91st PA: Isaac Donaldson Knight

Isaac Donaldson Knight

picture of Isaac Knight
Thanks to Joe Fulginiti for this image

Name

One record names him 'McKnight' (35).

Before the war

He was born in 1812/14, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Edward Knight and Elizabeth Donnalson. [sources: date: 30 (48 in 1861), 42 (53 at death in 1867). place: 42. parents: 55]

On 11 November 1838, he was married to Ann Catharine Hoff. She was born in 1814/15 (or 1824/25?), in Philadelphia, Pennsylania, to Jacob Hoff and Elizabeth Kremer. They apparently had at least the following children:

[sources: 32, 55, 57, 58, 59, 60]

On 6 April 1844, they went through a Roman Catholic religious marriage ceremony, in Galveston, Texas. [source: 55]

When he enlisted, he was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 30]

During the war

He enlisted on 24 October 1861, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was mustered into service as surgeon on 7 November 1861 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 1, 13, 30 (4 Nov 61), 49, 52, 5 (enlisted and mustered in on 4 Nov)]

Dr Henry M Smith, Surgeon General of Pennsylvania, assigned Knight to duty as the 91st's surgeon, after Knight was examined by a State Board of Medical Officers, which recommended him to Governor Curtin as fully qualified for duty. [source: 55]

In November 1861, he acknowledged receiving supplies from the Union Relief Association of Philadelphia. [source: 39]

One of his tasks as surgeon was to sign death certificates. For example, on 20 February 1862, he signed a death certificate for William Willis. Another was to sign certificates of disability. In February or March 1862, he signed one for Charles McIlvain. About 5 April 1862, he signed one for Peter Herder, who had been accidentally injured by a mule. And on 23 August 1862, he signed one for William Whitman, who died of typhoid fever. [sources: 37, 43, 47]

On 22 May 1862, he signed a certificate of disability for discharge for Edward J Doolittle, who was in company H of the 9th New York cavalry, but was temporarily attached to the 91st Pennsylvania. [source: 50]

On 29 June 1862, he, along with the other commissioned officers in the regiment (except Colonel Gregory), signed a statement denying accusations that they were on the verge of open mutiny, that the regiment had been reduced to 400 men, and that Colonel Gregory was too lenient to Confederates and too harsh to men in the regiment. [source: 38]

On 14 August 1862, he certified that William Black (H) was disabled. [source: 48]

On 19 August 1862, he testified at the court-martial of E Carroll Brewster. His testimony was not helpful to Brewster. He had prescribed treatment for neuralgia and neuralgic rheumatism, perhaps six times in the previous three weeks. And on the day Brewster was accused of being drunk on duty, he had prescribed Dover's Powder, composed of opium and ipecacuahana, to be taken once in three hours. But he testified that Brewster's condition should not have caused him to stagger, and Dover's Powder would not cause him to appear drunk. Perhaps because he was so unhelpful, Brewster's counsel questioned him only briefly, and the judge advocate who was prosecuting Brewster did not cross-examine him. [source: 36]

On 17 September 1862, John Groff was supposed to ask Knight if he could ride in an ambulance. I do not know whether he did, or how Knight responded if he did. [source: 46]

At some point in 1862, Dr Carlos W Knight was on duty with Isaac Knight. [source: 55]

He was medical director of the division in December 1862. [source: 52, 62]

On the November-December 1862 muster roll, he was reported surgeon, on 14-day sick leave. Perhaps this is for the attack of typhoid fever (also described as typhoid remittent fever) he experienced in December. [source: 55]

On 7 February 1863, he was acting medical director. [source: 14]

On 23 March 1863, H F Martin, surgeon in chief, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 5th Corps, reported that Knight was 'labouring under a cardiac affection, functional in character, and apparently the sequence of Typhoid fever'. He had 'pain in the chest, palpitation of heart, loss of appetite, mental depression and a deficiency of red globules in the blood'. Martin recommended that he be transferred to a position in which he could avoid 'all sources of excitement, exposure and irregular diet'. On 25 March 1863, J McKinney, surgeon in chief, 1st brigade, concurred. [sources: 55, 56]

He was the division's Medical Director at the Battle of Chancellorsville. [sources: 15, 45]

On 25 May 1863, he went on a five-day leave. He was still reported absent with leave on 2 June, but had returned by 3 June. [sources: 21, 22, 23]

On 22 June 1863, the regiment received a special order from Brigade Headquarters assigning him as surgeon-in-chief of the brigade if an engagement occurred. He was present, as surgeon, at Gettysburg on 2 July 1863. He was serving at the division hospital, and was ordered to return to the regiment on 6 July 1863. On 2 August 1863, he was relieved from duty as surgeon in chief, because of disability. [sources: 4, 7, 17, 18, 20]

He was a witness to the charges and specification Joseph Sinex filed against Morris Kayser, and testified in his court-martial. [source: 20]

On 4 August 1863, he was ordered (by special order 207, headquarters, Army of the Potomac) to report to Washington for medical treatment. He left on 5 August 1863. On 24 August 1863, he received a medical certificate at Philadelphia, which recommended leave for 20 days. The leave was to expire on 13 September 1863. It was extended for 20 days on 12 September 1863. It expired on 2 October 1863, but was extended for 20 days on 1 October 1863. He had returned by 23 October 1863. [sources: 8, 16, 19, 25, 26, 27 28, 29]

Private Bender of company G [either Jacob Bender or John Bender] was ordered to report to him on 16 December 1863, to nurse Captain Faust, who died two days later (9). And Philip Toushant (co.I) was detailed as hospital nurse on 19 December 1863, and ordered to report to him immediately. [source: 10]

He reenlisted as surgeon at Bealton, Virginia, on 26 December 1863. [source: 30]

He was Surgeon in January 1864. When Dr Carlos Knight saw him in January 1864, he had hypertrophy of the heart. [sources: 44, 55]

On 21 January 1864, he examined John Brown and approved his enlistment. On 26 January 1864, he examined George Rodearmal and approved his enlistment. [sources: 24, 54]

On 2 February 1864, he examined William W Burns and approved his enlistment. [source: 51]

On 3 February 1864, his mailing address was I D Knight, Surgeon US Volunteers, Wheeling, West Virginia. He was unable to provide information about James Kiernan. [source: 45]

On 2 March 1864, he placed Francis Gregory in the hospital at Chester Pennsylvania. [source: 11]

Henry McKane (C) was detailed as hospital nurse and ordered to report to Knight on 23 March 1864. [source: 12]

On 13 April 1864, he certified (from Warrenton Junction, Virginia) facts about the death of William S Willis, supporting Willis's mother's pension application. [source: 62]

He was discharged honorably effective 15 April 1864, because he resigned (apparently by special order, War Department, dated 21 April 1864). He was a surgeon. Effective 16 April 1864, he was appointed Assistant Surgeon of Volunteers. He was reported transfered as Assistant Surgeon of Volunteers on 17 April 1864. (The appointment was dated 19 January 1864.) [sources: 1 (18 Jul 64), 2, 13, 30 (18 Jul 64), 34, 49, 53, 55]

On 30 June 1864, he was appointed surgeon. He accepted that appointment on 22 July 1864. [source: 55]

On 13 April 1865, he was living in Wheeling, West Virginia. He was unable to provide any information about James Kiernan. [source: 45]

He was discharged on 10 November 1865. [source: 55]

After the war

He treated himself until about October 1866, when Dr Carlos Knight began treating him. [source: 55]

He died suddenly, on Sunday, 13 January 1867, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, of disease of the heart. The funeral was held from his former residence, 1822 Hamilton Street, at 10 AM, on 16 January 1867. The services were at the Cathedral, at 11 AM. He was buried at the Cathedral Cemetery. [sources: 3, 33, 42, 55]

On 2 December 1869, Ann C Knight, his widow, applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension. Her post-office address was 1822 Hamilton Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her attorney was Robert S League. Her claim was approved on 22 August 1870, and she received $25 per month, retroactive to 13 January 1867. [sources: 3, 32, 55]

In 1870, Ann C Knight, his widow, was living at 1822 Hamilton Street, in ward 15, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was living with Henry, Mary, and Bernardo (presumably their children). [sources: 57, 58]

On 25 August 1870, the pension office referred Ann C Knight's application to a medical referee, who approved the pension as 'Medically Established'. The pension certificate file doesn't indicate why they required this extra medical review. [source: 55]

In 1880, Ann C Knight, his widow, was living at 1617 Columbia Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was living with her son Bernaldo, her daughter Mary Henkele, and Mary's husband John E Henkele. [source: 59]

Ann C Knight applied for arrears under the act of 25 January 1879. On 15 October 1881 [?], the Pension Office rejected her application, apparently because she wasn't owed any, since Isaac had never filed for an invalid pension, and her pension began when he died. [source: 55]

On 4 February 1881, his widow, Ann C Knight, died. She died at 1617 Columbia Avenue, ward 29, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She died of softening of the brain. On 8 February 1881, she was buried at Cathedral Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 60]

On 15 February 1883, Ann C Knight was dropped from the pension rolls. [source: 55]

On 5 March 1930, B Hoff Knight (5223 Wissahickon Avenue, Philadelphia) wrote the Pension Bureau asking for information about Ann C Knight's birthdate and birthplace. On 2 April 1930, they replied that she stated she was 48 when she applied on 27 August 1869, and that Ann and Isaac were married at Galveston, Texas, on 11 November 1938. [source: 55]

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 Official Army Register

3 pension index, by regiment (Isaac D Knight)

4 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 2 Aug 1863

5 Welch, p.501

6 newspaper accounts of the 91st's arrival in Philadelphia on veterans' furlough

7 Pennsylvania Memorial, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

8 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 7 September 1863

9 special order 116, HQ 91st PA, 16 December 1863

10 special order 119, HQ 91st PA, 19 December 1863

11 letter, Gregory to Bennett, 16 June 1864

12 special order 24, HQ 91st PA, 23 March 1864

13 Regimental descriptive book

14 consolidated morning report, 7 February 1863

15 report of A A Humphreys, commanding 3rd division, 5th corps, of the battle of Chancellorsville, 10 May 1863

16 letters received, #17, received 27 August 1863, dated 24 August 1863; #29, received 18 September 1863, dated 12 September 1863; #36, received 4 October 1863, dated 1 October (Isaac D Knight)

17 special orders received, #2, received 22 June 1863 (Surg Knight)

18 special orders received, #7, received 2 August 1863 (Surg Knight)

19 special orders received, #8, received 4 August 1863 (Surg Knight)

20 record of Morris Kayser's court martial

21 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 25 May 1863 (I D Knight)

22 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 2 June 1863 (not named)

23 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 3 June 1863 (not named)

24 enlistment paperwork, George Rodearmal (I D Knight)

25 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 8 August 1863 (Surg. Knight)

26 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 19 September 1863 (Surg Knight)

27 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 4 October 1863 (Surg Knight)

28 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 5 October 1863 (Sur Knight)

29 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 23 October 1863 (Surg. I.D. Knight)

30 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 5 May 2004 (Isaac D Knight)

31 [deleted]

32 pension index, by name (searched 21 May 04, on Ancestry) (Isaac D Knight)

33 [death notice], Philadelphia Inquirer 15 January 1867, page 5 (also published on 16 January 1867 page 4) (Isaac D Knight)

34 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 17 April 1864 (Surg Knigt)

35 company G, register of men discharged (Regt Surg McKnight)

36 court-martial record, E Carroll Brewster (Isaac D Knight)

37 [Peter Herder], Serial Set volume 1668, session volume 2, 44th Congress, 1st session, Senate Report 452] (J [sic] D Knight)

38 'Ninety-first Pennsylvania Regiment'. Philadelphia Inquirer, 11 July 1862, page 2 (J D Knight)

39 'Acknowledgement', Philadelphia Inquirer 25 November 1861 page 8 (J D Knight)

40 'Camp Chase', Philadelphia Inquirer 30 November 1861 (J D Knight)

41 'Departure of Col. Gregory's regiment', Philadelphia Inquirer 22 January 1862 page 2 (J D Knight)

42 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 13 January 1867 (Isaac Donaldson Knight)

43 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19 February 1862, William S Willis (Isaac D Knight)

44 'Arrival of the 91st regiment Pennsylvania volunteers' (Philadelphia Press 9 January 1864, page 2) (Surgeon J D Knight)

45 widow's pension certificate file, NARA, RC 15, certificate 51729 (Catherine widow of James Kiernan) (I D Knight)

46 court-martial record, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 153 (Records of the Judge Advocate General (Army)), John Groft, 25 March 1863, LL 231 (Dr Knight)

47 widow's pension certificate file, Sarah widow of Charles McIlvain, National Archives and Records Administration, RG 15, certificate 67,926 (I D Knight)

48 pension documents packet, National Archives and Records Administration, certificate 115,076, William Black (I D Knight)

49 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (J D Knight)

50 'Certificate of disability for discharge', for Edward J Doolittle (H 9th NY Cav, temporarily attached to B 91st PA), 22 May 1862, Alexandria, Virginia (I D Knight)

51 compiled service record, William W Burns, obtained from National Archives and Records Administration (I D Knight)

52 abstract of dependent's pension certificate file, WC 135,801, 19 May 1869, Eliza A Scott, mother of Thomas B Scott (I D Knight)

53 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Isaac D Knight)

54 compiled service record, John Brown (E) (I D Knight)

55 abstract of widow's pension certificate file, WC 144,673, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15 (Ann Catharine Hoff widow of Isaac Donaldson Knight)

56 report by Dr Martin about Isaac Knight, 23 March 1863, camp near Falmouth Va, in Ann C Knight's widow's pension certificate file, WC 144,673 (I D Knight)

57 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelpha, ward 15, district 43, microfilm series M593, film 1399, page 361 verso = 150 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Ann C Knight)

58 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philaelphia, ward 15, district 43, 2nd enumeration, microfilm series M593, film 1428, page 504 recto = 69 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Ann C Knight)

59 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, enumeration district 617, microfilm series T9, film 1188, page 91 = 3 C handwritten (FamilySearch) (Ann C Knight)

60 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 4 February 1881 (Ann C Knight)

61 dependent's pension certificate file, Catharine Kenney guardian of minor children of John S Haines (E), WC 144,827 (I D Knight)

62 dependent's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, Eliza Willis mother of William S Willis, WC 146,647 (I D Knight)

63 * muster-out roll, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, record group 19, series 19.11, records of the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs (Isaac D Knight)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

RootsWeb WorldConnect
[Two gedcoms ('Descendants of the Cheltenham, Penna Shoemakers and related families' last revised 30 Apr 2006 contact Jerry Zollars, and 'Eric & Leigh Morris Marvin family' last revised 1 May 2003 contact Leigh Marvin) have an Isaac D Knight who might be this Isaac Knight. He was born on 6 September 1813, to Abel Knight and Elizabeth Donaldson, married Ann Catharine Hoff in Galveston, Galveston County, TX on 11 November 1838, and had five children (Henry B Knight, Catharine N Knight, Carlos W Knight, Mary E Knight, and Bernardo Hoff Knight, all born in Texas)]
deceased physicians file (AMA), 1864-1968
accessed on FamilySearch (21 September 2012)
1850 US census
Ancestry and FamilySearch indices (accessed 29 December 2014)
1860 US census
Ancestry and FamilySearch indices (accessed 29 December 2014)
There is an Isaac Knight, 46, MD, born Mexico, at 1860 United States census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, ward 16, east division, pages 38 = 38 handwritten to 39 = 39 handwritten (FamilySearch); he is living with Mary [?] Knight (36), John Knight (26), Ellen Knight (18), JOnathan Knight (16), Jane Knight (16), Saml Knight (14), and Josephine Knight (10), and therefore does not match the other information I have about the Isaac Knight who served in the 91st
I suspect he's the Isaac Knight, MD, in the city directory at 949 N Front Street
I have not identified many of the other people on the same census pages as his
900 N block extends from Poplar to Laurel
Here are people in the 900 block of Front Street whom I did not find in the census. I didn't initially track in which 1861 city directory I found the entries on Fold3's OCR index.
directory page1861 city directory entry
4Adams Robert, jr., coal dealer, S E Front & Willow, h 919 N Front
4Adams Joseph R., clerk, 919 N Front
1016Verschoyle James, morocco manuf, 937 N Front, n 94 N Front
507Keen & Coates ... tanners, 943 N Front
507Keen Joseph S., tanner, 943 N Front, h 947 N Front
507Keen Charles, 951 N Front
81Booth Benjamin, chairmaker, r 953 N Front
312Fling John, laborer, r 953 N Front
1135Adams Robert, jr., 955 N Front & Front & William [under 'Coal Dealers']
81Booth Charles, 4 N 4th, h 957 N Front
1044Weir William, driver, 967 N Front
1071Wilson Clark S., shoe manuf. 967 N Front
954Stine Adam, shoemaker, 967 N Front
1860 census, Philadelphia, ward 16, E Div, page 38 handwritten
dwellingfamilynameoccupation 1861 city directory on Fold3
261298James Naglerwood engraver Sherman p.731: no Nagler, etc.
261298Wm Humphreyhandle maker [?] Sherman's p.469: no relevant William Humphries, p.468: no relevant Humphrey or Humphreys
261298Edwd Demanclk Biddle's p.227: no relevant Demar or Deman
261298Wm Denbycar driver Biddle's p.228: no relevant Denby or Denley
261298Alexd Mattisonshingle finisher [no relevant Mattison on Sherman's p.672, Matheson p.670, Mathison p.670]
262299Elijah Griffithh painter Sherman's p.379: 'Griffiths Elijah E., painter, N E Brown & 5th, h 917 N Front'
262299Elijah Reber [or Beber?]moro dress[no Elijah Behal on Biddle's p.54; no Bebel on Biddle's p.51; no relevant Reber on Sherman's p.812 or Rehel on Sherman's p.816]
263300Chas Bakermoroc manufac Biddle's p.32: 'Baker Charles, morocco manuf. r 915 N Front & Margaretta bel 2d, h Camden Co n Milford
264301John MillerHarness Maker Sherman's p.690 has no John Miller harnessmaker; the closest I found was John C Miller, saddler, 114 Market, h 904 N 3d]
264301Geo MillerHarness maker Sherman's p.688 has a George Miller Jr harnessmaker at r 841 N 3d]
264301John Leppesaw maker Sherman's p.565 has no relevant Leppe, Lepe, etc.
264301Wm Ascumsaw maker Biddle's p.23 has no relevant Ascum
264301Abraham Confordsaw maker Biddle's p.178 has no Conford; Biddle's p.205 has no Cuford
264301Wm Van Floodsadler [no Van Flood on Biddle's p.1012; no relevant William Flood on Sherman's p.313]
265302Isaac KnightM.D. Sherman's p.535: 'Knight Isaac, M.D., 949 N Front'
[page 39 handwritten]
266303Frederick ManyPudler [Pedler?] [no Frederick Marry on Sherman's page 662; Mary on p.667; Many on p.659]
266303Wm StublletinePudler [Pedler?] [nothing relevant beginning 'Stub' on Biddle's page 964]
267304Nathan Rowlandiron master [?] Sherman's p.851: 'Rowland Nathan, iron manufacturer, 945 Beach, h 923 N Front'
268305Wm B Elliottcoal mercht Sherman's p.276: 'Elliott William B., coal merchant, Lewellen's av n Beach, h 925 N Front'
269306Jos Muhlerinnkeeper [no Joseph Muhler or Muehler on Sherman's page 717; no Jos Mahler on Shermans' p.654
269307Chas Hahndealer [no Charles Hahn dealer or on Front St on Sherman's p.389]
270308J H Conradcoal mercht Biddle's p.181: 'Conrad J. Hicks, coal shipper, 210 1/2 Walnut & Del av ab Poplar, h 908 N Front
271309Chas Foulkesea captn [no relevant Foulke or Foulk on Sherman's p.319 or Folk on p.315]
1890 US census, veterans schedules
Ancestry's index (searched October 2005)
1900 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 29 Dec 2014)
there is an Ann Knight, widowed, 90, born PA, but she is living in the Methodist Episcopal Home, ward 24, Philadelphia, enumeration district 579, page 63 = 1 A handwritten (FamilySearch)
her daughter-in-law Julia and her family are living at 1713 Montgomery Avenue (Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 32, enumeration district 811, page 239 = 12 B handwritten to 240 = 13 A handwritten
1900 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 29 Dec 2014)
1910 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 29 Dec 2014)
1920 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 29 Dec 2014)
1930 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 29 Dec 2014)
1940 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 29 Dec 2014)

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Isaac Donaldson Knight in the 91st PA database

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 3 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Knight J. D.
Co. F + S, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Surg | Surg
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Knight Isaac D.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 27 July 2014]

Knight Isaac D.
F + S, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Surg. | Surg
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

muster-out roll

[muster-out roll, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, record group 19, series 19.11, records of the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs]
[transcribed from Pennsylvania, Civil War Muster Rolls, 1860-1869, on Ancestry, 21 Jun 2015]


NUMBER OF EACH GRADE.1
NAMES. PRESENT AND ABSENT.Isaac D Knight
RANK.Surg
AGE. 
JOINED FOR SERVICE AND ENROLLED AT GENERAL RENDEZVOUS--COMMENCEMENT OF FIRST PAYMENT BY TIME.WHEN.[illegible because of a fold]
WHERE.[P]hila P[a]
BY WHOM.Lt Col Ruff
PERIOD.3 yrs
MUSTERED INTO SERVICE.WHEN.Nov 7 /61
WHERE.Phila Pa
BY WHOM.Lt Col Ruff
LAST PAID.BY PAYMASTER. 
TO WHAT TIME. 
TRAVELING.To place of rendezvous, No. of miles. 
From place of discharge home, No. of miles. 
Clothing ActDue U.S 
Due Soldier 
AMOUNT for clothing in kind, or in money advanced. 
VALUE OF equipments, arms &c., received from the United States, to be paid for if lost or destroyed. 
BountyPaid 
Due 
 
REMARKS
Discharged by S.O. 710 War Dept July 18 /64 [sic]

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 16, eastern division, microfilm series M653, film 1166, pages 38 = 38 handwritten to 39 = 39 handwritten ]
[this does not fit the other information I have about the Isaac Knight who served in the 91st, but I have not been able to identify who else this could be; I have wondered whether the census taker might have run several entries together]
[the limited evidence about under 'sources checked unsuccessfully' suggests this may be the Isaac Knight MD at 949 N Front Street, but does not prove that he is]
line383940123456
Dwelling number265        
Family number302        
NameIsaac KnightMary "John "James "Ellen "Jonathan "Jane [?] "Saml "Josphine [?]
Age463626201816161410
SexMFMMFMFMF
Color         
OccupationM.D.        
Value of real estate owned         
Value of personal estate23.000        
Place of birthMexico"Penn"MarylandTexas"Penn"
Married within year         
Attended school within year      111
Cannot read & write         
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.         

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelpha, ward 15, district 43, microfilm series M593, film 1399, page 361 verso = 150 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is confirmed; see the note on the 1870 census, 2nd enumeration, entry transcribed below]
line20212223
Dwelling-house number862   
Family number1084   
NameKnight Henry- Ann C.- Mary- Bernardo
Age30552420
SexMFFM
ColorWWWW
OccupationdoctorKeeps houseAt homeStore clerk
Real estate value5000   
Personal estate value1000   
BirthplaceTexasPennaTexasTexas
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 old1   
[a '1' is written on Mary's line, but crossed out; Bernardo's line is blank--presumably the '1' should have been in Bernardo's box]
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...    

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philaelphia, ward 15, district 43, 2nd enumeration, microfilm series M593, film 1428, page 504 recto = 69 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is confirmed, since (1) Ann C's name, (2) Bernard H's name and age, and (3) the address match the information in the widow's pension certificate file abstracted below]


Hamilton Street
line36373839
Dwelling-house number1822   
Family number    
NameKnight Ann CHenry DBernard HMary E
Age45302121
SexFMMF
Color    
Occupation    
Real estate value    
Personal estate value    
Birthplace    
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    
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...    

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, enumeration district 617, microfilm series T9, film 1188, page 91 = 3 C handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is probable; see the note on the 1870 census, 2nd enumeration, above (and note the differences in ages)]
line36373839
street nameColumbia Avenue
house number1617   
dwelling visit #26   
family visit #26   
nameKnight Ann C- Bernaldo [sic]Henkele Jno E- Mary
colorWWWW
sexFMMF
age49253024
month born if born in year    
relationship SonSon in lawDaughter
single 1  
married  11
widowed/divorced1   
married during year    
occupationKeeping houseSalesman in Book StoreConveyancerAt home
months unemployed    
currently ill?    
blind    
deaf/dumb    
idiotic    
insane    
disabled    
school this year    
can't read    
can't write    
birthplacePennaTexasPennaTexas
father's birthplacePaMarylandPaMd
mother's birthplaceEnglandPaPaPa

report by Dr Martin

[report by Dr Martin about Isaac Knight, 23 March 1863, camp near Falmouth Va, in Ann C Knight's widow's pension certificate file, WC 144,673]
[transcribed from Fold, image 29 of 40, 29 December 2014]

I have examined Dr. I. D. Knight, and find him labouring under a cardiac affection, functional in character, and apparently the sequence of Typhoid fever.

His disease is attended with pain in the chest, palpitation of heart, loss of appetite, mental depression and a deficiency of red globules in the blood.

I am of the opinion that a removal from all sources of excitement, fatigue, exposure and irregular diet would be beneficial, and therefore would recommend that he be transferred to a position where those causes of aggravation may be avoided.


Very Repectfully
Your Obt. Servt.
H. F. Martin
Surgeon in Chief
2" Brig 3 Div 5 Corps

Camp near Falmouth Va.
Mar. 23. 1863.

widow's pension certificate file

[abstract of widow's pension certificate file, WC 144,673, Ann Catharine Hoff widow of Isaac Donaldson Knight, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15]
[abstracted from 40 pages on Fold3, 29 December 2014]
11 November 1838
Isaac Knight (son of Edward Knight and Elizabeth Donnalson) married Ann Catharine Hoff (daughter of Jacob Hoff and Elizabeth Kremer), at Galveston, Texas, by Rev Mr Hogg (pp.9, 13 [extract from the Archives of St Mary's Cathedral, Galveston TX; married by John Mary Bp of Claudiop + Vic. Apost. of Texas])
civil marriage on 11 November 1838; religious marriage 6 April 1844 (p.13)
one child living and under 16: Bernardo Hoff Knight, born 20 [?] August 1849 (p.9)
marriage permission dated 10 November 1838: Isaac B [sic] Knight and Mary [sic] Ann Catherine Hoff; an ordained minister, I [?] S Hoes [?] married them (p.15)
4 November 1861
Knight enlisted and mustered into rank as Surgeon 91st PA (p.12)
Nov-Dec 1862 muster roll
reported surgeon, on sick leave for 14 days (p.12)
23 March 1863
H F Martin, surgeon in chief, 2nd brigade, 3rd division, 5th corp, gave a report (transcribed above) about Knight (p.29)
25 March 1863
J McKinney, surgeon in chief, 1st brigade, reported that he agreed with Dr Martin in the accompanying certificate, that 'it would be extremely prejudicial for him [sc. Dr Knight] to continue upon active field service'; 'The disease appears to have developed itself subsequent to an attack of Typhoid Fever for which I attended Dr Knight last December' (p.27)
15 April 1864
effective date of honorable discharge, as surgeon, on resigning (p.12)
16 April 1864
appointed Asst Surgeon of Vols, by SO No 161, dated 28 April 1864 (pp.4, 6, 12)
appointed 19 Jan 1864, accepted 16 Apr 1864 (pp.6, 10)
30 June 1864
appointed surgeon (pp.6, 10)
22 July 1864
accepted appointment as surgeon (pp.6, 10)
10 November 1865
Knight discharged, his services no longer being required (pp.6, 10)/dd>
13 January 1867
Knight died of paralysis of heart from disease contracted while in the service, at Philadelphia PA (pp.7, 20 [death certificate, disease of the heart])
'Dr Knight testifies that he attended professionally upon the soldier from October 1866 until January 13" 1867 when he died at Philadelphia Penna of Heart Disease incurred in the line of his duty as a Surgeon of the 91" Penna Vols from exposure and hardship' (p.4)
Knight treated himself until October 1866 (p.4)
[no date] 1869
Dr Henry M Smith, professor of surgery, University of PA, swore that 'while he was surgeon Genl of Penna he assigned deceased to duty as Surgeon of 91st Regm't Penna Vols and that he had previously been examined by a State Board of Medical Officers and recommended to Governor Curtin as fully qualified for duty', that he was free of disease at the time, and 'as he afterwards saw him on duty in the field at various points and never heard him complain, he is satisfied that he had no apparent disease or disorder of the heart, though heart disease might be contracted or readily caused by the service in the valley and elsewhere to which deceased was exposed' (p.25)
25 Oct 1869
Carlos W Knight MD of 209 Camp St New Orelands, swore that was on duty with Isaac Knight for three months in 1862 while he was surgeon of the 91st, and knows that Isaac Knight 'was entirely free from cardiac or other diseases', and that when he saw him in Jan 1864, 'he was convalescing from Typhoid Rimittent [sic] fever', and he found that 'incipient Hypertrophy of the Heart was plainly discoverable', and both the typhoid remittant fever and the hypertrophy were caused by exposure in the line of duty; the hypertrophy continued to increase and caused his death (p.36)
2 December 1869
Ann Catherine Knight widow of Isaac D Knight (surgeon 91st PA) applied for a pension under the act of 14 July 1862 (p.7)
48 years old; her residence Philadelphia; post office address 1822 Hamilton Street, Philadelphia PA (p.7)
attorney: Robt S League Philadelphia PA (p.7)
dated 27 August 1869 (p.7)
claim 182,117 (pp.5, 19)
claim completed 21 April 1870 (p.3)
certificate 144,673, for a pension of $25 per month, retroactive to 13 January 1867 (pp.3, 21)
admitted 22 August 1870, M S Roberts examiner; approved 27 August 1870, certificate dated 2 September 1870 (pp.3, 21)
11 Dec 1869
the Pension Office requested information about the service of Isaac D Knight 91st PA (pp.11 (circular 2), 19)
19 Feb 1870
the Pension Office sent a general circular requesting an affidavit of the attending physician for the date and cause of death, and whether it was contracted when he was serving as assistant surgeon (p.19)
17 March 1870
Ann Catharine Knight swore that her name is Ann Catharine, and not Mary Ann Catharine, and that 'Mary' is a clerical error, which she can't explain; that her late husband's name was 'Isaac D Knight', and the 'B' in the marriage certificate is also an error, which she can't account for; that he was surgeon of the 91st when he contracted the disease of which he died, and he was made Asst Surgeon of Volunteers because of that disease, to reduce his exposure, that he was discharged, and that he died of heart disease on 13 January 1867, that he treated himself until about October 1866, when Dr Carlos W Knight started treating him (p.39)
5 April 1870
Dr Carlos W Knight, of the post of Lampasas Texas, Lampasas County, swore that he attended Isaac Knight from about Oct 1866 until 13 Jan 1867, when he died at Philadelphia, from disease of the heart incurred while surgeon of the 9st from hardships and exposure; 'he was transferred from the 91st Regiment Penna Vols and made Surgeon of Vols that [sic] he would not be so much exposed, and he continued as such until he was finally discharged from the service by special order No 531 dated October 7 1865'; he treated himself until Otober 1866 (p.23)
26 July 1870
the Pension Office notified the attorney that they were waiting for a special report (p.19)
21 July 1870
the Pension Office requested information about the service of Isaac D Knight as A Surg US Vols (pp.9 (circular 2), 10)
a report had been furnished about his service in the 91st PA on 21 Dec 1869 (p.10)
17 Aug 1870
the Adjutant General's Office sent the Pension office the above-summarized information (p.10)
25 August 1870
case referred to medical referee by F Moore (p.31)
returned on 27 August 1870: 'ACTION: Medically Established W. W. Potter' (p.31)
15 Feb 1883
Ann C Knight was dropped from the pension rolls because she was 'Rep[orted] dead' [no date given] (p.17)
last paid at $25 to 4 December 1880 (p.17)
[undated]
Ann C Knight applied for arrears due her under the act of 25 January 1879 (p.34)
her post office address: 2008 N 17th St, Philadelphia PA (p.34)
15 Oct 1881 [??]
the Pension Office rejected arrears under the act of March ?? 1879 (p.22)
a note on her application shows that the solider 'Never claimed' an invalid pension, and the 'Wid [was] pensd from his death' (p.35)
11 Nov 1881
'4718 enclosed + atty in response to letter in case' (p.22)
10 March 1930
the Bureau of Pensions received a letter, dated 5 March 1930, asking for the date and place of birth of Ann Catharine Knight (p.32)
'Ann Catherine Knight was th sister of Rear Admiral Henry Kuhn Hoff, United States Navy, who was born in PHiladelphia September 19, 1806 and his sister is thought to have been the next older child but a very careful check of birth and baptismal records in Philadelphia fail to give any information in the premise [sic]' (p.32)
2 April 1930
the pension office sent a letter to Mr B Hoff Knight about the birth of the widow (p.22)
to B Hoff Knight, 5223 Wissahickon Avenue Philadelphia; Ann C Knight stated that she was 48 in her application dated 27 August 1869; they were married at Galveston TX on 11 Nov 1838 (p.30)

certificate of disability for Peter Herder

[Peter Herder], Serial Set volume 1668, session volume 2, 44th Congress, 1st session, Senate Report 452]

Applicant enlisted August 6, 1861, at Galesburgh, Mich., for three years, [...] and was honorably discharged about April 5, 1862, at Washington, D.C., on certificate of disability, signed by Surgeons N. F. Marsh, Fourth Pennsylvania Cavalry, and J. [sic] D. Knight, Ninety-first Pennsylvania Volunteers, cause of disability being loss of the use of his left arm, from fracture of the neck of the scapula, and dislocation of the humerus, caused by the upsetting of a wagon, one of the mules of which he was driving falling upon him and crushing him as above stated.

city directories

[Philadelphia city directories, transcribed 29 December 2014, from Fold3]
1860 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 533
Knight Isaac, n Mechanicsville
Knight Isaac D., M.D., 43 Haydock, h 949 N Front
1861 Sherman's Philadelphia directory, page 535
Knight Isaac, M.D., 949 N Front
Knight Isaac, gentleman, n Mechanicsville

death notice

[Philadelphia Inquirer 15 January 1867, page 5 (also published on 16 January 1867 page 4)]

KNIGHT.--Suddenly, on Sunday, 13th instant, in the 54th year of his age, Dr. ISAAC D. KNIGHT, late Surgeon United States Volunteers.

The relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral, from his late residence, No. 1822 Hamilton street, at 10 o'clock A.M., Wednesday, 16th instant, without further notice. Service at the Cathedral at 11 o'clocl.

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 13 January 1867, Isaac Donaldson Knight]
[source: www.familysearch.org]


RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE
1. Name of Deceased, Isaac Donaldson Knight
2. Colour, White
3. Sex, Male
4. Age, Fifty-three Years
5. Married
6. Date of Death, January 13th 1867
7. Cause of Death, Disease of the Heart
William L. Knight M.D.
Residence, 1801 Vine Street
UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE, IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, Physician
9. Place of Birth, Philada
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 14th Ward
12. Street and Number, 1822 Hamilton St
13. Date of Burial, January 16th 1867
14. Place of Burial, C. Cemetery
Robt M. Bringhurst [?] + Co. UNDERTAKER.
Residence, 38 Nth 11th St

death certificate, Ann C Knight

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 4 February 1881, Ann C Knight]
[transcribed 29 December 2014, from FamilySearch]


RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.

PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, Ann C Knight
2. Color, White
3. Sex, Female
4. Age, Sixty eight years
5. Married
6. Date of Death, February 4th 1881
7. Cause of Death, Softening of Brain
Robert Hanice [?] M.D.
Residence, 731 N 17th Street

UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation [blank]
9. Place of Birth, Philada
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 29th
12. Street and Number, 1617 Columbia Ave
13. Date of Burial, Feb 8th 1881
14. Place of Burial, Cathedral Cemetery
John [illegible] Undertaker.
Residence, 1713 Thompson St.

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