He was born on 11 July 1843 (11, 2 [18 in 1861], 6 [80 in 1924], 7 [18 in 1861], 12 [16 in 1860], 13 [27 in 1870], 14 [July 1844], 15 [66 in 1910], 16 [37 in 1880], 18 [7 in 1850], 19 [76 in 1920]). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19).
His parents were well-to-do (7). He was the youngest of five boys, and also had at least one sister (7). He describes himself as "a favored" child, and "consequently wilful" (7).
In 1850, he was living with his father, siblings, and several other people, in the fourth ward of Moyamensing, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania (18). He had attended school within the year (18).
In 1860, he was living in the first ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with his parents and siblings (12).
When he enlisted, he was a stone cutter (2).
When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 7-3/4 inches tall, had a dark complexion, brown eyes, and dark hair (2).
He enlisted and was mustered into service in company E on 20 August 1861, at Philadelphia Pennsylvania, for three years (1, 2, 10, 11, 21). He was enlisted by Captain Lentz, and mustered into service by Colonel Reiff (2). After enlisting, the company marched by his house on their way to Independence Square (7).
His older brother Cyrus took care of him (7). He later remembered Cyrus arranging to be in the same squad for various duties, taking care of cooking and finding water, and ensuring he was warm (7). On 3 May 1863, during the Battle of Chancellorsville, Cyrus wanted to search for James when the regiment was outflanked and driven out of the woods (7). The captain saved him by telling him that James had gone to the right with a squad, and Cyrus then found him reforming on the regimental colors (7).
He fought in the battle of Gettysburg (4). His brother Cyrus was seriously wounded, and sent to Baltimore (7). James accompanied Cyrus, risking being regarded as a deserter, but the officers listed him as "accounted for" (7).
He was transferred in October 1863 to the Invalid corps, because he was unfit for field duty (1, 2, 3, 24 [Feb 1864]). On 2 May 1864, the regiment reported that he had been transferred (8), and seems to have reported the transfer again on 29 June 1864 (9) (22). When he was transferred, he was a private, in company E (22) He served in company K of the 6th Veterans' Reserve Corps (21).
On 26 December 1867, he married Fannie Mather Cole (11, 14, 15). They had three children (11, 14, 15 [2 children]).
In 1870, he was living in the 10th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with his wife Fannie (13). He was a stone cutter (13).
He moved to Elmira, New York, in 1871 (11).
In 1880, he was living at 352 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira, Chemung County, New York (16). He was living with his wife Fanny and children Frank and Percy (16). He was working in a marble factory (16).
In 1890, he was living in Elmira, Chemung County, New York (10).
On 5 July 1890, he applied successfully from New York for a pension (17, 21).
He was a vestryman of Grace Church beginning in 1891 (11). He was clerk of the Vestry from 1897, and Warden 5 October 1914 (11).
In 1900, he was living with his wife at 222 Lormore Street, Elmira, Chemung County, New York (14). He was a granite letterer (14).
On 1 January 1904 he was appointed clerk of the City Court (11).
He was active in the Masons (see his death notice below for details) (11).
In 1910, he was living with his wife at 222 Lormore Street, Elmira, New York (15). He was a bookkeeper for an electrical company, and had been out of work for six weeks in 1909 (15).
In 1920, he was living in ward 10, Elmira, Chemung County, New York (19). He was living with his wife Fannie M (19). He was a secretary for a Masonic Lodge (19).
He died on 5 March 1924, at Elmira, New York (6, 11, 21).
On 21 March 1924, his widow, Fannie M Cartledge, applied successfully from New York for a pension (17, 21).
In 1930, his widow, Fannie M Cartledge, was living in ward 7, Elmira, Chemung County, New York (20). She was living with her son Frank and his wife Cora (20).
Ross Johnson is researching James Cartledge. Contact him at Ross54@aol.com.
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 descriptive roll, company E, entry 25 (James C Cartledg [sic])
3 register of men transferred, company E, entry 10
4 Pennsylvania Memorial, 91st Pennsylvania plaque, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (J C Cartledge)
5 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 8 Sep 1863
6 e-mail, 11 September 2003 (James Creighton Cartledge)
7 James Creighton Cartledge, 'Touching recollections of a brother who gave his life that his country might live'
8 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 2 May 1864 (Pri Cartlidge)
9 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 29 June 1864 (James C Cartlige [?])
10 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, New York, Chemung County, Elmira, supervisor's district 9, enumeration district 123, page 3 (James C Cartledge)
11 "Elmira's 'Grand Old Mason,' James C. Cartledge, Is Dead; Writes His Obituary Sketch". Elmire Star-Gazette, 6 March 1924 (source: Ross Johnson) (James Creighton Cartledge)
12 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, first ward fifth precinct, microfilm series M653, film 1151, pages 302-303 = 204 handwritten (James Cartledge)
13 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 10th ward 28th district, microfilm series M593, film 1395, page 265 = 229 handwritten (James Cartledge)
14 1900 US census, New York, Chemung County, Elmira, ward 9, supervisor's district 5, enumeration district 29, microfilm series T623, film 1016, page 66 A = 2 handwritten (James Cartledge)
15 1910 US census, New York, Chemung County, Elmira, ward 9, supervisor's district 17, enumeration district 32, microfilm series T624, film 931, page 223 A = 7 handwritten (James C Cartledge)
16 1880 US census, New York, Chemung County, Elmira, supervisor's district 9, enumeration district 76, microfilm series T9, film 817, page 381 D = 20 handwritten] (James C Cartlege)
17 pension index, by name (James C Cartledge)
18 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Moyamensing, ward 4, microfilm series M432, film 809, page 442 (James Cartledge)
19 1920 US census, New York, Chemung County, Elmira, ward 10, supervisor's district 18, enumeration district 41, microfilm series T625, film 1093, page 157 = 1 A handwritten (James A Cartledge)
20 1930 US census, New York, Chemung County, Elmira City, ward 7, supervisor's district 13, enumeration district 8-28, microfilm series T626, film 1415, page 69 = 5 B handwritten (Fannie M Cartledge)
21 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company E (James C Cartledge)
22 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (James C Cartledge)
|Name||Joseph Cartledge||Stephen "||John "||Joseph "||Cyrus "||James "||Mary Ann "||Sarah "||Ann Clark||Emma Moss|
|Occupation of males over 15 years||Stone Cutter||"||none||Servt||adopd appr|
|Real estate owned||900|
|Birthplace||" [sc. Engd]||"||Pa||"||"||"||Engd||Pa||Ire||Pa|
|Married within year|
|Attended school within year||1||1||1||1||1|
|Over 20 & can't read/write|
|Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.|
|Name||Joseph Cartledge||Mary A "||Silas "||James "||Rebecca Cartledge||Bridgit Newgent|
|Occupation||Master Stone Cutter||Stone Cutter||Servant|
|Value of real estate owned|
|Value of personal estate|
|Place of birth||England||"||Penn||"||Penn||Ireland|
|Married within year|
|Attended school within year||1|
|Cannot read & write|
|Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.|
|Name||Cartledge James||- Fannie|
|Occupation||Stone Cutter||At home|
|Real estate value|
|Personal estate value|
|Father foreign born|
|Mother foreign born|
|Birth month if born within year|
|Marriage month if married within year|
|Attended school past year|
|Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.|
|Male US citizen at least 21 years old||1|
|Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...|
|street name||Pennsylvania Avenue|
|dwelling visit #||162|
|family visit #||196|
|name||Cartlege, James C||- Fanny M||- Frank C||- Percy A|
|month born if born in year|
|married during year|
|occupation||Work in marble factory||Keeping house|
|school this year||1||1|
|father's birthplace||Eng||N Jersey||Pa||Pa|
|mother's birthplace||Eng||N Jersey||Pa||Pa|
|name||Cartledge James||- Fannie|
|birth date||July 1844||July 1846 [?]|
|# years married||32||32|
|mother of how many children?||3|
|# of children living||1|
|mother's birthplace||England||New Jersey|
|# years in USA|
|# months not employed||0|
|# months in school|
|free or mortgaged|
|# of farm schedule|
|name||Cartledge James C||- Fannie M|
|#years present marriage||43||43|
|mother of # children||2|
|mother of # living children||1|
|father's birthplace||Eng English||Maryland|
|mother's birthplace||Eng English||New Jersey|
|nature of industry etc.||Electrical Co|
|out of work 15 Apr 1910?||No|
|# weeks out of work 1909||6|
|school since 1 Sep 09|
|owned free or mortagaged|
|nr on farm schedule|
|civil war vet||[illegible]|
|deaf & dumb|
|dwelling visit number||10|
|family visit number||12|
|name||Cartledge, James A||- Fannie M|
|free/mortgaged (if owned)|
|age at last birthday||76||74|
|year of immigration|
|year of naturalization|
|attended school since Sept 1919|
|father's native language||English||Irish|
|mother's birthplace||England||New Jersey|
|mother's native language||English|
|can speak English||Yes||Yes|
|industry, business||Masonic lodge|
|number of farm schedule|
|house number||728 [could be 928]|| |
|dwelling visit #||111|| |
|family visit #||118|| |
|name||Cartledge Frank C||- Cora M||- Fannie M|
|value or rent||80|| |
|age 1st marriage||21||17|
|school/college since 9/29||No||No||No|
|can read & write||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|father's birthplace||Pennsylvania||New York||Pennsylvania|
|mother's birthplace||Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania||New York|
|native language|| |
|immigration year|| |
|can speak English||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|industry||Bottle Factory|| |
|worker class||W|| |
|at work yesterday||Yes|| |
|unemployment schedule #|| |
|farm schedule #|| |
"Uncle Jimmie," Beloved of Hundreds of Masonic Brethren, Passes Away--Had Wished It Said of Him, "His Life Was Gentle."
"Uncle Jimmie" Cartledge, the "grand old man" of local Masonic circles, closed his useful life Wednesday night at 10:30 o'clock at the family home 553 East Water street, after an extended illness, due to a heart affection. Mr. Cartledge had been confined to his home several weeks and his death was expected by his family and friends. The announcement made late at night of the final summons to the revered man was received with sorrow.
A brief sketch of the life of Mr. Cartledge, which was prepared by the decedent a few years ago is as follows:
"James Creighton Cartledge, born in Philadelphia, Pa., July 11, 1843. Died at Elmira, N.Y., March 5, 1924.
Volunteered his services to the United States as a private in Co. E 91st. Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, August 20, 1861. Served three years and twenty days in the Army of the Potomac under Generals McClelland, Burnside, Hooker and Meade.
Was united in the bonds of Holy matrimony Dec. 26, 1867, to Miss Fannie Mather Cole; three children were born to them. The widow, a son, Frank C. Cartledge of Ridley Park, near Philadelphia, four grandchildren, a sister, and 4 great grandchildren, 3 boys, one girl, survive.
Mr. Cartledge came to Elmira in 1871 and was employed at carving and engraving marble and granite. January 1, 1904, the late James Bacoa, Judge of the City Court, appointed him as clerk of the court. He also was a clerk for the Board of Assessors.
"In Masonry Mr. Cartledge held many positions of honor and trust. He was raised in Union Lodge, No. 95, F. & A. M., September 6, 1881; Master 1885-1886; Secretary from December 1886 until 1924, Exalted in Elmira Chapter No.42, R. A. M. May 31, 1882; High Priest 1888-1896; Principal Sojourner nine years; Knighted in St. Omer's Commandery, No. 19, K.T., August 2, 1889; elected commander 1895; appointed assistant prelate 1894 and held that office at present time; elected recorder 1901 and served until 1921. Was a trustee of Cashmere Grotto, No. 11, M. O. V. P. E. R., three years. He was very proud of having the distinguished honor of being one of the four or five, who held the highest offices in Masonry in this city.
Mr. Cartledge joined Baldwin Post No. 6, G. A. R., by "muster in," April 5, 1883; elected commander 1891; adjutant 1893 to 1903; aide-de-camp on the staff of the Department Commander with rank of Lieutenant-Colonel 1899. He was also on the staff of the Colonel of the Veterans and Sons of Veterans.
"The decedent was a vestryman of Grace Church since 1891 and clerk of the Vestry from 1897. Elected Warden October 5, 1914. His father engraved the name "Washington" on the sarcophagus which contains the remains of George Washington, at Mount Vernon.
"Mr. Cartledge often prayed during his life, that it may be said of him, 'His life was gentle.'"
Mr. Cartledge always referred to the members of the Masonic fraternity as "my boys," and his radiant life and sunny disposition made him the life of any gathering of the fraternity. October 12, 1920, his Masonic friends placed a very finely executed oil painting of "Uncle Jimmie" on the walls of the lodge room, in the Masonic Temple. The occasion was largely attended and was one of the most notable events in local Masonic history.
Mr. Cartledge became secretary of Union Lodge in December, 1886, and held that office until his death, after a continuous service of 38 years. During that period Mr. Cartledge completed a record and history of the lodge, which is without an equal in Masonic history in New York state and only in a few other Masonic jurisdictions of the United States. He also collected a complete set of the minutes of the F. & A. M. Grand Lodge of New York State from the first session of that body--it being one of a very few complete sets in existence in the state. The valuable set of records is the property of Union Lodge.
Mr. and Mrs. Cartledge observed the 56th anniversary of their wedding December 26. Mr. and Mrs. Cartledge were "lovers" as Mr. Cartledge was pleased to term it, when they were school children and resided in the same locality in Philadelphia. Mr. Cartledge was employed in a marble cutting yard and Mrs. Cartledge resided on the opposite side of the street from the marble yard. They often found time for their little visits through an open window and their marriage followed when Mr. Cartledge returned home at the close of the Civil War. They resided in Philadelphia a few years.
Mr. and Mrs. Cartledge removed to Elmira in 1871 and Mr. Cartledge was employed as an engraver in the former A. W. Ayers monument works on East Water street at the foot of Fox street. The family resided many years at 222 Lormore street, until about 1921, when they removed to the present home address on East Water street.
Mr. Cartledge was a man of a lovable, Christian character and a friend to every person. His life is an inspiration to many and his multitude of friends are thankful for his spirit among them.
The funeral will be held at Grace Church Saturday afternoon, the hour to be announced later. In accordance with the wishes of the decedent the service will be the plain service of the church and there will be no fraternal service. It is very probable the Masonic bodies will hold a memorial service at a later date. Burial in Woodlawn cemetery. The family requests that friends will kindly omit flowers.