He was born in 1819/20 (2 (44 in 1864), 4, 6 [60 in 1882?], 7 [35 in 1860], 8 [65 in 1880], 9 [67 in ?1882]). He was born in Lurgan, Ireland (2, 4 [Luigin?], 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 [Lurgan]).
In 1860, he was living in the 3rd ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (7). He was a laborer, and owned $30 in personal property (7). He was living with Martha (probably his wife), and with James, Mary, and Hannah (probably their children (7).
When he enlisted, he was a laborer (2, 4).
When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 8 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, dark eyes, and dark hair (2, 4).
He enlisted and was mustered into service on 26 January 1864 (1, 2, 4, 5). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Lieutenant Shipley (2, 4). He was mustered by Lieutenant Burk (2, 4). He was a private in company B (1, 12).
He may have been charged for lost equipments, perhaps when the regiment mustered out (3).
In 1880, he was living at 1229 Brinton Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (8). He was a rag picker (8). He was living with his wife Martha McCann (8).
On 20 August 1882, he was admitted to the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (6, 9). He suffered from general debility (6, 9). He was present at the Southern Branch in 1883 (6).
On 13 March 1884, he applied successfully from Virginia for a pension (5, 11).
He died on 1 October 1889, in the Southern Branch of the National Soldier's Home (9). He was receiving a pension of $2 per month (9).
John Devine is researching Merrit McCann. E-mail him at John.Devine@banking.state.ny.us.
1 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233. (In the roster) (Merritt McCann)
2 company B, [second] descriptive book, entry 19 (Merrit McCann)
3 list of men who owed money [?] (Merritt McCann)
4 company B, [third] descriptive roll, entry 41 (Merritt McCann)
5 pension index, by regiment (Merrill McCann)
6 National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. Report of Managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, transmitting the report of the said board for the year ending June 30, 1884. January 5, 1885. Serial Set volume 2310, session volume 1, 48th Congress, 2nd Session, House Miscellaneous Document 11, page 216 (Merritt McCann)
7 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 3, microfilm series M653, film 1153, page 472 = 248 handwritten (Merrit McCann [?])
8 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 85, microfilm series T9, film 1169, page 183 = 11 C handwritten (Merritt McCann)
9 Report of the Board of Managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1890. Serial Set volume 2869, session volume 1, 51st Congress, 2nd Session. House Miscellaneous Document 38] (Merritt McCann)
10 e-mail, John Devine to Harry Ide, November 2008
11 pension index, by name (Merrill [sic] McCann)
12 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Merritt McCann)
|Name||Merrit McCann [?]||Martha "||James "||Mary "||Hannah "|
|Value of real estate owned|
|Value of personal estate||30|
|Place of birth||Ireland||"||Philada||"||"|
|Married within year|
|Attended school within year||1||1|
|Cannot read & write|
|Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.|
|street name||Brinton Street|
|dwelling visit #|||
|family visit #||131|
|name||McCann Merritt||McCann Martha|
|month born if born in year|
|married during year|
|occupation||Rag Picker||Keeping House|
|currently ill?||Sore foot|
|school this year|