91st PA: James O'Kain

James O'Kain

Before the war

He was born in 1824/25 (or 1831/32) (4 (30 in 1862), 5 [45 in ?1872], [45 in 1870]). He was born in Derry, Ireland (4, 5 [Pennsylvania], 6 [PA]).

When he enlisted, he was a coachma[ker?] (4).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 5 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, hazel eyes, and black hair (4).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 23 January 1862 (1, 4, 6). He was enlisted for three years, at Washington, DC, by Lieutenant Murphy (4, 6 [Philadelphia PA]). He was a private in company I (1, 6, 7-10).

He was detailed in the Provost Guard, Harrisburg Pennsylvania, by an order dated 25 March 1863 (2). He was still there on 13 June 1863 (2).

He was discharged on 9 March 1865, when his term of service expired (1, 3 ["dropped as discharged"], 4, 6). He had served for thirty-eight months (5). He was a private, in company I (7-10).

After the war

He lived in Philadelphia after the war (6).

On 16 July 1870, he was admitted to the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (5). He had a disease of the brain, but was not receiving a pension (5). The Home register reports that "his mind is impaired and he is subject to fits"--"so impaired as to prevent him from understanding an oath" (6). He was a laborer (6). He was single (6).

He died on 7 June 1872, at the Central Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (5, 6). He died of apoplexy (6).

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) (James O'Kain)

2 letter, 13 June 1863, Sinex to Marvin (James O Kane)

3 company I, register of men discharged (James O Kain [?])

4 company I, descriptive roll, #26 (James O Kain)

5 Annual report of the Board of Managers of the National Soldiers Home, 30 December 1882 [for the fiscal year ending 30 June 1882]. Serial Set volume 2115, session volume 1, 47th Congress, 2nd Session, House Miscellaneous Document 13, page 378 (James O'Kane [sic])

6 US National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938, Dayton, Registers, O, transcribed from Ancestry, February 2011, image 59 of 1118 (James O'Kane)

7 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (James O Kain)

8 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (James O Kane)

9 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (James O'Kane)

10 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (James O'Kain)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

pension index by name
Ancestry index (accessed May 2006)
1890 US census, veterans schedules
Ancestry's index (accessed May 2006)

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 2 July 2014, from Fold3]


Kain James O.
Co. I, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
O'Kain James

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 2 July 2014]

Kane James O.
Co. I, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
O'Kain James

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 3, transcribed 10 February 2015]

O'Kane James
Co. I, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
O'Kain James

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 4, transcribed 15 February 15]

O'Kain James
Co. I, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

Register of the National Military Home

[US National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938, Dayton, Registers, O, transcribed from Ancestry, February 2011, image 59 of 1118]

3349
James O'Kane

MILITARY HISTORY
Time and Place of Each Enlistment.Jany 23. 1862
Philada Pa
Company and Regiment.I 91st Penn Volunteers
Time and Place of Discharge.March 9. 1865
Philada Pa
Cause of Discharge.Ex of service
Kind and Degree of Disabilityhis mind is impaired and he is subject to fits
When and Where Contracted 


DOMESTIC HISTORY
Where Born.Penna Philada
Age.45
Residence after Discharge.Philada Pa
Occupation.Laborer
Social Condition.Single
Number and Kind of Relatives Requiring his Assistance. 
P.O. Address of Family or Nearest Relative 


HOME HISTORY.
Rate of Pension.Date of Admission Re-Admission and Transfer.Condition of Re-admission.Date of Discharge and Transfer.Cause of Discharge.Date of Death.Cause of Death.
  July 16. 1870 his mind so impaired as to prevent him from understand. an oath   June 7. 1872
A-11 Grave #51
Appoplexy [sic]

GENERAL REMARKS  

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