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Who Was Jane McGuire, Widow of Tremont?

| November 9, 2016

The 1890 Veterans’ Census for Tremont, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania (shown above), indicates that a Jane McGuire, a widow, lived at that place.  She reported that her deceased husband, Thomas McGuire (or Thomas Maguire), was a Civil War veteran , Private of the 39th Pennsylvania Infantry (Emergency of 1863), Company D. An index card was located […]

George A. Kreis – Cavalryman & Chief Burgess of Tremont

| September 26, 2016

The funeral of George A. Kreis was reported in the Pottsville Republican on 28 February 1901: The funeral of George Kreis who died at his home in Tremont on Sunday night will take place tomorrow afternoon. The deceased was 59 years of age and well known Democratic circles throughout the county. He was a veteran […]

Josiah D. Lehman of Tremont – Died of Wounds Received at Spotsylvania, 1864

| September 19, 2016

Josiah D. Lehman was born about 1840 in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.  Just prior to enlistment in the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C, as a Private, he was living in Tremont, Schuylkill County, and working as a boatman. The record card at the Pennsylvania Archives (pictured above), shows that he was about 21 years old, that […]

Christian Lauer of Tremont – Died from Wounds at Cold Harbor, 1864

| September 13, 2016

Christian Lauer, a 34 year old blacksmith and German immigrant from Tremont, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, enrolled in the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company B, as a Private, at Pottsville, on 10 June 1864.  At the time he joined the regiment, he left a wife, Sarah Isabella [Harden] Lauer, and four minor children at their home in […]

Three Men Named Lewis Kopp of Tower City Area

| August 29, 2016

There are now known to be three men named Lewis Kopp who had some connection to the Tower City area and to Civil War service. Two of them served in the Civil War and one was the son of a Civil War veteran: Lewis Kopp (or Ludwig Kopp), born about 1846 in Germany.  Served in […]