91st PA: Robert R Anderson

Robert R Anderson

Before the war

He was born on 2 March 1842, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to John Anderson and Jane Johnson. [sources: date: 12, 22; 6 (21 in 1864), 10 (28 in 1870), 11 (38 in 1880), 12 (58 in 1900), 13 (68 in 1910), 16 (8 in 1850), 17 (19 in 1860). place: 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 22. parents: 16, 17, 22]

In 1850, he was living in ward 4, Spring Garden, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with John and Jane Anderson (presumably his parents), and with James and John Anderson (presumably his brothers). He had attended school within the year. [source: 16]

In 1860, he was living in ward 20, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with John Q and Jane Anderson (presumably his parents), and with James L, John L, and Joseph (presumably his brothers). He was a carpenter's apprentice. [source: 17]

When he enlisted, he was a carpenter. [source: 6]

On 10 February 1864, he married Sophia K Schucker. They were married in the parsonage of the Nazareth Methodist Episcopal Church. She was born in April 1846, in Pennsylvania. In 1900 and 1910, she had had four children, three of whom were alive. Their children include:

[sources: 10, 11, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 7-3/4 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, grey eyes, and light hair. [source: 6]

During the war

He also served in company B [E?] of the 52nd Pennsylvania Militia Infantry. [sources: 9, 14]

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 2 February 1864. He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Lieutenant Shipley. He was mustered in by Lieutenant Burke. He was a private, in company D. [sources: 1, 6, 7, 25]

He was promoted to corporal on 1 September 1864 or 20 October 1864. [sources: 1 (1 Sep); 2 (20 Oct); 5, 6, and 8 don't have a date]

On 10 March 1865, he went on a furlough, which expired on 25 March 1865. He returned on 27 March 1865. [source: 4]

On 3 July 1865, he was promoted to sergeant effective 1 July 1865. [sources: 1, 3]

He mustered out with his company on 10 July 1865. He was a sergeant in company D. [sources: 1, 7 (4 Jul 65), 25]

After the war

On 26 March 1868, he testified on behalf of the pension application by Catharine Vanarsdall, widow of Aaron K Vanarsdall (D). [source: 24]

In 1870, he was living in the 14th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Sophia, and daughters Lillian and Jennie, along with an apparently unrelated person. He was a carpenter. [source: 10]

In 1880, he was living at 2546 Nicholas Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Sophia, and children Lillian, Virginia, and Harry. He was a carpenter. [source: 11]

In 1890, he was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 7]

On 14 July 1890, he applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension. [sources: 9, 14]

In 1900, he was living at 1734 Woodstock Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Sophia, daughter Virginnia, son William, and William's wife and daughter. He was a carpenter, and had been out of work for six months in the preceding year. [source: 12]

He again applied for a pension on 25 February 1907. [source: 14]

In 1910, he was living at 1707 Lambern [?] Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife, and his daughter Virginia and her family. He was a house carpenter. [source: 13]

He died on 22 February 1918, at 2305 Bolton Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a carpenter. He died of chronic valvular heart disease. Members of the following organizations were invited to attend the funeral:

On 26 February 1918, he was buried, in Mt Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 14 (1916? 1915? 1918?, Philadelphia), 15 (1918, Pittsburgh), 22, 23]

On 27 March 1918, his widow, Sophia K Anderson, applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension. [sources: 9, 14]

In 1920, his widow, Sophie Anderson, was living at 2214 Norris Street, ward 32, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was living with her son William H and his family. [source: 18]

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 98, HQ 91st PA, 20 October 1864

3 special order 39, HQ 91st PA, 3 July 1865 (Robert Anderson)

4 enlisted men's furloughs (Robt R Anderson)

5 company D, list of non-commissioned officers (Robt R Anderson)

6 company D, second descriptive roll, entry 13 (Robt R Anderson)

7 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 776, page [3] (image 2482 on Ancestry) (Robert Anderson)

8 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 21 October 1864 (Privt Anderson)

9 pension index, by name (Robert R Anderson)

10 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 14th ward, microfilm series M593, film 1398, page 177 = 196 handwritten (Robert Anderson)

11 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 640, microfilm series T9, film 1188, page 405 D = 24 handwritten (Robert Anderson)

12 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 29, supervisor's district1, enumeration district 123, microfilm series T623, film 1471, page 15 B = 5 handwritten (Robt R Anderson)

13 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 47th ward, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 1314, microfilm series T624, film 1414, page 196 B = 4 handwritten (Robert Anderson)

14 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company D (Robert R Anderson)

15 Pennsylvania death indices, 1918: "Anderson, Robert R;--21447;Pgh [sic];Feb.22."; I plan to order a copy of his death certificate on 22 June 2012; note that the 1916 and 1915 indices have no Robert Anderson dying on 22 February (though they do have Robert Anderson's dying in Philadelphia) (accessed 16 June 2012) (Robert R Anderson)

16 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Spring Garden, ward 4, microfilm series M432, film 819, page 121 verso = 242 handwritten (Robert Anderson)

17 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 20, microfilm series M653, film 1171, page 413 = 415 handwritten (Robert R Anderson)

18 1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 32, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 1076, microfilm series T625, film 1634, pages 54 = 2 A handwritten (Sophia Anderson)

19 Nazareth Methodist Episcopal Church records (Robt R Anderson)

20 children's birth records

21 abstract of death certificate, Lewis George Anderson

22 death certificate, Pennsylvania, 22 February 1918, Philadelphia, file 21447 (Robert R Anderson)

23 death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer, Sunday 24 February 1918, page 17 (Robert R Anderson)

24 widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, certificate number WC 112,570, Catharine Reeves widow of Aaron K Vanarsdall (Robert R Anderson)

25 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Robert R Anderson)

Note on identification

The 1850 and 1860 censuses have two main candidates for Robert Anderson: one (apparently) born to Samuel and Elizabeth Anderson, and another (apparently) born to John and Jane Anderson and working as a carpenter's apprentice in 1860. The fact that the Robert Anderson who served in the 91st was a carpenter when he enlisted suggests that he is the latter. He is also listed in the 1860 census as Robert R. I have therefore tentatively identified him as my Robert.

1850 US census
The FamilySearch index to the 1850 census (accessed 16 June 2012) lists 2 Robert Anderson's living in Philadelphia, born in 1841/1842:
(1) Robert Anderson, 8, with Samuel (weaver, 55, b Ireland) and Jane (41, b. Ireland), et al. in Moyamensing, Philadelphia, PA (film 809, page 281 = 557 handwritten = 99 handwritten)
(2) Robert Anderson, 8, with John (45, b. PA, wheelwright), Jane (44, b. PA) et al., in ward 4, Spring Garden, Philadelphia, PA (film 819, page 121 verso = 242 handwritten)
1860 US census
The FamilySearch index to the 1860 census (accessed 18 July 2010 and 16 June 2012) lists 3 Robert Anderson's living in Philadelphia, and born in 1841 or 1842 in Pennsylvania. I do not know which is this Robert Anderson
(1) [=1850 #1] Robert Anderson, ward 7, 19, b. PA, clerk, with Samuel (65, trimming store, b. Ireland), Jane (50 b. Ireland), Elizabeth (26, b. PA), William (24, b. PA), Margaret (20, b. PA), and Richard (16, b. PA) Anderson (film 1157, page 53 = 53 handwritten)
(2) [=1850 #2] Robert R Anderson, ward 20, 19, carpenter appt, b. PA, with John Q (57 millwright), Jane (46), James L (26), John L (21), and Joseph (6) Anderson (all born PA) (film 1171, page 413 = 415 handwritten)
(3) Robt Anderson, ward 4, 18 [according to the FamilySearch index, but it looks like '15' to me], b. PA, with Devensheer Williams (45, cook b. West Indies) et al. (film 1154, page 969 = 163 handwritten)
1870 US census
Robert Anderson (29, b. PA, advertising agent) in ward 2, Philadelphia, with Mary (28) Mary (7) Henry (4) and Joseph (1) Anderson (microfilm series M593, film 1388, page 379 A)
for this Robert, see 1880 T9 film 1168 page 296 A (Robert, salesman, 38, b. PA), with Mary J (37), Mary S (17), Jennie F (14), Joseph S (11), Florence M (8), George W (6), Robert (3), and Lewis A (5 months)
Find a grave
accessed 1 November 2012
Pennsylvania veterans burial cards
Ancestry index (accessed 1 November 2012)
Applications for headstones for military veterans, 1925-1941
FamilySearch index (accessed 1 November 2012)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

Pennsylvania veterans burial records
Ancestry index (accessed 2 April 2012)
applications for headstones for military veterans, 1925-1941
Ancestry index (accessed 16 Jun 2012)
1930 US census
searched FamilySearch index (accessed 16 June 2012)

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Robert R Anderson in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Spring Garden, ward 4, microfilm series M432, film 819, page 121 verso = 242 handwritten]
[identification is speculative; see the 'note on identification' above]
[the next page starts with a new household number]
line3839404142
Dwellings visited[678]    
Families visited818    
NameJohn AndersonJane doJames doJohn doRobert do
Age454414138
SexMFM""
Color     
Occupation of males over 15 yearsWheelwright    
Real estate owned     
Birthplacedo [sc. Pa]dodododo
Married within year    
Attended school within year  111
Over 20 & can't read/write     
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.     

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 20, microfilm series M653, film 1171, page 413 = 415 handwritten]
[identification is speculative; see the 'note on identification' above]
line141516171819
Dwelling number2645     
Family number2906     
NameJohn Q AndersonJane "James L "John L "Robert R "Joseph "
Age51462621196
SexMFMMMM
Color      
OccupationMillwright Gold BeaterMillwrightCarpenter app 
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, Philadelphia, 14th ward, microfilm series M593, film 1398, page 177 = 196 handwritten]
[identification is likely given his occupation and spouse's name]
line56789
Dwelling-house number1399    
Family number1458    
NameAnderson Robert- Sophia Lillian- JennieSchmucker Mary
Age28244220
SexMFFFF
ColorWWWWW
OccupationCarpenterkeeping house  attends store
Real estate value     
Personal estate value     
BirthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaPenna
Father foreign born 1   
Mother foreign born 1   
Birth month if born within year     
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, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 640, microfilm series T9, film 1188, page 405 D = 24 handwritten]
[identification is likely given his occupation and spouse's name]
line3334353637
street nameNicholas Street
house number2546    
dwelling visit #210    
family visit #242    
nameAnderson Robert- Sophia- Lillian- Virginia- Harry
colorWWWWW
sexMFFFM
age383414127
month born if born in year     
relationship WifeDaughterDaughterSon
single  111
married11   
widowed/divorced     
married during year     
occupationCarpenterKeeping houseAt SchoolAt SchoolAt School
months unemployed     
currently ill?     
blind     
deaf/dumb     
idiotic     
insane     
disabled     
school this year  111
can't read     
can't write     
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplaceMarylandGermany"""
mother's birthplaceMarylandGermany"""

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 776, page [3] (image 2482 on Ancestry)]
[identification is confirmed by reference to his service in the 91st]

[line] 31
[house] 98
[family] 105
[name] Anderson Robert
[rank] Priv
[company] D
[unit] 91 Pa inf
[enlistment date] 2 Feb 1864
[discharge date] 4 July 1865
[length of service] 1 year, 9 months, 9 days
[post office address] [blank]
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory

[I could not identify him on Ancestry's transcription (accessed March 2005)]

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 29, supervisor's district1, enumeration district 123, microfilm series T623, film 1471, page 15 B = 5 handwritten]
[identification is likely given his occupation and spouse's name]
line838485868788
streetWoodstock Street
house number1734     
dwelling number92     
family number108     
nameAnderson Robt R- Sophia R- Virginia- Wm H- Dora- Ethel G [?]
relationshipHeadWifeDaughterSonDaughter in lawGranddaughter
colorWWWWWW
sexMFFMFF
birth dateMar 1842Apr 1846Jan 1868Feb 1873Mar 1873Oct 1898
age58543227271
married?MMSMM 
# years married3636 44 
mother of how many children? 4  2 
# of children living 3  1 
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvanaiPennsylvaniaEnglandPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaGermanyPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaGermanyPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaGermanyPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaGermanyEngland
immigration year      
# years in USA      
naturalized citizen?      
occupationCarpenter  Paper [?] Hanger  
# months not employed6  2  
# months in school      
can readyesyesyesyesyesyes [sic]
can writeyesyesyesyesyes 
speaks Englishyesyesyesyesyes 
owned/rentedR     
free or mortgaged      
farm/houseH     
# of farm schedule      

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 47th ward, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 1314, microfilm series T624, film 1414, page 196 B = 4 handwritten]
[identification is likely given his occupation and spouse's name]
line5253545656
streetLambern [?] St
house nr1707    
dwelling nr78    
family nr102    
nameTempleton William- Virginia- KathrynAnderson Robert- Sophia
relationshipHeadWifeDaughterFather in lawMother in law
sexmffmf
colorwwwww
age414056864
marital statusM1M1SM1M1
#years present marriage77 4444
mother of # children 1  4
mother of # living children 1  3
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaGermany Ger
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaGermany Ger
immigrated     
naturalized/alien     
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglish EnglishEnglish
occupationMill HousenonenoneCarpenternone
nature of industry etc.Lumber  House 
employer etc.W  W 
out of work 15 Apr 1910?no  no 
# weeks out of work 19090  0 
can readyesyes yesyes
can writeyesyes yesyes
school since 1 Sep 09     
owned/rentedR    
owned free or mortagaged     
farm/houseH    
nr on farm schedule     
civil war vet   [blank (sic)] 
blind     
deaf & dumb     

1920 census

[1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 32, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 1076, microfilm series T625, film 1634, pages 54 = 2 A handwritten]
[identification is likely; see the 1910 census entry transcribed above]
line50515253
streetNorris StreetNorris Street
house number2214   
dwelling visit number28   
family visit number37   
nameAnderson, William H-, Dora-, Sophie-, Ethel
relationshipHeadWifeMotherDaughter
own/rentR   
free/mortgaged (if owned)    
sexMFFF
raceWWWW
age at last birthday46477421
marital statusMMMS
year of immigration 1883  
naturalized/alien Na  
year of naturalization 1896  
attended school since Sept 1919   No
can readYesYesYesYes
can writeYesYesYesYes
birth placePennsylvaniaEnglandPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
native language English  
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaGermanyGermanyPennsylvania
father's native language GermanGerman 
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaGermanyGermanyEngland
mother's native language GermanGermanEnglish
can speak EnglishYesYesYesYes
occupationPolicemanNoneNoneSaleslady
industry, businessCity  Dental Supplies
employment statusS  W
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 7 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Anderson, Robert R.
Co. D, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Sgt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

children's birth records

[Pennsylvania births and christenings 1709-1950]
[transcribed abstracts 16 June 2012, from FamilySearch]

William H Anderson, male, born 14 Jan 1873, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Robert R Anderson and Sophia Anderson
Lillian Jane Anderson, female, born 24 Feb 1866, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Robert Anderson and Sophia
Virginia Elizabeth Anderson, female, born 19 Jan 1868, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Robt R Anderson and Sophia

abstract of death certificate, Lewis George Anderson

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 25 June 1879, Lewis George Anderson]
[abstracted 16 June 2012, from Familysearch]

Lewis George Anderson
died 25 June 1879, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, of effusion on heart
5 years old, born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Robert R Anderson and Sophia Anderson
address 2546 Nicholas Street, 29th ward
buried 28 June 1879, Mt Moriah Cemy

marriage record

[Nazareth Methodist Episcopal Church records]
[accessed on Pennsylvania Church and Town Records 1708-1985, image 675, on Ancestry, 16 June 2012]

Philadelphia, ss. Personally appeared before me, Mr. Robt R Anderson of Phil and Miss Sophia K Schuker [?] of Phil they individually declaring that they were of age and no impediment whatever in the way of their becoming Man and Wife; and were therefore duly joined in Holy Matrimony by me in the 10 day of Feb in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty four.

[blank] Minister of the Gospel.
REMARKS $E. Cts.

[Nazareth Methodist Episcopal Church records]
[accessed on Pennsylvania Church and Town Records 1708-1985, image 847 of 920, on Ancestry, 16 June 2012]

Date. [1864] " [sc. Feby] 10
Name of Parties. Robt R Anderson + Sophia K Schucker
Residence. Phil " [sc. Phil]
Place of Marriage. Parsonage
Officiating Minister. Chas Hill
Witnesses. Rev S R. Hughs

death certificate

[death certificate, Pennsylvania, 22 February 1918, Philadelphia, file 21447]
[obtained October 2012, from Pennsylvania Vital Records; transcribed 1 November 2012]
[although he is listed as widowed, I am reasonably confident this is the correct Robert Anderson; I have not found anyone else in the 1910 census who could be this Robert Anderson]


COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
BUREAU OF VITAL STATISTICS
File No. 21447
Registered No. 5660
CERTIFICATE OF DEATH.
PLACE OF DEATH County of PHILADELPHIA City of PHILADELPHIA.
(No. 2305 Bolton St., 29 [?] Ward.)
Registration District No. 1
Primary Registration District No. [blank]
2. FULL NAME Robert R. Anderson
PERSONAL AND STATISTICAL PARTICULARS
3. SEX Male
4. COLOR OR RACE White
5. Widowed
6. DATE OF BIRTH March 2 [?] 1842
7. AGE 75 [?] yrs. 11 mos. [blank] ds.
8. OCCUPATION (a) Trade, profession, or particular kind of work Carpenter
(b) General nature of industry, business, or establishment in which employed (or employer) [blank]
9. BIRTHPLACE Penna
10. NAME OF FATHER John R Anderson
11. BIRTHPLACE OF FATHER Penna
12. MAIDEN NAME OF MOTHER Jane [?] Johnson
13. BIRTHPLACE OF MOTHER Penna
14. THE ABOVE IS TRUE TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE. (Informant) John [???] K Anderson
(Address) 2305 Bolton St
15. Filed FEB 24 1918
[illegible] Local Registrar

MEDICAL CERTIFICATE OF DEATH
16. DATE OF DEATH (Month) 2 (Day) 22 (Year) 1918
17. I HEREBY CERTIFY, That I attended deceased from June 1917, to Feb 22 1918, that I last saw him alive on February 16 1918, and that death occurred, on the date stated above, at 8 30 AM. The CAUSE OF DEATH was as follows:
Chronic Valvular Heart Disease (Duration) [blank]
Contributory [blank]
Signed: Henry F Page M.D.
2/23 1918 (Address) 315 So 16" St
18. LENGTH OF RESIDENCE (FOR TRANSIENTS OR RECENT RESIDENTS). [blank]
19. PLACE OF BURIAL OR REMOVAL Mt Moriah
DATE OF BURIAL Feb 26 1918
20. UNDERTAKER [illegible]
ADDRESS 2218 Johnson [??]

death notice

[death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer, Sunday 24 February 1918, page 17, Robert R Anderson]
[transcribed 1 November 2012, from GenealogyBank]

ANDERSON.--Feb. 22, ROBERT R., husband of Sophia K. Anderson. Relatives and friends, also Gen. Winfield Scott Post, 114, G.A.R.; General Winfield Scott Camp, 114, S. of V., and Totam Lodge, 1060 [???], I.O.O F.; W.R.C., 2. S. of V. Auxiliary 114, invited to funeral services, Tues., 2 P.M., residence, 2305 [?] Bolton st, (23d and Jefferson). Int. Mt. Moriah Cem. Friends may call Mon. 7.30 to 10 P.M.


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