91st PA: William G Schieffer

William G Schieffer

Before the war

He was born in 1837/38, in Bellfonte [?], [Centre County,] Pennsylvania, to Gottlieb Schiefer and Catharine [unknown family name]. [sources: date: 9 (25 in 1863), 15 (40 in 1880), 18 (44 in 1882), 19 (44 in 1882), 20 (12 in 1850), 21 (21 in 1860), 22 (31 in 1870). place: 9, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22. parents: 18, 20, 21]

In 1850, he was living in Upper Delaware Ward, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his parents Gottleib and Catherine Schaffer, and with his (presumed) siblings Henrietta, Louisia, Henry, Elemia, Julian, and Amelia. He had attended school within the year. [source: 20]

In 1860, he was living in ward 13, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his parents Gottleib G and Catharine Schiefer, and with his (presumed) siblings Julianna and Amelia. He was a painter. [source: 21]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 6 feet 3-5/8 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, blue eyes, and brown hair. [source: 9]

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered in on 10 September 1861 or on 16 September 1861. He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Captain Smith. He was a private, initially in company A. [sources: 1 (10 Sep), 9 (16 Sep), 23-26 (C)]

On 16 June 1862, Andrew Brown (C) wrote his father and sister a letter, in which he said that he had sent his 'likeness' with William Sheifer (C), and also asked them to 'Send two cakes of silver soap with Sheifer for cleaning Brass', informing them that they 'can see him at the [United] States hose house'. [source: 17]

He may have been detailed as cook for the brigade teamsters on 8 May 1863. [source: 6]

He fought at the Battle of Gettysburg. He was then in company C. [source: 12]

On 27 September 1863, he returned to his company. [source: 8]

He reenlisted as a veteran volunteer. [source: 1]

He was transferred to company C on 16 February 1864. He may have been mistakenly transferred to company A when he reenlisted (see fact of the week #102). [sources: 1, 3]

On 1 March 1864, Colonel Gregory detached him to collect conscripts, at Philadelphia. He returned from detached service on 16 April 1864. [sources: 2, 11]

He was detailed by General Griffin for duty in the division ordnance train on 10 June 1864. He was still there in September (?) 1864. [sources: 5, 7]

He mustered out on 10 July 1865 with his company. He was a private, in company C. [sources: 1, 23-26]

After the war

He married Catharine [unknown family name]. She was born in 1842/43, in Ireland. They seem to have had at least these children:

[sources: 15, 22]

On 14 March 1870, he applied successfully for a pension. [sources: 13, 14]

In 1870, he was living in ward 20, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Catharine, their (presumed) children Kate and Julia, and a domestic servant. He was a grocer, and owned $500 in personal property. [source: 22]

In 1880, he was living at 1964 Thompson Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Catherine, and children Katie, Julia, Joseph, Ella, and William G. He was a house painter. [source: 15]

On 14 August 1882, he died, at 1964 East Thompson Street, ward 25, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He died of apoplexy. He was a painter. On 17 or 18 August 1882, he was buried, either at Fernwood Cemetery (death certificate) or at Franklin Cemetery (newspaper death notice). Members of the Chosen Friends' Lodge, no. 100, International Order of Odd Fellows, the Gus. W. Town Post, No. 46, Grand Army of the Republic, the U S Hose Company, and the Relief of Disabled Firemen Association, as well as surviving members of the 91st, were invited to attend his funeral. The funeral was held from his late residence, 1964 E Thompson Street, below E Alleghany Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 18, 19]

On 14 October 1882, his widow, Catharine Schieffer, applied unsuccessfully for a pension. [sources: 13, 14]

On 27 June 1890, minor dependents including Joseph Schieffer applied unsuccessfully from Pennsylvania for a pension. [sources: 13, 14]

On 24 November 1906, Julia A Tissot, daughter of William G and Catherine M Schiefer, died. Perhaps she is the Julia who is his daughter. [source: 16]

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 Schieffer, William Scheiffer)

2 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 7 March 1864 (William Scheiffer)

3 special order 4, HQ 91st PA, 16 February 1864 (William Scheiffer)

4 special order 13, HQ 91st PA, 1 March 1864

5 special order 44, HQ 91st PA, 10 June 1864

6 consolidated morning report, HQ 91st PA, 9 May 1863 (Private Shaeffer)
[The report lists him under co.C, which seems inconsistent with entry (3) above, but I have no other candidates.]

7 [list of detailed men, probably from Sept 1864] (William G Shaeffer)

8 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 27 September 1863 (Private Shieffer)

9 company C, descriptive roll, entry 62 (William G Schiefer)

10 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 8 July 2004 (Wm G Schieffer--co. A only; the card simply refers to a company C card, which I could not find)

11 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 16 April 1864 (Scheifer)

12 Pennsylvania Memorial, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (Wm G Schaeffer)

13 pension index, by name (William G S Schieffer)

14 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company C (William G S Schieffer)

15 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 522, microfilm series T9, film 1184, page 68 B = 22 handwritten (William G Schiefer)

16 death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 26 November 1906 page 5 (Julia A Tissot)

17 letter, Andrew Brown to his father and sister, 16 June 1862, Alexandria, Virginia, in his father's pension certificate file, WC 134,972 (William Sheifer)

18 death notice, Philadelphia inquirer, Thursday 17 August 1882, page 5 (William G Schiefer)

19 death certificate, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, 14 August 1882 (William Shiefer)

20 1850 US census, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Upper Delaware ward, M432, film 816, page 109 recto = 217 handwritten, Wm Schaffer (FamilySearch) (Wm Schaffer)

21 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 13, microfilm series M653, film 1163, page 690 = 270 handwritten (FamilySearch) (William Schiefer)

22 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 20, district 65, microfilm series M593, film 1406, page 402 verso = 126 handwritten (FamilySearch) (William Schiefer)

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

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

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

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

Find a grave
accessed 27 December 2014
1890 US census, veterans schedules
Ancestry index (accessed November 2005)
1900 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 27 December 2014)
1910 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 27 December 2014)
1920 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 27 December 2014)
1930 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 27 December 2014)
1940 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 27 December 2014)

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William G Schieffer in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Upper Delaware ward, M432, film 816, page 109 recto = 217 handwritten, Wm Schaffer (FamilySearch)]
[identification is likely, since (1) his newspaper death notice gives his parents' names as Gottlieb and Catharine Schiefer]
line111213141516171819
Dwellings visited354        
Families visited471        
NameGottleib SchafferCatherine "Henrietta "Louisia "Henry "Emelia "Julian "Wm "Amelia "
Age504718161514131210
Sex" [sc. m]ff"mf"mf
Color         
Occupation of males over 15 yearsLabourer        
Real estate owned         
BirthplaceGermany"Pa""""""
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, ward 13, microfilm series M653, film 1163, page 690 = 270 handwritten, William Schiefer (FamilySearch)]
[identification is likely; see the note on the 1860 census entry transcribed above]
line2122232425
Dwelling number1842    
Family number1960    
NameGottleib G SchieferCatharine doJulianna doWilliam doAmelia do
Age6357232120
SexMFFMF
Color     
Occupation  SalesladyPainterSaleslady
Value of real estate owned     
Value of personal estate500    
Place of birthWittemberg [sic]doPennadodo
Married within year     
Attended school within year     
Cannot read & write     
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.     

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 20, district 65, microfilm series M593, film 1406, page 402 verso = 126 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is confirmed; see the 1880 census entry below]
line5689
Dwelling-house number883    
Family number940    
NameSchiefer William- Catharine- Kate- JuliaAreter Sarah
Age31272115
SexMFFFF
ColorWWWWW
OccupationGrocerKeep House  Dom. Servant
Real estate value     
Personal estate value500    
BirthplacePennaIrelandN. Jersey" "Penna
Father foreign born11   
Mother foreign born1111 
Birth month if born within year     
Marriage month if married within year     
Attended school past year     
Can't read     
Can't write    1
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, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 522, microfilm series T9, film 1184, page 68 B = 22 handwritten]
[identification is confirmed, since (1) the address matches the address in the death notice transcribed below, and (2) his wife's name matches the name of the widow who applied for a pension]
line25262728293031
street nameThompson Street
house number1964      
dwelling visit #168      
family visit #169      
nameSchiefer William G- Catherine- Katie- Julia- Joseph- Ella- William G
colorWWWWWWW
sexMFFFMFM
age40371211975
month born if born in year       
relationship wifeDaughterDaughtersonDaughterson
single  11111
married11     
widowed/divorced       
married during year       
occupationHouse painterKeeping houseAt schoolAt schoolAt schoolAt schoolAt school
months unemployed       
currently ill?       
blind       
deaf/dumb       
idiotic       
insane       
disabled       
school this year  11111
can't read       
can't write       
birthplacePennIrelandNew JerseyNew JerseyPennPennPenn
father's birthplaceGermanyIrelandPennPennPennPennPenn
mother's birthplaceGermanyIrelandIrelandIrelandIrelandIrelandIreland

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]


Scheiffer William G.
Co. C, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Schiefer, William G.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 22 Mar 15]

Schiefer William G.
Co. C, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 3, transcribed 22 Mar 15]

Scheifer William G.
Co. C, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Schiefer, William G.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 4, transcribed 26 Mar 15]

Schieffer William G.
Co. C, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Schiefer William G.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, 14 August 1882, William Shiefer]
[transcribed 27 December 2014, from FamilySearch]


RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, William Shiefer
2. Color, W.
3. Sex, M.
4. Age, 44 yrs
5. Married
6. Date of Death, Aug - 14' 82
7. Cause of Death, Apoplexy
John P. Haynes M.D.
Residence, 1342 Richmond St.

UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, Painter
9. Place of Birth, Bellefonte Pa
10. When a Minor [blank]
11. Ward, 25th
12. Street and Number, 1964 East Thompson St
13. Date of Burial, Aug 18th 1882
14. Place of Burial, Fernwood [sic] Cemetery
Green + Mathieu Undertakers
Residence 1005 E Lehigh Ave

death notice

[death notice, Philadelphia inquirer, Thursday 17 August 1882, page 5]
[transcribed 27 December 2014, from GenealogyBank]

SCHIEFER.--On the 14th inst., WILLIAM G., son of the late Gottlieb and Catharine Schiefer, aged forty-four years.

Relatives and friends, also Chosen Friends' Lodge, No.100, I.O.O.F., surviving members of the 91st Regiment P.N.G [sic], Gus. W. Town Post, No. 46, G.A.R., U.S. Hose Co., and the Relief of Disabled Fireman Asso, are respectfully invited to attend his funeral this afternoon, at 2 o'clock, from his late residence, No. 1964 E. Thompson street, below E. Alleghany ave., Twenty-fifth ward. To proceed to Franklin Cemetery.

daughter's death notice

[death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 26 November 1906 page 5, Julia A Tissot]

TISSOT.--On November 24, 1906, JULIA A., wife of Henry P Tissot and daughter of the late William G and Catherine M Schiefer. Residence, Upland Terrace, Bala. Due notice of the funeral will be given.


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