James Forsythe

James Forsythe

Before the war

He was born in 1847/48 (2 (16 in 1864), 4 [19], 6 [38 in 1891 when he died], 9 [23 in 1870], 10 [43 at death in 1891]). (He was 16 years old when he enlisted.) He was born in Tyrone, Ireland (4, 9, 10).

When he enlisted, he was a butcher (4).

Description

When he was enlisted, he was 5 feet 6 inches tall, and had a light complexion, gray eyes, and dark hair (4).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 27 February 1864 (1, 5). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Lieutenant Gregory (4). He was a private in company D (1, 4, 5, 12, 13).

His descriptive list was sent to the surgeon in charge of Carver Hospital, in Washington, DC (4).

He was discharged on 24 June 1865 by general order (1, 5). He was a private, in company D (12, 13).

After the war

In 1870, he was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (9). He was a butcher (9). He was living with his wife Mary, presumed children Francis and Mary, and Thomas, Susan, and Margaret Still (9).

In 1890, he was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (5).

On 7 July 1890, he applied unsuccessfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (3, 11).

He was killed in the line of duty as a fireman in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 16 October 1891 (2, 10). He died of injuried accidentally received (10). He was thrown from fire engine #11 at Eleventh and Spruce Street, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and died the same day in Pennsylvania Hospital (6, 8). (He was a driver (7).) He was living at 1049 OR 1040 Dorrance Street, Philadelphia (6, 8, 10). He left behind his wife and nine children--five less than 16 years old (7). He was a member of the Fireman's Pension Fund, which was going to have trouble meeting their obligation to the family of $37.50 per month.

His funeral was held on 20 October 1891, and was attended by firefighters, including all the members of Engine 11, the insurance patrol, post 46 of the GAR, and survivors of the 91st Pennsylvania (8, 10). The services were held at St Charles' Church, at 12th and Christian Streets (8). He was buried at Cathedral Cemetery (10).

On 28 October 1891, his widow, Mary Forsythe, applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (3, 11).

Researcher

If you're interested in James Forsythe, contact Paul Graham at justtherighttouch@rcn.com. Another researcher is James Forsythe at JFors42528@aol.com, but I've been told that this address is no longer working. (Jim--please send me a current address!)

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 e-mail, from Jim Forsythe, 1 January 2001

3 pension index, by name

4 company D, second descriptive roll, entry 30 (James Forsythe)

5 1890 United States census, veterans schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 713, page 2 (image 2291 on <www.ancestry.com>) (James Forsythe)

6 'Forsythe's Death Accidental'. Philadelphia Inquirer, 20 October 1891, page 5 (James Forsythe)

7 'Forsythe's dependent family'. Philadelphia Inquirer, 18 October 1891, page 7 (James Forsythe)

8 'Driver Forsythe buried'. Philadelphia Inquirer, 21 October 1891, page 7 (James Forsythe)

9 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, microfilm series M593, film 1414, page 345 = 8 handwritten (James Forsyth)

10 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 16 October 1891, number 7866 (James Forsythe)

11 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company D (James Forsyth)

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

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

Rootsweb WorldConnect
accessed June 2007

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, microfilm series M593, film 1414, page 345 = 8 handwritten]
line15161718192021
Dwelling-house number59      
Family number60      
NameForsyth JamesMaryFrancisMaryStill [?] ThomasSusanMargret
Age232139/12596880
SexMFMFMFF
ColorWWWWWWW
OccupationButcherKeeping house  SalesmanKeeping house 
Real estate value       
Personal estate value       
BirthplaceIrelandPen""Ireland""
Father foreign born1 11111
Mother foreign born1   111
Birth month if born within year   Sep   
Marriage month if married within year       
Attended school past year       
Can't read     11
Can't write     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 ...       

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 United States census, veterans schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia (30th ward, 8th division), supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 713, page 2 (image 2291 on <www.ancestry.com>)]
[line] 20
[house] 95
[family] 104
[name] James Forsythe
[rank] Private
[company] D
[unit] 91 Pa Vol
[enlistment date] Feb 27 1864
[discharge date] Ju 24 1865
[length of service] 1 year, 3 months, 0 days
[post office address] [blank]
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory

[I could not identify him in the transcription on <www.ancestry.com>, March 2005]

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]


Forsyth, James.
Co. D, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 13 April 2014]

Foresyth, James.
Co. D, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Forsyth, James.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death certificate

[source: death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 16 October 1891, number 7866, James Forsythe]
[available at www.familysearch.org (viewed 24 Oct 2008)]


RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA
CORONER'S CERTIFICATE.
7866
1. Name of deceased, James Forsythe
2. Color, white
3. Sex, male
4. Age, 43 years
5. Married
6. Date of Death, Oct 16, 1891
7. Cause of Death, Injuries acc recd
Saml Ashbridge, Coroner.
per Donal
UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, Fireman
9. Place of Birth, Ireland
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 30th Ward
12. Street and Number, No 1049 Dorrence St [could be 1047]
13. Date of Burial, Oct 20th 1891
14. Place of Burial, Cathedral Cemetery
James F. ONeil Undertaker.
Residence, 1326 Catharine St.

newspaper articles about his death

[Philadelphia Inquirer, 20 October 1891, page 5]
Forsythe's Death Accidental.

A verdict of accidental death was rendered by the Coroner's jury yesterday in the case of James Forsythe, aged 38 years, of 1049 [sic] Dorrance street, who died in the Pennsylvania Hospital on Friday last from injuries received the same day by being thrown from a fire engine at Eleventh and Spruce streets..


[Philadelphia Inquirer, 18 October 1891, page 7]
FORSYTHE'S DEPENDENT FAMILY.
The Charitable May Help Those Left by the Fireman.

A wife and nine children, five of whom are under 16 years of age, survive Driver James Forsythe, of Engine Company No. 11, who received fatal injuries while going to a fire on Friday. Forsythe was a member of the Fireman's Pension Fund which will be called upon to pay $37.50 each month for the maintenance of the family until the children are old enough to support themselves. The endowment fund of the association only amounts to about $13,000, and the payment of the monthly allowance will be quite a strain.

In speaking of the matter yesterday Director Beitler said the Fireman's Association was not as thriving as that of the police, while the number of deaths in proportion to the membership was much greater. The public, he thought, had not given the same substantial aid to the firemen as it had given to the police.


[Philadelphia Inquirer, 21 October 1891, page 7]
DRIVER FORSYTHE BURIED.
Companions in the Military and Fire Service Attend the Funeral.

James Forsythe, who was killed by being thrown from engine No. 11, of the Fire Department, was buried yesterday from his late residence, 1040 [sic] Dorrance street. The funeral was attended by delegates from the different companies, the insurance patrol, Post 46, G. A. R., and survivors of the Ninety-first Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. All the members of Engine No. 11 were present.

The body was incased in a black cloth-covered casket, with silver handles and mountings. Among the floral offerings was a large design of white and yellow roses, with a fireman's hat at the base, inscribed "112, 11, P.F.D." A maltese cross surmounted the base, on which was the dead fireman's official number "112." Services were held at St. Charles', Twentieth and Christian.


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