91st PA: James McDermot

James McDermot

Before the war

He was born in 1844/45 (4 (19 in 1864)). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (4, 9 [Tyrone Ireland]). His parents were Edward McDermot and Mary Jane (9).

His father died on 4 November 1856, before his mother (at least) came to the United States (11).

For about three years before he enlisted, he earned about seven dollars per week as a laborer (11). He lived with his mother, and gave her most of his money (11).

However, if his mother is the Mary Green living in ward 19, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the 1860 census, he was not living with her (12).

His mother remarried, to Philip Green, some time around 1859-1860 (11). They had one child, Kate, born 8 March 1861 (11). Philip died on 19 June 1861 (11).

When he was enlisted, he was a laborer (4).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 5 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, blue eyes, and dark hair (4).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 12 March 1864 (1, 4). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Nichols [?] (4). He was a private in company A (1, 13, 14).

He was reported gained on 21 April 1864 (5).

He was killed in action on 8 May 1864, at Laurel Hill, Virginia (1, 4, 6, 9, 10, 11). According to Bates, he was buried at the burial grounds at Wilderness (1). He is probably the soldier Walter refers to as one of their youngest recruits, who died of a 'fearful wound in the stomach' (2). He was not married, and had no living children less than sixteen years old (11). He was a private, in company A (13, 14).

After the war, his body was removed to a marked grave on Mary's Heights, Fredericksburg, Virginia (3).

After the war

On 6 March 1865, his mother, Mary J McDermott, successfully applied for a pension (7, 8). Her application was approved on 10 August 1865, retroactive to 8 May 1864 (11). She initially received a pension of eight dollars per month (11).

On 19 March 1886, his mother's pension was increased to twelve dollars per month (11).

In 28 November 1892, his mother was admitted to the Almshouse at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (11). She had senile dementia (11). On 14 February 1893, she was admitted to the Insane Department (11).

His half sister, Kate Fay, tried to get the Pension Bureau to establish a guardian for his mother, who could collect her pension (11). (She was apparently too poor to afford the Unfortunately, she died on 15 August 1893, before a guardian could be appointed (11).

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)

2 Thomas Walter. 'Personal recollections and experiences of an obscure soldier.' Grand Army Scout and Soldiers' Mail volume 3 number 46 page 2.

3 e-mail, Frank Staiano, 6 November 2002 (James McDermitt)

4 company A descriptive roll, entry 147 (James McDermott)

5 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 21 April 1864 (McDermott)

6 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 9 June 1864 (Pri McDermott)

7 pension index, by regiment (James McDermott)

8 pension index, by name (James McDermott)

9 "13039", a GEDCOM, available on Rootsweb.Com WorldConnect, updated 16 July 2001 (searched 6 January 2006) (James McDermot)

10 'The Ninety-first Pennsylvania volunteers', Philadelphia Inquirer 8 June 1864 page 3 (James McDermont)

11 Case files of approved pension applications of widows and other dependents of Civil War veterans, NARA, record group 15, application WC 53401 (Mary Jane McDermott mother of James McDermott

12 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 19, microfilm series M653, film 1169, page 43 = 43 handwritten (Philip and Mary Green)

13 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (James McDermit)

14 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (James McDermott)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1890 US census, veterans schedules
Ancestry index (accessed October 2005)

mother's pension certificate file

[Case files of approved pension applications of widows and other dependents of Civil War veterans, NARA, record group 15, application WC 53401, Mary Jane McDermott mother of James McDermott]

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Box 32067
Cert. 53401
Mary Jane McDermott

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Phil
WAR OF 1861.
Act of July 14, 1862.
53401

CLAIM FOR MOTHER'S PENSION.

BRIEF in the case of Mary Jane McDermott, mother of James McDermott priv Co. "A." 91. Pa. Vols. resident of Philadelphia County and State of Pennsylvania. Post Office address Philadelphia. No. 811. Ogden St.


DECLARATION AND IDENTIFICATION IN DUE FORM.
PROOF EXHIBITED.
Service.Adjt. Genl's report showing "Killed in action May 8. 1864 at Laurel Hill Va.".
+ Paid to April 12 /64.--
Death.Same report showing killed in action May 8. 1864.
Celibacy of Soldier.Shown by testimony of two witnesses.
Relationship.Sonship shown as above.
Death or disability of husband.Shown as above, death 1856.--
Dependence.Shown by testimony of two witnesses to the effect that soldier for three years prior to service earned as a laborer about $7.00 per week, lived with his mother, and bestowed of his earnings upon her to pay rent with + buy food + necessaries.--that he gave her his bounty when he enlisted and that she has no property nor means of support.--
Loyalty.Averred in declaration.
Agent and his P.O. address.W. N. Ashman 1307. Chestnut St. Phila. Pa.

Admitted August 10, 1865, to a Pension of $8.00 per month, commencing May 8, 1864

Exd. By Chas. T. Cotton, Examining Clerk.
DFT

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PROTECTIVE WAR CLAIM AGENCY
OF THE
U.S. SANITARY COMMISSION.

MOTHER'S ARMY PENSION.

STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA, COUNTY OF PHILADELPHIA, ss.

On this 20th day of February A.D. eighteen hundred and sixty five personally appeared before me, Prothonotary of the District Court, in and for the said County Mary Jane McDermott a resident of Philadelphia in the County of Philadelphia and State of Pennsylvania aged forty four [?] years, who being first duly sworn, according to law, doth on her oath make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the Act of Congress, approved July 14th, 1862: That she is the widow of Edward McDermott and mother of James McDermott who was a Private in company "E", commanded by [blank] in the 91st regiment of Penna. Volunteers in the war of 1861, who was killed in action at the Wilderness May 8th 1864

She further declares, that her said son, upon whom she was wholly or in part dependent for support, having left no widow or minor child under 16 years of age surviving, declarant makes this application for a pension under the above mentioned act, and refers to the evidence filed herewith, and that in the proper department to establish her claim.

She also declares that she is not in receipt of a pension under the 2d section of the act above mentioned, or under any other act, nor has she again married since the death of her son, the said James McDermott; that her husband the said Edward McDermott died on the 4 day of November A.D., 1856; and she further declares, that she has not, in any way, been engaged in, nor aided or abetted, the rebellion in the United States.

She hereby appoints W. N. ASHMAN, No. 1307 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa., her true and lawful attorney, to present and prosecute this her claim, for pension, and to receive and receipt for any order, certificate or money which may be payable under it.


Mary Jane McDermott X her mark
Witness N B Hanem [?]

Witness to marks Jas. W. Haslehurst
Witnesses present: John Hayes
Catharine Quinn X her mark
Jane Breen [??] X her mark

Also personally appeared Catherine Quinn and Jane Breen [??] residents of Philadelphia persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn, say that they were present and saw the said claimant sign her name to the foregoing declaration, and power of attorney, and they further swear that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of the applicant and their acquaintance with her, that she is the identical person she represents herself to be; that she is the widow of Edward McDermott and mother of Jas. McDermott; that she was wholly dependent upon her said son for support; that he left no widow, minor child or children under sixteen years of age; that the said applicant is now a widow, and has


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not again married since the death of her son, the said James McDermott and that she has not in any way been engaged in, nor aided or abetted the rebellion in the United States; and further, that they have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim. They further declare, that they are not near relatives of claimant; that they have known her during our lifetime years last past; know that her husband, the said George McDermott died Nov 4. 1856; that she has no property, or other means of support than as hereinafter stated; that her son, the said Jas. McDermott, deceased, was a laborer by trade; that he earned, on an average, per week, seven dollars during about three years before the date of his enlistment, and that he contributed to his mother, the said claimant, during the whole of the said time, for her support, at least nearly all of his wages as so earned using but little for himself, which was used by her as follows: in paying house rent, purchasing food and in maintaining the family[;] that he sent her from the army for her use and support, money as follows: when dec'd first enlisted he gave what money he had rec'd from the government to his mother[;] that claimaint has two children surviving, who contribute to claimant's support, as follows; one a widowed daughter whose husband was killed in the U.S. Service + has a child to support, another a son who is a member of Co I. 97. P. Vols + now in the service-- that claimant has no property; and that deponents have derived their knowledge of the above facts as follows, viz: from long personal acquaintance. claimant's husband died in Ireland we knew him very well. Claimant's son the dec'd was a boy of good habits, he lived with his mother and gave her almost all his wages, he used but little for his clothes.

Catherine Quinn X her mark
Jane Breen X her mark

Witness to marks.
Jas. W. Haslehurst
John [?] Hayes

Sworn to and subscribed, and the foregoing power of attorney duly acknowledged before me, the day and year first above written, (the full contents of the foregoing deposition having been first by me made known to claimant and deponents,) and I hereby certify, that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this Claim. Witness my hand and seal of Court.

J. Augt Trego [?]
Dep [?] Prothonotary of the District Court.

Applicant's Post Office Address: No. 811 Ogden St. Philada. Pa.

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Adjutant General's Office,
Washinton, D. C.,
July 19th, 1865.
Sir:

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your Office of application for Pension No. 84.999, and to return it herewith, with such information as is furnished by the files of this Office.

[paragraph is crossed out]

The name of James McDermott does not appear on any rolls of Co "E" 91st Pa. Vols. on file in this office.


I am, Sir, very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
Sam Breck
Assistant Adjutant General.
(2)

The Commissioner of Pensions,
Washington, D C.

Memoranda.
Name of applicant, [blank]
Address, [blank]

W.E.W. and B.M.B.

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Adjutant General's Office,
Washington, D.C.,
August 4th 1865.

Sir:

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your Office of application for Pension No. 84.999, and to return it herewith, with such information as is furnished by the files of this Office.

There is no evidence on file in this Office that Private James McDermott was enrolled and mustered into service in Co. "A", 91st Regiment of Penna. Volunteers. But on the Muster Roll of Co. "A" of that Regiment, for the months of Mar and June, 1864, there is the following evidence of service: He is reported "Killed in Action May 8th 1864 at Laurel Hill Va. Paid to April 12 /64 (one mos advance pay)

I am, Sir, very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
Sam. Breck
Assistant Adjutant General.
(75)

To the Commissioner of Pensions,
Washington, D.C.

Memoranda.
Name of applicant, [blank]
Address, [blank]

DBP BMB

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53.401
No. 84.999
ACT OF JULY 14, 1862.
Mary J. McDermott
Philadelphia Co Pa
Mother of James McDermott
pri Co "A" [written over a crossed-out 'E'] 91 Pa Vols
Killed at the Wilderness Va May 8. 1864
Pension Office,
[blank], 186[blank]
Respectfully referred to the Adjutant General, for official evidence of service and death.
Joseph H. Barrett
Commissioner.
Received Mar 6, 1865.
W. N. Ashman
Philadelphia Pa
Attorney.

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R nr ev.
July 24 /65 C 16 A.G. again for Co. "A"

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No 53401
Pennsylvania
Mary Jane McDermott
Mother of James McDermott
Rank Pri
Company [blank]
Regiment [91] Pa. Vols
Philadelphia Agency.
Rate per month, $8 00
Commencing May 8. 1864
Certificate dated Aug. 15. 1865
and sent to W. N. Ashman
Philadelphia Pa.
Act 14th July, 1862.
Book B Vol. 5 Page 69 [?]

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1887 Jany 22 - Permit [?] - NSH [??]

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14
No 53401
Reissue
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
PENSION BUREAU

FATHERS OR MOTHERS PENSION
Bureau Engraving & Printing.

It is hereby certified That in conformity with the laws of the United States, Mary Jane McDermott Mother of James McDermott who was a Private Co "A" 91 Regt Pa Vol Inf is entitled to a pension at the rate of Twelve dollars per month to commence on the nineteenth day of March 1886 and to continue during dependence unless she shall again marry - Issued in lieu of Certificate dated August 15 1865 to change rate

Given at the Department of the Interior this Twenty seventh day of January one thousand eight hundred and eight seven and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and Seventh

H. L. Muldoon
Acting Secretary of the Interior

Countersigned
DHC [?] Wm E. McLean
Acting Commissioner of Pensions

[written vertically in the left margin:] Former payment covering any portion of the same time to be deducted

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That section forty seven hundred and forty-five, title fifty-seven of the Revised Statutes of the United States is hereby amended to read as follows:

SEC. 4745.--Any pledge, mortgage, sale, assignment, or transfer of any right, claim, or interest in any pension which has been, or may hereafter be, granted, shall be void and of no effect, and any person who shall pledge or receive as a pledge, mortgage, sale, assignment or transfer of any right, claim, or interest in any pension, or pension certificate which has been, or may hereafter be granted or issued, or who shall hold the same as collateral security for any debt, or promise, or upon any pretext of such security, or promise, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be fined in a sum not exceeding one hundred dollars and the costs of the prosecution; and any person who shall retain the certificate of a pensioner and refuse to surrender the same upon the demand of the Commissioner of Pensions, or a United States pension agent, or any other person authorized by the Commissioner of Pensions, or the pensioner, to receive the same shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be fined in a sum not exceeding one hundred dollars and the costs of the prosecution.

Approved February 28, 1883.



No. 53401
PENSION CERTIFICATE OF
Mary Jane McDermott

Payable Quarterly
on the
4th of March, June, September & December.
of each year, by the
U.S. Pension Agent
At Philadelphia
Pa.

TRANSFERRED TO
[blank] Agency.
from [blank]
[blank] Commissioner.

TRANSFERRED TO
[blank] Agency.
from [blank]
[blank] Commissioner.

NOTE--No sale, or transfer of any kind, of the whole or any part of the Pension payable by virtue of this Certificate is of any legal or binding force against either the Pensioner or the United States.



Obex [??]
Clerk.

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NOTE.--This circular is to be securely attached to the Pension Certificate.

Department of the Interior, PENSION OFFICE, Washington, D.C., May 1, 1886.

Certificate No. [blank]
Name of Pensioner: Mary J McDermott

An Act to increase the pensions of widows and dependent relatives of deceased soldiers and sailors.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That from and after the passage of this act the rate of pension for widows, minor children, and dependent relatives now on the pension roll, or hereafter to be placed on the pension roll, and entitled to receive a less rate than hereinafter provided shall be twelve dollars per month; and nothing herein shall be construed to affect the existing allowance of two dollars per month for each child under the age of sixteen years: Provided, that this act shall apply only to widows who were married to the deceased soldier or sailor prior to its passage and to those who may hereafter marry prior to or during the service of the soldier or sailor. And all acts or parts of acts inconsistent with the provisions of this act are hereby repealed.

SEC.2. That no claim agent or attorney shall be recognized in the adjudication of claims under this act, nor shall any such person be entitled to receive any compensation whatever for services or pretended services in making applications thereunder.--Approved, March 19, 1886.

Pursuant to the foregoing Act, the pension in the above-described case is increased to twelve dollars per month, commencing March 19, 1886.


H L Muldoon
Acting Secretary of the Interior.

Countersigned: John C. Black
Commissioner of Pensions.

[5689--100M.]

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Mary Jane McDermott

Payments to be made semi-annually, to March 4 and Sept. 4, at Phila Penna by E. P Paulson [?] Esq
Agent

[illegible stamp]

Recorded in the Pension Ofice, in Book B Vol. [blank] Page 6g [?]

Wm H Collins
CLERK.

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[The typist did not place a space after a period following an abbreviation; I did not mark each occurrence below with '[sic]']

Law Division
M

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,
BUREAU OF PENSIONS,
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 15, 1893.

The Acting Chief
of S.E. Division,

Sir:

Herewith find a report of Spl.Examiner C. E. Hayward, together with all the papers in Certif.No.53,401, Mary Jane Mc.Dermott, (now Green), Insane, Mother of James Mc.Dermott, Private "A" 91 Pa. Vol.Inf.

It appears from the report of Spl.Exam'r Hayward, that this pensioner is now insane, and that she has been in the Alms-House at Philadelphia, Pa., ever since December, 1892.

Her certificate was surrendered to the Special Examiner by the pensioner's daughter, Mrs.Kate Fay, and will be found in his report.

It also appears that the said pensioner was married to one Philip Green, near the beginning or during the War of the Rebellion.

It is desired that this claim be placed in the hands of a Spl. Examiner at Philadelphia, Pa., with instructions to investigate fully the circumstances of the marriage of this pensioner to Philip Green, as stated above,- and if it shall appear that said marriage would consistute a bar to this pension, the facts should be fully gathered and reported to this Bureau.

If, however, it shall appear that said marriage does not affect


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claimant's title to pension, the Spl.Examiner should call on her at the Alms-House aforesaid, and from her appearance and condition, and from inquiry among the officials of said institution, determine whether or not she is insane.

If found to be insane, the pensioner's condition should be communicated to the proper Court, that immediate action may be taken, looking to the appointment of a Guardian.

The Spl.Examiner should render his report as soon as practicable, making this letter an exhibit thereof.


Very respectfully,
Frank E. Anderson,
Actg.Chief Law Division

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W
U.S. BUREAU OF PENSIONS
MAY 17 1893
Special Exm'n Division.

CE Hayward
Phila Pa

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S. E. Division.
W.N.H.
OMB

JMW

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,
BUREAU OF PENSIONS,
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 18, 1893.

Mr. C. E. Hayward,
Special Examiner,
Philadelphia, Pa.

Sir:-

The papers in the case of Mary Jane McDermott, pensioned by certificate No. 53,401, as the mother of James McDermott, Co. "A", 91st Pa. Vol. Inf., are sent you herewith for compliance with instructions contained in the accompanying letter from the Law Division of this Bureau, dated the 15th instant.


Very respectfully,
Wm Lochren [?]
Commissioner.
B.

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S.E. DIVISION, RECEIVED JUL 11 1893 BUREAU OF PENSIONS.


6347
13
Eastern

(3--450.)

S.E.D.

Cert No. 53401
Claimant: Mary J. McDermott
Soldier: James McDermott
P.O. address: Blockley Almshouse
Phila State: Pa
Recommendation: Consideration of Law Division.

C. E. Hayward
Special Examiner

REFERENCE.
July 14, 1893
Respectfully referred to Chief of Law Division for consideration

Jas R Fritts
Acting Chief S. E. Division.
MU [?]

RECOMMENDATION
[blank], 189[blank]
[blank] Reviewer.

ACTION.
[blank], 189[blank]
[blank] Commissioner.

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INDEX
TO SPECIAL EXAMINER'S REPORT.
Claim of Mary J. McDermott Cert No. 53401
PAGES.NAMES OF WITNESSES, ETC.Exhibits.Depositions.REPUTATION.
1 to [blank]Index
Notice to claimant
   
2 to [blank]Summary   
[blank] to [blank]Claimant's statement   
3Record of death W. F. Pommen AGood.


6--004

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(3--448.)
INDEX
TO SPECIAL EXAMINER'S REPORT.
Claim of Mary Jane McDermott Cert No. 53401
PAGES.NAMES OF WITNESSES, ETC.Exhibits.Depositions.REPUTATION.
1 to [blank]Index   
 Notice to claimant   
2 to 3Summary   
[blank] to [blank]Claimant's statement   
4 to 5Mrs Kate Fay AGood.
6--004

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(3--459.)
Department of the Interior,
OFFICE OF SPECIAL EXAMINER U.S. BUREAU OF PENSIONS
At Phila, Pa.
May 26, 1893

NOTICE OF SPECIAL EXAMINATION.
Case of Mary J. McDermott Cert No. 53401
To Mrs Kate Fay, daughter of, Claimant:

You are hereby notified that, by order of the Commissioner of Pensions, the undersigned will, on the 26th day of May, A.D. 1893, and continuing thereafter as long as may be necessary, at Phila, County of Phila and State of Pa, and elsewhere if necessary, conduct a special examination of the aforesaid pension claim, at which time and place all material witnesses will be heard.

And you are further notified that you have the privilege of being present, in person or by attorney, during said special examination, and of cross-examining said witnesses and of introducing any material evidence on your own behalf, if you so desire.


C. E. Hayward
Special Examiner.

To C. E. Hayward, Spl. Exn

I acknowledge service of copy of above notice this 26th day of May, 1893, and desire the examination to begin at once.

Kate Fay

2

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(3--448.)
INDEX
TO SPECIAL EXAMINER'S REPORT.
Claim of Mary J. McDermott Cert No. 53401
PAGES.NAMES OF WITNESSES, ETC.Exhibits.Depositions.REPUTATION.
1 to [blank]Index   
2Notice to claimant   
3 to 6Summary   
7W. F. Pommer (almshouse record) AGood.
8Dr Danl. E. Hughes BExcellent
9 to 10Mrs Kate Fay CGood.
11 " 12Mrs Alice McMenamin DGood.
13 " 14Mrs Kate Fay EGood.
15Death cert. of Philip Green1  
16 to 17Final statement FGood.


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Cert. No. 53401.
Mary Jane McDermott
Mother of
James McDermott, Co. A. 91st Pa. Inf.
Pensioned at $12. a month, and paid at Phila. Pa. Agency.

Phila. Pa.
May 4. 1893

To the Hon.
The Commissioner of Pensions.

Sir,

I have the honor to submit a report in the above entitled claim, in which it appears that the pensioner is now insane.

Mrs Kate Fay, who surrendered the pension certificate, and made the deposition, herewith, is the daughter of the pensioner. She is very poor, and it is not likely that she could give the necessary guardian's bond, but she thinks that she can find a suitable person, who would accept the guardianship, if the Bureau should so direct.

It will be noticed that the pensioner is now on the rolls as Mary Jane McDermott, while her correct name is Mary Jane Green, having married a second time, after the death of the soldier's father. This second marriage is, in all probability,



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a subject for investigation, to which I would call attention.

The whole matter is submitted for the consideration of the Law Division.

Very respectfully,
C. E. Hawyward
Special Examiner

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DEPOSITION A
Case of Mary J. McDermott Cert No. 53401

On this 22nd day of Aug., 1893, at Phila, County of Phila State of Pa, before me, C. E. Hayward, a Special Examiner of the Pension Office, personally appeared Wm F. Pommer, who, being by me first duly sworn to answer truly all interrogatories propounded to him during this Special Examination of aforesaid pension claim, deposes and says: my age is 28. occupation, Asst. House Agt. Clerk. Blockley Almshouse Phila Pa. P.O. address - the same as above. The records of this Institution show that "Mary Green, age, 75, born in Ireland, resident of Phila., housework + a widow, was admitted Nov. 28. 1892. Died Aug. 15. 1893, in Insane Dept." I have charge of the records of the Alms house + the above is correctly recorded.


Wm F. Pommer Jr.
Deponent

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 22nd day of Aug. 1893, and I certify that the contents were fully made known to deponent before signing.

C. E. Hayward
Special Examiner

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DEPOSITION A

Case of Mary Jane McDermott, Cert No. 53401

On this 4th day of May, 1893, at Phila, County of Phila. State of Pa, before me, C. E. Hayward, a Special Examiner of the Pension Office, personally appeared Mrs Kate Fay, who, being by me first duly sworn to answer truly all interrogatories propounded to her during this Special Examination of aforesaid pension claim, deposes and says: my age is 32. occupation, washer + Ironer. P.O. address, rear of No. 944 Otsego St. Phila. Pa. I am the daughter of Mary Jane McDermott, a pensioner under Cert. No. 53401, an[d] Mother of James McDermott, Co. A. 91st Pa. Inf. My mother was sent to the Almshouse here, sick, last December, and a short time afterwards she was placed in the Insane Dept. of the Almshouse She is not in a condition to draw her pension, and I have come to ask you to take such steps as may be necessary, in order that the pension may be drawn by the proper person for her benefit. My mother's name is Mary Jane Green. Her first husband's name was McDermott. Edward I think was his Christian name, and James was their son. After she became a widow she remarried Philip Green, who was my father. He died when I was about 14 months old.

This is my mother's certificate - which I place in your hands.

I have understood your questions, and my answers are correctly recorded.


Kate Fay
Deponent

Page 4 Deposition A
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sworn to and subscribed before me, this 4th day of May, 1893, and I certify that the contents were fully made known to deponent before signing.

C. E. Hayward
Special Examiner


[blank] Deponent.

Sworn to and subscribed before me this [blank] day of [blank] 18[blank], and I certify that the contents were fully made known to deponent before signing.


[blank] Special Examiner.

6-288

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LAW DIVISION B.P. May 8 1893 RECEIVED.


Eastern (3--450.)

S.E.D.
Cert No. 53401
Claimant: Mary Jane McDermott
Soldier: James McDermott
P.O. address: Almshouse
County: Phila State: Pa.
Recommendation: Consideration of Law Division.
C. E. Hayward Special Examiner.

REFERENCE.
May 6, 1893
Respectfully referred to Chief of Law Division
James R. Fritts Chief S. E. Division.
pawilly [??]

RECOMMENDATION.
[blank], 189[blank]
[blank]
Reviewer.

ACTION.
[blank], 189[blank]
[blank]
Commissioner.

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FINANCE DIVISION Bureau of Pensions. AUG 25 [?] 1893


Eastern Supplemental
(3--450.)

S.E.D.
Cert. No. 53401
Claimant: Mary J. McDermott, dead.
Soldier: James McDermott
P.O. address: late Blockley Almshouse
County: Phila State: Pa.
Recommendation: dropping
C. E. Hayward Special Examiner

REFERENCE.
Aug 24, 1893
Respectfully referred to Chief of Finance Division
James R. Fritts Chief S.E. Division.
paid [?]

RECOMMENDATION.
[blank], 189[blank]
[blank]
[blank], Reviewer

ACTION.
[blank], 189[blank]
[blank]
[blank] Commissioner.

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SUPERVISING EXAMINER EASTERN DISTRICT. AUG 24 1893

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Cert. No. 53401 without papers
Mary J. McDermott, Insane. (otherwise Green)
Mother of
James McDermott, Priv. Co. A. 91st Pa. Inf.
Pensioned at $12. a month, and paid at Phila. Pa. Agency.
Claim reported July 10. 1893.
Phila. Pa.

Aug. 23. 1893.

To the Hon.
The Commissioner of Pensions.

Sir,

I have the honor to report, with reference to the above entitled claim, that the pensioner died Aug. 15. 1893.

I had previously reported her critical condition, and that no guardian could be appointed till October, and having occasion, yesterday, to visit the Almshouse on other business, I made inquiry as to her health, and was informed that she was dead.

The identity of the woman, Mary Green, with the pensioner, has been shown in previous reports.

I recommend that the name of the pensioner be dropped from the rolls.


Very respectfully
C. E. Hayward
Special Examiner

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Cert. No. 53401
Mary J. McDermott, Insane.
Mother of James McDermott.
Co. A. 91st Pa. Inf.
Pensioned at $12. per month, and paid at Phila. Pa. Agency.

Phila. Pa.
July 10. 1893.

To the Hon.
The Commissioner of Pensions.

Sir,

I have the honor to submit my report in the above entitled claim, which was referred for special examination to investigate the circumstances of pensioner's remarriage to one Philip Green - and, also, if found to be insane for the appointment of a guardian.

I found the pensioner in the Blockley Almshouse, in this city, in the Insane Department of which institution she is confined. She is in a pitiable condition from Senile Dementia, and I could get no information from her whatever. After taking testimony as to her condition, I called on the daughter, Mrs Kate Fay, but she could give but little assistance in the investigation as to the second marriage


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Of the persons mentioned by her I could only find Mrs McMenamin. Thomas Hunter was in the Almshouse last winter, but I could get no trace of him after he left there. I saw the O'Connor's, at 8th + Carpenter Sts, but those members of the family who had known any material facts were no longer living. John McDermott, and his sister, Mary J, I could learn nothing of. There are a number of John McDermott's in the City Directory, but none of them knew anything of the man wanted. I have made several visits to the locality in which the pensioner formerly resided, but could find no one who knew anything of value to the case. I have exhausted all sources of information, and could obtain no further testimony. Mrs McMenamin, however, a witness of good repute, knew the parties well, and the data furnished by her enabled me to find the death record of Philip Green. Mrs Fay also makes corroborative statements, and the testimony of these two persons, in connection with the death certificate herewith submitted, satisfies me that the pensioner's remarriage to Philip Green does not affect her title to pension. I could find no record of the marriage, as no record was


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kept of marriages prior to July, 1860.

As to the appointment of guardian I have so far been unable to accomplish anything. The daughter, Mrs Fay, is in extreme poverty, and could find no one to act, and I found a difficulty in ascertaining the proper method of having a guardian appointed in such a case. After being referred from place to place I went to the Board of Charities and Corrections, who sent me to Mr Saml. E. Cavin, Asst. City Solicitor. I saw him this morning, and he at once said that it was his duty to make such applications to the Court, and he would do so in this case at the October Term. He informed me that it was impossible to have the appointment made till the Court met, which would be in October, when a writ de lunatico inquirendo would be issued, a jury impanelled, +c. In the meantime the pensioner has grown worse, is now confined to her bed, and may die at any moment. It is scarcely possible that she can live till October. Under these circumstances, I have deemed it best to report the facts for the consideration of the Law Division.

I also recommend a reissue under


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the pensioner's correct name - Mary Jane Green.


Very respectfully
C. E Hayward
Special Examiner

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(3--446.)

DEPOSITION A
Case of Mary Jane McDermott Cert No. 53401

On this 22nd day of May, 1893, at Phila, County of Phila State of Pa, before me, C. E. Hayward, a Special Examiner of the Pension Office, personally appeared Wm. F. Pommer, Jr., who, being by me first duly sworn to answer truly all interrogatories propounded to him during this Special Examination of aforesaid pension claim, deposes and says: my age is 28. occupation Asst. House Agent Clerk. P.O. Address, Blockley Almshouse Phila. Pa. I have charge of the records of the Blockley Almshouse, and find upon examination that Mary Green (there is no Mary Jane Green, or McDermott) was admitted Nov. 28 1892, 75 years old, born in Ireland, a widow. Reference, John Fay, rear of 944 Otsego St. Phila. Pa. Now in the Insane Dept.

I have understood your questions and my answers are correctly recorded.

Wm. F. Pommer Jr.
assist. house agent Clerk
Deponent

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 22nd day of May, 1893, and I certify that the contents were fully made known to deponent before signing.


C. E. Hayward
Special Examiner

Page 7 Deposition A.
(6701--100,000.) 6-288

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(3--446.)
DEPOSITION B
Case of Mary Jane McDermott Cert No. 53401

On this 22nd day of May, 1893, at Phila, County of Phila State of Pa., before me, C. E. Hayward, a Special Examiner of the Pension Office, personally appeared Dr. D. E. Hughes, who, being by me first duly sworn to answer truly all interrogatories propounded to him during this Special Examination of aforesaid pension claim, deposes and says: my age is 42. occupation: Chief Resident Physician, Insane Dept + Blockley Hospital. P.O. address Phila. Hospital. Phila. Pa. Mary Green, mother of Kate Fay, 944 Otsego St, aged 75 years, widow, born in Ireland, was admitted to the Insane Dept. on Feb. 14 1893, with Senile Dementia, which was said to have been of about six months duration. She is growing weaker and her dementia is increasing. She is not in a condition to attend to any business, and never will be. She may live a year but is liable to die at any time.

I have understood your questions, and answers are correctly recorded.


Danl E Hughes
Deponent

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 22nd day of May, 1893, and I certify that the contents were fully made known to deponent before signing.

C. E. Hawyward
Spl. Examiner

Page 8 Deposition B
(6701--100,000.) 6-288

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(3--446.)
DEPOSITION C
Case of Mary J. McDermott cert No. 53401

On this 26th day of May, 1893, at Phila, County of Phila State of Pa, before me, C. E. Hayward, a Special Examiner of the Pension Office, personally appeared Mrs Kate Fay, who, being by me first duly sworn to answer truly all interrogatories propounded to her during this Special Examination of aforesaid pension claim, deposes, and says: my age is 32. occupation, water + Ironer. P.O. address, rear of 944 Otsego St. Phila. Pa. I am the daughter of Mary Jane Green, who is a pensioner under the name of Mary Jane McDermott. Cert. No. 53401 - as mother of James McDermott, of Co. A, 91st Pa. Inf. - and who is now confined in the Insane Dept. of the Blockley Almshouse, Phila. My father's name was Philip Green, and I have been told that my mother was married to him about a year, I think, before I was born. I was the only child by this marriage, and was born the 8th of March, 1861. My father died when I was 14 months old. I think in July 1862. I never saw my mother's marriage certificate, and I dont [sic] know where or by whom she was married. She never had any Bible record of marriages, births, and deaths, to my knowledge. I never heard my mother say when, where, or by whom she was married to Edward McDermott. I always understood that they were married in Ireland, and that Mr McDermott died in Ireland, before my mother came to this country. She has always lived here in Phila, so far as I know, since she came from Ireland.


Page 9 Deposition C
(6704--100,000.) 6-288

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I think mother has always lived in the same neighborhood - on or near Carpenter St. between 8th + 11th Sts. At 8th + Carpenter Sts there is a family named O'Conner, who might remember my mother at the time of her marriage to my father and about his death. Mrs Alice McMenimon, Smiths' Court, South Juniper St. might remember something about the matter. I cant [sic] recall any others. The people who used to know my mother before the war are about all dead. Thomas Hunter would also know. He was in the Almshouse last winter. I dont [sic] know where he is now. My mother has a son have somewhere, named John McDermott, but I dont [sic] know where he is.

I have not taken any steps to have a Guardian appointed for my mother, as I dont [sic] know who [sic] to go to. I would be glad if the Pension Bureau would have a suitable guardian appointed. Any one would be acceptable to me, who would take charge of her pension, and be responsible for the money.

I understand my rights--as representing my mother in this investigation, and will be present if possible.

I have understood your questions and my answers are correctly recorded.


Kate Fay
Deponent.

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 26th day of May, 1893, and I certify that the contents were fully made known to deponent before signing.


C. E. Hayward
Special Examiner.

6-288

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(3--446.)

DEPOSITION D
Case of Mary J. McDermott ctf No. 53401

On this 30th day of May, 1893, at Phila, County of Phila State of Pa, before me, C. E. Hayward, a Special Examiner of the Pension Office, personally appeared Mrs Alice McMenamen, who, being by me first duly sworn to answer truly all interrogatories propounded to her during this Special Examination of aforesaid pension claim, deposes and says: my age is 64. occupation, Housekeeper. P.O. Address, No. 2 Smiths Court, Rear. 602 S. Juniper St. Phila. Pa. I have known Mrs Mary J. Green, about 39 or 40 years. I first knew her here in Phila on Carpenter St, between 8th + 9th. She was then known as Mrs McDermott, and was understood to be a widow, her husband having died before she left Ireland. She told me this herself, and I was also told so by Mrs Sweeney, Mary Sweeney, who knew her and her husband, Mr McDermott, in the old country. She said that she knew them well, and knew that Mr McDermott had died there. I never heard anything to the contrary, and never doubted it, as there was no reason to doubt it. Mrs Sweeney is dead, and she is the only person I can remember who knew Mrs McDermott in Ireland. I remember when Mrs McDermott was married to Philip Green but I was not present. I dont [sic] recollect who married them, or when they were married. I only knew they lived together as man and wife, and were recognized as such. It was about a year before the war that they were


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(10678--50,000.) 6-288

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married, but I cant [sic] give the time any closer. She raised three children by her first husband, and she had one child by Mr Green, born about 1861, the year the war began. Mr Green died the next year after she was born. I did not know of it till Mrs Green told me, which must have been very shortly after his death as her daughter, who is now Mrs Kate Fay was still a baby. Mrs Green came to live with me then with her daughter and lived with me a year and a half. I heard others also speak of his death. In fact, now I come to think of it, my husband was at his wake. I have known her well ever since, and she has never married again. My husband is dead.

I cannot tell you what has become of Mrs Green's children by her first husband, except James. He was killed at the battle of the Wilderness. John is married but I dont [sic] know where he lives. Mary Jane got married and went to Richmond to live, but I do not know where she lives, or the name of her husband.

I am not related or interested. I have understood your questions and my answers are correctly recorded.


Alice McMenamin X her mark
Deponent.

Test. C. E. Hayward
Amie Gray.

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 30th day of May, 1893, and I certify that the contents were fully made known to deponent before signing.


C. E. Hawyard
Special Examiner.

6-288

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(3--446.)

DEPOSITION E
Case of Mary J. McDermott Cert No. 53401

On this 5th day of July, 1893, at Phila, County of Phila State of Pa, before me, C. E. Hayward, a Special Examiner of the Pension Office, personally appeared Mrs Kate Fay, who, being by me first duly sworn to answer truly all interrogatories propounded to her during this Special Examination of aforesaid pension claim, deposes and says: I am the daughter of Mrs Mary J Green, and have heretofore testified in this case. I have tried to find other witnesses in my mother's case but have failed to so. My half brother John lives here in Phila, but I do not know where. I have been unable to find him. My half sister, Mary Jane, has been married twice, but I dont [sic] know the name of either husband, or where she lives. She fell out with my mother years ago and has never been to see her since. I cant [sic] find Thomas Hunter anywhere.

My mother has always told me that the family lived at 925 Suffolk St. when my father died, and that he was buried at St Mary's Cemetery. I have no idea what his age was when he died.

I have understood your questions and my answers are correctly recorded. I have been unable to get any one to act as Mother's Guardian.


Kate Fay
Deponent

Sworn to and subscribed before me this


Page 13 Deposition E
(10678--50,000.) 6-288

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5th day of July, 1893, and I certify that the contents were fully made known to deponent before signing.


C. E. Hayward
Special Examiner

[blank] Deponent.

Sworn to and subscribed before me this [blank] day of [blank], 18[blank], and I certify that the contents were fully made known to deponent before signing.


[blank] Special Examiner.

6-288

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(3--590.)

CLAIMANT'S STATEMENT.
DEPOSITION F
Case of Mary J. McDermott. Cert No. 53401

On this 5th day of July, 1893, at Phila, County of Phila State of Pa, before me C. E. Hayward, a Special Examiner of the Pension Office, personally appeared Mrs Kate Fay, the applicant in the aforesaid pension claim, who says:

Q. If it should become necessary to further examine your claim, by taking the testimony of witnesses elsewhere, do you desire to be present in person or be represented by an attorney, or both, at such further examination? If so, you will be notified as to the place and time when it is to be made.

A. No.

Q. Should you change your mind and desire to be present, or be represented by an attorney during any further examination of your case, will you at once address a letter to the "Commissioner of Pensions, Washington, D.C.," giving the name and number of your claim, informing him that you have so changed your mind, and desire to be notified when your claim is to be further examined?

A. Yes.

Q. State the name of the person or persons and their post-office addresses, instrumental in the prosecution of your claim for pension.

A. I dont [sic] know who the attorney was.

Q. State what contract or contracts you have made with such person or persons for their services in prosecuting your claim for pension, and whether such contract or contracts were written or verbal.


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A. I dont [sic] know whether any contract was made or not.

Q. State the amount of fees paid by you or at your instance, to whom paid, and all the circumstances connected with the transaction.

A. None.

Q. Please give me the names of all witnesses that you desire examined elsewhere, with their post-office addresses, and also state what you expect to prove by each witness.

A. None.

Q. Have you any complaint to make as to the conduct, manner, or fairness of the examination of your claim? If so, please state specifically what it is.

A. None.

Q. Do you desire to introduce any more testimony before me?

A. None.


Kate Fay
Deponent.

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 5th day of July, 1893, and I certify that the contents were fully made known to deponent before signing.


C. E. Hayward
Special Examiner.

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HEALTH OFFICE, REGISTRATION DEPARTMENT.
Room 517, City Hall.

No. 2297

Philadelphia, Pa., July 5th 1893

TO ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

This is to Certify, That the following is a correct copy of the certificate of the decease of Phillip Green filed in this Department as directed by the State Law:

1. Name of Deceased, Phillip Green
2. Color, White
3. Sex, Male
4. Age, 60 Years
5. Married or Single, Married
6. Date of Death, June 19th 1861
7. Cause of Death, Pulmonary Consumption
A. A. Hoehling M.D.
RESIDENCE: 640 Pine S [sic]

8. Occupation, -
9. Place of Birth, Ireland
10. When a Minor, -
11. Ward, -
12. Street and Number, 925 Suffolk S [sic]
13. Date of Burial, June 21" 1861
14. Place of Burial, St Mary's Cem
W. M. Conner Undertaker
RESIDENCE: 221 N 6" S [sic]

For the Health Officer:
Moses Deale [?], Health Officer.
J. C. P. Froner [?] Chief Registration Clerk.
15 Ex - 1

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(3--526.)
Gda

Law Division.
Department of the Interior,
BUREAU OF PENSIONS,
Washington, D.C. Sept 11th, 1893
No. Claim, [blank]
Cert. No. 53401
Claimant, Mary Jane McDermott
Soldier, widow of James McDermott
Co. A, 91 Reg't Pa Vols
Respectfully referred to the
Chief of Finance Division for his consideration with

FINANCE DIVISION SEP 13 1893 TO EXAMINER [?]

a view to dropping the name of this pensioner (Mary Jane McDermott) from the rolls, by reason of her death as shown by report of Special Examiner Hayward herewith.
Frank E. Anderson,
Chief of Law Division.

Cole P.L.

0-6
12187b.--100 m

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Reissue to change rate - certificate worn out
(3--[illegible])

53.401 Phila

WAR OF THE REBELLION.
DEPENDENT Mother's PENSION.

Claimant Mary Jane McDermott
P.O., 1010 Hall St
Philadelphia State, Pa.

Soldier, James McDermott.
Rank, Pri Co., "A"
Regiment, 91st Pa. Vols.

Rate, $12 00, Commencing Mch. 19. 1886, date of the Act
Former payments covering any portion of the same time, to be deducted

RECOGNIZED ATTORNEY:
Name,-
P.O., [blank]
Fee [blank]
Articles filed [blank]

Submitted for issue, Jany 27, 1887, M.E. Hartwell, Examiner.

APPROVALS:
[blank]

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(3--232.)

12/147 Dead No. 53401

Reissue

Mary Jane McDermott
Mother of James McDermott
Rank Priv.

Regiment 91 Pa Vol Inf
Rate per month $12
Commencing Mch 19" 1886
Ending [blank]
Certificate dated Jan'y [?] 27, 1887,
and sent Feb [?] 2, 1887.
Payable to Phila Agency.
Funone [?]

1891 Mch. 14. Permit [?] MEH [?]
1891 May 29 - Permit [?]
1891 Aug 15 - Permit for August
Oct 20 /91 Permit [?] for Nov A.C. [?]
Jan. 14, 1892 Feb. permit + letter - See A.D. A.B.
Sept 22/93. P.A. to drop. [illegible] and advised (dead.)
W.

1860 census, Mary Green

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 19, microfilm series M653, film 1169, page 43 = 43 handwritten]
[identity is uncertain; I did not find another candidate in the HeritageQuest index (accessed 30 January 2011)]
line16171819
Dwelling number318   
Family number349   
NamePhilip GreenMaryCatherineAnna Cann [?]
Age40305/126
Sex" [sc. m]f""
Color    
Occupation    
Value of real estate owned    
Value of personal estate    
Place of birth" [sc. Ireland]"Pa"
Married within year    
Attended school within year    
Cannot read & write    
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.    

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]


McDermit, James.
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
McDermott, James.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 9 January 2015]

McDermott, James.
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

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