91st PA: Alexander Draper Deweese

Alexander Draper ("Draper") Deweese

Before the war

He was born on 23 October 1821, in Red Lion Township, New Castle County, Delaware, to Hezekiah Dewees and Mahala [unknown surname]. [sources: date: 14; 2 (44 in 1865), 5 (38 in 1860), 6 (49 in 1870), 7 (58 in 1880), 11 (1821), 13 (28 in 1850). place: 2 (Delaware Cty PA), 5 (DE) 6 (DE), 7 (DE), 13 (DE), 14 (DE). parents: 14]

On 8 October 1846, he married Julia Ann Griffith, in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. She was born in July 1824, in Pennsylvania. They have seven known children:

[sources: 5, 6, 9 (7 children, 5 alive in 1900), 13, 14]

In 1850, he was living in Upper Chichester Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Julia Ann, and children John Winfield and Isaac L. He was a farmer. [source: 13]

In 1860, he was living in Middletown, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Juliann, and John, Isaac, Mary, Anne, and George (presumably their children). He was a wheelwright, and owned $75 in personal property. [source: 5]

When he enlisted, he was an operator. [source: 2]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 5 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, hazel eyes, and black hair. [source: 2]

During the war

He was drafted from the seventh congressional district. He enlisted and was mustered into service on 18 March 1865. He was enlisted for one year, at West Chester, Pennsylvania, by Captain Chrisman. He was a private in company H. [sources: 1, 2, 3, 16, 17]

He mustered out with his company on 10 July 1865. He was a private, in company H. [sources: 1, 3, 16, 17]

After the war

In 1870, he was living in Middletown Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania (post office: Village Green). He was living with his wife Julia, and John, Isaac, Margaret, Anna, George, William, and Layton (presumably their children). He was a carpenter, and owned $100 in personal property. [source: 6]

In 1880, he was living in Chester Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his son Isaac, Isaac's family, and several other people. He was a laborer. His wife, Julia, was living in Aston, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, with her sons William and Layton. [sources: 8]

In 1890, he was living in Aston, Delaware County, Pennsylvania (post office Glen Riddle) (3).

On 15 July 1890, he applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension. [sources: 4, 15]

On 28 December 1897, he died, in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. He died of dropsy. On 31 December 1897, he was buried in Calvary Episcopal Cemetery, Aston Mills (Rockdale), Delaware County, Pennsylvania. [sources: 11, 12, 14, 15]

On 5 March 1898, his widow, Julia Deweese, applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (4, 10).

In 1900, his widow, Julia, was living in Aston Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. She was living with her daughter Annie, and Annie's family. [source: 9]

On 13 March 1902, his widow, Juliann Griffith, died, in Aston Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. [source: 14]

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) (Draper Deweese)

2 company H, descriptive roll, #161 (Draper Deweese)

3 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Delaware County, Aston, supervisor's district 2, enumeration district 2, page 4 (Draper Deweese)

4 pension index, by name (Draper Dewees [sic])

5 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Delaware County, Middletown, microfilm series M653, film 1105, page 509 (Alexander Dewees)

6 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Delaware County, Middletown Township (post office: Village Green), microfilm series M593, film 1337, page 323 = 5 handwritten (Alex D Dewees)

7 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Delaware County, Chester Township, supervisor's district 2, enumeration district 14, microfilm series T9, film 1126, page 240 = 11 handwritten (Alexander Dewees)

8 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Delaware County, Aston (Rockdale), supervisor's district 2, enumeration district 27, microfilm series T9, silm 1126, page 516 A = 33 handwritten] (Julia Dewees)

9 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Delaware County, Aston Township, supervisor's district 2, enumeration district 138 [?], microfilm series T623, film 1404, page 20 = 4 handwritten (Julia Dewesse)

10 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company H (Draper Dewees)

11 Pennsylvania veterans burial cards, Delaware County (Draper Dewees)

12 Find a grave, memorial 20303823, created by Joz, added 5 July 2007, accessed 25 October 2012 (Draper Dewees)

13 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Delaware County, Upper Chichester, microfilm series M432, film 776, page 31 recto = 61 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Draper Dewees)

14 'A mid-Atlantic family', a gedcom, available on RootsWeb WorldConnect, contact Paul Olsson, updated 21 Apr 2008, accessed 26 Oct 2012 (other gedcoms including Alexander Draper Deweese are available) (Alexander Draper Dewees)

15 Calvary Episcopal Church of Rockdale [Delaware County Pennsylvania], burial records, in Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records, microfilm reel 72 (Alexander Draper Dewees)

16 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Draper Deweese)

17 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Draper Dewees)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1910 US census
Ancestry and FamilySearch indices (accessed 26 Oct 12)
1920 US census
Ancestry and FamilySearch indices (accessed 26 Oct 12)
1930 US census
Ancestry and FamilySearch indices (accessed 26 Oct 12)
Applications for headstones for military veterans, 1925-1941
FamilySearch index (accessed 26 Oct 12)
Records of headstones for deceased Union veterans
FamilySearch index (accessed 26 Oct 12)

Display


Alexander Draper Deweese in the 91st PA gedcom on RootsWeb WorldConnect

Alexander Draper Deweese in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Delaware County, Upper Chichester Township, microfilm series M432, film 776, page 31 recto = 61 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is probable (see the 1860 census entry transcribed below)]
line9101112
Dwellings visited93   
Families visited94   
NameDraper A DeweesJulia Ann Draper [sic]Jno Winfield DraperIsaac L Draper
Age282424/12
SexMFMM
Color    
Occupation of males over 15 yearsFarmer   
Real estate owned    
BirthplaceDelawarePenna""
Married within year    
Attended school within year    
Over 20 & can't read/write    
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.    

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Delaware County, Middletown, microfilm series M653, film 1105, page 509 (FamilySearch)]
[identification is probable (see the 1870 census entry transcribed below)]
line16171819202122
Dwelling number1037      
Family number982      
NameAlexander DeweesJuliann "John W "Isaac T "Mary E "Anne "George F "
Age38351210851
SexMFMMFFM
Color       
OccupationWheel Wright      
Value of real estate owned       
Value of personal estate75      
Place of birthdo [sc. Delaware]Penna"""""
Married within year       
Attended school within year  1111 
Cannot read & write       
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.       

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Delaware County, Middletown Township (post office: Village Green), microfilm series M593, film 1337, page 323 = 5 handwritten]
[identification is probable (see the 1880 census entry transcribed below)]
line91011121314151617
Dwelling-house number31        
Family number32        
NameDewees Alex D" Julia A" Jno W" Isaac W" Marg E" Anna" Geo T" Wm H" Layton
Age4945232018151183
SexMFMMFFMMM
ColorWWWWWWWWW
OccupationCarpenterKeeping houseMachinistBlacksmithWeaver in Cno [?]Keeping houseSpinner [illegible]At homeAt home
Real estate value         
Personal estate value100        
BirthplaceDelawarePennsylvania"""""""
Father foreign born         
Mother foreign born         
Birth month if born within year         
Marriage month if married within year         
Attended school past year      11 
Can't read    1    
Can't write 1  11   
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.         
Male US citizen at least 21 years old1 1      
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...         

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Delaware County, Chester Township, supervisor's district 2, enumeration district 14, microfilm series T9, film 1126, page 240 = 11 C handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is probable (see the note on the 1900 census transcribed below; the split family pretty clearly belongs together given the 1870 census transcribed above)]
line3435363738394041
street name        
house number        
dwelling visit #101       
family visit #101       
nameDewees IsaacJennyHarryMarionDewees GeorgeElliott ArchibaldRobinson MarthaDewees Alexander
colorWWWWWWWW
sexMFMFMMFM
age3024 [?]2/12 [?]21194058
month born if born in year        
relationship WifeSonDaugh [?]BrotherBrother-in-lawDomesticFather
single  111111 [sic]
married11      
widowed/divorced        
married during year        
occupationBlack SmithKeeps house  Jour BlacksmithApprenticeServantLaborer
months unemployed        
currently ill?        
blind        
deaf/dumb        
idiotic        
insane        
disabled        
school this year        
can't read        
can't write        
birthplacePaPaPaPaPaN.Y.DelawareDelaware
father's birthplacePaPaPaPaPaN.Y.Del.Del.
mother's birthplacePaPaPaPaPaN.Y.Del.Del.

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Delaware County, Aston (Rockdale), supervisor's district 2, enumeration district 27, microfilm series T9, silm 1126, page 516 A = 33 handwritten]
line456
street name   
house number   
dwelling visit #282  
family visit #284  
nameDewees Julia- William H- Leyton D
colorWWW
sexFMM
age531712
month born if born in year   
relationship SonSon
single 11
married1  
widowed/divorced   
married during year   
occupationWorks in cotton millWorks in cotton millWorks in cotton mill
months unemployed   
currently ill?   
blind   
deaf/dumb   
idiotic   
insane   
disabled   
school this year   
can't read   
can't write  1
birthplacePennaPennaPenna
father's birthplacePennaMarylandMaryland
mother's birthplacePennaPennaPenna

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Delaware County, Aston, supervisor's district 2, enumeration district 2, page 4]
[identification is confirmed by reference to his service in the 91st]

[line] 46
[house] 251
[family] 252
[name] Draper Deweese
[rank] Private
[company] H
[unit] 91 Pa Vol
[enlistment date] 18 Mar 1865
[discharge date] 10 July 1865
[length of service] [blank] years, 2 months, 22 days
[post office address] Glen Riddle
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Delaware County, Aston Township, supervisor's district 2, enumeration district 138 [?], microfilm series T623, film 1404, page 20 = 4 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is probable, given the spouse's name (see the pension index by name [entry 4 above]) and the location (see the 1890 veterans schedule transcribed above)]
line181920212223
street      
house number      
dwelling number67     
family number67     
nameShuebrooks Jamie [?]- Annie M- Willie- George- JuliaDewesse Julia
relationshipHeadWifeSonSonDaughterM in Law
colorWWWWWW
sexMFMMFF
birth dateApril 1859Mar 1855Dec 1880Aug 1882Nov 1894July 1824
age41451917575
married?MMSSSWd
# years married2020    
mother of how many children? 5   7
# of children living 3   5
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigration year      
# years in USA      
naturalized citizen?      
occupationCotton Mill Weaver Cotton Mill WeaverCotton Mill Weaver  
# months not employed0 00  
# months in school      
can readyesyesyesyesnoyes
can writeyesnoyesyesnoyes
speaks Englishyesyesyesyesyesyes
owned/rentedR     
free or mortgaged      
farm/houseH     
# 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 28 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Dewees Draper
Co. H, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 28 March 2014]

Deweese Draper
Co. H, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Dewees Draper

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

Pennsylvania veterans burial card

[Pennsylvania veterans burial cards, Delaware County, Draper Dewees]
[transcribed 25 October 2012, from Ancestry]

RECORD OF BURIAL PLACE OF VETERAN
Delaware County
NAME Dewees, Draper
DATE OF BIRTH 1821
DATE OF DEATH 12-28-1897
VETERAN OF Civil WAR
SERVED IN ARMY
DATES OF SERVICE M.I. 3-18-1865 M.O. 7-10-1865
ORGANIZATION(S) Co. "H", 91st Regt. Pa. Inft.
RANK Pvt.
CEMETERY OR PLACE OF INTERMENT NAME Calvary Episcopal
LOCATION Rockdale, Pa.
LOCATION OF GRAVE IN CEMETERY SECTION A RANGE C LOT No. 5 GRAVE No. 2
HEADSTONE GOVERNMENT
INFORMATION GIVEN BY Bates #3, P. 223
REMARKS [blank]

Calvary Episcopal Church of Rockdale records

[Calvary Episcopal Church of Rockdale [Delaware County Pennsylvania], burial records, in Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records, microfilm reel 72]
[transcribed 26 October 2012, from Ancestry, Pennsylvania Church and Town Records, 1708-1985, image 269 of 317]


596 Burials 597 [the information is written across two pages]
Date " [sc. December] 31 [sc. 1897]
Name Alexander Draper Dewees
Age 76 years
Date of Death December 28 " [sc. 1897]
Cause of Death Dropsy
Place of Burial Calvary Cemetery
Signature of Clergyman George R Miller

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