91st PA: Joseph Summers (or Sommers)

Joseph Summers (or Sommers)

Before the war

He was born in 1842/43 (2 (21 in 1864), 5 (67 in 1910)). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2).

When he enlisted, he was a tinsmith (2).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 5 inches tall, and had a light complexion, grey eyes, and light hair (2).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 10 February 1864 (1, 2, 3). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Lieutenant Shipley (2). He was mustered in service by Lieutenant Burke (2). He was a private in company D (1, 9-11).

He entered Emory Hospital on 19 March 1865 (2). His descriptive list was sent to Campbell US Hospital on 30 May 1865 (2).

He was discharged on general order on 24 June 1865 (1, 3). He was a private, in company D (9-11).

After the war

On 13 April 1889, he successfully applied for a pension from Pennsylvania (6, 7).

In 1890, he was living at 254 South 12th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (3, 4). He had contracted lumbago and a hernia while he was in the army (3). The city directory lists no occupation for him (4).

On 8 February 1910, he died (5). The funeral was held Sunday at 2903 West Allegheny Avenue (his late residence) (5). Members of Greble Post, number 10, GAR were invited to attend (5). He was buried at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania (5, 8).

On 26 February 1910, Henrietta Somers, his widow, successfully applied for a pension from Pennsylvania (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) (Joseph Summers)

2 company D, second descriptive roll, entry 59 (Joseph Sommers)

3 1890 US census, veterans schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 158, page 1 [sic, actually 2] (image 1160 on Ancestry), line 15 (Joseph Somers)

4 1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory (Joseph Sommers)

5 [death notice], Philadelphia Inquirer, 10 February 1910, page 13 (Joseph Somers)

6 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company D (Joseph Somers)

7 pension index, by name (Joseph Somers)

8 Find a grave, memorial 35857776, created by Margaret Orthodox, added 14 Apr 2009 (accessed 10 June 2012) (Joseph Summers)

9 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Joseph Sommers)

10 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Joseph Sumers)

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

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 158, page 1 [sic, actually 2] (image 1160 on Ancestry), line 15]
[identification is confirmed by reference to his service in the 91st]

[line] 15
[house] 51
[family] 66
[name] Somers Joseph
[rank] Private
[company] D
[unit] 91 Pa Reg
[enlistment date] Feb 10 Jan 1864
[discharge date] 24 June 1865
[length of service] - years, 18 months,. - days
[post office address] 254 South 12th St. Phila
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] Contracted Lumbago + Hernia while in service

1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory

[searched transcription on Ancestry, February 2005]
Joseph Sommers, [blank], h 254 S 12th
William Shockney, carpenter, h 254 S 12th
Robert Mitchel, cabinetmkr, h do.

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 14 April 2015, from Fold3]


Sommers, Joseph
Co. D, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Summers, Joseph

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 24 Apr 15]

Sumers Joseph
Co. D, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Summers Joseph

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 3, transcribed 24 Apr 15]

Summers Joseph
Co. D, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death notice

[Philadelphia Inquirer, 10 February 1910, page 13]

SOMERS.--On February 8, 1910, JOSEPH SOMERS, aged 67 years. Relatives and friends, also Greble Post, No 10, GAR, and Co D, 91st Regiment, PV, are invited to attend funeral services, on Sunday, at 2.30 PM, at his late residence, 2903 W Allegheny ave. Interment, Laurel Hill Cemetery.


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