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David B Thomas

Before the war

He was born in 1820/21 (5 (40 in 1861), 9 (56 in 1884?), 10 (60 in 1880), 11 (39 in 1860), 12 (50 in 1870), 14 (56 in ?1876)). He was born in Illinois (9) or Pennsylvania (10, 11, 12, 13, 14).

In 1860, he was living in the 15th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (11). He was living with Lydia (presumably his wife) and James, George and Josephine (presumably his children (11). He was a druggist, and owned $200 in personal property (11).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service as a private on 24 September 1861, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1, 3, 5). He was a private in company D (1, 16).

He was promoted to hospital steward (1).

He was present at the Battle of Gettysburg, as hospital steward (2).

He reenlisted as a veteran volunteer on 26 December 1863, at Bealton, Virginia (1, 5). He was then a hospital steward (5).

On 29 June 1864, he was on duty at the division hospital (7).

On 1 August 1864, he was reported absent sick (8).

He was discharged on 8 March 1865 on surgeon's certificate of disability (1, 3, 5, 9 [42 months service], 15). He was then a hospital steward, in Field and Staff (3, 16). He had served for forty-two months (14).

After the war

He successfully applied for a pension on 2 August 1866 (3, 6).

In 1870, he was living in the 15th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (12). He was living with Lydia Thomas (presumably his wife (12). He was a druggist, and owned $2,200 in personal property (12).

On 18 July 1876, he was admitted to the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (9, 13, 14). He suffered from rheumatism (9, 14). He received a pension of $26 per month (9, 14 [$56 sic]).

In 1880, he was living in the Southern Branch of the National Soldiers Home (10).

In 1882, he was present at the Southern Branch of the National Soldiers Home (14).

He was present in the Southern Branch in 1883 (9), and in 1885 (13). He had rheumatism (13). He was 65 years old, and received a pension of $30 per month (13).

He died on 21 May 1885 (3, 13).

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 Pennsylvania Memorial, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

3 pension index, by regiment (David R Thomas)

4 regimental descriptive book (David B Thomas)

5 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 18 May 2004 (David B Thomas)

6 pension index, by name (searched on <www.ancestry.com>, 28 May 2004) (David B Thomas)

7 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 29 June 1864 (Hos Steward D B Thomas)

8 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 1 August 1864 (D B Thomas)

9 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 (David B Thomas)

10 1880 US census, Virginia, Elizabeth City County, Hampton, National Home for Disabled Vol Soldiers Southern Branch, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 13, microfilm series T9, film 1363, page 28 A = 55 handwritten (David B Thomas)

11 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 15th ward, microfilm series M653, film 1165, page 757 = 317 handwritten (David Thomas)

12 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 43rd district, 15th ward, microfilm series M593, film 1399, page 359 = 145 handwritten (David B Thomas)

13 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, 1885. January 7, 1886. Serial Set volume 2415, session volume 10, 49th Congress, 1st Session, House Miscellaneous Document 38, page 173 (D B Thomas)

14 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 (David B Thomas)

15 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 8 March 1865 (David Thomas)

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1890 US census, veterans schedules
Ancestry index
RootsWeb WorldConnect
accessed Jan 05

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 15th ward, microfilm series M653, film 1165, page 757 = 317 handwritten]
line2829303132
Dwelling number1998    
Family number2414    
NameDavid ThomasLydia "James "Geo "Josephine "
Age3937191714
Sexmfmmf
Color     
OccupationDrugist [sic] Stone cutter" " appr 
Value of real estate owned     
Value of personal estate200    
Place of birthPa""""
Married within year     
Attended school within year    1
Cannot read & write     
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.     

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 43rd district, 15th ward, microfilm series M593, film 1399, page 359 = 145 handwritten]
[This is the most plausible David Thomas I found, considering the 1880 census entry. Since I could not find Lydia Thomas in the 1880 census, and found no other plausible candidates for being this David Thomas in the 1880 census, I think that this is probably the correct David Thomas. The key inconsistency is that he is listed as single, and not as widowed, in 1880.]
line1617
Dwelling-house number831 
Family number1046 
NameThomas David B- Lidia
Age5049 [or 47?]
Sexmf
ColorWW
OccupationDruggistKeeps house
Real estate value  
Personal estate value2200 
BirthplacePennaPenna
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 ...  

1880 census

[1880 US census, Virginia, Elizabeth City County, Hampton, National Home for Disabled Vol Soldiers Southern Branch, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 13, microfilm series T9, film 1363, page 28 A = 55 handwritten]
line49
street name 
house number 
dwelling visit # 
family visit # 
nameThomas David B
colorW
sexM
age60
month born if born in year 
relationship 
single1
married 
widowed/divorced 
married during year 
occupation 
months unemployed 
currently ill?Disabled
blind 
deaf/dumb 
idiotic 
insane 
disabled 
school this year 
can't read 
can't write 
birthplacePa
father's birthplaceNJ
mother's birthplaceNJ

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 26 April 2015, from Fold3]


Thomas David B.
Co. D F+S, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Hosp. Stew'd
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