91st PA: Robert Hall Houston

Robert H Houston

Before the war

He was born on 3 March 1825 (13, 17; 5 (36 in 1861), 6 [38, probably in 1863], 11 [45 in 1860], 12 [46 in 1870], 13 [75 in 1900], 14 [85 in 1910], 17 [85 at death in 1910], 18 [86 at death]). He was born in Milton, Delaware, (5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17). He was born to Robert A Houston and [unknown] (17).

In 1856/58, he married Mary [unknown surname] (13, 14). The 1900 census reports that she had had 1 child, who was alive, but this appears to be a mistake (13). In 1910, she had had seven children, four of whom were alive (14).

In 1860, he was living in the 10th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (11). He was a gentleman, and owned $3,000 in personal property (11).

When he enlisted, he was a cabinet maker (5, 6).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 5-1/4 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, grey eyes, and black hair (5, 6 [5'6", dark hair]).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 9 September 1861 (1, 5, 6). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Captain McAuther (5, 6). He was a private in company G (1, 19).

He fought at the Battle of Gettysburg (15).

He was detailed for duty at Camp Cadwallader, Philadelphia, by General Sykes (3). On 27 April 1864, Sinex asked that he be returned from duty at Camp Cadwalader, apparently since 22 July 1862 (2, 3 [22 July 1863]). He was still there in September (?) 1864 (3).

He mustered out at camp in the field, near Pegram House, Virginia on 2 November 1864, when his term expired (1, 4, 6, 9). He was a private, in company G (19).

After the war

In 1870, he was living in the 15th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (12). He was living with his wife Mary, and his children Georgeanna and Clara (12). He was a cabinetmaker (12).

In 1890, he was living at 2026 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (7, 8). He was a cabinetmaker (7). Joseph Martin was also living there, and it was one of Wallace & Patterson's gentleman's furnishings' stores (8).

On 7 July 1890, he applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (10, 16).

In 1900, he was living at 1930 Diamond Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (13). He was living with his daughter, Mrs G Martin, his wife Mary, and various other family members (13). He was a cabinetmaker, and had been unemployed 0 months in the previous year (13).

On 14 February 1907, he again applied for a pension (16).

In 1910, he was living at 1930 Diamond Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (14). He was living with his daughter Georgia, his wife Mary, and Georgia's daughter and her husband (14). He had no occupation (14).

He died on 2 December 1910, of senility and hypostatic congestion of lungs, with a fracture of the neck of the femur caused by a fall down stairs [?] contributing, at Samaritan Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (16, 17, 18). He was married (17). He was an undertaker (17). He lived at 1900 Diamond Street, ward 31, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (17). On 5 December 1910, he was buried, at Northwood Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (17, 18). He was buried from his late residence, 1930 Diamond Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (18). Members of the Remembrance Lodge Number 731 International Order of Odd Fellows, ED Baker Post Number 8 Grand Army of the Republic, and survivors of the 91st, were invited to attend his funeral (18).

On 13 December 1913, his widow, Mary A Houston, applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (10, 16).

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, 27 April 1864

3 [list of detailed men, probably from Sept 1864] (Robert H Houston)

4 company G, register of men discharged, #41 (Robert H Houston)

5 company G, descriptive roll, entry 40 (Robert H Houston)

6 company G, second descriptive roll, entry [17] (Robert H Houston)

7 1890 US Census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 680, page [2] (image 2199 on Ancestry) (Robert H Houston)

8 1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory (Robert H Houston)

9 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 4 November 1864 (Privt Houston)

10 pension index, by name (Robert H Houston)

11 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 10th ward, microfilm series M653, film 1160, page 469 = 55 handwritten (Robt Houston)

12 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 15th ward, microfilm series M593, film 1400, page 141-142 = 70 [?]-71 [?] handwritten (Robert Houston)

13 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 32, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 816, microfilm series T623, film 1474, page 6 B = 6 handwritten (R H Houston)

14 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 32, Supplemental (2), supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 760, microfilm series T624, film 1403, page 241 A = 11 handwritten (Robert H Houston)

15 Pennsylvania Memorial, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (R H Houston)

16 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company G (Robert H Houston)

17 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2 December 1910, #29089 (Robert R. [?] Houston)

18 death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 4 December 1910 page 15 (Robert Hall Houston)

19 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Robert H Houston)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

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1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 10th ward, microfilm series M653, film 1160, page 469 = 55 handwritten]
[I did not transcribe the numerous other people at this residence]
line33
Dwelling number 
Family number 
NameRobt Houston
Age45
SexM
Color 
OccupationGentleman
Value of real estate owned 
Value of personal estate3,000
Place of birth" [sc. Del]
Married within year 
Attended school within year 
Cannot read & write 
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc. 

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 15th ward, microfilm series M593, film 1400, page 141-142 = 70 [?]-71 [?] handwritten]
[I did not transcribe the numerous other people at this residence, headed by Sarah Vaughan]
line40123
Dwelling-house number[501]   
Family number[604]   
NameHouston MaryHouston Robert- Georgeanna- Clara
Age3246106
SexFMFF
ColorWWWW
OccupationdressmakingCabinetmakerAttending School" School
Real estate value    
Personal estate value    
BirthplacePennsylvaniaDelawarePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
Father foreign born    
Mother foreign born    
Birth month if born within year    
Marriage month if married within year    
Attended school past year   1
Can't read    
Can't write    
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.    
Male US citizen at least 21 years old 1  
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...    

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US Census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 680, page [2] (image 2199 on Ancestry)]
[line] 15
[house] 52
[family] 52
[name] Robert H Houston
[rank] Private
[company] G
[unit] 91 Pa inf.
[enlistment date] 9 Sept 1861
[discharge date] 9 Oct 1864
[length of service] 3 years, 1 month, 0 days
[post office address] 2026 Ridge ave
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory

[searched transcription on Ancestry]
Robert H Houston, cabinetmkr, h 2026 Ridge av
Joseph Martin, photographer, h 2026 Ridge av
Wallace & Patterson, gents' furng, 1627 & 2026 Ridge av

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 32, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 816, microfilm series T623, film 1474, page 6 B = 6 handwritten]
line54555657585960
streetDiamond Street
house number1930      
dwelling number109      
family number113      
nameMartin Mrs GHouston R HMartin Stanley- Georgi EHouston Lucy- Mrs MaryFuller K [?] L
relationshipHeadFatherSonDaughterSister [?]MotherCousin
colorWWWWWWW
sexFMMFFFM
birth dateSep 1862Mar 1825July 1879Mar 1881Feb 1881June 1835Dec 1861
age37752019196438
married?WMSSSMM [?]
# years married 43   43 
mother of how many children?2    1 
# of children living2    1 
birthplacePennsylvaniaDelawarePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaDelawarePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaDelawarePennsylvaniaN York
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaDelawarePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaN York
immigration year       
# years in USA       
naturalized citizen?       
occupation Cabinet MakerManufr   Sec + Treas [illegible; maybe 'Reany'?] + Maf [?]
# months not employed 0    0
# months in school       
can readyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
speaks Englishyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
owned/rentedR      
free or mortgaged       
farm/houseH      
# of farm schedule       

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 32, Supplemental (2), supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 760, microfilm series T624, film 1403, page 241 A = 11 handwritten]
line1011121314
streetDiamond
house nr1930    
dwelling nr126    
family nr121    
nameMartin, GeorgiaButler, Georgia- Charles SHouston Robert H- Mary A
relationshipHeaddaughterson-in-lawfathermother
sexFFMMF
colorWWWWW
age5029298572
marital statusWdM1M1M1M1
#years present marriage 005252
mother of # children20  7
mother of # living children20  4
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaDelawarePennsylvania
father's birthplaceDelawarePennsylvaniaNew YorkDelawareMaryland
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaDelawareDelaware
immigrated     
naturalized/alien     
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglishEnglishEnglishEnglish
occupationnonenoneprivate secnonenone
nature of industry etc.  Link Belt Co.  
employer etc.  W  
out of work 15 Apr 1910?  No  
# weeks out of work 1909  0  
can readyesyesyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyesyesyes
school since 1 Sep 09     
owned/rentedR    
owned free or mortagaged     
farm/houseH    
nr on farm schedule     
civil war vet   UA 
blind     
deaf & dumb     

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 10 Jun 2014, from Fold3]


Houston, Robert H.
     or Robert
Co. G, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2 December 1910, #29089, Robert R. [?] Houston]
[thanks to Ed McLaughlin for finding this!]

CERTIFICATE OF DEATH.
Registration District No. 1.
Primary Registration District No [blank]
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
BUREAU OF VITAL STATISTICS.
File No. 29089
Registered No. [blank]
1. PLACE OF DEATH
County of PHILADELPHIA,
City of PHILADELPHIA.
Hospital or Institution, Samaritan Hospital
2. FULL NAME Mr. Robert R. [?] Houston
PERSONAL AND STATISTICAL PARTICULARS
3. SEX male
4. COLOR OR RACE W
5. married
6. DATE OF BIRTH March 3 1825
7. AGE 85 yrs. [blank] mos. [blank] ds.
8. OCCUPATION Undertaker [sic]
9. BIRTHPLACE Milton Delaware
10. NAME OF FATHER Robert A Houston
11. BIRTHPLACE OF FATHER Delaware
12. MAIDEN NAME OF MOTHER [illegible]
13. BIRTHPLACE OF MOTHER Delaware
14. THE ABOVE IS TRUE TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE.
(Informant) Mr Robert H Houston
(Address) 1930 Diamond St.
15. Filed [blank] [blank] Local Registrar

MEDICAL CERTIFICATE OF DEATH
16. DATE OF DEATH, Dec. 2 1910
17. I HEREBY CERTIFY, That I attended deceased from Dec 1 1910, to Dec. 2 1910, that I last saw him alive on Dec 2 1910, and that death occurred, on the date stated above, at 12:45 AM. The CAUSE OF DEATH was as follows:
Senility and hypostatic congestion of the Lungs
(Duration) - yrs. - mos. 5 ds.
Contributory Fracture of neck of femur (fell down [?] stairs [??])
Duration - yrs. - mos. 11 ds.
(Signed) D. L. Linter [?] M.D.
12-2 1910 (Address) Samaritan Hospital
18. LENGTH OF RESIDENCE (FOR HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS.)
Where was disease contracted, if not at place of death? Samaritan Hospital [sic]
Former or usual residence 1900 Diamond St Ward 31
19. PLACE OF BURIAL OR REMOVAL Northwood Cem
DATE OF BURIAL Dec 5 1910
20. UNDERTAKER David H. Schultz & Son
ADDRESS 6th & Diamond St.

death notice

[death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 4 December 1910 page 15, Robert Hall Houston]

HOUSTON.--On December 2, 1910, ROBERT HALL, husband of Mary Naylor Houston, in his 86th year. Relatives and friends of the family, also members of the Remembrance Lodge, No. 731, IOOF; ED Baker Post, No 8, GAR, and survivors of the 91st Penna Volunteers, are invited to attend the funeral, from his late residence, 1930 Diamond st, on Monday afternoon, at 1.30 o'clock, precisely. Interment private at Northwood Cemetery.


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