91st PA: David Fordsman (or Fordman)

David Fordsman (or Fordman)

Before the war

He was born on 10 October 1835, in Milton, [Northumberland County,] Pennsylvania. [sources: date: 12; 3 (27 in 1861), 7 (35 in 1870), 8 (24 in 1860), 9 (45 in 1880). place: 3, 7, 8, 9]

He married Elisa [unknown family name]. She was born on 27 February 1837, in Pennsylvania. In 1900, she had had 13 [?] children, 9 [?] of whom were alive. In 1910, she had had twelve children, six of whom were alive. Their children seem to include these:

[sources: 6, 12, 13]

In 1860, he was living in Delaware Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Eliza and children Susanna and Sarah. He was a farm hand. [source: 8]

When he enlisted, he was a farmer. [source: 3]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 8 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, gray eyes, and dark hair. [source: 3]

During the war

He was enlisted and mustered into service on 27 November 1861. He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Captain Gilbert. He was a private in company F. [sources: 1 (27 Nov), 3 (12 Nov), 4 (12 Nov), 15]

He was discharged at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on 22 September 1862, or possibly 2 September 1862, on surgeon's certificate of disability. He was a private, in company F. [sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 15]

In June 1863, he seems to have registered for the draft (but his former military service was not listed). If so, he was a farmer, living in Turbot Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. [source: 14]

After the war

In 1870, he was living in McEwensville Borough, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Eliza, and children Susannah, Sarah, George, and Irvin. He was a laborer. His wife, Eliza, owned real estate worth $500 and personal property worth $100. [source: 7]

In 1880, he was living in South Ward, Lewisburg, Union County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Eliza, and children Susannah, Edward, Harry, and Bill. He was a laborer, and had been out of work for ten months in the previous year. [source: 9]

On 5 August 1881, he applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension. [sources: 5, 10]

On 12 August 1887, he died. He was buried in Watsontown Cemetery, Watsontown, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. [sources: 11, 12]

On 2 September 1887, his widow, Eliza Fordsman, applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension. [sources: 5, 10]

In 1890, his widow, Elisa Fordsman, was living in Watsontown, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. [source: 4]

In 1900, his widow, Elisa Fordman, was living in Watsontown Borough, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. She was living with her son Reuben. [source: 6]

In 1910, his widow, Liza Fordsman, was living on Ash Street, ward 2, Watsontown Borough, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. She was living with her son Elwood and his family. [source: 13]

On 4 April 1918, his wife, Eliza Fordsman, died. She was buried in the Watsontown Cemetery with her husband. [source: 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) (David M Fordman)

2 company F, register of men discharged (David H Fordsman)

3 company F, descriptive roll, #80 (David Fordsman)

4 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Northumberland County, Watsontown, supervisor's district 4, enumeration district 162, page 8 (David Fordsman)

5 pension index, by name (David H [?] Fordsman)

6 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Northumberland County, Watsontown Borough, ward 2, supervisor's district 12 [?], enumeration district 165, microfilm series T623, film 1450, page 270 = 10 B handwritten (Elisa Fordsman)

7 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Northumberland County, McEwensville Borough (post office Watsontown), microfilm series M593, film 1384, page 176 = 9 handwritten (David Foresman)

8 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Northumberland County, Delaware Township (post office McEwensville), microfilm series M653, film 1149, page 194 = 88 handwritten (David Foresman)

9 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Union County, Lewisburg, South Ward, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 161, microfilm series T9, film 1197, page 520 = 22 B handwritten (David Foresman)

10 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company F (David W Fordsman)

11 Pennsylvania veterans burial records, available on Ancestry (transcribed 4 December 2010) (David W Fordsman)

12 Kathie Wertman, 1 February 2012, post on MyWatsontown.com (message #72) (David W Fordsman 10 Oct 1835 to 12 August 1887; Eliza Fordsman 27 Feb 1837 to 4 April 1918; both buried in Watsontown Cem; identification confirmed by reference to his service in the 91st) (accessed 12 June 12) (David W Fordsman)

13 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Northumberland County, Watsontown Borough, ward 2, supervisor's district 12, enumeration district 124, microfilm series T624, film 1384, pages 310 = 10 A to 310 = to 10 B handwritten (Liza Fordsman)

14 Consolidated lists of Civil War draft registrations, 1863-1865, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 110 (D H Fordsman)

15 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (David W Fordsman)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1850 US census
searched FamilySearch and Ancestry indices (12 June 2012)
a David W Fordsman was living in Lewis Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, but he was 38 years old, and apparently married to Margaret (37), with apparent children Hammond (16), Robert (13), Seth (13), Mary A (10), James (7), Eliza (5), Hamidah (3), and Sarah (0) [see microfilm series M432, film 804, page 35 recto = 69 handwritten]. Perhaps Hammond Fordsman later used the name 'David'. I have not found Hammond in the 1860 census (Margaret is at microfilm series M653, film 1135, page 626, in Pittston, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania)
a David Fairman, 14, born PA, was living in Washington Township, Indiana County, Pennsylvania (with Ann Fairman (47) et al.) (page 215 verso = 430 handwritten)
1920 US census
HeritageQuest index (accessed January 2008)
FamilySearch index (accessed 12 June 2012)
1930 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 12 June 2012)
RootsWeb WorldConnect
accessed January 2008, 12 June 2012
Find a grave
accessed 4 October 2010
accessed 12 June 2012 (checked cemetery also)
applications ofr headstones for military veterans, 1925-1941
FamilySearch index (accessed 12 June 2012)
Records of headstones of deceased Union veterans, 1879-1903
FamilySearch index (accessed 12 June 2012)

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David Fordsman in the 91st PA gedcom on RootsWeb WorldConnect

David M Fordsman in the 91st PA database

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Northumberland County, Delaware Township (post office McEwensville), microfilm series M653, film 1149, page 194 = 88 handwritten]
[identification is likely, given the absence of other candidates, the location, and his apparent spouse's name (see e.g. the 1890 veterans schedule transcribed below)]
line18192021
Dwelling number630   
Family number616   
NameDavid Foresman [sic]Eliza doSusanna doSarah A do
Age242431
SexMFFF
Color    
OccupationFarm hand   
Value of real estate owned    
Value of personal estate    
Place of birthdo [sc. Pennsylvania]dododo
Married within year    
Attended school within year    
Cannot read & write    
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.    

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Northumberland County, McEwensville Borough (post office Watsontown), microfilm series M593, film 1384, page 176 = 9 handwritten]
[identification is likely; this is pretty clearly the same family as in the 1860 census entry transcribed above]
line8910111213
Dwelling-house number70     
Family number74     
NameForesman David- Eliza- Susannah- Sarah A- George- Irvin
Age3536121153
SexMFFFMM
ColorWWWWWW
OccupationLaborerKeeping HouseAt homeAt homeAt homeAt home
Real estate value 500    
Personal estate value 100    
BirthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
Father foreign born      
Mother foreign born      
Birth month if born within year      
Marriage month if married within year      
Attended school past year  111 
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, Union County, Lewisburg, South Ward, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 161, microfilm series T9, film 1197, page 520 = 22 B handwritten]
[identification is likely; this seems to be the same family as in the 1870 census entry transcribed above]
line444546474849
street name      
house number      
dwelling visit #214     
family visit #222     
nameForesman David- Eliza- Susannah- Edward- Harry- Bill [sic]
colorWWWWWW
sexMFFMMF [sic]
age4545211295
month born if born in year      
relationship WifeDaughterSonSonDaughter [sic]
single  1111
married11    
widowed/divorced      
married during year      
occupationLaborerKeeping houseWorks in Woolen FactoryAt SchoolAt School 
months unemployed10 2   
currently ill?      
blind      
deaf/dumb      
idiotic      
insane      
disabled      
school this year   11 
can't read      
can't write      
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPenna
mother's birthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPenna

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Northumberland County, Watsontown, supervisor's district 4, enumeration district 162, page 8]
[identification is confirmed by reference to his service]

[line] 41
[house] [blank]
[family] 379
[name] Fordsman Eliza widow of Fordsman David
[rank] Private
[company] F [?]
[unit] 91 Penn inf
[enlistment date] 12 Nov 1861
[discharge date] 22 Sep 1862
[length of service] [blank] years, 10 months, 10 days
[post office address] Elisa Fordsman widow David Fordsman Watsontown
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Northumberland County, Watsontown Borough, ward 2, supervisor's district 12 [?], enumeration district 165, microfilm series T623, film 1450, page 270 = 10 B handwritten]
[This page is very light and very hard to read]
[identification is probable, given the 1890 veterans schedule transcribed above, and the pension index by name card (entry 5 above)]
line6465
street  
house number  
dwelling number254 
family number259 
nameFordsman [?] Reuben [?]Elisa [?]
relationshipHeadMother
colorWW
sexMF
birth date[illegible][illegible]
age[illegible][illegible]
married?[illegible][illegible]
# years married[illegible][illegible]
mother of how many children? 13 [?]
# of children living 9 [?]
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigration year  
# years in USA  
naturalized citizen?  
occupationLaborer shoe factory 
# months not employed0 
# months in school  
can readyesyes
can writeyesyes
speaks Englishyesyes
owned/rentedR 
free or mortgaged  
farm/houseH 
# of farm schedule  

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Northumberland County, Watsontown Borough, ward 2, supervisor's district 12, enumeration district 124, microfilm series T624, film 1384, pages 310 = 10 A to 310 = to 10 B handwritten]
[identification is probable, given the 1890 veterans schedule transcribed above, and the pension index by name card (entry 5 above)]
line50515253
streetAsh Street   
house nr    
dwelling nr197   
family nr198   
nameFordsman, ElwoodFordsman, Mary A- Jennie E- Liza
relationshipHeadWifeDaughterMother
sexMFFF
colorWWWW
age2827274
marital statusM1M1SW
#years present marriage77  
mother of # children 2 12
mother of # living children 1 6
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigrated    
naturalized/alien    
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglish English
occupationBrakemanSeamstressNoneNone
nature of industry etc.Rail RoadAt Home  
employer etc.WOA  
out of work 15 Apr 1910?No   
# weeks out of work 19090   
can readyesyes yes
can writeyesyes yes
school since 1 Sep 09    
owned/rentedO   
owned free or mortagagedF [?]   
farm/houseH   
nr on farm schedule    
civil war vet    
blind    
deaf & dumb    

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 13 Apr 2014, from Fold3]


Fordsman, David W.
Co. F, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

Draft registration record

[Consolidated lists of Civil War draft registrations, 1863-1865, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 110]
[transcribed from Ancestry, Pennsylvania, 14th Congressional District, volume 1 of 7, class 1, A-K, image 334 of 611, 12 June 2012]
SCHEDULE I.--CONSOLIDATED LIST of all persons of CLASS I, subject to do military duty in the Fourteenth Congressional District, consisting of the Counties of Dauphin, Snyder, Juniata, Union and Northumberland State of Pennsylvania, enumerated during the month of June 1863, under direction of Jno. Kay Clement, Provost Marshal.
RESIDENCE." [sc. Turbot Township]
NAME.20 Fordsman D. H.
AGE 1st July, 1863.29
WHITE OR COLORED." [sc. White]
PROFESSION, OCCUPATION, OR TRADE." [sc. Farmer]
MARRIED OR UNMARRIED.Mar.
PLACE OF BIRTH." [sc. Pennsylvania]
FORMER MILITARY SERVICE.[blank]
REMARKS.[blank]

Pennsylvania veterans burial record

[Pennsylvania veterans burial records, available on Ancestry (transcribed 4 December 2010)]

RECORD OF BURIAL PLACE OF VETERAN
Northumberland County
NAME FORDSMAN, David W
DATE OF BIRTH [blank]
DATE OF DEATH [blank]
VETERAN OF Civil WAR
SERVED IN ARMY
DATES OF SERVICE 1861 to 1862
ORGANIZATION(S) Co. F. 91st. Reg. P.V.
RANK Priv.
CEMETERY NAME Watsontown
[CEMETERY] LOCATION Watsontown, Pa.
LOCATION OF GRAVE IN CEMETERY SECTION Block 14 LOT 13
HEADSTONE Marble
INFORMATION GIVEN BY Cem. Board
DATE 1-8-34
REMARKS F.

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