91st PA: William Benford

William Benford

Before the war

He was born on 28 March 1838, in Pennsylvania, probably to John J Benford and Mary [unknown family name]. [sources: date: 7, 10, 20 (28 March 1837); 2 (29 in 1865), 12 (36 in 1870), 16 (13 in 1850) 17 (23 in 1860), 19 (25 in 1863). place: 12, 16, 17, 19. parents: 16]

In 1850, he was living in Somerset Borough, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. He was living with John and Mary Benford (presumably his parents), and with others (presumably his siblings). He had attended school within the year. [source: 16]

In 1859/60, he married Ann E Stoner. She was born in November 1835, in Bedford County, Pennsylvania (now Fulton County), to Jacob Stoner and Anna Catherine Freymeier. According to the 1900 census, she had had two children, one of whom was living. [sources: 7, 11 (1835), 13 (Nov 1835), 14 (0 children in 1910--but note that her parents' birthplaces are listed as unknown, which may suggest she was not the informant), 18]

In 1860, he was living in Somerset Borough, Somerset, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Anne. They had been married within the year. He was a tailor, and owned $150 in personal property. [source: 17]

During the war

In June 1863, he registered for the draft. He was living in Somerset Borough, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. He was a tailor. [source: 19]

He also served in company F of the 34th Regular Militia of 1863. [source: 20]

He was drafted. He enlisted and was mustered into service on 11 March 1865. He was mustered in as a private, at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. He was a private in company B. [sources: 1, 2, 3, 21, 22]

He mustered out with his company on 10 July 1865. He was a private, in company B. [sources: 1, 2, 3, 21, 22]

After the war

In 1870, he was living in McConnellsburg, Fulton County, Pennsylvania. He was living with Millard and Emma Fahnestock. He was a tailor. His wife, Anna Benford, was living in the next house, with her (presumed) father Jacob Stoner, and (presumed) siblings Albert, Edwin, Merick, and Lalla. [sources: 12, 18]

He died on 25 or 26 November 1872, in McConnellsburg, Fulton County, Pennsylvania. He was buried in McConnellsburg Lutheran Cemetery, McConnellsburg, Fulton County, Pennsylvania. His grave has a GAR star and flag. [sources: 5 (25 Nov 72), 7 (26 Nov 1872), 10, 20 (26 Nov)]

In 1880, his widow, Anna Benford, was living in McConnellsburg Borough, Fulton County, Pennsylvania. She was living with her niece, Laura Stoner. [sources: 6]

In 1890, his widow, Anna Benford, was living in McConnellsburg Borough, Fulton County, Pennsylvania. [sources: 3]

On 8 July 1890, his widow, Ann E Benford, successfully applied from Pennsylvania for a pension. Her pension certificate was dated 8 October 1891. [sources: 3, 5, 8]

In 1900, his widow, Anna E Benford, was living in McConnellsburg, Fulton County, Pennsylvania. [source: 13]

Effective 19 April 1908, Anna's pension was increased to $12 per month, under the Act of 19 April 1908. [source: 8]

In 1910, his widow, Anna Benford, was living on First Street, in McConnellsburg, Fulton County, Pennsylvania. [source: 14]

Anna's pension was increased to $20 per month under the Act of 8 September 1916. [source: 8]

Anna's pension was increased to $25 per month under the Act of 6 October 1917. [source: 8]

Anna's pension was increased to $30 per month under the Act of 1 May 1920. [source: 8]

In 1920, his widow, Anna Benford, was living in McConnellsburg, Fulton County, Pennsylvania. [source: 15]

On 2 June 1922, his widow died, in McConnellsburg, Fulton County, Pennsylvania. She was buried in the McConnellsburg Lutheran Cemetery, McConnellsburg, Fulton County, Pennsylvania. [sources: 7, 8, 9, 11]

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) (William Benford)

2 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 27 June 2004 (William Benford)

3 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Fulton County, McConnellsburg Borough, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 131 (image 6 of 6 on Ancestry) (Willam Benford)

4 pension index, by name (William Benford)

5 pension index, by regiment (William Benford)

6 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Fulton County, McConnellsburg Borough, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 212, microfilm series T9, film 1133, page 92 D = 31 handwritten (Anna Benford)

7 'Fulton County, PA 365', a gedcom, available on RootsWeb WorldConnect, contact Ron R, last updated 31 August 2013, accessed 21 September 2013 (William Benford)

8 US Veterans administration pension payment cards, 1907-1933, NARA microfilm series M850, film 151 (Anna E Benford)

9 Pennsylvania death certificate index, 1922 ("B516 Annie E Benford 60920 McConnellsbg 6/2")

10 Find a grave, memorial 18726254, created by Kat, added 1 Apr 2007, accessed 21 September 2013 [includes a photo of the headstone] (William Benford)

11 Find a grave, memorial 18726632, created by Kat, added 1 Apr 2007, accessed 21 September 2013 [includes a photo of the headstone] (Annie E Benford)

12 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Fulton County, McConnellsburgh Borough, microfilm series M593, film 1347, page 105 recto = 1 handwritten (FamilySearch) (William Benford)

13 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Fulton County, McConnellsburg Borough, Todd Township, enumeration district 72, microfilm series T623, film 1412, page 186 = 13 A handwritten (FamilySearch) (Anna E Benford)

14 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Fulton County, McConnellsburg, enumeration district 52, microfilm series T624, film 1348, page 98 = 5 A handwritten (FamilySearch) (Anna Benford)

15 1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Fulton County, McConnellsburg, enumeration district 55, microfilm series T625, film 1572, page 233 = 2 A handwritten (FamilySearch) (Anna Benford)

16 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Somerset County, Somerset Borough, microfilm series M432, film 828, page 9 verso = 48 handwritten (FamilySearch) (William Benford)

17 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Somerset, Somerset Borough, microfilm series M653, film 1183, page 444 = 66 handwritten (FamilySearch) (William Benford)

18 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Fulton County, McConnellsburg, microfilm series M593, film 1347, page 105 recto = 1 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Anna C Benford)

19 Civil War draft registration records, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 110, consolidated enrollment lists 1863-1865, 16th congressional district, volume 1 of 4, page 24 (Wm Benford)

20 Pennsylvania, veterans burial cards, 1777-1999 (William Benford)

21 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (William Benford)

22 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (William Brentford)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1930 US census
Ancestry and FamilySearch indices (accessed 26 September 2013)
1940 US census
Ancestry and FamilySearch indices (accessed 26 September 2013)
headstone applications for US military veterans, 1925-1949
FamilySearch index (accessed 26 September 2013)
records of headstones of deceased Union veterans, 1879-1903
FamilySearch index (accessed 26 September 2013)

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William Benford in the 91st PA gedcom on RootsWeb WorldConnect

William Benford in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Somerset County, Somerset Borough, microfilm series M432, film 828, page 9 verso = 48 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is uncertain]
[a Wm H H Benford (13, b. PA) was living with Thomas (67, PA, innkeeper), Catharine (51, PA), Elisabeth (18, PA), Aaron W (16, PA), Albert A (10, PA) Benford et al., in Pennsylvania, Somerset County, Jefferson, microfilm series M432, film 828, page 16 recto = 31 handwritten (FamilySearch); this is not my William Benford; he married Sarah E Nash on 20 June 1867 in Warren, Illinois (see abstract of marriage record of Henry H Bendford to Sarah E Nash, on FamilySearch, and the 1870 US census, Illinois, Warren County, Hale, microfilm series M593, film 283, page 86 recto = 15 handwritten (FamilySearch, indexed under 'Wm H H Beuford')); numerous Ancestry family trees have this family (all accessed 24 September 2013))]
line2627282930313233343536
Dwellings visited121          
Families visited128          
NameJohn J BenfordMary DoFletcher DoWilliam DoWest DoElisabeth DoMary Ann DoJohn DoMargaret DoEmma DoPhilip [illegible] Do
Age4534141311986422/12
Sex" [sc. M]FM""F"MF"M
Color" [sc. W]""""""""""
Occupation of males over 15 yearsConstable          
Real estate owned           
BirthplaceDo [sc. Penna]DoDoDoDoDoDoDoDoDoDo
Married within year           
Attended school within year  111111   
Over 20 & can't read/write           
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.           

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Somerset, Somerset Borough, microfilm series M653, film 1183, page 444 = 66 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is likely, since (1) his apparent wife's name matches the widow who applied for a pension; see also the note on the 1850 census entry transcribed above]
line1920
Dwelling number463 
Family number442 
NameWilliam BenfordAnne "
Age2323 [?]
Sexmf
Color  
OccupationTailor 
Value of real estate owned  
Value of personal estate150 
Place of birthPa"
Married within year11
Attended school within year  
Cannot read & write  
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.  

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Fulton County, McConnellsburgh Borough, microfilm series M593, film 1347, page 105 recto = 1 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is likely, since (1) his location matches the probable location both of his widow in 1880 and of his burial]
[note that his wife seems to be living in the previous household, with her father and siblings]
line373839
Dwelling-house number7  
Family number9  
NameFahnestock Millard- EmmaBenford William
Age222336
SexMFM
ColorWWW
OccupationTinnerKeeping HouseTailor
Real estate value300  
Personal estate value800  
BirthplacePennaPennaPenna
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 old1 1
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...   

1870 census for Anna Benford

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Fulton County, McConnellsburg, microfilm series M593, film 1347, page 105 recto = 1 handwritten (FamilySearch), Anna C Benford]
[identification is likely; see the note on the 1870 census entry transcribed above]
[note that the next entry is her husband William Benford]
line313233343536
Dwelling-house number6     
Family number8     
NameStoner, JacobBenford, Anna C [sic]Stoner Albert- Edwin- Merick- Lalla
Age76282613107
SexMFMMMF
ColorWWWWWW
OccupationCabinet MakerKeeping HouseTinner   
Real estate value1500     
Personal estate value300 2500   
BirthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPenna
Father foreign born      
Mother foreign born      
Birth month if born within year      
Marriage month if married within year      
Attended school past year   111
Can't read      
Can't write      
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.      
Male US citizen at least 21 years old1 1   
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...      

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Fulton County, McConnellsburg Borough, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 212, microfilm series T9, film 1133, page 92 D = 31 handwritten]
[identification is probable, since (1) Anna's name, and (2) Anna's location match her location in the 1890 veterans schedule transcribed below]
line4748
street name  
house number  
dwelling visit #39 
family visit #40 
nameBenford AnnaStoner Laura
colorWW
sexFF
age4217
month born if born in year  
relationship Niece
single 1
married  
widowed/divorced1 
married during year  
occupationKeeping HouseAssisting in House
months unemployed  
currently ill?  
blind  
deaf/dumb  
idiotic  
insane  
disabled  
school this year 1
can't read  
can't write  
birthplacePaOhio
father's birthplacePaPa
mother's birthplacePaPa

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Fulton County, McConnellsburg Borough, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 131 (image 6 of 6 on Ancestry)]
[identification is confirmed by reference to his service in the 91st]

[line] 48
[house] [blank]
[family] [blank]
[name] Anna Widow of Benford William
[rank] Private
[company] B
[unit] 91 Pa Inf
[enlistment date] 11 Mar 1865
[discharge date] 10 July 1865
[length of service] [blank] years, 3 months, 29 days
[post office address] [blank]
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Fulton County, McConnellsburg Borough, Todd Township, enumeration district 72, microfilm series T623, film 1412, page 186 = 13 A handwritten (FamilySearch), Anna E Benford]
[identification is probable, since (1) Anna's name matches the name of the widow who applied for a pension (see entry 4 above), and (2) she is in the same location as the 1890 veterans schedule transcribed above]
line9
street 
house number 
dwelling number 
family number274
nameBenford Anna E
relationshipHead
colorW
sexF
birth dateNov 1835
age64
married?Wd
# years married 
mother of how many children?2
# of children living1
birthplacePennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvania
immigration year 
# years in USA 
naturalized citizen? 
occupation 
# months not employed 
# months in school 
can readyes
can writeyes
speaks Englishyes
owned/rentedR
free or mortgaged 
farm/houseH
# of farm schedule 

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Fulton County, McConnellsburg, enumeration district 52, microfilm series T624, film 1348, page 98 = 5 A handwritten (FamilySearch), Anna Benford]
[identification is probable; see the note on the 1900 census entry transcribed above]
line36
streetFirst Street
house nr 
dwelling nr113
family nr124
nameBenford Anna
relationshipHead
sexF
colorW
age74
marital statusWd
#years present marriage 
mother of # children0
mother of # living children0
birthplacePennsylvania
father's birthplaceUnknown
mother's birthplaceUnknown
immigrated 
naturalized/alien 
speaks EnglishEnglish
occupationOwn income
nature of industry etc. 
employer etc. 
out of work 15 Apr 1910? 
# weeks out of work 1909 
can readyes
can writeyes
school since 1 Sep 09 
owned/rentedR
owned free or mortagaged 
farm/houseH
nr on farm schedule 
civil war vet 
blind 
deaf & dumb 

1920 census

[1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Fulton County, McConnellsburg, enumeration district 55, microfilm series T625, film 1572, page 233 = 2 A handwritten (FamilySearch), Anna Benford]
[identification is probable; see the note on the 1900 census entry transcribed above]
line39
street 
house number 
dwelling visit number[39]
family visit number43
nameBenford, Anna
relationshipHead
own/rentR
free/mortgaged (if owned) 
sexF
raceW
age at last birthday84
marital statusWd
year of immigration 
naturalized/alien 
year of naturalization 
attended school since Sept 1919 
can readyes
can writeyes
birth placePennsylvania
native language 
father's birthplacePennsylvania
father's native language 
mother's birthplacePennsylvania
mother's native language 
can speak Englishyes
occupationnone
industry, business 
employment status 
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 2 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Benford William
Co. B, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 17 March 2014]

Brentford, William
Co. B, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Benford, William

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

draft registration

[Civil War draft registration records, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 110, consolidated enrollment lists 1863-1865, 16th congressional district, volume 1 of 4, page 24]
[transcribed from Ancestry (image 54 of 641), 26 September 2013]
[his occupation and residence match the William Benford in the 1860 census entry transcribed above]

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 Eysler, Provost Marshal.

RESIDENCE. " " [sc. Somerset Borough]
NAME. 4. Benford Wm
DESCRIPTION.
AGE 1st July 1863. 25
WHITE or COLORED. " [sc. White]
PROFESSION, OCCUPATION, OR TRADE. Tailor
MARRIED or UNMARRIED. Married
PLACE OF BIRTH. " [sc. Pennsylvania]
FORMER MILITARY SERVICE. [blank]
REMARKS. [blank]

Veterans Administration pension payment cards

[US Veterans administration pension payment cards, 1907-1933, NARA microfilm series M850, film 151]
[transcribed from FamilySearch, 21 September 2013]

NAME: Benford, Anna E.
ACT OF MAY 1, 1920
Certificate No. 308573
ARMY WIDOW
Law: ACT. APRIL 19th, 1908.
Name of Soldier: William Benford
Service: Pvt. B 91 Pa. Inf.
W ISSUES.
CLASS.RATE.DATE OF COMMENCEMENTDATE OF CERTIFICATE.
Increased to $12.00 per month from April [19, 1908 (?)] by act of that date8 Oct 1891
INC.20SEPTEMBER 8, 1916 
INC.25OCTOBER 6, 1917 
Fees: Inc 30 May 1, 1920
Transferred from: Pittsburgh
Transferred to: [blank]
Died June 2 1922
Bureau notified JUL 27 1922
Remarks: [blank]
Former Roll No. 43 H.J.
JAN 12 1917

Pennsylvania veterans burial cards

[Pennsylvania, veterans burial cards, 1777-1999]
[transcribed 26 September 2013, from Ancestry]

RECORD OF BURIAL PLACE OF VETERAN
Fulton County
Name Benford, William
Date of Birth 3-28-1837
Date of Death 11-26-1872
Veteran of Civil War
Served in Army
Dates of Service 6-3-1863 8-24-1863
Organization(s) Co.F,34th.Reg.Militia of 1863
Rank Pvt.
Cemetery Name Luthern [sic] Location McConnellsburg,Borough
Location of Grave in Cemetery Section F Grave No. 9
Headstone Yes
Family
Information Given By Bates V ol.5 [sic]
Date 3-25-1936
Remarks [blank]

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