91st PA--John P Coster

John P Coster

Before the war

He was born about 1817, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: date: 10 [44 in 1861], 11, 19 [37 in 1850], 20 [46 in 1860], 21 [59 in 1870], 22 [66 in 1880], 25 [71 at death]. place: 10, 19, 20, 21, 22]

He married Margaret [unknown family name]. She was born about 1817/1820, in New York. They seem to have had these children: [sources: marriage: 13, 22, 27 her birth: 19, 26. children: 19, 20, 21, 22]

In 1850, he was living in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. He was a tobacconist. He was living with his wife Margaret, and (presumed) children Robert, Sarah, Mary, John, and William. [source: 19]

In 1860, he was living in the 14th ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a segar maker, and owned $1500 in personal property. He was living with his wife Margaret, and (presumed) children Sarah, Robert, Mary, John, Martha, and Edward. [source: 20]

When he enlisted, he was a tobaconist. He was living in Philadelphia when he was enrolled. [sources: 10, 11 (segarmaker)]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 7 inches tall, and had a light complexion, blue eyes, and brown hair. [sources: 10, 11 (light hair)]

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service as a private on 19 September 1861 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Captain Smith. He was a private in company A. [sources: 1, 10, 11, 13 (Aug 61), 28]

He fought at the Battle of Gettysburg. [source: 24]

On 27 August 1863, he returned to duty. [source: 8]

He began working as Francis Gregory's cook on 10 December 1863, and was still his cook on 30 December. [sources: 3, 9]

He reenlisted as a veteran volunteer on 26 December 1863 at Bealton, Virginia. [sources: 1, 11]

On 3 May 1864, he was reported as being on daily duty. [source: 12]

On 7 July 1864, he was on daily duty. On 8 July 1864, he was reported as an assistant cook. And on 9 July 1864, he was reported as servant to Captain Francis Gregory. [sources: 15, 16, 17]

On 21 October 1864, he was detailed as hospital attendent. [sources: 5, 7, 23]

On 17 November 1864, Sellers included him in a report "[i]n compliance with S.O. 59 dated Hd Qrs 5 Army Corps November 15" 1864". [source: 4]

On 21 November 1864, he went on a furlough, which ended on 2 December 1864. [source: 6]

He mustered out on 10 July 1865 with his company. He was a private, in company A. [sources: 1, 11, 13, 28]

After the war

In 1870, he was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a watchman. He was living with his wife Margaret, and his (presumed) children Robert, John, Martha, and Elmira. [source: 21]

In 1880, he was living at 1306 Carlisle, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a cigar maker. He was living with his wife Margaret and son Robert. [source: 22]

He died on 12 September 1888. He died "after a lingering illness from disease contracted while in the army". He was buried on Sunday, at Odd Fellows' Cemetery. He was buried from his late residence, 937 Darien Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Members of the Philanthropic Lodge, No. 15, International Order of Odd Fellows, and United Brothers' Encampment, Number 28 [?], International Order of Odd Fellows were invited to the funeral. [sources: 2, 25]

On 25 September 1888, Margaret Coster, his widow, applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension. [sources: 2, 18]

In 1890, his widow, Margaret Coster, was living at 937 Darien Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Robert E Coster was also living there. [sources: 13, 14]

On 4 February 1895, his widow, Margaret Coster, died, of nephritis. She died at, or was buried from, 708 Pine Street, 24th ward, West Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 26, 27]

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 pension index, by regiment (John P Coster)

3 letter, Sellers to Marvin, 30 December 1863

4 letter, Sellers to Bartlett, 17 November 1864

5 special order 100, HQ 91st PA, 21 October 1864

6 enlisted men's furloughs (John Coster)

7 [list of detailed men, probably from Sept 1864] (John Coster)

8 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 27 August 1863 (Pri Coster [?])

9 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 10 December 1863 (Pri Coster)

10 company A descriptive roll, entry 8 (John Coster)

11 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 5 May 2004 (John Coster)

12 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 3 May 1864 (Private Coster)

13 1890 US census, veterans schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia (3rd division, 20th ward), supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 402, page 2 (image 899 on Ancestry), line 20 (John P Coster)

14 1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory

15 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 7 July 1864 (Pri Coster)

16 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 8 July 1864 (John Coster)

17 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 9 July 1864 (Pri [?] Coster [?])

18 pension index by name (John P Coster)

19 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Northern Liberties, ward 1, microfilm series M432, film 810, page 10 (John P Coster)

20 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 14, microfilm series M653, film 1164, page 435 = 58 handwritten (John Coster)

21 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, district 29, microfilm series M593, film 1395, page 351 = 119 handwritten (John Coster)

22 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 612, microfilm series T9, film 1188, page 26 = 3C handwritten (John P Coster)

23 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 22 October 1864 (Privt Coster)

24 Pennsylvania Memorial, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (John Coster)

25 death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 15 September 1888 page 5 (John P Coster)

26 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 4 February 1895 (Margaret Coster)

27 death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer, 7 February 1895, page 7 (Margaret Coster)

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1900 US census: HeritageQuest index (accessed 29 April 2011), FamilySearch index (accessed 29 April 2011)

1910 US census: HeritageQuest index (accessed 29 April 2011), FamilySearch index (accessed 29 April 2011)

1920 US census: HeritageQuest index (accessed 29 April 2011), FamilySearch index (accessed 29 April 2011)

1930 US census: Footnote index (accessed 29 April 2011)

RootsWeb WorldConnect (accessed 29 April 2011)

Find-a-Grave (accessed 29 April 2011)

Philadelphia Pennsylvania death certificate, John P Coster (searched on FamilySearch 29 April 2011)

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Northern Liberties, ward 1, microfilm series M432, film 810, page 10]
line1213141516171819
Dwellings visited122       
Families visited127       
NameJohn P CosterMargaret "Robert "Sarah "Mary "JohnWilliamAbraham Thachegor [?]
Age37321214734/1227
SexMFMFFMMM
Color        
Occupation of males over 15 yearsTobacconist      Tobacconist
Real estate owned        
Birthplace" [sc. Pa]New YorkPaN YorkPa"""
Married within year        
Attended school within year        
Over 20 & can't read/write        
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.        

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 14, microfilm series M653, film 1164, page 435 = 58 handwritten]
line151617181920212223
Dwelling number408""""""""
Family number408""""""""
NameJohn CosterMargaret DoSarah DoRobert DoMary DoJohn DoMartha DoEdward DoWilliam M Daniel
Age4641242217127520
SexMFFMFMFMM
Color         
OccupationSegar maker Dress makerCarpenterMilliner   Carpenter
Value of real estate owned         
Value of personal estate1500       200
Place of birthDo [sc. Pa]DoDoDoDoDoDoDoDo
Married within year         
Attended school within year     111 
Cannot read & write         
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.         

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, district 29, microfilm series M593, film 1395, page 351 = 119 handwritten]
line28293031323334
Dwelling-house number768      
Family number775      
NameCoster John- Robt- John- Margt- Martha- ElmiraSmith Mary
Age59302250173024
SexMMFFFFF
ColorWWWWWWW
OccupationWatchmanCarptner [sic]Salesman (ClerkKeeps House  dress maker
Real estate value       
Personal estate value       
BirthplacePaPaPaPaPaPaPa
Father foreign born1     1
Mother foreign born      1
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 old111    
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 612, microfilm series T9, film 1188, page 26 = 3C handwritten]
line262728
street nameCarlisle
house number1306  
dwelling visit #21  
family visit #23  
nameCoster John P- Margaret- Robt E.
colorWWW
sexMFM
age666040
month born if born in year   
relationship WifeSon
single  1
married11 
widowed/divorced   
married during year   
occupationCigar MakerKeeping HouseCarpenter
months unemployed   
currently ill?   
blind   
deaf/dumb   
idiotic   
insane   
disabled   
school this year   
can't read   
can't write   
birthplacePennaIrelandPenna
father's birthplaceHollandIrelandPenna
mother's birthplacePennaIrelandIreland

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia (3rd division, 20th ward), supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 402, page 2 (image 899 on Ancestry), line 20]
[line] 20
[house] 147
[family] 187
[name] Margaret Coster widow John P Coster
[rank] Private
[company] A
[unit] 91 Pa Inf
[enlistment date] Aug 1861
[discharge date] July 1865
[length of service] 3 years, 11 months, [blank] days
[post office address] 937 Darien St " [sc. Philada]
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] reenlisted veteran

1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory

[searched transcription on Ancestry, February 2005]
Margaret Coster, wid John P., h 937 Darien
Robert E Coster, carpenter, h 937 Darien

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 24 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Coster John
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death certificate, Margaret Coster

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 4 February 1895, Margaret Coster]
15756 [?]
Return of a Death in the City of Philadelphia.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, Margaret Coster
2. Color, white
3. Sex, Female
4. Age, 75
5. Widowed
6. Date of Death, Feb. 4 95
7. Cause of Death, Nephritis
8. Street and Number from which Patient was received, 708 Pear [sic] St.
Geo B Wood M.D.
Hospital, Univ of Pa.

Undertaker's Certificate in Relation to Deceased.
9. Occupation, [blank]
10. Place of Birth, New York
11. When a Minor, [blank]
12. Ward, 24th
13. Street and Number, 708 Pear [sic] St. W.P.
14. Date of Burial, Febuary [sic] 7th 1895
15. Place of Burial, Odd Fellows
John A. Franks Undertaker.
Residence, 441 Nth 6th St

death notice, Margaret Coster

[death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer, 7 February 1895, page 7]

COSTER.--On February 4, 1895, Margaret, widow of the late John J. Coster, aged 75 years. Relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral services, on Thursday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, at her late residence, 708 Pine street, above Thirty-first street and Fairmount avenue. Interment private.

death notice

[death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 15 September 1888 page 5, John P Coster]

COSTER.--On the 12th instant, after a lingering illness from disease contracted while in the army, JOHN P COSTER, aged 71 years.

The relatives and friends of the family, also Philanthropic Lodge, No. 15, I.O.O.F., United Brothers' Encampment, No. 28 [?], I.O.O.F., the surviving members of the Ninety first Regiment, Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers, are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, on Sunday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, from his late residence, No. 937 Darien street. To proceed to Odd Fellows' Cemetery.


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