He was born in October 1840 (10; 3 (22 in 1861), 6, 11 [69 in 1910], 12 [79 in 1920]). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (3, 10, 11, 12).
When he enlisted, he was a machinist (3).
When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 10 inches tall, had a light complexion, hazel eyes, and dark hair (3).
He enlisted and was mustered into service as sergeant major on 4 December 1861, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1, 2, 3, 6 [originally private in company F, 4 Dec 61], 8). He was the regiment's sergeant major (1, 2, 3, 13-14).
According to some secondary sources, he was discharged on surgeon's certificate of disability (1, 6). On 13 November 1863, he was transferred to the Invalid Corps, by general order number 365 (5). When he was transferred, he was the regiment's sergeant major (13-14). He served in company F of the 16th Veterans' reserve corps, as sergeant (2).
He was discharged on 5 May 1864 (8).
In 1879/80, he married to Mary S [unknown family name] (7, 10, 11). It was the first marriage for both of them (11). They apparently had the following two children (10 (2 children both alive, 1900), 11 (2 children, both alive, 1910)):
In 1890, he was living at 232 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (8, 9). He was a salesman (9).
He applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension on 17 January 1891 and 27 March 1907 (2, 7).
In 1900, he was living at 232 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (10). He was a mechanical engineer (10). He was living with his wife Mary, his children Caroline and Marjorie [?], his mother-in-law, a boarder, and a servant (10).
In 1910, he was living at 223 [sic] North 20th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (11). He was a mechanical engineer (11). He was living with his wife Mary and daughter Margaret (11).
In 1920, he was living at 25 Russell Street, Brooklind [?], Norfolk County, Massachusetts (12). He had no occupation (12). He was living with his daughter Marjarie and her family (12).
He died on 14 September 1921, in Brookline, Massachusetts (2).
Mary S Piers, his widow, applied successfully from Massachusetts for a pension on 22 September 1921 (2, 7).
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) (Franklin Pearce)
2 pension index, by regiment (Frank Piers)
3 regimental descriptive book (Frank Piers)
4 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 24 April 1864 (Sergt Major Peir [??])
5 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 11 December 1863 (F Piers)
6 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 18 May 2004 (Franklin Pearce, rolls have 'Frank Piers')
7 pension index by name, searched 21 May 2004 at Ancestry (Frank Piers)
8 1890 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 194, page 2, line 25 (Frank Piers)
9 1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, transcribed at Ancestry (searched Dec 2004) (Frank Piers)
10 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 10, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 188, microfilm series T623, film 1456, page 127 = sheet 9A handwritten (Frank Piers)
11 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 10, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 155, microfilm series T624, film 1389, page 73 = sheet 1A handwritten (Frank Piers)
12 1920 US census, Massachusetts, Norfolk County, Brooklind [?] Town, supervisor's district 144, enumeration district 663 [?], microfilm series T625, film 721, page 221 = 14 [??] A handwritten (Frank Piers)
13 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Franklin Peirce)
14 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Frank Piers)
|street||No 20th Street|
|name||Piers Frank||- Mary||- Caroline||-Marjorie [?] F||Sawtelle Caroline C||Mellon Joseph||Henkel Elizabeth|
|birth date||Oct 1840||Mar 1848||June 1880||Jan 1888||Oct 1827||Mar 1853||Sept 1880|
|# years married||20||20|
|mother of how many children?||2|
|# of children living||2|
|father's birthplace||Penna||Massachusetts||Penna||Penna||New Jersey||England||Germany|
|mother's birthplace||England||New Jersey||Penna||Penna||New Jersey||England||Germany|
|# years in USA||3|
|occupation||Mechan. Engineer||At School||Lawyer||Cook|
|# months not employed||0||0|
|# months in school||9|| |
|free or mortgaged||F|
|# of farm schedule|
|street||N Twentieth Street|
|house nr||223 [sic]|
|name||Piers Frank||- Mary||- Margeret|
|#years present marriage||30||30|
|mother of # children||2|
|mother of # living children||2|
|mother's birthplace||Eng English||New Jersey||Pennsylvania|
|nature of industry etc.||Shop|
|out of work 15 Apr 1910?|
|# weeks out of work 1909|
|school since 1 Sep 09|
|[this and the next two columns are actually written one column to the left, along with several entries preceding on this page]|
|owned free or mortagaged||M|
|nr on farm schedule|
|civil war vet||[blank (sic)]|
|deaf & dumb|
|dwelling visit number||155|
|family visit number||215|
|name||Mandelson Lewis||-- Marjarie||- Louise||Piers Frank||- Mary||Hanwood Ida|
|relationship||Head||Wife||Daughter||Father in Law||Mother in Law||Maid|
|free/mortgaged (if owned)|
|age at last birthday||40||32||5||79||71||40|
|year of immigration||1880|
|year of naturalization||1886|
|attended school since Sept 1919||yes|
|father's native language||German||Swedish|
|mother's birthplace||Poland||Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania||England||New Jersey||Ohio|
|mother's native language||Polish||English|
|can speak English||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|industry, business||Medicine||Priv Family|
|number of farm schedule|