91st PA: Alfred D W Caldwell (or Colwell)

Alfred D W Caldwell (or Colwell)

Before the war

He was born on 11 August 1842, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to David Caldwell and Mary Ann Joyce. [sources: date: 11, 20; 7 (20 in 1861), 9 (21 in 1860), 10 (38 in 1880), 11 (57 in 1900), 12 (68 in 1910), 21 (8 in 1850), 22 (29 in 1870). place: 9, 10, 11, 12, 20, 21, 22. parents: 11, 20]

In 1850, he was living in ward 2, Moyamensing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with Marg A Caldwell (presumably his mother), and with Benjamin and Edwin [?] Caldwell (presumably siblings). [source: 21]

In 1860, he was living in the 5th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a bookkeeper. [source: 9]

In 1860/61, he married Sarah Morad [?] ("Sallie"). She was born on 27 June 1843, in Pennsylvania, to Joseph Morad [?] and Eliza Kester. They apparently had these three children:

[sources: 11 (3 children, 2 living in 1900), 26, 27, 28, 29]

During the war

He also served in company C of the 17th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. He was mustered in on 18 April 1861. He was discharged on 2 August 1861. [sources: 5, 8, 19]

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 8 October 1861 He enlisted at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was mustered in, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as a private in company I. [sources: 1, 5 (20 Aug), 7 (8 Oct), 19 (20 Aug), 30 (sgt)]

He was promoted to sergeant. [source: 7]

He was discharged on 16 March 1863 on surgeon's certificate of disability. He was a sergeant in company I. [sources: 1, 4 (no date), 5 (15 Mar), 7 (16 Mar 63), 19 (15 Mar), 30]

After the war

On 8 May 1863, he applied successfully for a pension. [sources: 8, 19]

On 4 June 1869, his daughter, Mary Ann Caldwell, died, of prostration from scarlet fever. She died at 3408 Walnut Street, ward 27, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On 6 June [?] 1869, she was buried, at Mt Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 28 (died 4 June, buried 6 May)]

In 1870, he was living in ward 27, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Sarah. He was a clerk at the Alms House, and owned $200 in personal property. [source: 22]

At the first meeting of the Survivor's Association, on 4 December 1871, he was elected one of the Trustees. [source: 17]

In 1880, he was living at 3715 Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Sallie, his children Joseph and Amanda, his mother Mary, two servants, and a boarder. He was a clerk [and?] guardian [?] [of the?] poor [?]. [source: 10]

He was chair of the committee of arrangements for the meeting of the Survivor's Association of the 91st on 13 December 1884, in Philadelphia. He attended the meeting, and was elected Secretary. [sources: 2, 3, 16]

In 1885, he was secretary of the 91st Pennsylvania Survivors' Association. [source: 13]

At the December 1886 meeting of the regiment's Survivors' association, he was elected Secretary. [source: 23]

In 1890, he was living at 3601 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (5, 6). He was an inspector, at 42 North 7th Street (6). He was living with Joseph M Caldwell (6).

At the December 1896 meeting of the 91st's Survivors' Association, he was elected Secretary. [source: 14]

At the December 1897 meeting of the 91st's Survivors' Association, he was reelected Secretary. [sources: 15, 31]

In 1900, he was living at 3807 [Spruce Street], Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Sallie, his daughter Amanda and her family, and a servant. He was an "age bureau character [?]". [source: 11]

On 15 February 1907, he again applied for a pension, under the Act of 6 February 1907. He received $12 per month, retroactive to 15 February 1907; the pension certificate was dated 29 March 1907. [sources: 19, 24]

On 8 March 1910, his wife, Sarah J H Caldwell, died. She died at 3807 Spruce Street, ward 27, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She died of carcinoma of the stomach (duration 2 years). On 11 March 1910, she was buried, in Mount Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 29]

In 1910, he was living at 3807 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his daughter Amanda and her family. He was living on his own income. [source: 12]

Effective 16 May 1912, his pension was increased to $16.50 per month, under the Act of 11 May 1912. The pension certificate was dated 17 June 1912. [source: 24]

Effective 11 August 1912, his pension was increased to $21.50 per month. The pension certificate was dated 28 May 1913. [source: 24]

He died on 15 August 1914, at 3843 Hamilton Street, 24th ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He died of chronic interstitial nephritis (3 years duration), with arteriosclerosis (5 years duration). He was a "gent" (that is, not working). The funeral was held from his late residence, 3843 Hamilton Street, on 18 August 1914. Members of numerous organizations were invited to attend, including post 2 Grand Army of the Republic. He was buried at Mt Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 18, 19, 20, 24, 25]

His pension was scheduled to increase to $27 per month on 11 August 1917. [source: 24]

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 [report about preparations for the 1884 meeting of the 91st's Survivor's Association.] Grand Army Scout and Soldiers' Mail, 20 September 1884, page 5, column 4. (ADW Caldwell)

3 'The Ninety-first' [report about the 1884 meeting of the 91st's Survivor's Association] Grand Army Scout and Soldiers' Mail, 20 December 1884, page 6 column 2. (ADW Caldwell)

4 consolidated morning report, 16 March 1863 (Sergt ADW [?] Caldwell)

5 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 128 [?], enumeration district 600, page 1 (image 1994 on Ancestry) (A D W Caldwell)

6 1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory (Alfred D W Caldwell)

7 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 28 March 2005 (Alfred Colwell [rolls have 'Alfred D W Caldwell'])

8 pension index, by name (Alfred D W Caldwell)

9 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 5th ward, microfilm series M653, film 1155, page 472 = 314 handwritten (Alfred Caldwell)

10 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 580, microfilm series T9, film 1186, page 186 B = 14 handwritten (Alfred Caldwell)

11 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 27, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 663, microfilm series T623, film 1469, page 79 B = 12 handwritten (Alfred D W Caldwell)

12 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 27, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 623, microfilm series T624, film 1401, page 216 B = 2 handwritten (Alfred D W Caldwell)

13 'War Veterans Banqueting'. Philadelphia Inquirer 15 December 1885 page 8 (ADW Caldwell)

14 'Veterans celebrate: The anniversary of the battle of Fredericksburg remembered'. Philadelphia Inquirer 13 December 1896 page 4 . (ADW Caldwell)

15 'News of interest to the veterans'. Philadelphia Inquirer 19 December 1897 page 7 (ADW Caldwell)

16 'G.A.R.', Philadelphia Inquirer 6 September 1884, page 3 (ADW Caldwell)

17 'Ninety-first regiment', Philadelphia Inquirer 5 December 1871 page 3 (ADW Caldwell)

18 death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 18 August 1914, page 7 (Alfred D W Caldwell)

19 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company I (Alfred D W Caldwell)

20 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 15 August 1914 (Alfred D W Caldwell)

21 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Moyamensing, ward 2, microfilm series M432, film 809, page 299 = 596 handwritten = 136 handwritten (Alfred W Caldwell)

22 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 27, district 89, microfilm series M593, film 1445, page 64 recto = 127 handwritten (Alf D W Caldwell)

23 [survivors' association]. National Tribune 6 January 1887 page 6 (A D W Caldwell)

24 Veterans administration pension payments cards, 1907-1933 (Alfred D W Caldwell)

25 Pennsylvania death indices, 1914 ('Caldwell, Alfred S.: 83136; Phila.; Aug. 15.')

26 abstract of Philadelphia birth record, 30 January 1865, Mary Caldwell child of Alfred and Sarah Caldwell, available at FamilySearch (accessed 8 February 2014)

27 abstract of Philadelphia birth record, 4 May 1870, [female] child of Alfred D and Sarah J H Caldwell, available at FamilySearch (accessed 8 February 2014)

28 [not transcribed] death certificate, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, 4 June 1869, Mary Ann Caldwell daughter of Alfred D and Sarah Caldwell, available at FamilySearch (accessed 8 February 2014)

29 death certificate, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, 8 March 1910 (Sarah J H Caldwell)

30 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Alfred D W Caldwell)

31 'War veterans have a jolly time'. The Times (Philadelphia PA), 14 December 1897, page 8. (ADW Caldwell)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1920 US census
HeritageQuest and LDS pilot indices (accessed 12 September 2010)
1930 US census
Footnote index (accessed 12 September 2010)
1940 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 8 Feb 2014)
Pennsylvania veterans burial cards 1777-1999
Ancestry index (accessed 8 February 2014)
headstone applications for US military veterans 1925-1949
FamilySearch index (accessed 8 February 2014)
Find a grave
accessed 8 February 2014 (searched by name and in cemetery)
RootsWeb WorldConnect
accessed 8 February 2014

Comment on identification

Bates (1) has his name as 'Alfred Colwell', but this is pretty clearly the A D W Caldwell in other records.

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Alfred D W Caldwell in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Moyamensing, ward 2, microfilm series M432, film 809, page 299 = 596 handwritten = 136 handwritten]
[identification is uncertain]
line20212223
Dwellings visited975   
Families visited1118   
NameMarg A. CaldwellAlfred W. doBenjamin G. doEdwin [?] do
Age328410/12
Sexfmmm
Colorwwww
Occupation of males over 15 years    
Real estate owned    
Birthplacedo [sc. Pennsylvania]dododo
Married within year    
Attended school within year    
Over 20 & can't read/write    
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.    

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 5th ward, microfilm series M653, film 1155, page 472 = 314 handwritten]
[identification is uncertain]
[I did not transcribe the many other people at this residence]
line6
Dwelling number[1445]
Family number[2134]
NameAlfred Caldwell
Age21
SexM
Color 
Occupationdo [sc. Bookkeeper]
Value of real estate owned 
Value of personal estate 
Place of birthPenna
Married within year 
Attended school within year 
Cannot read & write 
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc. 

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 27, district 89, microfilm series M593, film 1445, page 64 recto = 127 handwritten]
[identification is uncertain]
line1112
Dwelling-house number386 
Family number341 
NameCaldwell, Alf D W- Sarah
Age2928
SexMF
ColorWW
OccupationClerk at Alms H.K. H.
Real estate value  
Personal estate value200 
BirthplacePaPa
Father foreign born 1
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 old1 
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 580, microfilm series T9, film 1186, page 186 B = 14 handwritten]
[identification is uncertain]
line1617181920212223
street nameWoodland Avenue
house number3715       
dwelling visit #114       
family visit #116       
nameCaldwell Alfred- Sallie J- Joseph M- Amanda- Mary AMorad ElizabethWindows MaryEmil Edgar
colorWWWWWWWW
sexMFMFFFFM
age3837181064253038
month born if born in year        
relationship wifeSonDaughterMotherServantServantBoarder
single  11 11 
married11      
widowed/divorced    1  D
married during year        
occupationClerk Guardian [?] Poor [?]Keeping houseApprentice Paper HangerAt School ServantServantFire Main - Paid F Dept
months unemployed        
currently ill?        
blind        
deaf/dumb        
idiotic        
insane        
disabled        
school this year   1    
can't read        
can't write        
birthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPenna
father's birthplaceMarylandFrancePennaPennaN YorkFrancePennPenna
mother's birthplaceMarylandPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPenna

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 128 [?], enumeration district 600, page 1 (image 1994 on Ancestry)]
[identification is confirmed by reference to his service in the 91st]

[line] 4
[house] 46
[family] 46
[name] Caldwell A D W
[rank] Private
[company] D
[unit] 91 Penn Vol Inf
[enlistment date] Aug 20 1861
[discharge date] Mch 15 1864
[length of service] 2 years, 6 months, 25 days

[name] Caldwell A D W
[rank] Private
[company] C
[unit] 17 Penn Vol Inf
[enlistment date] April 18 1861
[discharge date] Aug 2 1861
[length of service] 0 years, 3 months, 14 days

[post office address] Philadelphia Pennsylvania
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory

[searched transcription on Ancestry]
Alfred D W Caldwell, inspector, 42 N 7th, h 3601 Spruce
Joseph M Caldwell, paper hanger, h 3601 Spruce

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 27, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 663, microfilm series T623, film 1469, page 79 B = 12 handwritten]
[identification is uncertain]
line909192939495
street      
house number3807     
dwelling number204     
family number211     
nameCaldwell Alfred D W- Sallie J HScherer Louis F- Amanda H- Bereniece CGaines Susie
relationshipHeadWifeS in LawDaughterG DaughterServant
colorWWWWWB
sexMFMFFF
birth dateAug 1842June 1843Sept 1870May 1870Feb 1897Apr 1862
age57562930238
married?MMMMSS
# years married393944  
mother of how many children? 3 1  
# of children living 2 1  
birthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaPennaVirginia
father's birthplacePennaFrancePennaPennaPennaVirginia
mother's birthplacePennaPennaMarylandPennaPennaVirginia
immigration year      
# years in USA      
naturalized citizen?      
occupationAgt Bureau Character [??] Railway Mail Clerk  Servant
# months not employed0 0  0
# months in school    0 
can readYesYesYesYes Yes
can writeYesYesYesYes Yes
speaks EnglishYesYesYesYes Yes
owned/rentedO     
free or mortgagedF     
farm/houseH     
# of farm schedule      

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 27, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 623, microfilm series T624, film 1401, page 216 B = 2 handwritten]
[identification is uncertain]
line85868788
streetSpruce
house nr3807   
dwelling nr41   
family nr44   
nameCaldwell Alfred D WScherer Louis F- Amanda- Berenice C
relationshipheadson-in-lawdaughtergranddaughter
sexMMFF
colorWWWW
age68363612
marital statusWdM1M1S
#years present marriage491313 
mother of # children  1 
mother of # living children  1 
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaGermany-GermanPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigrated    
naturalized/alien    
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglishEnglishEnglish
occupationown incomemail clerknonenone
nature of industry etc. railway  
employer etc. W  
out of work 15 Apr 1910? No  
# weeks out of work 1909 0  
can readYesYesYesYes
can writeYesYesYesYes
school since 1 Sep 09   Yes
owned/rentedO   
owned free or mortagagedF   
farm/houseH   
nr on farm schedule    
civil war vetUA [?]   
blind    
deaf & dumb    

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 17 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Caldwell, Alfred D. W.
Co. I, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Sergt. | Sergt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

Veterans administration pension payment card

[Veterans administration pension payments cards, 1907-1933]
[transcribed 8 February 2014, from FamilySearch]

NAME: Caldwell, Alfred D. W. 110.
55
Certificate No. 1.095.677.
ARMY INVALID.
DEAD
Law: ACT OF MAY 11, 1912.
ACT OF FEB. 6, 1907.
Service: Sgt. I 91" Pa.
Disability: [blank]
ISSUES.
CLASS.RATE.DATE OF COMMENCEMENT.DATE OF CERTIFICATE.
REISSUE12Feb. 15 /07.Mch. 29 /07.
"16 50May 16 /12June 17 /12
INCREASE21 50Aug 11/12May 28 /13
 27Aug 11 /17 
['Aug 11/12' and 'Aug 11/17' are linked by a curly brace to 'May 28 /13']

Transferred from: PHILADELPHIA
Transferred to: [blank]
Died: Aug. 15 1914
Bureau notified: SEP 17 1914
Remarks: From ACT OF JUNE 27, 1890.
Former Roll No. [blank]
Home: [blank]

death certificate, Sarah J H Caldwell

[death certificate, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, 8 March 1910, Sarah J H Caldwell]
[transcribed 8 February 2014, from FamilySearch]

CERTIFICATE OF DEATH.
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
BUREAU OF VITAL STATISTICS.
File No. [blank]
Registered No. [blank]
6801
1. PLACE OF DEATH.
County of PHILADELPHIA,
City of PHILADELPHIA.
Registration District No. 1.
Primary Registration District No. [blank]
(No. 3807 Spruce St.; 27th Ward.)
2. FULL NAME Sarah J. H. Caldwell

PERSONAL AND STATISTICAL PARTICULARS
3. SEX Female
4. COLOR OR RACE White
5. Married
6. DATE OF BIRTH June 27th 1843
7. AGE 66 yrs. 9 mos. [blank] ds.
8. OCCUPATION
(a) Trade, profession, or particular kind of work Housewife
9. BIRTHPLACE Pennsylvania
10. NAME OF FATHER Joseph Morad [?]
11. BIRTHPLACE OF FATHER France
12. MAIDEN NAME OF MOTHER Eliza Kester
13. BIRTHPLACE OF MOTHER Pennsylvania
14. THE ABOVE IS TRUE TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE.
(Informant) Amanda Caldwell Scherer
(Address) 3807 Spruce St
15. Filed [blank] [blank] Local Registrar

MEDICAL CERTIFICATE OF DEATH
16. DATE OF DEATH March 8 1910
17. I HEREBY CERTIFY, That I attended deceased from July 25 1909, to March 7 1910, that I last saw her alive on March 7 1910, and that death occurred, on the date stated above, at 5 30 AM.
The CAUSE OF DEATH was as follows:
Carcinoma of the Stomach (Duration) 2 yrs.
Contributory (Secondary.) [blank]
(Signed) James F Donahue M.D.
Mar 8 1910 (Address) 2312 Green St.
18. LENGTH OF RESIDENCE (FOR TRANSIENTS OR RECENT RESIDENTS.)
Former or usual residence 3807 Spruce St
19. PLACE OF BURIAL OR REMOVAL Mount Moriah
DATE OF BURIAL 3/11 1910
20. UNDERTAKER Good [?] + Son
ADDRESS 921 Spruce

death notice

[source: Philadelphia Inquirer 18 August 1914, page 7]

CALDWELL.--Aug. 15, 1914. ALFRED D. W. CALDWELL. Relatives and friends, also Hamilton Lodge, No. 274, F. and A. M.; Post No 2, G. A. R; Fredonia Council, No. 52, O.U.A.M.; Columbia Lodge, No. 1630 [?], K. of H.; Quaker City Lodge, No. 116, Jurisdiction of Penna., A.O.U.W.; also survivors of 91st Regt. Penna. Volunteer Infantry; also West Philadelphia Republican Club, are invited to attend funeral services, on Tuesday, at 2 P.M. at his late residence, 3843 Hamilton st. Interment at Mt. Moriah Cemetery.

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 15 August 1914, Alfred D W Caldwell]
[thanks to Ed McLaughlin for finding this!]

CERTIFICATE OF DEATH.
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.
BUREAU OF VITAL STATISTICS.
File No. 19957
Registered No. [blank]
1. PLACE OF DEATH. County of PHILADELPHIA City of Philadelphia.
(No. 3843 Hamilton St; 24 Ward.)
2. FULL NAME Alfred D. W. Caldwell

PERSONAL AND STATISTICAL PARTICULARS
3. SEX M
4. COLOR OR RACE White
5. WIDOWED
6. DATE OF BIRTH Aug 11 1842
7. AGE 72 yrs. [blank] mos. 4 ds.
8. OCCUPATION (a) Trade, profession, or particular kind of work Gent
9. BIRTHPLACE Phila
10. NAME OF FATHER David Caldwell
11. BIRTHPLACE OF FATHER Md
12. MAIDEN NAME OF MOTHER Mary Ann Joyce
13. BIRTHPLACE OF MOTHER Phila
14. THE ABOVE IS TRUE TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE.
(Informant) John H Cairns
(Address) 119 N Paxon st
15. Filed Aug 18 1914 Nean [?] R Deardoff Local Registrar.

MEDICAL CERTIFICATE OF DEATH.
16. DATE OF DEATH August 15 1914
17. I HEREBY CERTIFY, That I attended deceased from May 15 1914, to August 14 1914, that I last saw him alive on August 14 1914, and that death occurred, on the date stated above, at 1100 A.M. The CAUSE OF DEATH was as follows: Chronic Interstitial Nephritis (Duration) 3 yrs. [blank] mos. [blank] ds.
Contributory Arterio-Sclerosis (Duration) 5 yrs. [blank] mos. [blank] ds.
(Signed) James F. Donahue M.D.
Aug 17 1914 (Address) 2312 Green St
18. LENGTH OF RESIDENCE [blank]
Former or usual residence 3843 Hamilton St.
19. PLACE OF BURIAL OR REMOVAL Mt Moriah
DATE OF BURIAL 8/18 1914
20. UNDERTAKER J Lewis Good + Son
ADDRESS 921 Spruce

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