91st PA--James Chism

James Chism

Before the war

He was born in 1832/33 (9 (28 in 1861), 10 [30 in 1863], 11 [30 in 1863], 15 [50 in ?1880], 17 [30 in 1860], 18 [38 in 1870], 19 [50 in 1880], 23 [50 in 1880]). He was born in Ireland (11, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20).

In 1860, he was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (17). He was living with Rebecca (presumably his wife), Anna (presumably their daughter), and Mary Walls and Jane Chism (perhaps his sister?) (17). He was a blacksmith, and owned $200 in personal property (17).

When he enlisted, he was a laborer, and was living in Philadelphia (9, 10).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 7 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, gray eyes, and dark hair (9 [light hair], 10, 11).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service as a private on 20 November 1861, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1, 8, 9, 13, 14). He was enlisted by Lieutenant Kayser, for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (8). He was a private, in company B (1, 23, 24).

He fought at the Battle of Gettysburg (16).

He reenlisted as a veteran volunteer on 26 December 1863, at Bealton, Virginia (1, 9, 10 [25 Dec], 11 [25 Dec]). He was enlisted for three years by Lieutenant Carpenter, and mustered by Lieutenant Swan (10).

He was promoted to corporal on 13 March 1864 (3, 6, see also 7).

He was wounded on 15 May 1864 (1, 9, 11, 20, 21 [14 May]). He was still absent wounded, in hospital, later in May 1864 (21).

On 27 April 1865, he was promoted to sergeant, effective 1 April 1865 (4).

On 13 June 1865, he began a furlough, which expired on 28 June 1865 (5). He returned on 29 June 1865 (5)

He was "to be charged"--perhaps for lost equipment, when the regiment mustered out (12).

He mustered out on 10 July 1865 with his company (1, 9, 13 [14 Jul], 14). He served for forty-four months (15, 23). He was a sergeant, in company B (24).

After the war

In 1870, he was living in the 26th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (18). He was living with Jane (presumably his wife), Annie (presumably their daughter), and John (presumably his father, or perhaps uncle) (18). (I don't know whether Jane is the Rebecca he was living with in 1860, or a second wife.) He was a blacksmith, and owned $1,800 in real property and $500 in personal property (18).

On 3 October 1867, he became a naturalized US citizen, in the District Court of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (22).

On 6 April 1876 [??], he successfully applied for a pension (2, 14).

On 18 January 1880, he was admitted to the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (15, 23). He had wounds in his right arm (15). He received a pension of $3 per month (15).

In 1880, he was living at the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Montgomery County, Ohio (19). He was widowed or divorced (19). He was a spring maker, and had been out of work for twelve months in the previous year (19).

In 1882, he was present at the Central Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (15).

In 1890, he was living in the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Montgomery County, Ohio (13). He had a gunshot wound of his right arm (13).

He died on 15 November 1900 (14, 23). He apparently died in the Central Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (23). He had been receiving a pension of $8 per month, and had received a gunshot wound (23).

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 pension index, by name. (Searched 8 May 2001, on <www.ancestry.com>.)

3 special order 21, HQ 91st PA, 13 March 1864

4 special order 25, HQ 91st PA, 27 April 1865 (James Chism)

5 enlisted men's furloughs (James Chism)

6 list of non-commissioned officers, co.B (James Chism)

7 company B, [second] list of non-commissioned officers (Jas Chism)

8 company B, descriptive roll, entry 21 (James Chism)

9 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 31 May 2004 (James Chism)

10 company B, [second] descriptive book, entry 5 (James Chism)

11 company B, [third] descriptive roll, entry 4 (James Chism)

12 list of men who owed money [?], page 2, number 3 (J Chism)

13 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Ohio, Montgomery County, National Military Home, supervisor's district 2, enumeration district special, page 109 (James Chism)

14 pension index, by regiment (James Chism)

15 Annual report of the Board of Managers of the National Soldiers Home, 30 December 1882 [for the fiscal year ending 30 June 1882]. Serial Set volume 2115, session volume 1, 47th Congress, 2nd Session, House Miscellaneous Document 13, page 378 (James Chism)

16 Pennsylvania Memorial, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (James Chism)

17 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, microfilm series M653, film 1157, page 349 = 349 handwritten (James Chism)

18 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 26th ward, microfilm series M593, film 1414, page 536 = 46 handwritten (James Chism)

19 1880 US census, Ohio, Montgomery County, National Military Home, supervisor's district 2, enumeration district 169, microfilm series T9, film 1052, page 606 = 43 handwritten (James Chism)

20 'The Ninety-first Pennsylvania volunteers', Philadelphia Inquirer 8 June 1864 page 3 (James Chism)

21 monthly return, company B, May 1864 (James Chism)

22 Jefferson M Moak, compiler. Military petitions for naturalization filed in the Philadelphia [county] District Court 1862-1874. Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, Monograph series no. 5. c2000 (James Chism)

23 Serial Set volume 4323, session volume 56, House document 39, Report of the Board of Managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1901, page 487 (Jas Chism)

24 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (James Chism)

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1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, microfilm series M653, film 1157, page 349 = 349 handwritten]
line1112131415
Dwelling number2096    
Family number2605    
NameJames ChismRebecca "Anna "Mary WallsJane Chism
Age302642030
SexMFFFF
Color     
OccupationBlacksmith  Tailoressdo
Value of real estate owned     
Value of personal estate200    
Place of birthdo [sc. Ireland]doPennsylvaniaIrelanddo
Married within year     
Attended school within year     
Cannot read & write     
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.     

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 26th ward, microfilm series M593, film 1414, page 536 = 46 handwritten]
line11121314
Dwelling-house number319   
Family number329   
NameChism James- Jane- Annie John
Age38421370
SexMFFM
ColorWWWW
OccupationBlack SmithWork in Woolen MillAt SchoolNo Occupation
Real estate value1800   
Personal estate value500   
BirthplaceIrelandIrelandPennaIreland
Father foreign born1111
Mother foreign born1111
Birth month if born within year    
Marriage month if married within year    
Attended school past year  1 
Can't read    
Can't write    
[James Chism may have a '1' in the "can't write" column]
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.    
Male US citizen at least 21 years old    
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...    

1880 census

[1880 US census, Ohio, Montgomery County, National Military Home, supervisor's district 2, enumeration district 169, microfilm series T9, film 1052, page 606 = 43 handwritten]
line30
street nameIowa Avenue
house number[21]
dwelling visit #[21]
family visit #[21]
nameChism James
colorW
sexM
age50
month born if born in year 
relationshipDisabled Soldier [two illegible words; seem to be 'Beneficorie [? maybe beneficiary?] bort [??]'] House for D.V.S.
single 
married 
widowed/divorced1
married during year 
occupationSpring Maker
months unemployed12
currently ill? 
blind 
deaf/dumb 
idiotic 
insane 
disabled1
school this year 
can't read 
can't write 
birthplaceIreland
father's birthplaceIreland
mother's birthplaceIreland

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Ohio, Montgomery County, National Military Home, supervisor's district 2, enumeration district special, page 109]
[line] 10
[house] 13
[family] 72
[name] James Chism
[rank] Sergt
[company] B
[unit] 91 Pa
[enlistment date] Nov 20 1861
[discharge date] July 14 1865
[length of service] 3 years, 8 months, = days
[post office address] " " " " [sc. Nat. Mil. Home. Ohio]
[disability incurred] GSW R arm
[remarks] =

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 19 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Chism, James
Co. B, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Sergt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

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