91st PA: Robert Ellingsworth

Robert Ellingsworth

Before the war

He was born in Essex County, Delaware, in 1810/20. [sources: date: 3 (46 in 1863), 11 (45 in 1864), 13 (44 in 1863), 14 (43 in 1861), 18 (39 in 1850), 21 (45 in 1864). place: 3, 13, 18 (PA)]

On 6 October 1833, he married Rebecca Betterton, apparently in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was born in 1811/12, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They had six living children in 1864, one of whom was less than 16 years old, including:

[sources: 18, 23, 24 (77 in 1889)]

In 1850, he was living in West Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a laborer. He was living with his wife Rebecca, and with their children Mary Ann and Robert. [source: 18]

When he enlisted, he was a butcher, and was living in Philadelphia when he was enrolled. [3, 13, 14]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 6-3/4 inches tall, had a dark complexion, brown eyes, and dark hair. [sources: 3, 13 (5'7"), 14 (5'7", dark complexion, dark eyes, brown hair)]

During the war

He was mustered into service for three years as a private in company E on 20 August 1861, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (The muster roll was dated 9 September 1861, but he was mustered in as of 20 August 1861.) [sources: 1, 13, 14, 25, 26]

The 31 October 1861 and 31 December 1861 muster roll do not state whether he was present or absent. [source: 13]

He was present on the March/April 1862 muster roll. He was present on the May/June 1862 muster roll. He was present on the special muster roll for 18 August 1862. He was present on the muster roll for July/August 1862. [source: 13]

He was absent on the September/October 1862 muster roll, having been detailed as brigade butcher on 15 September 1862. He was present on the November/December 1862 muster roll, as the brigade butcher. [source: 13]

He was present on the 1 November 1862 to 28 February 1863 muster roll (but the remark says "Connected to Dunton"). [source: 13]

On 2 March 1863, he returned to the regiment, from being brigade butcher. [source: 9]

On 11 April 1863, he returned to the regiment from the Ambulance Corps. [source: 10]

He was present on the special muster roll for 10 April 1863 (with the same remark). He was present on the 28 February to 10 May 1863 muster roll, and on the May/June 1863 muster roll. [source: 13]

He fought at the battle of Gettysburg. [source: 5]

He was present on the July/August 1863 muster roll. [source: 13]

He was detailed to serve in the ambulance corps on 3 September 1863. [sources: 6, 7]

He was present on the September/October 1863 muster roll. [source: 13]

He was mustered out on 25 December 1863 (for reenlistment). He had been paid through 31 October 1863, and was owed $100, along with 45 for clothing not drawn in kind. [source: 13]

He re-enlisted for three years, as a veteran volunteer on 24 December 1863, at Bealton, Virginia. He was enlisted by Lieutenant Carpenter and was mustered into service by Lieutenant Swann (this may relate to his original enlistment). He was present on the November/December 1863 muster roll, and had received one months pay in advance. [sources: 1, 3, 13, 14 (26 Dec), 23 (enrolled 22 Dec, mustered 26 Dec)]

He was present on the January/February 1864 muster roll. He had received one month's pay--$13--in advance. He was present on the March/April 1864 muster roll, and had received $60 of his reenlistment bounty and was due $50. [source: 13]

On 15 April 1864, Lieutenant Colonel Sinex recommended him for a detail, in compliance with general order 18 (8 April 1864) from the Army Headquarters. He does not say what the detail was for. [source: 8]

He was wounded by a Minie ball in his left thigh while charging the enemy works at Petersburg, Virginia, on 23 June 1864. He was absent, wounded, on the May/June and July/August 1864 muster roll. He was then due both the second and third installments of his reenlistment bounty ($100). He was treated by tonics and water dressings [?]. [sources: 4, 13 (18 June), 23]

He died on 22 September 1864, of those wounds, in the US General Hospital, Broad and Cherry Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He died of "exhaustion after g[un] s[hot] wound" of the left thigh. (The company muster-out roll has him killed in action on 22 December 1864.) He was a private, in company E. He had been paid through 26 December 1863, and was due pay from then to his death. His wife, who lived at the corner of 12th and Monroe in Philadelphia, received these effects: 2 caps, 1 dress coat, 1 jacket, 1 pair of pants, 1 pair of shoes, and 61 cents from his pocketbook. [1, 2, 11, 13 (some records have 22 Sep, some have 4 Sep; the most reliable seem to have 22 Sep), 14 (22 Sep), 15 (no date), 16 (no date), 21, 22, 23, 25, 26]

He was buried on 27 September 1864 in the Union Methodist Episcopal Church Burial Ground, at South 10th Street, near Washington Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (The remains from that cemetery have been moved to Arlington Cemetery, Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, which does not have a record of his burial.) He was buried from 725 Federal Street, the residence of Samuel Crap [?], his father in law. [sources: 11, 12, 21]

On 26 January 1865, company E published resolutions mourning his death (and fifteen others), and sympathizing with their families. [source: 17]

After the war

On 5 October 1864, his widow, Rebecca Ellingsworth, applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension, under the Act of 14 July 1862. Her post office address was 1944 Amber Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her application was accepted on 1 February 1865, and she received $8 per month retroactive to 22 September 1864. [sources: 4, 20, 23]

In 1870, his widow, Rebecca Ellingsworth, was living in the 1st ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She owned $1,000 of real estate. She was living with Robert, Samuel, William, and Thomas (presumably their children). [source: 19]

On 21 December 1875, the Pension Office instructed the Philadelphia Pension Agency to suspend payment. This is presumably because her attorney, Joseph E Devitt & Company, had executed documents illegally, swearing people in their office and then taking the documents to court to be executed as though the people had appeared personally at the court. On 24 January 1876, the Pension Office instructed the Pension Agency to resume payment. [source: 23]

On 21 May 1877, her pension was transferred from Philadelphia to San Francisco, effective 4 March 1877. On 4 April 1879, her pension was transferred back to Philadlephia from San Francisco. [source: 23]

On 9 December 1889, Rebecca Ellingsworth died, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She died at 1832 Gerhard Street. She died of cardiac disease--mitral regurgitation. On 13 December 1889, she was buried in Philanthropic Vault. [sources: 24]

Researcher

Contact Gay Raab at gayr1@optonline.net.

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) (killed in action)

2 list of deaths, company E

3 descriptive roll, company E, entry 33 (Robert Ellingsworth)

4 Veterans' administration. Pension index, by name. (Searched 17 Jan 2001, at <www.ancestry.com>.) (Robert Ellingsworth)

5 Pennsylvania Memorial, 91st Pennsylvania plaque, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (R Ellingsworth)

6 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 3 September 1863

7 special order 70, HQ 91st PA, 3 September 1863

8 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 15 April 1864

9 compiled morning report, 91st PA, 2 March 1863 (Rob't Ellingsworth)

10 consolidated morning report, 11 April 1863 (Private Ellingsworth)

11 Philadelphia death register, reel 4, file 2, book 1864, July, page 322 (thanks to Gay Raab for the transcription!) (Robert Ellingsworth)

12 e-mail, Gay Raab

13 compiled military service record, Robert Ellingsworth (thanks to Gay Raab for the transcription!)

14 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 6 May 2004 (Robert Ellingsworth)

15 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 25 September 1864 (Private Ellingsworth)

16 'Deaths of soldiers', 23 September 1864 Philadelphia Inquirer p.2 (Robert Ellisworth)

17 'Headquarters company E', Philadelphia Inquirer 26 January 1865 page 5 (Robert Ellingsworth)

18 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, West Philadelphia, microfilm series M432, film 823, page 511 (Robert Elingsworth)

19 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1st ward, microfilm series M593, film 1387, page 368 = 50 handwritten (Rebecca Ellingsworth)

20 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company E (Robert Ellingsworth)

21 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 22 September 1864 (Robert Ellingsworth)

22 death notice, Public Ledger 26 September 1864 page 2 (Robt Ellingsworth)

23 widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, widow's certificate 40,166 (Rebecca Betterton widow of Robert Ellingsworth)

24 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 9 December 1889 (Rebecca Ellingsworth)

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

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1860 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry indices (accessed 3 November 2012)
A Robert Ellingsworth (23, b. PA, salesman) was living in Media Borough, Delaware County, Pennsylvania with Geo Dunn (master blacksmith) et al. (microfilm series M653, film 1105, page 439 = 76 handwritten (FamilySearch))
A Mary (11, b. PA) and Robt (22, b. PA, trunk maker) Ellingsworth were living in the eastern division, ward 16, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with Wm Kirk (32, policeman, b. PA) (microfilm series M653, film 1166, page 125 = 127 FamilySearch)
1880 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry indices (accessed 3 November 2012)
1890 US census, veterans schedule
Ancestry index (accessed May 2007)
1900 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry indices (accessed 3 November 2012)
1910 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry indices (accessed 3 November 2012)
1920 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry indices (accessed 3 November 2012)
1930 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry indices (accessed 3 November 2012)
RootsWeb WorldConnect
searched Robert Ellingsworth (metaphone) married Rebecca; Robert Ellingsworth (metaphone) died 1864; Robert Ellingsworth (metaphone) born 1810 +/- 10 (a Robert Ellingsworth was born ca 1814 to Stephen Ellingsworth and Sarah Verden; no other information was listed)
records of headstones of deceased Union veterans, 1879-1903
FamilySearch index (accessed 3 November 2012)
applications for headstones for military veterans, 1925-1941
FamilySearch index (accessed 3 November 2012)
Pennsylvania veterans burial cards, 1777-1999
Ancestry index (accessed 3 November 2012)
National Cemetery interment control cards, 1928-1962
Ancestry index (accessed 3 November 2012)

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Robert Ellingsworth in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, West Philadelphia, microfilm series M432, film 823, page 511]
line28293031
Dwellings visited150   
Families visited167   
NameRobert ElingsworthRebecca "Mary Ann "Robert "
Age39381513
SexMFM [sic]M
Color    
Occupation of males over 15 yearsLabourer   
Real estate owned    
Birthplace" [Pa]"""
Married within year    
Attended school within year    
Over 20 & can't read/write    
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.    

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1st ward, microfilm series M593, film 1387, page 368 = 50 handwritten]
line1920212223
Dwelling-house number457    
Family number419    
NameEllingsworth Rebecca- Robert- Samuel- William- Thomas
Age5532272320
SexFMMMM
ColorWWWWW
OccupationKeeping HouseLaborerLaborerLaborerLaborer
Real estate value1000    
Personal estate value     
BirthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
Father foreign born     
Mother foreign born     
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 old 111 
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...     

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 1 Apr 2014, from Fold3]


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

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 1 April 2014]

Ellingworth Robert
Co. E, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Ellingsworth Robert

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death notice

['Deaths of soldiers', 23 September 1864 Philadelphia Inquirer p.2]

DEATHS OF SOLDIERS.--The following deaths were reported yesterday at the Medical Director's office, in this city:-- Broad and Cherry streets--ROBERT ELLISWORTH, Co. E, 91st Pa. Vols. [etc.]

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 22 September 1864, Robert Ellingsworth]
[thanks to Ed McLaughlin for finding this!]

RETURN OF A DEATH,
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
SOLDIERS CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, Robert Ellingsworth
2. Colour, White
3. Sex, Male
4. Age, 45
5. Married
6. Date of Death September 22 1864
7. Cause of Death G.S. Flesh wound of left thigh
F. H. Getchek [??] M.D.
[blank] Hospital.
UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
SOLDIERS CERTIFICATE.
8. Occupation, Soldier
9. Place of Birth, America
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 10th Ward
12. Street and Number, Broad + Cherry Sts
13. Date of Burial September 27 1864
14. Place of Burial, M. E. Union
L + H Bowen Undertaker.
Residence, 815 S 2nd St
[handwritten note at bottom:] L. 7 28 South $12.00

death notice

[death notice, Public Ledger 26 September 1864 page 2, Robt Ellingsworth]

ELLINGSORTH--On the [several illegible words] Hospital, Broad and Cherry sts., ROBT ELLINGSWORTH, company E, 91st Regiment P.V., in his [illegible] year

His relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral, on Tuesday afternoon [illegible words], from the residence of his father-in-law [?] Samuel Crap [?], 725 [?] Federal street.

widow's pension certificate file

[widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, widow's certificate 40,166, Rebecca Betterton widow of Robert Ellingsworth]
[abstracted from 13 pages on Fold3, November 2012]
6 October 1833
married Rebecca Betterton (pp.4, 9)
record held in Third Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia (p.9)
six children living in 1864, 1 child under 16: Thomas Yarnall Ellingsworth, born 17 January 1855 (p.4)
20 August 1861
Robert Ellingsworth mustered in to E 91 PA (p.7)
26 Dec 1863
enrolled 22 Dec 1863 at Bealton VA (p.8)
mustered at Bealton VA as private, veteran (p.8)
22 Sep 1864
died at Philadelphia PA (US Army Hospital, Broad and Cherry Streets) of wounds received in action 18 June 1864 (pp.4, 8)
5 Oct 1864
Rebecca Ellingsworth, 53 years old, widow of Robert Ellingsworth (C 91 PA) applied for a pension under the act of 14 July 1862 (p.4)
her post office address: 1944 Amber St, Philadelphia PA (p.4)
dated 3 October 1864 (p.4)
application 67,628 (pp.8, 13)
attorney Jos E Devitt Philadelphia PA (p.4)
witnesses Sarah Crap and Mary Ann Crap both residents of Philadelphia (p.5)
accepted 1 Feb 1865, for $8 per month retroactive to 22 September 1864 (pp.3, 11)
certificate 40,166 dated 3 February 1865 (pp.11, 13)
19 Jan 1865
the Adjutant General's Office sent the Pension Office the above-summarized information (p.8; see p.13 for the request)
21 Dec 1875
the Pension Office instructed the Pension Agency to suspend payment (p.12)
24 Jan 1876
the Pension Office instructed the Pension Agency to resume payment (p.12)
21 May 1877
Rebecca's pension was transferred from Philadelphia to San Francisco, effective 4 March 1877; she was received $8 per month (p.12)
4 Apr 1879
Rebecca's pension was transferred from San Francisco to Philadelphia (p.12)

death certificate, Rebecca Ellingsworth

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 9 December 1889, Rebecca Ellingsworth]
[transcribed 3 November 2012, from FamilySearch]

RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, Rebecca Ellingsworth.
2. Color, White.
3. Sex, - [sic]
4. Age, 77 years
5. Widow
6. Date of Death, December 9th 1889
7. Cause of Death Cardiac diseas [sic] Mitral Regurgitation
A. W. Ransley M.D.
Residence 1220 So 10" St
UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation
9. Place of Birth, Phila
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 1st
12. Street and Number 1832 Gerhard St
13. Date of Burial, December 13 /89
14. Place of Burial, Philanthropic Vault
E Bowen + Son Undertaker
Residence 1026 S 2" St

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