91st PA: William Aloysious Sanders

William Aloysious Sanders

Before the war

He was born in Liberty Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania, on 27 July 1844, to Adam J Sanders and Susanna Topper (4) He was 20 years old when he enlisted in 1865 (2, 6 [17 in 1860], 7 [35 in 1880], 8 [65 in 1910], 10 [73 at death]). He was born in Adams County, Pennsylvania (2, 6, 7, 8).

In 1860, he was living in Liberty Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania (6). He was living with his parents Adam and Susanna, along with some (presumed) siblings (6).

When he enlisted, he was a laborer (2).

Description

He was 5 feet 9 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, blue eyes, and light hair (2).

During the war

He also served in company C of the 165th Pennsylvania Infantry (3). The regiment was mustered in on 11 November 1862 (4). The regiment went through Washington DC to Newport News, Virginia, and Suffolk, Virginia (4). He was mustered out with the regiment on 28 July 1863 (4).

He was drafted from Liberty Township (1, 2, 4). He enlisted and was mustered into service on 28 February 1865 (1, 2, 4). He was enlisted for one year, at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, by Captain Eyster (2). His enlistment was credited to the sixteenth congressional district (2). He was a private in company A (1, 11).

He mustered out with his company on 10 July 1865 (1). He was a private, in company A (11).

After the war

He was married to Lizzie Smith, by John Hoffman, either after the war or between his service in the 165th and 91st Pennsylvania (4). She died in the spring of 1866 (4). They had no children (4).

He next married Margaret Elizabeth Topper, in Greencastle, Franklin County, Pennsylvania (4), in 1867/68 (8). They had these children (4):

On 30 December 1879, he applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (3, 5). He claimed that he had been so sick while in Suffolk that he had to be nursed back to health by his messmates, Ezak McGlaughlin and David Gopper (4).

In 1880, he was living in Hamiltonban Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania (7). He was living with his wife Margaret, and children Mary, Agnes, Clara, Annie, Joseph, Rosy (7). He was a farmer (7).

He again applied for a pension on 26 July 1890, because of rheumatism, liver disease, and "pains in the head", etc. (4).

In 1910, he was living in Freedom Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania (8). He was living with his wife Margaret and daughters Agnes and Clara (8). He was a farmer, on a general farm (8).

And he again applied for a pension on 1 June 1912 (4).

He moved to Edgegrove about 1913 (10).

He died on 10 April 1915, at Edgegrove, Adams County, Pennsylvania, of pneumonia (3 [18 Apr], 4 [10 Apr], 10 [Saturday before 24 Apr]]). He was buried in Conewago Church Cemetery, Adams County, Pennsylvania, on 13 April 1915 (4, 10 [Centennial]). He was a carpenter (4). He was Roman Catholic (4).

His widow, Margaret E Sanders, applied for a pension ten days after his death (4). On 21 or 22 May 1915 [?], she again applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (3, 4, 5).

In 1920, his widow, Margaret Sanders, was living in Conewago Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania (9). She was living with her daughter Clara (9).

Margaret Elizabeth Sanders died on 27 October 1928, in Conewago Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania (4). She was buried in the family plot on 30 October 1928, in Conewago Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania (4).

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) (William Sanders)

2 company A descriptive roll, entry 162 (William Sanders)

3 pension index by regiment (William Sanders)

4 Sanders Family, fourth generation (Continued) (cached on Google as retrieved 27 Feb 2004; searched 21 February 2005) (cites military and pension records; 1850 PA census Adams County Liberty Township page 49; 1860 PA census Adams County Hamiltonban Township page 369; 1880 PA census Adams County Hamiltonban Township page 207; 1910 PA census Adams County Freedom Township ED 9 page 96A family 59; and his son Mervin) (William Aloysious Sanders; military and pension records have middle name 'Augustus')

5 pension index, by name (William Sanders)

6 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Liberty Township, microfilm series M653, film 1057, page 369 = 9 [?] handwritten (William Sanders)

7 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Hamiltonban Township, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 54, microfilm series T9, film 1085, page 207 A = 5 handwritten (Wm Sanders)

8 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Freedom Township, supervisor's district 15, enumeration district 9, microfilm series T624, film 1292, page 96 B = 3 handwritten (William Sanders)

9 1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Conowago Township, supervisor's district 13, enumeration district 7, microfilm series T625, film 1507, page 82 B = 10 handwritten (Margaret C Sanders)

10 William Sanders [death notice]. The Star and Sentinel (Gettysburg PA), 24 April 1915, page 3 (William Sanders)

11 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (William Sanders)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1890 US census, veterans schedules
Ancestry index (accessed October 2005)
1930 US census
Ancestry index (accessed January 2008)

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Liberty Township, microfilm series M653, film 1057, page 369 = 9 [?] handwritten]
line91011121314
Dwelling number328     
Family number356     
NameAdam SandersSusanna "Edmund "Catharine "Jeremiah "William "
Age595722241917
Sexmfmfmm
Color      
OccupationFarmer Laborer   
Value of real estate owned250     
Value of personal estate115     
Place of birth" [sc. Penna]"""""
Married within year      
Attended school within year      
Cannot read & write 1    
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.      

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Hamiltonban Township, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 54, microfilm series T9, film 1085, page 207 A = 5 handwritten]
line12345678
street name        
house number        
dwelling visit #1       
family visit #1       
nameSanders Wm" " Margart [sic]" " Mary" " Agness" " Clara" " Annie" " Joseph" " Rosy
colorWWWWWWWW
sexMFFFFFMF
age353312108642
month born if born in year        
relationship WifeDaughtDaughtDaughtDaughtSonDaught
single  111111
married11      
widowed/divorced        
married during year        
occupationFarmerHouse keeperAt home" "" "   
months unemployed        
currently ill?        
blind        
deaf/dumb        
idiotic        
insane        
disabled        
school this year  1111  
can't read        
can't write        
birthplacePenna" "" "" "" "" "" "" "
father's birthplacePenna" "" "" "" "" "" "" "
mother's birthplacePenna" "" "" "" "" "" "" "

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Freedom Township, supervisor's district 15, enumeration district 9, microfilm series T624, film 1292, page 96 B = 3 handwritten]
line69707172
streetLeading from Emmitsburg + Gettysburg Road to Haynesburg [?] Pike
house nr    
dwelling nr57   
family nr59   
nameSanders William- Margaret- Agnes- Clara
relationshipHeadWifeDaughterDaughter
sexMFFF
colorWWWW
age65644038
marital statusM2M1SS
#years present marriage4242  
mother of # children 7  
mother of # living children 5  
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaMarylandPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigrated    
naturalized/alien    
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglishEnglishEnglish
occupationFarmerNoneNoneNone
nature of industry etc.General farm   
employer etc.OA   
out of work 15 Apr 1910?    
# weeks out of work 1909    
can readYesYesYesYes
can writeYesYesYesYes
school since 1 Sep 09    
owned/rentedO   
owned free or mortagagedF   
farm/houseF   
nr on farm schedule51   
civil war vetUA   
blind    
deaf & dumb    

1920 census

[1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Conowago Township, supervisor's district 13, enumeration district 7, microfilm series T625, film 1507, page 82 B = 10 handwritten]
line9899
street[illegible] grove road
house numberX 
dwelling visit number213 
family visit number216 
nameSanders Margaret C- Clara
relationshipHeadDaughter
own/rentO 
free/mortgaged (if owned)F 
sexFF
raceWW
age at last birthday7348
marital statusWdS
year of immigration  
naturalized/alien  
year of naturalization  
attended school since Sept 1919  
can readYesYes
can writeYesYes
birth placePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
native language  
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's native language  
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's native language  
can speak EnglishYesYes
occupationNoneNone
industry, business  
employment status  
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 21 March 2015, from Fold3]


Sanders William
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

William Sanders [death notice]

[The Star and Sentinel (Gettysburg PA), 24 April 1915, page 3]
WILLIAM SANDERS

William Sanders died at his home at Edgegrove, Saturday evening about 5 o'clock after a short sickness from pneumonia. He was 73 years old. Mr. Sanders was a former resident of near Fairfield and moved to Edgegrove about two years ago. He leaves a wife and four children. A brother resides at Centennial and three sisters are living, one in Illinois and two in York. The funeral was held Tuesday morning from his home. Interment at Centennial.


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