91st PA: Francis Carrigan

Francis Carrigan

Before the war

He was born in 1835/36, in Scotland. [sources: date: 3 (29 in 1865), 7 (29 in 1865). place: 3]

When he enlisted, he was a plasterer. He had been a plasterer for years, and earned about $15 per week. He supported his parents (who had three other children, who were married and had their own families to support). [sources: 3, 7]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 7-1/4 inches tall, and had a light complexion, hazel eyes, and brown hair. [sources: 3, 7]

During the war

He was a substitute. He enlisted and was mustered into service for one year, on 30 March 1865, at Norristown, Pennsylvania. He was enlisted and mustered into service by Captain Yerkes. He was a private in company E. [sources: 1, 3 (enrolled and mustered in at Philadelphia), 11]

By 30 March 1865, he had received $28.91 worth of clothing. [source: 7]

On 23 May 1865, he was accidentally killed near the Long Bridge, Alexandria, Virginia. After finishing breakfast, he went to a spring to get water. While he was returning, he had to cross near a bend in the tracks, and was apparently unable to see an uncoming train, which ran over him, cutting off his left arm and leg. He died about one-half hour later. He was a private, in company E. He was buried in the National Cemetery, Arlington Virginia. On the next day, Sergeant John J Griffith wrote Francis's mother, informing her that Francis had died, and asking whether he had 'a family that he supported'. [sources: 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11]

After the war

On 11 February 1867, the Philadelphia Court of Common Please appointed John Carrigan Committee of the person and estate of Jane Carrigan (Francis's mother), on $600 security. [source: 7]

On 27 February 1867, John Carrigan, committee for Francis's insane mother Jane Carrigan, applied successfully for a pension. He was 40, and lived at 1324 Wood Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her husband John was unable to work, and she had been disabled for many years, from old age, general debility, and paralysis. His application was accepted on 27 May 1868, retroactive to 23 May 1865; she received $8 per month. [sources: 4, 6, 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)

2 list of deaths, company E, entry 29 (Francis Carrigan)

3 descriptive roll, company E, entry 183 (Francis Carrigan)

4 pension index, by name (Francis Carrigan)

5 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 25 May 1865 (Francis Carrigan)

6 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company E (Francis Carnigan)

7 dependent's pension certificate file, Jane Carrigan mother of Francis Carrigan, widow's certificate 114,292, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15

8 letter, John J Griffith to Mrs Carrigan, 24 May 1865, Camp near Long Bridge

9 Find a grave, memorial 57146753, created by Hope, added 16 August 2010 (accessed 17 February 2013) (Francis Carrigan)

10 US National Cemetery interment control forms 1928-1962, from National Archives and Records Administration, record group 92 (Francis Carrigan)

11 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Francis Carrigan)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1850 US census
Ancestry and FamilySearch indices (accessed 17 February 2013)
1860 US census
Ancestry and FamilySearch indices (accessed 17 February 2013)
the Francis Carrighan (23, born Ireland) in Radnor Township, Delaware County, PA (microfilm series M653 film 1105, page 587 = 48 handwritten, FamilySearch) is a farm laborer, and living with Anna (26) and Joseph (2), apparently his wife and their son
1870 US census
Ancestry and FamilySearch indices (accessed 17 February 2013)
1880 US census
Ancestry and FamilySearch indices (accessed 17 February 2013)
1890 US census, veterans schedules
Ancestry index (accessed May 2007)
1900 US census
Ancestry and FamilySearch indices (accessed 17 February 2013)
1910 US census
Ancestry and FamilySearch indices (accessed 17 February 2013)
1920 US census
Ancestry and FamilySearch indices (accessed 17 February 2013)
1930 US census
Ancestry and FamilySearch indices (accessed 17 February 2013)
death records for John Carrigan
the FamilySearch index has two possible John Carrigan's (searched for John Carrigan born 1785-1800, died Philadelphia 1867-1890)
(1) John Carrigan, died 29 June 1870, Philadelphia, 77 years old, at 2045 Rittenhouse, buried 30 June 1870, Cathedral Cemetery [no death notice in [Philadelphia] Public Ledger or Philadelphia Inquirer on 29 or 30 June]
(2) John Kerrigan, died 29 April 1878, Philadelphia, 79 years old, born Ireland, at 1536 S 7th St, Philadelphia; buried 2 May 1878 in Saint Joseph [no death notice in Philadelphia Inquirer on 1 or 2 May]
also searched the Pennsylvania Church and Town Records in Ancestry for Jane Carrigan born 1785 +/- 10, died in Philadelphia County; this found John Carrigan, 77, buried 30 June 1870 in Old Cathedral Catholic Cemetery
death records for Jane Carrigan
the FamilySearch index has no possible Jane Carrigan's (searched for Jane Carrigan born 1785-1800, died Philadelphia 1867-1890)

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Francis Carrigan in the 91st PA database

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]


Carrigan, Francis
Co. E, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

letter from John J Griffith

[letter, John J Griffith to Mrs Carrigan, 24 May 1865, Camp near Long Bridge]
[transcribed from pp.40-41 of the dependent's pension certificate file on Fold3 (19 February 2013)]

May 24, 1865
Camp near long [sic] Bridge Va
[stamped: DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR PENSION OFFICE JAN 13 [?] 1868]
Mrs. Carrigan

I will inform you of a Sad Accident that happen [sic] to your Son this morning, after he eat [sic] his Breakfast, he went down to the Spring to get Some Water. and he was Returning to Camp, he was Run over by a train of Car [sic] and Smashed him [sic] in which [sic] he died in about 1/2 hour after he was wounded, he was taken Back to Corps hospital. And will be Buried their [sic]. I wish you would write and inform me all about his family or if he has any I mean a family that he supported, I cannot do to [sic] much for you concerning about [sic] the Deseased [sic], I am a writing [sic] this on a Risk [sic] i dont [sic] know if it is Right direction [sic] or not, Please write and tell me and then i will tell you all the particular [sic]


I Remain your Obedient Servant
Sergt. John J Griffith
direction co E. 91st PVV
3 Brig 1st Div 5 Corps
Washington DC

mother's pension certificate file

[dependent's pension certificate file, Jane Carrigan mother of Francis Carrigan, widow's certificate 114,292, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15]
[abstracted from 41 pages on Fold3]
30 March 1865 [?]
muster roll of detachment of substitutes ... forwarded to General Rendezvous Camp Cadwalader (p.36)
#3176 Francis Carrigan, private, born Scotland, age 29, occupation plasterer, mustered in 30 March 1865, Philadelphia, 1st district PA, for 1 yr, hazel eyes, brown hair, light complexion 5' 7-1/4" tall (p.36)
clothing account last settled 30 March 1865, total value of clothing drawn since last settlement $28.91 (p.36)
substitute for John S Taylor (p.36)
$400.00 deposited (p.36)
30 March 1865
Francis Carrigan enrolled and mustered in as a private in co E, at Philadelphia PA, (pp.3, 6)
3 May 1865
Francis Carrigan killed by accident on railroad (Adjutant General) (pp.3, 6)
Surgeon General reports 23 May 1865 'having been accidentally run over by train of cars on Rail Road' (p.3)
Lieut Graham and Sergt Griffiths show killed in line of duty ('returning to camp bringing water + had to cross RR. track near a bend, + did not see his danger until too late, + was run over by car + killed, about May 3/65' (p.3)
application: 'was killed by being run over by a train of cars on the Rail Road near Alexandria' (p.4)
24 May 1865
John J Griffith informed Francis Carrigan's mother of his death (pp.40-41)
11 February 1867
the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas appointed John Carrigan Committee of the person + estate of Jane Carrigan, on $600 security (p.32)
27 February 1867
application 143,005, dated 14 Feb 67 (pp.4, 17)
John Carrigan, resident of Philadelphia, 40, committee of Jane Carrigan, lunatic mother of Francis Carrigan (E) applied for a pension under the act of 14 July 1862 (pp.3, 4)
"Jane Carrigan's husband the said John Carrigan is unable to maintain his family" (pp.4, 5)
post office address 1324 Wood St, Philadelphia PA (p.3)
she had been disabled for many years, from 'old age general debility + paralysis' (p.3)
he had earned about $15/wk as a plasterer for years before enlisting, and lived with and supported his parents (pp.3, 5)
certificate from Court of Common Pleas shows her a lunatic and John Carrigan her Committee (p.3)
Jane Carrigan had three married children with their own families to support (p.4)
attorney: W N Ashman (pp.3, 4)
witnesses: John Fitzpatrick, Marigret [sic] Carrigan (pp.4-5)
admitted 27 May 1868 for $8/month retroactive to 23 May 1865 and payable to John Carrigan Committee; certificate dated 4 June 1868 (pp.3, 15)
26 Apr 1867
the Adjutant General's office reported that Francis Carrigan's name was not on any roll of company A, but was on company E's rolls (p.9)
the Pension Office requested information about Carrigan's service on 24 April 1867 (p.10; see also p.17)
20 Sept [?] 1867
the Adjutant General's Office reported the above-summarized information (p.6; p.7 is the request (circular 16), dated 16 Sep 67; see also p.18)
the Pension Office received the response on 26 September and sent circular 2 [about proving dependence] (p.18; see p.38 for circular 2)
3 October 1867
Robert Godfrey and Margaret Godfrey (of Philadelphia PA) swore that Francis Carrigan was a plasterer; that Jane Carrigan was about 80 years old; that John Carrigan was about 76 years old; that John Carrigan suffered a paralytic stroke about 4 years earlier, and is entirely disabled; he will probably die very soon; he has never abandoned his family but cannot do anything to support them; that Francis Carrigan was unmarried, lived with his parents, and supported his parents for many years (p.19)
'Jane Carrigan the mother of said Francis is totally deranged in mind in fact both Jane Carrigan and her said husband John Carrigan need personal attention, they are entirely unable to take care of themselves, not even to dress and undress themselves' (p.19)
'Francis was a plaster[er] and earned good wages. he was very seldom without work' (p.19)
7 October 1867
the pension office received some evidence, and again sent circular 2 etc. (p.18; circular 2 is page 38)
this is probably the evidence dated 4 October 1867, and stamped 5 October 1867, sent on a muster roll: the Draft Rendezvous Philadelphia show Francis Carrigan received in Barracks on 30 March and sent to the 91st P.V. 31 March 1865; on the co E muster-out roll he is listed as 'Died', 'accidentally killed at railroad' (p.37)
21 December 1867
A G Allen MD (1237 Spruce St Philadelphia) affirmed that he was first called to attend John Carrigan in 1861, and found him suffering from old age and general debility; he has been for several years unable to do anything to support himself or his wife (p.23)
dated 23 Nov 1867
21 December 1867
John L Graham swore that he was Lieutenant commanding E 91 PA on 24 May 1865; Francis Carrigan was a member of co E; he was 'accidentally killed by a train of cars near Long Bridge Va on the 24th day of May 1865, I was in Washington at the time of the accident but returned to the company about three days afterwards and learned that said deceased had been killed as above stated'; he forwarded Carrigan's effects to his parents; he was in the line of duty; 'he was carrying water from a Spring on the opposite side of the Rail Road from our Camp (which was near Long Bridge Va) there was a sharp turn in the R.R at or near the place deceased was killed, and he could not see the train in time to save his life' (p.25)
dated 14 Dec 1867 (p.25)
the pension office requested information on 3 February 1868 (p.26)
1868
the pension office [sent] a letter [requestion clarification about] what company Carrigan served in (p.18)
18 Jan 1868
John Carrigan swore that Francis Carrigan served in company E (p.21)
dated 11 Jan 1868 (p.21)
21 Jan 1868
the pension office received a response from the 2nd auditor about the circular 14 sent on 14 January (p.18)
dated 17 Jan 1868: they had issued treasury certificate 258,167 to John Carrighan [sic] father of Francis Carrigan for pay through 23 March 1865 (p.34)
28 Jan 1868
Asst Surgeon A D Jenksbury [?] reported than Francis Carrigan died 24 May 1865 'Killed accidentally on the Leesburg + Alexandria R.R.' (p.12)
the Pension Office requested the information on 14 Jan 1868 (pp.13, 18)
1 Feb 1868
the Pension Office received the response from the Surgeon General, and csent circular 16 to the Adjutant General and also to Lt Graham (p.18)
7 Feb 1868
the Adjutant General's office reported that John L Graham was mustered in as 1st Lt E 91 on 31 October 1864 and on the May-June 1865 muster roll he was reported present commanding the company, stationed near Washington DC; the 10 July 1865 muster out roll reports him 1st Lt present commanding company and mustered out with the company on that date (p.27)
20 February 1868
the Pension Office received a response from Graham, and sent a letter explaining that his statements weren't satisfactory (p.18)
9 March 1868 [dated]
John J Griffith swore that he was formerly orderly sergeant of company E, was in command on the date Francis Carrigan was killed, on or about 3 May 1865; he was returning from the spring with water just after breakfast; he had to cross the railroad, and there was a sharp turn in it and he therefore could not see his danger; no commissioned officer was present with the company then (p.29)
Griffith 'was present at the time of the accident, and saw said Francis Carrigan carried to Hospital dying' (p.29)
20 April 1868
the pension office sent circular 16 to the Adjutant General, and to 1st Sergeant Griffith (p.18)
23 April 1868 [dated]
the Adjutant General's Office reported that John J Griffith was enrolled on 26 Dec 1863 at Bealton VA in E 91 PA, and mustered in as sergeant (veteran) on 26 Dec 1863 at Bealton VA (p.31)
also, on the May-June 1865 muster roll, he was reported present for duty, promoted from 1st sergt 26 May 1865; mustered in as 2nd lt on 26 May 1865, and mustered out with the company on 10 July 1865 (p.31)
24 April 1868
the pension office received a response from 1st Sergeant Griffith (p.18)
16 July 1868
the Pension Certificate was returned to the pension office 'as a dead letter'; the pension office sent it again to Wm N Ashman in Philadelphia (p.16)

interment control card

[US National Cemetery interment control forms 1928-1962, from National Archives and Records Administration, record group 92]
[transcribed from Ancestry (accessed 20 February 2013)]

Interment in the ARLINGTON, VA. National Cemetery
NAME CARRIGAN, FRANCIS
RANK PVT.
COMPANY E
REGIMENT 91st PA. INF.
DIVISION, IF WORLD WAR SOLDIER Civil War
DATE OF DEATH May 24 1865
DATE OF INTERMENT [blank]
GRAVE MARK 10187
REMARKS [blank]

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