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William Henry Harrison Beal

picture of William Beal and his grandson Bruce
picture of a parade of Civil War veterans, with William Beal

Before the war

He was born on 24 October 1845, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, probably to George M D Beale and Elizabeth Beale. [sources: date: 11, 12, 14 (19 in 1861), 19 (Oct 1844), 23 (65 in 1910), 28 (67 in 1912), 29 (67 in 1912), 32 (1845). place: 14, 23, 28, 29. parents: 12]

He probably had three younger brothers: Ed, John, and Harry A Beale. [source: 12]

Family stories

Two family stories have been handed down about him. According to the first, he was playing pool in the pool hall next to the theater when Lincoln was shot. According to the second, he made all his money in the Louisiana Lottery. [source: 12]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 7 inches tall, and had a light complexion, blue eyes, and light hair. He had a scar over his right eye. [source: 14]

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 2 December 1861. He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Lieutenant Parsons. He was a private in company K. [sources: 1, 14, 24, 25, 32, 33, 34]

He was transferred on 24 December 1861 to company C. [sources: 1, 17, 25, 28, 29]

On 7 May 1863, he was reported missing in action. On 11 May 1863, he was again reported missing in action, but was "reported absent wounded". On 29 or 30 May 1863, he was reported regained from missing in action. [sources: 5, 6, 8, 26 (wounded, supposed prisoner), 27 (wounded and missing)]

On 6 October 1863, he was reported regained from missing in action. [source: 9]

On 30 December 1863, Sinex reported that he was one of 38 men who had less than fifteen months to serve who were unwilling to reenlist. On 2 January 1864, he was transferred to the 155th Pennsylvania Infantry, while those eligible were on veterans' leave. [sources: 2, 10, 24, 25, 31]

He returned to duty from Brigade Headquarters on 2 May 1864. [source: 16]

On 4 July 1864, he was detailed by Colonel Gregory for duty in the provost guard at brigade headquarters. He was still there in September (?) 1864. [sources: 3, 4, 7]

He mustered out near Petersburg, Virginia, on 2 December 1864 when his term expired. He had served for thirty six months. He was a private, in company C. [sources: 1, 13, 14, 21, 24, 28, 29, 32, 33, 34]

After the war

He lived in North Philadelphia, first at 3427 Sydenham Street, and then at 3427 North 17th Street. Both were large homes. [source: 12]

He owned a race horse, named 'Corn'. [source: 12]

He married Hannah Margaret Boyce, in 1875/76. She was born in January 1853, in Pennsylvania. They had six children:

[sources: 12, 19 (7 children, 5 alive in 1900)]

In 1880, he was living on Lamb Tavern Road, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Margaret, sons Howard and James, and uncle William Beale. He was a corn [?] dealer. [source: 18]

In 1890, he may have been living at 1626 North 11th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 22]

In 1900, he was living at 3427 North 17th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Hannah M, and his children Howard, James, Emma, William, and Harry. He was a horse [?] dealer. [source: 19]

He applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension on 5 December 1903 and 18 February 1907. He received a pension: $25 per month from 1914, and $30 per month starting 24 October 1919. [sources: 11, 24, 25, 31]

In 1910, he was living at 1842 Taney Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his sons Howard and Harry, and Howard's family. He was apparently not working. [source: 23]

On 9 September 1912, he was admitted to the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. In 1913, he was present, at the Southern Branch. He was receiving a pension of $19 per month. [sources: 28, 29]

On 13 December 1918, he was discharged from the Mountain Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. He was receiving a pension of $25 per month. [source: 29]

In 1920, he was living at 2539 Napa Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his daughter Emma Larkin. He was widowed, and had no occupation. [source: 20]

He died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at 11.30 AM on 8 April 1927. He is buried at Northwood Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (The first person buried in his ten double plots there was his mother Elizabeth, in 1898.) [sources: 11, 12, 24 (26 March 1927), 25 (26 Mar), 30 (26 Mar), 32 (26 Mar)]

Researcher

Contact Marianne Kranz at tomarianne@yahoo.com about William Beale.

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 Beal)

2 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 30 December 1863 (W K Beal)

3 letter, Sellers to Bennett, 4 July 1864

4 special order 61, HQ 91st PA, 4 July 1864 (Wm Beal)

5 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 7 May 1863 (Private Beale)

6 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 11 May 1863 (Wm Beele)

7 [list of detailed men, probably from Sept 1864] (William H Beale)

8 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 29 or 30 May 1863 (Private Beals [?])

9 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 6 October 1863 (Pri Beale)

10 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 2 January 1864 (Beal)

11 e-mail, Marianne Kranz, 19 March 2004

12 e-mail, Marianne Kranz, 22 March 2004 (William Henry Harrison Beale)

13 company C, register of men discharged, number 23 (Wm Beal)

14 company C, descriptive roll, entry 101 (Wm Beale)

15 company C, untitled list, probably of status at muster out, entry 15 (Wm Beale)

16 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 2 May 1864 (Pri Beal)

17 company K, list of men transferred, #2 (William Beal)

18 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 595, microfilm series T9, film 1187, page 379 B = 26 handwritten (Wm H Beal)

19 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 38, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 973, microfilm series T623, film 1479, page 243 A = 11 handwritten (Wm H Beale)

20 1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 28th ward, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 932, microfilm series T625, film 1632, page 176 B = 12 handwritten (William Beale)

21 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 3 December 1864 (Privt Beale)

22 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 424 [note uncertain ID] (William H Beal)

23 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 32, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 769, microfilm series T624, film 1404, page 55 = 13 B handwritten (William H Beal)

24 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company C (William Beal)

25 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company K (William Beal)

26 'The ninety-first Pennsylvania volunteers', Philadelphia Press, Wednesday 13 May 1863, page 2 (Wm Beale)

27 'The Ninety-first Pennsylvania at Chancellorville', Philadelphia Inquirer 13 May 1863, page 8 (William Beale)

28 Report of the Board of Managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1913. Serial Set volume 6737, Session volume 140, 63rd Congress, 2nd Session, House Document 459. Page 268 (Wm Beal)

29 Report of the Board of Managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1919. December 1, 1919. Serial Set volume 7755, session volume 84, 66th congress, 2nd session, House Document 365. Page 204 (William Beal)

30 Pennsylvania death indices, 1927 ('Beale,William;--23113;Phila;Mar.26.')

31 pension index, by name (transcribed 29 Apr 13 from Ancestry, image 3585 of 4393) (William Beal)

32 Pennsylvania, veterans burial cards, Philadelphia County (William Beal)

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

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1850 US census
The only candidate I've found is William H Beal (5, b.PA), in Montgomery Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, with Joshua (37, carpenter, b. PA), Elisabeth (36, b. PA), Charles (14), Caraline (10), Maryjane (7), and Edward (9/12) Beal (all b. PA), microfilm series M432, film 800, page 91 verso = 182 handwritten (FamilySearch)
he married Mary E Litle on 12 March 1868 in Ohio and died in Guernsey Ohio in 1920/30, according to Milligan: Scotch Irish to Oregon, a gedcom, available on RootsWeb WorldConnect, contact Jackie Britton, last updated 28 November 2010, accessed 22 May 2013
1860 US census
see the note on the 1850 census above about Wm Beale (16 b. PA), with Elizth (47), Caroline (20, operator), Mary Jane (18), Edward (11), Emanuel (9), and Emma (3), all born PA, in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 12, division 2, page 359 = 139 microfilm series M653, film 1162 (FamilySearch)
1870 US census
Ancestry and FamilySearch indices (accessed 23 May 13)
1930 US census
Ancestry index (accessed May 2007)
death notice
[The Free Library of Philadelphia did not find a death notice for him in the Philadelphia Inquirer or Public Ledger (searched September 2006)]
Genealogy Bank had no Philadelphia newspapers for April 1927 (accessed 29 April 2013)
Find a grave
accessed 27 April 2013 (searched both by name/date and by cemetery)
RootsWeb WorldConnect
accessed 27 April 2013
applications for headstones for military veterans, 1925-1941
FamilySearch index (accessed 29 April 2013)

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William Henry Harrison Beal in the 91st PA gedcom on RootsWeb WorldConnect

William Henry Harrison Beal in the 91st PA database

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 595, microfilm series T9, film 1187, page 379 B = 26 handwritten]
[identification is uncertain]
line3031323334
street nameLamb Tavern Road
house number     
dwelling visit #211    
family visit #259    
nameBeale Wm H- Margaret- Howard- JamesBeale William
colorWWWWW
sexMFMMM
age35273173
month born if born in year     
relationship WifeSonSonUncle
single  111
married11   
widowed/divorced     
married during year     
occupationCorn [?] DealerKeeping house  no occupation
months unemployed     
currently ill?     
blind     
deaf/dumb     
idiotic     
insane     
disabled     
school this year     
can't read     
can't write     
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaGermany
father's birthplacePennPennaPennaPennaGermany
mother's birthplacePennPennaPennaPennaGermany

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 424]
[Whether this is the correct William Beal is not obvious; I did not find any others living in Philadelphia in the Ancestry index (searched January 2008)]
[identification is speculative]

[line] 47
[house] 80
[family] 90
[name] William H Beal
[rank] Sold US
[company] [blank]
[unit] [blank]
[enlistment date] [blank]
[discharge date] [blank]
[length of service] [blank]
[post office address] 1626 N 11th St
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 38, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 973, microfilm series T623, film 1479, page 243 A = 11 handwritten]
[identification is uncertain]
line21222324252627
streetNth 17th St
house number3427      
dwelling number202      
family number205      
nameBeale Wm H- Hannah M- E Howard- James O- Emma- Wm H Jr- Harry
relationshipHeadWifeSonSonDaughterSonSon
colorWWWWWWW
sexMFMMFMM
birth dateOct 1844Jan 1853Mar 1877Jan [?] 1880Nov 1881May 1884Oct 1889
age55472320181610
married?MMSSSSS
# years married2424     
mother of how many children? 7     
# of children living 5     
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigration year       
# years in USA       
naturalized citizen?       
occupationHorse [?] Dealer Bookkeeper  At schoolAt school
# months not employed0 0    
# months in school     1010
can readyes[illegible]yesyesyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
speaks Englishyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
owned/rentedO      
free or mortgagedF      
farm/houseH      
# of farm schedule       

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 32, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 769, microfilm series T624, film 1404, page 55 = 13 B handwritten]
[identification is uncertain]
line717273747576
streetTaney Street
house nr1842     
dwelling nr44     
family nr45     
nameBeal Howard E- Catharine A- Helen M- Marion E- William H- Harry W
relationshipHeadWifeDaughterDaughterFatherBrother
sexMFFFMM
colorWWWWWW
age333051 8/126520
marital statusM1M1SSSS
#years present marriage66    
mother of # children 2    
mother of # living children 2    
birthplacePennsylvaniaNew JerseyPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaNew JerseyPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaNew JerseyNew JerseyNew JerseyPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigrated      
naturalized/alien      
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglish  EnglishEnglish
occupationCollectornonenonenonenoneCommercial Traveler
nature of industry etc.Installment [illegible; perhaps 'House'?]    Moulder [?]
employer etc.W     W
out of work 15 Apr 1910?No    No
# weeks out of work 19090    0
can readyesyes  yesyes
can writeyesyes  yesyes
school since 1 Sep 09      
owned/rentedR     
owned free or mortagaged      
farm/houseH     
nr on farm schedule      
civil war vet    UA 
blind      
deaf & dumb      

1920 census

[1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 28th ward, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 932, microfilm series T625, film 1632, page 176 B = 12 handwritten]
[identification is uncertain]
line5758
streetNapa St
house number2539 
dwelling visit number272 
family visit number286 
nameLarkin EmmaBeale William
relationshipHeadFather
own/rentR 
free/mortgaged (if owned)  
sexFM
raceWW
age at last birthday3975
marital statusMWd
year of immigration  
naturalized/alien  
year of naturalization  
attended school since Sept 1919  
can readYesYes
can writeYesYes
birth placePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
native language  
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's native language  
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's native language  
can speak EnglishYesYes
occupationSalesladyNone
industry, businessDepartment Store 
employment statusW 
number of farm schedule  

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 10 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Beale William
Co. K C, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Beal William
     William H.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

Pennsylvania, veterans burial cards, 1777-1999

[Pennsylvania, veterans burial cards, Philadelphia County, William Beal]
[transcribed 29 April 2013, from Ancestry, image 43 of 48]

PHILADELPHIA COUNTY
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Department of Military Affairs

2037
BEAL WILLIAM
SERIAL NO. [blank]
DATE OF BIRTH 1845
DATE OF DEATH Mar. 26, 1927
VETERAN OF Civil WAR
DATES OF SERVICE 12/2/61-12/2/64
SERVED IN Army
CEMETERY
NAME Northwood
LOCATION Phila., Pa,
LOCATION OF GRAVE IN CEMETERY [blank]
HEADSTONE OR MONUMENT [blank]
INFORMATION GIVEN BY REGISTRAR OF VETERANS' GRAVES Date: [blank]
REMARKS [blank]

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 13 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Beal William
     William H.
Co. K, C, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

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