91st PA: Francis Robert McCleaf

Francis Robert McCleaf

Before the war

He was born in 1839/40 (2 (25 in 1865), 3 (40 in 1880), 7 (30 in 1870), 8 (21 in 1860), 9 (3 in 1850)). He was born in Adams County, Pennsylvania (2). He may have been born to Robert McCleaf and Jane Hayes (10).

In 1850, he was living in Hamiltonban Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania, with Jane McCleaf (presumably his mother) (9).

In 1860, he was living in Hamiltonban Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania (8). He was a laborer (8). He was living with Barney Bigham, who was a hotel keeper (8).

When he enlisted, he was a miner (2).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 6 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, brown eyes, and dark hair (2).

During the war

He also served with company C of the 165th Pennsylvania Infantry (4, 5, 6). He was mustered in in October 1862 (6). He was discharged on 28 July 1863 (6).

On 2 February 1864, he married Sarah Ellen Hoffman, in Emmitsburg, Maryland (10). She was born on 18 March 1847, in Green Mount, Pennsylvania (10, 12 [Mar 1845]). They had ten children (10, 12 [8 children, 6 living in 1900], 13 [10 children 6 living in 1910):

He was drafted (1, 2). He enlisted and was mustered into service on 28 February 1865 (1, 2, 6). He was enlisted for one year, at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, by Captain Eyster (2). His enlistment was credited to the sixteenth congressional district (2). He was a private in company A (1, 15, 16).

He mustered out with his company on 10 July 1865 (1, 6). He was a private, in company A (15, 16).

After the war

In 1870, he was living in Hamiltonban Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania (7). He was a farmhand, and owned $500 in real estate and $150 in personal property (7). He was living with his wife Sarah, and three children: Mary A, Jane, and John C (born in October 1869) (7).

In 1880, he was living in Fredom Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania (3). He was a farmer (3). He was living with his wife, Sarah E McCleaf, and five daughters: Alice McCleaf, Annie McCleaf, Josephene McCleaf, Lucy McCleaf, and Sarah McCleaf (3).

On 11 November 1885, he died, in Fairfield, [Adams County,] Pennsylvania (10 [11 Nov 85], 11 [11 Jan 85]). He was buried in St Mary's Cemetery, Fairfield, [Adams County,] Pennsylvania (10, 11).

On 7 October 1889, Sarah E McCleaf, his widow, applied unsuccessfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (4, 5).

In 1890, his widow, Sarah E McCleaf, was living in Fairfield, Adams County, Pennsylvania (6).

On 8 April 1890, his widow, Sarah, married John F Peters, in Gettysburg, [Adams County,] Pennsylvania (10, 12, 13 [15 years in 1910]). He was born on 8 November 1841, in Fairfield, [Adams County,] Pennsylvania (10).

On 6 September [?] 1896, a minor dependent, Sarah E Peters, applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (4, 5).

In 1900, his widow, Sarah E Peters, was living in Fairfield Borough, Adams County, Pennsylvania (12). She was living with her second husband, John F Peters, and her children Oliver and Margaret Peters (12).

In 1910, his widow, Sarah E Peters, was living in Fairfield Borough, Adams County, Pennsylvania (13). She was living with her second husband, John F Peters, her daughter Maggie Alison, and Maggie's family (13).

In 1920, his widow, Sara E Peters, was living in Fairfield Borough, Adams County, Pennsylvania (14). She was living with her second husband, John F Peters, her daughter Margaret Allison, and Margaret's family (14).

On 29 July 1922, John F Peters died, in Fairfield, [Adams County,] Pennsylvania (10). He was buried in St Mary's Cemetery, Fairfield, [Adams County,] Pennsylvania (10).

On 23 October 1929, his widow Sarah Peters, died, in Fairfield, [Adams County,] Pennsylvania (10). She was buried in St Mary's Cemetery, Fairfield, [Adams County,] Pennsylvania (10).

Sources

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) (Francis R McCleaf)

2 company A descriptive roll, entry 171 (Francis A McClear [the 'A' is clear])

3 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Fredom Township, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 53, page 2 handwritten = 193 stamped (Francis McCleaf)

4 pension index, by regiment (Robert Francis McCleaf)

5 pension index, by name (Robert F McCleaf)

6 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Hamiltonban [!?], supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 13, page [1]

7 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Hamiltonban Township, Post office Fairfield, page 177 stamped = 7 handwritten (Frank McCleaf)

8 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Hamiltonban Township, Post Office Fairfield, 265 stamped = page 23 handwritten (Robert F McCleaf)

9 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Hamiltonban Township, page 153 verso (image 24 of 37 on Ancestry) (Robert McCleaf)

10 'Lison-McCleaf ancestry', a gedcom, available on RootsWeb WorldConnect, updated 19 March 2011, contact Martin, accessed 7 April 2011 [other gedcoms have references to him] [identification is likely; this is clearly the person in the census records I transcribed below] (Robert Francis McCleaf)

11 Find a Grave, memorial 6990127, created by deb, added 5 December 2002, accessed 7 April 2011 [identification: the memorial mentions his service in I 165th Pennsylvania] (R Francis McCleaf)

12 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Fairfield Borough, supervisor's district 12, enumeration district 18, microfilm series T623, film 1354, page 225 = 19 B handwritten (Sarah E Peters)

13 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Hamilton Township, Fairfield Borough, supervisor's district 15, enumeration district 15, microfilm series T624, film 1292, page 138 = 1 B handwritten (Sarah E Peters)

14 1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Fairfield borough, supervisor's district 13, enumeration district 11, microfilm series T625, film 1507, page 128 = 11 B handwritten (Sara E Peters)

15 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Francis R McCleaf)

16 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Francis R McCleof)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1930 US census
Ancestry index (accessed July 2007)

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Hamiltonban Township, page 153 verso (image 24 of 37 on Ancestry)]
[The next page begins with a new household]
line36373839404142
Dwellings visited178      
Families visited183      
NameJane McCleafMary "Jane "Sarah "Hwinn [?] "Robert"James "
Age4022 [?]1917831
SexFFFFFMM
Color       
Occupation of males over 15 years       
Real estate owned       
Birthplace" [sc. Penna]""""""
Married within year       
Attended school within year       
Over 20 & can't read/write       
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.       

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Hamiltonban Township, Post Office Fairfield, 265 stamped = page 23 handwritten]
[He is living with Barney Bigham, a hotel keeper]
line26
Dwelling number[133]
Family number[168]
NameRobert F. McCleaf
Age21
Sexm
Color[blank]
OccupationLaborer
Value of real estate owned 
Value of personal estate 
Place of birth" [sc. Penna]
Married within year 
Attended school within year 
Cannot read & write 
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc. 

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Hamiltonban Township, Post office Fairfield, page 177 stamped = 7 handwritten]
line3132333435
Dwelling-house number49    
Family number51    
NameMcCleaf Frank- Sarah- Mary A.- Jane- John C.
Age3021427/12
SexMFFFM
ColorWWWWW
OccupationFarmhandKeeping house   
Real estate value500    
Personal estate value150    
Birthplace" [sc. Penna]""""
Father foreign born     
Mother foreign born     
Birth month if born within year    Oct
Marriage month if married within year     
Attended school past year     
Can't read     
Can't write     
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.     
Male US citizen at least 21 years old1    
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...     

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Fredom Township, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 53, page 2 handwritten = 193 stamped]
line28293031323334
street name       
house number       
dwelling visit #       
family visit #       
nameMcCleaf, Francis- Sarah E.- Alice- Annie- Josephine- Lucy- Sarah
colorWWWWWWW
sexMFFFFFF
age40331412963
month born if born in year       
relationship WifeDaughterDaughterDaughterDaughterDaughter
single  11   
married11     
widowed/divorced       
married during year       
occupationFarmerKeeping HouseDomestic ServantAt Home"""
months unemployed       
currently ill?       
blind       
deaf/dumb       
idiotic       
insane       
disabled       
school this year  111  
can't read       
can't write       
birthplacePenn.Penn.Penn.Penn.Penn.Penn.Penn.
father's birthplacePenn.Penn.Penn.Penn.Penn.Penn.Penn.
mother's birthplacePenn.Penn.Penn.Penn.Penn.Penn.Penn.

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Hamiltonban [!?], supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 13, page [1]]
[line] 9
[house] 285
[family] 300
[name] Sarah E widow of Francis McCleaf
[rank] Pri
[company] A
[unit] 91 " " [sc. Pa Inf]
[enlistment date] Feb 28 1865
[discharge date] July 10 1865
[length of service] [blank]

[rank] Pri
[company] C
[unit] 165 Pa Inf
[enlistment date] Oct 1862
[discharge date] July 28 1863

[post office address] " " [sc. Fairfield Adams Co Pen]
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Fairfield Borough, supervisor's district 12, enumeration district 18, microfilm series T623, film 1354, page 225 = 19 B handwritten]
line88899091
street    
house number    
dwelling number399   
family number417   
namePeters John F [?]- Sarah E [?]- Oliver M- Margaret A
relationshipheadwifeS SonS Daughter
colorWWWW
sexmfmf
birth dateNov 1840Mch 1845Aprl 1881Sept 1883
age59541916
married?MMSS
# years married1010  
mother of how many children? 8  
# of children living 6  
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplaceGermanyPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplaceGermanyPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigration year    
# years in USA    
naturalized citizen?    
occupationShoemaker Shoemaker 
# months not employed0 0 
# months in school    
can readyesyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyesyes
speaks Englishyesyesyesyes
owned/rentedO   
free or mortgagedF   
farm/houseH   
# of farm schedule    

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Hamilton Township, Fairfield Borough, supervisor's district 15, enumeration district 15, microfilm series T624, film 1292, page 138 = 1 B handwritten]
line525354555657
street      
house nr      
dwelling nr14     
family nr15     
namePeters John F.- Sarah E.Alison Solomon L [?]- Maggie A.- Margaret [?] M [?]- Ethel G.
relationshipHeadWifeStep Son-in lawStep DaughterGrand ChildGrand Child
sexMFMFFF
colorWWWWWW
age6563272675
marital statusM2M2M1M1SS
#years present marriage15 [sic]15 [sic]77  
mother of # children 10 3  
mother of # living children 6 2  
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplaceGer. GermanPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplaceGer. GermanPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigrated      
naturalized/alien      
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglishEnglishEnglish  
occupationShoemakerNoneDraymanNoneNoneNone
nature of industry etc.Own shop Railroad   
employer etc.Emp W   
out of work 15 Apr 1910?  No   
# weeks out of work 19090 [?] 0   
can readyesyesyesyes  
can writeyesyesyesyes  
school since 1 Sep 09    yesno [?]
owned/rentedO     
owned free or mortagagedF     
farm/houseH     
nr on farm schedule      
civil war vetUA [?]     
blind      
deaf & dumb      

1920 census

[1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Fairfield borough, supervisor's district 13, enumeration district 11, microfilm series T625, film 1507, page 128 = 11 B handwritten]
line8788899091929394
streetFairfield borough
house numberX       
dwelling visit number[illegible]       
family visit number[illegible]       
namePeters John F.- Sara EAllison Solomon- Margret- Margaret- Esther Grace- Catherine- Hester
relationshipheadwifeson in lawdaughtergranddaughtergranddaughtergranddaughtergranddaughter
own/rentO       
free/mortgaged (if owned)F       
sexMFMFFFFF
raceWWWWWWWW
age at last birthday78723836171581
marital statusMMMMSSSS
year of immigration        
naturalized/alien        
year of naturalization        
attended school since Sept 1919    yesyesyes 
can readyesyesyesyesyesyes  
can writeyesyesyesyesyesyes  
birth placePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
native language        
father's birthplaceGermanPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's native languageGerman       
mother's birthplaceGermanPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's native languageGerman       
can speak Englishyesyesyesyesyesyes  
occupationRetiredNonedealerNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
industry, business  Coal     
employment status  Em     
number of farm schedule        

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 4 January 2015, from Fold3]


McCleaf, Francis R.
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 5 January 2015]

McCleof, Francis R.
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
McCleaf, Francis R.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

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