91st PA: William H Frailey

William H Frailey

Name

Bates (1) has Frailey, but the Official Army Register (2) has Fraley.

Before the war

He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (12, 19, 21, 22). He was born in 1842/43 (12 (18 in 1861), 19 [22 at death in 1866], 21 [15 in 1860], 22 [6 in 1850], 26 [22 at death in 1866]). He was born to George and Jane Fraley (26).

In 1850, he was living in the 2nd ward of Kensington, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (22). He was living with George and Jane Fraley (presumably his parents), and with Emma Fraley (presumably his sister) (22).

In 1860, he was living in the 18th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (21). He was living with his mother Jane Fraley, along with Emma and Emma Brown (presumably his sister and niece) (21). When he enlisted, he was an apprentice steel polisher (21).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet and 1/2 [?] inch tall, and had a light complexion, light eyes, and light hair (12).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 1 October 1861 (1, 12, 18, 28, 30, 31). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Colonel Zinn (12, 30). He had rifle number 97 (12). He was a private in company D (18 (H), 20 (H), 27 (H, cpl), 28, 32 (cpl), 33 (cpl), 34 (cpl)).

He was promoted to corporal (31).

He was probably transferred to company H on 31 October 1861 or 4 December 1861 (18, 20; see also 1; 29 (31 Oct 61), 31 (31 Oct 61)).

He was promoted to third sergeant on 20 May 1862 (11).

He was Sergeant of the Guard on 8 August 1862, when Lieutenant Brewster was arrested for being drunk on duty (14).

In April 1863, he sent money to his mother in Philadelphia, from Robert Armstrong, via sergeant Spangler, to be given to Robert's mother (24).

He fought at the Battle of Gettysburg (16).

On 6 October 1863, he returned from hospital (5).

On 22 December 1863, he had not reenlisted (25). He was in good health (25).

He re-enlisted as a veteran volunteer (1).

On 3 July 1864, he and four other men in company H asked their captain, James Closson, to be transferred to a newly forming battalion of sharpshooters (5). Closson passed their request on to the regimental adjutant (5), but none were transferred.

On 5 November 1864, he was promoted to first sergeant, effective 3 November 1864 (7, 11 [4 Nov]).

On 4 January 1865, Sellers asked that he be discharged to enable him to be mustered in as first lieutenant, since he had received a commission from the Pennsylvania Governor (6). He was promoted on 6 January 1865 to first lieutenant (1, 10, 15).

On 27 January 1865, he and other officers met near Petersburg Virginia and adopted a testimonial to Captain James Closson, who had died in November 1864, of wounds received in action (3).

He was wounded on 6 February 1865 at Hatcher's Run, Virginia (1 [roster & p.192], 12).

He mustered out on 27 March 1865, because of disability (1, 12, 17, 18 [wrong date], 28 (not on co.D muster-out roll)). (The Official Army Register (2) has him discharged on 4 April 1865.) He was first lieutenant of company H (27, 32, 33, 34).

After the war

On 26 April 1865, he swore that he was in the same company as Robert Armstrong, and that Robert sent his money to his mother (23).

He died on 21 October 1866, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, of peritonitis (18 [26 Oct], 19 [21 Oct 66], 20 [26 Oct], 26 [21 Oct]). His death notice described it as a 'short but severe illness' (26). He was married then, and was a sawmaker (19). He was living at, or died at, Dauphin Street, below Amber (19). He was buried at Union Weslian Grave (presumably Union Wesleyan Church Cemetery, in the Hanover Street Burial Grounds), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (19). Invited to the funeral were Empire Grove, No. 75 [?], U.A.O.D. [?]; Lincoln Circle, No. 21 [?]. B.U. (H.F.) C.H . [??]; Company H of the 91st PA, and the employees of Henry Disson's Saw Manufactury (26).

On 17 March 1873, his widow, Rachel Adams, applied successfully for a pension (13, 18, 20).

On 17 March 1873, his mother, Jane Fraley, applied unsuccessfully for a pension (13, 18, 20).

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, and on p.192)

2 Official Army Register

3 testimonial to James Closson, adopted 27 Jan 1865

4 Albert Filemyr

5 letters, Fraley et al. to Closson, and Closson to Tayman, 3 and 4 July 1864 (WM H Fraley)

6 letter, Sellers to Bartlett, 4 January 1865 (Wm H Fraily)

7 special order 104, HQ 91st PA, 5 November 1864 (Wm H Frailey)

8 [undated and untitled chart with officers' names] (two references: Fraley, and Lt Frailey)

9 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 6 October 1863 (Sergt Fraly)

10 company H, list of commissioned officers (Wm [?] H Frailey)

11 company H, list of non-commissioned officers (William H Fraley [2 entries])

12 company H, descriptive roll, #25 (William Frailey)

13 pension index, by name (William H Fraley)

14 court-martial record, E Carroll Brewster (Sergt Fraley)

15 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 8 January 1865 (1st Sergt Fraily)

16 Pennsylvania Memorial, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (William H Fraley)

17 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 27 April 1865 (W Fraley)

18 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company D (William F Fraley)

19 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 21 October 1866 (William H. Fraley)

20 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company H (William H Fraley)

21 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 18th ward, microfilm series M653, film 1168, page 468 = 174 handwritten (William H H Fraley)

22 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Kensington, ward 2, microfilm series M432, film 806, page 76 = 151 handwritten (William H Fraley)

23 dependents' pension certificate files, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, certificate WC 57,300, Mary Armstrong mother of Robert J Armstrong (Wm H Fraley)

24 letter, Robt J Armstrong to family, 24 April 1863 (in #23) [identity is probable, since the letter says William sent money care of Mrs Jane Fraley] (William)

25 letter, Robt J Armstrong to family, 22 December 1863 (in #23) [see #24 for identity] (William)

26 death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 24 October 1866, page 4 (William H H Fraley)

27 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (William H Fraley)

28 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) (William Fraiz)

29 company D, register of men transferred, entry 8 (William Frazier)

30 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 8 August 2004 (William Fraiz)

31 company H, register of men transferred (William Fray)

32 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (William Fray)

33 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (William Fraly)

34 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (William Fraiz)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1870 US census
[perhaps his widow is the Rachel Adams, 38 years old, born Pennsylvania, who was in the 1870 census at Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 20th ward, microfilm series M593, film 1406, page 124 = 11 handwritten]
1890 US census, veterans' schedules
Ancestry index (accessed May 2007)

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William H Frailey in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Kensington, ward 2, microfilm series M432, film 806, page 76 = 151 handwritten]
line21222324
Dwellings visited292   
Families visited339   
NameGeorge W FraleyJane "Emma M "William H "
Age3330146
SexMFFM
Color    
Occupation of males over 15 yearsCordwainer   
Real estate owned    
BirthplacePaIreldPaPa
Married within year    
Attended school within year  11
Over 20 & can't read/write    
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.    

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 18th ward, microfilm series M653, film 1168, page 468 = 174 handwritten]
line24252627
Dwelling number1220   
Family number1369   
NameJane FraleyEmma A. BrownEmma E. V. " [sc. Brown]William H. H. Fraley
Age4020315
Sexfffm
Color    
OccupationWidow of Power Loom WeaverVest Maker App Steel Polisher
Value of real estate owned    
Value of personal estate$440   
Place of birthIrelandPennsylvania""
Married within year    
Attended school within year    
Cannot read & write    
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.    

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]


Fraley, William H.
     William
Co. H, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Cpl. | 1 Lt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 14 April 2014]

Fraiz, William
Co. H, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Cpl. | 1 Lt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Fraley, William H.

[card 3, transcribed 16 April 2014]

Fray, William
Co. H, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Cp. | 1 Lt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Fraley, William H.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 4, transcribed 16 April 2014]

Fraly, William
Co. H, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Cpl. | 1 Lt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Fraley, William H.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 21 October 1866, William H. Fraley]
[source: www.familysearch.org]

RETURN OF A DEATH,
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, William H. Fraley
2. Colour, White
3. Sex, Male
4. Age, 22 yrs.
5. Married
6. Date of Death, Oct. 21st 1866
7. Cause of Death, Peritonitis
Isanemael [??] Bride [?] M.D.
Residence, 1761 Frankford Road
UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE, IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, Saw Maker
9. Place of Birth, Philada
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 18th
12. Street and Number, Dauphin St. below Amber
13. Date of Burial, Oct 24th 1866
14. Place of Burial, Union Weslian Grave
Benjn R Baen [?] UNDERTAKER.
Residence, 245 Richmond St

death notice

[death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 24 October 1866, page 4, William H H Fraley]
[transcribed 20 January 2012, from GenealogyBank]

FRALEY.--On the 21st instant, after a short but severe illness, WILLIAM H. H. FRALEY, late Lieutenant Company H, Ninety-first Regiment P.V., son of Jane and the late George Fraley, in the 22d year of his age.

[see poems in death notices]
Hope looks beyond the bounds of time--
When what we now deplore
Shall rise in full, immportal prime,
And bloom to fade no more.

The relatives and friends of the family, also, Empire Grove, No. 75 [?], U.A.O.D. [?]; also, Lincoln Circle, No. 21 [?]. B.U. (H.F.) C.H . [??]; also, the members of Company H, Ninety-first Regiment P.V., also, the employees of Henry Disson's Saw Manufactury, are respectfully invited to attend his funeral, from the residence of his brother-in-law, No. 1287 [? 1237?] Marlborough street, this (Wednesday) afternoon, at 3 o'clock.


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