91st PA: William Wispert

William Wispert

Before the war

He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1800/05 (or perhaps in 1816/17). [sources: date: 3 (44 in 1861), 5 (45 in 1850), 8 (76 in 1876), 11 (62 in 1860), 12 (70 in 1870), 15 (76 in 1876). place: 3, 5, 8, 11, 12]

He married Susan [unknown family name]. She was born in 1797/1810, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Their children apparently include:

[sources: 5, 9, 11, 12, 13, 17]

On 25 August 1834, his daughter, Emeline Wispert, was baptised, in the Kensington Methodist Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 19]

In 1840, he was a carpenter, living at Duke Street above Palmer. [source: 10]

In 1845-1849, he was a carpenter, living at Duke Street below Palmer. [source: 10]

In 1850, he was living in ward 5, Kensington, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. He was living with Susan (presumably his wife), and Sarah, Emeline, James, Adam, Andrew, and William H (presumably their children). He was a carpenter, and owned $1,000 in real estate. [source: 5]

In 1860, he was living in ward 18, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, apparently at 1433 Vienna Street. He was living with his wife Susan and children James, Adam, Andrew, and Alona. He was a carpenter. [sources: 10, 11]

In 1861, he was a carpenter, living at 1433 Vienna Street. [source: 10]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 6-1/2 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, dark eyes, and grey hair. [source: 3]

During the war

His sons Adam Wispert and James Wispert also served in the 91st. His son Alonzo Wispert also served, in company F of the 2nd US Cavalary, and in the general mounted service of the USA. [source: 22]

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 8 October 1861. He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Colonel Zinn. He was mustered in as a private in company H. He had rifle number 99. [sources: 1, 3, 23]

He was discharged at [illegible] Barracks, in Washington DC, on 6 April 1862 on surgeon's certificate of disability. He was a private, in company H. [sources: 1, 2, 3, 23]

After the war

In 1865-1866, he was a carpenter, living at Memphis Street near Vienna. [source: 10]

On 7 May 1866, his son Adam Wispert married Margaretta Crozier. They were married by G G Rakestraw, of the Pitman Methodist Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 20]

In 1867, he was a carpenter, living at 1838 Memphis Street. [source: 10]

On 11 November 1867, his son James married Ella Mulvaney. They were married by John G Wilson, of the First Independent Christian Church. [source: 21]

In 1870, he was living in ward 19, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his sons Andrew and James and James' family. He was not working. His wife, Susan, was living with their son Alonzo, in ward 18, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 12, 13]

On 13 January 1875, his son, James Wispert, died, at 948 Aramingo Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He died of typhoid fever. He was married, and was a glassblower. His body was initially held in the Palmer Street Vault. [source: 16]

On 13 January 1876, he died, at 1415 Hewson Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He died of suffocation. He was a house carpenter, and was married. On 16 January 1876, he was buried, in Palmer Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 8, 15]

In 1880, his widow, Susan Whispers [sic] was living at 1415 Gaul Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was living with their son Andrew. [source: 14]

In 1881, his widow, Susan, was living at 1413 Hewson Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 10]

In 1882-1891, his widow, Susan, was living at 211 Belgrade Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 10]

On 9 July 1890, his widow, Susan Wispert, successfully applied for a pension from Pennsylvania. [sources: 4, 6]

In 1893, his widow, Susan, was living at rear 520 Mercury Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 10]

On 28 November 1895, his widow, Susan Wispert, died, at rear 1440 Hope Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She died of senile debility. On 1 December 1895, she was buried in Hanover Cemetery, from her late residence, rear 1440 Hope Street. [sources: 7, 17]

On 19 December 1913, his daughter, Emeline Mann, died, at 1831 E Willard Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was widowed. On 22 December 1913, she was buried, in Oakland Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 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) (William Wispert)

2 company H, register of men discharged, #15 (William Wispert)

3 company H, descriptive roll, #34 (William Wispert)

4 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company H (William Wispert)

5 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Kensington, ward 5, microfilm series M432, film 807, page 379 = 158 handwritten (William Wisper [sic])

6 pension index, by name (William Wispert)

7 death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer, 30 November 1895, page 8 (Susan Wispert)

8 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 13 January 1876 (William Wispert)

9 death certificate, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, 11 July 1851 (William Henry Wispert)

10 various Philadelphia directories

11 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 18, NE division (post office Kensington), microfilm series M653, film 1168, page 206 = 206 handwritten (Wm Wisper)

12 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 19, district 61, microfilm series M593, film 1405, page 495 verso = 122 handwritten (William Wispert)

13 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 18, district 56, microfilm series M593, film 1403, page 449 verso = 32 handwritten (Susan Wispert)

14 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelpha, microfilm series T9, film 1177, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 340, page 202 = 18 B handwritten (Susan Whispers)

15 Palmer Cemetery burial records (William Wispert)

16 death certificate (not transcribed), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 13 January 1875, James Wispert (accessed 24 June 2012 on FamilySearch)

17 death certificate (not transcribed), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 28 November 1895, Susan Wispert (accessed 24 June 2012 on FamilySearch)

18 death certificate (not transcribed), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 22 December 1913, Emeline Mann (accessed 24 June 2012 on FamilySearch)

19 Kensington Methodist Episcopal Church baptismal records (not transcribed), accessed 24 June 2012 on Ancestry, Pennsylvania church and town records 1708-1985)

20 Pitman Methodist Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (not transcribed), accessed 24 June 2012 on Ancestry, Pennsylvania church and town records 1708-1985, reel 372)

21 First Independent Christian Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (not transcribed), in the Pennsylvania church and town records (Historical Society of Pennsylvania, reel 945), accessed 24 June 2012 on Ancestry)

22 pension index, by name, Alonzo Wispert (accessed 24 June 2012 on Ancestry)

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

RootsWeb WorldConnect
accessed 23 May 2009
1890 US census, veterans schedules
Ancestry index (accessed April 2007)
1900 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry index (accessed 23 June 2012)
1910 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry index (accessed 23 June 2012)
1920 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry index (accessed 23 June 2012)
1930 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry index (accessed 23 June 2012)
Find a grave
accessed 24 June 2012 (including Palmer Cemetery)
Pennsylvania veterans burial cards
accessed Ancestry index on 24 June 2012

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William 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, based on his rare surname, the absence of other candidates, and the apparent relationship with James and Adam]
[note that his age doesn't match the regimental records; he presumably lied about his age because enlistees were supposed to be less than 35 years old, according to paragraph 929 of the Revised army regulations of 1861]
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, ward 19, district 61, microfilm series M593, film 1405, page 495 verso = 122 handwritten]
[identification is likely; see the note on identification on the 1850 census entry transcribed above]
line789101112
Dwelling-house number945     
Family number971     
NameWispert JamesAliceAnnaRiley CeliaWispert AndrewWilliam
Age343210/12212370
SexMFFFMM
ColorWWWWWW
OccupationGlass BlowerHouse Keeping 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 ...      

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 18, district 56, microfilm series M593, film 1403, page 449 verso = 32 handwritten]
[identification is likely; see the note on identification on the 1850 census entry transcribed above]
line181920
Dwelling-house number231  
Family number249250 
NameLees CatharineWispert Susan- Alonzo
Age406018
SexFFM
ColorWWW
OccupationKeeping HouseKeeping HouseHuckster
Real estate value   
Personal estate value   
BirthplacePennaPennaPenna
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  1
Can't write  1
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.   
Male US citizen at least 21 years old   
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...   

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelpha, microfilm series T9, film 1177, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 340, page 202 = 18 B handwritten]
[identification is likely; see the note on identification on the 1850 census entry transcribed above]
line1718
street nameGaul street
house number1415 
dwelling visit #164 
family visit #164 
nameWhispers SusanAndrew
colorWW
sexFM
age7732
month born if born in year  
relationship son
single 1
married  
widowed/divorced1 
married during year  
occupationKeeping houseGlass blower
months unemployed  
currently ill?  
blind  
deaf/dumb  
idiotic  
insane  
disabled  
school this year  
can't read  
can't write  
birthplacePennaPenna
father's birthplacePennaPenna
mother's birthplacePennaPenna

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

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death notice, Susan Wispert

[death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer, 30 November 1895, page 8; see also 1 December 1895 page supplement 16 of part two, and 2 December 1895 page 9]
[transcribed 23 June 2012, from GenealogyBank]

WISPERT.--On November 28, 1895, Susan, widow of the late William Wispert, aged 98 years. The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, on Sunday, December 1, at 3 o'clock, P.M., from her late residence, rear of No. 1440 Hope street. To proceed to Hanover Cemetery.

Philadelphia city directories

[transcribed all Wisperts, from Fold3, 23 June 2012]
1841 Ashmead's Philadelphia directory, page 297
Wispert Wm., carp., Duke ab Palmer
1845 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 392
Wispert Jacob, gunsmith, Orchard
Wispert Wm. carp. Duke bel Palmer
1846 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 393
Wispert Wm. carp. Duke bel Palmer
1849 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 412
Wisper [sic] Wm., carp. Duke bel Palmer
Wispert Jacob, gunsm. 6th ab Poplar
1860 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 1086
Wispert Wm., carpenter, 1433 Vienna
1861 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 1079
Wispert William, carpenter, 1433 Vienna
1865 Sherman's Philadelphia directory, page 731
Wispert William, carpenter, Memphis n Vienna
1866 McElroy's Philadelphia directory, page 797
Wispert William, carpenter, Memphis n Vienna
1867 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1349
Wispert Adam, glassblower, h 1433 Berks
Wispert William, carpenter, h 1838 Memphis
1868 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1648
[no Wisper or Wispert entries]
1869 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1579
Wispert Adam, glassblower, h 1240 Leopard
1870 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1629
[no Wispert, Wisper or Whisper entries]
1871 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1509
[no Wisper, Wispert, or Whisper entries]
1872 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1403
[no Wisper or Wispert entries]
1873 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1385
Wispert Mary, wid Edward, h r 840 St John
[no Wisper entries]
1874 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1413
[no Wisper or Wispert entries]
1875 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1614
[no Whisper, Wisper, or Wispert entries]
[the Fold3 OCR-based index did not have any entries in the 1400 block of Hewson; the closest I found was George Jackson, police, at 1330 Hewson]
1876 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1623
[no Wisper or Wispert entries]
1877 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1569
Wispert Adam, glassblower, h 2327 Memphis
[no Wisperor Whisper entries]
1878 Costa's Philadelphia directory, page 1688
Wispert Alice, widow, provisions, h 2031 Belgrade
[no 'Wisper' or 'Whisper' entries]
1879 Philadelphia directory, page 1745
Wispert Adam, glassblower, h 2327 Memphis
[no Wisper entries]
1880 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1811
Wispert Adam, glassblower, h 2327 Memphis
Wispert Alice, wid James, h r 1130 Crease
1881 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1762
Wispert Alice, wid James, h r 1130 Crease
Wispert Andrew, glassblower, h 1413 Hewson
Wispert Susan, wid William, h 1413 Hewson
1882 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1672
Wispert Adam, glassblower, h Venango n K
Wispert Susan, wid William, h 211 Belgrade
1883 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1725
Wispert Adam, glassblower, h Venango n K
Wispert Susan, wid William, h 211 Belgrade
1884 Gopsill's Philadelphia diretory, page 1712
Wispert Adam, glassblower, h Venango n K
Wispert Susan, wid William, h 211 Belgrade
1885 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1886
Wispert Adam, glassblower, h Erie av n L
Wispert Lawrence, plasterer, h 211 Belgrade
Wispert Susan, wid William, h 211 Belgrade
1886 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1875
Wispert Adam, glassblower, h Erie av n K
Wispert Lawrence, plasterer, h 211 Belgrade
Wispert Susan, wid William, h 211 Belgrade
1888 Gopsill's Philadelphia diretory, page 1866
Wispert Alice, wid James, h r 1130 Crease
Wispper Alonzo, bricklayer, h 2113 Adelaide
[no Wisper entries]
1889 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1923
Wispert Adam, glassblower, h Erie av n K
[no Wisper entries]
1891 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 2018
Wisper [sic] Alonzo, blower, h 211 Belgrade
" Susan, wid William, h 211 Belgrade
Wispert Margaret A., segars, 1901 Madison av
1893 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 2106
Wispert Adam, blower, h r 1448 Beach
" Alonzo, laborer, h r 520 Mercury
" Ella, wid James, h 1472 Cooke
" Susan, wid William, h r 520 Mercury
1897 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 2162
Wispert Adam, blower, h r 1440 Hope
" Alonzo, bricklyr, h r 1440 Hope
" Ella, wid. Jas, h 2859 Lee
" Jno, engineer, h 1834 Buckius
1898 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 2374
Wispert Adam, blower, h r 1440 Hope
" Alice, wid Jas, h 2859 N Lee
" Alonzo, bricklyr, h r 1440 Hope
1900 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 2477
Wispert Adam, laborer, h r 1442 Hope
" Alice, wid Jas, h 2859 N Lee
" Alonzo, bricklyr, h r 1442 Hope

death certificate, William H Wispert

[death certificate, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, 11 July 1851, William Henry Wispert]
[transcribed 23 June 2012, from FamilySearch]

"Philada July 11 1851

Died this day William Henry Wispert infant son of William and Susannah Wispert in the second year of his age (of Bilous [sic] Dysentery)

M L Senderling MD

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 13 January 1876, William Wispert]
[transcribed 23 June 2012, from FamilySearch]

RETURN OF A DEATH,
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
CORONER'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, William Wispert
2. Colour, White
3. Sex, Male
4. Age, Aged 76 Years
5. Married
6. Date of Death, Jan 13th
7. Cause of Death, Suffocation
Kingston Goddard M.D. Coroner.

UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE, IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, House Carpenter
6. [sic] Place of Birth, Phila
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 18th
12. Street and Number, 1415 Hewson st.
13. Date of Burial, January 16th 1876
14. Place of Burial, [blank]
James R. Irons Undertaker.
Residence 1504 N. Front st.

cemetery records

[Palmer Cemetery burial records]
Ancestry, Pennsylvania Church and Town records 1708-1985, image 53 of 302]
1876 January" [sc. 15]
NamesWilliam Wispert
Age76 years
Residence1415 Hewson " [sc. St]
 Emerick

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