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Thomas D Riley

Before the war

He was born about 1811/1817, in Chester, Pennsylvania. [sources: date: 3 (46 in 1863, 43), 15 (36 in 1850), 16 (48 in 1860). place: 3, 7 (Philadelphia PA), 15, 16]

On 2 May 1836, he married Ann Powers. They were married by Reverend S C Brinkle, at the St James Church of Kingsessing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was born about 1811/15, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They apparently had at least these six children: [sources: 14, 15, 16, 18 (Ann 56 at death in 1873)]

In 1850, he was living in West Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. He was a farmer. He was living with Evan Evans, his wife Ann, six children, and Richard Bird. [source: 15]

In 1860, he was living in ward 24, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Ann, and children Em, Matt, Mary, Ellen, Elizh, and Wm. He was a basket maker, and owned $200 in personal property. [source: 16]

When he enlisted, he was a basket maker, and was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 3, 7]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 5-3/4 inches tall, had a light complexion, blue eyes, and grey hair. [sources: 3, 7 (5'6")]

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service as a private in company K on 22 October 1861, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 1, 7, 19]

He was transferred on 24 December 1861 to company E. [sources: 1, 7, 9]

He fought at the battle of Gettysburg. [source: 4]

On 6 October 1863, he returned from hospital. [source: 5]

On 27 October 1863, he was detailed as cattle guard. [source: 6]

He re-enlisted for three years as a veteran volunteer, at Bealton Virginia, on 24 December 1863 (1, 3). He was enlisted by Lieutenant Carpenter. On 26 December 1863, he was mustered into service by Lieutenant Swann. [sources: 1, 3, 7, 14]

He was killed in action on 12 May 1864 at Spottsylvania Court House, Virginia (Laurel Hill), by being shot in the head while charging the enemy's works. He was a private, in company E. [sources: 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 10, 14, 19]

On 26 January 1865, company E published resolutions mourning his death (and fifteen others), and sympathizing with their families. [source: 11]

After the war

On 30 August 1864, his widow, Ann Riley, successfully applied for a pension. Her post office address was No 11 Market St above 33rd, Jenkins Row, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her application was accepted on 5 January 1865, retroactive to 12 May 1864, and the certificate was dated 16 January 1865. She received $8 per month. [sources: 12, 13, 14]

On 2 August 1873, his widow, Ann Riley, died, of apoplexy. She was living at Market Street, below Thirty-Seventh, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On 6 August 1873, she was buried at St James Episcopal Church of Kingsessing. [sources: 14, 17, 18]

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 list of deaths, company E

3 descriptive roll, company E, entry 97

4 Pennsylvania Memorial, 91st Pennsylvania plaque, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (Thos D Riley)

5 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 6 October 1863 (Pri Riley)

6 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 27 October 1863 (Priv Riley)

7 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 6 May 2004 (Thomas D Riley)

8 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 9 June 1864 (Thos D Riley)

9 company K, list of men transferred, #19 (Thomas D Riley)

10 'The Ninety-first Pennsylvania volunteers', Philadelphia Inquirer 8 June 1864 page 3 (Thomas D Riely [sic])

11 'Headquarters company E', Philadelphia Inquirer 26 January 1865 page 5 (Thomas Riley)

12 pension index, by name (Thomas D Riley)

13 pension index, by regiment (Thomas D Riley)

14 abstract of widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, certificate 38,120 (Ann Powers widow of Thomas D Riley)

15 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, West Philadelphia, microfilm series M432, film 823, page 554 recto = 443 handwritte (Thomas Riley)

16 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 24, precinct 7, microfilm series M653, film 1175, pages 899-900 = 111-112 handwritten (Thos Reily)

17 death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer, 6 August 1873, page 5 (Ann Riley)

18 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2 August 1873 (Ann Riley)

19 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Thomas D Riley)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1870 US census
Ancestry, HeritageQuest, and FamilySearch indices (accessed 2 November 2011)
1890 US census, veterans' schedules
Ancestry index (accessed May 2007, and 1 November 2011)
1900 US census
HeritageQuest index (accessed 2 November 2011)
1910 US census
HeritageQuest index (accessed 2 November 2011)
1920 US census
HeritageQuest index (accessed 2 November 2011)
1930 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 2 November 2011)
Rootsweb WorldConnect
accessed 1 November 2011
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Thomas D Riley in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, West Philadelphia, microfilm series M432, film 823, page 554 recto = 443 handwritten]
[identification is likely, given the match with the 1860 census entry transcribed below]
line24252627282930313233
Dwellings visited708         
Families visited805         
NameEvan EvansThomas RileyAnn "Emily "Mathew "Mary "Ellen "Elizabeth "William "Richard Bird
Age2836351311973119
SexMMFFMFFFMM
Color          
Occupation of males over 15 yearsFarmer"        
Real estate owned          
Birthplace" [sc. Pa]"""""""""
Married within year          
Attended school within year   1111   
Over 20 & can't read/write          
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.          

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 24, precinct 7, microfilm series M653, film 1175, pages 899-900 = 111-112 handwritten]
[identification is likely, given the occupation, spouse's name, and Elizabeth and William's names (matching the children listed in the pension application)--but note that Elizabeth's and William's ages don't match]
[I did not transcribe the five other people in this household: Geo and Dav Edle, Tho Parrott, Geo Wolf, and Rand Buther]
line35363738394012
Dwelling number603       
Family number705       
NameThos ReilyAnnEmMattMaryEllenElizhWm
Age4848232220191311
Sexmffmfffm
Color        
OccupationBasket Maker Umbrella MakerLabourer    
Value of real estate owned        
Value of personal estate200       
Place of birth" [sc. Penn]"""""""
Married within year        
Attended school within year      11
Cannot read & write        
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.        

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 5 March 2015, from Fold3]


Riley, Thomas D.
Co. K, E, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

widow's pension certificate file

[abstract of widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, certificate 38,120, Ann Powers widow of Thomas D Riley]
[abstracted from 12 pages on Fold3, November 2011]
2 May 1836
married Ann Powers [p.3, 8 (records of St James Church of Kingsessing, Philadelphia PA)]
married by Rev S C Brinkle [p.3]
two children under 16 at Thomas's death: Elizabeth (born 27 November 1851), William (born 14 February 1853) [p.3]
24 Dec 1863
enrolled as private, veteran at Bealton VA [p.5]
mustered as private, veteran on 26 Dec, at Bealton VA [p.5]
12 May 1864
killed in action at Spottsylvania [p.3, 5]
5 July 1864
Capt Matthew Hall certified that Thomas D Riley served as a private in co. E, and was killed on 12 May 1864 in action at Spottsylvania VA (Camp near Petersburg VA) [p.6]
30 Aug 1864
Ann Riley applied for pension, application 63,164 [p.3]
dated 27 June 1864 [p.3]
post office address: No 11 Market St, above 33rd, Jenkins Row, Philadelphia Pennsylvania [p.4]
attorney: W N Ashman, 1307 Chestnut St, Philadelphia Pennsylvania (p.3)
witnesses: Louisa William, Mary S Weldy (p.3)
admitted 5 Jan 1865 (certificate dated 16 Jan 65), retroactive to 12 May 1864, at a rate of $8 per month [p.2, 11]
13 Dec 1864
Pension Office [sent] circular 16 to the Adjutant General's office [p.10]
23 Dec 1864
Adjutant General's Office replied to Pension Office with information summarized above [p.5]
2 Aug 1873
Ann Riley died [p.11]
1 Oct 1873
the pension office [received?] a completed voucher for [illegible word] - the bills totaled $58 [p.12]

death notice, Ann Riley

[death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer, 6 August 1873, page 5, Ann Riley]
[transcribed 1 November 2011, from GenealogyBank]

RILEY.--On the 2d inst., ANN RILEY, aged 56 years.

The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, this (Wednesday) afternoon, at 2 o'clock, from her late residence, Market street, below Thirty-seventh, West Philadelphia.

death certificate, Ann Riley

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2 August 1873, Ann Riley]
[transcribed 2 November 2011, from FamilySearch]

RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATE.
1. Name of Deceased, Ann Riley
2. Color, White
3. Sex, Female
4. Age, Fifty Six years
5. Widow
6. Date of Death, August 2d 1873
7. Cause of Death, Appoplexy [sic]
W. O. Perkins M.D.
Residence, No 12 North 38th St W.P.

UNDERTAKER'S CERTIFICATE IN RELATION TO DECEASED.
8. Occupation, [blank]
9. Place of Birth, Philada
10. When a Minor, [blank]
11. Ward, 24
12. Street and Number, 3751 Market St
13. Date of Burial, Aug 6th 1873
14. Place of Burial, St James E Church Kingsessing
H C Shuntleff [?] Undertaker.
Residence, West Philada

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