91st PA: Alexander Keeley

Alexander Keeley

Before the war

He was born in March 1832 (13; 9 (28 in 1862), 12 [65 in 1897], 14 [68 in 1900], 19 [65 in 1897]). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (9, 12, 14, 19).

He served in the US Navy, apparently in 1859 on the "Congress" (13, 15).

When he enlisted, he was a bak[er] (9).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 8-1/2 inches tall, and had a light complexion, hazel eyes, and light hair (9).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 12 September 1862 (1, 9, 10, 15). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Lieutenant Gregory (9, 10). He was a private in company C (1, 19, 20, 21).

On 7 March 1863, he returned to the regiment sick, from Division Headquarters (where he had probably been detached) (3).

On 7 May 1863, he was reported missing in action (4, 17 [wounded in arm], 18 [arm]).

On 24 August 1863, he was reported deserted from hospital in Washington (6). On 8 October 1863, he was reported regained from desertion (7).

On 30 December 1863, Sinex reported that he was one of 30 men who had more than fifteen months to serve who were willing to reenlist (4). On 2 January 1864, he was transferred to the 155th Pennsylvania Infantry, while those eligible were on veterans' leave (8).

In January 1864, he was detailed as a cook, by Lieutenant Colonel Sinex (5). He was still a cook in September (?) 1864 (5).

He was discharged on 24 April 1865 on surgeon's certificate of disability (1, 11, 15). He had served for thirty-one months (12, 19). He was a private, in company C (20, 21).

After the war

On 1 May 1865, he applied successfully for a pension (13, 15).

He was married in 1881/1882 (14).

On 13 August 1897, he was admitted to the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (12, 19). In 1898, he was present in the Southern Branch (12). He was admitted from Pennsylvania (12). He had a fractured right arm (12). He was receiving a pension of $12 per month (12).

In 1900, he was in the Southern Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (14). He was married (14). He was a baker (14).

He again applied for a pension on 19 March 1907 (15).

On 21 December 1909, he was discharged from the Southern Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (19). He was then receiving a pension of $20 per month (19).

He died of cerebral apoplexy on 19 October 1913, at 1601 North 17th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (15).

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 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 30 December 1863

3 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 7 March 1863 (Private Keely)

4 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 7 May 1863 (Pri Kealy [?])

5 [list of detailed men, probably from Sept 1864] (Alexander Keely)

6 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 24 August 1863 (Private Keety [?])

7 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 8 October 1863 (Alex Keely)

8 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 2 January 1864 (Keely)

9 company C, descriptive roll, entry 106 (Alexander Keeley)

10 company C, untitled list, probably of status at muster out, entry 38 (Alexander Keeley)

11 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 2 May 1865 (Privt Keely)

12 Report of the Board of Managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1898. Serial Set volume 3785. Session volume 43, 55th Congress, 3rd Session. House Document 55. Page 385. (Alexander Keeley)

13 pension index, by name (Alexander Keely)

14 1900 US census, Virginia, Elizabeth City County, Southern Branch National Home for D.V.S., supervisor's district 2, enumeration district 8, microfilm series T623, film 1706, page 96 = sheet 4 B handwritten (Alexander Keeley)

15 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company C (Alexander Keeley)

16 corrected death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, died 19 October 1913 (Alexandre Keeley)

17 'The ninety-first Pennsylvania volunteers', Philadelphia Press, Wednesday 13 May 1863, page 2 (Alexander Keeley)

18 'The Ninety-first Pennsylvania at Chancellorville', Philadelphia Inquirer 13 May 1863, page 8 (Alexander Keeley)

19 Report of the Board of Managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1910. Letter from the President of the Board of Managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, transmitting the report... fiscal year ended June 30, 1910. Serial Set volume 6058, Session volume 114, 61st Congress, 3rd Session, House Document 1078. Page 385. (Alex Keeley)

20 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Alexander Keely)

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1890 US census, veterans schedules
Ancestry index (accessed May 2007)

1900 census

[1900 US census, Virginia, Elizabeth City County, Southern Branch National Home for D.V.S., supervisor's district 2, enumeration district 8, microfilm series T623, film 1706, page 96 = sheet 4 B handwritten]
line75
street 
house number 
dwelling number 
family number 
nameKeeley Alexander
relationshipInmate
colorW
sexM
birth dateMar 1832
age68
married?M [?]
# years married18
mother of how many children? 
# of children living 
birthplacePennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvania
immigration year 
# years in USA 
naturalized citizen? 
occupationBaker
# months not employed 
# months in school 
can readYes
can writeYes
speaks EnglishYes
owned/rented 
free or mortgaged 
farm/house 
# 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 9 July 2014, from Fold3]


Keely Alexander
Co. C, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 15 July 2014]

Keeley Alexander
Co. C, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Keely Alexander

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death certificate

[corrected death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, died 19 October 1913, Alexandre Keeley]
[thanks to Ed McLaughlin for finding this!]
[the first line has: 'TRANSIT PERMIT No. 24344'; presumably, the top of the next entry was microfilmed with this entry]

CERTIFICATE OF DEATH
CORRECTED COPY AFTER
REGISTRATION DISTRICT No. 1
PRIMARY REGISTRATION DISTRICT No. [blank]
File No. [blank]
Registered No. 24343
1. PLACE OF DEATH
COUNTY OF PHILADELPHIA
CITY OF PHILADELPHIA
(No. 1601 No 17th St)
2. FULL NAME Alexandre [sic] Keeley
PERSONAL AND STATISTICAL PARTICULARS
[all of these entries are blank]

MEDICAL CERTIFICATE OF DEATH
16. DATE OF DEATH (Month) 10 (Day) 19 (Year) 1913
17. I HEREBY CERTIFY, THAT AN INQUEST WAS HELD UPON THE BODY OF THE ABOVE NAMED DECEASED ON THE OCT 21 1913 DAY OF [blank]; THAT THE JURY RENDERED A VERDICT GIVING THE CAUSE OF DEATH AS FOLLOWS:
Cerebral Apoplexy
(SIGNED) Wm R Knight Jr CORONER
[the rest of the entries are blank]

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