He was born on 30 September 1827 (11 [Sep 1825], 13; 1 (37 in 1865, 11 (74 in 1900), 12 (83 in 1910), 3 (53 in 1865), 14 (87 at death), 27 (66 in 1893)). He was born in Camden, New Jersey (11, 12, 13, 14, 27). His parents were foreign born (14 [inconsistent with 11 and 12]).
He may be the Wade Lacomb who was living with Henry C Buckman in 1850 (15). They were living in the 2nd ward of Southwark, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania (15). Wade was a waterman (15). Ellen Lacomb (16 years old) was also living with them (15).
Probably in fall 1850, he was living on Simpson's Court, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (9). He was a seaman (9). Henry C Buchanan, a rigger, also lived on Simpson's Court (9 p.50--see the 1850 census entry below for the possible significance of this fact). Henry Buchanan's son Henry served as Sergeant in company C of the 71st Pennsylvania Infantry (which according to some accounts abutted on the 69th Pennsylvania at the wall during the Battle of Gettysburg) (26).
Probably in fall 1853, he was living at 336 S 3rd Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (16). He was a seaman (16).
When he enlisted, he was a sailor (1).
When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 3-1/2 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, blue eyes, and grey hair (1).
Before serving in the 91st, he served in company K of the 28th Pennsylvania infantry (4, 5, 8). He was mustered in on 20 July 1861 (5, 6, 27).
On 17 September 1862, at Antietam, a caisson ran over him (27).
He was discharged from the 28th Pennsylvania Infantry on surgeon's certificate of disability on 11 June 1864 (5, 6, 27). He was an orderly sergeant then (6).
He also served in the 147th Pennsylvania Infantry; he was not assigned to a company (4, 8).
He applied successfully for a pension on 6 September 1864 (4, 8).
Probably in fall 1864, he was living at 529 Washington Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (17). He was a sailor (17).
He enlisted and was mustered into service for one year, as a substitute, on 29 March 1865, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1, 2, 6, 8). He was enlisted and mustered into service by Captain Parmer (2). He was a private in company E (1, 28).
He was discharged by War Department general order, at Campbell USA General Hospital, Washington DC, on 2 June 1865, because he admitted being 53 years old (1, 3, 6 [10 June], 8). He was a private, in company E (28).
After the war, he lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (27).
Probably in fall 1869, he was living at 1149 South 8th Street (18). He worked in [presumably sold] fruit (18).
Probably in fall 1870, he was living at 1149 South 8th Street (19). He worked in [presumably sold] fruit (19).
Probably in fall 1880, he was living at 524 Worth Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (20). He worked in oysters, at 402 South 10th Street (20).
Probably in fall 1881, he was living at 740 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (21). He worked in (presumably sold) segars (21).
Probably in fall 1886, he was living at 1420 South 12th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (22). He was a laborer (22).
Probably in fall 1888, he was livnig at 222 Godfrey Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (23). The city directory lists no occupation for him (23).
Probably in fall 1889, he was living at 1528 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (24). He worked in oysters (24).
In 1890, he was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (6). He had been wounded by a shell (6).
Probably in fall 1892, he was living at 133 Morris Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (25). He was a mariner (25).
On 22 August 1893, he was admitted, to the Southern Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (27). He was 5 feet 4-3/4 inches tall, and had a light complexion, blue eyes, and gray hair (27). He was a protestant (27). He was a seaman (27). He was widowed (27).
On 2 November 1894, he married Elizabeth Russell, in Camden, New Jersey (13).
After he was admitted to the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers at Hampton Virginia, he spent much time with his son and grandchildren in Page County, Virginia (14).
In 1900, he was living in Luray District, Page County, Virginia (11). He was living with his son James W Laconia (11). He was a policeman (11). He was widowed (11).
On 23 February [?] 1907, he again applied for a pension (8).
In 1910, he was living in Luray, Page County, Virginia (12). He was living with his son James W Laconia (12). He was not working (12).
He died on 30 January 1914, in Virginia (8 [1913 sic, Luray], 13 [1914, Luray], 27). He died at the home of his grandson Hubert P Laconia, in Shenandoah City, [Page County,] Virginia (14). He was visiting during the holidays (14). He died of senility (14). He was buried at Antioch Cemetery, "near town" (14). He was survived by one son, James Laconia, of New Jersey (formerly lived near Luray), and grandchildren and greatgrandchildren (14). Both he and his son were Civil War veterans (14). He worked as a policeman for sixteen years, a sailor for eight years, and also worked in oyster packing and had other jobs (14). He was a member of the Methodist church (14). He was receiving a pension of a dollar per day (14).
According to a web page listing veterans of Page County, Virginia, James Wade Laconia served in the 91st Pennsylvania (10). He was born in 1841 in Pennsylvania to Wade LaConia (10). He enlisted in company K of the 28th Pennsylvania Infantry on 20 July 1861 (10). He was discharged for disability on 11 June 1864 (10). He enlisted in the 91st on 29 March 1865, and was discharged on 2 June 1865 (10). This page suggests that the Wade Laconia in the 147th Pennsylvania may be his father Wade LaConia, born 30 September 1827, Camden New Jersey, and died 20 January 1914 (10). James Wade LaConia married Mary Jane Nichols (who apparently nursed him after he suffered from heat stroke while in the 28th Pennsylvania) (10). He moved to Luray about 1873 (10). They had eleven children by 1886 (10). He, his wife, and three children, are buried in Green Hill Cemetery, Luray, Virginia (10).
This is inconsistent with the other data I have. I assume it is incorrect. (Note also that the pension index by regiment, on Footnote, has no James Wade Laconia.) However, the other data is not completely consistent either; in particular, the regiment records claim Laconia was actually 53 years old in 1865, while the other data suggests he is 36 (3).
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 160 (Wade Laconia)
3 company E, register of men discharged, number 48 (Wade Laconia)
4 pension index, by name. (Searched 10 Feb 2001, on Ancestry.) (Wade Laconia)
5 Bates (see #1), p.473 (28th PA Infantry) (Wade Laconia)
6 1890 US census veterans schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 3, page 2 (image 14 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Ancestry)
8 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company E (Wade Laconia)
9 1851 A. M'Elroy's Philadelphia directory, p.234 (Wade Laconia)
10 Union Veteran James Wade LaConia, Sr. (viewed 26 Dec 2008) (James Wade LaConia Sr)
11 1900 US census, Virginia, Page County, Luray district, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 40, microfilm series T623, film 1721, page 144 = 2 B handwritten (Wade Laconia)
12 1910 US census, Virginia, Page County, Luray, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 51, microfilm series T624, film 1640, page 23 = 1 A handwritten (Wade Laconia)
13 Camden County Genealogy 2000 queries (query by Randall E Nicholson) (Wade Laconia)
14 'Death of veteran Wade Laconia', Page News & Courier Friday 6 February 1914, transcribed on Rootsweb (Wade Laconia)
15 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Southwark, ward 2, microfilm series M432, roll 821, page 98 = 199 handwritten (Wade Lacomb) [possible entry; see 9 above, and note that no Lacomb is in the 1850 or 1851 Philadelphia directory] (Thanks to Dan Cashin for referring me to this census entry! [e-mail, 22 December 2008])
16 1854 Philadelphia directory, p.291 (Wade Lacony)
17 1865 Sherman and Co. directory, p.386 (Wade Laconey)
18 1870 directory p.888 (Wade Laconia)
19 1871 Gopsill's directory p.845 (Wade Laconia)
20 1881 Gopsill's directory, p.935 (Wade Laconia)
21 1882 directory, p.888 (Wade Laconia)
22 1887 directory, p.964 (Wade Laconia)
23 1889 directory, p.1019 (Wade Lacony [sic])
24 1890 directory, p.1054 (Wade Laconia)
25 1893 directory, p.1092 (Wade Laconia)
26 e-mail, Dan Cashin to Harry A Ide, 2 April 2009
27 US National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938, Hampton, Registers, M, transcribed from Ancestry, image 1132 of 3948, transcribed February 2011
28 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Wade Laconia)
|Name||Henry C Buckman||Mary do||William do||Henry W do||Catherine R do||Wade Lacomb [sic]||Ellen do|
|Occupation of males over 15 years||Rigger||House Carpenter||Waterman|
|Real estate owned|
|Married within year|
|Attended school within year||1||1|
|Over 20 & can't read/write|
|Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.|
|[unit]||28 P.V.||91 PV|
|[enlistment date]||20 21 July 1861 ['20' is written above '21']||29 Mar 1865|
|[discharge date]||11 10 June 1864 ['11' is written above '10']||10 June 1865|
|[length of service]||2 years, 11 months, [blank] days||[blank] years, 2 months, 12 days|
|[post office address]||1518 " " [sc. S Second St.]|
|[disability incurred]||wounded by shell|
|name||Laconia, James W.||- Mary J.||- Gustavus||- Herbert P.||- Blanche L.||- Wade|
|birth date||Apr 1847||Apr 1846||Sept 1880||Mch 1885||Jan 1886||Sept 1825|
|# years married||33||33|
|mother of how many children?||10|
|# of children living||8|
|father's birthplace||New Jersey||Virginia||Virginia||Virginia||Virginia||New Jersey|
|mother's birthplace||Delaware||Virginia||Virginia||Virginia||Virginia||New Jersey|
|# years in USA|
|occupation||Stone mason||Day laborer||Day laborer||At school||Policeman|
|# months not employed||0||4||6||0|
|# months in school||0||0||5|
|free or mortgaged||F|
|# of farm schedule|
|name||Laconia, James W.||- Joseph A.||- Wade||Saul, Lucy|
|#years present marriage|
|mother of # children|
|mother of # living children|
|father's birthplace||New Jersey||Pennsylvania||New Jersey||Virginia|
|mother's birthplace||Delaware||Virginia||New Jersey||Virginia|
|nature of industry etc.||House||Odd Jobs||Private family|
|out of work 15 Apr 1910?||No||No||No|
|# weeks out of work 1909||24||24||0|
|school since 1 Sep 09|
|owned free or mortagaged||M|
|nr on farm schedule||1|
|civil war vet||UA||UA|
|deaf & dumb|
|Time and Place of Each Enlistment.||July 20" 1861|
|Company and Regiment.||K 28 Pa Inf|
Cert No 181603
|Time and Place of Discharge.||June 11" 1864|
|Cause of Discharge.||Disability|
|Kind and Degree of Disability.||Run over by a caisson at Antietam Sept 17" 1862|
|When and Where Contracted.||Antietam Md|
Sept 17 1862
|Where Born.||Camden N.J.|
|Color of Eyes.||blue|
|Color of Hair.||Gray|
|Read and write.||Yes|
|Residence Subsequent to Discharge.||Phila Pa|
|Married or Single.||Widower|
|Name and Address of Nearest Relative.||John H. Hall|
|Rate of Pension.||Date of Admission.||Condition of Readmission.||Date of Discharge.||Cause of Discharge.||Date of Death.||Cause of Death.|
[the first three entries above are crossed out]
|August 22" 1893||Jan 30. 1914|
Turay [?] Va.
|Admission Paper||1 Genl Wm J Sewell|
|Army Discharge||1 K 28 Pa Inf|
|Certificate of Service||-|
|Labor, Money||None||$||[curly brace linking these four lines, followed by:] None|
|Personal, Appraised at||$||sold $|
|How disposed of,|