91st PA: Henry G Shaeffer

Henry G Shaeffer

Before the war

He was born in 1832/33, in Bellefonte, [Centre County,] Pennsylvania. [sources: date: 6 (29 in 1862), 7 (29 in 1862), 12-13 (49th year of his age in 1882), 14 (36 in 1870), 15 (48 in 1880). place: 6, 7 (Belfonte PA), 13, 14, 15]

When he enlisted, he was a currier, and was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 6, 7]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 6 feet 1 inch tall, and had a dark complexion, dark eyes, and dark hair. [sources: 6, 7]

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service as a private on 2 January 1862, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was enlisted for three years, by Captain Sinex. He was a private in company A. [sources: 1, 6, 7, 16-25 (A or G?)]

He fought at the Battle of Gettysburg. [source: 11]

On 26 August 1863, Sinex reported that he was still reported as a teamster at Corps Headquarters. [source: 4]

He started working as Colonel Gregory's hostler on 17 October 1863, and was still his hostler on 14 November 1863, and 30 December 1863. [sources: 2, 3, 5]

He reenlisted as a veteran volunteer on 25 February 1864. [sources: 1, 7]

On 13 October 1864, he was reported absent sick. [source: 10]

He was absent, sick, when the regiment mustered out on 10 July 1865. He was a private. [sources: 1, 6 (absent wounded), 7, 16-25 (A or G?)]

After the war

On 16 September 1865, he applied successfully for a pension. [sources: 8, 9]

In 1870, he was living in ward 16, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his (presumed) wife Catharine, and two others. He was a watchman, and owned $400 in personal property. [source: 14]

In 1880, he was living at 456 Kerr Street, ward 12, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Cathrine and a servant. He was a night watchman. He was disabled; his 'kidney aftd' [= was affected?]. [source: 15]

On 8 July 1882, he died, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He died of diabetes. On 12 July 1882, he was buried, initially in Palmer Vault, and then in North Cedar Hill Cemetery. Members of the Colonel Ulric Dahlgren Post, number 14, GAR, camp 3 Sons of Veterans, the surviving members of the 91st, and the police of the Twelfth ward, were invited to attend the funeral, which was held from his residence, 456 Kerr Street. [source: 12, 13]

On 18 November 1882, his widow, Catherine Shafer, applied unsuccessfully for a pension. [sources: 8, 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) (Henry G Shaeffer)

2 letter, Gregory to Marvin, 14 November 1863 (Henry Schaefer)

3 letter, Sellers to Marvin, 30 December 1863

4 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 26 August 1863

5 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 23 October 1863 (Priv Schaeffer)

6 company A descriptive book, entry 70 (Henry J Scheaffer)

7 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 5 May 2004 (Henry G Shaeffer, rolls also have middle initial 'J')

8 pension index, by regiment (Henry Scheafer [?--could be Schiefer])

9 pension index, by name (Henry J Schafer)

10 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 13 October 1864 (Privt Shaeffer)

11 Pennsylvania Memorial, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (H G Shaeffer)

12 death notice, Philadelphia inquirer Wednesday 12 July 1882, page 4 (Henry J Schaffer)

13 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 8 July 1881 (Henry J Schiefer)

14 1870 US census Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 16, district 48, microfilm series M593, film 1401, page 274 recto = 219 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Henry Schiefer)

15 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, enumeration district 209, ward 12, division 13, microfilm series T9, film 1173, page 149 = 14 B handwritten (Henry Shiefer)

16 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Henry C Schieffer)

17 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Henry C Scheifer)

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

19 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Henry C Scaeffer)

20 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Henry C Scaeffer)

21 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Henry C Schaffer)

22 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Henry J Scheaffer)

23 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Henry J Schiefer)

24 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Henry C Shoffer)

25 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Henry C Shaeffer)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1890 US census, veterans schedules
Ancestry index (accessed Oct 05)
Rootsweb WorldConnect
accessed June 2007
Find a grave
accessed 21 Mar 15
Pennsylvania, veterans burial cards, 1777-1999
Ancestry index (accessed 18 Mar 15)
records of headstones of deceased Union veterans, 1879-1903
FamilySearch index (accessed 18 Mar 15)
headstone applications for US military veterans, 1925-1949
FamilySearch index (accessed 18 Mar 15)

Display



Henry G Shaeffer in the 91st PA database

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 16, district 48, microfilm series M593, film 1401, page 274 recto = 219 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is uncertain, but note (1) that Catharine's name and age match the Cathrine married to Henry in the 1880 census, (2) his occupation matches his occupation in 1880, but (3) the 1880 Henry Schiefer's parents were foreign born]
line24252627
Dwelling-house number1608   
Family number1736   
NameSchiefer Henry- CatharineNuskey [??] Geo- Lizzie
Age36373128
SexMFMF
Colorwwww
OccupationWatchmanKeeps HouseWorks in Rolling Mill 
Real estate value    
Personal estate value400   
BirthplacePennPennPennConn
Father foreign born    
Mother foreign born    
Birth month if born within year    
Marriage month if married within year  MarMar
Attended school past year    
Can't read    
Can't write  1 
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.    
Male US citizen at least 21 years old1 1 
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...    

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, enumeration district 209, ward 12, division 13, microfilm series T9, film 1173, page 149 = 14 B handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is confirmed by the address, which matches the address in the death certificate]
line171819
street nameKerr Street
house number456  
dwelling visit #105  
family visit #119  
nameSchiefer Henry- CathrineDittnif [?] Hannah
colorWWW
sexMFF
age484657
month born if born in year   
relationship WifeServant
single  1
married11 
widowed/divorced   
married during year   
occupationnight WatchmanKeeps HouseH Servant
months unemployed   
currently ill?Kidney aftd [sic]  
blind   
deaf/dumb   
idiotic   
insane   
disabled1  
school this year   
can't read   
can't write   
birthplacePennsylvaniaPhilaPhila
father's birthplaceWurtembgPrussiaUnknown
mother's birthplaceWurtembgPenna

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]


Schieffer Henry C
Co. A. G, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Schaffer Henry C.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 21 March 2015]

Scheifer Henry C
Co. A, G, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Schaffer Henry C.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 3, transcribed 22 Mar 15]

Schuffer Henry C
Co. A G, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Schaffer, Henry C.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 4, transcribed 22 Mar 15]

Scaeffer Henry C.
Co. A G, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Schaffer Henry C

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 5, transcribed 22 Mar 15]

Scheiffer Henry C.
Co. A G, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Schaffer Henry C

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 6, transcribed 26 Mar 15]

Schaffer Henry C
Co. A, G, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 7 transcribed 26 Mar 15]

Scheaffer Henry J
Co. A, G, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Schaffer Henry C.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 8, transcribed 26 Mar 15]

Schiefer Henry J.
Co. A G, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Schaffer Henry C.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 9, transcribed 29 Mar 15]

Shoffer Henry C.
Co. A G, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Schaffer, Henry C.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 10, transcribed 1 Apr 15]

Shaeffer Henry C
Co. A G, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Schaffer Henry C

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 8 July 1881, Henry J Schiefer (FamilySearch)]
[transcribed 21 March 2015, from FamilySearch]


RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, Henry J. Schiefer
2. Color, White
3. Sex, Male
4. Age, 49 Yrs
5. Married
6. Date of Death, July 8th
7. Cause of Death, Diabetes
H. H. Groth M.D.
Residence, 875 Nth 5th st.

UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, [blank]
9. Place of Birth, Pa
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 12th
12. Street and Number, No 456 Kerr st
13. Date of Burial, July 12 /82
14. Place of Burial, North Cedar Hill Cemetery
Geo Thumbert Undertaker.
Residence, 424 Poplar st

death notice

[death notice, Philadelphia inquirer Wednesday 12 July 1882, page 4]
[transcribed 21 March 2015, from GenealogyBank]

SCHAFFER.--On the 8th inst., HENRY J. SCHAFFER, in the forty-ninth year of his age.

The relatives and friends of the family, also Col. Ulric Dahlgren Post, No. 14, G.A.R., and Camp 3, S. of V.; also the surviving members of the Ninety-first Regiment, P.V.V., and the G.A.R. in general, and the police of the Twelfth ward, are respectfully invited to attend his funeral, this afternoon, at 2 o'clock, from his residence, No 456 Kerr street, between Fifth and Lawrence streets. To proceed to Palmer vault.


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