91st PA: George Henry Burns

George Henry Burns

Before the war

He was born on 31 January 1838, in Pennsylvania, to Daniel Burns and Huldah Otis. [sources: date: 7, 12; 2 (26 in 1865), 3 (26 in 1865), 13 (1837), 8 (11 in 1850), 9 (32 in 1870), 10 (43 in 1880), 15. place: 2, 8, 9, 10, 15 (Lycoming PA). parents: 7 (Donald Burns and Huldy Swech), 8 (Daniel and Huldah), 15 (Daniel Burns and Huldah Otis)]

In 1850, he was living in Charleston, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. He was living with Daniel and Huldah Burnes (presumably his parents), along with others. He had attended school within the year. [source: 8]

When he enlisted, he was a far[mer?]. [source: 2]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 4 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, grey eyes, and brown hair. [source: 2]

During the war

He was drafted. He enlisted and was mustered into service on 1 February 1865 or 21 March 1865. He was enlisted for one year, at Williamsport, Pennsylvania, by Captain Eyster. He was a private in company C. [sources: 1, 2, 3, 5, 17]

He mustered out with his company on 10 July 1865. He was a private, in company C. [sources: 1, 3, 5, 17]

After the war

He married Frances Selena Hart ("Nancy"). She was born in 1836, in Pennsylvania. They had six known children:

[sources: 9, 10, 12, 15]

In 1870, he may be the George H Burns living in Charleston, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. He was living with Frances (presumably his wife), and with Gerrit, George, Horace, Nelson, and an infant (presumably their children). He was a farmer, and owned $1,600 in real estate and $250 in personal property. [source: 9]

In 1880, he may be the George H Burns living in Charleston, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Salena, and children Iola, Olin, Sheridan, Shurman, Hiram, and Frank. He was a farmer. [source: 10]

In 1890, his (apparent) wife Salena died. She was buried in the Wellsboro Cemetery, Wellsboro, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. [source: 14]

In 1890, he may be the George Burns living in Charleston, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. [source: 11]

On 3 September 1890, he applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension. [sources: 4, 5]

In 1900, he was (apparently) living in Charleston, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his son G. He was widowed. He was a farmer. [source: 12]

On 2 February 1907 he again applied for a pension. [source: 5]

He died on 30 April 1908, in Charleston, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. He died of valvular heart disease. He was a farmer. He was buried in Wellsboro Cemetery, Wellsboro, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. [sources: 5, 6, 7, 13, 16]

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) (George H Burns)

2 company C, descriptive roll, entry 163 (George H Burns)

3 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 14 July 2004 (George H Burns)

4 pension index, by name (George H Burns)

5 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company C (George H Burns)

6 Pennsylvania death indices, 1908 ("Burns, George H.: 41278: Tioga Co.: April 30.")

7 death certificate, Pennsylvania, Tioga County, 31 April 1908, file number 41278 (George H Burns)

8 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Tioga County, Charleston, microfilm series M432, film 830, page 83 verso = 166 handwritten (FamilySearch) (George H Burns)

9 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Tioga County, Charleston, microfilm series M593, film 1456, page 68 recto = 7 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Geo H Burns)

10 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Tioga County, Charleston, enumeration district 143, microfilm series T9, film 1197, pages 66 A = 5 handwritten to 66 B = 6 handwritten (FamilySearch) (George H Burns)

11 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Tioga County, Charleston, enumeration district 259 [?], page 2 (George Burns)

12 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Tioga County, Charleston, microfilm series T623, film 1489, enumeration district 125, page 70 A = 3 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Geo H Burns)

13 Find a grave, memorial 45719064, created by Rodger, added 22 Dec 2009, accessed 16 May 2013 (George H Burns)

14 Find a grave, memorial 45719075, created by Rodger, added 22 Dec 2009, accessed 16 May 2013 (Salena Burns)

15 Bonilla-McIntyre family tree, owner sgmcintyre19601, accessed 16 May 2013 (George Henry Burns)

16 Pennsylvania burial cards, 1777-1999 (George Burns)

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1860 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry indices (accessed 17 May 2013)
note that Daniel (70, b. NY) and Hulda (57, b. Mass) Burns (with Artalissa [?] 26 b. NY, Mavin 23 b. PA, and with Gertrude Henry 7 b. PA) are living in Charleston (microfilm series M653, film 1187, page 60 = 34 handwritten, FamilySearch); no George is living with them
1910 US census
FamilySearch index
1920 US census
FamilySearch index
1930 US census
FamilySearch index
RootsWeb WorldConnect
accessed 16 May 2013
applications for headstones for military veterans, 1925-1941
FamilySearch index (accessed 16 May 2013)

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George Henry Burns in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Tioga County, Charleston, microfilm series M432, film 830, page 83 verso = 166 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is uncertain; note that (1) the place and the apparent mother's (but not the apparent father's) name matches the death certificate]
line23242526272829303132
Dwellings visited214         
Families visited223         
NameDaniel [sic] BurnsHuldah "Emily "Wm "Alvira "Artalissa Maria "Lucy A "George H "Grey Messick [?]
Age60472524201614181118
Sexmffmffffmm
Color          
Occupation of males over 15 yearsFarmer  Farmer     Farmer
Real estate owned4000         
BirthplaceNYMassNY"""PaNYPa"
Married within year          
Attended school within year     11 11
Over 20 & can't read/write          
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.          

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Tioga County, Charleston, microfilm series M593, film 1456, page 68 recto = 7 handwritten (FamilySearch), Geo H Burns]
[identification is speculative; note in particular that this and the 1880 census below don't match]
line891011121314
Dwelling-house number43      
Family number45      
NameBurns Geo H" Frances" Gerrit" George" Horace" NelsonInfant
Age323353225/12
Sexmffmmmm
Colorwwwwwww
OccupationFarmerKeeping House     
Real estate value1600      
Personal estate250      
Birthplace" [sc. Penna]""""""
Father foreign born       
Mother foreign born       
Birth month if born within year      Mch
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, Tioga County, Charleston, enumeration district 143, microfilm series T9, film 1197, pages 66 A = 5 handwritten to 66 B = 6 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is speculative; note in particular that this and the 1870 census above don't match]
line45464748495012
street name  
house number        
dwelling visit #46     46 
family visit #47     47 
nameBurns George H- Salena [sic]- Iola- Olin- Sheridan- ShurmanBurns Hiram- Frank
colorWWWWWWWW
sexMFFMMMMM
age43431413111197
month born if born in year        
relationship wifedaughtersonsonsonsonson
single  111111
married11      
widowed/divorced        
married during year        
occupationFarmerKeeping HouseAt homeAt homeAt homeAt home  
months unemployed        
currently ill?        
blind        
deaf/dumb        
idiotic        
insane        
disabled        
school this year  111111
can't read        
can't write        
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplaceNYNYPennaPaPaPaPennaPa
mother's birthplaceMassMassPennaPaPaPaPennaPa

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Tioga County, Charleston, enumeration district 259 [?], page 2]
[transcribed 17 May 2013, from Ancestry (image 8 of 16)]
[identification is speculative]
[Although the census reports him as having served in D 98 PA, no George Burns is listed as serving in D 98 PA in Bates (p.482) or in the cards in Arias (starting here)]
[further, no George Burns applied for a pension based on service in D 98 PA (based on the index by unit on Fold3 and the index by name on Ancestry]
[many people in Charleston are listed as having served in D 98 PA; perhaps the census taker wrongly corrected '91' to '98']
[BUT note that the enlistment and discharge dates don't match my George Burns]

[line] 19
[house] 80
[family] 82
[name] Burns George
[rank] Pri
[company] D
[unit] 98 [sic] Pa Inf
[enlistment date] 21 Feb 1864
[discharge date] 29 Jun 1865
[length of service] " [years] 4 [months] 9 [days]
[post office address] Wellsboro Tioga Co Pa
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Tioga County, Charleston, microfilm series T623, film 1489, enumeration district 125, page 70 A = 3 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is uncertain]
line2829
street  
house number  
dwelling number60 
family number62 
nameBurns Geo H" G
relationshipHeadson
colorWW
sexMM
birth dateJan 1838Dec 1866
age6233
married?WdS
# years married  
mother of how many children?  
# of children living  
birthplace" [sc. Pa]"
father's birthplaceN.Y.Pa
mother's birthplaceMassPa.
immigration year  
# years in USA  
naturalized citizen?  
occupationFarmerFarm Laborer
# months not employed00
# months in school  
can readyesyes
can writeyesyes
speaks Englishyesyes
owned/rentedR 
free or mortgaged  
farm/houseF 
# of farm schedule56 

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 17 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Burns, George H.
Co. C, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death certificate

[death certificate, Pennsylvania, Tioga County, 31 April 1908, file number 41278, George H Burns]
[transcribed 17 May 2013; received from Division of Vital Statistics]

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
BUREAU OF VITAL STATISTICS
CERTIFICATE OF DEATH.
File No. 41278
Registered No. 346
PLACE OF DEATH
County of Tioga
Township of Charleston
Registration District No. 861
Primary Registration District No. 3331 [?]
FULL NAME George H Burns

PERSONAL AND STATISTICAL PARTICULARS
SEX Male
COLOR White
DATE OF BIRTH Jany 31 1838
AGE 70 years, 3 months, [blank] days
Widower
BIRTHPLACE Penna
NAME OF FATHER Donald [sic] Burns
BIRTHPLACE OF FATHER Penna
MAIDEN NAME OF MOTHER Huldy Swech [? could be e.g. 'Sevech']
BIRTHPLACE OF MOTHER Penna
OCCUPATION farmer
THE ABOVE STATED PERSONAL PARTICULARS ARE TRUE TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE AND BELIEF
(Informant) Geo. O. Burns
(Address) Wellsboro Pa
Filed [illegible] 1908 Larry N Shervice [?] Registrar

MEDICAL CERTIFICATE OF DEATH
DATE OF DEATH Apr 30 1908

I HEREBY CERTIFY, That I attended deceased from [blank] to [blank], that I last saw h[blank] alive on [blank], and that death occurred, on the date stated above, at [blank].

The CAUSE OF DEATH was as follows:
Valvular disease of heart. Died without medical attendance
(Duration) ? Days
Contributory [blank]
(Signed) Jake P Laugeree [??] Coroner
May 1 1908 (Address) Wellsboro Pa
SPECIAL INFORMATION only for Hospitals, Institutions, Transients, or Recent Residents. [blank]
PLACE OF BURIAL OR REMOVAL Wellsboro Pa
DATE OF BURIAL May 3 1908
UNDERTAKER Evans Bros ADDRESS Wellsboro Pa

Pennsylvania burial cards

[Pennsylvania burial cards, 1777-1999]
[transcribed 16 May 2013, from Ancestry]

RECORD OF BURIAL PLACE OF VETERAN
Tioga County
NAME Burns, George
DATE OF BIRTH [blank]
DATE OF DEATH [blank]
VETERAN OF Civil WAR
SERVED IN [blank]
DATES OF SERVICE [blank]
ORGANIZATION(S) [blank]
RANK [blank]
CEMETERY OR PLACE OF INTERMENT NAME Wellsboro LOCATION Wellsboro, Pa.
LOCATION OF GRAVE IN CEMETERY SECTION B
HEADSTONE Sandstone 1837 1908
INFORMATION GIVEN BY L L McInroy
DATE 4/12/1934
REMARKS Flagholder

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