91st PA: Theophilus Palmer

Theophilus Palmer

Name

His death certificate records his name as William or Theophilus Palmer (9).

Before the war

He was born in 1826/27 (5 (34 in 1861), 9 (72 at death in 1900), 10 (49 in 1880)). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (5, 9, 10).

When he enlisted, he was a fisherman (5).

Description

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

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 4 September 1861 (1, 5). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Captain Starr (5). He was a private in company A (1, 11).

He fought at the Battle of Gettysburg (8).

On 6 July 1863, he was missing in action (1, 4). On 9 July 1863, he was dropped from the rolls, by order of Brigadier General Garrard (1, 4, 5). On the next consolidated morning report, dated 28 July 1863, he was reported as having been dropped because he was missing in the campaign (3). He was a private when he was dropped (11).

On 8 September 1863, Sinex reported that he was in Philadelphia and able to rejoin the regiment, and requested his return (2).

After the war

In 1880, he was living at 443 Diamond Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (10). He was living with his brother-in-law William Fisher, and his family (10). He worked in a cloth mill (10).

In 1890, he was a fisherman, living at 2314 North 5th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (6, 7).

On 27 March 1900, he died, at Philadelphia Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, of hemiplegia and nephritis (9). He was single (9). He was a fisherman (9). He was buried from 2312 North 5th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (9). On 31 March 1900, he was buried at Greenwood Knights of Pythias Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (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)

2 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 8 September 1863

3 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 28 July 1863 (Priv Palmer)

4 register of men discharged, co.A (Theopolis Palmer)

5 company A descriptive roll, entry 48 (Theopalus Palmer)

6 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 386 (image 855 of 2610 on Ancestry) (Theopholus Palmer)

7 1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia city directory (Theophilus Palmer)

8 Pennsylvania Memorial, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (T Palmer)

9 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 27 March 1900, #20344 (Wm (or Theophilus) Palmer)

10 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 365, microfilm series T9, film 1178, page 243 = 15 C handwritten (Theoplius Palmer)

11 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Theophilus Palmer)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

pension index, by name
accessed April 2006
Pennsylvania veterans burial cards
Ancestry index (accessed March 2011)

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 365, microfilm series T9, film 1178, page 243 = 15 C handwritten]
line212223242526
street nameDiamond Street North Side
house number443     
dwelling visit #130     
family visit #151     
nameFisher William- Margaret- Cathraine [sic]- Harry- WilliamPalmer Theoplius [sic]
colorWWWWWW
sexMFFMMM
age484223221949
month born if born in year      
relationship WifeDaughterSonSonBrother in Law
single  1 1 
married11 1 1
widowed/divorced      
married during year      
occupationDriverKeeping HouseStocking WeaverBrick MasonWorks in Cloth MillWorks in Cloth Mill
months unemployed      
currently ill?      
blind      
deaf/dumb      
idiotic      
insane      
disabled      
school this year      
can't read      
can't write      
birthplacePhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia
father's birthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPenna
mother's birthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPenna

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 386 (image 855 of 2610 on Ancestry)]
[Although the census does not list a unit, I am confident this is the right Theophilus Palmer, because neither Ancestry's civil war records, nor the Ancestry index to pension index cards, nor the Pennsylvania Archives card index to Bates includes another Theophilus Palmer]

[line] 41
[house] 17
[family] [blank]
[name] Theopholus Palmer
[rank] Soldier
[company] [blank]
[unit] [blank]
[enlistment date] [blank]
[discharge date] [blank]
[length of service] [blank]
[post office address] 2314 N 5th St
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia city directory


Palmer Theophilus fisherman h 2314 N 5th

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 2 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Palmer Theophilus
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 27 March 1900, #20344, Wm (or Theophilus) Palmer]
20344
RETURN OF DEATH IN THE PHILADELPHIA HOSPITAL.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, Wm (or Theophilus) Palmer
2. Color, White
3. Sex, Male
4. Age, 72
5. Single
6. Date of Death, 3-27-1900
7. Cause of Death, Hemiplegia + Nephritis
W W Klitt [?],
RESIDENT PHYSICIAN,
Philadelphia Hospital.

UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE.
8. Occupation, Fisherman
9. Place of Birth, Phila
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 27th
12. Street and Number, 2312 N 5 St
13. Date of Burial, 3-31-1900
14. Place of Burial, Greenwood K of P
W H Batensby [?] Undertaker,
Residence, 3538 N 17 St
Date of Certificate, [blank]

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