91st PA: James B Steele

James B Steele

Before the war

He was born in 1837/38, in Pennsylvania, probably to James and Elizabeth Steel. [sources: date: 5 (25 in 1863), 6 (25 in 1863), 13 (13 in 1850), 14 (31 in 1860). place: 5, 6, 13, 14). parents: 13]

In 1850, he was living in Perry Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. He was living with James and Elizabeth Steel (presumably his parents), with William G and Elizabeth Steel (presumably his siblings), and with Melisa O Hanger. [source: 13]

On 1 September 1859, he married Elizabeth Shokley. She was born in 1837. He was living in Perry Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania; she was living in Fairview Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania. They were married in Fairview Township, Armstrong County, by William Hagerson, Justice of the Peace. They had two children:

[sources: 12, 17]

In 1860, he was living in Perry Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Elizabeth, their child Reuben H, and with John Sholl. He was a farmer, and owned $123 in personal property. [source: 14]

When he enlisted, he was a farmer. [sources: 5, 6]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 9-1/4 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, hazel eyes, and dark hair. [sources: 5, 6]

During the war

He was drafted. He enlisted and was mustered into service on 17 July 1863 in the 62nd Pennsylvania Infantry. He enlisted for three years. His service was credited to the 23rd congressional district. He served in company M. [sources: 1, 5, 6, 11, 12]

On 5 May 1864, he was captured, during the Battle of the Wilderness. [sources: 4, 12]

He was transferred on 20 July 1864 from company M of the 62nd Pennsylvania to the 91st. On 21 July 1864, he, and the other members of companies L and M, were assigned to company G. On 22 July 1864, they were transferred to company K, following brigade orders to assign them to the smallest company. He was then absent, as a private. He was a private in company K. [sources: 1, 2, 3, 11, 21]

He died on 2 September 1864 in Andersonville, Georgia, of diarrhea. He was a private, in company K. He is buried there, in grave 7,638. [sources: 1, 4 (in parole camp), 11, 12, 18, 21]

At the end of June 1865, the regiment reported him absent, in Pittsburg Hospital. [source: 10]

After the war

On 13 June 1865, his widow, Elizabeth Steel, applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension under the Act of 14 July 1862. Her application was approved on 21 August 1865, and she received $8.00 per month, retroactive to 2 September 1864. [sources: 7, 8, 12, 19, 20]

On 18 September 1867, Elizabeth Steel applied for an increase of pension under the Act of 25 July 1866. She was a resident of Fairview Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania. She had last been paid her pension through 4 March 1867, at the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania agency. Her application was approved on 2 May 1868, and she received an additional $2 per month for each child under 16, retroactive to 25 July 1866. [source: 12]

In 1870, his widow, Elisabeth Steel, was living in Fairview, Butler County, Pennsylvania. She was living with their children Reuben and Ephraim. She owned $500 in real estate, and $175 in personal property. [source: 15]

In 1880, his widow, Elizabeth Steele, was living in Butler, Butler County, Pennsylvania. She was living with their chidlren Reuben H and Ephraim J Steele. [source: 18]

In 1882, his widow, Elizabeth Steele, died. She was buried in the North Side Cemetery, Butler, Butler County, Pennsylvania. [source: 17]

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 special order 65, HQ 91st PA, 21 July 1864 (James B Steelle)

3 special order 66, HQ 91st PA, 22 July 1864 (James B Steelle)

4 company K, second register of deaths (Jas B Steele)

5 company K, third descriptive roll (James B Steele)

6 company K, fourth descriptive roll (James B Steele)

7 pension index, by name (James B Steel)

8 pension index, by regiment, 62nd PA Infantry, company M (James B Steel [sic])

9 company K, monthly report, April 1865 (Jas B Steele)

10 monthly return, company K, June 1865 (James B Steele)

11 Page 263. Floyd G Hoenstine. Military services and genealogical records of soldiers of Blair County, Pennsylvania. Harrisburg, PA: Telegraph Press, 1940. (James B Steele)

12 widow's pension certificate file, National archives and records administration, record group 15, certificate WC 54,163 (Elizabeth Shokley widow of James B Steel)

13 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Armstrong County, Perry Township, microfilm series M432, film 749, page 3 recto = 5 handwritten (FamilySearch) (James B Steel)

14 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Armstrong County, Perry Township, microfilm series M653, film 1070, page 514 = 79 handwritten FamilySearch) (James B Steele)

15 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Butler County, Fairview, microfilm series M593, film 1315, page 221 verso = 18 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Elisabeth Steel)

16 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Butler County, Butler, enumeration district 59, microfilm series T9, film 1109, page 530 = 46 B handwritten (FamilySearch) (Elizabeth Steele)

17 Find a grave, memorial 20745230 (Elizabeth wife of J B Steele)

18 US National Cemetery interment control forms, 1928-1962, from records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, National Archives and Records Administration record group 92 (James B Steele)

19 pension index, by name (James B Steele)

20 pension index, by unit (James B Steel)

21 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (James B Steele)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

pension index, by unit
no entry under 91st PA (accessed December 2008; rechecked Fold3 index 27 April 2014)
pension index, by name
no entry under 91st PA (accessed Ancestry index 27 April 2014)
1890 US census, veterans schedules
searched FamilySearch and Ancestry indices (accessed 27 April 2014)
1900 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 28 April 2014)
1910 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 28 April 2014)
1920 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 28 April 2014)
1930 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 28 April 2014)
1940 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 28 April 2014)
Pennsylvania veterans burial cards, 1777-1999
Ancestry index (accessed 28 April 2014)
record of headstones of deceased Union veterans, 1879-1903
FamilySearch index (accessed 28 April 2014)
headstone applications for US military veterans, 1925-1949
FamilySearch index (accessed 28 April 2014)

Display



James B Steel in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Armstrong County, Perry Township, microfilm series M432, film 749, page 3 recto = 5 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is likely, since (1) the location matches his location in 1860]
line234567
Dwellings visited29     
Families visited29     
NameJames SteelElizabeth "James B "Wm G "Elizabeth "Melisa O Hanger
Age5352131089
Sexmfmmff
Color      
Occupation of males over 15 yearsFarmer     
Real estate owned1500     
BirthplacePa""""
Married within year      
Attended school within year      
Over 20 & can't read/write11    
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.      

1860 census

[1860 U census, Pennsylvania, Armstrong County, Perry Township, microfilm series M653, film 1070, page 514 = 79 handwritten FamilySearch)]
[identification is confirmed by matches with the pension certificate file: (1) his apparent spouse's name and age, (2) their apparent child's name and age, and (3) the location]
line18192021
Dwelling number244   
Family number568   
NameJames B SteeleElizabeth "Reuben H. "John Sholl.
Age3122113
SexMFMM
Color    
OccupationFarmer   
Value of real estate owned    
Value of personal estate123   
Place of birthPaDoDoPa
Married within year    
Attended school within year   1
Cannot read & write    
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.    

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Butler County, Fairview, microfilm series M593, film 1315, page 221 verso = 18 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is confirmed by matches with the pension certificate file: (1) Elisabeth's name, (2) Reuben's name and age, (3) Ephraim's name and age, and (4) the location (which is where she was living before they married)]
line151617
Dwelling-house number141  
Family number141  
NameSteel ElisabethReubenEphraim
Age30129
SexFMM
ColorWWW
Occupationwid  
Real estate value500  
Personal estate value175  
BirthplacePaPaPa
Father foreign born   
Mother foreign born   
Birth month if born within year   
Marriage month if married within year   
Attended school past year 11
Can't read   
Can't write1  
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, Butler County, Butler, enumeration district 59, microfilm series T9, film 1109, page 530 = 46 B handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is confirmed; see the note on the 1870 census entry transcribed above]
line242526
street nameMercer Street
house number   
dwelling visit #415  
family visit #436  
nameSteele, ElizabethSteele Reuben HSteele Ephraim J
colorWWW
sexFMM
age422118
month born if born in year   
relationship SonSon
single 11
married   
widowed/divorced1  
married during yearKeeping HouseLaborerAt Home
occupation   
months unemployed   
currently ill?   
blind   
deaf/dumb   
idiotic   
insane   
disabled   
school this year  1
can't read   
can't write   
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennaPennaPenna
mother's birthplacePennaPennaPenna

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 21 April 2015, from Fold3]


Steele James B.
Co. K, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also 62 Pa Vols.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

pension index, by name

[pension index, by name]
[transcribed 27 April 2014, from Ancestry]
NAME OF SOLDIERSteel, James B.
 
NAME OF DEPENDENTWidowSteel, Elizabeth
Minor 
  
SERVICEM. 62 Pa. Inf
 
 
DATE OF FILINGCLASS APPLICATION NO CERTIFICATE NO STATE FROM WHICH FILED
  Invalid      
1865 June 13 Widow 97679 54163  
  Minor      
         
ATTORNEY  
REMARKS  

pension index, by unit

[pension index, by unit]
[transcribed from Fold3, 27 April 2014]


DEAD
NAME OF SOLDIER
Steel, James B
 
SERVICELate rank Pvt Co. M, 62 Reg't Pa. Inf
TERM OF SERVICEEnlisted Discharged
DATE OF FILINGCLASS APPLICATION NO LAW CERTIFICATE NO.
  Invalid      
1865 June 13 Widow 97,679   54,163
  Minor      
         
ADDITIONAL SERVICES  
 
 
REMARKS  
Died [check mark] at

widow's pension certificate file

[widow's pension certificate file, National archives and records administration, record group 15, certificate WC 54,163, Elizabeth Shokley widow of James B Steel]
[abstracted from Fold3, 27 April 2014]
1 September 1859
James B Steel of Perry Township, Armstrong County, married Elizabeth Shokley of Fairview Township, Butler County (pp.4, 6)
married at Fairview Township, Armstrong County, PA (p.6)
married by Wm Hagerson JP (p.4)
two children: Reuben Henry (born 13 April 1859), and Ephraim James (born 25 January 1862) (pp.6, 9, 17 (Ephraim born 24 Jan))
Elizabeth stated on oath that James B Steele acknowledged that Reuben Henry was his child, and that the paternity was never called into question (p.11)
17 July 1863
James B Steel mustered in to M 62nd PA at Pittsburgh PA for three years (commanded by Capt Murray) (pp.6, 8)
drafted on or about 17 July 1863 for Perry Township, Armstrong County (p.6)
5 May 1864
James B Steel was taken prisoner in the Battle of the Wilderness (p.6)
2 September 1864
James B Steel died of diarrhoea at Andersonville GA (pp.6, 8 [based on M 62nd's muster-out roll, dated 18 August 1864])
13 June 1865
Elizabeth Steele applied for a pension under the Act of 14 July 1862 (p.6)
application 97,679 (pp.8, 10)
resident of Butler County PA; post-office address Fairview PA (p.6)
28 years old (p.6)
dated 4 May 1865
attorney William Helmich [?] Washington DC
witnesses: Daniel M Shakely and Mrs Elizabeth Evans (both of Perry Township) (pp.6-7)
admitted 21 August 1865, $8.00 per month, retroactive to 2 September 1864 (p.2)
certificate dated 25 August 1865 (p.13)
examining clerk: W S Graff (p.2)
12 Aug 1865
the Adjutant General's Office sent the above-summarized information to the Pension Office (p.8; see p.15 for the request for information, dated 9 August 1865 (p.16))
16 December [?]
'Dec 16. 27 for proof of birth', that is, the Pension Office requested proof of the childrens' births--perhaps '27' alludes to circular 27? (p.9)
18 September 1867
Elizabeth Steele applied for an increase of pension under the act of 25 July 1866 (p.17)
resident Fairview Twp Butler County PA (p.17)
last paid pension through 4 March 1867 at Pittsburgh PA agency (p.17)
attorney William Helmick, Washington DC (p.17)
J B Finlay Esa [?] and R H Sayer witnesses (p.17)
received $8 per month plus $2 per month for each child under 16 retroactive to 25 July 1866 (pp.19, 21)
passed on 2 may 1868 (p.21)
examiner W W Jacob (p.21)
certificate dated 9 May 1868, sent to Wolf Hart + Co Washington DC (p.19)
4 Apr 68
the Pension Office sent to the attorney asking for evidence about the child born before the marriage (p.9)
7 Oct 68
the pension office called for something: 'Ap [??] called for Oct 7. '68' (p.20)
13 Nov 68
the Pension Office issued a duplicate certificate (p.20)

interment control form

[US National Cemetery interment control forms, 1928-1962, from records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, National Archives and Records Administration record group 92]
[transcribed from Ancestry, 27 April 2014]


Interment in the Andersonville, Ga. National Cemetery
NAME Steele, James B.
RANK Pvt
COMPANY K
REGIMENT
Number 91
State Pa
Arm Inf
DATE OF DEATH Sept 2 1864
DATE OF INTERMENT [blank]
GRAVE MARK Section [blank] Grave No. 7638
REMARKS [blank]

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