91st PA: Samuel H Keen

Samuel H Keen

Before the war

He was born in 1846/47, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, apparently to James Keen and Margaret [unknown family name]. [sources: date: 4 (17 in 1864), 9 (4 in 1850), 10 (15 in 1860). place: 4 (Philadelphia), 9 (NJ) 10 (NJ) parents: 8, 9, 10]

In 1850, he may be the Samuel Keene living in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey. He was living with James and Margaret Keene (presumably his parents), and with James and Frederick (presumably his siblings), along with two others. [source: 9]

In 1860, he may be the Samuel S Keene living in ward 10, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with James and Margaret Keene (apparently his parents), with James, Edward W, George F, and Adde Keene (apparently siblings), along with three others. He had attended school within the year. [source: 10]

When he enlisted, he was a laborer, and was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 4]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 3 inches tall, and had a light complexion, hazel eyes, and brown hair. [source: 4]

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service, at Frankford, Pennsylvania, on 25 February 1864. He was a private in company D. [sources: 1, 4, 11]

He was wounded in action. [source: 1]

He died in the field, in Virginia, on 18 June 1864 of wounds received in action. He was a private, in company D. [sources: 1, 3, 4, 5, 11]

The Record of the Federal Dead lists him as being originally buried on Prince George Road, one-half mile east of Meade Station; other soldiers from this same area were moved to Poplar Grove Cemetery, but most of them are now listed as unknown soldiers at Poplar Grove. [source: 2]

After the war

On 21 July 1864, his mother, Margaret L Keen, applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension. She received $8 per month, retroactive to 18 June 1864, paid at the Philadelphia Pension Agency. [sources: 6, 7, 8]

On 21 November [?] 1873, his sister, Mary H Leo, applied successfully for a pension. [sources: 6, 7, 8]

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) (Samuel H Keen)

2 Poplar Grove Cemetery records (thanks to Elizabeth Dinger-Glisan for the information!) (Henry Keen)

3 company D, register of deaths (Samuel H Keen)

4 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 9 August 2004 (Samuel H Keen)

5 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 29 June 1864 (Private Keen)

6 pension index, by name (Samuel H Keen)

7 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company D (Samuel H Keen)

8 dependent's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, certificate WC 36,428 (Margaret L Keen mother of Samuel H Keen)

9 1850 US census, New Jersey, Essex County, Newark, West Ward, microfilm series M432, film 448, page 359 recto = 717 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Samuel Keene)

10 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 10, microfilm series M653, film 1160, page 775 = 27 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Samuel S Keene)

11 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Samuel H Keen)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1870 US census
no James Keene born ca 1800, NJ (Ancestry index, accessed 2 Nov 2012)
there is a Margaret Kane 70, with Thomas (30), in district 43, ward 15, Philadelphia (2nd enumeration, microfilm series M593, film 1428, page 548 verso)
1880 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 2 Nov 2012)
1890 US census, veterans schedules
Ancestry index (accessed May 2007)
1900 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 2 Nov 2012)
a Samuel Keen, b. Sep 1845, PA, blacksmith can [??], was living at 3302 Haverford Ave, in ward 24, Philadelphia, PA, with his wife Mary and others (FamilySearch)
a Samuel J Kean, b. Mar 1843, NJ, widowed, salesman, was living at 1618 13th St, in ward 26, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with his children Walter and Jennie (FamilySearch)
1910 US census
FamilySearch and Ancestry index (accessed 2 Nov 12)
a Samuel A Keen, 65, b. PA, was living in ward 24, Philadelphia, with his wife Miriam and others (FamilySearch)
a Samuel Kean, 67, b. NJ, was living in ward 20, Philadelphia, with Edward Kroll (34, b. PA) and others (FamilySearch)
1920 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 2 Nov 2012)
1930 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 2 Nov 2012)
Pennsylvania veterans burial cards
Ancestry index (accessed 1 Nov 2012)
applications for headstones for military veterans, 1925-1941
FamilySearch index (accessed 1 Nov 2012)
records of headstones of deceased Union veterans, 1879-1903
FamilySearch index (accessed 1 Nov 2012)
US National Cemetery interment control cards
Ancestry index (accessed 2 Nov 2012)
RootsWeb WorldConnect
searched Samuel Keen (metaphone) died 1864; Samuel Keen (metaphone) mother Margaret; Samuel Keen (metaphone) born 1846 +/-1 PA (accessed 1 Nov 2012)

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Samuel H Keen in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, New Jersey, Essex County, Newark, West Ward, microfilm series M432, film 448, page 359 recto = 717 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is speculative; I have not found any other candidates, and his (apparent) mother's name matches the limited information in the dependent's pension certificate file abtracted below--but note that he is born in New Jersey, not Pennsylvania (as in the ARIAS card [entry 4 above])]
[the closest match I have located in Philadelphia is Samuel Kean, 9, b. Pennsylvania, living in Cedar Ward, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with Thomas and Hannah Kean et al. (p.2 verso = [4] handwritten, FamilySearch)]
line20212223242526
Dwellings visited535      
Families visited782      
NameJames KeeneMargaret "James "Frederick "Samuel "Ann Regan [?]Mary Rock
Age504715642420
SexMFMMMFF
Color       
Occupation of males over 15 yearsnone none    
Real estate owned30.000      
BirthplaceN. Jersey""""Ireland"
Married within year       
Attended school within year  1    
Over 20 & can't read/write     11
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.       

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 10, microfilm series M653, film 1160, page 775 = 27 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is speculative; see the note on the 1850 census entry transcribed above]
line15161718192021222324
Dwelling number169         
Family number189         
NameJames KeeneMargaret KeeneJames KeeneEdward W. KeeneGeorge F. KeeneSamuel S. KeeneAdde KeeneAnn SchlossAgnes Harlurig [?]Jane Whitlock
Age50452421171518251835
SexMFMMMMFFFF
Color          
OccupationGentleman MerchantClerk      
Value of real estate owned11,000         
Value of personal estate2000 4.000       
Place of birthNew Jerseydo"""""Hesse GermanyPrussiaNew Jersey
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 13 July 2014, from Fold3]


Keen Samuel H
Co. D, 91 Pennylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
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GENERAL INDEX CARD.

widow's pension certificate file

[dependent's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, certificate WC 36,428, Margaret L Keen mother of Samuel H Keen]
[abstracted 3 pages from Fold3 (November 2012)]
[21 July 1864]
Margaret L Keen, mother of Samuel H Keen, applied for a pension under the act of 14 July 1862 (p.2)
attorney J E Devitt + Co, Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Agency (p.2)
accepted, and received $8 per month retroactive to 18 June 1864 (p.2)
certificate 36,428, dated 24 December 1864 (p.2)
19 December 1873
consolidated with minors' application 212,427 (p.3)

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