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Isaac Kemble – “The devil can’t chase these little gnats….”

| June 24, 2016

During the Civil War, Isaac Kemble served with the 47th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C, as a Corporal, enrolling at Sunbury, Northumberland County on 19 August 1861, and mustered into service in Harrisburg, 2 September 1861.  At the time he was 22 years old (born 1839), was employed as a surveyor, and resided at Sunbury.  He […]

Benjamin F. Harper’s Widow of Loyalton, Died in 1917

| June 2, 2016

The following obituary appeared in the Harrisburg Telegraph, 8 March 1917: MRS. CLARA HARPER DIES Elizabethville, Pennsylvania, 8 March 1917 — Mrs. Clara Harper, widow of Frank Harper, a Civil War veteran, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clayton B. Holtzman, in West Main Street, in West Main Street, on Tuesday, after a […]

Jacob Zerby of Elizabethville – Cavalryman and Blacksmith

| May 6, 2016

Jacob Zerby, Civil war veteran of the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, died on 19 November 1913.  His death was reported in the Harrisburg Telegraph of the next day: Elizabethville — Jacob Zerby, a member of Sherman’s Cavalry during his famous march “to the sea,” died of the infirmities of old age yesterday after a year’s illness […]

Marks Hornet – African American Soldier from Elizabethville

| April 22, 2016

In the 1860 Census of Washington Township, (Post Office Elizabethville), Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, there appears a family identified in the “Color” column as “m” for Mulatto.  The head of the family was Marks Hornet, a 38 year-old laborer.  He indicated to the census that he was born in Pennsylvania, that did not own any real […]

Philip C. Swab – A Grand Funeral!

| February 3, 2016

Philip C. Swab is buried at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Elizabethville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  During the Civil War, he served in the 208th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, as a Private.  He was mustered into service on 30 August 1864 and honorably discharged on 1 June 1865.  In 1870, Swab was a retail dry goods […]