Wreaths Across America @ Mount Olivet Cemetery

Veteran of World War II
Veteran of World War II

The local chapter of the Hanover PA Wreaths Across America needs your help and by September 30th.  Click on the link above, follow the instructions naming ‘Mt. Olivet Cemetery’ and add how you can help/volunteer on the day of this program.  There are several options from which to select.  The Bonus – more wreaths for placing at the grave sites of our military veterans at Mount Olivet Cemetery! 

P.S.  Don’t forget to share this post with your friends, co-workers, neighbors, family.  The program needs your support.

P.S.S.  Mark your calendars so you don’t forget to come out to Mount Olivet Cemetery … Saturday, December 12, 2015, 725 Baltimore Street in Hanover, Pennsylvania.  Time to be announced.  Visit us on Facebook.

 

 

Pet Blessing and Memorial Service, Mount Olivet Cemetery

PetsPet ownership has grown to nearly 62 percent of American households, with at least one pet per household.  This number, according to the Humane Society website, has more than tripled from the 1970s when about 67 million households had pets, to 2012 when there were more than 164 million owned pets.

It is difficult not to love these trusting faces and loving creatures!  They trust you to provide them with a safe place to live, food, and an occasional rub behind the ears.  In their own way, they, in return, offer you companionship, assistance, and sometimes entertainment.

On Sunday, September 13, 2015 2 – 4 PM, a Pet Blessing and Memorial Service will be held at Mount Olivet Cemetery in the area of the Pet Haven Cemetery, 725 Baltimore Street, Hanover, Pennsylvania.  All pets and owners are welcome.  Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the afternoon with us.  The event will be held rain or shine.

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Print off the flyer (right) and save as your reminder.  We are looking forward to seeing you on Sunday, September 13th!

 

Henry Felty – American Revolutionary War Veteran (1758-1836)

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Photo courtesy of the State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Just this week it was brought to my attention that the State Museum of Pennsylvania featured this blue-and-red wool uniform coat, which was attributed to Henry Felty, one of several American Revolutionary War Veterans buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery.  You can read the full post by clicking here.

According to the State Museum of Pennsylvania’s description, “This blue-and-red wool uniform coat, one of the earliest examples of military dress in the State Museum’s collection, is attributed to Henry Felty of York County, Pa. Felty appears in the muster rolls of the 8th Battalion, 1st Company of the York County Militia in 1778, and is listed in the 7th Battalion, 2nd Company 1779.”

The State Museum of Pennsylvania’s post continued that the 1778 tax records listed Henry’s occupation as a saddler, and that he purchased a “saddler’s bench” and tools at an estate sale.

Also in 1778, his name appears in the muster rolls of the 8th Battalion, 1st Company of the York County Militia.  Later, in 1779 his name was found listed in the 7th Battalion, 2nd Company. The Museum notes that this coat does not conform to Revolutionary War patterns of the period.

According to the State Museum of Pennsylvania, “The cut and style of the coat, a coatee with shortened tails, as well as the flat white-metal button design, appears to point to an infantryman who served in the army after 1795. Felty’s service continued to at least until 1799, when he was listed as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Hanover Troop of Horse, which is the most likely time in which he wore this uniform.”

Felty’s widow, Anna Maria, was awarded his veterans pension upon his death in 1836. This is an awesome find and connection to our cemetery.  Felty’s grave stone can be located at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Old Section C, lot 84. (photo courtesy of Find-A-Grave.com)

Plan a visit to Mount OIivet Cemetery at 725 Baltimore Street in Hanover to find more war veterans of many eras.

 

 

11th Annual Pet Memorial Service and Blessing

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Pet HavenThe 11th Annual Pet Memorial Service and Blessing will be held on Sunday, September 13, 2015 in the Pet Haven section of Mount Olivet Cemetery. The service begins promptly at 2 PM and will end about 4 PM, rain or shine.

Enjoy an afternoon of light refreshments for pets and guests.

Bring the family, your pets, a lawn chair, and enjoy the day at the cemetery.

The cemetery is located at 725 Baltimore Street in Hanover, Pennsylvania.  Enter at the main gate and proceed to the back of the cemetery.  You may contact the Cemetery Office at 717-637-5294 for additional information.

Remembering The Battle of Hanover, 1863

“Oh, God, I’m too close to my home to die.”

Those words are assumed to be the spoken words said by John Hoffacker after being wounded on the first day of the Battle of Hanover on June 30, 1863.

The life story of John Hoffacker and his family varies from writer to writer, according to John T. Krepps in his book, A Strong and Sudden Onslaught, The Cavalry Action at Hanover, Pennsylvania. In Appendix H for John Hoffacker (pages 111 – 114) Krepps tells the story of the hardships, heroism, perseverance, loyalty, and tragedy that the family endured.

Prior to 1850, the family had Pennsylvania ties. It is shown that his parents, Henry Martin and Elizabeth (Hoffman) Hoffacker, owned farmland in Carroll County, and shortly after the 1850 Census was taken, sold the farm due to Henry’s bad health.  The family moved to Baltimore County, Maryland and purchased the Gunpowder Falls Paper Mill.  Several of his children farmed nearby land while it is said that John and William helped out at the mill.

By 1859, severe financial hardship fell on the family.  Henry lent a large sum of money to another man, who defaulted on his debt.  Because of this, the Hoffacker family could not pay their creditors.  The mill was sold at a sheriff’s sale, but that did not cover their debt.  Several family members continued to work at the mill under new ownership.

In 1862, Krepps wrote that more hardship to the family hit when son, William, enlisted in the 3rd Maryland Infantry, maybe to help earn money for his family.  Brothers John and George began working at a mill on Deer Creek in York County, Pennsylvania, while another brother stayed on working at the farm.

John enlisted in September 1862 in the 18th Pennsylvania Calvary. Letters home to their parents often included money.  3

In 1863, the parents and several of their children moved to Parkton, Maryland where they operated a hotel, and life began to look up financially.

On June 30, 1863, John was shot and killed at Hanover during the Battle of Hanover.  About this same time, his brother William was serving with the Union 12th Infantry Corps.  After the Gettysburg campaign, the Union 12th Infantry Corps. was transferred to the Western Theater.  On November 18, 1863, William was charged with stealing money from another soldier in his regiment.  Later, the 3rd Maryland transferred to the Eastern Theater, and William was shot in the knee on May 12, 1864.  He died on February 3, 1865 at his parents’ home in Parkton during his recuperation.

John was buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery and it was written that due to his parents’ hardships, his body remained in Hanover.  The parents scraped together enough money to have William buried beside his brother at Mount Olivet Cemetery.  In 1867, the family sold the hotel, and moved to Railroad, York County, Pennsylvania.  It is here at Mount Olivet Cemetery that Henry and Elizabeth are also buried beside their faithful sons

Background

Born:  December 29, 1838 (Note:  the PA Veterans Burial Card notes 1841 for his birth, but all other records are 1838.) Possibly in Manchester, Carroll County, Maryland.  There is some discrepancy to the location of his birth.

Died:  June 30, 1863

Military:  Civil War, Battle of Hanover, Company E, 18th Regiment, Pennsylvania Calvary, 163rd Volunteers, Rank in-Private and Rank out-Corporal. 3

Buried: Mount Olivet Cemetery, Hanover, Heidelberg Township, York County, Pennsylvania, Section G, Lot 19. 2 (John is on the left of the photograph with William to the right. The Forney-Bittinger Chapel is shown in the background.)

Sources and Further Reading

  1. Amy Lynn Warner, et.al. Hanover Area Pictorial History, A Publication of The Evening Sun 1995 Edition, (Missouri: D-Books Publishing Company, 1995), p. 20.
  2. “Pennsylvania Veterans Burial Cards, 1929-1990,” Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, accessed March 10, 2015, http://search.ancestry.com//cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=VeterBurialC&h=436491&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt&ssrc=pt_t47816768_p13253789511_kpidz0q3d13253789511z0q26pgz0q3d32768z0q26pgplz0q3dpid.
  3. “National Park Service, The Civil War,” http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-soldiers-detail.htm?soldierId=E0621BA9-DC7A-DF11-BF36-B8AC6F5D926A, accessed March 12, 2015.

Repairs to Mount Olivet’s Memorial Mausoleum Nearly Completed

The Memorial Mausoleum at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Hanover, Pennsylvania, will soon receive the last of the much needed repairs – a new roof.

circa 1910-1920
circa 1910-1920

Built approximately in the late to early 1910s-1920s by the York Mausoleum Construction & Supply Company of York, Pennsylvania, this stately structure is the final resting place for numerous Hanovarians.  Among the interred includes Andrew R. Brodbeck, U.S. Congressman (1860-1937) for Pennsylvania between 1913-1914 and 1917-1918.

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Cracks can be seen in the mortar between the stones.

The repairs will prevent moisture from deteriorating the concrete masonry wall and from pushing the veneer stone from its original configuration.  The concrete back up wall suffered the brunt of the problem.  The repairs involved cutting out the damaged layers of concrete, applying a concrete repair material, coating the concrete with a damp proofing membrane, installing new stainless steel veneer anchors, andrepairing cement wallv2 reinstalling the veneer stone to its original configuration.  A new roof is last of the repairs to be completed.

The Memorial Mausoleum at Mount Olivet Cemetery can be located at the far end of the cemetery, near Beck Mill Road.

Mount Olivet Cemetery Association is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation. 

Memorial Day Weekend Observances at Mount Olivet Cemetery

The Atzrodt family monument (above) is our feature photograph. The Atzrodt family monument marks the graves of the Atzrodt family and that of Harry Atzrodt, 1845-1938, who served during the Civil War for the Confederate Army.

On Memorial Day weekend two community observances will be held at the Mount Olivet Cemetery located at 725 Baltimore Street in Hanover, Pennsylvania.

SSGT Jeremy Redding 2015 event resizedOn Sunday, May 24 a ceremony at will be held at 1 PM in the cemetery for the 5th Annual SSGT Jeremy Redding Memorial Motorcycle Ride.  Donations will be accepted benefiting Pennsylvania’s Wounded Warriors.  Please contact Steve Redding at 717-451-5859 for more information.

Hanover’s annual Memorial Day Parade is scheduled for 8:30 AM on Monday, May 25. The Soldiers Monumentparade, which forms on Carlisle Street, will proceed through town onto Baltimore Street and end at Mount Olivet Cemetery.  Directly following the parade there will be a short ceremony at the Soldier’s Monument, located just inside the cemetery.

The Soldier’s Monument was erected about 1911.  Surrounding the monument is a cannon and the final resting place for several of the many Civil War soldiers.  The monument is one of many historic and unique reminders of past lives that lived and served our country.