91st PA--George Graham Coster

George Graham Coster

Before the war

He was born in July 1839 (25, 31; 14 (44? in 1861), 17 [23 in 1864], 19 [57 in ?1897], 20 [70 in 1910], 21 [80 in 1920], 22 [39 in 1880], 23 [55 in ?1893], 28 [11 in 1850], 29 [21 in 1860], 30 [39 in 1870]). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (14, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31). He was born to Abraham and Jane Coster (24).

In 1850, he was living in the 3rd ward of Northern Liberties, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania (28). He was living with his parents, Abraham and Jane Coster, and others (28). He had attended school within the year (28).

In 1860, he was living in the 16th ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (29). He was living with his parents, Abraham and Jane Coster, and others (29). He was a lithographer (29).

When he enlisted, he was a printer (14, 17).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 5 inches tall, and had a light complexion, blue eyes, and light hair (14, 17 [5'4-1/2"]).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 27 September 1861 (1, 14, 26). He enlisted at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Captain Casner (14). He was mustered in as a private in company K by Captain Dye (14, 35 (sgt)).

He was appointed 4th sergeant on 8 October 1861 (13, 16 [27 Sep 61).

On the march to Antietam, he asked Matthew McFetridge to carry John Groff's gun for a while, because Groff was unable to go on (34).

On 25 March 1863, he testified at John Groff's court-martial (34).

He fought at the Battle of Gettysburg (18).

He re-enlisted as a veteran volunteer on 26 February 1864 (1, 16, 17). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Lieutenant Colonel Zulick (17). He was mustered in by Captain Lane (17).

He was promoted from sergeant to first sergeant (1).

On 14 December 1864, he received a commission from the Governor of Pennsylvania, dated 1 December 1864 (6). He was promoted to (mustered in as) first lieutenant on 17 December 1864 (1, 16).

On 1 January 1865, he was assigned to command company K, receiving all its public property from Adam Murphy (7).

He was a witness to the charge and specification filed against John Blum in January 1865 (7). He signed a memorial to Captain Closson, which was adopted at an officers' meeting held on 27 January 1865 (4).

On 24 February 1865, he was commanding company D (5). On 28 February 1865, he was assigned to command company D, effective 1 March 1865, and to receipt for all property to Adam Murphy (9).

On 18 March 1865, he went on a leave that expired on 2 April 1865 (11, citing SO 71 HQ 5th Corps).

On 23 March 1865, William Carpenter was assigned to command company D and to receipt to Coster for all property in the company (10).

On 31 April 1865, he signed company K's monthly report; he was the only commissioned officer in the company (27).

He was promoted to (mustered in as) captain on 17 May 1865 (1, 2, 16).

He was Captain of Company K at the end of June 1865 (33).

He mustered out on 10 July 1865 with his company (1, 2, 26). He served for sixteen months (19) or 46 months (23). He was captain of company K (35).

After the war

He married Birdella F Quigley, about 1867, in Pennsylvania (24, 25). They had five children:

In 1870, he was living in the 13th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (30). He was living with his wife Bingallo [sic] and their children Charles and Emma (30). He was a printer, and owned $500 in personal property (30).

In 1880, he was living at 1314 Almore [?] Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (22). He was living with his wife Berdilla and their children Charles, Emma, George, Harry, and William (22). He was a printer (22).

His wife, Birdella F. Coster, died of Bright's disease on 28 April 1888 (32). She died at 1533 Parrish Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (32). She was buried at Cathedral Cemetery (32).

On 16 July 1890, he applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (15, 26).

On 23 August 1893, he was admitted to the Pennsylvania Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers and Sailors (23). He was admitted from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (23). He had rheumatism, a diseased heart, etc. (23). He was receiving a pension of $12 per month (23). He was a widower (23).

On 22 June 1897, he was admitted to the National Soldiers Home (19). He was admitted from Pennsylvania (19). He had hemorrhoids (19). He was receiving a pension of $12 per month (19).

In 1897, he was present at the Central Branch of the National Soldiers Home (19).

In 1900, he was living at 951 Jessup Street, 20th [?] ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (31). He was living with his children Charles and George, and in the same house as George and Emma Snyder (his daughter and son-in-law) and their family (31). He was widowed (31). He was a litho printer (31).

On 13 August 1909, he again applied for a pension (26).

In 1910, he was living at 3009 North Warnock Street, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, with his daughter Emma and her family (20). He was a widower, and was not working (20).

In 1920, he was living at 3009 North Warnock Street, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, with his daughter Emma and her family (21). He was a widower, and was not working (21).

He died on 4 July 1924, at the National Military Home, in Ohio, and was buried in plot 184, Philadelphia National Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (3, 24, 26). The funeral was held on Monday, at 3009 Warnock Street, his son-in-law's residence (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 Official Army Register

3 Philadelphia National Cemetery, index of burials (20 October 2000) [Thanks to Dennis Clowney for the reference!]

4 testimonial to Capt Closson, 27 Jan 1865

5 furlough document for George Rodearmel, 14 February 1865, provided by Dave Rodearmel, transcription and image

6 letter, Sellers to Bartlett, 16 December 1864

7 Charge and specification preferred against John Blum, January 1865

8 special order 1, HQ 91st PA, 1 January 1865

9 special order 11, HQ 91st PA, 28 February 1865

10 special order 21, HQ 91st PA, 23 March 1865 (George Coster)

11 undated officers' furlough list, in regimental letter, order, guard, and furlough book (George Coster)

12 [undated and untitled chart with officers' names] (two references: Lt Coster, and Lt Coster)

13 company K, list of non-commissioned officers (Geo G Coster)

14 company K, descriptive roll (George J Coster)

15 pension index, by name (George G Coster)

16 company K, second list of commissioned officers (George G Coster)

17 company K, third descriptive roll (George G Coster)

18 Pennsylvania Memorial, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (Geo G Coster)

19 Report of the Board of Managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1897. Serial Set volume 3664, session volume 36, 55th Congress, 2nd Session, House Document 27. Page 750. (George G Coster)

20 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 37, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 925, microfilm series T624, film 1407, page 289 = sheet 10 A handwritten (George G Coster Sr)

21 1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 37, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 1298, microfilm series T625, film 1639, page 59 = sheet 9 A handwritten (George G Coster Sr)

22 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 243, microfilm series T9, film 1174, page 567 = page 6 B handwritten (Geo G Coster)

23 Report of the Board of Managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1894. Serial Set volume 3329, session volume 3, 53rd Congress, 3rd Session. House Miscellaneous Document 27 (in 2 parts). Page 554 (George G Coster)

24 [Philadelphia] Public Ledger, July 7, 1924, page 20 (George Graham Coster)

25 "Carney/Moran Families", a gedcom available on Rootsweb WorldConnect, contact Harry Chambers, revised 14 January 2007 (viewed March 2007) (George G* Coster)

26 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company K (George G Coster)

27 company K monthly report, April 1865 (George G Coster)

28 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Northern Liberties, ward 3, microfilm series M432, film 810, page 159 verso = 318 handwritten (George G Coster)

29 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 16 (post office Kensington PA), microfilm series M653, film 1166, page 427 = 201 handwritten (George G Costar [sic])

30 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 13th ward, microfilm series M593, film 1397, page 310 = 133 handwritten (George Costa)

31 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 20th [?] ward, microfilm series T623, film 1461, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 411, page 233 = 7 B handwritten (George G Coster)

32 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 28 April 1888 (Birdella F Coster)

33 monthly return, company K, June 1865 (George G Coster)

34 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 (George G Coster)

35 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (George G Coster)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1890 US census, veterans schedule
Ancestry index
1930 US census
Ancestry index (accessed May 2007)

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Northern Liberties, ward 3, microfilm series M432, film 810, page 159 verso = 318 handwritten]
line18192021222324
Dwellings visited488      
Families visited618      
NameAbraham CosterJane "George G "William H "Emma "Mary A "Jane Graham
Age35401197463
SexMFMMFFF
Color       
Occupation of males over 15 yearsTram Maker      
Real estate owned       
BirthplacePenaEnglandPennaPenaPenaPenaPena
Married within year        
Attended school within year  111  
Over 20 & can't read/write       
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.       

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 16 (post office Kensington PA), microfilm series M653, film 1166, page 427 = 201 handwritten]
line18192021222324
Dwelling number1416      
Family number1686      
NameAbraham Costar [sic]Jane "George "William "Emma "Mary "Jane "
Age4050211917139
SexMFMMFFF
Color       
OccupationCarpenter LithographerVarnisher   
Value of real estate owned       
Value of personal estate       
Place of birthPaEnglandPaDoDoDoDo
Married within year       
Attended school within year     11
Cannot read & write       
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.       

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 13th ward, microfilm series M593, film 1397, page 310 = 133 handwritten]
line11121314
Dwelling-house number830   
Family number875   
NameCosta [sic] George" Bingallo [sic]" Charles" Emma
Age392421/12
SexMFMF
ColorWWWW
OccupationPrinterKeep House  
Real estate value    
Personal estate value500   
BirthplacePaPaPaPa
Father foreign born    
Mother foreign born    
Birth month if born within year   July
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 243, microfilm series T9, film 1174, page 567 = page 6 B handwritten]
line41424344454647
street nameAlmore [?] Street
house number1314      
dwelling visit #58      
family visit #62      
nameCoster Geo G- Berdilla- Charles H- Emma- George G- Harry- William
colorWWWWWWW
sexMFMFMMM
age3932139845/12
month born if born in year       
relationship WifeSonDaughterSonSonSon
single  11111
married11     
widowed/divorced       
married during year       
occupationPrinterKeeping HouseAt HomeAt HomeAt HomeAt HomeAt Home
months unemployed       
currently ill?       
blind       
deaf/dumb       
idiotic       
insane       
disabled       
school this year       
can't read       
can't write       
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePaIrelandPaPaPaPaPa
mother's birthplaceEnglandIrelandPaPaPaPaPa

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 20th [?] ward, microfilm series T623, film 1461, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 411, page 233 = 7 B handwritten]
line7778798081828384
streetJessup Street
house number951       
dwelling number120       
family number140   142   
nameSnyder, Georg [sic] LEmmaGeorge D.Ethel M.Coster George GCharlesGeorge JrMary Snider
relationshipHeadWifeSonDaughterHeadSonSon [sic]Mother Law [sic]
colorWWWWWWWW
sexMFMFMMMF
birth dateAug 1869July 1870Oct 1897July 1899July 1839Jan 1867Oct 1871Apr 1841
age30292060332859
married?MMSSWWSW
# years married44      
mother of how many children? 2     5
# of children living 2     2
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaGermany
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplaceGermanyPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigration year       1860
# years in USA       40
naturalized citizen?        
occupationMachinist   Litho PrinterIron Worker  
# months not employed0   00  
# months in school        
can readyesyesnonoyesyesyesyes
can writeyesyesnonoyesyesyesyes
speaks Englishyesyesyesnoyesyesyesyes
owned/rentedR   R   
free or mortgaged        
farm/houseH   H   
# of farm schedule        

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 37, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 925, microfilm series T624, film 1407, page 289 = sheet 10 A handwritten]
line24252627282930
streetN Warnock Street
house nr3009      
dwelling nr226      
family nr233      
nameSnyder George L [?] D- Emma V- George G D- Ethel M- Mildred T C- Elsie HCoster George G Sr
relationshipHeadWifeSonDaughterDaughterDaughterFather in law
sexMFMFFFM
colorWWWWWWW
age4139121049/1270
marital statusMMSSSSWd
#years present marriage[blank][blank]     
mother of # children [blank]     
mother of # living children[blank]      
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaEng - England
immigrated       
naturalized/alien       
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglishEnglishEnglish  English
occupationPacking Makernonenonenonenonenonenone
nature of industry etc.Machine Shop      
employer etc.W      
out of work 15 Apr 1910?No      
# weeks out of work 19090      
can readYes [?]YesYesYes  Yes
can writeYes [?]YesYesYes  Yes
school since 1 Sep 09  Yes [?]Yes   
owned/rentedR      
owned free or mortagaged       
farm/houseH      
nr on farm schedule       
civil war vet       
blind       
deaf & dumb       

1920 census

[1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 37, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 1298, microfilm series T625, film 1639, page 59 = sheet 9 A handwritten]
line212223242526272829
streetWarnock Street
house number3009        
dwelling visit number205        
family visit number211        
nameSnyder George L DSnyder Emma JSnyder George G DSnyder Ethel MSnyder Mildred TSnyder Elsie HSnyder Helen CSnyder Mary PCoster George G
relationshipHeadWifeSonDaughterDaughterDaughterDaughterMotherFather in Law
own/rentR        
free/mortgaged (if owned)         
sexMFMFFFFFM
raceWWWWWWWWW
age at last birthday51482220141077880
marital statusMMSSSSSWDWD
year of immigration         
naturalized/alien         
year of naturalization         
attended school since Sept 1919   NoYesYesNo  
can readYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYes
can writeYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYes
birth placePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
native language         
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's native language         
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaEngland
mother's native language        English
can speak EnglishYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
occupationPacking MakerNoneLaborerSalesladyHelperNoneNoneNoneNone
industry, businessSteam Engine Packing ElectricalDepartment StoreLace Mill    
employment statusW WWW    
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 23 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Coster George G
     George
Co. K, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Sgt | Capt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death certificate, Birdella F Coster

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Birdella F Coster, 28 April 1888]
RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, Birdella F. Coster
2. Color, White
3. Sex, Female
4. Age, Thirty nine years.
5. married
6. Date of Death, April 28th 1888
7. Cause of Death. Bright's Disease
RC Smith M.D.
Residence, 1434 Poplar St.

UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, [blank]
9. Place of Birth, Phila
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 15th
12. Street and Number, No 1533 Parrish St
13. Date of Burial, May 3d 1886 [sic]
14. Place of Burial, Cathedral Cemety
Maurice Hayes Undertaker.
Residence, 1410 N 11th St

death notice

[source: [Philadelphia] Public Ledger, July 7, 1924, page 20]

COSTER.--July 4, GEORGE GRAHAM, husband of late Birdella F. Coster, and son of late Abraham and Jane Coster, captain of Co. K, 91 P. V. Relatives and friends are invited to attend funeral services, Mon., 2 P.M., from his son-in-law's residence, George Snyder [?], 3009 Warnock [?] St. Int. private

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