91st PA: Mordecai Shinn

Mordecai Shinn

Before the war

He was born in 1828/39 (2 (34 in 1863), 4 (31 in 1860), 5 (22 in 1850), 6 (40 in 1870), 16 (39 at death in 1871)). He was born in Medford, New Jersey (2, 4 (Philadelphia), 5 (NJ), 18 (Philadelphia)). He was born to Henry Simmons Shinn and Elizabeth M Dillon (18, 19).

In 1850, he was living in ward 3, Spring Garden, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (5). He was a bricklayer (5).

Probably in 1855-56, he was a bricklayer, living at 56 Myrtle, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (7, 8).

Probably in 1857, he was a bricklayer, living at 1210 Myrtle, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (9).

Probably in 1859, he was a bricklayer, living at 1210 Ogden, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (10).

In 1860, he was living in the 14th ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (4). He was living with Rebecca (presumably his wife), and with Anna, Mary, and Sallie Wallace (4). He was a bricklayer, and owned $300 in personal property (4).

Probably in 1861, he was a bricklayer, living at 1128 Parrish, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (11).

When he enlisted, he was a bric[k] lay[er] (2).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 6-1/2 inches tall, and had a light complexion, blue eyes, and dark hair (2).

During the war

He was drafted (1, 2, 3). He enlisted and was mustered into service in the 118th Pennsylvania Infantry on 13 July 1863 (1, 2, 3). He was enlisted for three years (2). His enlistment was credited to the fourth congressional district (2). He was a private in company C of the 118th Pennsylvania (3).

On 14 April 1865, his presumed wife, Rebecca, seems to have died, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (17). She died at, or was buried from 1128 Purrish [sic; presumably Parrish] Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (17). On 17 April 1865, she was buried at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (17).

On 2 June 1865, he was transferred from the 118th Pennsylvania Infantry to company C of the 91st Pennsylvania Infantry (1, 3). He was a private in company C of the 91st Pennsylvania (1, 20).

He mustered out with his company on 10 July 1865 (1). He was a private, in company C (20).

After the war

Probably in 1866-68, he was living at 268 North 4th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (12, 13). Probably in 1866, he was a bricklayer (12). Probably in 1868, he was a plumber (13).

In 1870, he was living in ward 13, Philaelphia, Pennsylvania (6). He was living with Anna (presumably his wife) and Frank (presumably their child) (6).

Probably in 1870-71, he was a bricklayer (14, 15). Probably in 1870, he was living at rear 469 Franklin, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (14). Probably in 1871, he was living at rear 459 Franklin, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (15).

On 8 June 1871, he died, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (16 [8 June 1871], 18 [1872], 19 [1872]). He had no children (19).

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) (Mordecai Shinn)

2 company C, descriptive roll, entry 180 (Mordecai Shinn)

3 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'One hundred and eighteenth regiment'. Page 1323. (In the roster) (Mordecai Shinn)

4 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 14th ward, 1st division, microfilm series M653, film 1164, page 286 = 286 handwritten (Mordecai Shinn)

5 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Spring Garden, ward 3, precinct 1, microfilm series M432, film 818, page 464 recto = 929 handwritten (Mordicai [sic] Shinn)

6 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 13, district 37, page 238 verso = 34 handwritten (Mordecai Shinn)

7 1856 Biddle's Philadelphia city directory, page 582, on Footnote (accessed 10 October 2010) (Mordecai Shinn)

8 1857 Biddle's Philadelphia city directory, page 611, on Footnote (accessed 10 October 2010) (Mordecai Shinn)

9 1858 Biddle's Philadelphia city directory, page 616, on Footnote (accessed 10 October 2010) (Mordecai Shinn)

10 1860 Philadelphia city directory, page 822, on Footnote (accessed 10 October 2010) (Mordecai Shinn)

11 1862 Philadelphia city directory, page 604, on Footnote (accessed 10 October 2010) (Mordecai Shinn)

12 1867 Philadelphia city directory, page 1149, on Footnote (accessed 10 October 2010) (Mordecai Shinn)

13 1869 Philadelphia city directory, page 1340, on Footnote (accessed 10 October 2010) (Mordecai Shinn)

14 1871 Philadelphia city directory, page 1284, on Footnote (accessed 10 October 2010) (Mordecai Shinn)

15 1872 Philadelphia city directory, page 1199, on Footnote (accessed 10 October 2010) (Mordecai Shinn)

16 Philadelphia Pennsylvania death certificate extract on LDS Pilot site (accessed 10 October 2010) (Mordecai M Shinn) [identification is probable; this is the only Mordecai Shinn in the index, and he disappears from the city directory after 1872]

17 Philadelphia Pennsylvania death certificate extract on LDS Pilot site (accessed 10 October 2010) (Rebecca Shinn) [identification is confirmed by the street address]

18 'Corrections appreciated...', a gedcom on RootsWeb WorldConnect, contact denney, last updated 26 January 2010, accessed 10 October 2010 (Mordecai Shinn) [identification is likely; I haven't found any other Mordecai Shinn's of the right age, and this gedcom also cites the 1860 census transcribed as reference 4 above] [note that 11 other gedcom's on WorldConnect include this Mordecai Shinn; this is the only gedcom to mention a spouse, derived explicitly from the 1860 census; two others give Burlington, NJ, as his birthplace]

19 Josiah H Shinn. The history of the Shinn family in Europe and America. Genealogical and Historical Publishing Company, 1903. Pages 236-237 (Mordecai Shinn) [cited in source 18 et al.]

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

pension index, by name
Ancestry index (accessed Apr 07)
Find a grave
accessed 10 Oct 10
1880 US census
HeritageQuest and LDS pilot indices (accessed 10 Oct 10)
1890 US census, veterans schedules
Ancestry index (accessed 20 Oct 10)
1900 US census
HeritageQuest and LDS pilot indices (accessed 10 Oct 10)
1910 US census
HeritageQuest index (accessed 10 Oct 10)
1920 US census
HeritageQuest and LDS pilot indices (accessed 10 Oct 10)
1930 US census
Footnote index (accessed 10 Oct 10)

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Mordecai Shinn in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Spring Garden, ward 3, precinct 1, microfilm series M432, film 818, page 464 recto = 929 handwritten]
[identification is probable; this was the only Mordecai Shinn I found, and matches the 1860 Mordecai Shinn except in birthplace]
line19
Dwellings visited[240]
Families visited[253]
NameMordicai [sic] Shinn
Age22
SexM
Color 
Occupation of males over 15 yearsBricklayer
Real estate owned 
Birthplace" " [sc. New Jersey]
Married within year 
Attended school within year 
Over 20 & can't read/write 
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc. 

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 14th ward, 1st division, microfilm series M653, film 1164, page 286 = 286 handwritten]
[identification is probable: this was the only Mordecai Shinn I found, and matches my Shinn's occupation and age]
line3536373839
Dwelling number1832    
Family number2058    
NameMordecai ShinnRebeccaAnna WallaceMarySallie
Age3127132215
Sexmffff
Color11111
OccupationBricklayer  Vest MakerSaleslady
Value of real estate owned     
Value of personal estate300    
Place of birth" [sc. Phil]""""
Married within year     
Attended school within year  1  
Cannot read & write     
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.     

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 13, district 37, page 238 verso = 34 handwritten]
[identification is likely; this is the only Mordecai Shinn I have found]
line101112
Dwelling-house number[457]  
Family number   
NameShinn MordecaiAnnaFrank
Age40301
SexMFM
Color   
Occupation   
Real estate value   
Personal estate value   
Birthplace   
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 old   
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...   

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 2 April 2015, from Fold3]


Shinn Mordecai
Co. C, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also 118" Pa. Vols.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

Philadelphia city directories

[1856 Biddle's Philadelphia city directory, page 582, on Footnote (accessed 10 October 2010)]
Shinn Mordecai, bricklr, 56 Myrtle

[1857 Biddle's Philadelphia city directory, page 611, on Footnote (accessed 10 October 2010)]
Shinn Mordecai, bricklr, 56 Myrtle

[1858 Biddle's Philadelphia city directory, page 616, on Footnote (accessed 10 October 2010)]
Shinn Mordecai, bricklr, 1210 Myrtle

[1860 Philadelphia city directory, page 822, on Footnote (accessed 10 October 2010)]
Shinn Mordecai bricklayer, 1210 Ogden

[1862 Philadelphia city directory, page 604, on Footnote (accessed 10 October 2010)]
Shinn Mordecai M., bricklayer, 1128 Parrish

[1867 Philadelphia city directory, page 1149, on Footnote (accessed 10 October 2010)]
Shinn Mordecai, bricklayer, h 268 N 4th

[1869 Philadelphia city directory, page 1340, on Footnote (accessed 10 October 2010)]
Shinn Mordecai, plumber [sic], h 268 N 4th

[1871 Philadelphia city directory, page 1284, on Footnote (accessed 10 October 2010)]
Shinn Mordecai, bricklayer, h r 469 Franklin

[1872 Philadelphia city directory, page 1199, on Footnote (accessed 10 October 2010)]
Shinn Mordecai, bricklayer, h r 459 Franklin

[1873 Philadelphia city directory, page 1180, on Footnote (accessed 10 October 2010)]
[no Mordecai, no Anna widow of Mordecai, no one on Franklin]

[1874 Philadelphia city directory, pages 1199-1200, on Footnote (accessed 10 October 2010)]
[no Mordecai, no Anna widow of Mordecai, no one on Franklin]

[1875 Philadelphia city directory, page 1364, on Footnote (accessed 10 October 2010)]
[no Mordecai, no Anna widow of Mordecai, no one on Franklin]

History of the Shinn family

[Josiah H Shinn. The history of the Shinn family in Europe and America. Genealogical and Historical Publishing Company, 1903. Pages 236-237]

Children of the Second Marriage.

1 (3) Henry Simmons Shinn (7), b. 2/10/1805; ob. at Magnolia Station, Md., 2/27/1873; m., 2/7/1828, Elizabeth M., daughter of James and Rachel Dillon, and had two sons:

1. Mordecai Shinn (8), d. in Philadelphia, 1872, without issue.

2. Henry S. Shinn (8), moved to Iowa; m. there and reared a family.


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