91st PA: William Thorn Hooven (Hoover?)

William Thorn Hooven (Hoover?)

Before the war

He was born in 1835/36, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to William and Matilda Hooven. [sources: date: 7 (26 in 1862). place: 7. parents: 12]

In 1850, he was living in ward 2, Spring Garden, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with William and Matilda Hoover (presumably his parents), with Henry, Catharine, Romine, and Theodore Parkham (presumably his siblings), and with Catharine Kronn and Christiana Wiegand. [source: 13]

On 8 December 1859, he married Louisa Gill, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was born on 24 December 1838, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They were married by Reverend Joseph H Kennard. They had one child:

[sources: 15, 21, 22]

In 1860, he was living in ward 14, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with William and Matilda Hooven (presumably his parents), Romaine, Matilda, Theodore, and Kate (presumably his siblings), and with two other people. He was an iron moulder. [source: 14]

I assume that William Hoover/Hooven is his father, and is the William he was living with in 1850 and in 1860. If so, his father also served in the 91st.

Description

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

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 11 September 1862. He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Lieutenant Gregory. He was a private in company C. [sources: 1, 7, 8, 15, 27, 28]

On 30 December 1863, Sinex reported that he was one of 30 men who had more than fifteen months to serve who were willing to reenlist. On 2 January 1864, he was transferred to the 155th Pennsylvania Infantry, while those eligible were on veterans' leave. [sources: 4, 5]

He may have returned to duty from Brigade Headquarters on 2 May 1864. [source: 9]

On 17 November 1864, Sellers included him in a report "[i]n compliance with S.O. 59 dated Hd Qrs 5 Army Corps November 15" 1864". [source: 3]

He was killed in action on 18 June 1864 near Petersburg, Virginia. According to the regimental records, his body was buried on the field. According to a statement by Joseph Gilbert, he 'was shot through the forehead, and was supposed to be killed at the time he was wounded, which was not the case as he survived until [the] next day', and died in the field hospital. He was a private, in company C. [sources: 1, 6 (buried on field), 7, 8, 10, 12, 15 (including Gilbert's statement on 9 October 1865; cf. James H Closson's statement of 8 August 1864), 27, 28]

The final papers were sent to the Adjutant General on 8 August 1864. [source: 7]

After the war

On 2 December 1864, his widow, Louisa Hoover, applied successfully for a pension, under the act of 14 July 1862. She was living at 1550 Cadwalader Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her application was accepted on 12 October 1865, retroactive to 19 June 1865. She initially received $8 per month. [sources: 4, 11, 15 (8 Dec)]

On 20 May 1867, she applied for an increase in her pension, under the act of 25 July 1866. Her application was accepted on 29 May 1867, and she received an additional $2 per month until their child Catharine was 16 years old. [source: 15]

In 1870, his widow, Louisa Hooven, seems to have been living in ward 20, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with Charles Miller (a butcher) and others. She was keeping house. If I have identified her correctly, Catharine was not living with her. [source: 19]

In 1880, his widow, Louisa E Hooven, was living at 996 Marshall Street, ward 20, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was a housekeeper. She was living with C B Miller (a butcher) and others--apparently the same Charles Miller she was living with in 1870. [source: 20 (see also 15)]

In 1880/1882, their daughter, Catharine, married William W Snyder. He was born in September 1858, in Pennsylvania. They apparently had these children:

[24 (4 children, 3 living, in 1910), 25 (3 children, 3 living, in 1900)]

In 1882, Louisa E Hooven was living at 996 Marshall Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [26]

In 1890, his widow, Louisa Hoover, was living in Springfield, Delaware County, Pennsylvania (post office Norton) (18).

In 1900, she was living in Milford Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She was living with John Snyder (a servant), and was a farmer. Their daughter, Catharine Snyder, was living in ward 2, Phoenixville, Chester County, Pennsylvania, with her husband William and their children William, Blanche, and Ethel. [sources: 21, 24]

In 1910, she was living at 151 South Main Street, ward 1, Quakertown Borough, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She was living with her nephew John T Snyder. She was living on her own income. Their daughter, Catharine Snyder, was living in ward 2, Quakertown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with her husband William W Snyder, and their children Ethel, Russel, and Stanley Schick. [sources: 22, 24]

In October 1916, Louisa Hooven, living on South Main Street, in Quakertown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, broke her leg. [source: 15]

On 4 November 1916, her daughter, Catherine Snyder, wrote to the Pension Office, asking why Louisa had not received the increase in her pension due her because she was Hooven's wife during his service in the Civil War. The Pension Office apparently sent the appropriate form to Louisa, which she filled out and returned. On 18 November, the Pension Office decided that she was eligible for $20 per month retroactive to 8 September 1916, under the act of 8 September 1916. [source: 15]

In 1920, she was living in the GAR Home for Veterans and Widows, at 65th and Vine Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 23]

The Pension Office decided she was entitled to $30 per month under the act of 1 May 1920. [source: 15]

On 9 November 1921, his widow, Louisa E Hooven, died. She was living at the GAR home at 65th and Vine Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was buried at Mt Vernon Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 15, 16, 17]

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 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 30 December 1863 (Wm T Hoover)

3 letter, Sellers to Bartlett, 17 November 1864 (William T Hoovan)

4 pension index, by name (William Hoover)

5 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 2 January 1864 (Hooven)

6 company C, register of deaths (Wm T Hooven)

7 company C, descriptive roll, entry 104 (William T Hooven)

8 company C, untitled list, probably of status at muster out, entry 93 (Wm T Hooven)

9 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 2 May 1864 (Hoover [uncertain ID])

10 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 29 June 1864 (Pri Hooven)

11 pension index by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company C (William Hoover)

12 death notice, Public Ledger 25 June 1864 page 2 (Wm Thorn Hooven)

13 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Spring Garden, ward 2, microfilm series M432, film 818, pages 422 = 122 handwritten to 423 = 123 handwritten (William Thorne Hooven)

14 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 14, division 1, microfilm series M653, film 1164, page 181 = 181 handwritten line 40 to 182 = 182 handwritten line 8 (Wm Hooven)

15 widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, certificate WC 57,677 (Louisa Hooven widow of William Hooven)

16 Find-a-grave memorial 67327492, created by Meges, added 23 March 2011, accessed 8 January 2012

17 death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer, 11 November 1921, transcribed on Find-a-grave memorial 67327492, created by Meges, added 23 March 2011, accessed 8 January 2012 (Louisa E Hooven)

18 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Delaware County, Springfield, supervisor's district X [sc. 2], enumeration district [39], page 1 [sic, sc. 2 (William Hoover)

19 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 20, district 62, microfilm series M593, film 1406, page 13 verso = 28 handwritten (Louisa Hooven)

20 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 20, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 382, microfilm series T9, film 1179, page 11 = 22 B handwritten (Louisa E Hooven)

21 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Bucks County, Milford Township, supervisor's district 2, enumeration district 26, microfilm series T623, film 1385, page 157 = 1 A handwritten (Louise Hoover [?])

22 1910 US census, Pennsylvania Bucks County, Quakertown Borough, ward 1, supervisor's district 3, enumeration district 41, microfilm series T624, film 1320, page 37 = 8 B handwritten (Louisa E Hooven)

23 1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 34, GAR Home for Veterans and Widows (Louisa E Hooven)

24 1910 US census [not transcribed], Pennsylvania, Bucks County, Quakertown, ward 2, supervisor's district 3, enumeration district 42, microfilm series T624, film 1320, page 52 = 14 A handwritten (Wm W Snyder)

25 1900 US census [not transcribed], Pennsylvania, Chester County, Phoenixville, ward 2, supervisor's district 2, enumeration district 97, microfilm series T623, film 1393, page 1 = 1 A handwritten (William Snyder)

26 [various Philadelphia city directories]

27 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (William T Hooven)

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

Name and identification

Bates (1) has Hooven, but a letter from Sinex (2), and the pension index (4), have Hoover. Distinguishing 'Hoover' from 'Hooven' is often hard; I do not know which name he usually went by.

I have tentatively assigned records to William T Hooven and William Hoover, but am not confident I have assigned them correctly.

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1930 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 8 Jan 12)

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Spring Garden, ward 2, microfilm series M432, film 818, pages 422 = 122 handwritten to 423 = 123 handwritten]
line35363738394041421
Dwellings visited791        
Families visited837        
NameCatharine KronnChristiana WiegandWilliam HooverMatilda "William Thorne "Henry Thorne [?] "Catharine "Romine "Theodore Parkham Hoover
Age6652393714151073
SexFFMFMMFFM
Color         
Occupation of males over 15 years  Wheelwright  Farmer   
Real estate owned2000       Pennsylvania
BirthplaceGermanyPennsylvania"""""" 
Married within year         
Attended school within year      11 
Over 20 & can't read/write         
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.         

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 14, division 1, microfilm series M653, film 1164, page 181 = 181 handwritten line 40 to 182 = 182 handwritten line 8]
line4012345678
Dwelling number1058        
Family number1286        
NameElias JohnsonJno HolmesWm HoovenWm Hooven SrRomaine "Matilda "Kate "Theodore "Cath "
Age232323481845201377
Sex mmmfffmf
Color         
OccupationBrass FounderBrass FounderIron MoulderWheelwright  Saleslady  
Value of real estate owned        800
Value of personal estate100       800
Place of birthPennaPhila""""""Germany
Married within year         
Attended school within year       1 
Cannot read & write         
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.         

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 20, district 62, microfilm series M593, film 1406, page 13 verso = 28 handwritten]
[identification is likely. I'd expect Catherine to be living with her--but I haven't found any other plausible candidates. Further, and more important, Chas Miller (51, butcher) seems to be the same person as the C B Miller (60, butcher) she was living with in the 1880 census--and her address then (996 Marshall) matches the address in the pension certificate file in 1866-1867]
line10111213
Dwelling-house number197   
Family number200   
NameMiller ChasYeager HenryFisher JohnHooven Louisa
Age512920 [?]31
SexMMMF
ColorWWWW
OccupationButcherButcher (jour)Butcher (Jour)Kng house
Real estate value3000   
Personal estate value1000   
BirthplacePennaPennaPennaPenna
Father foreign born  11
Mother foreign born  11
Birth month if born within year    
Marriage month if married within year    
Attended school past year    
Can't read    
Can't write    
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.    
Male US citizen at least 21 years old11  
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...    

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 20, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 382, microfilm series T9, film 1179, page 11 = 22 B handwritten]
[identification is probable, given her postal address in the widow's pension certificate file from 1866-1867]
line25262728
street nameMarshall Street
house number996   
dwelling visit #188   
family visit #201   
nameMiller C BHooven Louisa EBorning ReginaBower Hermann
colorWWWW
sexMFFM
age60472222
month born if born in year    
relationship housekeepservantboarder
single  11
married    
widowed/divorced11  
married during year    
occupationbutcherhouse keeperservantbutcher
months unemployed    
currently ill?    
blind    
deaf/dumb    
idiotic    
insane    
disabled    
school this year    
can't read    
can't write    
birthplacePennaPennaWurtemburg [sic]Penna
father's birthplacePaPaWurtPa
mother's birthplacePaPaWurtPa

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Delaware County, Springfield, supervisor's district X [sc. 2], enumeration district [39], page 1 [sic, sc. 2]
[line] 13
[house] 103
[family] 106
[name] Louisa widdow [sic] of Hoover William T
[rank] private
[company] C
[unit] 91st Pa Inf
[enlistment date] 1863
[discharge date] 1864
[length of service] [blank]
[post office address] Norton Del Co Pa
[disability incurred] Killed June /64 at Petersburgh
[remarks] [blank]

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Bucks County, Milford Township, supervisor's district 2, enumeration district 26, microfilm series T623, film 1385, page 157 = 1 A handwritten]
[identification is probable, given the absence of other candidates, and the probability that the John Snyder living with her is the John Snyder in the 1910 census with her]
line4041
street  
house number  
dwelling number11 
family number11 
nameHoover [?] LouiseSnyder John
relationshipHeadServant
colorWW
sexFM
birth dateDec 1838Feb 1879
age6121
married?WdS
# years married28 [crossed out] 
mother of how many children?1 
# of children living1 
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplaceBavariaPennsylvania
mother's birthplaceGermanyPennsylvania
immigration year  
# years in USA  
naturalized citizen?  
occupationFarmerFarm Laborer
# months not employed00
# months in school  
can readYesYes
can writeYesYes
speaks EnglishYesYes
owned/rentedO 
free or mortgagedF 
farm/houseF 
# of farm schedule  

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania Bucks County, Quakertown Borough, ward 1, supervisor's district 3, enumeration district 41, microfilm series T624, film 1320, page 37 = 8 B handwritten]
[identification is confirmed by the address listed in her 1916 letter in the widow's pension certificate file, as well as by the absence of other candidates]
line7172
streetSouth Main Street
house nr151 
dwelling nr185 
family nr195 
nameHooven Louisa E.Snyder John T
relationshipHeadNephew
sexFM
colorWW
age7130
marital statusWdS
#years present marriage  
mother of # children1 
mother of # living children1 
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplaceGermanyPennsylvania
mother's birthplaceGermanyPennsylvania
immigrated  
naturalized/alien  
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglish
occupationOwn IncomeFarm Laborer
nature of industry etc. Working Out
employer etc. W
out of work 15 Apr 1910? No
# weeks out of work 1909 16
can readYesYes
can writeYesYes
school since 1 Sep 09  
owned/rentedR 
owned free or mortagaged  
farm/houseH 
nr on farm schedule  
civil war vet  
blind  
deaf & dumb  

1920 census

[1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 34, GAR Home for Veterans and Widows]
[identification is confirmed by her address at her death (see the death notice and widow's pension certificate file)]
line20
streetNorth 65th Street
house number[230]
dwelling visit number 
family visit number 
nameHooven, Louisa E
relationshipX
own/rent 
free/mortgaged (if owned) 
sexF
raceW
age at last birthday80 [?]
marital statusWd
year of immigration 
naturalized/alien 
year of naturalization 
attended school since Sept 1919 
can readYes
can writeYes
birth placePenna
native language 
father's birthplaceGermany
father's native languageGer
mother's birthplaceGermany
mother's native languageGer
can speak EnglishYes
occupationNone [?]
industry, business[illegible]
employment status[illegible]
number of farm schedule[illegible]

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 14 Jun 2014, from Fold3]


Hooven William T.
     William
Co. C, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 14 Jun 14]

Hoover William
Co. C, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Hooven William T.
     William

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death notice

[death notice, Public Ledger 25 June 1864 page 2, Wm Thorn Hooven]

HOOVEN.--Killed, in front of Petersburg, Va., WM THORN HOOVEN, son of William and Matilda Hooven, in the 28th year of his age, a member of Co C, 91st Regiment P V.

Due notice of his funeral will be given if his body should be recovered.

widow's pension certificate file

[widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, certificate WC 57,677, Louisa Hooven widow of William Hooven]
[abstracted from 33 pages on Fold3, January 2012]
24 Dec 1838
Louisa born, Philadelphia PA
8 Dec 1859
William Hooven married Louisa Gill (both of Philadelphia PA) at Philadelphia PA, by Rev Jos H Kennard (pp.3, 7 [marriage certificate])
one child: Catharine Elizabeth, b. 1 Nov 1860 (pp.3, 19, 22)
11 Sep 62
William Hooven enlisted at Philadelphia and mustered in as private (pp.2, 5)
18 June 1864
died in hospital of wounds received 18 June 1864 (p.5--adj gen from May/June muster roll)
killed in action 18 June 1864 (p.3--widow's declaration)
died on 19 June 65 of wounds received 18 June 65 (affidavit by captain)
8 Aug 1864
James H Closson certified (at Camp near Petersburg VA) that William Hooven was a private in company C, and was killed on 18 June 1864 in action at Petersburg (p.17)
8 Dec 1864
Louisa Hooven widow of William Hooven applied for a pension (application 74,300) under the act of 14 July 1862 (p.3)
she lived in Philadelphia, post office address 1550 Cadwalader St, and was 26 years old (pp.3-4)
dated 9 July 1864 (p.3)
attorney W N Ashman Philadelphia Pennsylvania (p.3)
witnesses Margret Fisher and Theresa Morsley (residents of Philadelphia) (p.3)
accepted 12 October 1865 retroactive to 19 June 1865. certificate dated 18 Oct 1865. $8 per month (p.15)
distinguish this from widow's certificate 115,950, William Hoover, C 91 Pa Inf (p.13)
2 May 1865
the Pension Office sent circular 14 to the Surgeon General (p.14)
15 July 1865
Adj General's office provided above-summarized information to Pension Office (p.5)
9 Oct 1865
Joseph Gilbert certified (in Philadelphia) that William Hooven was wounded in action at Petersburg VA on 18 June 1864 and died in Field Hospital near there on 19 June 1865 [sic] of those wounds. Hoover 'was shot through the forehead, and was supposed to be killed at the time he was wounded, which was not the case as he survived until next day' (p.24)
Gilbert was then orderly sergeant, notified of the death by the hospital, later promoted to Captain (p.24)
9 August 1866
Louisa Hooven (resident of Philadelphia, 28 years old) applied for an increase in pension under the act of 25 July 1866 (p.22)
post office address 996 Marshall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (p.22)
witnesses Teressa Mousely and Margaret Fisher of Philadelphia (p.22)
27 Aug 1866
Hannah Shales and Hannah C Gill (both of Philadelphia) swore that they had known Louisa Hooven (and her husband William) for about 28 years, that Louisa and William lived as husband and wife, that Catharine Elizabeth Hooven her daughter was born on 1 November 1860, and were both present at the birth, that she was not baptized, that no physician attended Louisa, that Mrs Simon (now dead) attended her (p.10)
16 Feb 1867
the certificate was returned to the Pension Office (p.16)
16 May 1867
the Pension Office sent circular 10 to someone (p.16)
20 May 1867
Louisa Hooven resident of Philadelphia (996 Marshall St), 30 years old, applied for an increase of pension under the act of 25 July 1866 (p.19)
attorney Mathews, Poulson & Co, Philadelphia Pennsylvania (p.19)
witnesses Margaret Fisher, Johanna Strehle (both of Philadelphia)
application accepted 29 May 1867, certificate dated 5 June 1867 (pp.26, 27)
16 July 1867
the pension certificate was given to (attorney) Poulson in person (p.23)
7 Sep 1915 [? could be 1910?]
the record division examined her file, considered with widow's certificate 115.950 (William Hoover) (p.31)
9 Nov 1916 [received]
Cath. Snyder wrote to the Pension Office asking why Louisa Hooven, Quakertown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, had not received an increase in pension (p.28)
dated 4 November, Quakertown (p.28)
Louisa 'is lying with a broken leg and needs all that she can get she is 78 years old next Christmas and would like to know why she did not get her increase' (p.28)
1916
Louisa Hooven, Quakertown (South Main St), Bucks County, PA, filled in a form requesting an increase in pension under the act of 8 September 1916, because she was Hooven's wife during his civil war service (p.32)
'I fell and broke my leg 4 weeks ago am in need' (p.32)
18 Nov 1916
she was entitled to $20 per month retroactive to 8 September 1916, since she was married to Hooven during his Civil War service, under the act of 8 September 1916 (pp.2, 16)
[undated]
she was entitled to $30 per month under the act of 1 May 1920 (p.16)
9 Nov 1921
Louisa Hooven died, reported by Veterans Home, 65 + Vine St, Philadelphia PA (p.30)
received by Pension Office 14 Nov 1921
19 Nov 1921
Louisa Hooven (certificate 57,677) under the act of 1 May 1920, last paid at $30 per month to 4 November 1921, was dropped from the pension rolls because of death on 9 November 1921 (p.11; see also p.16)
she lived in the GAR Home at 65th & Vine Streets, Philadelphia Pennsylvania (p.12)

widow's death notice

[death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer, 11 November 1921, transcribed on Find-a-grave memorial 67327492, created by Meges, added 23 March 2011, accessed 8 January 2012]

HOOVEN - Nov. 9., LOUISA E., widow of William Hooven. Funeral services Fri., 2 P.M., at G.A.R. Home, 65th and Vine sts. Int. at Mt. Vernon Cem.

[Philadelphia city directories]

[transcribed 8 January 2012, from Fold3]
1858 Biddle's Philadelphia directory page 314
Hooven Matilda, b h 240 Madison
[no William Hooven or Hoover]
1866 McElroy's Philadelphia directory, p.345
Hooven William, 1215 Citron
Hoover William, brickmaker, 412 Diamond
[no Louisa, Matilda, or other William]
1867 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, pp.655-656
[no Louisa or Matilda]
Hoover William L., clerk, h 420 Vine
1868 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, p.800
Hoover Matilda C., boarding, 1215 Citron
Hoover William, brickmaker, h r 1010 Shackamaxon
1871 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, pages 732-733
[no Matilda, Louisa]
1875 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, pages 734-735
Hooven Matilda, wid William, h 1215 Citron
[no Louisa]
1882 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, p.754 (found on OCR index - Hooven Louisa - only one)
Hooven Louisa E., widow, h 996 Marshall
1883 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 775
Hooven Matilda, wid William, h 1215 Citron
1885 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, p.854
Hooven Matilda, wid William, h 1215 Citron
1886 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, p.822
Hooven [sic] Matilda wid William, h 1215 Citron

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