91st PA: Robert H Sinex

Robert H Sinex

Before the war

He was born on 4 August 1841, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Robert H Sinex and Elizabeth C Anderson. [sources: date: 26; 15, 20; 9 (20 in 1861), 13 (29 in 1870), 15 (58 in 1900), 18 (38 in 1880), 27 (1841), 28 (9 in 1850), 29 (19 in 1860), 30. place: 9, 13, 15, 18, 26, 28, 29, 30 (Philadelphia, Delaware, PA). parents: 26, 28, 29, 30]

In 1850, he was living in Lombard Ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with (his presumed parents) Robert and Elizabeth, and (presumed siblings) Josephine, Henry Clay, Thomas T, and Elizabeth (along with one other person). He had attended school within the year. [source: 28]

In 1860, he was living in ward 3, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with (his presumed parents) Robert and Eliz., and (presumed siblings) Josephine, Henry, Thomas, Eliz., and Andrew. He was a carpenter. [source: 29]

He was apparently Joseph Sinex's nephew. [source: 6]

When he enlisted, he was a carpenter. [source: 9]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 8 inches tall, and had a light complexion, blue eyes, and dark hair. [source: 9]

During the war

He also served in company D of the 17th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. He was enlisted on 18 April 1861, and discharged on 2 August 1861. [sources: 14, 17, 21]

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 21 September 1861 or 24 September 1861. He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Captain Sinex. He was mustered into service by Captain Starr or Captain Dye. He was a private, in company D. [sources: 1 (21 Sep), 8, 9, 14, 32-33 (1st sgt)]

He was promoted to first sergeant on 8 October 1861. [source: 8]

In December 1861, he was accidentally cut with a sword. Because of this cut, he lost several pieces of bone from his left leg, below his knee. [source: 11]

On 11 September 1862, he witnessed the enlistment of John Horton (D), at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 34]

On 10 November 1862, a Sergeant Sinexon [sic], and about one hundred and fifty other recruiters, took a band to Baltimore to greet General McClellan. Since McClellan didn't arrive as expected, they went to Dr JRB McClellan's house, and played various patriotic songs. Robert Sinex is the best candidate for being this Sergeant Sinexon. [source: 22]

He was wounded on 13 December 1862 at Fredericksburg, Virginia. He was shot in the right hip; the ball was not extracted. [sources: 1, 11]

On 24 January 1863, he arrested Michael Gallagher (D) at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 23]

On 7 March 1863, he returned for duty with the regiment (probably from being absent sick). [source: 5]

He fought at the Battle of Gettysburg. On 3 July 1863, he was detailed as a Regimental Hospital Attendant, and ordered to report to Assistant Surgeon William Kier. [sources: 3, 10]

He was transferred on 10 August 1863 to the Veterans' reserve corps. He was first sergeant of company D. He served in the 9th Veterans' reserve corps. He was then sergeant major. [sources: 1, 11, 31, 32-33]

On 8 September 1863 Lieutenant Colonel Sinex stated that they had heard unofficially that he had been transferred to the Veterans' reserve corps, but had not heard anything official (2). According to their records, he was still at Camp Convalescent, Alexandria, Virginia. On 9 September 1863, Sinex detailed a replacement for him in the Brigade Hospital. On 28 October 1863, the regiment officially reported him transfered. [sources: 2, 4, 7]

He served in the 9th Veterans Reserve Corps. On 28 April 1864, he was discharged to reenlist, and reenlisted. He was Sergeant Major. [sources: 14, 17, 21]

According to a death notice, he was a Secret Service agent, saw Lincoln assassinated, and participated in John Wilkes Booth's capture. [source: 12]

He was discharged at Washington, DC, on 27 November 1865 (11, 14 [17 November 1865], 17 [17 November 1865]).

After the war

He apparently married Susan Clara Springer. She died on 28 July 1864, in Baltimore, Maryland. [source: 30]

In 1865/66, he married Annie Powell Airey. She was born in February (?) 1845, in Pennsylvania. (She was named after her maternal grandmother, Anna Powell, who was born in Wales. After her mother died, she lived with her grandparents in Clifford, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, and returned to Hazleton when her father remarried.) Their children include:

[sources: 15 (10 children, 4 living, in 1900), 16 (10 children, 3 living, in 1910), 18, 20]

He "devoted his attention" to bridge building and contracting. [souce: 12]

He served a term as School Director in Hazleton, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. [source: 12]

On 3 January 1873, he applied successfully for a pension. [sources: 17, 21]

In 1870, he was living in the East Ward of Mauch Chunk Borough, Carbon County, Pennsylvania. He was a carpenter. He was living with his wife Annie and (presumed) children Albert and Robert J. [source: 13]

In 1880, he was living in Hazleton, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. He was a carpenter, and had been unemployed for 10 months in the previous year. He was living with his wife Annie, and children Albertus, Robert, William, and Annie. [source: 18]

In 1890, he was living in the East Ward of Hazleton, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. He had a sword wound in his left leg, a shot wound in his right leg, chronic catarrh, and was hard of hearing in the left ear. [source: 14]

In 1900, he was living at 72 Cedar Street, Hazleton, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. He was a carpenter. He was living with his wife Anna and children Cora and Foster. [source: 15]

He received a pension of $10 starting 8 April 1907. The pension was increased to $12 on 1 May 1907. [source: 11]

In 1910, he was living at 72 South Cedar Street, Hazleton, Pennsylvania. He was a house carpenter. He was living with his wife Annie. [source: 16]

He died on 17 November 1910, at 72 South Cedar Street, ward 2, Hazleton, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. He died of dilatation of heart, with pulmonary complications and general edema contributing. He was a carpenter/inspector. On 21 November 1910, he was buried in the Vine Street Cemetery, Hazleton, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. [sources: 11, 20, 21, 24, 26, 27, 31]

On 26 November 1910, his widow, Annie Sinex, applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension. [sources: 17, 21]

In 1920, his widow, Anna Sinex, was living on 79 South Ader [?] Street, Hazleton, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. She was living with her daughter Cora Weidenbach and Cora's family. [source: 19]

On 11 October 1922, Anna Sinex died, in Hazleton, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. She was buried in the Vine Street Cemetery, Hazleton, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. [sources: 20, 25]

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)

2 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 8 Sep 1863

3 special order 41, HQ 91st PA, 3 July 1863

4 special order 75, HQ 91st PA, 9 September 1863

5 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 7 March 1863 (Sergt Sinex)

6 e-mail, Donald J Sinex

7 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 28 October 1863 (Sergt Sinex)

8 company D, list of non-commissioned officers (Robert H Sinex)

9 company D, descriptive roll, sergeants, entry 1 (Robert H Sinex)

10 Pennsylvania Memorial, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (Robert H Sinex)

11 'Waughtel & Wilcox Genealogy & Family History'. Web page, available at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~waughtel/military_history.htm (viewed November 2006). (Robert H Sinex Jr)

12 'Saw Lincoln Assassinated'. Philadelphia Inquirer, 19 November 1910, page 3 (Robert Sinex Sr)

13 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Carbon County, East Ward Mauch Chunk Borough, microfilm series M593, film 1320, page 281 = 24 handwritten (Robert H Sinex)

14 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Luzerne County, Hazleton, East Ward, supervisor's district 5, enumeration district 192, roll 84, page 3 (Robert H Sinex)

15 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Luzerne County, Hazleton, ward 2, supervisor's district 6, enumeration district 58, microfilm series T623, film 1431, page 215 = 22B handwritten] (Robert H Sinex)

16 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Luzerne County, Hazleton, ward 2, microfilm series T624, film 1367, page 288 = 12B handwritten] (Robert H Sinex)

17 pension index, by name (Robert H Sinex Jr)

18 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Luzerne County, Hazleton Borough, supervisor's district 5, enumeration district 152, microfilm series T9, film 1151, page 514 B = 22 handwritten (Robert Sinex)

19 1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Luzerne County, Hazleton, ward 2, supervisor's district 8, enumeration district 71, microfilm series T625, film 1593, page 26 B = 9 handwritten (Anna Sinex)

20 e-mail, Lois, 15 August 2008 (Robert H Sinex)

21 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company D (Robert H Sinex Jr)

22 'The recruiting sergeants ...' (Philadelphia Inquirer 11 November 1862 page 8) (Sergeant Sinexon [sic])

23 order promulgating sentence for Michael Gallagher (court-martial file LL 231) (Robert H Sinex)

24 Pennsylvania death indices, 1910 ("Sinex, Robert H.; 110763; Hazleton; Nov. 17.")

25 Pennsylvania death indices, 1922 ("520 Anna Sinex Haz 94354 10/11")

26 death certificate, Pennsylvania, Luzerne County, 17 November 1910, file number 110763 (Robert H Sinex)

27 Find a grave, memorial 39211068, created by Star Kline, added 8 July 2009, accessed 22 April 2013 (includes photo of headstone) (Robert H Sinex)

28 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Lombard Ward, microfilm series M432, film 812, pages 195 verso = 386 handwritten to 196 recto = 387 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Robert H Sennix)

29 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 3, microfilm series M653, film 1153, page 364 = 140 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Robert Lennex [sic])

30 'Robert H Sinex', in Koch/Pfromm/Schneider/Schaefer family tree, a family tree available on Ancestry, owner kochwayne, accessed 23 April 2013 (Robert H Sinex)

31 Pennsylvania burial cards, 1929-1990 (Robert H Sinex)

32 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Robert H Senix)

33 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Robert H Sinex Jr)

34 compiled service records, D 91 PA, John Horton (Sergt Robert H Sinex)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

RootsWeb WorldConnect
searched for Robert Sinex died 1910 (accessed 23 April 2013)
Pennsylvania death indices (soundex S520)
1920: no Anna Sinex
1921: no Anna Sinex
applications for headstones for military veterans, 1925-1941
FamilySearch index (accessed 23 April 2013)
1930 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed April 2013)

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1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Lombard Ward, microfilm series M432, film 812, pages 195 verso = 386 handwritten to 196 recto = 387 handwritten (FamilySearch)
[note that the FamilySearch index has the surname as 'Lennix' (accessed 23 Apr 2013); the Ancestry index has it as 'Sennig', but I read it as 'Sennix']
[identification is likely, based on the parents' names listed in his death certificate]
line40414212345
Dwellings visited31  31    
Families visited37  37    
NameRobert SennixElizabeth "Josephine "Robert H SennixHenry Clay "Thomas T "Elizabeth "William Hews [?]
Age373411974219
Sexmffmmmfm
Color        
Occupation of males over 15 yearsCarpenter      Carpenter
Real estate owned       2000
BirthplaceDelPa"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 3, microfilm series M653, film 1153, page 364 = 140 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[note that the FamilySearch and Ancestry indices also have the surname as 'Lennex']
[identification is likely, based (1) on the parents' names listed in his death certificate, and (2) on the fact that his occupation matches the occupation in the descriptive roll (entry 9 above)]
line2223242526272829
Dwelling number[905]       
Family number1095       
NameRobert LennexEliz "Josephine "Robert "Henry Thomas "Eliz "Andrew "
Age464520191713114
Sexmffmmmfm
Color        
OccupationCarpenter MillinerCarpenterGardner [sic]   
Value of real estate owned        
Value of personal estate50       
Place of birthDelawarePhilada""""""
Married within year        
Attended school within year     11 
Cannot read & write        
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.        

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Carbon County, East Ward Mauch Chunk Borough, microfilm series M593, film 1320, page 281 = 24 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is likely; see the 1880 census entry transcribed below]
line33343536
Dwelling-house number159   
Family number174   
NameSinex Robert H- Annie- Albert- Robert J
Age292531
SexMFMM
ColorWWWW
OccupationCarpenterKeeping House  
Real estate value    
Personal estate value300   
Birthplace" [sc. Penna]"""
Father foreign born 1  
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 old1   
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...    

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Luzerne County, Hazleton Borough, supervisor's district 5, enumeration district 152, microfilm series T9, film 1151, page 514 B = 22 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is probable, since (1) his location matches the location in the 1890 veterans schedule, and (2) his wife's name matches the widow who applied for a pension (see the pension index by name, entry 17 above)]
[the FamilySearch index has his surname as 'Sinet']
line212223242526
street name      
house number      
dwelling visit #166     
family visit #241     
nameSinex Robert- Annie- Albertus- Robert- William- Annie
colorWWWWWW
sexMFMMMM
age3835131059/12
month born if born in year     Sept
relationship WifeSonSonSonDaughter
single  1111
married11    
widowed/divorced      
married during year      
occupationCarpenterKeeping HouseAt SchoolAt School  
months unemployed10     
currently ill?      
blind      
deaf/dumb      
idiotic      
insane      
disabled      
school this year  11  
can't read      
can't write      
birthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPenna
father's birthplacePennaEnglandPennaPennaPennaPenna
mother's birthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPenna

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Luzerne County, Hazleton, East Ward, supervisor's district 5, enumeration district 192, roll 84, page 3 (FamilySearch)]
[identification is probable, given (1) the reference to his service in the 17th PA, and (2) the location (which matches the location of his death, confirmed by the pension index by regiment card (entry 21 above)]

[line] 30
[house] 315
[family] 341
[name] Robert H Sinex
[rank] Private
[company] D
[unit] 17 Inf Penn Vol
[enlistment date] 18 April 1861
[discharge date] 2 Aug 1861
[length of service] 0 years, 3 months, 14 days
[post office address] do [sc. Hazleton, Luzerne Co, Penna]
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

[line] 31
[house] [blank]
[family] [blank]
[name] do
[rank] Sergeant Major
[company] x
[unit] 9 Vet Res Corps [sic]
[enlistment date] 24 Sept 1861
[discharge date] 28 Apl 1864
[length of service] 2 years, 7 months, 4 days
[post office address] [blank]
[disability incurred] Discharged to re-enlist
[remarks] sword wound left leg

[line] 32
[house] [blank]
[family] [blank]
[name] do
[rank] Sergeant Major
[company] X
[unit] 9 Vet Res Corps
[enlistment date] 28 Apl 1864
[discharge date] 17 Nov 1865
[length of service] 1 year, 6 months, 19 days
[post office address] [blank]
[disability incurred] Chronic Catarrh, Hard of Hearing Left Ear.
[remarks] shot wound right leg

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Luzerne County, Hazleton, ward 2, supervisor's district 6, enumeration district 58, microfilm series T623, film 1431, page 215 = 22B handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is confirmed; see the entry on the 1910 census transcribed below]
line95969798
streetCedar   
house number72   
dwelling number442   
family number496   
nameSinex Robert H- Anna P [?]- Cora H- Foster [?] C
relationshipHeadWifeDaughterSon
colorWWWW
sexMFFM
birth dateAug [?] 1841Feb [??] 1845Sep 1879Apr [?] 1888
age58552012
married?MMSS
# years married3434  
mother of how many children? 10  
# of children living 4  
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaEnglandPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaWalesPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigration year    
# years in USA    
naturalized citizen?    
occupationCarpenter MillinerAt School
# months not employed0 9 
# months in school   9 [?]
can readYesYesYesYes
can writeYesYesYesYes
speaks EnglishYesYesYesYes
owned/rentedR   
free or mortgaged    
farm/houseH   
# of farm schedule    

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Luzerne County, Hazleton, ward 2, microfilm series T624, film 1367, page 288 = 12B handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is confirmed, given (1) the address, which matches the location of his death (confirmed by the pension index by regiment card [entry 21] and death certificate [entry 26]), and (2) his wife's name, which matches the widow's name in the pension index by name card (entry 17 above), and (3) his occupation]
line5556
streetSouth Cedar Street
house nr72 
dwelling nr239 
family nr259 
nameSinex Robert H- Annie
relationshipHeadWife
sexMF
colorWW
age6865
marital statusM1M1
#years present marriage4343
mother of # children 10
mother of # living children 3
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplaceDelawareEng English
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaWales Welsh
immigrated  
naturalized/alien  
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglish
occupationCarpenterNone
nature of industry etc.House 
employer etc.W 
out of work 15 Apr 1910?No 
# weeks out of work 19090 
can readYesYes
can writeYesYes
school since 1 Sep 09  
owned/rentedR 
owned free or mortagaged  
farm/houseH 
nr on farm schedule  
civil war vet  
blind  
deaf & dumb  

1920 census

[1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Luzerne County, Hazleton, ward 2, supervisor's district 8, enumeration district 71, microfilm series T625, film 1593, page 26 B = 9 handwritten]
[identification is confirmed; see the 1900 census entry above]
line636465666768
streetSouth Ader [?] St
house number79     
dwelling visit number189     
family visit number218     
nameWeidenbach, Albert-, Cora-, Paul- Helen- CatherineSinex, Mrs Anna
relationshipHeadWifesondaughterdaughtermother in law
own/rentR     
free/mortgaged (if owned)      
sexMFMFFF
raceWWWWWW
age at last birthday414018121074
marital statusMMSSSWd
year of immigration      
naturalized/alien      
year of naturalization      
attended school since Sept 1919   YesYes 
can read      
can write      
birth placePennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPenna
native language      
father's birthplaceGermanyPennaPennaPennaPennaEngland
father's native languageGerman    English
mother's birthplaceGermanyPennaPennaPennaPennaWales
mother's native languageGerman    Welsh
can speak EnglishYesYesYesYesYesYes
occupationPlumberNoneWeaverNoneNoneNone
industry, businessHouse Silk Mill   
employment statusOA W   
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 28 March 2015, from Fold3]


Senix Robert H.
Co. D, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
1" Sgt | 1" Sgt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Sinex Robert H. Jr.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 4 Apr 15]

Sinex Robert H Jr.
Co. D, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
1 Sgt | 1 Sgt
See also V.R.C.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death certificate

[death certificate, Pennsylvania, Luzerne County, 17 November 1910, file number 110763, Robert H Sinex]
[received from Pennsylvania Division of Vital Records 19 April 2013]

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
BUREAU OF VITAL STATISTICS
CERTIFICATE OF DEATH
File No. 110763
Registered No. 419
PLACE OF DEATH.
County of Luzerne
City of Hazleton Pa
Registration District No. 665
Primary Registration District No. 39
(No. 72 S. Cedar St.; 2 Ward)
FULL NAME Robert H Sinex

PERSONAL AND STATISTICAL PARTICULARS
SEX Male
COLOR White
DATE OF BIRTH Aug 4th 1841
AGE 69 years, 3 months, 13 days.
Married
BIRTHPLACE Philadelphia
OCCUPATION Carpenter Inspector
NAME OF FATHER Robert H. Sinex
BIRTHPLACE OF FATHER Delaware
MAIDEN NAME OF MOTHER Elizabeth C [?] Anderson
BIRTHPLACE OF MOTHER Philadelphia
THE ABOVE STATED PERSONAL PARTICULARS ARE TRUE TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE AND BELIEF
(Informant) P Johnes [?]
(Address) 39 [?] E Green [?] St Hazleton
(Files) Nov 19 1910
S J Hughes Registrar

MEDICAL CERTIFICATE OF DEATH
DATE OF DEATH Nov. 17th 1910
I HEREBY CERTIFY, That I attended deceased from Oct 31 1910 to Nov. 17th 1910 that I last saw him alive on Nov 17th 1910 and that death occurred, on the date stated above, at 630 PM. The CAUSE OF DEATH was as follows:
Dilatation of heart (Duration) 18 days
Contributory Pulmonary Complications Oedema General (Duration) 10 Days
(Signed) Jno Kaufman M.D.
SPECIAL INFORMATION only for Hospitals, Institutions, Transients, or Recent Residents. [blank]
PLACE OF BURIAL OR REMOVAL Vine St Cemetery
DATE OF BURIAL Nov 21st 1910
UNDERTAKER [illegible]
ADDRESS Hazleton Pa

death notice

[Philadelphia Inquirer, 19 November 1910, page 3]
Saw Lincoln Assassinated

HAZLETON, Pa., Nov. 18.--Robert Sinex, Sr., who died here today, was a veteran of the Civil War and a Secret Service agent of the government, in which capacity he witnessed the assassination of President Lincoln in Ford's Theatre, Washington, and participated in the capture of J. Wilkes Booth, the assassin. Mr. Sinex after the war devoted his attention to bridge building and contracting. He served a term as City School Director.

Pennsylvania burial card

[Pennsylvania burial cards, 1929-1990]
[transcribed 23 April 2013, from Ancestry]

RECORD OF BURIAL PLACE OF VETERAN
Luzerne County
NAME Sinex, Robert H.
DATE OF BIRTH [blank]
DATE OF DEATH [blank]
VETERAN OF Civil WAR
SERVED IN ARMY
DATES OF SERVICE [blank]
ORGANIZATION(S) 9th Regt. Vet. Res. Corps
RANK Sergeant Major
CEMETERY NAME Vine Street LOCATION Hazelton
LOCATION OF GRAVE IN CEMETERY LOT No. 914
HEADSTONE GOVERNMENT
INFORMATION GIVEN BY C. A. Walser DATE 2/7/34
REMARKS B

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