91st PA: John Gentner

John Gentner

Before the war

He was born in 1830/31 (2 (34 in 1865), 3 (34 in 1865), 6 [28 in 1860], 7 [39 in 1870]). He was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania (2, 3 [Germany], 6 [Germany], 7 [Prussia]).

In 1860, he was living in ward 19, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (6). He was living with Louisa (presumably his wife), and with Catharine and Geo. Nevil (presumably their children) (6). He was a brickmaker (6).

When he enlisted, he was a brickmaker, and was living in Hockendauqua, Pennsylvania (2, 3).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 9 inches tall, and had a light complexion, blue eyes, and brown hair (2 [light complexion], 3 [dark complexion]).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 13 February 1865 (1, 2, 3, 4 [15 Jul 63]). He was enlisted for one year, at Norristown, Pennsylvania, by Captain Yerkes (2 [Philadelphia], 3 [Norristown]). He was mustered in as a private in company H, by Captain Yerkes, at Norristown, Pennsylvania (1, 2, 3, 8).

The regiment reported him gained on 22 February 1865 (5).

He mustered out with his company on 10 July 1865 (1, 3, 4). He was a private, in company H (8).

After the war

In 1870, he was living in ward 20, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (7). He was living with Louisa (presumably his wife), and with Catharine, Anna, and William (7). He worked in a brickyard, and owned $125 in personal property (7).

In 1890, he was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (4).

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) (John Gentner)

2 company H, descriptive roll, #139 (John Gentner)

3 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 12 March 2005 (John Gentner; rolls also have 'Genbnor')

4 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 776, page [3] (image 2482 on Ancestry) (John Gentner)

5 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania (Gentner)

6 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 19, microfilm series M653, film 1169, page 308 = 308 handwritten (John Gentner)

7 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 20, district 67, microfilm series M593, film 1407, pages 584 = 136 handwritten to 584 verso = 137 handwritten (John Gentner)

8 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (John Gentner)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

pension index, by name
Ancestry index (accessed February 2006)
Find a Grave
accessed 5 March 2011

city directories

[1861 Sherman's Philadelphia directory, page 347; transcribed 5 March 2011, from Footnote]
[I transcribed all four 'John' entries; no other Gentner's lived at Otis r Sepviva]

Gentner John, baker, 1207 Howard
Gentner John (brewer), lager beer, Frankford av c York
Gentner John, brickmaker, Otis r Sepviva
Gentner John I., stonemason, 314 Brown


1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 693; transcribed 5 March 2011, from Footnote]
[I transcribed all five 'John' entries; there were no 'widow of John' entries; no one lived on Susquehanna avenue; no other Gentner's lived at 1952 N 24th or 1124 Peel]
" [sc. Gentner] John, brickmkr, h r 1952 N 24th
" John, laborer, h 640 Ellis
" John D., brickmkr, h 1124 Peel
" John G., clerk, h 3012 Baltz
" John G., clerk, h 940 Alder


[1891 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 679; transcribed 5 March 2011, from Footnote]
[I transcribed all three 'John' entries and the one 'widow of John entry; no one was living on N 24th or Peel Streets, or on York except for Henry baker h 436 York; and no William upholsterer appears]

" [sc. Gentner] Emma, wid John J., h 2944 Susq'ana av
" John D., clerk, h 438 Wildey
" John G., clerk, h 940 Alder
" John G., laborer, h 3012 Baltz


[1892 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 699; transcribed 5 March 2011, from Footnote]
[I transcribed all three 'John' entries and the one 'widow of John' entry; no one was living on York Street]

" [sc. Gentner] Emma, wid John J., h 2944 Susq'ana av
" John, clerk, h 940 Alder
" John G., clerk, h 940 Alder
" John G., laborer, h 2926 Walter
" William H., upholsterer, h 2944 Susq'ana av


[1893 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 704; transcribed 5 March 2011, from Footnote]
[I transcribed both 'John' entries, and the one 'widow of John' entry]

" Emma, wid John J., h 2944 Susq'ana av
" [sc. Gentner] John G., clerk, h 940 Alder
" John G., laborer, h 1452 Etting


[1895 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 678; transcribed 5 March 2011, from Footnote]
[I transcribed all 'John' entries; there were no 'widow of John' entries]

" [sc. Gentner] Jno, carpenter, h E Tioga c A
" Jno, salesman, h 1114 St John
" Jno D., driver, h 1223 Hope
" Jno G., clerk, h 940 Alder

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 19, microfilm series M653, film 1169, page 308 = 308 handwritten]
[I did not transcribe the other people in this household, headed by John Burns (62, weaver)]
[identification is based on occupation and age]
line13141516
Dwelling number[2192]   
Family number[2474]   
NameJohn GentnerLouisa "Catharine "Geo. Nevil "
Age282753
SexMFFM
Color    
OccupationBrick Maker   
Value of real estate owned    
Value of personal estate    
Place of birthGermanyPrussiaPhila"
Married within year    
Attended school within year    
Cannot read & write    
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.    

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 20, district 67, microfilm series M593, film 1407, pages 584 = 136 handwritten to 584 verso = 137 handwritten]
[identification is based on occupation and age]
line3940123
Dwelling-house number941 941  
Family number989 989  
NameGentner John- LouisaGentner Catharine- Anna- William
Age39361586
SexMFFFM
ColorWWWWW
OccupationWorks in Brick YardKeeping houseAttending SchoolAttending School 
Real estate value     
Personal estate value125    
BirthplacePrussiaPrussiaPennaPennaPenna
Father foreign born1111[blank]
Mother foreign born1111[blank]
Birth month if born within year     
Marriage month if married within year     
Attended school past year  11 
Can't read11   
Can't write11   
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.     
Male US citizen at least 21 years old1    
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...     

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 776, page [3] (image 2482 on Ancestry)]
[line] 36
[house] 180
[family] 195
[name] Gentner [?] John
[rank] Priv
[company] H
[unit] 91 P V inf
[enlistment date] 15 July 1863
[discharge date] 10 July 1865
[length of service] [blank]
[post office address] [blank]
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

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]


Gentner, John
Co. H, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

a possible death certificate

[Philadelphia death certificate, 1893, number 13316, available on FamilySearch (accessed 5 March 2011)]
[identification is unknown; note that there are two John Gentner's who are brickmakers in the 1890 city directory, and this address matches neither]

13316
RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA
CORONER'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, John Gentner
2. Color, white
3. Sex, Male
4. Age, 64 Years
5. Married
6. Date of Death, Dec 25th 1893
7. Cause of Death, Injuries acc recd
S. H. Ashbridge Coroner per Donal

UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, Brick Maker
9. Place of Birth, Philad
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 28th
12. Street and Number, No 2542 West York st
13. Date of Burial, Dec 28 /93
14. Place of Burial, Odd Fellows Cemetery
Geo Thumbert [?] + Co Undertaker,
Residence, 424 Poplar st.

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