91st PA: Robert Chism

Robert Chism

Before the war

He was born about 1843/44, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [date: 6 (20 in 1861), 10 (20 in 1861), 13 (16 in 1860). place: 2 (Delaware)]

In 1860, he was living in ward 1, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was an apprentice. He was living with John and Rebecca Chism (presumably his parents), and with four other people. [source: 13]

When he enlisted, he was a clerk, and was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 6, 10]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 7-1/2 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, blue eyes, and dark hair. [sources: 6 (light complexion, blue eyes, light hair), 10 (dark complexion, blue eyes, dark hair)]

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service as a private on 4 November 1861, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Given the date he was appointed corporal, he may have been mustered in on 8 October.) He was enlisted for three years, by Captain Casner. He was mustered in by Lieutenant George Murphy. He was in company K. [sources: 1, 6, 10, 17 (4 Nov), 27 (corp)]

On 4 November 1861, he married Mary Smith. They were married by Reverend David Steele, of the Sixth Reformed Presbyterian Church. She was born in 24 June 1845, in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. They had one child:

[sources: 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24]

He was appointed corporal, probably on 8 October 1861. [source: 9]

On 23 February 1863, he returned to the regiment from duty at Windmill Point Hospital. [source: 5]

On 25 March 1863, he testified at the trial of John Groff. He knew that Groff had sprained his foot when he fell from a horse, and that Groff had complained several times of being unable to continue the march on 17 September 1862. He also admitted that he found the march to Antietam "very tiresome". [source: 16]

He fought at the Battle of Gettysburg. [source: 12]

He reenlisted as a veteran volunteer on 26 December 1863, at Bealton, Virginia. [sources: 1, 6, 17]

On 3 February 1864, Colonel Gregory introduced him to the audience at a ceremony presenting a new set of flags to the regiment. Colonel Gregory said that he had carried the other flag through every battle, and continued: [source: 15]

Should these banners fall, I should find you, from your past character, beneath them. These colors you are to carry. May God spare you to carry them through this contest. Take this color, and I ask no more of you in the future than I have had from you in the past.

On 24 April 1864, Lieutenant Colonel Sinex recommended him for a detail to accompany surplus baggage to Alexandria, Virginia. [source: 4]

As Color Sergeant, he was trampled in a stampede of horses that had been frightened by skirmishers' firing, about midnight on 7 May 1864. His left leg had to be amputated below the knee. [sources: 1 p.191, 2 (mules), 8, 17]

He died of those wounds on 1 June 1864, in Armory Square Hospital, Washington, DC. On 5 June 1864, he was buried at Mount Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a sergeant, in company K. [sources: 1 (died 1 Jun, buried Arlington Nat'l Cem), 6 (died 2 Jun 64), 7, 8 (died 7 May 64), 14 (buried 1 Jun 1863, Philadelphia), 17, 25 (buried 5 June 64, Mt Moriah), 27 (sgt)]

After the war

On 27 August 1864, his widow, Mary Chism, applied successfully for a pension, under the act of 14 July 1862. She was living at 1438 Bedford Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her application was approved 15 March 1865, retroactive to 1 June 1864. [sources: 11, 14, 17]

On 22 July 1866, his daughter, Mary Jane Smith Chism, died, of scarlet fever. She died at (or was buried from) 1503 South Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was buried at Mount Moriah Cemetery. [source: 24]

From at least 1867 through 1872, Mary Chism lived at 1505 South Street, and had a store there. She initially was a confectioner, but then had a varieties store. [source: 26]

In 1870, his widow, Mary Chism, was living in ward 7, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She had a retail fancy store. She owned $200 in personal property. [source: 18]

On 15 March 1870, Mary Jane Chism married William J Montgomery, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They were married by Francis Church, Pastor of the First United Presbyterian Church. [source: 18]

In 1880, Mary Montgomery was living at 619 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was living with her husband William Montgomery and their daughter Priscella Montgomery. William was a laborer. [source: 19]

In 1900, Mary S Montgomery was living at 808 South Fifteenth Street, ward 30, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was living with her husband William J Montgomery, their daughter Priscella Chambers, and Priscella's husband and two children. William was a sexton. [source: 20]

In 1910, Mary J Montgomery was living at 808 South Fifteenth Street, ward 30, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was living with her husband William Montgomery, their daughter Priscella Chambers, and Priscella's husband and three children. William was a church sexton. [source: 21]

In 1920, Mary Montgomery was living at 808 South Fifteenth Street, ward 30, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was living with her husband William Montgomery. He was a church sexton. [source: 22]

On 20 July 1922, William Montgomery died at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 18]

On 1 August 1922, Mary Chism Montgomery made a declaration for remarried widow's pension, under section 2 of the act of 8 September 1916. She was living at 808 South 15th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her application was approved on 25 January 1923, retroactive to 2 August 1922. She initially received $30 per month. [source: 18]

On 5 August 1926, Mary C Montgomery request an increase of her pension to $50 under the act of 3 July 1926. Her application was approved on 30 September 1926. [source: 18]

On 15 November 1928, Mary Montgomery died. She was last paid her pension of $50 per month to 4 November 1928. [source: 18]

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, and on page 191)

2 Thomas Walter. 'Personal recollections and experiences of an obscure soldier'. Grand Army Scout and Soldier's Review volume 3 number 46, page 2

3 Advance the colors

4 letter, Sinex to Fowler, 24 April 1864

5 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 23 Feb 63 (Sgt Chism)

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

7 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 9 June 1864 (Sergt Chism)

8 company K, register of deaths (Robert Chism)

9 company K, list of non-commissioned officers (Robert Chism)

10 company K, descriptive roll (Robert Chism)

11 pension index, by name (Robert Chism)

12 Pennsylvania Memorial, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (Robert Chism)

13 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 1, microfilm series M653, film 1151, page 721 (Robert Chism)

14 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company K (Robert Chism)

15 'Presentation of flags' (Philadelphia Press 4 February 1864, page 2) (Sergeant Chism)

16 court-martial record, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 153 (Records of the Judge Advocate General (Army)), John Groft, 25 March 1863, LL 231 (Robert Chism)

17 widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, certificate WC 43,157 (Mary Smith Chism widow of Robert Chism)

18 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 7, district 19, microfilm series M593, film 1392, page 416 recto = 191 handwritten (Mary Chism [?])

19 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 86, microfilm series T9, film 1169, page 194 = 22 B handwritten (Wm Montgomery)

20 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 30, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 753, microfilm series T623, film 1472, page 114 = 6 A handwritten (Wm J Montgomery)

21 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 30, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 696, microfilm series T624, film 1399, page 273 = 3 A handwritten (William Montgomery)

22 1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 30, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 974, microfilm series T625, film 1634, page 32 = 13 B handwritten (Wm Montgomery)

23 IGI, batch C390949, source 1289307 (birth registers 1860-1903 for the city of Philadelphia), Mary Jane Chism, born 26 November 1862]

24 Philadelphia death certificates, 1803-1915, death certificate, 22 July 1866 (Mary Jane Smith Chism)

25 Philadelphia Pennsylvania death certificates, 1803-1915, buried 5 June 1864 (Robert Chism)

26 Philadelphia city directories, 1860-1870

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1850 US census
FamilySearch index (looked e.g. at all Rebecca's born PA 1823-26 living in Philadelphia) (accessed 28 December 2011)
1890 US census, veterans' schedule
Ancestry index (accessed May 2007)
1930 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 28 December 2011)
RootsWeb WorldConnect
searched Robert Chism (metaphone) parents John and Rebecca; Robert Chism (metaphone) spouse Mary; Robert Chism (metaphone) died 1864; Mary Jane Chism born 1862; Mary Jane Chism died 1866; Mary Smith died Pennsylvania or New Jersey 1928 (accessed 27 December 2011)
Find a grave
searched 'Robert Chism' died 1864, and 'Robert' in Mount Moriah Cemetery (accessed 28 December 2011)
searched 'Mary Montgomery' died 1928 (accessed 28 December 2011)
searched 'William Montgomery' died 1922, buried Pennsylvania (accessed 28 December 2011)

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 1, microfilm series M653, film 1151, page 721]
line31323334353637
Dwelling number139      
Family number172      
NameJohn ChismRebeccaRobertMary JaneMargaretAnnieMargaret Strahen [?]
Age35351614123 1/240
SexMFMFFFF
Color       
OccupationLaborer Apprentice   Spooler
Value of real estate owned       
Value of personal estate       
Place of birthIreland""""PhilaIreland
Married within year       
Attended school within year   11  
Cannot read & write       
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.       

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 7, district 19, microfilm series M593, film 1392, page 416 recto = 191 handwritten]
[that this is the correct entry is clear from a comparison of some of the entries with the 1871 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory]
census entry on page 416 = 191Gopsill's 1871 Philadelphia city directory
line 6, dwelling-house #1317, Mary Chism [?] (25, ret. fancy store)p. 342; 'Chism Mary, wid Robert, varieties, 1505 South'
line 9, dwelling-house #1318, Robert Thurston (75, without occupation)p.1397: 'Thurston Robert, whitewasher, h 1507 South'
line 11, dwelling-house #1319, William Getty (45, ret. millinery)p.591: 'Getty William J., milliner, 1509 South'
line 14, house #1320, William E Manlove (52, ret. coffee + tea store)p.986: 'Manlove William E., tea, 1004 & 1511 South, h 1511 South
line 18, dwelling-house #1321, Thomas Cahill (38, ret. boot + shoe store)p.306: 'Cahill Thomas, boots, 1513 South'
line6
Dwelling-house number1317
Family number1429
NameChism [?] Mary
[the surname is hard to read; it might be 'Chisim']
Age25
SexF
ColorW
OccupationRet. Fancy Store
Real estate value 
Personal estate value200
BirthplacePenna
Father foreign born 
Mother foreign born 
Birth month if born within year 
Marriage month if married within year 
Attended school past year 
Can't read 
Can't write 
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, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 86, microfilm series T9, film 1169, page 194 = 22 B handwritten]
line181920
street nameS Broad St
house number619  
dwelling visit #192  
family visit #227  
nameMontgomery Wm- Mary- Parcella [sic]
colorWWW
sexMFF
age31379
month born if born in year   
relationship WifeDaughter
single  1
married11 
widowed/divorced   
married during year   
occupationLaborHouse Keeper 
months unemployed   
currently ill?   
blind   
deaf/dumb   
idiotic   
insane   
disabled   
school this year  1
can't read   
can't write   
birthplacePennaPennaPenna
father's birthplaceIre'dIre'd Penn
mother's birthplaceIre'dIre'dPenn

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 30, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 753, microfilm series T623, film 1472, page 114 = 6 A handwritten]
line789101112
streetSouth Fifteenth Street
house number808     
dwelling number89     
family number89     
nameMontgomery Wm J- Mary SChambers Priscella- David- Mary- David
relationshipHeadWifeDaughterS in lawG DaughtG Son
colorWWWWWW
sexMFFMFM
birth dateAug 1849June 1845Jan 1871July 1869May 1892Apl 1894
age5054293086
married?MMMMSS
# years married10 [sic] [illegible][illegible]  
mother of how many children? 2    
# of children living 1    
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaN YorkPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplaceIrelandIrelandPennsylvaniaScotlandN. YorkN. York
mother's birthplaceIrelandIrelandPennsylvaniaScotlandPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigration year      
# years in USA      
naturalized citizen?      
occupationSexton  Sheet Iron WorkSchoolSchool
# months not employed0  0  
# months in school      
can readyesyesyesyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyesyesyes 
speaks Englishyesyesyesyesyesyes
owned/rentedO     
free or mortgagedM     
farm/houseH     
# of farm schedule      

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 30, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 696, microfilm series T624, film 1399, page 273 = 3 A handwritten]
line22232425262728
streetFifteenth St
house nr808      
dwelling nr47      
family nr52      
nameMontgomery William- Mary JChambers David- Pricilla [sic]Montgomery- Mary M- David- William M
relationshipHeadWifeSon in lawdaughtergranddaughtergrandsongrandson
sexMFMFFMM
colorWWWWWWW
age6060363617161
marital statusM1M1M1M1SSS
#years present marriage 402020   
mother of # children 1 3   
mother of # living children 1 3   
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaNew YorkPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplaceunknownIrelandScotlandPennsylvaniaNew YorkNew YorkNew York
mother's birthplaceunknownIrelandScotlandPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigrated       
naturalized/alien       
speaks Englishyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
occupationSextonNone[illegible] ForemanNoneNoneSalesmanNone
nature of industry etc.Church [illegible] factory  Gents furnishing store 
employer etc.W W  W 
out of work 15 Apr 1910?no no  no 
# weeks out of work 1909no no  no 
can readyesyesyesyesyesyes 
can writeyesyesyesyesyesyes 
school since 1 Sep 09       
owned/rentedO      
owned free or mortagagedF      
farm/houseH      
nr on farm schedule       
civil war vet       
blind       
deaf & dumb       

1920 census

[1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 30, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 974, microfilm series T625, film 1634, page 32 = 13 B handwritten]
line8081
streetSo 15th ST
house number808 
dwelling visit number216 
family visit number325 
nameMontgomery WmMary
relationshipHeadWife
own/rentO 
free/mortgaged (if owned)F 
sexMF
raceWW
age at last birthday7171
marital statusMM
year of immigration  
naturalized/alien  
year of naturalization  
attended school since Sept 1919  
can readYesYes
can writeYesYes
birth placePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
native language  
father's birthplaceScotlandIreland
father's native languageEnglishEnglish
mother's birthplaceScotlandIreland
mother's native languageEnglishEnglish
can speak EnglishYesYes
occupationSextonNone
industry, businessChurch 
employment statusW 
number of farm schedule  

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]


Chism Robert
Co. K, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Corp. | Sergt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

widow's pension certificate file

[widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, certificate WC 43,157, Mary Smith Chism widow of Robert Chism]
[abstracted from 68 pages, on Fold3 (December 2011)]
4 November 1861
married Mary Smith, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Rev David Steele of the Sixth Reformed Presbyterian Church (pp.2 [4 Nov], 7 [4 Nov], 26 [1 Nov--note that p.26 is from 1922])
Mary Smith was born Philadelphia Pennsylvania 24 June 1843/1845 (pp.21 [1843], 26 [1845])
one child, Mary Jane Chism, born 26 November 1862 (pp.2, 3)
4 November 1861
Robert Chism enlisted at Philadelphia Pennsylvania (p.26)
26 Dec 1863
mustered in at Bealton VA as veteran, sergeant (p.4)
enrolled 24 Dec 1863 at Bealton VA (p.4)
discharged 25 Dec 1863 (p.26)
2 June 1864
'Died in Hospital in Washington June 2. 1864. from amputation of leg caused by (being) stamped [sic] by horses on the night of May 7. /64 on the march towards Spottsylvania' (May-Jun 1864 muster roll for co.K) (pp.1. 4)
died 1 June 1864 Armory Square of amputation of left leg (surgeon general's report) (p.1)
died 1 June 1864 'by reason of amputation left leg below knee joint from G.S.W. received in action at the Wilderness May 6. 1864' (declaration by surgeon in charge of Armory Square Hospital p.16) (p.1) (widow's declaration p.2)
died 1 June 1863, at Philadelphia Pennsylvania (p.26--from 1922)
3 June 1864
the surgeon in charge of US General Hospital, Armory Square, Washington DC notified [someone?] that Robert Chism died on 1 June 1864 because of "Amp. left leg"; the body was embalmed and buried (p.14)
Chism left no effects (p.15)
27 Aug 1864 (pp.2-3)
Mary Chism applied for a pension, application 62,667, under the act of 14 July 1862
21 years old. post office address 1438 Bedford Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
dated 20 June 1864
Elizabeth Smith and Ann Strain (both residents of Philadelphia) swore to her identity and the truth of her claims (pp.2-3)
attorney W N Ashman
application approved 15 March 1865 (certificate dated 18 March), retroactive to 1 June 1864. initially received $8 per month (pp.1, 12)
10 Dec 1864
received circular 16 from Adjutant General (p.10)
23 Dec 1864 (p.4)
Adjutant General replied with information summarized above
4 Jan 1865
sent circular 14 to Surgeon General (p.10)
9 Feb 1865
received circular 14 from Surgeon General (and circulars 9 and 1 [?]) (p.10)
dated 4 Feb 1865; see above for information, from surgeon D W Bliss (p.20)
13 Mar 1865
the surgeon in charge of Armory Square Hospital certified to the Pension Office that Chism died (as stated above) (p.16)
request sent by Pension Office 8 March 1865 (p.18)
15 Mar 1870
Mary Jane Chism married William J Montgomery, at Philadelphia Pennsylvania, by Francis Church, Paster 1st U. Presbyterian Church (p.8, 26)
Pension Office received 12 Sep 1922 (p.8)
she was last paid 4 March 1870 (p.23)
27 Nov 1894
Pension Office sent Mrs Mary Montgomery (formerly Chism) a letter indicating that she was not due an increase in pension (p.13)
16 June 1908
the Pension Office did something relating to the act of 3 March 1901 (p.13)
14 Sep 1916
Mary C Montgomery requested the increase in pension due her because she was married to Chism during his Civil War service (p.21)
address: 808 S 14th St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (p.21)
received by Pension Office 15 September 1916 (p.22)
23 Sep 1916
pension raised to $20 per month retroactive to 8 September 1916, under the act of 8 September 1916 (since she was Chism's wife during his Civil War service, and was 70 years old) (p.1, 13)
addendum to certificate dated 26 September 1916 (p.24)
1917
Mary C Montgomery stated that a living member of her family served in the World War (p.41)
David Chambers Jr [relationship not stated] 'served with Base Hospital No. 10 American Expeditionary Force' for two years, in France (p.41)
Montgomery had not applied for compensation based on the service of any member of her family in the World War (p.41)
20 July 1922
William Montgomery died at Philadelphia Pennsylvania (p.26)
1 Aug 1922 (p.26; see also p.43)
Mary Chism Montgomery made a declaration for remarried widow's pension under section 2 of the Act of 8 September 1916 (p.26)
accepted as a claim under the act of 1 May 1920 (p.26)
Priscilla Chambers (211 N Vermont Ave Atlantic City NJ) and May C Gomaly [??] (808 S 15th St Philadelphia PA) were the witnesses (p.26)
Mary Chism Montgomery's address was 808 S 15th St Philadelphia Pennsylvania (p.26)
received by pension office 2 Aug 1922 (p.26)
submitted for approval 19 Jan 1923. approved 22 Jan 1923 and 25 Jan 1923, retroactive to 2 August 1922. certificate issued 29 January 1923. initial rate $30 per month (pp.27, 34)
no attorney
15 Aug 1922
the pension bureau had sent notices to the wrong address; the correct address is 808 South 15th Street, Philadelphia Pennsylvania. dated 14 Aug 1922 (p.64)
29 Aug 1922
the Pension Bureau asked Mary Montgomery for proof of (a) her marriage to Montgomery, (b) her non-divorce from and her cohabitation with Montgomery, (c) death or divorce from all husbands since Chism, (d) any marriages after Chism's death other than her marriage to Montgomery (p.44)
12 Sep 1922
James Walker, 706 S Broad St, Philadelphia, swore that he knew William J Montgomery and Mary Chishm [sic] Montgomery, that they lived as husband and wife until Montgomery's death, that she had not married anyone but Montgomery since Chism's death. dated 1 Sep 1922 (p.36)
May C Gonzalez, 808 S 15th St, Philadelphia, swore that she knew William J Montgomery and Mary Chism Montgomery, that they lived as husband and wife until his death on 20 July 1922, and that she had not married anyone but Montgomery since Robert Chism's death. dated 1 Sep 1922 (p.37)
Priscilla Chambers, 211 N Vermont Ave, Atlantic City NJ, 49 years old, and David Chambers Sr, 211 N Vermont Ave Atlantic City, 50 years old, swore that William J Montgomery died on 20 July 1922 at 808 S 15th St Philadelphia; both were present at his death. dated 5 Sep 1922 (p.47)
5 Nov 1922
Mary Montgomery wrote the Pension Bureau asking about the status of her claim (pp.59-60)
23 Nov 1922
the Pension Bureau told Mary Montgomery that the copy of her marriage certificate was not satisfactory evidence of her marriage to Montgomery, and that May C Gonzalez's testimony was not satisfactory, and that she needed to provide a statement about any service by Montgomery (pp.44, 51)
4 Dec 1922
David Chambers, 211 N Vermont Ave, Atlantic City, Atlantic County, NJ, swore that he knew Mary C Montgomery, that she and William J Montgomery were legally married. dated 29 Nov 1922 (p.38)
11 Dec 1922
Mary Montgomery wrote the Pension Bureau enclosing her marriage certificate, requesting its return, and stating that Montgomery had never served in the army or navy. dated 1 Dec 1922 (p.46)
7 Feb 1923
Mary Montgomery asked about the status of her claim. dated 6 Feb 1923. (pp.66-67)
14 Feb 1923
the Pension Bureau returned her marriage certificate to Mary Montgomery (pp.35, 53; see pages 45-46)
14 Sep 1923
the Pension Bureau asked the director of the Veterans Bureau whether Mary C Montgomery was pensioned in virtue of the service of David Chambers Jr in WWI (pp.48, 52; see also p.35)
27 Sep 1923
the Veterans Bureau informed the Bureau of Pensions that 'there is no claim for compensation under the name of David Chambers, Jr., your claimant's relative', and that 'your claiming is not in receipt of the benefits of compensation from this Bureau' [see the letter of 14 Sep 1922] (p.40)
5 Aug 1926
Mary C Montgomery (212 N Vermont Ave, Atlantic City, NJ) wrote requesting increase of pension to $50 under act of 3 July 1926. dated 4 Aug 1926 (p.29)
admitted 28 September 1926, approved 30 September 1926 (p.31). certificate issued 5 October 1926 (p.34)
9 Sep 1926
Mary C Montgomery wrote asking for the status of her request for increase (p.32)
received by Pension Bureau 13 September 1926 (p.32)
25 Oct 1926
the pension bureau informed Montgomery about the increase (pp.35, 54)
5 Jan 1927
Montgomery wrote the Pension Bureau asking why she had received a check for $30, and why she had not received a check for the additional $20 (pp.55-56)
14 Jan 1927
the pension bureau informed Montgomery about how the increase had been paid (an extra check on 4 Nov 26 for $60 for three months) (pp.35, 50)
4 Dec 1928
Mary Montgomery dropped from pension rolls (p.9)
pensioned under act of 3 July 1926 (p.9)
last paid at $50 per month to 4 Nov 1928 (p.9)
died on 15 November 1928 (p.9)

child birth record

[IGI, batch C390949, source 1289307 (birth registers 1860-1903 for the city of Philadelphia), Mary Jane Chism, born 26 November 1862]
[accessed 26 December 2011 on FamilySearch.org]


Mary Jane Chism born 26 November 1862 Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Robert and Mary Chism

death certificate, Mary Jane Smith Chism

[Philadelphia death certificates, 1803-1915, death certificate, Mary Jane Smith Chism, 22 July 1866]
[transcribed 27 December 2011, from FamilySearch]


RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, Mary Jane Smith Chism
2. Colour, White
3. Sex, Female
4. Age, 3 years 7 months 22 days
5. Married or Single, -
6. Date of Death, July 22nd 1866.
7. Cause of Death, Scarlet Fever
James Bacon M.D.
Residence, 525 S. Eighth St.
UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE, IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, -
9. Place of Birth, Phil
10. When a Minor, Name of Father Robert Chism
Name of Mother, Mary Jane D [the 'D' may not be part of the name]
11. Ward, 7th
12. Street and Number, 1503 South St
13. Date of Burial, July the 24th
14. Place of Burial, MM
James Green Undertaker.
Residence, 1334 South St Phila Penn

death certificate

[Philadelphia Pennsylvania death certificates, 1803-1915, Robert Chism, buried 5 June 1864
[transcribed 28 December 2011, from FamilySearch]
[the top half of the certificate is covered by a handwritten note]

US Gen Hospital Armory Square
Washington Jun 2 1864

I hereby certify that Robert Chisholm [sic] died in this Hospital of a disease in no way contagious and that the body has been embalmed

D W Bliss
Sur USA In Charge

[illegible word; looks like 'Most']
Body of Robert Chisholm [sic[]
Philadelphia Pa

11. Ward, 4" Philadelpha
12. Street and Number, 1428 [?] Bedford St
13. Date of Burial, June 5"
14. Place of Burial, Mt Moriah
Jos [?] Green UNDERTAKER.
Residence, 1334 South St
Date of Certificate. [blank]

City directories

[accessed 28 December 2011, on Fold3]

[1860 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 154: no Mary or Robert Chism or Chism at 1505 South]
[1861 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, pages 157-8: no Mary or Robert Chism or Chism at 1505 South]
[1862 Biddle/McElroy's Philadelphia directory, page 109: no Mary or Robert Chism, no Chism at 1505 South]
[1863 Biddle/McElroy's Philadelphia directory, page 144: no Mary or Robert CHism, no Chism at 1505 South]
[1864 Biddle/McElroy's Philadelphia directory, page 119: no Mary or Robert Chism, no Chism at 1505 South]
[1865 Sherman's Philadelphia directory, page 136: no Mary or Robert Chism, no Chism at 1505 South]
[1866 McElroy's Philadelphia directory, page 141: no Mary or Robert Chism, no Chism at 1505 South]
[1867 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 313:] Chism Mary J., wid Robert, confectr, 1505 South
[1868 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 359:] Chism Mary J., wid Robert, varieties, 1505 South
[1869 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 340:] Chism Mary J., variety, 1505 South
[1870 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 348:] Chism Mary, wid Robert, varieties, 1500 [sic] South
[1871 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 342:] Chism Mary, wid Robert, varieties, 1505 South
[1872 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 322:] Chism Mary J., varieties, 1505 South
[1872 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 979:] Montgomery William, brickmaker, h 1505 South
[1873 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 318: no Mary Chism, no Chism at 1505 South, no William Montgomery (p.954) at 1505 South]
[1873 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 954:] Montgomery William, bricklayer, h 513 S 11th
[1873 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 954:]Montgomery William J., brickmkr, h 1414 Jessamine

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