91st PA: James Patterson Lewis

James Patterson Lewis

Before the war

He was born in 1842/43 (5 (18 in 1861), 7 (7 in 1850), 8 (17 in 1860), 10 (21 in 1864)). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (5, 7, 8). He was probably born to Samuel and Maria Lewis (7, 8, 10).

In 1850, he was living in ward 3, Spring Garden, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (7). He was living with Samuel and Maria Lewis (presumably his parents), and with Thomas, Sarah, Samuel, John, Elizabeth, Maria, and Martha (presumably his siblings) (7). He had attended school within the year (7).

In 1860, he was living in ward 12, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (8). He was living with Samuel Lewis (presumably his father), and with John and Martha (presumably his siblings) (8). He was a clerk (8).

When he enlisted, he was a blind maker (5).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 9 inches tall, and had a light complexion, grey eyes, and light hair (5).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 20 August 1861 (1, 5). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Captain Starr (5). He was a private in company A (1, 9).

He was wounded on 13 December 1862 at Fredericksburg, Virginia (1).

On Saturday 14 February 1863, he arrived in Philadelphia, on a train with other sick and wounded soldiers (6). They were to be sent to the government hospital near Nicetown (6).

On 2 April 1863, he was transferred to the Veterans' Reserve Corps (1 [unknown date], 4, 5 [unknown date]). The regiment may have officially dropped him on 10 June 1863 (3). He was a private, in company A (9).

After the war

On 31 December 1864, he (apparently) died, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, of phthisis pulmonalis (10, 11). He was a clerk (11). On 4 January 1865, he was buried, in Odd Fellows' Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (10, 11). He died at, or was buried from, 526 North 5th Street, ward 12, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (10, 11).

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) (James P Lewis)

2 Thomas Walter. 'Personal recollections and experiences of an obscure soldier.' Grand Army Scout and Soldiers' Mail volume 3 number 38 page 2.

3 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 10 June 1863 [very uncertain]

4 register of transfers, company A (James P Lewis)

5 company A descriptive roll, entry 38 (James P Lewis)

6 'Local affairs', Public Ledger 16 February 1863 page 1 (James P Lewis)

7 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Spring Garden, ward 3, precinct 2, microfilm series M432, film 818, page 24 = 47 handwritten (James Lewis)

8 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 12, division 1, microfilm series M653, film 1162, page 161 = 161 handwritten (James Lewis)

9 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (James P Lewis)

10 death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer, Tuesday 3 January 1865, page 5 (James Patterson Lewis)

11 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 31 December 1864 (James Lewis)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1890 US census, veterans schedules
Ancestry index
pension index, by name
Ancestry index (accessed April 2006)
Rootsweb WorldConnect
accessed 27 February 2011
Find a grave
accessed 26 November 2014 (searched for James Lewis died 1864 and for James Lewis buried in Odd Fellows)

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James Patterson Lewis 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]


Lewis James P
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also V.R.C

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

'Local affairs'

['Local affairs', Public Ledger 16 February 1863 page 1, James P Lewis]
LOCAL AFFAIRS.

Arrival of Sick and Wounded Soldiers.--A train of cars arrived from Baltimore on Saturday evening, bringing a large number of sick and wounded soldiers, to be sent to the Government hospital near Nicetown. The names of those belonging to Pennsylvania regiments are.--

...; James P. Lewis, A, 91st; ...

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Spring Garden, ward 3, precinct 2, microfilm series M432, film 818, page 24 = 47 handwritten]
line45678910111213
Dwellings visited312         
Families visited334         
NameSamuel LewisMaria DoThomas DoSarah DoSamuel DoJohn DoElizabeth DoMaria DoMartha DoJames
Age455020181614131197
SexMFMFMMFFFM
Color          
Occupation of males over 15 yearsVenetian Blind Maker Do Do     
Real estate owned          
BirthplaceNew JerseyPennsylvaniaNew JerseyDoDoDoPennsylvaniaDoDoDo
Married within year          
Attended school within year    111   
Over 20 & can't read/write          
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.          

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 12, division 1, microfilm series M653, film 1162, page 161 = 161 handwritten]
line33343536
Dwelling number912   
Family number1155   
NameSamuel LewisJohn J doMartha doJames do
Age55321917
SexMMFM
Color    
OccupationBlind Maker  Clerk
Value of real estate owned    
Value of personal estate1,800   
Place of birthN JerseydoPennado
Married within year    
Attended school within year    
Cannot read & write    
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.    

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 31 December 1864, James Lewis]
[transcribed from FamilySearch, 26 November 2014]
[uncertain identification--but the parents' names in the newspaper death notice match his apparent parents' names in the census records]


RETURN OF A DEATH,
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, James Lewis
2. Colour, White
3. Sex, Male
4. Age, 21 years
5. Single
6. Date of Death, Dec. 31st 1864
7. Cause of Death, Phthisis Pulmonalis
John L. Kite M.D.
Residence, 451 [??] North Fifth Street

UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE, IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, Clerk
9. Place of Birth, Phila
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 12th
12. Street and Number, 526 N. 5th
13. Date of Burial, Jan. 4th 1865
14. Place of Burial, O.F. Cem
H.S. Helverson UNDERTAKER.
Residence, No. 858 North 5th St.
Date of Certificate. Dec. 31st 1864.

death notice

[death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer, Tuesday 3 January 1865, page 5]
[transcribed 26 November 2014, from GenealogyBank]

LEWIS.-On the 31st of December, JAMES PATTERSON, son of Samuel and the late Maria Lewis, in the 21st year of his age.

The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, on Wednesday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, from No. 526 N. Fifth street.


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