. In 1863, he registered for the draft, but was not drafted.  However, he did […]

Daniel McManaman – 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry – Named on Lykens G.A.R. Monument

| March 17, 2017

Daniel McManaman is named on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as a veteran of the Civil War who served as a Private and who was a member of the Heilner Post, joining after its organization. One difficulty in finding him in the records is that his surname is found with many different spellings, including McManamy, McMeneman, […]

James Kilrain – Irish Immigrant. Coal Miner, and Civil War Veteran

| June 22, 2016

James Kilrain was born about 1839 in Ireland.  At the time of the Civil War, he was living in Minersville, Schuylkill County and working as a coal miner.  He first volunteered for the 16th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company K, as a Private, serving in this 90-day regiment from 8 April 1861 through 10 July 1861.  Later […]

David Muir of Foster Township – His Killing in 1865 Attributed to Molly Maguires

| May 2, 2016

On 25 August 1865, David Muir, a mine superintendent who lived in Foster Township, was murdered near his home in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.  A description of his death appeared in the Reading Times, 29 August 1865: MURDER — We learn that David Muir, a superintendent of the Forest Improvement Company, was murdered on Friday, on […]

Rev. Thomas Garland – Served in Lykens, Halifax, & Williamstown

| January 8, 2016

Rev. Thomas W. Garland (1847-1925) was first located as Civil War veteran in the 1890 Veterans’ Census for Halifax Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, where he reported that he had served in the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company F, as a Private, from 31 March 1864 through discharge on 19 July 1865.  He also indicated that he […]