91st PA: John Weiser

John Weiser

Before the war

He was born on 16 August 1829, in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, to Jacob Wiser and [unknown]. [sources: date: 9 (16 Aug 1839 [sic], 12; 2 (37 in 1864), 4 (37 in 1864), 10 (40 in 1870), 11 (50 in 1880), 13. place: 2, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 (Cochran's Mill). parents: 9]

In 1857/68, he married Martha R Frick. She was born in November 1837, to Henry Frick and Nancy Rowley. They apparently had twelve children, including these:

[sources: 10, 11, 12 (12 children 5 living in 1900), 13]

When he enlisted, he was a farmer. [source: 2]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 10 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, blue eyes, and auburn hair. [source: 2]

During the war

He was drafted. He enlisted and was mustered into service as a private for one year, on 21 September 1864, at Alleghany County, Pennsylvania. He was enlisted and mustered into service by Captain Kecker [?]. He was a private in company E. [sources: 1, 2, 4, 5, 7 (15 Sep), 14]

He seems not to have reached the 91st until March 1865; I do not know why. [source: 2]

He was discharged by War Department general order, at Camp Cadwalader, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 1 June 1865. He was a private, in company E. [sources: 1, 3, 4, 5 (30 May), 7 (7 June), 14]

After the war

In 1870, he was living in South Bend Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his (presumed) wife Martha, their (presumed) children Jacob, Ann C, Mary Emma, George W, and Lewis, and Kaithe [?] Roley. He was working on a farm; Martha owned real estate worth $100 and personal property work $290. [source: 10]

In 1880, he was living in Burrell Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Martha, and children Mary, George W, Lewis, and William J. He was a farmer. [source: 11]

In 1890, he was living in Burrell Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. [source: 7]

In 1900, he was living in Burrell Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Martha, and sons George W and William. He was a farmer, and had not been out of work in the previous year. [source: 12]

On 9 August 1890, he applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension. [sources: 5, 6]

On 14 March 1907, he again applied for a pension. [source: 5]

His wife Martha R Wiser apparently died in 1909, and was buried in Cochrans Mill United Methodist Church Cemetery, Cochrans Mill, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. [sources: 8, 13]

On 22 June 1909, he died, in Burrell Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. He was a retired farmer. He died of intestinal obstruction (for three weeks in April 2009) and gradual decline from infirmities of old age. On 24 June 1909, he was buried in Cochrans Mill United Methodist Church Cemetery, Cochrans Mill, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. [sources: 5, 8, 9]

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 company E descriptive roll, entry 186 (John Weiser)

3 company E, register of men discharged, number 47 (John Wiser)

4 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 17 May 2004 (John Weiser; rolls have 'Wiser')

5 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company E (John Wiser [sic])

6 pension index, by name (John Wiser [sic])

7 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Armstrong County, Burrell Township, enumeration district 6, page 1 (John Wiser [sic])

8 Find a grave, memorial 26507378, created by Burke Stoughton, added 30 April 2008, accessed 18 February 2015 [the pictured headstone reads: 'WISER JOHN 1829-1909 MARTHA R. 1837-1909 JACOB 1860-1888 ROZELLA 1882-1896 W. J. McCRACKEN 1888-1896' (note that '3' and '8' aren't easy to distinguish in the picture)] (John Wiser)

9 death certificate, Pennsylvania, Armstrong county, 22 June 1909 (John Wiser)

10 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Armstrong County, South Bend Township, microfilm series M593, film 1301, pages 403 verso = 20 handwritten to 404 recto = 21 handwritten (FamilySearch (John Wiser)

11 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Armstrong County, Burrell Township, enumeration district 3, microfilm series T9, film 1095, page 74 = 10 B handwritten (FamilySearch) (John Wiser)

12 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Armstrong County, Burrell Township, enumeration district 7, microfilm series T623, film 1373, page 94 = 7 A handwritten (FamilySearch) (John Wiser)

13 'John Wiser', in 'Erami family tree', an Ancestry family tree, owner eramijen, accessed 18 February 2015 (John Wiser)

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1850 US census
Ancestry and FamilySearch indices (accessed 18 February 2015)
1860 US census
Ancestry and FamilySearch indices (accessed 18 February 2015)
1910 US census
Ancestry and FamilySearch indices (accessed 18 February 2015)
1920 US census
Ancestry and FamilySearch indices (accessed 18 February 2015)
1930 US census
Ancestry and FamilySearch indices (accessed 18 February 2015)
1940 US census
Ancestry and FamilySearch indices (accessed 18 February 2015)
Pennsylvania, veterans burial cards, 1777-1999
Ancestry index (accessed 18 February 2015)
headstone applications for US military veterans, 1925-1949
FamilySearch index (accessed 18 February 2015)
Pennsylvania death certificates, 1906-1963
Ancestry index (accessed 18 February 2015)
searched for Martha Wiser or Weiser, died 1909 or in Armstrong County PA

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John Weiser in the 91st PA database

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Armstrong County, South Bend Township, microfilm series M593, film 1301, pages 403 verso = 20 handwritten to 404 recto = 21 handwritten (FamilySearch) (John Wiser)]
[identification is likely, since (1) the people match the people in the 1880 census entry transcribed below]
line35363738394012
Dwelling-house number150       
Family number150       
NameWiser Martha- John- Jacob- Ann C- Mary Emma- George W- LewisRoley Kaithe [?]
Age3140975211/1257
SexFMMFFMMF
ColorWWWWWWWW
OccupationKeeping HouseWorks on Farm      
Real estate value100      2000
Personal estate value290      1152
BirthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennsylvaniaPenna
Father foreign born        
Mother foreign born        
Birth month if born within year      Aug 
Marriage month if married within year        
Attended school past year  1     
Can't read 1      
Can't write 1     1
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.        
Male US citizen at least 21 years old 1      
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...        

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Armstrong County, Burrell Township, enumeration district 3, microfilm series T9, film 1095, page 74 = 10 B handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is likely, since (1) the location matches his location in the 1890 veterans schedule]
line171819202122
street name     
house number     
dwelling visit #74    
family visit #77    
nameWiser John- Martha- Mary- George W- Lewis- Wm J
colorWWWWWW
sexMFFMMM
age50421512104
month born if born in year     
relationship WifeDaughtSon""
single  1111
married11    
widowed/divorced     
married during year     
occupationFarmerKeeping HouseAt Home" "" " 
months unemployed     
currently ill?     
blind     
deaf/dumb     
idiotic     
insane     
disabled     
school this year  111 
can't read1    
can't write1    
birthplacePa""""Pa
father's birthplacePa""""[blank]
mother's birthplacePa""""Pa

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Armstrong County, Burrell Township, enumeration district 6, page 1]
[transcribed 18 February 2015, from Ancestry (image 1 of 2)]
[identification is confirmed by reference to his service in the 91st]

[line] 11
[house] 75
[family] 76
[name] John Wiser
[rank] Private
[company] -
[unit] 1 Pa Vol
[enlistment date] 15 Sep 1864
[discharge date] 7 June 1865
[length of service] 0 years 9 [sic] months 22 days
[post office address] Cochrans Mills
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Armstrong County, Burrell Township, enumeration district 7, microfilm series T623, film 1373, page 94 = 7 A handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is likely, since (1) the location matches his location in the 1890 veterans schedule]
line5678
street    
house number    
dwelling number122   
family number123   
nameWiser John- Martha- George W- William
relationshipHeadWifeSonSon
colorWWWW
sexMFMM
birth dateAug 1829Nov 1837Nov 1867Sept 1875
age70623224
married?MMSS
# years married4242  
mother of how many children? 12  
# of children living 5  
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigration year    
# years in USA    
naturalized citizen?    
occupationFarmer PainterPainter
# months not employed0 00
# months in school    
can readyesyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyesyes
speaks Englishyesyesyesyes
owned/rentedO   
free or mortgagedF   
farm/houseF   
# of farm schedule122   

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 8 May 2015, from Fold3]


Wiser, John
Co. E, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death certificate

[death certificate, Pennsylvania, Armstrong county, 22 June 1909, John Wiser]
[transcribed 18 February 2015, from Ancestry]
[a John H Wiser, born about 1830, died 8 April 1909 in Lawrence, Clearfield County; the 1890 veterans schedule suggests that the John Wiser who died in Burrell, Armstrong County, is the one who served in the 91st]


COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA.
BUREAU OF VITAL STATISTICS.
CERTIFICATE OF DEATH.
File No. 53487
Registered No. 9
Registration District No. 2098
Primary Registration District No. [blank]

PLACE OF DEATH.
County of Armstrong
Township of Burrell
FULL NAME John Wiser

PERSONAL AND STATISTICAL PARTICULARS
SEX Male
COLOR White
DATE OF BIRTH Aug 16 1839 [sic]
AGE 79 [sic] years, 10 months, 6 days
Widowed
BIRTHPLACE Pa
NAME OF FATHER Jacob Wiser
BIRTHPLACE OF FATHER Pa.
MAIDEN NAME OF MOTHER Unknown
BIRTHPLACE OF MOTHER Unknown
OCCUPATION Farmer (Retired)
THE ABOVE STATED PERSONAL PARTICULARS ARE TRUE TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE AND BELIEF
(Informant) Lewis Wiser
(Address) Cochan Mills Pa
Filed June 23 1909 J. E. Kinnard Registrar

MEDICAL CERTIFICATE OF DEATH
DATE OF DEATH June 22 1909

I HEREBY CERTIFY, That I attended deceased from Nov. 1908 to June 22 1909 that I last saw him alive on April 26 1909 and that death occurred, on the date stated above, at 4 A.M. The CAUSE OF DEATH was as follows:

Intestinal obstruction for 3 weeks in April 09 Gradual decline from infirmities of old age (Duration) [blank] Days
Contributory [blank]
(Signed) D. H. Riffler M.D.
June 190 23 [sic; presumably the date] (Address) Cochran Mills
SPECIAL INFORMATION only for Hospitals, Institutions, Transients, or Recent Residents.
PLACE OF BURIAL OR REMOVAL M. E. Cemetery
DATE OF BURIAL June 24 1909
UNDERTAKER W. G. King
ADDRESS South Bend Pa.

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