91st PA--Kersey Jesse Cook

Kersey Jesse Cook

Before the war

He was born on 14 October 1837, in Warrington, York County, Pennsylvania, to Jesse Cook and Ruth McMillan. [sources: date: 3, 6 (26 Sep 1837); 2 (27 in 1865), 8 (27 in 1865). place: 3, 6, 8. parents: 3, 6, 8; 4, 5]

In 1850, he was living in Menallen Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his parents Jesse and Ruth Cook, and siblings. [source: 4]

In 1860, he was living in Menallen Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his mother Ruth, and siblings. He was a teacher at a com[mercial] school. [source: 5]

When he enlisted, he was a teacher. [source: 8]

Description

He had blue eyes, dark hair, a fair complexion, and was 5 feet 4 inches tall. [source: 8]

During the war

He was drafted. He was mustered into service on 28 February 1865, at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. He was a private, in company F. [sources: 1, 2, 7, 8]

On 29 March 1865, he is listed on a Muster and descriptive roll of a detachment of drafted men and substitutes forwarded for the 91 Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry, draft rendezvous, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. [source: 8]

On the March-April 1865 muster roll, he is reported present. [source: 8]

On the May-June 1865 muster roll, he was reported absent, sick at the Division Hospital. [source: 8]

He was absent, sick, when the regiment mustered out. He was a private, in company F. He owed the US $11.66 for clothing, and was due pay from when he mustered in. [sources: 1, 2, 7, 8]

On 16 July 1865, he died, in the Augur General Hospital, near Alexandria, Virginia. He died of albuminuria. He was apparently initially buried in Arlington National Cemetery, on 17 July 1865. But he was then reburied on 3 December 1865, in Menallen Friends Cemetery, Bendersville, Adams County, Pennsylvania. His effects, which included $4.10, a ring, several books, a diary, and a package of letters, were sent by Adams Express to his mother, Ruth M Cook, Bendersville, Adams County, Pennsylvania. [sources: 3, 6, 8 (Arlington Nat'l Cem)]

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) (Kersey J Cook)

2 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 19 January 2005 (Kersey J Cook)

3 'Cook, Griest, Wierman, Tyson and allied families of Pennsylvania', a gedcom, available on RootsWeb WorldConnect, contact Robert, last updated 20 Nov 07, accessed 5 February 2011 (citing a family friend's diary, Quaker records, and two references in the Adams Sentinel Gettysburg) (Jesse Kersey Cook)

4 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Menallen Township, microfilm series M432, film 743, page 49 verso = 98 handwritten (Jesse Cook)

5 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Menallen Township, post office Bendersville, microfilm series M653, film 1057, page 419 = 73 handwritten to 420 = 74 handwritten (Jesse C Cook)

6 Find a grave, memorial 45255851, created by Jim Wierman, added 9 December 2009, accessed 5 February 2011 [the inscription on the headstone, pictured on the memorial, is: "J. KERSEY COOK. son of Jesse and Ruth Cook. Died 7th Mon. 16, 1865. Aged 27 Years 9 M & 2 D."] ("J" Kirsey Cook)

7 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Keisey [sic] J Cook)

8 compiled service record, F 91 PA (Kersey J Cook)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

pension index, by name
Ancestry index (accessed Jan 07)
Pennsylvania, veterans burial cards, 1777-1999
Ancestry index (accessed 18 Mar 15)
records of headstones of deceased Union veterans, 1879-1903
FamilySearch index (accessed 18 Mar 15)
headstone applications for US military veterans 1925-1949
FamilySearch index (accessed 18 Mar 15)
1870 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 18 Mar 15)
1880 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 18 Mar 15)
1890 US census, veterans schedules
Ancestry index (accessed 18 Mar 15)
1900 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 18 Mar 15)
1910 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 18 Mar 15)
1920 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 18 Mar 15)
1930 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 18 Mar 15)
1940 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 18 Mar 15)

Note on identification

The compiled service record makes clear these are not the J Kersey Cook who served in the 91st, but I've kept this note for reference.

The ARIAS Civil War Veterans' cards have one Jesse Cook, and no other Kersey Cook. The Jesse Cook served in company C of the 88th Pennsylvania Infantry, who mustered out with his company on 30 June 1865, and was 18 at enrollment.

The FamilySearch beta and HeritageQuest census indices do have one Kersey Cook, present in the 1860-1880 and 1900 censuses. While his age does not exactly match the age of the Kersey Cook who served in the 91st, it is close enough to make him a candidate. However, since he was living in Illinois in 1860, he is unlikely to have served in the 91st Pennsylvania.

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Kersey Jesse Cook in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Menallen Township, microfilm series M432, film 743, page 49 verso = 98 handwritten]
[identification is probable; see the noted on the 1860 census entry transcribed below]
line10111213141516171819
Dwellings visited645         
Families visited713         
NameJesse CookRuth "Mary "George "Jesse "Almira "Lewis "Sarah "Ellen "Albert "
Age4942161412108641
SexMFFMMFMFMM
Color          
Occupation of males over 15 yearsFarmer         
Real estate owned3000         
Birthplace" [sc. Pa]"""""""""
Married within year          
Attended school within year  111111  
Over 20 & can't read/write          
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.          

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Menallen Township, post office Bendersville, microfilm series M653, film 1057, page 419 = 73 handwritten to 420 = 74 handwritten]
[identification is probable, since (1) the apparent mother's name and the location match the mother who signed for his effects, and (2) his occupation matches his occupation at enlistment (see the compiled service record)]
line40123456
Dwelling number517      
Family number534      
NameRuth CookMary B. "Jesse C. "Elmira I. "Sarah A. "Ellis W. "Albert "
Age52252220161412
Sexffmffmm
Color       
OccupationFarmerDomesticTeacher of Com. SchoolDomesticDo  
Value of real estate owned6000      
Value of personal estate815      
Place of birthDo [sc. Pennsylvania]PennsylvaniaDoDoDoDoDo
Married within year       
Attended school within year   1111
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 23 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Cook Keisey [sic] J.
Co. F, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

Compiled service record

[compiled service record, F 91 PA, Kersey J Cook]
[trancribed 6 March 2015, from 19 images, obtained from the National Archives and Records Administration]


[image 1]

571
Cook Keisey [sic] J.
Co. F, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Private | Private

CARD NUMBERS.
1 22037995
2 22052097
3 22052179
4 22052304
[the rest of the card numbers are blank]

Number of personal papers herein 8
Book Mark: [blank]
See also [blank]


[image 2]

ss to Albert Cook Myers, Moylan [?], Pa.
5-22-45 MJK


J. E. Nichol


[image 3]

Retained
INVENTORY OF THE EFFECTS
OF
J K Cook
Late of Company F
91 Reg't of Penna
Volunteers, who died at Augur Genl Hospt
on the 16 day of July 1865.


[image 4]

E.B.S.G.O. 30-291-3
Surgeon General's Office,
Record and Pension Bureau,
May 2 1866

Respectfully returned, to Saml. Breck, Asst. Adjt. Genl. A.G.O.

There is no evidence on file in this office, with the records of Augur Genl. Hospital, relative to the disposition of the effects of Prvt. Cook.

By order of the Surgeon General:
J J Woodward
Brevet Major and Assistant Surgeon, U.S.A.
J.J.W.


[image 5]

No. 1
RECORD OF DEATH AND INTERMENT.
Name and Number of person interred. J K Cook
Number and locality of the grave 44 Range 15 Block 2 Section B Arlington Va.
Hospital number of the deceased 2681
Regiment, rank, and company 91" Regt Penna Vols Priv Co "F"
Residence before enlistment Adams County Pa
Conjugal condition, (and if married, the residence of the widow) Single Adams County Penna
Cause of death Albuminuria
Age of the deceased 27 years
Nativity America
References and remarks P.O. Bendersville Penna
Address of Mother Mrs Ruth M Cook
Date of death and burial July 16" 1865, July 17", 1865.

Duplicates sent to the Adjutant General of the United States Army, and to the Sexton of the Cemetery.

Memoranda:
1 Knapsack1 Haversack1 Canteen
1 Vest1 Cap1 Shirt
1 pr Drawers2 Book1 Pocket Book
Money $4 101 Dictionary1 Packg of letters
1 Picture1 Ring


No Descriptive List

[written vertically, in part over the previous list:]
Still [??] no Des List
Inventory of effects forwarded to A.G.O.
Company Commissary notified
[illegible] notified


[image 6]

HOSPITAL RECORD.
SUBJECT TO THE
ORDER OF THE SURGEON GENERAL
UNITED STATES ARMY.

J K Cook
91 Pa. Pvt "F"
July 16 1865
Augur, D.C.


[image 7]

RECEIVED of Edwin Bentley Surgeon, U.S.V., in charge of Augur U.S.A. General Hospital, near Alexandria, Va., the following effects of Priv J K Cook Company F, 91st Regt., Penna Vols., who died at this Hospital of [blank]



[I did not transcribe the crossed-out entries, which have handwritten entries (which I transcribed) written next to them]
GREAT COAT, -
BLANKET, -
UNIFORM COAT, -
UNDRESS COAT, -
TROWSERS, -
Ring 1
CAP, 1
Vest 1
Picture 1
SHIRTS, 1
DRAWERS, prs., 1
Pkg of old Letters 1
Dictionary 1
Diary 1
MONEY, $4.10
Books 2
Pocket Book 1

Ruth M Cook
Mother of Deceased

STATE OF Pennsylvania COUNTY OF Adams s.s.

On this 26 day of July 1865; before me personally appeared Ruth M Cook who being duly sworn declares that she is the mother and LEGAL HEIR of J. K. [?] Cook, deceased, formerly of Company F, 91st Regiment, P.V. and she acknowledges her signature to the above receipt as genuine; and she is known by me to be the person she represents herself to be.

Samuel Meals
Justice of the Peace.


[image 8]

[part of the first paragraph is crossed out, and written over it is:] Has no Descriptive List

Inventory of the effects of J K Cook late a private of Captain [blank] Company F of the 91" Regiment of Penna Volunteers, [crossed out]; he died in Augur USA Genl Hospt Near Alex Va on the 16 day of July 1865, by reason of Albuminuria


INVENTORY.
ARTICLES No.
Hats
Caps 1
Forage caps
Great coats
Uniform coats
Uniform jackets
Flannel sack coats
Blouses
Stable frocks
Fatigue overalls
Picture 1
Pairs flannel drawers 1
Pairs cotton drawers
Flannel shirts
Cotton shirts 1
Pairs boots
Pairs shoes
Pairs socks
Ring 1
Haversacks 1
Knapsacks 1
Canteen 1
Vest 1
Books 2
Pocket Book 1
Dictionary 1
Pckg of Letters 1
MONEY. Specie $[blank]
Notes $4.10

I CERTIFY, ON HONOR, that the above inventory comprises all the effects of private J K Cook, deceased, and that the effects are in the hands of Surgeon in charge at Augur Genl Hospt near Alex Va to be disposed of by a Council of Administration.

Edwin Bentley
Surg US Vols
in charge

STATION: Augur Genl Hosp
DATE: Aug 12" 1865

[written vertically in the left margin:] Pay and Clothing Accounts forwarded to Company Comdr

[written vertically in the right margin:] Was not mustered or paid and drew no clothing while at Augur General Hospital near Alex. Va


[image 9]

INVENTORY OF THE EFFECTS
OF
J. K. Cook
Late of Company F
91 Reg't of Penna
Volunteers, who died at Augur Genl Hospt
on the 16 day of July 1865.

[illegible]

w.f. as to destination of Effects-
Feby 24 /66.

Copy without Final Statement sent
2" Audt May 8" 1866.
C.S.F. [?] [illegible]


[image 10]

State of Pennsylvania County of Adams ss

I Jacob Bushy Prothonotary of the Court of Common Pleas of Adams County + State aforesaid do certify that Samuel Meals Esq. before whom the foregoing affidavit was made, is and was at the time of the doing of the same one [sic] the Justices of the Peace, in and for said County of Adams duly elected commissioned and qualified as such and that full faith and credit is to be given to all his official acts--and that the signature thereto purporting to be his is genuine. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set out my hand and affixed the seal of the said Court at Gettysburg this twenty eighth (28th) day of July AD Eighteen hundred and sixty five.

Jacob Bushey, Prothy

[stamped:] August [?] Hosp [] Alexandria JUL 30 1865


[image 11]

Adams Express Company
GREAT EASTERN, WESTERN AND SOUTHERN
EXPRESS FORWARDERS
No. 1. ALEXANDRIA, VA. Aug 5th 1865
RECEIVED OF Augur Hos
One Box Value [blank]
Marked Mrs Ruth M Cook
Bendersville, Pa
For the Company,
F W Dungan


[images 12 and 13 are copies of images 7 and 10, transcribed above]


[image 14]

Cook J. K.
Pvt, Co. F, 91 Reg't Pa. Inf.
[blank] Enclosures.
[I transcribed only the marked entries]
Burial Records 2

Other papers relating to--
Death or Effects 6


[image 15]

No. 2.
RECORD OF DEATH AND INTERMENT.
Name and number of person interred. J K Cook
Number and locality of the grave 44 Range 1 Block 2 Secction B Arlington Va
Hospital number of the deceased 2681
Regiment, rank, and company 91" Regt Penna Vols Pri Co "F"
Residence before enlistment Adams County Pa.
Conjugal Condition, Single
(and if married, the residence of the widow) Adams County Penna [sic]
Cause of death Albuminuria
Age of the deceased 27 Years
Nativity American
References and Remarks
P.O. Address of Mother Mrs. Ruth M Cook Bendersville Penna.
Date of death and burial July 16" 1865 July 17", 1865.

To Brig Genl L Thomas
Adjt. Genl U.S.A.
SIR:

It becomes my duty to inform you that the person above described died at this Hospital as herein stated; and that it is desired his remains should be interred with the usual military honors.

Respectfully, Edwin Bentley
Surgeon U.S. Vols
In charge

MILITARY HOSPITAL, Augur Genl Va


[image 16]

COPY OF RECORD
FOR THE
ADJUTANT GENERAL U.S. ARMY.


[image 17, which consists of three cards]

C | 91 | Pa.
Kersy J. Cook
Pvt, Co. F, 91 Reg't Pennsylvania Inf.
Appears on
Company Muster Roll
for May + June, 1865.
Absent
Stoppage, [blank]
Due Gov't, [blank]
Remarks: Reported for duty Feb. 28 /65, Sick at Divis hosp.

Book mark: [blank]
Browning Copyist.


[card 2]

C | 91 | Pa.
Kirsy J Cook
Pvt, Co. F, 91 Reg't Pennsylvania Inf.
Appears on
Company Muster Roll
for Mar + Apr, 1865.
Present
Stoppage, [blank]
Due Gov't, [blank]
Remarks: Reported for duty Feb. 28 /65.

Book mark: [blank]
Browning Copyist.


[card 3]

C | 91 | Pa.
Keisey J. Cook
Appears with rank of Prvt on
Muster and Descriptive Roll of a Detachment of Drafted Men and Substitutes forwarded*
for the 91 Reg't Pennsylvania Inf. Roll dated
Draft Rendezvous Carlisle Pa Mch 29, 1865.
Where born Penna
Age 27 y'rs: occupation Teacher
When enlisted Feby 28, 1865.
Where enlisted Chambersburg Pa
For what period enlisted 1 years.
Eyes blue; hair dark
Complexion fair; height 5 ft. 4 in.
When mustered in Feby 28, 1865.
Where mustered in Chambersburg
Bounty paid [blank]
Where credited [blank]
Company to which assigned [blank]
Remarks: Drafted from Menallen twp Adams Co. 16 CD

*This roll of Drafted Men and Substitutes was made on the form intended for Volunteer Recruits.
Book mark: [blank]
Cottrell [?] Copyist.


[image 18]

C | 91 | Pa
Kersey J. Cook
Pvt Co. F, 91 Reg't Pa Inf.
Age 27 years.
Appears on Co. Muster-out Roll, dated
Camp in the field, July 10, 1865.
[crossed out:] Muster-out to date
Last paid to Pay due from muster

Clothing account:
Last settled [blank]; drawn since [blank]
Due soldier [blank]; due U.S. $11 66/100
Am't for cloth'g in kind or mony adv'd [blank]

Due U.S. for arms, equipments, &c., [blank]
Bounty paid [blank]; due [blank]
Remarks: x Absent Sick
Reported for duty Feb 28 /65
no discharge given

Book mark: [blank]

J H Thomas Copyist.


[image 19, which is a copy of image 8, with minor variants, e.g., 'Alexandria' instead of 'Alex', and 'Books 1' instead of 'Books 2']

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