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2LT George B Kiehl

2LT George B Kiehl

Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 1 Apr 1917 (aged 79)
Ashland, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Fountain Springs, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, USA
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Memorial ID 18915831 · View Source
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George B. Kiehl was born in Washington Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Michael Kiehl and Elizabeth Beisel. About 1854-55, George B. Kiehl was apprenticed to farmer Simon Snyder of Line Mountain, Northumberland Co.

On February 20, 1859 George Kiehl married Mary Ann Starr (Stahr) at the Himmel Church. Their daughter Emmy Elizabeth was born December 8, 1858 and son Lewis Edwin was born January 28, 1860. In 1860, the family lived in Upper Mahanoy, Northumberland County, Pa. He was a shoemaker.

Mary Ann died October 3, 1860. After her death, Emmy went to live with Starr's parents Peter and Maria (Catherine). Louis went to live with Maria's brother Edward Starr.

George served in Co. "K" 172nd Regiment, Pennsylvania Drafted Milita from October 1862 to August 1863. He stated that at the time of his enlistment, he was 5'9", light (sandy) complexion, blue eyes, light (sandy) hair, and that his occupation was farmer. Initially he entered the military as First Sergeant. Both he and Peter Trion enlisted in the same unit together (1).

George remembered how he fell ill in December 1862, "In the latter part of 1862, while lying at Yorktown, I contracted piles from exposure, also had typhoid fever. I was too sick to be removed to hospital and was treated in my quarters by Doctor Miller of our regiment and the said fever left me with Kidney Disease, also contracted dyspepsia." He also said, "when I got better, I would not go" to the hospital.

Probably as a result, he was commissioned Second Lieutenant for the remainder of his service. This fever left him with medical problems, "Ever since my discharge I have been suffering from pain across the kidneys, piles and dyspepsia." The date of hius commission was February 25, 1863 (1).

In 1864 he married Peter Trion's sister Lavina Trion -- daughter of the well-known Dr. Frederick Trion, Jr. She was 16-1/2 years old and two months pregnant at the time. The couple had 8 children: Charles born 9-8-1864, George Elmer born 9-29-1866, John born 1-2-1868, Jacob born 7-25-1869, Catherine born 11-29-1870, Mary Ella born 8-18-1870, Anna born 9-27-1875 and Lavina born 6-21-1885.

In a March 25, 1882 pension affidavit, George Kiehl stated, "my occupation before my enlistment was that of a farmer. After my discharge I did not do anything for a while. From 1864 to 1866 I kept a shoe-store in Shamokin, Northumberland County... For two years I kept a meat-market, and then worked or bossed off and on, until 1880 for Girard Estate and R.R. C. & S. Co [Reading Railroad Company]. In 1880 I moved to Ashland where I now live, and kept a meat market for one year and since I have been dealing in cattle & hogs."

In 1880 his sons were laboring at mines. The family lived at 224 Second Street, Girardville, Schuylkill Co., Pa. 19 year old white female, Henryetta Kisteler, servant at the residence.

The 1881 - 1882 Ashland City Directory lists George Kiehl, drover, home at 8th & Market (a drover is a herder of animals to market; one that drives cattle or sheep.)

About 1882, George began to receive his military pension.

The 1890 Federal Census (Special Schedule: Civil War Veterans) lists George B. Kiehl with post office address of Ashland, Pa.

The June 11, 1900 census reports that the family lived at 241 Centre Street, Ashland, Schuylkill Co., Pa. He still had a mortgage at the time. No servants are listed. During 1899 and 1900, George's wife Lavina was working as a confectioner at her son George Elmer's bakery at 622 W. Centre St. (first floor) in Ashland, Pa.

In later years, he worked as a pressman for his son's newspaper, the Ashland News. George was a member of Gowen Post No. 23 of the GAR. In 1903, Jacob sold the Ashland News. George's wife and children Jacob, Mary Ella and Lavina moved to Philadelphia. He and wife were not divorced. The arrangement was probably mostly due to economics and his wife's desire to care for their son Jacob who needed help with his back burn injuries. Jacob found work as a printer in Philadelphia.

After the family split, George retired and went to live with his son George at his farm in East Cameron Township, Northumberland County near Shamokin. At the end of his life George lived in Ashland with his daughter Annie Staehle.

George B. Kiehl died of apoplexy at the Ashland State Hospital for Injured Persons of the Anthracite Coal Region. He had been hospitalized there for several days prior to his death.

His funeral was at 2 p.m. on April 4, 1917. He was interred in an extra-size 6-3 mahogany casket with silver handles and an outer case made of slate. He wore a slumber robe and black slippers.

George is buried in the Old Section of the cemetery. His daughter Annie and her husband George Staehle rest next to him.

1. History of Pennsylvania Volunteers 1861-1865

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