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Michael Connelly

Before the war

He was born in 1835/36, in Galway, Ireland. [sources: date: 4 (25 in 1861). place: 4]

He married Hannah [unknown family name]. She was born in 1837/38, in Ireland. They had one child under sixteen in 1866:

[sources: 9, 10]

When he enlisted, he was a lab[orer]. [source: 4]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 6 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, blue eyes, and brown hair. [source: 4]

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 23 December 1861. He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Captain Casner. He was mustered in, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as a private in company K, by L T Matlock [?]. [sources: 1, 4, 11, 12, 13, 14]

On 26 June 1862, he was in Prince-Street Hospital, Alexandria, Virginia. He was wounded. [source: 6]

He was killed on 3 May 1863 at Chancellorsville, Virginia. On 7 May 1863, he was reported as missing in action. The regiment still had him listed as missing in action on 30 June 1864. He was a private in company K. [sources: 1, 2, 3, 6 (missing), 7 (missing), 11, 12, 13, 14]

After the war

Hannah Connolly, Michael Connolly's widow, applied for an increase in pension under the Act of 25 July 1866. Her application was accepted, retroactive to 3 May 1863, for $8 per month, with an additional $2 per month for each child less than sixteen years old. Her pension was paid at the New York City agency. [source: 9]

In 1870, his widow, Hannah Connolly, was living in ward 6, New York, New York. She was living with their son Peter, and with Kate Flaherty. She was a laundress. [source: 10]

On 15 January 1876, James Gill, guardian of a minor dependent, applied successfully for a pension. [sources: 5, 8]

On 28 January 1876, Hannah Connolly's pension file was consolidated with the application for a pension for his minor (apparently also filed from New York). [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)

2 letter, Gregory to Breck, 30 June 1864

3 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 7 May 1863 (Michael Connelly)

4 company K, descriptive roll (Michael Connelly)

5 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company K (Michael Connolly)

6 'The ninety-first Pennsylvania volunteers', Philadelphia Press, Wednesday 13 May 1863, page 2 (Michael Connelly)

7 'The sick and wounded Pennsylvania soldiers in Washington', Philadelphia Press Saturday 28 June 1862, page 1 (Michael Connelly)

8 pension index, by name (Michael Connolly)

9 widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, widow's pension certificate 101, 299 (Hannah Connolly widow of Michael Connolly)

10 1870 US census, New York, New York, ward 6, election district 4, microfilm series M593, film 978, page 255 verso = 8 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Hannah Connolly)

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

12 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Michael Connelley)

13 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Michael Conoley)

14 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Michael Conoly)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1850 US census
a Michael Connolly (17, b. Ireland, clerk) was living with John Connolly (23, b. Ireland, liquor dealer) in ward 5, New York, New York (microfilm series M432, film 537, page 258 verso = 516 handwritten)
a Michael Connolly (13, b. Ireland) was living with Bernard Connolly (45, b. Ireland, laborer) et al., in ward 16, New York, New York (microfilm series M432, film 553, page 201 verso)
1860 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 18 Oct 12)
a Michael Connolly, 25, b. Ireland, laborer, was living in New Utrecht Ward, Kings County, New York, microfilm series M653, film 776, page 762 = 92 handwritten (FamilySearch)
a Michael Connelly, 25, b. Ireland, mason, was living with Hugh I Connelly (33, b. Ireland, mason) and Mary Connelly (27, b. NY), in ward 10, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York, microfilm series M653, film 769, page 410 = 268 handwritten (FamilySearch)
1880 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 18 Oct 12)
1890 US census, veterans schedule
Ancestry index (accessed 18 Oct 12)
1900 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 18 Oct 12)
1910 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 18 Oct 12)
1920 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 18 Oct 12)
1930 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 18 Oct 12)
US National Cemetery interment control records, 1928-1962
Ancestry index (accessed 18 October 2012)
Pennsylvania veterans burial cards
Ancestry index (accessed 18 October 2012)
A Michael Connelly, who served in the Civil War (no further information about service), was buried in St Denis Cemetery, Merwood, Delaware County, PA (no further information)
FamilySearch for headstones for military veterans, 1925-1941
Ancestry index (accessed 18 October 2012)
records of headstones of deceased Union veterans, 1879-1903
FamilySearch index (accessed 18 October 2012)
GenealogyBank
searched Philadelphia newspapers for Michael Connelly or Connolly 1863-1864 (accessed 18 October 2012)
Find a grave
searched Michael Connolly/Connelly buried in PA, or died 1863 (accessed 18 October 2012)

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Michael Connolly in the 91st PA gedcom on RootsWeb WorldConnect

Michael Connelly in the 91st PA database

1870 census

[1870 US census, New York, New York, ward 6, election district 4, microfilm series M593, film 978, page 255 verso = 8 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is likely, given Hannah and Peter's names and Peter's age (see the brief widow's pension certificate file abstracted below)]
line91011
Dwelling-house number13  
Family number57  
NameFlaherty KateConnolly Hannah- Peter
Age60329
SexFFM
ColorWWW
OccupationKeeping houseLaundress 
Real estate value   
Personal estate value   
BirthplaceIreland"New York
Father foreign born111
Mother foreign born111
Birth month if born within year   
Marriage month if married within year   
Attended school past year  1
Can't read11 
Can't write11 
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.   
Male US citizen at least 21 years old   
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 3 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Connelly Michael
Co. K, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 23 March 2014]

Connelley Michael
Co. K, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Connelly Michael

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 3, transcribed 23 March 2014]

Conoley Michael
Co. K, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Connelly Michael

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 4, transcribed 24 March 2014]

Conoly Michael
Co. K, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Connelly Michael

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

widow's pension certificate file

[widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, widow's pension certificate 101, 299, Hannah Connolly widow of Michael Connolly]
[abstracted from 3 pages on Fold3, October 2012]
*
Michael Connolly had one child less than 16 on 25 July 1866: Peter, who [turned 16 on] 31 October 1876 (p.2)
*
Hannah Connolly, widow of Michael Connolly (private K 91 PA) applied for an increase in pension under the act of 25 July 1866 (p.2)
accepted retroactive to 3 May 1863, at a rate of $8 per month, with an additional $2 per month for each child less than 16 years old retroactive to 25 July 1866 (p.2)
New York City agency (p.2)
28 January 1876
her pension certificate file was consolidated with minors application 224,311 (apparently filed from NY) (p.3)

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