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Alem Marr Brittain

Before the war

He was born on 17 September 1809, near Light Street, Columbia County, Pennsylvania, to John Brittain (born in Northampton County PA) and Margaret Albertson (of New Jersey) (5, 8 [71 [?] in 1880], 11 [50 in 1860], 14 [60 in 1870]). His grandfather, Zeboeth Brittain, and Zeboeth's five brothers fought in the Revolutionary War--three on each side, because their father "was a zealous King's man", and their mother "was as zealous for the colonies" (5). (Wiliam, James, and Joseph fought for Britain, and Nathaniel, Zeboeth, and Samuel for the colonies (5).)

He was converted to Methodism on 9 September 1822, at a camp meeting in Greenwood Township (5).

He was a noted Methodist circuit rider, appointed in 1830 (5). He travelled the "Philipsburg Circuit", which was a 300-mile circuit in Centre, Clearfield, and Elk Counties, and received five dollars per month (5).

He was married to Jemima Goodfellow, on 6 April 1834 (5). She was born on 27 January 1812, in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, to Isaiah Goodfellow and Mary R Antes (5). In 1900, she had had eight children, five of whom were alive (13). Their children include (5):

In 1843 and 1844, he was the minister on the Methodist Episcopal Sunbury circuit, which extended from the Susquehanna River to Broad Mountain, between Mahantango and Nescopeck Creeks (6, ch.14, part 2, p.507). In 1844, he was the minister of the Methodist Episcopal church in Shamokin (6, ch.17, part 2, page 635). In 1845 and 1846, he was the minister of the Methodist Episcopal church in Milton (6, ch.16, part 2, page 572).

In 1850, he was living in Bellefonte, Centre County, Pennsylvania (12). He was a Methodist Clergyman (12). He was living with his wife J P Brittain, and five children (presumably theirs) (12). Two children (9 and 11 years old) had been born in Ohio (12).

In 1860, he was living in Dublin, Harford County, Maryland (11). He was a Methodist Episcopal Minister, and owned $200 in personal property (12). He was living with his wife Jemimah, and two people who are probably his sons, Haines [?] and Mechilla [?] Britton (12).

During the war

He was commissioned in the 91st Pennsylvania Infantry on 1 March 1864 (1 [mustered 1 Mar], 4 [mustered 1 Mar], 8, 9; presumably this is the effective date). He was mustered in on 23 March 1864 (8). He was the regimental chaplain (1, 4, 5, 15, 16).

He joined the regiment on 15 April 1864 (8).

On 24 July 1864, he was sent to the division hospital, sick (10).

He was discharged on surgeon's certificate of disability on 28 July 1864, by special order (1, 3, 4, 9). He was the regimental chaplain (15, 16).

After the war

In 1870, he was living in Mifflin Township, Columbia County, Pennsylvania (14). He was living with Jacob Creasy (14). He was a clergyman, and owned $300 in personal property (14).

From 1876 to 1878, he was the minister of the Methodist Episcopal church at Mt Carmel (6, ch.18, p.671).

In 1880, he was living in Berwick, Pennsylvania (7). He was a clergyman (7). He was living with his wife, Jamima [?] P Brittain (7).

He died on 9 November 1889, in Bloomsburg, Columbia County, Pennsylvania (5). He was survived by his wife, four sons, and one daughter (Mrs Rev Ebenezer A Smith) (5).

He was buried in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick, Columbia County, Pennsylvania (5).

In 1890, Jemima P Brittain was living in Bloomsburg, Columbia County, Pennsylvania (9).

In 1900, his widow was living at 149 First Street, Bloomsburg, Columbia County, Pennsylvania (13). She was living with her daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and Abe Smith (13).

Jemimah Brittain died on 17 July 1905 (5).

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 Official army register

3 special order 184, HQ 5th Army Corps, 28 July 1864

4 regimental descriptive book

5 White(Lind)-Brittatin(McGill) gedcom, on WorldConnect, contact Jean White, last updated 5 August 2003, searched 3 May 2004 [this extremely useful GEDCOM cites several sources, including an obituary in the "Report of Central Pennsylvania Conference of ME Church, 1890, pp.79-80"] (Alem [Elam] Marr Brittain)

6 Bell's History of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. Available on US GENWEB, at Rootsweb.com. (Searched 3 May 2004.)

7 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Columbia County, Berwick, supervisor's district 5, enumeration district 164, page 34C = 11 handwritten, microfilm series T9, film 1118 (Alem Brittain)

8 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 15 April 1864 (A Brittain)

9 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Columbia, Bloomsburg, supervisor's district 4, enumeration district 6, page 7, line 39 (Jemima P Brittain, widow of Alem Brittain)

10 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 24 July 1864 (A Brittain)

11 1860 US census, Maryland, Harford County, 5th Dublin District, microfilm series M653, film 476, page 367 = page 87 handwritten (Alem Britton)

12 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Centre County, Bellefonte, microfilm series M432, film 763, page 165 (A Brittain)

13 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Columbia County, 1st precinct, Town of Bloomsburg, supervisor's district 6, enumeration district 4, page 76A = 7A handwritten, microfilm series T623, film 1398 (Jermimah Britian)

14 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Columbia County, Mifflin Township, microfilm series M593, film 1329, page 294 verso = 4 handwritten (Alem Brittan)

15 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Alem Brittan)

16 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Alem A Brittain)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

pension index cards
Ancestry index (accessed June 2005)
1910 US census
HeritageQuest index (accessed March 2010)
1920 US census
HeritageQuest index (accessed March 2010)
1930 US census
Footnote index (accessed 5 September 2010)

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Centre County, Bellefonte, microfilm series M432, film 763, page 165]
line16171819202122
Dwellings visited106       
Families visited124       
NameA. BrittainJ. P. BrittainB. W. BrittainN [?] S BrittainM. M. BrittainM. C. BrittainJ. H. [?] Brittain
Age40381311972
SexMFMMFMM
ColorClergyman Meth      
Occupation of males over 15 years        
Real estate owned        
BirthplaceDo [sc. Penna]DoDoOhioOhioPennaDo
Married within year        
Attended school within year  1111 
Over 20 & can't read/write       
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.       

1860 census

[1860 US census, Maryland, Harford County, 5th Dublin District, microfilm series M653, film 476, page 367 = page 87 handwritten]
line891011
Dwelling number614   
Family number592   
NameAlem BrittonJemima "Haines [?] "Mechilla [?] "
Age50471217
SexMFMM
Color    
OccupationM.E. Minister   
Value of real estate owned    
Value of personal estate200   
Place of birthPenna"""
Married within year    
Attended school within year  11
Cannot read & write    
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.    

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Columbia County, Mifflin Township, microfilm series M593, film 1329, page 294 verso = 4 handwritten]
[I did not transcribe the five other people at this residence, headed by Jacob Creasy; Jemimah Brittain is not listed]
line23
Dwelling-house number[30]
Family number[36]
NameBrittan Alem
Age60
SexM
ColorW
OccupationClergyman
Real estate value 
Personal estate value300
Birthplace" [sc. Pennsylvania]
Father foreign born 
Mother foreign born 
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 ... 

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Columbia County, Berwick, supervisor's district 5, enumeration district 164, page 34C = 11 handwritten, microfilm series T9, film 1118]
line56
street name  
house number  
dwelling visit #[83] 
family visit #118 
nameAlem BrittainJamima [??] P "
colorWW
sexMF
age71 [?]68 [?]
month born if born in year  
relationship Wife
single  
married11
widowed/divorced  
married during year  
occupationClergymanKeeping House
months unemployed  
currently ill?  
blind  
deaf/dumb  
idiotic  
insane  
disabled  
school this year  
can't read  
can't write  
birthplacePa.Pa.
father's birthplacePa.Pa.
mother's birthplacePa.Pa.

[1890 veterans' census]

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Columbia, Bloomsburg, supervisor's district 4, enumeration district 6, page 7]
[line] 39
[house] 395
[family] 399
[name] Brittain Jemima P. widow of Brittain Alem
[rank] Chaplain
[company] [blank]
[unit] 91 Pa Inf
[enlistment date] Mch 1 1864
[discharge date] 28 July 1864
[length of service] 0 years 4 months 27 days
[post office address] " " [sc. Bloomsburg Pa]
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Columbia County, 1st precinct, Town of Bloomsburg, supervisor's district 6, enumeration district 4, page 76A = 7A handwritten, microfilm series T623, film 1398]
line383940
streetFirst
house number149  
dwelling number148  
family number152  
nameBrittian [sic] Jermimah [sic]Smith Abe A.- Margaret M
relationshipheads in lawdaughter
colorWWW
sexFMF
birth dateJan 1812May 1827June 1840
age887359
married?WdMM
# years married 4343
mother of how many children?8  
# of children living5  
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaOhio
father's birthplaceIrelandPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaNew YorkPennsylvania
immigration year   
# years in USA   
naturalized citizen?   
occupation Minister 
# months not employed 3 
# months in school   
can readyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyes
speaks Englishyesyesyes
owned/rentedO  
free or mortgagedM  
farm/houseH  
# 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 8 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Brittan, Alem
F + S., 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Chaplain | Chaplain
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Brittain, Alem
     or Alem A.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 17 March 2014]

Brittain, Alem
     or Alem A.
Co. F. + S., 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Chaplain | Chaplain
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

muster-out roll

[muster-out roll, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, record group 19, series 19.11, records of the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs]
[transcribed from Pennsylvania, Civil War Muster Rolls, 1860-1869, on Ancestry, 27 May 2015]


NUMBER OF EACH GRADE.
NAMES. PRESENT AND ABSENT.
RANK.
AGE.
JOINED FOR SERVICE AND ENROLLED AT GENERAL RENDEZVOUS--COMMENCEMENT OF FIRST PAYMENT BY TIME.WHEN.
WHERE.
BY WHOM.
PERIOD.
MUSTERED INTO SERVICE.WHEN.
WHERE.
BY WHOM.
LAST PAID.BY PAYMASTER.
TO WHAT TIME.
TRAVELING.To place of rendezvous, No. of miles.
From place of discharge home, No. of miles.
Clothing ActDue U.S
Due Soldier
AMOUNT for clothing in kind, or in money advanced.
VALUE OF equipments, arms &c., received from the United States, to be paid for if lost or destroyed.
BountyPaid
Due
 
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