Samuel Geller

Full name : Samuel Geller
Alternate spellings, aliases :  Samual; Giller
notes :

Parents :
Father : Andrew Geller
Mother : unknown
notes : this is purely conjecture at this time

Date of Birth : 21 March 1810
Place of Birth : Bedford County, Pennsylvania

Vitals :
Height : 5’ 9” tall (1861), 5’ 6” tall (1891)
Weight : stout, able bodied (1861); 173 lbs (1891)
Complexion : Florid (red & puffy)
Eye color : Blue
Hair color : Black
[click here (1) to see an image of Sam (neatly coifed); (2) to see another image of Sam (disheveled)]

Medical : Sam suffered a terrible prostrating sunstroke on or about 15 July 1862, on the march to Battle Creek, Tennessee, for which he was discharged from the service.  Complained of being weak, unsteady and generally nervous ever since.  By 1891 he suffered from heart disease and a ruptured hernia.
[click here to see a copy of the examining physician’s report from 1890]

Spouse : 
Name : Mary Ann Manns
Born : 10 January 1812
Date of Marriage : 1 August 1830
Place of Marriage : Dry Ridge, Clay Pipe, Bedford County, Pennsylvania
Notes : service performed by Meulford Tweadle, Justice of the Peace
[click here to see an image of Mary’s affidavit concerning her marriage]

Date of Death : 10 January 1893
Place of Death, and or Burial : St. Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio
Burial Information : 
[click here to see an image of a document detailing Sam’s date of death]

Military Service : Samuel Geller is listed as a Private on a Roll of Independents, Jackson Rifle Company of Captain Josiah Miller dated 17 April 1830.  The purpose for and under what authority the company served is not known, perhaps they were militia.  He was in Union service in the Civil War in Company K, 15th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  He was enlisted by O. S. Holloway at Flushing, Ohio on 1 November 1861 for a term of three years.  He gave his age as 44 years and his occupation as Musician.  He was mustered in, on or about, 17 November 1861 to Company K, 15th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry as a Private.  He was marked as Present during the time his company was known to have been at Shiloh, 6-7 April 1862.  He received a prostrating sunstroke on or about 17 July 1862 while marching with his company from Corinth, Mississippi to Battle Creek, Alabama and he was carried to an ambulance by Private Benjamin R. Buffington, the son of his neighbor at home.  The sunstroke left him permanently disabled and he was discharged 5 August 1862 by reason of disability.  He applied for a pension 22 April 1863.
[click here to see his Compiled Service Record (1) (2) (3) (4) an image of Sam’s discharge for disability]
[click here to see un-indexed, unformatted images of his service record and pension files from the 15th OVI]

Education : unknown

Occupation(s) : Wagoner, Teamster, and Musician.

Religion : Mount Pleasant Union Church…?

Residences : moved to Belmont County, Ohio in 1839

1840 Federal Census.  St. Clairsville, Richland Township, Belmont County, Ohio
Head of Family, Free White Males <5, 5-10, 10-15, 15-20, 20-30, 30-40, 40-50, 50-60, 60-70, 70-80. 80-90, 90-100, 0ver 100

Free White Females <5, 5-10, 10-15, 15-20, 20-30, 30-40, 40-50, 50-60, 60-70, 70-80. 80-90, 90-100, 0ver 100, Slaves, Fr. Clrd, Frgnr.

4, Samuel Geller, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 2, 2, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0

 

1850 Federal Census.  St. Clairsville Township, Belmont County, Ohio

House#/Family#, Name, Age, Sex, Occupation, Value, Birthplace, …remarks

37/37, Samuel Geller, 41, Male, White, Wagoner, na, Pennsylvania

37/37, Mary Geller, 41, Female, White, na, na, Penn

37/37, Ann Geller, 13, Female, White, na, na, Penn

37/37, Andrew Geller, 15, Male, White, na, na, Penn

37/37, Sophia Geller, 11, Female, White, na, na, Penn

37/37, Wm Geller, 7, Male, White, na, na Penn

37/37, Noah Geller, 3 Male, White, na, na, Penn

37/37, Samuel Askew, 22, Male, White, Tanner, na, Penn

37/37, Mary J. Askew, 20, Female, White, na, na, Penn

37/37, Margret Perine, 80, Female, White, na, 3000, New York

1860 Federal Census.  St. Clairsville Township, Belmont County, Ohio

Page, Dwelling/Family, Names, Age, Sex, Color, Occupation, Value, Born, Remark

23/25, A. C. Clark, 58, Male, White, Laborer, na, Virginia

23/25, Martha A. Clark, 37, Female, White, na, na, Virginia

23/25, Ira W. Clark, 22, Male, White, Laborer, na, Ohio

23/25, Mary Clark, 18, Female, White, na, na, Virginia

23/25, Francis Clark, 14, Male, White, na, na, Ohio

23/25, Daniel J. Clark, 13, Male, White, na, na, Virginia

23/25, Melissa Clark, 10, Female, White, na, na, Virginia

23/25, Clarissa Clark, 5, Female, White, na, na, Ohio

23/25, Rosalie Clark, 2, Female, White, na, na, Ohio

23/26, Samuel Geller, 50, Male, White, Teamster, na, Pennsylvania

23/25, Mary A. Geller, 40, Female, White, na, na, Pennsylvania

23/25, Sophia A. Geller, 20, Female, White, na, na, Pennsylvania

23/25, William Geller, 17, Male, White, na, na, Pennsylvania

23/25, Scott Geller, 12, Male, White, na, na, Pennsylvania

23/25, George Geller, 9, Male, White, na, na, Pennsylvania

23/25, Samuel Geller, 5, Male, White, na, na, Pennsylvania

1870 Federal Census.  St. Clairsville, Richland Township, Belmont County, Ohio

Page, Dwelling/Family, Name, Age, Sex, Color, Occupation, Value (Real/Pers), Born

611/618, James (could be Samel?) Geller, 62, Male, White, Huckster, 0/100, Ohio, voter

611/618, Mary Geller, 62, Female, White, Keeping House, na, Ohio

611/619, Winfield Geller, 21, Male, White, Teamster, 0/300, Ohio, voter

611/619, ?…isson Geller, 28, Female, White, Keeping House, na, Ohio

611/619, Samuel Geller, 15, Male, White, Labourer, na, Ohio

611/619, Maggie Geller, 1, Female, White, na, Ohio

611/619, William Geller, 26, Male, White, Junr Saddler, na, Ohio

 

1880 Federal Census.  St. Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio

Page, Dwelling/Family, Name, Color, Sex, Age, Relation, Marital Stat, Occupation, School, Born, Father born, Mother born

2, 18/18, Samuel Geller, White, Male, 72, Head, Married, Day Labourer, na, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania

2, 18/18, Mary A. Geller, White, Female, 72, Wife, Married, Keeping House, na, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania

 

1890 Federal Census.  Special Census of Union Veterans and Widows – Belmont County, Ohio

House/Family, Name of surviving soldiers …and widows, Rank, Company, Reg’t, Enlistment, Discharge, Length of Service, PO Address, Disability, Remarks

77/84, Samuel Geller, Drummer, Co. K, 15 Ohio Vol Inf, 1 November 1861, 5 August 1862, 8m 4d, St. Clairsville Ohio, sunstroke & diarrhea

Family : 

Daughter : Mary J.
Date of Birth : 7 November 1831
Place of Birth : Pennsylvania
Married : 
Died : 

Daughter : Catherine (Ann)
Date of Birth : 4 December 1833
Place of Birth : Pennsylvania
Married : John Watson Chambers, 15 June 1854
Died :
Notes : marriage data courtesy Clark Chambers

Son : Andrew 
Date of Birth : 1 January 1835
Place of Birth : Pennsylvania
Married : 
Died : 

Daughter : Anne M. 
Date of Birth : 22 February 1837
Place of Birth : 
Married : 
Died : 
Notes :

Daughter : Sophie
Date of Birth : 4 April 1839
Place of Birth : 
Married : 
Died : 
[click here to see an image of Sophie]

Son : Dan
Date of Birth : 12 January 1842
Place of Birth : 
Married : 
Died : 

Son : William H.
Date of Birth : 15 March 1845
Place of Birth : 
Married : probably not married
Died : after 1891
Notes : He served with some distinction in the Civil War (in the same unit as his father), as Musician for Company K, 17th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the 90 day service and on 10 October 1861 was mustered in to the Field and Staff of the 15th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry as Principal Musician - he gave his age as 18 and then as 19 years old, but he was only 16 years old in 1861.  He was mustered out in January 1862.   He was, by occupation, a harness and saddle maker.  In 1870 he was living in his father’s home and was a Junior Saddler, and from at least 1880 until the mid 1890’s lived in Wheeling, Ohio County, West Virginia employed in the trade. [click here to see images of his service record (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)]

Daughter : Margaret
Date of Birth : 20 February 1846
Place of Birth : 
Married : 
Died : 

Son : Scott (Noah?)
Date of Birth : 1 January 1848
Place of Birth : 
Married : 
Died : 
[click here to see an image of Scott]

Daughter : Maggie
Date of Birth : 5 December 1850
Place of Birth : 
Married : 
Died : 

Son : George W
Date of Birth : 17 November 1852
Place of Birth : 
Married : Kate Lewis
Died : 8 December 1917
Notes :

Son : Samuel M.
Date of Birth : 20 May 1855
Place of Birth : 
Married : 
Died : 

 

Sources, bibliography :

 

Geller family info on children of Sam and Mary Geller and all photographs, courtesy of Hazel Skelly Webb, St. Louis, Missouri.  Copies in possession of author.

 

Compiled Service Record of Private Samuel Geller, 15th Reg’t Ohio Infantry.  RG94, National Archives & Records Administration.  Washington, DC.  Viewed January 2001.

 

Compiled Service Record of Principal Musician William Geller, 15th Reg’t Ohio Infantry.  RG94, National Archives & Records Administration.  Washington, DC.  Viewed January 2001.

 

Pension file of Samuel Geller, widow Mary Geller (cert368283).  National Archives & Records Administration.  Washington, DC.  Viewed January 2001.

 

M432 7th Census of US 1850.  Ohio - Belmont County.  Roll661.  National Archives & Records Administration.  Washington, DC.  Viewed January 2001.

 

M653 8th Census of US 1860.  Ohio - Belmont County.  Roll936.  National Archives & Records Administration.  Washington, DC.  Viewed January 2001.

Family Bible Transcript of George W. Geller.  Courtesy of Hazel Skelly Webb.  Copies in possession of author.

 

Whisker, James B. PhD, Editor.  The Bedford County Archives, Volume I.  Apollo : Closson Press, 1985.  ISBN0933227124

 

 

Compiled by Jonathan Webb Deiss, 1983, 2001, 2002