91st PA: Thomas I Hallowell

Thomas I Hallowell

Before the war

He was born about 1835/38, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Jesse and Mary F Hallowell. [sources: date: 4 (26 in 1861), 6 (24? in 1863), 9 (22 in 1860). place: 9. parents: 6]

On 2 April 1859, he married Mary Gilbert. She was born in 1841/42, in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. They were married by Reverend John Gantenbein, of Beth. Congregation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They had two children:

[source: 7]

In 1860, he was living in ward 19, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Mary and son Edward, along with Mary's parents and siblings. He was a wheelwright. [source: 6]

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 20 December 1861. He enlisted at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was mustered in at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was in company D. [sources: 1, 4, 7, 13 (corp at muster in)]

He was promoted to corporal on 20 December 1861. [source: 3]

He was killed on 13 December 1862 at Fredericksburg, Virginia He was a corporal in company D. On 21 December 1862, Sergeant John Hamill wrote Mary Ann Hallowell a letter notifying her that he was killed by a shell, dying instantly. [sources: (1, 2, 3, 4 (died of wounds rcvd in action), 6, 7, 8, 13]

After the war

On 7 February 1863, his widow, Mary Ann Hallowell, applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension, under the act of 14 July 1862. Her post office address was Clinton Street, first door above Norris, east side, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her application was accepted on 8 July 1863, retroactive to 13 December 1862. She received $8 per month. [sources: 5, 6, 7, 14]

On 31 October 1865, Mary A Hallowell married Frank Kane. He was a sailor, born in New York, 23 years old, and living in Philadelphia. They were married by Reverend John G Wilson, of 1405 Hanover Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 7]

On 15 December 1865, the Philadelphia Orphans Court appointed Mary Ann Kane the guardian of Edward G and Letitia M Hallowell. They required her to post security of $250. [source: 7]

On 19 June 1866, Mary Kane applied for a pension on behalf of Edward G and Letitita M Hallowell, under the act of 14 July 1862. Her post office address was 2154 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her application was accepted on 11 September 1866, retroactive to 1 November 1865, and scheduled to end on 22 May 1877. She initially received $8 per month. [sources: 5, 7, 14 (18 June)]

On 5 October 1866, Mary A Kane applied for an increase in minors' pension, under the act of 25 July 1866. Her application was accepted on 15 April 1867, retroactive to 25 July 1866. She received an additional $2 per month per child. [source: 7]

On 1 November 1866, Mary A Kane died. She was buried from her parents' house, 2054 North Second Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was apparently buried at Boehm's Church--presumably the Boehm Church in Blue Bell, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. [source: 10]

The children were apparently split up after Mary Kane's death. In 1870, Letitia Hallowell (10 years old) was with John and Martha Oram [?], and others (apparently their children), in ward 23 of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Edward Hallowell (10 years old) was living with Catharine Hagerweiler [??] and others, including Charles Gilbert (28, driver), who is presumably his uncle (see the 1860 census). [sources: 11, 12]

The pension apparently continued to be paid after Mary Kane's death. On 6 December 1875, the pension agent was instructed to suspend payment, but on 22 January 1876 the pension agent was instructed to resume payment. (This was presumably because her attorney, Jos Devitt + Co., had executed documents fraudulently.) However, on 15 January 1881, a claim for arrears under the acts of 25 January 1879 and 3 March 1879 was rejected. [source: 7]

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) (Thos I Hallowell)

2 company D, register of deaths (Thomas J Hallowell)

3 company D, list of non-commissioned officers (Thomas I Hallowell)

4 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 7 August 2004 (Thos I Hallowell)

5 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company D (Thomas J Hallowell)

6 death notice, Public Ledger 1 January 1863 page 2 (Thomas J Hallowell)

7 dependent's pension certificate files, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, certificate 83,392 (Mary Ann Kane guardian for Edward and Letitia Hallowell)

8 death notification letter, John Hamill to Mary Ann Hallowell, in widow's pension certificate file, WC 83,392, 21 December 1862

9 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 19, microfilm series M653, film 1170, page 686 = 216 handwritten (Thos Hallowell)

10 death notice, Public Ledger, 2 November 1866 (Mary A Kane)

11 [not transcribed or abstracted] 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 23, district 17, microfilm series M593, film 1410, page 19 verso = 38 handwritten (Letitia Hallowell)

12 [not transcribed or abstracted] 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia ward 19 district 57, microfilm series M593, film 1404 page 57 verso = 114 handwritten (Edward Hallowell)

13 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Thomas J Hallowell)

14 pension index, by name (Thomas J Hallowell)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1850 US census--a candidate but very uncertain identification
(1) The Thomas Hallowell, 17, born Pennsylvania, a laborer, living with Charles (38, b. MD, clerk), Mary (35, b. PA), George (14, b.PA), and Cyrus (4, b.PA) Hallowell, in ward 3, Southwark, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (microfilm series M432, film 821, page 215 verso = 68 handwritten) may be my Thomas Hallowell, not living with his parents--I have not found this family in the 1860 census
(2) The Thomas Hallowell (11, b.PA), living in Moreland Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania (microfilm series M432, film 800, page 385 verso = 772 handwritten) with Jesse (38, b. PA, farmer), Mary (41, b. PA), Sarah (15, b. PA), and George (4, b. NJ) Hallowell (and Simon McDonald 32 b. Ireland) is probably the Thomas Hallowell (21, blacksmith, b. PA) living with Mary (51, widow, b. PA) and George (17, jeweller, b. NJ) in 1860, in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 19, microfilm series M653, film 1170, page 688 = 218 handwritten
(3) Perhaps my Thomas's family is Jesse Hallowell (52, b. PA, brick layer), Mary (50, b. PA), Sarah (26, b. PA), Catherine (20, b. PA), Virginia (18, b. PA), Henry (13, b. PA), Jesse (10, b. PA), Rebecca (8, b. PA), Jonathan (5, b. PA), and Thomas (69, b. PA), living at Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Southwark, ward 2, microfilm series M432, film 821, page 138 = 2-90 handwritten. (Note that the 1850 Biddle's directory page 168 has 'Hallowell Jesse, bricklayer, Oliver's pl'
1870 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 31 Dec 11)
1880 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 31 Dec 11)
1890 US census, veterans' schedules
Ancestry index (accessed 9 Jan 12)
1900 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 31 Dec 11)
1910 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 31 Dec 11)
1920 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 31 Dec 11)
1930 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 31 Dec 11)
RootsWeb WorldConnect
searched Thomas Hallowell (metaphone) b. PA 1835 +/- 5; Thomas Hallowell (metaphone) married Mary Gilbert; Thomas Hallowell died 1862; Thomas Hallowell (metaphone) parents Jesse and Mary (accessed 30 December 2011)
searched Mary Gilbert OR Hallowell OR Kane (metaphone) d. 1866 (accessed 30 Dec 11)
Find a grave
Boehm Church, Blue Bell, Montgomery County, PA [no Mary Kane, no Gilbert, no Hallowell] (accessed 30 Dec 11)
no Mary Kane 1866 or no Thomas Hallowell 1863
FamilySearch
Francis Kane, born New York, residence Philadelphia PA, 1860-1900 (accessed 30 Dec 2011)
Mary Kane, death 1866, in Philadelphia death certificates (accessed 1 Jan 2012)

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Thomas J Hallowell in the 91st PA database

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 19, microfilm series M653, film 1170, page 686 = 216 handwritten]
[identification is confirmed by the spouse's surname in the widow's pension certificate file and address in Mary Kane's death notice]
[Mary is pretty clearly Thos Hallowell's wife, despite her surname]
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Dwelling number1597        
Family number1757        
NameEdw GilbertAbigail "Caroline "Mary "Charles "Harriet "Thos HallowellEdward "Elizabeth Sayer [?]
Age5250282119162210/1225
SexMFFFMFMMF
Color         
OccupationWatchman   Clerk Wheelwright Umb. Maker
Value of real estate owned1800        
Value of personal estate200        
Place of birth" [sc. Phil]""""""""
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 1 May 2014, from Fold3]


Hallowell. Thomas J.
Co. D, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Corp. | Corp.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death notice

[death notice, Public Ledger 1 January 1863 page 2, Thomas J Hallowell]

HALLOWELL.--Killed, at the battle of Fredericksburg, on the 13th inst. [sic], while bravely defending his country, Corporal THOMAS J. HALLOWELL, of Co. D, 91st P.V., son of Jesse and Mary F. Hallowell, in the 24 [??] year of his age.

[see poems in newspaper death notices]
Sleep, sleep, noble warrior, sleep,
The tomb is now thy bed;
Gold in its bosom thou dost rest,
In silence with the dead.

We tell thy doom with many tears,
How rose thy morning sun.
How quickly too, alas, it set!
Warrior, thy march is done.

If his remains should be recovered, due notice of the funeral will be given.

widow's pension certificate file

[National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, dependent's pension certificate files, certificate 83,392]
[abstracted from 36 pages on Fold3, 30 December 2011]
2 Apr 1859
married Mary Gilbert, by Rev John Gantenbein, of Beth. Congregation, Philadelphia Pennsylvania (pp.2, 8 [church record], 11, 22, 23)
two children: Edward G (born 7 June 1859, at 2054 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Letitia M (born 22 May 1861, at Philip Street below Diamond Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) (pp.2, 3, 7 [family record; Edward born 18 Dec 1859; Letitia born 23 May 1861], 23 [same as family record], 35 [physician's record])
20 April 1858, at Philadelphia Pennsylvania, by Rev John Gantenbein, according to guardian's declaration (p.3)
20 Dec 1861
Thomas J Hallowell enrolled (pp.22, 32)
mustered in 20 Dec 61 as corporal in company D (pp.22, 32)
13 Dec 1862
Thomas Hallowell killed by a shell on Fredericksburg Heights, 13 Dec 1862 (pp.2, 3, 6, 22, 32)
7 Feb 1863
widow Mary Ann Hallowell, 21 years old, applied for a pension (application 12,229), under the act of 14 July 1862 (pp.2, 22, 23)
her post office address Clinton Street, first door above Norris, east side, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (p.22)
dated 6 February 1863 (p.23)
attorney: Jos B Devitt + Co, Philadelphia, PA (pp.22, 31)
witnesses: Ella Brace and Mary A Griffiths, residents of Philadelphia (p.24)
her application was granted 8 July 1863, certificate 3,752 (dated 9 July 1863), at a rate of $8 per month retroactive to 13 December 1862 (pp.2, 22, 26)
7 March 1863
Adjutant General's Office sent Pension Office information summarized above (p.32)
31 Oct 1865
Mary A Hallowell married Frank Kane (p.2, 3, 12 [marriage certificate])
his occupation sailor, residence Philadelphia, birthplace New York, age 23 (p.12)
her birthplace Montgomery County Pennsylvania, age 24 (p.12)
married by Rev Jno G Wilson, 1405 Hanover St, independent ceremony (p.12)
15 Dec 1865 [?]
the Orphans Court of Philadelphia appointed Mary Ann Kane guardian of Edward G and Letitia M Hallowell, requiring security of $250 (p.34)
19 June 1866
Mary Kane, 24 years old, guardian, applied for a pension (application 128,404) on behalf of Edward G Hallowell and Letitia M Hallowell, minor children of Thomas I Hallowell, under the act of 14 July 1862 (p.2, 3, 13)
guardian's residence Philadelphia, post office address 2154 N 2nd St, Philadelphia PA (p.2)
dated 12 June 1866 (p.3)
witnesses: Alice E Kesley, Charlotte L Harrison (born residents of Philadelphia) (p.4)
attorney: Mssrs Mathews, Paulson, + Co, 808 Walnut St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (p.2)
admitted 11 September 1866 (certificate 83,392, dated 14 September 1866), retroactive to 1 November 1865, ending 22 May 1877, at a rate of $8 per month, payable to Mary Kane (p.2, p.15)
18 Aug 1866
Adjutant General's Office sent the above summarized information to the Pension Office (p.6)
27 Aug 1866
certificate 3752 (widow's application 12,229) was incorporated into the minor's application (#128,404) (p.14, 27)
28 Aug 1866
the Pension Office sent [?] circular 20 (p.14)
5 Oct 1866
Mary A Kane, 25 years old, filed a claim for an increase in minors' pension under the act of 25 July 1866 (pp.17, 20)
dated 3 October 1866 (p.20)
guardian's post office address: 2054 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (pp.17, 20)
attorney: Matthews, Poulson + Co, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (pp.17, 20)
George Williams and Henry B Johnson swore to her identity (p.20)
an increase of $2 per month for each child beginning 25 July 1866, payable to Mary A Kane, was approved on 15 April 1867 (certificate dated 25 April 1867) (pp.17, 18)
16 Feb 1867
the pension certificate was ret[urned] [?] to the Pension Office [?] (p.16)
26 Aug 1875
'Rlu [??] clause era[s]ed [??]'. the certificate was sent to the pension agency (p.19)
6 December 1875
the pension agent was to suspend (p.19)
22 January 1876
the pension agent was instructed to resume [payment?] (p.19)
15 January 1881
claim for arrears under the acts of 25 January and 3 March 1879 was rejected (p.19)

death notification letter

[death notification letter, in widow's pension certificate file, WC 83,392, 21 December 1862]
[transcribed 30 December 2011, from Fold3, page 33 of 36]

Rcd [??]
In the field near Fredricksburg
December 21st 1862

Mrs Marey [sic] Ann Hallowell

Dear Madam i [sic] am Sorrey [sic] to in form you of the death of your Husband on the Hights [sic] of Fredericksburg Va on Saturday the 13th Dec / 62 he was killed by a pice [sic] of a Shell and died instantly his bodey [sic] was buried on the battle field after the battle i [sic] will forward to you in a fiew [sic] days full particulars with his final statement so that you can Draw the pay due to him

i [sic] am with respects [sic] yours +c
for Capt Sinex
Sargt [sic] John Hamill

death notice, spouse

[death notice, Public Ledger, 2 November 1866, Mary A Kane]
[transcribed 30 December 2011, from GenealogyBank]

KANE--On the 1st of Nov., MARY A, wife of Francis Kane, and daughter of Edward and Abigail Gilbert.

The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend her funeral, from the residence of her parents, No 2054 North Second street, on Sunday morning, at [illegible] o clock. To proceed to Boehm's Church.


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