91st PA--Abel Johnson

Abel Johnson

Before the war

He was born in November 1824, in Southampton Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania (4, [2 has Bradford Cty], 7, 8, 9, 10). He was born in 1824/25 (2 (40 in 1865), 7 [44 in 1870], 8 [55 in 1880], 9 [75 in 1900], 4 and 10 [85 yrs, 4 ms 23 ds at death]).

He was raised in Chaneysville, Pennsylvania (4).

When he was enlisted, he was a farmer (2).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 8 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, blue eyes, and sandy hair (2).

During the war

He was drafted (1, 2). He enlisted and was mustered into service on 25 February 1865 (1, 2, 3, 5 [Mar 65]). He was enlisted for one year, at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, by Captain Eyster (2). His enlistment was credited to the sixteenth congressional district (2). He was a private in company A (1).

He mustered out with his company on 10 July 1865 (1, 3, 5). He was a private, in company A (11).

After the war

In 1870, he was living in Southampton Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania (7). He was working at carpentering (7).

He married Sarah A O'Neal (4, 10). She had been married to John Hamilton, and had three children by that marriage: Alice Hamilton, Mary Ellen Hamilton, and Serena V Hamilton (4). She died on 14 January 1891 (4). Sarah and Abel had one child: Zella Johnson (4).

In 1880, he was living in Southampton Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania (8). He was a farm laborer (8). He was living with his wife Sarah, step-daughter Alice Hamilton, and daughter Florence (8).

On 12 December 1887, he applied successfully for a pension (3, 6).

In 1890, he was living in Southampton Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania (5).

In 1900, he was living in Southampton Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania (9). He was widowed (9). He listed his occupation as "retired soldier" (9).

He was Director of the Poor for the county, and was a member of the Rainsburg Lodge of the IOOF (4, 10).

He moved to Everett three years before his death (4, 10). He was blind for the last four years of his life (4, 10).

He died on 17 May 1910 [or 23 May 1910], at the home of a niece, in Everett, Bedford County, Pennsylvania (3 [1910], 4, 10 [17 May 1910]). He was survived by only one descendant, a grandson, Lloyd Lashley, of Oklahoma (4).

The funeral was held at the Methodist Episcopal Church of Chaneysville (4, 10). The Reverends D G Hetrick and John Bennett officiated at the funeral (4, 10). He is buried in East View Cemetery, Chaneysville, Pennsylvania, with his wife and her first husband (4).

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) (Abel Johnson)

2 company A descriptive roll, entry 167 (Able Johnson)

3 pension index, by regiment (Abel Johnson)

4 The Descendants of John O'Neale 1665-2003, on <sites.rootsweb.com> (searched 3 Jan 2005), citing obituary, The Cumberland Times, 1910 (Abel Johnson)

5 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, Southampton Township, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 89, page 1 (Abel Johnson)

6 pension index, by name (Abel Johnson)

7 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, Southampton Township, microfilm series M593, film 1304, page 625 verso = 16 handwritten (Abel Johnson)

8 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, Southampton Township, supervisor's district 8, enumeration district 236, microfilm series T9, film 1098, page 331 = 16D handwritten (Abel Johnson)

9 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, Southampton Township, supervisor's district 13, enumeration district 31, microfilm series T623, film 1376, page 159 = 8B handwritten (Abel Johnson)

10 Abel Johnson [death notice]. Bedford Gazette (Bedford PA), 20 May 1910, page 1 (Abel Johnson)

11 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Able Johnson)

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, Southampton Township, microfilm series M593, film 1304, page 625 verso = 16 handwritten]
[I did not transcribe the ten other people in this household, headed by John Rohm (page 625 recto line 33 to page 625 verso line 2)]
line3
Dwelling-house number[113]
Family number[113]
NameJohnson Abel
Age44
SexM
ColorW
OccupationWorks at Carpentering
Real estate value 
Personal estate value[crossed out: Pa]
BirthplacePa
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 old1
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ... 

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, Southampton Township, supervisor's district 8, enumeration district 236, microfilm series T9, film 1098, page 331 = 16D handwritten]
line4567
street name    
house number    
dwelling visit #[blank (sic)]   
family visit #135   
nameJohnson Abel- SarahHamilton AliceJohnson Florence
colorWWWW
sexMFFF
age5547144
month born if born in year    
relationship WifeStep-DaughterDaughter
single  11
married11  
widowed/divorced    
married during year    
occupationFarm laborerKeeping houseAt home 
months unemployed    
currently ill?    
blind    
deaf/dumb    
idiotic    
insane    
disabled    
school this year  1 
can't read    
can't write    
birthplacePennaPennaPennaPenna
father's birthplacePaPennaPennaPenna
mother's birthplacePaPennaPennaPenna

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, Southampton Township, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 89, page 1]
[line] 8
[house] 92
[family] 97
[name] Abel Johnson
[rank] Private
[company] A
[unit] 91 P V
[enlistment date] Mar 1865
[discharge date] July 1865
[length of service] [blank] years, 4 months, [blank] days
[post office address] Cheneysville Pa
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, Southampton Township, supervisor's district 13, enumeration district 31, microfilm series T623, film 1376, page 159 = 8B handwritten]
line717273
street   
house number   
dwelling number141  
family number144  
nameWilkinson Solomon- RebeccaJohnson Abel
relationshipHeadWifeBoarder
colorWWW
sexMFM
birth dateJan 1837Mar 1837Nov 1824
age636375
married?MMWd
# years married4242 
mother of how many children? 3 [?] 
# of children living 0 
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigration year   
# years in USA   
naturalized citizen?   
occupationBoot and Shoe maker Retired Soldier
# months not employed0  
# months in school   
can readyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyes
speaks Englishyesyesyes
owned/rentedO  
free or mortgagedF  
farm/houseH  
# of farm schedule   

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 28 June 2014, from Fold3]


Johnson, Able
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

Abel Johnson [death notice]

[Bedford Gazette (Bedford PA), 20 May 1910, page 1]
Abel Johnson

Abel Johnson, a veteran of the Civil War, died at the home of his niece in Everett on Tuesday, May 17, at the advanced age of 85 years, four months and 23 days.

He was born in Southampton Township and resided at Chaneysville until about three years ago, when he went to Everett. Mr. Johnson had been blind for the past four years. He was a member of the 91st Penna. Infantry, served as a Director of the Poor for this county and was a member of Rainsburg Lodge No. 730, I.O.O.F.

His wife, who was Miss Sarah O'Neal, died about 15 years ago and his only living descendant is a grandson, Floyd Lashley of Oklahoma. Two sisters and a half-brother also survive him: Mrs. Catherine Hymes of Everett, who is 85 years of age; Mrs. George Elbin of Elbinsville and Asa of Sullivan, Ill.

The funeral was held yesterday morning in the Methodist Church at Chaneysville, services being conducted by Revs. D. G. Hetrick and John Bennett.


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