91st PA: James Creighton Cartledge

James Creighton Cartledge

Before the war

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).

His older brother Cyrus Cartledge also served in the 91st Pennsylvania (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).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 7-3/4 inches tall, had a dark complexion, brown eyes, and dark hair (2).

During the war

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 at Camp Convalescent, Alexandria, Virginia, on 8 September 1863, when Lieutenant Colonel Sinex asked for his return (5).

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).

He was discharged from the Invalid corps when his term expired (2), on 8 September 1864 (10).

After the war

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).

On 5 April 1883 he joined the Baldwin Post Number 6, GAR (11). He held various offices (see the death notice below) (11).

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).

Researcher

Ross Johnson is researching James Cartledge. Contact him at Ross54@aol.com.

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)

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)

Display



James Creighton Cartledge in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Moyamensing, ward 4, microfilm series M432, film 809, page 442]
line23242526272829303132
Dwellings visited680         
Families visited742         
NameJoseph CartledgeStephen "John "Joseph "Cyrus "James "Mary Ann "Sarah "Ann ClarkEmma Moss
Age4519141197405259
SexMMMMMMFFFF
Color          
Occupation of males over 15 yearsStone Cutter"    none Servtadopd appr
Real estate owned900         
Birthplace" [sc. Engd]"Pa"""EngdPaIrePa
Married within year          
Attended school within year  1111   1
Over 20 & can't read/write          
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.          

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, first ward fifth precinct, microfilm series M653, film 1151, pages 302-303 = 204 handwritten]
line3738394012
Dwelling number1454     
Family number1657     
NameJoseph CartledgeMary A "Silas "James "Rebecca CartledgeBridgit Newgent
Age525019161522
Sexmfmmff
Color      
OccupationMaster Stone Cutter Stone Cutter  Servant
Value of real estate owned      
Value of personal estate      
Place of birthEngland"Penn"PennIreland
Married within year      
Attended school within year    1 
Cannot read & write      
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.      

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 10th ward 28th district, microfilm series M593, film 1395, page 265 = 229 handwritten]
[I did not transcribe the other people at this house, headed by Geo L Ranch]
line2122
Dwelling-house number[1421] 
Family number[1654] 
NameCartledge James- Fannie
Age2725
SexMF
ColorWW
OccupationStone CutterAt home
Real estate value  
Personal estate value  
BirthplacePennPenn
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  
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, New York, Chemung County, Elmira, supervisor's district 9, enumeration district 76, microfilm series T9, film 817, page 381 D = 20 handwritten]
line22232425
street namePennsylvania Avenue
house number352   
dwelling visit #162   
family visit #196   
nameCartlege, James C- Fanny M- Frank C- Percy A
colorWWWW
sexMFMF
age373596
month born if born in year    
relationship wifesonson
single  11
married11  
widowed/divorced    
married during year    
occupationWork in marble factoryKeeping house  
months unemployed    
currently ill?    
blind    
deaf/dumb    
idiotic    
insane    
disabled    
school this year  11
can't read    
can't write    
birthplacePaPaPaNY
father's birthplaceEngN JerseyPaPa
mother's birthplaceEngN JerseyPaPa

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, New York, Chemung County, Elmira, supervisor's district 9, enumeration district 123, page 3]
[line] 34
[house] 204
[family] 235
[name] Cartledge James C
[rank] Private
[company] K
[unit] 6th V.R.C.
[enlistment date] Aug 20 1861
[discharge date] Sept 8 1864
[length of service] 3 years, - months, 8 days
[post office address] 222 Lamare [?] St Do Do [sc. Elmira NY]
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1900 census

[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]
line4647
streetLormore St.
house number222 
dwelling number36 
family number38 
nameCartledge James- Fannie
relationshipheadwife
colorWW
sexMF
birth dateJuly 1844July 1846 [?]
age5654
married?WW
# years married3232
mother of how many children? 3
# of children living 1
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplaceEnglandPennsylvania
mother's birthplaceEnglandNew Jersey
immigration year  
# years in USA  
naturalized citizen?  
occupationgranite letterer 
# months not employed0 
# months in school  
can readyesyes
can writeyesyes
speaks Englishyesyes
owned/rentedR 
free or mortgaged  
farm/houseH 
# of farm schedule  

1910 census

[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]
line7172
streetLormore Street
house nr222 
dwelling nr163 
family nr165 
nameCartledge James C- Fannie M
relationshipHeadWife
sexMF
colorWW
age6664
marital statusM1M1
#years present marriage4343
mother of # children 2
mother of # living children 1
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplaceEng EnglishMaryland
mother's birthplaceEng EnglishNew Jersey
immigrated  
naturalized/alien  
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglish
occupationBook KeeperNone
nature of industry etc.Electrical Co 
employer etc.W 
out of work 15 Apr 1910?No 
# weeks out of work 19096 
can readYesYes
can writeYesYes
school since 1 Sep 09  
owned/rentedR 
owned free or mortagaged  
farm/houseH 
nr on farm schedule  
civil war vet[illegible] 
blind  
deaf & dumb  

1920 census

[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]
line 4445
street[illegible] St
house number55 
dwelling visit number10 
family visit number12 
nameCartledge, James A- Fannie M
relationshipHeadWife
own/rentR 
free/mortgaged (if owned)  
sexMF
raceWW
age at last birthday7674
marital statusMM
year of immigration  
naturalized/alien  
year of naturalization  
attended school since Sept 1919  
can readyesyes
can writeyesyes
birth placePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
native language  
father's birthplaceEnglandIreland
father's native languageEnglishIrish
mother's birthplaceEnglandNew Jersey
mother's native languageEnglish 
can speak EnglishYesYes
occupationSecretaryNone
industry, businessMasonic lodge 
employment statusW 
number of farm schedule  

1930 census

[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]
line818283
street[illegible]
house number728 [could be 928]  
dwelling visit #111  
family visit #118  
nameCartledge Frank C- Cora M- Fannie M
relationHeadWifeMother
owned/rentedR  
value or rent80  
radioR  
farmNo  
sexMFF
colorWWW
age595484
married?MMWd
age 1st marriage2117 
school/college since 9/29NoNoNo
can read & writeYesYesYes
birthplacePennsylvaniaNew YorkPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaNew YorkPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaNew York
native language   
immigration year   
naturalization   
can speak EnglishYesYesYes
occupation:LaborerNoneRetired
industryBottle Factory  
worker classW  
at work yesterdayYes  
unemployment schedule #   
veteran?No  
war   
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 17 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Cartledge James C.
Co. E, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt.
See also V.R.C.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death notice

[Elmire Star-Gazette, 6 March 1924 (source: Ross Johnson)]

Elmira's 'Grand Old Mason,' James C. Cartledge, Is Dead; Writes His Obituary Sketch

"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.


SECRETARY 38 YEARS.

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.


OF LOVABLE CHARACTER

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.


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