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William Savage – Victim of Mining Accident, 1879

| July 10, 2017

On 23 June 1879, William Savage, a Civil War veteran, was at work in his usual job of machinist at the Williamstown Colliery, and was the victim of an accident – dying instantly as a car in which he was riding down the slope broke loose from its chain and fell to the bottom of […]

John E. Roberts – Killed in Virginia, 1862

| June 6, 2017

The name John Roberts appears on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as a Civil War soldier who was killed in action.  At first, it was difficult to identify him, but recently, a Pennsylvania Veterans’ File Card was located for a John E. Roberts, who lived in Dauphin County at the time of his enlistment. An 18 […]

Michael O’Leary – Coal Miner of Wiconisco

| May 1, 2017

Michael O’Leary, whose name appears on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as a Civil War veteran from the Lykens-Wiconisco area who was not a member of the Heilner Post, was identified as to his regiment and company by a record found on Ancestry.com in the series, Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Civil War Soldiers. The index […]

Moses Nutt – Forgeman and Farmer

| April 21, 2017

Moses Nutt died on 5 March 1891 in Lykens, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  His funeral was conducted from St. John’s Lutheran Church at that place and he was buried in the Lykens Cemetery. According to information found in the church book, Moses was born in Speedwell, New Jersey, on 17 October 1814, the son of John […]

Lybrand F. Nolen – Lykens Veteran, Injured in Mines, Moved to Iowa

| April 17, 2017

Lybrand F. Nolen is buried at the Municipal Cemetery in Carroll, Carroll County, Iowa.  His grave marker is a government issue stone which notes that he served in the 16th United States Infantry, Company B.  Other records indicate that he served as a Private, beginning his three-year term of service on 4 October 1864 during […]