Category Archives: Civilians

First JEB Stuart strikes; then a triple murder near Round Top: Finale

The 1860 Census of Warrington Township shows Quaker farmer George Squibb, his wife Mary, one of their daughters (Maria Jane) and their granddaughters Sarah Seifert and Mary Jane Myers (the daughters of Caroline Emma Squibb). The old Quaker couple and … Continue reading

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First JEB Stuart strikes; then a triple murder near Round Top: Part 5

Sarah Emma Seifert, Mary (Bell) Squibb, and George Squibb lie side by side in the cemetery of Warrington Friends Meeting House. They are known in local history as “The Murdered Family.” But who killed them? (Photo by Scott Mingus, 12/6/14). … Continue reading

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First JEB Stuart strikes; then a triple murder near Round Top: Part 4

The weathered gravestone of Mary (Bell) and George S. Squibb is shown in thisĀ  photograph courtesy of York Countian Jeremy Easton. It is in the southwestern section of the cemetery of the Warrington Friends Meeting House along PA Route 74 … Continue reading

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First JEB Stuart strikes; then a triple murder near Round Top: Part 3

For parts 1 and 2 of this true crime story, click here and here. On the morning of Monday, June 18, 1866, George Snelbaker needed an auger for some chores. The 24-year-old man lived near his namesake grandfather, George S. … Continue reading

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First JEB Stuart strikes; then a triple murder near Round Top: Part 2

To read part one of this true crime story, click here. George and Mary Squibb had worshiped at the Warrington Meeting House (shown above in this Scott Mingus photograph) near Wellsville, Pennsylvania, for many years. George was a son Robert … Continue reading

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Roger Heller to discuss conscientious objectors on October 5 in York PA

Adams and York counties back during the mid-1800s were heavily pastoral. Many of the residents were of German origin, including hundreds of members of religious denominations with decided pacifist or non-interventionist ideals. An interesting and unique Civil War presentation is … Continue reading

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Confederate officer left receipt for taking York County farmer’s mules

As the Confederate army invaded Pennsylvania in late June 1863, foraging patrols scoured the countryside for fresh horses, mules, and supplies, often paying with Confederate script. Officers were supposed to leave a signed receipt for what their men procured. Few … Continue reading

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York County’s Copperheads clashed with pro-Lincoln loyalists

This satirical cartoon from Harper’s Weekly depicts members of the pro-peace wing of the Democratic Party as copperhead snakes, a characterization made popular in the Republican press. The artist suggests that the “Copperheads” as being a threat to the safety … Continue reading

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A visitor from Virginia — 151 years ago today

On Sunday, June 28, 1863, more than 6,000 Confederate soldiers under the command of Maj. Gen. Jubal A. Early marched or rode into downtown York, Pennsylvania. They encamped in and around the town, with unlimbered artillery pieces frowning from the … Continue reading

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Interesting new book looks at the cast and crew at Ford’s Theater during and after Lincoln Assassination

Scores, perhaps hundreds, of books have dealt with the April 1865 assassination of Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D. C. All of them, of course, deal with famed actor John Wilkes Booth and the pistol shot that likely … Continue reading

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