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William Black

Before the war

He was born in Ireland, probably in 1820/21. [sources: date: 3 (22 in 1861), 6 (42 in 1863; 54 in 1875). place: 3, 6]

When he enlisted, he was a laborer. [source: 6]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 7 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, grey eyes, and dark hair. [sources: 3, 6 (5'7", light complexion, gray eyes, dark hair)]

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 11 October 1861. He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Colonel Zinn. He was mustered in as a private in company H, on 25 November 1861. He had rifle number 78. [sources: 1, 3, 4, 6 (11 Oct, 11 Sep), 8]

He was injured by falling from a horse, while he was carrying telegraphic dispatches. This caused bilateral inguinal hernias. He later claimed it also injured his back. [source: 6]

He was discharged at Alexandria, Virginia, on 14 August 1862 on surgeon's certificate of disability. Surgeon I D Knight of the 91st Pennsylvania certified that he was disabled. He was a private, in company H. [sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8]

After the war

On 26 August 1863, he successfully applied for a pension, from Washington DC, under the Act of 14 August 1862. He was living in Washington, DC. [sources: 4, 5, 6]

In 1870, perhaps he is the William Black who was living in Washington, DC, with William B Mills and others. If so, he was a laborer, and owned $200 in personal property. [source: 7]

On 15 March 1875, he applied for an increase in pension. He was received $4 per month. His hernias 'depired him of doing a fair days work of manual labor'. [source: 6]

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 Black)

2 company H, register of men discharged, #21 (William Black)

3 company H, descriptive roll, #40 (William Black)

4 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company H (William Black)

5 pension index, by name (accessed 4 October 2013, on Ancestry) (William Black)

6 pension documents packet, National Archives and Records Administration, certificate 115,076 (William Black)

7 1870 US census, Washington, District of Columbia, microfilm series M593, film 126, page 479 verso = 404 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Wm Black)

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

Pennsylvania veterans' burial records
Ancestry index (accessed 7 Apr 12)
a William Black (1844-1893) who served in the Civil War (no unit listed) was buried in St Pauls Evangelical Cemetery, N S Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
a William T Black (1833-1912) who served in the Civil War (no unit listed) was buried in Deer Creek Cemetery, Harmar Twp, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
a W W Black (no dates) who served in the Civil War (no unit listed) was buried in Old Rosemont Cemetery, Bloomsburg, Columbia County, Pennsylvania
records of headstones of deceased Union veterans, 1879-1903
FamilySearch index (accessed 11 January 2014)
headstone applications for US military veterans, 1925-1949
FamilySearch index (accessed 11 January 2014)
1850 US census
searched FamilySearch for William Black, born Ireland 1837/1840, living in Philadelphia, found no entries (accessed 11 January 2014)
searched Ancestry for William Black, born Ireland 1818-1822, living in Philadelphia or DC (accessed 1 March 2014)
1860 US census
searched FamilySearch for William Black, born Ireland 1837/1840, living in Philadelphia, found no entries (accessed 11 January 2014)
searched Ancestry for William Black, born Ireland 1818-1822, living in Philadelphia or DC (accessed 1 March 2014)
1870 US census
searched FamilySearch for William Black, born Ireland 1837/1840, living in Philadelphia, found no entries (accessed 11 January 2014)
searched Ancestry for William Black, born Ireland 1818-1822, living in Philadelphia or DC (accessed 1 March 2014)
1880 US census
searched FamilySearch for William Black, born Ireland 1837/1840, living in Philadelphia, found no entries (accessed 11 January 2014)
searched Ancestry for William Black, born Ireland 1818-1822, living in Philadelphia or DC (accessed 1 March 2014)
1890 US census, veterans schedules
a William Black "Sol U.S.-No Record" was living at 1515 S 19th Street, Philadelphia (image 2096 of 2793 on FamilySearch [accessed 11 January 2014])
a Wm Black, Private PA Vol was living in Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania (FamilySearch)
1900 US census
searched FamilySearch for William Black, born Ireland 1837/1840, living in Philadelphia, found no entries (accessed 11 January 2014)
searched Ancestry for William Black, born Ireland 1818-1822, living in Philadelphia or DC (accessed 1 March 2014)
1910 US census
searched FamilySearch for William Black, born Ireland 1837/1840, living in Philadelphia, found no entries (accessed 11 January 2014)
searched Ancestry for William Black, born Ireland 1818-1822, living in Philadelphia or DC (accessed 1 March 2014)
1920 US census
searched FamilySearch for William Black, born Ireland 1837/1840, living in Philadelphia, found no entries (accessed 11 January 2014)
searched Ancestry for William Black, born Ireland 1818-1822, living in Philadelphia or DC (accessed 1 March 2014)
1930 US census
searched FamilySearch for William Black, born Ireland 1837/1840, living in Philadelphia, found no entries (accessed 11 January 2014)
searched Ancestry for William Black, born Ireland 1818-1822, living in Philadelphia or DC (accessed 1 March 2014)
1940 US census
searched FamilySearch for William Black, born Ireland 1837/1840, living in Philadelphia, found no entries (accessed 11 January 2014)
searched Ancestry for William Black, born Ireland 1818-1822, living in Philadelphia or DC (accessed 1 March 2014)
District of Columbia deaths, 1874-1959
FamilySearch index (accessed 22 February 2014)
District of Columbia deaths and burials, 1840-1964
FamilySearch index (accessed 22 February 2014)
William H Black, 86 years old, born PA, married, died 14 Aug 1909, buried 16 Aug 1909
Wm Black, born 1826, England, widowed, farmer, died 31 March 1876, buried 1 April 1876, Potter's Field
DC, Glenwood cemetery records, 1854-2013
FamilySearch [no relevant entries] (accessed 22 February 2014)
Find a grave
no relevant William Black's buried in DC (but of course he may have been buried elsewhere)

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William Black in the 91st PA database

pension documents packet

[pension documents packet, National Archives and Records Administration, certificate 115,076, William Black]
[eight pages, transcribed 22 February 2014]


[page 1]
THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES
SOLDIER'S CERTIFICATE
No. 115,076
VETERAN William Black
RANK Private
SERVICE Co H.--91" Pa Vols.
CAN No. 2050
BUNDLE NO. 29

[page 2]

CLAIM FOR INVALID PENSION.
Philp & Solomons, Printers and Stationers, 332 Penn. Avenue, [illegible]

District of Columbia, County of Washington ss.

On this [blank] day of [blank] 1863, personally appeared before me, a Clerk of a Court of Record, in the County and District aforesaid, William Black, aged forty two years, a resident of Washington City District of Columbia, who being duly sworn declares, that he is the identical William Black who enlisted in the service of the United States at Philadelphia, in the State of Pennsylvania, on the Eleventh day of October, 1861, as a Private in Company H commanded by Charles Henry in the 91st Regiment of Pennsylvania, in the War of 1861, and was honorably discharged on the 14th day of August 1862 That while in the service aforesaid, and in the line of his duty, he received a fall from a Horse which injured his back, and also has hernia occasioned by the fall from the Horse

He makes this application for a pension, provided by the Act of Congress approved July 14, 1862; and hereby appoints James Gilliland of Washington City D.C. his lawful attorney, and authorizes him to present and prosecute this claim, and to receive and receipt for any orders or certificates which may be issued in satisfaction thereof.

William Black

Also personally appeared before me, Charles Sherman and Orestes R Brackitt [?], residents of the District aforesaid, to me well known as credible persons, who being duly sworn, declare that they were present and saw said William Black sign his name to the foregoing declaration, and that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of the applicant and their acquaintance with him, that he is the identical person he represents himself to be, and that his character and habits are good, and that his occupation is that of a laborer; and they further state, that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.

Charles Sherman
Orestes R Brackett

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 21 [?] day of August 1863; and I hereby certify that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.

R I Meigs M [illegible]
Supt D.C.

[page 3]

Penna State Agency
487 11 St
Washington City D.C.

Jas Gilliland
Attorney

[illegible]
Aug 26 1863
PENSION OFFICE

[page 4]

B DECLARATION FOR THE INCREASE OF AN INVALID PENSION. B

District of Columbia, COUNTY OF Washington, ss:

On this 15th day of March, A.D. one thousand eight hundred and seventy-five, personally appeared before me, Frederick A. Boswell a Notary Public within and for the county and District aforesaid, William Black, aged 54 years, a resident of Washington, county of Washington District of Columbia, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is a pensioner of the United States, duly enrolled at the Washington D.C. Pension Agency at the rate of Four dollars per month, by reason of disability incurred in the Military service of the United States while a private of Company "H" 91st Regiment Infantry Penna Vols., that his present physical condition is such that he believes himself entitled to receive an increased pension; and that he herewith returns his present pension certificate.

He further declares that he is disabled in the following manner, to wit: with the double Hernia on both Sides of his body, and it has deprived him of doing a fair days work of manual labor. [crossed out]

William Black

Also personally appeared Jacob S Silnor [?], residing at Washington DC and Richard Washington, residing at Washington DC, persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn, say they were present and saw William Black, the claimant, sign his name (or make his mark) to the foregoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of said claimant and their acquaintance with him, that he is the identical person he represents himself to be; and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.

J A Syllnor
Richard Washington X his mark

SWORN to and subscribed before me this 15th day of March, A.D. 1875, and I hereby certify that the contents of the above declaration, &c.; were fully made known and explained to the applicant and witnesses before swearing, including the words the same being a Court of record + District added [sic; in fact 'the same being a Court of record' was deleted]; and that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.

Frederick A Boswell
Notary Public

[page 5]

CERTIFICATE OF DISABILITY FOR DISCHARG [sic]
In the case of
William Black
a P Co. H
91st Reg't of Penn

John Campbell
[illegible]
Geo. Allen Jr.

HEAD QUARTERS
MILITARY DIST. OF WASHINGTON
Discharged Aug 11th 1862
BY COMMAND OF BRIG. GEN. WADSWORTH
[illegible signature]

Received (A. G. Office) [blank] 186[blank]

[page 6]

ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES.
CERTIFICATE OF DISABILITY FOR DISCHARGE.
(To be used, in duplicate, in all cases of discharge on account of disability.)

Private Wm Black of Captain Charles Henry Company, (H) of the Ninety first Regiment of Penn Vols was enlisted by Lt [?] Black of the 91st Regiment of Infantry Penn vol at Philadelphia on the 11th day of October 1861, to serve 3 years; he was born in Ireland in the Kingdom of Grate [sic] Briton [sic], is 42 years of age, 5 feet 7 inches high, Light complexion, Gray eyes, Dark hair, and by occupation when enlisted a Laborer During the last two months said soldier has been unfit for duty 60 days.




STATION: Alexandria Va
DATE: August 14th
Capt Chas Henry Commanding Company.

I CERTIFY, that I have carefully examined the said Wm Black, of Captain Henry's Company, and find him incapable of performing the duties of a soldier, because of Double Inguinal Hernia, which originated by being thrown from his horse while in the line of his duty carrying Telegraphic despatches for which he had been employed

I D Knight
Surgeon.
91st P.V.


DISCHARGED, this Fourteenth day of August 1862 at Alexandria Va

E M Gregory
Col Commanding the Post.

[page 7]

CERTIFICATE OF DISABILITY FOR DISCHARGE
In the case of
William Black
a P Co. H
91st Reg't of Penn

APPROVED.
John Campbell
[illegible]
Dup for Pers Office
A. G. Office Oct 11 /62
Geo. Allen, Jr.
Act [?] A. Genl

HEAD QUARTERS
MILITARY DIST. OF WASHINGTON
Discharged Aug 11th 1862
BY COMMAND OF BRIG. GEN WADSWORTH
[illegible]

Received (A. G. Office) [blank] 186[blank]

[page 8]

Adjutant General's Office,
Washington, D. C.,
May 28", 1867.

Sir:

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your Office of application for Pension No. 31,341, and to return it herewith, with such information as is furnished by the files of this Office.

It appears from the Rolls on file in this Office, that William Black was enrolled on the 11th [?] day of Sept, 1861, at Phila, Pa. in Co. H 91st Regiment of Pa. Volunteers, to serve 3 years, or during the war, and mustered into service as a Pvt. on the 25" day of Nov 1861, at Phila, Pa., in Co. "H", 91st Regiment of Pa. Volunteers, to serve 3 years, or during the war. On the Muster Roll of Co. "H" of that Regiment, for the months of July + Aug 1862, he is reported "Discharged at Alexandria Va Aug 14" 1862, for Disability" Nature of Disability "Hernia" Whether Disy. was the result of injuries recd in action or line of duty not stated.


I am, Sir, very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
Saml Breck
Assistant Adjutant General.

The Commissioner of Pensions,
Washington, D.C.

Memoranda.
Name of applicant, [blank]
Address, [blank]

1870 census

[1870 US census, Washington, District of Columbia, microfilm series M593, film 126, page 479 verso = 404 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is speculative]
line10111213
Dwelling-house number3062    
Family number3255    
NameMills Wm B- Rose- EllenBlack Wm
Age3037845
SexMFFM
ColorWWWW
OccupationHucksterKeeping HSchLaborer
Real estate value     
Personal estate value   200
Birthplace" [sc. Virginia]MarylandD.CIreland
Father foreign born   1
Mother foreign born   1
Birth month if born within year     
Marriage month if married within year     
Attended school past year  1 
Can't read 1  
Can't write 1  
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.     
Male US citizen at least 21 years old1  1
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 11 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


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

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

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