91st PA: Joseph Johnson

Joseph Johnson

Before the war

He was born in 1816/17. [source: date: 3 (44 in 1861)]

On 29 August 1860, he married Ellen Ryan, in Frankford, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They were married by Alderman Joseph Comly. She was born in Ireland, in May 1844, perhaps to [unknown] and Catharine [unknown family name]. They had no children. [sources: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14]

He was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, when he was enlisted; [sources: date: 3 (44 in 1861)]

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 21 October 1861. He enlisted at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On 3 December 1861, he was mustered in as a private, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a private in company K. [sources: 1, 3, 10, 15, 16, 17]

He was transferred from company K to company D on 24 December 1861. [sources: 1, 3, 5, 10 (4 Dec)]

He was killed on 3 May 1863 at Chancellorsville, Virginia. John Hamill later certified that men from the 91st saw him in hospital at Chancellorsville, wounded and a prisoner. He was a private, in company D. [sources: 1, 2, 3 (missing in action, supposed dead), 8 (missing), 9 (missing), 10 (missing), 15, 16, 17]

After the war

On 21 September 1863, his widow, Ellen Johnson, applied successfully for a pension from Pennsylvania. Her post office address was Frankford, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. John Hamill certified the relevant facts about Johnson's service and death. Her application was accepted on 16 November 1864, and a certificate dated 19 November 1864 was issued. She initially received $8 per month, retroactive to 3 May 1863. [sources: 6, 7, 10]

In 1870, she may be the Ellen Ryan living with Catharine, Mary, and John, in ward 23, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was working at a factory. [source: 12]

In 1880, she may be the Ellen Johnson who was living at 4814 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was living with her mother Catharine Ryan and her sister Mary Ryan. She was a washer. [source: 13]

On 13 April 1894, Ellen Johnson's pension was increased to $12 per month, retroactive to 19 March 1886. [source: 10]

In 1890, his widow, Ellen Johnson, was living at 4337 Tacawanna Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [source: 4]

In 1900, she may be the Helen Johnson who was living at 4250 Paul Street, ward 23, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was living with her sister Mary Ryan. She was a housekeeper. [source: 14]

On 24 February 1905, his widow, Ellen Johnson, died, at 4343 [?] Leiper [?] Street, ward 23, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She died of heart disease. On 28 February 1905, she was buried, at New Cathedral Cemetery. [sources: 10, 11]

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 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 7 May 1863 (Joseph Johnson)

3 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 9 August 2004 (Joseph Johnson)

4 1890 US census, veterans schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 496, page 1 (image 1093 on Ancestry), line 1 (Joseph Johnson)

5 company K, list of men transferred, #6 (Joseph Johnson)

6 pension index, by name (Joseph Johnson)

7 pension index, by regiment (Joseph Johnson)

8 'The ninety-first Pennsylvania volunteers', Philadelphia Press, Wednesday 13 May 1863, page 2 (Joseph Johnson)

9 'The Ninety-first Pennsylvania at Chancellorville', Philadelphia Inquirer 13 May 1863, page 8 (Joseph Johnson)

10 widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, certificate WC 34,233 (Ellen Johnson, widow of Joseph Johnson)

11 death certificate, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, 24 February 1905 (Ellen Johnson)

12 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 23, district 74, microfilm series M593, film 1410, page 47 recto = 93 handwritten (Ellen Ryan [sic])

13 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, enumeration district 470, microfilm series T9, film 1182, page 146 = 15 C handwritten (FamilySearch) (Ellen Johnson)

14 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 23, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 517, microfilm series T623, film 1464, page 161 = 10 B handwritten (Helen Johnson)

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

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

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1850 US census
multiple candidates
1860 US census
multiple candidates
GenealogyBank
Philadelphia Inquirer, death notices, 24 to 28 February 1905 (accessed 8 September 2012)
records of headstones of deceased Union veterans, 1879-1903
FamilySearch index (accessed 8 Sep 12)
applications for headstones for military veterans, 1925-1941
FamilySearch index (accessed 8 Sep 12)
US National Cemetery interment control forms 1928-1962
Ancestry index (accessed 8 Sep 12)
Pennsylvania veterans burial cards
Ancestry index (accessed 8 Sep 12)

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Joseph Johnson in the 91st PA database

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 23, district 74, microfilm series M593, film 1410, page 47 recto = 93 handwritten]
[identification is speculative; see the 1880 census entry transcribed below]
line78910
Dwelling-house number714   
Family number712   
NameRyan Cathr- Mary- Ellen- John
Age60343230
SexFFFM
ColorWWWW
OccupationKeep houseWork at facWork at facCom laborer
Real estate value    
Personal estate value    
BirthplaceIrelandIrelandIrelandIreland
Father foreign born1111
Mother foreign born1111
Birth month if born within year    
Marriage month if married within year    
Attended school past year    
Can't read1111
Can't write1111
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 470, microfilm series T9, film 1182, page 146 = 15 C handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is speculative, based on her surname in the pension certificate file, and her mother's surname in this census record]
line123
street name[Cherry Street]
house number4814  
dwelling visit #127  
family visit #133  
nameRyan CatharineMaryJohnson Ellen
colorWWW
sexFFF
age713736
month born if born in year   
relationshipMotherDaughterDaughter
single 1 
married   
widowed/divorced1 1
married during year   
occupationHousekeepingWorks in Cotton MillWasher
months unemployed   
currently ill?[illegible] + deafness  
blind   
deaf/dumb   
idiotic   
insane   
disabled1  
school this year   
can't read   
can't write   
birthplaceIrelandIrelandIreland
father's birthplaceIrelandIrelandIreland
mother's birthplaceIrelandIrelandIreland

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 496, page 1 (image 1093 on Ancestry), line 1]
[identification is confirmed by reference to his service in the 91st]

[line] 1
[house] 14
[family] 14
[name] Ellen Johnson widow of Joseph Johnson
[rank] Private
[company] D
[unit] 91 Pa Inf
[enlistment date] 3 May 1863
[discharge date] = = =
[length of service] = years, = months, = days
[post office address] 4337 Tacawanna St Phila
[disability incurred] killed 2 Battles [??] Gettysburg
[remarks] [blank]

1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory

[I could not find her on Ancestry's transcription (accessed February 2005)]

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 23, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 517, microfilm series T623, film 1464, page 161 = 10 B handwritten]
[identification is speculative; see the 1880 census entry transcribed above]
line8889
streetPaul Street
house number4250 
dwelling number209 
family number211 
nameJohnson HelenRyan Mary
relationshipHeadSister
colorWW
sexFF
birth dateMay 1844May 1839
age5661
married?MS
# years married40 
mother of how many children?0 
# of children living0 
birthplaceIrelandIreland
father's birthplaceIrelandIreland
mother's birthplaceIrelandIreland
immigration year[blank][blank]
# years in USA[blank][blank]
naturalized citizen?[blank][blank]
occupationHousekeeperServant
# months not employed00
# months in school  
can readNoYes [?]
can writeNoYes
speaks EnglishYesYes
owned/rentedR 
free or mortgaged  
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 1 July 2014, from Fold3]


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

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 1 July 2014]

Johnson, Joseph
Co. K, D, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 3, transcribed 1 July 2014]

Johson, Joseph
Co. K, D, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Johnson, Joseph

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

widow's pension certificate file

[widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, certificate WC 34,233, Ellen Johnson, widow of Joseph Johnson]
[abstracted September 2012, from 18 pages on Fold3]
29 Aug 1860
Joseph Johnson married Ellen Ryan. both of Frankford PA (pp.3, 4, 5)
married by Alderman Joseph Comly, at Frankford (p.4)
no children (p.3)
3 December 1861
Joseph Johnston mustered in co. K (p.3)
according to the declaration, February 1862, at Philadelphia (p.4)
4 December 1861
transferred from co. K to co. D (p.15)
3 May 1863
missing in action since Battle of Chancellorsville 3 May 1863 (pp.3, 8, 15)
killed in Battle of Chancellorsville (p.4)
21 Sep 1863
Ellen Johnson, widow of Joseph Johnson 2nd, D 91st PA, applied for a pension under the act of 14 July 1862, application 33898 (pp.4, 8)
18 years old (p.4)
post office address: Frankford, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
attorney Geo W Ford (p.3)
witnesses: Robert Moore (Perry St above Dauphin, Philadelphia) and Jane Moore (same place) (p.6)
dated 11 Sep 1863 (p.4)
application accepted 16 November 1864. certificate dated 19 November 1864. received $8 per month retroactive to 3 May 1863 (pp.3, 13)
23 Oct 1863
the Adjutant General's office sent the Pension Bureau the above-summarized information (p.8)
requested 23 September 1863 (p.11)
15 March 1864
the Pension Bureau sent a letter to the attorney telling him the Adjutant General had no evidence of enrollment, muster, or death, and referring him there for instructions on establishing those facts (p.12)
5 May 1864
Joseph Johnston was enrolled on 21 October 1861 at Philadelphia, and mustered in on 3 December 1861 in Philadelphia (p.15)
9 May 1864
the Pension Bureau sent circular 9 to the attorney (p.12)
20 September 1864, Camp on Weldon RR Va
John Hamill certified that Joseph Johnson served as a private in D 91st PA, volunteered about 21 Oct 1861, "Received a gun shot wound while engaged with the Enemy at the Battle of Chancellorsville May 3d 1863" and died on 3 May 1863 in the Field (p.16)
seen at hospital at Chancellorsville by men from the 91st, wounded and a prisoner (p.16)
received by Pension Office 28 Oct 1864 (p.17)
2 June 1879
arrears were rejected, which had been approved on 25 January and 4 March 1879 (p.14)
12 Feb 1894
the Pension Office provided a "Permit for Feb. through Pen. Agt." suggesting "See Appl. for Dup." (p.14)
19 Mar 1886
received $12 per month retroactive to 19 March; issued 13 April 1894
6 Oct 1905
Ellen Johnson was dropped from the pension rolls (p.9)
last paid at $12 per month through 4 February 1905 (p.9)
died on 24 February 1905 (pp.9, 18)

widow's death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, 24 February 1905, Ellen Johnson]
[transcribed 7 September 2012, from FamilySearch]

RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA
CORONER'S CERTIFICATE
1. Name of Deceased, Ellen Johnson
2. Color, White
3. Sex, Female
4. Age, 47 years
5. Widow
6. Date of Death, Feb 24 [?] 1905
7. Place of Death, 4343 [?] Leiper [?] St
8. Cause of Death, Heart disease
Thomas Dugan Coroner.
Per Donegan [??]
Undertaker's Certificate in Relation to Deceased.
9. Occupation, Housework
10. Place of Birth, Ireland
11. Birthplace of Father, Ireland
Birthplace of mother, -
12. When a minor, [blank]
13. Residence, 4343 Leipert St
14. Ward, 23rd
15. Buried from (Street and Number) 4343 Leiper St
16. Date of Burial, Feb 28 1905
17. Place of Burial, New Cathadral [sic] Cemetery
James T Hudly [?] Undertaker.
Residence, 4328 Leiper St Phila

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