91st PA: David Hewitt

David Hewitt

Before the war

He was born in 1837/39, in Trenton, New Jersey. [sources: date: 3 (25 in 1864), 9 (22 in 1860), 13 (11 in 1850). place: 3, 9, 13]

In 1850, he was living in Cedar Ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with James and Mary Huette (presumably his parents), and with Sarah and Elizabeth (presumably his siblings), and with David Barber. He had attended school within the year. [source: 13]

On 24 December 1858, he married Elizabeth Dixey, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They were married by Reverand B R Loxley, of the First Baptist Church. She was born in 1836/37, in Pennsylvania. They had three children:

[sources: 10, 12]

In 1860, he was living in ward 1, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with Elizabeth Hewitt (presumably his wife), and Robert J Hewitt (presumably their son). He was a brickmaker [?]. [source: 9]

When he enlisted, he was a carter. [source: 3]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 5 inches tall, had a dark complexion, brown eyes, and brown hair. [source: 3]

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service as a recruit, for three years, on 4 February 1864, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was enlisted by Lieutenant Shipley, and mustered into service by Lieutenant Burke. He was a private in company E. [sources: 1, 3, 14, 15]

He died on 14 May 1864 of wounds received at Spottsylvania Court House, Virginia. He was shot in the right thigh while charging the Gault house. He was a private, in company E. [sources: 1 (killed in action), 2, 3 (killed in action), 4 (killed in action), 5, 10, 14, 15]

On 26 January 1865, company E published resolutions mourning his death (and fifteen others), and sympathizing with their families. [source: 6]

After the war

On 16 March 1865, his widow, Elizabeth Hewitt, applied successfully for a pension. Her post-office address was 1175 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 7, 8, 10]

On 28 July 1865, her application was accepted, retroactive to 14 May 1864. [source: 10]

On 11 July 1866, his child David died, of inflammation of the lungs. On 12 July 1866, he was buried, at Lafayette Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 11]

On 15 January 1867, his widow, Elizabeth Hewitt, applied for an increase in pension because of her two children Robert and James. On 1 August 1867, her application was accepted, retroactive to 25 July 1866. [source: 10]

In 1870, she was living in ward 26, Philadelphia Pennsylvania. She was living with her children, with Jacob and Elizabeth Dixey (presumably her parents), and others. She was a finisher in a shawl factory. [source: 12]

On 31 March 1879, Elizabeth Hewett was reported dropped from the pension rolls. She had last been paid through 4 December 1875, at a rate of $12 per month. [source: 10]

On 23 October 1914, Robert Hewitt died, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, of lobar pneumonia. He was a farmer, was widowed, and lived in Hartly, Delaware. On 26 October 1914, he was buried, in Mount Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: Philadelphia death certificate, on FamilySearch (accessed 3 Sep 11)]

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 list of deaths, company E

3 descriptive roll, company E, entry 136 (David Hewitt)

4 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 9 June 1864 (David Hewitt)

5 'The Ninety-first Pennsylvania volunteers', Philadelphia Inquirer 8 June 1864 page 3 (David Hewitt)

6 'Headquarters company E', Philadelphia Inquirer 26 January 1865 page 5 (David Hewitt)

7 pension index, by name (David H Hewitt)

8 pension index, by regiment (David W Hewett)

9 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 1, precinct 10, microfilm series M653, film 1151, page 493 = 319 handwritten (David Hewitt)

10 widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, RG 15, certificate WC52232 (Elizabeth Dixey Hewitt, widow of David W Hewett)

11 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 11 July 1866 (David Hewett)

12 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 26, district 86, microfilm series M593, film 1413, page 274 recto = 23 handwritten (Elizabeth H Hewitt)

13 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Cedar Ward, microfilm series M432, film 812, page 106 = 211 handwritten (David Huette)

14 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (David Hewett)

15 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (David Hewitt)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1880 US census
HeritageQuest index (accessed 3 September 2011)
note that Robert and James are living with Jacob and Elizabeth Dixey (et al.), at 1175 South 13th Street, ward 26, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 550, microfilm series T9, film 1185, page 514 B = 22 handwritten)
1890 US census, veterans' schedules
Ancestry index (accessed 22 May 2007)
1900 US census
HeritageQuest index (accessed 3 September 2011)
1910 US census
HeritageQuest index (accessed 3 September 2011)
1920 US census
HeritageQuest index (accessed 3 September 2011)
1930 US census
Fold3 index
RootsWeb WorldConnect
(accessed 3 September 2011)
Find a grave
checked for Elizabeth and for David (accessed 3 September 2011)
Philadelphia Pennsylvania death certificates
searched for Elizabeth Hewett died 1875-80, on FamilySearch (accessed 3 September 2011)
GenealogyBank
searched for Elizabeth Hewitt or Hewett, 1875-1880, in Philadelphia, Pennsylavnia (accessed 3 September 2011)

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Cedar Ward, microfilm series M432, film 812, page 106 = 211 handwritten]
[identification is uncertain, based only on the absence of other candidates and this David's age and birthplace]
line789101112
Dwellings visited1192     
Families visited1933     
NameJames HuetteMaryDavidSarah EllyElizabethDavid Barber
Age4532119824
SexMFMFFM
Color      
Occupation of males over 15 yearsSeaman    Constable
Real estate owned      
BirthplaceJerseyDelJersey""Penna
Married within year      
Attended school within year  111 
Over 20 & can't read/write      
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.      

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 1, precinct 10, microfilm series M653, film 1151, page 493 = 319 handwritten]
[I did not transcribe the other family at this household, headed by Jacob and Elizabeth Dixey]
line121314
Dwelling number[2125]  
Family number[2454]  
NameDavid HewittElizabeth "Robert J "
Age22228/12
Sexmfm
Color   
OccupationBrickmaker [?]  
Value of real estate owned   
Value of personal estate   
Place of birthN. JerseyPenn"
Married within year   
Attended school within year   
Cannot read & write   
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.   

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 26, district 86, microfilm series M593, film 1413, page 274 recto = 23 handwritten]
[identification is confirmed by the children, and by Jacob and Elizabeth Dixey's surname, making them presumably her parents]
line22232425262728293031
Dwelling-house number143         
Family number163         
NameDixey Jacob- Elizabeth- Emma- MaryHewitt Elizabeth HDixey RachaelHewitt Robert- JamesShutz Henry W- George B
Age704920173312108224/12
SexMFFFFFMMMM
ColorWWWWWWWWWW
OccupationLaborerKeeping houseAt HomeAt HomeFinisher in Shawl FactoryAttending SchoolAttending School Paper hanger 
Real estate value          
Personal estate value$200         
BirthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
Father foreign born          
Mother foreign born          
Birth month if born within year         Feb.
Marriage month if married within year          
Attended school past year     11   
Can't read          
Can't write          
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.          
Male US citizen at least 21 years old1       1 
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...          

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 8 Jun 2014, from Fold3]


Hewett David
Co. E, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Hewitt David

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 8 June 2014]

Hewitt David
Co. E, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

abstract of widow's pension certificate file

[widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, RG 15, certificate WC52232, Elizabeth Dixey Hewitt, widow of David W Hewett]
[abstracted from 24 pages on Fold3, 30 August 2011]
24 December 1858
David W Hewett married Elizabeth Dixey, at Philadelphia, by Rev B R Loxley [from records of First Baptist Church]
3 children: Robert J (born 24 December 1859 [also given as 1860]), James (born 30 August 1861 [also given as 1862]), David (born 13 December 1863) [from her statement]
Robert Hewett, born 24 Dec 1859, baptized May 1860; James Hewett born 30 August 1861, baptized 3 October 1861 [church records]
14 May 1864
David Hewitt, private, company E, killed in action; died same day of wounds received at Spottsylvania Virginia
23 Feb 1865
Elizabeth Hewitt, 26 years old, post office 1175 South 13th St Philadelphia, swore to the relevant facts, with Rachel Chestnut and Margaret Moody witnesses (received 16 March 1865)
16 Mar 1865
Elizabeth Hewett, 1175 S 13th St Philadelphia Pennsylvania, applied for a pension (attorney W N Ashman), application 86,301
23 Mar 1865
Theodore A Hope (at Hatcher's Run Virginia) certified that David W Hewett served in company E, was wounded in action at Spottsylvania Virginia on 14 May 1864, and died that day of those wounds
28 July 1865
Elizabeth Hewett admitted to a pension of $8.00 per month retroactive to 14 May 1864; Stewart Collins and John McConnell appeared to support her claim
15 Jan 1867
Elizabeth Hewett (28, 1175 South 13th St, Philadelphia) applied for an increase in pension (attorney W N Ashman) because of her two children Robert and James
1 Aug 1867
application accepted, retroactive to 25 July 1866, with $2 per month extra for each child
31 March 1879
Elizabeth Hewett reported dropped from pension rolls (widow with two children), last paid at $12 to 4 December 1875

death certificate abstract for David Hewett (child)

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 11 July 1866, David Hewett]
[abstracted 3 September 2011, from Fold3]

David Hewett, died of inflammation of the lungs, 11 July 1866, 1175 South 13th Street, ward 26, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, aged 2 years 7 months, born Philadelphia Pennsylvania to David and Elizabeth W Hewit, buried 12 July 1866, Lafayette, Philadelphia Pennsylvania

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