91st PA: William Soumellian (or Soumillian, Soumeillian, Sourmelian, Sourmillen, Sourmilian)

Soumellian (or Soumillian, Soumeillian, Sourmelian, Sourmillen, Sourmilian)

Before the war

He was born in 1820/21 (3 (41 in 1862), 7 (47 in 1870), 14 (71 in 1884)). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (3, 7, 14).

In 1851, he was (probably) a machinist, living at 510 North Front Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (12).

He apparently married Jane [unknown family name] (10). They apparently had six children, including these (7, 8, 9, 10 (6 children 3 alive in 1910, 11):

In 1861, he was a machinist, living on Mattson Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (12).

In 1862, he was a machinist, living at 317 Wildey, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (12).

When he enlisted, he was a machinist (3).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 4-1/2 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, hazel eyes, and black hair (3).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service in the 118th Pennsylvania Infantry on 16 August 1862 (1, 3, 4, 5, 6). He was enlisted for one year, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Lieutenant Timiny [?] (3). He served in company I of the 118th Pennsylvania (4, 5, 6, 14, 15).

He deserted on 7 July 1863 (3, 4, 6). He returned on 23 November 1863 (4, 6).

He was sentenced by general court martial to two years imprisonment in penitentiary (3). He began serving that term on 23 [?] November 1863 (3).

On 2 June 1865, he was transferred from company I of the 118th Pennsylvania Infantry (1, 2). He had last been paid on 30 April 1863, b Major Holman, and had drawn clothing to the amount of $16.50 [?] (3)., He was a private in company D (1, 16-17). (While 4, 5, and 6 do not mention his transfer, 17 does.)

He was discharged by general order on 1 July 1865 (4, 5, 6). He had served for thirtyfive months (14). He was a private, in company D (16-17).

He was absent, in arrest, when the regiment mustered out (1).

After the war

In 1870, he was living an 839 East Girard Avenue, in ward 18, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (7, 8, 12). He was living with Jane (presumably his wife), and Harry and Lillie, and perhaps Ida (presumably their children) (7, 8). He was an engine builder, and owned $1,000 in personal property (7) or a machinist (12).

In 1871-72, he was a machinist, living at 839 East Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (12).

In 1880, his presumed wife, Jane Soumellian, was living at 452 Rilday [??] Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (9). She was living with Ellen Stern (perhaps her daughter?) and Ellen's [?] daugher Kate (9). William was not living with them (9).

On 24 May 1884, he was admitted to the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (14). He was admitted from Pennsylvania (14). He was receiving a pension of $12 per month (14). He had a disease of the kidneys (14).

In 1890, he was living in the Southern Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, in Elizabeth City County, Virginia (15). He had heart disease (15).

On 7 July 1890, he successfully applied from Virginia for a pension (5, 13).

On 21 October 1892, he died, at the Southern Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (14).

On 3 [illegible month] 1893 [?], his widow, Jane S Soumeillian, successfully applied from Pennsylvania for a pension (5, 13).

In 1908, his widow Jane was living at 453 East Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (12). He son Harry, a molder, was also living there (12).

In 1910, his presumed widow, Jane, was living at 453 Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (10). She was living with her granddaughter Catherine, Catherine's husband Edwin and son Coster, Catherine's mother Ellen Stern, and her son Harry (10).

In 1920, his presumed widow, Jane, was living at 453 East Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (11). She was living with her granddaughter Catherine, her presumed daughter Ellen Sterne, her son Harry, and probably another daughter Lilly (11).

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) (William Sourmillen)

2 company D, register of men transferred (William Sourmilien [?])

3 company D, [second] descriptive roll, entry 106 (William Sourmilian)

4 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'One hundred and eighteenth regiment', volume 3, page 1338. (In the roster) (Wm Sourmelian)

5 pension index, by unit (118th Pennsylvania) (William B Soumeillian)

6 History of the 118th Pennsylvania Volunteers. By the Survivors' Association 118th (Corn Exchange) Regt. Philadelphia, PA: J. L. Smith, 1905. Page 734 (Wm Sourmelian)

7 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 18, district 55, microfilm series M593, film 1403, page 427 = 202 handwritten (Wm Soumillian)

8 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, second enumeration, 55th census district, page 44 handwritten (Wm Somelian)

9 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 332, microfilm series T9, film 1177, page 100 = 3 C handwritten to 4 D handwritten (Jane Soumellian)

10 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, microfilm series T624, film 1392, pages 108 = 4 A handwritten to 4 B handwritten (Jane G [?] Soumeillian)

11 1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 18, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 379, microfilm series T625, film 1624, page 122 = 5 B handwritten (Jane Soumillian)

12 various Philadelphia city directories

13 pension index, by name (William B Soumeillian)

14 Report of the Board of Managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1893. Serial Set volume 3151, session volume 1. 53rd Congress, 1st Session. House Miscellaneous Document 35. Page 719 (Wm Lourmillion [sic])

15 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Virginia, Elizabeth City County, National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, image 247 of 275 on Ancestry (William Soumillian)

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

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

Find a grave
accessed 24 March 2011
1850 US census
note that in 1850, an Elizabeth Lomelian, 30, was living apparently in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with Anna (6), Triston (4), and James (1), along with Margaret Hutchins (19), Henry Dagen (21), and Henry Sheften (34). I presume she is the Elizabeth Soumillien in the city directories, and the Elizabeth Quicksall Soumeilan who died on 21 Dec 1895, 74 years old (Philadelphia PA death certificates, available on FamilySearch (accessed 21 March 2011))

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William Sourmilian in the 91st PA database

Philadelphia city directories

[1851 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 401]
Soumeillan Mrs E., baker, 334 N 2d
Soumeillian Wm. machinist, 510 N Front


[1861 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 934; transcribed 20 March 2011, from Footnote]
Soumellian Elizabeth, fish, N 10th c Spring Garden Market, h 1020 Otis
Soumeillian William, machinist, Mattson pl [page 1274: 'Mattson pl (Lybrand ct.) E fr Crease to Wildey)'] [John J Logue, artist, was living at 223 Lybrand, according to p.580 of the directory; his census entry is at ward 10, page 750 = 2 handwritten; I checked the previous page and several following pages without finding Soumillian]


[1862 Biddle's and McElroy's Philadelphia directory, page 628; transcribed 20 March 2011, from Footnote]
Soumeillian William, machinist, 317 Wildey


[1867 McElroy's Philadelphia directoroy, page 855; transcribed 20 March 2011, from Footnote]
Soumeillian Elizabeth, gentlewoman, 455 Wildey
Soumeillian Tristram C., clerk, 309 Market, h 455 Wildey


[1870 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1431; transcribed 20 March 2011, from Footnote]
Soumeillan Elizabeth, wid James, h 455 Wildey
Soumeillan John, dentist, h Stetson house
Soumeillan Tristram C., salesman, 309 Market, h 455 Wildey
Sumeillan William, machinist, h 839 E Girard av


[1871 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1329; transcribed 20 March 2011, from Footnote]
Soumeillan Elizabeth, wid James, h 455 Wildey
Soumeillan Tristram C., salesman, 309 Market, h 455 Wildey
Soumeillan William, machinist, h 839 E Girard av


[1872 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1872; transcribed 20 March 2011, from Footnote]
Soumeillan Elizabeth, wid James, h 455 Wildey
Soumeillan John, dentist, h 2231 Cedar
Soumeillan William, machinist, 839 E Girard av


[1873 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1220; transcribed 20 March 2011, from Footnote]
Soumeillan Elizabeth, wid James, h 455 Wildey
Soumeillan John, dentist, h 2231 Cedar


[1874 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1240; transcribed 20 March 2011, from Footnote]
Soumeillan Elizabeth, wid James, h 455 Wildey
Souleillan John, dentist, h 2231 Cedar


[1875 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1240; transcribed 20 March 2011, from Footnote]
Soumeillan Elizabeth Q., widow, h 455 Wildey


[1876 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1416; transcribed 20 March 2011, from Footnote]
[no entries]


[1877 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1368; transcribed 20 March 2011, from Footnote]
Soummelian John, dentist, h 717 Noble


[1878 Costa's Philadelphia directory, page 1475; transcribed 20 March 2011, from Footnote]
Soumeillan Elizabeth Q., wid James, h 455 Wildey
Soumeillan John, tinsmith, 611 Spg Garden, h 445 N 3d


[1879 Philadelphia directory, page 1522; transcribed 20 March 2011, from Footnote]
Soumeillan Elizabeth Q., widow, h 455 Wildey


[1880 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1586; transcribed 20 March 2011, from Footnote]
Soumeilan Elizabeth Q., widow h 455 Wildey


[1881 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1542; transcribed 20 March 2011, from Footnote]
[no entries]


[1882 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1463; transcribed 20 March 2011, from Footnote]
[no entries]


[1883 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1510; transcribed 20 March 2011, from Footnote]
[no entries]


[1884 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1501; transcribed 20 March 2011, from Footnote]
[no entries]


[1885 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1652; transcribed 20 March 2011, from Footnote]
[no entries]


[1886 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1629; transcribed 20 March 2011, from Footnote]
[no entries]


[1887 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1598; transcribed 20 March 2011, from Footnote]
[no entries]


[1888 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1638; transcribed 20 March 2011, from Footnote]
[no entries]


[1900 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 2159; transcribed 20 March 2011, from Footnote]
[no entries]


[1905 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, pages 2375-76; transcribed 20 March 2011, from Footnote]
Soumeillian Harry, undertaker, h 453 E Girard av
" Wm, moulder, 446 E Flora

[1908 Howe's Philadelphia directory, pages 1834-1835; transcribed 20 March 2011, from Footnote]
Soumeillian Harry, molder, h 453 E Girard av
" Jane, wid Wm, h 453 E Girard av
SOUMEILLIAN
" Wm, molder h 446 E Flora


[1909 Howe's Philadelphia directory, page 1853; transcribed 20 March 2011, from Footnote]
Soulesmiller Harry clk h 453 E Girard av
Soumeillian Wm S molder, h 446 E Flora

regimental history 118th PA

[History of the 118th Pennsylvania Volunteers. By the Survivors' Association 118th (Corn Exchange) Regt. Philadelphia, PA: J. L. Smith, 1905. Page 734]
[transcribed 20 March 2011, from Google Books]

Names. Sourmelian, Wm.
Rank. " [sc. Private]
Enrolment. Aug. 16, '62
Term, yrs. " [sc. 3]
Deserted July 7, 1863. Returned Nov. 23, 1863. Mustered out on Individual Muster-out roll July 1, 1865, at Fort Delaware.

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 18, district 55, microfilm series M593, film 1403, page 427 = 202 handwritten]
line11121314
Dwelling-house number1468   
Family number1696   
NameSoumillian Wm- Jane- Harry- Lillie
Age47441811
SexMFMF
ColorWWWW
OccupationEngine BuilderKeeping houseCabinet Varnisher 
Real estate value    
Personal estate value1000   
BirthplacePennaNew JerseyPennaNew Jersey
Father foreign born1   
Mother foreign born    
Birth month if born within year    
Marriage month if married within year    
Attended school past year   1
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 ...    

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, second enumeration, 55th census district, page 44 handwritten]
['Girard avenue North Side' is written near the top of the page]
[I did not transcribe the five people with other surnames]
line1314151617
Dwelling-house number839    
Family number     
NameSomelian Wm" Jane" Harry" Lillie" Ida
Age464318118
SexMFMFF
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 ...     

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 332, microfilm series T9, film 1177, page 100 = 3 C handwritten to 4 D handwritten]
[I did not transcribe the eight boarders]
line484950
street nameRilday Street
[The first letter of the street name is hard to read]
house number452452452
dwelling visit #26  
family visit #33  
nameSoumellian JaneStern EllenStern Kate
colorWWW
sexFFF
age523216
month born if born in year   
relationship  Daughter
single  1
married11 
widowed/divorced   
married during year   
occupation Keeping houseAt home
months unemployed   
currently ill?   
blind   
deaf/dumb   
idiotic   
insane   
disabled   
school this year  1
can't read   
can't write   
birthplaceNew JerseyPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplaceNew JerseyNew JerseyNew Jersey
mother's birthplaceNew Jersey [?]New JerseyPennsylvania

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Virginia, Elizabeth City County, National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, image 247 of 275 on Ancestry]
[transcribed 24 March 2011]

[line] 12
[house] [blank]
[family] [blank]
[name] William Soumillian
[rank] pvt
[company] I
[unit] 118 Pa Inf
[enlistment date] Aug 1862
[discharge date] May 1865
[length of service] 2 years, 9 months, [blank] days
[post office address] [blank]
[disability incurred] Heart Disease
[remarks] " [sc. US Service]

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, microfilm series T624, film 1392, pages 108 = 4 A handwritten to 4 B handwritten]
line484950123
streetGirard AvenueGirard Avenue
house nr453  453  
dwelling nr83     
family nr86     
nameCarlin Edwin- Catherine S- Coster WSternu [?] Ellen ESoumeillian Harry- Jane G [?]
relationshipHeadWifeSonMother in lawUncleGrand Mother
sexMFMFMF
colorWWWWWW
age424218625583
marital statusM1M1SWdM1Wd
#years present marriage1919   62
mother of # children 1   6
mother of # living children 1   3
birthplacePENNSYLVANIAPENNSYLVANIAPENNSYLVANIAPENNSYLVANIAPENNSYLVANIANew Jersey
father's birthplaceUnknownPENNSYLVANIAPENNSYLVANIAPENNSYLVANIAPENNSYLVANIANew Jersey
mother's birthplacePENNSYLVANIAPENNSYLVANIAPENNSYLVANIANew JerseyNew JerseyNew Jersey
immigrated      
naturalized/alien      
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglishEnglishEnglishEnglishEnglish
occupationUndertakerNoneClerkNoneEmbalmerNone
nature of industry etc.  RR Undertaking 
employer etc.[illegible] [illegible] W 
out of work 15 Apr 1910?[illegible][illegible][illegible] No 
# weeks out of work 1909[illegible][illegible][illegible] 0 
can read[illegible][illegible][illegible]YesYesYes
can write[illegible][illegible][illegible]YesYesYes
school since 1 Sep 09[illegible][illegible][illegible]   
owned/rented[illegible][illegible][illegible]   
owned free or mortagaged  [illegible]   
farm/houseH     
nr on farm schedule[illegible][illegible][illegible]   
civil war vet[illegible][illegible][illegible]   
blind[illegible][illegible][illegible]   
deaf & dumb[illegible][illegible][illegible]   

1920 census

[1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 18, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 379, microfilm series T625, film 1624, page 122 = 5 B handwritten]
line6364656667
streetE Girard Ave
house number453    
dwelling visit number102    
family visit number103    
nameCarlin, CatharineSoumillian, JaneSterne, Ellen ESoumillian, HarryLiggins, Lilly
relationshipHeadGrand MotherMotherUncleAunt
own/rentR    
free/mortgaged (if owned)     
sexFFFMF
raceWWWWW
age at last birthday5293736360
marital statusWdWdMMWd
year of immigration     
naturalized/alien     
year of naturalization     
attended school since Sept 1919     
can readyesyesyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyesyesyes
birth placePennsylvaniaNew JerseyPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaNew Jersey
native language     
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaNew JerseyPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's native language     
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaNew JerseyNew JerseyNew JerseyNew Jersey
mother's native language     
can speak Englishyesyesyesyesyes
occupationUndertakerNoneNoneMoulderNone
industry, businessHome    
employment statusOA  S 
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 14 April 2015, from Fold3]


Souermelian, William
Co. D, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Soumerlain, William

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 14 Apr 15]

Soumerlain William
Co. D, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also 118 Pa Vols.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

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