91st PA: David Alexander Buchanan

David Alexander Buchanan

Before the war

He was born on 10 May 1827, in Ireland. [sources: date: 15, 19 (10 May 1828); 10 (33 in 1864), 15 (86 yrs 9 mos. 12 dys at death), 16 (84 in 1910), 20 (31 in 1860), 21 (55 in 1870), 22 (48 in 1880). place: 10, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22]

He immigrated in 1845. He was naturalized by 1870. [sources: 16, 19, 21]

In 1848, he married Jane McIntyre, in the Kensington Old Brick Church, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was born in 1827, in County Donegal, Ireland. They had three children:

[sources: 19, 20, 21, 22]

In 1860, he was living in ward 18, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was an ingrain carpet weaver, and owned $230 in personal property. He was living with his (presumed) wife Jane, children Robert and Sarah, and with an apprentice. [source: 20]

When he enlisted, he was a laborer. [source: 10]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 6 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, blue eyes, and light hair. [source: 10]

During the war

He was an employee of the Medical Department of US Volunteers. [sources: 12, 14]

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 3 February 1864. He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Lieutenant Shipley. He was mustered by Lieutenant Burke. He was a private in company D. [sources: 1, 10, 14, 17, 18]

On 2 March 1864, Colonel Gregory detached him for duty with the recruiting service in Chester, Pennsylvania. On 27 April 1864, Sinex asked that he be returned to the regiment. [sources: 3, 4, 5]

He served at Petersburg, and was in City Point Hospital, for typhus. [source: 2]

On 9 September 1864, he was detailed as hospital attendant, replacing Andrew Fleming (A). On 15 October 1864, Sellers reported that Buchanan was a hospital attendant at the division hospital under the authority of surgeon William Kier, but had not been regularly detailed. [sources: 6, 7, 9, 11]

On 26 January 1865, he went on a furlough, which ended on 5 February 1865. [source: 8]

He was mustered out on 10 July 1865 with his company. He was a private, in company D. [sources: 1, 14, 17, 18]

After the war

In 1870, he was living in ward 22, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a carpet weaver, and owned $500 in personal property. He was living with his (presumed) wife Jane, and children Robert, Sarah, and James. [source: 21]

In 1880, he was livign at 2120 Amber Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Jane, his son James, a boarder, and his nephew William J Buchanan. He was a carpet weaver. [source: 22]

On 26 March 1890, he applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension. He continued receiving that pension until his death. [sources: 12, 13, 14]

On 24 December 1894, his wife, Jane, died, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was buried in Fernwood Cemetery, Fernwood, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. [source: 19]

He again applied for a pension on 13 February 1907. [source: 14]

In 1910, he was living at 309 51st Street, ward 34, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his son Robert and his grandson Jerico [?]. He was not working. [source: 16]

He died of chronic valvular heart disease (duration 10 years), with bronchitis (duration 7 days) contributing, on 22 February 1914, at 652 N 38th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was widowed. He was a weaver. On 26 February 1914, he was buried, in Fernwood Cemetery, Fernwood, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. [sources: 13, 14, 15, 19]

Researcher

Jim Ryan is researching him; contact him at sailcara@verizon.net. Jim has a letter he wrote from the hospital, in which he stated that he lost his brother at the seven day battle.

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 Jim Ryan

3 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 7 March 1864

4 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 27 April 1864

5 special order 14, HQ 91st PA, 2 March 1864

6 letter, Sellers to Perkins, 15 October 1864 (D B Buchanan)

7 special order 74, HQ 91st PA, 9 September 1864

8 enlisted men's furloughs (David Buchanan)

9 [list of detailed men, probably from Sept 1864] (David Buchanan)

10 company D, second descriptive roll, entry 19 (David A Buchanan)

11 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 10 September 1864 (Priv Buchanan)

12 pension index, by name (David A Buchanan)

13 e-mail, James Ryan, 15 August 2008

14 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company D (David A Buchanan)

15 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 22 February 1914 (David Alexander Buchanan)

16 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 34, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 823, microfilm series T624, film 1405, page 168 = 11 B handwritten (David A Buchanan)

17 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (David A Buchannan)

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

19 Find a grave, memorial 81135730, created by Jim Ryan, added 28 November 2011, accessed 3 August 2014 (David Alexander Buchanan)

20 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 18, southwest division, microfilm series M653, film 1168, page 489 = 195 handwritten (FamilySearch) (David A Buchanan)

21 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 22, district 80 microfilm series M593, film 1411, page 568 verso = 164 handwritten (FamilySearch) (David Buchanan)

22 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, enumeration district 672, microfilm series T9, film 1190, page 431 = 35 C handwritten (FamilySearch) (David A Buchannan)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1890 US census, veterans schedules
Ancestry index (accessed April 2007)
one entry, in Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania, had no identifying information
1900 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 3 August 2014)
Robert Buchanan, bricklayer born Aug 1850 et al. is at 321 N 57th but no David is living with them (see Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 34, e.d. 895, film 1476, page 306 = 7 B handwritten)
the 1901 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory has Robert, bricklayer, living at 321 N 57th (page 340), and also '" [sc. Buchanan] David A., h 321 N 57th' (p.339)
the 1900 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory has no David A Buchanan, and no David Buchanan on 57th Street

Display



David Alexander Buchanan in the 91st PA database

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 18, southwest division, microfilm series M653, film 1168, page 489 = 195 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is uncertain: note that his occupation doesn't match the occupation listed in the descriptive roll (entry 10 above), but it does match the occupation in the death certificate (entry 15 above), confirmed by the pension index by regiment (entry 14 above)]
line2122232425
Dwelling number1380    
Family number1548    
NameDavid A BuchananJane "Robert "Sarah "Boyd Thompson
Age31279730
Sexmfmfm
Color     
OccupationIngrain Carpet WeaverPant Maker  Learning Intr Carpet Weaving
Value of real estate owned     
Value of personal estate$230    
Place of birth" [sc. Ireland]"Pennsylvania"Ireland
Married within year     
Attended school within year  11 
Cannot read & write     
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.     

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 22, district 80 microfilm series M593, film 1411, page 568 verso = 164 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is uncertain; see the note on the 1860 census entry transcribed above]
line1213141516
Dwelling-house number1210    
Family number1116    
NameBuchanan David- Jane- Robert- Sarah- James
Age553719189
SexMFMFM
ColorWWWWW
OccupationCarpet WeaverKeeping HouseLaborer  
Real estate value     
Personal estate value500    
BirthplaceIrelandIrelandPennaPennaPenna
Father foreign born11111
Mother foreign born11111
Birth month if born within year     
Marriage month if married within year     
Attended school past year    1
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, Philadelphia, enumeration district 672, microfilm series T9, film 1190, page 431 = 35 C handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is uncertain; see the note on the 1860 census entry transcribed above]
line4243444546
street nameAmber St
house number2120    
dwelling visit #254    
family visit #314    
nameBuchannan [sic] David A- Jane- JamesMcElvee EdwardBuchannan William J
colorWWWWW
sexMFMMM
age4848192219
month born if born in year     
relationship WifeSonBoarderNephew
single     
married     
widowed/divorced     
married during year     
occupationCarpet weaverKeeping houseCarpet weaverCarpet weaverCarpet weaver
months unemployed     
currently ill?     
blind     
deaf/dumb     
idiotic     
insane     
disabled     
school this year     
can't read     
can't write     
birthplaceIrelandIrelandPennPennPenn
father's birthplaceIrelandIrelandIrelandPennIreland
mother's birthplaceIrelandIrelandIrelandPennIreland

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 34, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 823, microfilm series T624, film 1405, page 168 = 11 B handwritten]
[identification is uncertain; see the note on the 1860 census entry transcribed above]
line9899100
street51st
house nr309  
dwelling nr245  
family nr252  
nameBuchanan David A- Robert- Jerico [?] A
relationshipHeadSonGrand Son
sexMMM
colorWWW
age845921
marital statusWWS
#years present marriage   
mother of # children   
mother of # living children   
birthplaceIreland - EnglishPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplaceIreland - EnglishIreland - EnglishPennsylvania
mother's birthplaceIreland - EnglishIreland - EnglishPennsylvania
immigrated1845  
naturalized/alienNa  
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglishEnglish
occupationNoneBricklayerApprentice
nature of industry etc.  Cement Work
employer etc. WW
out of work 15 Apr 1910? NoNo
# weeks out of work 1909 015
can readYesYesYes
can writeYesYesYes
school since 1 Sep 09   
owned/rentedR  
owned free or mortagaged   
farm/houseH  
nr on farm schedule   
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 14 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Buchannan, David A.
Co. D, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Buchanan, David A.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 15 March 2014]

Buchanan, David A.
Co. D, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 22 February 1914, David Alexander Buchanan]
[source: www.familysearch.org (viewed October 2008)]

CERTIFICATE OF DEATH.
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
BUREAU OF VITAL STATISTICS.
File No. [blank]
Registered No. 959
4990
Registration District No. 1.
Primary Registration District No. [blank]
1. PLACE OF DEATH.
County of PHILADELPHIA.
City of PHILADELPHIA.
(No. 652 N 38 St., [illegible] Ward.)
2. FULL NAME David Alexander Buchanan
PERSONAL AND STATISTICAL PARTICULARS
3. Sex M
4. COLOR OR RACE W
5. Widowed
6. DATE OF BIRTH May 10 1827
7. AGE 86 yrs. 9 mos. 12 ds.
8. OCCUPATION Weaver
9. BIRTHPLACE Ireland
10. NAME OF FATHER not known
11. BIRTHPLACE OF FATHER "
12. MAIDEN NAME OF MOTHER "
13. BIRTHPLACE OF MOTHER "
14. THE ABOVE IS TRUE TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE.
(Informant) Robert Buchanan
(Address) 652 N 38 St
15. Filed Feb 23 1914
Feb 24 1914 Nora R Deardorff Local Registrar
MEDICAL CERTIFICATE OF DEATH
16. DATE OF DEATH Feb 22 1914
17. I HEREBY CERTIFY, That I attended deceased from Feb 19 1914, to Feb 22 1914, that I last saw him alive on Feb 22 1914, and that death occurred, on the date stated above, at 6 PM. The CAUSE OF DEATH was as follows:
chronic valvular heart disease
(Duration) 10 yrs. [blank] mos. [blank] ds.
Contributory (secondary) Bronchitis
(Duration) [blank] yrs. [blank] mos. 7 ds.
(Signed) Fredk Killian M.D.
2-23 1911 (Address) 3725 Spring Garden
18. LENGTH OF RESIDENCE (FOR TRANSIENTS OR RECENT RESIDENTS) [blank]
19. PLACE OF BURIAL OR REMOVAL Fernwood Cem
DATE OF BURIAL Feb 26 1914
20. UNDERTAKER S. P. Frankenfield Sons
ADDRESS 5300 Vine St

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