1861 CIVIL WAR — PA
He was 21 years old when he enlisted in 1861 (3, 8 [40 in 1880]). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (3, 8). He was born to John M and Charlotte M Stetler (9).
In 1860, he was living with his family in the 13th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (7). He was an apprentice to a tinsmith (7).
When he was enlisted, he was a roofer (3).Description
He was 5 feet 5 inches tall, and had a light complexion, blue eyes, and light hair (3).During the war
He enlisted and was mustered into service on 20 August 1861 (1, 3, 6). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Captain Starr (3). He served as a private in company A (1).
He was discharged on surgeon's certificate of disability (1, 3). On 2 May 1864, the regiment reported that he was transferred to the Veterans' reserve corps (4). He served in K 9 of the VRC (5). He was discharged on 20 August 1864 (6).After the war
On 4 November 1864, he applied successfully for a pension (5).
In 1880, he was living at 1809 Lambert Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (8). He was living with his wife Emma (9). He was a tin roofer (8).
He died on 3 April 1881 (5 [4 Sep], 9 [3 April]). The funeral was held on 7 April, at 523 Callowhill Street (his mother-in-law's house) (9). Members of ED Baker Post Number 8 GAR were invited to attend (9).
His widow applied successfully for a pension (5).
In 1890, his widow, Emma L Stetler, was living at 523 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia Pennsylvania (6). He had been shot through the right hand, and had suffered from rheumatism (6).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) (William C Stettler)
2 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 7 May 1863 (Private Stettler)
3 company A descriptive roll, entry 54 (William C Stettler)
4 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 2 May 1864 (Pri Stetler)
5 pension index, by regiment (William C Stetler)
6 1890 US census, veterans schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, supervisor's district , enumeration district 213, page 1 (image 1332 on <www.ancestry.com>) (William C Stetler)
7 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 13th ward, series M653 roll 1163 page 539 = 119 handwritten (Wm C Stettler)
8 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 597, microfilm series T9, film 1187, page 410 = page 12D handwritten (William Stelter [sic])
9 [death notice], Philadelphia Inquirer, 7 April 1881, page 4 (William C Stetler)
[I did not find him in the <www.ancestry.com> index to the pension index by name (searched October 2005)]1860 census[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 13th ward, series M653 roll 1163 page 539 = 119 handwritten] line16171819202122Dwelling number804 Family number808 NameJohn M StettlerMaria C "Wm C "Mary A "Henry L "Fanny H "Ella N "Age44392017 [?]1584Sex Color OccupationTin Smith App to Tin Sm Value of real estate owned Value of personal estate Place of birthPenna""""""Married within year Attended school within year 1 Cannot read & write Deaf, dumb, blind, etc. 1880 census[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 597, microfilm series T9, film 1187, page 410 = page 12D handwritten]
[I didn't transcribe the other family in this residence, Ruth and Ella Wilson] line910street nameLambert Streethouse number1809"dwelling visit #96"family visit #108"nameStelter [sic] William" EmmacolorWWsexmfage4035month born if born in year relationship Wifesingle married[blank][blank]widowed/divorced married during year occupationTin RooferHouse Keepermonths unemployed currently ill? blind deaf/dumb idiotic insane disabled school this year can't read can't write birthplace" [sc. Pa]"father's birthplacePaGermanymother's birthplacePaGermany1890 census, veterans schedule[1890 US census, veterans schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, supervisor's district , enumeration district 213, page 1 (image 1332 on <www.ancestry.com>)]
[name] Emma L widow of Stetler William C
[unit] 91 Penn Vols
[enlistment date] 20 Aug 1861
[discharge date] 20 Aug 1864
[length of service] 3 years, x months, x days
[post office address] 523 Callowhill St
[disability incurred] Shot through Right Hand Rheumatism
1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory[I couldn't find him in the transcription on <www.ancestry.com>, searched February 2005] death notice[Philadelphia Inquirer, 7 April 1881, page 4]
STETLER.--On the 3d inst., WILLIAM C. STETLER, son of John M. and Charlotte M. Stetler.
The relatives and friends of the family, also E. D. Baker Post, No. 8, and the Ninety-first Regiment, Pa. Vols., are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, from his mother-in-law's, Mrs. C. Roth, No. 523 Callowhill street, this afternoon, at 3 o'clock.top of document | home
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