91st PA: William Tinney

William Tinney

Before the war

He was born in 1825/26 (3 (35 in 1861), 4 (35 in 1861), 5 (38 in 1863), 8 (65 at death in 1889), 9 (57 in 1880)). He was born in Donagaul, Ireland (4, 5, 8, 9).

When he enlisted, he was a laborer, and was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (3, 4, 5).


When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 9 inches tall, and had a light complexion, blue eyes, and light hair (3 [5'4-1/2"], 4 [5'9"], 5 [5'9"]).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 23 September 1861 (1, 3 [23 Oct 61], 4). He was enlisted for three years, by Captain Sinex (3, 4). He was mustered in as a private, in company D, by Captain Dye (1, 3, 4, 10).

He was wounded on 13 December 1862 at Fredericksburg, Virginia (1, 3).

He fought at the Battle of Gettysburg (6).

He reenlisted as a veteran volunteer, on 24 December 1863, at Bealton, Virginia (1, 3, 5 [26 Dec]). He was reenlisted for three years, at Bealton, Virginia, by Lieutenant Swan (5).

On 29 November 1864, he was released from arrest and returned to duty (2). George Justice, who was released by the same order, was apparently tried by regimental court martial; perhaps Tinney was also.

He mustered out with his company on 10 July 1865 (1, 3). He was a private, in company D (10).

After the war

In 1880, he was living at 2017 South Tenth Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (9). He was living with his son Hugh, Hugh's family, and his son Andrew and a servant (9). He was a laborer (9). He was widowed (9).

On 29 March 1889, he died, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, of general dropsy from organic valvular disease of the heart (7, 8). He was widowed (8). He died at, or was buried from, 2029 South 10th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (8). The funeral was held on Tuesday 2 April 1889, from 2029 South Tenth Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the residence of his son Hugh Tinney (7, 8). He was buried at Mount Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (7, 8).


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 special order 114, HQ 91st PA, 29 November 1864

3 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 4 July 2004 (William Tinney; roll has 'Tenney')

4 company D, descriptive roll, entry 26 (William Tinney)

5 company D, [second] descriptive roll, entry 63 (William Tinney)

6 Pennsylvania Memorial, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (William Tinney)

7 death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 1 April 1889, page 5 (William Tinney)

8 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 29 March 1889 (William Tinney)

9 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 23, microfilm series T9, film 1167, page 361 = 22 B handwritten (William Tinney)

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

pension index, by name
Ancestry index (accessed Apr 07)

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 23, microfilm series T9, film 1167, page 361 = 22 B handwritten]
street nameSouth Tenth Street
house number2017        
dwelling visit #191        
family visit #206        
nameTinney, Hugh" Mary" Rebecca" Mary C." Hugh, Jr." Elizabeth" William" AndrewMcVay, Mary
age3228 [?]9632/12572523
month born if born in year     May   
relationship WifedaughterdaughtersondaughterFatherbrotherservant
single  1111 11
widowed/divorced      1  
married during year         
occupationHucksterKeeping house At school  LaborerHucksterServant
months unemployed         
currently ill?         
school this year   1     
can't read         
can't write         
father's birthplaceIrelandIrelandPhiladaPhiladaPhiladaPhiladaIrelandIrelandPhilada
[the "mother's birthplace" column is very light and almost illegible]
mother's birthplaceIreIre [?]PhilPhilPhilPhilIrelandIrelandPhila

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 27 April 2015, from Fold3]

Tinney William
Co. D, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]


death notice

[Philadelphia Inquirer, 1 April 1889, page 5]

TINNEY.--On March 29, 1889, William Tinney, aged 65 years. The relatives and friends, also Admiral Dupont Post, No. 24, G.A.R., and Survivors of Ninety-first Pennsylvania Volunteers, are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, on Tuesday afternoon, at 1 o'clock, from the residence of his son, Hugh Tinney, 2029 South Tenth street. To proced [sic] to Mount Moriah Cemetery.

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 29 March 1889, William Tinney]
[thanks to Ed McLaughlin for finding this!]

1. Name of Deceased, William Tinney
2. Color, White
3. Sex, Male
4. Age, 65 years
5. Widowed
6. Date of Death, March 29 /89
7. Cause of Death, General Dropsy From Organic Valvular Disease of the Heart
James Sumpan [?] M.D.
Residence, SE Cor. 8th + Pine Sts

8. Occupation, [blank]
9. Place of Birth, Ireland
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 1st
12. Street and Number, 2029 So 10
13. Date of Burial, April 2d 1889
14. Place of Burial, Mt Mor Cem
D. H. Kollock Undertaker.
Residence, 706 So 2d St

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