91st PA: Lewis Taws Matlack

Lewis Taws Matlack

picture of Lewis Matlack
Thanks to Joe Fulginiti for this image

Before the war

He was born on 4 November 1842, to Mason Matlack and Matilda Damond (11, 18; 6 (22 in 1861), 9 (28 in 1870), 10 (38 in 1880), 11 (57 in 1900), 18 (66 yrs 5 mos. 18 dys at death). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (9, 10, 11, 18). He was probably born to Mason Matlack and Matilda [unknown family name] (20).

In 1850 he was living in ward 1, Kensington, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (20). He was living with his (presumed) parents Mason and Matilda Matlack (20). He had attended school within the year (20).

In 1860, he was living in the 20th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (21). He was a conductor, living in a hotel (21).

In 1860/61, he married Clementine [unknown family name] (11). They apparently had five children, including (9, 10, 11 (5 children 4 alive in 1900), 12 (5 children 5 alive in 1910)):

When he enlisted, he was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (6).

During the war

He also served as sergeant in company H of the 18th Pennsylvania Infantry (8, 19, 23). He was mustered in on 24 April 1861 (23). He was discharged on 7 August 1861 (23).

He was enlisted on 24 September 1861 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1, 5, 6, 7). He was mustered into service as first lieutenant of company K on 25 November 1861, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (4, 5, 6, 23 [25 Sep], 26).

On 29 June 1862, he, along with the other commissioned officers in the regiment (except Colonel Gregory), signed a statement denying accusations that they were on the verge of open mutiny, that the regiment had been reduced to 400 men, and that Colonel Gregory was too lenient to Confederates and too harsh to men in the regiment (15).

He resigned on 19 January 1863 (1, 3, 4 [discharged on surgeon's certificate, 6 [discharged on surgeon's certificate], 7 [17 Jan], 23 [17 Jan]). He was first lieutenant of company K (26).

After the war

On 22 November 1863, his daughter, Laura C Matlack, died of convulsions (22). She was eighteen days old (22). She died at, or was buried from, 2018 Marshall Street, 20th ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (22). She was buried at Monument Cemetery (22).

In 1870, he was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (9). He was living with his wife Clementine, his sons Louis and Elwood, and three other people (9). He was a clerk in a factory, and owned $300 in personal property (9).

In 1880, he was living at 1518 Swain [?], Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (10). He was living with his wife Clementine, his children Lewis, Elwood, Clemmie, and Eviline, and a boarder (10). He was a spring manufacturer (10).

He attended the 1884 meeting of the 91st's Survivor's Association (2).

In 1890, he was living at 736 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (7).

On 5 February 1890, he was elected to the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (14, 23, 24). He had insignia number 7648 (23).

In 1900, he was living at 736 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (11). He was living with his wife Clementine, his daughter Clemmie and her family, and two servants (11). He was a spring manufacturer (11).

On 10 June 1907, he applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (8, 19).

He died at 736 North 20th Street (his residence), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at 3.10 AM on 22 April 1909, of pneumonia (duration 9 days), with chronic interstitial nephritis with cardiac degeneration contributing (18, 19, 25, 26). He was married (18). He was a merchant (18). He was buried at Mt Peace Cemetery, on 26 April 1909 (18, 25).

On 14 May 1909, his widow, Clementine T Matlack, applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (8, 19).

In 1910, his widow, Clementine Matlack, was living at 736 20th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (12). She was living with her daughter Clemmie and Clemmie's family, a boarder, and a servant (12). She was living on her own income (12).

In 1920, his widow, Clementine Matlack, was living at 736 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (13). She was living with her daughter Clemmie and Clemmie's husband, and two servants (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) (Lewis T Matlack)

2 'The Ninety-First'. Grand Army Scout and Soldiers' Mail, 20 December 1884, page 6 column 2. (LT Matlack)

3 Official army register (Lewis T Matlack)

4 regimental descriptive book

5 company K, list of commissioned officers (Lewis T Matlack)

6 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 11 April 2005 (Lewis T Matlack; rolls also have 'Matlock')

7 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 24th division 15th ward, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 282, page 2 (image 1587 of 2610 on Ancestry) (Lewis T Matlack)

8 pension index, by name (Lewis T Matlack)

9 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, microfilm series M593, film 1406, page 406 = 131 handwritten (Louis Matlack)

10 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 253, microfilm series T9, film 1174, page 71 A = 9 handwritten (Lewis T Matlack)

11 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 278, microfilm series T623, film 1458, page 179 A = 7 handwritten (Lewis T Matlack)

12 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 15th ward, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 231, microfilm series T624, film 1391, page 127 A = 5 handwritten (Clementine Matlack)

13 1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 15th ward, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 307, microfilm series T625, film 1621, page 247 B = 7 handwritten (Clementine Matlack)

14 "Original Companions of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States" (Lewis T Matlack)

15 'Ninety-first Pennsylvania Regiment'. Philadelphia Inquirer, 11 July 1862, page 2 (Lewis T Matlack)

16 'Camp Chase', Philadelphia Inquirer 30 November 1861 (JT Matlack)

17 'Departure of Col. Gregory's regiment', Philadelphia Inquirer 22 January 1862 page 2 (JT Matlack)

18 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 22 April 1909, #10182 (Lewis Tass [?] Matlack)

19 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company K (Lewis T Matlack)

20 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Kensington, ward 1, microfilm series M432, film 806, page 31 = 61 handwritten (Lewis Matlack)

21 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 20 microfilm series M653, film 1171, page 397 = 399 handwritten (Lewis Matlock)

22 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 22 November 1863, Laura C Matlack (Lewis T Matlack)

23 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. (Lewis Taws Matlack)

24 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. (Lewis T Matlack)

25 Find a grave, memorial 44663809 (accessed 27 September 2010) (Lewis T Matlack) [identity is confirmed by the date of death and cemetery]

26 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Lewis T Matlack)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1930 US census
Ancestry index (accessed May 2007)
RootsWeb WorldConnect
accessed 27 September 2010

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Kensington, ward 1, microfilm series M432, film 806, page 31 = 61 handwritten]
line33343536373839404142
Dwellings visited421         
Families visited526         
NameMason MatlackMatilda doDavid doAnetta doHenry doLewis doSamuel doMary doCatharine Bowen S [?]Edward O Prieri [?]
Age56431713107613250
SexMFMFMMMFFM
Color          
Occupation of males over 15 yearsHouse Carpenter Bleaching      Laborer
Real estate owned          
Birthplacedo. [sc. Penna]dododododododoN.J.Ireland
Married within year          
Attended school within year   1111   
Over 20 & can't read/write          
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.          

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 20 microfilm series M653, film 1171, page 397 = 399 handwritten]
[I have not transcribed the many other residents in this household, which is headed by William Field, Hotel Keeper; note that seven of them are conductors]
[While his age suggests that this is not my Lewis Matlack, I have not found anyone else who could be my Lewis, or anyone else who this Lewis could be; further, my Lewis reported his age at enlistment as 22. I therefore suspect this is my Lewis]
line34
Dwelling number[2939]
Family number[2799]
NameLewis Matlock
Age22
SexM
Color 
Occupation" [sc. Conductor]
Value of real estate owned 
Value of personal estate 
Place of birth" [sc. Penna]
Married within year 
Attended school within year 
Cannot read & write 
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc. 

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, microfilm series M593, film 1406, page 406 = 131 handwritten]
line1234567
Dwelling-house number917      
Family number978      
NameMatlack Louis- Clementine- Louis- EllwoodMurray MasonDobbins Martha- William
Age282563252710/12
SexMFMMMFM
ColorWWWWWWW
OccupationClerk in FactoryKeeps House  [illegible] Thread MakerDomestic Servant 
Real estate value       
Personal estate value300      
BirthplacePenna" "" "" "" "" "" "
Father foreign born       
Mother foreign born       
Birth month if born within year      Aug
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   1  
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 253, microfilm series T9, film 1174, page 71 A = 9 handwritten]
line36373839404142
street nameSwain [?]
house number1518      
dwelling visit #73      
family visit #73      
nameMatlack Lewis T- Clementine- Lewis H- Elwood C- Clemmie- EvilineGeissine Kate
colorWWWWWWW
sexMFMMMFF
age383415128635
month born if born in year       
relationship WifeSonSonSonDaughterBoarder
single  11111
married11     
widowed/divorced       
married during year       
occupationSpring ManufactKeeping HousePattern MakerAt SchoolAt SchoolAt SchoolShoe mfg
months unemployed       
currently ill?       
blind       
deaf/dumb       
idiotic       
insane       
disabled       
school this year   111 
can't read       
can't write       
birthplacedo [sc. Penna]dodododododo
father's birthplaceN JerseyPennadododododo
mother's birthplacedo [sc. Penna]dodododododo

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 24th division 15th ward, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 282, page 2 (image 1587 of 2610 on Ancestry)]
[line] 24
[house] 128
[family] 145
[name] Lewis T. Matlack
[rank] 1st Lieut.
[company] K
[unit] 91 Pa inf
[enlistment date] 24 Sept 1861 [written over a crossed-out '17 Apr']
[discharge date] 17 Jan 1863
[length of service] 1 year, 9 months, 0 days
[post office address] 736 N 20th St
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 278, microfilm series T623, film 1458, page 179 A = 7 handwritten]
line1234567
street20th St
house number736      
dwelling number103      
family number114      
nameMatlack Lewis T- ClementineLindauer John W- Clemmie- Lewis M[illegible] Reno [?]Pawny Mary
relationshipHeadWifeSon in LawDaughtergrandsonServantServant
colorWWWWWBB
sexMFMFMFF
birth dateNov 1842Jan 1845Dec 1870Nov 1871Nov 1895Sept 1873June 1881
age5755292842819
married?MMMMSSS
# years married393977   
mother of how many children? 5 2   
# of children living 4 1   
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaMarylandNorth Carolina
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaMarylandNorth Carolina
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaMarylandNorth Carolina
immigration year       
# years in USA       
naturalized citizen?       
occupationSpring Mfg Clerk  ServantServant
# months not employed0 0  00
# months in school    0  
can readYesYesYesYes YesYes
can writeYesYesYesYes YesYes
speaks EnglishYesYesYesYes YesYes
owned/rentedO      
free or mortgagedF      
farm/houseH      
# of farm schedule       

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 15th ward, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 231, microfilm series T624, film 1391, page 127 A = 5 handwritten]
line123456
street20th St
house nr736     
dwelling nr19     
family nr22     
nameMatlack ClementineLindauer Clemmie- John- Lewis MCunningham JaneHoffman Jennie
relationshipHeadDaughterSon in lawGrandsonBoarderServant
sexFFMMFF
colorWWWWWW
ageUn3841141720
marital statusWdM1M1SSS
#years present marriage 1818   
mother of # children52    
mother of # living children41    
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaGer - German
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaGer - German
immigrated      
naturalized/alien      
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglishEnglishEnglishEnglishEnglish
occupationOwn IncomeNonePurchasing AgtNoneNoneServant
nature of industry etc.  Locomotive W  Priv family
employer etc.  W  W
out of work 15 Apr 1910?  No  No
# weeks out of work 1909  0  0
can readYesYesYesYesYesYes
can writeYesYesYesYesYesYes
school since 1 Sep 09   YesYes 
owned/rentedO     
owned free or mortagagedF     
farm/houseH     
nr on farm schedule      
civil war vet      
blind      
deaf & dumb      

1920 census

[1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 15th ward, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 307, microfilm series T625, film 1621, page 247 B = 7 handwritten]
line8081828384
streetN 20th St
house number736    
dwelling visit number54    
family visit number68    
nameLindauer John- ClemmieMatlack ClementineHamilton ElizabethHendrickson Rosy
relationshipHeadWifeMother In LawServantServant
own/rentO    
free/mortgaged (if owned)F    
sexMFFFF
raceWWWWB [?]
age at last birthday504873 [?]5260
marital statusMMWdSWd
year of immigration   Un 
naturalized/alien   Un 
year of naturalization     
attended school since Sept 1919     
can readYesYesYesYesNo
can writeYesYesYesYesNo
birth placePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaIrelandOhio
native language   English 
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaIrelandU.S.
father's native language   English 
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaIrelandU.S.
mother's native language   English 
can speak EnglishYesYesYesYesYes
occupationSalesmanNoneNoneMaidServant
industry, businessSteel [?] Co  PrivatePrivate House
employment status[illegible]  WW
number of farm schedule     

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 3 January 2015, from Fold3]


Matlack, Lewis T.
Co. K, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
1 Lieut | 1 Lieut
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 22 April 1909, #10182, Lewis Tass [?] Matlack]
[source: www.familysearch.org (viewed November 2008)]

RECORD OF A DEATH IN PHILADELPHIA.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
Full Name of Deceased, Lewis Tass Matlack
Sex, Male
Color, White
Married
Date of Birth, 1842 Nov 4
Date of Death, 1909 April 22
Age, Years 66 Months 5 Days 18

I HEREBY CERTIFY, That I attended deceased from April 13, 1909 to April 22, 1909, that I last saw him alive on April 22, 1909 and that death occurred, on the date stated above at 3.10 A.M. The CAUSE OF DEATH was as follows;

Chief, Pneumonia DURATION. 0 Mos. 9 Days
Contributing, Chronic Interstitial Nephritis with cardiac degeneration DURATION [illegible] Mos.
Signed, D Lafayette Snyder M.D.
Residence, 1635 Grand Ave
UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE.
Occupation, Merchant
Place of Birth, Philada
Birthplace of Father, Philada
Birthplace of Mother, Philada
Name of Father, Mason Matlack
Maiden Name of Mother, Matilda Damond
Last Place of Residence (This need only be given when it is other than the place of death) -
Place of Death, Street and No. 736 N. 20 Street
Ward, wherein death occurred, 15th
Buried from, Street and No. 736 N. 20th St
Date of Burial, Monday April 26 - 1909
Place of Burial, Mt. Peace Cemetery
Chas Wagner Undertaker
Residence, 1530 Fairmount ave.

death certificate for Laura Matlack

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 22 November 1863, Laura C Matlack]
[source: FamilySearch (viewed January 2009)

RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA,
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE
1. Name of Deceased, Laura C. Matlack
2. Colour, White
3. Sex, [blank]
4. Age, Eighteen days
5. Married or Single, [blank]
6. Date of Death, Novm 22
7. Cause of Death, Convulsions
W. C. Hamilton M.D.
Residence, 2055 Germtn Ave

UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, -
9. Place of Birth, Philada
10. When a Minor, Name of Father, Lewis T [?] Matlack
Name of Mother, Clementina " [sc. Matlack]
11. Ward, 20
12. Street and Number, 2018 Marshall St
13. Date of Burial, Novm 23
14. Place of Burial Monument Cemetery
Wm [?] P R. Schuyler UNDERTAKER
Residence, Germantown Ave ab 5th

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