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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 […]

Some Interesting Newspaper People Who Died in 1913

| February 24, 2016

Wouldn’t you like to know more about these newspaper people who died in 1913? From the Harrisburg Patriot, 8 August 1913: MINE OWNER DIES Norristown, Pennsylvania, 7 August 1913 — Henry L. Acker, a wealthy mine owner of Colorado, died at the home of his sister here today at an advanced age.  He went West […]

Rev. Uriah Gambler – Served Churches in Elizabethville, Berrysburg & Tower City

| December 20, 2015

Originally, the name of Uriah Gambler was added to the Civil War Project as a result of his name being found in the Berrysburg, Dauphin County, Veterans’ Census of 1890.  After researching him further and his grave and obituary located, it was found that he was born in Berks County, that he was a United […]

A Brief History of the Kissinger G.A.R. Post #376 at Gratz

| December 14, 2015

Gratz is a small community in Upper Dauphin County that in 1883 formed a local G.A.R. post.  Much of the history of that post has been lost over time and now needs to be re-created through available resources, among those resources, the Harrisburg and other archived newspapers and the national Grand Army of the Republic […]

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 […]