91st PA: Montgomery Burr

Montgomery Burr

Before the war

He was born in 1839, in Georgetown, [Sussex County,] Delaware. [sources: date: 21; 4 (25 in 1864), 11, 15 [(21 (?) in 1860), 16 (29 in 1870), 23 (40 in 1880). place: 4, 11, 15, 16 (PA), 23]

In 1850, he was living in the Pine Ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with Joseph and Hetty Burr (presumably his parents). He had attended school within the year. [source: 17]

In 1860, he was living in the 19th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a silversmith. He was living with Joseph and Hester Burr (presumably his parents), and six other Burr's (presumably his siblings) [source: 15]

When he enlisted, he was a silversmith. He was living in Philadelphia. [sources: 4, 11]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 6 feet 1-1/2 inches tall, had a light complexion, blue eyes, and light hair. [sources: 4, 11 (brown hair)]

During the war

He was mustered into service as a private in company B on 28 August 1861 or 21 August 1861, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At some point, he was transferred to company E. Perhaps the fact that Bates records him as a veteran under company B, but not under company E, suggests that the transfer occurred after December 1863. Or perhaps he was actually transferred from company E to company B (as the index to the compiled military service records suggests). [sources: 1 (28 Aug), 7, 11 (20 Aug), 13, 28 (co. E, corp.)]

He was appointed corporal on 10 September 1861, apparently for soldierly appearances. He was mustered into service by Captain Barnard (this may refer to his re-enlistment in 1864). [sources: 3, 4]

He fought in the battle of Gettysburg, and was wounded in action there. [sources: 4, 10]

He re-enlisted as a veteran volunteer on 26 March 1864, at Warrenton Junction, Virginia. He was re-enlisted by Lieutenant Brass, for 3 years. [sources: 4, 7, 11]

He was reported on a ten-day furlough on 27 April 1864. [source: 12]

He was wounded on 18 June 1864 at Petersburg, VA. [sources: 1, 4]

He was promoted on 16 September 1864 from corporal to sergeant, replacing Hope, who had been promoted. [sources: 3, 4, 6]

He was discharged at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, EITHER on 15 May 1865 by special order OR on 18 May 1865 on surgeon's certificate of disability. He was a sergeant, in company B. [sources: 1 (15 May 65), 5, 11 (18 Mar, by special order 77), 13 (18 May), 18, 28 (sgt)]

After the war

He applied successfully for a pension on 20 July 1866, and again on 18 February 1907. [sources: 8, 14, 20]

He married Martha Lane. She was born in 1842/43, in Pennsylvania. They apparently had at least these children:

[sources: 16, 22, 23, 27]

In 1870, he was living in the 7th ward of Philadelphia. He was a silversmith. He was living with his wife Martha and (probably) their daughter Lillian. [source: 16]

On 3 May 1877, his daughter, Margaret E, died. The funeral was held from his residence, at 1633 Meehan Street (above Eleventh and Norris Streets), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was buried in the Philanthropic Vault. [source: 25]

In 1880, he was living at 1633 Meehan Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Martha, and children Lillian, Adelia, Martha, Josephine, and Jesse. He was a silversmith. [source: 23]

He attended the 1884 meeting of the 91st's Survivors' Association. [source: 2]

In 1890 he was living at 1324 Tiernan Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a silversmith. He had a gunshot wound of the left thigh, and had paralysis, apparently because of that wound. [sources: 9, 13]

On 13 July 1907, he died. The funeral was held on Wednesday at 916 Ridge Avenue, in Darby. Among the groups invited to attend was the Leiper Post of the Grand Army of the Republic. He was buried in Arlington Cemetery, Drexel Hill (Upper Darby), Delaware County, Pennsylvania. [sources: 19, 21, 24]

His widow, Martha M Burr, applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension on 26 October 1907. [sources: 8, 14, 20]

On 21 February 1913, his daughter Adelia Isabel, who was married to Samuel Domer Keim, died. She was survived by her mother. [source: 22]

In 1920, his widow, Martha M Burr, was living with her daughter Lidie and Lidie's family, along with her daughter Martha. [source: 26]

Find-a-grave has two Martha M Burr's buried in Arlington Cemetery (accessed 8 May 2011). One died on 2 December 1928, and the other on 13 April 1939. Presumably one is Montgomery's wife; I do not know which.

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, under company E)

2 'The Ninety-first' [account of 1884 meeting of the 91st's Survivors' Association]. Grand Army Scout and Soldiers' Mail, 20 December 1884, page 6 column 2.

3 list of non-commissioned officers, co E

4 descriptive roll, company E, entry 13 (Montgomery Burr)

5 company E, register of men discharged, number 41 (Montgomery Burr)

6 special order 79, headquarters, 91st Pennsylvania Infantry, 16 September 1864

7 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, under company B.) [Bates lists him as not on the muster-out roll, and the Pension index (8) claims Montgomery Burr served in company B and E.]

8 Veterans' administration. Pension index, by name. (searched 13 Jan 2001, at Ancestry) (Montgomery Burr)

9 1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory (Montgomery Burr)

10 Pennsylvania Memorial, 91st Pennsylvania plaque, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (Montgomery Burr)

11 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 5 May 2004 (Montgomery Burr)

12 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 27 April 1864 (Burr)

13 1890 US Census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (13th division, 26th ward), supervisor's district [1], enumeration district [584], page [6 (sic)] (image 1904 on Ancestry) (Montgomery Burr)

14 pension index, by regiment (Montgomery Burr)

15 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 19th ward, microfilm series M653, film 1170, page 703 = 233 handwritten (Montgomery Burr)

16 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 7th ward 1st division, microfilm series M593, film 1387, page 354 = page 22 handwritten (Montgomery Burr)

17 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pine ward, microfilm series M432, film 813, page 286 (Montgomery Burr)

18 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 24 May 1865 (Sergt Burr)

19 [death notice], Philadelphia Inquirer, 18 July 1907, page 7 (Montgomery Burr)

20 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company E (Montgomery Burr)

21 Pennsylvania veterans burial records, available on Ancestry (transcribed 6 May 2011) (Montgomery Burr)

22 death notice, Adelia Isabel Burr Keim, Philadelphia Inquirer 23 Feb 1913, page 16

23 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 20, microfilm series T9, film 1166, page 290 = 8 B handwritten (Montgomery Burr)

24 Find a grave, memorial 69503922, created by Tony and Cindy Lloyd, added 8 May 2011, accessed 8 May 2011 (Montgomery Burr)

25 death notice, Margaret E Burr, Philadelphia Inquirer, 6 February 1878, page 5

26 1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Delaware County, Media Borough, Northern Precinct, supervisor's district 2, enumeration district 177, microfilm series T625, film 1562, page 274 = 17 A handwritten (Martha M Burr)

27 [not transcribed] death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 21 February 1913, Adelia Isabell Kein (transcribed 1 June 2013 from FamilySearch) (Montgomery Burr and Martha Lane)

28 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Montgomery Burr)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

RootsWeb WorldConnect
accessed 8 May 2011
1900 US census
HeritageQuest and FamilySearch indices (accessed 8 May 2011)
1910 US census
HeritageQuest and FamilySearch indices (accessed 8 May 2011)
She is not living with Joseph and Lidie Wenlock (as she is in 1920)--see Pennsylvania, Delaware, Lansdowne Borough, southern precinct, microfilm series T624, film 1339, page 281 = 7 B handwritten
1930 US census
Footnote index (accessed 8 May 2011)
given her son's name, this seems not to be the correct Martha Burr--a Martha H Burr, 87, born in New Jersey, was living at 2161 E Cumberland Street, Philadelphia, ward 31, with her son Charles H (57, b. New Jersey, a clerk), his wife Charlotte (58, b. PA)), and their daughter Grace H (31, b. PA) [PA, Philadelphia, ward 31, s.d. 28, e.d. 51-930, microfilm series T626, , p.116 = 5 A handwritten]
Pennsylvania death indices
1907 (accessed 20 September 2012; rechecked 1 June 2013--no Montgomery Burr or Burn or Berr

Display



Montgomery Burr in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pine ward, microfilm series M432, film 813, page 286]
[I did not transcribe the other family at this residence, headed by Mary Oliver]
line12131415161718
Dwellings visited204      
Families visited266      
NameJoseph BurrHetty BurrMontgomery BurrJosephine BurrMargaretta BurrIsabella BurrMary Eliza Burr
Age3530109872
SexMFMFFFF
Color       
Occupation of males over 15 yearsMerchant      
Real estate owned       
BirthplacePennadoDelawaredododoPenna
Married within year       
Attended school within year  111  
Over 20 & can't read/write       
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.       

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 19th ward, microfilm series M653, film 1170, page 703 = 233 handwritten]
line323334353637383940
Dwelling number1711        
Family number1908        
NameJoseph BurrHester "Montgomery "Josephine "Margaretta "Isabella "Mary "JaneSusan
Age464621 [?]19181612108
SexMFMFFFFFF
Color         
OccupationMerchant Silver SmithDress Maker" "" "   
Value of real estate owned5000        
Value of personal estate300        
Place of birthNJPaDel"""Phil""
Married within year         
Attended school within year      111
Cannot read & write         
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.         

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 7th ward 1st division, microfilm series M593, film 1387, page 354 = page 22 handwritten]
[I did not transcribe the other household at this residence, headed by Linforth Biles]
line3536373839
Dwelling-house number[180]    
Family number185    
NameBurr Montgomery- Martha- LillianKohler Emily- George
Age29273/12196
SexMFFFM
ColorWWWWW
OccupationSilver SmithKeeping Rooms Domestic 
Real estate value     
Personal estate value     
BirthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
Father foreign born     
Mother foreign born     
Birth month if born within year  Mar  
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    
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...     

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 20, microfilm series T9, film 1166, page 290 = 8 B handwritten]
line24252627282930
street nameMeehan Street
house number1633      
dwelling visit #56      
family visit #60      
nameBurr MongomeryMarthaLillianAdeliaMarthaJosephineJessie
colorWWWWWWW
sexMFFFFFF
age4037106423/12
month born if born in year      Feby
relationship WifeDaughDaughDaughDaughDaugh
single  11111
married11     
widowed/divorced       
married during year       
occupationSilversmithKeeping houseAt schoolAt homeAt homeAt homeAt home
months unemployed       
currently ill?       
blind       
deaf/dumb       
idiotic       
insane       
disabled       
school this year  1    
can't read       
can't write       
birthplaceDelawarePennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPenna
father's birthplaceDel.Del.Del.Del.Del.Del.Del.
mother's birthplaceDel.PennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPenna

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US Census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (13th division, 26th ward), supervisor's district [1], enumeration district [584], page [6 (sic)] (image 1904 on Ancestry)]
[line] 13
[house] 5
[family] x
[name] Montgomery Burr
[rank] Sergt
[company] E
[unit] 91 Penn Inf
[enlistment date] Aug [?] 28 1861
[discharge date] May 18 1865
[length of service] 2 years, 8 months, 21 days
[post office address] 1324 Tiernan St Philada Penna
[disability incurred] Gunshot left thigh
[remarks] Reinlisted Veteran. Paralysis apparently setting in on a/c wound

1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory

[searched transcription on Ancestry, March 2005]
Montgomery Burr, silversmith, h 1324 Tiernan

1920 census

[1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Delaware County, Media Borough, Northern Precinct, supervisor's district 2, enumeration district 177, microfilm series T625, film 1562, page 274 = 17 A handwritten]
line323334353637
streetNorth Ave
house number201     
dwelling visit number174     
family visit number151     
nameWenlock Joseph- Lidie- Joseph B- MaryBurr Martha M- Martha
relationshipHeadWifeSonMotherMother in lawSister in law
own/rentR     
free/mortgaged (if owned)      
sexMFMFFF
raceWWWWWW
age at last birthday37265 [??]627742 [?]
marital statusMMSWWS
year of immigration   1897  
naturalized/alien   Pa [?]  
year of naturalization      
attended school since Sept 1919  yes   
can readyesyesyesyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyesyesyesyes
birth placePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaIrelandPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
native language   English  
father's birthplaceIrelandDelawarePennsylvaniaIrelandNew JerseyPennsylvania
father's native languageEnglish  English  
mother's birthplaceIrelandPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaIrelandPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's native languageEnglish  English  
can speak Englishyesyesyesyesyesyes
occupationsecretarynonenonelace makernoneBook Keeper
industry, businessElectric Company  Home Bell Telephone
employment statusW  W 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 17 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Burr, Montgomery
Co. E, B, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Corpl. | Sgt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death notice

Philadelphia Inquirer, 18 July 1907, page 7

BURR.--13th inst. MONTGOMERY BURR. Relatives and friends, Leiper [?] Post, G.A.R., survivors of 91st Regiment Pa. Vol; Enterprise Council No. 7, L O R C; Darby Fire Co. invited to funeral, Wednesday, 2 P.M. residence, 916 Ridge ave, Darby. Interment private, Arlington.

Pennsylvania veterans burial record

[Pennsylvania veterans burial records, available on Ancestry (transcribed 6 May 2011)]

RECORD OF BURIAL PLACE OF VETERAN
Delaware County
NAME BURR, Montgomery
DATE OF BIRTH 1839
DATE OF DEATH 1907
VETERAN OF Civil WAR
SERVED IN ARMY
DATES OF SERVICE M.I. 8-28-61 M.O. 5-15-65
ORGANIZATION(S) Co. E, 91st Pa. Vol.
RANK Sgt.
CEMETERY NAME Arlington
[CEMETERY] LOCATION Upper Darby Pa.
LOCATION OF GRAVE IN CEMETERY SECTION Melrose LOT 262 RANGE 8 GRAVE NO. 1
HEADSTONE Granite Memorial Family
INFORMATION GIVEN BY Bates Vol. #3 - Page 210
DATE [blank]
REMARKS

death notice, daughter Adelia

[death notice, Adelia Isabel Burr Keim, Philadelphia Inquirer 23 Feb 1913, page 16]
[transcribed May 2011, from GenealogyBank]
[note that Martha was alive in 1913]

KEIM.--21st inst., ADELIA ISABEL, wife of Samuel Domer Keim and daughter of Martha M. and late Montgomery Burr, at her home, 411 Now [?] Park ave., Collingswood, NJ. Relatives and friends invited to services, Mon. 2 PM, at the apartments of Oliver H Bair, 1320 Chestnut st, Phila. Interment private.

death notice, daughter Margaret

[death notice, Margaret E Burr, Philadelphia Inquirer, 6 February 1878, page 5]
[transcribed 8 May 2011, from Footnote]

BURR.--On the 3d instant, MARGARET E., daughter of Montgomery and Martha M. Burr, in the seventh year of her age.

The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, this (Wednesday) afternoon, at 2 o'clock, from her parents' residence, No. 1633 Meehan street, above Eleventh and Norris streets. To proceed to Philanthropic Vault.

Philadelphia city directories

[1877 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 255]
[transcribed 8 May 2011, from Footnote]

Burr Montgomery, medals, 1029 Chestnut

[1880 Gopsill's Philadelphia city directory, page 282]
[transcribed 8 May 2011, from Footnote]

Burr Montgomery, medalmaker, h 1633 Meehan

[1881 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 272]
[transcribed 8 May 2011, from Footnote]
[no Montgomery Burr entries; no Burr entries at 1633 Meehan; the OCR index did not have any entries for 1633 Meehan]


[1882 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 262]
[transcribed 8 May 2011, from Footnote]

Burr Montgomery, silversmith, h 1633 Meehan

[1899 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 329]
[transcribed 8 May 2011, from Footnote]
[no Montgomery Burr]


[1900 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 327]
[transcribed 8 May 2011, from Footnote]
[no Montgomery Burr]


[1901 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 362]
[transcribed 8 May 2011, from Footnote]
[no Montgomery Burr]

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