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Edward Thomas – 50th Pennsylvania Infantry

| December 2, 2014

nmn nmn On 1 April 1872, Edward Thomas of Gratz, was killed at the colliery at Short Mountain, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, by a “fall of rock.”  His body was recovered and he was buried at Gratz Union Cemetery (then called Simeon’s Cemetery).  He was exactly 32 years old at the time of his death.  A […]

Reunions of the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry Held in Lykens

| October 10, 2014

Following the Civil War, many Pennsylvania regiments tried to hold annual reunions of their members.  One of the most successful of the Pennsylvania regiments in this regard was the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry as the following news article from the Harrisburg Patriot of 11 June 1909 attests: FORTIETH REUNION OF NINTH CAVALRY Flag Presented by Ladies […]

Henry B. Ferree – Coal Miner

| September 26, 2014

The death notice of Henry B. Ferree (1844-1903) appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot on 18 April 1903: Henry Feree, a highly respected citizen of Lykens Township, died on Tuesday afternoon.  The deceased was a sufferer from miners’ asthma. His age was some sixty years.  Interment was made in the Lutheran and Reformed Cemetery at Gratz, […]

Views of the Old Catholic Cemetery at Williamstown

| September 11, 2014

Two views of the Old Catholic Cemetery at Williamstown have been located.  The pictures have been enhanced for presentation here on this blog. The first view appeared on page 92 of the Sesquicentennial History of Williamstown and Williams Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, published in 1976 by the Sesquicentennial Commission: The picture appears to show a […]

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 […]