91st PA: Albert Stephen Girard

Albert Stephen Girard

Name

Bates (1) has 'Alberter', while the list of non-commissioned officers (2) and descriptive roll (3) have 'Alberto'. Later records have 'Albert' (7, 8).

Before the war

He was born in January 1837 (11 (1838), 12 (Jan 1837); 3 (27 in 1863), 6 (24 in 1861), 11 (72 at death in 1910), 12 (63 in 1900), 14 (13 in 1850), 15 (23 in 1860), 16 (35 in 1870). He was born in Canada (3, 6 (Philadelphia), 11 (France), 12 (France), 14 (Lower Canada), 15). He was born to Levi Girard and Mary Letourneau (11).

He immigrated to the United States in 1837 (8 [1836], 12 [1837]). He was a naturalized citizen by 1900 (12).

In 1850, he was living in ward 4, Spring Garden, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (14). He was living with his parents Levi and Mary Girard, and with Josephine, Charles, and Francis (presumably siblings) (14). He had attended school within the year (14).

In 1860, he was living in ward 1, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (15). He was living with his parents Levi and Mary, with Josephine, Cadwalader, and Frank (presumably siblings), and with Rebecca Letorman [?] (15). He was a painter (15).

When he enlisted, he was a painter, and was living in Philadelphia (3, 6).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 1 inch tall, had a dark complexion, brown eyes, and dark hair (3, 6 [dark eyes, brown hair]).

During the war

He also served in company D of the 17th Pennsylvania Infantry (10).

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 21 August 1861 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1, 6, 10). He was mustered into service by Lieutenant Swann (this may relate to his re-enlistment) (3). He was in company E (1, 18, 19, 20).

He was appointed drummer, 10 September 1861 (2, 6, 18 & 19 (mustered in as drummer)).

He fought at the battle of Gettysburg (4).

On 21 February 1862, he went on a furlough, which ended on 8 March 1862 (5). He was declared absent without leave on 10 March 1862 (9). He returned on 12 March 1862 (5, 9).

He re-enlisted as a veteran volunteer, on 24 December 1863, at Bealton, Virginia (1, 3, 6 [26 Dec]). He was enlisted by Lieutenant Carpenter for 3 years (3).

He mustered out on 10 July 1865 with his company (1, 6, 10). He was a musician, in company E (18, 19, 20).

After the war

In 1870, he was living in ward 26, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (16). He was living with his parents Levi and Mary A, and with Frank and George (presumably siblings) (16).

In 1879/80, he married Florence [unknown family name] (12). In 1900, she had had one child, who was still living (12).

In 1900, he was living at 5628 Morton Street, ward 22, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (12). He was living with his wife Florence and daughter Amanda (12). He was a sign painter, and had been out of work for five months in the previous year (12).

On 20 September 1900, he applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (10, 17).

In October 1907, he fell from a scaffold, landing on his feet, and breaking both heels (13). Physicians at Germantown Hospital predicted he would not be able to walk for many months (13).

In 1910, he was living at 5634 Morton Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (8). He had been married twice (8). According to the census, he was married (and had been married for 32 years); his wife was not living at the same residence (8). He was a naturalized citizen (8). He was a house painter (8).

On 1 November 1910, he died of a fracture of the base of the skull, caused by an accidental fall on pavement, in Germantown Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (7, 11). He was a sign painter (11). He was (allegedly) single (11). On 5 November 1910, he was buried at Ivy Hill Cemetery (11).

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 list of non-commissioned officers, company E

3 descriptive roll, company E (Alberto Girard)

4 Pennsylvania Memorial, 91st Pennsylvania plaque, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (Albertus Girard)

5 enlisted men's furloughs (AS Girard)

6 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 6 May 2004 (Alberter S Girard)

7 obituary, dated 4 November 1910 (Albert S Girard)

8 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 22nd ward, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 407, microfilm series T624, film 1395, page 114 A = 5 handwritten (Albert Girard)

9 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 13 March 1865 (Mus Girard)

10 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company E (Albert S Girard)

11 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1 November 1910, #26706 [?] (Albert S. Girard)

12 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 22, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 488, microfilm series T623, film 1463, page 271 = 8 B handwritten (Albert Girard)

13 'Fractures both heels', Philadelphia Inquirer 10 October 1907, page 4 (Albert Stephen Girard)

14 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Spring Garden, ward 4, microfilm series M432, film 819, page 75 verso = 150 handwritten (Alfred Gerard)

15 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 1, precinct 5, microfilm series M653, film 1151, page 327 = 229 handwritten (Alfred Girard)

16 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 26, microfilm series *, film *, page 5 = 9 handwritten, second enumeration (Alfred Girard)

17 pension index, by name (Albert S Girard)

18 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Alberter S Gerard)

19 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Alberter A Girard)

20 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Alberter S Girard)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

RootsWeb WorldConnect
accessed 20 June 2009
1890 US census, veterans schedules
accessed 4 December 2009
1880 US census
HeritageQuest and LDS pilot indices (accessed 14 Sep 2010)
1920 US census
HeritageQuest and LDS pilot indices (accessed 14 Sep 2010)
1930 US census
Footnote index (accessed 14 Sep 2010)

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Albert Stephen Girard in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Spring Garden, ward 4, microfilm series M432, film 819, page 75 verso = 150 handwritten]
[the parents match Alfred's parents according to the death certificate, Albert's age matches Alfred's, and I have not found anyone else who could be Albert]
line323334353637
Dwellings visited97     
Families visited110     
NameLevi GerardMary doAlfred doJosephine doCharles doFrancis do
Age3836131251
SexMFMFM"
Color      
Occupation of males over 15 yearsCarpenter     
Real estate owned      
BirthplaceLower CanadaPaLower Canadadododo
Married within year      
Attended school within year  11  
Over 20 & can't read/write      
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.      

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 1, precinct 5, microfilm series M653, film 1151, page 327 = 229 handwritten]
[see the 1850 census for the identification]
line23242526272829
Dwelling number1610      
Family number1633      
NameLevi GirardMary "Alfred "Josephine "Cadwalaer "Frank "Rebecca Letorman [?]
Age49462322141173
Sexmfmfmmf
Color       
OccupationCarpenter PainterGuitarbinder [?]Errand Boy Nurse
Value of real estate owned      700
Value of personal estate       
Place of birthCanadaPennCanada"Penn""
Married within year       
Attended school within year     1 
Cannot read & write       
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.       

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 26, microfilm series *, film *, page 5 = 9 handwritten, second enumeration]
[see the 1850 census for the identification. note that an Alfred Gerard, 35, born France, was living in Tioga, Tioga County, Pennsylvania (page 393 = 9 handwritten)]
line1617181920
Dwelling-house number1017""""
Family number     
NameGirard Levi" Mary A" Albert" Frank" George
Age6055352015
SexMFMM"
Color     
Occupation     
Real estate value     
Personal estate value     
Birthplace     
Father foreign born     
Mother foreign born     
Birth month if born within year     
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 old     
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...     

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 22, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 488, microfilm series T623, film 1463, page 271 = 8 B handwritten]
line969798
streetMorton St
house number5628  
dwelling number148  
family number153  
nameGirard Albert- Florence- Amanda F
relationshipHeadWifeDaughter
colorWWW
sexMFF
birth dateJan 1837Aug 1857Nov 1880
age634219
married?MMS
# years married2020 
mother of how many children? 1 
# of children living 1 
birthplaceFranceNew JerseyPenna
father's birthplaceFranceNew JerseyFrance
mother's birthplacePhila.New JerseyNew Jersey
immigration year1837  
# years in USA634219
naturalized citizen?Na  
occupationSign PainterHousewifeGentlewoman
# months not employed5  
# months in school   
can readyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyes
speaks Englishyesyesyes
owned/rentedR  
free or mortgaged   
farm/houseH  
# of farm schedule   

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 22nd ward, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 407, microfilm series T624, film 1395, page 114 A = 5 handwritten]
[I did not transcribe the other people at this residence, headed by John Holdkins [?]]
[No one else at the residence has the surname 'Girard' or had been married for 32 years]
line13
streetMorton St
house nr[5634]
dwelling nr[79 [?]]
family nr[80 [?]]
nameGirard Albert
relationshipLodger
sexM
colorW
age74
marital statusM2
#years present marriage32
mother of # children 
mother of # living children 
birthplaceCanada Eng
father's birthplaceFrance French
mother's birthplacePennsylvania
immigrated1836
naturalized/alienNA
speaks EnglishEnglish
occupationPainter
nature of industry etc.House
employer etc.W
out of work 15 Apr 1910?No
# weeks out of work 19090
can readyes
can writeyes
school since 1 Sep 09 
owned/rented 
owned free or mortagaged 
farm/house[house]
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 17 Apr 2014, from Fold3]


Gerard, Alberter S.
Co. E, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Drummer | Muc.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Girard, Alberter
     Alberter S.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 20 April 2014]

Girard, Alberter A.
Co. E, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Drummer | Musician
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Girard, Albert
     Alberter S

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 3, transcribed 23 April 2014]

Girard, Alberter
     Alberter S.
Co. E, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Drummer | Musician
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

'Fractures both heels'

['Fractures both heels', Philadelphia Inquirer 10 October 1907, page 4]
FRACTURES BOTH HEELS
Seventy-Year-Old Painter Victim of Odd Accident

While at work painting a house at Germantown avenue and Armat street yesterday Albert Stephen Girard, 70 years old, of 5628 Morton street, fell from the scaffold upon which he was standing, fracturing the bones in the heels of both his feet.

Physicians at the Germantown Hospital, where he was taken, pronounce the injuries as the most peculiar in all their experience. While not of a serious character, the injured man will be unable to walk for many months.

Girard fell about twenty feet, and landed squarely on his feet, the soles striking a stone pavement with such force as to break the heel bones of both legs.

Obituary

[obituary, transcribed by Gene Stackhouse, on the "Pa-Civil-War" Archives, at Rootsweb, message dated 27 July 2005]
Obituary 4 November 1910
Aged Man's Fall Fatal.
Albert S. Girard, 75 years old, of 116 Queen Lane, died in the Germantown Hospital Tuesday night from a fractured skull, which he sustained when he fell at Germantown Avenue and Penn Street late Monday night, he having been stricken with vertigo. Girard was known as "Florence the Sigh Painter," an adopted name. He served in the Union army in the Civil War. Only recently he returned to Germantown after spending some time in a soldiers' home.

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1 November 1910, #26706 [?], Albert S. Girard]
[thanks to Ed McLaughlin for finding this!]

CERTIFICATE OF DEATH
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
BUREAU OF VITAL STATISTICS.
File No. [blank]
Registered No. 26706 [? '70' is especially unclear]

1. PLACE OF DEATH.
County of PHILADELPHIA.
City of PHILADELPHIA.
(Germantown Hosp.)
2. FULL NAME Albert S. Girard
PERSONAL AND STATISTICAL PARTICULARS
3. SEX M
4. COLOR OR RACE W
5. Single [sic]
6. DATE OF BIRTH 1838 [blank]
7. AGE 72 yrs. x mos. x ds.
8. OCCUPATION Sign Painter
9. BIRTHPLACE France
10. NAME OF FATHER Levi Girard
11. BIRTHPLACE OF FATHER France
12. MAIDEN NAME OF MOTHER Mary Letourneau
13. BIRTHPLACE OF MOTHER Phila
14. THE ABOVE IS TRUE TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE
(Informant) Florence Girard
Address 5624 Morton St
15. Filed [blank]

MEDICAL CERTIFICATE OF DEATH
16. DATE OF DEATH (Month) 11 (Day) 1 (Year) 1910
17. I HEREBY CERTIFY, That an inquest was held upon the body of the above named deceased on the [illegible] day of [blank], that the jury rendered a verdict giving the cause of death as follow:
Frac Base of Skull due to acdl fall on pavement
(Signed) John W. Ford Coroner
(Address) R
18. LENGTH OF RESIDENCE (FOR HOSPITALS, INSTITUTIONS, TRANSIENTS OR RECENT RESIDENTS):
At place of death [blank]
In the State [blank]
Where was disease contracted, if not at place of death? [blank]
Former or usual residence 5624 [sic] Morton St Ward 22
19. PLACE OF BURIAL OR REMOVAL Ivy Hill Cem
DATE OF BURIAL 11/5 1910
20. UNDERTAKER W. J. McGoldsmith [?]
ADDRESS Germantown Pa

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