91st PA: David Ginther

David Ginther

Before the war

He was born in 1844/45, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to George Ginther and Susan [unknown surname]. [source: 2]

On 6 October 1855, his father, George Ginther, died. [source: 9]

In 1850, he was living in ward 5, Kensington, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with George and Susan Genther (presumably his parents), and with others. He had attended school within the year. [source: 7]

He was probably living with his (presumed) father George at Queen and Vienna, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1851. [source: 8]

He was probably living with his (presumed) father George at 16 Salmon, Roxborough, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1852-1855. [source: 8]

He was probably living with his (presumed) mother Susan at Queen & Bishop, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1857-1858. [source: 8]

In 1861, he was probably a brassmoulder, living at Bedford W Ash, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with his (presumed) mother Susan and (presumed) brother John. [source: 8]

In 1862, his (presumed) brothers George and John were still living at 1112 Ash. [source: 8]

In 1863, he was probably a chandelier maker, living at 1112 Ash, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with his (presumed) brother George. [source: 8]

In 1864, his (presumed) mother Susan and brother George were still living at 1112 Ash. [source: 8]

In 1863-1865, he was earning about $10 per week as a laborer, which he gave to his mother. [source: 9]

When he enlisted, he was a molder. [source: 2]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 4 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, gray eyes, and brown hair. [source: 2]

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 12 January 1864. He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Captain Stretch. He was a private in company A. [sources: 1, 2, 9, 10]

On 2 April 1865, he was wounded in the right foot 'with an axe clearing the timber before action', at Petersburg. [source: 9]

He died of typhus fever resulting from the wound in his foot, on 8 May 1865, at DeCamp General Hospital, on David's Island, New York Harbor. He was a private, in company A. He was buried on 10 May 1865. [sources: 1, 2, 6 (funeral on 14 May), 9, 10]

After the war

On 25 May 1865, his mother, Susan Ginther, applied successfully for a pension. William Beaver, first lieutenant of company A, certified Ginther's service and death. On 17 October 1865, her application was accepted, and she was granted a pension of $8 per month, retroactive to 8 May 1865. [sources: 3, 4, 9]

On 31 December 1897, Susan Ginther was dropped from the pension rolls. She had last been paid through 4 May 1894, at a rate of $12 per month. (Note also that FamilySearch has a Philadelphia death certificate for Susan Genther, aged 81 years, who died on 27 July 1894 and was buried in North Cedar Hill [not transcribed].) [source: 9]

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) (David Ginther)

2 company A descriptive roll, entry 112 (David Ginther)

3 pension index, by regiment (David Ginther)

4 pension index, by name (David Ginther)

5 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, 16th ward, microfilm series M653, film 1166, page 440 = 214 handwritten (David Ginther) [NB: not the correct David Ginther; see the 'note on identification' below]

6 death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 13 May 1865 page 5 (David Ginther)

7 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Kensington, ward 5, microfilm series M432, film 807, page 313 = 625 handwritten (David Genther)

8 [various Philadelphia city directories, 1850-1867]

9 mother's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 15, certificate WC 57,866, mother Susan Ginther

10 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (David Ginther)

Note on identification

His mother's pension certificate file confirms the inferences I drew in the following paragraphs.

There seem to have been two David Ginther's of approximately the right age in Philadelphia. The evidence is not completely clear, because so far one has been located only in the 1850 census (7), and the other only in the 1860 census (5). But four lines of evidence suggest that the David in the 1850 census is distinct from the David in the 1860 census, and that the 1850 David is the one who served in the 91st.

First, the David who served in the 91st was buried from 1112 Ash Street (6). The 1862 Philadelphia directory has a George (moulder) and John (fisherman) at that address, and the 1863 directory has a David (chandelier maker) and George (laborer) at that address (8). This is probably the same family as the Ginthers living at Bedford W Ash in 1861, including David (brassmoulder), John (engineer), and Susan (widow of George) (8). Note that the David who served in the 91st reported his occupation as moulder (2), and that his mother is named Susan, and was widowed by David's death in 1865 (6), consistent with this David. Further, the 1861 directory also has a George Ginther, butcher, at 429 George, with Joseph (carver), which seems to match the George Ginther in the 1860 census, since he was a "victualler" (5). That George seems to be in the 1862 and 1863 directories at 429 George, and then apparently in the 1865 directory at 1732 North 9th (with William, butcher). If I have correctly identified him, he is still in the 1866 and 1867 directories, at that address, as a butcher. (This could, of course, be the son, and not the father.) Overall, the city directories from the 1860's suggest one George working with food, as in the 1860 census, still alive in 1867, and another George who had died by 1861, with the household members matching the families in the 1860 and 1850 censuses, respectively.

Second, the 1860 census includes George Ginther (presumably the father) but no one who could be the mother (5). Susan, the mother of the David who served in the 91st, was alive and widowed when he died (6). While it is possible that she was living, but not living with the family, in 1860, it seems more likely that the family in the 1860 census is not the family of the David who served in the 91st.

Third, while the Philadelphia directories from the 1850's are harder to interpret, the 1851 and 1852 directories include two George's, one a victualler (as in the 1860 census) and the other an engineer (as in the 1850 census). The last reference to a George who was an engineer is in the 1855 directory, and a Susan Gintner appears first in the 1857 directory. That suggests (though no more) that George, husband of Susan, died in the mid-1850's. Unfortunately, I have not found a death certificate for him in the Philadelphia death certificates (searched FamilySearch 24 February 2011). But if he had died before 1860, the Ginther's in the 1860 census are clearly different from the Ginther's in the 1850 census.

Finally, a David Ginther died at 214 South 45th Street, Philadelphia, on 12 January 1906 (8). He was born on 25 September 1845, in Philadelphia, to George Ginther (8). His mother's name was, unfortunately, not recorded (8). He was a secretary of the Guarantee Company of North America (8). I suspect he is the David Ginther in the 1860 census.

Sources checked unsuccessfuly

1860 US census
HeritageQuest, FamilySearch, and Footnote indices to the 1860 US census (accessed 24 February 2011)
in the 1861 city directory, 'Mood Jacob, fisherman, Bedford W Ash' (p.702) is at the same address as David Ginther et al; he seems to be the Jacob Mood living in the NE division of the 18th ward, Philadelphia, PA (post office Kensington) in the 1860 census (microfilm series M653, film 1168, page 199 = 199 handwritten), but no Ginther was living in that household
in the 1858 city directory, 'Dwyer Dan., fisherman & groc. Queen & Bishop' is at the same address as Susan Ginther; he seems to be the Daniel Dwyer, fisherman, living in the NE Division 18th ward, Philadelphia, PA (post office Kensington) in the 1860 US census (microfilm series M653, film 1168, page 155 = 155 handwritten), but no Ginther was living in that household
1870 US census
HeritageQuest index (accessed 15 October 2011)
1880 US census
HeritageQuest index (accessed 15 October 2011)
1890 US census, veterans' schedules
Ancestry's index (accessed October 2005)
1900 US census
HeritageQuest index (accessed 15 October 2011)
1910 US census
HeritageQuest index (accessed 15 October 2011)
1920 US census
HeritageQuest index (accessed 15 October 2011)
1930 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 15 October 2011)

death notice

[death notice, David Ginther, Philadelphia Inquirer 13 May 1865 page 5]

GINTHER--At DeCamp General Hospital, David's Island, New York Harbor, on the 8th instant, of typhoid fever, DAVID GINTHER, of Co. A, Ninety-first Regiment P.V., son of Susan and the late George Ginther, in the 21st year of his age.

Fell asleep in Jesus.

The relatives and friends of the family, members of the Ninety-first Regiment P.V., now in the city, and also the Dyottville Assembly, are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, from the residence of his mother, Susan Ginther, No. 1112 Ash street, below Girard avenue, on Sunday afternoon, the 14th inst., at 4 o'clock.

Philadelphia city directories


[I have transcribed all the 'Genther' and 'Ginther' entries from the cited directories, along with (inconsistently) selected other entries]
[I have highlighted entries I suspect are directly relevant to the David who served in the 91st; see the 'note on identification' above for more information]

[1850 Biddle's Philadelphia directory]
[transcribed from Footnote, 24 February 2011]

[page 148]
Genter George, lab. Apple & Rawle
[page 152]
Ginther Geo., vict. rear Hanover n Jackson (K)


[1851 "Edward C and John"'s Philadelphia directory]
[transcribed 24 February 2011, from Footnote]

[page 151]
Genter George, lab. Apple & Rawle
Genther Samuel, buckle maker, Filbert E Sch 3d
[page 155]
Ginther David, vic., Spooner's av (K)
Ginther Geo. engineer, Queen and Vienna
Ginther Geo., vict., George bel 5th


[1852 Biddle's Philadelphia directory]
[transcribed 24 February 2011, from Footnote]

[page 158]
Genter George, lab. Apple & Rawle
Genther David, butcher, School bel Franklin
[page 162]
Ginther Geo. engineer, 16 Salmon (R)
Ginther Geo., vict., George bel 5th
Ginther Margt. C., 310 N 7th


[1853 Biddle's Philadelphia directory]
[transcribed 24 February 2011, from Footnote]

[page 146]
Genther David, butcher, School bel Franklin
[page 151]
Ginther Geo., engineer, 16 Salmon (R)
Ginther Geo., vict. 117 George bel 5th


[1854 Biddle's Philadelphia directory]
[transcribed 24 February 2011, from Footnote]
[page 187]

Genther Geo., tavern, 44 Brown
Genther Wm., Wister bel 12th
[page 192]
Ginther David, vict., 52 School (K)
Ginther Geo., engineer, 16 Salmon (R)
Ginther John, cabtmr., Julianna ab Vine
Ginther Joseph, miller, Amos pl (K)


[1855 Biddle's Philadelphia directory]
[transcribed 24 February 2011, from Footnote]
[page 194]

Genther Aram, plasterer, 855 N 4th
Genther Chas., blacksm. Wistar bel 12th
Genther Edward, blacksm. Wistar bel 12th
Genther Henry, lab. Wistar bel 12th
Genther Valentine, lab. Wistar bel 12th
[page 199]
Ginther David, vict., 52 School (K)
Ginther Geo., engineer, 16 Salmon (R)


[1856 Biddle's Philadelphia directory]
[transcribed 24 February 2011, from Footnote]
[page 227]
Genther John H., blksm. 7 Penna av ab Coates
Genther J., weaver, Adams ab Columbia
[page 233]
Ginther David, vic., 52 School (K)
Ginther George, lab. Adams bel Montgomery
Ginther George, vict. 117 N George



[1857 Biddle's Philadelphia directory]
[transcribed 24 February 2011, from Footnote]
[page 238]

Genter George, lab. Marshall ab Girard av
Genther Gottleib, baker, 13th and Ogden
Genthner John S., hotel, 334 Ridge av.
[page 245]
Ginther David, vict., 569 F road
Ginther George, vict. 117 N George
Ginther Peter, lab. Washington ab Columbia (K)
Ginther Susan, Queen & Bishop (K)
Gintner Abraham, hostler, Steinman's ct.



[1858 Biddle's Philadelphia directory]
[transcribed 24 February 2011, from Footnote]
[page 246]

Ginter George, lab. 2506 Pine
Ginther David, vict., 1108 G road
Ginther George, vict. 429 N George
Ginther John S., hotel, 1406 Ridge av
Ginther Susan, Queen & Bishop (K)


[1859 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 259]
[transcribed 24 February 2011, from Footnote]
[page 252]

Genter David, baker, 327 Catharine
Genter John, mach. 1246 N 10th
Genter Jos., lab. b. h. 241 Poplar
Genter Mary Ann, Cresson bel Levering (Myk)
Genther Caroline, 1024 N 4th
Genther George, lab. b h 239 Poplar
Genther Henry, lab. Dauphin ab Diamond
Genther J. S., hotel, 1406 Brown
[page 259]
Ginter Joseph, b h 241 Poplar
Ginter Peter, brickmr. r 1225 N 4th
Ginther George, vict. 429 George


[1860 Biddle's Philadelphia directory]
[transcribed from Footnote, 24 February 2011]
[page 346]

Genther Abraham, watchman, r 1419 Mifflin
Genther Chas., engineer, 1702 Wood
Genther Edward, blacksmith, 1134 Wister
Genther Elizabeth, wid. Nicholas, 1134 Wister
Genther Henry, hosemr, 1134 Wister
Genther John S., lager beer, 1406 Ridge av
Genther Peter, hosemr, r 1119 Olive
Genther Valentine, hosemr, 1134 Wister
[page 356]
Ginter August, tailor, 632 Andress
Ginter Geo., glasscutter, 508 S 22d
Ginter Peter, laborer, 4 Halleck place r 1306 Charlotte
Ginther Geo., butcher, 429 George


[1861 C Sherman and Son's Philadelphia directory]
[transcribed 24 February 2011, from Footnote]
[page 357]

Ginther Caroline, widow David, 1024 N 4th
Ginther Conrad, cabinetmaker, 1407 Perth
Ginther David, brassmoulder, Bedford W Ash
Ginther George, butcher, 429 George
Ginther Henry, cordwainer, 936 N 7th
Ginther John, baker, 327 Catharine
Ginther John, engineer, Bedford W Ash
Ginther Joseph, carver, 422 Library, h 429 George
Ginther Susan, widow George, Bedford W Ash
Ginther William, clerk, 429 George
Gintner George, laborer, Ashburton n 25th
Gintner Henry, brewer, 982 N 7th
Gintner Jacob, laborer, 1123 Melon
Gintner Nicholas, carman, 936 Alder
[page 347]
Genther August, tailor, 1305 N 10th
Genther Henry, grocery, Emerald & Dauphin
Genther Henry, hosemaker, 520 E North, h 1134 Wister
Genther Peter, hosemaker, 520 E North, h 1113 Olive
Genther Valentine, hosemaker, 520 E North, h 1134 Wister


[1862 Biddle and McElroy's Philadelphia directory]
[transcribed 24 February 2011, from Footnote]
[page 236]

Genther Frederick, stone dealer, N E Master & 9th
Genther George, moulder, 1112 Ash
Genther Gotlieb, baker, 501 Market, Camden
Genther Henry, shoemaker, r 631 Hermitage
Genther John, fisherman, 1112 Ash
Genther Peter, brickmaker, r 1306 Charlotte
Gentner George, butcher, 1207 Marshall [others irrelevant]
[page 243]
Ginter David, baker, 327 Catharine
Ginther Abraham, butcher, 2406 Earle
Ginther Frederick, bookbinder, 1302 Brown
Ginther George, butcher, 429 George
Ginther Geo., salesman, 6 Market, h George n 3d


[1863 Biddle and McElroy's Philadelphia directory]
[transcribed 24 February 2011, from Footnote]
[page 288]

Ginter Auguste, tailor, 824 N 15th
Ginther David, chandelier maker, 1112 Ash
Ginther David, victualler, 703 Thompson
Ginther George, laborer, 1112 Ash
Ginther George, 429 George
[page 282]
Genter George, glassblower, Naudain bet 24th & 25th [others not relevant]
Genther Edward, blacksmith, 905 Mt Vernon, h N W 9th & Mt Vernon
Genther & Grace (Edward Genther & William H. Grace), black & whitesmiths, 705 Mt Vernon


[1864 Biddle and McElroy's Philadelphia directory]
[transcribed 24 February 2011, from Footnote]
[page 269]

Ginther Abraham, laborer, Earl
Ginther David, butcher, 703 Thompson
Ginther George, laborer, 1112 Ash
Ginther Henry, laborer, N E Dauphin & Emerald
Ginther Susan, gentlewoman, 1112 Ash
Gintner Joseph, miller, 406 Maria
[page 262]
Genter George, glasscutter, 2403 Naudain [other Genter's aren't relevant]
Genther Chr. N., salesman, 625 Market, h 809 Poplar
Genther Edward, blacksmith, 905 Mt Vernon, h 2 Potts, n Broad
Genther Godfrey, feed, 2009 N Front
Genther & Grace (Edward Genther & William H. Grace), blacksmiths, 905 Mount Vernon
Genther John, gentleman, 1609 Thopmson
Genther Mary, gentlewoman, 1123 Melon
Genther William, 1732 N 9th


[1865 Sherman and Co's Philadelphia directory]
[transcribed 24 February 2011, from Footnote]
[page 265]

Ginter David, baker, 327 Catharine
Ginther George, butcher, 104 Mkt, h 1732 N 9th
Ginther David, butcher, 1120 Germantown av
Ginther Henry, laborer, 300 Dauphin
Ginther Magdalene, Earl
Ginther William, butcher, 104 Mkt, h 1732 N 9th
Gintner George, glasscutter, 2401 Naudain
[page 259]
Genther Aaron, baker, 1610 Seybert
Genther Peter, shoemaker, 1246 Carlisle


[1866 McElroy's Philadelphia directory]
[transcribed 24 February 2011, from Footnote]
[page 277]

Ginther Caroline, 703 Thompson
Ginther George, butcher, 104 Mkt, h 1732 N 9th
Ginther John, engineer, 1112 Ash
Ginther Magdalene, Earl
Gintner George, glass cutter, 2401 Naudain
[page 271]
Genther George, paints, 453 E Girard av
Genther Peter, shoemaker, 1246 Carlisle
Genter David, baker, 327 Catharine


[1867 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory]
[transcribed 24 February 2011, from Footnote]
[page 543]

Ginther David, butcher, h 703 N 7th
Ginther David, clerk, h 1854 N 12th
Ginther Frederick, bookbinder, h 1037 Nectarine
Ginther George, butcher, h 1732 N 9th
Ginther John, engineer, h r 1112 Ash
Ginther William A., bookkeeper, h 1732 N 9th
[page 532]
Genther Abraham, plasterer, h 1844 Memphis
Genther Augustus, undertaker, h 309 Girard av
Genther Charles, blacksmith, h 1702 Wood
Genther Charles, gunmaker, h 1651 Cadwalader
Genther George W., paintmkr, 453 E Girard av
Genther Peter, laborer, h Halleck pl
Genther Peter, shoemaker, 1246 Carlisle
Genthert Augustus (John J. Stuhl & Co.), h 309 Girard av

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Kensington, ward 5, microfilm series M432, film 807, page 313 = 625 handwritten]
[identification is likely; see the 'note on identification' above]
line22232425262728293031
Dwellings visited171         
Families visited194         
NameGeorge GentherSusan doCecelia "John "George "Catharine "David "Maria "Alfred SmithJoseph do
Age47381513108631922
SexMFFMMFMFMM
Color          
Occupation of males over 15 yearsEngineer       Ship CarpenterFisherman
Real estate owned1800         
Birthplace" [sc. Pa]"""""""""
Married within year          
Attended school within year   1111   
Over 20 & can't read/write          
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.          

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, 16th ward, microfilm series M653, film 1166, page 440 = 214 handwritten]
[this is very probably not the correct David Ginther; see the 'note on identification' above]
line9101112131415
Dwelling number1510      
Family number1790      
NameGeorge GintherWilliam "Joseph "George "David "May F "Hannah Williamson
Age64211916141035
SexMMMMMFF
Color       
OccupationVictuallerClerkAppr [illegible]Do "  Domestic
Value of real estate owned       
Value of personal estate100      
Place of birthPaDoDoDoDoDoN. Jersey
Married within year       
Attended school within year     1 
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 23 Apr 2014, from Fold3]


Ginther, David
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

abstract of widow's pension certificate file

[mother's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 15, certificate WC 57,866, mother Susan Ginther]
[abstracted from 16 pages on Fold3, 15 October 2011]
6 October 1855
father George Ginther died [p.3]
12 Jan 1864
enrolled on 12 January 1864 at Philadelphia PA in co.A [p.5]
mustered in as private at Philadelphia PA [Adjutant General's Office] [p.5]
8 May 1865
David Ginther died at David's Island NY Harbor, of typhus fever [Adjutant General's report] [p.5]
1st lieutenant certified that Ginther was wounded in the foot in action, went to the hospital, and died as a result of fever caused by the wound
wounded in the right foot on 2 April 1865, in action, at Petersburg, and died on 8 May 1865 at USA Hospitalon David's Island New York Harbor of typhoid fever resulting from that wound [page 3]
22 May 1865
Emma Abrams and Sarah Reed, residents of Philadelphia, swore that David earned about $10 per week as a laborer for two years before he enlisted, lived with his mother, and gave her his salary, and that she has no other support, and six children, three of whom are married and don't support her, a daughter who lives with her, and two children (15 and 11) at school [p.16]
25 May 1865
mother Susan Ginther applied for pension. form dated 20 May 1865. application number 94,992 [pages 3-4]
her post office address: 1112 Ash St, below Girard Av., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
aged 51, widow of George Ginther
Hugh Hood and Jane Foster swore to her identity and the truth of her claims, and that David earned $10 per week on average for two years before he enlisted, and gave all of it to her for house rent and other necessities, and sent her the one pay he received after enlisting
Susan had six children: three married and not supporting her, one daughter 25 with no means of support, and two others aged 15 and 11 depending on her, and no property [p.4]
attorney W N Ashman, 1307 Chestnut St, Philadelphia Pennsylvania
2 June 1865, Camp in the Field
William Beaver, 1st lieutenant of company A, certified that David Ginther, private, co. A, was wounded in the right foot in action at Petersburg on 30 March 1865, and died 8 May 1865 at USA Hospital David's Island, NY Harbor, of typhoid fever resulting from that wound, that he was healthy before that, and that he (Beaver) was present when 'he was wounded in the foot with an axe clearing the timber before action' [page 6]
30 Aug 1865
Adjutant General's Office replied to pension office with above summarized information [p.5]
requested 25 May 1865 [p.13]
17 October 1865
admitted to a pension of $8 per month retroactive to 8 May 1865 [p.11]
certificate number 57,866 dated 21 October 1865 [p.11]
31 Dec 1897
mother Susan Ginther dropped from pension rolls for failure to claim pension [p.9]
last paid at a rate of $12 per month through 4 May 1894 [p.9]

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