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George P. Owen of Tremont – Dies in New Mexico – A Connection to the Boer War

| May 3, 2017

George Pitt Owen died on 25 July 1901 and is buried in the United Methodist Church Cemetery in Tremont, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.  He was a Civil War veteran who reported his service in 1890 to the census while living in Tremont.  However, because he served in the 17th Pennsylvania Infantry (Emergency of 1862), Company H, […]

Obituary of James Neal of Rausch Creek – Served as James W. O’Neal

| April 28, 2017

The obituary of James Neal appeared in a local newspaper at the time of his death, which occurred at Rauch Creek, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, 4 November 1885: DEATH OF JAMES NEAL On Wednesday afternoon James Neal of Lower Rausch Creek, one of the most respected citizens of the West End, died very suddenly after an […]

George Noll of Tremont – Dies as Santa Claus

| April 26, 2017

An interesting news story appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, 27 December 1901: GRIM DEATH’S SUMMONS CAME WHILE HE PLAYED SANTA CLAUS With Happy Smile and World of Cheer George Noll Passed Away Special to the Inquirer POTTSVILLE, Pennsylvania, 26 December 1901 — George Noll, of this place, while playing Santa Claus, dropped dead with a […]

William Murphy of Tremont – Immigrant, Died at Vet Home in Virginia

| April 7, 2017

William D. Murphy, or William Murphy II as he is found in some records, was born in August 1844 in Ireland.  According to information in the 1900 census, he came to America in 1862, during the Civil War.  He married Hannah Grant some time prior to emigrating and they began a family in Ireland, which […]

Was Charles Meckenstorm of Tremont a Deserter?

| April 5, 2017

Sometimes men who are reported as deserters in the Civil War records were not actually deserters but died in the war, their deaths being unexplained or unreported.  Was this the case with Charles Meckenstorm? The Pennsylvania Veterans’ File Card from the Pennsylvania Archives (shown above) indicates that a Charles Meckenstorm enrolled on 14 August 1861 […]