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Aaron Ossman of Hegins – Spoke Out for Pension Rights

| May 8, 2017

Aaron Ossman was born on 8 December 1838 in Valley View, Hegins Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, the son of Philip Ossman (1796-1866) and Barbara [Friedlein] Ossman (1794-1860). In 1860, Aaron was living with his parents in Hegins Township, where at age 22, he was working as a carpenter.  At the time he enlisted in Civil […]

Rev. Joel Light – Served in Valley View-Hegins Area

| December 14, 2016

A brief obituary of Rev. Joel Light appeared in the Reading Times, 25 February 1904: REV. JOEL LIGHT Rev. Joel Light died at his home, in Lebanon, of general debility, yesterday morning aged about 70 years.  He was one of the best known ministers in the United Brethren Conference and had charges at various times […]

William Lebo – Medical Doctor at Hegins

| November 16, 2016

The photograph shows Dr. William C. Lebo working on a cadaver while a student at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, some time after the Civil War.  In the 1870 census of Gratz Borough, Dauphin County, he indicated he was a medical student and was living in the household of his brother-in-law, Henry R. Lehr, who […]

Amos Rumberger – Served at End of War in 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry

| September 23, 2016

Amos Rumberger died on 21 June 1892.  He is buried at the Church of God Cemetery in Valley View, Hegins Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.  His stone identifies him as a Civil War veteran of the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, and at his grave is an appropriate bronze G.A.R. star-flag holder. Amos Rumberger was born in Lykens […]

Francis Wade Hughes of Pottsville – Confederate Sympathizer?

| May 25, 2016

Francis Wade Hughes (1817-1885) was an attorney in Pottsville at the time of the Civil War and the leader of the county Democratic Party.  A nephew of his, John Hughes, was considered the most famous of all Schuylkill Countians who joined the Confederate war effort.  According to information found in an article that appeared in […]