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John Falls (in company A and H?)

Before the war

He was born in 1824/26, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, probably to John Pfall and Margaret [unknown family name]. [sources: date: 12 (39 in 1864?), 13 (33 in 1861?), 15 (57 in 1881?), 16 (53 in ? 1877), 19 (39 in 1864), 21 (65 in 1891), 22 (53 in 1877), 23 (34 in 1860). place: 12, 15, 16, 22, 23. parents: 23]

In 1860, he was living in ward 1, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with John and Margrett Pfhall (presumably his parents). He was a wheelwright. They were living at 210 Jarvis Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 23, 27]

When he enlisted, he was a wheelwright, and was living in Philadelphia. [sources: 12, 13 (laborer), 19]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 8-1/2 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, gray eyes, and dark hair. [sources: 12, 13 (5'6", dark complexion, blue eyes, dark hair), 19]

During the war

On 10 May 1861, he enlisted in the US Navy. He served on the steamer Red Rover. [source: 22]

On 24 September 1863, he was discharged from the US Navy, because of sickness. [source: 22]

He was mustered in, in company A, on 26 January 1864. He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Lieutenant Burke. [sources: 1 (veteran volunteer), 2, 12, 13 (11 October 1861), 19 (Lt Shipley), 22, 28]

On 28 October 1864, he was wounded, at Hatcher's Run, Virginia. He received a gunshot wound in his left shoulder. He was treated at Columbia Hospital, Washington, DC. [source: 19, 22]

He was absent, sick, when the regiment mustered out. [sources: 1, 13, 15 (18 months service), 16 (6 (sic) months service!)]

On 26 July 1865, he was discharged, at Mount Pleasant Hospital. He had been unfit for duty sixty days in the previous two months. He had received a gunshot wound of the left should, with a compound comminuted fracture of the left shoulder blade, and permanent dislocation of the acromial end of the left collar bone. He was totally disabled. He was a private, in company A. [sources: 19, 22, 28]

After the war

He applied successfully for a pension on 25 August 1865, from Pennsylvania, under the Act of 14 July 1862. His application was dated 26 July 1865; his post office address was 209 Jarvis Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 2, 18, 19]

In 1870, his (apparent) parents were living at 209 Jarvis Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The census does not record him as living with them. [source: 24]

On 4 July 1872, his (apparent) father, John Pfahl, died, at 209 Jarvis Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He died of old age. On 8 July 1872, he was buried in the Wharton Street [Methodist Episcopal Church] cemetery. [source: 25]

Probably in fall 1877, he was living at 721 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a wheelwright. [source: 27]

On 2 October 1877, his (apparent) mother, Margaret Falls Pfahl, died, at 1002 Anita Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She died of old age. She was buried in the Union Sixth Street Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [source: 26]

On 17 December 1877, he was admitted to the Central Branch of the National Soldiers Home, in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio. He had a wound in his left s[houlder]. He was a wheelwright. He was receiving a pension of $8 per month. His nearest relative was his daughter, Sarah Odgers, of 1002 Anita Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 16, 22]

On 6 July 1881, he was discharged from the Central Branch of the National Soldiers Home, at his own request. [sources: 16, 22]

On 6 July 1881, he was admitted to the Central Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. He had a wound in his left s[houlder?]. He received a pension of $8 per month. He was discharged apparently on the same day. [source: 15]

He died on 8 April 1891, in the third story back room of 812 St John Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He committed suicide. He had been a subtenant until the family moved out, about a week before his body was found. He was a wheelwright. On 14 April 1891, he was buried in plot 70 of Philadelphia National Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 3 (4 Apr), 17, 20 (found 8 April; had been dead 5 or 6 days), 21]

On 30 June 1894, his name was dropped from the pension rolls. He had last been paid through 4 March 1891, at a rate of $12 per month. [source: 19]

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) (John Falls)

2 pension index by regiment (John Falls)

3 Philadelphia National Cemetery, interment records (searched 2 November 2000) (John Falls, A)

4 to 11 [moved to the other John Falls]

12 company A descriptive roll, entry 128 (John Falls)

13 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, ARIAS, searched 5 May 2004 (John Falls)

14 [moved to the other John Falls]

15 National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. Report of Managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, transmitting the report of the said board for the year ending June 30, 1884. January 5, 1885. Serial Set volume 2310, session volume 1, 48th Congress, 2nd Session, House Miscellaneous Document 11, page 216 (John Falls)

16 Annual report of the Board of Managers of the National Soldiers Home, 30 December 1882 [for the fiscal year ending 30 June 1882]. Serial Set volume 2115, session volume 1, 47th Congress, 2nd Session, House Miscellaneous Document 13, page 378 (John Falls)

17 Pennsylvania veterans burial records, available on Ancestry (transcribed 21 December 2010) (John Falls)

18 pension index, by name (John Falls)

19 pension documents file, certificate 53,351 (John Falls (A))

20 'A soldier's suicide', Philadelphia inquirer 9 April 1891, page 4 (John Falls)

21 death certificate, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, 8 April 1891 (John Falls)

22 Registers of the National homes for disabled volunteer soldiers, 1866-1938, Dayton Ohio, FamilySearch (John Falls)

23 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 1, division 11, microfilm series M653, film 1151, page 518 = 191 handwritten, FamilySearch (John Pfhall [sic])

24 1870 US census, 2nd enumeration, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 1, district 3, microfilm series M593, film 1415, page 188 recto = 15 handwritten (parents only)

25 [not transcribed] death certificate, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, 4 July 1872, John Pfahl [father] (available at FamilySearch)

26 [not transcribed] death certificate, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, 2 October 1877, Margaret Falls Pfahl [mother] (available at FamilySearch)

27 Philadelphia city directories, transcribed from Fold3, 31 January 2014

28 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (John Falls)

Note on identification

Assigning records to this John Falls or the other John Falls (who served in company H) is sometimes difficult. This John Falls enlisted in the 91st in 1864--but one (secondary) source does claim he enlisted on 11 October 1861 (source 13 below). This John Falls seems to have served only in company A--but special order 4, HQ 91st PA, dated, 16 February 1864, transferred a John Falls from company A to company H. The fact that the two John Falls (apparently) died just ten days apart doesn't help.

Still, relying on the pension documents files, on the fact that the other John Falls was a musician, and on the difference in their occupations, and assuming that the John Falls who served in company A did not enlist until 1864, I have reasonable confidence in the division I've made of the records.

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1850 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 31 January 2014): searched for John Falls, born 1825 +/- 5, Pennsylvania, living in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
FamilySearch index (accessed 1 February 2014)
1870 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 31 January 2014): searched for John Falls, born 1825 +/- 5, Pennsylvania, living in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
FamilySearch index (accessed 1 February 2014)
209 Jarvis is in ward 1, division 3, 2nd enumeration, page 188 recto = 15 handwritten;
1880 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 31 January 2014): searched for John Falls, born 1825 +/- 5, Pennsylvania, living in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; and also for John Falls born 1825 +/- 5 PA, living in Ohio
FamilySearch index (accessed 1 February 2014)
1890 US census, veterans schedules
Ancestry index (accessed October 2005); Family Search index (accessed 1 February 2014)
1900 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 31 January 2014): searched for John Falls, born 1825 +/- 5, Pennsylvania, living in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
1910 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 31 January 2014): searched for John Falls, born 1825 +/- 5, Pennsylvania, living in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
1920 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 31 January 2014): searched for John Falls, born 1825 +/- 5, Pennsylvania, living in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
1930 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 31 January 2014): searched for John Falls, born 1825 +/- 5, Pennsylvania, living in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
1940 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 31 January 2014): searched for John Falls, born 1825 +/- 5, Pennsylvania, living in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
newspaper death notice
looked at death notices in the Philadelphia inquirer on 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 Apr 1891 (searched 27 Jan 2014 on Genealogy Bank)

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John Falls in the 91st PA database

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 1, division 11, microfilm series M653, film 1151, page 518 = 191 handwritten, FamilySearch, John Pfhall]
[identification is likely, since (1) his occupation matches the occupation in the company descriptive book (source 12 above)]
line333435
Dwelling number1328  
Family number1403  
NameJohn Pfhall [sic]Margrett [sic]John
Age686534
Sexmfm
Color   
OccupationDealer Weelright
Value of real estate owned   
Value of personal estate   
Place of birthPhila""
Married within year   
Attended school within year   
Cannot read & write   
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.   

1870 census

[1870 US census, 2nd enumeration, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 1, district 3, microfilm series M593, film 1415, page 188 recto = 15 handwritten]
[see also 1st enumeration, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 1, district 2, microfilm series M593, film 1387, page 535 verso = 168 handwritten, with the same people except that David is not there]
line1112131415161718
Dwelling-house number209       
Family number        
NamePfahl JohnMargaretOdgers ElizabethDavidMathewMargarettLizzieMarry E
Age78733535121087
SexMFFMMFFF
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 3 Apr 2014, from Fold3]


Falls John
Co. A, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
[blank] | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

pension documents file

[pension documents file, certificate 53,351, John Falls (A)]
[received from National Archives; transcribed 7 pages January 2014]


[page 1 of 7]
THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES
SOLDIER'S CERTIFICATE
No. 53351
VETERAN John Falls
RANK Private
SERVICE A 91" Pa Vols
CAN No. 772
BUNDLE NO. 7

[page 2 of 7]

ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES.
CERTIFICATE OF DISABILITY FOR DISCHARGE
Private John Falls, of Captain [blank] Company, (A) of the 91 Pa. Infty. Regiment of the United States Vols was enlisted by Lt. Shipley of the [blank] Regiment of [blank] at Philadelphia on the 26th day of January, 1864, to serve 3 years; he was born in Philadelphia in the State of Pa., is 39 years of age, 5 feet 8 1/2 inches high, Dark complexion, Grey eyes, Dark hair, and by occupation when enlisted a wheelwright During the last two months said soldier has been unfit for duty 60 days.
STATION: Mount Pleasant Hospital
DATE: July 13th 1865
Brinton Rone [?]
Asst. Surg. U.S.A
Actg in charge

I CERTIFY, that I have carefully examined the said John Falls of Captain [blank] Company, and find him incapable of performing the duties of a soldier because of Sequence of gunshot wound left shoulder, with comp. comm. fracture l. shoulder blade, and permanent dislocation acromial end of l. collar bone received in action at Hatcher's Run, Va., Oct. 28th 1864. Elect. discharge. Degree of Disability total

H. Allen
Asst. Surgeon U.S.A. in charge

DISCHARGED, this 26th day of July, 1865, at Mount Pleasant Genl. Hospital Washington D.C.

Brinton Rone [?]
Asst. Surg. U.S.A
Act in charge

[page 3]

F. 246 D.B. 1865 Dupl.

CERTIFICATE OF DISABILITY FOR DISCHARGE
IN THE CASE OF
JOHN FALLS
a Private Co. "A"
91st Reg't of Pa Infty

R Abbott [?]

HEAD QUARTERS
DEPARTMENT OF WASHINGTON,
22d Army Corps,
July 18 1865
TO BE DISCHARGED.
BY COMMAND OF
MAJ. GEN'L C. C. AUGUR
[illegible] A A.A.G

Adjutant General's Office,
Aug, 15. 1865.
Duplicate for the Pension Office
Sam. Breck
Asst. Adjt. Gen

[page 4 of 7]
[this consists in the typed directions for filling out the certificate of discharge]

[page 5 of 7]

[3--405.]
(PENSIONER DROPPED.)
U.S. Pension Agency,
Philadelphia
June 30, 1894
Commissioner of Pensions.

Sir:

I hereby report that the name of John Falls, who was a pensioner on the rolls of this Agency, under Certificate No. 53.351, and who was last paid at $12, to March 4", 1891, has been dropped because of Section 4719.


Very respectfully,
[illegible] A. Mulholland
Pension Agent.

Every name dropped to be thus reported at once.

[page 6 of 7]

A. Declaration for Invalid Pension.
District of Columbia, County of Washington, ss:

On this 26 day of July 1865, personally appeared before me, a Deputy Clerk of a Court of Record, in the County and District aforesaid, John Falls aged 39 years, a resident of Philadelphia County of -- in the State of Pennsylvania who, being duly sworn, declares that he is the identical John Falls who enlisted in the service of the United States at Philadelphia in the State of Penna on the 26th day of January 1864, as a private in Company "A", commanded by Capt Gregory in the 91st Regiment of Pa Vol Infantry in the war of 1861, and was honorably discharged on the 26th day of July 1865. That while in the service aforesaid, and in the line of his duty, on or about the 28th day of October, in the year of our Lord 1864, he was wounded in Battle of Hatchers Run Va by Minnie ball, in left Shoulder, Treated at Columbia Hosptl Washington D.C., & Discharged from Mount Pleasant Hosptl, Washington D.C.

He makes this application for a pension, provided by the act of Congress approved July 14, 1862, and hereby appoints DARIUS FORBES, General Claim Agent of the United States Sanitary Commission, or his successor in office, of Washington, D.C., his lawful attorney, and authorizes him to present and prosecute this claim, and to receive and receipt for any orders or certificates that may be issued in satisfaction thereof. My Post Office address is as follows: 209. Jarvis. Str. Philadelphia Pa

John Falls

Also personally appeared before me, Joseph F Copp of South Kingston NH, and Peter C Hunt of Birmingham Mich, whom I believe to be credible persons, who being duly sworn, declare that they were present and saw said John Falls sign his name to the foregoing declaration, and that they believe, from the appearance of the applicant and their acquaintance with him, that he is the identical person he represents himself to be; and they further state that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.

Joseph F Copp
Peter C Hunt

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 26 day of July 1865, and I hereby certify that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.

D. K. Barrett
Dept. Clerk Supreme Court D.C.

[page 7 of 7]

UNITED STATES SANITARY COMMISSION
CLAIM AGENCY,
WASHINGTON, D.C.
Invalid Pension Claim.
John Falls
late a Private Co. "A"
91 Reg't Penn Vols.
Discharged July 26 1865.
Filed in the Pension Office,
[blank] 186[blank]
Vol 2d.
FORWARDED BY
M B Barry
Sub-Claim Agent U.S. Sanitary Commission,
At Washington D.C.
Jul 29th 1865.
DARIUS FORBES, Attorney,
WASHINGTON, D.C.

[stamped] Aug 25 1865 PENSION OFFICE

'A soldier's suicide'

['A soldier's suicide', Philadelphia inquirer 9 April 1891, page 4]
[transcribed from GenealogyBank, January 2014]

A SOLDIER'S SUICIDE
John Falls Found With His Throat Cut from Ear to Ear.

John Falls, aged 66 years, a veteran of the war, was found with his throat cut yesterday in the third story back room of 812 St. John street. Falls was a sub-tenant until about a week ago, when the family moved out. From the condition of the body it is supposed that he had been dead five or six days. On the floor near the body was a blood-stained razor. The body is at the Morgue.

Philadelphia directories

[Philadelphia city directories, transcribed from Fold3, 31 January 2014]
1860 Biddle's directory, page 781
Pfahl John, dealer, Moyamensing av Market, h 210 Jarvis
Pfahl John, jr., wheelwright, 210 Jarvis
1860 Biddle's directory, page 290
Falls John, grocer, 1341 Passyunk av
Falls John, upholsterer, 1341 Passyunk av
Falls John, weaver, Dreer n Adrian
1861 Sherman's directory, page 291
Falls John, carter, Dreer n Amber
Falls John, chandler, 1030 S 3d
[no John Fall entries]
1867 Gopsill's directory
[p.1018] Pfahl John, h 209 Javis [sic]
[p.467 (no John Falls on p.466)]
Falls John, huckster, 29 Wharton market, h 209 Jarvis
Falls John, weaver, h 2106 N 2d
Falls John A., laborer, h 204 Columbia av
Falls John H., upholsterer, 40 S 16th, h 4043 Market
1871 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 519
Falls John, h 209 Jarvis
Falls John, h 1208 S 7th
Falls John, blacksmith, h 158 Poplar
Falls John, weaver, h 2106 N 2d [this is John Falls (H)]
Falls John A., fireman, h 204 Columbia av
[the only John Fall is this one, on page 518:] Fall John P., plumber, 1838 Market, h 1926 Rittenhouse
[no John Pfall, Pfahl, or Pfhal]
[no John Faul entries appear on page 522]
[p.781] Jones Charles W., salesm, 5 Bank, h 207 Jarvis
[p.785] Jones Paul D., painter, h 207 Jarvis
[p.1379] Taylor Forrester M., 213 Jarvis
[p.215] Berry Mary A., wid Israel, truck, 19 S 2d st mkt, h 215 Jarvis
[p.995] Martin James, watchman, h 217 Jarvis
1872 Gopsill's directory page 487
Falls John, h 209 Jarvis
Falls John, blacksmith, h 158 Poplar
Falls John, weaver, h 2106 N 2d
Falls John A., fireman, h 204 Columbia av
1873 Gopsill's directory
[no John Pfahl or Pfall, p.1044]
[page 480:]
Falls John, h 1208 S 7th
Falls John, weaver, h 2106 N 2d
1874 Gopsill's directory, p.462
Falls John, boatman, h 3 Green
Falls John, chandler, h 1208 S 7th
Falls John, weaver, h 2106 N 2d
1877 Gopsill's directory
[no John Falls entries on page 479; no John Fall entries on page 478]
---
[page 1110]
Odgers John P., printer, h 217 Watkins
Odgers Matthew, h r 906 New Market
1878 Costa's directory, page 506
Falls John, laborer, h 2106 N 2d
Falls John, wheelwright, h 721 Lombard
Falls John A., engineer, h 2224 N 2d
1879 Philadelphia directory, page 522
Falls John, machinist, h 2224 N 2d
Falls John, weaver, h 2106 N 2d
Falls John H., upholsterer, h r 425 Christian

National soldiers home register

[Registers of the National homes for disabled volunteer soldiers, 1866-1938, Dayton Ohio, FamilySearch]
[transcribed 31 January 2014]


7395
John Falls
MILITARY HISTORY.
Time and Place of Each Enlistment.May 10" 1861
Philadelphia Pa
January 26" 1864
Philadelphia Pa
Company and Regiment.U.S. Navy
Steamer Red Rover
A. 91 Penna
Time and Place of Discharge.Sept 24" 1863July 26" 1865
Mount Pleasant Hospital
Causes of Discharge.SicknessWar ending
Kind and Degree of Disability.G.S.W of left Shoulder
When and where Contracted and Received.Oct 28 1864
Hatchers Run Va


DOMESTIC HISTORY.
Where Born.Penna Philadelphia
Age.53
Residence subsequent to Discharge.Philadelphia Penn.
Occupation.Wheelwright
Social condition. 
Number and kind of Relatives Requiring his Assistance. 
P.O. address of Family or Nearest Relative.Sarah Odgers
Daughter
#1002 Anita St
Phila. Pa.


HOME HISTORY.
Rate of Pension$8 00

#53351
Date of Admission and Re-admission.Decb 17 1877.
Conditions of Re-admission. 
Date of Discharge.July 6. 1881
Cause of Discharge.S.O. #120 at Request
Date of Death. 
Cause of Death. 



GENERAL REMARKS.
[blank]

Pennsylvania veterans burial record

[Pennsylvania veterans burial records, available on Ancestry (transcribed 21 December 2010)]

RECORD OF BURIAL PLACE OF VETERAN
Philadelphia County
NAME FALLS, John
DATE OF BIRTH [blank]
DATE OF DEATH 4-8-91
VETERAN OF Civil WAR
SERVED IN ARMY
DATES OF SERVICE 1-26-64 7-10-65
ORGANIZATION(S) Co. A, 91st Pa. Inf.
RANK Pvt.
CEMETERY NAME National
[CEMETERY] LOCATION Philadelphia
LOCATION OF GRAVE IN CEMETERY LOT F GRAVE 69
HEADSTONE GOVERNMENT
INFORMATION GIVEN BY [blank]
DATE [blank]
REMARKS [blank]

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, 8 April 1891, John Falls]
[transcribed 31 January 2014, from FamilySearch]

18966
RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA
CORONER'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of deceased, John Falls
2. Color, white
3. Sex, male
4. Age, 65 years
5. Married or Single, --
6. Date of Death, April 8th 1891
7. Cause of Death, Suicide by cutting his throat
S. H. Ashbridge Coroner,
Per Ronal

UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, Wheelwright
9. Place of Birth, Philadelphia
10. When a Minor, --
11. Ward, 11th
12. Street and Number Rear 812 St John (Buried from 921 Spruce)
13. Date of Burial, April 14/91
14. Place of Burial, National Cemetery Phila Pa
Lewis Good Undertaker.
Residence, 921 Spruce St

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