91st PA: John B Blum

John B Blum

Before the war

He was born on 28 November 1834, in Saxony, Germany. [sources: date: 19, 25 (Nov 1835); 6 (23 in 1863), 8 (23 in 1863), 9 (23 in 1863), 10 (23 in 1863), 20 (29 Nov 1884 [sic]), 21 (34 in 1860), 23 (35 in 1870), 24 (46 in 1880), 26 (75 in 1910), 27 (85 in 1920). place: 23, 24, 27; 6, 8, 9, 10, 19, 21, 25, 26]

In 1852, he immigrated. [sources: 25, 26, 27]

In 1852/53, he married Catharine [unknown family name]. She was born in June 1834, in Saxony. They had eight children, including:

[sources: 22, 23, 24, 25 (8 children 5 living in 1900), 26 (8 children 5 living in 1910), 28, 29]

He was naturalized in 1860. [source: 27]

In 1860, he may have been living in Baltimore, Maryland. If so, he was living with his (presumed) wife Catharine, and (presumed) children Edward, Joseph, and Peter, along with others. He was a farm laborer. [source: 21]

When he was enrolled, he was a laborer, and was living in Birmingham, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. [sources: 6, 8, 9, 10]

Description

When he was enrolled, he was 5 feet 3-1/2 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, blue eyes, and brown hair. [sources: 6, 8, 9, 10 (5'5-1/2")]

During the war

He was drafted. He was enrolled and mustered into service in company L of the 62nd Pennsylvania on 10 July 1863. He was enrolled for three years, in Allegheny [County], Pennsylvania. He was mustered into service as a private, at Allegheny, Pennsylvania. His service was credited to the 22nd Congressional District. [1, 6, 8, 9, 10, 14 (20 Jul 61), 16, 20 (25 Aug 63), 32]

He was transferred on 20 July 1864 from company L of the 62nd Pennsylvania. On 21 July 1864, he, and the other members of companies L and M of the 62nd Pennsylvania, 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 present, as a private. He served as a private in company K. [sources: 1, 3, 4, 9, 10, 32]

On 10 October 1864, he received a furlough for ten days, to visit his home in Burmingham, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, because of illness in his family. He did not return when the furlough was over. He was reported absent without leave starting 21 October 1864. He was reported as a deserter on 30 November 1864. He was arrested as a deserter, and returned to the regiment, on 9 January 1865. [sources: 2, 5, 11, 12, 13]

In January 1865, he was tried by court martial. [source: 15]

He mustered out with his company on 20 [sic] July 1865. He was a private, in company K. [sources: 1, 10, 14 (20 Jul), 16 (10 July), 20 (10 Jul), 21 (10 Jul), 32]

The Pennsylvania State Archives card refers to a "letter from W[ar] D[epartment] on file dated 6-8-86", but unfortunately doesn't summarize the contents. [source: 10]

After the war

In 1870, he was living in Baldwin Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Catharine, and their (presumed) children Peter, Joseph, Catharine, John, and Lena. He was a boat carpenter. [source: 23]

In 1880, he was living at Browns Station of the Pennsylvania and Ohio Railroad, in ward 23, Pittburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Catharine, and children Catharine, John, and Lena. He was a laborer. [source: 24]

On 5 May 1884, he successfully applied from Pennsylvania for a pension. [sources: 14, 18]

In 1890, he was living in ward 22, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. [source: 16]

In 1900, he was living on Willock Street, ward 22, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Catharine. He was not working. [source: 25]

On 1 March 1907, he again applied for a pension, under the Act of 6 February 1907. His application was successful, with the certificate issued on 2 October 1907. He received $15 per month, retroactive to 1 March 1907. [sources: 14, 31]

On 22 December 1909, a pension certificate was issued, increasing his pension to $20 per month, retroactive to 4 December 1909. [source: 31]

In 1910, he was living on Etwin Avenue, ward 14, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Catherine. He was retired. [source: 26]

On 20 February 1913, a new pension certificate was issued, increasing his pension to $30 per month, retroactive to 31 May 1912, under the Act of 11 May 1912. [source: 31]

On 10 June 1918, his pension was increased, to $40 per month. [source: 31]

On 1 May 1920, his pension was increased, to $50 per month, apparently under the Act of 1 May 1920. [source: 31]

In 1920, he was living on Etwin Avenue, ward 14, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Catharine, their son Joseph, their daughter Lena, and Lena's family. He was not working. [source: 27]

On 21 November 1920, his wife, Catherine Blum, died, in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. [source: 30]

On 6 February 1922, a pension certificate was issued, increased his pension to $72 per month, retroactive to 27 December 1921. [source: 31]

He died on 4 June 1922, at Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. He was retired. He died of uremia (duration 5 days), with chronic interstitial nephritis contributing. On 8 June 1922, he was buried, in the Homestead Cemetery, Homestead, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. [sources: 14, 17, 19, 20 (1 Jun), 21]

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 Charge and specification preferred against Private John Blum.

3 special order 65, HQ 91st PA, 21 July 1864 (John Blumm)

4 special order 66, HQ 91st PA, 22 July 1864 (John Blumm)

5 company K, register of deserters, entry 28 (John Blum)

6 company K, descriptive roll (John Blumm)

7 company K, second descriptive roll (John Blum)

8 company K, third descriptive roll (John Blum)

9 company K, fourth descriptive roll (John Blum)

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

11 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 30 November 1864 (Privt Blum)

12 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 21 October 1864 (not named)

13 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 10 January 1865 (Privt Blumm)

14 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company K (John Blum)

15 National Archives Archival Research Catalog (accessed 24 July 2010) (John Blum; 2 entries)

16 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, ward 22, supervisor's district 9, enumeration district 112, page 1 (image 276/413 on Ancestry) (John Plumm [sic])

17 Pennsylvania death indices, 1922 (accessed 24 May 2013) ('B 450 John B Blum 54973 Pgh 6/4')

18 pension index, by name (John Blum)

19 death certificate, Pennsylvania, Alleghany County, 4 June 1922, file number 54973 (John B Blum)

20 Pennsylvania veterans burial cards 1777-1999 (John Blum)

21 Find a grave, memorial 96926978, created by RobMinteer57, added 12 Sep 2012, accessed 24 October 2013 (John B Blum)

22 1860 US census, Maryland, Baltimore, district 12, microfilm series M653, film 469, page 976 = 80 handwritten (FamilySearch) (John Bloom)

23 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, Baldwin Township, microfilm series M593, film 1292, page 686 recto = 23 handwritten (FamilySearch) (John Plume [sic])

24 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, 23rd ward, enumeration district 9, microfilm series T9, film 1094, page 1 A = 1 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Jno Plum [sic])

25 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, ward 22, enumeration district 261, microfilm series T623, film 1362, page 275 = 12 A (FamilySearch) (John Plum [sic])

26 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, ward 14, enumeration district 464, microfilm series T624, film 1304, page 85 = 14 A (FamilySearch) (John Blum)

27 1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, ward 14, enumeration district 545, microfilm series T625, film 1522, page 100 = 1 B handwritten (FamilySearch) (John B Bloom)

28 Find a grave, memorial 96926976, created by RobMinteer57, added 12 Sep 2012, accessed 24 Oct 2013 (Catharine Ann Blum)

29 Pennsylvania death indices, 1924 ('CATHERINE B BLUM PGH B450 02 9 13 24 83693')

30 Pennsylvania death indices, 1920 ('B450 Catherine Blum 110191 Pgh 11/21')

31 Veterans administration pension payment cards, 1907-1933, National Archives and Records Administration, microfilm series M850, film 195 (John Blum)

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

Display


John B Blum in the 91st PA gedcom on RootsWeb WorldConnect

John B Blum in the 91st PA database

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1850 US census
Ancestry and FamilySearch indices (accessed 24 October 2013)
1930 US census
Ancestry and FamilySearch indices (accessed 24 October 2013)
1940 US census
Ancestry and FamilySearch indices (accessed 24 October 2013)
RootsWeb WorldConnect
searched for John Blum (metaphone ) died 1922 (accessed 24 October 2013)
Civil War draft registration records, 1863-1865
Ancestry index (accessed 24 October 2013)
headstones applications for US military veterans, 1925-1949
FamilySearch index (accessed 24 October 2013)
GenealogyBank
searched Pittsburgh newspapers for 'funeral' from 4 to 8 June 1922 (accessed 24 October 2013)

1860 census

[1860 US census, Maryland, Baltimore, district 12, microfilm series M653, film 469, page 976 = 80 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is speculative, given the differences in age and the differences in the children's birthplaces from the other evidence I have; however, I did not find any other entries in other censuses for this family]
line2324252627282930
Dwelling number534       
Family number548       
NameDavid ConnellyEliza "Margaret MorrisJohn BloomCatharine "Edward "Joseph "Peter "
Age32221834407 [?]41
SexMFFMFMMM
Color        
OccupationCarpenter  Farm Laborer    
Value of real estate owned        
Value of personal estate        
Place of birthMaryland""Germany"Maryland [sic]""
Married within year        
Attended school within year        
Cannot read & write   1    
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.        

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, Baldwin Township, microfilm series M593, film 1292, page 686 recto = 23 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is probable; see the note on the 1880 census entry below]
line24252627282930
Dwelling-house number165      
Family number172      
NamePlume [sic] John- Catharine- Peter- Joseph- Catharine- John- Lena
Age35361514862
SexMFMMFMF
ColorWWWWWWW
OccupationBoat CarpenterKeeping HWorking in S.M.Driver in C.M.At Home" "" "
Real estate value       
Personal estate value       
BirthplaceSaxony"Penna""""
Father foreign born1111111
Mother foreign born1111111
Birth month if born within year       
Marriage month if married within year       
Attended school past year       
Can't read       
Can't write   1   
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, Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, 23rd ward, enumeration district 9, microfilm series T9, film 1094, page 1 A = 1 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is probable, since (1) his wife's name, age, and birthplace match the evidence in the 1900 census etc., and (2) Lena's name and age match the name and age in the 1910 census]
line1213141516
street nameBrowns Station P + O R R
house number     
dwelling visit #2    
family visit #2    
namePlum [sic[ Jno- Catharine- Catharine- Jno- Lena
colorWWWWW
sexMFFM [?]F
age4646181512
month born if born in year     
relationship WifeDaughterSonDaughter
single  111
married11   
widowed/divorced     
married during yearLabourerKeeping House"At School"
occupation     
months unemployed     
currently ill?     
blind     
deaf/dumb     
idiotic     
insane     
disabled     
school this year   11
can't read     
can't write     
birthplaceSaxonSaxonPennaPennaPenna
father's birthplaceSaxonySaxonySaxonySaxonySaxony
mother's birthplaceSaxonySaxonySaxonySaxonySaxony

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, ward 22, supervisor's district 9, enumeration district 112, page 1 (image 276/413 on Ancestry)]
[identification is probable, despite the mistaken surname, given the service information, and the fact that the Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File available on ARIAS does not include a John Plumm]

[line] 9
[house] 120
[family] 130
[name] Plumm [sic] John
[rank] Private
[company] L
[unit] 62 Pa Vol
[enlistment date] 10 July 1863
[discharge date] 10 July 1865
[length of service] 2 years, 0 months, 0 days
[post office address] Pittsburgh [sic] Pa
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, ward 22, enumeration district 261, microfilm series T623, film 1362, page 275 = 12 A (FamilySearch)]
[identification is confirmed by the match with the 1910 census entry below]
line3637
streetWillock str
house number  
dwelling number190 
family number203 
namePlum [sic] John- Catharine
relationshipHeadWife
colorWW
sexMF
birth dateNov 1835June 1834
age6465
married?MM
# years married4747
mother of how many children? 8
# of children living 5
birthplaceGermanyGermany
father's birthplaceGermanyGermany
mother's birthplaceGermanyGermany
immigration year18521852
# years in USA4848
naturalized citizen?Na 
occupation  
# months not employed  
# months in school  
can readyesyes
can writeyesyes
speaks Englishyesyes
owned/rentedO 
free or mortgagedF 
farm/houseH 
# of farm schedule  

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, ward 14, enumeration district 464, microfilm series T624, film 1304, page 85 = 14 A (FamilySearch)]
[identification is confirmed by his address's matching the address in his death certificate]
line89
streetETWIN AVE
house nrX 
dwelling nr238 
family nr251 
nameBlum John- Catherine
relationshipHeadWife
sexMF
colorWW
age7575
marital statusM1M1
#years present marriage5858
mother of # children 8
mother of # living children 5
birthplaceGer GermanGer German
father's birthplaceGer GermanGer German
mother's birthplaceGer GermanGer German
immigrated18521852
naturalized/alienNa 
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglish
occupationRetiredNone
nature of industry etc.  
employer etc.  
out of work 15 Apr 1910?  
# weeks out of work 1909  
can readYesNo
can writeYesNo
school since 1 Sep 09  
owned/rentedO 
owned free or mortagagedF 
farm/houseH 
nr on farm schedule  
civil war vetUA 
blind  
deaf & dumb  

1920 census

[1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, ward 14, enumeration district 545, microfilm series T625, film 1522, page 100 = 1 B handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is confirmed by his address's matching the address in his death certificate]
line5253545556575859
streetEttwin St
house numberNo Nos.
dwelling visit number7       
family visit number9       
nameAdams Michael J.- Lena C- John B- Lena CLennon [?] John JBloom Joseph- John B.- Catharine K
relationshipheadwifesondaughtergrandsonbrother in lawfather-in-lawmother-in-law
own/rentO       
free/mortgaged (if owned)F       
sexMFMFMMMF
raceWWWWWWWW
age at last birthday555234257558585
marital statusMMSDSMMM
year of immigration      18521852
naturalized/alien      NaNa
year of naturalization      18601861
attended school since Sept 1919    Yes   
can readYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
can writeYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
birth placeWest VirginiaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaSaxony GerSaxony Ger
native language      GermanGerman
father's birthplaceIrelandSaxon GerWest VirginiaWest VirginiaPennsylvaniaSaxon GerSaxon GerSaxon Ger
father's native languageIrishGerman   GermanGermanGerman
mother's birthplaceIrelandSaxon GerPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaSaxon GerSaxon GerSaxon
mother's native languageIrishGerman   GermanGermanGerman
can speak EnglishYesYesYesYes YesYesYes
occupationLaborerNonefiremansaleswomanNoneLaborerNoneNone
industry, businessrailroad shop railroadshoestore steel mill  
employment statusW WW  W  
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 10 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Blum, John
Co. K, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
See also 62" Pa. Vols.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

VA pension payment cards

[Veterans administration pension payment cards, 1907-1933, National Archives and Records Administration, microfilm series M850, film 195]
[transcribed 25 October 2013, from FamilySearch]

NAME: Blum John
ACT MAY 11, 1912
Certificate No. 401277
ARMY INVALID.
Law: [crossed out:] Act of Feb. 6, 1907
ACT OF MAY 1, 1920
Service: Pvt. L. 62 and K 91 Pa. Inf.
ISSUES.
CLASS.RATE.DATE OF COMMENCEMENT.DATE OF CERTIFICATE.
Reis151 Mch 19072 Oct. 1907
Inc204 Dec 190922 Dec 1909
Reis3031 May 191220 Feb 1913
 40JUN 10 1918 
Inc.50May 1, 1920 
Inc.72Dec 27 1921FEB 6 1922
Transferred from: PITTSBURGH
Transferred to: [blank]
Died: June 4, 1922
Bureau notified: JUL 27 1922
Remarks: [blank]
Former Roll No. 632 G.R.
Home: Pittsburgh Pa

Pennsylvania veterans burial card

[Pennsylvania veterans burial cards 1777-1999]
[transcribed 24 October 2013, from Ancestry]

RECORD OF BURIAL PLACE OF VETERAN
Allegheny County
NAME Blum, John
DATE OF BIRTH 11/29/1884
DATE OF DEATH 6/1/1922
VETERAN OF Civil WAR
SERVED IN [blank]
DATES OF SERVICE 8/25/1863 7/10/1865
ORGANIZATION(S) Co.L- 62d Regt.Penna.Inft.
RANK Pvt.
CEMETERY OR PLACE OF INTERMENT NAME Homestead LOCATION Munhall, Pa.
LOCATION OF GRAVE IN CEMETERY SECTION G LOT No. 104
HEADSTONE Yes FAMILY
INFORMATION GIVEN BY Foley
DATE 1-28-35
REMARKS [blank]

death certificate

[death certificate, Pennsylvania, Alleghany County, 4 June 1922, file number 54973, John B Blum]
[transcribed 24 October 2013, from PA Vital Records]

CERTIFICATE OF DEATH
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
BUREAU OF VITAL STATISTICS
File No. 54973
Registered No. 1355
Registration District No. [blank]
Primary Registration District No. [blank]

1. PLACE OF DEATH
County of Alleghany
City of Pittsburgh
([illegible] Ettwein St, 14th Ward)
2. FULL NAME John B. Blum

PERSONAL AND STATISTICAL PARTICULARS
3. SEX M
4. COLOR OR RACE White
5. Widowed
6. DATE OF BIRTH Nov 28 1834
7. AGE 87 yrs. 6 mos. 6 ds.
8. OCCUPATION (a) Trade, profession, or particular kind of work Retired
9. BIRTHPLACE Germany
10. NAME OF FATHER unknown
11. BIRTHPLACE OF FATHER Germany
12. MAIDEN NAME OF MOTHER unknown
13. BIRTHPLACE OF MOTHER Germany
14. THE ABOVE IS TRUE TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE
(Informant) Mrs L. Lanzan [??]
()Address) Highland Sta [illegible] Ward City.
15. Filed JUN 6 1922 D. Drawford [??] Local Registrar.

MEDICAL CERTIFICATE OF DEATH
16. DATE OF DEATH June 4 1922
17. I HEREBY CERTIFY, That I attended deceased from Dec 1 1921 to June 4 1922, that I last saw him alive on June 4 1922 and that death occurred, on the date stated above, at [blank] M.
The CAUSE OF DEATH was as follows:
Uraemia (Duration) 5 ds.
Contributory (Secondary) Chr. Interstitial Nephritis (Duration) [blank]
(Signed) C. C. Rinard M.D.
June 5 1922 (Address) Homestead Pa
18. LENGTH OF RESIDENCE (For Hospitals, Institutions, Transients, or Recent Residents). [blank]
19. PLACE OF BURIAL OR REMOVAL Homestead Cem Pa
DATE OF BURIAL June 8 1922
20. UNDERTAKER Michael Wall
ADDRESS Homestead

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