91st PA: William H Lofft

William H Lofft

Before the war

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).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 11 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, blue eyes, and dark hair (2).

During the war

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).

He was discharged by general order on 20 May 1865 (1). He had served for fifteen months (9, 10). He was a private, in company C (14, 15).

After the war

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).

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) (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)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1890 US census, veterans schedules
Ancestry index (accessed May 2007)

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 4 December 2014, from Fold3]


Loft William H
Co. C, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 4 Dec 14]

Lofft William H
Co. C, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Loft William H

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

1880 census

[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]
line4142
street name  
house number  
dwelling visit #28 
family visit #28 
nameLofft Wm H- Martha E
colorWW
sexMF
age438
month born if born in year  
relationship Daughter
single [blank (sic)]
married1 [sic] 
widowed/divorced  
married during year  
occupationStone MasonAt Home
months unemployed  
currently ill?  
blind  
deaf/dumb  
idiotic  
insane  
disabled  
school this year 1
can't read  
can't write  
birthplaceNew YorkIowa
father's birthplaceEnglandNew York
mother's birthplaceEnglandNew York

1900 census

[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]
line7980
streetMadison Street
house number  
dwelling number69 
family number74 
nameLofft, William W- Margaret J
relationshipHeadWife
colorWW
sexMF
birth dateSept 1837Sept 1841
age6258
married?MM
# years married3737
mother of how many children? 2
# of children living 2
birthplaceEnglandCanada Eng
father's birthplaceEnglandIreland
mother's birthplaceEnglandIreland
immigration year18631863
# years in USA3737
naturalized citizen?Na 
occupationBlacksmith 
# months not employed0 
# months in school  
can readYesYes
can writeYesYes
speaks EnglishYesYes
owned/rentedO 
free or mortgagedF 
farm/houseH 
# of farm schedule  

1910 census

[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]
line1415
street  
house nr  
dwelling nr  
family nr32 
nameLofft, William H- Marissa [?]
relationshipHeadWife
sexMF
colorWW
age7267
marital statusM3M2
#years present marriage2323
mother of # children 15
mother of # living children 6
birthplaceEngland EnglishIndiana
father's birthplaceEngland EnglishGermany German
mother's birthplaceEngland EnglishGermany German
immigrated1848 
naturalized/alien  
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglish
occupationNoneNone
nature of industry etc.  
employer etc.  
out of work 15 Apr 1910?  
# weeks out of work 1909  
can readyesyes
can writeyesyes
school since 1 Sep 09  
owned/rented  
owned free or mortagaged  
farm/house  
nr on farm schedule  
civil war vetUA 
blind  
deaf & dumb  

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