91st PA--William Jeffries

William Jeffries

Before the war

He was born in May 1842, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Daniel Jeffries and Elizabeth Sees (or Lees). [sources: date: 12; 3 (20 in 1861), 4, 12 (57 in 1900), 15 (70/3/18 at death on 13 Sep 12), 16 (9 in 1850), 17 (19 in 1860), 18 (28 in 1870), 19 (37 in 1880), 20 (67 in 1910), 22 (1843). place: 3, 12, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 22. parents: 15 ('Sees'), 22 ('Lees'); 16, 17, 18, 19]

In 1850, he was living in Penn District, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with Daniel and Elizabeth Jeffries (presumably his parents), and with Mary, John, and Catherine (presumably siblings). He had attended school within the year. [source: 16]

In 1860, he was living in ward 20, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with Dan. and Eliz. Jeffrey (presumably his parents), and with John and Catharine (presumably siblings). He was a carter. [source: 17]

When he enlisted, he was a brass moulder, and was living in Philadelphia. [sources: 3, 4]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 4-1/2 inches tall, and had a light complexion, blue eyes, and dark hair. [sources: 3 (dark hair), 4 (black hair)]

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 23 August 1861 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Captain Starr. He was a private, in company A. [sources: 1, 3, 4 (mustered in as corp), 7, 8, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32]

He fought at the Battle of Gettysburg. [source: 11]

At some point--probably on 24 December 1863--he was promoted to 4th corporal. [sources: 2, 8]

He reenlisted as a veteran volunteer on 26 December 1863, at Bealton, Virginia. [sources: 1, 4, 8]

On 12 March 1864, he was reported under arrest. He returned from arrest on 21 April 1864. [sources: 5, 6]

At some point, he was promoted to 5th sergeant. [source: 2]

On 26 October 1864, he was reported off duty. [source: 10]

He was absent, sick, when the regiment mustered out. He was a sergeant, in company A. He was discharged on 16 July 1865. [sources: 1, 3, 4, 7, 8 (10 Jun 65), 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32]

After the war

In 1870, he was living at 1717 Marshall Street, in ward 20, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with Daniel and Elizabeth Jeffery (presumably his parents), with John, Kate, and James (presumably siblings), and with Elizabeth, Anna W, and Kate Kernick and Henry Grant. [source: 18]

In 1874/75, he married Elizabeth [unknown family name]. They apparently had five children, three alive in 1900, including:

[sources: 12, 23]

In 1880, he was living at 1717 Marshall Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his mother Elizabeth Jeffries, his brother William Jeffries, and his niece Katie Williams. He was a gas purifier. [source: 19]

On 18 July 1881 and 15 February 1907, he applied successfully for a pension. [sources: 7, 13]

In 1890, he was living at 617 Columbia Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a laborer. [sources: 8, 9]

In 1900, he was living at 617 Columbia Avenue, 20th ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Elizabeth, and sons William, Henry, and Samuel. He was working at the US Mint. [source: 12]

In 1901, he was a weigher, and lived at 617 Columbia Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 21]

In 1902-3, he was a carpenter, and lived at 617 Columbia Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 21]

In 1906, he was a refiner, and lived at 617 Columbia Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 21]

In 1910, he was living at 617 Columbia Avenue, ward 20, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his son Samuel. He was employed at the [US] Mint. He was unemployed for 0 weeks in the previous year. [source: 20]

On 13 September 1912, he died, in Ellisburg, Camden County, New Jersey. He died of general paralysis. He was a gold melter, at the US Mint. Members of the following organizations were invited to the funeral: E D Baker Post, No 8, Grand Army of the Republic, Pequot Tribe, No 18, Improved Order of Red Men, Fidelity Club, and US Mint employees. He was buried in Mount Peace Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Elizabeth Jefferies (presumably his wife) was reburied in that lot at the same time. [sources: 14, 24]

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 Jeffries)

2 register of non-commissioned officers, co.A (Wm Jeffreys) (several entries)

3 company A descriptive roll, entry 31 (William Jeffries)

4 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 5 May 2004 (William Jeffries)

5 consolidated morning report, 12 March 1864 (Jeffrie)

6 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 21 April 1864 (Jeffrey)

7 pension index, by regiment (William Jeffries)

8 1890 US census, veterans schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia (27th division, 20th ward), supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 426, page 2 (image 969 on Ancestry), lines 22-23 (William Jeffries)

9 1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory (William Jefferys)

10 consolidated morning report, 91 Pennsylvania, 26 October 1864 (Sergt Jeffries)

11 Pennsylvania Memorial, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (Wm Jeffries)

12 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 20, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 433, microfilm series T623, film 1463, page 184 = 12 A handwritten, FamilySearch) (William Jeffries)

13 pension index, by name (accessed 13 November 2012, on Ancestry) (William Jeffries)

14 death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 17 September 1912 page 7 (GenealogyBank 12 Nov 12) (William Jeffries)

15 transit permit and undertaker's certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 13 September 1912 (FamilySearch) (William Jeffries)

16 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Penn District, microfilm series M432, film 820, page 163 recto = 327 handwritten (FamilySearch) (William Jeffries)

17 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 20, microfilm series M653, film 1171, page 677 = 175 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Wm Jeffrey)

18 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 20, district 68, 2nd enumeration, microfilm series M593, film 1434, page 102 recto = 59 h/w, Marshall St (FamilySearch) (William Jeffery)

19 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 408, microfilm series T9, film 1180, page 329 = 7 C handwritten (FamilySearch) (William Jeffries)

20 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 20, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 359, microfilm series T624, film 1394, page 41 = 16 A handwritten (FamilySearch) (William Jeffries)

21 selected Philadelphia city directories

22 'Eagle Village', a gedcom, available on RootsWeb WorldConnect, contact Bill, last revised 14 August 2012, accessed 15 November 2012 (William Jeffries)

23 abstract of birth record, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, William Jeffries, born 15 May 1885 to William and Elizabeth

24 Lawnview Cemetery records, section R, lot 278, obtained 1 December 2012] (William Jefferies)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Note on identification

Another William Jeffries, born in February 1843, served in company E of the 91st, and lived in Philadelphia. See the note on identification on his page for more information.

For this William, the 1890-1910 censuses are linked by the address, and the death certificate is linked to them by the occupation. The parents' names on the death certificate match the apparent parents' names in the 1850-1880 censuses. Since the 1890 veterans schedule mentions his service in company A of the 91st (and the dates and rank match, also), it seems likely these records are all about the William Jeffries who served in A 91 PA. (Note, however, that the regimental records list his occupation at enlistment as brass moulder, and the 1860 census entry claims he was a carter.)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1920 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 15 November 2012)
1930 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 15 November 2012)
Find a grave
accessed November 2012
applications for headstones for military veterans, 1925-1941
FamilySearch index (accessed 15 Nov 2012)
Pennsylvania veterans burial cards
FamilySearch index (accessed 15 Nov 2012)

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William Jeffries in the 91st PA gedcom on RootsWeb WorldConnect

William Jeffries in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Penn District, microfilm series M432, film 820, page 163 recto = 327 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is likely, since the parents' names match the names on the death certificate]
line101112131415
Dwellings visited1128     
Families visited1282     
NameDaniel JeffriesElizabeth "Mary "John "William "Catherine "
Age3534141193
SexMFFMMF
Color      
Occupation of males over 15 yearsCarter     
Real estate owned      
Birthplace" [sc. Pa]"""""
Married within year      
Attended school within year   11 
Over 20 & can't read/write11    
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.      

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 20, microfilm series M653, film 1171, page 677 = 175 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is likely; see the note on the 1850 census entry transcribed above]
line2425262728
Dwelling number1111    
Family number1416    
NameDan. JeffreyEliz "Jno "Wm "Cath. "
Age4948201918
SexMFMMF
Color     
OccupationCarter "" 
Value of real estate owned     
Value of personal estate150    
Place of birth" [sc. Penna]""""
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 68, 2nd enumeration, microfilm series M593, film 1434, page 102 recto = 59 h/w, Marshall St (FamilySearch)]
[identification is likely; see the note on the 1850 census entry transcribed above]
line31323334353637383940
Dwelling-house number1717         
Family number          
NameJeffery DanielElizabethJohnWilliamKateJamesKernick ElizabethAnna WKateGrant Henry
Age5858342824 211715528
SexMFMMFMFFFM
Color          
Occupation          
Real estate value          
Personal estate value          
Birthplace          
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, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 408, microfilm series T9, film 1180, page 329 = 7 C handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is likely; see the note on the 1850 census entry transcribed above]
[note: the 1900 census has William and Elizabeth married in 1874/75, with a son William born in 1877. This is inconsistent with this census. However, the only plausible William Jeffries son of William and Elizabeth I have found in FamilySearch's index to the Philadelphia birth records is William Jeffries, born 15 May 1885. And the FamilySearch index to the 1880 US census has no plausible William Jeffries born in 1876-78 (the only one is Wm T Jeffries, 4, grandson of Robt and Matilda Jeffries (both born Ireland), with no William or Elizabeth in the household, and with other grandchildren Lillie (7) and Rehba (0)]
line1234
street nameMarshall Street
house number1717   
dwelling visit #56   
family visit #61   
nameJeffries Elizabeth- John- WilliamWilliams Katie
colorWWWW
sexFMMF
age64403715
month born if born in year    
relationship SonSonGranddaugh
single 111
married    
widowed/divorced1   
married during year    
occupationHousekeeperPoliceGas PurifierAt School
months unemployed    
currently ill?    
blind    
deaf/dumb    
idiotic    
insane    
disabled    
school this year   1
can't read    
can't write    
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennaPennaPennaPenna
mother's birthplacePennaPennaPennaPenna

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia (27th division, 20th ward), supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 426, page 2 (image 969 on Ancestry), lines 22-23]
[identification is confirmed by reference to his service in the 91st]

[line] 22
[house] 135
[family] 143
[name] Jeffries William
[rank] Corp
[company] A
[unit] 91 Pa inf
[enlistment date] 23 Aug 1861
[discharge date] 25 Dec 1863
[length of service] 2 years, 4 months, [blank] days
[post office address] 617 Columbia Ave
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

[line] 23
[house]
[family]
[name] Do
[rank] Sergt
[company] A
[unit] 91 Pa inf
[enlistment date] 24 Dec 1863
[discharge date] 10 June 1865
[length of service] 1 year, 7 months, [blank] days]
[post office address] [blank]
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory

[searched transcription at Ancestry, February 2005]
William Jefferys, laborer, h 617 Columbia av

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 20, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 433, microfilm series T623, film 1463, page 184 = 12 A handwritten, FamilySearch)]
[identification is confirmed by his being at the same address as in the 1890 veterans schedule transcribed above]
line1718192021
streetColumbia Avenue
house number617    
dwelling number211    
family number224    
nameJeffries William- Elizabeth- William- Henry- Samuel D
relationshipHeadWifeSonSonSon
colorWWWWW
sexMFMMM
birth dateMay 1842Jun 1856Aug 1877Dec 1882May 1889
age5743221711
married?MMSSS
# years married2525   
mother of how many children? 5   
# of children living 3   
birthplacePennsylvaniaEnglandPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaEnglandPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaEnglandEnglandEnglandEngland
immigration year 1874   
# years in USA 26   
naturalized citizen?     
occupationUS Mint SurveyorButcherAt school
# months not employed0 00 
# months in school    9
can readYesYesYesYesYes
can writeYesYesYesYesYes
speaks EnglishYesYesYesYesYes
owned/rentedR    
free or mortgaged     
farm/houseH    
# of farm schedule     

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 20, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 359, microfilm series T624, film 1394, page 41 = 16 A handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[the FamilySearch index has the child's name as 'Daniel', and the Ancestry index has "Samuel Jefferies [Daniel]"; I believe it's Samuel--the first letter could be 'D', but the name definitely ends -amuel]
[identification is confirmed by his being at the same address as in the 1890 veterans schedule transcribed above]
line1819
streetColumbia Ave
house nr617 
dwelling nr267 
family nr283 
nameJeffries William- Samuel
relationshipHeadSon
sexMM
colorWW
age6720
marital statusWdS
#years present marriage  
mother of # children  
mother of # living children  
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennaPenna
mother's birthplacePennaPenna
immigrated  
naturalized/alien  
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglish
occupationEmployeeNone
nature of industry etc.Mint 
employer etc.W 
out of work 15 Apr 1910?No 
# weeks out of work 19090 
can readYesYes
can writeYesYes
school since 1 Sep 09  
owned/rentedO 
owned free or mortagagedF 
farm/houseH 
nr on farm schedule  
civil war vet  
blind  
deaf & dumb  

Philadelphia directories

[selected Philadelphia city directories]
[transcribed November 2012, from Fold3]
[I did not check carefully for others at 617 Columbia av]
1901 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory p.1251
" [sc. Jeffries] Wm, weigher, h 617 Columbia av
1902 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, p.1223
" [sc. Jeffries] Wm, carpenter, h 617 Columbia av
" Wm, Jr., surveyor, h 617 Columbia av
1904 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1264
" [sc. Jeffries] Wm, carpenter, h 617 Columbia av
" Wm, Jr., clerk, h 617 Columbia av
1905 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1280
[no Wm Jeffries on Columbia; no Elizabeth Jeffries]
1906 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, pages 1310-1311
" [sc. Jeffries] Wm refiner h 617 Columbia av
[no other Wm at 617 Columbia; no Elizabeth at 617 Columbia]

death notice

[death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 17 September 1912 page 7 (GenealogyBank 12 Nov 12)
[transcribed 14 November 2012, from GenealogyBank]

JEFFRIES.--13th inst. WILLIAM JEFFRIES, aged 70. Relatives and friends, also E D Baker Post, No 8, G A R, Pequod Tribe, No 18, I O R M; Fidelity Club and the employes of the United State [sic] Mint, invited to services, Wed, 2 P M, precisely, residence of son, William Jeffries, Jr, 1607 Franklin. Interment Mount Peace.

death certificate

[transit permit and undertaker's certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 13 September 1912, William Jeffries (FamilySearch)]
[identification is likely, since his occupation matches the occupation in the 1900 and 1910 census entries transcribed above]

20933
TRANSIT PERMIT
State of New Jersey, County of Camd Delaw [??] Township
[A] Certificate of Death, signed by Wm A Lewis [?] physician, having been presented to and filed with [the] Registrar of Vital Statistics for Haddonfield in the County of Camden New Jersey, [sett]ing forth the following facts: "Name of deceased William Jeffries Date of death Sep 13" 1912 [Hour] of death 4. P.M. Age 70 years 3 months 18 days; Place of death Ellisburg Delaw [??] Township [Cau]se of death General Paralisis
And an Undertaker's Certificate, signed by David H. Schuyler [?] undertaker, having been also presented and filed with me, setting forth that said body had been prepared by said undertaker for transportation in every particular as [req]uired for such cases by law and the Rules of the Board of Health of the State of New Jersey:
PERMISSION is hereby granted to convey said body by Priv conveyance [??] from Haddonfield [in] the County of Camd New Jersey, to Phila [in] the State of P.A and David Schuyler is hereby authorized to accompany said body in such transit.
Dated at Haddonfield County of Camd New Jersey, this 14th [day] of September A.D. 1912
Wm. L. Harrison Registrar.
Residence Haddonfield
County Camd State New Jersey

UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE
Occupation Gold Melter US Mint
Place of Birth Penna
Birthplace of Father, Penna
Birthplace of Mother, Penna
Name of Father, Daniel Jeffries
Maiden Name of Mother, Elizabeth Sees
Last Place of Residence, Ellisburg N.J.
Buried from, Street and No. 1607 Franklin St
Date of Burial, Sept 18 1912
Place of Burial, Mt Peace
Schuyler + Sons Undertaker.
Residence, Broad + Diamond
SEP 16 1912

Cemetery records

[Lawnview Cemetery records, section R, lot 278, obtained 1 December 2012]
[Lawnview has the records for Mount Peace Cemetery]
     Lien $8.00 A.C. for 1945 + 1946  
 Deed 3363 - Oct. 12 . 1889 - Est Eliza Jefferies2 Grs
Left to right
278Frances A. Jefferies58  Heart Disease1892Jany281 grave North 1 interCradle
 John Jefferies62  Cirrhosis of Liver1902Mch.261 " " 2. "[this has either a ditto mark or a stray pen mark]
[the next line is crossed out--I assume the '"R"' indicates that the body was removed]
"R"Pearl McKenney7  Congestion of lungs1909Aug313 " 
 Elizabeth Jefferies   from Lot 274 R1912Sept182 " " 1 "Cradle
 William Jefferies70  Paralysis" ""2 " " 2 " 
          See plan 274

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 17 June 2014, from Fold3]


Jeffrey, William
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Sgt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Jeffries, William

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 17 June 2014]

Jefferys, William
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Sgt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Jeffries, William

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 3, transcribed 17 June 2014]

Jeffreys, William
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Sgt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Jeffries, William
GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 4, transcribed 17 June 2014]

Jeffries, William
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Sgt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 5, transcribed 17 June 2014]

Jefferies, William
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Sgt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Jeffries, William

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 6, transcribed 17 June 2014]

Jeffery, William
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Sgt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Jeffries, William

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 7, transcribed 17 June 2014]

Jeffriys, William
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Sgt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Jeffries, William

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 8, transcribed 17 June 2014]

Jiffries, William
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Sgt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Jeffries, William

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

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