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William Anderson

Before the war

He was born in 1810/21, in Ireland. [source: date: 3 (40 in 1861), 8 (60 in 1870). place: 8, 10]

When he enlisted, he was living in Philadelphia. [source: 3]

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 23 or 24 October 1861. He enlisted at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a private in company H. [sources: 1 (co.D: 24 Oct, co.H: 23 Oct), 3 (23 Oct), 4 (23 Oct), 11]

He was transferred to company D on 4 December 1861. [sources: 1, 3, 4, 11]

He was discharged at Washington DC, on 28 April 1863 on surgeon's certificate of disability. He was a private, in company D. [sources: 1, 2, 3, 11]

After the war

On 28 February 1863, he successfully applied for a pension. [sources: 5, 6]

Perhaps he is the William Anderson who married Jane McClain on 3 October 1864, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 7]

In 1869 and 1870, William Anderson was living at 1218 Brinton Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a weaver. [source: 9]

Perhaps he is the William Anderson living in ward 4, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1870. He was living with Jane (perhaps his wife?). He was a weaver. [source: 8]

Perhaps he is the William Anderson who died on 14 August 1871, at 1218 Brinton Street, ward 4, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was married, and was a weaver. He died of inflammation of the lungs. He was buried on 16 August 1871, at the M[ethodist] E[piscopal] Union Cemetery. [source: 10]

William Anderson continues to be listed as a weaver living at 1218 Brinton Street in the Philadelphia directories through 1874. [source: 9]

Perhaps his widow is the Jane Anderson, widow of William, living at 1120 Thurlow, in 1876 and 1877. [source: 9]

On 23 January 1885, his widow, Jane Anderson, successfully applied for a pension from Pennsylvania. [sources: 5, 6]

Perhaps his widow is the Jane Anderson, widow of William, living at 1105 McIlravy Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1888. (Note that a James Cooper, engineer, was also living there.) [source: 9]

Perhaps his widow is the Jane Anderson, widow of William, living at 1208 Fulton Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1890. [source: 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) (William Anderson)

2 company D, register of men discharged, entry 21 (William Anderson)

3 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 7 August 2004 (Wm Anderson)

4 company H, register of men transferred (William Anderson)

5 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry (William Anderson)

6 pension index, by name (William Anderson, widow Jane Anderson)

7 Church of the Redemption [Episcopal, Philadelphia, PA] marriage records, in Historic Pennsylvania church and town records, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, reel 230 (William Anderson)

8 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 4, district 13, microfilm series M593, film 1390, page 195 recto = 27 handwritten (William Anderson)

9 various Philadelphia directories, transcribed June 2012, from Fold3

10 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 14 August 1871 (William Anderson)

11 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (William Anderson)

Note on identification

Perhaps the fact that I have not found a candidate for William married to Jane in the 1860 census suggests that the William who married Jane McClain in 1864 is the William who served in the 91st. (The pension certificate file would, of course, confirm or disconfirm this guess.)

If so, the fact that one William and Jane appear in the 1870 census, and I have not found a couple who could be them in the 1880 census, may suggest that he died between 1870 and 1880 (a bit earlier than her applying for a pension in 1885 would suggest). The only plausible candidate I have found in the Philadelphia death certificates (see Philadelphia Pennsylvania death certificates below) is the William Anderson who died on 14 August 1871.

This is all very speculative; absence of candidates in the indices is not great evidence. But since it fits, I have tentatively summarized it above.

When the widow's pension certificate file is digitized, it should either confirm or disconfirm this theory.

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1850 US census
the FamilySearch and Ancestry indices (accessed 25 June 2012) have no William Anderson's born 1805-1825 living in Philadelphia
1860 US census
the FamilySearch index (accessed 15 June 2012) lists three William Anderson's in Philadelphia born 1820-21
(1) in ward 17, eastern part, film 1167, page 618 = 115 handwritten: Wm Anderson, 40, born Ireland, weaver, with Mary Anderson, 30, born Scotland
(2) in ward 3, west of 5th street, film 1153, page 447 = 223 handwritten: Wm Anderson 39 laborer born Ireland, with Esther 36 born Ireland, Mary J 11 born Philadelphia, Esther 8 born Philadelphia, and Mary 6 born Philadelphia
(3) in ward 4, western division, film 1154, page 985 = 179 handwritten: Wm Anderson, 40, born Delaware, 44, white washer, with Amelia (39 [?] b. PA)
using the Ancestry index (accessed 25 June 2012), I did not find any William and Jane Anderson's in Philadelphia
the FamilySearch index (accessed 25 June 2012) has no William Anderson's living in Philadelphia born 1805-1815
1880 US census
Ancestry's index has two William Anderson's married to Jane living in Pennsylvania born in 1821 +/- 10 years:
William Anderson, 54, b. PA, physician, with Jane (48) and Mary R (22), living in Indiana Borough, Indiana, PA (s.d.8, e.d. 127, microfilm series T9, film 1135, page 8 = 15 C handwritten)
William S Anderson, 70, miller, b. PA, with Eliza J (49 b. PA) et al., living in Wells Township, Fulton County, PA (s.d.7, e.d. 207, microfilm series T9, film 1133, page 6 = 11 C handwritten)
the HeritageQuest head of household index has 16 Jane Anderson's living in Philadelphia in 1880; 11 are more than 20 years old (and 10 more than 30): one is 58 and born in Ireland, living at 1947 Blair St, ward 31, with John (85 puddler b. Ireland) and Fannie (20 weaver b. PA) Anderson (s.d.1 e.d. 667 microfilm series T9, film 1189, page 2351 = 13 A handwritten)]
1890 veterans schedules
Jane widow of William Anderson G 58 PA Inf 8 July 63 to 15 Aug 1863 in Marshal, Allegheny, PA (Thom Hile)
no other Jane in PA; one Jannie R in Northampton but widow of Peter
1900 US census
search FamilySearch for Jane Anderson living in Philadelphia born 1800-1845 yielded 11 results (accessed 26 June 2012)
1910 US census
search FamilySearch for Jane Anderson living in Philadelphia born 1800-1845 yielded 3 results (accessed 26 June 2012)
1920 US census
search FamilySearch for Jane Anderson living in Philadelphia born 1800-1845 yielded 0 results (but 456 living anywhere in the US) (accessed 26 June 2012)
1930 US census
search FamilySearch for Jane Anderson born 1800-1845 yielded 147 results (accessed 26 June 2012)
GenealogyBank
searched for William Anderson December 1884 to January 1885, Philadelphia newspapers (23 June 2012) found one entry: death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 27 December 1884, page 4 (see also FS): "ANDERSON.--On the 22d inst., WILLIAM ANDERSON, aged seventy-five years. The relatives and friends, also Harmony Lodge, No.20, A.P.A., are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, this afternoon, at 1 o'clock, from the residence of his son-in-law, George Peterman, No. 1008 Lawrence street. Services at Kensington Presbyterian Church, Frankford avenue, above Girard avenue. To proceed to Hanover Street Vault."
no death notices in the Philadelphia Inquirer or Public Ledger on 14 to 16 August 1871 (accessed 26 June 2012)
Pennsylvania veterans burial records
Ancestry index (accessed 2 April 2012) has 130 William Anderson's--I did not check them all. many had no date of death. I checked all with plausible dates of death, and those with no date of death, some of which had no service information (but none in Philadelphia or the surrounding counties)
Records of headstones of deceased Union volunteers, 1879-1903
FamilySearch index (accessed 26 June 2012)
Applications for headstones for military veterans, 1925-1941
FamilySearch index (accessed 26 June 2012)
Find a grave
accessed 26 June 2012
Philadelphia Pennsylvania death certificates
the FamilySearch index (accessed 25 June 2012) has 11 William Anderson's born 1805-1825 died in 1870-1880
(1) William Anderson, 58 (born ca 1817) born Philadelphia, no listed occupation, married, black, died 25 April 1875 Philadelphia of congestion of lungs, buried Lebanon 29 April 1875
(2) William P Anderson 57 (born ca 1819) born NJ, blindmaker, unknown marital status, died 15 Feb 1876 of dropsy Philadelphia, buried Kensington ME 18 Feb 1876
(3) William Anderson 56 (born 1821) born Philadelphia, comb maker, married, died 29 June 1877 2115 Cedar (ward 19) Philadelphia, buried 2 July 1877 Union Harmony
(4) [apparently the death register entry for the death certificate in (3)]
(5) William Anderson, 56 (born ca 1821) born Ireland, married, moulder, died 11 December 1877 of apoplexy, 2312 Commerce (ward 31) Philadelphia, buried Franklin 13 December 1877
(6) [apparently the death certificate for the death register entry for (5)]
(7) William Anderson, 58 (born ca 1813) born Ireland, married, weaver, died 14 Aug 1871 1218 Brenton St, Philadelphia, buried ME Union, 16 August 1871
(8) [apparently the death register entry for the death certificate in (7)]
(9) William Anderson, 58 (born ca 1817), born Philadelphia, colored, married, whitewasher, died 26 April 1875, of congestion of lungs, 1012 Locust St (8th ward) Philadelphia, buried Lebanon 29 April 1875
(10) Wm B Anderson, 57 (born ca 1819), born NJ, white, blind maker, died 15 Feb 1876 of dropsy at 1224 North 2nd St (ward 17) Philadelphia, buried 18 Feb 1876 Hanover St Vault
(11) Wm Anderson, 50 (born ca 1822), single, white, died 11 June 1872 of injuries received, Philadelphia (the undertaker's certificate is not filled out)
RootsWeb WorldConnect
searched for William Anderson born 1820 +/-5 died 1870 +/- 10 married Jane; William Anderson born 1810 +/- 5 died 1870 +/- 10 married Jane (accessed 25 June 2012)

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Philadelphia directories

[various Philadelphia directories, transcribed June 2012, from Fold3]
1861 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 17
Anderson William, weaver, N Front n Dauphin
Anderson William, weaver, 1429 Philip
Anderson William, combmaker, 1347 Marlborough
Anderson William, machinist, 2115 Callowhill
Anderson William, carpenter, North n 73d
Anderson William, printer, 1701 Barker
Anderson William, drayman, 425 Market, h 13 S 20th
Anderson William, hotel, 1529 South
Anderson William, merchant, 104 Callowhill
Anderson William, shop, 339 Monroe
Anderson William, salesman, 12 S Front, h 510 Catharine
Anderson William, segarmaker, 316 Dean
Anderson William, sexton, 1315 Rodman
Anderson William, weaver, 1460 Hope
Anderson William, shoemaker, 333 Blight
Anderson William A., trunks, Centre & Hancock Gtn
Anderson William B., blindmaker, 1111 Gtn av., & 1414 N 2d
Anderson William D., blindmaker, 1114 N 2d
Anderson William F., grocer, 102 Market, h 929 South
Anderson William H., hotel, N W Dauphin & Carroll
Anderson William H., grain broker, 104 S Del av, h 2325 Green
Anderson William T., grocer, 1116 Shippen
Anderson William V., gentleman, 628 Spruce
1867 McElroy's Philadelphia directory, page 47
[the directory has only two William [no initial] Anderson's who are weavers (separated by several entries):]
Anderson William, weaver, 4 Gordon pl
Anderson William, weaver, 330 Belgrade
Anderson William, weaver, 1320 Bedford
1868 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 152
[the OCR-based index did not find '1218 Brinton' in the directory; I read through the 'Anderson' entries without finding another]
[the directory has three William [no initial] Anderson's who are weavers:]
Anderson William, weaver, h 330 Belgrade [the 1869 directory has: 'Anderson William, weaver, h 330 Belgrade' (p.151)]
Anderson William, weaver, h 1939 Blair [the 1869 directory does not have a William Anderson weaver on Blair, but does have: 'Anderson James, weaver, h 1939 Blair' (p.149)]
Anderson William, weaver, h 1768 N Front [the 1869 directory does not have a William Anderson weaver at 1768 N Front]
1869 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 151 [only transcribed the entry relevant to the death certificate]
Anderson William, weaver, h 1218 Brinton
[page 981:] McHugh Edward, laborer, h 1218 Brinton
[the OCR-based index found only the McHugh entry at '1218 Brinton' in the directory; I read through the 'Anderson' entries without finding another]
1870 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 151 [only transcribed the entry relevant to the death certificate]
Anderson William, weaver, h 1218 Brinton
[the OCR-based index did not find '1218 Brinton' in the directory; I read through the 'Anderson' entries without finding another]
1871 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 151 [only transcribed the entry relevant to the death certificate]
Anderson William, weaver, h 1218 Brinton
[the OCR-based index found only this '1218 Brinton' entry in the directory; I read through the 'Anderson' entries without finding another]
1872 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 149 [only transcribed the entry relevant to the death certificate]
Anderson William, weaver, h 1218 Brinton
[the OCR-based index did not find '1218 Brinton' in the directory; I read through the 'Anderson' entries without finding another]
1873 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 149 [only transcribed the entry relevant to the death certificate, and the 'Jane' entries from page 147]
Anderson William, weaver, h 1218 Brinton
Anderson Jane, wid John Q., h 1529 Walter
Anderson Jane, drygoods, 1109 South
Anderson Janette, wid John, h 3321 Grape W P
1874 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 117 [only transcribed the entry relevant to the death certificate, and the 'Jane' entries from page 116]
Anderson William, weaver, h 1218 Brinton
Anderson Jane, wid John Q., h 1529 Walter
[the OCR-based index did not find '1218 Brinton' in the directory; I read through the 'Anderson' entries without finding another]
1875 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory
[the OCR-based index did not find '1218 Brinton' in the directory; I read through the 'Anderson' entries without finding another; there is clearly no William Anderson weaver listed at 1218 Brinton]
Anderson Jane, varieties, 1109 South [page 107]
[page 107] Anderson Ezekiel, plasterer, h 1125 [sic] Thurlow [see the 1876 transcription below; I did not see anyone else on Thurlow]
1876 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory
[no William Anderson weaver at 1218 Brinton; I read through the 'Anderson' entries without finding anyone at 1218 Brinton or anyone else at 1120 Thurlow]
Anderson Jane, wid John Q., h 1529 Walter
Anderson Jane, wid William, h 1120 Thurlow
1877 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 107 ['Jane' entries only]
Anderson Jane, varieties, 1109 South
Anderson Jane, widow William, h 1120 Thurlow
1878 Costa's Philadelphia directory, page 105 ['Jane' entries only]
Enderson [sic--but in the middle of the 'Anderson' entries] Jane, trimmings, 1109 South
1879 Philadelphia directory, page 104 ['Jane' entries only]
Anderson Jane, notions, 1109 South
1880 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 106 ['Jane' entries only]
Anderson Jane, h 915 Green
Anderson Jane, wid John, h r 1234 Adrian
Anderson Jane, trimmings, 1109 South
1881 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 104 ['Jane' entries only]
Anderson Jane, trimmings, 1109 South
1882 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 103 ['Jane' entries only]
Anderson Jane, wid John, h 1442 Philip
Anderson Jane, trimmings, 1109 South
1883 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 104 ['Jane' entries only]
Anderson Jane, wid John, h 2322 Seybert
Anderson Jane, wid John L., h 1442 Philip
Anderson Jane, wid Samuel, h 2131 Catharine
Anderson Jane, trimmings, 1109 South
1884 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 104 ['Jane' entries only]
Anderson Jane, wid John L., h 1442 Philip
Anderson Jane, wid John Q., h 1627 N 26th
Anderson Jane, wid Samuel, h 2131 Catharine
Anderson Jane, trimmings, 1109 South
1885 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 106
Anderson Jane, wid John L., h 1442 Philip
Anderson Jane, wid John Q., h 1627 N 26th
Anderson Jane, wid Matthew, h 4007 Ridge av
Anderson Jane, trimmings, 1109 South
1886 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 105
Anderson Jane, wid John L., h 1442 Philip
Anderson Jane, widow, h 4007 Ridge av, Roxb
Anderson Jane, trimmings, 1109 South
1887 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 104
" [sc. Anderson] Jane, widow, h 757 S Juniper
" Jane, wid George, h 55th n Lancaster av
" Jane, wid John, h 1442 Philip
" Jane, widow, h 4007 Ridge av, Roxb
" Jane, grocer, 1118 Thompson
" Jane, trimmings, 1109 South
1888 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 105
" [sc. Anderson] Jane, wid John L., h 1442 Philip
" Jane, wid William, h 1105 McIlravy
" Jane, varieties, 1109 South
[note also the following entry on page 384:] " [sc. Cooper] James, engineer, h 1105 McIlravy
[I did not find any Anderson's at 1105 McIlravy in the 1887 directory]
1889 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 106
" [sc. Anderson] Jane, wid John L., h 1442 Philip
" Jane, wid Matthew, h 4007 Ridge av, Roxb
" Jane, trimming, 1109 South
1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 107
" [sc. Anderson] Jane, wid James, h 610 Carpenter
" Jane, wid John, h 821 Poplar
" Jane, wid William, h 1208 Fulton
" Jane, boarding, 107 Penn, Myk
" Jane, trimmings, 1109 South

marriage record

[Church of the Redemption [Episcopal, Philadelphia, PA] marriage records, in Historic Pennsylvania church and town records, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, reel 230]
[transcribed June 2012 from Pennsylvania church and town records, on Ancestry (image 83 of 467)]
[Ancestry's database has 3 other marriages of a William Anderson to Jane, in Montgomery County (12 Nov 1948), Franklin (Jan 1864), and Cumberland (27 Feb 1812); the Franklin county marriage is William W Anderson to Jane S Hill on 31 Jan 1864]
[identification is speculative; see note on identification above]

Octr 3rd [1864], William Anderson to Jane McClain both of this city -- A.

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 4, district 13, microfilm series M593, film 1390, page 195 recto = 27 handwritten]
[identification is speculative; I have no other candidates, and have not found this couple in the 1860 or 1880 censuses, but have no other information suggesting that this William is the William Anderson who served in the 91st--see the note on identification above]
line3637
Dwelling-house number[175] 
Family number218 
NameAnderson William- Jane
Age6048
SexMF
ColorWW
OccupationWeaverKeeping house
Real estate value  
Personal estate value  
BirthplaceIrelandIreland
Father foreign born11
Mother foreign born11
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 old1 
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...  

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 6 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Anderson, William
Co. H D, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

possible death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 14 August 1871, William Anderson]
[identification is speculative; this is likely the William Anderson in the 1870 census entry transcribed above, but I do not know whether that is the William Anderson who served in the 91st--see the note on identification above]
[transcribed 25 June 2012, from FamilySearch]

RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, William Anderson
2. Color, White
3. Sex, Male
4. Age, Fiftyeight years
5. Married
6. Date of Death, 14th Inst.
7. Cause of Death, Inflammation of the Lungs
A. H. Graham M.D.
Residence, 1332 Lombard St
UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, Weaver
9. Place of Birth, Ireland
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 4th
12. Street and Number, 1218 Brinton St
13. Date of Burial, August 16th 1871
14. Place of Burial, M E Union
A E Green [?] Undertaker.
Residence, 1336 South St

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