91st PA: Samuel Grier

Samuel Grier

Before the war

He was born in 1810/11 (3 (40 in 1861), 7 [51 at death in 1862], 9 (43 in 1861)). He was born in Ireland (7).

On 19 June 1840, he married Mary Stewart, in Ireland (6).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 4 October 1861 (1, 3, 6 [12 Nov 61], 8 and 10 (12 November 1861)). He was a private, in company B (8, 10, 11, 12).

He was apparently transferred to company D, in which he was a private (1, 10).

He was wounded in action at the battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia, on 13 December 1862 (1, 2).

He died of trismus, in Catharine Street USA Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 26 December 1862 (5, 6, 7) or 14 March 1863 of those wounds (1, 2, 3). He was a private, in company D (10, 11, 12; 8 and 9 have him not on company B's muster-out roll). He was married (7). He was a laborer (7). He was buried from 1833 South Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (7). He was buried on 28 December 1862 at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1 [27 Dec 62, burial record], 7).

After the war

On 7 March 1863, his widow, Mary Grier, applied successfully for a pension under the Act of 14 July 1862 (4, 5, 6). She was living at 1833 South Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (6). She had no children under 16 (6). However, she had had at least one son--one witness was a grocer who reported that he had employed her son for four years (6). She was an invalid, apparently beginning in 1850 (6). Her application was approved on 4 December 1863, retroactive to 26 December 1862, at a rate of $8.00 per month (6).

Apparently, someone reported to the Pension Agency that she had remarried (and perhaps that she was working as a servant) (6). She was therefore dropped from the pension rolls in March 1870 (6). However, after providing evidence that she had not remarried, she was restored, in December 1870 (6).

Mary Grier was dropped from the pension rolls in July 1888, after having not claimed her pension since 4 December 1884 (6). She was still receiving $8 per month (6).

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) (Samuel Grier)

2 company D, register of deaths (Samuel Greer)

3 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 9 August 2004 (Samuel Grier)

4 pension index, by name (Samuel Grier)

5 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company D (Samuel Grier)

6 widow's pension certificate file, Mary Grier, widow of Samuel Grier, certificate 10,070, National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 15, available on Footnote (accessed 23 June 2009) (Samuel Grier)

7 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 26 December 1862 (Samuel Greer)

8 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) (Samuel Greer)

9 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 28 June 2004 (Samuel Greer)

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

11 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Samuel Grier)

12 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Samuel Greeir)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1860 US census
not yet found
1870 US census
not yet found
Note that the Mary Grier, 60, born Ireland, in the 1870 census at Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 86th district, microfilm series M593, film 1414, page 388 = 94 handwritten is not this Mary Grier, not only because she at least seems to have children who would have been less than 16 when she applied for the pension (though perhaps they are grandchildren), but (more importantly) because she also appears in the 1860 census at Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 1, precincts 6, 7, and 9, microfilm series M653, film 1151, page 576 = 110 handwritten, without anyone who could be her husband (though oddly she is assigned a different family number than her apparent children) (accessed 24 June 2009)
1890 US census, veterans schedules
Ancestry index (accessed May 2007)

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Samuel Grier in the 91st PA database

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 25 Apr 2014, from Fold3]


Greer, Samuel
Co. B, D, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 1 May 2014]

Grier. Samuel
Co. B D, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Greer, Samuel

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 3, transcribed 1 May 2014]

Greeir Samuel
Co. B D, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Greer, Samuel

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 26 December 1862, Samuel Greer]
RETURN OF A DEATH,
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, Samuel Greer
2. Colour, White
3. Sex, Male
4. Age, Fifty One
5. Married
6. Date of Death, December 26th 1862
7. Cause of Death, Trismus
John Bell M.D.
Catharine Street U.S.A. Hospital.

UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, Laborer
9. Place of Birth, Ireland
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, Seventh
12. Street and Number, No 1833 South St
13. Date of Burial, December 28th 1862
14. Place of Burial, Odd Fellows Cemetery
Geo W Lott Undertaker.
Residence, No 509 S 13th St

widow's pension certificate file

[widow's pension certificate file, Mary Grier, widow of Samuel Grier, certificate 10,070, National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 15, available on Footnote (accessed 23 June 2009)]

[page 1]
Box 31456
Cert. 10070
Mary Grier

Bundle #13

[page 2]
[I did not transcribe this page, which is a summary of images digitized]

[page 3]
WAR OF 1861.
10070
Brief in the case of Mary Grier, widow of Samuel Grier, Priv. Co "D" 91st Pa V.
Phila. County, and State of Pennsylvania
Act of July 14, 1862.
Post Office address of Applicant, 1833 South St. Phila. Pa.
Claim for Widow's Pension.
Declaration and Identification in due Form.
PROOF EXHIBITED.
On Rolls
Samuel Grier, enrolled Nov. 12th 1861, Co "D" 91st Pa. V. and on muster Roll for Jan. + Feb. 1863. "Died from wounds received in the Battle of Fredericksburg, Dec. 26th 1862."

Of marriage, that it took place in Ireland, the original certificate, and the affidavit of credible and disinterested witnesses, who make oath that the parties were legally married of their own personal knowledge.

Of no child.

Of Power to J H Wheeler

Admitted Dec. 4th, 1863, to a pension of $8 00/100 per month, commencing Dec. 26th, 1862.

J. H. Wheeler
Philadelphia Pa
Name and Residence of Agent.

W C Bunch
EXAMINING CLEAK

Exd Jan

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No. 14,210.
State of Pennsylvania, City of Philadelphia ss.

On this twenty eighth day of July A.D. 1863, personally appeared before me Prothonotary of the Court of Common Pleas for the City and County of Philadelphia Mary (or Margaret) Grier a resident of the City of Philadelphia and State of Pennsylvania, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress approved July 14. 1862: That she is the widow of Samuel Grier, who was a private in Company D, commanded by Lieutenant Howell [sic] W. Shipley, in the 91st Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War of 1861, who died on the twenty sixth day of December A.D. 1862, in the Catharine Street Hospital in the City of Philadelphia from the effects of wounds received at Fredericksburg. She further declares that she was married to the said Samuel Grier on the nineteenth day of June A.D. 1840, in Ireland in the Kingdom of Great Britain; that her husband, the aforesaid Samuel Grier died on the day above mentioned and that she has remained a widow ever since that period; she further declares that she had no child or children under sixteen years of age at the time of her said husband's death; she further declares that her marriage having taken place abroad, she produces the hereto annexed certificate of her said marriage as the only record evidence of


[this sentence appears not to be finished in the digitized documents]

[page 5]

That Mr Saml Grier + Wife Mary [?] Stewart were joined in matrimony by me on the 19th Inst with the mutual consent of the friends [?] + that they both supported [?] good characters is certified at the request of [apparently not finished]
Sopion [?] by
John Bossa D.M.
G Downey [??]
28th [?] June 1840

[page 6]

Also personally appeared Margaret Rodgers and Isabella Stewart residents of the City of Philadelphia, persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who being by me duly sworn, say that they were present and saw Margaret Grier make her mark to the foregoing declaration, and they further swear, that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of the applicant and their acquaintance with her, that she is the identical person that she represents herself to be and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.

Margret Rodgers
her
Isabella X Stewart
mark

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 3rd day of September A.D. 1863, and I hereby certify that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.

Fred G Wolbert
Prothy

J. H. Wheeler
Atty for Margt Grier 113. So. 5th St. Philadelphia

[page 7]

Decd
[illegible date stamp]

[page 8]

Adjutant General's Office,
Washington, D.C.,
April 6 1863
Sir:

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your Office of application for Pension No. 14210, and to return it herewith, with such information as is furnished by the files of this Office.

It appears from the Rolls on file in this Office, that Samuel Grier was enrolled on the 12th day of Nov., 1861, at Philadelphia in Co. D, 91st Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, to serve 3 years, or during the war, and mustered into service as a No evidence on the of muster in day of on file 186[blank], at [blank], in Co. [blank], Regiment of [blank] Volunteers, to serve [blank] years, or during the war. On the Muster Roll of Co. [blank] of that Regiment, for the months of Jan'y + Feb'y 1863, he is reported "Died from wounds received in the Battle of Fredericksburg, Dec. 26, 1862."

I am, Sir, very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
Saml Breck [?]
Assistant Adjutant General.

The Commissioner of Pensions,
Washington, D.C.
Memoranda.
Name of applicant, Mary Grier
Address, Philadelphia, Pa.

[page 9]

WIDOW.

(PENSIONER DROPPED.)
U S Pension Agency,
Philadelphia
July, 1888.
Hon Jno C Black [?]
Commissioner of Pensions.
Sir:

I hereby report that the name of Mary Grier, who was a pensioner on the rolls of the Agency under Certificate No. 10070, and who was last paid at $8 to Decr 4, 1884, has been dropped because of failure to claim

Very respectfully,
W. W. H. Davis
Pension Agent
Every name dropped to be thus reported at once.

[page 10]

[date stamp: ] AUG 4 1888 [?]
[stamp:] US PENSION OFFICE AUG 9 1888

[page 11]
No. 10,070
See Genl Wright USA Letter
enclosed
[illegible]
Carlisle

Pennsylvania
Mary Grier
widow of Samuel Grier
Rank Private
Company "D"
Regiment 91st Pa
Philadelphia Agency.
Rate per month, $8
Commencing Dec 26th 1862
Certificate dated 9th Dec 1863
and sent to J. H. Wheeler
Philadelphia Penn.
A[ct 1]4th July, 1862.
A. Vol. [torn off] 5

[page 12]

1870 Jan'y 29 Pen. Agt (To suspe[nd])
H.V.A.
" [sc. 1870] Mch. 7 Pen. Agt to drop
" " " [sc. 1870 Mch 7] 3 Died [?] + 2 Comp.
" " [sc. 1870 Mch] 24. Pensioner that if not married she can apply for restoration
Dec. 5. 1870. To Mathew Paulson re [illegible]
March 7/71 Pen. Agt. (Restoring name to roll + authorizing payment to be resumed.)
go to Carlisle
March 7 /71 Mathews Paulson +c advised as to restoration of name +c
Our Files

[page 13]

10,070
No. 14,210
ACT OF JULY 14, 1862.
Mary Grier, Phila Pa wid of
Samuel Grier, pri in
Co "D" 91 Penn vols
Died at Philada Penna
Dec 26, 1862 of a wound
Pension Office,
March 10, 1863.
Respectfully referred to the Adjutant General, for official evidence of service and death.
Jos A Barrett
Commissioner.

[page 14]

July 20 /63. New De el
marriage
Address
Aug 4 /63. Paper retd for correction
Sept 29 /63 muster in

[page 15]

State of Pennsylvania, City and County of Philadelphia, SS.

On this third day of March A. D. 1863 personally appeared before me, an Alderman and ex officio Justice of the Peace of the City and County of Philadelphia, Mary Grier a resident of the said City and State, aged Fifty years, who, being first duly sworn according to law, doth on her oath make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress approved July 14. 1862: That she is the widow of Samuel Grier, who was a Private in Company D, commanded by Lieutenant Howard W. Shipley in the Ninety first regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War of 1861, who died on the twenty sixth day of December 1862, at the Catharine Street Hospital, Philadelphia, from the effects of a wound received at Fredericksburg. She further declares that she was married to the said Samuel Grier on the nineteenth day of June 1840, that her husband the aforesaid Samuel Grier, died on the day above mentioned, and that she has remained a widow ever since that period, as will more fully appear by reference to the proof hereto annexed. She also declares that she has not in any manner been engaged in, or aided or abetted, the rebellion in the United States, and that she has no children under 16.

X
Mary Grier
her mark
(over)

[page 16]

Also personally appeared James Patton and Thomas Rodgers residents of the said City of Philadelphia, persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who being by me duly sworn, say that they were present and saw Mary Grier make her mark to the foregoing declaration, and they further swear that they know of their own knowledge that she is the identical person she represents herself to be, that she was legally married to the said Samuel Grier, who died on 26th December 1862, and she is still a widow; they further swear that the said Mary Grier has no children under sixteen years of age; and that they these deponents have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.

James Patton
Thomas Rodgers

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 3rd day of March A.D. 1863 and I hereby certify that I have no interest, direct or indirect in the prosecution of this claim, and the said Mary Grier also acknowledged the annexed Power of Attorney to be her act and deed. Witness my hand and seal.

H. Tuniforn [?]
Seal
Alderman

J. H. Wheeler
Atty for Mary Grier
113 So 5th St. Philada

[page 17]

Know all men by these presents That I Mary Grier have and hereby do make constitute and appoint I. H. Wheeler my true and lawful attorney for the purpose of applying for and obtaining for me the pension to which I am entitled as the widow of Samuel Grier, giving him my full and whole power and authority for that purpose.

In witness whereof I the said Mary Grier have hereunto set my hand and seal this third day of March A.D. 1863.

Mary Grier
X
her mark
(acknowledgment supra)
Seal
Sealed and delivered in the presence of us
Thomas Rodgers
H. Tuniform [?]
City of Philadelphia ss

I, Prothonotary of the Court of Common Pleas for the City and County of Philadelphia do hereby certify that Henry Tunison before whom the aforegoing affidavits of Mary Grier and James Patton and Thomas Rodgers were made and taken is an Alderman and ex officio Justice of the Peace for the said City and County duly commissioned and qualified and as such all his official acts are entitled to full faith and credit and that his signature is genuine.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and the seal of the said Court the fourth day of March A.D. 1863.
Fred. G. Wolbert
Prothy

[page 18]

[stamp:] DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Mar 7 1863 PENSION OFFICE

[page 19]

No. 10070
Pennsylvania
Mary Grier
WIDOW OF
Samuel Grier
Rank Private, Co. "D"
Regt. 91st Pa vols.
Philadelphia Agency
Rate per Month $8
Commencing 26 Dec 1862
Additional sum of $2 per Month for each of the following children, until arriving at the age of 16 years, commencing [blank]
For indorsements see inside jacket
Certificate dated 9 Dec 1863
Sent to J H Wheeler
Philadelphia Pa
Act 14th July, 1862.
Book A Vol. 5 Page 25
[blank] Clerk.

[page 20]

State of Pennsylvania, COUNTY OF Philadelphia SS.

In the matter of claim for Pension of Mary Grier, widow of Samuel Grier, of Company D, 91 Regiment Penna Infty Vols:

Personally came before me, a Notary Public in and for aforesaid County and State William Glenn a citizen of the County of Philadelphia, State of Penna, reputable and entitled to credit, and who being duly sworn, declare in relation to aforesaid claim, as follows:

that he resides at No 2034 Fitzwater St in the City of Philadelphia, County and State aforesaid; that he has been intimately acquainted with Mary Grier, widow of Samuel Grier, late of Co "D" 91st Reg't Pa Vols, since the year 1842; that the said Mary Grier has not remarried but continues the widow of the said Samuel Grier; that the said Mary Grier has not been a servant, or been employed as such since deponent knew her in 1842; that she is upwards of 60 years of age; that she has some little property, which with her pension, supports her; that he has read to him [sic] the letter of the Pension Office dated Decr 5, 1870, and is satisfied that it must refer to some other person of the same name, or that the Department has been imposed upon; that he is not related to claimant, and

he further declares that he has no interest in said claim, and is not concerned in its prosecution.

William Glenn

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Cert No 10070
CLAIM FOR
Pension
Mary Grier
widow of Samuel
Phila Pa Roll
AFFIDAVIT
Claimant
John A. Anderson
William Glenn
FILED BY
MATHEWS, POULSON & CO.,
Philadelphia Pa
[stamp:] DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR DEC 18 1870 PENSION OFFICE

SWORN TO AND SUBSCRIBED BEFORE ME, this day by the above named affiant, and I certify that I read said affidavit to said affiant, and acquainted him with its contents before he executed the same. I further certify that I am in no wise interested in said claim, nor am I concerned in its prosecution.

Witness my hand and official seal this 8 day of December 1870.

ADD SEAL HERE.
Sign here C H Garrigues
Notary Public
Copy of Comm filed May 10 /69 in Pension office

[page 22]

State of Pennsylvania, COUNTY OF Philadelphia SS.

In the matter of claim for pension of Mary Grier, widow of Samuel Grier of Company "D", 91 Regiment Pa Infty Vols:

Personally came before me, a Notary Public in and for aforesaid County and State John A. Anderson a citizen of the County of Philadelphia, State of Penna, reputable and entitled to credit, and who being duly sworn, declare [sic] in relation to aforesaid claim, as follows:

that he is a grocery merchant; that his place of business is No. 1846 Lombard St. in the City of Philadelphia, County and State aforesaid; that he has been intimately acquainted with Mary Grier, widow of Samuel Grier, late of "D" 91 Pa Vols for twenty two years; that he was well acquainted with Samuel Grier; that their son was employed by him for four years; that the said Mary Grier has been for twenty years a confirmed invalid; that she has not been out of her house for a year.

He further makes oath and declares that during his knowledge of the said Mary Grier of twenty two years the said Mary Grier has always resided at home: that she has never lived out as a servant or been employed as such; that he has read the letter of the Commissioner of Pensions dated Decr 5, 1870, and is satisfied that there must be some error either as to the person or that the Department has been imposed upon; that deponent is satisfied that the said Mary Grier has not remarried but continues the widow of the said Samuel Grier; that had she married such is his intimacy with her he certainly would have known it.

He further declares that he is [sic] no interest in said claim, and is not concerned in its prosecution, and that he is in way [sic, presumably sc 'in no way'] related to claimant.

John A. Anderson

[page 23]

SWORN TO AND SUBSCRIBED BEFORE ME this day by the above named affiant; and I certify that I read said affidavit to said affiant, and acquainted him with its contents before he executed the same. I further certify that I am in no wise interested in said claim, nor am I concerned in its prosecution.

Witness my hand and official seal this 8 day of Dec 1870.

Sign here C H Garrigues
Copy of Com. file May 14 /69 in Pension office

[page 24]

State of Pennsylvania, COUNTY OF Philadelphia, SS.

In the matter of claim for Pension of Mary Grier, widow of Samuel Grier of Company "D", 91 Regiment Penna Infty Vols:

Personally came before me, a [sic] Alderman in and for aforesaid County and State Mary Grier a resident citizen of the County of Philadelphia, State of Penna, reputable and entitled to credit, and who being duly sworn, declare [sic] in relation to aforesaid claim, as follows:

that she is the identical Mary Grier, widow of Samuel Grier, late of Co "D" 91st Reg't Pa Vols, who was pensioned on the roll of the Philadelphia Pa Agency by Cert. No 10,070, that she has had read to her the letter of the Comms of Pensions dated Decr 5, 1870; that there must be some error; that she has not remarried but continues the widow of the above named Samuel Grier; that she is aged 60 years; that she has never lived out as a servant, and that she asks that the error of the Department be corrected that she may draw her pension.
Mary Greir [sic]
X
her mark
Attest--when any affiant signs by mark, (2 persons.)
1 Margaret Ablan
2. John A. Anderson

Alderman signs over

[page 25]

SWORN TO AND SUBSCRIBED BEFORE ME this day by the above named affiants; and I certify that I read said affidavit to said affiants, and acquainted them with its contents before they executed the same. I further certify that I am in no wise interested in said claim, nor am I concerned in its prosecution.

Witness my hand and official seal this 9" day of December 1870

Sign here Thos Dallas
Alderman
[seal]

I, James Rob [?] Snowden, Prothonotary of Superme Court in and for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, do certify that Thomas Dallas Esq., who hath signed his name to foregoing affidavit, was at the time of so doing an alderman in and for the City and County of Philadelphia, duly commissioned and sworn; that all his official acts are entitled to full faith and credit, and that his signature thereunto is genuine. [I did not include words that were or should have been deleted from the printed form]

Witness my hand and seal of office, this 12 day of December 1870.

James Rob [?] Snowden
Prothonotary

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