91st PA: William Berkheimer

William Berkheimer

Before the war

He was born in May 1833, in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, to John Berkheimer and Sarah Shatzer. [sources: date: 10; 3 (31 in 1864), 4 (31 in 1864), 7 (27 in 1860), 8 (76 in 1910), 11 (47 in 1880), 13 (1833), 17 (37 in 1870), 19. place: 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 17, 19. parents: 8, 19]

In 1860, he was living in Union Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. He was living with John and Sarah Berkheimer (presumably his parents). He was a farm lab[orer]. [source: 8]

In 1861/1862, he married Henrietta [unknown family name]. She was born in October 1837, in Pennsylvania. They apparently had one child:

[sources: 9 (1 child, still living, in 1910), 10 (1 child, still living, in 1900), 11, 14, 19]

When he enlisted, he was a laborer. [sources: 3, 4]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 8 inches tall, and had a florid complexion, blue eyes, and sandy hair. [sources: 3, 4]

During the war

He was drafted. He enlisted and was mustered into service on 21 September 1864. He was enlisted for one year, at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. His enlistment was credited to the 16th congressional district. He was a private in company B. [sources: 1, 3, 4, 5, 21, 22]

He was discharged at Washington, D.C., by general order 94, War Department, on 30 May 1865 (1, 5), or 25 May 1865. He was a private, in company B. [sources: 2, 21, 22]

After the war

In 1870, he was living in ward 6, Altoona, Blair County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Henrietta and their child Thomas. He was a laborer, and owned $1,800 in real estate and $100 in personal property. [source: 17]

In 1880, he was living in West Saint Clair Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. He was a farmer. He was living with his wife Henrietta and son Thomas. [source: 11]

In 1890, he was living in East Saint Clair Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania (post office St Clairsville). He had heart disease. [source: 7]

On 17 July 1890, he successfully applied from Pennsylvania for a pension. [sources: 5, 6]

In 1900, he was living in East Saint Clair Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Henrietta. He was a day laborer, and had been unemployed for six months in the previous year. [source: 10]

He applied for a pension again on 5 March 1907, under the Act of 6 February 1907. He received $15 per month, retroactive to 5 March 1907; the certificate was dated September 1907. [sources: 5, 16]

His pension was increased to $20 per month, effective 9 May 1908; the certificate was dated 18 [?] May 1908. [source: 16]

In 1910, he was living in East St Clair Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Ettie. He was living on his "own income". [source: 9]

His pension was increased to $22.50, effective 1 June 1912, under the Act of 11 May 1912. The certificate was dated 1 March 1913. [source: 16]

He died on 16 October 1916, at Osterburg, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. He was buried in the Trinity United Church of Christ Cemetery, in Osterburg, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. [sources: 5, 12, 13, 16, 20 (?)]

On 11 November 1916, his widow, Henrietta Berkheimer, successfully applied from Pennsylvania for a pension. [sources: 5, 6]

On 5 October 1917, a check payable to Henrietta Berkheimer (of Osterburg, Pennsylvania) was issued, for the remaining pension William Berkheimer was due. [source: 16]

In 1920, his widow, Mrs Etta Berkhimer, was living in East Saint Clair, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. She was living with her daughter-in-law Lonie Berkheimer, and Lonie's two children Helen and Edgar. [source: 18]

On 1 April 1921, his widow, Henrietta Berkheimer, died, in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. She was buried in the Trinity United Church of Christ Cemetery, in Osterburg, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. [sources: 14, 15]

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 Berkheimer)

2 company B, register of men discharged (Wm Berkheimer)

3 company B, [second] descriptive roll, entry 69 (William Berkheimer)

4 company B, [third] descriptive roll, entry 29 (Wm Berkheimer)

5 pension index, by regiment (William Berkhimer)

6 pension index, by name (William Berkheimer)

7 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, East Saint Clair Township, supervisor's district 7 [?], enumeration district 87, page 2 (William S Berkheimer [?])

8 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, Union Township, microfilm series M653, film 1072, page 642 = 24 handwritten (William Berkheimer)

9 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, East St Clair Township, supervisor's district 16, enumeration district 11, microfilm series T624, film 1312, page 73 = 9 handwritten (W Berkheimer)

10 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, East St Clair Township, supervisor's district 13, enumeration district 12, microfilm series T623, film 1375, page 147 B = 12 handwritten) (William S Berkheimer)

11 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, West St Clair Township, supervisor's district 8, enumeration district 235, microfilm series T9, film 1098, page 316 B = 11 handwritten (Wm S Berkhimer)

12 Pennsylvania death indices, 1916 ('Berkhimer [sic], William S.; 107352; Bedford Co.; Oct. 16.')

13 Find a grave, memorial 78848599, created by S Sill, added 21 Oct 2011, accessed 17 Nov 2013 (with a photo of the headstone) (William S Berkheimer)

14 Find a grave, memorial 78848600, created by S Sill, added 21 Oct 2011, accessed 17 Nov 2013 (with a photo of the headstone) (Henrietta Berkheimer)

15 Pennsylvania death indices, 1921 ('B625 Henrietta Berkheimer 40706 Bedf Co 4/1')

16 US Veterans administration pension payment cards, 1907-1933, National Archives and Records Administration, microfilm series M850, film 160 (FamilySearch) (William Berkhimer)

17 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona, ward 6, microfilm series M593, film 1309, page 156 recto = 21 handwritten (FamilySearch) (William Burkhamer)

18 1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, East Saint Clair, enumeration district 12, microfilm series T625, film 1533, page 157 = 13 B handwritten (FamilySearch) (Etta Berkhimer)

19 'Berkheimer family tree', available on Ancestry (accessed 17 November 2013) (William S Berkheimer)

20 Pennsylvania, veterans burial cards, 1777-1999 (uncertain identification) (William Berkheimer)

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

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1850 US census
Ancestry index (accessed June 2007, and again on 17 November 2013)
LDS pilot index (accessed 19 Sep 2010)
1930 US census
Ancestry index (accessed June 2007)
1940 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 17 November 2013)
headstone applications for US military veterans, 1925-1949
FamilySearch index (accessed 17 November 2013)

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William Berkheimer in the 91st PA database

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, Union Township, microfilm series M653, film 1072, page 642 = 24 handwritten]
[identification is uncertain]
line37383940
Dwelling number941   
Family number899   
NameJohn BerkheimerSarah "William "Sarah "
Age54412718
Sexmfmf
Color    
OccupationFarmer Farm LabServing
Value of real estate owned2500   
Value of personal estate500   
Place of birthPenna"""
Married within year    
Attended school within year    
Cannot read & write    
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.    

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Blair County, Altoona, ward 6, microfilm series M593, film 1309, page 156 recto = 21 handwritten (FamilySearch), William Burkhamer]
[identification is likely; see the note on the 1880 census entry transcribed below]
[the Ancestry index has 'Burkhamer', and the FamilySearch index has 'Burkhauser' (accessed 17 Nov 13)]
line232425
Dwelling-house number161  
Family number171  
NameBurkhamer [?] William- Henrietta- Thomas
Age37328
SexMFM
ColorWWW
OccupationLaborerKeeping HouseAt Home
Real estate value1,800  
Personal estate value100  
BirthplacePaPaPa
Father foreign born   
Mother foreign born   
Birth month if born within year   
Marriage month if married within year   
Attended school past year  1
Can't read   
Can't write   
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, Bedford County, West St Clair Township, supervisor's district 8, enumeration district 235, microfilm series T9, film 1098, page 316 B = 11 handwritten]
[identification is likely; see the note on the 1900 census entry transcribed below]
line789
street name   
house number   
dwelling visit #53  
family visit #53  
nameBerkhimer Wm S- Henrietta- Thomas [?] E
colorWWW
sexMFM
age474317
month born if born in year   
relationship WifeSon
single  1
married11 
widowed/divorced   
married during year   
occupationFarmerKeeping houseAt home
months unemployed   
currently ill?   
blind   
deaf/dumb   
idiotic   
insane   
disabled   
school this year  1
can't read   
can't write   
birthplacePennaPennaPenna
father's birthplacePennaPennaPenna
mother's birthplacePaPaPa

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, East Saint Clair Township, supervisor's district 7 [?], enumeration district 87, page 2]
[identification is confirmed by reference to his service in the 91st]

[line] 17
[house] 233
[family] 239 [?]
[name] William S Berkheimer [?]
[rank] Private
[company] B
[unit] 91 P V
[enlistment date] Sep 21 1864
[discharge date] June 1 1865
[length of service] [blank] years, 9 months, [blank] days
[post office address] St Clairsville Bedford Co Pa
[disability incurred] Heart Disease
[remarks] [blank]

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, East St Clair Township, supervisor's district 13, enumeration district 12, microfilm series T623, film 1375, page 147 B = 12 handwritten)]
[identification is likely; see the note on the 1910 census entry transcribed below]
line9697
street  
house number  
dwelling number260 
family number266 
nameBerkheimer William S- Henrietta
relationshipHeadWife
colorWW
sexMF
birth dateMay 1833Oct 1837
age6762
married?MM
# years married3838
mother of how many children? 1
# of children living 1
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaGermany
immigration year  
# years in USA  
naturalized citizen?  
occupationDay laborer 
# months not employed6 
# months in school  
can readyesyes
can writeyesno [?]
speaks Englishyesyes
owned/rentedO 
free or mortgagedF 
farm/houseH 
# of farm schedule  

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, East St Clair Township, supervisor's district 16, enumeration district 11, microfilm series T624, film 1312, page 73 = 9 handwritten]
[identification is likely, since (1) Ettie's name matches the name of the widow who applied for a pension (see source 5 above), and also (2) they are in the same county as William was buried in]
line5152
street  
house nr  
dwelling nr180 
family nr185 
nameBerkheimer W_ Ettie
relationshipHeadWife
sexMF
colorWW
age7672
marital statusM1M1
#years present marriage4848
mother of # children 1
mother of # living children 1
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigrated  
naturalized/alien  
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglish
occupationOwn Incomenone
nature of industry etc.  
employer etc.  
out of work 15 Apr 1910?  
# weeks out of work 1909  
can readyesyes
can writeyesyes
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, Bedford County, East Saint Clair, enumeration district 12, microfilm series T625, film 1533, page 157 = 13 B handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is likely, since (1) her name matches the name of the widow who applied for a pension (see source 5 above), and also (2) she is in the same county as William was buried in]
line76777879
streetQuadper [?] Valley Road
house numberX   
dwelling visit number181   
family visit number190   
nameBerkhimer, Mrs Lonie- Helen- Edgar- Etta Mrs.
relationshipHeadDaughterSonMother in law
own/rentO   
free/mortgaged (if owned)F   
sexFFMF
raceWWWW
age at last birthday5218982
marital statusWdSSWd
year of immigration    
naturalized/alien    
year of naturalization    
attended school since Sept 1919 noyes 
can readyesyes yes
can writeyesyes yes
birth placePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
native language    
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's native language    
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's native language    
can speak Englishyesyes yes
occupationnoneTeachernonenone
industry, business Public School  
employment status S  
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 14 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Berkhimer William
Co. B, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Berkheimer William

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 15 March 2014]

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

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

pension payment card

[US Veterans administration pension payment cards, 1907-1933, National Archives and Records Administration, microfilm series M850, film 160 (FamilySearch)]
[transcribed 17 November 2013]

NAME: Berkhimer, William
Certificate No. 619688
ARMY INVALID.
Law: ACT MAY 11 1912
[crossed out:] Act of Feb 6, 1907
Service. Pvt. B 91 Pa. Inf
Disability: [blank]
ISSUES.
CLASS.RATE.DATE OF COMMENCEMENT.DATE OF CERTIFICATE.
Reis155 Mch. 1907[illegible] Sep 1907
Inc209 May 190818 [?] May 1908
Reis22 501 June 19121 Mar 1913
Died Oct. 16 1916 Accrued order dated Oct. 5 1917 payable to widow Henrietta Berkhimer Osterburg, Pa.
Transferred from: Pittsburgh
Transferred to: [blank]
Died: Oct 16, 1916
Bureau notified Nov 13 1916
Remarks: [blank]
Former Roll No. 2186 A.J
Home:
OCT 22 1917

Pennsylvania burial card

[Pennsylvania, veterans burial cards, 1777-1999]
[transcribed 17 November 2013, from Ancestry]
[I suspect this is the William who served in the 91st, although it lists him as serving in the 200th Pennsylvania Infantry, since (1) Bates History of Pennsylvania volunteers lists no William Berkheimer as serving in the 200th; and (2) ARIAS lists no William Berkheimer as serving in the 200th PA]

RECORD OF BURIAL PLACE OF VETERAN
BEDFORD County
NAME BERKHEIMER, WILLIAM
DATE OF BIRTH NOT GIVEN
DATE OF DEATH NOT GIVEN
VETERAN OF CIVIL WAR
SERVED IN ARMY
DATES OF SERVICE CIVIL WAR
ORGANIZATION 200nd [sic] REGT. PA. VOL.
RANK NOT GIVEN
CEMETERY OR PLACE OF INTERMENT NAME REFORMED CEMETERY LOCATION OSTERBURY [sic], PA.
LOCATION OF GRAVE IN CEMETERY NOT GIVEN
HEADSTONE TOMB STONE
INFORMATION GIVEN BY D.W.S.

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