91st PA: John Walton

John Walton

Note

Perhaps he is the John Walton in Bates who enlisted on 14 October 1861, and served in company B.

Before the war

He was born in 1825/26, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, perhaps to John and Maria Walton. [sources: date: 3 (35 in 1861), 5 (37 in 1863), 7 (37 in 1863), 10 (36 in 1861), 11 (24 in 1850). place: 5, 10, 11. parents: 11 (?)]

In 1850, he may be the John Walton living with John and Maria Walton (apparently his parents), along with Richard, Albert, and Sarah (perhaps siblings, though Sarah could easily be his sister-in-law). They were living in ward 2, Moyamensing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. If so, he was a druggist. [source: 11]

On 31 January 1856, he married Elizabeth Thompson. She was born in 1830/31, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They were married by John Alexander Roche. They had two known children:

[sources: 10, 15]

In 1860, he was living in ward 14, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Elizabeth, their children William H and Hannah, with Charlotte Walton, and with Margaret and Mary Comly. He was apparently not working. [source: 12]

When he enlisted, he was a warehouseman. [source: 10]

Description

When he enlisted, he was a 5 feet 6 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, dark eyes, and black hair. [source: 10]

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 4 October 1861. He was mustered in as a private, in company D. [sources: 1, 3, 10 (14 Oct), 17]

He was discharged on surgeon's certificate of disability either on 27 December 1863 or on 1 February 1863. He had been unfit for duty twentyfour days in the last two months, and was 'unable to march and entirely unfit for Service'. Captain Joseph Sinex (commanding the regiment) signed the certificate on 30 January 1863, at Camp near Falmouth, Virginia. The regiment seems to have learned about his discharge on 7 February 1863. He was a private. [source: 1 (27 Dec), 2 (1 Feb), 3 (27 Dec), 10 (7 Feb), 14 (served in co.D and co.B)

After the war

He died on 16 February 1863, at the Home of the Sanitary Commission, in Washington DC, of chronic diarrhea. He was married, and was a soldier. He was buried from his family's residence, 1126 Olive Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Probably in fall 1862, JD Walton, a druggist, was living at 1126 Olive.) He was buried on 19 February 1863, in Philadelphia. [sources: 5 (chronic diarrhea), 7 (of disease), 8, 10 (chronic diarrhea)]

On 27 February 1863, Elizabeth Walton, his widow, applied successfully for a pension from Pennsylvania, under the Act of 14 July 1862. Her post office address was 1126 Olive Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her application was approved on 16 July 1863; she initially received $8 per month, retroactive to 16 February 1863. [sources: 4, 9]

On 24 September 1866, Elizabeth Walton applied for an increase in her pension under the Act of 25 July 1866. Her post office address was 924 Poplar Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her application was approved on 1 August 1867, and she received an additional $2 per month for each child less than 16 years old, retroactive to 25 July 1866. [source: 10]

On 22 September 1867, Elizabeth Walton remarried, to Thomas Kahmar. He was a day laborer, and was born in 1829/30. The marriage was recorded in the 19th Street Methodist Episcopal Church records. They apparently had at least these children:

[sources: 10, 13, 14]

On 15 February 1868, the Orphans' Court of Philadelphia appointed Elizabeth Kahmar guardian of her and John Walton's children William Henry and Hannah M, on $1,200 security. [source: 10]

On 9 March 1868, his remarried widow, Elizabeth Kahman, applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension as guardian of his two minor children, under the Acts of 14 July 1862 and 25 July 1866. (The clerk recorded the birthdates of her children incorrectly, and she had to file another application, on 22 May 1868.) Her post office address was 3915 Story Street, West Philadelphia. Her application was approved, and she received $8 per month, plus $2 per month for each child less than 16 years old, retroactive to 23 September 1867. [sources: 4, 6, 9, 10]

In 1870, his remarried widow, Elizabeth Kahner, was living in ward 24, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was living with her second husband Thomas Kahner, their child George Kahner, and with her and John Walton's children William and Hannah. [source: 13]

On 13 June 1871, Elizabeth Kahmer asked the Pension Office to return John Walton's discharge, care of her attorney (J E Devitt + Company). They sent it on 28 June 1871, but Devitt + Company returned it with a note claiming that it had been sent to them by mistake. On 12 October 1871, she again requested it, and they sent it to her on 12 October 1871. (She also requested her marriage certificate, but they claimed it could not be returned, without explanation.) On 6 March 1875, she asked where his discharge and her marriage certificate were. On 15 May 1875, the Pension Office summarized what had happened, and said they had no information. A memorandum in his file claims:

There has been wretched bungling on the part of this Office in the correspondence about this lost Discharge, or else a great loss of papers from this case. ...

[source: 10]

In 1880, his remarried widow, Elizabeth Kahmer, was living on Merion Avenue, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was living with her (second) husband, Thomas Kahmer, and with George T and Mary E Kahmer (apparently their children). [source: 14]

On 19 July 1883, his widow's second husband, Thomas Kamer, died, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was accidentally killed on the Pennsylvania Railroad. On 22 July 1883, he was buried, in Fernwood Cemetery, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. [source: 16]

On 28 March 1884, his widow, Elizabeth Kahmer, died, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She died of an ovarian tumor (left side). She died at 4648 Merrion Street. On 30 March 1884, she was buried, in Fernwood Cemetery, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. [source: 15]

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)

2 consolidated morning report, 7 February 1863 [reports him in company D]

3 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 10 August 2004 (John Walton)

4 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company D (John Walton)

5 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 16 February 1863 (John Walton)

6 pension index, by name (John Walton)

7 death notice, Public Ledger 19 February 1863 page 2 (John Walton)

8 Biddle and McElroy's city directory, 1863, page 782

9 dependent's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, certificate 3,998 (John Walton)

10 dependent's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, certificate 114,144 (Elizabeth Kahner)

11 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Moyamensing, ward 2, microfilm series M432, film 809, page 312 verso = 622 handwritten = 162 handwritten (John Walton)

12 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 14, division 1, microfilm series M653, film 1164, page 6 = 6 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Jno D Walton)

13 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 24, district 78, page 376 verso = 54 handwritten to 377 recto = 55 handwritten, microfilm series M532, film 1411, FamilySearch) (Elizabeth Kahner)

14 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 513, microfilm series T9, film 433C, page 433 = 15 C handwritten FamilySearch) (Elizabeth Kahmer)

15 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 28 March 1884, (FamilySearch) (Elizabeth Kahmer)

16 death certificate [not transcribed], Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Thomas Kamer, 19 July 1883 (FamilySearch; see also the death register derived from that certificate, at FamilySearch)

17 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (John Walton)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

Find a grave
accessed 26 February 2013
applications for headstones for military veterans, 1925-1941
FamilySearch index (accessed 2 March 2013)
records of headstones of deceased Union veterans, 1879-1903
FamilySearch index (accessed 2 March 2013)
Pennsylvania veterans burial cards
Ancestry index (accessed 2 March 2013)
RootsWeb WorldConnect
searched for John Walton (exact) born 1825 +/- 2, died 1863 (accessed 2 March 2013)
1890 US census, veterans schedules
Ancestry index (accessed 2 March 2013)
1900 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 2 March 2013)
1910 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 2 March 2013)
1920 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 2 March 2013)
1930 US census
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John Walton in the 91st PA database

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 16 February 1863, John Walton]
[note that on image 150 of 1211, the digitized image of most of the form is covered by the note I transcribed below; see image 151 for the full death certificate]
[source: www.familysearch.org (viewed 28 Oct 08)]

[note]
"The home" of the Sanitary Commission.
374 North Capitol St., Washington, D.C.
Feb 17 1863

I hereby certify that John Walton Co D 91 Penn Regt died at this Home last night of Diarrhea [?] and that he had no contagious disease about him.

Age 37 yrs.
[illegible signature]
[illegible word, perhaps 'Insp'?] Home

[CITY OF PHI]LADELPHIA.
[DEATH] CERTIFICATE.
[1. Name,] [blank]
[2. Color,] White
3. [Sex,] Male
4. Age, 37 years
5. Married
6. Date of Death Feby 16 [sic]/ 1863
7. Cause of Death, Chronic Diarrhea
[blank] M.D.
Residence, [blank]
UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE, IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, Soldier
9. Place of Birth, Phila
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 14
12. Street and Number Olive St 1126 [2nd digit unclear]
13. Date of Burial, Feb 19th
14. Place of Burial, Phila
W Burke UNDERTAKER.
Residence, 926 Christian

death notice

[death notice, Public Ledger 19 February 1863 page 2, John Walton]

WALTON.--On the 16th inst., in Washington city, of disease contracted in the army before Fredericksburg, JOHN WALTON, member of Co. D, 91st Regiment P.V., Col. Gregory, aged 37 years.

The relatives and friends of the family, the Provost Guard, and members of the regiment that are now in the city, are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, from the residence of his family, No. 1126 Olive st, above Coates, this (Thursday) afternoon, at 2 o'clock.

death certificate, Elizabeth Kahmer

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 28 March 1884, Elizabeth Kahmer, (FamilySearch)]
[transcribed from FamilySearch, 1 March 2013]

RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, Elizabeth Kahmer
2. Color, White
3. Sex, Fem.
4. Age, 54 yrs
5. Widow
6. Date of Death, 3. 28. 84.
7. Cause of Death, Ovarian Tumor L. Side.
C. F. Goodno M.D.
Residence 3210 Lancaster
UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation
9. Place of Birth, Phila Penna
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 24th
12. Street and Number, 4648 Merrion St
13. Date of Burial, Mar 30th 1884
14. Place of Burial, Fernwood Cemetery
Oliver H Bair Undertaker.
Residence, 41 N 18th St

city directory

[Biddle and McElroy's city directory, 1863, page 782]
[from Footnote, accessed 13 March 2010]

Walton J. D., druggist, 1126 Olive

widow's pension certificate, cross reference

[dependent's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, certificate 3,998, for John Walton]
[abstracted 1 September 2012, from Fold3]
certificate 3,998, Army widow class
consolidated with certificate 114,144, army minor class

widow's pension certificate file

[dependent's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, certificate 114,144, minor child of John Walton]
[abstracted February 2013, from 48 pages on Fold3]
31 January 1856
John Walton married Elizabeth Thompson by John Alexander Roche (minister of the gospel) (pp.8, 13, 56)
two children alive in 1868: William Henry (born 7 December 1856) and Hannah Maria (born 16 October 1858) (pp.4, 8, 19, 20, 36, 40)
William and Hannah were baptized by Rev Samuel W Thomas, recorded in the 12th Street ME Church records (p.20)
14 October 1861
John Walton enlisted by Capt Keyser at Philadelphia, and mustered in as private at Philadelphia in co. D (pp.10, 26)
born in Philadelphia PA, 36 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, dark complexion, black eyes, black hair, occupation warehouse man (p.26)
7 February 1863
discharged on surgeon's certificate of disability (p.10)
unfit for duty 24 days in the last two months; "unable to march and entirely unfit for Service" (dated 27 Jan 1863, Camp near Falmouth VA; signed by Howard W Shipley) (p.26)
the surgeon certified that: "he is suffering an [sic] chronic Diarrhoe [?] by general debility of his whole system, and is under medical treatment since [sic] the last two months" (p.26)
Jos H Sinex (Captain, commanding the regiment) signed the certificate on 30 January 1863, at Camp near Falmouth VA (p.26)
16 February 1863
see death certificate (p.11)
John Walton died in Washington DC in the Sanitary Commission Hospital, of chronic diarrhea contracted in service in the line of duty (pp.4, 8, 46)
27 Feb 1863
Elizabeth Walton applied for a pension under the act of 14 July 1862 (pp.37, 45)
dated 23 Feb 1863 (p.46)
application 13,811 (pp.10, 44)
32 years old; post office address 1126 Olive St, Philadelphia (pp.45, 46)
attorney Jos E Devitt + Co, Philadelphia (p.42)
witnesses W E Walton and S [?] Walton (p.47)
certificate 3998; approved 16 July 1863; certificate dated 18 July 1863; received $8 per month retroactive to 16 Feb 1863 (pp.37, 42, 45)
10 March 1863
the Adjutant General's office informed the Pension Office of the above-summarized information (p.10)
28 October 1863
the Pension Office did something relevant to the Pension Agent ("1863 Oct 28. Pension Agent" [sic])
September 1866
applied for an increase under the act of 25 July 1866 (pp.39, 40)
dated 24 September 1866 (p.40)
Elizabeth Walton, 35 years old, post office address 924 Poplar St, Philadelphia PA (pp.39, 40)
attorney Joseph E Devitt + Co (pp.39, 40)
witnesses Margarett Comly, John S Smith (pp.40-41)
approved 1 August 1867 (p.39)
pension increased by $2 per month for each child < 16 years old, dated 10 August 1867, and retroactive to 25 July 1866 (pp.4, 8, 37, 39)
22 September 1867
Elizabeth Walton (36, of Philadelphia) remarried, to Thomas Kahmar (day laborer, of Philadelphia, 37) (pp.4, 8, 18)
marriage was recorded in the 19th Street ME Church records (p.18)
she was last paid through 4 September 1867 (p.44)
15 February 1868
the Orphans' Court of Philadelphia appointed Elizabeth Kahmar guardian of Wm Henry + Hannah M Walton, on security of $1,200 (p.36)
9 March 1868
Elizabeth Kahmar, resident of Philadelphia, post office address 3915 Story St West Philadelphia PA, 36 years old, applied as guardian of minor children of John Walton for a pension under the acts of 14 July 1862 and 25 July 1866 (p.8)
dated 4 March 1868 (p.8)
application 158,527 (p.22)
attorney Joseph E Devitt & Co (p.8)
witnesses: Mary Smith and John S Smith
4 May 1868
widow's pension certificate file 3,998 was incorporated with application 158,527 (pp.23, 38)
the pension office requested a declaration [for pension] with the proper birthdates alleged (p.23 [see p.6 (20 May 1868) for the response])
20 May 1868
John H Miller (1929 Germantown Ave) swore that he was a clerk, working for Joseph E Devit + Co, prepared the original declaration for pension, and made a clerical error in the dates of birth of the children, giving the years they would be 16 instead of their birth year (p.6)
22 May 1868
Elizabeth Kahmar, guardian of William H Walton and Hannah M Walton, minor children of John Walton (D), applied for a pension under the acts of 14 July 1862 and 25 July 1866 (p.4)
guardian lived at 3915 Story St, Philadelphia PA (p.4)
attorney Jos E Devitt + Co (p.4)
dated 19 May 1868 (p.4)
signed by mark (p.4)
witnesses John S Smith and Mary Smith (residents of Philadelphia) (p.5)
certificate was issued retroactive to 23 September 1867, for $8 plus $2 per month extra for each child under 16 (pp.3, 24)
13 June 1871
Elizabeth Kahmer requested that John Walton's discharge be returned in care of J E Devitt + Co (p.30)
28 June [?] 1871
the Pension Office sent the discharge through JE Devitt + Co to the claimant [?]; "see her order enclosed" (p.24)
12 October 1871
the Pension Office [received?] a letter [from?] Mrs E Kahmer "As to Disch" (p.24)
"Disch[arge] resent to Pens[ione]r. Vouch[er] filed + mem[orandum] made on Certificate of Disability" (p.24)
1 Nov 1871
the Pension Office [received?] a letter [from?] J E Devitt + Co "As to Disch" (p.24)
15 March 1872
the plurality clause was erased, and the pension certificate sent to the pension agent (p.24)
16 September 1873
"no dischg to Guard as above" (p.24)
6 March 1875
Elizabeth Kahmar asked where John Walton's discharge and her marriage certificate were, noting that on 16 September 1873 the Pension Office wrote that they were sent to her at Lancaster Ave above 46 but she never received them (p.32)
her post office address: Lancaster Ave above 46, Philad, in care Dr Balfour Druggist (p.32)
15 May 1875
"Late wid. inf'd that Disch. can not be traced by this Office. Copy inside" (p.24)
the Pension Office wrote her with the following information: on 14 June 1871 a clerk from Jos E Devitt + Co requested the return of John Walton's discharge; it was sent on 28 June 1871 and immediately returned by Devitt + Co, 'with the note that it must have been sent to them by mistake!'; it was sent to her on 25 October 1871, and they had no further information; they claimed that her marriage certificate could not be returned (but did not explain why) (pp.34-35)
memorandum [?] from the Pension Office (pp.28-29):
"There has been wretched bungling on the part of this Office in the correspondence about this lost Discharge, or else a great loss of papers from this case."
"There is no "voucher filed" to show who called for the Disch. the second time, or to which address it was sent on the 25th of Oct., '71, the mem. on the ctf. of disability containing only what is useless and omitting all that would have been useful. From Oct. 12, '71, to Sept. 16, '73, three letters were written on the subject and there is not a scrap of paper filed to show what was said in any of them. After the first transaction, June 23, '71, there is nothing that can give any clue to what was said and done except the incomplete endorsements on the jacket."
"Hickox"
"54"

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Moyamensing, ward 2, microfilm series M432, film 809, page 312 verso = 622 handwritten = 162 handwritten] (FamilySearch)]
[identification is speculative, based only on the name and age and absence of other plausible candidates; note that his occupation matches the occupation of the JD Walton at 1126 Olive in the 1863 city directory]
[the other candidates I have found are unlikely because of their name (#1) or apparent spouses (##2, 3):]
[(1) John Weldon, 20, born Ireland, no occupation, with John McMullin et al. (Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pine Ward, microfilm series M432, film 813, page 306 verso = 78 handwritten = 606 [?] handwritten (FamilySearch))]
[(2) John Walton, 26 born Pennsylvania, dyer, with Jane (27, b.PA) and Henry (2, b.PA) (Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Frankford, microfilm series M432, film 824, page 151 verso = 54 handwritten = 302 handwritten (FamilySearch))]
[(3) John Walton, 28, born Pennsylvania, farmer, with Meribah Walton (23 born New Jersey) et al. including Meribah Comly (65 b. NJ) (Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Byberry, microfilm series M432, film 824, page 123 verso = 246 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[I could not find Charlotte Walton 15 born PA (see the 1860 census transcribed below), though there is a Charlotta Walton 5 living in Solebury Bucks County PA (with Mary 45 etc., but with no John) and a Charlotte C Walton 1 in unincorporated Northern Liberties Philadelphia Pennsylvania with Nicholas (45) and Charlotte (35) Walton et al. (but no John) (accessed FamilySearch and Ancestry indices on 21 February 2013)]
line373839404142
Dwellings visited1139     
Families visited1336     
NameJohn WaltonMaria doRichard doJohn doAlbert doSarah do
Age524830241820
Sexmfmmmf
Colorwwwwww
Occupation of males over 15 yearsPrinter DruggistdoPlumber 
Real estate ownednone     
Birthplacedo [sc. Pennsylvania]dododododo
Married within year      
Attended school within year      
Over 20 & can't read/write      
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.      

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 14, division 1, microfilm series M653, film 1164, page 6 = 6 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is confirmed by the names and ages in the widow's pension certificate file abstracted below]
line1234567
Dwelling number[29]      
Family number41      
NameMarg ComlyMary EEliz WaltonJno DCharlotteWm HHannah
Age30925302532
Sexfffmfmf
Color       
OccupationSempstress      
Value of real estate owned       
Value of personal estate       
Place of birthPenna"""" ""
Married within year       
Attended school within year 1     
Cannot read & write       
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.       

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 24, district 78, page 376 verso = 54 handwritten to 377 recto = 55 handwritten, microfilm series M532, film 1411, FamilySearch)]
[identification is confirmed by the surname and by the Walton children (see the widow's pension certificate file abstracted below)]
line401234
Dwelling-house number396    
Family number396    
NameKahner ThosElizabethGeorgeWalton WmHannah
Age393921311
SexMFMMF
ColorWWWWW
OccupationCar InspectorKeeps House   
Real estate value     
Personal estate value300    
BirthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaPenna
Father foreign born     
Mother foreign born     
Birth month if born within year     
Marriage month if married within year     
Attended school past year   11
Can't read     
Can't write     
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.     
Male US citizen at least 21 years old1    
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...     

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 513, microfilm series T9, film 433C, page 433 = 15 C handwritten FamilySearch)]
[identification is confirmed by the surname; see the note on the 1870 census transcribed above]
line45464748
street nameMerion Avenue
house number    
dwelling visit #136   
family visit #149   
nameKahmer ThosKahmer ElizabethKahmer Geo TKahmer Mary E
colorWWWW
sexMFMF
age4949128
month born if born in year    
relationship WifeSonDaughter
single  11
married11  
widowed/divorced    
married during year    
occupationLaborerKeeping HouseSchoolSchool
months unemployed    
currently ill?    
blind    
deaf/dumb    
idiotic    
insane    
disabled    
school this year  11
can't read    
can't write 1  
birthplacePennaPennaPennaPenna
father's birthplaceUnKnownPennaPennaPenna
mother's birthplace[UnKnown]PennaPennaPenna

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 May 2015, from Fold3]


Walton John
Co. B D, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

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