91st PA: David Meals

David Meals

Before the war

He was born on 9 December 1819 (7 (1824), 8 (9 Dec 1819); 3 (44 in 1865), 10 (28 in 1850), 11 (38 in 1860), 12 (49 in 1870), 13 (58 in 1880)). He was born in Adams County, Pennsylvania (3, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13). He was born to Samuel Meals and Maria Baltzly (8).

On 8 May 1845, he married Elizabeth Bream (8). She had 3 children (14 [1 alive in 1900], 15 [2 alive in 1910]).

In 1850, he was living in Menallen Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania (10). He was living with his wife Elizabeth, children Susanna and Eliza, and with George Pensil (10). He was a farmer (10).

In 1860, he was living in Tyrone Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania (11). He was living with his wife Elizabeth and children Susannah and Eliza (11). He was a farmer (11).

When he enlisted, he was a farmer (3).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 8 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, hazel eyes, and dark hair (3).

During the war

He was drafted from Tyrone Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania (1, 3). He enlisted and was mustered into service on 28 February 1865 (1, 3, 4, 6). He was enlisted for one year, at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, by Captain Eyster (3). His service was credited to the Sixteenth Congressional District (3). He was a private in company G (1, 7, 16).

He received clothing worth $41.05 (3).

He was discharged by special order 194, War Department, on 29 April 1865 (1 [g.o.], 2 [s.o.194], 3 [so194], 4, 6). He was a private, in company G (16).

After the war

In 1870, he was living in Tyrone Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania (12). He was living with his wife Elizabeth, a servant, and another person (12). He was a farm laborer, and owned real estate worth $1,200, and personal property worth $500 (12).

In 1880, he was living in Tyrone Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania (13). He was living with his wife Elizabeth (13). He was a farmer (13).

On 22 January 1889, he applied unsuccessfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (5, 6).

In 1890, he was living in Tyrone, Adams County, Pennsylvania (post office: Heidlersburg) (4). He had a running sore in his hip (4).

He died on 3 October 1898, in Gardners, Adams County, Pennsylvania (7 [1898], 8). He was buried in Upper Bermudian Church Cemetery, Gardners, Adams County, Pennsylvania (7).

In 1900, his widow, Elizabeth Meals, was living in Huntington Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania (14). She was living with her daughter Eliza and Eliza's family (14).

In 1910, his widow, Elizabeth Meals, was living on State Road, in Huntington Township, Adams Couunty, Pennsylvania (15). She was living with her daughter Elizabeth and Elizabeth's family (15).

His widow Elizabeth died on 1 February 1915, in Gardners, Adams County, Pennsylvania (8, 9). She was buried in the Upper Bermudian Church Cemetery in Gardners, Adams County, Pennsylvania, was his wife (9). She was 87 years old (9).

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) (David Meals)

2 company G, register of men discharged, #49 (David Meals)

3 company G, second descriptive list, [#102] (David Meals)

4 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Tyrone, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 23, page 3 (David Meals)

5 pension index, by name (David Meals)

6 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company G (David Meals)

7 Find a grave memorial 16676564 (David Meals) [identification is confirmed by reference to his service)

8 'RW20100919', a gedcom, available on RootsWeb WorldConnect, contact Janet and Robert Wolfe, last updated 19 September 2010, accessed 20 September 2010 (David Meals) [identification is likely, given the dates and location]

9 Find a grave memorial 27499891 (Elizabeth Meals) [identification is based on the RW20100919 gedcom cited above]

10 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Menallen Township, microfilm series M432, film 743, page 57 = 113 handwritten (David Meals)

11 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Tyrone Township, microfilm series M653, film 1057, page 630 = 48 handwritten (David Meals)

12 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Tyrone Township, post office York Springs, microfilm series M593, film 1289, page 372 = 4 handwritten (David Meals)

13 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Tyrone Township, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 45, microfilm series T9, film 1085, page 70 = 45 C handwritten (David Meals)

14 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Huntington Township, supervisor's district 12, enumeration district 20, microfilm series T623, film 1354, page 243 = 8 B handwritten (Elizabeth Meals)

15 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Huntington Township, supervisor's district 15, enumeration district 18, microfilm series T624, film 1292, page 174 = 2 A handwritten (Elizabeth Meals)

16 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (David Meals)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1920 US census
HeritageQuest index (accessed 20 September 2010)
1930 US census
Footnote index (accessed 20 September 2010)

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Menallen Township, microfilm series M432, film 743, page 57 = 113 handwritten]
line1112131415
Dwellings visited746    
Families visited822    
NameDavid MealsElizabethSusanaElizaGeorge Pensil
Age28233210
SexMFFFM
Color     
Occupation of males over 15 yearsFarmer    
Real estate owned     
Birthplace" [sc. Pa]""""
Married within year     
Attended school within year    1
Over 20 & can't read/write     
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.     

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Tyrone Township, microfilm series M653, film 1057, page 630 = 48 handwritten]
line15161718
Dwelling number354   
Family number373   
NameDavid MealsElizabeth "Susannah "Eliza "
Age38321312
SexMFFF
Color    
OccupationFarmer   
Value of real estate owned    
Value of personal estate    
Place of birth" [sc. Pennsylvania (?)]"""
Married within year    
Attended school within year  11
Cannot read & write    
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.    

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Tyrone Township, post office York Springs, microfilm series M593, film 1289, page 372 = 4 handwritten]
line16171819
Dwelling-house number25   
Family number26   
NameMeals DavidElisabethMeals LeahYoke [??] William
Age4943357
SexMFFM
ColorWWWW
OccupationFarm LaborKeeping HouseDomestic ServantAt Home
Real estate value1200   
Personal estate value500   
BirthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
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  1 
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, Adams County, Tyrone Township, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 45, microfilm series T9, film 1085, page 70 = 45 C handwritten]
line2122
street name  
house number  
dwelling visit #67 
family visit #67 
nameMeals David- Elizabeth
colorWW
sexMF
age5852
month born if born in year  
relationship Wife
single  
married11
widowed/divorced  
married during year  
occupationFarmerKeeping House
months unemployed  
currently ill?  
blind  
deaf/dumb  
idiotic  
insane  
disabled  
school this year  
can't read  
can't write  
birthplacePennaPenna
father's birthplacePennaPenna
mother's birthplacePennaPenna

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Tyrone, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 23, page 3]
[line] 31
[house] 131
[family] 137
[name] Meals, David
[rank] Private
[company] G
[unit] 91 Penna Inf
[enlistment date] 28 Feb 1865
[discharge date] 10 July 1865
[length of service] x years, 4 months, 12 days
[post office address] Heidlersburg, Penna.
[disability incurred] Running Sore in Hip
[remarks] [blank]

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Huntington Township, supervisor's district 12, enumeration district 20, microfilm series T623, film 1354, page 243 = 8 B handwritten]
[identification is confirmed by her daughter; she is also the only plausible Elizabeth Meals I have found]
line7172737475
street     
house number     
dwelling number169    
family number173    
nameShultz, J. H.-, Eliza E.-, John R.Meals ElizabethYoke, Marie [?] S
relationshipHeadWifeSonMotherG [?] Niece
colorWWWWW
sexMFMFF
birth dateSept 1847Apr 1849May 1889Feb 1827May 1889
age5251117311
married?MMSWdS
# years married3232   
mother of how many children? 7 3 
# of children living 5 1 
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigration year     
# years in USA     
naturalized citizen?     
occupationFarmer At School At School
# months not employed0    
# months in school  5 1/2 6
can readyesyesyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyesno [?]yes
speaks Englishyesyesyesyesyes
owned/rentedO    
free or mortgagedM    
farm/houseF    
# of farm schedule94    

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Huntington Township, supervisor's district 15, enumeration district 18, microfilm series T624, film 1292, page 174 = 2 A handwritten]
line21222324
streetState Road
house nr    
dwelling nr[31 (?)]   
family nr[31 (?)]   
nameShultz John H- Elizabeth E- John LMeals Elizabeth
relationshipHeadWifeSonMother in law
sexMFMF
colorWWWW
age63602083
marital statusM1M1SWd
#years present marriage4040  
mother of # children 7 3
mother of # living children 4 2
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigrated    
naturalized/alien    
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglishEnglishEnglish
occupationFarmerNoneLaborerNone
nature of industry etc.General Farm Saw Mill 
employer etc.OA W 
out of work 15 Apr 1910?  No 
# weeks out of work 1909  0 
can readyesyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyesyes
school since 1 Sep 09  no 
owned/rentedO   
owned free or mortagagedM   
farm/houseF   
nr on farm schedule27   
civil war vet    
blind    
deaf & dumb    

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 17 January 2015, from Fold3]


Meals David
Co. G, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

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