91st PA: Abraham Van Ranst Bancker

Abraham Van Ranst Bancker

Before the war

He was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1802/1804, to John S Bancker and Maria Ortenberger. [sources: date: 4 (50 in 1861), 5 (48 in 1850), 6 (65 in 1869), 10 (ca 1802), 11 (33 in 1840). place: 6, 10, 11 (Brunswick NJ). parents: 10]

On 6 October 1825, he married Elizabeth Grubb, in Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. She was born about 1805, in Pennsylvania. They had ten known children:

[sources: 10, 12 (Elizabeth 68 in 1875), 13]

On 15 December 1840, he enlisted in the Dragoons, at Carlisle Pennsylvania. He enlisted for a five-year term, but was discharged on 14 May 1842, apparently having found a substitute (Michael Curran) to serve for him. [source: 11]

In 1850, he may have been living in ward 1 of Southwark, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. He was a tailor. Living with him were Elizabeth (presumably his wife), and William, Mary, John, Maryann, Lueza, Hiram, Josiah, Vanialt [?], Mary, Marienus [?], and William Banker (presumably their children). [source: 5]

Probably in fall 1859, he was a tailor, at 724 Espy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 9]

His son, Meriners Bancker, also served in the 91st.

Description

In 1840, he was 5 feet 5 inches tall, and had blue eyes, brown hair, and a fair complexion. [source: 11]

During the war

He enlisted on 11 September 1861, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was mustered into service as Drum Major on 4 December 1861, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a principle musician. [sources: 1, 2 ("DM" sc. drum major), 3, 4, 16, 17 (drum major), 18 (drum major)]

He is listed on the 2 August to 31 October 1861, and 2 August to 31 December 1861, muster rolls, but whether he was present or absent isn't recorded. [source: 18]

He was listed as present on the January/February, March/April, May/June, and July/August 1862 muster rolls, as well as a special muster roll for 18 August 1862.[source: 18]

On 9 October 1862, he was discharged by general order of the Secretary of War (presumably because Congress had disbanded all regimental bands). He was then principle musician. He had last been paid to 30 June 1862. [sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 16, 17 (prin mus'n), 18, 19]

On 3 April 1864, he led the drum corps during a ceremony presenting a new set of flags to the regiment. The Philadelphia Press praised him for the drummers' proficiency. [source: 8]

After the war

Probably in fall 1862, he was a tailor, at 938 South 11th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 9]

Probably in fall 1865 to Fall 1866, he was a tailor, living at 1318 Catharine Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 9]

Probably in fall 1868, he was living at 1916 Pemberton Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 9]

He died at 1 PM, on 12 November 1869, of phthisis. He was a tailor. He died at, or was buried from, 1916 Pemberton Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was buried on 14 November 1869, at Mount Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 6, 10, 14]

Probably from fall 1869 to fall 1873, his widow Elizabeth was living at 1916 Pemberton, with her children John and Merienes. [source: 9]

In 1870, his widow Elizabeth may have been living in ward 26, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (The census does not have her living with her son John, despite the evidence in the city directories.) [source: 15]

His widow, Elizabeth Bancker, applied successfully for a pension on 3 April 1871. [sources: 2, 7]

His widow, Elizabeth Bancker, died on 1 March 1875, in New York. She died of cirrhosis of liver. On 4 March 1875, she was buried, in Mount Moriah Cemetery. [sources: 12, 13]

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) (Abraham Banker)

2 pension index by regiment (Abraham V Bancker)

3 regimental descriptive book (Abram V Bancker)

4 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 5 May 2004 (Abraham V Banker; some records have Abram V Bancker)

5 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Southwark, ward 1, microfilm series M432, film 821, page 34 recto = [67] handwritten (Abraham V Banker)

6 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, #13318, 12 November 1869 (Abraham V. Bancker)

7 pension index, by name (Abraham V Bancker)

8 'Presentation of flags' (Philadelphia Press 4 February 1864, page 2) (Major [sic] Bancker)

9 Philadelphia city directories

10 'John McGrath tree', on Ancestry (accessed 10 Aug 12) (Abraham Van Ranst Bancker)

11 Register of enlistments in the US Army, 1798-1914, National Archives and Records Administration, microfilm series M233, 1840 June - 1846, A-Z, 22 (Abraham V R Bancker)

12 death register, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1875, page 75 (Elizabeth Bancker)

13 death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer, 4 March 1875, page 5 (Elizabeth Bancker)

14 death notice, Public Ledger 13 November 1869, page 2 (A V Bancker)

15 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 26, district 87, microfilm series M593, film 1414, page 478 recto = 97 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Elizabeth Bancker)

16 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Abram V Bancker)

17 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Abram V Banker)

18 compiled service record, (Abram V Banker)

19 section 3, Act of 17 July 1862, 'An act to define the pay and emoluments of certain officers of the army, and for other purposes.' 37th Congress, session 2, Chapter 200, Statutes at large volume 12 pp.594-597

Sources checked unsuccessfully

Pennsylvania veterans' burial records
Ancestry index (accessed 7 Apr 12)
applications for headstones for military veterans, 1925-1941
FamilySearch index (accessed 10 Aug 12)
records of headstones for deceased Union Veterans, 1879-1903
FamilySearch index (accessed 10 Aug 12)
note that an Abram Banker served in G 29 Pennsylvania Infantry, died on 20 October 1866, and was buried in Old Parish Cemetery, Patchogne, Suffolk County, New York (FamilySearch accessed 10 Aug 12)
US National Cemetery interment control forms, 1928-1962
Ancestry index
Find a grave
accessed 10 August 2012
1860 US census
Ancestry index (accessed Aug 04)
HeritageQuest index (accessed June 07)
FamilySearch index (accessed 10 Aug 12)
[see city directories below for my failed attempt to find him based on his address in the 1860 city directory]
1880 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 10 Aug 12)
1890 US census, veterans' schedules
Ancestry index
1900 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 10 Aug 12)
1910 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 10 Aug 12)
1920 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 10 Aug 12)
1930 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 10 Aug 12)
1940 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 14 Feb 15)
RootsWeb WorldConnect
accessed June 07, 10 Aug 12

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1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Southwark, ward 1, microfilm series M432, film 821, page 34 recto = [67] handwritten (FamilySearch (accessed 10 Aug 12))]
[identification is likely, since I have found no other candidates, and his age and parents' names match the other information I have]
line3456789101112131415
Dwellings visited348            
Families visited572            
NameAbraham V. BankerElizabeth "William "Mary "John "Maryann "Lueza "Hiram "Josiah "Varianlt [?] "Mary "Marienus [sic] "William "
Age484522252121181715131051
SexMFMFMFFMMMFFM
Color             
Occupation of males over 15 yearsTailor Tobacconist Segar Maker  Musician     
Real estate owned             
BirthplaceN. JerseyPennsylvania"""N. YorkPennsylvania""""""
Married within year         111 
Attended school within year             
Over 20 & can't read/write             
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.             

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 26, district 87, microfilm series M593, film 1414, page 478 recto = 97 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is uncertain, given the evidence in the city directories transcribed below that she was living with her son John H at 1916 Pemberton]
[note that the census entry for John H does not include her; see microfilm series M593, film 1414, page 436 verso = 14 handwritten (John H Banker, 40 musician)]
[I did not transcribe the other people in this household, headed by Matthew Cook]
[the entries are very light and hard to read]
line10
Dwelling-house number[604
Family number[812]
NameBancker Elizabeth
Age62
SexF
ColorW
OccupationKeeping House
Real estate value 
Personal estate value 
BirthplacePenna
Father foreign born 
Mother foreign born 
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 old 
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ... 

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, #13318, 12 November 1869, Abraham V. Bancker]
[source: www.familysearch.org]

RETURN OF A DEATH,
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, Abraham V. Bancker
2. Color, White
3. Sex, Male
4. Age, Sixty five
5. Married
6. Date of Death, 1 P.M. November 12th 1869
7. Cause of Death, Phthisis
Dwight M.D.
Residence, 336 S 15th St.
UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, Taylor
9. Place of Birth, Baltimore
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 26 [?]
12. Street and Number, 1910 [?] Pemberton St
13. Date of Burial, Nov 14th 1869
14. Place of Burial, Mount Moriah
Lafayette B. Henits [?] Undertaker.
Residence, 1019 Lombard St

Philadelphia city directories

[accessed on Fold3, 10 August 2012]
1860 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 36
Bancker A. V., tailor, 724 Espy
[no other Bancker's at 724 Espy]
[in the OCR-based index, no other entries at 724 Espy; no one at 722, 716, 710, 708, 706, 704, 702, 700
[page 247:] Dougherty John, laborer, 720 Espy
[page 429:] Henry Robert, shoemaker, 718 Espy
[page 661:] Moore James brewer, 714 Espy
[page 43:] Dowling William, plasterer, 712 Espy
[page 859:] St. Clair William T., surgical artist, 726 Espy [could not find him in the 1860 census]
[page 604:] McColgan Charles weaver, 728 Espy
[see M653, film 1167, page 881 = 95 handwritten: Philadelphia ward 17, Charles McColgan, 30, born Ireland, baker; I have not found another candidate, but this is pretty clearly the Charles McColgan baker at 1424 Germantown Ave in the 1860 directory]
[page 604:] McKnight Robert carpenter, 728 Espy
[he's clearly the Robert McKnight at series M653, film 1153, page 487 = 263 handwritten--the preceding household is headed by Wm T St Clair surgical artist; unfortunately, the preceding and subsequent households do not have any Bancker's]
1861 Biddle's Philadelphia directory
[no one who looked like Abraham]
1862 Biddle's/McElroy's Philadelphia directory
[no one who looked like Abraham]
1863 Biddle's/McElroy's Philadelphia directory, page 59
Banker A. B., tailor, 938 S 11th
[the OCR-based index to the 1860 directory found no entries at 938 S 11th, or 936, 934, 932, 930, 928, 926, 924, 922, 920
[page 25:] Ashton Thomas, currier, 918 S 11th
[see M653, film 1152, page 695 = 329: Thomas Ashton, currier, b. Ireland (2235/3505); no entry in directory for Robert Cassells tailor (2235/3504); John M Bruff tailor (2235/3503); Charles Kingsman cordwainer (2234/3502); George Conrad fresco painter (2233/3499); Francis Divorman [?] cordwainer (2233/3500); Jacob Holvick varnisher (2233/3501)
[BUT William Bushby carpenter, 924 S 11th is a match for William Bushby 56 house carpenter at 2232/3497; I read several pages further back and forward without finding Abraham Banker]
1864 Biddle/s McElroy's Philadelphia directory, page 28
Bancker A. V., musician, 230 Locust [no--see the entry transcribed from the 1865 directory]
1865 Sherman's Philadelphia directory, page 57
Bancker A. V. Anne [sic], musician, 1318 Catharine
1866 McElroy's Philadelphia directory, page 58
Banker A., tailor, 1318 Catharine
1867 McElroy's Philadelphia directory, page 65
Banker Abram V., tailor, 1318 Catharine
1868 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory
[no entry for Abraham]
1869 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory
Bancker Abraham V., h 1916 Pemberton
Bancker John H., segarmkr, h 1916 Pemberton
1870 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 179
Bancker Elizabeth, wid Abraham V., h 1916 Pemberton
Bancker John H., musician, h 1916 Pemberton
Bancker Merienes, musician, h 1916 Pemberton
1871 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 178
Bancker Elizabeth, wid Abraham V., h 1916 Pemberton
Bancker John H., musician, h 1916 Pemberton
Bancker Merienes, musician, h 1916 Pemberton
1872 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 176
Bancker Elizabeth, wid Abraham V., h 1916 Pemberton
Bancker John H., musician, h 1916 Pemberton
Bancker Merienes, musician, h 1916 Pemberton
1873 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 171
Bancker Elizabeth, widow, h 1916 Pemberton
Bancker John H., musician, h 1916 Pemberton
Bancker John V., segarmkr, h 1916 Pemberton
Bancker Merienes, musician, h 1916 Pemberton
1874 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 141
Bancker Elizabeth, widow, h 1916 Pemberton
Bancker John H., musician, h 1916 Pemberton
Bancker John V., segarmaker, h 1916 Pemberton
Bancker Merienes, musician, h 1916 Pemberton
1875 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 137
Banker Charles H., segarmkr, h 1916 Pemberton
Banker Frank W., segarmkr, h 1916 Pemberton
Banker John H., segarmkr, h 1916 Pemberton
Banker John V., segarmkr, h 1916 Pemberton
[no Elizabeth Banker; no other Banker's at 1916 Pemberton]

US Army register of enlistments

[Register of enlistments in the US Army, 1798-1914, National Archives and Records Administration, microfilm series M233, 1840 June - 1846, A-Z, 22]
[transcribed 10 August 12, from Ancestry, image 22 of 525]
NO.7
NAMES.Bancker Abraham V. R.
[the Ancestry index has 'Abraham V K Bancker'; while that's possible, the top of the second initial looks closed to me, and not open]
Age. Years.33
Eyes.blue
Hair." [sc. brown]
Complexion." [sc. fair]
[Height]5 feet 5 inches
WHERE BORN.N. J. New Brunswick
Trade or Occupation.Tailor
ENLISTED. When.[1840 Decr] 15
Where.Carlisle
By whom." [sc. Lt] West
For what Period. Years.5
Regiment and Company.Drag
DISCHARGE. Date of14 May '42. Substituted by Michael Curran
Cause of[blank]
Died.[blank]
Deserted.[blank]
Apprehended.[blank]
Enlistment.[blank]
REMARKS.At Carlisle Pa. P.O. [sc. paid off?] Decr 23 /51 [???--the year is very light]

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 2 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Bancker Abram V.
Co F + S, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Drum Major | Prin. Musn
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Banker Abram V.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 15 March 2014]

Banker Abram V.
Co. F+S, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Drum Major | Prin. Mus'n.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

compiled service record

[compiled service record, Abram V Banker]
[transcribed 14 February 2014, from five images, obtained from National Archives and Records Administration]


[image 1]

136
Banker Abram V.
Co. F+S, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Drum Major | Prin. Musician

CARD NUMBERS.
1 22039597
2 22039611
3 22039625
4 22039636
5 22039650
6 22039664
7 22039680
8 22039695
9 22039710
10 22039920
11 22038832

Number of personal papers herein 0
Book Mark: [blank]
See also [blank]


[image 2, which consists of three cards]

[card 1]

B | 91 | Pa.
Abraham V. Bancker
Rank D. Maj, 91 Reg't Pennsylvania Inf.
Age [blank] years.
Appears on
Field and Staff Muster-out Roll
of the organization named above. Roll dated
Camp in the Field Va July 10, 1865.
Muster-out to date [blank].
Last paid to [blank].
Clothing account: [all blank]
Due U.S. for arms, equipments, &c., $[blank]
Bounty paid [blank]
Valuation of horse, [blank]
Valuatioon of horse equipments, [blank]
Remarks: M.O. of service by order of War Dept.

Book mark: [blank]
Black Copyist.


[card 2]

B | 91 | Pa.
Abram V. Bancker
Rank Prin Musc, 91 Reg't Pennsylvania Inf.
Appears on
Field and Staff Muster Roll
for Mar + Apl, 1862.
Present
Stoppage, $[blank]
Due Gov't, $[blank]
Valuation of horse, $[blank]
Valutation of horse equipments, $[blank]
Remarks [blank]

Book mark: [blank]
Black Copyist.


[card 3]

B | 91 | Pa.
Abram V. Bancker
Rank Prin Musc, 91 Reg't Pennsylvania Inf.
Appears on
Field and Staff Muster Roll
for May + June, 1862.
Present
Stoppage, $[blank]
Due Gov't, $[blank]
Valuation of horse, $[blank]
Valuation of horse equipments, $[blank]
Remarks [blank]

Book mark: [blank]
Black Copyist.


[image 3, which consists of three cards]

[card 1]

B | 91 | Pa.
Abram V. Bancker
Rank Pr. Musc, 91 Reg't Pennsylvania Inf.
Appears on
Field and Staff Muster Roll
for July + Aug, 1862.
Present
Stoppage, $[blank]
Due Gov't, $[blank]
Valuation of horse, $[blank]
Valuation of horse equipments, $[blank]
Remarks [blank]

Book mark: [blank]
Black Copyist.


[card 2]

B | 91 | Pa.
Abram V. Bancker x
Rank Pr. Musc, 91 Reg't Pa Inf.
Appears on
Field and Staff Special Muster Roll
for Aug 18, 1862.
Present
Stoppage, $[blank]
Due Gov't, $[blank]
Valuation of horse, $[blank]
Valuation of horse equipments, $[blank]
Remarks [blank]

x Col Pres. [??] Banker

Book mark: [blank]
McCormack Comp.


[card 3]

B | 91 | Pa.
Abram V. Bancker
Rank Drum Maj, 91 Reg't Pennsylvania Inf.
Appears on
Field and Staff Muster Roll
for Aug 2nd to Oct 31, 1861.
Present or absent not stated
Stoppage, $[blank]
Due Gov't, $[blank]
Valuation of horse, $[blank]
Valuation of horse equipments, $[blank]
Remarks [blank]

Book mark: [blank]
Black Copyist.


[image 4, which consists of three cards]

[card 1]

B | 91 | Pa.
Abram V. Bancker
Rank Drum Maj, 91 Reg't Pennsylvania Inf.
Appears on
Field and Staff Muster Roll
for Aug. 2" to Dec 31, 1861.
Present or absent not stated
Stoppage, $[blank]
Due Gov't, $[blank]
Valuation of horse, $[blank]
Valuation of horse equipments, $[blank]
Remarks [blank]

Book mark: [blank]
Black Copyist.


[card 2]

B | 91 | Pa.
Abram V. x Bancker
Rank Drum Maj, 91 Reg't Pennsylvania Inf.
Age 50 years.
Appears on
Field and Staff Muster-in Roll
of the organization named above. Roll dated
Phila Pa Dec 4, 1861.
Muster-in to date Dec 4, 1861.

Joined for duty and enrolled:
When Sept 11, 1861.
Where Phila Pa
Period 3 years.
Bounty paid $[blank]; due $[blank]
Valuation of horse, $[blank]
Valuation of horse equipments, $[blank]
Remarks: [blank]

[despite the 'x' by his name above, no alternative spelling or other note is present]

Book mark: [blank]
Black Copyist.


[card 3]

B | 91 | Pa.
Abram V. Bancker
Rank Drum Maj, 91 Reg't Pennsylvania Inf.
Appears on
Field and Staff Muster Roll
for Jan + Feb, 1862.
Present
Stoppage, $[blank]
Due Gov't, $[blank]
Valuation of horse, $[blank]
Valuation of horse equipments, $[blank]
Remarks [blank]

Book mark: [blank]
Black Copyist.


[image 5, which consists of two cards]

[card 1]

B | 91 | Pa.
Abram C. [sic] Bancker
Princ Musc, 91 Reg't Pennsylvania Inf.
Appears on a
Detachment Muster-out Roll
of the organization named above. Roll dated
Camp near Sharpsburg Md Oct 9, 1862.
Muster-out to date Oct 9, 1862.
Last paid to June 30, 1862.
Clothing account: [all blank]
Due U.S. for arms, equipments, &c., $[blank]
Bounty paid $[blank]; due $[blank]
Remarks: [blank]

Book mark: [blank]
Black Copyist.


[card 2]

B | 91 | Pa.
Abram V. Bancker
Rank Prin Musc, 91 Reg't Pennsylvania Inf.
Appears on
Field and Staff Muster Roll
for Sept + Oct, 1862.
Present or absent [blank]
Stoppage, $[blank]
Due Gov't, $[blank]
Valuation of horse, $[blank]
Valuation of horse equipments, $[blank]
Remarks Discharged (and Final Statements given) By G.O. no. [blank] W.D.

Book mark: [blank]
Black Copyist.

death register for Elizabeth Bancker

[death register, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1875, page 75]
[transcribed from FamilySearch, 10 August 2012]
DATE of Registration" " [sc. March 8]
NAME OF DECEASEDElizabeth Bancker
COLOR" [sc. WHITE]
SEX" [sc. FEMALE]
AGE68 y
Condition[blank]
Date of DeathMch 1
CAUSE OF DEATHCirrhosis of Liver
ATTENDING PHYSICIAN.E Harris
OCCUPATION OF DECEASED[blank]
Where BornPenna
When a Minor, Name of Father and Mother[blank]
WARD" [sc. 26]
STREET AND No.N.Y.
DATE of BURIAL" [sc. Mch] 4
PLACE OF BURIAL" [sc. Mount Moriah]

death notice, Elizabeth Bancker

[death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer, 4 March 1875, page 5, Elizabeth Bancker]
[transcribed 10 August 2012, from GenealogyBank]

BANCKER.--On the 1st of March, ELIZABETH BANCKER, of New York city, widow of the late A. V. Bancker, in the 64th year of her age.

The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, this Thursday, the 4th inst., at 12 1/2 o'clock, from the residence of her son, J. H. Bancker, no. 1916 Pemberton street, below Bainbridge. To proceed to Mount Moriah.

death notice

[death notice, Public Ledger 13 November 1869, page 2, A V Bancker]
[transcribed 10 August 2012, from GenealogyBank]

BANCKER--On the 12th instant A V. BANCKER, in the [illegible] year of his age

The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from his late residence 1916 Pemberton street above Fitzwater on Sunday afternoon, the 14th inst at 1 o'clock.


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