He was born in March 1846 (14, 17 [58 yrs 7 mths 17 dys at death on 24 Oct 1903]; 2 (18 in 1862), 11 [15 in 1860], 12 [25 in 1870], 13 [35 in 1880], 14 [54 in 1900]). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17).
In 1860, he was living in ward 1 of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (11). He was living with his (presumed) parents George and Margaret Keever, and several (presumed) siblings (11). He was a confectioner (11).
When he was enlisted, he was a confectioner (2).
When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 5 inches tall, had a fair complexion, grey eyes, and light hair (2).
He enlisted and was mustered into service for three years in company E on 4 August 1862, as a recruit [i.e. a volunteer?], at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1, 2, 8 [4 July], 16, 18, 19). He was enlisted and mustered into service by Lieutenant Gregory (2).
He was one of eleven men taken prisoner at the Battle of Fredericksburg, when company E was left behind (2). On 19 May 1863, he (along with eight others) returned to the regiment, as a paroled prisoner (6).
He fought in the battle of Gettysburg (4).
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 (5). On 2 January 1864, he was transferred to the 155th Pennsylvania Infantry, while those eligible were on veterans' leave (7).
He was discharged, at a camp near Washington DC, on 1 June 1865 on surgeon's certificate of disability (1) or by a War Department order, because of disability (3, 8 [1 July 1865], 16). He was a private, in company E (18, 19).
On 16 December 1865, he successfully applied for a pension (10, 16).
In 1870, he was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (12). He was living with his mother Margaret, and two (presumed) brothers (12). He was a confectioner (12).
In 1880, he was living at 810 Linnard Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (13). He was living with his mother Margaret, and two brothers, including George, who also served in the 91st Pennsylvania (13). He was a clerk in a hospital (13).
In 1890, he was living at 810 Linnard Street, with Albanus, George W, and Margaret (widow of George) Keever (8, 9). George is presumably his brother. He was a clerk (9). His left leg had been amputated at the thigh, because of a gunshot wound (8).
In 1900, he was living at 810 Sears Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (14). He was living with his mother Margaret and brother Albanus (14). The census does not list any occupation for him (14). He was still single (14).
On 24 October 1903, he died, of typhoid fever, at 810 Sears Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (17). He was a confectioner (17). He was single (17). He was buried on 1 November 1903, at Lafayette Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (17).
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 company E descriptive roll, entry 111 (John L Keever)
3 company E, register of men discharged, number 49 (John L Keever)
4 Pennsylvania Memorial, 91st Pennsylvania plaque, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (John L Keever)
5 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 30 December 1863
6 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 19 May 1863 (John L Keever)
7 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 2 January 1864 (Keever)
8 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 2 (Jno L Keever)
9 1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory (John L Keever)
10 pension index, by name (John L Keever)
11 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, ward 1, microfilm series M653, film 1151, page 414 = 154 handwritten (John Keever)
12 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, microfilm series M593, film 1387, page 621 = 95 handwritten (John L Keever)
13 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 16, microfilm series T9, film 1166, page 234 D = 28 handwritten (John Keever)
14 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 9, microfilm series T623, film 1451, page 102 B = 1 handwritten (John L Keever)
15 'The Ninety-first Pennsylvania volunteers', Philadelphia Inquirer 8 June 1864 page 3 (John Keever)
16 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company E (John L Keever)
17 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, John L Keever, 24 October 1903, #8923 (John L Keever)
18 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (John L Keiver)
19 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (John L Keever)
|Name||George Keever||Margaret "||John "||Emma "||David "||Albanus "|
|Value of real estate owned||900|
|Value of personal estate||200|
|Place of birth||" [sc. Penna]||"||"||"||"||"|
|Married within year|
|Attended school within year||1||1|
|Cannot read & write|
|Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.|
|Name||Keever, Margaret||- John L.||- David F.||- Halvanus [sic]|
|Occupation||Confectioner||App. to Stereotyping||App. to Stereotyping|
|Real estate value||1300|
|Personal estate value||500|
|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 ...|
|street name||Linnard St|
|dwelling visit #||213|
|family visit #||224|
|month born if born in year|
|married during year|
|occupation||House Keeping||Emp. [?] Gas Office||Clerk in Hospital||Printer|
|school this year|
|name||Keever Margaret||- John L||- Alvanas|
|birth date||Oct 1814||Mar 1846||June 1860|
|# years married|
|mother of how many children?||4|
|# of children living||4|
|# years in USA|
|# months not employed||0|
|# months in school|
|free or mortgaged||F|
|# of farm schedule|