91st PA: Louis Sessler (or Selser)

Louis Sessler (or Selser)

Before the war

He was born on 28 February 1849, in Germany. [sources: date: 6, 10; 2 (18 in 1864), 6 (51 in 1900), 11 (18 in 1865). place: 6, 10]

In 1849/50, he immigrated to the United States. He was a naturalized citizen by 1900. [source: 6]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 4 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, blue eyes, and light hair. [source: 2]

When he enlisted in the regular army in 1865, he was 5 feet 4-1/4 inches tall, and had blue eyes, brown hair, and a brown complexion. [source: 11]

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 14 July 1864. He enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a private in company A. [sources: 1, 2, 3, 14]

In January 1865, he was tried by court martial. [source: 7]

He apparently joined the regiment in February 1865. [source: 5]

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

After the war

In August 1865, he reported that he was a brakesman. [source: 11]

He also served in company G of the 14th United States Infantry. He enlisted on 23 August 1865, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On 23 August 1868, he was discharged, when his term expired, at Camp Lincoln, Arizona Territory. He was a private. [sources: 3, 4, 11]

On 5 November 1890, he applied successfully from Arizona for a pension. [sources: 3, 4]

On 23 July 1891, he married Sophia Cox, in Globe, Pinal County, Arizona. She was born on 22 March 1866, in Mason, Mason, Texas, to Thomas Reese Cox and Matilda Armendia Coots. She had been married to Walter Aaron ('Bud') Frazier, and had four children by him. She and Louis Sessler had at least one child:

[sources: 6 (4 children, 3 alive), 10 (also mentions a Louis Samuel Sessler, born 1892, as their child), 12, 13]

He received a pension of $6 per month effective 27 July 1895, under the Act of 27 June 1890. The pension certificate was dated 27 March 1896. [source: 9]

In 1900, he was living in Gila County, Arizona. He was living with his wife Sophia, his stepchildren Walter and James [?] Francis, and his son John W Sessler. [source: 6]

On 28 August 1907, he again applied for a pension. [source: 3]

His pension certificate was reissued on 25 May 1910, and he received $12 (?) per month, effective 18 May 1910. [source: 8]

His pension certificate was reisssued on 14 April 1913, under the Act of 11 May 1912. He received $13.50 per month, effective 11 June 1912. [source: 8]

Effective 28 February 1914 (?), his pension was increased to $15.50 per month. [source: 8]

On 22 November 1916, his wife, Sophia, died, in Globe, Gila, Arizona. [source: 10]

Effective 28 February, 1918, his pension was increased to $19 per month. [source: 8]

On 10 (?) June 1918, his pension was increased to $20 per month. [source: 8]

On 28 February 1920, his pension was increased to $32 per month. [source: 8]

On 1 May 1920, his pension was increased to $50 per month. [source: 8]

Effective 28 February 1923, his pension was scheduled to be increased to $25.50 per month. This scheduled increased was undoubtedly preempted by the other increases. [source: 8]

On 7 March 1921, he was dropped from the pension rolls, because he hadn't claimed his pension. He was last paid in the fourth quarter of 1920. [source: 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) (Louis Selser)

2 company A descriptive roll, entry 154 (Louis Selser)

3 pension index, by regiment (Louis Sessler [sic])

4 pension index, by name (Louis Sessler)

5 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 27 February 1865 [sic] (Louis Selser)

6 1900 US census, Arizona, Gila County, portions of Gila County outside of Globe, supervisor's district Arizona, enumeration district 18, microfilm series T623, film 45, page 246 A = 19 handwritten (Louis Sessler)

7 National Archives Archival Research Catalog (accessed 24 July 2010) (Louis Selser)

8 Veterans administration pension payment cards, 1907-1933, FamilySearch (Louis Sessler)

9 second card, Veterans administration, pension payment cards, 1907-1933, Louis Sessler, FamilySearch (Louis Sessler)

10 'Adling family tree', an Ancestry family tree, owner Sbarker 72, accessed 18 January 2014

11 Register of enlistments in the US army, 1798-1914, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 94, microfilm series M233, 1864-65, L-Z, page 149, entry 1080 (Louis Sessler)

12 Arizona marriage collection, 1864-1982, available on Ancestry, accessed 19 January 2014 (Louis Sessler)

13 message in RootsWeb AzGAB-L list, 23 July 2001, by Ann Patton

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1850 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry indices (Sessler and Selser), accessed 19 January 2014
1860 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry indices (Sessler and Selser), accessed 19 January 2014
1870 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry indices (Sessler and Selser), accessed 19 January 2014
1880 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry indices (Sessler and Selser), accessed 19 January 2014
1890 US census, veterans schedules
Ancestry index (accessed October 2005)
1910 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry indices (Sessler and Selser), accessed 19 January 2014
1920 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry indices (Sessler and Selser), accessed 19 January 2014
1930 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry indices (Sessler and Selser), accessed 19 January 2014
1940 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry indices (Sessler and Selser), accessed 19 January 2014
Find a grave
accessed 18 January 2014: searched Louis Sessler or Selser died 1920/1921
headstone applications for US military veterans, 1925-1949
FamilySearch index (accessed 18 January 2014): searched for Louis Selser or Sessler
South Dakota death index
accessed on Ancestry 18 January 2014 (linked by several Ancestry family trees)
"130692 SESSLER LOUIS MINNEHAHA 09-11-30"
but note that Find a grave has an entry for him in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, South Dakota, at memorial 44867119, which has a photograph of a stone reading "LOUIS 1855-1930", and which links to his spouse Philippine Aldinger Sessler (1866-1948)
Arizona death records, 1870-1951
available on FamilySearch (accessed 19 January 2014)
the Louis Sessler who died in Globe, Gila, Arizona, in 1917 (FamilySearch) is presumably not the Louis Sessler who served in the 91st, since he continued to receive his pension through 1920

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Louis Sessler (or Selser) in the 91st PA gedcom on RootsWeb WorldConnect

Louis Selser in the 91st PA database

1900 census

[1900 US census, Arizona, Gila County, portions of Gila County outside of Globe, supervisor's district Arizona, enumeration district 18, microfilm series T623, film 45, page 246 A = 19 handwritten]
[identification is likely, since he applied for a pension in 1890 from Arizona (see source 4 above)]
line2526272829
street     
house number     
dwelling number496    
family number503    
nameSessler Louis- SophiaFrasier WalterFrasier Jessie [?]Sessler John W.
relationshipHeadWifeS SonS SonSon
colorWWWWW
sexMFMMM
birth dateFeb 49Mar 66July 83Feb 85June [?] 97
age513416152
married?MMSSS
# years married88   
mother of how many children? 4   
# of children living 3   
birthplaceGermanyTexasTexasTexasArizona
father's birthplaceGermanyTexasTexasTexasGermany
mother's birthplaceGermanyTexasTexasTexasTexas
immigration year50    
# years in USA50    
naturalized citizen?Na    
occupationMiner Coal Breaker [?]  
# months not employed6 0  
# months in school   5 
can readYesYesYesYes 
can writeYesYesYesYes 
speaks EnglishYesYesYesYes 
owned/rentedO    
free or mortgagedF    
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 28 March 2015, from Fold3]


Selser Louis
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

Army enlistment

[Register of enlistments in the US army, 1798-1914, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 94, microfilm series M233, 1864-65, L-Z, page 149, entry 1080, Louis Sessler]
[transcribed from Ancestry, 19 January 2014]


NO.1080
NAMES. Sessler Louis
ENLISTED.
When. " [sc. 1865 August] 23
Where. " " [sc. Philadelphia Pa]
By whom. " " [sc. Capt Best (?)]
Period. [sc. 3 yrs]
WHERE BORN.
Town or County. [blank]
State. Germany
AGE. 18
OCCUPATION. Brakesman
DESCRIPTION.
Eyes. Blue
Hair. Brown
Complex'n. " [sc. Brown]
HEIGHT. 5 feet 4 1/4 inches
REGIMENT. 14 Inf.
CO. G.
REMARKS. Dischg'd Aug. 23 /68. Esp. of service, at Camp Lincoln A.T. as Pvt

marriage record

[Arizona marriage collection, 1864-1982, available on Ancestry, accessed 19 January 2014]
[source note: abstracted from the Gila County marriage record, volume 1, page 17]

[Louis Sessler married Sophia Frazier on 23 July 1891, in Globe, Pinal County, Arizona]

Veterans administration pension payment card

[Veterans administration pension payment cards, 1907-1933, FamilySearch]
[transcribed 18 January 2014]
[I did not transcribe the detailed payment information, but the last payment was recorded in the 4th quarter of 1920]

NAME: SESSLER [sic], LOUIS
Certificate No. 905389
ARMY INVALID.
Law: Act of May 11, 1912.
Act of Feb. 6, 1907.
Service: Pvt. A. 91" Pa. Vol. Inf.
ISSUES.
CLASS.RATE.DATE OF COMMENCEMENT.DATE OF CERTIFICATE.
Reis12 [?]18 May, 191025 May, 1910
REISSUE13 1/2June 11, 1912.APR 14 1913
 15 1/2Feby 28 1914 [?] 
 19 [?]Feby 28, 1918 
 25 1/2 [?]Feb 28, 1923 
 20June 10 [?], 1918 
 32Feby 28 1920 
 50MAY 1 1920 
Transferred from: WASHINGTON.
Transferred to: [blank]
Died: Failure to Claim Mar 7 1921
Bureau notified: [blank]
Remarks: [blank]

Veterans administration, pension payment card (card 2)

[Veterans administration, pension payment cards, 1907-1933, Louis Sessler, FamilySearch]
[transcribed 18 January 2014]

NAME: Sessler, Louis
Certificate No. 905389
ARMY INVALID.
Law: Act of June 27, 1890
Service: Pvt. A. 91 Pa. V I.
Disability: [blank]
ISSUES.
CLASS.RATE.DATE OF COMMENCEMENT.DATE OF CERTIFICATE.
 6July 27, 1895Mar 27, 1896
Fees: [blank]
Transferred from: WASHINGTON, D.C.
Transferred to: [blank]
Died: [blank]
Bureau notified: [blank]
Remarks: Dropped to allow under act of Feb. 6, 1907
Former Roll No. 40536
Home: [blank]

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