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John W. Hoffman – Teacher, Farmer, and Stockman of Gratz and Lykens Township

| January 12, 2013

John W. Hoffman had two enlistments during the Civil War.  In the first, he served as a Musician in Company D of the 127th Pennsylvania Infantry, and in the second, he was a Private in the 103rd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company G, serving on Roanoke Island, eventually being discharged at New Bern, North Carolina, 25 June […]

The Abduction of Alice Stoop

| June 9, 2012

On 14 March 1891, an article appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer that reported the abduction of a 16-year old girl from outside her home in Shamokin, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.  Upon closer examination of this incident it became apparent that the father of the girl was Daniel Stoop, who was a veteran of the 50th Pennsyvlania […]

Sergeants of the 177th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I

| February 26, 2012

Today, the blog post features the five sergeants 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 Index […]

Gratz During the Civil War – Daniel Good House

| January 7, 2012

The house and lot known as #10 was one of several properties in Gratz Borough that was owned by the Daniel Good family.  Its original owner was Abraham Herner, a stone mason, who purchased the land from Simon Gratz in 1816.  Abraham sold the land to members of the Hartman family in 1818.  Subsequently, transactions […]

Gratz During the Civil War – Good Tannery

| January 2, 2012

The Good Tannery was located at the west end of Gratz.  In 1842, a “tanyard” was owned by Daniel Good and Samuel Ritter but tax records show that the property on which the Good Tannery was located was not conveyed to Daniel Good until 1843.  Good had originally settled in Loyalton and operated a tannery […]