91st PA: Reuben A Barger (or Berger)

Reuben A Barger (or Berger)

Before the war

He was born on 5 May 1840, in Perry Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, to Benjamin Barger and Isabella Truby. [sources: date: 24 (5 May 1840), 20 (May 1841), 14 (1840); 8 (21 in 1863), 9 (21 in 1863), 10 (22 in 1863), 15 (8 in 1850), 16 (19 in 1860), 17 (30 in 1870), 18 (38 in 1880), 21 (69 in 1910), 23. place: 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24. parents: 15, 16, 23, 24]

In 1850, he was living in Perry Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. He was living with Benjamin and Isabella Barger (presumably his parents), and with others (presumably siblings). He had attended school within the year. [source: 15]

In 1860, he was living in Perry Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. He was living with Benjamin and Isabella Barger (presumably his parents), and with others (presumably siblings). He was apparently not working, and had attended school within the year. [source: 16]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 8-1/2 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, black eyes, and black hair. [sources: 8, 9]

During the war

He was drafted. He enlisted and was mustered into service on 17 July 1863 in the 62nd Pennsylvania Infantry. He served in company M. He enlisted for three years. He was mustered in as a private, in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. His service was credited to the 23rd congressional district. [sources: 1, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 27]

He was wounded in May or June 1864. [source: 6]

He was transferred on 20 July 1864 from company M of the 62nd Pennsylvania to the 91st. 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. He was a private, in company K. [sources: 1, 2, 3, 6, 12 (15 Aug), 27]

On 27 April 1865, he was promoted to corporal, effective 1 April 1865. His surname was crossed out, which may mean that the order was cancelled. [sources: 2, 4]

On 31 May 1865, he was promoted to corporal, effective 31 May. He was promoted on 6 June 1865 to corporal. [sources: 1, 5, 10]

He mustered out on 10 July 1865 with his company. He was a corporal, in company K. [sources: 1, 10, 12, 27]

After the war

On 25 January 1866, he married Margaret Jane Hours, in Dutch Hill, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. She was born on 19 February 1848, in Clarion County, Pennsylvania. They had seven known children:

[sources: 17, 18, 20, 21, 23]

On 26 May 1868, he applied succesfully for a pension. [sources: 11, 12]

In 1870, he was living in Perry Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania (post office Brady's Bend). He was living with Margaret (presumably his wife), and with Benjamin and Venice (presumably their children). He was a laborer. [source: 17]

In 1880, he was living in Perry, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Margaret, and children Ben F, Leslie, Susan A, Elizabeth, and Mary. He was a coal miner. [source: 18]

In 1890, he was living in Perry Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. He had been shot in the back, and had rheumatism. [source: 19]

In 1900, he was living in Perry Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Margaret, children Catharine R and Carrie L, and grandchildren Martha J and Anna E Zimmerley. He was a farmer. [source: 20]

In 1910, he was living on Parker Road, in Perry Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Margaret J, his daughter Catharine R, and his grandchidlren Martha J and Anna E Zimmerly. He was a farmer, on a general farm. [source: 21]

On 20 June 1911, his wife, Margaret, died, at Parker City, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. She was buried in Walley Cemetery, in Brady's Bend, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. [sources: 22, 23, 26]

He received a pension under the Act of 11 May 1912 [?]. Beginning 24 May 1912, he received $21.50 per month. [source: 25]

He died on 20 March 1916, at Karma City, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. He died of chronic Brights disease, which he had had for two years. He was a farmer. On 24 March 1916, he was buried in Walley Cemetery, Brady's Bend, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. [sources: 12, 13, 14, 24, 25]

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) (Reuben Berger)

2 special order 65, HQ 91st PA, 21 July 1864 (Reuben Berger)

3 special order 66, HQ 91st PA, 22 July 1864 (Reuben Berger)

4 special order 25, HQ 91st PA, 27 April 1865 (Ruben Berger) [Note: his surname is crossed out. Although other entries in the same order have the entire line crossed out, I suspect his promotion was also cancelled.]

5 special order 31, HQ 91st PA, 31 May 1865

6 company K, second list of non-commissioned officers (Reuben Berger)

7 company K, second descriptive roll (Reuben Berger)

8 company K, third descriptive roll (Reuben Berger)

9 company K, fourth descriptive roll (Reuben Berger)

10 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 13 May 2005 (Reuben Berger)

11 pension index, by name (Reuben Berger)

12 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company K (Reuben Barger [sic])

13 Pennsylvania death indices, 1916 ("Barger, Reuben; 38482; Armstrong Co.; Mar. 20.")

14 Find a grave, memorial 15525826, created by Michael S Emett, added 27 August 2006, accessed 17 May 2013 (pictured headstone refers to his service in the 62nd PA) (Reuben Barger [sic])

15 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Armstrong County, Perry Township, microfilm series M432, film 749, pages 6 verso = 12 handwritten to 7 recto = 13 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Rheuben [sic] Barger)

16 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Armstrong County, Perry Township, microfilm series M653, film 1070, pages 509 = 74 handwritten to 510 = 75 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Reuben Berger)

17 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Armstrong County, Perry Township (post office Brady's Bend), microfilm series M593, film 1301, page 316 verso = 86 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Reuben Barger)

18 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Clarion County, Perry, microfilm series T9, film 1117, page 239 = 34 B handwritten (FamilySearch) (Rheubin Barger)

19 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Armstrong County, Perry Township, enumeration district 24, microfilm series M123, film 87, page 2 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Ruben Barger)

20 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Armstrong County, Perry Township, enumeration district 16, microfilm series T623 film 1373, page 232 = 8 A handwritten (FamilySearch) (Reuben Barger)

21 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Armstrong County, Perry Township, enumeration district 18, microfilm series T624, film 1309, page 4 = 4 B handwritten (FamilySearch) (Ruebon [sic] Barger)

22 Find a grave, memorial 15525845, created by Michael S Emett, added 27 August 2006, accessed 17 May 2013 (Margaret J Barger)

23 'Emery family tree', a gedcom, available on RootsWeb WorldConnect, contact Robert Emery, updated 21 September 2012 (accessed 17 May 2013) (Reuben A Barger)

24 death certificate, Pennsylvania, Armstrong County, 20 March 1916, file 38482 (Reuben Barger)

25 Veterans administration pension payment cards, 1907-1933, National Archives and Records Administration, microfil mseries M850, film 101 (Reuben Barger)

26 Pennsylvania death indices, 1911 ("Barger, Mary A.; 62065; Parker City; June 20.")

27 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Reuben Berger)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

applications for headstones for military veterans, 1925-1941
FamilySearch index (accessed 17 May 2013)
Pennsylvania veterans burial cards 1777-1999
Ancestry index (accessed 17 May 2013)
1920 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 17 May 2013)
1930 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 17 May 2013)
1940 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 17 May 2013)

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Reuben A Barger in the 91st PA gedcom on RootsWeb WorldConnect

Reuben A Barger in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Armstrong County, Perry Township, microfilm series M432, film 749, pages 6 verso = 12 handwritten to 7 recto = 13 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is likely, since (1) the place matches the place in the 1890 veterans schedule and the place of death]
line4212345678
Dwellings visited81        
Families visited81        
NameBenjn BargerIsabella BargerLoffer [?] "Christopher "John "Elizabeth "Rheuben [sic] "Jacob "Saville [?] "
Age383518151210841
Sexmfmmmfmmm
Color         
Occupation of males over 15 yearsFarmer Labourer      
Real estate owned500        
BirthplacePaPa"""""""
Married within year         
Attended school within year  11111  
Over 20 & can't read/write 1       
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.         

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Armstrong County, Perry Township, microfilm series M653, film 1070, pages 509 = 74 handwritten to 510 = 75 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is likely, since (1) the place matches the place in the 1890 veterans schedule and the place of death]
line343536373839401
Dwelling number613       
Family number537       
NameBenjamin BergerIsabella "John "Reuben "Elizabeth "Jacob "SusannahSamuel L [?]
Age5045 [?]21191714116
SexMFMMFMFM
Color        
OccupationStone Mason Farm Hand Domestic   
Value of real estate owned1,000       
Value of personal estate50       
Place of birthDo [sc. Pa]DoPaPaPaPaPaPa
Married within year        
Attended school within year   1111 
Cannot read & write        
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.        

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Armstrong County, Perry Township (post office Brady's Bend), microfilm series M593, film 1301, page 316 verso = 86 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[I did not transcribe the other family at this residence, headed by James and Jane Young]
[identification is likely, since (1) the place matches the place in the 1890 veterans schedule and the place of death]
line36373839
Dwelling-house number[608]   
Family number[604]   
NameBarger Reuben- Margret- Benjaman [sic]- Venice
Age302231
SexMFMM
ColorWWWW
OccupationLaborerHouse Keeper  
Real estate value    
Personal estate value    
BirthplacePennaPennaPennaPenna
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   
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...    

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Clarion County, Perry, microfilm series T9, film 1117, page 239 = 34 B handwritten (FamilySearch) (Rheubin Barger)]
[the previous household is headed by Emanuel and Mary Barger]
[identification is likely, since (1) the place matches the place in the 1890 veterans schedule and the place of death]
line45678910
street name       
house number       
dwelling visit #319      
family visit #323      
name- [sc. Barger] Rheubin [sic]- Margret- Ben F- Leslie- Susan A- Elizabeth- Mary
colorwwwwwww
sexMFMMFFF
age38321311962
month born if born in year       
relationship wifeson"daugh""
single  11111
married11     
widowed/divorced       
married during year       
occupationCoal MinerKeeps houseAt home" "" "" "" "
months unemployed       
currently ill?       
blind       
deaf/dumb       
idiotic       
insane       
disabled       
school this year  111  
can't read       
can't write       
birthplace" [sc. Pa]""""""
father's birthplace" [sc. Pa]""""""
mother's birthplace" [sc. Pa]""""""

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Armstrong County, Perry Township, enumeration district 24, microfilm series M123, film 87, page 2 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is confirmed by reference to his service in the 91st]

[line] 20
[house] [blank]
[family] [blank]
[name] Barger Ruben
[rank] Corp
[company] K
[unit] 91 Pa vol
[enlistment date] 17 July 1863
[discharge date] 10 July 1865
[length of service] 2 [years] 0 [months] 11 [sic] days
[post office address] Do " [sc. Queenstown Armstrong]
[disability incurred] Shot in Back + Rheumtism [sic]
[remarks]

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Armstrong County, Perry Township, enumeration district 16, microfilm series T623 film 1373, page 232 = 8 A handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[note that the next household is headed by Benjamin Barger, born Nov 1866]
[identification is likely, since (1) the place matches the place in the 1890 veterans schedule and the place of death]
line343536373839
street      
house number      
dwelling number152     
family number154     
nameBarger Reuben- Margaret J- Cathren R- Carrie LZimmerley Martha J- Anna E
relationshipHeadWifeDaughterDaughterG daughterG daughter
colorWWWWWW
sexMFFFFF
birth dateMay 1841Feb 1848Aug 1882May 1885Dec 1893Mar 1896
age5952171564
married?MMSSSS
# years married3434    
mother of how many children? 7    
# of children living 6    
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigration year      
# years in USA      
naturalized citizen?      
occupationFarmer     
# months not employed0     
# months in school      
can readyesyesyesyes  
can writeyesyesyesyes  
speaks Englishyesyesyesyes  
owned/rentedO     
free or mortgagedF     
farm/houseF     
# of farm schedule101     

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Armstrong County, Perry Township, enumeration district 18, microfilm series T624, film 1309, page 4 = 4 B handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is likely, since (1) the place matches the place in the 1890 veterans schedule and the place of death]
line7475767778
streetParker Road
house nr     
dwelling nr89    
family nr90    
nameBarger Ruebon [sic]- Margaret J- Catharine RZimmerly Martha J- Anna E
relationshipheadwifedaughtergrand daughtergrand daughter
sexMFFFF
colorWWWWW
age6962271614
marital statusM1M1SSS
#years present marriage4444   
mother of # children 7   
mother of # living children 5   
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigrated     
naturalized/alien     
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglishEnglishEnglishEnglish
occupationFarmernoneCooknonenone
nature of industry etc.General Farm in Restaurant  
employer etc.Emp W  
out of work 15 Apr 1910?  no  
# weeks out of work 1909  0  
can readyesyesyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyesyesyes
school since 1 Sep 09   yesyes
owned/rentedO    
owned free or mortagagedF    
farm/houseF    
nr on farm schedule62    
civil war vetUA    
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]


Berger Reuben
Co. K, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Corpl.
See also 62' Pa. Vols.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

Veterans administration pension payment card

[Veterans administration pension payment cards, 1907-1933, National Archives and Records Administration, microfil mseries M850, film 101]
[transcribed 11 October 2013, from FamilySearch]

NAME: Barger, Reuben
Certificate No. 121404.
ARMY INVALID.
Law: Act May 11, 1912 [?]
Service: Pvt. K. 91. Pa. Inf.
Disability: [blank]
ISSUES.
CLASS.RATE.DATE OF COMMENCEMENT.DATE OF CERTIFICATE.
Reis21.5024 May 19127. Jan 1913

Transferred from: PITTSBURGH
Transferred to: [blank]
Died: Mch. 20, 1916
Bureau notified APR 14 1916
Remarks: Check No. 1249804 Dated APR 4 1916 Canceled.
Former Roll No. G.L.
Home: [blank]

death certificate

[death certificate, Pennsylvania, Armstrong County, 20 March 1916, file 38482, Reuben Barger]
[obtained from Pennsylvania Vital Records; transcribed 11 October 2013]


COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
BUREAU OF VITAL STATISTICS
File No. 38482
Registered No. [blank]
CERTIFICATE OF DEATH
Registration District No. 2880
Primary Registration District No. [blank]
1. PLACE OF DEATH
County of [illegible]
Township of [illegible]
2. FULL NAME Reuben Barger [sic]

PERSONAL AND STATISTICAL PARTICULARS
3. SEX Male
4. COLOR OR RACE White
5. Widower
6. DATE OF BIRTH May [?] 5 1840
7. AGE 75 yrs. 10 mos. 15 ds.
8. OCCUPATION
(a) Trade, profession, or particular kind of work Farmer
(b) General nature of industry, business, or establishment in which employed (or employer) [blank]
9. BIRTHPLACE Perry Twp
10. NAME OF FATHER Benjamin Barger
11. BIRTHPLACE OF FATHER Pa
12. MAIDEN NAME OF MOTHER Isabell [sic] Truby
13. BIRTHPLACE OF MOTHER Pa
14. THE ABOVE IS TRUE TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE
(Informant) C [?] L Barger
(Address) Parkers Lodg [sic] RR 69
15. Filed March 23 1916
[illegible] Local Registrar.

MEDICAL CERTIFICATE OF DEATH.
16. DATE OF DEATH March 20 1916
17. I HEREBY CERTIFY, That I attended deceased from Dec 15 1915 to March 20 1916, that I last saw him alive on March 15 1916, and that death occurred, on the date stated above, at 2.45 PM.
The CAUSE OF DEATH was as follows:
Chronic Brights Disease
(Duration) 2 yrs.
Contributory (Secondary.) [blank]
(Signed) B P Walker M.D.
March 21 1916
(Address) Mt Monterey Pa
18. LENGTH OF RESIDENCE (For Hospitals, Institutions, Transients or Recent Residents.) [blank]
19. PLACE OF BURIAL OR REMOVAL Wally Cemetery
DATE OF BURIAL Mar 24 1916
20. UNDERTAKER C Horner
ADDRESS East Bady [??]

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