91st PA: Elisha Skipper

Elisha Skipper

Before the war

He was born on 19 May 1825, in Baltimore, Maryland. [sources: date: 12, 16; 3 (37 in 1861), 4 (45 in 1870), 10 (36 in 1861), 13 (25 in 1850), 14 (37 in 1860), 15 (50 in 1880). place: 4, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16]

In 1848, he married Catherine Willhelm. They apparently had at least these children:

[sources: 4, 12, 13, 14]

In 1850, he was living in Baltimore, Maryland. He was living with his wife Catharine and daughter Rebecca. He was a weaver. [source: 13]

In 1860, he was living in Baltimore, Maryland. He was living with his wife Catherin, and (presumed) children Rebecca, Mary, David, Anna, and Andrew. He was a factory hand, and owned $50 in personal property. [source: 14]

When he enlisted in the 2nd Maryland, he was a weaver. [source: 10]

Description

When he enlisted in the 2nd Maryland (in 1861), he was 5 feet 9 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, blue eyes, and brown hair. [source: 10]

During the war

He also served in company B of the 2nd Maryland Infantry. On 18 June 1861, he enlisted and was mustered in as a private, at Baltimore, Maryland. He was enlisted by Captain Brunner [sources: 1 (14 May 61), 3 (14 May 61), 6, 8, 10 (18 Jun 61), 11 (8 Jun 61)]

He appears on the company B 2nd Maryland muster rolls for 18 June to 31 August 1861, September-October 1861, and for November-December 1861, but is not listed as present or absent. On the January-February 1862 muster roll, he was reported present. [source: 11]

On the March-April and May-June 1862 muster rolls for company B of the 2nd Maryland Infantry, he was reported absent sick, in hospital at Annapolis, Maryland. [source: 11]

On the July-August 1862 muster roll for company B of the 2nd Maryland Infantry, he was reported absent, 'Retained in 91st Penna. Regt (cause unknown)'. The September-October 1862 muster roll, similarly, reports him absent, 'Detained in 91st Regt. Penn. Cause unknown Left by Regt. at Gen Hospl. Annapolis'. The 2nd Maryland seems finally to have given up, since the November-December 1862 muster roll reports that he deserted on 12 December 1862, from camp opposite Fredericksburg, Virginia, and he is not listed on any later muster rolls. [source: 11]

He was either transferred, or temporarily assigned, to the 91st Pennsylvania (perhaps because of his hospitalization). He was a private in company D. [sources: 1, 9]

He was discharged at Alexandria, Virginia, on 8 March 1862 or 1 July 1862, on surgeon's certificate of disability. He was a private, in company D. [sources: 1 (2 Mar 62), 2 (1 Jul 62, medical board), 3 (3 Mar 62), 9, 11 (28 Jun 62)]

After the war

On 18 June 1863, he successfully applied for a pension. [sources: 5, 8]

On 15 November 1868, his wife, Catherine, died. [source: 12]

In 1870, he was living in Baltimore, Maryland. He was working in a cotton factory. He was living with three children, presumably his, who were all working in a cotton factory. [source: 4]

In 1878, he married Virginia T Ashlin. She was born in Occtober 1844, in Virginia. [sources: 12, 16]

In 1880, he was living in Hampden, Baltimore County, Maryland. He was living with his wife Virginia. He was a labourer, and had been out of work for 2 months in the previous year. [source: 15]

In 1890, he was living at 152 Cedar Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland. He had rheumatism and neuralgia. [source: 11]

In 1900, he was living at 3344 Cedar Avenue, ward 16, Baltimore, Maryland. He was living with his wife Virginia. He was not working. [source: 16]

He died on 3 November 1903. He was buried either in Saint Mary's Episcopal Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland, or in Loudon Park National Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland. [sources: 6 (St Mary's), 7 (Loudon Park), 12 (3 Jul 1902)]

On 13 July 1903, his widow, Virginia T Skipper, successfully applied from Maryland for a pension. [sources: 5, 8]

On 6 March 1909, the Adjutant General's Office officially determined that the desertion charge was erroneous. [source: 10]

In 1910, his widow, Virginia Skipper, was living at 3415 Chestnut Avenue, ward 13, Baltimore, Maryland. She was a weaver, in a cotton mill. [source: 17]

In 1920, his widow, Jennie Skipper, was living in Charlottesville Road, in Cunningham, Fluvanna, Virginia. She was living with her nephew George W Houchins. [source: 18]

In 1930, his widow, Virginia Skippir, was living on Monticello Road #5, in Cunningham, Fluvanna, Virginia. She was living with her nephew George W Houchins. [source: 19]

On 24 February 1931, his widow, Virginia, died, in Fluvanna, Virginia. [source: 12]

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) (Elisha Skipper)

2 company D, register of men discharged, entry 11 (Elisha Skipper)

3 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 10 August 2004 (Elisha Skipper)

4 1870 US census, Maryland, Baltimore County, microfilm series M593, film 569, page 191 = 63-64 handwritten (Elisha Skipper)

5 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company D (Elisha Skipper)

6 Find a grave, memorial 23087469 (created by Farrady, added 25 November 2007, accessed 15 December 2010) [identification is confirmed by reference to his service in company B of the 2nd Maryland volunteer infantry] <(Elisha Skipper)

7 Find a grave, memorial 2503356 (imported from US Veteran's Affairs, added 3 March 2000, accessed 15 December 2010) [identification is likely, given the date of death] (Elisha Skipper)

8 pension index, by name (Elisha Skipper)

9 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Elisha Skipper)

10 compiled service record, co. B, 2 Maryland Infantry (Elisha Skipper)

11 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Maryland, Baltimore, enumeration district 407, page 1 (image 702 of 724 on Ancestry) (Elisha Skipper)

12 'Elisha Skipper', in 'Poteet family tree', an Ancestry family tree, owner katfromkansas, accessed 5 Apr 15 (Elisha Skipper)

13 1850 US census, Maryland, Baltimore, microfilm series M432, film 280, page 308 recto = 615 handwritten = 177 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Elisha Skipper)

14 1860 US census, Maryland, Baltimore, district 3, microfilm series M653, film 468, page 224 handwritten = 17 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Elisha Kipper [sic])

15 1880 US census, Maryland, Baltimore County, Hampden, enumeration district 243, microfilm series T9, film 496, page 196 A = 56 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Elisha Skipper)

16 1900 US census, Maryland, Baltimore ward 16, Baltimore city, enumeration district 215, microfilm series T623, film 615, page 128 = 5 B handwritten (FamilySearch) (Eliza [sic] Skipper)

17 1910 US census, Maryland, Baltimore, ward 13, enumeration district 212, microfilm series M1283, film 557, page 233 = 7 A handwritten (FamilySearch) (Virginia Skipper)

18 1920 US census, Virginia, Fluvanna, Cunningham, microfilm series T625, enumeration district 92, film 1889, page 29 = 8 B handwritten (FamilySearch) (Jennie Skipper)

19 1930 US census, Virginia, Fluvanna, Cunningham, microfilm series T626, film 2443, page 256 = 5 A handwritten (FamilySearch) (Virginia A Skippir)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1940 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 5 Apr 15)

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Elisha Skipper in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, Maryland, Baltimore, microfilm series M432, film 280, page 308 recto = 615 handwritten = 177 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is uncertain]
line394041
Dwellings visited1173  
Families visited1243  
NameElisha SkipperCath "Rebecca "
Age25221
Sexmff
Color   
Occupation of males over 15 yearsWeaver  
Real estate owned   
BirthplaceMdMdMd
Married within year   
Attended school within year   
Over 20 & can't read/write   
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.   

1860 census

[1860 US census, Maryland, Baltimore, district 3, microfilm series M653, film 468, page 224 handwritten = 17 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is uncertain, although the family name is 'Kipper', since the names and ages pretty clearly match the 1850 and 1870 census entries]
line30313233343536
Dwelling number1460      
Family number1454      
NameElisha Kipper [sic]Catherin [sic] Rebecca "Mary C "David W "Anna O "Andrew I "
Age3735119652
SexMFFFMFM
Color       
OccupationFactory Hand      
Value of real estate owned       
Value of personal estate50      
Place of birthMaryland""""""
Married within year       
Attended school within year       
Cannot read & write       
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.       

1870 census

[1870 US census, Maryland, Baltimore County, microfilm series M593, film 569, page 191 = 63-64 handwritten]
[identification is uncertain]
line3839401
Dwelling-house number381   
Family number388   
NameSkipper Elisha- Annie- Andrew- Martha
Age4514129
SexMFMF
ColorWWWW
Occupation" " " [sc. Works in Cotton Fac]" " "" " " 
Real estate value    
Personal estate value    
Birthplace" [sc. Md]""Md
Father foreign born1   
Mother foreign born1   
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, Maryland, Baltimore County, Hampden, enumeration district 243, microfilm series T9, film 496, page 196 A = 56 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[I did not transcribe the five other people in this household, headed by Daniel Price]
[identification is likely since (1) his wife's name matches the name of the widow who applied for a pension]
line3839
street name  
house number  
dwelling visit #421 
family visit #421 
nameSkipper Elisha- Virginia
colorWW
sexMF
age5033
month born if born in year  
relationship Wife
single  
married11
widowed/divorced  
married during year  
occupationLabourerKeeping House
months unemployed2 
currently ill?  
blind  
deaf/dumb  
idiotic  
insane  
disabled  
school this year  
can't read  
can't write  
birthplaceMarylandVirginia
father's birthplaceMdVa
mother's birthplaceMdVa

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Maryland, Baltimore, enumeration district 407, page 1 (image 702 of 724 on Ancestry)]
[transcribed 5 Apr 15, from Ancestry, which indexed this entry under the name 'Elisha Chipper' (correction submitted 5 April 2015)]
[identification is confirmed by reference to his service in the 2nd MD]

[line] 3
[house] 15
[family] 15
[name] Elisha Skipper
[rank] Private
[company] B [?]
[unit] 2nd Maryland Infantry
[enlistment date] June 8 1861
[discharge date] June 28 1862
[length of service] [blank] years 12 months 20 days
[post office address] 152 Cedar Ave Baltimore
[disability incurred] Rheumatism + Neuralgia
[remarks] [blank]

1900 census

[1900 US census, Maryland, Baltimore ward 16, Baltimore city, enumeration district 215, microfilm series T623, film 615, page 128 = 5 B handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is likely, since (1) his wife's name matches the name of the widow who applied for a pension]
line5152
streetCedar Avenue
house number3344 
dwelling number66 
family number66 
nameSkipper Eliza [sic]- Virginia T.
relationshipHeadWife
colorWW
sexMF
birth dateMay 1825Oct 1844
age7555
married?mm
# years married2222
mother of how many children? 0
# of children living 0
birthplaceMarylandVirginia
father's birthplaceMarylandVirginia
mother's birthplaceMarylandVirginia
immigration year  
# years in USA  
naturalized citizen?  
occupationnothing [?]Weaver Cotton Mill
# months not employed 0
# months in school  
can readyesyes
can writeyesyes
speaks Englishyesyes
owned/rentedR. 
free or mortgaged  
farm/houseH. 
# of farm schedule  

1910 census

[1910 US census, Maryland, Baltimore, ward 13, enumeration district 212, microfilm series M1283, film 557, page 233 = 7 A handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[I did not transcribed the five other people in this family, headed by George W Sheridan]
[identification is likely, since (1) Virginia's name matches the name of the widow who applied for a pension]
line25
streetChestnut Avenue
house nr[3415]
dwelling nr[116]
family nr[120]
nameSkipper Virginia
relationshipBoarder
sexF
colorW
age57
marital statusWd
#years present marriage 
mother of # children0
mother of # living children0
birthplaceVirginia
father's birthplaceVirginia
mother's birthplaceVirginia
immigrated 
naturalized/alien 
speaks EnglishEnglish
occupationWeaver
nature of industry etc.Cotton Mill
employer etc.W
out of work 15 Apr 1910? 
# weeks out of work 1909 
can readYes
can writeYes
school since 1 Sep 09Yes
owned/rented 
owned free or mortagaged 
farm/house[H]
nr on farm schedule 
civil war vet 
blind 
deaf & dumb 

1920 census

[1920 US census, Virginia, Fluvanna, Cunningham, microfilm series T625, enumeration district 92, film 1889, page 29 = 8 B handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[I did not transcribe the other nine people in this household, headed by Geo W Houchins (Ancestry's index has 'Leo')]
[identification is likely, since (1) Virginia's name matches the name of the widow who applied for a pension (and she is living with the same family as in the 1930 US census)]
line69
streetCharlottesville Road
house number[FM]
dwelling visit number[140]
family visit number[144]
nameSkipper Jennie
relationshipAunt
own/rent 
free/mortgaged (if owned) 
sexF
raceW
age at last birthday74
marital statusWi
year of immigration 
naturalized/alien 
year of naturalization 
attended school since Sept 1919 
can readyes
can writeyes
birth placeVirginia
native language 
father's birthplaceVirginia
father's native language 
mother's birthplaceVirginia
mother's native language 
can speak Englishyes
occupationnone
industry, business 
employment status 
number of farm schedule 

1930 census

[1930 US census, Virginia, Fluvanna, Cunningham, microfilm series T626, film 2443, page 256 = 5 A handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[I did not transcribe the other seven people in this household, headed by George W Houchens]
[identification is likely, since (1) Virginia's name matches the name of the widow who applied for a pension]
line9
streetMonticello Road #5
house number 
dwelling visit #74
family visit #95
nameSkippir [sic] Virginia A
relationAunt
owned/rented 
value or rent 
radio[blank]
farm[yes]
sexF
colorW
age85
married?Wd
age 1st marriage43
school/college since 9/29No
can read & writeYes
birthplaceVirginia
father's birthplaceVirginia
mother's birthplaceVirginia
native language 
immigration year 
naturalization 
can speak Englishyes
occupationNone
industry 
worker class 
at work yesterday 
unemployment schedule # 
veteran? 
war 
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 4 April 2015, from Fold3]


Skipper Elisha
Co. D, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt.
See also 2" Md Vols

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

compiled service record (2nd MD Infantry)

[compiled service record, co. B, 2 Maryland Infantry, Elisha Skipper]
[transcribed from 14 images on Fold3, 4 April 2015]



[image 1]

3153
Skipper Elisha
Co. B, 2 Maryland Infantry.
Private | Private
CARD NUMBERS.
1 13260833
2 13260929
3 13261037
4 13261133
5 13261228
6 13261320
7 13261410
8 13261501
9 13261579
10 13261678
11 32653621
12 36411961
13 AG.1495544
[the rest of the card numbers are blank]

Number of personal papers herein 0
Book Mark AG. 1495544
See also [blank]


[image 2]

S | 2 | Md.
Elisha Skipper.
Pvt., Capt. Brunner, Jr.'s Co., 2 Reg't Independent Maryland Inf.†
Age 36 years.
Appears on
Company Muster-in Roll
of the organization named above. Roll dated
Baltimore. Md. June 18, 1861.
Muster-in to date June 18, 1861.

Joined for duty and enrolled:
When June 18, 1861.*
Where Baltimore.*
Period 3 years.*

Bounty paid [blank]; due [blank]
Remarks: [blank]

† This organization subsequently became Co. B, 2 Reg't Md. Inf.
* Muster-in roll shows enrollment and muster-in of this company as of same date. See enrollment on subsequent card or cards.

Book mark: A.G. 1495544
E Weston. Copyist.


[image 3]

S | 2 | Md.
Elisha Skipper.
Pvt, Co. B, 2 Reg't (Indpt.) Maryland Inf.
Appears on
Company Muster Roll
for June 18. to Aug 31, 1861.

Joined for duty and enrolled:
When June 10, 186[blank]. *
Where Baltimore *
Period 3 years.*

Present or absent not stated
Stoppage, $[blank]
Due Gov't, $blank]
Remarks: [blank]

From Second Auditor's Roll.

* See enrollment on card from muster-in roll.
Book mark: [blank]
E Weston Copyist.


[image 4]

S. | 2 | Md.
Elisha Skipper.
Pvt, Co. B, 2 Reg't (Indpt.) Md. Inf.
Appears on
Company Muster Roll
for Sept + Oct, 1861.
Present or absent not stated
Stoppage, $[blank]
Due Gov't, $[blank]
Remarks: [blank]
Book mark: [blank]
E Weston Copyist.


[image 5]

S. | 2 | Md.
Elisha Skipper.
Pvt, Co. B, 2 Reg't (Indpt.) Md. Inf.
Appears on
Company Muster Roll
for Nov. + Dec, 1861.
Present or absent not stated.
Stoppage, $[blank]
Due Gov't, $[blank]
Remarks: [blank]
Book mark: [blank]
E Weston. Copyist.


[image 6]

S. | 2 | Md.
Elisha Skipper.
Pvt, Co. B, 2 Reg't Maryland Infantry.
Appears on
Company Muster Roll
for Jany + Feby, 1862.
present
Stoppage, $[blank]
Due Gov't, $[blank]
Remarks: [blank]
Book mark: [blank]
E Weston Copyist.


[image 7]

S | 2 | Md.
Elisha Skipper
Pri, Co. B, 2 Reg't Maryland Infantry
Appears on
Company Muster Roll
for Mch + April, 1862.
Absent
Stoppage, $[blank]
Due Gov't, $[blank]
Remarks: Sick in Genl. Hospital Annapolis Md
Book mark: [blank]
C G Smith Copyist.


[image 8]

S | 2 | Md.
Elisha Skipper
Pri, Co. B, 2 Reg't Maryland Infantry.
Appears on
Company Muster Roll
for May + June, 1862.
Absent
Stoppage, $[blank]
Due Gov't, $[blank]
Remarks: At Hospital in Annapolis
Book mark: [blank]
C G Smith Copyist.


[image 9]

S | 2 | Md.
Elisha Skipper
Pri, Co. B, 2 Reg't Maryland Infantry.
Appears on
Company Muster Roll
for July + Aug, 1862.
Absent
Stoppage, $[blank]
Due Gov't, $[blank]
Remarks: Retained [sic] in 91st Penna. Regt (cause unknown)
Book mark: [blank]
C G Smith Copyist.


[image 10]

S | 2 | Md.
Elisha Skipper
Pri, Co. B, 2 Reg't Maryland Infantry.
Appears on
Company Muster Roll
for Sept + Oct, 1862.
Absent
Stoppage, $[blank]
Due Gov't, $[blank]
Remarks: Detained [sic] in 91st Regt. Penn. Cause unknown
Left by Regt. at Gen Hospl. Annapolis
Book mark: [blank]
C G Smith Copyist.


[image 11]

S | 2 | Md.
Elisha Skipper
[blank], Co. B, 2 Reg't Maryland Infantry.
Appears on
Company Muster Roll
for Nov + Dec, 1862
Present or absent [blank]
Stoppage, $[blank]
Due Gov't, $[blank]
Remarks: Deserted Dec 12 - 1862. Camp opposite - Fredericksburg Va.

Name not borne on subsequent rolls.
Book mark: [blank]
C G Smith Copyist.


[image 12]

S | 2 | Md.
Elisha Scipper [sic]
[blank], Co. B, 2 Reg't Maryland Infantry.
Appears on
Regimental Descriptive Book
of the regiment named above.

DESCRIPTION
Age 36 years; height 5 feet 9 inches.
Complexion dark
Eyes blue; hair brown
Where born Balt., Md.
Occupation weaver

ENLISTMENT.
When June 18, 186[blank].
Where Baltimore
By whom Capt Brunner; term 3 y'rs.
Remarks: [blank]
Drury Webb Copyist.


[image 13]

S | 2 | Md.
Elisha Skipper
pvt., Co. B, 2 Reg't Maryland Infantry.
Appears on Returns as follows:

Apl 1862. Absent sick in Genl Hospital Annapolis Md. since Mar. 26 /62.

July 1862. Absent. Was in Genl. Hospl Annapolis Now in 91st Regt. P.V.

Aug 1862. Absent. Sent to Hospl on march

Sept 1862. Absent retained in 91. Penna Regt. Cause unknown.

Oct + Nov 1862. Absent sick or wounded.


Book mark: [blank]
Elliott Copyist.


[image 14]

S | 2 | Md.
Elisha Skipper
Pvt., Co. B, 2 Reg't Md. Inf.
NOTATION.
Book mark: A.G. 1495544
The Adjutant General's Office,
WAR DEPARTMENT,
Washington, Mch 6, 1909.

It has this day (Mch 6, 1909), been determined by this Department from the records that the charge of desertion of December 12, 1862, against the above named man is erroneous.


W. W. Gibson Copyist.

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