91st PA: Jacob D Geisenhoffer

Jacob D Geisenhoffer

Before the war

He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, about 1838. [sources: date: 8 (23 in 1861), 11 (31 in 1870), 12 (41 in 1880), 15 (42 at death in 1881). place: 8, 11, 12, 15]

When he enlisted, he was a carpenter. [source: 8]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 10-1/2 inches tall, and had a light complexion, light eyes, and light hair. [source: 8]

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 20 August 1861. He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Captain Starr. He was a corporal in company A. [sources: 1, 7, 8, 9, 19-26]

At some point, he was promoted to commissary sergeant. At some point, he was reduced to the ranks. [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 26 September 1863, he was reported regained from duty in hospital. [source: 5]

On 30 December 1863, Sinex reported that he was one of 38 men who had less than fifteen months to serve and were not willing to reenlist. On 2 Jauary 1864, he was transferred to the 155th Pennsylvania Infantry, while those eligible were on veterans' leave. [sources: 4, 6]

He was wounded on 10 May 1864 at Spottsylvania Court House, Virginia. [sources: 1, 14]

He was discharged on 24 September 1864 on surgeon's certificate of disability. He was a private, in company A. [sources: 1, 8, 9 (23 Sep 64), 13, 19-26]

After the war

He applied successfully for a pension on 18 January 1866. [sources: 2, 10]

He married Jane [unknown family name]. She was born in 1847/48, in Pennsylvania. They apparently had two children: [sources: 11, 12, 16, 17]

In 1870, he was living in the 14th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a carpenter, and owned $100 in personal property. He was living with his wife Jane, son Jacob, and May McClintock. [source: 11]

In 1880, he was living at 1231 [?] Melon [??] Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a carpenter. He was living with his wife Jenny and two sons. [source: 12]

He died on 1 November 1881, of a carbuncle. He was married. He died at, or was buried from, 1231 Mellon Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was buried on 4 November 1881, at Mount Moriah Cemetery. [source: 15]

Jane Geisenhoffer, his widow, applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension. [sources: 2, 10]

In 1890, his widow, Jane Geisenhoffer, was living at 1231 Melon Street, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 9]

Probably in fall 1900, his widow, Jane, was living at 2442 North 13th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was living with her sons Harry (a binder) and Jacob (a clerk). [source: 18]

In 1910, his widow, Jane Geisenhoffer, was living at 1524 Fontain street, ward 32, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was living with her son Jacob and his wife Cillia. [source: 16]

In 1920, his widow, Jane Geisenhoffer, was living at 111 Ryers Avenue, Cheltenham Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. She was living with her son Harry and his family. [source: 17]

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 (Jacob D Geisenhoffer)

3 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 8 September 1863

4 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 30 December 1863

5 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 26 September 1863 (Pri Geisenhoffer)

6 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 2 January 1864 (Geisenhoffer)

7 register of non-commissioned officers, co.A (Jacob D Geisenhoffer) [2 entries]

8 company A descriptive roll, entry 90 (Jacob D Geisenhoffer)

9 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia (13th division, 14th ward), supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 251 (image 1462 of 2610 on Ancestry) (Jacob D Geisenhoffery [sic])

10 pension index by name (Jacob D Geisenhoffer)

11 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 41st district 14th ward, microfilm series M593, film 1398, page 140 = 121 handwritten (Jacob Geisenhoffer)

12 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 239, microfilm series T9, film 1174, page 529 = page 15 handwritten (Jacob D Geisenhoffer)

13 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 1 November 1864 (Geisenhoffer)

14 'The Ninety-first Pennsylvania volunteers', Philadelphia Inquirer 8 June 1864 page 3 (Jacob D Geisenhoffer)

15 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jacob Geissenhoffer, 1 November 1881 (Jacob Geissenhoffer)

16 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 32, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 752, microfilm series T624, film 1403, page 144 = 9 A handwritten (Jane Geisenhoffer)

17 1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, Cheltenham Township, supervisor's district 3, enumeration district 78, microfilm series T625, film 1604, page 230 = 2 A handwritten (Jane Geisenhoffer)

18 1901 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 911 (Jane Geisenhoffer)

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

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

21 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Jacob D Guysenhoffeir)

22 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Jacob D Guesenhoffer)

23 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Jacob D Guisenhoffer)

24 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Jacob D Guisenghoffer)

25 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Jacob D Guysenhoffer)

26 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Jacob B Guysenhoffer)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

Find a grave
accessed 9 May 2011
Pennsylvania veterans' burial cards
Ancestry index (accessed 6 May 2011)
RootsWeb WorldConnect
accessed 9 May 2011
many gedcom's have a Jacob Geisenhoffer, born to Frederick Geisenhoffer and Mary Detweiler, born some time in the first half of the 19th century--perhaps this is my Jacob
many gedcom's have a Harry C Geisenhoffer, born 1877, married Elizabeth M Pendergast, with a child Marian Naomi Geisenhoffer born 13 March 1913--this seems to be my Jacob's child Harry
1850 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 9 May 2011)
1860 US census
HeritageQuest and Ancestry indices (accessed 9 May 2011)
 
the 1859 Philadelphia directory includes these people living on Relief (searched OCR-based index only); I have listed my attempts to find them in the census
Riley Sarah, 1 Relief (p.598)
M'Cullen Pat. lab. 4 Relief (p.443)
Gray Thos., lab. 2 Relief ct (p.270)
Hardel Rudolph, 9 Relief (p.292) [no entry in the HeritageQuest or FamilySearch indices]
O'Hanlon Carnel, lab, 9 Relief ct (p.540) [no entry in the HeritageQuest or FamilySearch indices]
Hutton Joseph, grocer, 11 Relief (p.344) [no entry in the HeritageQuest or FamilySearch indices]
Mende Francis, piano manuf. 13 Relief (p.490) [no entry in the HeritageQuest or FamilySearch indices]
Felthouse Jacob, laborer, 13 Relief (p.216) [no entry in the HeritageQuest or FamilySearch indices]
Gravatt Geo. W., carp. Relief st, h 844 N 10th [George Gravatt, no occ.--but carpenter on previous line for Mary E Hickens 14: see ward 5, microfilm series M653, film 1155, page 427 = 269 handwritten; no Geisenhofer within several pages]
 
The list of streets includes two relevant entries:
[p.938] Relief pl. S fr 114 Relief st.
[p.938] Relief st. fr 510 S Front to 511 S 2d
1900 US census
FamilySearch, HeritageQuest, Ancestry indices (accessed 9 May 2011)
The even side of the 2400 block of North 13th street is in supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 956 (microfilm series T623, film 1478)
Pages 286 = 14 A to B have (most of) the entries--see also page 288 = 16 A handwritten (Carl Duffner at 2446 N 13th)
I did not find 2446 N 13th
(some of the later entries were partly illegible, but I am reasonably confident none is Geisenhoffer)
1930 US census
Footnote index (accessed 9 May 2011)
She is not living with her son Jacob (see Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 42, s.d. 28, e.d. 51-1079, page 128 = 2 B handwritten)
She is not living with her son Harry (see New Jersey, Camden, Stratford Borough, s.d. 12, e.d. 4-172, page 63 = 8 A handwritten)

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 41st district 14th ward, microfilm series M593, film 1398, page 140 = 121 handwritten]
line30313233
Dwelling-house number867   
Family number899   
NameGeisenhoffer Jacob- Jane- JacobMcClintock May
Age31271/1264
SexMFMF
ColorWWWW
OccupationCarpenterkeeping house without occupant
Real estate value    
Personal estate value100   
BirthplacePennaPennaPennaPenna
Father foreign born11  
Mother foreign born 1  
Birth month if born within year  May 
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 old1   
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 239, microfilm series T9, film 1174, page 529 = page 15 handwritten]
[I did not transcribe the other family at this residence, headed by John Sparks]
[note: Jacob D Geisenhoffer was the enumerator!]
line42434445
street nameNorth Side Melon [?] Street
house number1231 [?]   
dwelling visit #123   
family visit #135   
nameGeisenhoffer Jacob D- Jenny- Jacob D Jr- Henry [?] C.
colorWWWW
sexMFMM
age4136109
month born if born in year    
relationship wifesonson
single  11
married11  
widowed/divorced    
married during year    
occupationCarpenterKeeping HouseAt SchoolAt Home
months unemployed    
currently ill?    
blind    
deaf/dumb    
idiotic    
insane    
disabled    
school this year  1 
can't read    
can't write    
birthplacePennsylvaniaIrelandPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplaceFranceIrelandPaPa
mother's birthplacePaIrelandIrelandIreland

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia (13th division, 14th ward), supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 251 (image 1462 of 2610 on Ancestry)]
[line] 15
[house] 123
[family] 3
[name] Geisenhoffer Jane Wd U.S.S. Jacob D Geisenhoffery [sic]
[rank] Private [this and the next two entries are written above: 'Widow Sol. U.S.']
[company] A
[unit] 91 Pa Inf
[enlistment date] Aug 20 1861
[discharge date] Sept 23 1864
[length of service] blank
[post office address] 1231 Melon St
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 32, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 752, microfilm series T624, film 1403, page 144 = 9 A handwritten]
line345
streetFontain street
house nr1524  
dwelling nr193  
family nr198  
nameGeisenhoffer Jacob- Cillia- Jane
relationshipHeadWifeMother
sexMFF
colorWWW
age393062
marital statusM1M1Wd
#years present marriage00 
mother of # children 02
mother of # living children 02
birthplace PennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaIre - English
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaIre - English
immigrated   
naturalized/alien   
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglishEnglish
occupationBookkeeperNoneNone
nature of industry etc.Railroad  
employer etc.W  
out of work 15 Apr 1910?No  
# weeks out of work 19090  
can readYesYesYes
can writeYesYesYes
school since 1 Sep 09   
owned/rentedR  
owned free or mortagaged   
farm/houseH  
nr on farm schedule   
civil war vet   
blind   
deaf & dumb   

1920 census

[1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, Cheltenham Township, supervisor's district 3, enumeration district 78, microfilm series T625, film 1604, page 230 = 2 A handwritten]
[identification is likely; I found no other candidates]
line3435363738394041
streetRyers Ave
house number111       
dwelling visit number28       
family visit number31       
nameGeisenhoffer Harry- Elizabeth- Jane- Joseph- Edward- Elizabeth- Marion- Francis
relationshipheadwifemothersonsondaughterdaughterson
own/rentO       
free/mortgaged (if owned)M       
sexMFFMMFFM
raceWWWWWWWW
age at last birthday434375139853/12
marital statusMMWSSSSS
year of immigration        
naturalized/alien        
year of naturalization        
attended school since Sept 1919   yesyesyesyes 
can readyesyesyesyesyesyesyes 
can writeyesyesyesyesyesyesyes 
birth placePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
native language        
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaIrelandPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's native language  English     
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaIrelandIrelandPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's native language EnglishEnglish     
can speak Englishyesyesyesyesyesyesyes 
occupationstation masternonenonenonenonenonenonenone
industry, businessrailroad       
employment statusW       
number 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 17 Apr 2014, from Fold3]


Geisenhoffer, Jacob D.
     Jacob
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Corpl | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 23 April 2014]

Giesenhoffer, Jacob D.
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Corpl | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Geisenhoffer, Jacob D.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 3, transcribed 25 April 2014]

Guysenhoffeir Jacob D.
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Corp. | Pvt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Geisenhoffer, Jacob D.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 4, transcribed 25 April 2014]

Guesenhoffer, Jacob D.
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Corp. | Pvt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Geisenhoffer, Jacob D.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 5, transcribed 25 April 2014]

Guisenhoffer Jacob D.
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Corp. | Pvt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Geisenhoffer, Jacob D.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 6, transcribed 25 April 2014]

Guisenghoffer, Jacob D.
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Corp. | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Geisenhoffer, Jacob D.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 7, transcribed 25 April 2014]

Guysenhoffer, Jacob D.
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Corp. | Pvt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Geisenhoffer, Jacob D.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 8, transcribed 25 April 2014]

Guysenhoffer Jacob B.
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Corp. | Pvt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Geisenhoffer, Jacob D.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jacob Geissenhoffer, 1 November 1881]
RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, Jacob Geissenhoffer
2. Color, White
3. Sex, Male
4. Age, 42 years
5. Married
6. Date of Death, November 1st 1881
7. Cause of Death Carbuncle
Wm M. Berne [?] M.D.
Residence, 1207 Wallace St

UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE IN RELATION TO DECEASED
8. Occupation, [blank]
9. Place of Birth, Phila
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 13
12. Street and Number, 1231 Mellon st
13. Date of Burial Nov 4 /81
14. Place of Burial, Mount Moriah
Geo Thumlest [?] Undertaker.
Residence, 424 Poplar

death notice

[death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 4 November 1881 page 4, Jacob D Geissenhoffer]
[transcribed May 2011, from GenealogBank]

GEISSENHOFFER.--On the 1st inst., JACOB D. GEISSENHOFFER, in the forty-third year of his age.

The relatives and friends, also Lafayette Lodge, No. 71, A.Y.M.; Girard Mark Lodge, A.Y.M.; Fame Council, No. 15, O.U.A.M.; Northern Liberty Degree Council, Fame Lodge, No. 16, K. of P.; Merchants' Lodge, No. 283, I.O.O.F., and Fourteenth Ward Republican Executive Committee, are respectfully invited to attend his funeral, No. 1231 Melon street, this afternoon, at 1 o'clock. To proceed to Mount Moriah Cemetery.

Philadelphia city directories



[1859 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 251]
[transcribed 9 May 2011, from Footnote]

Geisenhoffer Philip, tailor, 5 Relief

[1860 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, pages 345-346]
[transcribed 9 May 2011, from Footnote]
[no Geisenhoffer or Geissenhoffer entries]

Geishofer Moritz, button manufacturer, 1026 Wallace

[1861 Biddle and McElroy's Philadelphia directory, page 346]
[transcribed 9 May 2011, from Footnote]
[no Geisenhoffer or Geissenhoffer entries]


[1862 Biddle and McElroy's Philadelphia directory, page 236]
[transcribed 9 May 2011, from Footnote]
[no Geisenhoffer or Geissenhoffer entries]


[1863 Biddle and McElroy's Philadelphia directory, page 281]
[transcribed 9 May 2011, from Footnote]
[no Geisenhoffer or Geissenhoffer entries]


[1864 Biddle and McElroy's Philadelphia directory, pages 260-261]
[transcribed 9 May 2011, from Footnote]
[no Geisenhoffer or Geissenhoffer entries]


[1865 Sherman's Philadelphia directory, page 258]
[transcribed 9 May 2011, from Footnote]
[no Geisenhoffer or Geissenhoffer entries]


[1866 McElroy's Philadelphia directory, page 270]
[transcribed 9 May 2011, from Footnote]
[no Geisenhoffer or Geissenhoffer entries]


[1867 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 640]
[transcribed 9 May 2011, from Footnote]

Geisenhoffer Jacob D., carpenter, h 333 S 3d

[1868 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 640]
[transcribed 9 May 2011, from Footnote]

Geisenhoffer Jacob D., carpenter, h 333 S 3d

[1869 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 596]
[transcribed 9 May 2011, from Footnote]

Geisenhoffer Jacob D., carpenter, h 1226 Potts

[1870 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 608]
[transcribed 9 May 2011, from Footnote]
[no Geisenhoffer or Geissenhoffer entries]


[1901 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 911]
[transcribed 9 May 2011, from Footnote]

Geisenhoffer Harry L., binder, h 2442 N 13th]
" Jacob, clerk, h 2442 N 13th
" Jane, wid Jacob D., h 2442 N 13th

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