91st PA: Samuel Lamb

Samuel Lamb

Before the war

He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1824/26, to John Lamb and Mary [unknown family name]. [sources: date: 5 (37 in 1861), 9 (37 in 1861), 10 (39 in 1863), 11 (36 in 1860), 14 (40 at death), 16 (24 in 1850). place: 9, 10, 11, 12, 16. parents: 14]

In 1850, he seems to have been living in ward 7, Northern Liberties, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with William (perhaps his brother), Anna (probably William's wife), John (probably William and Anna's son), and Catharine (perhaps his sister?) Lamb. They were living at 3 Passmore's Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a brushmaker. [sources: 16, 18]

Perhaps he is the Samuel Lamb who was attacked in May 1850. The attack allegedly resulted from 'hostile feeling between the members of rival fire companies'. One of his assailants, Charles Hackman, shot himself in the hand. [source: 17]

In 1853, Samuel Lamb, a bootfitter, was living at 2 Passmore Court, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 18]

He married Catharine [unknown family name]. She was born in Ireland, in 1820/22. They had at least these two children:

[sources: 11, 12, 15, 20]

In 1859, Samuel Lamb was living on Winter, in Northern Liberties, apparently with the William Lamb who was a japanner. Samuel was a laborer. [source: 18]

They moved to Galloway, probably by the end of 1859. Samuel was again a bootfitter. [source: 18]

In 1860, he was living in the 17th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Catherine, and Mary and Matilda Lamb (presumably his children), along with another apparently unrelated person. The census lists no occupation for him. [source: 11]

When he enlisted, he was a laborer, and was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 5, 9, 10]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 4 inches tall, and had a light complexion, blue eyes, and sandy hair. [sources: 5 (5'4", light complexion, blue eyes, sandy hair), 9 (5'6", light complexion, light eyes, light hair), 10 (5'6", light complexion, light eyes, light hair)]

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 1 October 1861. He was enlisted for three years, by Captain Dye. He was mustered in as a private, in company B. [sources: 1, 5, 9, 21 (co. F, sgt)]

He was transferred to company F. [source: 5]

He was promoted on 11 June 1862 to corporal. [sources: 1, 5, 8, 9]

On 19 April 1863, he was sent to the corps hospital. [source: 3]

He reenlisted as a veteran volunteer on 30 March 1864 He was enlisted for three years, at Warrenton Junction, Virginia, by Lieutenant H Shipley. [sources: 1, 5, 10 (26 Mar)]

He was killed in action on 18 June 1864 at Petersburg, Virginia. He was a corporal, in company F. He was survived by a wife and two children. [sources: 1; see also 2, 5, 6, 7, 14, 21]

After the war

On 23 March 1866, his widow, Catharine Lamb, successfully applied for a pension, under the act of 14 July 1862. Her application was accepted, retroactive to 18 June 1864; the certificate was issued on 15 August 1866. She received $8 per month. [sources: 4, 13, 15]

Someone (presumably Catharine) applied for an increase because of two children, under the act of 25 July 1866. Her application was approved, retroactive to 25 July 1866; the certificate was issued on 23 July 1869. She received an additional $2 per month for each child less than sixteen. [source: 15]

From 1865 through 1868, Catharine Lamb was living on Halleck Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 18]

In 1870, his widow, Catharine, was living in the 14th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was living with Mary Lamb (presumably her daughter). [source: 12]

On 8 September 1872, his widow, Catharine Lamb, died, of typhoid fever. The funeral was held from her residence, 1306 Charlotte Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was buried in Cathedral Cemetery. [sources: 19, 20]

On 13 December 1878, his minor dependent (guardian?) Mary Weiss successfully applied for a pension. [4, 13, 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) (Samuel Lamb)
[Bates two entries for a Samuel Lamb; (5) confirms that they are the same person]

2 Thomas F Walter. 'Personal recollections and experiences of an obscure soldier'. Grand Army Scout and Soldiers' Review volume 3, number 48, page 2 (not named)

3 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 24 April 1863 (Corpl Lamb)

4 pension index, by name (Samuel Lamb)

5 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 27 June 2004 (Samuel Lamb)

6 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 29 June 1864 (Corpl Lamb)

7 company F register of deaths (Samuel Lamb)

8 company F, list of non-commissioned officers (Samuel Lamb)

9 company F, descriptive roll, #46 (Samuel Lamb)

10 company F, second descriptive roll, #20 (Samuel Lamb)

11 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 17th ward, microfilm series M653, film 1167, page 957 = 171 [?] handwritten (Samuel Lamb)

12 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 14th ward, microfilm series M593, film 1398, page 39 = 77 handwritten (Catharine Lamb)

13 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company F (Samuel Lamb)

14 death notice, Public Ledger 29 June 1864 page 2 (Samuel Lamb)

15 widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, certificate WC 80,908 (Catharine Lamb widow of Samuel Lamb)

16 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Northern Liberties, ward 7, microfilm series M432, film 811, page 514 verso = 136 handwritten (Samuel Lambs)

17 'A desperate assailant wounded with his own weapon', North American 3 May 1850, page 1\ (Samuel Lamb)

18 [various Philadelphia city directories]

19 death notice, Public Ledger, 9 September 1872, page 2 (Catharine Lamb)

20 Philadelphia death certificates 1803-1915, 7 September 1872 (Catharine Lamb)

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1880 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 7 January 2012)
There is a Catharine Lamb 60, born Ireland, widowed, living with her son-in-law Bartholame Shea and his wife Margret Shea (27) (microfilm series T9, film 1174, page 462 B). I suppose it is possible that Margret is really Mary, but I am assuming she is not.
1890 US census, veterans' schedules
checked Ancestry index (accessed November 2005)
1900 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 7 January 2012)
1910 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 7 January 2012)
1920 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 7 January 2012)
1930 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 7 January 2012)
RootsWeb WorldConnect
searched Samuel Lamb (metaphone) born 1824 +/-5, Samuel Lamb (metaphone) born to John and Mary, Samuel Lamb died 1864 (accessed 6 January 2012)

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 24 November 2014, from Fold3]


Lamb Samuel
Co. F, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Sgt | Cpl
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Northern Liberties, ward 7, microfilm series M432, film 811, page 514 verso = 136 handwritten]
[identification is uncertain, based only on the absence of other candidates]
line910111213
Dwellings visited924    
Families visited1117    
NameWm LambsAnna "John "Samuel " Catharine "
Age232222418
SexMFMMF
Color     
Occupation of males over 15 yearsJapaner [?]   Brushmaker 
Real estate owned     
BirthplacePenaPenaPenaPenaPena
Married within year     
Attended school within year     
Over 20 & can't read/write     
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.     

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 17th ward, microfilm series M653, film 1167, page 957 = 171 [?] handwritten]
[I did not transcribe the other family at this residence, headed by Catharine Snider]
line1516171819
Dwelling number1099    
Family number1289    
NameSamuel LambCatherineMaryMatildaDennis Dougherty
Age36397135
Sexmf""m
Color     
Occupation     
Value of real estate owned     
Value of personal estate     
Place of birthPaIrelandPa"Ireland
Married within year     
Attended school within year  1  
Cannot read & write     
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.     

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 14th ward, microfilm series M593, film 1398, page 39 = 77 handwritten]
[I did not transcribe the other family at this residence, headed by John O'Neil]
line1718
Dwelling-house number494 
Family number585 
NameLamb Catharine- Mary
Age4817
SexFF
ColorWW
OccupationKeeping HouseSaleslady
Real estate value  
Personal estate value  
BirthplaceIrelandPennsylvania
Father foreign born11
Mother foreign born11
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 ...  

death notice

[death notice, Public Ledger 29 June 1864 page 2, Samuel Lamb]

LAMB--On the 18th inst., Corporal SAMUEL LAMB, of Co. F 91st Regiment P.V.V., while defending the colors [?] in front of Petersburg in the 40th [?] year of his age, son of Mary and the late John Lamb

[see poems in death notices]
Listen comrades closely listen
'Tis of my wife I wish to speak,
Tell oh tell her how I missed [?] her
When cold [?] death did o'er me creep
Tell her she must kiss [?] my [?] children
Like [rest of line is illegible]
Hold them as when last I held them,
Closely folded to thy breast.

He was one of the first who volunteered at [?] the [?] [illegible words] and participated in all the battles of McClellan, Burnside, and Hooker, without receiving a wound. He then reenlisted as a veteran volunteer and was in every action under Grant, from the Wilderness, to that in which he received his death wound. He was a loving husband, kind father and leaves a wife and two children to mourn his loss. Due notice will be given if his body is recovered.

widow's pension certificate file

[widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, Catharine Lamb widow of Samuel Lamb, certificate WC 80,908]
[abstracted 6 January 2012, from Fold3]
[26 March 1866]
Catharine Lamb, widow of Samuel Lamb, applied from Pennsylvania for a pension under the act of 14 July 1862
accepted, retroactive to 18 June 1864, certificate 80,908 (dated 15 August 1866), $8 per month
attorney: Geo W Ford, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
*
* applied for an increase because of two children: Mary (16 on 10 July 1869), and Matilda (16 on 25 May 1875)
increase was granted retroactive to 25 July 1866; certificate dated 23 July 1869
attorney: Jackson + Force, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
7 May 1873
a guardian applied for a pension (application 206,861) on 7 May 1873
Catharine's certificate file was incorporated into that file

[Philadelphia city directories]

[transcribed 6 January 2012, from Fold3]
[whether these are my Samuel is not clear]
[(1) however, the Catharine Lamb, widow of Samuel, living on Halleck Place in 1865-1868 (1865-1866 5 Halleck pl, 1866 Halleck pl, 1868 6 Halleck pl) is very probably the widow of my Samuel--note that she is not in the directory in 1869-1870, which is consistent with her having married (and then applied for a pension as the guardian of the Lamb children)]
[that strongly suggests that the Samuel Lamb, laborer, at 5 Halleck place in 1864 is my Samuel]
[(2) the William Lamb, japanner, present intermittently from 1850 through at least 1869, is presumably the William japenner in the 1850 census transcribed above; that may suggest that the Samuel bootfitter in 1853, the Samuel laborer in 1859, and the Samuel bootfitter in 1860 are the Samuel in that census]
[(3) the two Catharine's on Pearl street are clearly not my Catharine--see the 1862 directory]
[(4) the Samuel [C] Lamb at 536 N 13th, 1313 Green [et al.] is presumably the Samuel C Lamb (son of Lemuel Lamb) who died on 22 June 1872 (Philadelphia death certificates 1803-1915, 22 June 1872, Samuel C Lamb, available on FamilySearch [accessed 7 January 2012]); see also the 1860 census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 14, division 2, page 393 recto = 17 handwritten (Samuel C Lamb salesman 25 with Elizabeth C 23 and Anna 2)]
1850 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 230
[no Samuel Lamb]
[no Lambs]
Lamb Wm., carp., Parrish ab 11th
Lamb Wm., japanner, 3 Passmore's pl
[no other Lamb at 3 Passmore's pl]
1851 [Biddle's] Philadelphia directory, page 235
[no Lambs]
[no Samuel Lamb]
Lamb Wm., japanner, Mechanic bel Franklin
1852 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 247
[no Samuel Lamb]
Lamb Wm., japanner, 1 Passmore pl
[no Lambs]
[no other Lamb at 1 Passmore pl]
1853 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 228
Lamb Samuel, boot fitter, 2 Passmore ct
Lamb Wm. lab. Penna. av. n William
[no Wm Lamb japanner]
[no other Lamb's on Passmore ct]
1854 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 292
Lamb Samuel, gent. 545 Walnut
[no Wm Lamb]
[no Lambs]
[no Lamb on Passmore pl]
[no other Lamb at 545 Walnut]
1855 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 304
Lamb Samuel, gent. 545 Walnut [sic]
Lamb L., gent. 545 W Walnut [sic]
Lamb Wm., japanner, Wanten (N L)
[no Lambs]
1856 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 357
Lamb Saml., lab. 13 Maria [only Samuel, only Lamb at Maria]
[no Lambs]
Lamb Wm., japanner, Wanten (N L)
1857 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 373
Lamb Saml., lab. 4 Union al [only Samuel, only Lamb at Union al]
Lamb Wm., japanner, Winter (N L)
[no Lambs]
1858 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 376
Lamb Wm., japanner, Winter (N L)
[no Samuel, none at 536 N 13th but 'Lamb Jos., book agent, 441 N 13th', none at Union al]
[no Lambs]
1859 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 395
Lamb Samuel, lab. Winter
Lamb S. C., 106 S 13th [no other Lambs at 106 S 13th]
Lamb Wm., japanner, Winter (N L)
[no Lambs]
1860 Biddle's Philadelphia directory
Lamb Samuel bootfitter, Galloway
Lamb Samuel painter, 15 Amity [no other Lamb's at 15 Amity]
Lamb Samuel, 536 N 13th [no other Lamb's at 536 N 13th]
Lamb William japanner, Galloway
[no Lambs]
1861 Sherman's Philadelphia directory, page 547
Lamb Samuel C., 536 N 13th
1862 Biddle/McElroy's Philadelphia directory, page 372
Lamb Catharine, wid Edward, 1326 Pearl
Lamb Catharine E., wid James, 1534 Pearl
Lamb Samuel, gardener, r 1303 Charlotte
Lamb Wm., tanner, r 106 George
Lamb John, r 106 George
Lamb Wm., lab. Leiper n Sellars
[no Wm Lamb japanner; no Lamb on Galloway
1863 Biddle/McElroy's Philadelphia directory, page 429
Lamb Catharine, gentlewoman, 1326 Pearl
Lamb Catharine, gentlewoman, 1534 Pearl
LAMB SAMUEL C., coal dealer, S W Broad & Callowhill, h 1518 Vine
Lamb William, 25 Dunton
Lamb William, quarryman, Adams n Church, Fkd
Lamb William, weaver, Main, Mt Airy
1864 Biddle/McElroy's Philadelphia directory, page 413
Lamb Catharine, washing, 1326 Pearl
Lamb Samuel, laborer, 5 Halleck pl
Lamb Samuel C., gentleman, 536 N 13th
Lamb William H., moulder, 25 Dunton
[no Lambs]
1865 Sherman's Philadelphia directory, page 387
Lamb Catharine, boardinghouse, 1326 Pearl [no others on Pearl]
Lamb Catharine, grocery, 1534 Pearl [no others on Pearl]
Lamb Catharine, 5 Halleck pl [no others at Halleck pl]
Lamb Samuel C., gentleman, 536 N 13th [no others at 536 N 13th]
Lamb William, japanner, r 212 George
Lamb John, brickmaker, r 212 George
1866 McElroy's Philadelphia directory, page 409
Lamb Samuel C., gentleman, 1313 Green [no others at Green]
[no William japanner--Wm laborer at 145 Adam Fkd, and Wm A- paperhanger SW Fawn & Jefferson]
Lamb Catharine, boarding, 1326 Pearl [no others]
Lamb Catharine, grocery, 1534 Pearl
Lamb Catharine, 5 Halleck pl
[no Lambs]
1867 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 758
Lamb Catharine, wid Samuel, h Halleck pl
Lamb Samuel C., h 1313 Green
Lamb William, japanner, h Rickard's ct
Lamb William, quarryman, h 145 Adams, Fkd
Lamb William A., hanger, h 1210 Jefferson
Lamb William H., moulder, h 1231 Shackamaxon
Lamb William H., printer, h 1235 Ellsworth
Lamb William S., hatter, h 420 N 23d
1868 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 932
Lamb Catharine, wid Samuel, 6 Halleck pl
Lamb Catharine, boarding, h 1328 Pearl
Lamb Samuel, h 855 N 6th
Lamb Samuel C., h 1113 Spring Garden
Lamb William, japanner, r 210 George
Lamb William, laborer, h 629 Wall
Lamb William, quarryman, h 145 Adams, Fkd
Lamb William, weaver, h Gorgas n Gtn av, Gtn
Lamb William A., paperhanger, h 842 Geary
Lamb William H., moulder, h 1231 Shackamaxon
Lamb William H., printer, h 1235 Ellsworth
Lamb William S., hatter, h 420 N 23d
1869 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 870
Lamb Catharine, wid Edward, h 1328 Pearl
Lamb Catharine, wid James, grocer, 1534 Pearl
[no Catharine wid Samuel]
Lamb William, japanner, h r 214 George
Lamb William, laborer, h 145 Adams, Fkd
Lamb William, laborer, h 1521 Fitzwater
Lamb William, laborer, h 629 Wall
Lamb William A., paperhanger, h 842 Geary
1870 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 891
Lamb Catharine, wid Edward, h 1328 Pearl
Lamb Catharine E., varieties, 1534 Pearl
Lamb Samuel, machinist, h 1170 S 13th
Lamb William, laborer, h 1023 Carpenter
Lamb William, laborer, h 145 Adams, Fkd
Lamb William, moulder, h 1542 Salmon
Lamb William A., paperhanger, h 842 Geary
Lamb William H., drygoods, 615 Wharton
Lamb William W., drugs, 2300 Lombard

'A desperate assailant'

['A desperate assailant wounded with his own weapon', North American 3 May 1850, page 1]
[transcribed 6 January 2012, from GenealogyBank]
[whether this is my Samuel Lamb is very unclear]

CITY ITEMS

A DESPERATE ASSAILANT WOUNDED WITH HIS OWN WEAPON.--On Wednesday afternoon, an attack was made upon Samuel Lamb, by two or three fellows, in George street, near Third, and one of them, named Charles Hackman, was seriously wounded by the premature explosion of his pistol.

Lamb was passing to his home on the opposite side of the street, when Hackman took a pistol from his pocket, which from some cause not yet ascertained, went off, and the entire contents passed through the lower part of one of his hands, tearing away two or three fingers, and mutliating the finger in a horrible manner. It was reported yesterday that his physicians contemplated to amputate the entire hand. This affair is the result of a hostile feeling between the members of rival fire companies.

death notice, Catharine Lamb

[death notice, Public Ledger, 9 September 1872, page 2, Catharine Lamb]
[transcribed 7 January 2012, from GenealogyBank]

LAMB.--On the 8th inst., CATHARINE LAMB, wife of the late Samuel Lamb, in the 42d year of her age.

The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, on Tuesday morning, at 8 1/2 [?] o'clock, from her late residence, rear of No 136 [??] Charlotte, above Thompson street. High Mass at St. Michael's Church. To proceed to Cathedral Cemetery.

death certificate, Catharine Lamb

[Philadelphia death certificates 1803-1915, 7 September 1872, Catharine Lamb]
[transcribed from FamilySearch, 7 January 2012]

RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, Catharine Lamb
2. Color, White
3. Sex, Female
4. Age, 42 yrs
5. Married
6. Date of Death, Sept 7th /72
7. Cause of Death, Typhoid Fever
A. T. Shely [?] M.D.
Residence, 835 [?] N 5th St

UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, [blank]
9. Place of Birth, Ireland
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 17
12. Street and Number, Rear 1306 Charlotte
13. Date of Burial, September 10 1872
14. Place of Burial, Cathedral
Chas G Hooke [?] Undertaker.
Residence, No 711 [?] 3rd Sts

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