91st PA: Jacob Ignatius Topper

Jacob Ignatius Topper

Before the war

He was born on 10 July 1839 (8, 12; 2 (25 in 1865), 6 (20 in 1860), 7 (40 in 1880), 8 (60 in 1900), 9 (10 in 1850)). He was born in Liberty Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania (2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12). He was born to John J Topper and Martha Magdalena Sanders (12).

In 1850, he was living in Carroll County, Maryland (9). He was living with John and Martha Topper (9). He had attended school within the year (9).

In 1860, he was living in Liberty Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania (6). He was a laborer (6). He was living with John and Martha Topper (presumably his parents) (6).

In 1863/65, he married Julia Ann Krise (8, 12). They had nine children (12):

When he was enlisted, he was a laborer (2).

His younger brother, Pius Francis Topper, also served in the Civil War, but in the Confederate Cavalry (11) He served in the 6th Virginia Cavalry, fought at Fairfield on 3 July 1863, and was killed at Luray, Virginia, on 22 September 1864 (11).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 7 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, blue eyes, and dark hair (2).

During the war

He was drafted (1). He enlisted and was mustered into service on 28 February 1865 (1, 2, 3, 4 [64]). He was enlisted for one year, at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, by Captain Eyster (2). His enlistment was credited to the 16th congressional district (2). He was a private in company A (1, 13).

He was mustered out on 10 July 1865 with his company (1, 3, 4). He was a private, in company A (13).

After the war

Based on their children's birthplaces, they moved from Pennsylvania to Maryland sometime around 1868/70 (7).

In 1870, he was living in Emmitsburg District, Frederick County, Maryland (10). He was a farmer, and owned $2700 in real estate, and $650 in personal property (10). He was living with his wife Julia and four children (10).

In 1880, he was living in Emmitsburg District, Frederick County, Maryland (7). He was a farmer (7). He was living with his wife Julia, nine children, and his father John (7).

On 6 December 1889, he applied successfully from Maryland for a pension (3, 5).

In 1890, he was living in Emmittsburg District, Frederick County, Maryland (4).

In 1900, he was living in Emmitsburg District, Frederick County, Maryland (8). He was a farmer (8). He was living with his wife Julia, and three children (8). Julia had had three children, all of whom were living (8).

He died on 19 October 1903, in Emmitsburg, Frederick County, Maryland (12).

Researcher

Contact Sabrina at kenrav@juno.com about him.

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 company A descriptive roll, entry 155 (Jacob Topper)

3 pension index, by regiment (Jacob Topper)

4 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Maryland, Frederick County, Emmittsburg District, supervisor's district 3, enumeration district 85, page 2 (Jacob G [?] Topper)

5 pension index, by name (Jacob Topper)

6 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Liberty Township, post office Fairfield, page 372 = 52 [?] handwritten, microfilm series M653, film 1057 (Jacob Topper)

7 1880 US census, Maryland, Frederick County, Emmitsburg District, supervisor's district 3, enumeration district 75, microfilm series T9, film 510, page 210 = 4D handwritten (Jacob O Topper)

8 1900 US census, Maryland, Frederick County, Emmistburg District precinct 1, supervisor's district 4, enumeration district 12, microfilm series T623, film 622, page 185 = 13B handwritten (Jacob Q [?] Topper)

9 1850 US census, Maryland, Carroll County, District No 1, microfilm series M432, film 289, page 312 (Jacob Topper)

10 1870 US census, Maryland, Frederick County, Emmitsburg District, microfilm series M593, film 586, page 268 = 33 [?] handwritten (Jacob Topper)

11 e-mail, Marie Inyang, April 2006 (which cites Gettysburg Gazette 13 July 2004) (Jacob Topper)

12 'Jacob Ignatius Topper', on TopperTree.org (viewed 5 Nov 2007) (Jacob Ignatius Topper)

13 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Jacob Topper)

1850 census

[1850 US census, Maryland, Carroll County, District No 1, microfilm series M432, film 289, page 312]
line2728293031
Dwellings visited214    
Families visited218    
NameJohn J TopperMartha "William "Jacob "Pim [?] "
Age494516108
SexMFMMM
Color     
Occupation of males over 15 yearsLaborer Laborer  
Real estate owned600    
Birthplace" [sc. Pa]""""
Married within year     
Attended school within year  111
Over 20 & can't read/write     
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.     

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Liberty Township, post office Fairfield, page 372 = 52 [?] handwritten, microfilm series M653, film 1057]
line232425
Dwelling number352  
Family number380  
NameJohn J. TopperMartha "Jacob "
Age595720
Sexmfm
Color   
OccupationLaborer Laborer
Value of real estate owned   
Value of personal estate140  
Place of birth" [sc. Penna]""
Married within year   
Attended school within year   
Cannot read & write 1 
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.   

1870 census

[1870 US census, Maryland, Frederick County, Emmitsburg District, microfilm series M593, film 586, page 268 = 33 [?] handwritten]
line111213141516
Dwelling-house number263     
Family number269     
NameTopper Jacob- Julia- Annia [?]- Jacob- Julia- John
Age30304523/12
SexMFFMFM
ColorWWWWWW
OccupationFarmerKeeping House    
Real estate value2700     
Personal estate value650     
Birthplace" " [sc. Pennsylvania]" "" "" "" "Maryland
Father foreign born      
Mother foreign born      
Birth month if born within year     Feb
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 ...      

1880 census

[1880 US census, Maryland, Frederick County, Emmitsburg District, supervisor's district 3, enumeration district 75, microfilm series T9, film 510, page 210 = 4D handwritten]
line2345678910111213
street name            
house number            
dwelling visit #23           
family visit #26           
nameTopper Jacob O.- Julia A.- Jacob F. A.- Anna M- Julia C- John D.- James L.- Mary A.- William J.- Henry P.- Morris A.- John J.
colorWWWWWWWWWWWW
sexMFMFFMFFMMMM
age40411514121086421/1279
month born if born in year          Apr 
relationship WifeSonDaughterDaughterSonSonDaughterSonSonSonFather
single  111111111 
married11          
widowed/divorced           1
married during year            
occupationFarmerKeeping HouseFarm LaborerAt HomeAt HomeAt Home      
months unemployed  3         
currently ill?            
blind            
deaf/dumb            
idiotic            
insane            
disabled            
school this year  11111     
can't read            
can't write            
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaMarylandMarylandMarylandMarylandMarylandMarylandPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPenna
mother's birthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaMd

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Maryland, Frederick County, Emmittsburg District, supervisor's district 3, enumeration district 85, page 2]
[line] 24
[house] 102
[family] 105
[name] Topper Jacob G [??]
[rank] Private
[company] A
[unit] 91 Penn Inf
[enlistment date] 28 Feb 1864
[discharge date] 10 July 1865
[length of service] 1 years, 4 months, 12 days
[post office address] " " [sc. Emmittsburg Md]
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1900 census

[1900 US census, Maryland, Frederick County, Emmistburg District precinct 1, supervisor's district 4, enumeration district 12, microfilm series T623, film 622, page 185 = 13B handwritten]
line8586878889
street     
house number     
dwelling number217    
family number219    
nameTopper Jacob Q [?]- Julia A [?]- Annie M- William N [?]- Maurie A [?]
relationshipHeadWifeDaughterSonSon
colorWWWWW
sexMFFMM
birth dateJuly 1839July 1839Apr 1866Feb 1876Apr 1881
age6060342420
married?MMSSS
# years married3636   
mother of how many children? 3   
# of children living 3   
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaMarylandMaryland
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigration year     
# years in USA     
naturalized citizen?     
occupationFarmer    
# months not employed0    
# months in school     
can readyesyesyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyesyesyes
speaks Englishyesyesyesyesyes
owned/rentedO    
free or mortgagedF    
farm/houseF    
# of farm schedule15 [?]    

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 27 April 2015, from Fold3]


Topper Jacob
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

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