91st PA: Robert T Earnest

Robert T Earnest

Before the war

He was born in March 1837 (16; 3 (19 in 1864), 6 (19 in 1864), 12 [72 yrs 1 mo 25 dys at death in 1904], 13 [26 in 1860], 14 [36 in 1870], 15 [45 in 1880], 16 [63 in 1900]). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (3, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16). He was born to David and Eliser [?] Earnest (12).

In 1859/60, he married Francis [unknown family name] (16). In 1900, she had had two children, one of whom was alive (16).

In 1860, he was living in ward 8, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (13). He was living with his wife Fanny and presumed child John (13). He was a stamper, and owned $300 in personal property (13).

When he enlisted, he was a differ [??] (3). (Perhaps the word is "dipper"?)

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 6-1/2 inches tall, had a dark complexion, brown eyes, and dark hair (3).

During the war

He enlisted, as a recruit, and was mustered into service for three years, on 2 February 1864, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1, 3, 6, 7). He was enlistd by Lieutenant Shipley, and mustered into service by Lieutenant Burke (3). He was a private in company E (1, 3, 17, 18).

He was absent on a ten-day furlough beginning 17 October 1864 (11). He had returned from leave by 30 October 1864 (10).

On 3 February 1865, he was detailed as a stretcher bearer (5).

On 13 February 1865 he was detailed for duty in the 1st division ambulance corps (4).

He mustered out on 10 July 1865 with his company (1, 7). He was a private, in company E (17, 18).

After the war

In 1870, he was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (14). He was living with his wife Fannie, presumed child John, and with Sarah Richards (14). He was a laborer, and owned $125 in personal property (14).

In 1880, he was living at 1433 [??] South 13th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (15). He was living with his wife Frances, son John, sister-in-law Sallie Richards, and a servant (15). He was goffering (15).

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

On 13 June 1889, he applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (9).

In 1890, he was living at 1818 Bucknell Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (7, 8). He was a goffer (8).

In 1900, he was living at 2311 Oxford [?] Street (16). He was living with his wife Francis, and his brother- and sister-in-law Charles and Sallie Phillips (16). He was a photographer (16).

He died on 16 May 1904, at 1443 Indiana Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, of inanition, with alcoholic gastritis contributing (12). He was retired (12). He was widowed (12). He was buried at Chelton Hills Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 19 May 1904 (12).

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' [report of Survivor's Association meeting]. Grand Army Scout and Soldiers' Mail, 20 December 1884, page 6 column 2.

3 descriptive roll, company E, entry 128 (Robert T Earnest)

4 special order 7 [?], headquarters, 5th army corps, 13 [?] February 1865

5 letter, Donnell to Farnsworth, 3 February 1865

6 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 22 May 2004 (Robert T Earnest)

7 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 775, page 3 (image 2474 on Ancestry) (Robert G Earnest)

8 1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory (Robert T Earnest)

9 pension index, by name (Robert T Earnest)

10 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 30 October 1864 (not named, but no one absent on leave in company E)

11 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 17 October 1864 (Privt Earnest)

12 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 16 May 1904 (Robert T Earnest)

13 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 8, microfilm series M653, film 1158,l page 76 = 76 handwritten (Robt T Earnest)

14 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, district 84, microfilm series M593, film 1413, page 178 = 56 handwritten (Robt Earnest)

15 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 26, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 552, microfilm series T9, film 1185, page 536 = 10 B handwritten (Thomas R Earnest)

16 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 29, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 740, microfilm series T623, film 1471, page 234 = 1 A handwritten (Thomas R Earnest)

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

18 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Robert T Earnest)

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 8, microfilm series M653, film 1158,l page 76 = 76 handwritten]
line121314
Dwelling number461  
Family number556  
NameRobt T. EarnestFanny "John "
Age26254/12
Sexmfm
Color   
OccupationStamper  
Value of real estate owned   
Value of personal estate300  
Place of birth" [sc. Penna]DelawarePenna
Married within year   
Attended school within year   
Cannot read & write   
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.   

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, district 84, microfilm series M593, film 1413, page 178 = 56 handwritten]
line9101112
Dwelling-house number113   
Family number128   
NameEarnest Robt- Fannie- John D.Richards Sarah
Age36351024
SexMFMF
ColorWWWW
OccupationLaborerKeep houseAt SchoolBonnet Trimmer
Real estate value    
Personal estate value$125   
BirthplacePennDelawarePennDelaware
Father foreign born    
Mother foreign born    
Birth month if born within year    
Marriage month if married within year    
Attended school past year  1 
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, ward 26, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 552, microfilm series T9, film 1185, page 536 = 10 B handwritten]
[While his name doesn't quite match, and his wife's birthplace doesn't match, his living with his sister-in-law Sallie Richards (cf. the 1870 census above) convinces me that this is Robert Earnest. Note also that his occupation matches Robert Earnest's in 1890]
line3031323334
street nameSouth [13th Street]
house number[illegible; perhaps '1433'?]    
dwelling visit #63    
family visit #74    
nameEarnest Thomas R- Frances- JohnRichards Sallie Millett Eliza
colorWWWWMu
sexMFMFF
age4544203134
month born if born in year     
relationship WifeSonSister in lawServant
single  111
married11   
widowed/divorced     
married during year     
occupationGofferingKeeping HouseWorks in Shirt StoreGofferingServant
months unemployed     
currently ill?     
blind     
deaf/dumb     
idiotic     
insane     
disabled     
school this year     
can't read     
can't write     
birthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaN. Carolina
father's birthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaN. Carolina
mother's birthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaN. Carolina

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 775, page 3 (image 2474 on Ancestry)]
[line] 38
[house] 167
[family] 170
[name] Earnest Robert G
[rank] Pvt
[company] E
[unit] 91 Pa Inf
[enlistment date] 2 Feby 1864
[discharge date] 10 July 1865
[length of service] 1 year, 5 months, 8 days
[post office address] 1818 Bucknell [?] St Phila Pa
[disability incurred]
[remarks] Note on side [illegible] of muster out Roll says no discharge given Now given by Authority [illegible] War Dept June 29 /65

1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory

[searched transcription on Ancestry, March 2005]
Robert T Earnest, goffer, h 1818 Bucknell

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 29, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 740, microfilm series T623, film 1471, page 234 = 1 A handwritten]
[see the 1880 census transcription above for the evidence that this is Robert Earnest]
line1234
street[Oxford Street]
[the street name does not appear on this sheet]
house number2311   
dwelling number1   
family number1   
nameErnst Thomas R.- Francis H [ ?]Phillips Charles A.- Sallie C.
relationshipHeadWifeBro-in-LawSister-in-Law
colorWWWW
sexMFMF
birth dateMch. 1837Oct. 1837Aug 1845Aug 1847
age63625452
married?MMMM
# years married404011
mother of how many children? 2 0
# of children living 1 0
birthplacePennsyvlaniaDeleware [sic]MarylandDeleware [sic]
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaDeleware [sic]EnglandDeleware [sic]
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaDeleware [sic]MarylandDeleware [sic]
immigration year    
# years in USA    
naturalized citizen?    
occupationPhotographer Bookkeeper 
# months not employed0 0 
# months in school    
can readYesYesYesYes
can writeYesYesYesYes
speaks EnglishYesYesYesYes
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 3 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Ernest Robert F
Co. E, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Earnest Robert T

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 30 March 2014]

Earnest Robert T
Co. E, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 16 May 1904, Robert T Earnest]
[source: www.familysearch.org (viewed 2 November 2008)]

RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA
13675 [?]
Physician's Certificate.
1. Full Name of Deceased, Robert T Earnest
1. Color, White
3. Sex, Male
4. Widower
5. Age Years 72 months 1 days 25
6. Date of Death Year 1904 Month May Day 16
7. Cause of Death, Chief Inanition
Contributing Chronic Alcoholic Gastritis
Wm McKeage M.D.
Residence, 3131 No Broad St.
Undertaker's Certificate.
8. Occupation, retired
9. Place of Birth, Philadelphia
10. Birthplace of Father, Philadelphia
11. Birthplace of Mother, Philadelphia
12. When a Minor, Name of Father, David Earnest
Name of Mother, Eliser [?] Earnest
13. Last place of Residence, (This need only be given when the deceased resided out of the city.) 1443 Indiana ave
14. Place of Death, Street and No. 1443 Indiana ave
15. Ward, wherein death occurred [blank]
16. Buried from, Street and No. 1443 Indiana ave
17. Date of Burial, May [?] 19 1904
18. Place of Burial, Chelton hill
Harry A Bear Undertaker
Residence, 2521 Oxford St.

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