91st PA: James M Delavan

James M Delavan

Before the war

He was born in 1826/27 (11 (34 in 1861), 15, 19 [54 in 1880], 21 [61 at death in 1892]). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (15, 19, 21).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 6 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, hazel eyes, and brown hair (15). He had a heavy scar on his right thumb (15).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service as a private on 20 August 1861 (1, 11, 15, 16, 17). He was enlisted for 3 years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Colonel Reiff (15, 16 [Lt Col], 17 [Lt Col]). He was in company C (1, 22 (sgt), 23 (sgt)).

He was appointed second sergeant on 21 September 1861 (13).

He was wounded on 13 December 1862 at Fredericksburg Virginia (1, 4). He was taken to the hospital from Stoneman's Switch (4). On 7 February 1863, he was in a hospital in Washington DC because of those wounds (9). He eventually went to Philadelphia (5).

He was promoted to first sergeant (1, 11 [unknown date], 12, 14).

He was commissioned, but not mustered in, as first lieutenant, on 22 December 1862, when Theodore Parsons was appointed captain (1, 8, 11, 12, 14).

The regiment had not heard officially from him as of 28 August 1863, but thought he was in Philadelphia (4). He was still in Philadelphia, recovering from the wounds, on 14 November 1863 (5).

He was discharged at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 21 November 1863 on surgeon's certificate of disability, by Special Order 518 [?], Secretary of War, 21 November 1863 (1 [has 23 Nov], 2 [has 24 Nov], 7, 8 [21 Nov], 10, 11 [23 Nov 63], 14 [resigned], 17 [for diability, 23 Dec]). The order reached the 5th Corps, 2nd Division, Headquarters on 23 November (7), and reached the 91st Pennsylvania on 8 December, after they had already filed the returns for November (6). He was first sergeant of company C (22, 23).

After the war

On 28 April 1879, he applied successfully for a pension (18, 20).

In 1880, he was living at 2216 South Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (19). He was a park guard (19). He was living with his wife Margaret (19).

He attended the 1884 meeting of the 91st's Survivors' Association (2).

He died of inflammation of brain + pneumonia, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 20 March 1892 (20, 21). He was married (21). He was a park guard (21). He died at, or was buried from, 2411 Seybert Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (21). On 24 March 1892, he was buried in Northwood Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (21).

On 11 May 1892, his widow, Margaret R Delavan, applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (18, 20).

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 The ninety-first [account of the 1884 meeting of the Survivors' Association] Grand Army Scout and Soldiers' Mail, 20 December 1884, page 6 column 2 (James Delavean)

3 Official Army Register.

4 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 28 August 1863

5 letter, Gregory to Marvin, 14 November 1863

6 letter, Sinex to Thomas, 8 December 1863

7 special order 518, Adjutant General's Office, War Dept, 21 November 1863

8 regimental descriptive book

9 consolidated morning report, 7 February 1863

10 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 9 December 1863 (James Delavan)

11 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 5 May 2004 (James M Delavan; rolls have 'Delavean')

12 company C List of commissioned officers (James Delavan)

13 company C, List of non-commissioned officers, page 1, sergeants (James Delavan)

14 company C, List of non-commissioned officers, page 2, first sergeants (James Delavan)

15 company C, descriptive roll, number 2 (James Delavan)

16 company C, untitled list, probably of status at muster out, entry 5 [This entry is crossed out] (James Delavan)

17 company C, untitled list, probably of status at muster out, entry 7 (James Delavan)

18 pension index, by name (James Delavan)

19 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 635, microfilm series T9, film 1188, page 328 B = 18 handwritten (James Delavan)

20 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company C (James Delavan)

21 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 20 March 1892 (James Delavan)

22 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (James Delavan)

23 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (James Delavant)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1890 US census, veterans schedules
Ancestry index (accessed 12 June 2005)

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 635, microfilm series T9, film 1188, page 328 B = 18 handwritten]
line2223
street nameSouth Street
house number2216 
dwelling visit #142 
family visit #147 
nameDelavan James- Margaret
colorWW
sexMF
age5436
month born if born in year  
relationship Wife
single  
married11
widowed/divorced  
married during yearPark GuardHousekeeping
occupation  
months unemployed  
currently ill?  
blind  
deaf/dumb  
idiotic  
insane  
disabled  
school this year  
can't read  
can't write  
birthplacePhilaPhila
father's birthplacePhilaPhila
mother's birthplacePhilaPhila

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 26 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Delavan James
Co. C, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Sgt | 1" Sgt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 28 March 2014]

Delavant James
Co. C, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Sgt | 1" Sgt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Delavan James

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 20 March 1892, James Delavan]
[thanks to Ed McLaughlin for finding this!]

RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, James Delavan
2. Color, White
3. Sex, Male
4. Age, 61 years
5. Married
6. Date of Death, March 20" 92
7. Cause of Death, Inflamation [sic] of Brain + Pneumonia
Wm B. Banks M.D.
Residence 736 Nth 19th st. Phila

UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, Park Guard
9. Place of Birth, Phila
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 29" [?]
12. Street and Number, 2411 [? perhaps 244??] Seybert st
13. Date of Burial, March 24" 1892.
14. Place of Burial, Northwood Cemetery.
Albert S Been [?] Bro Undertaker.
Residence, 1506 [?] N. 22nd st

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