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).
When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 6 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, dark eyes, and dark hair (4).
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 was absent, on furlough, when the regiment mustered out (1, 4 [discharged on muster-out rolls]). He was a private, in company I (10).
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).
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/)
|Name||Wm. Harris||Mary "||Mary A "||William A. J. "||John A "||George M "|
|Value of real estate owned|
|Value of personal estate||300|
|Place of birth||Pa||Do||Do||Do||Do||Do|
|Married within year|
|Attended school within year||1||1|
|Cannot read & write|
|Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.|
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, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 17 August 1896, #4649, William Harris]