91st PA: Sylvester Rittenhouse

Sylvester Rittenhouse

Before the war

He was born on 31 December 1843 (14; 3 (18 in 1861), 7 (14 in 1860), 8 (38 in 1880), 9 (65 in 1910), 12 (6 in 1850), 13 (26 in 1870)). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (3, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14). He was born to Joseph Rittenhouse and Ellen Sell (14).

In 1850, he was living in the 6th ward of Northern Liberties, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (12). He was living with Jos and Ellen Rittenhouse (presumably his parents), along with five others (presumably his siblings) (12).

In 1860, he was living in the 12th ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (7). He was living with Jos [?] and Ellen Rittenhouse (presumably his parents) and other Rittenhouse's (presumably his siblings) (7). He was a lead pencil maker (7).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 10-1/2 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, blue eyes, and brown hair (3).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 27 August 1861 (1, 3, 4, 5). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Colonel Reiff (3, 4 [Lt Col Reiff]). He was a private in company C (1, 16).

He was discharged at Camp near Sharpsburg, Virginia, on 28 October 1862 on surgeon's certificate of disability (1, 2, 4, 5 [28 Oct]). He was a private, in company C (16).

After the war

In 1870, he was living in the 11th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (13). He was a plumber and gas fitter (13). He was living with Joseph Rittenhouse (presumably his father) and others (13).

In 1880, he was living at 572 Parrish Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (8). He was living with his brother William and William's family (8). He was single (8). He was a Pass [?] R R conductor (that is, a conductor for the Passayunk [?] Railroad) (8).

In 1887/1888, he married Louise [unknown surname] (9). In 1910, she had had two children, both of whom were alive (9).

On 28 December 1889, he applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (10, 11).

In 1890, he was living at 817 Randolph Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (5, 6). He was a conductor (6).

On 8 March 1907, he again applied for a pension (11).

In 1910, he was living at 937 [North] 26th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (9). He was living with his wife Louise and his children Wilhelmina and Sylvester (9). He was a superintentent at the Masonic Temple (9).

He died on 3 May 1913, at 937 North 26th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (11, 14). He died of pneumonia (duration 3 days), with general catarrh and influenzic [?] catarrh (duration 10 years) contributing (14). He was a superintendent, at the Masonic Temple (14). He resided at 937 North 26th Street (14). He was buried on 6 May 1913, at Arlington Cemetery, [Drexel Hill, Upper Darby Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania] (14).

On 10 May 1913, his widow, Louisa Rittenhouse, applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (10, 11).

In 1920, his widow, Louisa Rittenhouse, was living in New Britain Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania (15).

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) (S Rittenhouse)

2 company C, register of men discharged, number 6 (Sylvester Rittenhouse)

3 company C, descriptive roll, entry 60 (Sylvester Rittenhouse)

4 company C, untitled list, probably of status at muster out, entry 54 (Sylvester Rittenhouse)

5 1890 US census, veterans schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 222, page 1 (image 1362 on <www.ancestry.com>) (Sylvester Rittenhouse)

6 1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory (Sylvester Rittenhouse)

7 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadephia, ward 12, microfilm series M653, film 1162, page 253 = 33 [?] handwritten (Sylvester Rittenhouse)

8 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 210, microfilm series T9, film 1173, page 164 C = 19 (Sylvester Rittenhouse)

9 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 29, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 682, microfilm series T624, film 1399, page 90 A = 2 handwritten (Sylvester Rittenhouse)

10 pension index, by name (Sylvester Rittenhouse)

11 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company C (Sylvester Rittenhouse)

12 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Northern Liberties, ward 6, microfilm series M432, film 811, page 371 verso = 34 handwritten (Sylvester Rittenhouse)

13 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 11th ward, microfilm series M593, film 1396, page 142 = 22 handwritten (Sylvester Rittenhouse)

14 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 3 May 1913, #11239 (Sylvester Rittenhouse Sr)

15 1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Bucks County, New Britain Township, supervisor's district 3, enumeration district 17, microfilm series T625, film 1542, page 254 = 3 B handwritten (Louisa Rittenhouse)

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

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Northern Liberties, ward 6, microfilm series M432, film 811, page 371 verso = 34 handwritten]
line3536373839404142
Dwellings visited255       
Families visited306       
NameJos RittenhouseEllen doCaroline doAugustus doSylvester doGeo doWm doHenry do
Age3533139622/1280
Sexmffmmmmm
Color        
Occupation of males over 15 yearsTobacconist      Carpenter
Real estate owned        
Birthplacedo [sc. Penn]dododododododo
Married within year        
Attended school within year   11   
Over 20 & can't read/write        
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.        

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadephia, ward 12, microfilm series M653, film 1162, page 253 = 33 [?] handwritten]
line4567891011
Dwelling number234       
Family number273       
NameJos [?] RittenhouseEllen "Caroline "Augustus "Sylvester "George "William "Edward "
Age474522201414117
SexMFFMMMMM
Color        
OccupationTurner  Flour DealerLead Pencil maker   
Value of real estate owned        
Value of personal estate        
Place of birthPenna"""""""
Married within year        
Attended school within year     111
Cannot read & write        
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.        

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 11th ward, microfilm series M593, film 1396, page 142 = 22 handwritten]
line4567891011
Dwelling-house number152       
Family number159       
NameRittenhouse, JosephKelpin, George W- Caroline B- Charles BRittenhouse George- Sylvester- William- Edward
Age572828322261917
SexMMFMMMMM
ColorWWWWWWWW
OccupationNews DealerHouse PainterKeeping House Brittania MemberGlass BlowerPlumber + Gas FitterJewelry Polisher
Real estate value--------
Personal estate value600-------
BirthplacePaPaPaPaPaPaPaPa
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        
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.        
Male US citizen at least 21 years old11  11  
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...        

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 210, microfilm series T9, film 1173, page 164 C = 19]
line6789
street nameParrish Street
house number572   
dwelling visit #151   
family visit #155   
nameRittenhouse Wm- Sue A- Sylvester- Sylvester
colorWWWW
sexMFMM
age30282138
month born if born in year    
relationship WifeSonBrother
single  11
married11  
widowed/divorced    
married during year    
occupationClerk in Paper Box FactoryKeeping house Pass [?] R R Conductor
months unemployed    
currently ill?    
blind    
deaf/dumb    
idiotic    
insane    
disabled    
school this year    
can't read    
can't write    
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennaPennaPennaPenna
mother's birthplacePaPaPaPa

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 222, page 1 (image 1362 on <www.ancestry.com>)]
[line] 2
[house] 817
[family] 109
[name] Sylvester Rittenhouse
[rank] Private
[company] C
[unit] 91 Pa Vol
[enlistment date] 27 [21?] Aug 1861
[discharge date] 26 [sic] Oct 1862
[length of service] 1 years, 2 months, ~ days
[post office address] 817 Randolph St
[disability incurred] x
[remarks] x

1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory

[searched transcription on <www.ancestry.com>, February 2005]
Sylvester Rittenhouse, conductor, h 817 Randolph

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 29, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 682, microfilm series T624, film 1399, page 90 A = 2 handwritten]
line17181920
street26th Street
house nr937   
dwelling nr27   
family nr29   
nameRittenhouse Sylvester- Louise- Wilhelmina- Sylvester
relationshipHeadWifeDaughterSon
sexMFFM
colorWWWW
age65512221 [?]
marital statusM1M1SS
#years present marriage2222  
mother of # children 2  
mother of # living children 2  
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaGer. GermanPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaGer. GermanPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigrated    
naturalized/alien    
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglishEnglishEnglish
occupationSuperintendentNoneBook KeeperElectrician
nature of industry etc.Masonic Temple Publishing HouseElectric Co
employer etc.W WW
out of work 15 Apr 1910?No NoNo
# weeks out of work 19090 00
can readYesYesYesYes
can writeYesYesYesYes
school since 1 Sep 09   No
owned/rentedR   
owned free or mortagaged    
farm/houseH   
nr on farm schedule    
civil war vetUA [?]   
blind    
deaf & dumb    

1920 census

[1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Bucks County, New Britain Township, supervisor's district 3, enumeration district 17, microfilm series T625, film 1542, page 254 = 3 B handwritten]
[I did not transcribe the four boarders in this household]
line89
street[illegible]
house numberX
dwelling visit number72
family visit number76
nameRittenhouse Louisa
relationshipHead
own/rentR
free/mortgaged (if owned) 
sexF
raceW
age at last birthday61
marital statusWD
year of immigration 
naturalized/alien 
year of naturalization 
attended school since Sept 1919 
can readyes
can writeyes
birth placePennsylvania
native language 
father's birthplacePennsylvania
father's native language 
mother's birthplacePennsylvania
mother's native language 
can speak Englishyes
occupationKeeper
industry, businessBoarding house
employment statusOA
number of farm schedule 

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 6 March 2015, from Fold3]


Rittenhouse, Sylvester
Co. C, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 3 May 1913, #11239, Sylvester Rittenhouse Sr]
CERTIFICATE OF DEATH.
Registration District No. 1.
Primary Registration District No. [blank]
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
BUREAU OF VITAL STATISTICS.
File No. [blank]
Registered No. 11239
1. PLACE OF DEATH.
County of PHILADELPHIA.
City of PHILADELPHIA.
(No. 937 No 26th St., [blank] Ward.)
2. FULL NAME Sylvester Rittenhouse Sr.
PERSONAL AND STATISTICAL PARTICULARS
3. SEX Male
4. COLOR OR RACE White
5. Married
6. DATE OF BIRTH December 31 1843
7. AGE 69 yrs. 5 mos. 3 ds.
8. OCCUPATION
(a) Trade, profession, or particular kind of work Superintendent
(b) General nature of industry, business, or establishment in which employed (or employer) Masonic Temple
9. BIRTHPLACE Philadelphia
10. NAME OF FATHER Joseph Rittenhouse
11. BIRTHPLACE OF FATHER Philadelphia
12. MAIDEN NAME OF MOTHER Ellen Sell
13. BIRTHPLACE OF MOTHER Philadelphia
14. THE ABOVE IS TRUE TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE.
(Informant) Louisa Rittenhouse
(Address) 937 North 26 Street
15. Filed MAY 5 1913
MEDICAL CERTIFICATE OF DEATH
16. DATE OF DEATH
(Month) 5 (Day) 3 (Year) 1913
17. I HEREBY CERTIFY, That I attended deceased from May 1 1913, to May 3rd 1913, that I last saw him alive on May 3rd 1913, and that death occurred, on the date stated above, at 10 A.M. The CAUSE OF DEATH was as follows: Pneumonia (Duration) [blank] yrs. [blank] mos. 3 ds.
Contributory (Secondary) General Catarrh and Influenzic [? last two letters unclear] Catarrh (Duration) 10 yrs.
(Signed) A. Layman M.D.
5 3 1913 (Address) 1630 N 18 St
18. LENGTH OF RESIDENCE (FOR TRANSIENTS OR RECENT RESIDENTS).
At Place of death [blank] In the State [blank]
Where was disease contracted, if not at place of death? [blank]
Former or usual residence 937 North 26th Street.
19. PLACE OF BURIAL OR REMOVAL Arlington Cemetery
DATE OF BURIAL May 6th., 1913
20. UNDERTAKER Andrew J. Bair & Son
ADDRESS 19th & Arch St.

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