91st PA: Benjamin Baker

Benjamin Baker

Before the war

He was born on 2 April 1833, in Pennsylvania. [sources: date: 12, 13; 3 (33 in 1865), 7 (26 in 1860), 8 (32 in 1870), 9 (47 in 1880), 15 (17 in 1850), 19 (30 in 1863). place: 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 19]

In 1850, he was living in Somerset Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. He was living with Jacob and Rosina Baker (presumably his parents), and four presumed siblings. He was a farmer, and had attended school in the previous year. [source: 15]

He married Catherine Knepper. She was born on 4 May 1837, in Somerset, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, to George Knepper and Martha Ambrose. They had four children:

[sources: 12, 13]

In 1860, he was living in Somerset Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Catharine, his son Cicero, and also Edward Baker (perhaps a brother?). He was a carpenter, and owned $800 in real estate and $300 in personal property. [source: 7]

During the war

He (probably) registered for the draft in June 1863. He was living in Somerset Township, was married, and was a carpenter. [source: 19]

He was drafted. He enlisted and was mustered into service on 11 March 1865. He enlisted as a private, at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. He was a private in company B. [sources: 1, 3, 4, 20]

He seems not to have been charged for lost equipment, perhaps when the regiment mustered out. [source: 2]

He mustered out with his company on 10 July 1865. He was a private, in company B. [sources: 1, 3, 4 (1864), 20]

After the war

In 1870, he was living in Somerset Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his Wife Catharine [?], his children Cicero, Lydia, and Emma, and a carpenter. He was a carpenter, and owned $3,000 in real estate and $740 in personal property. [source: 8]

On 31 May 1879, he successfully applied for a pension. [sources: 5, 6]

In 1880, he was living in Somerset Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Catharine, and his children Cicero, Lydia, Emma, and Annie. He had heart disease. [source: 9]

He died on 4 July 1885, in Pennsylvania. He was buried in Christ Casebeer Lutheran Church Cemetery, Sipesville, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. [sources: 12 (4 July), 13 (4 July), 17 (1 July)]

On 7 January 1886, his widow, Catharine Baker, successfully applied from Pennsylvania for a pension. [sources: 5, 6]

In 1890, his widow, Catharine Baker, was living in Somerset Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. [source: 4]

In 1900, his widow, Catharine, was living in Brothers Valley Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. She was living with her son Cicero and his family. [source: 10]

In 1910, his widow Catharine was living in Brothers Valley Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. She was living with her granddaughter Belinda and Belinda's family. [source: 11]

His widow Catherine died on 11 July 1910 in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. She was buried in Christ Casebeer Lutheran Church Cemetery, Sipesville, Somerset, Pennsylvania. [source: 13, 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) (Benjamin Baker)

2 list of men who owed money [?] (Benj Baker)

3 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 24 June 2004 (Benjamin Baker)

4 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Somerset County, Somerset Township, supervisor's district 11, enumeration district 24, page 2 (image 6 of 15 on Ancestry) (Benjamin Baker)

5 pension index, by name (Benjamin Baker)

6 pension index, by regiment (Benjamin Baker)

7 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Somerset County, Somerset Township (post office Benford's Store), microfilm series M653, film 1183, page 496 = 118 [??] handwritten (Benjamin Baker)

8 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Somerset County, Somerset Township, microfilm series M593, film 1452, page 497 = 61 [?] handwritten (Benjamin Baker)

9 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Somerset County, Somerset Township, supervisor's district 8, enumeration district 22, microfilm series T9, film 1195, page 449 C = 11 [?] handwritten (Benjamin Baker)

10 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Somerset County, Brothersvalley Township, supervisor's district 13, enumeration district 167, microfilm series T623, film 1486, page 108 B = 1 handwritten (Catharine Bake [sic])

11 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Somerset County, North Brothersvalley Township, supervisor's district 22, enumeration district 130, microfilm series T624, film 1420, page 70 A = 10 handwritten (Catharine Baker)

12 'Foehl family forest', a gedcom available on RootsWeb WorldConnect (viewed June 2007, last revised 1 June 2007, contact Richard) (Benjamin Baker)

13 'The family connections', a gedcom available on RootsWeb WorldConnect (viewed June 2007, last revised 17 May 2007, contact Linda Oliver) (Benjamin Baker)

14 'Knepper ancestry', a gedcom available on RootsWeb WorldConnect (viewed June 2007, last revised 25 Jan 2005, contact Brenda Knepper) (Catherine Knepper)

15 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Somerset County, Somerset Township, microfilm series M432, film 828, page 49 (Benjamin Baker)

16 Pennsylvania veterans burial records, available on Ancestry (transcribed 4 Apr 2012) (Benjamin Baker)

17 Find a grave, memorial 8690980, created by Donald Kozlowski, added 27 April 2004, accessed 29 June 2012 (including a photograph of the headstone) (Benjamin Baker) [identity is probable, by reference to his spouse]

18 Find a grave, memorial 8690979, maintained by Brian J Ensley, created by Donald Kozlowski, 27 Apr 2004, accessed 29 June 2012 (Catharine [Knepper] Baker)

19 Consolidated lists of Civil War draft registration records, 1863-1865, National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 110 (Benjamin Baker)

20 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Benjamin Baker)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

Records of headstones of deceased Union veterans, 1879-1903
FamilySearch index (accessed 29 June 2012)
Applications for headstones for military veterans, 1925-1941
FamilySearch index (accessed 29 June 2012)
Pennsylvania veterans burial cards
accessed 29 June 2012 on Ancestry
note that the Benjamin Baker who is buried in Casebeer Cemetery in Lincoln Township, Somerset County, is the Benjamin F Barker whose widow applied unsuccessfully for a pension on 24 March 1885 (see the pension index by regiment cards on Fold3--he served in company E of the 52nd Pennsylvania Infantry from 26 September 1864 to 23 June 1865 (according to both the Burial card and the Pension index card), and died on 10 February 1872, at Glendale Michigan (according to the pension index card--the burial card has 4 July 1885)); perhaps the information about the two men was conflated
1920 US census
HeritageQuest and Ancestry indices (accessed July 2007)
1930 US census
Ancestry (accessed July 2007)

Display


Benjamin Baker in the 91st PA gedcom on RootsWeb WorldConnect

Benjamin Baker in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Somerset County, Somerset Township, microfilm series M432, film 828, page 49]
[identification is uncertain]
line15161718192021
Dwellings visited378      
Families visited389      
NameJacob BakerRosina DoJacob DoBenjamin DoElisabeth DoSally DoEdward Do
Age53521917221410
SexMFM"F"M
Color       
Occupation of males over 15 yearsFarmer FarmerDo   
Real estate owned4000      
BirthplaceDo [sc. Penna]DoDoDoDoDoDo
Married within year       
Attended school within year  11 11
Over 20 & can't read/write 1  1  
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.       

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Somerset County, Somerset Township (post office Benford's Store), microfilm series M653, film 1183, page 496 = 118 [??] handwritten]
[identification is likely, given the location and spouse's name]
line37383940
Dwelling number831   
Family number810   
NameBenjamin BakerCatharine "Cicero W "Edward Baker
Age2621218
Sexmfmm
Color    
OccupationCarpenter   
Value of real estate owned800   
Value of personal estate300   
Place of birthPa"""
Married within year    
Attended school within year    
Cannot read & write    
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.    

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Somerset County, Somerset Township, microfilm series M593, film 1452, page 497 = 61 [?] handwritten]
[identification is likely, given the location and spouse's name]
line313233343536
Dwelling-house number439     
Family number435     
NameBaker Benjamin- Catharine- Cicero W- Lydia- Emma JTenner Charles
Age32 [sic]13138417 [?]
SexMFMFFM
ColorWWWWWW
OccupationCarpenterKeeping house   Appr Carpenter
Real estate value3000     
Personal estate value740     
Birthplace" [sc. Pennsylvania]"""""
Father foreign born      
Mother foreign born      
Birth month if born within year      
Marriage month if married within year      
Attended school past year  11 1
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, Somerset County, Somerset Township, supervisor's district 8, enumeration district 22, microfilm series T9, film 1195, page 449 C = 11 [?] handwritten]
[identification is likely, given the location and spouse's name]
line252627282930
street name      
house number      
dwelling visit #82     
family visit #88     
nameBaker Benjamin- Catharine- C. W. [?]- Lydia- Emma- Annie Cora
colorWWWWWW
sexMFMFFF
age47432218126
month born if born in year      
relationship WifeSonDaughterDaughterDaughter
single  1111
married11    
widowed/divorced      
married during year      
occupation  At homeAt homeAt home 
months unemployed      
currently ill?Heart Disease     
blind      
deaf/dumb      
idiotic      
insane      
disabled      
school this year  1111
can't read      
can't write      
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePaPaPaPaPaPa
mother's birthplacePaPaPaPaPaPa

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Somerset County, Somerset Township, supervisor's district 11, enumeration district 24, page 2 (image 6 of 15 on Ancestry)]
[identification is confirmed by reference to his service in the 91st]

[line] 16
[house] 73
[family] 75
[name] Catharine Baker widow Benjamin Baker
[rank] Priv
[company] B
[unit] 91 Pa Vet Vol
[enlistment date] 11 Mar 1865
[discharge date] 10 July 1864 [sic]
[length of service] x years, 3 months, 29 days
[post office address] Sifresville [?] Penna
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Somerset County, Brothersvalley Township, supervisor's district 13, enumeration district 167, microfilm series T623, film 1486, page 108 B = 1 handwritten]
[identification is likely, given the location and spouse's name]
line86878889909192
street       
house number       
dwelling number18      
family number18      
nameBaker Cicero- Mary E- Clara- BalindaBoyer WillieBake [sic] CatharineBayman Edward
relationshipHeadWifeDaughterDaughterLodgerMotherLodger
colorWWWWWWW
sexMFFFMFM
birth dateApr 1858Mar 1862Dec 1886July 1891June 1898May 1837Feb 1889
age423813826311
married?MMSSSWdS
# years married1616     
mother of how many children? 2   1 
# of children living 2   1 
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigration year       
# years in USA       
naturalized citizen?       
occupationFarmer At schoolAt school  At school
# months not employed0      
# months in school  55  6
can readyes yesyes yesyes
can writeyes yesyes yesyes
speaks Englishyes yesyes yesyes
owned/rentedO      
free or mortgagedF      
farm/houseF      
# of farm schedule15      

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Somerset County, North Brothersvalley Township, supervisor's district 22, enumeration district 130, microfilm series T624, film 1420, page 70 A = 10 handwritten]
[identification is likely, given the location and spouse's name]
line1234
streetBedford Blvd
house nr    
dwelling nr174   
family nr178   
nameKay Charles C- Belinda B- Mary EBaker Catharine
relationshipHeadWifeDaughterGrandmother
sexMFFF
colorWWWW
age2819372
marital statusM1M1SWd
#years present marriage44  
mother of # children 1  
mother of # living children 1  
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigrated    
naturalized/alien    
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglishEnglishEnglish
occupationFarmerNoneNoneNone
nature of industry etc.General farm   
employer etc.OA   
out of work 15 Apr 1910?    
# weeks out of work 1909    
can readyesyes  
can writeyesyes  
school since 1 Sep 09    
owned/rentedR   
owned free or mortagaged    
farm/houseF   
nr on farm schedule96   
civil war vet    
blind    
deaf & dumb    

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 16 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Baker Benjamin
Co. B, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

draft registration record

[Consolidated lists of Civil War draft registration records, 1863-1865, National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 110]
[accessed on Ancestry, image 48 of 641, 29 June 2012]

SCHEDULE I.--CONSOLIDATED LIST of all persons of CLASS I, subject to do military duty in the Sixteenth Congressional District, consisting of the Counties of Adams Bedford Franklin Fulton and Somerset State of Pennsylvania, enumerated during the month of June, 1863, under direction of Capt George Eyster, Provost Marshal.
RESIDENCE." " [sc. Somerset Twp]
NAME.11 Baker Benjamin
AGE 1st July 1863.30
WHITE OR COLORED." [sc. white]
PROFESSION, OCCUPATION, OR TRADE.Carpenter
MARRIED OR UNMARRIED." [sc. Married]
PLACE OF BIRTH." [sc. Pennsylvania]
FORMER MILITARY SERVICE.[blank]
REMARKS.[blank]

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