91st PA: Henry Weigel

Henry Weigel

Before the war

He was born in 1830/31. [sources: date: 2 (34 in 1865), 3 (34 in 1865)]

When he enlisted, he was a farmer. [source: 3]

Description

When he enlisted, he had grey eyes, dark hair, a dark complexion, and was 5 feet 9 inches tall. [source: 3]

During the war

He was drafted. He was drafted from Menallen Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania, and his service was credited to the 16th congressional district. He enlisted and was mustered into service, at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, on 28 February 1865. He was mustered in as a private in company B. [sources: 1, 2, 3, 4-7]

He was listed on a Muster and Descriptive Roll of a Detachment of Drafted Men and Substitutes Forwarded, dated 29 March 1865, Draft Rendezvous, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. [source: 3]

On the March/April 1865 muster roll, he was reported absent, sick. [source: 3]

On the May/June 1865 muster roll, he was reported absent, sick, in hospital. [source: 3]

He was absent, sick, when the regiment mustered out, and therefore did not receive a discharge. He was a private, in company B. He was due pay from his enrolment, and $1.66 for clothing. [sources: 1, 2, 3, 4-7]

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) (Henry Weigel)

2 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 29 June 2004 (Henry Weigel)

3 compiled military service record, Henry Wiegle (B), National Archives and Records Administration

4 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Henry Weigle)

5 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Henry Wiegel)

6 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Henry Wiegle)

7 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Henry Wigle)

Note on identification

The index to the compiled military service records clearly separates him from the Henry Weigle who served in company F. But I have not been able to identify him with any confidence. Besides his name and age, the identifying information I have about him is (a) that he was drafted from Menallen Township, and mustered in at Chambersburg on 28 February 1865, (b) that his service was credited to the 16th congressional district, (c) that he was a farmer when he was enrolled, and (d) that no one applied for a pension based on his service (which suggests he died before about 1890). The draft registration records available on Ancestry (accessed 7 April 2013) have three plausible candidates:

(1) Henry Weigle (5 May 1830 Adams County to 19 May 1906 Adams County)
draft registration record: Henry Weigle, Butler Township, [Adams] County, 16th congressional district, 40, farmer, b. PA [no remarks; others remark 'sent a substitute'] [draft registration records, Pennsylvania, 16th C.D., volume 4 of 4, class 2, alpha by subdistrict, subdistrict 2, p.2 image 17 of 281 on Ancestry]
see Henry Weigel (co.F)
comment: He matches this Henry extremely well, but he is probably the Henry living in Menallen Township in the 1890 veterans schedule, which probably makes him married to Anna, and therefore the Henry who served in company F, whose widow Anna M applied for a pension. I have sent for the company B Henry Weigle's compiled service record and pension certificate documents selection, hoping they will shed light on the identity of these two (?) men.
(2) Henry Weigel (1833/34 PA to ?)
comment: He is the best candidate if #1 is the co.F Henry Weigel and not this Henry Weigel, but he doesn't seem likely, since he registered in the 15th congressional district and was a teacher. I have not been found any records of him or his spouse after 1870; their dying between 1870 and 1880 would be consistent with neither his nor his widow's applying for a pension based on his service (assuming his children weren't eligible because of the cause of his death), which is why I regard him as a slightly better candidate than #3
draft registration record: H C Weigel, West Pennsboro Township, Cumberland County, 15th congressional district, class 1 30 years old, born PA, teacher, married [draft registration records, Pennsylvania, 15th c.d., volume 2 of 3, class 1, L-Z, page 599, image 576 of 638 on Ancestry]
1860 census: Henry Weigel, living in West Pennsborough, Cumberland County, 26, born PA, teacher of common school, apparently not married) (FamilySearch)
possible 1870 census: Henry G Weigel (35 born in PA, works in tin shop), with Mary E (28), W G (6), and John G (3) (Pennsylvania, Cumberland County, West Pennsboro, microfilm series M593, film 1333, page 555 recto = 19 handwritten)
(3) Henry Weigle (1822-1883)
comment: He's a little old, and although his widow lived to 1916 no one applied for a pension based on my Henry Weigel's service, which would be odd. He also was a tanner and not a farmer.
draft registration record: Henry Weigle, Butler Township, [Adams] County, 16th congressional district, 40, tanner, [no remarks; others on the page have noted: 'drafted and sent a substitute'] [draft registration records, Pennsylvania, 16th C.D., volume 4 of 4, class 2, alpha by subdistrict, subdistrict 2, p.2 image 17 of 281 on Ancestry]
draft registration record: Henry Weigle, Butler Twp [Adams] County, 16th CD, 40, tanner, b. PA [no remarks] [draft registration records, Pennsylvania, 16th CD, volume 3 of 4, class 2, A-Z, p.260, image 522 of 553 on Ancestry]
secondary source: e.g. Beauregard family tree, an Ancestry Family Tree, owner dbeau215, accessed 7 April 2013
1850 census: (see below) Adams, Butler, 25, b. PA, tanner, with Lucy 23 et al. p.13 recto = 25 handwritten (FamilySearch)
1860 census: Adams Cty Butler Twp, 35, b. PA, tanner, with Lucy et al., microfilm series M653, film 1057, page 3 = 99 handwritten (FamilySearch)
1870 census: [I have not yet found him]
1880 census: [I have not yet found him]
1900 census: Lucy A Weigle, b. Dec 1829 PA, 5 children 1 living, with son Gilbert H Weigler and his family at 906 2nd St, ward 5, Harrisburg, Dauphin County, PA, e.d. 54, pages 290 = 9 A to 9 B handwritten (FamilySearch)
1910 census: Lucy M Weigel, 81, b. PA, with son Gilbert and his family, ward 5, Harrisburg, Dauphin, PA, page 1 (FamilySearch)
summary of basic information about him:
born 27 Sep 1822 PA
married Lucy Ann Beecher 1828-1916 on 26 October 1848
children: Margaret Irene (1850), Jane (1850), Henry Gilbert (1852), George Edward (1853), David Samuel (1856), Anna Mary (1858)
died 15 Nov 1883, Lycoming, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania
(4) Henry Weigle (1842/3-?)
comment: He's probably too young
1860 census: Henry Weigel (18, b. PA), with Adam (56, b. PA, farmer), Mary (55, PA), Ephraim (21, b. PA), Sarah [?] 15, b. PA), and Samuel (20, b. PA) Weigel, in Huntington, Adams, PA, p. 291 = 61 handwritten (FamilySearch)
1870 census: Henry Weigel (27, b. PA, farm labor), with Adam (65, b. PA, farmer), Mary (61, b. PA, keeping house), and Sarah (24, b. PA, domestic servant) (1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Huntington Township, page 215 recto = 35 handwritten) (FamilySearch)
(5) Henry S Weigel
secondary source: e.g. 'Weigel/Van Cleve family tree, an Ancestry Family tree, by 1_dbweigel, accessed 7 Apr 2013
comment: He is unlikely to have served in the 91st, since he was not living in Pennsylvania already in 1850 (based on the "family tree" information I've summarized below, which I haven't checked)
born 24 Sep 1827, Pennsylvania to Joel Weigel
married Eliza Van Cleave (1838-1894)
children: John (1859), Mary Francis (1861), Prisilla J (1863), Marion David (1864), Barbara E (1866), George Elias (1867), Ellen (1868), Cameron (1872)
1850 in Indiana
1870 in Iowa
1880 in Iowa
died 17 Oct 1890 in Nebraska

Sources checked unsuccessfully

Pennsylvania veterans burial cards 1777-1999
Ancestry index (accessed 8 April 2013)
note that the Daniel H Weigel whodied on 3 December 1914 and was buried in West Wildwood Cemetery, Loyalsock Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, served in K 152nd regiment, 3rd Pennsylvania heavy artillery
applications for headstones for military veterans, 1925-1941
FamilySearch index (accessed 8 April 2013)
the Henry Wiegel who died on 12 November 1884, and was buried in Springhill Cemetery, Danville, Illinois, served in E 60th Ohio Volunteer infantry
records of headstones of deceased Union veterans, 1879-1903
FamilySearch index (accessed 8 April 2013)

Display



Henry Weigle in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Butler Township, microfilm series M432, film 743, page 13]
[see the note on identification above]
line3456
Dwellings visited[167]   
Families visited181   
NameHenry WeigleLucy "Jane "Alexander Miller
Age25233/1214
SexMFFM
Color    
Occupation of males over 15 yearsFarmer   
Real estate owned    
Birthplace" [sc. Pa]"""
Married within year    
Attended school within year   1
Over 20 & can't 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 3 May 2015, from Fold3]


Weigle Henry
Co. B, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 5 May 15]

Wiegel, Henry
Co. B, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Weigle Henry

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 3, transcribed 6 May 15]

Wiegle, Henry
Co. B, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Weigle Henry

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 4, transcribed 6 May 15]

Wigle Henry
Co. B, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvr.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Weigle Henry

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

compiled military service record

[compiled military service record, Henry Wiegle (B), National Archives and Records Administration]
[transcribed 23 April 2013]
[the file consists of an index card, and four cards]

[index card]
3098
Weigle, Henry
Co. B, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Private Private
CARD NUMBERS
1 22038062
2 22043503
3 22043594
4 22043697
[the rest of the card number spaces are blank]
Number of personal papers herein 0
Book Mark: [blank]
See also [blank]

[back of ?index card]
[blank except for a handwritten signature at the bottom:] H M Shannon [?]

[card 1]

W 91 Pa.
Henry Wiegle [sic]
Pvt, Co. B, 91 Reg't Pennsylvania Inf.
Appears on
Company Muster Roll
for May + June, 1865.
Present or absent Absent
Stoppage, [blank]
Due Gov't, [blank]
Remarks: Absent sick in Hosp.
Book mark: [blank]
Fethers Copyist.

[card 2]

W 91 Pa.
Henry Weigle [sic]
Pvt, Co. B, 91 Reg't Pennsylvania Inf.
Appears on
Company Muster Roll
for Mch + Apl, 1865.
Present or absent Absent
Stoppage, [blank]
Due Gov't, [blank]
Remarks: Absent sick.
Joined for Service Feb 28 /65
Book mark: [blank]
Fethers Copyist.

[card 3]
W 91 Pa.
Henry Wiegel [sic]
Priv, Co. B, 91 Reg't Pennsylvania Inf.
Age 34 years.
Appears on Co. Muster-out Roll, dated Camp in the field Va July 10, 1865.
Muster-out to date x
Last paid to Pay due from enrolment
Clothing account:
Last settled [blank]; drawn since [blank]
Due soldier $1 66/100; due U.S. [blank]
Am't for cloth'g in kind or money adv'd [blank]
Due U.S. for arms, equipments, &c., [blank]
Bounty paid [blank]
Remarks: Drafted
Absent - sick no discharge given
Book mark: [blank]
Crosby Copyist.

[card 4]

W 91 Pa.
Henry Wigle [sic]
Appears with rank of Prvt on
Muster and Descriptive Roll of a Detachment of Drafted Men and Substitutes forwarded*
for the 91 Reg't Pa. Infantry. Roll dated
Draft Rendezvous Carlisle Pa Mch 29, 1865.
Where born Penna
Age 34 y'rs; occupation Farmer
When enlisted Feby 28, 1865.
Where enlisted Chambersburg Pa
For what period enlisted 1 years.
Eyes grey; hair dark
Complexion dark; height 5 ft. 9 in.
When mustered in Feby 28, 1865.
Where mustered in Chambersburg
Bounty paid [blank]; due [blank]
Where credited [blank]
Company to which assigned [blank]
Remarks: Drafted from Menallen twp Adams Co 16 CD
This roll of Drafted Men and Substitutes was made on the form intended for Volunteer Recruits.
Book mark: [blank]
Cottrell [??] Copyist.

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