91st PA: John Leonard Bell

John Leonard Bell

Before the war

He was born on 29 October 1842, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to John Alexander Bell and Amanda McCarty. [sources: date: 6 (22 in 1862), 8, 10, 11 (17 in 1860), 12 (8 in 1850), 14 (26 Oct 43), 16 (24 in 1870). place: 8, 10, 12, 14, 16. parents: 10]

In 1850, he was living in the 4th ward of Southwark, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, with his parents. He had attended school in the last year. [source: 12]

In 1860, he was living in the 24th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his parents. The census does not list an occupation for him. [source: 11]

When he enlisted, he was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 6]

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service in the 118th Pennsylvania Infantry on 9 August 1862. He enlisted at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was mustered in at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [1, 5, 6, 18]

He was promoted from corporal to sergeant in company G of the 118th Pennsylvania on 1 March 1863. He was promoted to second lieutenant. [source: 5]

He was promoted from second lieutenant in company G, to first lieutenant in company B (of the 118th Pennsylvania), on 17 November 1864. [sources: 5, 15]

He was wounded at Five Forks, Virginia, on 31 March 1865. [source: 5]

He was promoted from first lieutenant, in company B, on 1 May 1865, to Captain, of company F. [sources: 1, 2, 5]

On 2 June 1865, he was transferred from the 118th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry to company A of the 91st Pennsylvania by special order 138, headquarters Army of the Potomac, 1 June 1865. [sources: 4, 6, 13, 18 (captain]

On 13 June 1865, he was assigned to command company A, and ordered to receipt to William Beaver for all property. [sources: 4; see also 13 and 15]

He mustered out on 10 July 1865 with his company. He was captain of company A. [sources: 1, 2, 6, 18]

After the war

In 1870, he may have been living in Kit Carson, Greenwood County, Colorado. If so, he was a clerk, in a store. [source: 16]

He applied successfully from Colorado for a pension on 19 August 1892, under the Act of 27 June 1890. [sources: 3, 7, 15]

On 14 May 1895, he married Mrs Mary Egan, in Arapahoe County, Colorado. She was born in November 1859, in Ohio. She had four children, two of whom were alive in 1900, apparently:

[sources: 8, 9, 17]

In 1900, he was living at 2340 Welton Street, Denver, Colorado. He was a clerk, and had been unemployed 12 months. He was living with his wife Mary, and his step children Genevive Bell [sic] and Thomas Garrett. Mary had had four children, two of whom were alive. [source: 8]

On 23 March 1907, he received a pension of $15 per month, under the Act of 6 February 1907. (The certificate was dated 30 November 1907.) [sources: 3, 7, 15]

He died on 20 April 1909, at Denver, Colorado. He was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Adams County, Colorado. [sources: 3, 14, 15]

In 1910, his widow, Mary Bell, was living at 2340 Welton Street, with her daughter and son-in-law James and Genevive Edwards, and their daughter Genevivie. She had had four children, one of whom was still alive. [source: 9]

His widow, Mary Bell, applied unsuccessfully from Colorado for a pension on 13 July 1911. [sources: 3, 7]

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 Official Army Register

3 pension index, by regiment (John L Bell)

4 special order 34, HQ 91st PA, 13 June 1865

5 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'One hundred and eighteenth regiment'. Volume 3, pages 1319 (co.B), 1329 (co.F), and 1332 (co.G). (In the roster) (John L Bell)

6 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 18 August 2004 (John L Bell)

7 pension index, by name (John L Bell)

8 1900 US census, Colorado, Arapahoe, 9th ward Denver, supervisor's district 24, enumeration district 73, microfilm series T623, film 119, page 75 = 7A handwritten (John L Bell)

9 1910 US census, Colorado, Denver, Denver 9th ward, microfilm series T624, roll 116, page 226 = sheet 1A handwritten, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 120 (Mary Bell)

10 Skinner & Smith genealogy, a gedcom, available on WorldConnect at rootsweb.com, last updated 27 July 2005, accessed 13 November 2005 (John Leonard Bell)

11 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 9th precinct 24th ward, microfilm series M653 film 1175 page 1091 = 47 handwritten (J Leonard Bell)

12 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 4th ward Southwark, microfilm series M432, film 822, pages 276-277 (John L Bell)

13 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 13 June 1865 (Capt Bell)

14 Colorado Veterans' Grave Registrations 1862-1949 (viewed 26 April 2007) (John L Bell)

15 Veterans Administration pension payment cards, 1907-1933, from National Archives and Records Administration, microfilm series M850, film 146 (John L Bell)

16 1870 US census, Colorado Territory, Greenwood County, Kit Carson, microfilm series M593, film 95, page 309 verso = 6 handwritten (FamilySearch) (John Bell)

17 [not transcribed] Colorado marriages, 1859-1900, abstracted on Ancestry (accessed 13 July 2013) (John L Bell to Mrs Mary Egan)

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1880 US census
(A) I found one possible candidate: J E Bell, 36, b. Pennsylvania, work[er] in silver mine, in Antelope Park and Vicinity, Hinsdale County, Colorado, microfilm series T9, film 90, page 187 = 36 D handwritten (FamilySearch)
(B) a gedcom on Rootsweb has a John Bell who died on 20 April 1909, but this is pretty clearly not the John Bell who served in the 118th and 91st, since he was born about 1824 and was living in Wayne Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania in 1850 as well as 1870 and 1880
[see 'Hollabaugh (various spellings) families connected to Pennsylvania', a gedcom, available on RootsWeb WorldConnect, updated 30 June 2006 (which cites these 1850, 1870, and 1880 censuses)]
(C) he is not living with his parents--see (i) 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (at 3413 Haverford), e.d. 488, microfilm series T9, film 1182, page 75 = 6 B handwritten FamilySearch, and (ii) 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 24, district 77, microfilm series M593, film 1411, page 319 verso = 116 handwritten FamilySearch
1890 US census, veterans schedule
Ancestry index (accessed October 2005)
note that most Colorado entries are missing
1920 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 12 July 2013)
note that his widow's having applied unsuccessfully for a pension suggests that she died (or perhaps was remarried) not long after her application
1930 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 12 July 2013)
note that his widow's having applied unsuccessfully for a pension suggests that she died (or perhaps was remarried) not long after her application
Find a grave
accessed 12 July 2013
applications for headstones for military veterans, 1925-1941
FamilySearch index (accessed 12 July 2013)

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John Leonard Bell in the 91st PA gedcom on RootsWeb WorldConnect

John Leonard Bell in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 4th ward Southwark, microfilm series M432, film 822, pages 276-277]
[identification is uncertain]
line42123456
Dwellings visited496      
Families visited577      
NameJohn A BellAmanda BellJohn L "Julia D. "Emily "Sarah H. "Margaret Henry
Age3029864219
SexMFMFFFF
Color       
Occupation of males over 15 yearsClerk      
Real estate owned       
BirthplacePennaPennsylvania""""Ireland
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, 9th precinct 24th ward, microfilm series M653 film 1175 page 1091 = 47 handwritten]
[identification is uncertain]
line313233343536373839
Dwelling number284        
Family number314        
NameJohn A BellAmanda "J Leonard "Julia "EmileEliz [?]Maltida [sic]AmandaKate Foster
Age403817151397224
Sexmfmffffff
Color         
OccupationClerk       Servant
Value of real estate owned         
Value of personal estate         
Place of birth" [sc. Penna]"""""""Ireland
Married within year         
Attended school within year   1111  
Cannot read & write        1
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.         

1870 census

[1870 US census, Colorado Territory, Greenwood County, Kit Carson, microfilm series M593, film 95, page 309 verso = 6 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is speculative; note that the occupation matches his occupation in 1900, but this John Bell's parents were foreign born, unlike the John and Amanda Bell in the 1850 and 1860 census entries transcribed above]
[I did not transcribe the other four people in this household, headed by Thomas Patton grocer\
line34
Dwelling-house number[41]
Family number[44]
NameBell John
Age24
Sexm
Colorw
OccupationClerk in Store
Real estate value[blank]
Personal estate value[blank]
BirthplacePennsylvania
Father foreign born1
Mother foreign born1
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 ... 

1900 census

[1900 US census, Colorado, Arapahoe, 9th ward Denver, supervisor's district 24, enumeration district 73, microfilm series T623, film 119, page 75 = 7A handwritten]
[identification is likely, since (1) the location matches his place of death in 1909, and (2) his wife's name matches the widow's name in the pension index by name (entry 7 above)]
line31323334
streetWelton St
house number2340   
dwelling number6   
family number10   
nameBell John L- Mary- GenivieGarrett Thomas G.
relationshipHeadWifeStep D.Step-son
colorWWWW
sexMFFM
birth dateOct 1842Nov 1859Jan 1881April 1885
age57401915
married?MMSS
# years married55  
mother of how many children? 4  
# of children living 2  
birthplacePennsylvaniaOhioColoradoColorado
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaIrelandPennsylvaniaScotland
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaIrelandOhioOhio
immigration year    
# years in USA    
naturalized citizen?    
occupationClerk DressmakerClerk
# months not employed12 00
# months in school    
can readyesyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyesyes
speaks Englishyesyesyesyes
owned/rentedR   
free or mortgaged    
farm/houseH   
# of farm schedule    

1910 census

[1910 US census, Colorado, Denver, Denver 9th ward, microfilm series T624, roll 116, page 226 = sheet 1A handwritten, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 120]
[identification is likely; see the note on the 1900 census entry transcribed above]
line16171819
streetWelton Street
house nr2340   
dwelling nr3   
family nr5   
nameEdwards James H- Genevive- GeneviveBell Mary
relationshipHeadWifeDaughterMother-in-law
sexMFFF
colorWWWW
age3228350
marital statusM1M1SW [?]
#years present marriage44  
mother of # children 1 4
mother of # living children 1 1
birthplaceNew JerseyColoradoColoradoOhio
father's birthplaceEnglandOregonNew JerseyIreland
mother's birthplaceEnglandOhioColoradoOhio
immigrated    
naturalized/alien    
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglish English
occupationWagon DriverNoneNoneNone
nature of industry etc.Express   
employer etc.OA   
out of work 15 Apr 1910?    
# weeks out of work 1909    
can readyesyes yes
can writeyesyes yes
school since 1 Sep 09    
owned/rentedR   
owned free or mortagaged    
farm/houseH   
nr on farm schedule    
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 15 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Bell John L.
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Capt | Capt
See also 118" Pa. Vols.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

Veterans Administration pension payment card

[Veterans Administration pension payment cards, 1907-1933, from National Archives and Records Administration, microfilm series M850, film 146, John L Bell]
[transcribed 12 July 2013, from FamilySearch]

NAME: Bell, John L.
Certificate No. 960944
ARMY INVALID.
Law: ACT FEB. 6, 1907.
Service: Capt F. 118 Pa V.I + A 91" Pa. V I
Disability: [blank]
ISSUES.
CLASS.RATE.DATE OF COMMENCEMENT.DATE OF CERTIFICATE.
[blank]1523 Mch 190730 Nov 1907
Fees: [blank]
Transferred from: [blank]
Transferred to: [blank]
Died: 20 Apl 1909
Bureau notified: MAY 4 - 1909
Remarks: Accrued order dated 9/22/09
Former Roll No. 3516 JUN 27 1890
Home: [blank]

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