91st PA--John Benson Buzby

John Benson Buzby

Before the war

He was born in 1817/18, in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. [sources: date: 6 (42 in 1864), 9 (43 in 1860), 13 (32 in 1850), 17 (45 in 1863; 43 in 1865) place: 6, 9, 13]

On 27 September 1840, he married Emma Elizabeth Brunner, in Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. She was born in 1819/20. The record was held in St John's Church, Norristown, Pennsylvania. She was born on 16 February 1819, in Pennsylvania, to Jacob Bruner and Ann Eve Hesser. They were married by Reverend H Stern, of the St John's Episcopal Church, Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. They apparently had at least these children:

[sources: 9, 10, 13, 15, 18, 20]

In 1850, he was living in Brideport, Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Emma, and with Egbert, Ida, and Henrietta [their children?]. He was a teacher. [source: 13]

In 1860, he was living in Bridgeport Borough, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Elizabeth, and Ida, Henrietta, Lizzie, and Walter (presumably his children), along with another apparently unrelated person. He was a conveyancer. [source: 9]

When he enlisted, he was a clerk. [source: 6]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 6 feet 0 inches tall, and had a light complexion, grey eyes, and light hair. [source: 6]

During the war

He seems to have also served in company I of the 34th Pennsylvania Militia. If so, he enlisted on 29 June 1863, at Bridgeport, Pennsylvania, and mustered in on 1 July 1863 as a private at Reading, Pennsylvania. He was reduced to the ranks from corporal. He was appointed Regimental Post Master. He was mustered out on 10 August 1863. [sources: 14 (3 Jun 63 to 24 Aug 63), 17]

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 4 February 1864. He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Lieutenant Burke. He was a private in company G. [sources: 1, 6, 17, 19, 20]

He wrote a four-page letter on 13 May 1864, describing the fighting at the Battle of the Wilderness. [source: 7]

On 30 December 1864, Sellers proposed him to fill a vacancy in the Ambulance Corps. [source: 3]

After the war, Surgeon W G Keir reported that Buzby ''contracted Diarrhea which became Chronic. Which so reduced the system as to totally unfit him for th duties of a soldier in the field. in Consequence of which he was sent to General Hospital at Washington I believe from which he was discharged for disability'. Keir added, 'from personal recollection of the Case it was my belief that he never would recover his previous health'. [source: 20]

He went on a furlough, which ended on 2 June 1865, and from which he never returned. He was reported deserted on 25 June 1865. [sources: 4, 11]

He was honorably discharged on 9 August 1865 by general order, to date from 7 August 1865. The charge of absence without leave, and desertion, was not removed. He was a private, in company G. [sources: 1, 2 ("no discharge given"), 17 (7 Aug 65), 19, 20]

After the war

In August 1867, his last illness began. [source: 20]

He died on 17 October 1867, in Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He died of consumption. He was buried in the Montgomery Cemetery, Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. [sources: 14, 16, 18, 20]

On 30 December 1869, his widow, Emma E Buzby, successfully applied from Pennsylvania for a pension. She lived in Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and her post-office address was Bridgeport, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. She received $8 per month, and $3 per month for Walter while he was less than 16 years old, retroactive to 18 October 1867. The pension certificate was dated 26 April 1870. [sources: 8, 12, 20]

In 1870, his widow Emma E Buzby was living in Bridgeport, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. She was living with Hetty, Lizzie, and Walter (presumably her children), her daughter Ida Halloway and Ida's family. She owned real estate worth $2,000 and personal property worth $300. [source: 10]

On 10 April 1876, his widow died. [source: 18]

On 30 June 1879, Emma E Buzby was dropped from the pension rolls, because she hadn't claimed her pension since receiving payment through 4 March 1876 (when she was still paid $8 per month). [source: 18]

Researcher

Contact Lea Buzby at leabuzby@aol.com if you're interested in John Buzby.

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)

3 letter, Sellers to Bartlett, 30 December 1864

4 company G, register of deserters (John B Buzby)

5 company G, register of men discharged, #67 (John B Buzby)

6 company G, second descriptive roll, entry [9] (John B Buzby)

7 auction inventory, Firearms auction featuring the Wiley Sword collection (searched 14 February 2005) (John B Buzby)

8 pension index, by name (John B Buzby)

9 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, Bridgeport Borough, microfilm series M653, film 1143, page 65 = 13 handwritten (John B Buzby)

10 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, Borough of Bridgeport, microfilm series M593, film 1379, page 521 = 4 handwritten (Emma E Buzby)

11 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 4 July 1865 (Busby)

12 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company G (John B Buzby)

13 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, Upper Merion Township, microfilm series M432, film 800, page 423 verso (John B Buzby)

14 Pennsylvania veterans burial records, available on Ancestry (transcribed 7 March 2012) (John B Buzby)

15 Pennsylvania Church and Town Records. Norristown. St John's Episcopal Church (John B Buzby)

16 Find a grave, memorial 50056753, created by SueAnn, 22 March 2010, accessed 9 March 2012 [identification is speculative--the headstone mentions only his service in I 34 PA Mil] (John B Buzby)

17 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives ARIAS site (John B Buzby, 2 cards--for I 34 Mil and G 91)

18 Desc. of Dorr/Hudson lines, contact Susan Lail, last updated 7 May 2005, accessed 9 March 2012 (John Benson Buzby)

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

20 abstract of widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, WC 142,391 (Emma A Bruner widow of John B Buzby)

Note on identification

The John B Buzby who served in the 91st is also the John B Buzby who served in the 34th Pennsylvania Militia. The death information on the Pennsylvania veterans burial cards, which refers to his service in the 34th PA, matches the information in the widow's pension certificate file, which refers to his service in the 91st, too closely to be a coincidence. I have also found only one candidate to be either.

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1880 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 2 Mar 2012)
1890 US census, veterans' schedules
Ancestry index (accessed April 07)
1900 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 2 Mar 2012)
1910 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 2 Mar 2012)
1920 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 2 Mar 2012)
1930 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 2 Mar 2012)
1940 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 30 Dec 2014)
records of headstones of deceased Union veterans
FamilySearch index (accessed 5 March 2012)

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John Benson Buzby in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, Upper Merion Township, microfilm series M432, film 800, page 423 verso]
[The line after Henrietta Buzby is: 'End of Brideporte']
[identification is probable; see the note on the 1860 census entry transcribed below]
line678910
Dwellings visited479    
Families visited492    
NameJohn B BuzbyEmma "Egbert "Ida T [?] "Henrietta "
Age3230742
SexMFMFF
Color     
Occupation of males over 15 yearsTeacher    
Real estate owned     
Birthplace" [sc. Penna]"LouisianaPenna"
Married within year     
Attended school within year  1  
Over 20 & can't read/write     
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.     

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, Bridgeport Borough, microfilm series M653, film 1143, page 65 = 13 handwritten]
[identification is probable, since (1) Elizabeth's name matches the name of the widow who applied for a pension based on his service (though her age does not), (2), the location matches her post-office address in the pension certificate file, (3) Walter's name (and age, closely enough) match the information in the pension certificate file; note also (4) that John Buzby was born in Montgomery County according to the descriptive roll (entry 6 above)]
line22232425262728
Dwelling number92      
Family number99      
NameJohn B BuzbyElizebeth BuzbyIda V BuzbyHenrietta BuzbyLizzie Y BuzbyWalter A BuzbyJothna [?] Heaps
Age433515138345
Sexmffffmm
Color       
OccupationConveyancer     Manager Co [?] Factory
Value of real estate owned 4000     
Value of personal estate 100     
Place of birth" [sc. Penna]"""""England
Married within year       
Attended school within year  111  
Cannot read & write       
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.       

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, Borough of Bridgeport, microfilm series M593, film 1379, page 521 = 4 handwritten]
[identification is likely, given his birth in Montgomery County, the widow's name in the pension index by name, and the date of her pension application]
line56789101112
Dwelling-house number27       
Family number26       
NameBuzby Emma EHetty [?]LizzieWalter AHalloway WilliamIda VEgbertElla May
Age50211712242411/1211/12
SexFFFMMFMF
ColorWWWWWWWW
OccupationKeep HouseAt HomeTeacher SchoolAt SchoolW on FarmAt Home" "" "
Real estate value2000       
Personal estate value300       
BirthplacePenna"""""""
Father foreign born        
Mother foreign born        
Birth month if born within year      JulyJuly
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 old    1   
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...        

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 12 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Buzby, John B.
Co. G, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

widow's pension certificate file

[widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, WC 142,391, Emma A Bruner widow of John B Buzby]
[abstracted December 2014, from 22 images on Fold3]
27 Feb 1840
John B Buzby married Emma E Bruner at Norristown, Montgomery County, PA, by Rev Nathan Stems [?]; from register of St Johns Church, Norristown PA (pp.4, 7)
child: Walter A Buzby, born 17 February 1858, living at Norristown in 1869; attending physician Dr William Carson (pp.4, 9)
4 February 1864
enrolled at Philadelphia in 91st PA, according to Jan-Feb 1864 muster roll; no muster-in roll was found (p.6)
10 July 1865
on muster-out roll he was reported deserted 25 June 1865 (p.6)
received a furlough to 25 June 1865, never returned (p.6)
9 Aug 1865
on individual muster-out roll dated 9 August 1865 reported mustered out and honorably discharged to date 7 Aug 1865 (p.6)
the charge of absence without leave and desertion wasn't removed (p.6)
August 1867
last illness began (p.17)
17 October 1867
Buzby died at Norristown PA of consumption (pp.4, 17)
[undated, but probably December 1869]
Dr William Corson reports Buzby was sound and healthy before enlistment (Corson having been the family physician since 1849), and after his return from the army he had phthisis pulmonalis 'in its culminating stage', which must have started months before (p.17 [undated]
8 Dec 1869
W G Keir, late surgeon, 91st PA, reports Buzby 'contracted Diarrhea which became Chronic. Which so reduced the system as to totally unfit him for th duties of a soldier in the field. in Consequence of which he was sent to General Hospital at Washington I believe from which he was discharged for disability. The cause of his death I believe was from disease contracted while in the service'. 'from personal recollection of the Case it was my belief that he never would recover his previous health' (p.21)
30 Dec 1869
Emma E Buzby widow of John B Buzby applied for a pension under the Act of 14 July 1862 (p.4)
49 years old, resident of Norristown, Montgomery County PA; post office address Bridgeport, Montgomery County PA (p.4)
attorney Mathews Poulson + Co, Philadelphia (p.4)
witnesses Francis Lyle and Ann E Bruner (p.5)
dated 15 December 1869 (p.4)
application 182,839 (pp.6, 13)
received $8 per month + $3 per month for child under 16 retroactive to 18 October 1867 (pp.3, 15)
certificate dated 26 April 1870 (p.15)
Geo D Livingston examiner (p.3)
passed 5 April 1870 (p.3)
18 January 1870
the Pension Office requested service information from the Adjutant General's Office (pp.14, 19)
24 January 1870
the Adjutant General's Office provide the above-summarized information to the Pension Office (p.6; see p.19 for the request)
2 March 1870
the Pension Office noted: 'Mch 2d /70 Sec Stet [??]' (p.14)
31 Aug 1870
the pension office noted: 'Disch to Pensi. [illegible] filed + mem. made on A.G.R.' (p.16)
26 Sep 1870
the pension office noted: 'Perin [??] -- As to Disch.' (p.16)
19 Oct 1870
the Pension Office informed G W Holstein of Bridgeport PA that 'disch. had not been returned' (p.16)
30 June 1879
Emma E Buzby dropped from the pension rolls, due to failure to claim pension (p.11)
last paid at $8 to 4 March 1876 (p.11)

Pennsylvania veterans burial record

[Pennsylvania veterans burial records, available on Ancestry (transcribed 7 March 2012)]
[does this suggest that the Montgomery County Buzby is not the Buzby who served in the 91st <sigh>?]


RECORD OF BURIAL PLACE OF VETERAN
Montgomery County
NAME Buzby John B. (4425)
DATE OF BIRTH [blank]
DATE OF DEATH [blank]
VETERAN OF Civil WAR
SERVED IN ARMY
DATES OF SERVICE 6/3/63 - 8/24/63
ORGANIZATION(S) Co I 34 Regt. Pa Mil.
RANK Pvt.
CEMETERY NAME Montgomery
[CEMETERY] LOCATION Norristown
LOCATION OF GRAVE IN CEMETERY SECTION B lot 2 Grave No. 4
HEADSTONE Mar. Mon.
INFORMATION GIVEN BY [blank]
DATE 3/10/36
REMARKS [blank]

marriage record

[Pennsylvania Church and Town Records. Norristown. St John's Episcopal Church]
[transcribed 7 March 2012, from Ancestry, image 70 of 575]

No. 102
Names John B. Buzby to Emma E. Brunner
Date September 27. 1840
By Whom Do [sc. Rev. H. Stern]

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