91st PA: John H Fenn

John H Fenn

Before the war

He was born in 1845 (14; 3 (21 in 1863?), 8 (20 in 1861), 13 (15 in 1861)). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (3, 8, 13, 14). He was probably born to Titus Fenn and Nancy [unknown family name] (13).

In 1860, he was living in ward 10, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (13). He was living with Titus and Nancy Fenn (presumably his parents), and with Alfred, Mary, Paul, Charles, and George (presumably his siblings) (13).

When he enlisted, he was a shoemaker, and was living in Philadelphia (3, 8).


When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 3/4 inches tall, had a light complexion, blue eyes, and light hair (3 [5'3/4"], 8 [5'6"]).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service as a private in company K on 7 October 1861, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1, 8 [co K], 17 (co. K)).

He was transferred on 24 December 1861 to company E (1, 9).

He fought in the battle of Gettysburg (6).

He re-enlisted for three years as a veteran volunteer, at Bealton, Virginia, on 24 December 1863 (1, 3, 8 [26 Dec]). He was enlisted by Lieutenant Carpenter, and mustered into service by Lieutenant Swann (3).

He was promoted on 22 October 1864 to corporal, for soldierly conduct in a battle, or for bravery in the field (1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 10).

On 26 January 1865, company E published resolutions mourning the death of sixteen comrades, and sympathizing with their families (11). He was on the committee (11).

On 15 June 1865, he began a furlough, which expired on 30 June 1865 (7).

On 16 June 1865, he was promoted to sergeant effective 1 June 1865 (1, 5, 8).

He returned from his furlough on 1 July 1865 (7).

He mustered out on 10 July 1865 with his company (1, 8). He was a sergeant, in company E (17).

After the war

He married Theresa McKeon (16).

He died on 8 September 1894 (12, 14). He died in Redwood City, California (14). He was buried in Union Cemetery, Redwood City, San Mateo County, California (14).

On 27 March 1896, his widow, Johanna Fenn, successfully applied from Pennsylvania for a pension (12, 15).

On 14 March 1904, his widow, Johanna Theresa Fenn, died (16). On Thursday 17 March 1904, she was buried, in Holy Cross Cemetery (16).


John H Fenn in the 91st PA database


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 list of non-commissioned officers, company E

3 descriptive roll, company E, entry 87 (John H Fenn)

4 special order 101, headquarters, 91st Pennsylvania Infantry, 22 October 1864

5 special order 36, headquarters, 91st Pennsylvania Infantry, 16 June 1865 (John Fenn)

6 Pennsylvania Memorial, 91st Pennsylvania plaque, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (John H Fenn)

7 enlisted men's furloughs (John H Fenn)

8 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 6 May 2004 (John H Fenn)

9 company K, list of men transferred, #4 (John H Fenn)

10 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 23 October 1864 (Privt Fenn [?])

11 'Headquarters company E', Philadelphia Inquirer 26 January 1865 page 5 (John H Fenn)

12 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company E (John H Fenn)

13 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 10, ED, microfilm series M653, film 1160, page 650 = 216 handwritten (John Fenn)

14 Find a grave, memorial 6035266 (created by Diane Reich, added 18 Dec 2001, accessed 14 Dec 2010) (identity is probable, given the date of death on the pension index card) (John H Fenn)

15 pension index, by name (John H Fenn)

16 death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer, Thursday 17 March 1904, page 7 (Johanna Theresa Fenn)

17 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (John H Fenn)

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 10, ED, microfilm series M653, film 1160, page 650 = 216 handwritten]
[identification is likely, since (1) his father's and brother's occupations match his occupation at enlistment]
Dwelling number1125       
Family number1508       
NameTitus FennNancy "Alfred "Mary "John "Paul "Chas "Geo "
OccupationShoemaker "     
Value of real estate owned        
Value of personal estate300       
Place of birthEnglandNJPa"""""
Married within year        
Attended school within year     11 
Cannot read & write        
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.        

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 3 Apr 2014, from Fold3]

Fenn John H
Co. K E, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Sgt
See also [blank]


death notice, spouse

[death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer, Thursday 17 March 1904, page 7]
[transcribed 8 February 2014, from GenealogyBank]

FENN.--On March 14, 1904, JOHANNA THERESA, wife of the late John H. Fenn (nee McKeon)]. Relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, on Thursday, at 8 A M., from the residence of her father, James J McKeon, 1908 S 15th st. Solemn requiem mass at the Church of St Thomas Aquinas, at 9.30 o'clock. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery.

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