91st PA: Charles E France

Charles E France

Before the war

He was born in May 1834 (11; 8 (25 in 1862), 12 [45 in 1880], 13, 14 [75 in 1910]). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (8, 12, 13, 14).

When he enlisted, he was a tinsmith (8).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 7-1/2 inches tall, and had a light complexion, blue eyes, and light hair (8).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 13 September 1862 (1, 3, 8, 9 [13 Apr 63], 9 [16 Apr 62]). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Colonel Reiff (8). He was a private in company A (1, 17).

On 14 May 1863, he was detailed as a hostler at division headquarters (5).

He fought at the Battle of Gettysburg (15).

On 30 December 1863, Sinex reported that France was one of thirty men who had more than fifteen months to serve who were willing to reenlist (4). On 2 January 1864, he was transferred to the 155th Pennsylvania Infantry, while those eligible were on veterans' leave (7).

On 20 December 1864, he went on a furlough, which ended on 30 December 1864 (6). He returned (6).

He was discharged on 30 May 1865 by general order 77, dated 2 June 1865 (1, 3, 8, 9, 16). He was a private, in company A (17).

After the war

In 1873/74, he married Mary H [unknown family name] (13, 14). They had both been married once before (14). In 1900 and 1910, she had had three children, two of whom were alive (13, 14).

In 1880, he was living at 4516 [illegible street name], Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (12). He was a tinsmith (12). He was living with his wife Mary, children Mary and Charles, and mother-in-law Selina Garret (12).

He attended the 1884 meeting of the 91st's Survivors' Association (2).

In 1890, he was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (9).

He applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension on 7 September 1892 (3, 10).

In 1900, he was living at 1631 South Juniper Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (13). He was a tin roofer, who had been unemployed for four months in the previous year (13). He was living with his wife Mary and children Mary and Charles (13).

He again applied for a pension on 12 February 1907 (3, 10).

In 1910, he was living at 1523 Butler Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (14). He was living on his "own income" (14). He was living with his wife Mary and children Mary and Charles (14).

He died on 7 June 1916 at Philadelphia Pennsylvania (3, 11). He was buried in West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania (11, 16).

On 15 June 1916, his widow applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (3, 10).

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 'The ninety-first'. Grand Army Scout and Soldiers' Mail 20 December 1884, page 6 column 2.

3 pension index, by regiment (Charles E France)

4 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 30 December 1863

5 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 14 May 1863 (Private France)

6 enlisted men's furloughs (Chars E France)

7 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 2 January 1864 (France)

8 company A descriptive roll, entry 101 (Charles E France)

9 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district [1], enumeration district [574] (3rd division, 26th ward), page [4] (image 1863 on Ancestry), line 32 (Charles A France)

10 pension index, by name (Charles E France)

11 West Laurel Hill Cemetery (Charles France)

12 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 425, microfilm series T9, film 1180, page 86 = 8D handwritten (Charles E France)

13 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 26, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 617, microfilm series T623, film 1468, page 26 = 3A handwritten (Charles E France)

14 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 38, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 949, microfilm series T624, film 1408, page 16 = sheet 16B handwritten (Charles E France)

15 Pennsylvania Memorial, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (Chas E France)

16 Pennsylvania veterans burial records, available on Ancestry (transcribed 4 December 2010) (Charles E. France)

17 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Charles E France)

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 425, microfilm series T9, film 1180, page 86 = 8D handwritten]
line1617182920
street name[illegible]
house number4516    
dwelling visit #73    
family visit #74    
nameFrance Charles E.- Mary- Mary S- Charles HGarret Selina
colorWWWWW
sexMFFMF
age45352165
month born if born in year     
relationship WifeDaughterSonMother in law
single  11 
married11   
widowed/divorced    1
married during year     
occupationTin SmithKeeping house   
months unemployed     
currently ill?     
blind     
deaf/dumb     
idiotic     
insane     
disabled     
school this year     
can't read     
can't write    1
birthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaEngland
father's birthplaceEnglandEnglandPennaPennaEngland
mother's birthplaceEnglandMarylandPennaPennaEngland

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US Census, Veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district [1], enumeration district [574] (3rd division, 26th ward), page [4] (image 1863 on Ancestry)]
[line] 32
[house] 265
[family] 269
[name] Charles A [sic] France
[rank] Private
[company] A
[unit] 91 Pa Inf
[enlistment date] 13 Apr 1863
[discharge date] 30 May 1865
[length of service] 1 year, 8 months, 17 days
[post office address] [blank]
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory

[I couldn't identify him in the transcription on Ancestry, February 2005]

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 26, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 617, microfilm series T623, film 1468, page 26 = 3A handwritten]
line15161718
streetSo Juniper St
house number1631   
dwelling number45 [?]   
family number45 [?]   
nameFrance Charles E.- Mary H [?]- Mary [?]- Charles H.
relationshipHeadWifeDaughterSon
colorWWWW
sexMFFM
birth dateMay 1834Oct 1844Oct 1877Apl 1879
age66552221
married?MMSS
# years married2626  
mother of how many children? 3  
# of children living 2  
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplaceEnglandMarylandPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplaceEnglandEnglandPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigration year    
# years in USA    
naturalized citizen?    
occupationTin Roofer [illegible; looks like 'Boot J'] CarderCompositor
# months not employed4 00
# months in school    
can readyesyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyesyes
speaks Englishyesyesyesyes
owned/rentedR   
free or mortgaged    
farm/houseH   
# of farm schedule    

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 38, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 949, microfilm series T624, film 1408, page 16 = sheet 16B handwritten]
line92939495
streetButler Street
house nr1523   
dwelling nr282   
family nr307   
nameFrance Charles E- Mary E- Mary S- Charles H
relationshipHeadWifeDaughterSon
sexMFFM
colorWWWW
age75653230
marital statusM2M2SS
#years present marriage3636  
mother of # children 3  
mother of # living children 2  
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplaceEngland EngMarylandPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplaceEngland EngEngland EngPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigrated    
naturalized/alien    
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglishEnglishEnglish
occupationown incomenoneCarderCompositer
nature of industry etc.  Dontel [?] Co.Book
employer etc.  WW
out of work 15 Apr 1910?  nono
# weeks out of work 1909  noo
can readyesyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyesyes
school since 1 Sep 09    
owned/rentedR   
owned free or mortagaged    
farm/houseH   
nr on farm schedule    
civil war vetUA   
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 14 Apr 2014, from Fold3]


France, Charles E.
     Charles.
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

Pennsylvania veterans burial record

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

RECORD OF BURIAL PLACE OF VETERAN
Montgomery County
NAME France, Charles E. (#1220)
DATE OF BIRTH
DATE OF DEATH
VETERAN OF Civil WAR
SERVED IN ARMY
DATES OF SERVICE 9/13/62 to 5/30/65
ORGANIZATION(S) Company A 91st Regt. Pa. Vol. Inf.
RANK Private
CEMETERY NAME West Laurel Hill Cemetery
[CEMETERY] LOCATION Pencoyd, Pa.
LOCATION OF GRAVE IN CEMETERY SECTION Pencoyd #99
HEADSTONE Granite FAMILY
INFORMATION GIVEN BY Grave Registar
DATE 1/24/35
REMARKS

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