91st PA: Joseph M Johnson or Johnston

Joseph M Johnson or Johnston

Before the war

He was born in 1828/29, in Donegal, Ireland. [sources: date: 11 (32 in 1861), 12 (35 in 1863), 16 (41 at death in 1871), 17 (40 in 1870). place: 11 (Donegaul), 12, 16]

In 1850, he may be the Joseph Johnston living in Kingsessing Township, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. If so, he was living with William M Jones and others, and he was a laborer. [source: 20]

When he enlisted, he was a painter. [sources: 11, 12]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 5-1/2 inches tall, and had a light complexion, grey eyes, and dark hair. [sources: 11, 12]

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 11 September 1861. He was enrolled for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Captain Sinex. He was mustered in service by Captain Starr. He was a private in company D. [sources: 1, 11, 21 (corp), 22 (corp)]

He fought at the Battle of Gettysburg. [source: 15]

He began working as Horace Faust's cook on 20 September 1863, and was still his cook on 29 September, and on 14 November 1863. [sources: 2, 3 (beginning 1 Oct), 10]

On 16 December 1863, he began working as Joseph Sinex's cook, and was still his cook on 30 December 1863. [source: 4]

He reenlisted as a veteran volunteer on 26 December 1863. He was enlisted for three years, by Lieutenant Swan, at Bealton, Virginia. [sources: 1, 12]

He was reported as an officer's cook on 12 March 1864. [source: 13]

On 26 March 1864, he was detailed by Lieutenant Colonel Sinex as cook for the regimental hospital. He was relieved of his duty as hospital attendant on 21 October 1864. [sources: 5, 6, 8, 9, 14]

On 23 June 1865, he went on a furlough, which expired on 8 July 1865. [source: 7]

He mustered out on 10 July 1865 with his company. He was a private, in company D. [sources: 1, 21, 22]

After the war

He married Margaret [unknown family name]. She was born in 1829/30. They apparently had at least these children:

[sources: 17, 18]

In 1870, he was living at 1420 Fitzwater, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with Margaret (perhaps his wife), and with Thomas, Joseph, and Fannie (perhaps their children). [source: 17]

On 19 June 1871, he died, of natural causes. He was married. He was a painter. He died at, or was buried from, 1420 Fitzwater Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On 22 June 1871, he was buried, at Lafayette Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 10, 16, 19]

In 1880, his widow, Margaret Johnston, was living at 1619 Sanderson Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, She was living with her son Joseph M Johnston and his family, and her daughter Fannie. [source: 18]

Researcher

Judy Bretzger is researching Johnston; contact her at jdbretzger@verizon.net.

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) (Joseph M Johnston)

2 letter, Gregory to Marvin, 29 September 1863

3 letter, Gregory to Marvin, 14 November 1863

4 letter, Sellers to Marvin, 30 December 1863

5 special order 26, HQ 91st PA, 26 March 1864

6 special order 100, HQ 91st PA, 21 October 1864 (Joseph M Johnson)

7 enlisted men's furloughs (Jos Johnston)

8 [list of detailed men, probably from Sept 1864] (Joseph M Johnston)

9 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 20 September 1863 (Private Jos M Johnson)

10 e-mail, Judy Bretzger

11 company D, descriptive roll, entry 12 (Joseph M Johnson)

12 company D, second descriptive roll, entry 39 (Jos M Johnson)

13 consolidated morning report, 12 March 1864 (Jos M Johnston)

14 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 22 October 1864 (Privt Johnson)

15 Pennsylvania Memorial, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (Joseph Johnson)

16 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19 June 1871 (Joseph M Johnson)

17 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 26, page 271 = 53 handwritten (image 1509 of 1868 on the LDS pilot site) (Jos M Johnston)

18 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, enumeration district 557, microfilm series T9, film 1185, page 616 = 23 C handwritten, FamilySearch (Margaret Johnston)

19 death notice, [Philadelphia] Public Ledger, Thursday, 22 June 1871, page 2 (Joseph M Johnston)

20 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Kingsessing Township, microfilm series M432, film 808, page 4 verso = 8 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Joseph Johnston)

21 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Joseph M Johnston)

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1860 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry indices (checked 15 February 2014)

the following entries, which I found using Fold3's OCR-based index to the 1861 Philadelphia directories, did not help me locate him in the census:
Sherman's 1861 Philadelphia directory, page 492: 'Johnston Joseph, painter, 1626 Lombard' [only Joseph Johnston painter]
Biddle's p.211: 'Daily Frank, laborer, 1602 Lombard'
Sherman's p.548: 'Lamberton Robert, 1614 Lombard'
Sherman's, p.360: 'Godfrey Michael, grocer, 1620 Lombard'
Sherman's p.897: 'Shirk Daniel, laborer, r 1632 Lombard'
Sherman's p.644: 'McNeil William, bricklayer, r 1632 Lombard'
Sherman's p.749: 'O'Brien Patrick, clockmaker, 1640 Lombard'
Sherman's p.622: 'McGarman James, laborer, r 1642 Lombard'
Sherman's p.711: 'Morris James, grocer, 1644 Lombard'

re Robert Lamberton 55 b. Ireland grocer (household 1329 family 1618, ward 3, page 429 = 205 handwritten) see household 1338/family 1628 Felix Sharkey gold melter = Sherman's p.887: 'Sharkey Felix, melter, 727 S 4th'
re Robert Lamberton 35 b. Ireland (household 1729, family 2054, ward 7, page 280 = 280 handwritten)
I did not find Johnston within several pages of either of them
1890 US census, veterans schedules
Ancestry and FamilySearch indices (accessed 18 February 2014)
1900 US census
Ancestry and FamilySearch indices (accessed 18 February 2014)
Margeret Johnson, born April 1829, Ireland, widowed, 12 children, 5 living, with her son-in-law William Clark and his wife Mary (born January 1863, Pennsylvania) at 625 Wyncotte [??] St., ward 33, Philadelphia, PA, enumeration district 859, microfilm series T623, film 1475, page 51 = 2 B handwritten (FamilySearch)
Margaret Johnston, born March 1832, Ireland, at 1454 South Chadwick Street, in ward 26, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, widowed, 2 children, 1 living, boarder with John W Scott et al., microfilm series T623, film 1468, page 275 = 7 A handwritten
1910 US census
Ancestry and FamilySearch indices (accessed 18 February 2014)
Margaret Johnston, housekeeper, single, born Ireland, unknown age, with head Horace Williams, at 1717 Pine [?] St, in ward 7, Philadelphia, PA, microfilm series M1283, film 1389, page 187 = 2 B handwritten (FamilySearch)
1920 US census
Ancestry and FamilySearch indices (accessed 18 February 2014)
1930 US census
Ancestry and FamilySearch indices (accessed 18 February 2014)
1940 US census
Ancestry and FamilySearch indices (accessed 18 February 2014)
records of headstones of deceased Union veterans, 1879-1903
FamilySearch index (accessed 16 February 2014)
headstone applications for US military veterans, 1925-1949
FamilySearch index (accessed 16 February 2014) (searched for Joseph Johnston died in 1871 or in Philadelphia)
Veterans administration pension payment cards, 1907-1933
FamilySearch index (accessed 16 February 2014)
Philadelphia death certificates
(1) Margrett died 2 Apr 1882 52 yrs 16411 Bodine St, born Ireland bur 4 Apr New Cathedral FamilySearch
no death notice in Philadelphia inquirer on 3, 4 April 1882 (accessed on GenealogyBank 16 Feb 2014; no Philadelphia newspaper for 2 April 1882 was available)
(2) Margaret d. 27 Jan 1897 65 single b. Ireland 1707 Afton St FamilySearch
death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer Saturday 30 January 1897, page 9: 'JOHNSTON.--On January 17, 1897. Margaret Johnston. The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, on Saturday, 30th instant, at 2 o'clock, from her late residence, 1707 Afton street. Interment at Mount Moriah.'
(3) Margaret Johnson d. 21 Aug 1891 61 b. Ireland, 3047 Frankford Ave, bur. Franklin Cem on 25 Aug 1891 FamilySearch
no death notice in Philadelphia inquirer on 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 Aug 1891 (accessed on GenealogyBank, 16 Feb 2014)
(4) Margaret Johnson, d. 30 Apr 1895, 68, b. Ireland widowed, 1828 Federal, 36th ward, buried Mount Moriah 4 May 1895 FamilySearch
see death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer, 4 May 1895, page 11: 'JOHNSTON.--On the 30th ultimo, Margaret Gilmore, widow of the late Joseph Johnston. The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral service, on Saturday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, at her late residence, 1828 Federal street. Interment private, at Mount Moriah Cemetery.'
see 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, enumeration district 561, microfilm series T9, film 1185, page 676 B, with Jos Johnston 53 b. Ireland ticket receiver, at 1828 Federal, and wife Margaret 53 b. Ireland
so this is not my Margaret Johnston
(5) Margaret Johnston, died 17 April 1895: death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 21 April 1895, page 11: 'JOHNSTON.--On April 17, 1895.--Margaret A., widow of the late Adam Johnston, in her 83d year. The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, on Sunday morning, at 10 o'clock, from her late residence, Walnut street, Morton, Delaware county. Interment at Mount Moriah Cemetery.'
(6) Margaret Johnston, died 4 June 1882: death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 7 June 1882, page 4: 'JOHNSTON.--On the 4th instant, MARGARET WORK, widow of the late William G Johnston, in the eightieth year of her age. The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, this afternoon at 2 1/2 o'clock, from her late residence, No 725 S Third street. Services at Old Pine Street Church, at 4 o clock.'
(7) Margaret Johnston, died 13 April 1896: 'JOHNSTON.--On April 13, 1896, Margaret, eldest daughter of the late William and Mary Ann McNeal, aged 75 years. The relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral services, this Wednesday evening, at 1 o'clock, at her late residence, 650 North Thirty-sixth street. Services this Thursday morning, at 11.30 o'clock, at Wilmington and Brandywine, Cemetery Chapel. Wilmington papers please copy.'
(8) [this looks promissing, given his middle initial] Margaret Johnston, died 2 July 1885: JOHNSTON.--On the 2d inst., MARGARET JOHNSTON, wife of the late Joseph M. Johnston, in her sixty-fourth year. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral services, on Sunday, July 5, at 2 P.M., from the residence of D. B. Holtzman, No. 721 S. Twenty second street.' [death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer Saturday 4 July 1885, page 5]
death certificate, Philadelphia PA, on FamilySearch: 64, Ireland, married 721 S 22nd st, 30th ward, buried Mount Moriah 5 July 1885
(9) Margaret Johnston, died 26 May 1893: death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 29 May 1883, p.4: 'JOHNSTON.--On the 26th instant, MARGARET CARSON, wife of William S. Johnston, aged fifty five years. The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, this afternoon, at 3 o'clock from the residence of her husband, No. 211 N. Seventeenth street. To proceed to South Laurel Hill Cemetery. Please omit flowers.'
(10) Margaret Johnston, died 27 Jan 1897: death notice, Philadelphia inquirer 30 Jan 1897 p.9: 'JOHNSTON.--On January 27, 1897, Margaret Johnston. The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, on Saturday, 30th instant, at 2 o'clock, from her late residence, 1707 Afton street. Interment at Mount Moriah.'
(11) Margaret Johnston, died 8 September 1888: death notice, Philadelphia inquirer 11 September 1888, page 5: 'JOHNSTON.--On the 8th instant, MARGARET JOHNSTON, widow of William Johnston, aged 51 years. The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, this afternoon, at 2 o'clock, from the residence of her son, John W Johnston, No 2210 Moyamensing avenue. To proceed to Mount Moriah Cemetery.'

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Joseph M Johnston in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Kingsessing Township, microfilm series M432, film 808, page 4 verso = 8 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is speculative]
line39404142
Dwellings visited63   
Families visited62   
NameWilliam M JonesAnn JonesJeremiah WhiteJoseph Johnston
Age46312120
SexMFMM
Color    
Occupation of males over 15 yearsPlasterer Labourerdo
Real estate owned    
Birthplacedo [sc. Penn]Irelanddodo
Married within year    
Attended school within year    
Over 20 & can't read/write    
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.    

1870 census

[1870 US census, 2nd enumeration, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Fitzwater below 15, ward 26, district 6, page 271 recto = 53 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is likely, since (1) the address links him to the Joseph Johnson who died in 1871, whose occupation was painter, as in the company descriptive books (entries 11 and 12 above)]
line12345
Dwelling-house number1420""""
Family number     
NameJohnston Jos M" Thos" Joseph" Margaret" Fannie E
Age4020164012
Sexmmmff
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, enumeration district 557, microfilm series T9, film 1185, page 616 = 23 C handwritten, FamilySearch]
[identification is likely, since (1) Joseph and Fannie match the Joseph and Fannie in the 1870 census entry transcribed above]
line394041424344
street nameSanderson Street
house number1619     
dwelling visit #210     
family visit #218     
nameJohnston Jos. M.- Alvira- Joseph- Sarah- Margaret- Fannie
colorWWWWWW
sexMFMFFF
age262227/125920
month born if born in year   Nov  
relationship WifeSonDaughtMotherSister
single  11 1
married11    
widowed/divorced    1 
married during year      
occupationGrainerKeeps HouseAt HomeAt HomeLives HomeHand Button Factory
months unemployed      
currently ill?      
blind      
deaf/dumb      
idiotic      
insane      
disabled      
school this year      
can't read      
can't write      
birthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaIrelandPenna
father's birthplaceIrelandWalesPennaPennaIrelandIreland
mother's birthplaceIrelandWalesPennaPennaIrelandIreland

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 27 June 2014, from Fold3]


Johnston, Joseph M.
Co. D, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Corpl. | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 1 July 2014]

Johnson, Joseph M.
Co. D, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Corpl. | Pvt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Johnston, Joseph M.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19 June 1871, Joseph M Johnson]
[thanks to Ed McLaughlin for finding this!]

RETURN OF A DEATH,
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
Coroners CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, Joseph M Johnson
2. Colour, White
3. Sex, Male
4. Age, 41 Years
5. Married
6. Date of Death, June 19" 1871
7. Cause of Death, Natural Causes
J. G. L. Brown
Coroner

UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, Painter
9. Place of Birth, Ireland
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 26th
12. Street and Number, 1420 Fitzwater St
13. Date of Burial, June 22nd 1871
14. Place of Burial, Lafayette Cemetery
A C Green Undertaker.
Residence, 336 South St

Philadelphia directories

[transcribed 15 February 2014, from Fold3]
1870 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 814
Jonston Joseph, h 3920 Chestnut, W P
Johnston Joseph, h 117 New
Johnston Joseph, ironfounder, 615 Filbert, h 340 Federal
Johnston Joseph, labroer, h 1936 Shippen
Johnston Joseph, watchman, h 1731 Federal
Johnston Joseph H., segarmaker, h 1410 Lancaster
Johnston Joseph S., printer, h 1706 Brown
1871 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 779
Johnston Joseph, h 3920 Chestnut, W P
Johnston Joseph, h 1117 New
Johnston Joseph, iron founder, 615 Filbert, h 340 Federal
Johnston Joseph, coal, 213 S 4th, h Camden
Johnston Joseph, watchman, h 173 [?] Federal
Johnston Joseph H., segarmkr, h 1410 Lancaster
Johnston Joseph S., printer, h 1703 Brown
1872 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 733
Johnston Joseph, h 3920 Chestnut, W P
Johnston Joseph, h 117 New
Johnston Joseph, iron, 615 Filbert, h 532 N 40th
Johnston Joseph, mariner, h 770 [??] S Front
Johnston Joseph, printer, h 1706 Brown
Johnston Joseph, watchman, h 1731 Federal
Johnston Joseph H., segarmkr, h 1410 Lancaster
Johnston Joseph S., printer, 1706 Brown
1881 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 848
Johnston Margaret, widow, h 1739 Manton
Johnston Margaret, widow, h 1439 Lingo
Johnston Margaret, widow, h r 224 Christian
Johnston Margaret, wid William, h 725 S 3d
Johnston Margaret A., widow, h 1227 Patton
[note also:] Johnston Joseph M., grainer, h 138 S 3d
1882 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 806
Johnston Margaret, widow, h 1807 Cameron
Johnston Margaret, widow, h 210 Square
Johnston Margaret, wid Jacob, h 20 Queen
Johnston Margaret, drygoods, 1830 & h 1828 Federal
Johnston Margaret, variety, 3337 Elm
Johnston Margaret A., confectionr, 1227 Patton
[note also:] Johnston Joseph, grainer, h 1817 Montrose
1883 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 829
Johnston Margaret, h 3337 Elm
Johnston Margaret, widow, h 1810 Callowhill
Johnston Margaret, widow, h 1807 Cameron
Johnston Margaret, widow, h 210 Square
Johnston Margaret, wid Joseph, h 1828 Federal
Johnston Margaret, widow, h r 1640 Lombard
Johnston Margaret, seamstrss, h 2608 Lombard
Johnston Margaret A., confectnr, 1227 Patton
1884 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 827
Johnston Margaret, h r 1640 Lombard
Johnston Margaret, h 3337 Wallace
Johnston Margaret, widow, h 210 Square
Johnston Margaret, wid Joseph, h 1828 Federal
Johnston Margaret, wid William, h 807 Cameron
Johnston Margaret, dressmaker, 1139 Rodman
Johnston Margaret A., confectnr, 1227 Patton
1885 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 913
Johnston Margaret, widow, h 210 Square
Johnston Margaret, wid Joseph, h 1828 Federal
Johnston Margaret, widow, h 1 r 518 S 23d
Johnston Margaret, widow, h 807 Cameron
Johnston Margaret, segars, 3337 Wallace
Johnston Margaret A., confectionr, 1227 Patton
Johnston Margaret A., segars, 2104 Coral
1886 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, pp.879-880
Johnston Margaret, widow, h 210 Square
Johnston Margaret, wid Hugh, 2221 Amber
Johnston Margaret, wid Joseph, h 1828 Federal
Johnston Margaret A., confectioner, 1227 Patton
1887 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 871
" [sc. Johnston] Margaret, wid Hugh, h 2221 Amber
" Margaret, wid John, h 924 Cumberland
" Margaret, wid William, h 807 Cameron
" Margaret, segars, 3337 Wallace
1888 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 904
" [sc. Johnston] Margaret, widow, h 3739 Charles ter
" Margaret, wid Joseph, h 1828 Federal
" Margaret, wid William, h 807 Cameron
1894 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1008
" [sc. Johnston] Margaret, wid Joseph, h 2230 S Fairhill
" Margaret, wid Joseph, h 1828 Federal
" Joseph, painter, h 1828 Federal

death notice

[death notice, [Philadelphia] Public Ledger, Thursday, 22 June 1871, page 2]
[transcribed 16 February 2014, from GenealogyBank]

JOHNSTON--On the 19th instant, JOSEPH M JOHNSTON, late private Co. D, 91st Regt, P V, aged 41 years.

The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, this day (Thursday), at 10 o'clock, from his late residence, No 1420 Fitzwater street. To proceed to Lafayette Cemetery


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