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Charles Smaltz

Photo

A photo of Charles and his wife is available on his Find-a-grave memorial (added by Jan) (15).

Identification

The veterans schedule from the 1890 census clearly identifies him as living in Taylor Township, Blair County, Pennsylvania (4). This makes extremely likely that the Charles Smaltz living in Taylor Township, Blair County, Pennsylvania in 1880 and 1900 is the man who served in the 91st (10, 14).

However, according to the pension index by unit, he died in Pompeii Michigan on 20 May 1915 (7). This seems to make likely that the Charles Smaltz living in Michigan in 1910 is the man who served in the 91st--and he is living with his daughter Minnie, born September 1876, which matches the 3-year-old Minnie in the 1880 census in Blair County, Pennsylvania (12). Unfortunately, that Charles Smaltz obviously matches a Charles Smaltz living in Liberty Township, Wood County, Ohio, in 1900 (not in Blair County Pennsylvania!), living with his daughter Minnie (with the same husband and son as in the 1910 census) (11). Further, Charles S Smaltz's death notice in 1944 lists his sister as "Mrs Minnie Schell, Bowling Green, O" (16). (It is of course, possible that she had remarried.)

To make things more complicated, there is a Charles Smaltz living in Ohio in the 1870 census, married to Catherine, with children Elizabeth and Charles--very close in age to the people living in Taylor Township, Blair County, Pennsylvania in 1880 (though missing four children, Levi, David, Mary, and John) (13). But there is also a Charley Smaltz living in Taylor Township, Blair County, Pennsylvania--who matches the 1880 Charles Smaltz more closely (9).

Except for the place of death listed in the pension index by unit (7), I would simply regard these as two (or even three) separate people, with oddly coincidental dates of death and children. But with that place of death, and with my not having found a Charles Smaltz in Blair County in 1910, or in Ohio or Michigan in other years, I am uncertain how to make sense of this data. (Was he, perhaps, visiting his daughter in Ohio in 1900 when the census taker came?)

I have (tentatively) assumed that the Charles Smaltz in Blair County in 1870-1900, and the Charles Smaltz in Michigan in 1910, are the same man, who served in the 91st Pennsylvania, and have added a Charles Smaltz in Blair County in 1850, who seems likely to be the same person.

Before the war

He was born on 3 September 1832 (14 [Apr 1833], 15 [3 Sep 32], 17; 2 (33 in 1864), 8 (16 in 1850), 9 (37 in 1870), 10 (46 in 1880), 12 (78 in 1910), 14 (67 in 1900)). He was born in Wurttemberg, Germany (2 [Germany], 8 [PA], 9 [PA], 10 [Wurttemberg], 12 [Germany], 14 [Germany], 15 [Wurttemberg]). He was born to Christian Frederich Smaltz and Anna Maria Arnold (15).

He may have immigrated to the US in 1839 (11 [but see my note on identification above]; cf 14). He was a naturalized citizen by 1870 (9, 14).

In 1850, he was living in North Woodbury Township, Blair County, Pennsylvania (8). He was a laborer (8). He had attended school within the year (8).

He married Catharine Shoeman (15).

When he enlisted, he was a lab[orer] (2).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 4 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, hazel eyes, and dark hair (2).

During the war

He was drafted (1). He enlisted and was mustered into service on 21 September 1864 (1, 2, 4 [7 Oct 64], 7 [7 Oct 64]). He was enlisted for one year, at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania (2). His enlistment was credited to the 16th congressional district (2). He was a private in company C (1, 17, 18).

He was discharged on surgeon's certificate of disability on 11 April 1865 (1, 4, 6, 7). He was a private, in company C (18).

After the war

On 14 April 1865, he applied successfully for a pension (5, 7).

In 1870, he was living in Taylor Township, Blair County, Pennsylvania (9; cf. 13 and see my note on identification above). He was living with Catharine (presumably his wife), and with Levi, Sarah, David, Anni, Elizabeth, John, and Charley (presumably their children) (9). He was a toll gate keeper, and owned $100 in personal property (9).

In 1880, he was living in Taylor Township, Blair County, Pennsylvania (10). He was living with his wife Catharine, and children Levi, David, Mary, Elizabeth, John H, Charles, Andrew, and Minnie, and with a boarder (10). He was a farmer (10). He was an invalid (10).

In 1890, he was living in Taylor Township, Blair County, Pennsylvania (post office: Roaring Spring) (4). His left arm had been shot off (4).

On 21 April 1900, his wife, Catharine Smaltz, died, in Roaring Spring, Blair County, Pennsylvania (15). She was buried in the Greenlawn Cemetery, Roaring Spring, Blair County, Pennsylvania (15).

In 1900, he was living in Taylor Township, Blair County, Pennsylvania (14; cf. 11 and see my note on identification above). He was living with his son Charles S Smaltz and his family (14). He was not working (14). He was widowed (14).

In 1910, he was living in Fulton Township, Gratiot County, Michigan (12 [but see my note on identification above]). He was living with his daughter Minnie Garber and her family (12). He was not working (12).

He died on 20 May 1915, at Pompeii, Michigan (7 [Pompeii MI], 15 [Roaring Spring, Blair, PA], 17). He was buried in the Greenlawn Cemetery, Roaring Spring, Blair County, Pennsylvania (15, 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) (Charles Smaltz)

2 company C, descriptive book, entry 131 (Charles Smaltz)

3 company C, untitled list, probably of status at muster out, entry 56 (Charles Smaltz [?])

4 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Blair County, Taylor Township, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 58 (Charles W Smaltz)

5 pension index, by name (Charles Smaltz)

6 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 2 May 1865 (Privt Smaltz)

7 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company C (Charles Smaltz)

8 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Blair County, North Woodbury Township, microfilm series M432, film 755, page 67 verso = 132 handwritten (Charles Smaltz)

9 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Blair County, Taylor Township, microfilm series M593, film 1310, page 441 recto = 7 handwritten (Charley Smaltz)

10 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Blair County, Taylor Township, supervisor's district 8, enumeration district 178, microfilm series T9, film 1103, pages 522D = 16 handwritten to 523A = 17 handwritten (Charles Smaltz)

11 1900 US census, Ohio, Wood County, Liberty Township, supervisor's district 8, enumeration district 146, microfilm series T623, film 1333, page 212 = 3 B handwritten (Charles A Smaltz [see the above note on identification])

12 1910 US census, Michigan, Gratiot County, Fulton Township, supervisor's district 11, enumeration district 68, amicrofilm series T624, film 648, page 123 = 8 A handwritten (Charles Smaltz [see the above note on identification])

13 1870 US census, Ohio, Stark County, Alliance Precinct, microfilm series M593, film 1268, pages 300 recto = 57 handwritten to 300 verso = 58 handwritten (Charles Smaltz [see the above note on identification])

14 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Blair County, Taylor Township, supervisor's district 13, enumeration district 91, microfilm series T623, film 1382, page 191 = 9 A handwritten (Charles A Smaltz)

15 Find a grave, memorial 14859503, created by Fawn Eby Gutridge, added 8 July 2006, accessed 19 February 2011 [identification is confirmed by reference on his tombstone (picture on the memorial, added by Karen) to his service in the 91st: "CHARLES SMALTZ PRIV CO. C 91 P.V. INF MAY 20, 1915 AGED 82 YS"] (Karl August "Charles" Smaltz)

16 Find a grave, memorial 62526649, created by Michael S Caldwell, added 4 December 2010, accessed 19 February 2011 [including a digitized death notice] (Charles S Smaltz [son of Charles A Smaltz; see my note on identification above])

17 Page 259. Floyd G Hoenstine. Military services and genealogical records of soldiers of Blair County, Pennsylvania. Harrisburg, PA: Telegraph Press, 1940. (Charles A Smaltz)

18 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Charles Smaltz)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1860 US census
HeritageQuest and FamilySearch pilot indices (accessed 19 Feb 11)
1920 US census
HeritageQuest index (accessed 19 Feb 11)
1930 US census
Footnote index (accessed 19 Feb 11)
RootsWeb WorldConnect
accessed 19 Feb 11

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Blair County, North Woodbury Township, microfilm series M432, film 755, page 67 verso = 132 handwritten]
[identification is possible, given the location and absence of other candidates]
line3031323334
Dwellings visited187    
Families visited188    
NameDavid RhodesSusan RhodesChristian RhodesJohn RhodesCharles Smaltz
Age4750232416
SexMFMMM
Color     
Occupation of males over 15 yearsLaborer ShoemakerLaborerLaborer
Real estate owned     
Birthplace" [sc. Penna]""""
Married within year     
Attended school within year    1
Over 20 & can't read/write     
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.     

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Blair County, Taylor Township, microfilm series M593, film 1310, page 441 recto = 7 handwritten]
[identification is probable; this clearly matches the Charles Smaltz in the 1880 census; see my above note on identification]
line252627282930313233
Dwelling-house number47        
Family number47        
NameSmaltz Charley- Catherine- Levi- Sarah- David- Anni- Elizabeth- John- Charley
Age3736131197531
Sexmfmfmffmm
Colorwwwwwwwww
OccupationToll Gate KeeperKeeping HouseAt HomeDo""   
Real estate value         
Personal estate value100        
BirthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPenna
Father foreign born         
Mother foreign born         
Birth month if born within year         
Marriage month if married within year         
Attended school past year  111    
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 ...         

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Blair County, Taylor Township, supervisor's district 8, enumeration district 178, microfilm series T9, film 1103, pages 522D = 16 handwritten to 523A = 17 handwritten]
[identification is probable, given the 1890 veterans schedule below]
line4950123456789
street name           
house number           
dwelling visit #129          
family visit #143          
nameSmaltz Charles- CatharineSmaltz Levi- David- Mary- Elizabeth- John H- Charles- Andrew- MinnieHudson Hosey
colorWWWWWWWWWWW
sexMFMMFFMMMFM
age46462218171513116319
month born if born in year           
relationship WifeSonSonDaughterDaughterSonSonSonDaughterBoarder
single  111111111
married11         
widowed/divorced           
married during year           
occupationFarmerKeeping HouseTeacherFarm Laborer   Farm Laborer  Laborer
months unemployed           
currently ill?Invalid     Bone Erysipelas    
blind           
deaf/dumb           
idiotic           
insane           
disabled1     1    
school this year  11  111  
can't read           
can't write 1     1   
birthplaceWertenbergPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplaceWertenbergPennaWertenbergWertenbergWertenbergWertenbergWertenbergWertenbergWertenbergWertenbergPenna
mother's birthplaceWertenbergMDPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPenna

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Blair County, Taylor Township, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 58]
[line] 44
[house] 181
[family] 186
[name] Charles W Smaltz
[rank] Private
[company] C
[unit] 91 Pa Inf
[enlistment date] Oct 7 1864
[discharge date] Apl 11 1865
[length of service] 1 year, 0 months, 12 days
[post office address] Roaring Spring Blair Co
[disability incurred] Left arm shot off
[remarks] [blank]

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Blair County, Taylor Township, supervisor's district 13, enumeration district 91, microfilm series T623, film 1382, page 191 = 9 A handwritten]
[identification is probable, given the location, and the 1890 veterans schedule; see my above note on identification]
line24252627
street    
house number    
dwelling number153   
family number159   
name- [sc. Smaltz], Charles S.-, Susan E-, Edith M.-, Charles A.
relationshipHeadWifeDaughterFather
colorWWWW
sexMFFM
birth dateMay 1869July 1878Dec 1899Apr 1833
age31215/1267
married?MMSWd
# years married33  
mother of how many children? 1  
# of children living 1  
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaGermany
father's birthplaceGermanyPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaGermany
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaGermany
immigration year    
# years in USA   Un [?]
naturalized citizen?   Un [?]
occupationDay laborer   
# months not employed0   
# months in school    
can readyesyes yes
can writeyesyes yes
speaks Englishyesyes yes
owned/rentedO   
free or mortgagedM   
farm/houseH   
# of farm schedule    


[non-Blair County Pennsylvania entries]

1870 census

[1870 US census, Ohio, Stark County, Alliance Precinct, microfilm series M593, film 1268, pages 300 recto = 57 handwritten to 300 verso = 58 handwritten]
[identification is unlikely; while the names and ages match, Levi, Sarah, David, Annie, and John would be missing, and note also that Charles Sr is listed as a baker; see my above note on identification]
[I did not transcribe the other people in this household, headed by Henry S Briggs]
line394012
Dwelling-house number[464]   
Family number[485]   
NameSmaltz Charles- CatherineSmaltz Elizabeth- Charles
Age313261
Sexmffm
Colorwwww
OccupationBaker   
Real estate value    
Personal estate value    
BirthplacePrussia"Pennsylvania"
Father foreign born1111
Mother foreign born1111
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   
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...    

1900 census

[1900 US census, Ohio, Wood County, Liberty Township, supervisor's district 8, enumeration district 146, microfilm series T623, film 1333, page 212 = 3 B handwritten]
[this clearly matches the Charles Smaltz in Fulton Township, Gratiot County, Michigan, in the 1910 census below; see my note on 'identification' above for the problem]
line95969798
street    
house number    
dwelling number70   
family number73   
nameGarber Jacob A- Minnie M- Robert ISmaltz Charles A
relationshipheadwifesonfather in l
colorWWWW
sexMFMM
birth dateAug 1873Sep 1876Oct 1898Sep 1833
age2623166
married?MMSWd
# years married55  
mother of how many children? 1  
# of children living 1  
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaOhioGermany
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaGermanyPennsylvaniaGermany
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaGermany
immigration year   1839
# years in USA   60
naturalized citizen?   Na
occupationday laborer  Farmer
# months not employed0  0
# months in school    
can readyesyes yes
can writeyesyes yes
speaks Englishyesyes yes
owned/rentedR   
free or mortgaged    
farm/houseH   
# of farm schedule    

1910 census

[1910 US census, Michigan, Gratiot County, Fulton Township, supervisor's district 11, enumeration district 68, amicrofilm series T624, film 648, page 123 = 8 A handwritten]
[identification is likely, given the death place listed in the pension index by unit, but see my note on identification above]
line9101112131415
street       
house nr       
dwelling nr5      
family nr5      
nameGarber Jacob- Minnie M- Robert- Flossie- CharlesJohnson ClarenceSmaltz Charles
relationshipHeadWifeSonDaughterSonlaborerFather in law
sexMFMFMMM
colorWWWWWWW
age363311843378
marital statusM1M1SSSSW
#years present marriage1414     
mother of # children 3     
mother of # living children 3     
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaOhioOhioOhioOhioGer. German
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaGer. GermanPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaOhioGer. German
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaOhioGer. German
immigrated      [blank]
naturalized/alien      [blank]
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglishEnglish  EnglishEnglish
occupationFarmernonenonenonenoneFarmernone
nature of industry etc.General farm    General farmown income
employer etc.Emp    W 
out of work 15 Apr 1910?       
# weeks out of work 1909       
can readyesyesyes  yesyes
can writeyesyesyes  yesyes
school since 1 Sep 09  yesyes   
owned/rentedR      
owned free or mortagaged       
farm/houseF      
nr on farm schedule[illegible]      
civil war vet      UA
blind       
deaf & dumb       

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 11 April 2015, from Fold3]


Smaltz Charles
Co. C, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

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