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John Somerville

Before the war

He was born on 21 December 1822 (9, 13; 3 (39 in 1862), 7 (37 in 1860), 8 (48 in 1870), 9 (77 in 1900), 13 (83 yrs 5 mos 28 days at death in 1906), 14 (74 at death)). He was born in Lanark, Scotland (3, 7, 8, 9, 13). He was born to Thomas Somerville and [unknown] (13).

In 1845/46, he married Janet W [unknown family name] (9). In 1900, she reported having had six children, four of whom were alive (9).

He immigrated to the United States in 1855 (9). He became a naturalized citizen (8, 9).

In 1860, he was living in the 23rd ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (post office Frankford) (7). He was living with his wife Janet, and with Christina, Mary, James, and Thomas Summerville (presumably their children) (7). He was a warper (7).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 7-1/2 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, hazel eyes, and black hair (3).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 11 September 1862 (1, 3, 5, 12). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Lieutenant Gregory (3). He was a private in company C (1, 16-17).

He was wounded at Fredericksburg, Virginia (3).

He was discharged in January 1864 on surgeon's certificate of disability, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, because of wounds he had received at Fredericksburg, Virginia (1, 2, 3, 5 [May 1865], 11, 12). He was a private, in company C (16-17).

After the war

On 29 June 1864, he applied successfully for a pension (10, 12).

In 1870, he was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (post office: Olney) (8). He was living with his wife Janet, and with Mary, James, Thomas, and John Sommerville (presumably their children), along with two other people (8). He was a woollen warper, and owned $200 in personal property (8).

In 1890, he was living at 2516 North Front Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (5). Two John Somerville's were living there: one, John Somerville, was a warper, and the other, John E Somerville, was a dyer (6).

In 1900, he was living at 2901 Waterloo Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (9). He was living with his wife Janet and son Thomas (9). He was a wool dresser (9).

He fell down stairs on 4 July (14).

He died of uraemia, with injuries accidentally received falling down stairs contributing, at the GAR Home at 65th and Vine Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 19 August 1906 (12 [20 Aug], 13 [19 Aug], 15 [20 Aug]). He was living at the GAR Home, 65th and Vine Streets (13, 14). His body was claimed for burial by his son, J V Somerville, 4672 Franklin Street (14). On 22 August 1906, he was buried, at North Cedar Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (13, 15).

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 Somerville)

2 company C, register of men discharged, number 25 (John Somerville)

3 company C, descriptive roll, entry 105 (John Somerville)

4 company C, untitled list, probably of status at muster out, entry 59 (John Somerville)

5 1890 census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, "War of the Rebellion", supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 397, page 1 (John Somerville)

6 1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, transcribed on Ancestry (searched Dec 2004) (John Somerville, John E Somerville)

7 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 23rd ward (post office Frankford), microfilm series M653, film 1174, page 843 = 83 handwritten (Jno Summerville)

8 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (post office: Olney), microfilm series M593, film 1410, page 174 (John Sommervill)

9 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 33, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 865, microfilm series T623, film 1475, page 139 A-B = 5 handwritten (John Somerville)

10 pension index, by name (John Somerville)

11 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 26 February 1865 (Sommervil)

12 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company C (John Somerville)

13 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19 August 1906, #21347 (John Somerville)

14 death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 21 August 1906 page 6 (John Somerville)

15 death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 21 August 1906 page 7 (John Somerville)

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

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

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 23rd ward (post office Frankford), microfilm series M653, film 1174, page 843 = 83 handwritten]
line232425262728
Dwelling number573     
Family number571     
NameJno SummervilleJanetChristina [?]MaryJamesThomas
Age3739131081
SexMFFFMM
Color      
OccupationWarper     
Value of real estate owned      
Value of personal estate      
Place of birthScotland""""Penna
Married within year      
Attended school within year      
Cannot read & write      
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.      

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (post office: Olney), microfilm series M593, film 1410, page 174]
line3334353637383940
Dwelling-house number54       
Family number53       
NameSommervill JohnJanettMaryJamesThomasJohnFarrell JennettCappof Anna
Age48491817107224
SexMFFMMMFF
ColorWWWWWWWW
OccupationWoollen WarperKeeping HouseWorks in Woollen MillApp to MachinistAt School  Domestic
Real estate value        
Personal estate value200       
BirthplaceScotlandScotlandScotlandScotlandPennPennPennBavaria
Father foreign born11111111
Mother foreign born11111111
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, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 33, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 865, microfilm series T623, film 1475, page 139 A-B = 5 handwritten]
line50Waterloo
streetWaterloo St  
house number2901  
dwelling number90  
family number92  
nameSomerville John- Janet W- Thomas
relationshipHeadWifeSon
colorWWW
sexMFM
birth dateDec 1822Oct 1820May 1859
age777941
married?MMS
# years married5454 
mother of how many children? 6 
# of children living 4 
birthplaceScotlandScotlandPennsylvania
father's birthplaceScotlandScotlandScotland
mother's birthplaceScotlandScotlandScotland
immigration year18551856 
# years in USA4544 
naturalized citizen?NA  
occupationWool Dresser Color Shader
# months not employed12 0
# months in school   
can readyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyes
speaks Englishyesyesyes
owned/rentedR  
free or mortgaged   
farm/houseH  
# of 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 12 April 2015, from Fold3]


Somerville, John
Co. C, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Sommerville, John

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 14 Apr 15]

Sommerville, John
Co. C, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death certificate

[death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19 August 1906, #21347, John Somerville]
[thanks to Ed McLaughlin for finding this!]

21347
Record of a Death in Philadelphia
CORONERS' CERTIFICATE
Name of deceased, John Somerville
Color, W
Sex, M
W
Date of Birth. Year 1822 Month Dec Day 21
Date of Death. Year 1906 Month Aug Day 19
Age. Years 83 Months 5 Days 28
Place of Death, G.A.R. Home 65th + Vine Sts.
How long at place of Death, [blank]
Chief Cause of Death, Uraemia
Contributing Cause, Injuries accdly rec'd falling down stairs
Hour of Death, [blank] A.M. 1200 P.M.
J M Rush Jermon CORONER

Undertaker's Certificate.
Occupation, -
Place of Birth, Scotland
Birthplace of Father, " [presumably sc. Scotland]
Birthplace of Mother, " [presumably sc. Scotland]
Name of Father, Thomas Somerville
Maiden name of mother, unknown
Residence, GAR Home 65th [+] Vine
Ward, (of residence,) 34
Buried from (Street and Number), -
Date of Burial, Aug 22nd 1906
Place of Burial, N Cedar Hill Cem
John C Stiles + Son Undertaker
Residence, 1417 E Susquehanna Av

death notice

[death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 21 August 1906 page 6, John Somerville]
Old War Fighter Dead

John Somerville, 74 years old, a war veteran, died yesterday at the Home for Aged Veterans of the G.A.R., Sixty-fifth and Vine streets, of which he was an inmate, from the effects of a broken hip, an injury that he sustained on July 4 by falling down stairs. His son, J.V. Somerville, of 4672 Franklin street, claimed the body for burial.

death notice

[death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer 21 August 1906 page 7, John Somerville]

SOMERVILLE.--On August 20 1906, JOHN SOMERVILLE. Relatives and friends, also the Board of Managers of the Home for Aged Veterans of the GAR and Wives, and survivors of the Ninety-first Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, are invited to attend the funeral services, Wednesday, 2 PM., at the home, 65th and Vine sts. Interment at North Cedar Hill Cemetery.


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