91st PA: Alfred Ratzell

Alfred Ratzell

Before the war

He was born in January 1829 (12 (Jan 29), 13 (31 January 1831); 3 (33 in 1863), 8 (40 in 1870), 9 (49 in 1880), 10 (79 in 1910), 11 (19 in 1850), 12 (70 in 1900), 14 (35 in 1860)). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14). He was probably born to John Ratzel and Susannah [unknown family name] (11).

In 1850, he was living in Spring Garden, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania (11). He was probably living with his parents and siblings (11). He was a laborer (11).

Between 1851 and 1854, he married Lucy A [unknown family name] (10 [56 years in 1910], 12 [48 years in 1900]). According to the 1900 census, she had had nine children, seven of whom were alive; according to the 1910 census, she had had seven children, five of whom were alive (10, 12).

In 1860, he was living at 864 Darien, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (15). He was a plasterer (15).

In 1860, he may have been living in ward 12, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (14). He was living with Lucy (presumably his wife), and Kate, Francis, and Mary (presumably their children (14). He was a plasterer (14).

In 1861, he was living at Gilpin Place, rear 844 Lawrence, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (15). He was a plasterer (15).

When he enlisted, he was a plasterer [?] (3).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 4 [?] 1/2 inches tall, and had a light complexion, blue eyes, and brown hair (3).

During the war

He also served in company H [?] of the 33rd Pennsylvania Mil Inf (6, 7).

He was drafted (1, 5). He enlisted and was mustered into service in the 118th Pennsylvania Infantry on 18 July 1863 (1, 3, 5, 6). He enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (3). His enlistment was credited to the 11th [?] congressional district (3). He served in company H of the 118th Pennsylvania (4, 5).

He was wounded at Wilderness, Virginia, on 7 May 1864 (5).

He was captured at Cold Harbor, Virginia, on 2 June 1864 (1, 5).

On 15 March 1865, he received $32 for his pay, at Annapolis, Maryland (3).

On 2 June 1865, he was transferred from the 118th Pennsylvania Infantry (1, 4, 5). He was a private in company B of the 91st Pennsylvania Infantry (1, 16).

He was "to be charged"--perhaps for lost equipment, when the regiment mustered out (2).

He mustered out with his company on 10 July 1865 (1, 6). He was a private, in company B (16).

After the war

In 1870, he was living in the 24th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (8). He was living with his wife Lucy, six children (presumably theirs), and John Ratzell (29 years old) (8). He was a plasterer, and owned $2,000 in real estate and $1,000 in personal property (8).

On 16 February 1880, and again on an illegible date, he successfully applied for a pension (6, 7).

In 1880, he was living in Sedgwick County, Kansas (9). He was living with his wife Lucy, three children (presumably theirs), and another person (9). He was a plasterer (9).

In 1900, he was living at 1757 Wesley Avenue, Wichita, Sedgewick County, Kansas (12). He was living with his wife Lucy, his daughter Rachel Thomas, and Rachel's daughter Lucy (12). He was a plasterer [?] (12).

In 1910, he was living in the Kansas State Soldiers Home, in Kansas (10). He was living with his wife Lucy (10). He was a pensioner (10).

He died on 6 March 1916, at Pindall, [Searcy County,] Arkansas (6, 13). He was buried at Glencoe Cemetery, Pindall, Searcy County, Arkansas (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) (Alfred Ratzell)

2 list of men who owed money [?], page 2, number 8 (A Ratzell)

3 company B, [third] descriptive roll, entry 110 (Alfred Ratzell)

4 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 23 June 2004 (Alfred Ratzell)

5 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'One hundred and eighteenth regiment', volume 3, page 1335. (In the roster) (Alfred Ratzell)

6 pension index, by regiment (Alfred Ratzell)

7 pension index, by name (Alfred Ratzell)

8 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, 24th ward, microfilm series M593, film 1411, page 510 (Alfred Ratzell)

9 1880 US census, Kansas, Sedgwick County, [illegible] Township, supervisor's district 2, enumeration district 220, microfilm series T9, film 396, page 349 D = 12 handwritten (Alf\red Ratzell)

10 1910 US census, Kansas, [illegible; perhaps 'Ford'] County, Landrew [?] Township, ward Fort Dodge, Kansas State Soldiers Home, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 52, microfilm series T624, film 439, page 176 A = 4 handwritten (Alfred Ratzell)

11 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Spring Garden, ward 6, microfilm series M432, film 819, page 326 (Alfred Ratzle)

12 1900 US census, Kansas, Sedgewick County, Wichita, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district [blank], microfilm series T623, film 499, page 213 B = page 10 handwritten (Alfred Ratzel)

13 Find a grave memorial 9188616 (accessed 5 September 2010) (this mentions his service in company E of the 118th PA infantry) (Alfred Ratzell)

14 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 12, microfilm series M653, film 1162, page 376 = 156 handwritten (Albert [sic] Rutsch [sic])

15 1860-61 Philadephia city directories

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1890 US census, veterans schedules
Ancestry index (accessed May 07)
[the Kansas entries are lost]
1920 US census
HeritageQuest and FamilySearch indices (accessed 23 Mar 11)
1930 US census
FamilySearch and Footnote indices (accessed 23 Mar 11)

Display



Alfred Ratzell in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Spring Garden, ward 6, microfilm series M432, film 819, page 326]
line181920212223
Dwellings visited878     
Families visited1100     
NameJohn RatzleSusannah "Alfred "Francis "Enos "John "
Age49451917149
SexMFMMMM
Color      
Occupation of males over 15 yearsLabourer LaborerConfectionary  
Real estate owned      
Birthplaceditto [sc. Pennsylvania]dittodittodittodittoditto
Married within year      
Attended school within year     (1)
Over 20 & can't read/write      
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.      

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 12, microfilm series M653, film 1162, page 376 = 156 handwritten]
[identification is uncertain; the ages and spouse's and children's names match the 1870 census closely, and I have not found any other references to a Rutsch]
line2021222324
Dwelling number1115    
Family number1415    
NameAlbert [sic] Rutsch [sic]Lucy "Francis "Kate "Mary "
Age3530575/12
SexMFMFF
Color     
OccupationPlasterer    
Value of real estate owned     
Value of personal estate     
Place of birth" [sc. Penna]""""
Married within year     
Attended school within year   1 
Cannot read & write     
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.     

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, 24th ward, microfilm series M593, film 1411, page 510]
line131415161718192021
Dwelling-house number426""""""""
Family number330""""""""
NameRatzell Alfred- Lucy- Kate- John F- Mary- Sally- Emma- Amanda- John
Age4039171510852/1229
SexMFFMFFFFM
ColorWWWWWWWWW
OccupationPlastererKeeping House      Plasterer
Real estate value2000        
Personal estate value1000       2000
BirthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPenna
Father foreign born         
Mother foreign born         
Birth month if born within year       Apr 
Marriage month if married within year         
Attended school past year    11   
Can't read         
Can't write  11     
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, Kansas, Sedgwick County, [illegible] Township, supervisor's district 2, enumeration district 220, microfilm series T9, film 396, page 349 D = 12 handwritten]
line444546474849
street name      
house number      
dwelling visit #87     
family visit #92     
nameRatzell AlfredLucy [illegible initial]Emma LAmandaRachel[illegible; begins with 'F']
color" [sc. W]"""""
sexMFFFFM
age49481310726
month born if born in year      
relationship      
single  1111
married11    
widowed/divorced      
married during year      
occupationPlasterer    Lather
months unemployed      
currently ill?      
blind      
deaf/dumb      
idiotic      
insane      
disabled      
school this year   1  
can't read      
can't write      
birthplacePaPaPaPaKansPa
father's birthplacePaPaPaPaPaPa
mother's birthplacePaPaPaPaPaPa

1900 census

[1900 US census, Kansas, Sedgewick County, Wichita, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district [blank], microfilm series T623, film 499, page 213 B = page 10 handwritten]
line71727374
streetWesley Avenue
house number1757" "
dwelling number709" "
family number220" "
nameRatzel Alfred- Lucy AThomas Rachel- Lucy K
relationshipHWifeDaughterG Daughter
colorWWWW
sexMFFF
birth dateJan 1829Aug 1831Dec 1873Sept 1894
age7068275
married?MMMS
# years married484811 
mother of how many children? 92 
# of children living 71 
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaKansasKansas
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaMissouri
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaKansas
immigration year    
# years in USA    
naturalized citizen?    
occupationPlasterer [?]   
# months not employed[illegible]   
# months in school    
can readyesyesyes 
can writeyesyesyes 
speaks Englishyesyesyes 
owned/rentedO   
free or mortgaged[blank]   
farm/houseH   
# of farm schedule    

1910 census

[1910 US census, Kansas, [illegible; perhaps 'Ford'] County, Landrew [?] Township, ward Fort Dodge, Kansas State Soldiers Home, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 52, microfilm series T624, film 439, page 176 A = 4 handwritten]
line1213
street  
house nr  
dwelling nr6 
family nr6 
nameRatzell Alfred- Lucy A
relationshipHeadWife
sexMF
colorWW
age79 [?]77 [?]
marital statusM1M1
#years present marriage5656
mother of # children 7
mother of # living children 5
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigrated  
naturalized/alien  
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglish
occupationPensionerNone
nature of industry etc.  
employer etc.  
out of work 15 Apr 1910?  
# weeks out of work 1909  
can readyesyes
can writeyesyes
school since 1 Sep 09  
owned/rentedR 
owned free or mortagaged  
farm/houseM [?] 
nr on farm schedule  
civil war vetUA 
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 23 February 2015, from Fold3]


Ratzel, Alfred
Co. B, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also 118 Pa. Vols

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

Philadelphia city directories

[1860 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 750; transcribed 23 March 2011, from Footnote]
Ratzell Alfred plasterer, 864 Darien
Ratzell George sexton, 1004 Lemon
Ratzell John canemaker, Bonner pl.
[page 945: 'Weeks Joshua moulder, 862 Darien'; page 937: 'Speck Charles R., coppersmith, 860 Darien']
[Charles R Speck and Joshua Weeks are in the 1860 census in the 13th ward, microfilm series M653, film 1163, page 777 = 357 handwritten; I checked several pages before and after without finding Alfred Ratzell]


[1861 Sherman's Philadelphia directory, page 810; transcribed 23 March 2011, from Footnote]
Ratzell Alfred, plasterer, Gilpin pl r 844 Lawrence
Ratzell George, sexton, 1004 Lemon
Ratzell John, plasterer, Gilpin pl r 844 Lawrence
Ratzell John, rattan manufactory, 811 Rachel
[page 708: Moran Patrick, laborer, 821 Lawrence'; 'Morfort James, blacksmith, r 844 Lawrence']
[page 857 does not have any 'Rutsch' entries]

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