91st PA: Franklin Benjamin Gilbert

Franklin Benjamin Gilbert

picture of F B Gilbert
Thanks to Joe Fulginiti for this image

Before the war

He was born in 1825/26 (8 (35 in 1861), 13 [52 (?) in 1880], 15 [30 in 1860], 16 [44 in 1870], 21 [70 in 1895], 26 [70 in 1895]). He was born in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania (13, 15, 16, 22, 26).

In 1860, he was living in the 13th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (15). He was an upholsterer, and owned $2000 in personal property (15; see 22). He was living with his wife Anna, three children (presumably theirs), and two other Gilbert's (15).

In June 1861, he was first lieutenant of Company A, First Regiment, of the Philadelphia Home Guards, from the Thirteenth Ward (with Edgar Gregory as captain) (19).

When he enlisted, he was living in Philadelphia (8).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service as captain of company A on 30 September 1861, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1, 6, 7, 8, 10 [20 Dec 1861], 20, 22, 25, 28, 29).

He had Thomas Walter write on behalf of a soldier being held in prison for shooting a prisoner at the Old Capitol Prison (2). Rose Greenhow called him '[t]he most brutal of the officers with whom [she] was brought in contact' while she was a prisoner at the Old Capitol Prison (5). She also complained about his drilling Negroes who were being held there (5).

He let Walter and another soldier off easily when they took an unauthorized leave to visit Mount Vernon (2).

On 29 June 1862, he, along with the other commissioned officers in the regiment (except Colonel Gregory), signed a statement denying accusations that they were on the verge of open mutiny, that the regiment had been reduced to 400 men, and that Colonel Gregory was too lenient to Confederates and too harsh to men in the regiment (18).

On 20 August 1862, he testified at the court martial of E Carroll Brewster (14). He testified that he had served as Officer of the Day with Brewster serving as Officer of the Guard under him several times, and that several times Brewster had not at the Guard House when he came, and had not told the Sergeant of the Guard where he was (14). Once he claimed to have been visiting the guard, as he was supposed to do several times during the day (14). He also testified that Brewster's reputation for sobriety was "[b]ad" (14).

He resigned on 18 January 1863, on surgeon's certificate of disability (1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10 [17 Jan 63]). He was then captain of company A (1, 4, 28, 29).

According to an obituary, he served "the staffs of Generals Fitz John Porter, Hooker, Butterfield and Meade" (22).

After the war

He was an original member of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (17, 22, 27). He had insignia number 4 (27). However, in 1882, he was dropped because he had not paid the amount he owed (27).

In 1867, he travelled to Europe (22).

In 1870, he was living in the 6th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (16). He was a physician, and owned $2000 in personal property (16). He was living with his wife Anna, and four children (presumably theirs): Franklin, Elizabeth, Walter, Emma, and Mary (16).

On 7 April 1875, he applied unsuccessfully for a pension (9, 12).

In 1880, he was living at 1713 Elcouth [?] Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (13). He was a doctor (13). He was living with his wife, Ann B Gilbert, and four children: Elizabeth, Emma, Mary, and Walter (13).

In 1890, his office was at 2420 Nicholas Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (10, 11). He was a physician (11). Walter Gilbert was also living there (11).

He died on 4 November 1895, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, of a disease he contracted during the Civil War (9, 21, 22) or of diabetes mellitus (26). He was then a physician (26). The funeral was held on Thursday at 1831 Ridgway Terrace, 32nd ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his son's residence (21, 22, 26). He was buried at Odd Fellows' Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (26).

On 15 November 1895, his widow, Ann B Gilbert, successfully applied from Pennsylvania for a pension (9, 12).

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) (Frank B Gilbert)

2 Thomas F Walter. 'Personal recollections and experiences of an obscure soldier'. Grand Army Scout and Soldier's Mail volume 3 number 35 page 2.

3 Thomas F Walter. 'Personal recollections and experiences of an obscure soldier'. Grand Army Scout and Soldier's Mail volume 3 number 38 page 2.

4 Official Army Register. (Franklin B Gilbert)

5 Rose Greenhow. My imprisonment and the first year of abolition rule at Washington. London: Richard Bentley, 1863. Pages 223 and 256-257.

6 regimental descriptive book

7 register of commissioned officers, company A (FB Gilbert)

8 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 5 May 2004 (Frank B Gilbert)

9 pension index, by regiment (Franklin B. Gilbert)

10 1890 US Census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, supervisor's district [1], enumeration district [695], page [2] (image 2243 on Ancestry) (Benj F Gilbert)

11 1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory (Franklin B Gilbert)

12 pension index, by name (Franklin B Gilbert)

13 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 410, microfilm series T9, film 1180, page 369 = 26B handwritten (Franklin B Gilbert)

14 court-martial record, E Carroll Brewster (F B Gilbert)

15 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 13th ward, microfilm series M653, film1163, page 653 = 233 handwritten (Frank Gilbert)

16 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 6th ward, 17th district, microfilm series M593, film 1391, page 218 = 240 handwritten (Franklin Gilbert)

17 "Original Companions of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States" (Franklin B Gilbert)

18 'Ninety-first Pennsylvania Regiment'. Philadelphia Inquirer, 11 July 1862, page 2 (F B Gilbert)

19 'The Home Guard organization', Philadelphia Inquirer, 29 June 1861, page 2 (F B Gilbert)

20 'Camp Chase at Gray's Ferry' Philadelphia Inquirer 19 October 1861 page 8 (F B Gilbert)

21 [death notice], Philadelphia Inquirer, 7 November 1895, page 9 (F B Gilbert)

22 'Dr. F. B. Gilbert's Funeral'. Philadelphia Inquirer, 7 November 1895, page 5 (Franklin Bechtel Gilbert)

23 'Camp Chase', Philadelphia Inquirer 30 November 1861 (F C Gilbert)

24 'Departure of Col. Gregory's regiment', Philadelphia Inquirer 22 January 1862 page 2 (F C Gilbert)

25 'Local intelligence', Philadelphia Inquirer 19 September 1862 page 8 (B Gilbert)

26 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1895, number 9399 (Dr F B Gilbert)

27 Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Register of the Commandery of the State of Pennsylvania. From April 15, 1865, to July 1, 1882. Philadelphia: 1882. (Franklin B Gilbert)

28 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Franklin B Gilbet)

29 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Franklin B Gilbert)

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 13th ward, microfilm series M653, film1163, page 653 = 233 handwritten]
line24252627282930
Dwelling number1586      
Family number1661      
NameFrank B GilbertAnna "Franklin "Elizabeth "Walter "Caroline "Mathias "
Age30297314879
SexMFMFMFM
Color       
OccupationUpholsterer      
Value of real estate owned       
Value of personal estate2000      
Place of birth" [sc. Penna]""""""
Married within year       
Attended school within year  1    
Cannot read & write       
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.       

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 6th ward, 17th district, microfilm series M593, film 1391, page 218 = 240 handwritten]
line2930313233343536
Dwelling-house number1360       
Family number 1590       
NameGilbert Franklin- Anna- Franklin- Elizibeth- Walter- Emma- MaryHirst Fannie
Age4443181398145
SexMFMFMFFF
ColorWWWWWWWW
OccupationPhysicianKeeps HouseBook Keeper for ManufAttends SchoolAttends SchoolAttends School  
Real estate value (700 yr [??])      
Personal estate value2000       
BirthplacePennaAt SeaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPenna
Father foreign born 1      
Mother foreign born 1      
Birth month if born within year        
Marriage month if married within year        
Attended school past year   111  
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 410, microfilm series T9, film 1180, page 369 = 26B handwritten]
line121314151617
street nameEast Side Elcouth [??] St
house number1713     
dwelling visit #167     
family visit #188 [?]     
nameGilbert Franklin B- Ann B- Elizabeth- Emma B- Mary A- Walter
colorWWWWWW
sexMFFFFM
age52 [?]51231911 [?]20 [?]
month born if born in year      
relationshipFatherWifeDaughter""Son
single  1111
married11    
widowed/divorced      
married during year      
occupationDoctorKeeping houseDress makingAt homeAt schoolClerk
months unemployed      
currently ill?      
blind      
deaf/dumb      
idiotic      
insane      
disabled      
school this year    1 
can't read      
can't write      
birthplacePennaOcean [?] WalesPenna"""
father's birthplacePenna[illegible]Penna"""
mother's birthplacePennaWalesOcean"""

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US Census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, supervisor's district [1], enumeration district [695], page [2] (image 2243 on Ancestry)]
[line] 23
[house] 2420 Nicholas St
[family] 134
[name] Benj F Gilbert [sic]
[rank] Capt
[company] A
[unit] 91st " [sc. Penn]
[enlistment date] 20 Dec 1861
[discharge date] Jan 17 1863
[length of service] 2 years, 2 months, [blank] days
[post office address] 2428 [sic] " " [sc. Nicholas St]
[line 21 is 2420 Nicholas St]
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]
[line 21 blank here also]

1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory

[searched transcription on Ancestry, March 2005]
Franklin B Gilbert, physician, 2420 Nicholas
Walter Gilbert, sec, h 2420 Nicholas

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 23 Apr 2014, from Fold3]


Gilbet, Franklin B.
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Capt | Capt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Gilbert, Franklin B.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 23 April 2014]

Gilbert, Franklin B
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Capt | Capt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

[death notices]

[Philadelphia Inquirer, 7 November 1895, page 9]

GILBERT.--On the 4th inst., Dr. F. B. Gilbert, aged 70 years. The relatives and friends of the family, also survivors Ninety-first Regiment P.V., and members of Military Order Loyal Legion, are respectfully invited to attend the funeral services, on Thursday, at 2 o'clock, precisely, at his son's residence, 1831 Ridgway terrace.


[Philadelphia Inquirer, 7 November 1895, page 5]
Dr. F. B. Gilbert's Funeral.

Dr. Franklin Bechtel Gilbert, who died on Monday of disease contracted in the late war, will be buried this afternoon from the residence of his son, 1831 Ridgway terrace. He was born in Montgomery county, came to Philadelphia and engaged in the upholstery trade, and at the outbreak of the war he organized company A, of the Ninety-first Pennsylvania Volunteers. He saw service on the staffs of Generals Fitz John Porter, Hooker, Butterfield and Meade. He went on a trip to Europe in 1867, and later took up the study of medicine. He was one of the organizers of the Loyal Legion.

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1895, number 9399, Dr F B Gilbert]
9399
RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, Dr F. B. Gilbert
2. Color, White
3. Sex, Male
4. Age, 70 Yrs.
5. Married
6. Date of Death, Nov. 4, 95
7. Cause of Death, Diabetes Mellitus
S. B. Gilbert M.D.
Residence, 2027 Columbia Ave.

UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, Physician
9. Place of Birth, Montgomery Co Pa.
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 32
12. Street and Number, 1831 Ridgeway Terrace
13. Date of Burial, Nov 7 1895
14. Place of Burial, Odd Fellows Cemy
Benj T Lylen Undertaker
Residence, 1912 Columbia Ave

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