91st PA: James Wispert

James Wispert

Before the war

He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1838/39. [sources: date: 4 (27 in 1861), 5 (34 in 1870), 10 (38 yrs 1 month 9 days at death on 13 Jan 1875), 12 (12 in 1850), 13 (21 in 1860). place: 4, 5, 10, 12, 13]

In 1850, he was living in ward 5, Kensington, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with William and Susan Wisper (presumably his parents), and with Sarah, Emeline, Adam, Andrew, and William H (presumably siblings). He had not attended school within the year. [source: 12]

In 1860, he was living in ward 18, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with William and Susan Wisper (presumably his parents), and with Adam, Andrew, and Alonza (presumably siblings). He was a glass blower. [source: 13]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 10 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, grey (?) eyes, and black hair. [source: 4]

During the war

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

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 9 October 1861. He was enrolled for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Colonel Zinn. He was mustered in as a private in company H. He had rifle number 100. [sources: 1, 2, 4, 14]

He was discharged at Warrenton, Virginia, on 16 November 1862 on surgeon's certificate of disability. He was a private, in company H. [sources: 1, 2 (15 Nov), 3, 4, 14]

After the war

He married Alice (or Ella) [unknown family name]. She was born in March 1844, in Ireland. She immigrated to the US in 1848. Their children include:

[sources: 5, 6, 7, 11]

In 1870, he was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Alice, his child Anna, and three other people (including his brother Andrew and father William). He was a glass blower, and owned $400 in personal property. [source: 5]

On 13 January 1875, he died, of typhoid fever, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a glass blower. He died at, or was buried from, 948 Aramingo Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On 17 January 1875, he was buried, at Palmer vault. [sources: 8, 10]

In 1880, his widow, Alice, was living at 1130 Crease, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was living with her daughter Annie and with a boarder. She worked in a hosiery manufacturer. [source: 6]

On 11 January 1889, his widow, Ella Wispert, applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension. [sources: 8, 9]

In 1890, his widow, Ella Wispert, was living at 1472 Cook Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 2]

In 1900, his widow, Ella Wispert, was living in the 33rd ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was living with her daughter Anna and Anna's family. [source: 7]

In 1910, his widow, Alice Wispert, was living at 31 Seltzer Street, ward 33, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was living with her daughter Anna and Anna's family. [source: 11]

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) (James Wispert)

2 1890 US census, veterans schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, 17th division, 18th ward, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 351, page 2 (image 747 on Ancestry), line 21 (James Wispert)

3 company H, register of men discharged, #24 (James Wispert)

4 company H, descriptive roll, #35 (James Wispert)

5 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, microfilm series M593, film 1405, page 495 (James Wispert)

6 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 327, microfilm series T9, film 1177, page 48 C = 11 handwritten (Allice Wispert)

7 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 33, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 864, microfilm series T623, film 1475, page 126 B = 5 handwritten (Ella Wispert)

8 pension index, by name (James Wispert)

9 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company H (James Wispert)

10 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 13 January 1875 (James Wispert)

11 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 33, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 784, microfilm series T624, film 1404, page 82 = 6 B handwritten (Alice Wispert)

12 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Kensington, ward 5, microfilm series M432, film 807, page 379 = 158 handwritten (James Wisper)

13 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 18, NE division (post office Kensington), microfilm series M653, film 1168, page 206 = 206 handwritten (James Wisper)

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

RootsWeb WorldConnect
accessed June 2007
1920 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 25 June 2012)
she is not living with her daughter Anna M (50), who was living in Philadelphia with her husband John Patterson (59), children John A (23) and Alice V (21), and a boarder, all born PA (Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 1205, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 1205, pages 68 = 5 A handwritten to 68 = 5 B handwritten)
1930 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 25 June 2012)
Find a grave
accessed 25 June 2012
applications for headstones for 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)
Pennsylvania veterans burial cards, 1777-1999
Ancestry index (accessed 25 June 2012)

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James Wispert in the 91st PA database

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 to Adam 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, microfilm series M593, film 1405, page 495]
[identification is likely; see the note on identification on the 1850 census entry transcribed above]
line789101112
Dwelling-house number945     
Family number971     
NameWispert JamesAliceAnnaRiley CelieWispert AndrewWilliam
Age343210/12212370
SexMFFFMM
ColorWWWWWW
OccupationGlass BlowerHousekeeping TailoressGlass BlowerNo oc
Real estate value      
Personal estate value400     
BirthplacePennaIrelandPennaIrelandPennaPenna
Father foreign born 1 1  
Mother foreign born 111  
Birth month if born within year  Aug   
Marriage month if married within year      
Attended school past year      
Can't read      
Can't write11    
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, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 327, microfilm series T9, film 1177, page 48 C = 11 handwritten]
[identification is likely; see the note on identification on the 1850 census entry transcribed above]
line282930
street nameCrease
house number1130  
dwelling visit #93  
family visit #106  
nameWispert Allice" Annie MMackenroy [??] Alexander
colorWWW
sexFFM
age371038
month born if born in year   
relationship DaughterBoarder
single 11
married   
widowed/divorced1  
married during year   
occupationworks in Hosiery [?] Mfgat schoolmachinist
months unemployed   
currently ill?   
blind   
deaf/dumb   
idiotic   
insane   
disabled   
school this year 1 
can't read   
can't write   
birthplaceIrelandPennScotland
father's birthplaceIrelandPennScotland
mother's birthplaceScotlandIrelandScotland

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, 17th division, 18th ward, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 351, page 2 (image 747 on Ancestry), line 21]
[identification is confirmed by reference to his service in the 91st]

[line] 21
[house] 264
[family] 273 [?]
[name] Wispert Ella widow of James Wispert
[rank] Private
[company] H
[unit] 91st Reg P V
[enlistment date] 9 Oct 1861
[discharge date] 15 Nov 1862
[length of service] 1 year, 1 month, 6 days
[post office address] 1472 Cook St Phila Pa
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory

[I haven't found her on the transcription on Ancestry, searched February 2005]

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 33, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 864, microfilm series T623, film 1475, page 126 B = 5 handwritten]
[identification is likely; see the note on identification on the 1850 census entry transcribed above]
line9394959697
street[illegible]    
house number2859    
dwelling number100    
family number104    
namePatterson Wm John- Anna M- John A- AliceWispert Ella
relationshipHeadWifeSonDaughterm-in-law
colorWWWWW
sexMFMFF
birth dateApril 1860Aug 1869March 1896April 1898March 1844
age40304256 [?]
married?MMSSW
# years married55   
mother of how many children? 2  1
# of children living 2  1
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaIreland
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaIreland
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaIrelandPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaIreland
immigration year    1848
# years in USA    52
naturalized citizen?     
occupationCloth WeaverOperator Hosiery   
# months not employed66   
# months in school     
can readyesyes  yes
can writeyesyes  no
speaks Englishyesyes  yes
owned/rentedR    
free or mortgaged     
farm/houseH    
# of farm schedule     

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 33, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 784, microfilm series T624, film 1404, page 82 = 6 B handwritten]
[identification is likely; see the note on identification on the 1850 census entry transcribed above]
line6162636465
streetSeltzer Street
house nr31    
dwelling nr101    
family nr101    
namePatterson John WAnna MJohn AAlice VWispert Alice
relationshipHeadWifeSonDaughterMother-in-law
sexMFMFF
colorWWWWW
age5040141266
marital statusM1M1SSWd
#years present marriage1616   
mother of # children  2  1
mother of # living children 2  1
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaIreland
father's birthplaceU.S. EnglishU.S. EnglishU.S. EnglishU.S. EnglishIre Irish
mother's birthplaceU.S. EnglishU.S. EnglishU.S. EnglishU.S. EnglishIre Irish
immigrated    1848
naturalized/alien     
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglishEnglishEnglishEnglish
occupationKnitterKnitterNoneNoneNone
nature of industry etc.Underwear MillUnderwear Mill   
employer etc.WW   
out of work 15 Apr 1910?NoNo   
# weeks out of work 1909     
can readYesYesYesYesYes
can writeYesYesYesYesYes
school since 1 Sep 09  YesYes 
owned/rentedR    
owned free or mortagaged     
farm/houseH    
nr on farm schedule     
civil war vet     
blind     
deaf & dumb     

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]


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

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 13 January 1875, James Wispert]
[thanks to Ed McLaughlin for finding this!]

RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, James Wispert
2. Color, White
3. Sex, Male
4. Age, Thirty Eight Years, One Month, Nine Days
5. Married
6. Date of Death, January 13th 1875
7. Cause of Death, Typhoid Fever
E Hellizer M.D.
Residence, 816 Otis [?] Street

UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, Glass Blower
9. Place of Birth, Phila
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 19th
12. Street and Number, 948 Aramingo St 2nd House west from Saul [?] St
13. Date of Burial, Jan'y 17 1875
14. Place of Burial, Palmers Vault
James R. Irons Undertaker.
Residence, 1504 [? could be '1509'] N. Front St

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