He was born in 1826/27 (4 (34 IN 1861), 7 [32 in 1850], 8 [40 in 1860], 10 [45 at death in 1862], 11 [45 at death]). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (4, 7, 8, 10).
On 11 August 1842, he married Margaret Cain, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (9). They were married by Joseph H Kennard (9). They had two children who were alive at his death (9):
In 1850, he was living in the 6th ward of Kensington, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania (7). He was living with his wife Margaret and their son Eugene, along with Thomas and Teasey Dinsman (7). He was a trunkmaker (7).
In 1860, he was living in the 16th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (8). He was living with his wife Margaret and their children Eugene and Anna (8). He was a trunkmaker (8). He owned $200 in personal property (8).
When he enlisted, he was a sad[dler] (4).
When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 4 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, brown eyes, and dark hair (4).
He enlisted and was mustered into service on 26 November 1861 (1 [20 Nov], 4 [26 Nov], 9 [26 Nov]). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Captain Casner (4). He was mustered in by Lieutenant [illegible entry] H Senty [?], on 3 December 1861, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (4, 9). He was a private, in company K (1, 12).
He was promoted to corporal on 5 May 1862, because of good conduct and soldierly deportment (3, 9).
He died on 14 December 1862 at US General Hospital, Annapolis, Maryland, of phthisis pulmonalis (or "bilious pulmonia") or typhoid fever (1, 2, 9, 10 [15 Dec], 11). He was a corporal in company K (1, 6, 12). He was buried from 1223 Howard Street (above Girard Avenue), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which was his brother-in-law's Thomas Dineman's residence (10, 11). On 18 December 1862, he was buried in Odd Fellows' Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (10, 11). Members of the Northern Liberty Hose Company were invited to attend (11).
On 15 January 1863, his widow, Margaret Chambers, applied successfully for a pension (5, 6). Her post office address was 1223 Howard Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (9). Her application was approved on 28 August 1863 (9). She initially received $8 per month, beginning 14 December 1862 (9).
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) (Samuel Chambers)
2 company K, register of deaths (Samuel Chambers)
3 company K, list of non-commissioned officers (Samuel Chambers)
4 company K, descriptive roll (Samuel Chambers)
5 pension index, by name (Samuel Chambers)
6 pension index, by regiment (Samuel Chambers)
7 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Kensington, 6th war, microfilm series M432, film 807, page 458 verso (Samuel Chambers)
8 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 16, microfilm series M653, film 1166, page 97 = 99 handwritten] (Samuel Chambers)
9 widow's pension file, NARA, RG 15, widow's certificate 5349 (Samuel Chambers)
10 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 15 December 1862 (Samuel Chambers)
11 death notice, Public Ledger 17 December 1862 page 2 (Samuel Chambers)
12 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Samuel Chambers)
|Name||Thos Dinsman||Teasey A "||Samuel Chambers||Margaret "||Eugin "|
|Occupation of males over 15 years||Combmaker||Trunkmaker|
|Real estate owned|
|Birthplace||" [sc. Penna]||"||"||"||"|
|Married within year|
|Attended school within year||1|
|Over 20 & can't read/write|
|Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.|
|Name||Samuel Chambers||Margaret "||Eugene "||Anna "|
|Value of real estate owned|
|Value of personal estate||200|
|Place of birth||Penna||"||"||"|
|Married within year|
|Attended school within year||1|
|Cannot read & write|
|Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.|
Admitted August 28, 1863, to a pension of $8.00 per month, commencing December 14, 1862.
A. H. Bigelow, Esqr.
Name and Residence of Agent
James A. Morgan.
WIDOWS' ARMY PENSION.
STATE OF Pennsylvania CITY OF Philadelphia ss.
On this ninth day of January A.D. one thousand eight hundred and sixty three personally appeared before me the Prothonotary of the Court of Common Please within and for the County and State aforesaid Margaret Chambers aged forty two years, a resident of Philadelphia in the County of Philadelphia and State of Pennsylvania, aged forty two years, who being first duly sworn, according to law, doth on her oath make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress approved July 14th, 1862: That she is the widow of Samuel Chambers who was a Corporal in company K, commanded by Captain John Casner in the 91st regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers in the war of 1861, who entered said service at Philadelphia on the 26th day of November A.D. 1861 and died on the 14th day of December A.D. 1862 at the U.S.A. Hospital at Annapolis, Md., of disease contracted in said service and in the line of his duty.
She further declares that she was married to the said Samuel Chambers deceased, on the Elventh [sic] day of August in the year one thousand eight hundred and forty two at the City of Philadelphia by Revd Joseph H. Kennard that her husband, the aforesaid Samuel Chambers died on the day above mentioned, that she has remained a widow ever since that period, and that she is the mother by her said husband Samuel Chambers decd of Eugene R. Chambers, born May 25th 1844 and Anna Chambers, born October 1st 1853. as will more fully appear by reference to the proof hereto annexed. She also declares that she has not in any manner been engaged in, or aided, or abetted, the rebellion in the United States; and she hereby appoints A. H. Bigelow of the City of Philadelphia her true and lawful attorney, with full power of substitution to present and prosecute this her claim for Pension, and to receive and receipt for any order or certificate that may be issued in satisfaction thereof.Mrs Margaret Chambers
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your Office of application for Pension No. 10,524, and to return it herewith, with such information as is furnished by the files of this Office.
It appears from the Rolls on file in this Office, that Samuel Chambers was enrolled on the 26th day of November, 1861, at Philada Penna in Co. "K", 91st Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, to serve 3 years, or during the war, and mustered into service as a Private on the 3d day of December, 1861, at Philada Penna, in Co. "K", 91st Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, to serve 3 years, or during the war. On the Muster Roll of Co. "K" of that Regiment, for the months of November + December, 1862, he is reported Died at Annapolis Md Dec 14th 1862" a corporal. No further records on file.
I, Frederick G Wolbert [?] Prothonotary of the Court of Common Pleas of said County, DO CERTIFY, that I Plankirton [?] before whom the annexed affidavit was made, was at the time, and now is an Alderman and ex-officio Justice of the Peace of the City of Philadelphia, duly commissioned and qualified to administer oaths and affirmations, and to take acknowledgements, &c., and to all whose acts, as such, full faith and credit are and ought to be given, as well in Courts of Judicature as elsewhere.IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Seal of said Court, this 17th day of August A.D. 1863
I have the honor to return herewith application for Pension, No. 10524, with such information as is furnished by the records of this office. Corpl. Samuel Chambers, Co. K, 91 Regiment Penn. Vols, is reported to this office by Thos. A McParlin Surgeon USA as having died Dec 14 1862,at Hospl Annapolis Md (parole pris) of Phthisis PulmonalisVery respectfully,
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your Office of a letter asking for the rank and verification of the signature of John F. Casner, and to return it herewith, with such information as is furnished by the files of this Office.
It appears from the rolls on file in this Office that the signature of John F. Casner, who was, on the 30th day of June, 1863, a Captain of Co. "K" 91st Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, upon the within certificate is "genuine"I am, sir, very respectfully,
CHAMBERS--On the 14th [?] inst., at U.S. General Hospital, Annapolis, Md, Corporal SAMUEL CHAMBERS, Company K, 91st Pa. Vol., in his 45th year.
The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from the residence of his brother-in-law, Thomas Dineman, No 1223 Howard street, on Thursday morning, at [illegible] o'clock. To proceed to Odd Fellow's Cemetery. The Northern Liberty Hose Company are respectfully invited to attend. [Baltimore Clipper please copy]