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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 […]

Henry B. Miller of Tremont – 50th Pennsylvania Infantry

| March 27, 2017

Henry Barry Miller was born on 1 October 1840 and died on 5 April 1923.  He is buried at the Arlington Cemetery, Upper Darby, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, and at the grave site, there is a bronze emblem designating his Civil War service.  Records show that at the time he enlisted, he was a resident of […]

William B. Mayberry – Emergency Man from Tremont

| March 13, 2017

William B. Mayberry answered the militia call of the emergency of 1862 by enrolling in the 17th Pennsylvania Infantry (Emergency of 1861) at Tremont, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, where he was mustered into service as a Corporal.  He gave his age at the time as 32 (born about 1830).  He was discharged from service on 26 […]