91st PA: George Blake

George Blake

Before the war

He was born in Millville, [Cumberland County,] New Jersey, in 1838/39, apparently to William and Ann Blake. [sources: date: 8 (22 in 1861), 9 (22 in 1861), 10 (12 in 1850), 14 (24 in 1863), 15 (23 in 1860), 16 (23 in 1870), 17 (40 in 1880). place: 8, 16, 17. parents: 10, 15, 16]

In 1850, he was (probably) living in Millville Township, Cumberland County, New Jersey. He was living with his (presumed) parents William and Ann Blake. [source: 10]

In 1860, he was living in Clayton, Gloucester County, New Jersey. He was living with his (presumed) parents William and Ann. He was a glassblower. [source: 15]

When he enlisted, he was a glass blower, and was living in Philadelphia. [sources: 8, 9]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 10-1/2 inches tall, and had a light complexion, gray eyes, and brown hair. [sources: 8 (brown hair), 9 (light hair)]

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service as a private on 27 August 1861, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia Pennsylvania, by Captain Starr. He was a private in company A. [sources: 1, 3, 6, 8, 9, 18]

He had returned from being a prisoner to the regiment on 22 February 1863. He returned with several men who were captured at Snicker's Gap, Virginia, early in November 1862. [source: 7]

In June 1863, he was listed in a draft registration as living in Clayton Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey, and as having served with the 91st Pennsylvania. He was a glassblower, and was single. [source: 14]

He fought at the Battle of Gettysburg. [source: 11]

He reenlisted as a veteran volunteer on 26 December 1863, at Bealton, Virginia. [sources: 1, 9]

He was wounded on 18 June 1864 at Petersburg, Virginia. [source: 1]

He was transferred on 1 April 1865 to the Veterans' reserve corps. When he was transferred, he was a private, in company A. He served in D 4 Veterans' reserve corps. [sources: 1, 3, 8, 9, 12, 18]

After the war

In 1870, he was living in Clayton Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey. He was living with his (presumed) parents William and Ann Blake. He worked in a glass factory. [source: 16]

In 1880, he may have been living at 1935 Richmond Street, in ward 25, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a glassblower. [source: 18]

He applied successfully for a pension on 28 June 1880. [sources: 2, 3]

He died on 13 June 1886. He is buried in Cedar Green Cemetery, in Clayton, Gloucester County, New Jersey. [sources: 4, 5, 6, 13]

His mother, Elizabeth A Blake, applied unsuccessfully from New Jersey for a pension on 18 November 1886. [sources: 2, 3]

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 pension index, by name (searched 25 April 2001, on Ancestry) (George Blake)

3 pension index, by regiment (George Blake)

4 John B. Vanderstraeten. "Veterans buried in Gloucester County". 1933 [?]. From Dennis Clowney

5 tombstone (picture supplied by Dennis Clowney)

6 Grave registration record (Gloucester County, NJ) (supplied by Dennis Clowney)

7 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 22 February 1683

8 company A descriptive roll, entry 6 (George Blake)

9 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 5 May 2004 (George Blake)

10 1850 US census, New Jersey, Cumberland County, Millville Township, microfilm series M432, film 446, page 149 verso = 298 handwritten (FamilySearch) (George Blake)

11 Pennsylvania Memorial, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (George Blake)

12 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 14 June 1865 (Privt Blake)

13 Find a grave, memorial 44663577, created by pat callahan, added 22 November 2009 (George Blake)

14 Consolidated lists of Civil War draft registration records, National Archives and Records Administration record group 110, New Jersey, 1st Congressional district, class I, volume 3 of 3 (George Blake)

15 1860 US census, New Jersey, Gloucester County, Clayton, microfilm series M653, film 691, page 191 handwritten = 27 handwritten (FamilySearch) (George Black [sic])

16 1870 US census, New Jersey, Gloucester County, Clayton Township, microfilm series M593, film 862, page 37 verso = 74 handwritten (FamilySearch) (George Blake)

17 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 25, microfilm series T9, film 1184, page 59 = 3 C handwritten (FamilySearch) (Geo Black [sic])

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1890 US census, veterans schedules
Ancestry index (accessed October 2005)
FamilySearch index (accessed 11 January 2014)
1900 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 11 January 2014)
1910 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 11 January 2014)
1920 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 11 January 2014)
1930 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 11 January 2014)
1940 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 11 January 2014)
records of headstones of deceased Union veterans 1879-1903
FamilySearch index (accessed 11 January 2014)
headstone applications for US military veterans, 1925-1949
FamilySearch index (accessed 11 January 2014)
Veterans administration pension payment cards, 1907-1933
searched FamilySearch index for George Blake died 1886 OR other person Elizabeth (accessed 11 January 2014)
Philadelphia death certificates
FamilySearch index (accessed 12 January 2014--checked 'Blake' and 'Black')
New Jersey deaths and burials, 1720-1988
FamilySearch index (accessed 12 January 2014--checked 'Blake' and 'Black')
RootsWeb WorldConnect
searched for George Blake (metaphone) AND either died 1886 or parents William and Ann (accessed 12 January 2014)

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George Blake in the 91st PA gedcom on RootsWeb WorldConnect

George Blake in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, New Jersey, Cumberland County, Millville Township, microfilm series M432, film 446, page 149 verso = 298 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is likely, since (1) the location matches the birth place listed in the company descriptive book (source 8 above), and (2) the apparent parents match (except for their ages) the apparent parents in the 1860 census entry below]
line192021
Dwellings visited221  
Families visited221  
NameWilliam BlakeAnn BlakeGeorge Blake
Age353012
SexMFM
Color   
Occupation of males over 15 yearsLaborer  
Real estate owned   
Birthplace   
Married within year   
Attended school within year  1
Over 20 & can't read/write   
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.   

1860 census

[1860 US census, New Jersey, Gloucester County, Clayton, microfilm series M653, film 691, page 191 handwritten = 27 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is likely, despite the family name, since (1) the occupation matches his occupation at enlistment according to the company descriptive book (source 8 above), and (2) although the location does not match the location in the company descriptive book, it does match the draft registration record from 1863]
line678
Dwelling number174  
Family number180  
NameWm Black [sic]Ann "George "
Age525023
Sexmfm
Color   
OccupationLaborer Glassblower
Value of real estate owned   
Value of personal estate50  
Place of birth   
Married within year   
Attended school within year   
Cannot read & write 1 
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.   

1870 census

[1870 US census, New Jersey, Gloucester County, Clayton Township, microfilm series M593, film 862, page 37 verso = 74 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is probable, since (1) his occupation matches the occupation listed in the company descriptive book (source 8 above), and (2) the location matches his location at death]
line141516
Dwelling-house number600  
Family number600  
NameBlake WilliamBlake AnnGeorge
Age605823
SexMFM
ColorWWW
OccupationLaborerKeeping HouseWorks in Glass factory
Real estate value3000  
Personal estate value500  
BirthplaceNew JerseyNew JerseyNew Jersey
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 ...   

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 25, microfilm series T9, film 1184, page 59 = 3 C handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is speculative, based primarily on his occupation; note he is not with his parents in Clayton, Gloucester County, New Jersey, at microfilm series T9, film 781, enumeration district 90, page 286 B (FamilySearch); note also that he and his parents are in the 1860 census with the family name 'Black']
[I did not transcribe the other four people at this residence, headed by Mary Fey, 29, born Germany]
line9
street nameRichmond Street
house number[1935]
dwelling visit #[11]
family visit #[11]
nameBlack Geo
colorW
sexM
age40
month born if born in year 
relationshipBoarder
single1
married 
widowed/divorced 
married during year 
occupationGlassblower
months unemployed 
currently ill? 
blind 
deaf/dumb 
idiotic 
insane 
disabled 
school this year 
can't read 
can't write 
birthplaceN. Jersey
father's birthplaceN.J.
mother's birthplaceN.J.

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]


Blake George
Co. A., 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also V.R.C

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

draft registration record

[Consolidated lists of Civil War draft registration records, National Archives and Records Administration record group 110, New Jersey, 1st Congressional district, class I, volume 3 of 3]
[transcribed from Ancestry, 11 January 2014, image 399 of 448]
[note that Charles J King is on the same page]

SCHEDULE I.--CONSOLIDATED LIST of all persons of CLASS I, subject to do military duty in the First Congressional District, consisting of the Counties of Camden, Gloucester, Salem, Cumberland State of New Jersey, enumerated during the month of Jun 1863, under direction of Cap. Robt, Provost Marshal.

RESIDENCE. " [sc. Gloucester Co. Clayton Township]
NAME. 5 Blake George
DESCRIPTION.
AGE 1st July, 1863. 24
WHITE OR COLORED. " [sc. White]
PROFESSION, OCCUPATION, OR TRADE. Glassblower
MARRIED OR UNMARRIED. " [sc. single]
PLACE OF BIRTH. New Jersey
FORMER MILITARY SERVICE. 91st " [sc. Regt] Pa. Vol
REMARKS. [blank]

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