91st PA: Joseph Whitaker

Joseph Whitaker

Before the war

He was born on 25 November 1830 (2, 8, 15; 4 (33 in 1864), 6 (70 years, 4 months, 11 days old at death), 7 (49 in 1880), 8 (69 in 1900)). He was born in Bedford County, Pennsylvania (2, 4, 7, 8, 15). He was born to Merkle Whitaker and Catherine Mauk (2, 8, 15).

On 20 September 1857, he married Lavinia Exline, in St. Clair Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania (2, 8). They had at least ten children (2):

(In 1900 and 1910, she reported having had ten children, eight of whom were alive (8, 9).)

When he enlisted, he was a laborer (4).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 7 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, hazel eyes, and sandy hair (4).

During the war

He was drafted (1, 4). He enlisted and was mustered into service on 21 September 1864 (1, 4, 12 [25 Sep 64], 15). He was enlisted for one year, at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania (4). His service was credited to the 16th Congressional District (4). He was a private in company G (1, 15, 16-18).

The ramrod for his rifle was accidentally run through his right hand (2).

He was discharged at or near Washington, DC, on 30 May 1865 or 1 June 1865 by general order 26, War Department (1, 2, 3 [1 Jun], 12 [10 May], 15 [30 May]). He was a private, in company G (16-18).

After the war

On 28 May 1888, he successfully applied for a pension (13; see also 2).

In 1880, he was living in King Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania (7). He was living with his wife Lovina, and children Annamay, Linnie, Luther, Beleri, and Elmer (7) He was farming, and had been unemployed for three months in the previous year (7).

In 1890, he was living in Logan Township, Blair County, Pennsylvania (post office Altoona) (12).

In 1900, he was living in Logan Township, Blair County, Pennsylvania (8). He was living with his wife Levina and son Ira (8). He was a day laborer, and had been unemployed for three months in the previous year (8).

He again applied for a pension on 2 March 1907 (13).

He died on 11 April 1910, at his home in Logan Township, Blair County, Pennsylvania (6, 13, 15). (According to the order dropping his widow from the pension roll, he died on 3 March 1911 (2).) He was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Altoona, Blair County, Pennsylvania (6, 15).

On 19 April 1910, his widow, Lavinie Whitaker, applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (5, 13).

In 1910, his widow, Lovina Whitaker, was living in Blair County, Pennsylvania (9).

In 1920, his widow, Lavina Whitaker, was living in West Saint Clair Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania (10). She was living with her son Harvey (10).

In 1930, his widow, Lavina Whitaker, seems to have been living in the Church of the Brothers Old Folks Home, in Point Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania (11).

His widow died in Barnhart, Missouri, but is buried in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Altoona, Pennsylvania (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, "Joseph Whitaker", message on "Bedford" board at <www.ancestry.com>, 20 March 2000 (searched 2 July 2001)

3 company G, register of men discharged, #54 (Joseph Whitaker)

4 company G, second descriptive roll, [#38] (Joseph Whitaker)

5 pension index, by name (Joseph Whitaker)

6 Joseph E Whitaker. Bedford Gazette (Bedford PA), Friday 15 April 1910, page 4 (Joseph E Whitaker)

7 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, King Township, supervisor's district 8, enumeration district 236, microfilm series T9, film 1098, page 196 = 1 A handwritten (Joseph Whitaker)

8 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Blair County, Logan Township, supervisor's district 13, enumeration district 82, microfilm series T623, film 1381, page 40 A = 22 handwritten (Jos Whitaker)

9 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Blair County, [illegible], supervisor's district 16, enumeration district 79, microfilm series T624, film 1317, page 264 = 17 [?] A handwritten (Lovina Whitaker)

10 1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, West St Clair Township, supervisor's district 20, enumeration district 27, microfilm series T625, film 1533, page 62 = 3 B handwritten (Lavina Whitaker)

11 1930 US census, Pennsylvania, Somerset County, Point Township, Church of the Brothers Old Folks Home, supervisor's district 24, enumeration district 56-40, microfilm series T626, film 2149, page 185 = 13 A handwritten (Lavina Whitaker)

12 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Blair County, Logan Township, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 52, page 2 (Joseph Whittaker)

13 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company G (Joseph Whitaker)

14 Pennsylvania veterans burial records, available on Ancestry (transcribed 20 December 2010) (Joseph E Whitaker)

15 Page 275. Floyd G Hoenstine. Military services and genealogical records of soldiers of Blair County, Pennsylvania. Harrisburg, PA: Telegraph Press, 1940. (Joseph E Whitaker)

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

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

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

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Joseph E Whitaker [death notice]

[Bedford Gazette (Bedford PA), Friday 15 April 1910, page 4]
Joseph E. Whitaker

Joseph E. Whitaker, a native of this county, died at his home in Logan Township, Blair County, on April 11, at the age of 70 years, four months and 11 days. He was a veteran of the Civil War, having served in Co. G, 91st Regt., Pa. Volunteers.

His wife, eight children and three brothers survive, one of the latter being Peter Whitaker of Queen. Interment was made at Altoona on Wednesday.

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, King Township, supervisor's district 8, enumeration district 236, microfilm series T9, film 1098, page 196 = 1 A handwritten]
line12131415161718
street name       
house number       
dwelling visit #144      
family visit #148      
nameWhitaker Joseph- Lovina- Annamay- Linnie MayLuther Zinn- Beleri- Elmer F
colorWWWWWWW
sexMFFFMFM
age4942119641
month born if born in year       
relationshipHusbandWifeDaughDaughSonDaughSon
single  11111
married11     
widowed/divorced       
married during year       
occupationFarmerHouse KeeperAt Home    
months unemployed3      
currently ill?       
blind       
deaf/dumb       
idiotic       
insane       
disabled       
school this year  111  
can't read1      
can't write1      
birthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPenna
father's birthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPenna
mother's birthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPenna

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Blair County, Logan Township, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 52, page 2]
[line] 14
[house] 919
[family] 945
[name] Whittaker Joseph
[rank] Private
[company] G
[unit] 91 Pa " [sc. Inf]
[enlistment date] 25 Sep 1864
[discharge date] 10 May 1865
[length of service] [blank] years 8 months [blank] days
[post office address] " " [sc. Altoona Penna]
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Blair County, Logan Township, supervisor's district 13, enumeration district 82, microfilm series T623, film 1381, page 40 A = 22 handwritten]
line474849
street   
house number   
dwelling number445  
family number449  
nameWhitaker Jos - Levina- Ira
relationshipHeadWifeSon
colorWWW
sexMFM
birth dateNov 1830Feb 1838Mar 1881
age696219
married?MMS
# years married4343 
mother of how many children? 10 
# of children living 8 
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigration year   
# years in USA   
naturalized citizen?   
occupationDay laborer Paper hanger
# months not employed3 2
# months in school   
can readYesYesYes
can writeNoYesYes
speaks EnglishYesYesYes
owned/rentedO  
free or mortgagedM  
farm/houseH  
# of farm schedule   

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Blair County, [illegible], supervisor's district 16, enumeration district 79, microfilm series T624, film 1317, page 264 = 17 [?] A handwritten]
line27
street 
house nr 
dwelling nr7
family nr7
nameWhitaker Lovina
relationshipHead
sexF
colorW
age72
marital statusWd
#years present marriage33
mother of # children10
mother of # living children8
birthplacePennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvania
immigrated 
naturalized/alien 
speaks EnglishEnglish
occupationNone
nature of industry etc.Own Account
employer etc. 
out of work 15 Apr 1910? 
# weeks out of work 1909 
can readYes
can writeYes
school since 1 Sep 09 
owned/rentedO
owned free or mortagagedF
farm/houseH
nr on farm schedule 
civil war vet
blind
deaf & dumb

1920 census

[1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, West St Clair Township, supervisor's district 20, enumeration district 27, microfilm series T625, film 1533, page 62 = 3 B handwritten]
line5253
streetOn Road To Windren [?]
house numberFm 
dwelling visit number62 
family visit number63 
nameWhitaker Harvey- Lavina
relationshipHeadMother
own/rentO 
free/mortgaged (if owned)M 
sexMF
raceWW
age at last birthday2665
marital statusSW
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
occupationFarmer and merchantNone
industry, business  
employment statusOA 
number of farm schedule36 

1930 census

[1930 US census, Pennsylvania, Somerset County, Point Township, Church of the Brothers Old Folks Home, supervisor's district 24, enumeration district 56-40, microfilm series T626, film 2149, page 185 = 13 A handwritten]
line50
street 
house number 
dwelling visit #238
family visit #245
nameWhitaker Lavina
relationInmate
owned/rented 
value or rent 
radio[R]
farm[no]
sexF
colorW
age78
married?Wd
age 1st marriage32 [?]
school/college since 9/29no
can read & writeyes
birthplacePennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvania
native language 
immigration year 
naturalization 
can speak Englishyes
occupationnone
industry 
worker class 
at work yesterday 
unemployment schedule # 
veteran? 
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 Joseph
Co. G, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 8 May 15]

Witeaker, Joseph
Co. G, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Whitaker, Joseph

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 3, transcribed 8 May 15]

Whittaker Joseph
Co. G, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Whitaker Joseph

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

Pennsylvania veterans burial record

[Pennsylvania veterans burial records, available on Ancestry (transcribed 20 December 2010)]

RECORD OF BURIAL PLACE OF VETERAN
Blair County
NAME Whitaker, Joseph E.
DATE OF BIRTH [blank]
DATE OF DEATH [blank]
VETERAN OF Civil WAR
SERVED IN ARMY
DATES OF SERVICE 9/21/64-5/30/65
ORGANIZATION(S) Co. G. 91st P.V. Infantry
RANK Private
CEMETERY NAME Rose Hill
[CEMETERY] LOCATION Altoona
LOCATION OF GRAVE IN CEMETERY SECTION E LOT 604
HEADSTONE COUNTY
INFORMATION GIVEN BY County Records
DATE May 8, 1934
REMARKS [blank]

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