91st PA: William McNally

William McNally

Before the war

He was born in 1821/22, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: date 5 (33 in 1863), 13 (48 in 1870), 20 (26 in 1850). place: 5, 20]

He married Mary [unknown family name]. She was born in 1829/30, in Pennsylvania. They apparently had at least these children:

[sources: 16, 17, 19]

In fall 1848, he may be the William McNally, shoemaker, living at 5 Holmes' alley, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 18]

In 1850, he was living in ward 3, Northern Liberties, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with Mary (apparently his wife) and John (apparently their son). He was a shoemaker. [source: 2]

Starting about fall 1853, he may have been living on Steam Mill Alley, Philadelphia. He twice appears as a cordwainer (in the 1854 and 1860 city directories), but usually was listed as a shoemaker. [source: 18]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 7-1/2 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, blue eyes, and brown hair. [source: 5]

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 24 August 1861. He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Colonel Reiff. He was a private, in company C. [sources: 1, 5, 30, 31]

By 1862, he was living at 416 Buttonwood Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 18]

On 29 March 1862, Andrew Brown (C) thanks his father and sister for the things they sent him in William McAnally's box. Brown also tells his father and sister that William mcanally and others 'are all well and sent their respects to all the folks'. [source: 22]

On 3 April 1863, Andrew Brown (C) asked his father and sister to have McNally's wife send him two half bent sewing awls. He reported that McNally and others were doing well, and sent their respect to 'all the folks', and in particular to Brown's father and sister. [source: 29]

On 31 May 1863, Andrew Brown (C) reported that McNally and others came to see him regularly in the Fifth Corps Hospital, and were taking good care of him. [source: 24]

He fought at the Battle of Gettysburg. [source: 10]

He reenlisted as a veteran volunteer. He was enlisted on 26 December 1863, at Bealton Virginia, and mustered in as a private on the same day at Bealton. [sources: 1, 21]

On 31 March 1864, Andrew Brown (C) wrote to his father and sister that all the boys, including Bill McNally, were doing well. [source: 25]

He was promoted from private to corporal on 1 April 1864, filling a vacancy. [source: 2]

On 18 April 1864, Andrew Brown (C) wrote to his father and sister that McNally and others were doing well 'and send their respects to their folks'. [source: 26]

On 28 April 1864, Andrew Brown (C) wrote to his father and sister that Bill McNally and others 'are well and wish to be remembered to all their folks.' [source: 23]

On 14 June 1864, Andrew Brown (C) wrote to his father and sister that Bill McNally and others were doing well. [source: 27]

On 17 June 1864, Andrew Brown (C) passed messages to McNally's wife:

tell Bill McNallys [sic] wife he is well[.] he has not got but two letters since we started on the campaign[.] .... Bill says he hasnt [sic] had enough to eat since we started on this campaign + in fact he is not the only one as every body complains of not getting enough to eat. all the boys are well[.] .... Bill says tell his wife to tell him in her next how the boys are getting along[.]

[source: 28]

On the May-June 1864 company C muster roll, he is reported a corporal, present for duty. [source: 21]

On 8 September 1864, his daughter Harriet Emma McNally, died, of dropsy. She died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She died at (or was buried from) 416 Buttonwood Street, ward 12, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On 12 September 1864, she was buried, in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 16, 17]

He received a ten-day furlough on 20 September 1864. He returned between 30 September and 6 October. [sources: 6, 7, 8]

On 5 November 1864, he was promoted from corporal to sergeant, effective 1 November 1864. [sources: 3, 4, 9]

He mustered out on 10 July 1865 with his company, as a sergeant. [sources: 1, 21, 30, 31]

After the war

He lived at 416 Buttonwood Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, until he died. [source: 18]

On 16 October 1867, he testified in support of Ellen Drew's application for a pension, based on the death from battle wounds of her son Michael Drew (C). He was a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 14]

On 27 October 1868, he testified in support of James Tierney's application for a pension, based on the death of his son James Tierney (C). He was a resident of Philadelphia. [source: 21]

In June 1870, his wife Mary was living at 416 Buttonwood Street, ward 12, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was living with their (apparent) children John, William, Eliza, and Jackson. She was a dressmaker. [sources: 18, 19]

On 17 July 1870, he died, of general debility, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a shoemaker. He was married [?]. The Humane Engine Company, number 13, was invited to attend his funeral. He died at, or was buried from 416 Buttonwood Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On 19 July 1870, he was buried, at Oddfellows Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 12, 13, 15]

His wife may be the Mary McNally, widow of William, living at 233 Wood Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, about fall 1873. [source: 18]

On 3 September 1891, his widow, Mary McNally, applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension. [sources: 11, 12]

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 special order 31, HQ 91st PA, 1 April 1864 (William McNally)

3 special order 104, HQ 91st PA, 5 November 1864 (William McNally)

4 company C, List of non-commissioned officers, page 2, sergeants (Wm McNally)

5 company C, descriptive roll, entry 52 (William McNally)

6 consolidated morning report, 20 September 1864 (Corpl McNally)

7 consolidated morning report, 30 September 1864 (not named, but absent with leave)

8 consolidated morning report, 6 October 1864 (no enlisted men from company C absent with leave)

9 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 7 November 1864 (Corpl McNally)

10 Pennsylvania Memorial, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (William McNally)

11 pension index, by name (William McNally)

12 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company C (William McNally)

13 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 17 July 1870 (Wm McNally)

14 abstract of mother's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, certificate WC 122,557, Ellen Drew mother of Michael Drew (Wm McAnally)

15 death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer, Tuesday 19 July 1870, page 5 (William McNalley)

16 death notice, Public Ledger Monday 12 September 1864 page 2 (Harriet McNally)

17 [not transcribed] death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 8 September 1864, Harriet E McNalley (FamilySearch)

18 selected Philadelphia city directories

19 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 12, district 34, page 102 verso = 84 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Mary McNally)

20 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Northern Liberties, ward 3, microfilm series M432, film 810 page 154 recto = 307 handwritten (William McNely)

21 pension certificate file, James Tierney father of James Tierney (C), certificate WC 138,241 (William McNally, William McAnally)

22 letter, Andrew Brown to his father and sister, 29 March 1862, Washington DC, in his father's pension certificate file, WC 134,972 (William McAnally)

23 letter, Andrew Brown to his father and sister, 28 April 1864, Warrenton Junction VA, in his father's pension certificate file, WC 134,972 (Bill McNally)

24 letter, Andrew Brown to his father, 31 May 1863, Fifth Corps Hospital, near Acquia Creek, in his father's pension certificate file, WC 134,972 (McNally)

25 letter, Andrew Brown to his father and sister, 31 March 1864 Warrenton Junction, in his father's pension certificate file, WC 134,972 (Bill McNally)

26 letter, Andrew Brown to his father and sister, 18 April 1864, Warrenton Junction, in his father's pension certificate file, WC 134,972 (McNally)

27 letter, Andrew Brown to his father and sister, 6 June 1864, Cold Harbor, in his father's pension certificate file, WC 134,972 (Bill McNally)

28 letter, Andrew Brown to his father and sister, 17 June 1864, camp near Petersburg, Virginia, in his father's pension certificate file, WC 134,972 (Bill McNally)

29 letter, Andrew Brown to his father and sister, 3 April 1863, camp near Falmouth Virginia, in his father's pension certificate file, WC 134,972 (Bill mcNally)

30 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (William McNalley)

31 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (William McNally)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1860 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 24 August 2013): searched for Harriet, resident in Philadelphia, with William OR Mary in the household; or Harriet born 1859 OR 1860 resident in Philadelphia
FamilySearch index (accessed 28 August 2013): searched for William McNally or Manally resident in Philadelphia
FamilySearch index (accessed 6 September 2013): searched for Harriet born PA 1858-1860
Ancestry index (accessed 7 September 2013): searched for William McNally resident in Philadelphia, and for Harriet resident in Philadelphia born PA 1859 +/- 1

the William McNally in ward 5 ND, page 25, was a tailor, and was living with Bridget et al. (FamilySearch)
the William McNally in ward 5 SD, p.76, was a laborer, and living with no apparent wife, and with no daughter Harriet (FamilySearch)
the William McNully in ward 15, page 306, was a stone mason, and not living with any obvious wife (FamilySearch)
the William McAnally in ward 10, page 170, was a laborer, and living with Eliza (apparently his wife) (FamilySearch)

the 1859 city directory has him living at Steam Mill Alley above Willow, the 1862 directory has him living at 416 Buttonwood, and I have not found him in 1860-1861
1859 Biddle's p.465 has four entries (including William McNally) in the OCR-based index for 'Steam Mill':
p.209 'Evans Thos., waterman, Steam Mill al'
p.222 'Fisher Peter, Steam Mill al ab Willow'
p.601 'Robb Thos., carter, 1 Steam Mill al'

1861 directory in the OCR index has six entries for 'Steam mill':
Sherman's p.751 'O'Donnell James, laborer, Steam Mill al'
Biddle's p.1282 'Steam Mill al. E fr 447 St John ab Willow'
Sherman's p.592 'Lyons John, laborer, Steam Mill al'
Biddle's p.180 'Conners Mary A., huckster, Steam Mill al'
Biddle's p.105 'Brown Andrew, moroccodresser, 3 Steam Mill al'
Biddle's p.105 'Brown Andrew, jr., tanner, 3 Steam Mill al'
1880 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry indices (accessed 6 September 2013)
1890 US census, veterans schedules
Ancestry index (accessed May 2007)
1900 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry indices(accessed 6 September 2013)
1910 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry indices (accessed 6 September 2013)
1920 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry indices (accessed 6 September 2013)
1930 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry indices (accessed 6 September 2013)
1940 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry indices (accessed 6 September 2013)
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searched for William in Odd Fellows, or William McNally (or McNalley) died 1870 or buried in Philadelphia (accessed 24 August 2013)
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searched for William McNalley (metaphone) died 1870 (accessed 24 August 2013)
searched for Harriet McNally (metaphone) born 1859 +/- 2 and for Jackson McNally born 1860 +/- 2 (accessed 6 September 2013)
records of headstones of deceased Union veterans, 1879-1903
FamilySearch index (accessed 6 September 2013)
headstone applications for US military veterans, 1925-1949
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William McNally in the 91st PA gedcom on RootsWeb WorldConnect

William McNally in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Northern Liberties, ward 3, microfilm series M432, film 810 page 154 recto = 307 handwritten]
[identification is likely, given (1) his occupation, which matches his occupation at death--see the death certificate below, and (2) his apparent spouse's name, which matches the name of the widow who applied for a pension (entry 11 below)]
[note that the first entries in the next household are Patrick McNeely (55, b. Ireland, engineer) and Ellen McNeely (51, b. Ireland)]
line262728
Dwellings visited[446]  
Families visited560  
NameWilliam McNelyMary "John "
Age26232
SexMFM
Color   
Occupation of males over 15 yearsShoemaker  
Real estate owned   
BirthplacePenaPenaPena
Married within year   
Attended school within year   
Over 20 & can't read/write   
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.   

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 12, district 34, page 102 verso = 84 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is likely; see the note on the 1850 census entry transcribed above]
[The official census date was 1 June 1870, and this page is dated 22 June 1870. It therefore seems most likely that William was living elsewhere.]
[Buttonwood is two blocks south of Fairmount Avenue, with Green street between them, and one block north of Noble Street; see this 1876 map]
[that this is the Mary McNally living at 416 Buttonwood is reasonably clear, although John Burns conductor (household 517 family 553 see "Byrne James H., conductor, h 420 Buttonwood" (p.304)) and Nathan Howard foreman in shoe factory (household 519 family 555 = "Howard Nathaniel, shoemaker, h 424 Buttonwood" [p.304]) are on page 104 recto = 87 handwritten, after people apparently living on Clark Avenue]
[the next household is headed by Adolph Voight, bottler, who is presumably the Gustavus A Vogt, bottler, at 418 Buttonwood, on page 1431 of the 1871 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory]
line1516171819
Dwelling-house number499    
Family number529    
NameMcNally Mary- John- William- Eliza- Jackson
Age402320159
SexFMMFM
ColorWWWWW
OccupationDressmakerStove MoulderWagon DriverAt Home 
Real estate value-----
Personal estate value-----
BirthplacePaPaPaPaPa
Father foreign born11111
Mother foreign born1    
Birth month if born within year     
Marriage month if married within year     
Attended school past year   11
Can't read     
Can't write     
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.     
Male US citizen at least 21 years old 1   
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...     

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 8 January 2015, from Fold3]


McNalley, William
Co. C, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Sgt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
McNally, William

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 9 January 2015]

McNally, William
Co. C, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Sgt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

Philadelphia directories

[selected Philadelphia city directories]
[transcribed from Fold3, 24 August 2013]
[I have marked relevant entries, based on William's occupation, and also on the address's being 416 Buttonwood (see William's death certificate below)]
1849 Biddle's, p.243
M'Nally A. Mrs., dressmaker, 21 Prune.
M'Nally B., tobacco, 184 S 2d
M'Nally Edwd. spinner, Cadwalader bel Oxford
M'Nally James, lab., Lombard n Sch Front
M'Nally James, tinsmith, 572 N 2d
M'Nally Jeremiah, weaver, Benton & William
M'Nally Michael, warper, Divine's ct
M'Nally Patk. weaver, Cadwalader bel Phoenix
M'Nally Wm., shoemr, 5 Holmes' al

[p.128:] Holmes' al. E. from 211 N. Second
[1849 Biddle's p.326:] Sanford Amasa, stage driver, 3 Holmes' al
[p.18:] Barr Ann, 2 Holmes' al
[perhaps Amasa Sampson, stage driver, 36, b. PA (with Hanah 32, George 11, Mary 7, and Charles 4), in ward 1, Northern Liberties, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, page 67 recto = 233 handwritten)--but I haven't found Wm McNally or Ann Barr near that entry]
1850 Biddle's, p.270
[all M'Nally entries; no M'Nall entries ]
M'Nally A. Mrs., dressmaker, 21 Prune.
M'Nally Chas., shoemr. 119 Fitzwater
M'Nally Edwd. spinner, Cadwalader bel Ox[ford]
M'Nally James, tinsmith, 572 N 2d
M'Nally Pat., coachman, 5 Boyle's ct
M'Nally Patk. weaver, Phoenix bel G T road
1851 [Biddle's], pp.276-7
[all M'Nally entries; no M'Nall entries, and no Manally entries on p.281]
M'Nally A. Mrs., dressmaker, 21 Prune.
M'Nally Chas., shoemr. 208 Fitzwater
M'Nally Edwd. spinner, Cadwalader bel Oxford
M'Nally Francis, Mrs. 139 S 4th
M'Nally Geo. lab. Sch Willow ab Pine
M'Nally James, tinsmith, 572 N 2d
M'Nally Pat., coachman, 5 Boyle's ct
M'Nally Patrick, tanner, 83 St John
M'Nally Peter, carter, 6 Fisher's ct
1852 Biddle's, p.288
[all M'Nally entries; there are no M'Nall entries, and no Manally entries on pp.293-294]
M'Nally A. Mrs., dressmaker, 21 Prune.
M'Nally Edwd. spinner, Cadwalader bel Oxford
M'Nally James, tinsmith, 572 N 2d
M'Nally Patrick, tanner, 83 St John
1853 Biddle's, p.268
[all M'Nally entries; there are no M'Nall entries, and no Manally entries on p.273]
M'Nally A. Mrs., dressmaker, 21 Prune
M'Nally C., cordw. 141 Fitzwater
M'Nally Edwd. spinner, Cadwalader bel Oxford
M'Nally James, tinsmith, 8 Beaver
M'Nally Patrick, tanner, 83 St John
1854 Biddle's, p.344
[no William McNally shoemaker]
M'Nally Wm., cord. Steam Mill al
M'Nally Wm., weaver, 13th ab Federal
[no William M'Nall]
1855 Biddle's, p.359
[no William M'Nally, or M'Nally on Steam Alley]
M'Nall Wm., shoemr., Front bel Jefferson
1856 Biddle's, p.419
M'Nally Wm., shoemr. Steam mill al ab Willow
1857 Biddle's directory, p.440
M'Nally Wm., shoemr. Steam mill al ab Willow
1858 Biddle's, p.441
M'Nally Wm., shoemr. Steam mill al ab Willow
1859 Biddle's p.465
M'Nally Wm., lab. 7 Short's ct
M'Nally Wm., lab. Fitler ab 2d
M'Nally Wm., shoemr. Steam mill al ab Willow
1860 Biddle's p.610
McNally William cordw. 1 Steam Mill al
McNally William laborer, 2037 Murray
[p.621 Biddle's no Manally]
1861 Sherman's p.643
McNally William, liquor store, 2234 Market
[p.594 no William McAnally]
1862 Biddle's/McElroy's p.436
McNally William, shoemaker, 416 Buttonwood
[didn't transcribe others]
1863 Biddle's/McElroy's p.499
McNally William, cordwainer, 416 Buttonwood
McNally William, wines & liquors, 146 S Water, h 224 Pear
1864 Biddle's/McElroy's p.483
McNally William, shoemaker, 416 Buttonwood
McNally William, tavern, 332 N 13th
McNally William, wines & liquors, 146 S Water, h 1023 Pascal
1865 Sherman's p.447
McNally William, shoemaker, 416 Buttonwood
McNally William, liquors, 148 S Water, h 224 Pear
1866 McElroy's, p.476
McNALLY WILLIAM, liquors, 146 & 148 S Water, h 224 Pear
[p.442] McAnally William, laborer, r 107 Eutaw
1867 Gopsill's directory page 812
McAnally William, laborer, h r 107 Eutaw
McAnally William, shoemaker, h 416 Buttonwood
1868 Gopsill's, p.1070
McNally William, laborer, h Aramingo, Tacony
McNally William, laborer, h Hville
McNally William, laborer, h 1250 Richmond
McNally William, laborer, h Spring n William
McNally William, tavern, 148 S Water, h 234 Pear
McNally William E., shoemaker, h 416 Buttonwood
1869 Gopsill's p.999
McNally William, laborer, h 2204 Clayton
McNally William, laborer, h Monroe n Aramingo, Tacony
McNally William, liquors, 140 & 148 S Water, h 4917 Lombard
McNally William E., shoemaker, h 416 Buttonwood
1870 Gopsill's p.1026
McNally Mary, dressmaker, 416 Buttonwood
McNally William, laborer, h r 107 Eutaw
McNally William, liquors, 140 & 148 S Water, h 1917 Lombard
[p.1025:] McNalley William, laborer, h 1002 [?] E Cumberland
1871 Gopsill's p.968
McNally Mary, dressmaker, 416 Buttonwood
McNally William, laborer, h r 107 Eutaw
McNally William, liquors, 148 S Water, h 1917 Lombard
[p.967:] McNalley William, lab, h 1002 E Cumberland
1872 Gopsill's p.912
McNally Mary, wid William, h 416 Buttonwood
[this was the only entry for a Mary McNally]
1873 Gopsill's p.885
McNally Mary, seamstress, h 729 Carpenter
[this is the only entry for a Mary McNally]
1874 Gopsill's p.889
McNally Mary widow, h 803 S 3d
McNally Mary, wid William, h 233 Wood
[my tentatively identifying this Mary is based solely on her being widow of a William]
1875 Gopsill's p.999
[no Mary McNalley or McNalley]
1881 Gopsill's p.1092
McNally Mary (Misses McNally), h 1436 N 10th
McNally Mary, wid John, h 10 Hickory ct
McNally Mary, wid Maurice, h r 1333 Locust
McNally Misses (Rose, Margaret, Mary & Lizzie), gents' furn'g, 1436 N 10th
1891 Gopsill's, p.1224
" [sc. McNally] Mary, wid John, h 1334 Palmer
[no McNalley; no Manelly; no Mary Maneely]

death notice, Harriet McNally

[death notice, Public Ledger Monday 12 September 1864 page 2] [also in Public Ledger on 10 September page 2 with 'Monday' instead of 'this'; both were hard to read; I used the 10th to supplement the 12th]
[transcribed 24 August 2013, from GenealogyBank]

McNALLY--On the 8th inst., after a short and painful [?] illness, HARRIET EMMA, daughter of William and Mary McNally, aged 5 years and 3 months.

The friends and those of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, from the residence of her parents, 416 Buttonwood street, on this (Monday) afternoon, at 3 o'clock, 12th instant, without further notice.

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 17 July 1870, Wm McNally]
[transcribed from FamilySearch; see also the death register at FamilySearch]

RETURN OF A DEATH,
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
Coroner's CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, Wm McNally
2. Colour, White
3. Sex, Male
4. Age, 48 Years
5. Mrd [?]
6. Date of Death, July 17"
7. Cause of Death, General Debility
Wm Taylor M.D.
Coroner

UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, Shoemaker
9. Place of Birth, unknown
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 12" Ward
12. Street and Number, 416 Buttonwood St.
13. Date of Burial, July 19" 1870 [the '9' in '19' seems to be written over another number, perhaps '8']
14. Place of Burial, Oddfellows
John A Frank Undertaker.
Residence, SE Cor 6th + Noble [?]

death notice

[death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer, Tuesday 19 July 1870, page 5]
[transcribed 24 August 2013, from GenealogyBank]

McNALLEY.--On the 17th inst., WILLIAM McNALLEY, in the 48th year of his age.

The relatives and friends of the family; also, the Humane Engine Company, No. 13, and Company C, Ninety-first Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, from his late residence, No. 416 Buttonwood street, this (Tuesday) afternoon, at 4 o'clock. To proceed to Odd Fellows' Cemetery.


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