91st OHIO VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Organized: Summer/Fall, 1862 Camp Ironton, Lawrence co. OH
Mustered In: 9/762 Camp Ironton, OH
Mustered Out: 6/24/65 Cumberland, MD
The 91st was a three year infantry regiment. It served in both eastern and western war theaters.
Following Federal muster the 91st was first ordered to Maysville, KY. Before reaching that place, however, it was ordered to Virginia's Kanawha Valley. During the raid that followed a Rebel camp, including all its contents, were captured.
Having spent the winter of 1862/'63 at Fayetteville, in May, 1863 the regiment participated in an expedition which drove the Confederates from that part of Virginia. A second winter at Fayetteville followed.
During May, 1864 the 91st fought at Cloyd's Mountain, VA and New River Bridge. It then participated in Union Gen. David Hunter's disastrous Lynchburg campaign. That July it engaged the enemy at Stephenson's Depot near Winchester, VA.
Fall, 1863 found the 91st in the battle of Opequon/Third Winchester, VA (9/19).There, the regiment led a charge that, with the naked bayonet, lifted the Rebels from their position. The 91st lost more killed and wounded in this battle than any other in which it was engaged. The combat year ended with the unit closing out operations in the Shenandoah Valley.
The winter of 1864/'65 was spent at Martinsburg, VA. Final muster came in Maryland on 6/24/65.
REGIMENTAL LOSSES: 'Officers Killed Or Mortally Wounded: 1; Officers Died Of Disease, Accidents, Etc.: 3; Enlisted Men Killed Or Mortally Wounded: 60; Enlisted Men Died Of Disease, Accidents, Etc.: 87.
Residence: Inf. Not Avail. Age: ca. 18-19 yrs.
Enlisted/Enrolled: 8/9/62 Rank: Pvt.
Mustered In: 9/7/62
Mustered Out: 6/24/65 Cumberland, MD
Highest Rank: Pvt.
Rank At Discharge: Pvt.
NOTE: The birth - to - death biographical profile of Samuel J. Teachnor was created in October, 2020 during the Covid-19 medical pandemic. It contains less depth of detail than many other biographies within this website because military service, pension and other veteran-related files housed in Washington, D.C.'s National Archives were not available. At a later time those documents will be obtained and the data contained therein added to the narrative which follows.
Samuel Jackson Teachnor was born circa 1833/'34. No specific month or day/dates have been located within available documents. Likely his place of birth was in or near the community Liberty located in Adams County, OH.
Parents of Samuel were Isaac (b. 1/20/01 PA - d. 10/24/87 Decatur, OH) and Matilda (nee Stivers b. 10/5/03 OH - d. 11/17/38 OH) Teachnor. The Teachnor family was a farming family.
Isaac and Matilda produced seven children before Matilda’s death in 1838. Isaac then remarried to Susan Meseritz (b. 1812 - d. unk.) who gave him at least three additional children.
Samuel's full blood siblings were George W. Teachnor (b. 1825 Ripley Brown County, OH), Lafayette Teachnor (b. 2/20/27 Ripley Brown County , OH), Lydia Teachnor (b. 11/16/27 Brown County, OH), Nathaniel Ramy (Teachnor b. 7/10/31 Ripley Brown County, OH), Nathan Jasper (b. 7/12/35 Ripley Brown County, OH) and Mary Ann Teachnor (b. 5/30/37 Ripley Brown County, OH). Samuel's half siblings were: Louisa Teachnor (b. ca. 1841), Greenleaf Teachnor (b. 1843 OH) and Henry W. Teachnor (b. 1844 OH).
Somewhere around the year 1854 Samuel married. Name wise, all we know about his bride is that her name was Frances and her middle initial was E. To date, no surname has been found. In terms of birth information, it appears she was born around 1835 in Ohio.
The U.S. Census for 1860 found Samuel and Frances residing in Sprigg Adams County, OH. There Samuel was employed as a plasterer.
At the time of the 1860 census Samuel and Frances had a family of one. Daughter Alona Belle had been born in Ohio on 8/15/55. A second child christened Mary A. "Molly" Teachnor appears to have joined the family fold in August, 1860 after the census taking.
In August, 1862 Samuel left his wife and two young children and joined the U.S. Army. It is possible that this move was financially motivate as – even for farmers - economic times were tough prior to and during the years of the American Civil War.
Private Teachnor's military unit was the 91st Ohio Infantry. Without access to his military service records all we can actually say about his army tenure is that survived The War and returned to civilian life.
By 1870 the Teachnor family had quitted Ohio and removed to Urbana Champaign County, IL. There, Samuel was again employed as a plasterer. Also, there was a new child in the household. While Alona was gone, there was now son Earnest E., he having been born on 11/16/69 in Illinois.
Here we run into a large gap in Samuel's life saga. Nothing has been found for he and his family in the 1880 U.S. Census. Further, most of the 1890 U.S. Census was destroyed by fire. Thus, the next we learn of him comes from the 1890 Civil War Veterans Tally. That survey found Samuel in Tacoma Pierce County Washington boarding in the Washington House and employed as a plasterer. Unfortunately, the veteran survey focuses only on the vets, not their spouses and children.
On 8/16/90 Samuel began the paperwork process necessary to obtain a U.S. Government disability pension based on his days of Civil War soldiering. While the request was granted, without pension files we do not know the basis for or the dollar amount of the monthly stipend he subsequently received.
What had drawn Samuel - and Frances - to the Puget Sound region of the Pacific Northwest and when they had arrived here are unknowns. Although the family’s' first residential stop may have been Tacoma, by 1900 they had migrated northward to the Seattle area of King County.
In March, 1900 Samuel and Frances were residing in the Van Asselt area of Seattle’s Beacon Hill. Sadly, that was where cancer claimed Frances' life on 3/7/00.
After his wife's passing it appears it appears Samuel moved - at least for a time - into the Duwamish King County home of son Earnest, his wife and children. When, however, he died on 8/16/02 his place of death was Van Asselt.
Samuel was/is buried in the I.O.O.F. Comet Lodge (Georgetown) Cemetery located on Seattle's Beacon Hill. Frances was/is likely also buried there, but no data has been found pertaining to her final resting place.
Buried at Comet Lodge AKA Georgetown Cemetery
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