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Rev. John Quincy Adams – Harrisburg Preacher & Civil Rights Leader Was Once a Slave

| February 13, 2015

From the Harrisburg Patriot, of 13 January 1917: REV. J. Q. ADAMS, ONCE SLAVE, DIES Retired Colored Preacher Was Formerly Coachman to Judge Pearson, and for Years a Conspicuous Figure Here The Rev. John Quincy Adams, retired local colored preacher of the Wesley Union connection, former slave and known to all the older families of […]

Rebecca Pennypacker Price – Civil War Nurse

| January 30, 2015

From the pages of the Harrisburg Telegraph, 10 October 1910: WOMAN WHO SERVED AS WAR NURSE DIES AT POTTSTOWN Pottstown, Pennsylvania, 31 May 1919 — Mrs. Rebecca Lane [Pennypacker] Price, widow of Edwin Price, president and chaplain of the National Association of Civil War Nurses, died at her home in Pottstown, aged 81 years.  Until […]

Obituary of Aunty Jackson, Matron at Camp Curtin

| December 28, 2014

The obituary of Eliza Kling Jackson, also known as “Aunty” Jackson, was printed in the 21 January 1905 edition of the Harrisburg Patriot: MATRON AT CAMP CURTIN “Aunty” Jackson, Picturesque Character, Succumbed Aged 85 Years DEATH DUE TO PNEUMONIA Resided Here for several Scores of Years and Formerly Kept a Notion Store Mrs. Eliza Kling […]

Dr. Helen Delucia Fisk – Wife of Medal of Honor Recipient Thomas W. Hoffman

| August 22, 2014

Dr. Helen Delucia [Fisk] Hoffman died on 16 May 1941 at Canandaigua, Ontario County, New York, at the age of 92.  According to her death notice (above) which appeared in the Naples, New York Record, she was “one of the pioneer woman physicians, and for many years was a member of the staff of the […]

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 […]