91st PA: George David Ott

George David Ott

Before the war

He was born in 1817/18 (7 (43 in 1861), 9 [64 in 1877?], 10 [59 in ?1877], 11 [83 in 1900], 13 [62 in 1880], 17 [83 at death in 1900]). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (7, 9, 10, 13, 17).

When he enlisted, he was a tailo[r] (7).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 8-3/4 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, black eyes, and black hair (7). He had a broken nose, and three pock marks on his legs (7).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 25 September 1861 (1, 7, 8, 15). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Captain Keyser (7, 8). He was a private in company C (1, 21).

On 7 May 1863, he was reported missing in action (3, 18, 19 [missing]). On 17 May 1863, he was reported to be in the Corps Hospital as a paroled prisoner (4). He later claimed that he "was on active duty every day until my terrible experience at the battle of Chancellorsville" (15).

He was transferred on 30 October 1863 to the Veterans' Reserve Corps (1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 [50 months service], 10 [36 months service], 12). When he was transferred, he was a private, in company C (21). He served in 95 Co 2 Battln VRC and F 21 VRC (16).

After the war

On 6 April 1866, he applied successfully for a pension (12, 16).

On 24 December 1877, he was admitted to the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (9, 10). He suffered from wounds in his left thigh (9, 10 [left leg]). He received a pension of $4 per month (9, 10).

In 1880, he was living in the National Military Home, in Montgomery County, Ohio (13). He was a tailor, but had been unemployed for 12 months (13). His wife was living at 403 Maria Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (14). She was living with her son George and daughter Martha (14).

He was "assaulted by a ruffian" in 1881, and was apparently seriously injured (15).

In 1882, he was present at the Central Branch of the National Soldiers Home (10).

He was discharged from the Central Branch on 31 March 1882 (9).

He died of nephritis, on 13 December 1900, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2, 11, 17). He was a tailor (17). He was married (17). The funeral was held on Tuesday, at Wheat Sheaf Lane and Sepviva Streets (his residence) (11, 17). He was buried in the Philadelphia National Cemetery (2) or Fernwood Cemetery (11, 17).

On 27 December 1920, his widow, Eliza Ott, applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (12, 16).

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)

2 Philadelphia National Cemetery, interment index (searched 8 November 2000)

3 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 7 May 1863 (Private Ott)

4 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 17 May 1863 (Private Ott)

5 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 28 Dec 1863 (Priv Ott)

6 company C, register of men transferred (George D Ott)

7 company C, descriptive roll, entry 81 (George David Ott)

8 company C, untitled list, probably of status at muster out, entry 73 (George D Ott)

9 National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. Report of Managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, transmitting the report of the said board for the year ending June 30, 1884. January 5, 1885. Serial Set volume 2310, session volume 1, 48th Congress, 2nd Session, House Miscellaneous Document 11, page 216 (George Ott)

10 Annual report of the Board of Managers of the National Soldiers Home, 30 December 1882 [for the fiscal year ending 30 June 1882]. Serial Set volume 2115, session volume 1, 47th Congress, 2nd Session, House Miscellaneous Document 13, page 378 (George Ott)

11 [death notice]. Philadelphia Inquirer, 16 December page 8; also published on 15 December 1900 page 14; and Philadelphia Inquirer, 18 December 1900, page 14; also published on 17 December 1900 page 13 (George D Ott)

12 pension index, by name (George D Ott)

13 1880 US census, Ohio, Montgomery County, National Military Home, supervisor's district 2, enumeration district 169, microfilm series T9, film 1052, page 588 D = 8 handwritten (George D Ott)

14 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 12, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 206, microfilm series T9, film 1173, page 117 B = 18 handwritten (Eliza Ott)

15 [untitled article]. The News and Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina), 23 December 1881 (issue 238), column B (Ott)

16 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company C (George D Ott)

17 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 13 December 1900 (George D Ott)

18 'The ninety-first Pennsylvania volunteers', Philadelphia Press, Wednesday 13 May 1863, page 2 (George D Ott)

19 'The Ninety-first Pennsylvania at Chancellorville', Philadelphia Inquirer 13 May 1863, page 8 (George D Ott)

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

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1890 US census, veterans schedules
Ancestry index (accessed March 2007)
RootsWeb WorldConnect
accessed July 2007

1880 census

[1880 US census, Ohio, Montgomery County, National Military Home, supervisor's district 2, enumeration district 169, microfilm series T9, film 1052, page 588 D = 8 handwritten]
line22
street nameNew York Avenue
house number 
dwelling visit # 
family visit # 
nameOtt George D
colorW
sexM
age62
month born if born in year 
relationshipDisabled Volunteer Soldiers Beneficiaries both Homes [?] for D.V.S.
single 
married1
widowed/divorced 
married during year 
occupationTailor
months unemployed12
currently ill? 
blind 
deaf/dumb 
idiotic 
insane 
disabled1
school this year 
can't read 
can't write 
birthplacePenna
father's birthplaceHessian [?]
mother's birthplaceHamburg

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 12, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 206, microfilm series T9, film 1173, page 117 B = 18 handwritten]
line111213
street nameMaria Street
house number403  
dwelling visit #158  
family visit #191  
nameOtt Geo D- Eliza- Martha
colorWWW
sexMFF
age235334
month born if born in year   
relationship MotherSister
single1 1
married 1 
widowed/divorced   
married during year   
occupationHucksterAt HomeAt Home
months unemployed6  
currently ill?ConsumptionConsumptionNeuralgia
blind   
deaf/dumb   
idiotic   
insane   
disabled   
school this year   
can't read1 1
can't write111
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennaU.S.Penna
mother's birthplacePennaU.S.Penna

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 5 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Ault, George David
Co. -, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | -
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 15 February 2015]

Ott George David
     or George D
Co. C, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also V.R.C.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death notice

[Philadelphia Inquirer, 16 December page 8; also published on 15 December 1900 page 14]

OTT.--On December 13, 1900, George D. Ott, in the 83d year of his age. Funeral services at his late residence, Wheat Sheaf lane and Sepviva street, on Monday [sic] afternoon, at 1 o'clock. Interment at Fernwood Cemetery.


[Philadelphia Inquirer, 18 December 1900, page 14; also published on 17 December 1900 page 13]

OTT.--On December 13, 1900, George D. Ott, in the 83d year of his age. Funeral services at his late residence, Wheat Sheaf lane and Sepviva street, on Tuesday afternoon, at 1 o'clock. Veteran Reserve Corps of Company C, Ninety-first Regiment, Pa. Volunteers, are invited. Interment at Fernwood Cemetery.

[untitled story]

[source: [untitled article]. The News and Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina), 23 December 1881 (issue 238), column B

EVERY now and then strong testimony comes out concerning the splendid fighting our North Carolina boys did during the late unpleasantness. Nobody disputes it, but then we like to print the evidence, especially when it comes from an old soldier on the other side. An old Pennsylvania volunteer, named Ott, who is an inmate of the Soldiers' Home at Dayton, Ohio, having been lately assaulted by a ruffian, receiving what is feared to be a mortal injury, bemoans his fate in the following words: "It seems pretty hard that after all I went through in the war I should come to an end like this. I am now in my sixty-fourth year. On the 25th of September, 1861, I enlisted as a private in the 91st Pennsylvania Volunteers, commanded by Col. E. M. Gregory, and was on active duty every day until my terrible experience at the battle of Chancellorsville, when we were under Hooker. The fight began on Friday and lasted till Sunday. On Sunday we were flanked by the North Carolinians, who fought like wild cats," etc., etc. Yes, the old gray jackets fought indeed like wild cats, and could whip their weight in them, too.

Death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 13 December 1900, George D Ott]
[thanks to Ed McLaughlin for finding this!]

12005
RETURN OF DEATH IN THE PHILADELPHIA HOSPITAL.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, George D. Ott
2. Color, White
3. Sex, Male
4. Age, 83
5. Married
6. Date of Death, 12-13-1900
7. Cause of Death, Nephritis
J E Hume
RESIDENT PHYSICIAN,
Philadelphia Hospital.

UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE.
8. Occupation, Tailor
9. Place of Birth, Phila
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 25
12. Street and Number Wheat Sheaf Lane and Sepviva [?]
13. Date of Burial, Dec 18th 1900
14. Place of Burial, Fernwood
S. W. Kehr + Son Undertaker.
Residence, 1010 N. 5th St
Date of Certificate, [blank]

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