91st PA: John H Whitaker

John H Whitaker

Before the war

He was born on 21 June 1848 (2, 5 (17 in 1864), 7 (2 in 1850), 8 (12 in 1860), 9 (22 in 1870)). He was born in Bedford County, Pennsylvania (2, 5, 7, 8, 9) He was born to Henry Whitaker and Malinda Wright (2, 7, 8).

In 1850, he was living in Union Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania (7). He was living with his parents and siblings (7).

In 1860, he was living in St Clair Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania (8). He was living with his parents and siblings (8). He had not attended school in the previous year (8).

When he enlisted, he was a laborer (5).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 6 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, grey eyes, and dark hair (5).

During the war

He was a substitute (1, 5). He enlisted and was mustered into service on 7 October 1864 (1, 2, 5, 6, 13). He was enlisted for one year, at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, by Captain Boil (5). He was a private in company I (1, 15-18).

He was wounded by a gun shot wound to the muscular part of his leg, below his knee, on 21 or 31 March 1865, near Petersburg, Virginia (2, 5 [31 Mar]). He contracted catarhh while being treated in the hospital (2).

He was discharged on 19 June 1865 by general order (1), or on 21 June 1865, from Chester Hospital, Philadelphia (2, 4, 5 [3 May], 6, 13). He was a private, in company I (15-18).

After the war

On 2 July 1868, he married Laura E Wogan, of Bedford County, Pennsylvania (2, 12 [she was 16], 13). They had at least two children (2):

In 1870, he was living in Napier Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania (9). He was living with his wife Laura, his daughter Georgie, and another family (9). He was a farmer, and owned $200 in personal property (9).

He applied successfully for a pension on 8 September 1876 (2, 14).

He died on 29 October 1879, because of the disease, which weakened his lungs (2, 13, 14). He was buried in the Pleasantville Cemetery, in West St Clair Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania (3).

His widow successfully applied for a pension (14).

In 1880, his widow, Laura, was living in New Paris, Bedford County, Pennsylvania (10). She was living with her children Georgianna and James (10).

In 1890, his widow, Laura Whitaker, was living in New Paris, Bedford County, Pennsylvania (6). He had had chronic diarrhea (6).

In 1920, his widow Laura was living in West St Clair Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania (11). She was living with her brother-in-law Reuben (11).

In 1930, his widow Laura was living in West St Clair Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania (12). She was living with her brother-in-law Reuben (12).

His widow, Laura, applied successfully for a pension.

In 1931, Laura Whitaker was living at post-office address Alum Bank, Pennsylvania (13). She was receiving a pension of $40 per month (13). She needed help because of arteriosclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease and nephritis (13). She received an annual income of $36, along with the pension, and no one was legally obligated to support her (13). The House Committee recommended that her pension be increased to $50 per month (13).

She died on 2 October 1932 (2).

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 Phyllis Winthurst, "John H Whitaker", message on "Bedford" message board, 20 March 2000, on Ancestry (searched 2 July 2001) (cites his pension certificate)

3 message, from David and Carol Eddleman, 13 November 2002, on PABEDFOR list at RootsWeb, transcribing burial list from the Bedford Inquirer, 22 May 1908 (John Whitaker)

4 company I, register of men discharged (John H Whitaker)

5 company I, descriptive roll, #39 (John H Whitaker)

6 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, Napier Township, Schellsburg and New Paris, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 81, page 5 (John H Whitaker)

7 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, Union Township, microfilm series M432, film 751, page 246 (John Whitaker)

8 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, St Clair Township (post office Alum Bank), microfilm series M653, film 1072, pages 473-474 = 19-20 handwritten (John H Whitaker)

9 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, Napier Township, microfilm series M593, film 1304, page 600 = 40 handwritten (John H Whitaker)

10 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford, New Paris (Napier), supervisor's district 8, enumeration district 230, microfilm series T9, film 1098, page 255 B = 22 handwritten (Laura Whitaker)

11 1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, West St Clair, supervisor's district 20, enumeration district 27, microfilm series T625, film 1533, page 65 B = 6 handwritten (Laura B Whitaker)

12 1930 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, West St Clair Township, supervisor's district 17, enumeration district 5-40, microfilm series T626, film 1998, page 101 B = 5 handwritten (Laura C Whitaker)

13 House Report 2441: 'Pensions and increase of pensions for certain soldiers and sailors of the Civil War and certain widows and dependent children of soldiers and sailors of said war. January 30, 1931'. Page 14. Serial Set volume 9332, session volume B, 71st Congress, 3rd Session (John H Whitaker's widow Laura E Whitaker)

14 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company I (John H Whitaker)

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

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

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

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

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, Union Township, microfilm series M432, film 751, page 246]
line12345678
Dwellings visited1       
Families visited1       
NameHenry WhitakerMalinda WhitakerEvelin WhitakerMary Ann WhitakerWilliam J [?] WhitakerRebecca WhitakerJohn WhitakerMinerva Whitaker
Age363410 [?]76328/12
Sexmfffmfmf
Color        
Occupation of males over 15 yearsFarm       
Real estate owned        
BirthplacePa"""""""
Married within year        
Attended school within year  11    
Over 20 & can't read/write        
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.        

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, St Clair Township (post office Alum Bank), microfilm series M653, film 1072, pages 473-474 = 19-20 handwritten]
line373839401234567
Dwelling number129          
Family number118          
NameHenry WhitakerMalinda "Eveline E "Mary Ann "Wm P WhittakerRebbecca "John H "Minerva J "Franklin "Ruben "Martha "
Age4544201715131211973
Sexmfffmfmfmmf
Color           
Occupationfarmer Serving"Farm Laborer      
Value of real estate owned           
Value of personal estate200          
Place of birth" [sc. Penna]""[blank]Penna""""""
Married within year           
Attended school within year  11       
Cannot read & write           
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.           

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, Napier Township, microfilm series M593, film 1304, page 600 = 40 handwritten]
line232425262728
Dwelling-house number269     
Family number276     
NameWhitaker John H- Laura- Georgie EBlackburn August [?]Miller Jonne [?]- Sarah A
Age221810/12283134
SexMFFMMF
ColorWWWWWW
OccupationFarmerKeeping house FarmerMasonKeeping house
Real estate value   5500  
Personal estate value200  1150 300
Birthplace" [sc. Pa]"""""
Father foreign born      
Mother foreign born      
Birth month if born within year  July   
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  11 
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...      

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford, New Paris (Napier), supervisor's district 8, enumeration district 230, microfilm series T9, film 1098, page 255 B = 22 handwritten]
[I did not transcribe the other family at this residence, headed by Isaac Miller]
line363738
street name   
house number   
dwelling visit #[191]  
family visit #197  
nameWhitaker Laura- Georgianna- James P
colorWWW
sexMFF
age27119
month born if born in year   
relationship DaughterSon
single 11
married   
widowed/divorced1  
married during year   
occupationKeeping HouseAt House 
months unemployed   
currently ill?   
blind   
deaf/dumb   
idiotic   
insane   
disabled   
school this year 11
can't read   
can't write 1 
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennaPennaPenna
mother's birthplacePennaPennaPenna

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, Napier Township, Schellsburg and New Paris, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 81, page 5]
[line] 4
[house] 23
[family] 29
[name] Laura widow of John H Whitaker
[rank] Private
[company] I
[unit] 91 Pa Inf
[enlistment date] 7 Oct 1864
[discharge date] 19 June 1865
[length of service] [blank] years, 8 months, 12 days
[post office address] New Paris Bedford Co Penna
[disability incurred] Chronic Diarhoea [sic]
[remarks] Discharge lost cannot give dates of Enlistment and Discharge

1920 census

[1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, West St Clair, supervisor's district 20, enumeration district 27, microfilm series T625, film 1533, page 65 B = 6 handwritten]
line99100
streetState Road Leading from New Paris to Pleasantville
house number  
dwelling visit number141 
family visit number144 
nameWhitaker Reuben- Laura B
relationshipHeadSister in law
own/rentO 
free/mortgaged (if owned)F 
sexMF
raceWW
age at last birthday6667
marital statusSWd
year of immigration  
naturalized/alien  
year of naturalization  
attended school since Sept 1919  
can readyesyes
can writeyesyes
birth placePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
native language  
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's native language  
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's native language  
can speak EnglishYesYes
occupationLaborerNone
industry, businessFarm 
employment statusW W 
number of farm schedule  

1930 census

[1930 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, West St Clair Township, supervisor's district 17, enumeration district 5-40, microfilm series T626, film 1998, page 101 B = 5 handwritten]
line757677
street   
house number   
dwelling visit #158  
family visit #3  
nameWhitaker Reuben M" Laura C" Smith Rebecca
relationHeadSister in lawBoarder
owned/rentedO  
value or rent700  
radio   
farmNo  
sexMFF
colorWWW
age767783
married?SWdWd
age 1st marriage 1627
school/college since 9/29NoNoNo
can read & writeyesyesyes
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
native language   
immigration year   
naturalization   
can speak Englishyesyesyes
occupationlaborernonenone
industryodd jobs  
worker classW  
at work yesterdayyes  
unemployment schedule #   
veteran?No  
war   
farm schedule #   

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 5 May 2015, from Fold3]


Whitaker John H
Co. I, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 5 May 2015]

Whitacker John H
Co. I, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Whitaker John H

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 3, transcribed 6 May 15]

Witeaker John H.
Co. I, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Whitaker John H.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 4, transcribed 8 May 15]

Witacker John H.
Co. I, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Whitaker, John H.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

[proposed pension increase]

[Serial Set volume 9332, session volume B, 71st Congress, 3rd Session House Report 2441: 'Pensions and increase of pensions for certain soldiers and sailors of the Civil War and certain widows and dependent children of soldiers and sailors of said war. January 30, 1931'. Page 14. (re John H Whitaker's widow Laura E Whitaker)]

H. R. 13390. Laura E. Whitaker, aged 78 years, whose post-office address is Alum Bank, Pa., is the widow of John H. Whitaker, late a private, Company I, Ninety-first Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry, from October 7, 1864, to June 19, 1865, and who died October 29, 1879.

Applicant and the late soldier were married July 2, 1868.

She is now pensioned as the soldier's widow at the rate of $40 per month under certificate No. 303807.

The medical evidence filed in support of this bill indicates applicant is in condition to require the personal aid and attendance of another person by reason of afflication from arteriosclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, disease of heart, and nephritis.

The evidence also shows that she has cash in bank, the amount not disclosed, from which she receives an annual income of $36. It does not appear that she has other means or course of income except her pension.

No one is legally bound to her support.

It is recommended her pension to [sic] increased to $50 per month.


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