91st PA: David L Powell alias Richard Roberts

David L Powell alias Richard Roberts

Name

He enlisted under the alias 'Richard Roberts', and apparently also used the alias 'David Paul'. [sources: 3, 6, 8]

Before the war

He was born in March 1840, in Wales. [sources: date: 10; 2 (24 in 1865), 4 (83 in 1923), 9 (40 in 1880), 11 (73 in 1910), 18 (21 in 1861). place: 2 (Ireland), 9 (Wales), 10 (Wales), 11 (Wales)]

He immigrated about 1850. [sources: 10 (1850), 11 (1845), 12 (1850)]

When he enlisted, he was a coal heaver. [source: 2]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 9 inches tall, and had a sallow complexion, blue eyes, and black hair. [source: 2]

During the war

He also served in company D of the 7th Pennsylvania Infantry. [source: 3]

He also served as a private in companies B and M of the 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry (which is also known as the 70th Pennsylvania). He enlisted and was mustered in as a private, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 29 August 1861. According to the 1890 census, he 'escaped from Belle Island Va and went Back to Regt', but 'deserted'. He was not accounted for when the regiment mustered out. [sources: 3, 15, 16, 17, 18]

He also served in the US Navy. He was a coal heaver on the USS Princeton and the Tacony. [sources: 3, 6, 18 (fireman)]

He enlisted and was mustered into service for one year, as a substitute, on 24 March 1865, at Pottsville, Pennsylvania. He was enlisted and mustered into service by Captain Bowan. He was a private in company E. [sources: 1, 2, 3 (11 Jan 1864), 14]

He mustered out on 10 July 1865 with his company. He was a private, in company E. [sources: 1, 3, 14]

After the war

On 13 October 1874, he married Esther A Wade, in Allen County, Indiana. This was the second marriage for both of them. She was born on August 1844, in Pennsylvania. [sources: 4, 10 (1 child, not living, in 1900), 11 (1 child, not living, in 1910), 13]

In 1880, he was living in Braidwood, Will County, Illinois. He was living with his wife Esther. He was a coal miner, and had been unemployed 4 months in the previous year. [source: 9]

In 1890, he was living in Lincoln, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

On 8 November 1897, he applied successfully for a pension. [sources: 3, 7]

In 1900, he was living at 421 North 8th Street, ward 6, Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska. He was living with his wife, Esther, and their foster Child John H Stuckey and his family. [source: 10]

On 30 October 1908, he again applied for a pension, under the Act of 6 February 1907. He received $12 per month, effective 30 October 1908; the certificate was dated 30 January 1911. [sources: 3, 6]

In 1910, he was living in election district 10, West County, Wyoming. He was living with his wife, Esther A Powell. He was a schoolhouse janitor, and had not been unemployed in the previous year. [source: 11]

He received a pension of $25 per month effective 14 November 1914; the certificate was dated 23 April 1915, apparently under the Act of 11 May 1912. [sources: 3, 6]

He received a pension of $30 per month effective 12 March 1915; the certificate was dated 23 April 1915. [sources: 3, 6]

He received a pension of $40 per month effective 10 June 1918. [sources: 3, 6]

In 1920, he and his wife were living in the Soldiers and Sailors home, in election district 2, Johnson County, Wyoming. [source: 12]

He received a pension of $72 per month effective 1 June 1921; the certificate was dated 8 August 1921. [sources: 3, 6]

He died on 27 March 1923, at the Soldiers Home, in Buffalo, Johnson County, Wyoming. He was buried in Willow Grove Cemetery, Buffalo, Johnson County, Wyoming. [sources: 3 (3rd card only) ]

His widow, Esther A Powell, received the remainder of the pension due him; the order was dated 28 July 1923. [source: 6]

On 16 May 1923, his widow, Esther A Powell, successfully applied for a pension, under the Act of 1 May 1920. She received $30 per month, effective 16 May 1923; the certificate was dated 28 Jul 1923. [sources: 3 (no certificate number), 7 (certificate number), 8]

On 9 July 1927, his widow, Esther, died. Her death was reported to the Veterans Administration on 23 July 1927. [sources: 5, 8]

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 Company E descriptive roll, entry 178 (Richard Roberts)

3 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company E (and second card and third card) (David Powell alias David Paul alias Richard Roberts)

4 Find a grave, memorial 102936335, created by Lostnwyomn, 2 Jan 2013, accessed 7 Mar 2015 [the inscription on the pictured headstone read: 'POWELL DAVID CO. E. 91ST REG. PENN. INF. DIED MAR. 27 1923 AGED 83 YRS. ESTHER A. NEE ESTHER A. WADE AUG. 1 1844'] (David Powell)

5 Find a grave, memorial 102936336, created by Lostnwyomn, added 2 Jan 2013, accessed 7 Mar 2015 (Esther A Wade Powell)

6 Veterans administration pension payment cards, 1907-1933 (David Powell alias Richard Roberts)

7 pension index, by name

8 Veterans administration pension payment cards, 1907-1933 (Esther A Powell widow of David Powell alias Richard Roberts alias David Paul)

9 1880 US census, Illinois, Will County, Braidwood, enumeration district 211, microfilm series T9, film 261, page 463 = 94 D handwritten (FamilySearch) (David Powell)

10 1900 US census, Nebraska, Lancaster, Lincoln, ward 6, enumeration disrict 67, microfilm series T623, film 933, page 123 = 4 B handwritten (FamilySearch) (David Powell)

11 1910 US census, Wyoming, Weston County, Election District No 10, ['Cambria' is written as the name of incorporated place, but crossed out], enumeration district 144, microfilm series T624, film 1747, page 299 = 17 B handwritten (FamilySearch) (David L Powell)

12 1920 US census, Wyoming, Johnson County, Election District 2, Soldiers' and Ssailors' Home, microfilm series T2626, film 2026, enumeration district 66, page 213 = 5 A handwritten (David Powell)

13 early marriage records of Allen County, Indiana (David Powell)

14 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Richard Roberts)

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

16 Bates, volume 2, page 760 (70th Pennsylvania) (David Powell)

17 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln, enumeration district 170, image 65 of 74 on Ancestry and 118 of 132 on FamilySearch (FamilySearch) (David Powell)

18 Civil War veterans' card file, 1861-1866, B 6th PA Cavalry (David Powell)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1850 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 7 Mar 15): no David Powell, born about 1840 in Wales, in Pennsylvania
1860 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 7 Mar 15): three candidates
(a) David Powell, 19, born Wales, laborer, in Pittston, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, with Evan T Evans (44) et al., page 545 = 27 handwritten
(b) David Powell, 16, born Wales, laborer, in Cass Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, with Wm Powell (40) et al., page 191 = 211 handwritten
(c) David Powell, 25, born Wales, C miner, in Carbon, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, with Upton Hill (38) et al., and Elizabeth Powell (24) and John Powell (1), page 80 = 2 handwritten
1870 US census
here are two candidates:
(a) David Powell, 25, with Ann McShane (40) et al., at 337 26th street, Pennsylvania Philadelphia, ward 7, district 21, 2nd enumeration, page 621 recto = 67 handwritten [since it's the second enumeration, it has no more data (FamilySearch)]
(b) David Powell, 28, born England, roofer, with Ellen (24, born England) and Marion (female, 1, born Pennsylvania), in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 25, district 83, page 97 recto = 43 handwritten
1930 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 7 Mar 15)
1940 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 7 Mar 15)

Display



David Powell alias Richard Roberts in the 91st PA database

1880 census

[1880 US census, Illinois, Will County, Braidwood, enumeration district 211, microfilm series T9, film 261, page 463 = 94 D handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is likely; see the note on the 1920 census entry transcribed below]
line67
street name  
house number  
dwelling visit #741 
family visit #741 
namePowell David- Esther
colorWW
sexMF
age4028
month born if born in year  
relationship Wife
single  
married11
widowed/divorced  
married during year  
occupationCoal MinerKeeping house
months unemployed4 
currently ill?  
blind  
deaf/dumb  
idiotic  
insane  
disabled  
school this year  
can't read  
can't write  
birthplaceWalesPensylvania [sic]
father's birthplaceWales(Dont [sic] Know)
mother's birthplaceWales

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Nebraska, Lancaster County, Lincoln, enumeration district 170, image 65 of 74 on Ancestry and 118 of 132 on FamilySearch (FamilySearch)]
[identification is confirmed by reference to his service in the 70th Pennsylvania]

[line] 34
[house] 222
[family] 236
[name] Powell, David L
[rank] Private
[company] B M
[unit] 70 Pa 6 Cav
[enlistment date] escaped from Belle Island Va and went Back to Regt.
deserted
[discharge date]
[length of service]


[line] 35
[house] 222
[family] 236
[name] Powell, David L
[rank] Fireman
[company] U.S.S. Tacony
[unit]
[enlistment date] served one year
[discharge date]
[length of service]


[line 34 is ditto marks; line 35 ends with 'Reenlisted Veteran'; I suspect that the census taker wrote on lines 33-34 what he should have written on lines 34-35, and I have therefore transcribed line 33]
[post office address] " " [sc. Lincoln Neb]
[disability incurred] at first Golsbora [?] Expitition [sic] from Newbury, Kingston, Whitehall, Godboro
[remarks]

1900 census

[1900 US census, Nebraska, Lancaster, Lincoln, ward 6, enumeration disrict 67, microfilm series T623, film 933, page 123 = 4 B handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is probable; see the note on the 1920 census entry transcribed below, and note in particular Esther's father's birthplace]
line9596979899100
streetN 28
house number421     
dwelling number37     
family number38     
nameStuckey John H- Dora- John R- Margaret LPowell David- Esther
relationshipHeadWifeSonDaughterFoster parentFoster parent
colorWWWWWW
sexMFMFMF
birth dateFeb 1857May 1872Feb 1894Feb 1896Mar 1840Aug 1842
age4328646057
married?MMSSMM
# years married88  2626
mother of how many children? 2   1
# of children living 2   0
birthplaceUnited StatesWisconsinNebraskaNebraskaSouth WalesPennsylvania
father's birthplaceGermanyGermanyUnited StatesUnited StatesSouth WalesVermont
mother's birthplaceGermanyGermanyWisconsinWisconsinSouth WalesGermany
immigration year    1850 [sic] 
# years in USA    40 [sic] 
naturalized citizen?      
occupationIce Cream Parlor     
# months not employed      
# months in school      
can readyesyes  yes 
can writeyesyes  yes 
speaks Englishyesyes  yes 
owned/rentedR     
free or mortgaged      
farm/houseH     
# of farm schedule      

1910 census

[1910 US census, Wyoming, Weston County, Election District No 10, ['Cambria' is written as the name of incorporated place, but crossed out], enumeration district 144, microfilm series T624, film 1747, page 299 = 17 B handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is probable; see the note on the 1920 census entry transcribed below, and note in particular Esther's father's birthplace]
line12
street  
house nr706 
dwelling nr111 
family nr115 
namePowell David L- Esther A.
relationshipHeadWife
sexMF
colorWW
age7365
marital statusM2M2
#years present marriage3535
mother of # children 1
mother of # living children 0
birthplaceWales EngPennsylvania
father's birthplaceWales EngVermont
mother's birthplaceWales EngGermany
immigrated1845 
naturalized/alienNa 
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglish
occupationJanitorNone
nature of industry etc.School House 
employer etc.W 
out of work 15 Apr 1910?No 
# weeks out of work 19090 
can readyesyes
can writeyesyes
school since 1 Sep 09  
owned/rentedR 
owned free or mortagaged  
farm/houseH 
nr on farm schedule  
civil war vetU [?] 
blind  
deaf & dumb  

1920 census

[1920 US census, Wyoming, Johnson County, Election District 2, Soldiers' and Sailors' Home, microfilm series T2626, film 2026, enumeration district 66, page 213 = 5 A handwritten]
[identification is probable, since (1) he died in the Soldiers' home and was buried in Johnson County Wyoming, and (2) his widow Esther applied for a pension]
[the Ancestry indexer read the family name as 'Ewell', but the first character is clearly not an 'E' (look not only at 'Esther' on that line, but also 'Ellen' on line 21), and pretty clearly has the top loop of a 'P']
line1617
street  
house number  
dwelling visit number  
family visit number  
namePowell David- Esther A.
relationshipinmateinmate
own/rent  
free/mortgaged (if owned)  
sexMF
raceWW
age at last birthday7975
marital statusMM
year of immigration1850 
naturalized/alienUn 
year of naturalization  
attended school since Sept 1919NoNo
can readYY
can writeYY
birth placeWalesPennsylvania
native languageWelsh 
father's birthplaceWalesVermont
father's native languageWelsh 
mother's birthplaceWalesU.S.A.
mother's native languageWelsh 
can speak EnglishYY
occupationpensionerpensioner
industry, business  
employment status  
number of farm schedule  

Bates, 70th PA

[Bates, volume 2, page 760]
[transcribed from Making of America]


SEVENTIETH REGIMENT--SIXTH CAVALRY

COMPANY B.

NAME. Powell, David
RANK. do [sc. Private]
DATE OF MUSTER INTO SERVICE. Aug. 29, '61
TERM--YEARS. 3
REMARKS. Not accounted for.

[Bates does not list him in company M (pp.782-783)]

ARIAS card

[Civil War veterans' card file, 1861-1866, David Powell, B-6C]
[transcribed 8 Mar 15, from ARIAS]


Powell, David
B - 6 C
[page in Bates] 2 - 760
Enrolled: 8-29-61 At: Phila. Pa.
M.I.: 8-29-61 As: Pvt. At: "
M.O.: [blank]
Discharged: [blank]
Age at enrollment: 21
Complexion: [blank]
Height: [blank]
Eyes: [blank]
Hair: [blank]
Occupation: [blank]
Residence [blank]
Remarks: Not accounted for. (Bates)

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 7 March 2015, from Fold3]


Roberts, Richard
Co. E, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

index to compiled service records, 6th PA Cav

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 7 March 2015, from Fold3]


Powell David
Co. B, M, 6 Pennsylvania Cav
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

marriage

[early marriage records of Allen County, Indiana] [transcribed 7 March 2015, from Archive.org]

October 13 1874
[...]
David Powell
Ester Wade

Veterans administration pension payment card

[Veterans administration pension payment cards, 1907-1933, David Powell alias Richard Roberts]
[transcribed 7 March 2015, from FamilySearch]
[I did not transcribe the verso of the card, which lists the payments beginning 4th quarter 1910]


NAME Powell, David alias Richard Roberts 51657-B
Certificate No. 1163901
NAVY INVALID.
Law:
[crossed out:] ACT FEBRUARY 6, 1907
Act of May 11, 1912
Service: Coal Heaver U.S.S. Princeton + Tacony + P. E. 91st Pa. V. I.
Disability: [blank]
ISSUES.
CLASS.RATEDATE OF COMMENCEMENT.DATE OF CERTIFICATE.
Orig1230 Oct. 190830 Jan. 1911
Reis25Nov 14 1914[a curly brace connects this with the next line here]
 30Mch 12 [?] 1915Apr 23 1915
 40JUN 10 1918 
Inc.50May 1, 1920 
Inc.72June 1, 1921R Aug. 8, 1921

Fees: None
Transferred from: San Francisco
Transferred to: [blank]
Died: March 28, 1923 Letter
Bureau notified APR 11 1923
Remarks
W. Cambria Wyom
Died Mar 28 1923 Accrued order dated JUL 28 1923
Soldiers Home, Buffalo. Wyo. [whether 'Soldiers Home, Buffalo, Wyo.' is the place where he died, or Esther's address, isn't clear from its location on the card]
payable to widow Esther A. Powell.
MAY 6 1914
SEP 1 1921
Former Roll No. [blank]
Home: [blank]

VA pension payment card, Esther Powell

[Veterans administration pension payment cards, 1907-1933, Esther A Powell widow of David Powell alias Richard Roberts alias David Paul]
[transcribed 7 March 2015, from FamilySearch]


NAME Powell, Esther A.
Certificate No. 937712
NAVY WIDOW
Law: ACT OF MAY 1, 1920
Name of Sailor David Powell alias Richard Roberts alias David Paul
Service Coal Heaver, USS Princeton & Tacony & Pt E 91 Pa Inf
ISSUES
CLASSRATEDATE OF COMMENCEMENTDATE OF CERTIFICATE
Orig30May 16 1923 R Jul 28 1923

MINORS [blank]
Died July 9, 1927
Reported JUL 23 1927
Remarks: [blank]

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