He was born in January 1841, to John and Catharine Clark (10, 13; 2 (20 in 1861), 6, 9 [39 in 1880], 10 [59 in 1900], 11 [69 in 1910], 13 [73 at death in 1914]). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2, 9, 10, 11, 13).
When he enlisted, his occupation was coach trim [?] (2).
When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 3-1/2 inches tall, had a dark complexion, brown eyes, and dark hair (2).
He enlisted and was mustered into service on 20 August 1861, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for three years (1, 2, 6, 7). He was enlisted by Captain Lentz, and mustered into service by Colonel Reiff (2). He was a private, in company E (1, 14).
He was discharged at US General Hospital, Christian Street, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, on 24 March 1863 on surgeon's certificate of disability, because he had lost part of his hand (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 [4 [?] Dec 1865]) He was a private, in company E (14).
In 1862/63, he married Isabella [unknown family name] (10, 11). In 1900, she reported having had 11 children, 5 of whom were alive; in 1910 she reported having had 10 children, 5 of whom were alive (10, 11).
On 23 October 1865, he applied successfully for a pension (8, 12).
In 1880, he was living at 923 Radley [?] Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (9). He was living with his wife Isabella, and children Louisa, John, and James (9). He was a gardener (9).
In 1890, he was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (7). The first finger and thumb of his right hand had been shot off, and he was suffering with a rupture and with bleeding piles (7).
In 1900, he was living at 7 Carswell Place, ward 2, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (10). He was living with his wife Isabella, and children John, James, William, Orlando, and George (10). He was a gardener (10).
On 13 March 1907, he again applied for a pension (12).
In 1910, he was living at 111 Carlswell Place (rear of Marshall) (11). He was living with his wife Isabella, and children John, James, Andrew, and George, along with his granddaughter Isabella (11). He was not working (11).
On 23 July 1914, he died, of chronic parenchymatous nephritis [?] (6 months duration), at 1021 East Moyamensing Avenue, 2nd ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (12, 13). He was retired (13). On 27 July 1914, he was buried, at Lafayette Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (13).
On 4 August 1914, his widow, Isabella Clark, applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (8, 12).
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 descriptive roll, company E, entry 26 (William Clark)
3 register of men transferred, company E, crossed-out entry between entries 14 and 15
4 company E, register of men discharged, number 37 (William Clark)
5 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 28 September 1863 (Private W Clark)
6 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 24 May 2004 (William Clark)
7 1890 United States census, veterans schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 48, page 2 (image 225 on Ancestry), line 25 (William J Clark)
8 pension index, by name (William J Clark)
9 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 23, microfilm series T9, film 1167, page 359 = 17 A handwritten (William J Clark)
10 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 2, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 46, microfilm series T623, film 1452, page 5 = 5 B handwritten (Wm J Clark)
11 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 2, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 38, microfilm series T624, film 1386, page 245 = 8 A handwritten (William J Clark)
12 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company E (William J Clark)
13 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 23 July 1914, #17970 (William J Clark)
14 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (William Clark)
|street name||Radley [?] Street|
|dwelling visit #||144|
|family visit #||155|
|name||Clark, William J||" Isabella||" Louisa C.||" John C.||" James|
|month born if born in year|
|married during year|
|school this year|
|name||Clark Wm J||" Isabella||" John||" James||" William J||" Orlanda [sic]||" George|
|birth date||Jan 1841||Apr 1847||Apr 1875||Jan 1880||Dec 1882||Jan 1885||Feb 1888|
|# years married||37||37|
|mother of how many children?||11|
|# of children living||5|
|# years in USA|
|# months not employed||4||2||2||1|
|# months in school||9|
|free or mortgaged|
|# of farm schedule|
|street||Carlswell Place Rear of Marshall|
|house nr||1111 Room 2|
|name||Clark William J||- Isabella||- John||- James||- Andrew||- George||- Isabella|
|#years present marriage||46||46||11|
|mother of # children||10|
|mother of # living children||5|
|father's birthplace||Pennsylvania||Ger Germany||Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania|
|mother's birthplace||Pennsylvania||Ger Germany||Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania|
|nature of industry etc.||odd job [sic]||Fruit||Pier||Lumberyard|
|out of work 15 Apr 1910?|
|# weeks out of work 1909|
|school since 1 Sep 09||yes|
|owned free or mortagaged|
|nr on farm schedule|
|civil war vet|
|deaf & dumb|