91st PA: Penrose Forsythe

Penrose Forsythe

Name

In 1890 and 1900, he was going by the name 'Penrose F Thomas', but in 1870 and 1880 he was going by 'Penrose Forsyth'. His death certificate records two names: 'Thomas Penrose Forsyth' and 'Penrose F Thomas'. [sources: 14, 15, 16, 17, 21]

Before the war

He was born in June 1843, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to David Thomas Forsyth [?] and [unknown]. [sources: date: 14; 10 (19 in 1861), 11 (19 in 1861), 15 (36 in 1880), 17 (28 in 1870), 21 (66 yrs in 1908). place: 10, 14, 15, 21. parents: 21]

When he enlisted, he was a farmer, and was living in Philadelphia. [sources: 10, 11]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 5 inches tall, and had a light complexion, gray eyes, and light hair. [sources: 10, 11]

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service as a private on 17 September 1861, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia Pennsylvania, by Captain Smith. He was a private, in company A. [sources: 1, 10, 11, 19-20]

On 9 June 1863, he was sick in his quarters. [source: 5]

He was missing in action on 27 June 1863. He was then second sergeant. He was dropped from the rolls on 9 July 1863, by order of Brigadier General Garrard. On the next consolidated morning report, dated 28 July 1863, he was reported as having been dropped because he was missing in the campaign. [sources: 6, 9, 10]

On 31 August 1863, he was reported regained. [source: 7]

On 8 September 1863, Sinex reported that he was in Philadelphia, and able to rejoin the regiment, and requested his return. [source: 3]

On 24 September 1863, he returned to duty from being absent sick. [source: 9]

He reenlisted as a veteran volunteer on 26 December 1863, at Bealton, Virginia. [source: 1]

On 26 March 1864, he was reported sent to hospital. [source: 12]

He was a sergeant on 11 October 1864. [source: 4]

On 11 October 1864, he was reduced to the ranks for being absent without leave and deserting from hospital. And on 13 October 1864, he was reported absent sick. [sources: 4, 18]

He was absent, sick, at muster out. He was a private in company A. [sources: 1, 4, 10, 11, 19-20]

After the war

In 1867/68, he married Susan P [unknown family name]. They apparently had these two children:

[sources: 14, 15]

In 1870, he was probably living in the 2nd ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a varnisher, and was living with his wife Susan. [source: 16]

In 1880, he was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a telegraph clerk. He was living with his wife, Susan, and his daughters Lillie and Mabel. [source: 15]

In 1890, he was living at 44 Sewall Street, Somerville, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. [source: 17]

In 1900, he was living at 396 Midford [?], Somerville City, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He was a furniture salesman, and had been out of work for two months in the previous year. [source: 14]

On 26 April 1905, he applied successfully from Massachusetts for a pension. [sources: 2, 13]

On 17 August 1908, he died, at 9 Hudson Street, Somerville, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He died of exhaustion, with diabetes mellitus contributing. He was a furniture salesman. On 19 August 1908, he was buried, at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett, Massachusetts. [source: 21]

On 3 October 1908, Susan P Forsythe, his widow, applied successfully from Massachusetts for a pension. [sources: 2, 13]

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 pension index, by regiment (Penrose Forsythe)

3 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 8 September 1863

4 special order 92, HQ 91st PA, 11 October 1864

5 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 9 June 1863 (Sergt Forsythe)

6 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 28 July 1863 (Sergt Forsythe)

7 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 31 August 1863 (Sergt Forsyth)

8 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 24 September 1863 (Sergt Forsyth)

9 Register of men discharged, co.A (Penrose Forsyth)

10 company A descriptive roll entry 16 (Penrose Forsyth)

11 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 5 May 2004 (Penrose Forsythe)

12 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 26 March 1864 (Sergt Forsythe)

13 pension index, by name (Penrose Forsythe)

14 1900 US census, Massachusetts, Middlesex County, 5th ward Somerville City, supervisor's district 115, enumeration district 944, page 34 stamped = sheet 5 handwritten, lines 55-61 (Penrose F Thomas [sic])

15 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 41, handwritten page 17 = stamped page 154A, NARA film T9-1167, lines 31-34 (Penrose Forsythe)

16 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 2nd ward 6th district, page 175 = page 37 handwritten (Penrose Forsigh)

17 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Somerville, supervisor's district 67, enumeration district 599, page 4 (Penrose F Thomas [sic])

18 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 13 October 1864 (Privt Forsythe)

19 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Penrose Forsythe)

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

21 New England Historic Genealogical Society, Massachusetts vital records, 1840-1911 (Thomas Penrose Forsyth [or] Penrose F. Thomas)

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Penrose Forsyth Thomas alias Penrose Forsyth in the 91st PA database

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 2nd ward 6th district, page 175 = page 37 handwritten]
[the Ancestry index has Torsigh]
line78
Dwelling-house number[265] 
Family number[283] 
NameForsigh Susan- Penrose
Age2528
SexFM
ColorWW
Occupation-Varnisher
Real estate value  
Personal estate value  
BirthplacePennPenn
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 1
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...  

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 41, handwritten page 17 = stamped page 154A, NARA film T9-1167, lines 31-34]
line31323334
street name[illegible]
house number1024   
dwelling visit #157   
family visit #169   
nameForsythe Penrose- Susan- Lillie- Mabel
colorWWWW
sexMFFF
age363494
month born if born in year    
relationship wifeDaughterDaughter
single  11
married11  
widowed/divorced    
married during year    
occupationTelegraph ClerkKeeping houseAt SchoolAt home
months unemployed    
currently ill?    
blind    
deaf/dumb    
idiotic    
insane    
disabled    
school this year  1 
can't read    
can't write    
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennPennPennPenn
mother's birthplacePennPennPennPenn

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Somerville, supervisor's district 67, enumeration district 599, page 4]
[line] 41
[house] 297
[family] 366
[name] Penrose F. Thomas
[rank] Private
[company] [blank]
[unit] Penn Inf [sic]
[enlistment date] [blank]
[discharge date] [blank]
[length of service] [blank]
[post office address] 44 Sewall St Somerville
[disability incurred] Was discharged reinlisted and
[remarks] served all through the war

1900 census

[1900 US census, Massachusetts, Middlesex County, 5th ward Somerville City, supervisor's district 115, enumeration district 944, page 34 stamped = sheet 5 handwritten, lines 55-61]
line55565758596061
streetMidford [?]
house number396      
dwelling number89 [?]      
family number111      
nameThomas Penrose F- Susan P [?]Leacock, Lillian M- Richard S [?]Clement Mabel W- William S [?]- Emory F [?]
relationshipHeadWifeDaughterSon in LawDaughterSon in LawGrandson
colorWWWWWWW
sexMFFMFMM
birth dateJune 1843Sept 1845Oct 1872Dec 1865Feby 1876Mch 1872May 1898
age5654273424282
married?MMMMMMS
# years married32324444 
mother of how many children? 20 1  
# of children living 20 1  
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaEnglandPennsylvaniaMassachusettsMassachusetts
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaEnglandPennsylvaniaNew HampshireMassachusetts
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaEnglandPennsylvaniaMassachusettsMassachusetts
immigration year   1892   
# years in USA   8   
naturalized citizen?   Al   
occupationSalesman furniture  Bookkeeper Salesman jewelry 
# months not employed2  3 0 
# months in school        
can readyesyesyesyesyesyes 
can writeyesyesyesyesyesyes 
speaks Englishyesyesyesyesyesyes 
owned/rentedO      
free or mortgagedF      
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 13 Apr 2014, from Fold3]


Forsythe, Penrose
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Forsyth, Penrose.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 13 April 2014]

Forsyth, Penrose
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death certificate

[New England Historic Genealogical Society, Massachusetts vital records, 1840-1911]
[transcribed from Ancestry, 19 April 2015]


109

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
CITY OF SOMERVILLE
RETURN OF A DEATH
FULL NAME Thomas Penrose Forsyth
Penrose F. Thomas
Registered No. 565
Place of Death 9 Hudson Street, Somerville
Date of Death Aug. 17, 1908.
Place of Residence 9 Hudson Street, Somerville, Mass.
Age 66 years - months - days

STATISTICAL DETAILS
SEX male
COLOR white
married
If a married or divorced woman, or widow [blank]
BIRTHPLACE Philadelphia, Penn.
NAME OF FATHER David Thomas [written above 'Thomas':] Forsyth
BIRTHPLACE OF FATHER Unknown
MAIDEN NAME OF MOTHER Unknown
BIRTHPLACE OF MOTHER Unknown
OCCUPATION Furniture salesman
INFORMANT'S NAME Mrs. P.F.Thomas [sic]
ADDRESS 9 Hudson St., Somerville
PLACE OF BURIAL OR REMOVAL Woodlawn cem., Everett, Mass.
DATE OF BURIAL Aug. 19, 1908.
UNDERTAKER'S NAME Francis M. Wilson ADDRESS Somerville

PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE

I HEREBY CERTIFY that I attended deceased during last illness, from Aug. 16, 1908 to Aug. 17 1908 that to the best of my knowledge and belief death occurred on the date dated above, and that the CAUSE OF DEATH was as follows:

Primary: Exhaustion (DURATION) [blank] DAYS
Contributory: Diabetes mellitus (DURATION) 7 years
(Signed) Lewis N. Bump M.D.
(Address) 124 Sycamore Somerville
SPECIAL INFORMATION only for Hospitals, Institutions, Transients, or Recent Residents. [blank]
Received Aug. 18, 1908. Wm.P.Mitchell [sic]
Agent of Board of Health, appointed to issue burial permits
Filed Aug. 18, 1908. Frederic W. Cook City Clerk
(over)
[the next image is a different death certificate]

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