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Some Connections to Abraham Lincoln – Really?

| August 3, 2015

As obituaries and death notices appeared in the Harrisburg newspapers in the late 19th century and early 20th century, readers surely noticed the unusual number of references to associations of the decedents to Abraham Lincoln.  How many of the claims were true?  If any blog readers have any evidence to support any of the claims […]

Obituaries of Civil War Era Women, 1914

| June 22, 2015

The following are obituaries of some Civil War era women: ——————————- From the Harrisburg Patriot, 2 March 1914: OLDEST WOMAN OF COUNTY DIES, 104 Mrs. Elizabeth Sharon, Steelton, Succumbs to Old Age Debilities HAD REMARKABLE RECORD Mrs. Elizabeth Sharon, probably the county’s oldest resident, died Saturday evening about 8 o’clock, at the residence of her […]

Obituaries of Civil War Era Women, 1913

| June 19, 2015

The following are obituaries of some Civil War era women: ——————————— From the Harrisburg Patriot, 19 February 1913: NEWSPAPER WOMAN DEAD By Associated Press to The Patriot Washington, 18 February 1913 — With the funeral tomorrow of Miss Emmaline C. Upham, who died yesterday, aged 79 years, will pass one of the best known newspaper […]

Obituaries of Civil War Era Women, 1912

| June 15, 2015

The following are obituaries of some Civil War era women: ———————————- From the Harrisburg Patriot, 15 March 1912: DEATH OF MISS CATHERINE BIDDLE Member of Old Philadelphia Family Was Noted for Her Charities Philadelphia, 14 Mach 1912 — Miss Katherine C. Biddle, a member of one of the oldest Philadelphia families and noted for her […]

Mary Kilraine of Williamstown – Civil War Laundress

| June 4, 2015

A brief story telling of the funeral of a Williamstown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania woman, Mary Kilraine, appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot on 1 August 1905: G.A.R. HONORS FOR WOMAN By Associated Press to The Patriot Williamstown, 21 July 1905 — Mrs. Patrick Comiskey, who died on Wednesday, after a long illness, was buried in the […]