91st PA: John L Keever

John L Keever

Before the war

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).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 5 inches tall, had a fair complexion, grey eyes, and light hair (2).

During the war

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 wounded on 12 May 1864 at Spottsylvania Court House, Virginia (1, 2 [which has Laurel Hill], 15). His leg was then amputated (2).

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).

After the war

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).

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 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)

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, ward 1, microfilm series M653, film 1151, page 414 = 154 handwritten]
[Although a new household starts at Albanus's line, this is obviously a mistake]
line5678910
Dwelling number1110    1111
Family number1264    1265
NameGeorge KeeverMargaret "John "Emma "David "Albanus "
Age5245151297
Sexmfmfmm
Color      
OccupationHatter Confectioner   
Value of real estate owned900     
Value of personal estate200     
Place of birth" [sc. Penna]"""""
Married within year      
Attended school within year   11 
Cannot read & write      
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.      

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, microfilm series M593, film 1387, page 621 = 95 handwritten]
[I did not transcribe the other family at this residence, headed by Harry B Gray]
line24252627
Dwelling-house number[694]   
Family number[743]   
NameKeever, Margaret- John L.- David F.- Halvanus [sic]
Age53251916
SexFMMM
ColorWWWW
Occupation ConfectionerApp. to StereotypingApp. to Stereotyping
Real estate value1300   
Personal estate value500   
BirthplacePennaPennaPennaPenna
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 1  
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...    

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 2]
[note: George Keever is living at the same address]

[line] 2
[house] 6
[family] 6
[name] Keever Jno L
[rank] Priv.
[company] C
[unit] 91 Pa VV
[enlistment date] 4 July 1862
[discharge date] 1 July 1865
[length of service] 2 years, 11 months, 4 [?] days
[post office address] " " " " " [sc. 810 Linnard St. Phila Pa]
[disability incurred] Thigh Amputated left. Gunshot wound causes
[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']

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 9, microfilm series T623, film 1451, page 102 B = 1 handwritten]
line575859
streetSears Street
house number810  
dwelling number12  
family number16  
nameKeever Margaret- John L- Alvanas
relationshipHeadSonSon
colorWWW
sexFMM
birth dateOct 1814Mar 1846June 1860
age855440
married?WdSS
# years married   
mother of how many children?4  
# of children living4  
birthplacePhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia
father's birthplaceIrelandPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia
immigration year   
# years in USA   
naturalized citizen?   
occupation  Printer
# months not employed  0
# months in school   
can readyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyes
speaks Englishyesyesyes
owned/rentedO  
free or mortgagedF  
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 13 July 2014, from Fold3]


Keiver John L
Co. E, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Keever John L.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 15 July 2014]

Keever John L
Co. E, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, John L Keever, 24 October 1903, #8923]
8923
RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
Physician's Certificate.
1. Full Name of Deceased, John L. Keever
2. Color, White
3. Sex, Male
4. Single
5. Age, Years 58 Months 7 Days 17
6. Date of Death, Year 1903 Month 10 Day 24
7. Cause of Death, Chief, Typhoid Fever
Contributing, [blank]
W. B. Jones M.D.
Residence, 1336 S. 8th St.

Undertaker's Certificate.
8. Occupation, Confectioner
9. Place of Birth, Phila Pa
10. Birthplace of Father, Phila Pa
11. Birthplace of Mother, Phila Pa
12. When a Minor, [blank]
13. Last place of Residence, (This need only be given when the deceased resided out of the city.) [blank]
14. Place of Death, Street and No 810 Sears Street
15. Ward, wherein death occurred 1"
16. Buried from, Street and No. 810 Sears Street
17. Date of Burial, November 1" 1903
18. Place of Burial, Lafayette Cemetery
William B. Rulon Undertaker
Residence, 1516 Sth 8th Street

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