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James P Gessler

Before the war

He was born in 1839/40, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: date: 6 (21 in 1861), 12 (31 in 1870), 15 (40 in 1880), 18 (1839). place: 6, 12, 20]

He graduated from Girard College. [source: 17]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 11 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, dark blue eyes, and brown hair. He had curly [?] hair. The company descriptive roll also notes that his "Right heart [was] higher on max [??] prominence than the left". [source: 6]

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 20 August 1861. He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Colonel Reiff. He was a private in company C. [sources: 1, 6, 7 (Lt Col), 8, 14]

He was appointed corporal on 24 December 1861. [sources: 4, 5]

On 8 September 1863, Sinex reported that he was in Philadelphia and able to rejoin the regiment, and requested his return. [source: 2]

His descriptive list was sent on 30 June 1864, but the descriptive roll does not say where it was sent. [source: 6]

On 7 August 1864, he was reported regained from desertion. [source: 10]

He mustered out as a corporal, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 3 September 1864, when his term expired. He was corporal, in company C. [sources: 1, 3 [has 20 Aug 64], 6, 7, 8, 11 [3 Sep], 14]

After the war

He married Louisa A [unknown family name]. She was born in 1839/40. [sources: 17, 19 (1840)]

On 22 September 1869, he applied successfully for a pension. [sources: 9, 13]

In 1870, he was living in Newton Township, Camden County, New Jersey. He was living with his wife Louisa, and a child, Mary Moody. He was a clerk. [source: 12]

On 6 September 1880 he died. He was a clerk, or salesman. He 'was taken suddenly ill at the Lansdowne entrance to the West Park ... and died before a physician arrived'. He died of heart disease and Bright's disease of the kidney. On 9 September 1880, he was buried, in Mechanic's Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Invited to the funeral were members of Apollo Lodge, number 9, Knights of Pythias; Greble Council, number 103, Order of United American Mechanics, and Stephen Girard Beneficial Society. The funeral was held from his late residence, 1204 Hibberd Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 13 (died 22 Sep 69), 15, 16 (Mechanics), 17, 18 (Mt Peace), 20 (Mechanics)]

On 7 June 1882, his widow, Louisa Gessler, successfully applied for a pension. [sources: 9, 13]

In 1890, his widow, Louisa Gessler, was living at 924 South 5th Street, Camden, Camden County, Pennsylvania. [source: 8]

On 25 May 1899, he and several others were reburied in Mount Peace Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 18]

On 15 January 1908, his widow, Lousia A Gessler, died. She died of Brights disease. She was buried in Mt Peace Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 17, 19, 21]

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, Sinex to Marvin, 8 September 1863

3 letter, Sellers to Bennett, 9 September 1864

4 company C, List of non-commissioned officers, page 1, corporals (James P Gessler)

5 company C, List of non-commissioned officers, page 2, corporals (James P Gessler)

6 company C, descriptive roll, entry 34 (James P Gessler)

7 company C, untitled list, probably of status at muster out, entry 12 (James P Gessler)

8 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, New Jersey, Camden County, Camden, supervisor's district 3, enumeration district 174, page 4 (James P Gessler)

9 pension index, by name (James P Gessler)

10 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 7 August 1864 (Corpl Gessler)

11 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 9 September 1864 (Jas P Gessler)

12 1870 US census, New Jersey, Camden County, district 25 Newton Township (post office Gloucester City), microfilm series M593, film 855, page 289 = 117 handwritten (James P Gessler)

13 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company C (James P Gessler)

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

15 'Sudden deaths', The Times (Philadelphia PA), Tuesday 7 September 1880, page 4 (James P Gessler)

16 death notice, Philadelphia inquirer, Thursday 9 September 1880, page 5 (James P Gessler)

17 headstone inscription, transcribed from a photo on Find a grave, memorial memorial 130738504, James B [sic] Gessler, created by Paul R, added 2 June 2014, accessed 7 February 2015 (James P Gessler)

18 Find a grave, memorial 130738504, created by Paul R, added 2 June 2014, accessed 7 February 2015 (James B [sic] Gessler)

19 Find a grave, memorial 130738519, created by Paul R, added 2 June 2014, accessed 7 February 2015 (Louisa A Gessler)

20 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 6 September 1880 (James P Gessler)

21 Mt Peace records, in Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Historic Pennsylvania Church and town records (James Gessler)

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James P Gessler in the 91st PA database

1870 census

[1870 US census, New Jersey, Camden County, district 25 Newton Township (post office Gloucester City), microfilm series M593, film 855, page 289 = 117 handwritten]
[identification is likely, since (1) Louisa's name matches the name of the widow who applied for a pension]
line282930
Dwelling-house number947  
Family number1049  
NameGessler James P- Louisa RMoody Mary
Age31309
SexMFF
ColorWWW
OccupationClerkKeeping HouseAt home
Real estate value   
Personal estate value   
Birthplace" [sc. Pennsylvania]"Virginia
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 ...   

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, New Jersey, Camden County, Camden, supervisor's district 3, enumeration district 174, page 4]
[identification is confirmed by reference to his service in the 91st]

[line] 46
[house] 339
[family] 341
[name] Louisa Gessler widow James P Gessler
[rank] Corporal
[company] C
[unit] 91 Pa V
[enlistment date] Aug 20 1861
[discharge date] Sept 3 1864
[length of service] 3 years, 0 months, 10 days
[post office address] 924 So 5th St
[disability incurred] -
[remarks] -

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 17 Apr 2014, from Fold3]


Gessler, James P.
Co. C, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Corpl
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death notice

['Sudden deaths', The Times (Philadelphia Pennsylvania), 7 September 1880, page 4]
[transcribed 7 February 2015, from Newspapers.com]


Sudden Deaths.

James P. Gessler, forty years old, a clerk, residing at 1204 Hibberd street, was taken suddenly ill at the Lansdowne entrance to the West Park yesterday afternoon and died before a physician arrived. The body was taken home.

death notice

[death notice, Philadelphia inquirer, Thursday 9 September 1880, page 5, James P Gessler]
[transcribed 7 February 2015, from GenealogyBank]

GESSLER.--On the 6th instant, JAMES P. GESSLER, in the forty-first year of his age.

The relatives and friends of the family, also Apollo Lodge, No. 9, K. of P.; Greble Council, No. 103, O.U.A.M., and Stephen Girard Beneficial Society, are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, this afternoon, at 1 o'clock, from his late residence, No. 1204 Hibberd street. To proceed to Mechanics' Cemetery [sic].

headstone inscription

[headstone inscription, transcribed from a photo on Find a grave, memorial memorial 130738504, James B [sic] Gessler, created by Paul R, added 2 June 2014, accessed 7 February 2015]
[some of the inscription was hard to read, because of the angle]


JAMES P. GESSLER
DIED SEPT 6, 1880
AGED 41 YEARS.
GRADUATE OF
GIRARD COLLEGE
CORPORAL, CO. C, 91ST P.V.
FONDLY LOVED [?]
AND SADLY MISSED.
HIS WIFE
LOUISA A. GESSLER
DIED JAN. 15, 1908
AGED 68 YEARS.

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 6 September 1880, James P Gessler]
[transcribed 7 February 2015, from FamilySearch]


RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
CORONER'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, James P Gessler
2. Color, White
3. Sex, male
4. Age, 40 [sic] yrs
5. Married
6. Date of Death, Sept 6, 1880
7. Cause of Death. Heart Disease + Bright's disease of the Kidney
Thomas J Powers Coroner.

UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFCATE [sic] IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, Salesman
9. Place of Birth, Phila
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 20
12. Street and Number, 1204 Hibberd st.
13. Date of Burial, Sept 9 /80
14. Place of Burial, Mechanic
Geo Thumbert Undertaker.
Residence, 424 Poplar st

cemetery records

[Mt Peace records, in Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Historic Pennsylvania Church and town records]
[transcribed 7 February 2015, from Ancestry, image 3577 of 6251]
1 grave North 1 IntJames GesslerMay 25 1899Removed from Mechanics Cem
2 " " 1 "Samuel Clifton" " "" " " "  
3 " " 1 "Henry S While + 3 children" " "" " " "  
4 " " 2 "Louisa A GesslerJan 19 1908Pa934 S "5" st CamdenBrights Disease

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