91st PA: John Boxberger

John Boxberger

Before the war

He was born in 1823/24, in Saxon-Meiningen (Germany). [sources: date: 2 (37 in 1861), 3 (36 in 1860), 4 (47 in 1870), 5 (46 in 1880), 6 (59 in 1883), 8 (59 at death in 1883). place: 3, 5]

He married Carolina [unknown family name]. She was born in 1826/27, in Saxon-Meiningen. They apparently had at least these children:

[sources: 3, 4]

He seems to have been a grocer, living at 241 Poplar Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, probably beginning in 1859. [source: 9]

In 1860, he seems to have been living in the 16th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (3). He was living with his wife Caroline, and his (presumed) children Caroline, Lewis, Emma, and Charles (3). He was a lampmaker, and owned $500 in personal property (3).

When he enlisted, he was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 7 October 1861. He was mustered in as a private, in company B. [sources: 1, 2, 10 (wagoner), 11 (wagoner)]

On a company muster roll from 7 to 31 October 1861, he is listed as deserted. He was a private, in company B. [sources: 1, 2, 10, 11]

He is listed as a wagoner on the company B muster-in roll, dated 31 December 1861. [source: 11]

He is listed on a descriptive list of deserters, dated 24 March 1863. [source: 11]

He was not on the muster-out roll when the regiment mustered out. [source: 1]

After the war

Starting probably in 1863, he seems to have been a lampmaker, with his wife running a grocery, living at 241 Poplar Street, Philadelphia. [source: 9]

About 1866, they seem to have moved to 5 Westmore Place, Philadelphia. [source: 9]

In 1870, he seems to have been living in the 11th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Caroline and (presumed) children Caroline, Lewis, Emma, and Charles. [source: 4]

About 1875, he seems to have moved to rear 515 North 2d street. Perhaps his address simply changed, since Westmore Place began at 515 North 2d Street--note also that in the 1880 city directory he is listed as living at 5 Westmore Place. They lived there until he died. [source: 9]

He seems to have died on 9 April 1883, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, of phthisis pulmonalis. He was a lampmaker. The funeral was held from 515 North Second Street, 11th ward, Philadelphia (his residence), on 12 April 1883. Members of the following organizations were invited: Allmania Lodge, number 312, International Order of Odd Fellows; Oberasker Lodge, number 12, DOH [perhaps Degree of Honor, Ancient Order of United Workmen??]; Herrman Lodge, number 54, Knights of Pythias. He was buried in Glenwood Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 6, 8]

John Boxberger's wife Caroline Boxberger died on 19 May 1884, probably in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The funeral was held on 21 May 1884, from 515 North Second Street (her residence). She was buried in Glenwood Cemetery. [source: 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) (John Boxberger)

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

3 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 16th ward, microfilm series M653, film 1166, page 286 = 60 handwritten] (John Boxberger)

4 1870 US census, second enumeration, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 11th ward, microfilm series M593, film 1424, page 411 = 43 handwritten] (John Boxberger)

5 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, microfilm series T9, film 1181, page 306 = 4D handwritten] (John Boxberger--but probably not my John Boxberger; see the note on identification below)

6 [death notice], Philadelphia Inquirer, 12 April 1883, page 5] (John Boxberger)

7 [death notice], Philadelphia Inquirer 21 May 1884, page 5 (Caroline Boxberger)

8 Philadelphia PA death certificates 1803-1915, 9 April 1883 (Johan Baxberger)

9 [selected Philadelphia city directories]

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

11 compiled service record, B 91 Pennsylvania Infantry (John Boxberger)

Note on identification

Identification is uncertain. I have found three John Boxberger's in Philadelphia:

I have assumed that the second John (married to Carolina) is my John, because of his age.

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1850 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 29 Jan 2012)
1880 US census
According to the 1880 and 1881 Gopsill's Philadelphia directories, he was living at 5 Westmore Pl
Westmore Place went east from 515 N 2nd street, in the 11th ward (1880 city directory page 71)
the following evidence suggests that the census taker missed Westmore Place in 1880:
(a) Thomas Fitzpatrick, who lived at 515 N 2d, is in the 1880 US census at microfilm series T9, film 1172, page 443 = 2 B handwritten: the census continues along 2nd street, and Westmore Place is not covered in that enumeration district
(b) The 1881 Gopsill's directory has two entries for rear 515 North 2nd street ('Dunn Sarah, wid Thomas, h 1 r 515 N 2d' (p.487) and 'Stein Barbara, wid Joseph, h 3 r 515 N 2d' (p.1559)), which I have not found in the census (rear N 2d st is on page 454 but only for even numbers; the rear N 2d st odd numbers are not in that enumeration district)
(c) the 1881 Gopsill's directory has 'Neff Lewis, instmaker, h 3 Westmore pl' (p.1231), who isn't in the FamilySearch or HeritageQuest census indices
(d) the 1880 Gopsill's directory has these entries on Westmore place: 'Stein Edward, police, h 3 Westmore pl' (p.1604) (not in the FamilySearch index); 'Zoller Frank, harnessmaker, h 4 Westmore pl' (p.1847) (perhaps Frank S Zoller saddler at 408 6th st T9/1173/167?); 'Zoller Theresa, wid Bernhard, h 4 Westmore pl' (p.1847) (no entry in FS); 'Dunn John J., cutter, h 1 Westmore pl' (p.509) (too many for me to check!); 'Dunn Sarah, wid Thomas, h 1 Westmore pl' (p.509) (not in the FamilySearch indexon Westmore)
1890 US census, veterans' schedules
Ancestry index (accessed 31 Jan 2012)
1900 US census
FamilySearch and HeritageQuest indices (accessed 29 Jan 12)
1910 US census
FamilySearch and HeritageQuest indices (accessed 29 Jan 12)
1920 US census
FamilySearch and HeritageQuest indices (accessed 29 Jan 12)
1930 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 29 Jan 12)
1940 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 13 July 15)
Find a grave
searched Boxberger buried in Philadelphia; John in Glenwood; John in Ivy Hill (accessed 29 January 2012)
RootsWeb WorldConnect
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1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 16th ward, microfilm series M653, film 1166, page 286 = 60 handwritten]
[identification is speculative; see the note on identification above]
[house 430 family 476 is Thos Parry watch case maker, obviously = 'Parry Thomas, watchcase maker, 243 Poplar' (Sherman's 1861 directory, page 767), which strongly suggests this is the John Boxberger grocer at 241 Poplar in the 1861 directory]
[house 431 family 477 is Val. walker scroll sawyer, = 'Walker Valentine, scroll sawyer, 245 Poplar' (Sherman's 1861 director, page 1023)]
line345678
Dwelling number429     
Family number474     
NameJohn BoxbergerCarolina "Carolina "Lewis "Emma "Charles "
Age36336531
SexMFFMFM
Color      
OccupationLamp maker     
Value of real estate owned      
Value of personal estate500     
Place of birthSaxon-MeiningenDoPaDoDoDo
Married within year      
Attended school within year      
Cannot read & write      
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.      

1870 census

[1870 US census, second enumeration, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 11th ward, microfilm series M593, film 1424, page 411 = 43 handwritten]
[identification is speculative; see the note on identification above]
line222324252627
Dwelling-house number     
Family number      
NameBoxberger John- Caroline- Caroline- Lewis- Emma- Charles
Age474417151312
SexMFFMFM
Color      
Occupation      
Real estate value      
Personal estate value      
Birthplace      
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 old      
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...      

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, microfilm series T9, film 1181, page 306 = 4D handwritten]
[household 35, family 42, is headed by Annie Teufel, and includes Louis Teufel teamster; this corresponds to 'Teufel Annie M., wid Joseph, h Ashmead n Wakefield, Gtn' and 'Teufel Louis, driver, h Ashmead n Wakefield' (p.1611)]
[household 34, family 41, is headed by Alfred C Carr, M Engineer; see 'Carr Alfred C., engineer, h 106 Ashmead, Gtn' (p.299)]
[household 39, family 46, is headed by John Foster, works in woolen mill; presumably 'Foster John, weaver, h 265 Centre, Gtn' (p.572)]f
[household 39, family 46, include Jos Bott, weaver, and Wm Mason; perhaps Joseph Bott is 'Bott Joseph, weaver, h 265 Centre, Gtn' (p.209); I could not identify Mason]
[this is probably not my John Boxberger; see the note on identification above]
line3637
street name  
house number  
dwelling visit #36 
family visit #43 
nameBoxberger John- Christiana
colorWW
sexMF
age4643
month born if born in year  
relationship wife
single  
married11
widowed/divorced  
married during year  
occupationShoemakerKeeps House
months unemployed  
currently ill?  
blind  
deaf/dumb  
idiotic  
insane  
disabled  
school this year  
can't read  
can't write  
birthplaceGermanyGermany
father's birthplace----
mother's birthplace----

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 9 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Boxberger, John
Co. B, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Wagoner | Pvt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

compiled service record

[compiled service record, B 91 Pennsylvania Infantry, John Boxberger]
[transcribed 13 July 2015, from 2 images, obtained from National Archives and Records Administration]


[image 1]

277
Boxberger John
Co. B, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Wagoner | Private
CARD NUMBERS.
1 22042167
2 220422810
3 22039350
[the rest of the card numbers are blank]

Number of personal papers hnerein 0
Book Mark: [blank]
See also [blank]


[image 2, which consists of three cards]

[card 1]

B | 91 | Pa.
John Boxberger
Prvt, Co. B, 91 Reg't Pa. Infantry.
Appears on
Descriptive List of Deserters
dated Camp near Falmouth Va Mch 24 1863.
Age [blank] years; height [blank]
Complexion [blank]; eyes [blank]; hair [blank]
Where born [blank]
Occupation [blank]
When enlisted [blank]
Where enlisted [blank]
When mustered in [blank]
Where mustered in [blank]
For what period mustered in [blank] years.
When deserted [blank]
Where deserted [blank]
When apprehended [blank]
Where apprehended [blank]
Remarks: [blank]

Book mark: [blank]
Harlan Copyist.


[card 2]

B | 91 | Pa.
John Boxberger
Pvt, Co. B, 91 Reg't Pennsylvania Inf.
Appears on
Company Muster Roll
for from Oct 7 to 31, 1861.
Present or absent [blank]
Stoppage, [blank]
Due Gov't, [blank]
Remarks: Whereabouts not Known. Deserter

Not on Co muster out roll

Book mark: [blank]

Patterson Copyist.


[card 3]

B | 91 | Pa.
Jno. Boxberger
Wagoner, Capt. Bowman's Co., 91 Reg't Pa. Inf.*
Age 37 years.
Appears on
Company Muster-in Roll
of the organization named above. Roll dated
Philada Pa Dec 3, 1861.
Muster-in to date Oct 7, 1861.

Joined for duty and enrolled and mustered into service:
When Oct 7, 1861.
Where Philada
Period 3 years.

Bounty paid $[blank]; due $[blank]
Remarks: [blank]

* This organization subsequently became Co. B, 91 Reg't Pa. Inf.

Book mark: [blank]
Patterson Copyist.

Death notice

[Philadelphia Inquirer, 12 April 1883, page 5]

BOXBERGER.--On the 9th instant, JOHN BOXBERGER, aged fifty nine years.

The relatives and friends of the family, also the Allmania Lodge, No. 312, I.O.O.F., Oberasker [?] Lodge, No 12, D.O.H., Herrman Lodge, No. 54, K.P., are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, this afternoon, at 1 o'clock, from his late residence, rear of No. 515 N. Second street.

Death notice, Caroline Boxberger

[Philadelphia Inquirer 21 May 1884, page 5]

BOXBERGER.--On the 19th inst., CAROLINE BOXBERGER, the widow of the late John Boxberger, in her fifty eighth year.

The relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, this afternoon, at 2 o'clock, from her late residence, in the rear No. 515 N. Second street. To proceed to Glenwood Cemetery.

city directories

[transcribed 29 Jan 2012, from Fold3]
[the OCR index found 18 entries]
1851 [Biddle's] Philadelphia directory, page 39
[no Boxberger entries]
1852 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 41
[no Boxberger entries]
1853 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 39
[no Boxberger entries]
1854 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 48
[no Boxberger entries]
1855 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 50
[no Boxberger entries]
1856 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 57
[no Boxberger entries]
1857 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, pages 60-61
[no Boxberger entries]
1858 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 65
Boxberger John, lab 2 Hayward pl
1859 Biddle's Philadelphia directory
[can't find the relevant page]
1860 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 86
Boxberger John, grocer, 241 Poplar
1861 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 87
Boxberger John, grocer, 241 Poplar
1862 Biddle and McElroy's Philadelphia directory, page 62
Boxberg [sic] John, grocer, 241 Poplar
1863 Biddle and McElroy's Philadelphia directory, page 94
[no relevant entries]
1864 Biddle and McElroy's Philadelphia directory, page 67
Boxberger Caroline, grocery, 241 Poplar
Boxberger John, lampmaker, 241 Poplar
1865 Sherman's Philadelphia directory, page 91
Boxberger Caroline, grocery, 241 Poplar
Boxberger John, lampmaker, 241 Poplar
1866 McElroy's Philadelphia directory, page 94
[no Boxberger entries]
1867 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 232
Boxberger John, lampmaker, h 5 Westmore pl
Boxberger William, smith, h 1228 Charlotte
1868 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 257
Boxberger John, lampmaker, h 5 Westmore pl
Boxberger William, laborer, h r 1228 Charlotte
1869 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 247
Boxburg [sic] John, shoemaker, h 4542 Wakefield
1870 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 251
Boxberger John, lampmaker 5 Westmore pl
1871 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 249
Boxberger John, lampmaker, 5 Westmore pl
1872 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 238
Boxberger John, gasfitter, h r 515 N 2d
Boxberger John, lampmaker, 5 Westmore pl
1873 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 235
Boxberger John, lampmaker, 5 Westmore pl
1874 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 210
Boxberger John, shoes, 18 Ashmead, Gtn
1875 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 212
Boxberger John, shoes, 18 Ashmead, Gtn
1876 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 210
Boxberger John, lampmaker, h r 415 N 2d
Boxberger Louis, laborer, h r 415 N 2d
1877 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 207
Boxberger John, shoemaker, Ashmead n Wakefield, Gtn
1878 Costa's Philadelphia directory, page 209
Boxberger John, shoes, Ashmead n Wakefield, Gtn
1879 [Gopsill's] Philadelphia directory, page 212
Boxberger John, cabinetmaker, h r 515 N 2d
Boxberger John, shoemkr, h Ashmead n Gtn av
Boxberger Louis, tanner, h r 515 N 2d
1880 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 222
Boxberger Charles, mariner, h 5 Westmore pl
Boxberger John, lampmaker, h 5 Westmore pl
Boxberger John, shoes, Ashmead n Wakefield, Gtn
Boxberger Louis, driver, h 5 Westmore pl
Boxberger Louis, finisher, h 718 N 3d
1881 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 214
Boxberger Charles, laborer, h 5 Westmore pl
Boxberger John, h 5 Westmore pl
Boxberger John, shoes, Ashmead n Wakefield, Gtn
1882 Philadelphia directory, page 208
Boxberger Charles W., waterman, h 5 Westmore pl
Boxberger John, lampmaker, h 5 Westmore pl
Boxberger John, shoemaker, h Ashmead n Wakefield, Gtn
Boxberger M. Luther, driver, h r 805 Rachel
1883 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 211
Boxberger Charles W., waterman, h 5 Westmore pl
Boxberger John, lampmaker, h 5 Westmore pl
Boxberger John, shoemaker, h Ashmead n Wakefield, Gtn
Boxberger Louis, laborer, h r 805 Rachel
1884 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 209
Boxberger Caroline, wid John, h r 515 N 2d
Boxberger John, shoemaker, h Ashmead n Wakefield
Boxberger Martin L., stevedore, h r 805 Rachel
1885 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 225
Boxber [sic] Joseph W., laborer, h 5 r 515 N 2d
Boxberger Caroline, wid John, h r 515 N 2d
Boxberger Emma, h r 516 Vincent
Boxberger John, shoes, Ashmead n Wakefield, Gtn
Boxberger Louis, stevedore, h r 805 Rachel
Boxberger Martin L., stevedore, h r 805 Rachel
1886 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 219
Boxberger Charles, junk, h 526 Beach
Boxberger Emma, wid Jackson, h 512 Vincent
Boxberger John, shoes, 66 Ashmead, Gtn
Boxberger Louis, police, h r 805 Rachel
1888 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1503
Roxberger [sic] Louis M., police, h 809 Rachel
1889 Gopsill's Philadelphia diretory, page 227
Boxberger Emma, wid John, h 512 Vincent
" Louis, police, h 809 Rachel
1892 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 210
Boxberger Charles W., mariner, h 3 Iron pl
" Louis, police, h 132 Onas
1895 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 205
Boxberger Chas W., waterman, h r 88 Laurel
" Louis, police, h 132 Onas
1896 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 212
Boxberger Chas W., mariner, h r 88 Laurel
" Louis, police, h 132 Onas
1898 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 238
Boxberger Chas W., laborer, h 718 Beach
" Louis, police, h 601 N American
1901 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 271
Boxberger Chsa W., junk, h 718 Beach
1907 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 250
Boxberger Chas W junk 718 Beach
1911 Howe's Philadelphia directory, page 248
Boxberger Chas W h 718 Beach
1912 Howe's Philadelphia directory, page 252
Boxberger Chas W junk h 718 Beach
1918 Howe's Philadelphia directory, page 295
Boxberger Chas W watchman h 729 N Front

death certificate

[Philadelphia PA death certificates 1803-1915, 9 April 1883, Johan Baxberger]
[see the note on identification above]

RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, Johan Baxberger
2. Color, White
3. Sex, Male
4. Age, 59 years
5. Married
6. Date of Death, 9th April
7. Cause of Death. Phthisis pulmonalis
C. H. Miller M.D.
Residence, 629 Nth 11th St
UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, Lampmaker
9. Place of Birth, Germany
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 11" Ward
12. Street and Number, No 515 North 2d Street
13. Date of Burial, April 12" 1883
14. Place of Burial, Glenwood Cemetery
Henry Kunzig [?] Undertaker.
Residence, No 331 Fairmount Ave

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