91st PA: John Baker

John Baker

Before the war

He was born in 1841, in Virginia. [sources: date: 11; 4 (22 in 1863), 5 (22 in 1863), 6 (22 in 1863), 7 (22 in 1863), 12 (8 in 1850), 13 (27 in 1870). place: 4, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13]

In 1850, he may be the John Baker who was living in ward 3, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. He was living with William and Thomas Baker, and with John Cavanagh and others. He had attended school within the year. [source: 12]

When he enlisted, he was a laborer. [sources: 4, 5, 6, 7]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 5-1/2 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, grey eyes, and dark hair. [sources: 4, 5, 6, 7]

During the war

He was drafted. He enlisted and was mustered into service on 17 July 1863 in the 62nd Pennsylvania Infantry. He enlisted for three years. His service was credited to the 23rd congressional district. [sources: 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 15]

He was transferred to the 91st from company M of the 62nd Pennsylvania on 20 July 1864. On 21 July 1864, he, and the other members of companies L and M, were assigned to company G. On 22 July 1864, they were transferred to company K, following brigade orders to assign them to the smallest company. He was then absent, as a private. He was a private in company K. [sources: 1, 2, 3, 10, 11, 15]

He mustered out with his company on 10 July 1865. He was a private, in company K. [sources: 1, 15]

After the war

In 1870, he was living in Toby Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Elsie. He was a coal miner. [source: 13]

On 22 August 1883, he applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension. [sources: 8, 10]

In 1890, he was living in ward 1, Dubois, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. [source: 9]

He died on 6 January 1891. [source: 10]

On 22 January [?] 1891, his widow, Elsie Baker, applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension. [sources: 8, 10]

In 1900, his widow, Elsie Baker, may have been living in Brady's Bend Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. She was living with her brother in law John Hagerty and his family. She was a dress maker, but had been out of work ten months in the previous year. [source: 14]

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 65, HQ 91st PA, 21 July 1864 (John Baker)

3 special order 66, HQ 91st PA, 22 July 1864 (John Baker)

4 company K, descriptive roll (John Baker)

5 company K, second descriptive roll (John Baker)

6 company K, third descriptive roll (John Baker)

7 company K, fourth descriptive roll (John Baker)

8 pension index, by name (John Baker)

9 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Clearfield County, Dubois, ward 1, supervisor's district 6, enumeration district 88, page 1 (John Baker)

10 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company K (John Baker)

11 Page 156. Floyd G Hoenstine. Military services and genealogical records of soldiers of Blair County, Pennsylvania. Harrisburg, PA: Telegraph Press, 1940. (John Baker)

12 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, ward 3, microfilm series M432, film 745, page 187 verso = 574 handwritten (John Baker)

13 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Clarion County, Toby Township, post office Curttsville, microfilm series M593, film 1326, page 668 verso = 14 handwritten (John Baker)

14 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Armstrong County, Brady's Bend Township, supervisor's district 16, enumeration district 6, microfilm series T623, film 1373, page 81 = 3 B handwritten (Elsie Baker)

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1860 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 3 August 2012), searched for John Baker living in PA born 1840-42 in VA
1880 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry indices (accessed 3 August 2012)
no one obvious married to Elsie or born in VA
they are not living with John Hagerty (see FamilySearch, microfilm series T9, film 1095, page 50 C)
1910 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 3 August 2012)
1920 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 3 August 2012)
1930 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 3 August 2012)
records of headstones of deceased Union veterans, 1879-1903
searched John Baker any event in PA, on FamilySearch index (accessed 5 April 2012)
applications for headstones for military veterans, 1925-1941
searched John Baker any event in PA, on FamilySearch index (accessed 5 April 2012)
US National Cemetery interment control forms 1928-1962
Ancestry index (accessed 3 AUgust 2012)
Find a grave
accessed 3 August 2012
GenealogyBank
no John Baker in Pennsylvania newspapers 6 to 9 January 1891--but note they list no newspapers from Dubois (accessed 3 August 2012)
RootsWeb WorldConnect
accessed 3 August 2012 (searched John Baker d. 1891, John Baker m. Elsie [no one obvious, but some with little identifying information], John Baker b. VA 1836 +/- 2)

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John Baker in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, ward 3, microfilm series M432, film 745, page 187 verso = 574 handwritten]
[I did not transcribe the 5 other people in this household, headed by John Cavanagh, laborer, 50, born Ireland]
[identification is speculative; I have nothing linking this John Baker in particular to the one who served in the 91st, but have found no other likely candidates matching his birthplace and age]
line91011
Dwellings visited[1067]  
Families visited[1335]  
NameJohn BakerWilliam "Thomas "
Age862
SexMMM
Color   
Occupation of males over 15 years   
Real estate owned   
BirthplaceVa" [sc. Va]Ohio
Married within year   
Attended school within year11 
Over 20 & can't read/write   
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.   

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Clarion County, Toby Township, post office Curttsville, microfilm series M593, film 1326, page 668 verso = 14 handwritten]
[identification is likely, given his birthplace and spouse's name]
line3536
Dwelling-house number107 
Family number107 
NameBaker JohnElsie
Age2722
Sexmf
Colorww
Occupation" " [sc. coal miner] 
Real estate value  
Personal estate value  
BirthplaceVirginiaPenna
Father foreign born  
Mother foreign born  
Birth month if born within year  
Marriage month if married within year  
Attended school past year  
Can't read1 
Can't write1 
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.  
Male US citizen at least 21 years old1 
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...  

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Clearfield County, Dubois, ward 1, supervisor's district 6, enumeration district 88, page 1]
[identification is confirmed by reference to his service in the 62nd PA]

[line] 3
[house] 63
[family] 63
[name] Baker John
[rank] Private
[company] M
[unit] 62 Pa Inf
[enlistment date] Aug 1863
[discharge date] July 1865
[length of service] 1 year, 11 months, - days
[post office address] " " " [sc. DuBois, Cld, Pa]
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] Could not get Exact Dates

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Armstrong County, Brady's Bend Township, supervisor's district 16, enumeration district 6, microfilm series T623, film 1373, page 81 = 3 B handwritten]
[identification is uncertain]
line81828384
street    
house number    
dwelling number65   
family number65   
nameHagerty John [illegible initial]SarahJohn ABaker Elsie
relationshipHeadWifeSonSister in law
colorWWW W
sexMFMF
birth dateDec 1831Sept 1840Nov 1879Apr 1843
age68592057
married?MMSW
# years married4040  
mother of how many children? 9  
# of children living 7  
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplaceIrelandPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigration year    
# years in USA    
naturalized citizen?    
occupationCivil Engineer At SchoolDress Maker
# months not employed0  10
# months in school  9 
can readyesyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyesyes
speaks Englishyesyesyesyes
owned/rentedR   
free or mortgaged    
farm/houseH   
# 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 16 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Baker John
Co. K, 91 Pennsylavnia Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also 62" Pa. Inf

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

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