91st PA: Stephen Godfrey

Stephen Godfrey

Note

Although the company A descriptive book has two entries, with no hint that they are the same person, the 20 [?] February 1865 consolidated morning report (13) makes clear Godfrey mustered out and then reenlisted.

Before the war

He was born in 1837/38 (5 (23 in 1861), 9 [43 in 1880], 10 [32 in 1870], 11 [23 in 1860], 12 [25 in 1865], 16 [41 at death in 1880]). He was born in France (5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16).

In 1860, he was living in the 19th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (11). He was a laborer, and owned $200 in personal property (11). He was living with his wife Ellen (11).

His brother Amos Godfrey also served in the 91st; their sister Phillipine, married William Knapp (15).

When he enlisted, he was a cabinet maker (5, 12).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 8 inches tall, and had a light complexion, grey eyes, and light hair (5, 12).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 17 September 1861 (1, 5). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia Pennsylvania, by Captain Smith (5). He served as a private in company A (1).

Starting 10 February 1863, he was absent on furlough for ten days (3). He had returned to the regiment on 22 February 1863 (4).

He was sent to the Fairfax Seminary Hospital, in Alexandria, Virginia, on 17 June 1863, with sore feet (2). He had not returned by 8 September 1863 (2).

He mustered out on 30 September 1864, when his term expired (1, 5).

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 25 January 1865 (1) or 26 January 1865 (12). He was enlisted for one year, at Norristown, Pennsylvania, by Captain Yerkes (12). He was a private in company A (1, 17, 18).

He mustered out with his company on 10 July 1865 (1). He was a private, in company A (17, 18).

After the war

In 1870, he was living in the 19th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (10). He was 32 years old, born in France, and was a railroad laborer (10). He owned $400 in personal property (10). He was living with three people (10):

In 1880, Stephen Godfrey was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (9). He worked in a boiler works (9). He was living with his wife Ellen (9).

He died on 4 October 1880, at 825 Richmond Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, of heart disease (4, 14, 16). He was buried in the Palmer Burial Ground (16).

His widow, Ellen Godfrey, applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension on 17 or 18 July 1890 (6, 8).

In 1890, his widow Ellen Godfrey was living at 707 Richmond Street, Philadelphia (7).

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 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 8 September 1863

3 consolidated morning report, 10 February 1863

4 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 22 February 1683

5 company A descriptive roll, entry 20 (Stephen Godfrey)

6 pension index, by regiment (Stephen Godfrey)

7 1890 US census, veterans schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 354, page 2 (image 757 on Ancestry), line 18 (Steven Godfrie)

8 pension index, by name (searched on Ancestry, Dec 2004) (Stephen Godfrey)

9 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 333, microfilm series T9, film 1177, page 112 = 11C handwritten (Stephen Godfrey)

10 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 19th ward, district 57, page 305 handwritten = page 153 stamped, lines 30-33 (Stephen Godfry)

11 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 19th ward, microfilm series M653, film 1169, page 239 = 239 handwritten (Stepn Godfrey)

12 company A descriptive roll, entry 187 (Stephen Godfrey)

13 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 19 [sc. 20] February 1865 (Godfrey)

14 'Investigating Sudden Deaths'. Philadelphia Inquirer 6 October 1880, page 2 (Stephen Godfrey)

15 e-mail, Sue Chiaverini, 16 January 2007

16 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 4 October 1880 (Stephen Godfrey)

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

18 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Stephen Godfry)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

Rootsweb WorldConnect
accessed June 2007

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 19th ward, microfilm series M653, film 1169, page 239 = 239 handwritten]
[I did not transcribe the other family at this residence, headed by Sarah Sawles]
line1314
Dwelling number[1714] 
Family number1925 
NameStepn GodfreyEllen
Age2322
Sexmf
Color  
OccupationLabr 
Value of real estate owned  
Value of personal estate200 
Place of birthFrancePa
Married within year  
Attended school within year  
Cannot read & write  
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.  

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 19th ward, district 57, page 305 handwritten = page 153 stamped]
[line]30313233
Dwelling-house number2011   
Family number3245   
NameGodfry Stephen__ Ellen__ Mary__ William
Age323093
SexMFFM
ColorWWWW
OccupationR. R. LaborerKeeping houseAttending school__
Real estate value    
Personal estate value400   
BirthplaceFrancePennaPennaPenna
Father foreign born1111
Mother foreign born11  
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, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 333, microfilm series T9, film 1177, page 112 = 11C handwritten]
line1213
street nameAlberts Ave
house number6 
dwelling visit #104 
family visit #113 
nameGodfrey Stephen- Ellen
colorWW
sexMF
age43 [?]42
month born if born in year  
relationship Wife
single  
married11
widowed/divorced  
married during year  
occupationWork in Boiler WorksKeeping House
months unemployed  
currently ill?  
blind  
deaf/dumb  
idiotic  
insane  
disabled  
school this year  
can't read 1
can't write 1
birthplaceFrancePenna
father's birthplaceFranceIreland
mother's birthplaceFranceIreland

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 354, page 2 (image 757 on Ancestry), line 18]
[line] 18
[house] 82
[family] 87
[name] Ellen widow of Steven Godfrie
[rank] Private
[company] A
[unit] 91 Pen inf
[enlistment date] = = 1861
[discharge date] = = 1864
[length of service] 3 years, 0 months, 0 days
[post office address] 707 Do [sc. Richmond St Phila]
[disability incurred] 0
[remarks] 0
[also at this address: James Mooney, Charles Taylor]

1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory

[searched transcription on Ancestry, February 2005. could not find her, but James Mooney and others were at 707 Richmond St, including Margaret Mooney boarding]

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 25 Apr 2014, from Fold3]


Godfrey, Stephen
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 25 April 2014]

Godfry, Stephen
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Godfrey, Stephen

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

coroner's report

[Philadelphia Inquirer 6 October 1880, page 2]

Investigating Sudden Deaths'. [... various inquest results omitted]

In the case of Stephen Godfrey, aged forty-one, who died suddenly yesterday morning, at No. 825 Richmond street, it was shown that death resulted from heart disease, and a verdict to that effect was returned.

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 4 October 1880, Stephen Godfrey]
[source: www.familysearch.org]

RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA,
CORONER'S CERTIFICATE
1. Name of Deceased, Stephen Godfrey
2. Colour, white
3. Sex, male
4. Age, 41 Yrs
5. Married
6. Date of Death, Oct 4, 1880
7. Cause of Death, Heart Disease
Saml H Ashbridge Dept Coroner
UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, [blank]
9. Place of Birth, France
10. When a Minor [blank]
11. Ward, 18th
12. Street and Number, 825 Richmond St.
13. Date of Burial, October 6
14. Place of Burial, Palmer Ground
Bacon + Lidlow [?] Undertaker.
Residence, 245 + 341 Richmond St.

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