91st PA: William Letourneau

William Letourneau

Before the war

He was born on 18 August 1845, to Clement Le Tourneau and Catharine Gorman (33, 36 [Aug 1843]; 20 (18 in 1861), 21 (20 in 1863), 25 (27 in 1870), 26 (36 in 1880), 35 (7 in 1850). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (20, 21, 25, 26, 35, 36).

In 1850, he was living in ward 2, Spring Garden, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (35). He was living with his parents Clement and Catharine Letourneau, with Anna and Mary (presumably siblings), and with Jane and Jarred Wilson (35). He had attended school within the year (35).

When he enlisted, he was a turner (20, 21).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 2 inches tall, and had a light complexion, grey eyes, and light hair (20, 21).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 11 September 1861 (1, 20, 30, 31). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Captain Starr (20). He was a private, in company G (1, 39, 40).

On 19 March 1863, he returned to duty from Brigade headquarters (16).

He fought at the Battle of Gettysburg (28).

He was promoted on 26 December 1863 to corporal by special order 5 (1, 6, 19, 31).

He reenlisted as a veteran volunteer on 26 December 1863 (1, 21). He was enlisted for three years, at Bealton Virginia, by Lieutenant Swan (21).

On 1 March 1864, Colonel Gregory detached him to collect conscripts, at Philadelphia (4). On 27 April 1864, Sinex reported that he had been relieved from Camp Cadwalader, but had not yet reported to the regiment (5).

His name was found on Sergeant Benjamin S. Redheffer's body after his accidental death on 2 May 1864, along with the address "1509 Brown Street, Philadelphia" (3).

On 5 November 1864, he was promoted to sergeant effective 1 November 1864 by special order 104 (1, 10, 19, 20, 21, 31).

On 7 January 1865, he was promoted to first sergeant, effective 1 January (11, 19, 20, 21, 31).

On 29 January 1865, he went on a furlough, which ended on 13 February 1865 (17).

On 4 March 1865, Sellers asked that he be discharged to allow him to be mustered in as first lieutenant (8, 31 [discharged 16 Feb]). He was promoted to first lieutenant on 17 March 1865 (1, 2 [has 10 March], 18 [17 Mar 65], 29, 31 [17 Feb]).

He was a witness to the charge and specifications preferred against John Wright in March 1865 (9).

On 1 May 1865, he was assigned to command company A, and to give John Graham a receipt for all property (12).

On 15 May 1865, he certified that Joseph Andrews served in company A and was killed in action on 12 May 1864 (38).

On 1 June 1865, William Beaver was assigned to command company A, and ordered to receipt to Letourneau for all property (13).

He was acting adjutant for the regiment on 15 and 16 June 1865 (various orders, including 14).

On 24 June 1865, he went on a leave, which expired on 9 July 1865 (15, citing SO 139 HQ 5th Corps).

He mustered out on 10 July 1865 with his company (1, 2, 30, 31). He was the first lieutenant of company G (39, 40).

After the war

In 1865/66, he married Sophia H Ditzel (34, 36). In 1900, she had had six children, five of whom were alive (36).

In 1870, he was living in the 15th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (25). He was living with his wife Sophia and child Frank (25). He was a street car conductor, and owned $100 in personal property (25).

In 1880, he was living at 1302 [?] Cuthbert Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (26). He ewas living with his wife Sophia, and children Frank, William, John, Susannah, Joseph, and Harry (26). His occupation was "lager beer saloon" (26).

In 1890, he was living at 1950 North 4th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (22, 23). He was a brakeman (23). Frank Le[tourneau?] was also living there (23).

On 1 May 1895, he was elected to the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (27, 31, 32). He had insignia number 11,020 (31).

Probably in fall 1899, he was living at 1011 Cambria Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (37). He was a clerk (37). He was living with John H (a moulder) and Joseph E (an operator) (37).

In 1900, he was living at 1011 [?] Cambria Street, ward 37, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (36). He was living with his wife Sophia, and children William, John, and Joseph (36). He was a baggage maker, and had not been unemployed in the previous year (36).

On 19 August 1905, he applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (24, 30).

In 1906, his wife, Sophia Le Tourneau, died (33).

He again applied for a pension on 14 February 1907 (30).

He died in 1909 (30) or on 29 September 1908, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (33, 34). He was buried at Mount Vernon Cemetery (34).

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 'A soldier killed by the cars' [report of discovery of Redheffer's body]. Journal + Statesman 6 May 1864.

4 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 7 March 1864

5 letter, Sinex to Fowler, 27 April 1864

6 special order 5, HQ 91st PA, 26 December 1863
[Although the order is dated 26 Dec 63, it is between orders dated 16 Feb 64 and 22 Feb 64, and the order number fits in the 1864 sequence, but not in the 1863 sequence. It was therefore probably issued in February 1864.]

7 special order 13, HQ 91st PA, 1 March 1864

8 letter Sellers to Farnsworth, 4 March 1865

9 charge and specifications preferred against John Wright

10 special order 104, HQ 91st PA, 5 November 1864 (Wm Letourneau)

11 special order 3, HQ 91st PA, 7 January 1865

12 special order 26, HQ 91st PA, 1 May 1865

13 special order 32, HQ 91st PA, 1 June 1865

14 special order 36, HQ 91st PA, 16 June 1865 (Wm Letournea)

15 undated officers' furlough list, in regimental letter, order, guard, and furlough book (Wm Letourneau)

16 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 19 March 1863 (Pri Letourneau)

17 enlisted men's furloughs (Wm Letourneau, 1st sgt, B)

18 company G, list of commissioned officers (William Letourneau)

19 company G, list of non-commissioned officers (Wm Letourneau)

20 company G, descriptive roll, entry 46 (William Letourneau)

21 company G, second descriptive roll, entry [3] (William Letourneau)

22 1890 US census, veterans schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 370, page 1 (image 800 on Ancestry), line 3 (William Letourneau)

23 1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory (William Le [sic])

24 pension index, by name (William Letourneau)

25 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 15th ward, microfilm series M593, film 1399, page 556 = 28 handwritten (William Letourneau)

26 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 160, microfilm series T9, film 1171, page 68 A = 5 handwritten (Wm Letourneau)

27 "Original Companions of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States" (William Letourneau)

28 Pennsylvania Memorial, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (W Letournea)

29 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 18 March 1865 (1st sergt Letourneau)

30 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company G (William L LeTourneau)

31 Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Register of the Commandery of the State of Pennsylvania April 15, 1865--September 1, 1902. Philadelphia, 1902. (William LeTourneau)

32 Register of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Compiled from the Registers and Circulars of the Various Commanderies by J. Harris Aubin. Boston: Published under the Auspices of the Commandery of the State of Massachusetts, 1 January 1906. (William Le Tourneau)

33 Find a grave memorial 57792923 (accessed 8 September 2010) [identity probable given the dates and the spouse's name, and the fact that only one Wm Letourneau is listed in the 1900 city directory] (William Le Tourneau)

34 death notice, quoted in Find a grave memorial 57792923 (33); from Philadelphia Inquirer 1 October 1908 (William Le Tourneau)

35 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Spring Garden, ward 2, microfilm series M432, film 818, page 436 verso = 874 handwritten (William Letourneau)

36 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 37, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 958, microfilm series T623, film 1479, page 24 = 12 B handwritten (William Le Tourneau)

37 Philadelphia city directory, 1900, page 1328 (viewed on Footnote, 7 September 2010) (Wm Letourneau)

38 Case files of approved pension applications of widows and other dependents of Civil War veterans, NARA, RG 15, WC 52128, Elizabeth mother of Joseph Andrews (William Letourneau)

39 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (William Leteurneau)

40 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (William Letourneau)

Rootsweb WorldConnect
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1860 US census
Ancestry and LDS indices (accessed 7 September 2010)
1910 US census
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1920 US census
Ancestry and LDS indices (accessed 7 September 2010)
1930 US census
Footnote index (accessed 7 September 2010)

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William Letourneau 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 26 November 2014, from Fold3]


Leteurneau William
Co. G, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | 1 Lt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Letourneau William

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 26 November 2014]

Letourneau William
Co. G, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | 1 Lt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Spring Garden, ward 2, microfilm series M432, film 818, page 436 verso = 874 handwritten]
line10111213141516
Dwellings visited991      
Families visited1053      
NameClement LetourneauCatharine "William "Anna "Mary "Jane WilsonJarred "
Age29 [?]277412021
SexMFMFFFM
Color       
Occupation of males over 15 yearsTanner     Carver
Real estate owned       
BirthplacePennsylvania""""""
Married within year       
Attended school within year  1    
Over 20 & can't read/write       
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.       

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 15th ward, microfilm series M593, film 1399, page 556 = 28 handwritten]
line123
Dwelling-house number175  
Family number224  
NameLetourneau William- Sophia- Frank S
Age27263
SexMFM
ColorWWW
OccupationStreet Car ConductorKeeping House 
Real estate value   
Personal estate value100  
BirthplacePennaPennaPenna
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  
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 160, microfilm series T9, film 1171, page 68 A = 5 handwritten]
line3637383940414243
street nameCuthbert St
house number1302 [??]       
[only '13' is clear]
dwelling visit #40       
family visit #9       
nameLeTourneau Wm- Sophia H- Frank [illegible]- William- John H- Susanah- Joseph [?] G- Harry [?]
colorWWWWWWWW
sexMFMMMFMM
age36351398659/12
month born if born in year       Oct
relationshipHusbandWifeSonSonSonDaughterSonSon
single  111111
married11      
widowed/divorced        
married during year        
occupationLager Beer SaloonHouseKeeper      
months unemployed        
currently ill?        
blind        
deaf/dumb        
idiotic        
insane        
disabled        
school this year  1     
can't read        
can't write        
birthplacePhilad Pa"""""""
father's birthplacePhilad Pa"""""""
mother's birthplacePhila Pa"""""""

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 370, page 1 (image 800 on Ancestry), line 3]
[line] 3
[house] 20
[family] 23
[name] William Letourneau
[rank] Lieut US
[company] G
[unit] 91 Pa Vols
[enlistment date] 14 [perhaps 17?] Feb 1861
[discharge date] 11 Dec 1865
[length of service] 4 years, 0 months, 11 days
[post office address] 1950 N 4th St
[disability incurred] x
[remarks] x

1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory

[searched transcription on Ancestry, February 2005]
William Le [sic], brakeman, h 1950 N 4th
Frank Le [sic], hatter, h 1950 N 4th

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 37, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 958, microfilm series T623, film 1479, page 24 = 12 B handwritten]
line7677787980
streetCambria St
house number1011 [?]    
dwelling number250    
family number266    
nameLe Tourneau William- Sophia H- William Jr- John H- Joseph E S
relationshipHeadWifeSonSonSon
colorWWWWW
sexMFW [sic]W [sic]W [sic]
birth dateAug 1843Nov 1843July 1870June 1872June 1875
age5656292825
married?MMSSS
# years married3434   
mother of how many children? 6   
# of children living 5   
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigration year     
# years in USA     
naturalized citizen?     
occupationBaggage Maker MolderBlack SmithHatter
# months not employed0 000
# months in school     
can readyesyesyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyesyesyes
speaks Englishyesyesyesyesyes
owned/rentedR    
free or mortgaged     
farm/houseH    
# of farm schedule     

death notice

[quoted in Find a grave memorial 57792923 (33); from Philadelphia Inquirer 1 October 1908]
LE TOURNEAU - On September 29, 1908, WILLIAM, husband of the late Sophia H. Le Tourneau (nee Ditzel). Funeral services on Sunday at 1 P. M., at his late residence, 321 North 6th st. Remains may be viewed on Saturday, at 8 P. M. Interment at Mount Vernon Cemetery.

Philadelphia city directory

[1900, page 1328, from Footnote]
[I copied only the entries at 1011 Cambria; no other William Letourneau was listed]

" [sc. Letourneau] Jno H., moulder, h 1011 Cambria
" Jos E., operator, h 1011 Cambria
" Wm, clerk, h 1011 Cambria

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