91st PA--William H Jeffries

William H Jeffries

Before the war

He was born in February 1843, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Samuel Jeffers and Elizabeth A Welsh. [sources: date: 22 (Feb 1843); 3 (22 in 1863), 8 (19 in 1861), 13 (72 at death in 1914), 14 (7 in 1850), 15 (17 (?) in 1860), 20 (26 in 1870), 20 (26 in 1870), 21 (36 in 1880), 23 (69 in 1910), 24 (1842). place: 3, 13, 14 (Ireland), 15, 20, 21, 22, 23. parents: 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23]

In 1850, he was living in ward 1, Moyamensing, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his parents Samuel and Elizabeth Jeffries, and with Mary H, Eliza, and James Jeffries (presumably his siblings), along with Catharine Burk. He had attended school within the year. [source: 14]

In 1860, he was living in ward 1, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his parents Samuel and Elizabeth A Jeffries, and with Mary, Samuel, and Eliza Jeffries (presumably his siblings). He was a varnisher. [source: 15]

When he enlisted, he was a varnisher, and was living in Philadelphia. [sources: 3, 8]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 6-1/4 inches tall, had a light complexion, blue eyes, and light hair. [sources: 3, 8 (5'7")]

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 20 August 1861, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a private in company E. [sources: 1, 8, 9, 12, 24, 27, 28]

He was slightly wounded on 13 December 1862 at Fredericksburg, Virginia. [sources: 1, 3 (which has 10 December)]

On 3 May 1863, he was captured, at the Battle of Chancellorsville, along with Martin Blake. They were paroled after having been held for a week. He was reported missing in action on 7 May 1863. He was then a corporal. [sources: 7, 16, 17 (missing), 18]

He was promoted to fourth corporal, on 1 October 1863. [source: 6]

He re-enlisted for three years, as a veteran volunteer, at Bealton, Virginia, on 24 December 1863. He was enlisted by Lieutenant Carpenter, and mustered into service by Lieutenant Swann (this may relate to his original enlistment). [sources: 1, 3, 8 (26 Dec 63)]

He was promoted to corporal for soldierly conduct. (However, the list of non-commissioned officers does not list him as a corporal.) [sources: 2, 3]

He was promoted on 16 September 1864 from corporal to sergeant, for bravery on the battlefield. [sources: 2, 3, 5]

He was again wounded, this time in the wrist, on 27 October 1864 at Hatcher's Run, Virginia. [sources: 1, 3]

He was discharged, at US General Hospital Summit House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 9 June 1865 by War Department general order 77, because of a gunshot wound. He was a sergeant, in company E. [sources: 1, 4, 8, 9 (10 Jun), 11, 12, 24, 27, 28]

After the war

On 20 August 1866, he applied successfully for a pension. [sources: 10, 12]

On 9 September 1867, he provided testimony about Martin Blake (E), to support Blake's widow's pension application. On 11 September 1869, to support the reliability of that evidence, John D Lentz affirmed that Jeffries was always a good and faithful soldier, and that 'he [sc. Lentz] is satisfied that any statement made by said soldier can positively be relied upon as being correct'. [source: 18]

In 1870, he was living in ward 26, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his parents Samuel and Elisabeth, with his wife Rebecca, with his siblings Samuel, Elisa, and Kate, and with William (presumnably their son). He was a laborer. [source: 20]

He married Rebecca [unknown family name]. She was born in 1846/47, in Pennsylvania. They seem to have had at least these children:

[sources: 21, 22, 26]

In 1880, he was living at 1036 Federal Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his mother Elizabeth, his wife Rebeca, his siblings Samuel and Kate, and his children Kate and Elizabeth. He was a watchman, and had been out of work for six months in the previous year. [source: 21]

In 1890, he was living at 1119 Federal Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 9]

In 1891, he was a watchman, living at 1119 Federal Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 19]

On 18 July 1893, his wife, Rebecca Jeffers, died, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She died of inflammation of bowels. On 20 July 1893, she was buried in Fernwood Cemetery, from William's residence, 1119 Federal Street, 26th ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 25, 26]

In 1895, he was a laborer, living at 1119 Federal Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 19]

In 1897, he was a laborer, living at 1119 Federal Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 19]

In 1898, he was probably a stoker, living with his mother Elizabeth, at 1003 Latona Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 19]

In 1899, he was a cutter, living with his mother Elizabeth, at 1212 South Alder Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 19]

In 1900, he was living at 1212 Alder Street, ward 26, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his mother Elizabeth and her grandson Russell. He was a polisher, and had been out of work for three months in the previous year. [source: 22]

In 1901, he was a watchman, living with his mother Elizabeth, at 1212 South Alder Street Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 19]

In 1910, he was living at 1334 Annin Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a laborer at the Navy Yard. [source: 23]

On 17 July 1914, he died, at Philadelphia Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a laborer. He was widowed. His usual residence was 1334 Annin Street, ward 26, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He died of lobar pneumonia, right side. [sources: 12, 13, 19, 24]

On 21 July 1914, he was buried, at Fernwood Cemetery, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. [sources: 13, 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)

2 list of non-commissioned officers, co E

3 descriptive roll, company E, entry 43 (William Jeffries)

4 company E, register of men discharged, number 45 (William H Jeffries)

5 special order 79, headquarters, 91st Pennsylvania Infantry, 16 September 1864

6 special order 99, HQ 91st PA, 1 October 1863

7 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 7 May 1863 (Corpl Jeffries)

8 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 6 May 2004 (Wm H Jeffries)

9 1890 US Census, Veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 477, page [2] (image 1875 on Ancestry), line 21 (William Jeffers [sic])

10 pension index, by name (William H Jeffries)

11 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 13 June 1865 (Sergt Jeffries)

12 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company E (William H Jeffries)

13 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 17 July 1914, #13395 and #17587 (William H Jeffries)

14 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Moyamensing ward 1, microfilm series M432, film 809, page 223 = 445 handwritten (William H Jeffries)

15 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 1, microfilm series M653, film 1151, page 327 = 229 handwritten (William H Jeffries)

16 'The ninety-first Pennsylvania volunteers', Philadelphia Press, Wednesday 13 May 1863, page 2 (Wm H Jeffries)

17 'The Ninety-first Pennsylvania at Chancellorville', Philadelphia Inquirer 13 May 1863, page 8 (William H Jeffries)

18 widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, widow's certificate 106,758, Hannah Clemons widow of Martin Blake (Wm H Jeffries)

19 Philadelphia city directories

20 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 26, district 84, microfilm series M593, film 1413, page 170 verso = 37 handwritten (FamilySearch) (William Jeffers)

21 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 549, microfilm series T9, film 1185, p.494 = 11 C handwritten (FamilySearch) (William Jeffries)

22 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 26, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 621, microfilm series T623, film 1468, page 81 = 10 A handwritten (FamilySearch) (William Jeffries)

23 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 26, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 574, microfilm series T624, film 1400, page 142 = 12 B handwritten (FamilySearch) (Wm Jeffries)

24 Pennsylvania veterans burial cards (William H Jeffries)

25 death register, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1893, page 46 (FamilySearch) (Rebecca Jeffers)

26 death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer, Wednesday, 19 July 1893, page 7 (Rebecca widow of William H Jeffers)

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

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



* 'Hunter-Snodgrass family tree' sorts them out differently sigh

Note on identification

Another William Jeffries, born in 1842, served in company A of the 91st, and lived in Philadelphia (before and after the war). See the note on identification on his page for more about him.

The key to separating them is the pension index by regiment card, according to which the company E Jeffries died on 17 July 1914, and 1890 veterans schedules. The pension index, and the Pennsylvania Veterans Burial card, confirms that the death certificate transcribed below is the correct one for the company E Jeffries, which gives us his parents' names and place of death. The parents' names link the 1850 through 1880 census entries, and probably the 1910 census entry, transcribed below.

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1920 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 12 November 2012)
1930 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 12 November 2012)
RootsWeb WorldConnect
accessed 20 Jun 2009
Philadelphia death certificates
FamilySearch index (accessed 12 November 2012): searching for Elizabeth Jeffers born Ireland 1820-1830 died Philadelphia 1900-1910 resulted in one record, of Elizabeth A Jeffers who died on 21 December 1902 at 4913 Haverford Avenue (death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 21 December 1902, Elizabeth A Jeffers (FamilySearch, accessed 12 November 2012)
applications for headstones for military veterans, 1925-1941
Ancestry index (accessed 14 November 2012)

Display


William H Jeffries in the 91st PA gedcom on RootsWeb WorldConnect

William H Jeffries in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Moyamensing ward 1, microfilm series M432, film 809, page 223 = 445 handwritten]
[identification is probable; see the note on the 1860 census entry transcribed below]
line3456789
Dwellings visited844      
Families visited1129      
NameSamuel JeffriesElizabeth M doWilliam H doMary H doEliza doJames doCatharine Burk
Age45267532/1216
SexMFMFFMF
Color       
Occupation of males over 15 yearsCloth Dealer      
Real estate owned       
Birthplacedo [sc. Ireland]dodoPennadodoIreland
Married within year       
Attended school within year  S    
Over 20 & can't read/write       
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.       

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 1, microfilm series M653, film 1151, page 327 = 229 handwritten]
[identification is probable; see his occupation (see the company descriptive roll [entry 3 above]) and by his parents' names (see his death certificate)]
line171819202122
Dwelling number1609     
Family number1832     
NameSamuel JeffriesElizabeth AWilliam H "Mary A "Samuel FEliza
Age543517 [?]15710/12
SexMFMFMF
Color      
OccupationLaborer Varnisher   
Value of real estate owned450     
Value of personal estate150     
Place of birth" [sc. Ireland]"Penn"""
Married within year      
Attended school within year      
Cannot read & write      
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.      

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 26, district 84, microfilm series M593, film 1413, page 170 verso = 37 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is probable; see the 1860 census entry transcribed above]
line2728293031323334
Dwelling-house number247       
Family number284       
NameJeffers Samuel- Elisabeth- William- Rebecca- Samuel- Elisa- Kate- William
Age60422624169810/12
SexMFMFMFFM
ColorWWWWWWWW
OccupationAt homeKeeps houseLaborerAt homeApp to Stone CuttingAt SchoolAt SchoolAt home
Real estate value        
Personal estate value$200       
BirthplaceIrelandPennPennPennPennPennPennPenn
Father foreign born1 111111
Mother foreign born1       
Birth month if born within year        
Marriage month if married within year        
Attended school past year     11 
Can't read        
Can't write        
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.        
Male US citizen at least 21 years old1 1     
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 549, microfilm series T9, film 1185, p.494 = 11 C handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is probable; see the 1870 census entry transcribed above]
line19202122232425
street nameFederal Street
house number1036      
dwelling visit #82      
family visit #93      
nameJeffries [?] Elizabeth- William- Rebeca [sic]- Samuel- Kate- Kate- Elizabeth
colorWWWWWWW
sexFMFMFFF
age5436342518105
month born if born in year       
relationship SonDaughter in lawSonDaughterG DaughterG Daughter
single   1111
married 11    
widowed/divorced1      
married during year       
occupationKeeping HouseWatchmanAt HomeStone CutterAt HomeAt SchoolAt Home
months unemployed 6 6   
currently ill?       
blind       
deaf/dumb       
idiotic       
insane       
disabled       
school this year     1 
can't read       
can't write       
birthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPenna
father's birthplaceIrelandIrelandIrelandIrelandIrelandPennaPenna
mother's birthplaceIrelandPennaIrelandPennaPennaPennaPenna

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, Veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 477, page [2] (image 1875 on Ancestry)]
[identity is confirmed by reference to his service in the 91st PA]

[line] 21
[house] 71
[family] 79
[name] Jeffers [sic] William
[rank] Sergt
[company] E
[unit] 91 Pa Inf
[enlistment date] 20 Aug 1861
[discharge date] 10 Jun 1865
[length of service] 3 years, 9 months, 11 days
[post office address] 1119 Federal " " " [sc. St Philada Pa]
[disability incurred] " " [sc. Flesh wound]
[remarks] Pensioner

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 26, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 621, microfilm series T623, film 1468, page 81 = 10 A handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is likely; see the 1880 census entry transcribed above]
line414243
streetAlder St
house number1212  
dwelling number174  
family number205  
nameJeffries Elizabeth- William- Russell
relationshipHeadSonG Son
colorWWW
sexFMM
birth dateJuly 1825Feb 1843Mar 1893
age74577
married?WdWdS
# years married   
mother of how many children?9  
# of children living5  
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplaceIrelandIrelandPennsylvania
mother's birthplaceIrelandPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigration year   
# years in USA   
naturalized citizen?   
occupation PolisherAt School
# months not employed 3 
# months in school  9
can readyesyes 
can writeyesyes 
speaks Englishyesyes 
owned/rentedR  
free or mortgaged   
farm/houseH  
# of farm schedule   

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 26, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 574, microfilm series T624, film 1400, page 142 = 12 B handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[note that the FamilySearch and Ancestry index have 'Wm Syonis' as the base entry, though the Ancestry index has been corrected]
[I did not transcribe the other people in this household, headed by Marlow Campbell, 43, born Pennsylvania]
[identification is likely, since the address matches the address in the death certificate transcribed below]
line53
streetAnnin St
house nr[1334]
dwelling nr[181]
family nr[202]
nameJeffries Wm
relationshipBoarder
sexM
colorW
age69
marital statusM1
#years present marriage27
mother of # children 
mother of # living children 
birthplacePenny [?]
father's birthplacePennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvania
immigrated 
naturalized/alien 
speaks English-
occupationLaborer
nature of industry etc.Navy Yard
employer etc.W
out of work 15 Apr 1910? 
# weeks out of work 1909 
can read 
can write 
school since 1 Sep 09 
owned/rented 
owned free or mortagaged 
farm/house 
nr on farm schedule 
civil war vet 
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 17 June 2014, from Fold3]


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

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

[card 2, transcribed 17 June 2014]

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

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 17 July 1914, #13395 and #17587, William H Jeffries]
[identification is confirmed by the date of death listed on the pension index, by regiment, card]
[thanks to Ed McLaughlin for finding this!]

CERTIFICATE OF DEATH.
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
BUREAU OF VITAL STATISTICS.
File No [blank]
Registered No. 13395
17587

1. PLACE OF DEATH.
County of PHILADELPHIA,
City of PHILADELPHIA.
Registration District No. 1.
Primary Registration District No. [blank]
Hospital or Institution Philadelphia
2. FULL NAME William H. Jeffries

PERSONAL AND STATISTICAL PARTICULARS
3. SEX Male
4. COLOR OR RACE White
5. Widower
6. DATE OF BIRTH [blank]
7. AGE 72 yrs. [blank] mos. [blank] ds.
8. OCCUPATION Laborer
9. BIRTHPLACE Phila
10. NAME OF FATHER Samuel Jeffers
11. BIRTHPLACE OF FATHER Phila
12. MAIDEN NAME OF MOTHER Elizabeth A Welsh
13. BIRTHPLACE OF MOTHER Philada
14. THE ABOVE IS TRUE TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE
Informant John R. Furey
Address Phila Hospital
15. Filed JUL 20 1914 Neva [?] R Deardorff Local Registrar

MEDICAL CERTIFICATE OF DEATH
16. DATE OF DEATH July 17th 1914
17. I HEREBY CERTIFY, That I attended deceased from 7-14-1914, to 7-17-1914, that I last saw him alive on 7-17-1914, and that death occurred, on the date stated above, at 6:25 P.M. The CAUSE OF DEATH was as follows:
Lobar Pneumonia r. side Duration [blank]
Contributory [blank]
Signed E. Epstein M.D.
7-18-1914 Address Phila Hospital
18. LENGTH OF RESIDENCE FOR HOSPITALS AND INSTITUTIONS
At place of death [blank] yrs. 2 mos. 26 ds.
In the State [blank]
Where was disease contracted, if not at place of death? [blank]
Former or usual residence, 1334 Annin St Ward 26
19. PLACE OF BURIAL OR REMOVAL Fernwood
DATE OF BURIAL July 21 1914
20. UNDERTAKER David H. Bowen & Son
ADDRESS 813 SO 2nd St

city directories

[select Philadelphia directory entries]
[transcribed November 2012, from Fold3]
1891 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, p.933
" [sc. Jeffers sic] Elizabeth A., wid Samuel, h 1119 Federal
" Samuel, cutter, h 1119 Federal
" William H., watchman, h 1119 Federal
1895 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, p.934
" [sc. Jeffers] Elizabeth A., wid Saml, h 1119 Federal
" Saml, cutter, h 1119 Federal
" Wm H., laborer, h 1119 Federal
1897 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory
[p.993] " [sc. Jeffers] Elizabeth A., wid Saml, h 1119 Federal
[p.994] " [sc. Jeffers] Saml, cutter, h 1119 Federal
[p.994] " [sc. Jeffers] Wm H., laborer, h 1119 Federal
1898 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1089
" [sc. Jeffers] Elizabeth, wid Saml, h 1003 Latona
" Wm, stoker, h 1003 Latona
[no Samuel cutter or Samuel at Latona]
1899 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1135
" [sc. Jeffers] Elizabeth, wid Saml, h 1212 S Alder
" Saml, cutter, h 1212 S Alder
" Wm H., laborer, h 1212 S Alder
1901 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1250
" [sc. Jeffers] Elizabeth A., wid Saml, h 1212 S Alder
" Wm H., watchman, h 1212 S Alder
1911 Howe's Philadelphia directory p.953
[p.953] -- [sc. Jeffries] Wm H salesman h 2361 E Cumberland
[no other Wm H Jeffries; no Wm on Annin]
[no Wm H Jeffers or Wm on Annin, p.952]
1913 Howe's Philadelphia directory
[p.1004] -- [sc. Jeffries] Wm H salesman h 2227 N 15th
[no other Wm H; no Wm on Annin]
[the OCR-based index found no entries for 1334 Annin (or for any other even number from 1300 to 1340; the best I found in the 17 Annin entries was Wm Riley driver h 1221 Annin (p.1660) and Celestine Testo h 1112 Annin (p.1949)]
1914 Howe's Philadelphia directory (p.876)
--[sc. Jeffries] Wm H h 1334 Annin

Pennsylvania veterans burial card

[Pennsylvania veterans burial cards]
[accessed 14 November 2012, on Ancestry]

RECORD OF BURIAL PLACE OF VETERAN
Delaware County.
NAME JEFFRIES, William H.
DATE OF BIRTH 1842
DATE OF DEATH 7-17-14
VETERAN OF Civil WAR
SERVED IN ARMY
DATES OF SERVICE MI - 10-20-61 MO- 6-9-65
ORGANIZATION Co. E, 91st Regt.
RANK Sgt.
CEMETERY OR PLACE OF INTERMENT NAME Fernwood, LOCATION Fernwood, Del. Co. Pa.
LOCATION OF GRAVE IN CEMETERY SECTION 18 LOT No. 355 GRAVE No. C
HEADSTONE FAMILY
INFORMATION GIVEN BY Bates, Vol#3, Page 210
REMARKS [blank]

spouse's death certificate

[death register, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1893, page 46, Rebecca Jeffers (FamilySearch)]
[transcribed 15 November 2012]

DATE OF REGISTRATION. 1878 [7/22 1893]
NAME OF DECEASED. Rebecca Jeffers
COLOR. [white]
SEX. [female]
AGE. 45 y
CONDITION. [blank]
DATE OF D-EATH. " " [sc. 7/18]
CAUSE OF DEATH. Inflammation of bowels
ATTENDING PHYSICIAN. E T Gant [?]
OCCUPATION OF DECEASED. [blank]
WHERE BORN. " [sc. Pa]
WHEN A MINOR, NAME OF FATHER AND MOTHER. [blank]
WARD. 26
STREET AND No. 1119 Federal
DATE OF BURIAL. " [sc. 7/] 20
PLACE OF BURIAL. Fernwood

spouse's death notice

[death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer, Wednesday, 19 July 1893, page 7]
[transcribed November 2012, from GenealogyBank]

JEFFERS.--On July 18, 1893, Rebecca, wife of William H. Jeffers, aged 45 years.

The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral services, on Thursday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, at her husband's residence, 1119 Federal street. Interment private.


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