91st PA: Charles Harmer

Charles Harmer

Before the war

He was born in 1836/37 (6 (24 in 1861), 7 (24 in 1861), 8 [60 in 1901], 10 [60 in 1900], 11 [60 yrs 9 mos]). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (6, 10).

When he enlisted, he was a farmer, and was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (6, 7).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 10 inches tall, and had a light complexion, light eyes, and light hair (6, 7).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 23 October 1861 (1, 6, 7, 9). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Charles L Burr (?) (6, 7). He was mustered in as a private in company H, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1, 7, 13).

He was initially listed on the plaque recording men who fought at the Battle of Gettysburg, but his name was later deleted (12).

He reenlisted as a veteran volunteer at 26 December 1863, at Bealton, Virginia (1, 7; see also 9).

He deserted on 23 or 28 February 1865, while on furlough (1 [23 Feb], 5 [28 Feb], 7). He was a private, in company H (13).

According to a list of enlisted men's furloughs, he began a furlough on 26 February 1865 (4). The list does not report him as returning (4). His desertion probably consisted in his not returning from the furlough.

After the war

In 1868/69, he married Mary [unknown family name] (8, 10). In 1900, she had had 8 children, 6 of whom were alive (10).

He applied unsuccessfully on 17 July 1891 from Pennsylvania for a pension (3, 9).

In 1900, he was living at 5549 Baynton Street, 22nd ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (10). He was living with his wife Mary and daughter Mary (10). He was a laborer, and had been out of work for seven months in the previous year (10).

He died on 10 June 1901, of chronic Bright's disease, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2, 8, 11 [10 May 1901]). The funeral was held at 5549 Baynton Street, Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (his residence) (8). He is buried in plot 298, Philadelphia National Cemetery (2, 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 Philadelphia National Cemetery interment records (searched 2 November 2000)

3 Veterans' administration. Pension index, by name. (Searched 12 Jan 2001, at Ancestry) (Charles Harmer)

4 enlisted men's furloughs (Chas Harmer)

5 company H, register of deserters, #23 (Charles Harmer)

6 company H, descriptive roll, #47 (Chas Harmer)

7 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 7 March 2005 (Charles Harmer)

8 [death notice], Philadelphia Inquirer, 12 June 1901, page 16 (Charles Harmer)

9 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company H (Charles Harmer)

10 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 22nd ward, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 488, microfilm series T623, film 1463, page 277 = 14 B handwritten (Charles Harmer)

11 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 10 May [sic] 1901, #26318 (Charles Harmer)

12 card, with the original version of the 91st PA plaque on the Pennsylvania memorial at Gettysburg (from the papers of William C Reiff; thanks to Susan Stickles!) (Charles Harmer)

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1890 US census, veterans schedules
accessed February 2006

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 22nd ward, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 488, microfilm series T623, film 1463, page 277 = 14 B handwritten]
line9899100
streetBaynton
house number5549  
dwelling number273  
family number280  
nameHarmer, Charles- Mary- Mary Jr
relationshipHeadWifeDaughter
colorWWW
sexMFF
birth datenot knownOct 1848Aug 1870
age605129
married?MMS
# years married3131 
mother of how many children? 8 
# of children living 6 
birthplacePennaIrelandPenna
father's birthplacePennaIrelandPenna
mother's birthplacePennaIrelandIreland
immigration year 1866 
# years in USA603429
naturalized citizen?   
occupationLaborerHousewifeHousework
# months not employed7  
# months in school   
can readyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyes
speaks Englishyesyesyes
owned/rentedR  
free or mortgaged   
farm/houseH  
# 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 4 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Harmer Charles
Co. H, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death notice

Philadelphia Inquirer, 12 June 1901, page 16]

HARMER.--On Monday, June 10, 1901, Charles, husband of Mary Harmer, aged 60 years. Funeral services on Wednesday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, at his late residence, No 5549 Baynton street, Germantown. Interment private.


[Philadelphia Inquirer, 13 June 1901, page 14]
OFFICIAL DEATH RETURNS
[...] They include the names, ages, dates, places of death or late residences of those dead. [...]
[...]
Harmer, Charles, 60, 10, 5547 Baynton.

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 10 May [sic] 1901, #26318, Charles Harmer]
26318
RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, Charles Harmer
2. Color, White
3. Sex, Male
4. Age, 60 Yrs 9 Mos.
5. Married
6. Date of Death May 10 1901
7. Cause of Death Chronic Bright's Disease
E. B. Clouting [?] M.D.
Residence, 5541 Greene St
UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, -
9. Place of Birth, U.S.
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 22
12. Street and Number, 5549 Bayonton St Gtn
13. Date of Burial, June 12 1901
14. Place of Burial, National Cemetery Gtn
James McConaghy Undertaker.
Residence, 5420 Main St

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