91st PA: Albert (or Alfred) W Steelman

Albert (or Alfred) W Steelman

Before the war

He was born on 6 August 1839, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: place: 5, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17 [NJ]. date: 5 (22 in 1861), 10, 11 (31 in 1870), 12, 16, 17 (11 in 1850)]

His father was a sea captain, and often took him to sea. [source: 10]

He may be the Albert W Steelman who in 1850 was living in Galloway Township, Atlantic County, New Jersey. He was living with James and Mary Snow, along with two other Snow's (presumably their children). James Snow was a sailor. [source: 17]

He is probably not the Albert Steelman who was often with Thomas B Scott when they were boys, and worked in the same shop, making saw handles, in 1859. [source: 18]

When he enlisted, he was a sai[lor?]. [source: 5]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 7 inches tall, and had a light complexion, hazel eyes, and light hair. [source: 5]

During the war

He also served in company E of the 52nd Pennsylvania Militia. [source: 8]

According to one report, he served in the 17th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. [source: 10]

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 7 October 1861. He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Captain Casner. He was mustered in as a private in company K. [source: 1, 5, 6 (1 Oct), 8, 19-20]

He was detailed as a clerk in the Provost Marshall's Office, Washington, by an order dated 8 March 1862. According to Lt Col Sinex, he was still there on 13 June 1863, and the regiment had received no official news about him on 8 September 1863, although they suspected he had been discharged (3). According to Bates and the Index to the compiled service records, he was promoted in 1862 to lieutenant in the 16th Virginia Volunteers. [sources: 1, 2, 8, 16]

On 13 March 1864, the regiment reported him discharged by order. When discharged, he was a private, in company K. [sources: 4, 5 (discharged 1 July 1862), 19-20]

After the war

In 1868, he moved to Kalamazoo County, Michigan. [source: 10]

In 1870, he was living in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan. He was a cabinetmaker. [source: 11]

On 11 September 1871, he married Francis Peak, at Kalamazoo, Michigan. She was born in 1849, in Michigan, to Ira Peak and Sarah Miller. They had at least these three children: [sources: 10, 14, 15, 16 (born 1847)]

In July 1875, he was a mechanic, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. [source: 14]

In December 1877, he was a cabinet maker, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. [source: 14]

In 1890, he was living in Richland, Kalamazoo County, Michigan. [source: 6]

On 15 December 1890, he applied successfully from Michigan for a pension. [sources: 7, 8]

On 12 January 1898, his wife, Francis Steelman, died, at Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan. She fell dead while riding in her carriage. She was buried in the Prairie Home Cemetery, Richland, Kalamazoo County, Michigan. [sources: 9, 10, 13, 15]

In 1900, he was living at 221 E Smith Street, ward 4, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan. He was a pattern maker. He was a lodger, and was widowed. [source: 12]

He died on Thursday, 15 June 1905, in the Borgess Hospital, [Kalamazoo County, Michigan]. He was survived by one daughter, Letitia M Steelman. He was buried in Prairie Home Cemetery, Richland, Kalamazoo County, Michigan. [sources: 8, 9, 10 ('Richland Cemetery')]

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, 13 June 1863, Sinex to Marvin

3 letter, 8 Sep 1863, Sinex to Marvin

4 consolidated morning report, 13 March 1864 (Albert W Steelman)

5 company K, descriptive roll, entry 79 (Albert W Steelman)

6 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Richland, supervisor's district 4, enumeration district 103, page 1 (A W Steelman)

7 pension index, by name (Alfred [sic] W Steelman)

8 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company K (Albert W Steelman)

9 Find-a-grave memorial 46729950, created by ambs, added 15 January 2010, accessed 11 January 2011 (Albert W Steelman)

10 obituary, Kalamazoo Gazette 16 June 1905, page 3 (Albert W Steelman)

11 1870 US census, Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo Village, microfilm series M593, film 680, page 247 = 219 handwritten (Albert Steelman)

12 1900 US census, Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo City, ward 4, supervisor's district 3, enumeration district 119, microfilm series T623, film 720, page 257 = 8 B handwritten (Albert Steelman)

13 'State news', Jackson Citizen Patriot, 13 January 1898, page 3

14 'Michigan births, 1867-1902', accessed 5 May 2011, at FamilySearch

15 Michigan deaths and burials, 1800-1905, abstract available at FamilySearch (transcribed 5 May 2011)

16 Michigan marriages, 1822-1995; abstract available at FamilySearch, accessed 5 May 2011

17 1850 US census, New Jersey, Atlantic County, Galloway Township, microfilm series M432, film 442, pages 51 recto = 101 recto = [97] handwritten to 51 verso = [101] verso handwritten = 98 [?] handwritten (Albert W Steelman)

18 abstract of dependent's pension certificate file, WC 135,801, 19 May 1869, Eliza A Scott, mother of Thomas B Scott (Albert M Steelman [unlikely identification, given the date of testimony])

19 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Albert W Steelman)

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1860 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 5 May 2011)
1880 US census
FamilySearch and HeritageQuest indices (accessed 5 May 2011)
1910 US census
FamilySearch and HeritageQuest indices (accessed 5 May 2011)
1920 US census
FamilySearch and HeritageQuest indices (accessed 5 May 2011)
1930 US census
FamilySearch and Footnote indices (accessed 5 May 2011)
Rootsweb WorldConnect (accessed 5 May 2011)

1850 census

[1850 US census, New Jersey, Atlantic County, Galloway Township, microfilm series M432, film 442, pages 51 recto = 101 recto = [97] handwritten to 51 verso = [101] verso handwritten = 98 [?] handwritten]
[identification is uncertain. I have not found any other candidates. His obituary (source 10) lists his father's occupation as sailor; although the man he is living with has a different surname, perhaps he is the sailor the obituary mentions. Unfortunately, I was not able to find James or Mary Snow in the 1860 US census]
line4142123
Dwellings visited735    
Families visited753    
NameJames SnowMary L "Albert W. SteelmanElisabeth SnowJulia "
Age28301174
SexMFMFF
Color     
Occupation of males over 15 yearsSailor    
Real estate owned150    
BirthplaceVirginiaNew JerseyNew Jersey" "" "
Married within year     
Attended school within year  11 
Over 20 & can't read/write     
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.     

1870 census

[1870 US census, Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo Village, microfilm series M593, film 680, page 247 = 219 handwritten]
[I did not transcribe the other people at this residence, headed by John Yary [?]]
line9
Dwelling house number[1598]
Family number[1546]
NameSteelman Albert
Age31
SexM
ColorW
OccupationCabinet Maker
Real estate value 
Personal estate value 
BirthplacePenn
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 old1
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ... 

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Richland, supervisor's district 4, enumeration district 103, page 1]
[line] 10
[house] 29
[family] 29
[name] A W Steelman
[rank] Private
[company] K
[unit] 91 Pa Inf
[enlistment date] Oct 1 1861
[discharge date] July 1 1862
[length of service] [blank] years, 9 months, [blank] days
[post office address] Richland Michigan
[disability incurred] -
[remarks] [blank]

1900 census

[1900 US census, Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo City, ward 4, supervisor's district 3, enumeration district 119, microfilm series T623, film 720, page 257 = 8 B handwritten]
[I did not transcribe the other people at this residence, headed by James [??] Eldredge]
line98
streetE Smith Street
house number221
dwelling number[167]
family number[190]
nameSteelman Albert
[the name was indexed as 'Stedman', and could easily be read that way]
relationshipLodger
colorW
sexM
birth dateAug 1839
age60
married?Wd
# years married 
mother of how many children? 
# of children living 
birthplacePennsylvania
father's birthplaceNew Jersey
mother's birthplaceNew Jersey
immigration year 
# years in USA 
naturalized citizen? 
occupationPattern Maker
# months not employed0
# months in school 
can readyes
can writeyes
speaks Englishyes
owned/rented 
free or mortgaged 
farm/house[H]
# 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 19 April 2015, from Fold3]


Steelman, Albert W.
     Albert
Co. K, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also 16 Va. Vols.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 19 Apr 15]

Stellman, Albert W.
Co. K, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Steelman, Albert W.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death notice, spouse

['State news', Jackson Citizen Patriot, 13 January 1898, page 3]

Mrs. Albert Steelman fell dead while riding in her carriage at Kalamazoo, Wednesday.

birth records

['Michigan births, 1867-1902', accessed 5 May 2011, at FamilySearch]
[image 87 of 841, page 187]
RECORD NUMBER 541
DATE OF BIRTH July 20 " [sc. 1875]
SURNAME [blank]
MALE OR FEMALE M
WHITE, BLACK, MULATTO, ETC. W
STILL-BORN, ILLEGITIMATE, TWINS, ETC. Stillborn
BIRTHPLACE. " [sc. Kalamazoo]
PARENTS Albert W. Steelman RESIDENCE " [sc. Kalamazoo] Frances "
BIRTHPLACE OF EACH [father] N.J. [mother] Mich.
OCCUPATION OF FATHER Mechanic
DATE OF RECORD " [sc. June 1, 1876]


[image 109 of 841, page 203] RECORD NUMBER 514
DATE OF BIRTH Dec 17 " [sc. 1877]
SURNAME AND CHRISTIAN NAME, IF ONE BE GIVEN. Steelman
MALE OR FEMALE M
WHITE, BLACK, MULATTO, ETC. W
BIRTHPLACE Stillborn
PARENTS Albert W. Steelman RESIDENCE " [sc. Kalamazoo] Francis P "
BIRTHPLACE OF EACH [father] Penna [mother] Mich
OCCUPATION OF FATHER. Cabinet Maker.
DATE OF RECORD. " " " [sc. June 25 1878]

some relevant death records

[Michigan deaths and burials, 1800-1905, abstract available at FamilySearch (transcribed 5 May 2011)]
Frances Steelman, died 12 January 1898, at Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, born 1849, Michigan, to Ira Peak and Sarah Miller, married
Steelman, male, born 1875, to Albert W and Francis Steelman, age 0, died 20 July 1875, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Steelman, unknown gender, born 1877, to Albert and Frances Stielman, age 0, died 17 Dec 1877, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Letitia M Pomeroy, female, born 25 October 1881, to Albert W Steelman and Frances [unknown], married to Arthur B Pomeroy, died 30 June 1956, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan, buried 3 July 1956, Kalamazoo, Michigan

marriage

[Michigan marriages, 1822-1995; abstract available at FamilySearch, accessed 5 May 2011]
[both entries are present in the database]

Albert W Steelman, born 1839 Philadelphia PA, married Frances S Dake [sic], born 1847, Richland Michigan, on 11 Sep 1871, at Richland, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Albert W Steelman, born 1839 Philadelphia PA, married Francis S Peake [sic], born 1847 Richland Michigan, on 11 Sep 1871, at Kalamazoo, Michigan

obituary

[obituary, Kalamazoo Gazette 16 June 1905, page 3, Albert W Steelman]
FORMER MASTER OF SEA VESSEL
ALBERT W. STEELMAN DIED THURSDAY AT BORGESS HOSPITAL AFTER LONG ILLNESS.

Albert W. Steelman died at 9:30 o'clock Thursday morning at the Borgess hospital, after a lingering illness. The funeral will occur at 10 o'clock Saturday morning from the late residence, 325 South Park street, and burial will be in Richland cemetery. Friends of the family are invited. The late Albert Steelman was born in Philadelphia, August 6, 1839. He grew up to manhood in his native city, and for many years sailed the seas, as a sailor before the mast and later as a ship's officer.

Mr. Steelman had a natural liking for the life on the ocean, for his father was a sea captain and the young man made his first trips with his father. At the outbreak of the civil war the young man enlisted in the 17th Pennsylvania Volunteer infantry, and served throughout the war. In 1868 he came west and located in Kalamazoo county. In 1871 he was married to Miss Francis Peake of Richland, and they resided in and near Kalamazoo during the rest of their lives. Mrs. Steelman died in 1898. One daughter, Letitia M. Steelman, survives them.


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