91st PA: Henry C Gorgas

Henry C Gorgas

Note re identification

I suspect the Henry Gorgas in the 1850 census with Rachel Gorgas (1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Spring Garden, ward 3, precinct 1, microfilm series M432, film 818, page 455 = 911 handwritten) is the Henry Gorgas, wood corder, in the 1850 and 1855 city directories. He is too old to be the Henry who served in the 91st (27 in 1850).

Two other Henry Gorgas's, born about the right time, lived near Philadelphia. I have preferred the one recorded below because his occupation in 1860 and 1870 matches the occupation listed in the descriptive book.

One lived from 9 April 1843 to 4 July 1931, in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. In 1850, he was living in Lower Salford Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, with Abraham, Elizabeth and Phebe [1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Montgomery, Lower Salford, page 25 = 49 handwritten]. In 1870, he was living in Upper Dalford Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania [1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Montgomery, Upper Dalford Township, post office Schwenks Ville, microfilm series M593, film 1379, page 384 = 3 handwritten]. In 1880, he was living in Hatfield Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania [1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, Hatfield Township, supervisor's district 4, enumeration district 8, microfilm series T9, film 1157, page 154 = 14 B handwritten]. In 1900, he was living in Franconia Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania [1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, Franconia Township, supervisor's district 2, enumeration district 202, microfilm series T623, film 1442, page 173 = 6B handwritten]. He died on 4 July 1931, and was buried in the Lower Salford Mennonite Cemetery, Harleysville, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania [Find-a grave, memorial 58155012 (accessed 27 February 2011]. [Numerous gedcom's are available on RootsWeb WorldConnect, under the name Henry P Garges or Henry Price Garges. Some seem to me, on quick examination only, to be conflating this Henry with the Bucks County Henry. Perhaps I have not correctly assigned records to each.]

The other lived in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In 1850, Henry Gargas, 19 years old, a farmer, was living in Warwick, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with Abraham and Leah Gargas (presumably his parents), and with Lewis, Sarah Ann, Prescilla, Emma, and Eve (presumably his siblings) [1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Bucks County, Warwick Township, page 123 = 246 handwritten]. In 1860, he is probably the Henry Garras [sic] living in Doylestown, with Abraham and Lacy [?], Presilla, Emma, and a farm hand (1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Bucks County, Doylestown Township, microfilm series M653, film 1084, page 274 = 114 handwritten). In 1870, he was living in Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with Mary (presumably his wife), Annie, Edward, and Isaac (presumably their children) and others In 1880, he was living in Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with Mary, Annie, Edward Isaac, and others [microfilm series T9, film 1106, page 196 C]. In 1900, he was living in Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with Mary (page 194 = 12 A handwritten).

Before the war

He was born in 1841/42 (6 (19 in 1861), 9 [19 in 1860], 10 [28 in 1870], 15 [7 in 1850]). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (6, 9, 10, 15).

In 1850, he was living in ward 3, Spring Garden, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (15). He was living with Edward and Susan Gorgas (presumably his parents), and with Mary, Theodore, and Harriet Gorgas (presumably siblings), along with John A Gorgas and Rosanna Spider (15). He had attended school within the year (15).

In 1860, he was living in ward 20, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (9). He was living with Ed. Gorgas (presumably his father), and with Emma, Mary, Theodore, Harriet, William, and Elizabeth Gorgas (presumably siblings) (9). He was a coach trimmer (9). They were probably living at 1413 Marshall (11).

When he enlisted, he was a carriage trimmer (6).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 7-1/2 inches tall, and had a light complexion, hazel eyes, and light hair (6).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 23 August 1861 (1, 6). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia Pennsylvania, by Captain Starr (6). He was a private in company A (1, 16, 17, 18).

He fought at the Battle of Gettysburg (8).

He was missing in action on 2 July 1863 (5). He was wounded on 3 July 1863 at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (1).

On 9 July 1863, he was dropped from the rolls, by order of Brigadier General Garrard (5, 6). On 28 July 1863, he was reported as having been dropped because he was missing in the campaign (3).

On 8 September 1863, Sinex reported that he was in Philadelphia and able to rejoin the regiment, and requested his return (2).

On 3 November 1863, he was reported regained from missing in action and under arrest (4).

[Bates does not list him as a veteran.]

He was reported returned from absent without leave on 21 April 1864 (7).

He mustered out on 10 July 1865 with his company (1). He was a private, in company A (16, 17, 18).

After the war

He is probably the Henry Gorgas whose daughter Annie Gorgas died on 14 September 1868, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (12). Her mother was Elisabeth Fuchs (12). She died at, or was buried from, 1304 Charlotte Street (12). She died of congestion of brain (12). She was buried at St Peters Ground, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (12).

From 1868 through 1870, he was a coachtrimmer, living at 1304 Charlotte Street (11).

In 1870, he was living in ward 17, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (10). He was living with Lizzie (presumably his wife), and Mary (presumably their daughter), along with two other people (10). He was a coach painter (10).

From 1871 to 1874, he was living at 1304 Charlotte, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (11). He was a trimmer (11).

He may be the Henry C Gorgas who died on 8 February 1872, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (14). He died at, or was buried from, the corner of 16th and Filbert Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (14). He died of consumption (14). This Henry was buried at Oddfellows Cemetery (14).

In 1878, Elizabeth, widow of Harry Gorgas, was living at 406 Eisen Avenue (11). This is presumably his widow.

His widow is probably the Elisabeth Fox Gargas who died on 29 July 1883, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (12). She died at, or was buried from, 1449 North 4th Street (12). She died of phthisis pulmonalis (12). She was buried at St Peters Cemetery (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)

2 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 8 September 1863

3 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 28 July 1863 (Priv Gorgas)

4 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 3 November 1863 (Priv Gorgas)

5 register of men discharged, co.A (Henry C Gorgas)

6 company A descriptive roll, entry 21 (Henry C Gorgas)

7 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 21 April 1864 (Gorgas)

8 Pennsylvania Memorial, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (Henry C Gorgas)

9 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 20, microfilm series M653, film 1171, pages 665-666 = 163-164 handwritten (Henry Gorgas)

10 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 17, district 51, microfilm series M593, film 1402, page 81 = 161 handwritten (Harry Gorgas)

11 [various Philadelphia directories, 1850-1878]

12 Philadelphia death certificate, Annie Gorgas, 14 September 1868 (Henry Gorgas)

13 Philadelphia death certificate, Elisabeth Fox Gargas, 29 July 1883 (Elisabeth Fox Gargas)

14 Philadelphia death certificate, 8 February 1872 (Henry C Gorgas)

15 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Spring Garden, ward 3, precinct 2, microfilm series M432, film 818, page 34 verso = 68 handwritten (Henry C Gorgas)

16 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Henry C Georgas)

17 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Henry C Gorgus)

18 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Henry C Gorgas)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

pension file
the National Archives found no pension file for him (letter, 30 Apr 1998)
1890 US census, veterans schedules
Ancestry index
pension index, by name
Ancestry index (April 2006)
Find a grave
accessed 27 February 2011
Pennsylvania veterans burial cards
Ancestry index (accessed 28 February 2011)

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Spring Garden, ward 3, precinct 2, microfilm series M432, film 818, page 34 verso = 68 handwritten]
[identification is likely; this is clearly the same Henry Gorgas as is in the 1860 census below]
line1314151617181920
Dwellings visited454       
Families visited492       
NameEdward T. GorgasSusan DoMary A. DoHenry C. DoTheodore S. DoHarriett DoJohn A. DoRosanna Spider
Age3129107422214
SexMFFMMMMF
Color        
Occupation of males over 15 yearsCoach Trimmer     Coach Smith 
Real estate owned        
BirthplaceDo [sc. Pennsylvania]DoDoDoDoDoDoDo
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 20, microfilm series M653, film 1171, pages 665-666 = 163-164 handwritten]
[identification is likely, since his occupation matches the descriptive book occupation (6)]
line343536373839401
Dwelling number1032       
Family number1327       
NameEd. GorgasEmma "Mary "Henry "Theo. "Hariett "Wm "Eliz. Gorgas
Age41222119131192
SexMFFMMFMF
Color        
OccupationCoach Trimmer  "    
Value of real estate owned        
Value of personal estate150       
Place of birth" [sc. Penn]""""""Penn
Married within year        
Attended school within year    111 
Cannot read & write        
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.        

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 17, district 51, microfilm series M593, film 1402, page 81 = 161 handwritten]
[identification is likely, since his occupation matches the 1860 census above and the company descriptive list. Note, however, that his parents are listed as foreign-born, and the Ed. Gorgas in the 1860 census is listed as born in Pennsylvania.]
line2122232425
Dwelling-house number[1032]    
Family number1301    
NameGorgas Harry- Lizzie- MaryKeefe KateFox Cathrine [sic]
Age282848664
Sexmffff
Colorwwwww
OccupationCoach PainterKeeps House At HomeAt Home
Real estate value     
Personal estate value     
BirthplacePennaPennaPennaAustriaAustria
Father foreign born11 11
Mother foreign born11 11
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 old1    
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...     

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]


Georgas, Henry C.
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Gorgas, Henry C.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 24 April 2014]

Gorgus, Henry C.
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Gorgas, Henry C.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 3, transcribed 25 April 2014]

Gorgas, Henry C.
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death certificate

[Philadelphia death certificate, available on FamilySearch]
[identification is likely, given the middle initial and absence of other candidates, but note that his occupation is blank, that the burial place is different from St Peters, where his apparent wife and daughter were buried, and that Henry Gorgas continues to appear in the Philadelphia directories through 1874]
[transcribed 27 February 2011]
[identification is uncertain; this Henry Gorgas is single, and the Henry Gorgas I have identified in the 1870 census above seems to be married]

RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, Henry C. Gorgas.
2. Color, White
3. Sex, Male
4. Age, 29
Single
6. Date of Death, Feb 8, 72
7. Cause of Death, Consumption
I. A. McArthur M.D.
Residence, Soldiers Home
UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, [blank]
9. Place of Birth, Phila.
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 9th Ward
12. Street and Number, cor 16th Filbert St
13. Date of Burial, Fbua [?] 9th
14. Place of Burial, Oddfellows Cemty
Wm B. Strang Undertaker,
Residence, 1326 Poplar St

death certificate, Annie Gorgas

[Philadelphia death certificates]
[transcribed from FamilySearch, 27 February 2011]

RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, Annie Gorgas [the indexer on FamilySearch read this a 'Jorgas']
2. Colour, white
3. Sex, Female
4. Age, 6 months
5. Married or Single, [blank]
6. Date of Death, Sept. 14 1868
7. Cause of Death, Congestion of Brain
[illegible] M.D.
Residence, 1301 Germantown [?] Ave
UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE, IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, -
9. Place of Birth, Phila
10. When a Minor, Name of Father, Henry Gorgas
Name of Mother, Elisabeth Fuchs
11. Ward, 17
12. Street and Number, 1304 Charlotte St
13. Date of Burial, Sep 16" 1868
14. Place of Burial, St Peters Ground
[illegible] Genthert [?] UNDERTAKER.
Residence, 309 Girard av.
Date of Certificate Sep. 14" 1868.

death certificate, Elisabeth Fox Gargas

[Philadelpia death certificates]
[transcribed from FamilySearch, 27 February 2011]
[identification: while she is listed as 'married', her age matches the Elizabeth in the 1870 census, and her burial place connects her to Annie Gorgas above]

RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, Elisabeth Fox Gargas
2. Color, white
3. Sex, fem
4. Age, 39 years
5. Married
6. Date of Death, July 29. 1883.
7. Cause of Death, Phthisis pulmonalis.
A. Gray [?] M.D.
Residence, 984 N 3rd St.
UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, Phila.
9. Place of Birth, [blank]
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 17th
12. Street and Number, 1449 N 4th St.
13. Date of Burial, July 30th 1884
14. Place of Burial, St Peters Cemetery
Joseph Hooper Undertaker.
Residence, 1545 [?] N 2nd St

city directories

[1850 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, pages 155-156]
[transcribed 27 February 2011, from Footnote]
[this is the only Henry listed]

Gorgas E. J., coachtrimmer, Centre ab Brown
Gorgas Henry, wood corder, h 394 N 6th

[1855 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 204]
[transcribed 27 February 2011, from Footnote]
[this was the only Henry listed]

Gorgas E.J., coach trimmer, Marshall ab Master
Gorgas Henry, wood corder, 362 Arch

[1860 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 372]
[transcribed 27 February 2011, from Footnote]
[no Henry is listed; I transcribed the one apparently relevant entry]

Gorgas Edm. J. trimmer, 1413 Marshall


[1865 Sherman's Philadelphia directory, page 271]
[accessed at Footnote, 27 February 2011]
[no Henry Gorgas is listed; I have transcribed all the 'Gorgas' and 'Gorges' entries]

GORGAS EDWARD W., woodwharf, 1325 Beach, h 150 Richmond
Gorgas Edmund J., coachtrimmer, 602 Thompson
Gorgas John A., coachsmith, 1602 Fawn
Gorgas Miles C., druggist, 1109 Vine
Gorgas M., wadding manufacturer, 126 N 3d, h Roxboro
Gorgas Samuel, grocer, Gorgas la & Gtn av, Gtn
Gorgas Samuel, stockbroker, 10 & 12 S 3d, h Roxboro
Gorges Charles, salesman, 140 S Front, h Mt Airy
Gorges William Sr., gentleman, 41 S 2d
Gorges William, Jr., dentist, 1107 Arch


[1866 McElroy's Philadelphia directory, page 283]
[transcribed 27 February 2011, from Footnote]
[no Henry is present; I transcribed the one entry I believe is relevant, based on the 1860 census]

Gorgas Edmund J., coach trimmer, 602 Thompson


[1867 McElroy's Philadelphia directory, page 355]
[transcribed 27 February 2011, from Footnote]
[no Henry's are present; I transcribed the one apparently relevant entry]

Gorgas Edmund, coachmaker, 602 Thompson


[1868 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 668]
[transcribed from Footnote, 27 February 2011]
[this was the only Henry Gorgas listed]

Gorgas Henry C., trimmer, h 1304 Charlotte

[1869 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 622]
[transcsribed 27 February 2011, from Footnote]
[this was the only Henry Gorgas listed]

Gorgas Henry C., coachtrimmer, h 1304 Charlotte

[1870 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 634]
[transcribed 27 February 2011, from Footnote; this was the only Henry Gorgas listed]

Gorgas Henry C., trimmer, h 1304 Charlotte

[1871 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 612]
[transcribed 27 February 2011, from Footnote]
[this was the only Henry Gorgas listed]

Gorgas Henry C., trimmer, h 1304 Charlotte


[1872 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 576]
[transcribed 27 February 2011, from Footnote]
[this was the only Henry Gorgas listed]

Gorgas Henry C., trimming, h 1304 Charlotte


[1873 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 563]
[transcribed 27 February 2011, from Footnote]
[this was the only Henry Gorgas listed]

Gorgas Henry C., trimmings, h 1304 Charlotte


[1874 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 551]
[transcribed 27 February 2011, from Footnote]
[this was the only Henry Gorgas listed]

Gorgas Henry C., trimmings, h 1304 Charlotte


[1875 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 602]
[accessed 27 February 2011, at Footnote]
[no Henry Gorgas is listed; the only Elizabeth is widow of Charles, living at Allen's Lane corner Main, Mount Airy]



[1876 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 598]
[accessed 27 February 2011, at Footnote]
[no Elizabeth or Henry Gorgas is listed; no Gerges is listed on page 573]



[1877 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 582]
[accessed 27 February 2011, at Footnote]
[no Elizabeth or Henry Gorgas is listed; no Gerges is listed on page 558]



[1878 Costa's Philadelphia directory, page 618]
[accessed 27 February 2011, at Footnote]
[no Henry Gorgas is listed]

Gorgas Elizabeth, wid Harry, h 406 Eisen av


[1879 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 635]
[accessed 27 February 2011, at Footnote]
[no Elizabeth or Henry Gorgas is listed]


[1880 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 672]
[accessed 27 February 2011, at Footnote]
[no Elizabeth or Henry Gorgas is listed]

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