91st PA: Maxillus M Rooke

Maxillus M Rooke

Before the war

He was born on 5 April 1842 (or 1840?), to Frederick Moering Rooke and Margaret Smithes (13 [Apr 1840], 14 [5 Apr 1842], 15 [9 in 1850]). He was 20 years old when he enlisted in the 18th Pennsylvania Infantry in April 1861 (6, 10 [19 in 1860], 11 [30 in 1870], 12 [39 in 1880], 13 [60 in 1900]). He was 21 years old when he enlisted in August 1861 (4). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (4, 14, 15).

In 1850, he was living in the 2nd ward, Spring Garden, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania (15). He had attended school within the year (15).

In 1860, he was living in the 20th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, apparently with his family (10). He was an apprentice to a blacksmith (10).

When he enlisted, he was a machinist, and was living in Philadelphia (4, 6).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 7-1/4 inches tall, and had a light complexion, blue eyes, and light hair (4).

During the war

On 24 April 1861, he was mustered in as a private in company I of the 18th Pennsylvania Infantry, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (6, 7 [22 Apr]). The regiment mustered out on 7 August 1861 (6, 7 [6 Aug]).

He enlisted and was mustered into service as a sergeant in company A on 20 August 1861 (1, 3, 4, 6 [as pvt], 7 [25 Aug], 17-18). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Captain Starr (4).

He was reduced to the ranks (3).

He was discharged, from a camp in the field, on 27 May 1863 (1) or on 28 January 1863 (2), or on 27 January 1863 (4), on surgeon's certificate of disability (1, 2, 4, 6, 7 [26 Jan 63]). He was a private in company A (1, 2, 17-18).

He also served as sergeant in company H of the 33rd Pennsylvania Militia Infantry (5, 6, 7). He was mustered in on 17 June 1863, and discharged on 5 August 1863 (7).

After the war

He married Eliza or Jennie [unknown family name] in 1863/64 (11 [Eliza], 12 [Jennie], 13 [Jennie], 14 [Jane ("Jennie")], 16 [Jennie]). In 1900, she had had six children, four of whom were alive (13).

In 1870, he was living in the 24th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (11). He was a switchtender (11). He was living with Eliza (presumably his wife) and his daughter Alice (11).

In 1880, he was living at 2324 Alter Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (12). He was a watchman (12). He was living with his wife Jannie, and children Alice, Emily, Henry, and Ann (12).

In 1890, he was living at 1933 Wilder Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (7). He was a switchman (7).

In 1900, he was living at 1250 23rd Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (13). He was living with his wife Jennie [?], his son Marion, and his daughter Mary A Boott and her spouse (13).

On 16 October 1890, he applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (5, 9).

He died on 28 March 1906 (14, 16), probably in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The funeral was held on Monday from 125 South 23rd Street, in Philadelphia (his residence) (16). He is buried in Mount Moriah Cemetery (16).

On 16 June 1906, his widow, Jane Rooke, applied successfully for a pension (5, 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) (Max's M Rooke)

2 Register of men discharged, co.A (Mateilious [? Mat--ous seems clear] M Rooke)

3 register of non-commissioned officers, company A (Maximilus [?] M Rooke)

4 company A descriptive roll, entry 86 (Maximillus M Rooke)

5 pension index, by regiment (Maxillus Rook)

6 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 6 September 2004 [3 cards: I Mil 63 (Maxillis Rook), I 18 (Maxillus Rooke), and A 91 (Max's M Rooke; rolls have 'Maximullus')

7 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 595, page [3] (image 1939 on Ancestry) (Maxilus Rooke)

8 1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory (M Rooke)

9 pension index, by name (Maxillus Rook)

10 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 20th ward 1st division, series M653 roll 1171 page 352 = 354 handwritten (Maxillus [?] Rooke)

11 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 24th ward 78th district, series M593 roll 1411 page 404 (Maxillus Rooke)

12 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, series T9 roll 1185, page 732B = page 6 B handwritten, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 565 (Maxillus Rooke)

13 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 36th ward, series T623 roll 1478 pages 5B-6A = handwritten 5B-6A, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 937 (Maxillus Rooke)

14 Rooke Family - Eng-Ireland-USA, gedcom on WorldConnect, at Rootsweb (searched 13 November 2005) (Maxillus Rooke)

15 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Spring Garden, 2nd ward, microfilm series M432, film 818, page 413 (Maxillus Rooke)

16 [death notice], Philadelphia Inquirer, 1 April 1906, page 10; also on 30 March 1906 page 7 (Maxillus Brooke [sic])

17 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Maxillus M Rooke)

18 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Maximillus Rook)

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, Spring Garden, 2nd ward, microfilm series M432, film 818, page 413]
line15161718192021222324252627
Dwellings visited643            
Families visited680            
NameFrederick M RookeMargaret "Cannemillus [?] "Anne Eliza "Alice "Maxillus "Maxim Maxillus "Frederick William "Henry SmithsonMary Ann "Caroline HasbesonReuben SampleAbraham Casler
Age52452221129742023222326
SexMFMFFMMMMFFMM
Color             
Occupation of males over 15 yearsCordwainer Sea Captain     Plumber  BricklayerCordwainer
Real estate owned             
BirthplaceNew YorkEnglandPennsylvania"""""""New YorkPennsylvania"
Married within year             
Attended school within year    11       
Over 20 & can't read/write             
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.             

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 20th ward 1st division, series M653 roll 1171 page 352 = 354 handwritten]
line34567
Dwelling number2319    
Family number2581    
NameFrederick RookeElizabeth "Marion "Maxillus [?] "Frederick "
Age6259161914
SexMFMMM
Color     
OccupationShoe Maker  Blacksmith App 
Value of real estate owned     
Value of personal estate100    
Place of birthNew YorkPenna"""
Married within year     
Attended school within year    1
Cannot read & write     
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.     

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 24th ward 78th district, series M593 roll 1411 page 404]
line345
Dwelling-house number784  
Family number792  
NameRooke Maxillus Eliza Alice
Age30223
SexMFF
ColorWWW
OccupationSwitch tenderK House 
Real estate value   
Personal estate value   
BirthplacePennPennPenn
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 old1  
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...   

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, series T9 roll 1185, page 732B = page 6 B handwritten, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 565]
line101112131415
street nameAlter Street
house number2324     
dwelling visit #46     
family visit #52     
nameRooke, Maxillus- Jannie- Alace- Emmely- Henry- Ann M
colorWWWWWW
sexMFFFMF
age393213954/12
month born if born in year      
relationship WifeDaughterDaughterSonDaughter
single  1111
married11    
widowed/divorced      
married during year      
occupationWatchmanKeeping houseAt SchoolAt school  
months unemployed      
currently ill?      
blind      
deaf/dumb      
idiotic      
insane      
disabled      
school this year  11  
can't read      
can't write      
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplaceN.Y.IrelandPennPennPennPenn
mother's birthplaceEnglandPennPennPennPennPenn

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 595, page [3] (image 1939 on Ancestry)]
[line] 33
[house] 281
[family] 314
[name] Maxilus Rooke
[rank] Private
[company] I [?]
[unit] 18 Pa Vol
[enlistment date] 22 Apr 1861
[discharge date] 6 Aug 1861
[length of service] [blank] years, 3 months, 15 days

[rank] Private
[company] A
[unit] 91 Pa Vol
[enlistment date] 25 Aug 1861
[discharge date] 26 Jan 1863
[length of service] 1 year, 5 months, [blank] days

[rank] Sergeant
[company] H
[unit] 33 Pa Vol
[enlistment date] 17 June 1863
[discharge date] 5 Aug 1863
[length of service] [blank] years, 1 month, 19 days

[post office address] 1933 Wilder St Phila Pa
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory

[searched transcription on Ancestry]
M Rooke, switchman, h 1933 Wilder

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 36th ward, series T623 roll 1478 pages 5B-6A = handwritten 5B-6A, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 937]
line99100123
street23rd23rd
house number1250 1250  
dwelling number110 110  
family number110 110  
nameRooke MaxillusRooke Jennie [?]Rooke MarionBoott Mary A.Boott John
relationshipHeadWifesonDaughterS-in-Law
colorWWWWW
sexMFMFM
birth dateApr 1840Sept 1849Oct 1881Feb 1880Oct [?] 1874
age6050182025
married?MMSMM
# years married3636 22
mother of how many children? 6   
# of children living 4   
birthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaPenna
father's birthplaceNew YorkPennaPennaPennaPenna
mother's birthplaceEnglandPennaPennaPennaPenna
immigration year     
# years in USA     
naturalized citizen?     
occupation[first syllable illegible; may begin with 'G'??] man  SailorHouse KeeperCandy Maker
# months not employed0 000
# months in school     
can readYesYesYesYesYes
can writeYesYesYesYesYes
speaks EnglishYesYesYesYesYes
owned/rentedR    
free or mortgaged     
farm/houseH    
# 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 15 March 2015, from Fold3]


Rooke, Maxillus M.
     or Maxilus
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Sgt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 16 March 2015]

Rook, Maximillus M.
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Sgt. | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Rooke, Maxillus M.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death notice

[Philadelphia Inquirer, 1 April 1906, page 10; also on 30 March 1906 page 7]

BROOKE [sic].--On March 28, 1906, MAXILLUS, beloved husband of Jennie Rooke [sic]. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral, on Monday, at 2 PM, from his late residence, 1250 S 23d st. Interment at Mount Moriah Cemetery.


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