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Joseph Walters (abt. 1850 - 1871)

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Joseph Walters
Born about in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
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Joseph was born on 30 July 1850, to John Walters and Catharine McCarty.[1]

In 1860, he was living in the 19th ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with his parents and brother William, and with Renila [?] Fenton [?]. [2]

His father died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 27 December 1861.[3]

In 1870, he was living in ward 19, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with his mother, and his brother William. [4]

On 3 March 1871, he died, of phthisis pulmonalis. He was 20 years old, and had been born in Philadelphia. He died at, or was buried from 2476 (or 2376?) F[rankford] Road, ward 19, Philadelphia Pennsylvania. On 6 March 1871, he was buried, at St Anne's Church Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [5]

Research Note

Although his headstone has '1851' as his birth year, the baptismal record in the widow's pension certificate file clearly has '17 August 1850', and his birthdate was reported as 30 July 1850.


  1. widow's pension certificate file, Find a grave (1851)
  2. 1860 census
  3. widow's pension certificate file
  4. 1870 census
  5. death certificate, Joseph, Find a grave
  • death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 27 December 1861, John Walters, FamilySearch
  • 1860 United States census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 19, page 816 = 346 handwritten, family 2818, John Walter, FamilySearch
  • 1870 United States census, second enumeration Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 19, district 60, pages 458 recto to verso = 25-26 handwritten, Catharine Walters, FamilySearch
  • death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 3 March 1871, Joseph Walters son of John and Catharine Walter, FamilySearch
  • Find A Grave: Memorial #165290642, Joseph Walters
inscription on pictured headstone:
1851 JOSEPH 1871
1828 CATHERINE 1884
1853 WILLIAM H. 1929
  • widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, widow's certificate number 37,102, Catharine McCarty widow of John Walters, Fold3
27 Aug 1846: John Walters married Catharine McCarty (pp.4, 22); they were married by John C Lyons, of the Presbyterian Church (pp.10, 22); two children under 16 in 1863: Joseph Walters (12 years old in 1863, born 30 July 1850) and William Henry Walters (5 years old in 1863, born 27 April 1857) (pp.4, 25, 26, 28); Joseph Walters was baptized on 17 August 1850 by Rev G Strobs [?], pastor of St Mary's Church (p.26)
29 Oct 1861: John Walters enlisted at Philadelphia PA (p.8)
25 Nov 1861: mustered as corporal, co H, 91st PA, at Philadelphia PA (p.8)
27 Dec 1861: John Walters died, at Philadelphia, PA (pp.4, 8); died of acute pneumonia 'the result undoubtedly of exposure incident to Camp life + by no fault of his own'; died of "Lung fever" (p.14); 'was taken ill while in the performance of his duties at Camp Chase' (p.4); John Walters was in good health when he enlisted
28 Jan 1863: Charles Houghton MD certified (at Philadelphia) that'John Walters Died with Inflamation [sic] of the Lungs contracted while in the Service of the Armmy [sic] of the United States. The undersigned had Charge of him while sick' (p.9)
10 Mar 1863: Chas S Brown certified that John Walters was mustered in on 29 October 1861 at Philadelphia, and died on 27 December at Philadelphia 'of ordanary [?] disability incured [sic] in service' (p.11)
12 June 1863: Catharine Walters applied for a pension under the act of 14 July 1862 (p.4); post office address Emerald near Huntingdon Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (p.4); Catharine was 35 years old (p.4); dated 10 June 1863 (p.4); application 24,389 (pp.8, 14); witnesses Ann Elizabeth Slough and David Agnew (residents of Philadelphia) (p.4); attorney Edward Carpenter (242 South 3rd St Philadelphia) (p.4)
27 June 1863: the Adjutant General's office sent the Pension Office the above-summarized information (p.8; see p.14 for the request)
24 Aug 1863: the Pension Office sent circular 9 to the attorney; the note says 'marriage address'--perhap those were two elements missing from the application? (p.15)
21 Sep 1863: Chas S Brown certified that Corp John Walters was mustered on 29 Oct by Capt Keyser of co C and died 27 Dec 1861 at Philadelphia 'of ordanry [?] disability incurred in service' (p.17)
21 Nov 1864: Catharine Walters revoked 'any previous authority to receive given by me to Edward Carpenter Esq Att'y at Law, at his own request', and appointed Joseph E Devitt & Co. her attorney (p.19)
?: Catharine Walters applied for a pension under the Act of 14 July 1862; post office address: 2338 Coral St, 19th ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, attorney Jos E Devitt (pp.14, 16); admitted 22 Dec 1864, $8 / month retroactive to 27 December 1861 (pp.3, 16); certificate dated 5 January 1865 (p.16)
16 Dec 1864: Charles W Houghton, on duty at Chester PA G [?] M Hospital swore to the following facts (p.21); he was assistant surgeon of the 91st PA, and knew Corporal John Walters, who was mustered in about 30 Oct 1861, became 'disabled from doing duty as a soldier' about 18 Dec 1861, and died on 27 Dec 1861 (p.21); 'At Camp Chase 24th Ward Philadelphia Pa he was attached with acute pneumonia the result undoubtedly of exposure incident to Camp Life and by no fault of his own.'(p.21); 'His character and habits were good' (p.21)/dd>
21 Dec 1864: the Pension Office [received?] additional evidence (p.15)
25 Sep 1866: Catharine Walters, 38, resident of Philadelphia, applied for an increase in pension under the act of 25 July 1866 (p.28); post office address 2338 Coral St, Philadelphia PA (p.28); witnesses William Stratton and Sarah Ruth (both residents of Philadelphia) (p.28); attorney Jos E Devitt & Co (p.30); accepted 1 August 1867, and she received an additional $2 per month for each child less than 16 retroactive to 25 July 1866 (pp.30, 31); certificate dated 10 Aug 1867 (p.31)
18 Dec 1875: the pension agency was instructed to suspend payment (p.32)
24 Jan 1876: the Pension Office sent a letter to the Pension Agency instructing them to resume payment of the pension (p.32)
July 1888: the Pension Agency, Philadelphia, asked that Catharine Walters' name be dropped from the pension rolls because of failure to claim (p.12); she was last paid at $8 through 4 June 1884 (p.12)

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