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George H. Troutman – Another Veteran Overlooked by Millersburg?

| October 13, 2017

George H. Troutman was born in 1819 and died in 1885, probably at the home of his daughter in Upper Paxton Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. He is buried at St. Luke’s Parish Cemetery, Malta, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. Previously on this blog a query was made about the George Troutman who served in the 177th Pennsylvania […]

John G. Sommers – Upper Paxton Township, 1890

| September 1, 2017

John G. Sommers, who was found in the 1890 Veterans’ Census for Upper Paxton Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, served in the 3rd Maryland Cavalry, Company K, as a Bugler, from 27 November 1863 through his discharge on 7 September 1865. That same John G. Sommers, applied for a disability pension on 11 February 1889 and […]

What Was the War Service of Aaron Snyder?

| August 9, 2017

The name Aaron Snyder appears on the Millersburg Soldier Monument.  Who was he and what was his Civil War service? In 1890, the widow Catherine Snyder, living in Harrisburg, reported that her deceased husband, Aaron Snyder, had served in the Civil War, but she did not name a regiment, company, or dates of service.  Subsequent […]

Rev. George A. Singer – Militia Man from Millersburg & Halifax

| July 28, 2017

The obituary of George A. Singer appeared in the Pittsburgh Daily Press, 27 August 1910: REV. GEORGE A. SINGER Rev. George A. Singer, 67 years old, for 42 years a member of the Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, died Thursday afternoon in a sanitarium in Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania, where he had been […]

Was Joel Shearer a Civil War Veteran?

| July 14, 2017

Joel Shearer died on 9 November 1882 and is buried at St. Luke’s Parish Cemetery, Malta, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.  At his grave, there is a G.A.R. star-flag holder.  However, no regiment or company has been located in which he served.  And, there is nothing on the grave marker itself to indicate that he served. According […]