91st PA: Joseph Widdefield

Joseph Widdefield

Before the war

He was born in 1844/45 (6 (18 in 1863), 7 (16 in 1861), 8 (19 in 1863), 13 (34 in 1880)). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (7, 8, 13).

When he enlisted, he was a clerk, and was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (6, 7, 8).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 6 inches tall, and had a light complexion, blue eyes, and light hair (6, 7, 8 [5'4"]).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 15 October 1861 (1, 6, 7). He was enlisted for three years, by Captain Sinex (7). He was mustered in service, as a musician, in company D, by Captain Sinex (1, 6, 7, 19-21).

He fought at the Battle of Gettysburg (10).

He reenlisted as a veteran volunteer on 26 December 1863 (1, 6, 8). He was enlisted for three years, at Bealton, Virginia, by Lieutenant Swan (8).

On 30 July 1864 he was ordered by Colonel Gregory to report to the Fifth Corp Hospital at City Point (2, 3, 5 [1 Aug], 9 [1 Aug]). The detail was to report to brigade headquarters at 8 am on 1 August 1864 (3). He was still detailed as a nurse in September (?) 1864 (5).

On 10 March 1865, he went on a furlough, which ended on 25 March 1865 (4). He returned on 28 March 1865 (4).

He mustered out on 10 July 1865 with his company (1, 6). He was a musician, in company D (19-21).

After the war

Probably in fall 1879, he was living at 637 North 16th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (14). He was living with William A Widdifield (14). He was a teacher (14).

In 1880, he was living at 637 North 16th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (13). He was living with his father W A Widdifield, with Catherine (presumably his mother), his sister Fanny and her husband George Stout, cousin Anna Widdifield, and a servant (13). He was a musician (13).

Probably in fall 1884, he was living at 649 North 15th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (15). He w+as a musician (15).

Probably in fall 1899, he was living at 649 North 15th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (16). He was a musician (16).

On 16 March 1892, he applied unsuccessfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (11, 12).

Perhaps he is the Joseph Widdifield who died on 20 March 1896 (17). If so, he was living at Madison Avenue below Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne, [Delaware County,] Pennsylvania (17). Note, however, that the newspaper death notice doesn't mention his wife, and doesn't mention the 91st Pennsylvania.

On 6 August 1897, his widow, Mary E C Widdifield, applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (11, 12).

His presumed widow, Mary E Widdifield, died (18). She was apparently buried at Monument Cemetery (18).

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, Tayman to Reed, 13 August 1864

3 special order 186, HQ 5th Army Corps, 30 July 1864

4 enlisted men's furloughs (Jos Widdifield)

5 [list of detailed men, probably from Sept 1864] (Joseph Weddefield)

6 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 18 May 2004 (Joseph Widdefield; rolls have 'Widdifield')

7 company D, descriptive roll, musicians, entry 2 (Joseph Widdifield)

8 company D, second descriptive roll, entry 10 (Jos Widdifield)

9 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 1 August 1864 (Musician Widdifield)

10 Pennsylvania Memorial, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (Joseph Widdefield)

11 pension index, by name (two cards) (Joseph Widdifield)

12 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company D (Joseph Widdifield)

13 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 252, microfilm series T9, film 1174, page 56 B = 6 handwritten (Joseph Widdifield)

14 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, 1880, page 1733 (Joseph Widdifield)

15 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory 1885, page 1854 (Joseph Widdifield)

16 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, 1890, page 1952 (Joseph Widdifield)

17 death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 24 March 1896, page 9 (Joseph Widdifield)

18 death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer, 17 May 1908, page 9 (Mary E Widdifield)

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

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

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1890 US census, veterans schedules
Ancestry index (accessed Apr 07)

city directories

[Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, 1880, page 1733]
Widdifield Joseph, teacher, h 637 N 16th
Widdifield William A., bookkper, h 637 N 16th

[Gopsill's Philadelphia directory 1885, page 1854]
Widdifield Joseph, musician, h 2239 Thompson
Widdifield William W., clerk, h 3024 Dauphin

[Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, 1890, page 1952]
" [sc. Widdifield] Joseph clerk, h 921 Silver
" Joseph, musician, h 649 N 15th

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 252, microfilm series T9, film 1174, page 56 B = 6 handwritten]
line567891011
street nameNorth 16th Street
house number637      
dwelling visit #41      
family visit #47      
nameWiddifield W A- Cathern [sic]Stout FannyWiddifield JosephWiddifield AnnaStout GeorgeMurphy Anna
colorWWWWWWW
sexMFFMFMF
age76683934504120
month born if born in year       
relationship wifedaughtersonnieceS-in-lawservant
single  1 1 1
married11 1 1 
widowed/divorced       
married during year       
occupationclerk in bankkeeping househelps at homemusicianat homeTeacherservant
months unemployed       
currently ill?       
blind       
deaf/dumb       
idiotic       
insane       
disabled       
school this year       
can't read       
can't write       
birthplacePennPennPennPennPennPennPenn
father's birthplacePennScotlandPennPennPennPennPenn
mother's birthplacePennScotlandPennPennPennPennPenn

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 6 May 2015, from Fold3]


Widdefield, Joseph
Co. D, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Musn | Musn.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Widdifield Joseph

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 6 May 15]

Widdifield Joseph
Co. D, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Musn. | Musn.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 3, transcribed 6 May 15]

Widefield Joseph
Co. D, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Musn | Musn.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Widdifield Joseph

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death notice

[death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 24 March 1896, page 9, Joseph Widdifield]
[I don't understand why this doesn't mention his wife. Note that it also doesn't explicitly invite members of the 91st PA]

WIDDIFIELD.--On March 20, 1896, Joseph, son of Catharine and the late William A. Widdifield. Relatives and friends of the family, also any association of which he was a member, are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, on Tuesday afternoon, the 24th instant, at 3 o'clock, from his late residence, Madison avenue, below Lansdowne avenue, Lansdowne, Pa. Train leaves Broad Street Station, 2.15 P.M.

death notice, Mary Widdefield

[death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer, 17 May 1908, page 9]

WIDDEFIELD--May 15, 1908, MARY E. WIDDEFIELD, widow of Joseph Widdefield. Funeral services at the Monument Cemetery Chapel, on Monday morning, at 11 o'clock precisely; late residence, 640 N. 15th st.


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