91st PA--Samuel S Griffith

Samuel S Griffith

Before the war

He was born to John and Ann W Griffith, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1815/18. [sources: date: 2 (40 in 1861), 15 (74 at death in 1890), 16 (62 in 1880), 17 (53 in 1870), 19 (75 at death), 20 (26 in 1850). place: 2, 15, 16, 17, 20. parents: 19]

He married Rebecca [unknown family name]. She was born in November 1821, in Pennsylvania. They seem to have had thirteen children, including:

[sources: 12, 16, 17, 20, 21 (13 children, 4 living, in 1900), 24, 25]

In 1850, he was living in ward 5, Moyamensing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with Rebecca (presumably his wife), John, Samuel, and Anne (presumably their children), and four others. He was a gardener. [source: 20]

In 1860, he was living in the first ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a hotel keeper, and owned $300 in personal property. He was living with Rebecca (presumably his wife), with John, Samuel, Anne, Sarah, Rebecca, and William (presumably their children), and with William McIlvain, Lewis Brophey, and Charles Davis. [source: 12]

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

His son, John Griffith, also served in the 91st Pennsylvania.

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 7-1/2 inches tall, had a light complexion, blue eyes, and dark hair. [source: 2]

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 20 August 1861 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as a sergeant in company E. He was enlisted by Captain Lentz, and mustered into service by Colonel Reiff. He was appointed sergeant on 10 September 1861. [sources: 1, 2, 3, 9, 26 [sgt]]

In the 1861 election, he was part of a group taken to vote by Alderman Lentz, apparently on Dickerson Street, between Seventh and Eighth, in the Eighth Precinct, First Ward. [source: 18]

He seems to have had a son Samuel Griffiths, who was badly injured in an explosion in an ammunition factory in March 1862. [source: 13]

Starting 10 February 1863, he was absent on furlough for ten days. On 21 February 1863, he had returned. [sources: 6, 7]

He fought, as a sergeant, in the battle of Gettysburg. [source: 5]

On 2 September 1863, he had returned to the regiment from hospital. [source: 8]

He mustered out on 1 September 1864 when his term expired, at Weldon Railroad, Virginia. He was a sergeant, in company E. [sources: 1, 2, 3, 4 (9 September), 9, 11, 26]

After the war

In 1870, he was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Rebecca and children Rebecca and Emma. He was a butcher, and owned $6,000 in real estate and $500 in personal property. [source: 17]

In 1880, he was living at 1149 South 15th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Rebecca, and children Rebecca and Emma. He was in the livery business. [source: 16]

On 26 February 1890, he died, of capillary bronchitis. He died at, or was buried from, 1515 Federal Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was buried in Woodlands Cemetery, on 3 March 1890. Members of Post 5 Grand Army of the Republic, and butchers and dealers of the Federal Market, were invited to attend the funeral. [sources: 15, 19, 23]

In 1890, his widow, Rebecca Griffith, was living in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. [source: 9]

On 27 September 1890, his widow, Rebecca Griffith, applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension. [sources: 10, 14]

In 1900, his widow, Rebecca, seems to have been living at 1515 Federal Street, ward 26, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was living with her son-in-law Rubin Phillips, his wife Emma (born March 1861), their son William, and two boarders. [source: 21]

His widow, Rebecca Pole Griffith, seems to have died on 9 April 1902. She was buried, from 1515 Federal Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Woodlands Cemetery. [source: 22]

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 S Griffith)

2 company E descriptive roll, number 5 (Samuel C [?] Griffith)

3 list of non-commissioned officers, company E (Samuel S Griffith)

4 company E, register of men discharged, number 20 (Samuel S Griffith)

5 Pennsylvania Memorial, 91st Pennsylvania plaque, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (Samuel S Griffith)

6 consolidated morning report, 10 February 1863

7 consolidated morning report, 21 February 1863 (Sergt Griffith)

8 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 2 September 1863 (Sergt Griffith)

9 1890 US Census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 582, page 2 (image 1896 on Ancestry) (Samuel Griffith)

10 pension index, by name (Samuel S Griffith)

11 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 10 September 1864 (Sergt Griffith)

12 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 1, microfilm series M653, film 1151, page 445 = 185 handwritten (Samuel Griffith)

13 'City affairs'. North American and United States Gazette (Philadelphia PA) 2 April 1862 (son Samuel Griffiths)

14 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company E (Samuel S Griffiths)

15 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Samuel S Griffith, 26 (?) February 1890 (Samuel S Griffith)

16 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 553, microfilm series T9, film 1185, page 552 = 8 D handwritten (Saml S Griffith)

17 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, microfilm series M593, film 1413, page 284 = 43 handwritten (Samuel S Griffith)

18 'The Sheriff contested election case', Philadelphia Press Monday 23 June 1862 page 4 (Samuel Griffe [sic])

19 death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 1 March 1890, page 5 (Samuel S Griffith)

20 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Moyamensing, ward 5, microfilm series M432, film 809, page 459 verso = 914 handwritten to 460 recto = 915 handwritten (Saml Griffiths)

21 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 26, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 626, microfilm series T623, film 1468, page 146 = 4 B handwritten (Rebeca Griffith)

22 death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer, 9 April 1902, page 15 (Rebecca Pole Griffith)

23 Find a grave, memorial 35934885, created by margaret orthodox, 16 April 2009, accessed 14 January 2012 (Sgt Samuel S Griffith)

24 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, death certificates, 1803-1915, 4 May 1870 (James Evans Griffith)

25 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, death certificates, 1803-1915, 31 October 1866 (Jane Griffith)

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1910 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 14 Jan 2012)
1920 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 14 Jan 2012)
1930 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 14 Jan 2012)

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Samuel S Griffith in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Moyamensing, ward 5, microfilm series M432, film 809, page 459 verso = 914 handwritten to 460 recto = 915 handwritten]
[identification is uncertain, based on the identity of this family with the family in the 1860 census transcribed below]
line383940414212345
Dwellings visited98         
Families visited159         
NameSaml GriffithsRebecca "John "Saml "Anne "Sarah GriffithsAnna RankenOtis StimmellMary McCartyEdw. Flanagan
Age26259752 [?]17252020
SexMFMMFFFMFM
Color          
Occupation of males over 15 yearsGardener      Gardener Carter
Real estate owned          
Birthplace" [sc. Penna]""""PennaIrelandPennaScotlandPenna
Married within year          
Attended school within year  111     
Over 20 & can't read/write          
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.          

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 1, microfilm series M653, film 1151, page 445 = 185 handwritten]
line4567891011121314
Dwelling number1319          
Family number1510          
NameSamuel GriffithRebecca "John "Samuel "Anne "Sarah "Rebecca "William "William McIlvainLewis BropheyCharles Davis
Age42352017 [could be 14 or 19]131131502815
Sexmfmmfffmmmm
Color           
Occupationhotel keeper Butcher" "    Iron moulder"Butcher
Value of real estate owned           
Value of personal estate300          
Place of birthPenn"""""""IrelandPennN Jersey
Married within year           
Attended school within year    11     
Cannot read & write           
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.           

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, microfilm series M593, film 1413, page 284 = 43 handwritten]
[I did not transcribe the other six people in this household, none of whom have the family name 'Griffith']
line11121314
Dwelling-house number286   
Family number316   
NameGriffith Samuel S- Rebecca- Rebecca- Emma
Age5345149
SexMFFF
ColorWWWW
OccupationButcherKeeping houseAttending schoolAttending school
Real estate value$6000   
Personal estate value$500   
BirthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
Father foreign born    
Mother foreign born    
Birth month if born within year    
Marriage month if married within year    
Attended school past year  11
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 553, microfilm series T9, film 1185, page 552 = 8 D handwritten]
[I did not transcribe the eight boarders at this house]
line31323334
street nameSouth 15th
house number1149   
dwelling visit #65   
family visit #65   
nameGriffith Saml S." " Rebecca" " Rebecca" " Emma
colorWWWW
sexMFFF
age62542218
month born if born in year    
relationship WifeDaughterDaughter
single  11
married11  
widowed/divorced    
married during year    
occupationLivery Buisness [sic]   
months unemployed    
currently ill?    
blind    
deaf/dumb    
idiotic    
insane    
disabled    
school this year    
can't read    
can't write    
birthplacePennaPennaPennaPenna
father's birthplaceWalesEnglish [sic]PennaPenna
mother's birthplaceWalesPennaPennaPenna

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US Census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 582, page 2 (image 1896 on Ancestry)]
[line] 25
[house] 162
[family] 162
[name] Rebecca Griffith widow of Samuel Griffith
[rank] Private
[company] E
[unit] 91st PV
[enlistment date] Aug [?] 20 1861
[discharge date] Sep 1864
[length of service] [blank]
[post office address] 515 [illegible]
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory

[I could not find him in the transcription on Ancestry, March 2005]

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 26, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 626, microfilm series T623, film 1468, page 146 = 4 B handwritten]
[identification is likely--the address matches Samuel Griffith's address in 1890, and Emma matches their child Emma, but according to Rebecca's newspaper death notice, she was married to James S Griffith]
line575859606162
streetFederal St
house number1515     
dwelling number78     
family number81     
namePhilips, RubinPhilips, Emma SPhillips WilliamGriffith RebecaNoble SarrahNoble John
relationshipHeadWifeSonMother in LawBoarderBoarder
colorWWWWWW
sexMFMFFM
birth dateFeb [?] 1871 [sic]March 1861Oct 1884Nov 1821Nov 1871Jan 1879
age49 [sic]3915782821
married?MMSWdSS
# years married1818    
mother of how many children? 1 13  
# of children living 1 4  
birthplaceMarylandPennaPennaPennaPenanPenna
father's birthplaceMarylandPennaMarylandEnglandPennaPenna
mother's birthplaceMarylandPennaPennaPennaPennaPenna
immigration year      
# years in USA      
naturalized citizen?      
occupationTrain Bag Porter [??] Errand [??] Body Trains [?] NursesClerk
# months not employed0 0 00
# months in school      
can readYesYesYesYesYesYes
can writeYesYesYesYesYesYes
speaks EnglishYesYesYesYesYesYes
owned/rented O    
free or mortgaged F    
farm/house H    
# of farm schedule      

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 26 Apr 2014, from Fold3]


Griffith Samuel S.
Co. E, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Sergt. | Sergt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Samuel S Griffith, 26 (?) February 1890]
[Note: This seems very plausible, but I have no direct evidence confirming this is the correct Samuel S Griffith]

RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, Samuel S. Griffith
2. Color, White
3. Sex, Male
4. Age, Seventy-four
5. Married
6. Date of Death, Feb 26th [the '6' seems to be written above a '7']
7. Cause of Death, Capillary Bronchitis
Geo. T. Parke M.D.
Residence, 1521 Spruce St

UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, -
9. Place of Birth, Phila.
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 26th
12. Street and Number, 1515 Federal St.
13. Date of Burial, March 3rd 1890
14. Place of Burial, Woodlands Cemetery
S. R. Foster Undertaker
Residence, 1728 Federal St

death notice

[death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 1 March 1890, page 5, Samuel S Griffith]

GRIFFITH.--On the 26th ult., Samuel S. Griffith, son of the late John I. [?] and Ann W. Griffith, aged 75 years. The relatives and friends of the family, also survivors of 91st Pennsylvania Volunteers, Post 5, G.A.R., and butchers and dealers of Federal Market, are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, on Monday, at 2 o'clock, from his late residence, 1515 Federal street. To proceed to Woodlands Cemetery.

spouse's death notice

[death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer, 9 April 1902, page 15, Rebecca Pole Griffith]
[identification is uncertain; see the note on the 1900 census entry transcribed above]

GRIFFITH.--On April 6, 1902, Rebecca Pole Griffith, wife of James S. Griffith, aged 80 years. Funeral on Wednesday, at 2 o'clock, from 1515 Federal street. Members of the Broad Street M.E. Church are invited. Interment at Woodlands Cemetery.

death certificate, James Evans Griffith

[Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, death certificates, 1803-1915, 4 May 1870, James Evans Griffith]
[transcribed 14 Jan 2012, from FamilySearch]

RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Decreased, James Evans Griffith
2. Color, White
3. Sex, Male
4. Age, Two Years
5. Single
6. Date of Death, May 4th 1870
7. Cause of Death, Scarlet Fever
John Graham M.D.
Residence, 1608 Pine St
UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, [blank]
9. Place of Birth, Phil
10. When a Minor, Name of Father, Saml Griffith
Name of Mother, Rebecca
11. Ward, 26
12. Street and Number, S.E. Cor of 15 + Ellsworth
13. Date of Burial, May 6th 1870
14. Place of Burial, woodlands Cem
S F Butler Undertaker,
Residence, 509 So 13th St

death certificate, Jane Griffith

[Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, death certificates, 1803-1915, 31 October 1866, Jane Griffith]
[transcribed 14 January 2012, from FamilySearch]

RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, Jane Griffith
2. Colour, White
3. Sex, -
4. Age, Seven Months
5. Married or Single, -
6. Date of Death, Oct. 31. 1866
7. Cause of Death, Congestion of Lungs
Van R. Lindau M.D.
Residence, 205 Catharine St.
UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE, IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, -
9. Place of Birth, Philadelphia
10. When a Minor, Name of Father, Saml Griffith
Name of Mother, Rebeca
12. Street and Number, 1003 [or 1008?] Tasker St
13. Date of Burial, Nov 3rd 1866
14. Place of Burial, Lafayette Cem
T F Baker Undertaker.
Residence, 209 [?] So 13th St

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