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Gratz During the Civil War – Zacharias Laudenslager Property

| April 15, 2012

The lot numbered 41 in the original Simon Gratz layout of the town of Gratz, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, was sold in 1816 to a farmer, Peter Ritzman, an early settler of Lykens Township.  Ritzman built the house shortly afterward and by 1818 sold the property to Jacob Hoover.  Hoover continued to live in Lykens Township […]

Honorable Discharges – 177th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I – Part 4

| November 25, 2011

Today, the blog post  again continues to feature members of the 177th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, who served the full term of nine months and received honorable discharges on 5 August 1863.  The research results presented here are based on preliminary data gathering on each of the members of the company and searches for Pension […]

Gratz During the Civil War – Rebecca Alspach Buffington House

| September 6, 2011

This is the tenth in a series of posts on Gratz during the Civil War. The original house on Lot #66 on the south side of Market Street was built before 1838.  In 1838, a property transaction was made whereupon Conrad Schreffler, a blue dyer, who had been in Gratz for about 20 years, obtained […]

Gratz During the Civil War – Elias Zerfing, Carpenter

| September 2, 2011

This is the ninth in a series of posts on Gratz during the Civil War. The current house on Lot #65 on the north side of Market Street was built about 1857.  Originally, this corner lot was purchased from Simon Gratz by George Philip Keener, a carpenter, but by 1852, it reverted back to the […]

Pvt. Jonas Swab – Wagon Manufacturer

| February 17, 2011

Jonas Swab, son of Daniel Swab and Sally [Heller] Swab, was born 18 Mar 1843 in Washington Township, Dauphin County.  He attended the schools in the township and worked on the farm of his father, whom he assisted in clearing the land of six or seven acres of timber.  When he was eighteen years old […]