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Thomas McCombs

Before the war

He was born in 1811/13, in New York City, New York. He claimed to have been born in 1820/21 when he enlisted. [sources: date: 2 (40 in 1861), 6 (38 in 1850), 9 (67 in 1880), 10 (37 in 1860), 11 (57 in 1870), 12 (67 in 1880). place: 2, 6, 9, 10, 12]

He married Violeta Louisa [unknown family name]. She was born in 1813/14, in Delaware. They had three known children:

[sources: 6, 10, 11, 12, 13]

In 1850, he was living in Locust Ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his (presumed) wife Louisa, and their (presumed) children Thomas and John. He was a carpenter. [source: 6]

In 1860, he was living in ward 3, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his (presumed) wife Louisa, and their (presumed) children Thomas, John, and Samuel. He was a carpenter. [source: 10]

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

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 10-1/2 inches tall, had a dark complexion, black eyes, and grey hair. [source: 2]

During the war

He was mustered into service for three years in company E on 3 September 1861, at Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He was enlisted by Captain Lentz, and mustered into service by Captain Starr. [source: 1, 2, 5, 7]

He was discharged on 29 July 1862 on surgeon's certificate of disability, at Alexandria, Virginia. He was a private, in company E. [sources: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7]

After the war

On 30 November 1869, he applied unsuccessfully for a pension. [sources: 4, 5]

In 1870, he was living in ward 3, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his (presumed) wife Violleta L, and their (presumed) children Thomas, John, and Samuel. [source: 11]

In 1880, he was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Violetta, his sons Thomas, John, and Samuel, and Samuel's family. He was a carpenter, but had been unemployed for 12 months in the previous year. [source: 12]

On 26 September 1880, he died, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He died of congestion of the brain. He was married, and his occupation was box making. He died at, or was buried from, rear 1226 Fitzwater Street. On Wednesday 29 September 1880, he was buried, in Lafayette Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 9]

On 26 August 1887, his widow, Violeta Louisa McComb, died. She died at, or was buried from, rear 1226 Fitzwater Street, ward 3, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She died of debility. On 29 August 1887, she was buried, in Machpelah Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 13]

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 descriptive roll, company E, entry 60 (Thomas McCombs)

3 company E, register of men discharged, number 9 (Thomas McCombs)

4 pension index, by name (Thomas McComb)

5 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company E (Thomas McComb)

6 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Locust Ward, microfilm series M432, film 814, page 120 = 239 handwritten (Thomas McCombs)

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

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

9 Philadelphia death certificates, 26 September 1880 (Thomas McCoomb)

10 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 3, microfilm series M653, film 1153, pages 445 = 221 handwritten to 446 = 222 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Thos McComb)

11 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 3, district 10, 2nd enumeration, microfilm series M593, page 181 recto = 19 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Thos McComb)

12 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, enumeration district 68, microfilm series T9, film 1168, page 507 = 25 A handwritten (FamilySearch) (Thos McComb)

13 Philadelphia death certificate, 26 August 1887 (Violeta Louise McComb)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1890 US census, veterans schedules
Ancestry index (accessed May 2007)--but some had no identifying information
1900 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 13 Jun 15)
1910 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 13 Jun 15)
1920 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 13 Jun 15)
1930 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 13 Jun 15)
1940 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 13 Jun 15)
Pennsylvania, veterans burial cards, 1777-1999
Ancestry index (accessed 9 January 2015)
records of headstones of deceased Union soldier, 1879-1903
FamilySearch index (accessed 9 January 2015)
headstones applications for US military veterans, 1925-1949
FamilySearch index (accessed 9 January 2015)
Find a grave
accessed 13 Jun 15 (both by name and by cemetery)
newspaper death notice
accessed on GenealogyBank 13 Jun 15: Philadelphia Inquirer Monday 27 September 1880 page 4, Tuesday 28 Sep 1880 page 5

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Thomas McCombs in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Locust Ward, microfilm series M432, film 814, page 120 = 239 handwritten]
[identification is likely, since (1) his birthplace matches the birthplace in the regimental records, and (2) his occupation matches his occupation in the regiment records]
line16171819
Dwellings visited1130   
Families visited1130   
NameThomas McCombsLouisa McCombsThomas N McCombsJohn McCombs
Age383431
SexMFMM
Color    
Occupation of males over 15 yearsCarpenter   
Real estate owned    
BirthplaceNew YorkDelawarePhila [?]Phila [?]
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 3, microfilm series M653, film 1153, pages 445 = 221 handwritten to 446 = 222 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is likely; see the comment on the 1850 census entry transcribed above]
line401234
Dwelling number1421    
Family number1775    
NameThos McCombLouisa McCombThos "John "Saml "
Age374513119
Sexmfmmm
Color     
OccupationCarpenter    
Value of real estate owned     
Value of personal estate     
Place of birth" [sc. Philada]DelawarePhilada""
Married within year     
Attended school within year  111
Cannot read & write     
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.     

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 3, district 10, 2nd enumeration, microfilm series M593, page 181 recto = 19 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[the first enumeration page is apparently available, but it is so light I could not transcribe it--see ward 3, district 10, 1st enumeration, image 421 of 976 on FamilySearch and image 79 of 142 on Ancestry (family 582, according to Ancestry's index)]
[identification is likely; see the comment on the 1850 census entry transcribed above]
line2122232425
Dwelling-house number[Back 1225]
[Fitzwater--see the left margin on the previous page, by lines 17 through 21]
Family number     
NameMcComb, ThosViolleta L.Thos. B.John. G.Sam'l W.
Age5756232219
SexMFMMM
Color     
Occupation     
Real estate value     
Personal estate value     
Birthplace     
Father foreign born     
Mother foreign born     
Birth month if born within year     
Marriage month if married within year     
Attended school past year     
Can't read     
Can't write     
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.     
Male US citizen at least 21 years old     
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...     

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, enumeration district 68, microfilm series T9, film 1168, page 507 = 25 A handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is likely; see the comment on the 1850 census entry transcribed above]
line3435363738394041
street nameCourt [??]
house number        
dwelling visit #314       
family visit #267       
nameMcComb Thos- Violetta- Thos B- JohnSaml WCLThos WV L
colorWWWWWWWW
sexMFMMMFMF
age67653432292437/12
month born if born in year       Nov
relationship WifeSonSonSonDaughter in LawGrand SonGrand Daughter
single  11  11
married11  11  
widowed/divorced        
married during year        
occupationCarpenterKeeping HouseConductor transit carDriver TeamPrinterAt Home  
months unemployed12 12124   
currently ill?        
blind        
deaf/dumb        
idiotic        
insane        
disabled        
school this year        
can't read        
can't write        
birthplaceNYDelPaPaPaPaPaPa
father's birthplaceIrelandDelNYNYNYPaPaPa
mother's birthplaceIrelandDelDelDelDelNYPaPa

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 9 January 2015, from Fold3]


McCoombs, Thomas
Co. E, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
McCombs, Thomas

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 16 January 2015]

McCombs, Thomas
Co. E, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death certificate

[Philadelphia death certificates, 26 September 1880, Thomas McCoomb]
[transcribed 13 June 2015, from FamilySearch]


RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.

CORONER'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, Thomas McCoomb
2. Color, White
3. Sex, male
4. Age, 67 yrs
5. married
6. Date of Death, Sept. 26. 1880
7. Cause of Death, Congestion of the Brain
Thomas Gowers Coroner
LAH
1226 Fitzwater

UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, Box Making
9. Place of Birth, New York City
10. When a Minor, --
11. Ward, 3rd
12. Street and Number, Rear of 1226 Fitzwater Street
13. Date of Burial, Wednesday at 4 o clock
14. Place of Burial, Laffaette [sic] Cemetery
Thomas Graham & Son Undertakers
Residence, No 1123 Lombard Street

death certificate, Violeta Louisa McComb

[Philadelphia death certificate, 26 August 1887, Violeta Louise McComb]
[transcribed 14 June 2015, FamilySearch]


RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.

PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, Violeta Louisa McComb
2. Color, White
3. Sex, Female
4. Age, 73rd year
5. Single [sic]
6. Date of Death, August 26" 1887
7 Cause of Death, Debility
Edward F Gust M.D.
Residence, 1201 South 9" Street

UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, [blank]
9. Place of Birth, Delaware
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 3rd
12. Street and Number, Rear 1226 Fitzwater st.
13. Date of Burial, Monday Aug 29th 1887. 2+3. [sic]
14. Place of Burial, Macphelah Cemetary [sic]
J + B. Clayton Undertakers.
Residence, 1806 Christian st.

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