91st PA: Alexander Laird

Alexander Laird

Before the war

He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (5, 8, 9, 11). He was born in 1836/37 (3 (24 in 1861), 5, 8 [19 in 1850], 9 [26 in 1860], 11 [26 at death in 1870]).

In 1850, he was living in ward 4, Southwark, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (8). He was living with Francis and Susan Laird (presumably his parents) and with others (8). He was a paperhanger (8).

In 1860, he was living in ward 2, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (9). He was living with Susan Laird (presumably his mother), and with others (presumably siblings) (9). He was a paper hanger (9). The census records him as having been married within the year, but no one who could be his spouse is living with them (9).

When he enlisted, he was a paper [rest illegible] (5).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 5-1/2 inches tall, and had a light complexion, blue eyes, and auburn hair (5).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 13 November 1861 (1, 2, 3, 5). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Captain Casner (3, 5). He was mustered in as a private in company H, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Lieutenant Morris Kayser (1, 3, 5, 13 (co.A)).

He was transferred on 4 December 1861 to company K (1, 2, 3).

He was discharged at Alexandria, Virginia, on 18 August 1862 on surgeon's certificate of disability (1, 2, 3, 4). He was a private (13 [co. H]).

After the war

Probably in fall 1868, he was living at 836 South Front Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (10). George B Laird, a plumber (and presumably his brother), was also living there (10). Susan Laird, widow of Francis (presumably his mother), was living at the corner of South Front Street and Beck (10). He was a paperhanger (10).

On 9 May 1870, he died, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, of consumption (11, 12 [7 May]). He died at, or was buried from, 539 Washington Street, his mother's residence (11, 12). He was single (11). He was a paperhanger (11). On 10 May 1870, he was buried at Lafayette Cemetery (11).

On 9 August 1871, his mother, Susanna Laird, successfully applied for a pension (6, 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) (Alexander Laird)

2 company H, register of men transferred (Alexander Laird)

3 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 13 March 2005 (Alexander Laird)

4 company K, register of men discharged, #7 (Alexander Laird)

5 company K, descriptive roll (Alexander Laird)

6 pension index, by name (Alexander Laird)

7 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company K (Alexander Laird)

8 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Southwark, ward 4, microfilm series M432, film 822, page 332 verso = 700 handwritten (Alexr Laird)

9 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 2, microfilm series M653, film 1152, page 530 = 164 handwritten (Alexander Laird)

10 1869 Gopsill's Philadelphia city directory, page 869 (Alexander Laird)

11 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 9 May 1870 (Alexander Laird)

12 death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 10 May 1870, page 5 (Alexander Laird)

13 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Alexander Laird)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1890 US census, veterans schedule
Ancestry index (accessed May 2007)

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 18 September 2014, from Fold3]


Laird Alexander
Co. A H, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Southwark, ward 4, microfilm series M432, film 822, page 332 verso = 700 handwritten]
line151617181920212223242526
Dwellings visited1308           
Families visited1512           
NameFrancis LairdSusan "Wm J "Alexr "Thomas "Francis "Elizb "Adeline "George "Albina "Emma GiletteRobert E. Laird
Age4537211916141712108235
SexMFMMMMFFMFFM
Color            
Occupation of males over 15 yearsPrison keeper ClerkPaperhangerPlumber       
Real estate owned$800           
BirthplaceIrelandPenna""""""""""
Married within year            
Attended school within year     11111 1
Over 20 & can't read/write            
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.            

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 2, microfilm series M653, film 1152, page 530 = 164 handwritten]
line345678
Dwelling number1155     
Family number1260     
NameSusan LairdAlexander "Francis "George "Adalade "Alvina "
Age462624212016
Sexfmmmff
Color      
Occupation Paper HangerUpholstererPlumberSaleswoman 
Value of real estate owned400     
Value of personal estate300     
Place of birthdo [sc. Pa]"""""
Married within year 1 [sic]    
[Alexander's line is the only one marked]
Attended school within year      
Cannot read & write      
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.      

city directories

[1869 Gopsill's Philadelphia city directory, page 869]
[this is the only Alexander Laird; no Laird was at 539 Washington; the only Susan or Susannah is listed below also]

Laird Alexander, paperhanger, h 836 S Front
Laird George B., plumber, h 836 S Front
Laird Susan, wid Francis, h S Front c Beck

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 9 May 1870, Alexander Laird]
RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, Alexander Laird
2. Color, White
3. Sex, Male
4. Age, 26 Years
5. Single
6. Date of Death, May 9th 1870
7. Cause of Death, Consumption
J Henley M.D.
Residence, 334 Carham [?] L
UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, Paper hanger
9. Place of Birth, Phila
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 2nd
12. Street and Number, 539 Washington
13. Date of Burial, May 10 /70
14. Place of Burial, Lafayette Cemty
D R Bowen Son Undertaker.
Residence, 815 So 2 St

death notice

[death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 10 May 1870, page 5, Alexander Laird]

LAIRD--On the 7th inst, ALEXANDER LAIRD.

The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, from the residence of his mother, No 539 Washington avenue, this (Tuesday) afternoon, at 4 o'clock.


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