91st PA: Reuben Harry Chafee

Reuben Harry Chafee

Before the war

He was born on 17 June 1835 [?], in Pennsylvania, to William Banfield Chaffee and Elizabeth ("Betsey") Ellis. [sources: date: 13, 14 (1835), 16 (1835), 17 (1835); 4 (28 in 1863), 5 (28 in 1863), 6 (28 in 1863), 19 (44 in 1880). place: 4, 5, 6, 19. parents: 13, 16]

On 1 January 1858, he married Sarah J McQuiston. She was born in 1840. They had ten children:

[9 (9 alive in 1900), 10 (6 alive in 1910), 13, 19]

When he enlisted, he was a laborer. [sources: 4, 5, 6]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 7 inches tall, and had a florid complexion, grey eyes, and dark hair. [sources: 4, 5, 6]

During the war

He was drafted. He enlisted and was mustered into service on 10 or 16 July 1863 in the 62nd Pennsylvania. He served in company L. He enlisted for three years, in Butler County, Pennsylvania. His service was credited to the 22nd congressional district. [sources: 1, 4 (16 Jul), 5 (16 Jul), 6 (16 Jul), 12, 14]

He was transferred on 20 July 1864 from company L of the 62nd Pennsylvania to the 91st. On 21 July 1864, he, and the other members of companies L and M, were assigned to company G. On 22 July 1864, they were transferred to company K, following brigade orders to assign them to the smallest company. He was then present, as a private. He was a private in company K. [sources: 1, 2, 3, 14, 21]

He mustered out on 10 July 1865 with his company. He was a private, in company K. [sources: 1, 21]

After the war

In 1880, he was living in Franklin Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Sarah, their eight children, and two others (whose relationship to him is not stated). He was a laborer. [source: 19]

In 1890, he was living in the second ward of Greenville, Mercer County, Pennsylvania. [source: 8]

On 30 July 1890, he applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension. [sources: 7, 11, 12]

In 1900, he was living on South Race Street, in Greenville Borough, Mercer County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Sarah and daughter Flora. He was a stationary engineer. [source: 9]

On 3 March 1908, he died, in Greenville, [Mercer County,], Pennsylvania. He died of organic heart disease. On 5 March 1908, he was buried in the Shenango Valley Cemetery, Greenville, Mercer County, Pennsylvania. [sources: 14, 15, 16, 17]

On 13 March 1908, his widow, Sarah J Chaffee, applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension. [sources: 7, 12]

In 1910, his widow, Sarah Chafee, was living on Race Street, in Greenville Borough, Mercer County, Pennsylvania. [source: 10]

On 10 June 1916, his widow, Sarah J Chaffee, died, in Greenville, Mercer County, Pennsylvania. She was buried in the Shenango Valley Cemetery, Greenville, Mercer County, Pennsylvania. [sources: 18, 20]

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 special order 65, HQ 91st PA, 21 July 1864 (Reuben Chafee)

3 special order 66, HQ 91st PA, 22 July 1864 (Reuben Chafee)

4 company K, descriptive roll (Reuben Chafee)

5 company K, third descriptive roll (Reuben Chafee)

6 company K, fourth descriptive roll (Reuben Chafee)

7 pension index, by name (Reuben Chaffee)

8 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Greenville, ward 2, supervisor's district [10], enumeration district [56], page [4] (Reuben H Chafee)

9 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Greenville Borough, supervisor's district 19, enumeration district 139, microfilm series T623, film 1440, page 188 = 18 B handwritten (Reuben Chafee)

10 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Greenville Borough, ward 4, supervisor's district 19, enumeration district 150, microfilm series T624, film 1374, page 109 = 7 B handwritten (Sarah Chafee)

11 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company I (Reuben Chafee)

12 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company K (Reuben Chaffee)

13 'Chaffee genealogy', a gedcom, available on RootsWeb WorldConnect, contact Andy, last updated 25 August 2001 (accessed 12 September 2010) (Reuben Harry Chaffee) [other, more recent, gedcoms on WorldConnect have information consistent with this]

14 Pennsylvania veterans burial records, available on Ancestry (transcribed 4 December 2010) (Reuben H Chaffee)

15 Pennsylvania death indices, 1908 ("Chaffee, Reuben H.; 26142; Greenville; March 3.")

16 death certificate, Pennsylvania, file number 26142 (Reuben Harry Chaffee)

17 Find a grave, memorial 94053692, created by Shirley McMunn, added 22 July 2012, accessed 11 April 2013 [identity is confirmed by reference to his service in the 91st in text quoted from 'Mercer County cemetery inscriptions book 9 page 110') (Reuben H Chaffee)

18 Find a grave, memorial 9405267, created by Shirley McMunn, added 22 July 2012, accessed 11 April 2013 (Sarah J Chaffee)

19 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Butler County, Franklin Township, enumeration district 42, microfilm series T9, film 1109, page 260 = 20 D handwritten (FamilySearch) (Reuben [?] Chafy)

20 Pennsylvania death indices, 1916 ("Chaffe [sic], Sarah J.; 62352; Greenville; June 10.")

21 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Reuben Chafee)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1850 US census
LDS pilot index (accessed 12 September 2010)
Ancestry index (accessed 15 April 2013)
1860 US census
LDS pilot and HeritageQuest indices (accessed 12 September 2010)
Ancestry index (accessed 15 April 2013)
1870 US census
LDS pilot and HeritageQuest indices (accessed 12 September 2010)
Ancestry index (accessed 15 April 2013)
1920 US census
LDS pilot and HeritageQuest indices (accessed 12 September 2010)
1930 US census
Footnote index (accessed 12 September 2010)
Applications for headstones for military veterans, 1925-1941
FamilySearch index (accessed 14 April 2013)

Display


Reuben Harry Chafee in the 91st PA gedcom on RootsWeb WorldConnect

Reuben Harry Chaffee in the 91st PA database

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Butler County, Franklin Township, enumeration district 42, microfilm series T9, film 1109, page 260 = 20 D handwritten (FamilySearch)
[the FamilySearch and Ancestry indices have his name as 'Renpen Chafy']
[identification is likely, based on the spouse's name (and her name in the pension index by name)]
line343536373839404142434445
street name            
house number            
dwelling visit #153           
family visit #160           
nameChafy Reuben [?]- Sarah- Ella- Agness- Mary- John- Anna- Lotty- Bridie- CoraRamsy PearlChafy [?] Elly
colorWWWWWWWWWWWW
sexMFFFFMFFMFFF
age44402119171412108629/12
month born if born in year           Sep [??]
relationship WifeDaughterDaughterDaughterSonDaughterDaughterSonDaughter  
single            
married            
widowed/divorced            
married during year            
occupationLaborerKeeping houseAt homeAt homeAt homeAt homeAt home     
months unemployed            
currently ill?            
blind            
deaf/dumb            
idiotic            
insane            
disabled            
school this year     1111   
can't read            
can't write            
birthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPenna
father's birthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPenna
mother's birthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPenna

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Greenville, ward 2, supervisor's district [10], enumeration district [56], page [4]]
[identification is confirmed by reference to his service in the 91st]

[line] 43
[house] 289
[family] 290
[name] Chafee, Reuben H
[rank] Private
[company] K
[unit] 91 Pa Vet Inf
[enlistment date] 16 July 1863
[discharge date] 10 July 1865
[length of service] [blank]
[post office address] Do Do Do Do [sc. Greenville Mercer Ct Pa]
[disability incurred] x
[remarks] x

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Greenville Borough, supervisor's district 19, enumeration district 139, microfilm series T623, film 1440, page 188 = 18 B handwritten]
[identification is probable, based on (1) the location, and its matching the location in the 1890 veterans schedule transcribed above, and (2) the spouse's name, and its matching the name in the pension index by name (entry 7 above)]
line636465
streetS Race Street
house number   
dwelling number392  
family number444  
nameChafee Reuben- Sarah C [?]- Flora
relationshipHeadWifeDaughter
colorWWW
sexMFF
birth dateSept 1837 [??]July 1849 [??]Apr 1882
age[illegible]5018
married?MMS
# years married4242 
mother of how many children? 10 
# of children living 9 
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigration year   
# years in USA   
naturalized citizen?   
occupationStationary Engineer  
# months not employed0  
# months in school   
can readYesYesYes
can writeYesYesYes
speaks EnglishYesYesYes
owned/rentedR  
free or mortgaged   
farm/houseH  
# of farm schedule   

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Greenville Borough, ward 4, supervisor's district 19, enumeration district 150, microfilm series T624, film 1374, page 109 = 7 B handwritten]
[identification is probable; see the note on the 1900 census transcribed above]
line939495
streetRace Street
house nr-  
dwelling nr171  
family nr179  
nameShaw [??] ShellyChafee SarahStertis [?] Herman
relationshipHeadLodgerGrandson [?]
sexMFM
colorWWW
age486221
marital statusWdWdS
#years present marriage   
mother of # children 8 
mother of # living children 6 
birthplaceOhioPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplaceGer GermanOhioOhio
mother's birthplaceGer GermanPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigrated   
naturalized/alien   
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglishEnglish
occupationLaborerNoneCar Repair
nature of industry etc.Railroad Railroad
employer etc.W W
out of work 15 Apr 1910?No No
# weeks out of work 19090 0
can readYesYesYes
can writeYesYesYes
school since 1 Sep 09   
owned/rentedR [??]  
owned free or mortagaged   
farm/houseH  
nr on farm schedule   
civil war vet   
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 20 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Chafee, Reuben
Co. K, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
See also 62 Pa. Vols.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

Pennsylvania veterans burial record

[Pennsylvania veterans burial records, available on Ancestry (transcribed 4 December 2010)]

RECORD OF BURIAL PLACE OF VETERAN
Mercer County
NAME Chaffee Reuben H.
DATE OF BIRTH 1835
DATE OF DEATH 1908
VETERAN OF Civil WAR
SERVED IN ARMY
DATES OF SERVICE [blank]
ORGANIZATION(S) Co L. 62nd PVI. 91st
RANK [blank]
CEMETERY NAME Shenango Valley Cemetery
[CEMETERY] LOCATION Greenville, Pa.
LOCATION OF GRAVE IN CEMETERY SECTION H LOT 65
HEADSTONE FAMILY
INFORMATION GIVEN BY Graves Registration
DATE Apr 8, 1936.
REMARKS [blank]

death certificate

[death certificate, Pennsylvania, file number 26142, Reuben Harry Chaffee]
[received from Pennsylvania Division of Vital Records 9 April 2013, ordered 11 December 2012]
[much of the left half of this death certificate (including the 'personal and statistical particulars'] is almost illegibly light; I have marked conjectures in my transcription]

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
BUREAU OF VITAL STATISTICS
CERTIFICATE OF DEATH
File No. 26142
Registered No. 30
Registration District No. 688
Primary Registration District No. 1374
PLACE OF DEATH
County of [Mercer]
Borough of [Greenville]
FULL NAME Reuben [?] Harry Chaffee

PERSONAL AND STATISTICAL PARTICULARS
SEX [Male]
COLOR White
DATE OF BIRTH [illegible month and day] 1835
AGE 72 years [illegible] months 15 days
Married
Birthplace Harrisburg [????] Pa
OCCUPATION [illegible]
NAME OF FATHER [William?] Chafee
BIRTHPLACE OF FATHER [illegible] Pa
MAIDEN NAME OF MOTHER Elizabeth Ellis
BIRTHPLACE OF MOTHER [illegible, apparently ending in 'ne'] Co Pa
THE ABOVE STATED PERSONAL PARTICULARS ARE TRUE TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE AND BELIEF
(Informant) Anne Chaffee Elechnir [??]
(Address) Greenville
Filed 3/4/1908 H. L. Keck Registrar

MEDICAL CERTIFICATE OF DEATH
DATE OF DEATH March 3 1908

I HEREBY CERTIFY, That I attended deceased from Jan 1 1908 to March 3 1908 that I last saw him alive on March 2 1908 and that death occurred, on the date stated above, at 530 AM. The CAUSE OF DEATH was as follows:

Organic heart disease (Duration) may Days
Contributory --
(Signed) R. W. Brown M.D.
3/3/1908 (Address) Greenville Pa
SPECIAL INFORMATION only for Hospitals, Institutions, Transients, or Recent Residents [blank]
PLACE OF BURIAL OR REMOVAL Shenango Val Cem
DATE OF BURIAL Mar 5 1908
UNDERTAKER J W Taylor ADDRESS Greenville Pa

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