91st PA: George Washington Sweed

George Washington Sweed

Before the war

He was born in August 1847, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to John and Elizabeth Sweed. [sources: date: 12; 4 (19 in 1864), 5 (19 in 1864), 11 (15 in 1860), 12 (52 in 1900), 14 (56 yrs 10 mos 11 days at death). place: 4, 11, 12, 14. parents: 7]

In 1860, he was living in the 14th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with John and Elizabeth Sweeds (presumably his parents), and with other Sweeds (presumably siblings or other relatives). He had attended school within the year. [source: 11]

When he enlisted, he was a stonecutter. [source: 4]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 6 inches tall, and had a light complexion, gray eyes, and dark hair. [source: 4]

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 13 February 1864. He was enlisted for three years, by Lieutenant Shipley. He was mustered in as a private, in company D, by Lieutenant Hildebrand. [sources: 1, 4, 5, 9, 16]

He was wounded on 8 May 1864 at Laurel Hill, Virginia. [sources: 1, 4, 8]

He returned to the regiment on 11 September 1864. [source: 6]

On 7 October 1864, Sellers reported that he was missing in action on 30 September 1864 near Peeble's House. [source: 2]

On 30 May 1865, a field officers court martial was appointed to meet on 31 May or as soon as practicable after that to try Sweed. However, the only officer appointed to the court was John F Casner. [source: 3]

He mustered out on 10 July 1865 with his company. He was a private, in company D. He had served for 1 year, 6 months, 1 day. [sources: 1, 5, 9, 15 (co.B), 16]

After the war

In 1890, he was living in Cecil County, Maryland (post office address Chesapeake City, Maryland). [source: 15]

On 13 July 1891, he successfully applied from Maryland for a pension. [sources: 9, 10]

In 1893/94, he married Julia [unknown family name]. In 1900, she had had no children. [sources: 7, 12]

In 1900, he was living at 2455 Marsden Street, 28th ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Julia. He was a stone cutter, but had been unemployed for six months in the previous year. [source: 12]

On 24 June 1904, he died, of carcinoma of the inferior maxilla, with exhaustion contributing, at 2204 Nassau Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (his residence). He was a gentleman. He was married. The funeral was on Monday 27 June 1904, at his residence, 2204 Nassau Street. Fairmount Council No 321 Jr OUAM, and surviving members of company D were invited to attend. He was buried at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 7, 9, 14]

In 1910, his widow, Julia Sweeds, was living at 1420 Columbia Avenue, 47th ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was living with her niece Alice and a lodger. [source: 13]

On 19 September 1916, his widow, Julia R Sweeds, successfully applied from Pennsylvania for a pension. [sources: 9, 10]

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, Sellers to Tayman, 7 October 1864

3 special order 30, HQ 91st PA, 30 May 1865 (George W Sweed)

4 company D, second descriptive roll, entry 60 (George W Sweed)

5 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 10 August 2004 (George W Sweed)

6 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 11 September 1874 (Privt Sweed)

7 [death notice], Philadelphia Inquirer, 26 June 1904, page 7 (George W Sweeds)

8 'The Ninety-first Pennsylvania volunteers', Philadelphia Inquirer 8 June 1864 page 3 (George Sweed)

9 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company D (George W Sweeds)

10 pension index, by name (George W Sweeds)

11 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 14th ward, 1st division, microfilm series M653, film 1164, page 85 = 85 handwritten (Geo Sweeds)

12 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 28, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 696, microfilm series T624, film 1470, page 244 = 5 A handwritten (W George Sweeds)

13 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 47, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 1200, microfilm series T624, film 1414, page 36 = 8 A handwritten (Julia Sweeds)

14 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 24 June 1904, #164?8 (the next-to-last digit is illegibly light) (George Washington Sweeds)

15 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Maryland, Cecil, enumeration district 9, page 3 (FamilySearch) (George W Swede)

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

Display



George Washington Sweed in the 91st PA database

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 14th ward, 1st division, microfilm series M653, film 1164, page 85 = 85 handwritten]
[identification is uncertain]
line1617181920212223242526
Dwelling number550          
Family number621          
NameJno SweedsElizJnoChasEmanuelGeoJeffersonElizMarySusanClara
Age5655252219151133172913
Sexmfmmmmmffff
Color           
OccupationSegar Maker Segar makerSegar makerBricklayer      
Value of real estate owned6000          
Value of personal estate1000          
Place of birthPhila""""""""""
Married within year           
Attended school within year     11   1
Cannot read & write           
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.           

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Maryland, Cecil, enumeration district 9, page 3 (FamilySearch)]
[identification is confirmed by reference to his service in the 91st]

[line] 33
[house] 357
[family] 363
[name] George W. Swede
[rank] Private
[company] B [sic]
[unit] 91 Penn inf
[enlistment date] 14 Jan 1864
[discharge date] 15 July 1865
[length of service] 1 [year] 6 [months] 1 [day]
[post office address] Chesapeake City Md
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 28, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 696, microfilm series T624, film 1470, page 244 = 5 A handwritten]
[identification is likely, since (1) Julia's name matches the name of the widow who applied for a pension]
line3233
streetMarsden St
house number2455 
dwelling number101 
family number107 
nameSweeds W GeorgeSweeds I Julia
relationshipHeadWife
colorWW
sexMF
birth dateAug 1847Dec 1852
age5247
married?MM
# years married66
mother of how many children 0
# of children living 0
birthplacePhiladelphiaPhiladelphia
father's birthplaceNew JerseyPhiladelphia
mother's birthplaceMassachusettsVirginia
immigration year  
# years in USA  
naturalized citizen?  
occupationStone Cutter 
# months not employed6 
# months in school  
can readyesyes
can writeyesyes
speaks Englishyesyes
owned/rentedO 
free or mortgagedF 
farm/houseH 
# of farm schedule  

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 47, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 1200, microfilm series T624, film 1414, page 36 = 8 A handwritten]
[identification is likely, since (1) Julia's name matches the name of the widow who applied for a pension]
line282930
streetColumbia Avenue
house nr[1420]  
dwelling nr[182]  
family nr207  
nameSweeds Julia- AliceSnyder Katherine
relationshipHeadNieceLodger
sexFFF
colorWWW
age583635
marital statusWdSWd
#years present marriage   
mother of # children0 1
mother of # living children0 0
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigrated   
naturalized/alien   
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglishEnglish
occupationOwn IncomeProprietessSaleslady
nature of industry etc. Hair Dressing Store[illegible] Suite [?]
employer etc. EmpW
out of work 15 Apr 1910?  No
# weeks out of work 1909  0
can readYesYesYes
can writeYesYesYes
school since 1 Sep 09   
owned/rentedO  
owned free or mortagagedF  
farm/houseH  
nr on farm schedule   
civil war vet   
blind   
deaf & dumb   

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 25 April 2015, from Fold3]


Sweed George W.
Co. D, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death notice

[Philadelphia Inquirer, 26 June 1904, page 7]
SWEEDS.--On the 24th inst., GEORGE W., son of the late John and Elizabeth Sweeds, and husband of Julia Sweeds. Relatives and friends of the family, also Fairmount Council, No. 321, Jr. O.U.A.M., and surviving members of Company D, 91st Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, are invited to attend the funeral services, on Monday, the 27th, at 1 P.M., at his late residence, 2204 Nassau st. Interment private.

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 24 June 1904, #164?8 (the next-to-last digit is illegibly light), George Washington Sweeds]
[thanks to Ed McLaughlin for finding this!]

164?8 [the next-to-last digit is illegibly light]
RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
Physician's Certificate.
1. Full Name of Deceased, George Washington Sweeds
2. Color, White
3. Sex, Male
4. Married
5. Age, Years 56 Months 10 Days 11
6. Date of Death, Year 1904 Month June Day 24
7. Cause of Death, Chief Carcinoma of Inferior Maxilla
Contributing Exhaustion
J. Lindsay Gaebrack M.D.
Residence 2129 [?] N 19th St

Undertaker's Certificate.
8. Occupation, Gentleman
9. Place of Birth, Penna
10. Birthplace of Father, Penna
11. Birthplace of Mothers, Penna
12. When a Minor, [blank]
[to the right is written: ] SWEEDS
13. Last place of Residence, (This need only be given when the deceased resided out of the city.) 2204 Nassau st
[14.] Place of Death, Street and No. 2204 Nassau st
15. Ward, wherein death occurred, 27th [??]
16. Buried from, Street and No. 2204 [?] Nassau St
17. Date of Burial, June 27 [?] 1904
18. Place of Burial, Odd Fellows Cem
Hamather [??] S [?] Ewell Undertaker.
Residence, 2029 [?] N 19th St

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