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James Monroe Etter

Before the war

He was born on 19 December 1819, to Jacob Etter and Anna Catherina Huffman (8, 14; 3 (40 in 1861), 6 (40 in 1861), 10 [30 in 1850], 11 [40 in 1860], 12 [50 in 1870], 13 [60 in 1880], 14 [81 in 1900]). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14).

He married Emeline Martin (8). They had ten children (8):

In 1850, he was living in New Market Ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (10). He was living with his wife Emeline and son Robert (10). He was an innkeeper (10).

In 1860, he was living in the 1st ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (11). He was living with his wife Emeline and children Robert, Laura, and Walter (11). He was a tailor, and owned $75 in personal property (11).

When he enlisted, he was a tailor (6).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 6 inches tall, and had a light complexion, blue eyes, and light hair (6).

During the war

He also served in company C of the 20th Pennsylvania Infantry (9, 18, 19).

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 25 September 1861 or 21 September 1861 (1, 3, 6 [25 Sep], 7 [7 Oct]). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Captain Dye (3, 6). He was mustered in as a private, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (3). He was a private, in company D (1, 19, 20, 21).

He was transferred to company F on 31 October 1861 (1, 2, 3).

He was promoted to sergeant on 1 November 1861 (4).

He was reduced to the ranks on 5 August 1862 (4, 6).

He was accidentally injured (7). A wagon he had been loading was started unexpectedly while he was standing in the back, leaning against the tail-board (7). He fell to the ground, injuring his neck and shoulders (7).

He was discharged at Alexandria, Virginia, on 20 August 1862 on surgeon's certificate of disability (1, 3, 5, 6, 7). He was a private, in company F (20, 21).

According to Captain Henry Francis, he was a good, faithful, soldier (7).

After the war

In 1870, he was living in Washington, DC (12). He was living with his wife Emeline, children Robert, Laura, Walter, Eva, and Leon, his brother Rufus, and another person (12). He was a watchman, and owned $300 in personal property (12).

On 3 April 1876, he successfully applied for a pension (9, 18, 19).

In 1880, he was living at 502 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC (13). He was living with his daughter Laura (13). He was widowed or divorced (13). He was a laborer (13).

On 15 September 1880, he married Clara Six (8, 14). They had one child (8):

On 29 February 1884, the House Committee on Invalid Pensions submitted a report recommending approval of his request for an increased pension, given his age and disability (7).

In 1900, he was living at 2912 2nd Street NW, Washington, DC (14). He was living with his second wife Clara and their daughter Lola (14). He was a watchman (14).

He died on 25 January 1904, in Washington, DC (8).

On 16 February 1904, his widow, Clara E Etter, successfully applied from the District of Columbia for a pension (9, 18, 19).

In 1910, his widow, Clara E Etter, was living at 913 H Street, Washington DC (15). She was living with her daughter Lola and Lola's family (15).

In 1920, his widow, Clara E Etter, was living at 913 H Street, Washington DC (16). She was living with her daughter Lola and Lola's family (16).

In 1930, his widow, Clara E Etter, was living at 913 4th Street NE, Washington DC (17). She was living with her daughter Lola and Lola's family (17).

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) (James M Etter)

2 company D, register of men transferred, entry 6 (James V Etter)

3 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 8 August 2004 (James M Etter)

4 company F, list of non-commissioned officers (James M Etter)

5 company F, register of men discharged (JM Etter)

6 company F, descriptive roll, #5 (James M Etter)

7 James M. Etter. House Report 570. Serial Set volume 2254, session volume 2, 48th Congress, 1st Session. Ordered printed 29 February 1884. (James M Etter)

8 "Shoaf's and related families", a gedcom at Rootsweb.com, updated 3 June 2002, viewed 6 March 2006 (James Monroe Etter)

9 pension index, by name (James M Etter)

10 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, New Market Ward, microfilm series M432, film 817, page 409 (James Etter)

11 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 4th precinct 1st ward, microfilm series M653, film 1151, page 239 (James Etter)

12 1870 US census, Washington, DC, microfilm series M593, film 123, page 40 = 79 handwritten (James Etter)

13 1880 US census, Washington DC, supervisor's district 17, enumeration district 51, microfilm series T9, film 123, page 174 C = 15 handwritten (James Etter)

14 1900 US census, Washington, District of Columbia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 23, microfilm series T623, film 159, page 21 A = 8 handwritten (James M Edder)

15 1910 US census, Washington, District of Columbia, supervisor's district [illegible], enumeration district 173 [?], microfilm series T624, film 154, page 130 (Clara E Etter)

16 1920 US census, Washington, District of Columbia, supervisor's district 40, enumeration district 227, microfilm series T625, film 208, page 47 B = 13 handwritten (Clara E Etter)

17 1930 US census, Washington, District of Columbia, precinct 9, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 245, microfilm series T626, film 298, page 238 = 7 A handwritten] (Clara E Etter)

18 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company D (James M Etter)

19 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company F (James M Etter)

20 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (James M Etter)

21 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (James U Etter)

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, New Market Ward, microfilm series M432, film 817, page 409]
line192021
Dwellings visited795  
Families visited996  
NameJames EtterEmeline DoRobert Do
Age30232
SexMFM
Color   
Occupation of males over 15 yearsInn Keeper  
Real estate owned   
BirthplacePenna[check mark][check mark]
Married within year   
Attended school within year   
Over 20 & can't read/write   
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.   

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 4th precinct 1st ward, microfilm series M653, film 1151, page 239]
line678910
Dwelling number466    
Family number545    
NameJames EtterEmeline "Robert "Laura V "Walter [?] K "
Age40261361
Sexmfmfm
Color     
OccupationTailor    
Value of real estate owned     
Value of personal estate75    
Place of birthPenn""""
Married within year     
Attended school within year  11 
Cannot read & write     
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.     

1870 census

[1870 US census, Washington, DC, microfilm series M593, film 123, page 40 = 79 handwritten]
line34567891011
Dwelling-house number592        
Family number622        
NameEtter JamesEmelineRobertLauraWalterEvaLeonRufusLockler John
Age5042211610415019
SexMFMFMFMMM
ColorWWWWWWWWW
OccupationWatchmanKeeping homeCar driver At school  TailorDrives for Horses
Real estate value         
Personal estate value300        
BirthplacePennsylvania""""D.C."PennsylvaniaDC
Father foreign born 1       
Mother foreign born         
Birth month if born within year         
Marriage month if married within year         
Attended school past year    1    
Can't read         
Can't write         
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 ...         

1880 census

[1880 US census, Washington DC, supervisor's district 17, enumeration district 51, microfilm series T9, film 123, page 174 C = 15 handwritten]
line44454647484950
street name22 Street NW
house number502      
dwelling visit #130      
family visit #160 161    
nameEtter James- Laura A- Rufus K- Leon- WalterHudson JaneAustin Clara
colorWWWWWWW
sexMFMMMFF
age60246011211624
month born if born in year       
relationship Daughter SonSonBoarderBoarder
single 1 111 
married       
widowed/divorced1 1   1
married during year       
occupationLaborerKeeping houseWatchman in DeptAt schoolPlumberDress maker 
months unemployed3      
currently ill?       
blind       
deaf/dumb       
idiotic       
insane       
disabled       
school this year   1   
can't read       
can't write       
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaDist ColPennsylvaniaDist ColDist Col
father's birthplacePennPennPennPennPennDCDC
mother's birthplacePennPennPennPennPennDCDC

1900 census

[1900 US census, Washington, District of Columbia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 23, microfilm series T623, film 159, page 21 A = 8 handwritten]
line444546
street2n [?] St N.W.
house number2912  
dwelling number115  
family number124  
nameEdder [sic] James M- Clara E- Lola
relationshipHeadWifeDaughter
colorWWW
sexMFF
birth dateDec 1819Feb 1863Nov 1882
age813717
married?MMS
# years married1919 
mother of how many children? 3 
# of children living 1 
birthplacePennMarylandDist of Col
father's birthplacePennMarylandPenn
mother's birthplacePennMarylandMaryland
immigration year   
# years in USA   
naturalized citizen?   
occupationWatchman  
# months not employed0  
# months in school   
can readyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyes
speaks Englishyesyesyes
owned/rentedR  
free or mortgaged   
farm/houseH  
# of farm schedule   

1910 census

[1910 US census, Washington, District of Columbia, supervisor's district [illegible], enumeration district 173 [?], microfilm series T624, film 154, page 130]
line9495969798
streetH St
house nr913    
dwelling nr19    
family nr19    
nameStarke Augustus- Lola C- Helen E- Elmer JEtter Clara E
relationshipHeadWifeDaughterSonMother in law
sexMFFMF
colorWWWWW
age23266247
marital statusM1M1  Wd
#years present marriage77  25
mother of # children 2  3
mother of # living children 2  1
birthplaceDistrict ColumbiaDistrict ColumbiaDistrict ColumbiaDistrict ColumbiaMaryland
father's birthplaceGer GermanPennsylvaniaDistrict ColumbiaDistrict ColumbiaMaryland
mother's birthplaceNew YorkMarylandDistrict ColumbiaDistrict ColumbiaMaryland
immigrated     
naturalized/alien     
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglish  English
occupationMachinist HelperNone  None
nature of industry etc.Navy Yard    
employer etc.W    
out of work 15 Apr 1910?No    
# weeks out of work 19090    
can readyesyes yes 
can writeyesyes yes 
school since 1 Sep 09 yes   
owned/rentedR    
owned free or mortagaged     
farm/houseH    
nr on farm schedule     
civil war vet     
blind     
deaf & dumb     

1920 census

[1920 US census, Washington, District of Columbia, supervisor's district 40, enumeration district 227, microfilm series T625, film 208, page 47 B = 13 handwritten]
line5556575859
streetH Street N.E.
house number913    
dwelling visit number227    
family visit number298    
nameStarke August O- Charlotte L- Helen E- Elena [?] JEtter Clara E
relationshipHeadWifeDaughterSonMother in law
own/rentR    
free/mortgaged (if owned)     
sexMFFMF
raceWWWWW
age at last birthday4335161252
marital statusMMSSWd
year of immigration     
naturalized/alien     
year of naturalization     
attended school since Sept 1919  YesYes 
can readYesYesYesYesYes
can writeYesYesYesYesYes
birth placeDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of Columbia
native language     
father's birthplaceDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of Columbia
father's native language     
mother's birthplaceDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of Columbia
mother's native language     
can speak EnglishYesYesYesYesYes
occupationEngineerNoneClerkNoneNone
industry, businessNavy Yard [illegible]  
employment statusW W  
number of farm schedule     

1930 census

[1930 US census, Washington, District of Columbia, precinct 9, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 245, microfilm series T626, film 298, page 238 = 7 A handwritten]
line262728293031
street4th Street NE
house number913     
dwelling visit #86     
family visit #114     
nameStarke, August O- Lola- Helen L- Elmer J- Dorothy LEtter, Clara E
relationHeadWifedaughterSondaughtergr mother [sic]
owned/rentedR     
value or rent$30.00     
radioR     
farmNo     
sexMFFMFF
colorWWWWWW
age52462622867
married?MMMSSWd
age 1st marriage      
school/college since 9/29NoNoNoNoYesNo
can read & writeYesYesYesYes No
birthplaceDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of Columbia
father's birthplaceGermanyPennsylvaniaDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of ColumbiaMaryland
mother's birthplaceGermanyPennsylvaniaDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of ColumbiaMaryland
native language      
immigration year      
naturalization      
can speak EnglishYesYesYesYes Yes
occupationEngineerNoneDraftsmanNoneNoneNone
industryU.S. Navy Yard U.S. Govt   
worker classW W   
at work yesterdayYes Yes   
unemployment schedule #      
veteran?Yes     
warSp     
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 2 Apr 2014, from Fold3]


Etter James M
Co. D F, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Etter James U.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 2 April 2014]

Etter James U.
Co. D F, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

House report

[James M. Etter. House Report 570. Serial Set volume 2254, session volume 2, 48th Congress, 1st Session. Ordered printed 29 February 1884.]

Mr. BAGLEY, from the Committee on Invalid Pensions, submitted the following REPORT: [To accompany bill H. R. 4163.]

The Committee on Invalid Pensions, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 4163), granting a pension to James M. Etter, having considered the same, beg leave to make the following report:

The petitioner enlisted in the service as a private on the 7th day of October, 1861, in Company D, Ninety-first Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, to serve for three years or during the war, and was discharged August 20, 1862, on surgeon's certificate of disability.

The claimant was disabled as follows, according to the testimony of Capt. H. Francis, who says: That the soldier having been engaged in loading a wagon, and while standing in back part of same leaning against the tail-board it was suddenly started and he fell to the ground and his neck and shoulders were injured.

The Pension Office admits the disability, and grants a pension of $4 a month, the injury having been received in the line of duty. The application for an increase was rejected on the ground that the disability is one-half.

The petitioner alleges that he is now sixty-three years of age, and broken down in health. That he has a large family to support, and is unable to perform much labor.

Numerous affidavits are presented showing the claimant's disabled condition, and his captain testifies to his having been a good, faithful soldier; that he knew him before his enlistment, and that he was a healthy, upright man.

Your committee are of the opinion that as this man is getting old, and is evidently in a disabled condition, that [sic] his pension should be increased to $8 a month, in accordance with the terms of the bill, and do so recommend.


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