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George S Duncan

Before the war

When he enlisted, he was born in 1822/23 (2 (38 in 1861), 4 (38 in 1861), 8 [40 in 1860], 9 [50 in 1870], 10 [62 at death in 1880], 20 [62 at death]). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2, 4, 8, 9, 10, 19).

In 1860, he was living in ward 12, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (8). He was a sheet iron worker, and owned $600 in personal property (8). He was living with Ann (presumably his wife), and with Debora, Nathan, Susannah, and Horace (presumably their children (8).

When he enlisted, he was a sheet iron worker (2).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 4 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, blue eyes, and brown hair (2, 4). He had a scar and a raised [?] nail on the little finger of his left hand (4).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 18 September 1861 (1, 2, 4, 5, 19). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Captain Smith (4, 5). He was mustered in at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2). He was a private, in company C (1, 21).

He was discharged at Camp near Falmouth, Virginia, on 31 January 1863 [or possibly 27 January (2)] on surgeon's certificate of disability, by order of the medical director of the division (1, 2, 3, 5, 19 [31 Jan 1862]). He was a private, in company C (21).

After the war

Probably in fall 1869, he was a sheet iron worker, and lived at 5 Rechel's Row, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (11).

In 1870, he was living in ward 12, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (9). He was living with Ann (presumably his wife), and Debby, Nathaniel, Susanah, Horace, and George (presumably their children (9).

On 11 August 1870, he applied unsuccessfully for a pension (6, 7).

Probably in fall 1871, he was an ironworker, and lived at 1 [?] Rechel's Row, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (12).

Probably in fall 1872, he was a laborer, and lived at rear 493 Dillwyn Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (13).

Probably in fall 1873, he was a laborer, and lived at rear 493 Dillwyn Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (14).

Probably in fall 1874, he was a janitor, and lived at rear 493 Dillwyn Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (15).

Probably in fall 1876, he was a janitor, and lived at 508 Dillwyn Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (16).

On 8 May 1878, he was mustered into George G Meade Post, Number 1, Pennsylvania, Grand Army of the Republic (19).

Probably in fall 1878, he was a janitor, and lived at 528 Dillwyn Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (17).

Probably in fall 1879, he was a janitor, and lived at 528 Dillwyn Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (18).

His wife died "some months" before he did, and he was depressed after her death (20).

On 6 April 1880, he died, of an accidental dose of laudanum (10, 19, 20). He was living at rear 530 Dillwyn Street (20). He was found said at the Saunders Public School, where he was janitor (20). He died at, or was buried from, Dilwyn Street below Green Street, 12th ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (10). He was married (10). He was a lamplighter (10). On 9 April 1880, he was buried, at [Greenwood] Knights of Pythias Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (10, 19 [North Cedar Hill]). The George G Meade GAR post paid for the service, and performed the Grand Army service at the grave (19).

On 7 December 1889, his minor dependent, Horace M Duncan (and others) applied unsuccessfully from New Jersey for a pension (6, 7).

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 discharge certificate, George S. Duncan (supplied by Dennis Clowney)

3 company C, register of men discharged, number 10 (George S Duncan)

4 company C, descriptive roll, entry 29 (George S Duncan)

5 company C, untitled list, probably of status at muster out, entry 26 (George S Duncan)

6 pension index, by name (George S Duncan)

7 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company C (George S Duncan)

8 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 12, microfilm series M653, film 1162, page 111 = 111 handwritten (George S Duncan)

9 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 12, 3rd division, Dillwyn Street East Side, page 679 verso = 14 handwritten (Geo Duncan)

10 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 6 April 1880 (George Duncan)

11 1870 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 490 (George S Duncan)

12 1872 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 449 (George S Duncan)

13 1873 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 446 (George S Duncan)

14 1874 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 425 (George S Duncan)

15 1875 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 456 (George S Duncan)

16 1877 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 438 (George S Duncan)

17 1879 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 477 (George S Duncan)

18 1880 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 505 (George S Duncan)

19 Joseph Ripley Chandler Ward. History of George G. Meade Post No. One Department of Pennsylvania Grand Army of the Republic. Philadelphia, 1889. Page 95 (George S Duncan)

20 death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 8 April 1880 page 2 (George Duncan)

21 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (George S Duncan)

GAR history

[Joseph Ripley Chandler Ward. History of George G. Meade Post No. One Department of Pennsylvania Grand Army of the Republic. Philadelphia, 1889. Page 95]

On April 6th Comrade George S. Duncan died, and was buried on the 9th at Frankford. The Post took full charge of the funeral, bearing the whole expense. A committee of the Post, under Past Commander Jos. R. C. Ward, accompanied the remains to the cemetery and performed the Grand Army service at the grave.

George S. Duncan was born in Philadelphia, Penna.; enlisted as private in Co. C, 91st Reg't Penna. Vols., on September 18, 1861; was discharged January 31, 1862 [sic]. He was mustered into Geo. G. Meade Post, No. 1, Department of Penna., May 8, 1878, and died April 6, 1880, aged sixty-one years. Buried at North Cedar Hill Cemetery, Frankford, Philadelphia, Pa.

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 12, microfilm series M653, film 1162, page 111 = 111 handwritten]
line252627282930
Dwelling number604     
Family number790     
NameGeorge S DuncanAnn [?] K doDebora [?] do.Nathan [?] doSusannah K doHorace [?] M do
Age4036121083
SexMFFMFM
Color      
OccupationSheet Iron Worker     
Value of real estate owned      
Value of personal estate600     
Place of birthdo [sc. Penna]dododododo
Married within year      
Attended school within year  111 
Cannot read & write      
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.      

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 12, 3rd division, Dillwyn Street East Side, page 679 verso = 14 handwritten]
line29303132333435
Dwelling-house number[illegible]      
Family number5      
NameDuncan Geo- Ann- Debby- Nathaniel- Susanah- Horace- George
Age50402020201510
SexMFFMFMM
Color       
Occupation       
Real estate value       
Personal estate value       
Birthplace       
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 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 30 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Duncan George S
Co. C, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

Philadelphia city directories

[1870 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 490]
Duncan George S., sheetiron worker, h 5 Rechel's row

[1872 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 449]
Duncan George S., ironworker, h 1 [?] Rechel's row [no George janitor, no one on Dillwyn]

[1873 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 446]
Duncan George S., laborer, h r 493 Dillwyn [no George ironworker, no one on Rechel's Row]

[1874 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 425]
Duncan George S., laborer, h r 493 Dillwyn [no George ironworker, no one on Rechel's Row]

[1875 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 456]
Duncan George S., janitor, h r 493 Dillwyn [no sheetiron worker, no other George S, none on Rechel's Row]

[1877 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 438]
Duncan George S., janitor, h 508 Dillwyn

[1879 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 477]
Duncan George S., janitor, h 528 Dillwyn

[1880 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 505]
Duncan George S., janitor, h 528 Dillwyn

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 6 April 1880, George Duncan]
[despite the different occupation, I am reasonably confident this is the George S Duncan in the 1880 directory; the address and the fact that this George is not in the 1881 or 1882 city directories suggests that]

RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
CORONER'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, George Duncan
2. Color, white
3. Sex, male
4. Age, 62 yrs.
5. Married
6. Date of Death, April 6. 1880
7. Cause of Death, accidental overdose of laudanum
John Bean Dep Coroner.
UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFCATE [sic] IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, Lamp Lighter
9. Place of Birth, Philad
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 12th
12. Street and Number, Dilwyn below Green
13. Date of Burial, April 9th 1880
14. Place of Burial, Knights of Pithias [sic]
John A Franks Undertaker.
Residence, 441 North 8th St

death notice

[death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 8 April 1880 page 2, George Duncan]

A Sad Case.--The Deputy Coroner held an inquest yesterday on the body of George Duncan, aged sixty two years, residing in the rear of No. 530 Dillwyn street, who was found dead, on Tuesday morning, at the Saunders Public School House, Dillwyn and Callowhill streets. The evidence elicited was to the effect that the deceased had [sic] been janitor of the school house, and has [sic] been low spirited since the death of his wife, some months ago. On Tuesday morning, at an early hour, he extinguished the lights in the public lamps, having been also employed in that capacity, and repaired to the school house. After the morning session one of the pupils visited the basement and found Mr. Duncan lying on a lounge, apparently asleep. An unsuccessful attempt was made to wake him, and it was ascertained he had been dead for some time. Near him was found a bottle containing a small quantity of laudanum. Duncan had been in the habit of taking laudanum for sleeplessness, and it is supposed he took an overdose. The jury rendered a verdict of death from an overdose of laudanum, accidentally taken.


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