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Samuel Mumma or Samuel Mummy? – Confusion Over Ancestry of Lykens Veteran

| April 10, 2017

According to information on his grave marker in the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery in Lykens, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, Samuel Mumma was born on 12 October 1822 and died on 12 September 1870.  The marker does not indicate that he was a Civil War veteran, but his Findagrave Memorial notes that he served in the 26th Pennsylvania […]

Daniel McManaman – 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry – Named on Lykens G.A.R. Monument

| March 17, 2017

Daniel McManaman is named on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as a veteran of the Civil War who served as a Private and who was a member of the Heilner Post, joining after its organization. One difficulty in finding him in the records is that his surname is found with many different spellings, including McManamy, McMeneman, […]

Was William Miller a Civil War Veteran?

| February 25, 2017

William Morgan, born 18 May 1831, son of Jacob Moyer/Meyer (1804-1869), and Rebecca [Ferree] Moyer (1809-1883), in Washington Township, near Elizabethville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  He lived most of his life in Wiconisco Township and Lykens Borough, where he worked as a carpenter.  He married Lydia Schadel and had at least six children with her.  He […]

Who Was Gustavus Martin – On Lykens Monument?

| January 23, 2017

The name Gustavus Martin appears on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as a veteran of the Civil War who joined the Heilner Post after its organization. A search of the military records notes that Gustavus Martin first enrolled in the 8th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company F, as a Private on 3 March 1865, and was mustered into […]

Women and the Civil War (Part 8)

| December 23, 2016

Women and the Civil War” is an exhibit of photographs and stories of women who had family connections with soldiers of that war.  It was first displayed at the Gratz Fair in September 2013, where it received “first place” in a non-profit division.  Afterward, it was displayed in 2014 at the Williamtown-Williams Township Historical Society; […]