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David Agnew

Before the war

He was born in Ireland, in 1810/19. [sources: date: 6 (42 in 1861), 9 (38 in 1850), 10 (65 in 1870), 11 (70 in 1880), 16 (92--or perhaps 72--in 1888)] place: 6, 9, 10, 11]

He married Eliza [unknown family name]. She was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1811/12. They apparently had at least these children:

[sources: 2, 9, 10, 14]

In 1850, he was living in ward 8, Kensington, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with Eliza (presumably his wife), and with William, Johnston, Ann, and Mary (presumably their children). He was a weaver. [source: 9]

In about 1861, he was a weaver, living at Cumberland near Emerald Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 12]

His presumed son, Johnson Agnew, also served in the 91st Pennsylvania.

Description

When he enlisted, he was 6 feet tall, and had a light complexion, grey eyes, and grey hair. [source: 6]

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 30 October 1861. He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Colonel Burr (?). He was mustered in as a private in company H. He had gun number 59. [sources: 1, 6, 17]

He was discharged at camp near Falmouth, Virginia, on 20 March 1863 on surgeon's certificate of disability. He was a private in company H. [sources: 1, 3 [no date], 5, 6, 17]

According to the pension index, he also served in company D of the 21st Veterans' Reserve Corps. [sources: 2, 8]

After the war

In about 1865, he was probably a weaver, living at 2338 Carroll Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 12]

From about 1867 to 1868, he was probably a weaver, living at 315 Hazard Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 12]

In 1870, he was living in ward 19, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living at 2224 Hope Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with Eliza (presumably his wife). He was a tablecloth weaver. [sources: 10, 12]

He continued living at 2224 Hope Street through about 1879. [source: 12]

In 1880, he was living at 207 [Cumberland Street], Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with William (presumably his son) Agnew, and William's wife Maria. He was a weaver. [source: 11]

By about 1885, he was living with his son William, at 207 Cumberland Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 12]

He died on 13 July 1888, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He died of apoplexy. He was a weaver. He died at, or was buried from, 207 West Cumberland Street, ward 19, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On 16 July 1888, he was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 8, 16]

His widow, Eliza Agnew, applied successfully for a pension on 13 August 1890. [sources: 2, 8]

On 30 September 1894, Eliza Agnew fell down the stairs at her house, 207 West Cumberland Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She fractured her leg, and received several scalp wounds. She was taken to Episcopal Hospital. She died on 6 October 1894. She was buried in Greenmount Cemetery. [sources: 13, 14, 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 Veterans' administration. Pension index, by name (David Agnew) (searched 18 Feb 2001, on <www.ancestry.com>)

3 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 21 March 1863 (Private Agnew)

4 [deleted]

5 company H, register of men discharged, #34 (David Agnew)

6 company H, descriptive roll, #53 (David Agnew)

7 [deleted]

8 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company H (David Agnew)

9 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Kensington, ward 8, microfilm series M432, film 807, p.557 verso = 30 handwritten = 1116 handwritten (David Agnew)

10 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 19, district 59, microfilm series M593, film 1405, page 244 verso = 18 handwritten (David Agnew)

11 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, microfilm series T9, film 1179, page 423 = 33 handwritten (David Agnew)

12 selected Philadelphia city directories

13 death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer, 8 October 1894, page 7 (Eliza Agnew)

14 death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer, 9 October 1894, page 7 (Eliza Agnew)

15 'An aged woman's fall', Philadelphia Inquirer, 1 October 1894, page 2 Eliza Agnew)

16 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 13 July 1888 (David Agnew)

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

Note on identification

The David Agnew who was living in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, in 1870 and 1880 is closer to the right age, and is married to Eliza, but was born in Pennsylvania. Further, gedcoms available on RootsWeb WorldConnect (e.g., McWilliams - George and extended family, updated 21 Nov 2005, accessed 10 Mar 12) make clear he died on 24 August 1882, not 13 July 1888 (as in the pension index by unit).

1870 US census
Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Hickory Township (post office Sharon), microfilm series M593, film 1373, page 254 = 164 handwritten
1880 US census
Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Sharpesville, supervisor's district 10, enumeration district 232, page 529, lines 14-19

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1860 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 10 March 2012)
the 1861 city directory p.6 (below) has three David Agnew's:
(1) Agnew David, weaver, Cumberland n Emerald
Biddle's directory p.1084 has 'Wood John, moulder, Cumberland n Emerald', but I couldn't identify him in the census]
the 1860 Biddle's directory p.789 has 'Pollock Saml, laborer, Cumberland n Emerald' [perhaps Saml Polock laborer at 1860 M653 1169 2 = 2 h/w--check the preceding pages on HQ]
(2) Agnew David, salesman, 320 Market, h 1131 Ellsworth
(3) Agnew David, carpenter, 1131 Ellsworth
this is clearly the David who was married to Martha
see 1860 US censusl Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, microfilm series M653, film 1151, page 339 = 339 handwritten
see also 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 3, district 7, microfilm series M593, film 1388, page 311 verso = 24 handwritten
see also 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 2, division 24, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 53, microfilm series T9, film 1168, page 313 = 5 A handwritten
1890 US census, veterans' schedules
Ancestry index (accessed April 2007)
records of headstones of deceased union veterans, 1879-1903
FamilySearch index (accessed 5 March 2012)
applications for headstones for military veterans, 1925-1941
FamilySearch index (accessed 5 March 2012)
Find a grave
accessed 5 March 2012
GenealogyBank
searched for 'David Agnew' in 1888 in Pennsylvania newspapers (accessed 5 March 2012)
searched 'funeral' 13 to 16 July 1888 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania newspapers; only found 13 July 1888, which did not include David's death

Display


David Agnew in the 91st PA gedcom on RootsWeb WorldConnect

David Agnew in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Kensington, ward 8, microfilm series M432, film 807, p.557 verso = 30 handwritten = 1116 handwritten]
[identification is uncertain, based on the spouse's name. note the wide variation in ages in the census records I've identified]
line789101112
Dwellings visited205     
Families visited215     
NameDavid AgnewEliza "William "Johnston "Ann E "Mary I "
Age383814863
SexMFMMFF
Color      
Occupation of males over 15 yearsWeaver     
Real estate owned      
BirthplaceIrelandPennsylvania""""
Married within year      
Attended school within year   1  
Over 20 & can't read/write      
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.      

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 19, district 59, microfilm series M593, film 1405, page 244 verso = 18 handwritten]
[identification is uncertain, based on the spouse's name. note the wide variation in ages in the census records I've identified]
[that this is the David Agnew living at 2224 Hope is confirmed by residence 110 family 135 Wm B Lawson carter, and the following entry in the 1871 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, p.858: 'Lawson William, huckster, h 2224 Hope']
line12
Dwelling-house number110 
Family number134 
NameAgnew David" Eliza
Age6561
SexMF
ColorWW
OccupationTablecloth WeaverKeeps House
Real estate value  
Personal estate value  
BirthplaceIrelandLancaster Penn
Father foreign born11
Mother foreign born11
Birth month if born within year  
Marriage month if married within year  
Attended school past year  
Can't read1 
Can't write11
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, microfilm series T9, film 1179, page 423 = 33 handwritten]
[identification is uncertain--the number of the address matches the number on his death certificate, but he is listed as a boarder and not as William's father. note also the wide variation in ages in the census records I've identified]
line383940
street name   
house number207  
dwelling visit #241  
family visit #278  
nameAgnew WilliamMariaAgnew David
colorWWW
sexMFM
age484570
month born if born in year   
relationship WifeBorder [sic]
single   
married111
widowed/divorced   
married during year   
occupationLaborKeep houseWeaver
months unemployed   
currently ill?   
blind   
deaf/dumb   
idiotic   
insane   
disabled   
school this year   
can't read   
can't write   
birthplacePennaNew JerseyIreland
father's birthplaceIrelandNew JerseyIreland
mother's birthplacePennaNew JerseyIreland

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 5 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Agnew, David.
Co. H, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 13 July 1888, David Agnew]
[transcribed 10 March 2012, from FamilySearch]
[identification is based on the date of death in the pension index by unit]

RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, David Agnew
2. Color, W
3. Sex, M
4. Age, 92 [perhaps this could be '72']
5. Married
6. Date of Death, 7-13-88
7. Cause of Death, Apoplexy
Joseph Hoffman M.D.
Residence, 126 W. Diamond
UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, Weaver
9. Place of Birth, Ireland
10. When a Minor, -
11. Ward, 19
12. Street and Number, 207 West Cumberland
13. Date of Burial, July 16 /88
14. Place of Burial, Greenwood [sic]
R H Schuf [?] + Son Undertaker.
Residence, 2054 N 6 st

Philadelphia directories

[selected Philadelphia city directories]
[transcribed 10 March 2012, from Fold3]
1861 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, p.6
Agnew David, weaver, Cumberland n Emerald
Agnew David, salesman, 320 Market, h 1131 Ellsworth
Agnew David, carpenter, 1131 Ellsworth
Agnew E. Miss, millin. 8 N 9th, h 1131 Ellsworth
Agnew Johnston, potter, Cumberland n Emerald
1862 Biddle's/McElroy's Philadelphia directory, page 4
Agnew David, weaver, 242 Hazzard
Agnew David, carpenter, 917 Federal, h 1131 Ellsworth
[no Johnston, no John potter, no other Agnew on Hazzard]
1863 Biddle's/McElroy's Philadelphia directory page 36
Agnew David, carpenter, 1131 Ellsworth
Agnew D., weaver, Hazard n Emerald
Agnew D. H., M.D., 16 N 11th
[no Johnston, no John potter, no other Agnew on Hazard]
1864 Biddle's/McElroy's Philadelphia directory, page 5
Agnew David, carpenter, 917 Federal
Agnew D. H., M.D., 16 N 11th
Agnew Johnston, carpenter, Reese ab Dauphin
[none on Hazard, no John potter]
1865 Sherman's Philadelphia directory, p.36
Agnew David, weaver, 2338 Carroll
Agnew David, carpenter, 1331 Ellsworth
Agnew Johnston, carpenter, Reese ab Dauphin
1866 McElroy's Philadelphia directory, page 36
Agnew David, carpenter, 921 Federal, h 1131 Ellsworth
Agnew D. H., M.D., 16 N 11th
1867 McElroy's Philadelphia directory, page 37
Agnew David, furniture, 921 Federal, h 1114 S 12th
Agnew David, weaver, 315 Hazard
Agnew D. H., M.D., 16 N 11th
Agnew Johnson, brick maker, 2307 Reese
1868 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 136
Agnew David, chairmaker, 921 Federal, h 1114 S 12th
Agnew David, laborer, h 514 N 24th
Agnew David, weaver, 315 Hazzard
AGNEW D. HAYS, physician, 1611 Chestnut
1869 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 136
Agnew David, engineer, h 512 N 24th
Agnew David, furniture, 921 Federal, h 1114 S 12th
Agnew D. Hayes, physician, 1611 Chestnut
1870 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 136
Agnew David, engineer, h 512 N 24th
Agnew David, furniture, 921 Federal, h 1114 S 12th
Agnew David, weaver, h 2224 Hope
Agnew David H., physician, 1611 Chestnut
1871 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 136
Agnew David, engineer, h 512 N 24th
Agnew David, furniture, 921 Federal, h 1114 S 12th
Agnew David, weaver, h 2224 Hope
Agnew David H., physician, 1611 Chestnut
1872 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 135
Agnew David, cabinetmaker, 921 Federal, h 1114 S 12th
Agnew David, engineer, h 512 N 24th
Agnew David, weaver, h 2224 Hope
1873 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 135
Agnew David, furniture, h 1114 S 12th
Agnew David, weaver, h 2224 Hope
1874 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 103
Agnew David, furniture, 921 Federal, h 1114 S 12th
Agnew David, weaver, h 2224 Hope
Agnew D. Hayes, physician, 1611 Chestnut
1875 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 92
Agnew David, engraver, h 720 N 22d
Agnew David, furniture, h 1114 S 12th
Agnew David, weaver, h 2224 Hope
Agnew Johnson, brickmaker, h 2224 Hope
1876 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 92
Agnew Daniel [sic], weaver, h 2224 Hope
Agnew David, cabinetmaker, 921 Federal, h 1114 S 12th
Agnew David, engineer, h 720 N 22d
Agnew David, mason, h 2414 Hamilton
Agnew D. Hayes, physician, 1611 Chestnut
1877 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 92
Agnew Daniel, weaver, h 2224 Hope
Agnew David, cabinetmaker, 921 Federal, h 1114 S 12th
Agnew David C., laborer, h 2414 Hamilton
Agnew David H., physician, 1611 Chestnut
1878 Costa's Philadelphia directory page 88
Agnew David, engineer, h 2206 Brown
Agnew David, uphlstr. 921 Federal, h 1114 S 12th
Agnew David, plasterer, h 4958 Wayne, Gtn
Agnew David, weaver, h 2224 Hope
Agnew David C., mason, h 2420 Hamilton
Agnew D. Hayes, physician, 1641 Chestnut
1879 Philadelphia directory, page 88
Agnew David, cabinetmaker, 921 Federal, h 1114 S 12th
Agnew David, engineer, h 2206 Brown
Agnew David, weaver, h 2224 Hope
Agnew D. Hayes, physician, 1611 Chestnut
1880 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 89
Agnew David, fireman, h 2508 Church av
Agnew David, furniture, 921 Federal, h 1114 S 12th
Agnew David, laborer, h 2402 Kildare
Agnew David, machinist, h 2206 Brown
Agnew David, weaver, h 2507 Philip
Agnew D. Hayes, physician, 1611 Chestnut
1881 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory page 89
Agnew David, fireman, h 2508 Church av
Agnew David, furniture, 921 Federal, h 1114 S 12th [see 1880 census, T9, film 1168, page 313 A = 5 handwritten; carpenter, 75, b. Ireland, with Martha et al.]
Agnew David, laborer, h 2402 Kildare [perhaps see 1880 census, ward 15, T9, film 1175, page 441 D = 24 handwritten; 2408 Tobin St., 28, laborer, born PA, with wife Ellen and children Mary, John, and Wm]
Agnew David, machinist, h 2206 Brown [see 1880 census, ward 15, T9, film 1175, page 388 D = 8 handwritten; David 57 born Ireland engineer]
Agnew David, weaver, h 2507 Philip
Agnew D. Hayes, physician, 1611 Chestnut
Agnew William, brickmaker, h 207 Cumberland [see 1880 census, T9, film 1179, page 423 A = 33 handwritten; labor, 48, with wife Maria, and border [sic] David Agnew 70 weaver born Ireland]
1882 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 88
Agnew David, engineer, h 2206 Brown
Agnew David, engineer, h 2409 Kildare
Agnew David, fireman, h 2410 Owen
Agnew David, furntr, 921 Federal, h 1114 S 12th
Agnew D. Hayes, physician, 1611 Chestnut
1883 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 88
Agnew David, engineer, h 2206 Brown
Agnew David, fireman, h 2410 Owen
Agnew David, furniture, 92 FEderal, h 1114 S 12th
Agnew D. Hayes, physician, 1611 Chestnut
1884 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 88
Agnew David, h 1114 S 12th
Agnew David, engineer, h 2206 Brown
Agnew David, frntr, 921 Federal, h 1114 S 12th
Agnew D. Hayes, physician, 1611 Chestnut
1885 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 89
Agnew David, h 207 Cumberland
Agnew David, cabinetmkr, 1212 Passy'k av, h 1114 S 12th
Agnew David, engineer, h 2206 Brown
Agnew David C., engineer, h 2410 Kildare
Agnew William, brickmkr, h 207 Cumberland
1886 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, p.89
Agnew David, cabinetmaker, h 1114 S 12th
Agnew David, weaver, h 207 Cumberland
Agnew David, foreman, h 2206 Brown
Agnew David, foreman, h 2351 Lawrence
Agnew David C., engineer, h 533 N 25th
Agnew D. G., carpenter, S 22d n Market
Agnew D. Hayes, physician, 1611 Chestnut
Agnew William, brickmkr, h 207 Cumberland
1887 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 88
" [sc. Agnew] David, engineer, h 2206 Brown
" David T., engineer, h 2417 Biddle
" D. Hayes, physician, 1601 Walnut
[no one at 207 Cumberland; no William brickmaker]
1888 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 89
" [sc. Agnew] David, weaver, h 207 Cumberland
" David C., engineer, h 2417 Biddle
" D. Hayes, physician, 1601 Walnut
" William, brickmkr, h 207 Cumberland
[others at 418 Cumberland]
1889 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 89
" [sc. Agnew] David C., engineer, h 2417 Biddle
" David K., machinist, h 2000 Brandywine
" William, brickmaker, h 207 Cumberland
[no Eliza or Elizabeth]
[others at 407 Cumberland]
1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 90
" [sc. Agnew] David C., engineer, h 815 Bucknell
" D. Hayes, physician, 1601 Walnut
" William, brickmkr, h 207 Cumberland
[no Eliza or Elizabeth; others at 407 Cumberland]

death, Eliza Agnew

['An aged woman's fall', Philadelphia Inquirer, 1 October 1894, page 2]
[transcribed 10 March 2012, from GenealogyBank]

An Aged Woman's Fall.

Mrs. Eliza Agnew, aged 98 years, yesterday fell down stairs at her residence, No. 207 West Cumberland street, and fractured her leg, receiving besides several ugly scalp wounds and bruises. She was taken to the Episcopal Hospital.

[death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer, 8 October 1894, page 7 (Eliza Agnew)]
[transcribed 10 March 2012, from GenealogyBank]

AGNEW.--On the 6th instant, Eliza, wife of the late David Agnew, aged 89 years.

Due notice of the funeral will be given.



[death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer, 9 October 1894, page 7 (Eliza Agnew)]
[transcribed 10 March 2012, from GenealogyBank]

AGNEW.--On October 6, Eliza, wife of the late David Agnew, aged 89 years.

The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral services, on Tuesday afternoon, at 1 o'clock, at the residence of her son, William Agnew, 207 West Cumberland street. To proceed to Greenmount [sic] Cemetery. Interment private.


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