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Who Was Mary A. Bowman-Zerbe?

| June 18, 2014

In researching the military records of William F. Bowman (1838-1870), it was discovered that he did not apply for a pension, but a widow did apply.  She was Mary A. Bowman and she made application on 30 January 1880, nearly ten years after William died.  She did not receive a pension based on the service […]

Obituary of Isabella Enders Knouff

| May 18, 2014

The following notice appeared in an Upper Dauphin County newspaper in November 1939 announcing the death of Isabella [Enders] Knouff, which had occurred on 22 November 1939 in Harrisburg: MRS. JOSEPH W. KNOUFF Mrs. Isabella E. Knouff, age 84 years, widow of Joseph W. Knouff, died at the home of her son J. Byron Knouff […]

Crimes Committed on and by Returning Soldiers (Part 3 of 3)

| February 25, 2014

As soldiers were released from military service in 1865, they flooded into the three major discharge points in Pennsylvania:  Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and Pittsburgh.  Frequently, these soldiers were the victims of local residents who sought to “relieve” them of their discharge money; sometimes the soldiers were themselves the perpetrators of crimes against the residents of these […]

Crimes Committed on and by Returning Soldiers (Part 2 of 3)

| February 20, 2014

As soldiers were released from military service in 1865, they flooded into the three major discharge points in Pennsylvania:  Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and Pittsburgh.  Frequently, these soldiers were the victims of local residents who sought to “relieve” them of their discharge money; sometimes the soldiers were themselves the perpetrators of crimes against the residents of these […]

Crimes Committed on and by Returning Soldiers (Part 1 of 3)

| February 13, 2014

As soldiers were released from military service in 1865, they flooded into the three major discharge points in Pennsylvania:  Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and Pittsburgh.  Frequently, these soldiers were the victims of local residents who sought to “relieve” them of their discharge money; sometimes the soldiers were themselves the perpetrators of crimes against the residents of these […]