91st PA: Samuel Chambers

Samuel Chambers

Before the war

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).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 4 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, brown eyes, and dark hair (4).

During the war

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).

While on a reconnaissance into Virginia, he was captured, on 17 October 1862 (9). He contracted a fever in Richmond (9). He was paroled, and sent to Camp Parole, Maryland (2, 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).

After the war

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).

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) (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)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1870 US census
Ancestry index (accessed February 2009)
1880 US census
Ancestry index (accessed February 2009)
1890 US census, veterans schedules
Ancestry index (accessed May 2007)

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Kensington, 6th war, microfilm series M432, film 807, page 458 verso]
line1617181920
Dwellings visited808    
Families visited952    
NameThos DinsmanTeasey A "Samuel ChambersMargaret "Eugin "
Age312632306
SexMFMFM
Color     
Occupation of males over 15 yearsCombmaker 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.     

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 16, microfilm series M653, film 1166, page 97 = 99 handwritten]
line22232425
Dwelling number676   
Family number775   
NameSamuel ChambersMargaret "Eugene "Anna "
Age4037167
SexMFMF
Color    
OccupationTrunk Maker   
Value of real estate owned    
Value of personal estate200   
Place of birthPenna"""
Married within year    
Attended school within year   1
Cannot read & write    
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.    

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]


Chambers Samuel
Co. K, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Corp.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

Widow's pension file

[widow's pension file, NARA, RG 15, widow's certificate 5349]
[available on www.footnote.com (viewed February 2008)]



[page 1]
Box 31386
CERT. 5349
MARGARET CHAMBER
BUNDLE #60
14 IMAGES

[page 2]
[this page lists filmed documents]

[page 3]
WAR OF 1861. 5349
Brief in the case of Margaret Chambers, widow of Samuel Chambers, decd Corporal in Co. "K." 91st Regt. Pa. Vols
Philadelphia County, and State of Pennsylvania
Act of July 14, 1862.
Post Office address of Applicant, 1223 Howard St, Philadelphia, Pa.
Claim for widow's pension.
Declaration and Identification in due Form.
PROOF EXHIBITED.
I. The marriage of Samuel Chambers to Margaret Cain at Phila Pa. Aug. 11. 1842, by the Revd Jos. H. Kennard, is proved by the verified certificate.
II. The Rolls show that Samuel Chambers, the above soldier was enrolled Nov 26, and mustered into service as a private in Co. "K." 91. Pa. Vols. Dec'r 3, 1861. And that he died at Annapolis, Md, Dec'r 14, 1862. The Surgeon General reports that he died of Phthisis pulmonalis. The verified certificate of his captain shows said disease to have been the result of military service.
III. He left two children whose names, ages, and place of residence are given.
IV. Power of Attorney in due form to A. H. Bigelow.

Admitted August 28, 1863, to a pension of $8.00 per month, commencing December 14, 1862.

A. H. Bigelow, Esqr.
Philadelphia.
Pa.
Name and Residence of Agent

James A. Morgan.
EXAMINING CLERK.
(End.-W.E.I.)

[page 4]

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
Sworn to and subscribed and the power of attorney duly acknowledged before me, the day and year above written, and I hereby certify that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.
Fred. G. Wolbert

[page 5]

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Jan 16 1863
PENSION OFFICE

Also personally appeared Tacy [?] A Dinsman and Mars Penning residents of the City of Philadelphia and State of Pennsylvania persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn, say that they were present and saw the applicant Margaret Chambers sign her name to the foregoing declaration, and power of attorney, and they further swear that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of the applicant and their five or more years acquaintance with her, that she is the identical person she represents herself to be, that she has remained a widow ever since the death of her husband, the aforesaid Samuel Chambers and that they have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.
Tacy [?] A Dinsman
Mars Penning

[page 6]

Adjutant General's Office
Washington D.C.,
March 7th 1863
Sir:

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 am, Sir, very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
Saml Breck
Assistant Adjutant General.

The Commissioner of Pensions,
Washington, D.C.
Memoranda.
Name of applicant, Margaret Chambers
M.C. Address. Philada Penna

[page 7]

CERTIFICATE.
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN.
This Certifies
That Samuel Chambers of the City and Margaret Cain of the Same were by me united in the bonds of MARRIAGE, on Thursday the Eleventh day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty two conformably to the laws of the State of Pennsylvania, and the Ordinance of God--
Phila Augt. 11. 1842
Joseph H. Kennard
Minister of the Gospel.

[page 8]

State of Pennsylvania,
COUNTY OF PHILADELPHIA, ss.

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
Fred G Wolbert [?] Prothonotary

[page 9]

The within is a correct certificate of the marriage of the within named parties, who were married on the day within mentioned by myself.
Affirmed and subscribed before me this 13th day of January A.D. 1863
Jos H Kennard
I. Plankirton [??] Alderman 13 Ward Phila

Mrs Margaret Chambers
Present
[illegible stamp]

[page 10]

No. 5349
Pennsylvania
Margaret Chambers
Wid of Samuel Chambers
Rank Corporal
Company "K."
Regiment 91st Pa Vols
Philadelphia Agency.
Rate per month, $8.
Commencing 14" Dec 1862
Certificate dated 1st Sept 1863
and sent to A. H. Bigelow
Phila
Pa
Act 14th July, 1862.
Book A vol. 5 Page 14

[page 11]

No. 10,524 5349
ACT OF JULY 14, 1862.
Margaret Chambers, wid of
Samuel Chambers, Corpl in
Co "K" 91 Penn Vols
Died at Annapolis Md
Dec 14, 1862
Pension Office,
January 14 [?], 1863.
Respectfully referred to the Adjutant
General, for official evidence of service
and death.
Jos H Barrett
Commissioner.
Died at Annapolis Md Decr 14 /62 - in the U.S.A. Hospital
Received, Jany 15, 1863.
A. H. Bigelow
Philada Pa
Attorney.

[page 12]

Samuel Chambers. Corp.
91 Penn. Vols. (K)
Phthisis Pulmonalis
Parole Prisoner
WSC 14
Thom. A. McParlin.
July 23 /63. marriage
[illegible] 9 - Death
Must show that the disease was incurred in the service + line of duty.
Aug 20 /63 cert to A.D. [?]

[page 13]
I certify on honor that Samuel Chambers enlisted in the service of the United States on the 26th day of November 1861 as a private in co. K 91st Regt Penna Vols and died in said service on the 14th day of December 1862 that when he entered the aforesaid service he was in good health and a strong able bodied man that while on a Reconnaisance into Virginia on the 17th day of October 1862 he was taken prisoner and sent to Richmond where he contracted a fever. he was sent to Richmond where he contracted a fever. he was sent to Camp Parole Md Where he died of Billious Pulmonia [sic]. the deceased for his good conduct and soldierly deportment was promoted to 5th corporal

Station Camp Near Beverly Ford Va
Date August 10th 1863
John F. Casner
Capt. Compy K 91st Regt Penna Vols

[page 14]

[illegible]
Aug 18 1863
[illegible]

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Aug 27 1863
Pension [?] Office

[page 15]

Surgeon General's Office,
WASHINGTON CITY, D.C.,
July 18, 1863.

Sir:

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 Pulmonalis

Very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
By order of the Surgeon General:
J Woodward
Asst Surg., [blank] S.A.

The Commissioner of Pensions,
Washington, D.C.

[page 16]

Adjutant General's Office,
Washington, D.C.,
August 21st 1863.
Sir:

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,
Your obedient servant,
Sam G Breck
Assistant Adjutant General.

To the Commissioner of Pensions,
Washington, D.C.
JA.

[page 17]

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR.
Aug 27 1863
PENSION OFFICE

death certificate

[death certificate, Samuel Chambers, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 15 December 1862]
[thanks to Ed McLaughlin for finding this!]

RETURN OF A DEATH,
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, Samuel Chambers
2. Colour, White
3. Sex, Male
4. Age, 45 Years
5. Married
6. Date of Death, December 15th [sic] 1862
7. Cause of Death, Typhoid Fever
Wm Read
Health Officer

UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, [blank]
9. Place of Birth, Philad
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 17th
12. Street and Number, Howard [?] St ab Girard Av
13. Date of Burial, Dec 18 1862
14. Place of Burial, O.F. Cem
Geo Thumbert Undertaker.
Residence, 852 Lawrence St

death notice

[death notice, Public Ledger 17 December 1862 page 2, Samuel Chambers]

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]


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