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William Dodd Mystery Solved – Not Civil War

| November 6, 2015

In a post on 14 October 2015, several questions were raised about William Dodd who is buried at Calvary United Methodist Church, Wiconisco, Dauphin County.  The questions mainly centered around whether he was a Civil War soldier.  As a result of information provided by Deb Rudy, a Lykens Valley area researcher and contributor to this […]

Peter D. Eby – Killed in Mines at Lykens, 1882

| October 23, 2015

Notice of the results of a coroner’s inquest into the death of Peter D. Eby at Lykens appeared in the Harrisburg Telegraph on 5 January 1882: KILLED IN THE MINES A Man’s Neck Broken While Riding on the Cars Coroner Shindler was called to Lykens yesterday to hold an inquest on the body of Peter […]

Was a Civil War Memorial Ever Erected at Dauphin Borough?

| March 16, 2015

  In late 1919, two newspapers reported plans to move a large boulder from Short Mountain between Lykens Township and Wiconisco Township in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, to the Borough of Dauphin, which was on the Susquehanna River just south of Halifax and just north of Harrisburg.  The idea was to create a memorial to area […]

Josiah Folk – Died of Heart Disease at Cleveland, Tennessee, 1864

| November 19, 2014

Josiah Folk (or Foulk or Fulk as he is sometimes found in the records) was born about 1829, probably in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  In the 1850 census of Wiconisco Township, Dauphin County, he is found as a blacksmith.  Living in his household were his wife Susanna [Riegle] Folk, working as a milliner, and infant daughter, […]

Some Basic Facts about the Civil War and Williamstown

| August 25, 2014

How many men from Williamstown and Williams Township were Civil War veterans? One of the difficulties in answering this question can be illustrated by three historical maps of Williamstown and Williams Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. The 1858 Map The 1858 map of Wiconisco Township shows the area presently known as Williamstown and Williams Township as […]