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).
When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 8 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, blue eyes, and sandy hair (2).
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).
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 , 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).
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)
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|Real estate value|
|Personal estate value||[crossed out: Pa]|
|Father foreign born|
|Mother foreign born|
|Birth month if born within year|
|Marriage month if married within year|
|Attended school past year|
|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 ...|
|dwelling visit #||[blank (sic)]|
|family visit #||135|
|name||Johnson Abel||- Sarah||Hamilton Alice||Johnson Florence|
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|married during year|
|occupation||Farm laborer||Keeping house||At home|
|school this year||1|
|name||Wilkinson Solomon||- Rebecca||Johnson Abel|
|birth date||Jan 1837||Mar 1837||Nov 1824|
|# years married||42||42|
|mother of how many children?||3 [?]|
|# of children living||0|
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|occupation||Boot and Shoe maker||Retired Soldier|
|# months not employed||0|
|# months in school|
|free or mortgaged||F|
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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.