91st PA: William Harris

William Harris

Before the war

He was born in 1827/28 (4 (36 in 1864), 5 [68 in 1896], 8 [68 at death in 1896], 9 [32 in 1860]). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (4, 8, 9).

In 1860, he was living in the 16th ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (9). He was living with Mary Harris (presumably his wife), and with Mary, William, John, and George Harris (presumably their children) (9). He was a bootfitter, and owned $300 in personal property (9).

When he enlisted, he was a shoe[maker] (4).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 6 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, dark eyes, and dark hair (4).

During the war

He was mustered into service on 26 February 1864 (1). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Lieutenant Brooke (4). He was a private in company I (1, 10).

He began serving as Lieutenant Donnell's servant on 16 April 1864, and was still serving on 25 April 1864 (2).

On 27 June 1865, he went on a furlough, which expired on 12 July 1865 (3).

He was absent, on furlough, when the regiment mustered out (1, 4 [discharged on muster-out rolls]). He was a private, in company I (10).

After the war

On 6 December 1890, he applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (6, 7).

On 17 August 1896, he died, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, of uraemic convulsions (5, 8). He was a gardener (8). He was married (8). The funeral was held on Thursday, 20 August 1896, from 1247 Mascher Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (his residence) (5, 8). He was buried in Hanover Street Vault, to be removed to North Cedar Hill Cemetery (5, 8).

On 22 August 1896, Mary Harris, his widow, applied successfully for a pension (6, 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)

2 List of enlisted men employed as servants, hostlers, etc., HQ 91st PA, 25 April 1865

3 enlisted men's furloughs (Wm Harris)

4 company I, descriptive roll, #15 (William Harris)

5 [death notice], Philadelphia Inquirer, 19 August 1896, page 9 (William Harris)

6 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company I (William Harris)

7 pension index, by name (William Harris)

8 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 17 August 1896, #4649 (William Harris)

9 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 16, microfilm series M653, film 1166, page 367 = 141 handwritten (Wm Harris)

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

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 16, microfilm series M653, film 1166, page 367 = 141 handwritten]
line222324252627
Dwelling number983     
Family number1175     
NameWm. HarrisMary "Mary A "William A. J. "John A "George M "
Age32299727/12
SexMFFMMM
Color      
OccupationBootfitter     
Value of real estate owned      
Value of personal estate300     
Place of birthPaDoDoDoDoDo
Married within year      
Attended school within year  11  
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]


Harris William
Co. I, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death notice

[Philadelphia Inquirer, 19 August 1896, page 9]
[This could conceivably be the other William Harris, but he applied for a pension from Illinois in 1890]

HARRIS.--On the 17th instant, William Harris, aged 68 years. The relatives and friends, also the surviving members of the 91st Regiment P.V. are invited to attend the funeral, from his late residence, No.1247 Mascher street, on Thursday afternoon, at 3 o'clock. To proceed to Hanover Street Vault. (57)

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 17 August 1896, #4649, William Harris]
4649

RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, William Harris
2. Color, White
3. Sex, Male
4. Age, 68 Years
5. Married
6. Date of Death, Aug. 17th 1896
7. Cause of Death, Uraemic Convulsions
L. Demure [?] Bauer M.D.
Residence, 703 N 5th St.

UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, Gardiner
9. Place of Birth, Philadelphia
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 17th
12. Street and Number, 1247 Mascher Street
13. Date of Burial, Aug. 20th 1896
14. Place of Burial, Hanover St Vault + to North Cedar Hill
Saml M Kehr + Son Undertaker.
Residence, 1010 N. 5th Street

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