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John Kerstetter – Died of Disease in Tennessee, 1864

| June 29, 2016

John Kerstetter was born 16 February 1839 in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, the son of Michael Kerstetter, a farmer and laborer, and Elizabeth [Martz] Kerstetter.  The family lived in Coal Township in 1840, 1850, and 1860. On 30 September 1861, at Lykens, John enrolled in the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, and was mustered into Company B as […]

Obituary of Samuel W. Sheesley

| June 1, 2016

When Samuel W. Sheesley died on 18 March 1917, similar obituaries appeared in the two main Harrisburg newspapers: SAMUEL W. SHEESLEY DEAD Samuel W. Sheesley, 81 years old, a veteran of the Civil War, died last night at the Polyclinic Hospital, at 8:30 o’clock.  Funeral services will be held from the home of his son-in-law, […]

Remembering Wiconisco’s Civil War Soldiers – Cemetery Tour – Sunday, 29 May 2016

| May 27, 2016

  An invitation from Jake Wynn…. Join local historian Jake Wynn at Calvary United Methodist Cemetery in Wiconisco on Sunday, May 29 at 7 PM for a memorial program commemorating the incredible lives of the region’s Civil War veterans. This hour-long program will bring visitors into the oldest sections of the cemetery and highlight the stories […]

Cornelius A. Hochlander – Emergency Man from Wiconisco

| April 14, 2016

Cornelius A. Hochlander is named on the Lykens G.A.R. Memorial as a Private who joined the Heilner Post in Lykens after it was organized. Hochlander, who is sometimes found in the records as Hocklander, was born in November 1844, the son of George Hochlander, a shoemaker, and Mary Adaline Hochlander.  The family is found in […]

Hamilton Bailey – Coal Wagon Inventor Was Married to Halifax Native

| February 26, 2016

Catherine “Kate” Pinkerton was born in 1833 in Halifax, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, the daughter of George Kirby Pinkerton (1797-1875) and Margaret Mary [Wright] Pinkerton (1802-1882).  She married Hamilton Bailey, a blacksmith of Harrisburg. Two of Miss Pinkerson’s brothers served in the Civil War:  (1) Hiram W. Pinkerton, buried at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Pottsville, and […]