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Henry A. Higgins – 173rd Pennsylvania Infantry

| February 15, 2016

The name Henry A. Higgins appears on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as a Private who was not a member of the Heilner Post.  Finding information about many of the Civil War soldiers who are named on the Lykens plaque is often difficult owing to common names, spelling variations, and the fact that many died early […]

Edward Pugh of Lykens – 96th Pennsylvania Infantry

| December 21, 2015

Edward Pugh was born 6 April 1843 in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, the last-known child of English immigrants Samuel Pugh and Catherine Philpot.  The two oldest children, Peter Pugh and John Pugh were born in England.  The third child, Elizabeth Pugh, was born in Pennsylvania after the parents arrived in Philadelphia in 1836 aboard the ship […]

Benjamin Rush Foster – Ties to Williamstown, Lykens, & Washington Township

| December 2, 2015

  The obituary of Benjamin R. Foster appeared in the Harrisburg Telegraph, 8 February 1911.  While his Civil War service was mentioned, it was not noted in the obituary that he had ties to at least three communities in the Lykens Valley area. Benjamin R. Foster Falls Dead Today Was One of Harrisburg’s Oldest Machinists […]

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 […]