91st PA: John Stewart

John Stewart

Before the war

He was born in 1842/43, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to John and Emily Stewart. [sources: date: 6 (19 in 1861), 11 (22 at death in 1864), 12 (17 in 1860), 14 (7 in 1850). place: 6, 11, 12, 14. parents: 10]

On 26 August 1846, his father, John Stewart, died, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 13]

In 1850, he was living in ward 6, Northern Liberties, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with Emeline Stewart (presumably his mother), George F Stewart (presumably his brother), and Anna M Keim and Christianna Hoffnagle. He had attended school within the year. [source: 14]

Starting around 1859, he regularly contributed money to his mother. [source: 13]

In 1860, he was living in ward 12, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with Emily Steward (presumably his mother), George Steward (presumably his brother), and Anna McMullen. He worked at a book store. [source: 12]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 6-1/2 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, grey eyes, and brown hair. [source: 6]

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 20 August 1861. He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Colonel Reiff. He was in company C. [sources: 1, 6, 17 (sgt)]

He gave his mother $250 of the bounty money he received. [source: 13]

He was appointed 4th sergeant on 21 September 1861. [source: 3]

He was appointed first sergeant. [source: 4]

He reenlisted as a veteran volunteer, at 24 December 1863. He was enlisted for three years, at Bealton, Virginia, by Lieutenant Swan. [sources: 1, 7, 13]

He was commissioned first lieutenant, but never mustered in, on 22 November 1863. The commission was apparently issued on 14 July 1864. (I assume it was retroactive to November.) [sources: 1, 13]

On 15 January 1864, he took Francis Cole's furlough to Cole's house (because Cole was ill). [source: 16]

He was wounded near Petersburg, Virginia, on 19 June 1864. He died in the Division Hospital at City Point, Virginia, on 22 June 1864 of those wounds. He was first sergeant of company C. He was single. [sources: 1, 2, 4 (killed in action 18 Jun 64), 5 (died of wounds 18 Jun 64), 6 (killed in action 18 Jun), 7, 8, 10 (10 June), 11 (21 June), 13, 17]

His body was sent home for burial. The funeral was held on 3 July 1864, from his mother's residence, at Rawle and McGrath Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Members of Chosen Friends' Lodge, I.O. of O.F. were invited to attend. He was buried at Odd Fellows' Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 5, 10, 11 (Magreth St)]

After the war

On 15 October 1864, his mother, Emily Stewart, successfully applied for a pension, under the act of 14 July 1862. She was 53 years old, and was living at 42 McGrath Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her application was accepted on 13 February 1866, retroactive to 22 June 1864. She received $8 per month. [sources: 9, 13]

On 23 December 1870, his mother, Emily Stewart, applied for an increase in her pension, because he had been commissioned as a First Lieutenant, and was acting as First Lieutenant when he was wounded. She was then living at 986 North 6th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her application was rejected, because he was wounded, and died, as a first sergeant, before his commission was issued. [source: 13]

His mother, Emily Stewart, apparently died by 23 October 1897. She may be the Emily Stewart who died on 6 October 1897, in Tyrone, Pennsylvania. [source: 13, 15]

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 57, HQ 91st PA, 30 June 1864

3 company C, List of non-commissioned officers, page 1, sergeants (John Stewart)

4 company C, List of non-commissioned officers, page 2, first sergeants (John Stewart)

5 company C, register of deaths (John Stewart)

6 company C, descriptive roll, number 4 (John Stewart)

7 company C, untitled list, probably of status at muster out, entry 76 (John Stewart)

8 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 29 June 1864 (Sergt Stewart)

9 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company C (John Stewart)

10 death notice, Philadelphia Press Saturday 2 July 1864, page 3 (John Stewart)

11 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 21 June 1864 (John Stewart)

12 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 12, division 2, microfilm series M653, film 1162, page 365 = 145 handwritten (John Steward)

13 dependent's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, certificate WC 65,208 (Emily Stewart mother of John Stewart)

14 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Northern Liberties, ward 6, microfilm series M432, film 811, page 415 verso = 46 handwritten = [828] handwritten (John Stewart)

15 death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 7 October 1897, page 10 (Emily Stewart)

16 dependent's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, certificate 63,562, Maria Cole mother of Francis C Cole (John Stewart)

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1870 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 15 Jan 12)
1880 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 15 Jan 12)
1890 US census, veterans' schedules
Ancestry index (accessed 29 March 2006)
1900 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 15 Jan 12)
1910 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 15 Jan 12)
1920 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 15 Jan 12)
1930 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 15 Jan 12)
Find a grave
accessed 15 January 2012
RootsWeb WorldConnect
searched for John Stewart (metaphone) born Philadelphia 1842 +/-2; John Stewart (metaphone) born to John anbd EMily Stewart; John Stewart (metaphone) died 1864 (accessed 15 January 2012)

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Northern Liberties, ward 6, microfilm series M432, film 811, page 415 verso = 46 handwritten = [828] handwritten]
[the names and ages clearly match the 1860 census entry transcribed below]
line56789
Dwellings visited317    
Families visited398    
NameEmeline StewartAnna M KeimJohn StewartGeo. F. DoChristianna Hoffnagle
Age39167619
SexFFMMF
Color     
Occupation of males over 15 years     
Real estate owned500    
BirthplaceDo [sc. Penn]DoDoDoDo
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 12, division 2, microfilm series M653, film 1162, page 365 = 145 handwritten]
line36373839
Dwelling number1041   
Family number1328   
NameEmily StewardJohn "Geo "Anna McMullen
Age48171515
SexFMMM
Color    
Occupation  Book StoreAp Tannery 
Value of real estate owned    
Value of personal estate    
Place of birth" [sc. Penna]"""
Married within year    
Attended school within year    
Cannot read & write    
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.    

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 22 April 2015, from Fold3]


Stewart, John
Co. C, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Sergt | 1 Sergt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 21 June 1864, John Stewart]
[thanks to Ed McLaughlin for finding this!]

RETURN OF A DEATH,
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
SOLDIERS CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, John Stewart
2. Colour, White
3. Sex, Male
4. Age, 22 years
5. Single
6. Date of Death, June 21, 1864 at City Point Va
7. Cause of Death, Wound Gun Shot
Geo Chambers
Registration Clerk
UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, Soldier
9. Place of Birth, Philad
10. When a Minor, [blank]
[lines 11 and 12 are connected by a line, to the right of which is written:] Buried from
11. Ward, 12
12. Street and Number Magreth [sic] St
13. Date of Burial, July 3, 64
14. Place of Burial, O F
Gerthum [??] Cert [?] Undertaker
Residence, Lawrance + Reptar [??]

death notice

[death notice, Philadelphia Press Saturday 2 July 1864, page 3 (John Stewart)]
[also printed, with minor changes, in Public Ledger 2 July 1864 page 2]
[source: ActivePaper Archive (Penn State University) (viewed 7 November 2008)]

STEWART.--On the 22d of June, of wounds received on the 10th in front of Petersburg, John Stewart, First Sergeant of Company C, 91st Regiment P.V.V., son of Emily and the late John Stewart, in the 22d year of his age.

The relatives and friends of the family, also the members of Chosen Friends' Lodge, I.O. of O.F., and also all the soldiers of the 91st Regt. in the city, are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, from the residence of his mother, northwest corner of Rawle and McGrath sts., on Sunday afternoon, at 1 o'clock. Service at the Cemetery at 2 o'clock.

mother's pension certificate file

[dependent's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, certificate WC 65,208, Emily Stewart mother of John Stewart]
[abstracted 15 January 2012, from 31 pages on Fold3]
26 August 1846
Emily Stewart's husband John Stewart died at Philadelphia Pennsylvania (pp.4, 6)
25 Dec 1863
John Stewart enlisted and mustered in as vet at Bealton VA (p.9)
22 June 1864
died in hospital at City Point, VA, of wounds suffered 18 June 1864 (pp.3, 9)
15 October 1864
Emily Stewart, mother of John Stewart, 53 years old, applied for a pension (application 68,588) under the act of 14 July 1862 (p.3)
resident Philadelphia, post office address 42 McGrath St Philadelphia (p.3)
he contributed to her support before enlisting, and since, for 5 years (pp.4-5)
attorney John H Frick, Philadelphia (p.5)
witnesses John Eppelsheimer 1034 Shackamaxon, Catherine E Pennell 635 Market St (pp.5-7)
John Stewart left no widow or child (p.6)
dated 12 October 1864 (p.3)
accepted 13 February 1866 retroactive to 22 June 1864. certificate issued 23 Feb 1866. $8 per month (p.19)
19 Jan 1865
Adjutant General's office sent above-summarized information to Pension Office (p.9)
16 Feb 1865
the Pension Office sent circular 14 to the Surgeon General's Office (p.11)
11 March 1865
the Surgeon General's office replied to the Pension Office that John Stewart died on 22 June 1864 at Division Hospital, from the effects of wounds received in action (p.14)
15 March 1865
circular 14 was returned to the Pension Office with information and circular 2 (p.11)
29 Aug 1865
Emily Stewart, resident of 42 Magrath Street, Philadelphia, swore to the relevant facts, adding that he had given her $25 of the bounty he received from the city and $200 of the other bounty (pp.24-25)
witnesses: John Eppelsheimer (resident of Montgomery County--member of Epplesheimer + Peterson, Philadelphia [p.30]) and Anna M Ray (1034 Shackamaxon Street, Philadelphia--wife of David P Ray, member of Philadelphia city Council [p.31]) (pp.25-26)
Pension Office received 31 Aug 1865 (p.27)
[the file includes a copy of the testimony (pp.28-30), with several notes, including 'How much wages did he earn and how much + how long pay her?' (p.30)
1 Sep 1865
the Pension Office received some response to circular 2 [?] (p.11)
24 October 1865
the Pension Office sent circular 2 to the attorney (p.11)
17 January 1866
the Pension Office sent circular 2 to the attorney (p.11)
23 Dec 1870
Emily Stewart applied for an increase in her pension because Stewart was commissioned as 1st lt and was acting as 1st lt when he was wounded (pp.15, 21)
her address: 986 North 6th St Philadelphia (pp.15, 21)
dated 17 Dec 1870 (p.21)
witnesses John K Ray and Frank G Hemmeer [?] residents of Philadelphia (p.22)
attorney Joseph E Devitt Philadelphia (pp.15, 21)
rejected on 16 Feb 1871 because the AGO reported he was wounded and died as 1st sgt, before his commission was issued (pp.15, 16)
27 Dec 1870
the Pension Office sent Stewart's commission to the Adjutant General for him to be mustered in as an officer (p.13)
the AGO received this on 3 January 1871 (p.13)
the AGO refused to muster him as 2nd lieutenant because he was wounded in action and died on 22 June, before the commission was issued (14 July 1864) (p.13)
19 Feb 1885
Pension Office advised that they would adhere to the Feb 71 decision about Stewart's rank at death (p.20)
22 June 1886
[I can't read the note] (p.20)
23 Oct 1897
the reimbursement books were sent to DC, and the auditor was advised about the date of death (p.20)

death notice, Emily Stewart

[death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 7 October 1897, page 10, Emily Stewart]
[identification is uncertain. But note that A M Ray would match the Anna M Ray who testified on her behalf when she applied for a pension, and the date matches the date the Pension auditor was notified that she died]

STEWART.--Suddenly, on October 6, 1897, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. A. M. Ray, Tyrone, Pa., Emily, widow of John Stewart, aged 87 years, formerly of Philadelphia. Due notice of the funeral.


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