91st PA: George Wilkinson [or Wilkerson?]

George Wilkinson [or Wilkerson?]

Before the war

He was born in June 1839, in Pennsylvania, perhaps to George Wilkeson and Catherine [unknown family name]. [sources: date: 2 (28 in 1865), 7 (1839), 9 (75 years 1 month 12 days at death), 10 (Jun 39), 11 (70 in 1910), 12 (11 in 1850), 13 (22 in 1860), 14 (30 in 1870), 15 (43 in 1880). place: 2, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. parents: 12, 13, 14, 15]

In 1850, he seems to have been living in Huntingdon Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania. He was living with George and Catherine Wilkeson (presumably his parents), and with Elizabeth (presumably his sister). He had attended school within the year. [source: 12]

In 1860, he seems to have been living in Franklin Township, York County, Pennsylvania. He was living with George and Catharine Wilkeson (presumably his parents), with Elizabeth (presumably his sister), and with two others. He was a farm hand. [source: 13]

When he enlisted, he was a farmer. [source: 2]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 8 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, grey eyes, and light hair. [source: 2]

During the war

He was drafted from Tyrone Township, Adams County. He enlisted and was mustered into service on 28 February 1865. He was enlisted for one year, at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, by Captain Eyster. His service was credited to the 16th Congressional District. He was a private in company G. [sources: 1, 2, 3, 5, 8 (co.D), 17-18]

He received clothing worth $35.55. [source: 2]

He mustered out with his company on 10 July 1865. He was a private, in company G. [sources: 1, 3, 5, 8, 17-18]

After the war

He apparently married Elizabeth [unknown family name]. She was born in 1834/35, in Pennsylvania. They seem to have had at least these children:

[sources: 14, 15, 16]

In 1870, he seems to have been living in Tyrone Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania. He was living with Elisabeth (presumably his wife), Maggie, Tillie, and Anna (presumably their children), with George and Catharine (presumably his parents), and Elisabeth (presumably his sister). He was a farm laborer, and owned $1,400 in personal property. [source: 14]

In 1880, he seems to have been living in Oxford, Adams County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Elizabeth, children Margaret, Kate, Anna, Charles, and Robert, father George, and another person. He was a farmer. [source: 15]

Perhaps his first wife is the Elizabeth Wilkinson who died on 18 February 1888, and was buried in the Trinity Roths United Church of Christ Cemetery, Spring Grove, York County, Pennsylvania. [source: 16]

On 30 July 1890, he applied successfully for a pension. [source: 5]

In 1890, he was living in Berwick, Adams County, Pennsylvania (post office Abbotstown). [source: 7]

On 16 March 1897, he married Elizabeth Ann [unknown family name]. This was his second marriage, and her first. In 1910, she reported having had no children. [source: 3, 10, 11]

In 1900, he was living on West Kings Street, Berwick Borough, Adams Count, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Elizabeth. He was a day laborer, and had been out of work for 9 months in the previous year. [source: 10]

On 23 February 1907, he again applied for a pension. [source: 5]

In 1910, he was living on Hanover Pike, in Berwick Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Elizabeth and sister Anna M Nagle [?]. He was living on his own income. [source: 11]

He died on 31 July 1914, at Hanover, [York County,] Pennsylvania. He was buried in the Trinity Reformed Church Cemetery (now Trinity Roths United Church of Christ Cemetery, in Spring Grove), Jackson Township, York County, Pennsylvania. His grave has a Grand Army of the Republic marker. [sources: 3, 5, 8, 9]

On 11 October 1916, his widow successfully applied for a pension. [source: 5]

In 1920, his widow, Elizabeth A Wilkinson, was living on the East Rulon + Hanover Township Road, Berwick Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania. She was living with her sisters A Mary Nagle and Sarah Moul. [source: 6]

In 1926, his widow, Elizabeth Ann Wilkinson, was 78 years old; her post-office address was RFD No 6, Hanover, Pennsylvania. She was receiving a pension of $30 per month. She needed constant help because of age, rheumatism, and neuritis. She had no property, no income other than her pension, and no one legally required to help her. The Senate committee recommended that her pension be increased to $50 per month. [source: 3]

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) (George Wilkerson)

2 company G, second descriptive list, [#91] (George Wilkerson)

3 Senate Report 1086. 'Granting pensions and increase of pensions to certain soldiers and sailors of the Civil War, etc. June 16, 1926.' Serial Set volume 8530, 69th Congress, 1st Session, session volume D. Pages 178-179. repeated at Senate Report 1173. 'Granting pensions and increase of pensions to certain soldiers and sailors of the Civil War and certain widows and dependent children of soldiers and sailors of said war. May 3 (calendar day, May 15), 1928.' Serial Set volume 8834, 70th Congress, 1st Session, session volume C. Pages 178-179. (George Wilkinson)

4 pension index, by name [the Ancestry index links to the wrong card (viewed 13 November 2008)] (George Wilkinson)

5 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company G (George Wilkinson [sic])

6 1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Berwick Township, supervisor's district 3 [?], enumeration district 1, microfilm series T625, film 1507, page 5 = 5 A handwritten (Elizabeth A Wilkinson)

7 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Berwick, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 1, page 3 (image 3 of 121 on FamilySearch (accessed 25 January 2012) (George Wilkinson)

8 Pennsylvania veterans burial records, available on Ancestry (transcribed 25 January 2012) (George Wilkinson)

9 Find a grave, memorial 33140999, created by bill brick, added 22 Jan 2009 (accessed 25 Jan 2012) (George Wilkinson)

10 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Berwick Borough, supervisor's district 12, enumeration district 4, microfilm series T623, film 1354, page 49 = 3 A handwritten (George Wilkinson)

11 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Berwick Township, supervisor's district 15, enumeration district 1, microfilm series T624, film 1292, page 5 = 5 B handwritten (George Wilkinson)

12 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Huntingdon Township, microfilm series M432, film 743, page 88 recto = 175 handwritten (George Wilkeson)

13 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, York County, Franklin Township (post office: Dillsburg), microfilm series M653, film 1198, page 505 = 35 handwritten (George Wilkeson)

14 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Tyrone Township, post office York Springs, microfilm series M593, film 1289, page 378 verso = 16 handwritten (George Wilkeson)

15 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Oxford, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 60, microfilm series T9, film 1085, page 305 = 20 D handwritten (George Wilkenson)

16 Find a grave, memorial 33141019 [identity is speculative; see the note on the 1880 census entry transcribed below] (Elizabeth Wilkinson wife of George Wilkinson, aged 56 years)

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

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1930 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 26 January 2012)
the Elizabeth Wilkinson, 81, in Uniontown, Fayette, Pennsylvania (microfilm series T626, film 2041, page 16 A) is not my Elizabeth, since in 1920 she was living (with her husband Henry L) in Uniontown, Fayette County, Pennsylvania (see supervisor's district 21, enumeration district 104 [?], microfilm series T625, film 1571, page 105 = 7 A handwritten)
RootsWeb WorldConnect
accessed 26 January 2012

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George Wilkinson in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Huntingdon Township, microfilm series M432, film 743, page 88 recto = 175 handwritten]
[identity: see the note on the 1880 census entry]
line17181920
Dwellings visited1183   
Families visited1286   
NameGeorge WilkesonCatherineGeorgeElizabeth
Age4550119
SexMFMF
Color    
Occupation of males over 15 yearsFarmer   
Real estate owned    
Birthplace" [sc. Penna]"""
Married within year    
Attended school within year  11
Over 20 & can't read/write 1  
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.    

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, York County, Franklin Township (post office: Dillsburg), microfilm series M653, film 1198, page 505 = 35 handwritten]
[identity: see the note on the 1880 census entry]
line123456
Dwelling number272     
Family number274     
NameGeorge WilkesonCatharineGeorgeElizabethSarah Duvise [?]John Smith
Age556122201312
Sexmfmffm
Colorw"""""
OccupationFarmer Farm hand   
Value of real estate owned      
Value of personal estate700     
Place of birthPa[blank][blank][blank][blank][blank]
Married within year      
Attended school within year      
Cannot read & write      
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.      

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Tyrone Township, post office York Springs, microfilm series M593, film 1289, page 378 verso = 16 handwritten]
[identity: see the note on the 1880 census entry]
line1112131415161718
Dwelling-house number112       
Family number118  119    
NameWilkeson GeorgeCatharine ElisabethWilkeson GeorgeElisabethMaggieTillieAnna
Age6571273035642
SexMFFMFFFF
ColorWWWWWWWW
OccupationFarmerKeeping HouseAt HomeFarm LaborKeeping HouseAt HomeAt HomeAt Home
Real estate value        
Personal estate value   1400    
BirthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
Father foreign born        
Mother foreign born        
Birth month if born within year        
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 old[blank]  1    
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...        

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Oxford, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 60, microfilm series T9, film 1085, page 305 = 20 D handwritten]
[identity is uncertain; this is pretty clearly the same George Wilkinson as in the 1850-1870 census entries transcribed above, but the only reason I have to link him to my George Wilkinson is that he is living in Adams County in 1880 as my George is in 1890]
[note also the Elizabeth Wilkinson, wife of George Wilkinson, buried in the same cemetery as George (see entry 16 above); since we know from the 1910 census that my George was married twice, that fits nicely--but this is pure speculation]
[one other candidate is the George Wilkinson (21 years old, conductor) living in 1860 with Anthony and Caroline in ward 19 of Philadelphia (microfilm series M653, film 1169, page 310 = 310 handwritten); see also Geo Wilkinson (31, conductor) in 1870 with Charlotte (29) et al. (Philadelphia, district 61, microfilm series M593, film 1405, page 546 verso = 225 handwritten; 1880), and in 1880 George B Wilkinson (microfilm series T9, film 1190, page 655 = 18 B handwritten, enumeration district 689)]
[and another candidate is Geo Wilkinson (33) laborer born Pennsylvania with his wife Anna and children Henry (9) Georgia (4) and Virginia (7m) in ward 2 Philadelphia (microfilm series M593 film 1388 page 36 verso = 72 handwritten)]
line202122232425262728
street name         
house number         
dwelling visit #146        
family visit #158        
nameWilkenson George" Elizabeth" Margaret" Kate E" Anna L" Charles" Robert" GeorgeRhates [?] Romain [?]
colorWWWWWWWWW
sexMFFFFMMMM
age4342161312617533
month born if born in year         
relationship WifeDaughterDaughterDaughterSonSonFather[blank]
single  11    1
married[blank][blank]       
widowed/divorced       1 
married during year         
occupationFarmerKeeping house     At leasureWorks on farm
months unemployed         
currently ill?         
blind         
deaf/dumb         
idiotic         
insane         
disabled         
school this year  111    
can't read    1    
can't write    1    
birthplace PennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPenna
father's birthplacePaPa       
mother's birthplacePaPa       

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Berwick, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 1, page 3 (image 3 of 121 on FamilySearch (accessed 25 January 2012)]
[identity is confirmed by reference to his service in the 91st]

[line] 28
[house] 158
[family] 159
[name] George Wilkinson
[rank] Private
[company] G
[unit] 91 Pa Vol
[enlistment date] 28 Feb 1865
[discharge date] 10 July 1865
[length of service] [blank] years, 4 months, 11 days
[post office address] " " " [sc. Abbotstown Adams Co]
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Berwick Borough, supervisor's district 12, enumeration district 4, microfilm series T623, film 1354, page 49 = 3 A handwritten]
[identification is likely, based on his location in 1890, and his spouse's name in the pension index cards]
line3031
streetWest Kings
house number  
dwelling number57 
family number57 
nameWilkinson George- Elizabeth
relationshipHeadWife
colorWW
sexMF
birth dateJune 1839Jan 1851
age6049
married?MM
# years married33
[on George Wilkinson's line, the '3' is written above a crossed-out '37']
mother of how many children? [blank]
# of children living [blank]
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigration year  
# years in USA  
naturalized citizen?  
occupationDay Laborer 
# months not employed9 
# months in school  
can readyesyes
can writeyesno
speaks Englishyesyes
owned/rentedR 
free or mortgaged  
farm/houseH 
# of farm schedule  

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Berwick Township, supervisor's district 15, enumeration district 1, microfilm series T624, film 1292, page 5 = 5 B handwritten]
[see the identity note on the 1900 census above]
line676869
streetHanover Pike
house nr   
dwelling nr113  
family nr115  
nameWilkinson, George-, Elizabeth ANagle [?] Anna M.
relationshipHeadWifeSister
sexMFF
colorWWW
age705956
marital statusM2M1S
#years present marriage1313 
mother of # children 0 
mother of # living children 0 
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigrated   
naturalized/alien   
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglishEnglish
occupationOwn Incomenonenone
nature of industry etc.   
employer etc.   
out of work 15 Apr 1910?   
# weeks out of work 1909   
can readyesyesyes
can writeyesnoyes
school since 1 Sep 09   
owned/rentedO  
owned free or mortagagedF  
farm/houseH  
nr on farm schedule   
civil war vetUA  
blind   
deaf & dumb   

1920 census

[1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Berwick Township, supervisor's district 3 [?], enumeration district 1, microfilm series T625, film 1507, page 5 = 5 A handwritten]
line383940
streetEast Rulon + Hanover Township road
house numberX  
dwelling visit number117  
family visit number122  
nameNagle A. MaryMoul SarahWilkinson Elizabeth A.
relationshipHeadSisterSister
own/rentO  
free/mortgaged (if owned)F  
sexFFF
raceWWW
age at last birthday657269
marital statusSWdWd
year of immigration   
naturalized/alien   
year of naturalization   
attended school since Sept 1919   
can readyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyes
birth placePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
native language   
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's native language   
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's native language   
can speak Englishyesyesyes
occupationnonenonenone
industry, business   
employment status   
number of 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]


Wilkison George
Co. G, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Wilkerson, George

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 8 May 15]

Wilkerson George
Co. G, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

Pension increase

[Senate Report 1086. 'Granting pensions and increase of pensions to certain soldiers and sailors of the Civil War, etc. June 16, 1926.' Serial Set volume 8530, 69th Congress, 1st Session, session volume D. Pages 178-179]
[repeated at Senate Report 1173. 'Granting pensions and increase of pensions to certain soldiers and sailors of the Civil War and certain widows and dependent children of soldiers and sailors of said war. May 3 (calendar day, May 15), 1928.' Serial Set volume 8834, 70th Congress, 1st Session, session volume C. Pages 178-179]

[page 178]

H. R. 5092. Elizabeth Ann Wilkinson, aged 78 years, whose post-office address is R. F. D. No. 6, Hanover, Pa., is the widow of George [page 179] Wilkinson, late a private, Company G, Ninety-first Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry, from February 28, 1865, to July 10, 1865, and who died July 31, 1914.

Claimant and the late soldier were married March 16, 1897.

She is now pensioned as the soldier's widow at $30 a month under certificate No. 833958.

Medical evidence presented shows she requires the constant aid and attendance of another person because of age, rheumatism, and nenuritis [sic].

She has no property and her pension is her only income. No one is legally bound to her support.

It is recommended her pension be increased to $50 a month.

Pennsylvania veterans burial record

[Pennsylvania veterans burial records, available on Ancestry (transcribed 25 January 2012)]
[identity is confirmed by reference to his service in the 91st]


RECORD OF BURIAL PLACE OF VETERAN
York County
NAME Wilkinson, George
DATE OF BIRTH 1839
DATE OF DEATH 7/31/1914
VETERAN OF Civil WAR
SERVED IN ARMY
DATES OF SERVICE 2/28/65 to 7/10/65
ORGANIZATION(S) Company D, 91st Regt. Pa. Vol. Inf.
RANK Private
CEMETERY NAME Trinity Reformed Church Cemetery
[CEMETERY] LOCATION Jackson Township, Pa.
LOCATION OF GRAVE IN CEMETERY SECTION Old ROW [blank] Grave No. [blank]
HEADSTONE Monument G.A.R. Marker
INFORMATION GIVEN BY Wolfe
DATE 1/17/1936
REMARKS K.

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