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John McGeehan (or McGahagan)

Before the war

He was born about 1812, in Armagh or Donegal, Ireland. [sources: date: 2 (43 in 1861), 9, 10 (45), 11 (45), 14 (50 in 1862). place: 9, 10 (Donegal, Ireland), 15 (Ireland)]

On 5 February 1857, he married Margaret Moore, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was born in 1833/35, in Ireland. They were married by Thomas Dallas, who was an Alderman. They had two children:

[sources: 14, 15, 16]

When he enlisted, he was a weaver, and was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [9 (weaver), 10 (laborer), 11 (weaver)]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 8 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, dark eyes, and dark hair. [sources: 9, 10 (5'9-3/4", dark complexion, gray eyes, dark hair), 11 (dark complexion, dark eyes, dark hair), 14 (5'7", dark complexion, dark eyes, grey hair, laborer, possibly in 1862)]

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 9 October 1861 or 19 September 1861. He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Captain Sinex. He was mustered in as a private, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Captain Smith. He was a private in company F. [sources: 1, 2 (9 Nov), 9 (19 Sep), 10, 11 (19 Sep), 12 (19 Sep), 14 (8 Sep), 19-21 and 23 (co.D), 22 (co. F)]

He was transferred on 4 December 1861 to company D. [sources: 1, 2, 3]

He was discharged on 10 April 1862 on surgeon's certificate of disability. He was discharged because of 'old age + general nervous condition that unfits him for duty'; he had been unfit for duty 60 days in the previous two months. [1, 2, 14 (14 May 1862)]

He reenlisted as a veteran volunteer on 26 December 1863 . He was enlisted for three years, at Bealton, Virginia, by Lieutenant Swan. [sources: 1, 10, 11 (24 Dec), 12 (mustered out 25 Dec), 14]

He was wounded while on picket duty on the night of 6 May 1864 at Wilderness, Virginia He was sent to the Division Hospital (1st division, 5th corps) that night. He died of those wounds on 7 May 1864. He was a private, in company D. [sources: 1, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 14, 19-23]

The regiment had received no report about him on 26 September 1864. They reported his death on 31 October 1864. [sources: 7, 12]

After the war

On 1 August 1865, his widow applied successfully for a pension. She was living at rear 1342 South Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her application was approved on 4 April 1866, and the certificate was dated 13 April 1866. Her pension was initially $8.00 per month. [sources: 9, 11, 14 (26 May 1865)]

On 30 April 1867, his widow applied for an increased pension, under the Act of 25 July 1866. She was still living at 1342 South Street, Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Her application was approved on 22 July 1867, and the certificate was issued 3 August 1867. She received an additional $2 per month for each child less than sixteen years old. [source: 14]

In 1870, Margaret was living in ward 4, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was living with their children Peter and Richard. She worked in a cotton mill. [source: 15]

In 1880, Margaret was living at rear 1342 South Street, ward 4, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was living with her son Richard. She worked in a woolen mill. [source: 16]

On 19 March 1886, his widow's pension certificate was reissued, because the rate had increased to $12 per month. [source: 14]

In 1890, his widow, Margaret McGeehan, was living at rear 1342 South Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 4]

On 11 October 1890, a new pension certificate was issued, because the old one had worn out. [source: 14]

On 19 April 1897, his son Richard died. The funeral was held from his mother's residence at rear 1342 South Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was buried at New Cathedral Cemetery. [source: 18]

On 31 March 1907, his widow, Margaret McGehan, died. She had last been paid her pension, at a rate of $12 per month, through 4 February 1907. High mass was celebrated at St Teresa's Church, Philadelphia. She was buried at New Cathedral Cemetery. [sources: 14, 17]

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) (John McGahagan)

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

3 company F, register of men transferred (John McGahagan)

4 1890 US census, veterans schedule, supervisor's district [1], enumeration district [97], page [blank] (image 389 on Ancestry), line 16 (John McGeehan)

5 pension index, by name (John McGehan [sic])

6 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company D (John McGehan)

7 letter, Sellers to Breck, 26 September 1864 (John McGeehan)

8 company D, register of deaths (John McGeehan)

9 company D, descriptive roll, entry 15 (John McGeehen)

10 company D, second descriptive roll, entry 44 (John McGeehan)

11 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 4 August 2004 (John McGeehan)

12 'The Ninety-first Pennsylvania volunteers', Philadelphia Inquirer 8 June 1864 page 3 (John W Gehen [sic])

13 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 31 October 1864 (McGeehan)

14 widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, RG 15, certificate WC 69627 (Margaret McGehan)

15 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 4, district 13, microfilm series M593, film 1390, page 218 verso = 74 handwritten (Margt McGeeham [sic])

16 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 4, microfilm series T9, film 1169, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 86, page 186 = 6 B handwritten (Margrt Geegan [sic])

17 death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 2 April 1907, page 7 (Margaret McGeehan)

18 death notice, Philadelphia inquirer 22 April 1897, page 10 (Richard McGeehan)

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

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

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

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

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

Note on identity

I have combined John McGeehan and John McGahagan, who appear to be two different people in Bates. According to Bates, John McGahagan enlisted on 9 October 1861, and was discharged on 10 April 1862 on surgeon's certificate, while John McGeehan enlisted on 19 September 1861, reenlisted as a veteran on 25 December 1863, and died on 7 May 1864. The pension certificate file (abstracted below) suggests that they are the same person, since it includes a discharge on surgeon's certificate dated 10 April 1862, and evidence of enlistment as a veteran on 26 December 1863 and death on 7 May 1864. Note, however, that according to the pension file, McGehan was discharged not on 10 April but on 14 May. And the index cards to the compiled service records treat them as two distinct people, one who served in company F and was transferred to company D, and the other who simply served in company D. But note that card 5 indicates that John McGeehen also was reported in the regimental records as 'John McGahagan'.

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1850 US census
checked FamilySearch index (13 October 2011)
1860 US census
checked HeritageQuest and FamilySearch indices, 13 October 2011
1900 US census
checked HeritageQuest and FamilySearch indices, 13 October 2011
1910 US census
checked HeritageQuest index, 13 October 2011
1920 US census
checked HeritageQuest index, 13 October 2011
1930 US census
checked Fold3 index, 13 October 2011
GenealogyBank
May 1864, McGeehan (and variants) (accessed 8 Oct 2011)
Philadelphia death certificates
1864, McGeehan (and variants) (accessed 8 Oct 2011)
RootsWeb WorldConnect
John McGeehan (metaphone), died 1864 OR spouse Margaret (accessed 8 Oct 2011)
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John McGeehan (and variants) (accessed 8 Oct 2011)
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John McGeehan in the 91st PA database

abstract of widow's pension certificate file

[widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, RG 15, certificate WC 69627, Margaret McGehan]
[abstracted from 27 pages on Fold3, October 2011]
ca 1812
born Ireland; 50 on 12 May 1862 [p.12]
5 February 1857
John McGehan married Margaret Moore at Philadelphia Pennsylvania, by Thomas Dallas Esq. (alderman) [pages 4, 5]
2 children: Peter McGehan (born 14 Nov 1857), Richard McGehan (born 1 Feb 1859) [page 4]
14 Nov 1857
Peter McGehan [sic] born to John + Margaret McGeehan [sic]
baptized 24 Nov 1857 by Rev Edward McKee [copy of St Teresa's Church baptismal registry] [p.20]
1 Feb 1859
Richard John McGehan born 1 Feb 1859, to John McGehan (laborer) (born Donegal Ireland) and Margaret Moore (born Donegal Ireland) (copy of birth register) [p.22]
8 Sept 1861
John McGehan volunteered at Philadelphia Pennsylvania
enlisted in co.D on 8 Oct 1861, by Captain Senick [?], for 3 years [p.13]
12 May 1862
first date on certificate of disability for discharge, Washington DC [page 13]
5 feet 7 inches tall, dark complexion, dark eyes, grey hair, laborer when enlisted
unfit for duty 60 days in last two months
surgeon reported him unfit for duty because of "old age + general nervous condition that unfits [sic] him for duty"
discharged 13 May 1862 at Pat Office Hospital, by order of Genl Wadsworth
received by Pension Office on 28 July 1862
26 Dec 1863
mustered as veteran private, at Bealton VA, in Co. D 91st PA Volunteers [p.8]
enrolled 24 Dec 1863, at Bealton VA, in co. D 91st PA Volunteers [p.8]
7 May 1864
died of wounds received in action at the Battle of the Wilderness, "under the effects of amputation" [p.8--AGO has 7 May]
8 May 1864, Wilderness Hospital [according to Margaret's application, p.4]
26 May 1865
application for pension (number 104,128) by Margaret McGehan, 35 years old, widow of John McGehan, post office address rear 1342 South St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [page 4]
attorney George W Ford, 241 Dock St, Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Elizabeth McAfee and Mary Ann Thomas swore to her identity and the truth of her claims
2 Apr 1866
Adjutant General's Office replied to the Pension Office's request for information, sent 1 August 1865
4 Apr 1886
admitted to pension of $8.00 per month retroactive to 7 May 1864
certificate dated 13 April 1866 [certificate is page 17]
30 April 1867
application for increase of widow's pension under act of 25 July 1866 [p.19]
by Margaret McGehan, widow of John McGehan (pri D 91), 36 years old, post office address 1342 South St Philadelphia PA
other information as above]
attorney George W Ford, Philadelphia PA
Alexander Moore and Isabella Owens swore to Margaret's identity and the truth of her claim
received by Pension Office 1 May 1867
approved 22 July 1867, and certificate issued 3 August 1867, for $8.00 per month (starting 7 May 1864), and $2 per month for each child under 16 (starting 25 July 1866), substracting former payments [see also p.25]
19 March 1886
pension certificate for Margaret McGehan reissued to show change of rate
Margaret McGehan, post office address 1342 South St, Philadelphia PA; rate $12.00 per month, effective 19 March 1886 (date of Act)
9 Sep 1890
"permit MEH" [presumably reissue of certificate permitted]
7 Oct 1890
certificate approved 7 October 1890 (because old certificate was worn out) [p.15]
certificate dated 11 Oct 1890, sent 18 Oct 1890
no attorney
31 March 1907
Margaret McGehan died [p.9]
last paid pension at $12 per month to 4 February 1907 [p.9]


1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 4, district 13, microfilm series M593, film 1390, page 218 verso = 74 handwritten]
[identification is confirmed by the children's match with the pension file (reference 14)]
line242526
Dwelling-house number451  
Family number601  
NameMcGeeham [sic] Margt- Peter- Richard
Age371211
SexFMM
ColorWWW
OccupationWorks in Cotton Mill  
Real estate value   
Personal estate value   
BirthplaceIrelandPaPa
Father foreign born111
Mother foreign born111
Birth month if born within year   
Marriage month if married within year   
Attended school past year 11
Can't read1  
Can't write1  
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, ward 4, microfilm series T9, film 1169, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 86, page 186 = 6 B handwritten]
[identification is confirmed by the child's and address's match with the pension file (reference 14)]
line23
street nameSouth Street
house numberRear 1342 
dwelling visit #50 
family visit #61 
nameGeegan [sic] Margrt- Richard
colorWW
sexFM
age4521
month born if born in year  
relationship Son
single 1
married  
widowed/divorced1 
married during year  
occupationWoolen MillBaker
months unemployed  
currently ill?  
blind  
deaf/dumb  
idiotic  
insane  
disabled  
school this year  
can't read  
can't write  
birthplaceIrelandPenn
father's birthplaceIrldIrld
mother's birthplaceIrldIrld


1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans schedule, supervisor's district [1], enumeration district [97], page [blank] (image 389 on Ancestry), line 16]
[line] 16
[house] 210
[family] 234
[name] John McGeehan U.S. Sol. widow Margaret McGeehan
[rank] Private
[company] D
[unit] 91 Pa. V.
[enlistment date] 19 Sept 1861
[discharge date] 25 Dec 1863
[length of service] [blank]
[post office address] Rear 1342 South St
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory

[searched transcription on Ancestry, January 2005]
[No one was living at the rear of 1342 South St]

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 December 2014, from Fold3]


Mageehan John
Co. D, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
McGeehen, John

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 9 January 2015]

McGeehan John
Co. D, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
McGeehen, John

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

[card 3, transcribed 11 January 2015]

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

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 4, transcribed 12 January 2015]

McGahagan, John
Co. F D, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
see also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 5, transcribed 16 January 2015]

McGahagan John
Co. D, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
McGeehen John

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death notice for spouse

[death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 2 April 1907, page 7]
[transcribed 8 October 2011, from GenealogyBank]

McGeehan.--March 31. MARGARET McGEEHAN, widow of late John McGeehan. Relatives and friends, members BVM Sodality, Sacred Heart League and Rosary Society St Teresa's Church, invited to attend funeral, Wednesday, 8.30 A.M. from nephew's residence, William J W Moore, 1617 Christian St. High mass of requiem St Teresa's Church. Interment New Cathedral.



death notice, Richard McGeehan

[death notice, Richard McGeehan, Philadelphia inquirer 22 April 1897, page 10]
[transcribed 8 October 2011, from GenealogyBank]

McGEEHAN.--On April 19, 1897, Richard, son of Margaret and the late John McGeehan, aged 36 years. The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, on Friday, April 23, at 8.30 o clock, from the residence of his mother, rear 1342 South street. High mass at St. Teresa's Church. Interment at New Cathedral.


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