91st PA: Adam Wispert

Adam Wispert

Before the war

He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in October 1836, to William Wispert and Susan [unknown family name]. [sources: date: 5; 2 (21 in 1861), 3 (26 in 1870), 4 (40 in 1880), 5 (63 in 1900), 10 (67 in 1907), 12 (1840), 13 (8 in 1850), 14 (18 in 1860), 15 (25 in 1866). place: 2, 3, 4, 5, 12, 13, 14, 15. parents: 13, 14]

In 1850, he was living in ward 5, Kensington, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with William and Susan (presumably his parents), and with Sarah, Emeline, James, Andrew, and William H (presumably siblings). He had not attended school within the year. [source: 13]

In 1860, he was living in ward 18, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (post office Kensington). He was living with William and Susan (presumably his parents), and with James, Andrew, and Alonza (presumably siblings). He was a glassblower. [source: 14]

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

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 7 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, dark eyes, and black hair. [source: 2]

During the war

His father, William Wispert, and brother, James Wispert, also served in the 91st.

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 8 or 10 October 1861. He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Colonel Zinn (2). He was mustered in as a private in company H (1). He had rifle number 106 (2). [sources: 1 (8 Oct), 2 (10 Oct), 8 (8 Oct), 19]

He fought at the Battle of Gettysburg. [source: 7]

He reenlisted as a veteran volunteer. [source: 1]

He was wounded on 18 June 1864 at Petersburg, Virginia. [source: 1]

In March 1865, he provided an affidavit about James Thompson, affirming that while at the First Division Hospital at City Point, Virginia, he saw Thompson die, and attended his funeral. [source: 9]

He mustered out on 10 July 1865 with his company. He was a private, in company H. [sources: 1, 8, 19]

After the war

On 13 July 1865, he applied successfully for a pension. [sources: 6, 8]

On 7 May 1866, he married Margaretta Crozier. She was born in 1842/43, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They were married by G G Bakerstraw [?], of the Pitman Methodist Episcopal Church, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a glassblower. Their children seem to include:

[sources: 3, 4, 5, 15, 16, 17, 18]

In 1870, he was living in Bridesburg, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Margaret. He was a glass blower. [source: 3]

In 1880, he was living on Venango Street, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Margaret, and children May and Walter. He was a glass blower. [source: 4]

In 1900, he was living on Hope Street, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his sister Sarah Tewry [?], and with Mary Buck (Sarah's? daughter). He was a glass blower. He had been out of work for ten months in the previous year. He was a widower. [source: 5]

He again applied for a pension on 18 February 1907. [source: 6]

On 18 November 1907, he died, at 1517 East Montgomery Avenue, ward 18, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He died of gastroenteritis, with exhaustion contributing. He was a glassblower, and was married. Members of the Crescent Athletic Club were invited to his funeral, which was held from his late residence, 1517 East Montgomery Avenue. On 23 November 1907, he was buried in Palmer Ground, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 6 (1908), 10, 11 (file #112096), 12]

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) (Adam Wispert)

2 company H, descriptive roll, #36 (Adam Wispert)

3 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (post office Bridesburg), microfilm series M593, film 1412, page 35 = 70 handwritten (Adam Wispert)

4 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 533, microfilm series T9, film 1184, page 233 D = 16 handwritten (Adam Wispert)

5 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 319, microfilm series T623, film 1459, page 29 A = 11 handwritten (Adam Wispert)

6 pension index, by name (Adam Wispert)

7 Pennsylvania Memorial, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (Adam Wispert)

8 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company H (Adam Wispert)

9 abstract of widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, RG 15, WC 52233, Joanna Chew Thompson widow of James L Thompson (A Wispert)

10 death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer, 24 November 1907, page 10 (Adam Wispert)

11 1907 Pennsylvania death index (Adam Wisgert [sic])

12 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 18 November 1907, Adam Wisfert, available on FamilySearch (Adam Wispert)

13 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Kensington, ward 5, microfilm series M432, film 807, page 379 = 158 handwritten (Adam Wisper)

14 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 18, NE division (post office Kensington), microfilm series M653, film 1168, page 206 = 206 handwritten (Adam Wisper)

15 marriage records of Pitman Methodist Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Historic Pennsylvania church and town records, reel 372 (Adam Wispert)

16 Pennsylvania births and christenings 1709-1950, abstract available on FamilySearch (accessed 25 June 2012) (Arthur G Wispert son of Adam and Margt Wispert)

17 death certificate (not transcribed), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 11 February 1893, available on FamilySearch (accessed 25 June 2012) (Walter G Wispert son of Adam and Margaret Wispert)

18 death certificate (not transcribed), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 27 March 1869, available on FamilySearch (accessed 25 June 2012) (Edward Wispert)

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1890 US census, veterans schedules
Ancestry index (accessed May 2007; reaccessed 25 June 2012)
1910 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry indices (accessed 25 June 2012)
1920 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry indices (accessed 25 June 2012)
1930 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry indices (accessed 25 June 2012)
Pennsylvania death indices
1907 - no Wisper(t), Wissper(t), or Whisper(t) (but see entry 11 above) (accessed 24 Jun 12)
1908 - no Wisper(t), Wissper(t), or Whisper(t) (accessed 24 Jun 12)
Find a grave
accessed 5 Sep 2010
rechecked (including checking Palmer Cemetery) 25 June 2012
Applications for headstones for US military veterans, 1925-1941
FamilySearch index (accessed 25 June 2012)
Records of headstones of deceased Union veterans, 1879-1903
FamilySearch index (accessed 25 June 2012)
RootsWeb WorldConnect
accessed 5 September 2010

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1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Kensington, ward 5, microfilm series M432, film 807, page 379 = 158 handwritten]
[identification is likely, given the rare surname, and his apparent relationship with James and William Wispert]
line1516171819202122
Dwellings visited1114       
Families visited1205       
NameWm Wisper [sic]Susan "Sarah "Emeline "James "Adam "Andrew "Wm H "
Age4540201712862
SexMFFFMMMM
Color        
Occupation of males over 15 yearsCarpenter       
Real estate owned1000       
Birthplace" [sc. Pa]"""""""
Married within year        
Attended school within year        
Over 20 & can't read/write  1     
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.        

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 18, NE division (post office Kensington), microfilm series M653, film 1168, page 206 = 206 handwritten]
[identification is likely; see the note on identification on the 1850 census entry transcribed above]
line222324252627
Dwelling number1312     
Family number1471     
NameWm WisperSusan "James "Adam "Andrew "Alonza "
Age62522118148
Sexmfmmmm
Color      
OccupationCarpenter Glassblowerditto  
Value of real estate owned      
Value of personal estate      
Place of birthdo [sc. Penna]dododododo
Married within year      
Attended school within year     (1)
Cannot read & write      
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.      

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (post office Bridesburg), microfilm series M593, film 1412, page 35 = 70 handwritten]
[identification is likely; see the note on identification on the 1850 census entry transcribed above]
line3435
Dwelling-house number490 
Family number543 
NameWispert Adam- Margaret
Age2625
SexMF
ColorWW
OccupationGlass blowerKeeping house
Real estate value  
Personal estate value  
BirthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
Father foreign born 1
Mother foreign born 1
Birth month if born within year  
Marriage month if married within year  
Attended school past year  
Can't read1 
Can't write1 
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.  
Male US citizen at least 21 years old1 
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...  

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 533, microfilm series T9, film 1184, page 233 D = 16 handwritten]
[identification is likely; see the note on identification on the 1850 census entry transcribed above]
line42434445
street nameVenango Street
house number    
dwelling visit #156   
family visit #164   
nameWispert AdamMargaretMayWalter
colorWWWW
sexMFFM
age4038913
month born if born in year    
relationship wifeDaughterson
single  11
married11  
widowed/divorced    
married during year    
occupationGlass BlowerKeeping HouseAt SchoolFarm laborer
months unemployed    
currently ill?    
blind    
deaf/dumb    
idiotic    
insane    
disabled    
school this year  1 
can't read1   
can't write1   
birthplacePennaPennaPennaPenna
father's birthplacePennaIrelandPennaPenna
mother's birthplacePennaIrelandPennaPenna

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 319, microfilm series T623, film 1459, page 29 A = 11 handwritten]
[identification is likely; see the note on identification on the 1850 census entry transcribed above]
line282930
streetHope St
house numberR  
dwelling number189  
family number202 203
nameTewry [?] SarahWispert AdamBuck Mary
relationshipHeadBrotherDaughter
colorWWW
sexFMF
birth dateJan 1840Oct 1836May 1865
age606335
married?WdWdS
# years married5027 
mother of how many children?2  
# of children living2  
birthplacePennaPennaPenna
father's birthplacePennaPennaPenna
mother's birthplacePennaPennaPenna
immigration year   
# years in USA   
naturalized citizen?   
occupationHouseworkGlassblowerHousework
# months not employed 100
# months in school   
can readNoNoNo
can writeNoNoNo
speaks EnglishYesYesYes
owned/rented   
free or mortgaged   
farm/houseH  
# 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 8 May 2015, from Fold3]


Wispert, Adam
Co. H, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

Marriage record

[marriage records of Pitman Methodist Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Historic Pennsylvania church and town records, reel 372]
[accessed 24 June 2012 on Ancestry, Pennsylvania church and town records 1708-1985, image 87 of 108]
Date.May 7 1866
Names of Parties.Adam Wispert to Margaretta Crozier
Residence.Philadelphia"
Place of Birth.Phila"
Occupation of Male.Glassblower
Age.2523
Officiating Minister.G G Bakerstraw [?]
Remarks. 

Death notice

[death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer, 24 November 1907, page 10, Adam Wispert]
[transcribed 24 June 2012, from GenealogyBank]

WISPERT.--On November 18, 1907, ADAM WISPERT, aged 67 years. Relatives and friends, also the Crescent Athletic Club, are invited to attend the funeral, on Saturday, at 1 PM, from his late residence, 1517 E Montgomery ave. Interment at Palmer Ground.

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 18 November 1907, Adam Wispert]
[transcribed 25 June 2012 from FamilySearch (note that it is indexed under 'Wisfert')]

RECORD OF A DEATH IN PHILADELPHIA.
28576
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
Full Name of Deceased, Adam Wispert.
Sex, Male
Color, White
Married
Date of Birth. Year 1840 Month Not Knn Day Not Knn
Date of Death. 1907 Nov 18
Age Years, 67 Months Not Knn Days Not Knn

I HEREBY CERTIFY, That I attended deceased from Nov 14 1907 to Nov 18 1907 that I last saw him alive on Nov 18 1907 and that death occurred, on the date stated above at 10 PM. The CAUSE OF DEATH was as follows:

Chief, Gastri-Enteritis [sic] DURATION. [blank] Mos. 4 Days
Contributing Exhaustion DURATION [blank] Mos. [blank] Days
Signed, Robt McWight [?] M.D.
Residence, 1340 E Montg Ave
UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE.
Occupation, Glass Blower
Place of Birth, Phila
Birthplace of Father, Phila
Birthplace of Mother, Phila
Name of Father, [blank]
Maiden Name of Mother, [blank]
Last Place of Residence [blank]
Place of Death, Street and No. 1517 E Montgomery Ave
Ward, wherein death occurred, 18
Buried from, Street and No. 1517 E Montgomery Ave
Date of Burial, Nov 23 1907
Place of Burial, Palmer Ground
Wm Rowen Undertaker.
Residence, 535 E. Thompson Av [?]

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