He was born on 24 January 1844, (13, 19, 20 (23 Jan 1844); 4 (19 in 1862), 14 (56 at death), 18 (14 in 1860)). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (4, 13, 18). He was born to Daniel McCool and Susanna Brooke (19).
In 1860, he was living in ward 23 (post office Rising Sun), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (18). He was living with his father Daniel McCool, his stepmother Sarah McCool, brother Daniel, and step-siblings Catharine, Albert, and Joseph McCool (18, 19). He was apparently not working, and had not attended school within the year (18).
On 9 August 1862, he married Rebecca Cornelia Wardell, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (17). They had four children (17):
When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 7 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, black eyes, and light hair (4).
He enlisted and was mustered into service on 13 September 1862 (1, 4, 5, 7). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Lieutenant Gregory (4, 5). He was a private in company C (1, 21).
He fought at the Battle of Gettysburg (11).
In 1870, he was living in Frankford, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (8). He was living with Rebecca (presumably his wife), and Henry, Susana, and Mary (presumably his children), and his father Daniel (8). He was a blacksmith (8).
On 4 November 1871, he applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (10, 12).
In 1880, he seems to have been living in Frankford, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (9). (I am not sure I have the right person.) He was living with his wife Cornelia and child Harry (9). He was a fork finisher (9). He was deaf or dumb (9).
On 20 February 1886, Mayor Smith appointed him to the Philadelphia police force, apparently from being a "subofficer" to being a regular officer (13, 15).
In 1890, he was living at 27 Ruan Street, Frankford, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (7).
On 14 January 1892, his wife, Rebecca, died (17). She was 50 years old (17). She was buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (17).
He retired from active service in 1898, because of heart disease (16). He drove police van Number 8 (16).
On 1 August 1899, he died (14, 16). He had a heart attack while riding the Market Street trolley, at Sixth and Market Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (16). He died at Jefferson Hospital (16). Police from the 15th District, Wingohocking Tribe No 33 Improved Order of Red Men, Spartacus Lodge No. 31 Knights of Pythias, and survivors of the 91st were invited to attend the funeral (14). He was buried on 5 August 1899, from his late residence, 4220 Salem Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (14). He was buried at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with his wife and their three children who died as infants (14, 17, 20).
Contact David Neerman at DNeerman@aol.com (19).
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, Sinex to Marvin, 8 Sep 1863
3 company C, register of men transferred (Henry McCool)
4 company C, descriptive roll, entry 112 (Henry McCool)
5 company C, untitled list, probably of status at muster out, entry 71 (Henry McCool)
6 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 29 June 1864 (Henry McCool)
7 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Frankford, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 501, page 1 (Henry W McCool)
8 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, district 75 (post office Frankford), microfilm series M593, film 1410, page 161 (Henry W McCool)
9 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia ('Frankford' is crossed out), supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 477, microfilm series T9, film 1182, page 228 C = 3 handwritten (Henry McCool)
10 pension index, by name (Henry M McCool)
11 Pennsylvania Memorial, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (Henry McCool)
12 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company C (Henry M McCool)
13 Howard O. Sprogle. The Philadelphia police past and present. Philadelphia, 1887. Page 522 (Henry W McCool)
14 death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 4 August 1899 page 11 (Henry W McCool)
15 promotion, Philadelphia Inquirer 1 March 1886, page 3 (Henry McCool)
16 'Veteran van driver dead', Philadelphia Inquirer 2 August 1899, page 3 (Henry McCool)
17 e-mail, David Neerman to Harry A Ide, 29 March 2010 (citing a document dated 4 May 1898 in his pension file for the information about McCool's wife, and the cemetery for their children's dates) (Henry M McCool)
18 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 23, post office Rising Sun, microfilm series M653, film 1174, page 539 = 101 handwritten (Henry McCool)
19 e-mail, David Neerman to Harry A Ide, 21 April 2010
20 Find a grave, memorial 61389252, created by Margaret Orthodox, added 10 November 2010, accessed 9 January 2015 (Henry W McCool)
21 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Henry W McCool)
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HENRY W. McCOOL was born in Philadelphia on January 24, 1844. He served three years in the 91st Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers during the late war. He was appointed by Mayor Smith on February 20, 1886, and was detailed as special officer on April 20, 1886. He arrested Frank Hart, a horse thief.[promotion, Philadelphia Inquirer 1 March 1886, page 3, Henry McCool]
Mayor Smith on Saturday promoted the following subofficers to be regulars: ... Fifteenth, Henry McCool; ....[death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 4 August 1899 page 11, Henry W McCool]
McCOOL.--On August 1, 1899, Henry W. McCool, in this 56th year. The relatives and friends of the family, also police of the Fifteenth District; Wingohocking Tribe, No. 33, I.O. of R.M.; Spartacus Lodge, No. 31, K. of P., and Survivors of the Ninety-first Pennsylvania Volunteers, are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, on Saturday, the 5th, at 2 o'clock, from his late residence, No. 4220 Salem street (formerly Thomas street), Frankford. Interment at Cedar Hill.['Veteran van driver dead', Philadelphia Inquirer 2 August 1899, page 3, Henry McCool]
Seized with an attack of heart failure, Henry McCool, the veteran driver of police van No. 8, sank unconscious upon the floor of a Market street trolley car at Sixth and Market streets yesterday. He was taken to the Jefferson Hospital, where he died last night.
For some time McCool had been suffering from heart disease. Because of this he was forced last year to retire from active service.
McCool resided at 4220 Salem street, Frankford, and was one of the officers of the Germantown station.