91st PA: William Hooven (or perhaps Hoover)

William Hooven (or perhaps Hoover?)

Before the war

He was born in 1811/12, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: date: 5 (42 in 1861), 13 (39 in 1850), 14 (48 in 1860), 23 (55 in 1867). place: 5, 13, 14, 23]

On 22 May 1834, he married Matilda Cromm (or perhaps Kroon). Their marriage was recorded in the records of the 10th Baptist Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was born about 1815/16, in Pennsylvania. They apparently had at least these children:

[sources: 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 21 (52 in 1868)]

In 1850, he was living in ward 2, Spring Garden, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with Matilda (presumably his wife), William Henry Catharine Romine and Theodore (presumably their children), with Catharine Kronn (perhaps his mother-in-law), and Christiana Wiegand. He was a wheelwright. [source: 13]

In 1860, he was living in ward 14, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with Matilda (presumably his wife), William, Romaine, Kate, and Theodore (presumably his children), with Elias John, John Holmes, and Catharine (perhaps the Catharine Kronn in the 1850 census?). He was a wheelwright. [source: 14]

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

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 9 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, hazel eyes, and brown hair. His nose was broken. [source: 5]

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 23 August 1861. He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Colonel Reiff. He was a private in company C. [sources: 1, 5, 25]

He was wounded on 3 May 1863 at Chancellorsville, Virginia On 7 May 1863, he was reported missing in action. On 17 May 1863, he was reported to be in the Corps Hospital as a paroled prisoner. [sources: 1, 2, 3, 11 (missing), 12 (missing)]

On 4 November 1863, he was detailed as a stretcher bearer in the ambulance corps. [source: 4]

On 26 December 1863, he reenlisted at was mustered in as a veteran volunteer, at Bealton, Virginia. [sources: 1, 21]

He may have returned to duty from Brigade Headquarters on 2 May 1864. [source: 7]

In May 1864, he developed chronic diarrhea, from exposure. He returned to duty about 13 August 1864. [source: 21]

About 20 March 1865 (or May 1865?), his chronic diarrhea recurred. He was treated at Mower US Hospital, in Chestnut Hill. While there, he was furloughed home, because of his illness. [source: 21]

He was absent, sick, when the regiment mustered out. [sources: 1, 21]

On 13 July 1865, he was discharged, effective 10 July 1865. He was a private, in company C. [sources: 21, 25]

After the war

In 1866, he was living at 1215 Citron Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 17]

On 27 May 1867, he died, at 1215 Citron Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He died of consumption of lungs. (When testifying in support of his widow's pension application, the physician who signed his death certificate claimed that he died of chronic diarrhea and hemorrhage of bowels, which--presumably not coincidentally--made it easier to claim his widow was eligible for a pension.) He was a wheelwright. On 30 May 1867, he was buried, at Odd Fellows' Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 21, 22, 23]

On 18 May 1868, his widow, Matilda Hooven, applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension. Her post office address was 1215 Citron Street. Joseph Gilbert (formerly captain of company C) testified in support of her application. Her application was accepted on 6 July 1868. She received $8 per month, retroactive to 27 May 1867. [sources: 8, 9, 21]

In 1868, his widow, Matilda C Hooven, had a boarding house at 1215 Citron Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 17]

In 1870, his widow Matilda was living in ward 14, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was living with Kate (presumably her daughter), who worked in a trimming store. Matilda owned $225 in real estate, and $1,000 in personal property. [source: 15]

In 1875, his widow Matilda was living at 1215 Citron Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 17]

On 7 December 1875, the Pension Office instructed the Pension Agent to suspend payment of her pension. While the pension certificate file does not explain why payment was her suspended, in other cases involving Joseph E Devitt as attorney, payment was suspended because some documents were improperly executed. On 22 January 1876, the Pension Office instructed the Pension Agent to resume payment. [source: 21]

In 1880, his widow Matilda was living at 1215 Citron Street, ward 14, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was living with her children Kate, Romine, and Theodore, and with a boarder. [source: 16]

On 15 June 1882, his widow, Matilda Hooven, applied for a new pension certificate, to replace the one she had lost. Her post office address was 1215 Citron Street. [source: 21]

In 1883, 1885, and 1886, his widow, Matilda, was living at 1215 Citron Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 17]

On 4 December 1889, his widow, Matilda Hoven, died, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, of dropsy. She died at, or was buried from, 1324 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On 7 December 1889, she was buried in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 20]

On 9 January 1897, his son Theodore Hooven died, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He died at, or was buried from, 2222 Fairmount Avenue. He died of double croup, pneumonia. On 15 January 1897, he was buried, in Mt Vernon Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 24]

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William Hooven in the 91st PA database

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) (William Hoover)

2 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 7 May 1863 (Private Hoover [?])

3 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 17 May 1863 (Private Hoover [?])

4 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 4 November 1863 (Priv W Hoover [??]) (uncertain id)

5 company C, descriptive roll, entry 44 (William Hooven ['n' is clear])

6 company C, untitled list, probably of status at muster out, entry 36 (William Hooven ['n' is clear])

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

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

9 pension index, by name (William Hoover)

10 [removed]

11 'The ninety-first Pennsylvania volunteers', Philadelphia Press, Wednesday 13 May 1863, page 2 (Wm Hoover Sr)

12 'The Ninety-first Pennsylvania at Chancellorville', Philadelphia Inquirer 13 May 1863, page 8 (William Hoven, Sen'r)

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

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 Sr)

15 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 14, district 41, microfilm series M593, film 1398, page 146 verso = 134 handwritten (Matilda Hooven)

16 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 14, supervisor's district [1], enumeration district 239, microfilm series T9, film 1174, page 530 = 17 C handwritten (Matilda Hooven)

17 [Philadelphia city directories]

18 Philadelphia Pennsylvania death certificates 1803-1915, 9 July 1912, Catherine Hoover [not transcribed, data abstracted from FamilySearch, accessed 8 January 2012]

19 death notice [not transcribed], Philadelphia Inquirer, 10 July 1912, page 7, Catharine Hooven

20 Philadelphia Pennsylvania death certificate, 1803-1915, 4 December 1889 (Matilda Hoven)

21 widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, certificate 115,950 (Matilda Cromm widow of William Hooven)

22 death notice, Public Ledger 30 May 1867, page 2 (William Hooven)

23 Philadelphia death certificate, 27 May 1867 (William Hooven (?))

24 [not transcribed] death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 9 January 1897, Theodore Hooven (available at FamilySearch)

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

Note on name and identification

Distinguishing 'Hoover' from 'Hooven' is often hard; many of the records could be read as either.

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

Note that a William Hoover did die on 5 April 1865, and was buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery. However, he served in company D of the 99th Pennsylvania Infantry (and in the 26th Pennsylvania Infantry)--and the pension index by unit has a card for a William Huver in company D of the 99th Pennsylvania, whose widow successfully applied for a pension 18 May 1865 (certificate 80,802). (See the death notice in Philadelphia Inquirer on 10 April 1865, and the Philadelphia death certificate [available on FamilySearch].)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1890 US census, veterans' schedules
searched Ancestry index (accessed May 2007)
1900 US census
FamilySearch, HeritageQuest indices (accessed 8 Jan 2012)
The Matilda Hoover born September 1820, living in Butler Pennsylvania is the mother-in-law of Joseph W Adams, whose wife is Olive Adams, born September 1857. That, and the location, make it very unlikely she is my Matilda
1910 US census
FamilySearch, HeritageQuest indices (accessed 8 Jan 2012)
1920 US census
FamilySearch, HeritageQuest indices (accessed 8 Jan 2012)
1930 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 8 Jan 2012)
Philadelphia Inquirer
death notices, 5 - 7 December 1889--no Matilda Hoover/Hooven/Hover/Hoven (accessed on GenealogyBank 10 January 2012)
records of headstones of deceased Union veterans 1879-1903
FamilySearch index (accessed 4 March 2013)
applications for headstones for military veterans, 1925-1941
FamilySearch index (accessed 4 March 2013)
Pennsylvania veterans burial cards 1777-1999
Ancestry index (accessed 4 March 2013)
Find a grave
searched for name (Hooven or Hoover) and also in cemetery (both Odd Fellows and Mt Vernon) (accessed 9 March 2013)
RootsWeb WorldConnect
searched for William Hooven died 1867 (exact); William Hooven married Matilda (accessed 4 March 2013)

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Spring Garden, ward 2, microfilm series M432, film 818, pages 422 = 122 handwritten to 423 = 123 handwritten]
[identification is uncertain, based only on the absence of other candidates]
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]
[identification is uncertain, based primarily on the absence of other candidates]
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 14, district 41, microfilm series M593, film 1398, page 146 verso = 134 handwritten]
[I did not transcribe the other people in this household, headed by James and Mary Lindsay]
line67
Dwelling-house number[949] 
Family number[997] 
NameHooven Matilda- Kate
Age5025
SexFF
ColorWW
Occupationwithout occupatin trimming store
Real estate value225 
Personal estate value1000 
BirthplacePennaPenna
Father foreign born  
Mother foreign born  
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 old  
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...  

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 14, supervisor's district [1], enumeration district 239, microfilm series T9, film 1174, page 530 = 17 C handwritten]
line4546474849
street nameCit[ron] street
house number1215    
dwelling visit #144    
family visit #157    
nameHooven Matilda- Kate- Romine- TheodoreFlanagan William
colorWWWWW
sexFFMMM
age6339383545
month born if born in year     
relationship DaughterSonSonBoarder
single 1111
married     
widowed/divorced1    
married during year     
occupationKeeping HouseClerk in storeLaborerBrass finisherPlasterer
months unemployed     
currently ill?     
blind     
deaf/dumb     
idiotic     
insane     
disabled     
school this year     
can't read     
can't write     
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaNew Jersey
father's birthplaceDarmstadtPaPaPaN.J.
mother's birthplaceWurtembergPaPaPaN.J.

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 June 2014, from Fold3]


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

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

[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 Laura, 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

widow's pension certificate file

[widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, certificate 115,950, Matilda Cromm widow of William Hooven]
[transcribed from 24 pages on Fold3, March 2013]
22 May 1834
Wm Hooven married Matilda Cromm by Rev Joseph H Kennard (pp.4, 10)
recorded in the 10th Baptist Church records (p.10)
three children alive at his death: Romaine (born 17 April 1842), Kate (born 17 December 1843), Theodore (born 29 October 1846) (p.4)
26 Dec 1863
William Hooven enlisted and was mustered in at Bealton VA as private, veteran, co. C (p.9)
May 1864
contracted chronic diarrhea, through exposure, in the line of duty
May 1865
developed chronic diarrhea
furloughed home for illness
10 July 1865
on company muster-out-roll, reported absent sick in hospital (p.9)
13 July 1865
discharged (p.4)
company muster-out roll reports: 'Discharge furnished July 13 /65 - to date July 10 /65' (p.9)
June 1865
'was very thin and completely broken down'
treated for chronic diarrhea in hospital
27 May 1867
died at Philadelphia PA of chronic diarrhea and hemorrhage of bowels (p.4)
11 July 1867
Dr E B Shapleigh swore that he knew William Hooven for about 6 years before he enlisted; he was 'a strong and hearty man not afflicted with disease'; that he was the family physician; that he attended Hooven during his last illness, that he died at 1215 Citron St Philadelphia on or about 27 May 1867 of chronic diarrhoea and hemorrhage of the bowels, that Hooven was under his care directly after the Battle of Chancellorsville, very ill with diarrhoea and hemorrhage of the bowels, that he was again treated for that disease while home on furlough, and again in June 1865 while at home on a pass from Chestnut Hill Hospital ("Mower USA Hospital"), 'completely taken down', and Shapleigh thought he would not live long, and in the end 'had fallen away to a mere skeleton' (p.20)
12 May 1868
Joseph Gilbert (late capt C 91 PA) swore that in early May 1864 William Hooven contracted chronic diarrhoea from exposure while in the actual line of duty, was sent to (?) 2nd division 5th corps hospital, returned to duty about 13 August 1864, was on duty until again struck by diarrhea about 20 March 1865, was sent to 1st division 5th corps hospital, transfered to City Point hospital, and was still absent when the regiment mustered out (p.17)
18 May 1868
Matilda Hooven applied for a pension, under the Act of 14 July 1862 (p.4)
52 years old (p.4)
resident of Philadelphia; post office address 1215 Citron St (p.4)
he had not applied for an invalid pension
dated 7 May 1868 (p.4)
application 160,987 (pp.9, 13)
attorney: Jos E Devitt + Co, Philadelphia (p.4)
witnesses: Hannah W Rynard and John M Williams (both of Philadelphia) (p.5)
accepted 6 July 1868, for $8 per month retroactive to 27 May 1867 (pp.3, 12)
certificate dated 11 July 1868 (p.12)
the Pension Office explicitly distinguished this from widow's certificate 57,677 for Wm Hoover, company C 91st PA (p.13)
6 June 1868
the Adjutant General's Office sent the Pension Office the above-summarized information (p.9)
9 June 1868
the Pension Office [sent] circular 16 to the adjutant general for information about Captain Gilbert's service (p.14; p.18 is the circular 16)
17 June 1868
the Pension Office clerk asked whether any invalid application had been filed (p.8)
on 18 June 1868, someone replied that none had (p.8)
17 June 1868
the Pension Office received a response about Captain Gilbert [see 9 June 1868] (p.14)
Joseph Gilbert was mustered in as Captain commanding C 91 PA on 24 [?] February 1864; was sergeant, present, on the May/June 1864 muster roll; on the March/April 1865 muster roll he is captain, present; on July/August 1864 muster roll sergeant absent in hospital on account of wounds 3 July 1864; mustered out as captain 10 July 1864; originally enrolled 20 [?] August 1861 and mustered in 25 September 1861 as private (p.19)
25 June 1868
the Pension Office [sent] circular 16 to the Adjutant General for a copy of the certificate of disability for discharge (p.14; see p.15 for the circular 16)
6 July 1868
the Pension Office received a response (see 25 June 1868): "no cert. dis. on file" (p.14; p.16 is the response)
23 July 1868
the Pension Office returned the discharge certificate to the pensioner (p.12)
7 December 1875
the Pension Office instructed the Pension Agent to suspend payment (p.12)
22 Jan 1876
the Pension Office instructed the Pension Agent to resume payment (p.12)
15 June 1882
Matilda Hooven applied for a new certificate (p.21)
last paid at Philadelphia through 4 March 1882 (p.21)
about 12 June 1882, she could not find her certificate (p.21)
post office address 1215 Citron St Philadelphia PA (p.21)
witness Louisa Hooven (p.21)
21 June 1882
the pension office added this note to the card: "Permit mrtt [?]" (p.12)
7 September 1910
the file was 'Examined in Record Div.' and 'considered with W. Ctf. 57,677 Wm Hoover C 91 Pa. Inf.' (p.23)

death certificate

[Philadelphia death certificate, 27 May 1867, William Hooven (?)]
[transcribed 9 March 2013, from FamilySearch]
[note that the FamilySearch indexer read the family name as 'Horren'; I agree that is a possible reading of the family name, but believe that 'Hooven' is also possible, and prefer 'Hooven' because of the other evidence William Hooven died on 27 May 1867]

RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, William Hooven [?]
2. Colour, White
3. Sex, Male
4. Age, 55th year
5. Married
6. Date of Death, May 27th 1867
7. Cause of Death, Consumption of Lungs
E B Shapleigh M.D.
Residence, 440 Nth 8 St

UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE, IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation Whel Right [sic]
9. Place of Birth, Philla [sic]
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 14 Ward
12. Street and Number, No 1215 Cetron [?] St
13. Date of Burial, May 30th 1867 Thursday at 10 + 11
14. Place of Burial, OFC
Jo Horrden [?] UNDERTAKER.
Residence, No 920 Race St

death notice

[death notice, Public Ledger 30 May 1867, page 2, William Hooven]
[transcribed 3 March 2013, from GenealogyBank]

HOOVEN--On the morning of the 27th instant, WILLIAM HOOVEN, in the 56th year of his age

The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, from his late residence, 2215 Citron street, this morning, at 10 o'clock without further notice.

death certificate, Matilda Hoven

[Philadelphia Pennsylvania death certificate, 1803-1915, 4 December 1889, Matilda Hoven]
[transcribed 10 January 2012, from FamilySearch]

RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, Matilda Hoven
2. Color, White
3. Sex, Female
4. Age, Seventy-Six years (76 yrs)
5. Widow
6. Date of Death, Dec 4th 1889
7. Cause of Death, Dropsy
A Frank Guganfus [??] M.D.
Residence, 1124 Wallace St
UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, [blank]
9. Place of Birth, Phila
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 14th ward
12. Street and Number, 1324 Fairmount Av
13. Date of Burial, December 7th 1889
14. Place of Burial, Mount Vernon Cemetery
C Moore Undertaker.
Residence, 829 Vine St.

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