He was born in September 1837 (11; 2 (27 in 1864), 8 [43 in 1880], 9 [58 in ?1895], 10 [59 in ?1896], 11 [62 in 1900], 12 [72 in 1910]). He was born in Vienna, New York (2, 8, 9, 10, 11 [England], 12 [England]).
According to one census, he immigrated in 1863, and was naturalized by 1900 (11). According to another, he immigrated in 1848 (12).
When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 11 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, blue eyes, and dark hair (2).
He enlisted and was mustered into service on 20 February 1864 (1, 2, 3). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Lieutenant Hildeburn (2, 3). He was a private in company C (1, 14, 15).
The regiment reported him enlisted on 19 March 1864 (4).
He was missing in action (2).
On 14 August 1864, he returned to the regiment from hospital (5).
On 13 September 1875, he applied successfully for a pension (7, 13).
In 1880, he was living in Westfield Village, Fayette County, Iowa (8). He was living with his daughter Martha (8) He was a stone mason (8).
In 1885, he was living in Palo, Iowa (6).
In 1886/1887, he married Marissa [unknown family name] (12). This was his third marriage, and her second (12). In 1910, she had had 15 children, 6 of whom were alive (12).
On 29 July 1895, he was admitted to the National Soldiers Home (9). He was admitted from Iowa (9). He had a gunshot wound of the hip (9). He was receiving a pension of $10 per month (9).
He was discharged from the Northwest Branch of the National Soldiers Home on 31 January 1896 (9).
On 26 August 1896, he was admitted to the Wisconsin Soldiers' Home (10). He was admitted from Milwaukee (10). He was married (10). He had heart disease (10). He was receiving a pension of $10 per month (10). He was a carpenter (10).
In 1900, he was living in Lapeer City, Lapeer County, Michigan (11). He was living with his wife Margaret (11). He was a blacksmith (11).
On 18 May 1907, he again applied for a pension (13).
In 1910, he was living in the Wisconsin Veterans' Home, in Farmington Township, Waupaca County, Wisconsin (12). He was living with his third wife, Marissa (12).
On 18 October 1916, he died (13).
On 25 October 1916, his widow, Marissa Lofft, applied successfully from Wisconsin for a pension (7, 13).
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) (William H Lofft)
2 company C, descriptive book, entry 121 (William H Lofft)
3 company C, untitled list, probably of status at muster out, entry 43 (William H Lofft)
4 consolidated morning report, 19 March 1864 (Priv Loft)
5 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 14 August 1864 (Private Lofft)
6 William Alexander. List of ex-soldiers, sailors, and marines living in Iowa, page 640. Des Moines: state printer, 1886. (Wm H Lofft)
7 pension index, by name (William H Lofft)
8 1880 US census, Iowa, Fayette County, Westfield Village, supervisor's district 2, enumeration district 209, microfilm series T9, film 340, page 203 D = 4 handwritten (Wm H Lofft)
9 Report of the Board of Managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1896. Serial Set volume 3516, session volume 40, 54th Congress, 2nd Session, House Document 46. Page 840. (Wm H Lofft)
10 Report of the Board of Managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1897. Serial Set volume 3664, session volume 36, 55th Congress, 2nd Session, House Document 27. Page 588. (William H Lofft)
11 1900 US census, Michigan, Lapeer [?] County, Lapeer [?] City, ward 2, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 41, microfilm series T623, film 724, page 179 = sheet 3 B handwritten (William H Lofft)
12 1910 US census, Wisconsin, Waupaca County, Farmington Township, Wisconsin's Veterans' Home, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 73, microfilm series T624, film 1743, page 93 = sheet 5 A handwritten (William H Lofft)
13 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company C (William H Lofft)
14 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (William H Loft)
15 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (William H Lofft)
|dwelling visit #||28|
|family visit #||28|
|name||Lofft Wm H||- Martha E|
|month born if born in year|
|married during year|
|occupation||Stone Mason||At Home|
|school this year||1|
|father's birthplace||England||New York|
|mother's birthplace||England||New York|
|name||Lofft, William W||- Margaret J|
|birth date||Sept 1837||Sept 1841|
|# years married||37||37|
|mother of how many children?||2|
|# of children living||2|
|# years in USA||37||37|
|# months not employed||0|
|# months in school|
|free or mortgaged||F|
|# of farm schedule|
|name||Lofft, William H||- Marissa [?]|
|#years present marriage||23||23|
|mother of # children||15|
|mother of # living children||6|
|father's birthplace||England English||Germany German|
|mother's birthplace||England English||Germany German|
|nature of industry etc.|
|out of work 15 Apr 1910?|
|# weeks out of work 1909|
|school since 1 Sep 09|
|owned free or mortagaged|
|nr on farm schedule|
|civil war vet||UA|
|deaf & dumb|