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Who Was John Z. Kebler who Lived in Tower City in 1890?

| July 18, 2016

John Z. Kebler is found on Line 49 of the 1890 Veterans’ Schedule for West Porter Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.  At this time, it is not known who this is or in what Civil War regiment he served. The known information about him from the census is: He was a Private in an unknown regiment, […]

Isaac Kemble – “The devil can’t chase these little gnats….”

| June 24, 2016

During the Civil War, Isaac Kemble served with the 47th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C, as a Corporal, enrolling at Sunbury, Northumberland County on 19 August 1861, and mustered into service in Harrisburg, 2 September 1861.  At the time he was 22 years old (born 1839), was employed as a surveyor, and resided at Sunbury.  He […]

Tower City Veteran Discovered in Perry County Cemetery

| June 17, 2016

A blog post here on 16 May 2016, Was Robert Hunter of Tower City a Civil War Veteran?, has received a response from a regular research contributor, Steve Williams, who pointed out that he believes that the same Robert Hunter mentioned in the 1890 Veterans’ Census for Tower City is buried in the Hunter’s Valley […]

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 […]

Was Robert Hunter of Tower City a Civil War Soldier?

| May 16, 2016

In the 1890Veterans’ Census for Tower City, Porter Township, a Robert Hunter appears on line 34 with an indication of service in the 172nd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, as a Private from 1862-1863, for a period of 9 months. No person of that name has been found in that regiment or company. There is a […]