91st PA: George Ward Keever

George Ward Keever

Before the war

He was born in 1839/40 (2 [24 in 1863], 10 [21 in 1861], 13 [39 in 1880]). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2, 10, 13).

When he enlisted, he was a cigar maker, and was living in Philadelphia (2, 10).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 5 inches tall, had a light complexion, blue eyes, and light hair (2, 10 [5'6", dark complexion, blue eyes, brown hair]).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service as a private in company E on 20 August 1861, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1, 10, 11, 15, 17).

He was one of eleven men taken prisoner at the Battle of Fredericksburg, probably on 16 December 1862 (although the descriptive roll (2) has 10 December), when company E was left behind (2). On 19 May 1863, he (along with eight others) returned to the regiment, as a paroled prisoner (10).

He fought in the battle of Gettysburg (5).

He was detailed to serve in the ambulance corps on 3 September 1863 (6, 7). He was relieved from duty in the ambulance corps on 12 September 1863 (3).

He re-enlisted for three years, as a veteran volunteer, at Bealton, Virginia, on 24 December 1863 (1, 2, 10 [26 Dec 63]). He was enlisted by Lieutenant Carpenter, and mustered into service by Lieutenant Swann (2).

He was promoted to corporal, either on 1 July 1865 (1, 10), on 5 July 1865 (3), or on 3 July 1865 effective 1 July 1865 (8).

He mustered out on 10 July 1865 with his company (1, 10, 11, 15). He was a corporal, in company E (1, 11, 17).

After the war

In 1880, he was living at 810 Linnard Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (13). He was living with his mother Margaret, and two brothers, including John, who also served in the 91st (13). He was an emp[loyee] at the gas office (13). He was married (13).

In 1890, he was living at 810 Linnard Street, with Albanus, John L, and Margaret (widow of George) Keever (11, 12). John is presumably his brother. He was a stoker (12).

On 23 November 1891, he applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (14, 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 descriptive roll, company E, entry 45 (George W Keever)

3 special order 78, headquarters, 91st Pennsylvania Infantry, 12 September 1863.

4 special order 39, headquarters, 91st Pennsylvania Infantry, 5 July 1865

5 Pennsylvania Memorial, 91st Pennsylvania plaque, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (George W Keever)

6 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 3 September 1863

7 special order 70, HQ 91st PA, 3 September 1863

8 special order 39, HQ 91st PA, 3 July 1865 (George W Keever)

9 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 19 May 1863 (Private Keever)

10 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 6 May 2004 (George W Keever)

11 1890 US census veterans schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 1, division 9, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 9, page 1 (image 44 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, on Ancestry), line 1 (Geo W Keever [?])

12 1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory (George W Keever)

13 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 16, microfilm series T9, film 1166, page 234 D = 28 handwritten (George Keever)

14 pension index, by name (George W Keever)

15 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company E (George W Keever)

16 e-mail, Sue Keever to Harry Ide, December 2008 (George Ward Keever)

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

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George Ward Keever in the 91st PA database

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 16, microfilm series T9, film 1166, page 234 D = 28 handwritten]
line19202122
street nameLinnard St
house number810   
dwelling visit #213   
family visit #224   
nameKeever MargaretGeorgeJohnAlbanus
colorWWWW
sexFMMM
age64393525
month born if born in year    
relationship SonSonSon
single  1 
married 1  
widowed/divorced1   
married during year    
occupationHouse KeepingEmp. [?] Gas OfficeClerk in HospitalPrinter
months unemployed    
currently ill?    
blind    
deaf/dumb    
idiotic    
insane    
disabled  1 
school this year    
can't read    
can't write    
birthplacePennaPennaPennaPenna
father's birthplacePennaPennaPennaPenna
mother's birthplacePennaPennaPennaPenna

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 1, division 9, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 9, page 1 (image 44 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, on Ancestry), line 1]
[note: John Keever is living at the same address]

[line] 1
[house] 6
[family] 6
[name] Keever [?] Geo W
[rank] Corporal
[company] E
[unit] 91 Pa Vol.
[enlistment date] - Aug 1861
[discharge date] 10 July 1865
[length of service] 3 years, 11 months, x days
[post office address] 810 Linnard St. Phila Pa
[disability incurred]
[remarks]

[1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory:
'Keever Albanus printer h 810 Linnard'
'Keever George W stoker h 810 Linnard'
'Keever John L clerk h 810 Linnard'
'Keever Margaret wid George h 810 Linnard']

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 13 July 2014, from Fold3]


Keever George W.
Co. E, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Corp'l
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

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