Samuel D. Daniels
m. est 1823
m. 23 Feb 1857
Facts and Events
About Samuel Daniels
Samuel D. Daniels, son of Joshua and Mary (Reed) Daniels, was born in October 1832 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was baptized on July 28, 1833 at the Old St. George Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. Samuel's mother died when he was very young. His father soon remarried, marrying Ann Stradley on September 7, 1834 at the Old St. George Methodist Episcopal Church.
On the 1840 census in the 2nd ward, Southwark, Philadelphia, the household of Joshua Daniels contained a male, age 5 to 10, presumed to be his son Samuel. In 1850, Samuel lived at 350 South Front Street, Philadelphia. Samuel was a jeweler. He appeared on the census of 1850 in the household of his parents in the first ward of Southwark in Philadelphia. He married Jane Ann Murphy, daughter of William C. and Jane Murphy, on 23 February 1857 at the 4th Street home of Reverend Michael D. Kurtz. The marriage was recorded at the Wharton Street Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1859, Samuel and his father-in-law, William C. Murphy, lived 1322 South 6th Street, Philadelphia. In 1860, Samuel, his father, Joshua, and his uncle, James H. Daniel all worked at 308 Chesnut Street. The 1861 Philadelphia city directory shows two jewelry manufacturers at that address: Carros, Thibault & Co. and Rickards & Thompson. The 1860 Philadelphia city directory listed Samuel Daniels twice, once at 519 Wilder Avenue and once at 2nd Street below Almond. He has not been located on the 1860 census. Between 1861 and 1865, Samuel and William C. Murphy lived 1324 South 6th Street, Philadelphia.
Samuel D. Daniels was mustered-in on August 10, 1861 as a private of the 3rd Regiment of the Pennsylvania Infantry. This was a 'three years or the war' regiment, as opposed to earlier three month enlistments. The basis of this regiment, which later became the 72nd Pennsylvania Volunteers, was the Fire Zouaves, formed by Col. De Witt Clinton Baxter, and was mainly composed of volunteer firemen. Samuel's enlistment papers describe him as 5 feet 8 inches with a dark complexion, brown hair, and hazel eyes. For his service, Samuel could expect to receive a little more than $8 per month.
The regiment established its camp at Haddington, near the old Bull's Head tavern. On September 16, the regiment left for Washington. While at Camp Observation in Poolesville, Maryland, the Fire Zouaves were increased to fifteen companies, with a total roll of about 1600 officers and men. The 72nd spent the next six months on relatively peaceful guard duty and marches along the upper Potomac River and the Shenandoah Valley.
In the spring of 1862, Samuel was again at Camp Observation. One day, he was assigned to a detail to cut wood for the Second Brigade. He cut down a tree, carried it thirty yards to a wagon, and was throwing it off his shoulder when a pain took him in the small of his back. Samuel spent much of May and June of 1862 in Regimental Hospitals. From April 4 until August 22, the 72nd was participating in the Peninsular Campaign, leaving from and returning to Fortress Monroe. The regiment participated in the battles at Yorktown, Fair Oaks, Peach Orchard, Savage Station, Glendale, Malvern Hill, and Chantilly. On August 28 the 72nd reached Alexandria, Virginia, arriving near Manassas in time to assist in covering the retreat of Pope's force. The regiment also participated in the battle at Antietam on September 17, suffering heavy losses. The campaign ended with further losses in the occupation of Fredericksburg and operations at Chancellorsville.
The regiment was encamped at Falmouth, Virginia when Samuel was discharged on March 14, 1863. His papers cite 'deafness and general debility' and 'weakness of Lumbar Muscles' as reasons for his disability discharge. At that time of his discharge, Samuel was a private in Lieutenant H. J. Rorer's Company H of the 72nd regiment. The 72nd regiment was later sent to Gettysburg, reaching the field on July 1. The regiment suffered severe losses in the ensuing battle, losing almost half of its men.
From July to September of 1863, Samuel served in Company C of what he refers to as the 'First Coal Regiment'. This was probably the Fortieth Regiment Infantry, a ninety-day regiment mustered into service at Harrisburg. It was known as the 'First Coal Trade Regiment' since the Coal Trade of Philadelphia uniformed and armed the regiment and paid a bounty of 25 dollars to each recruit. Samuel's friend Archibald Fisher recalled '...I remember when we were away together in the 'coal regiment.' I and others used to joke with him about the peculiar way he would march at times and his explanation was that his back hurt him and he walked in that peculiar way to ease himself.' Apparently Samuel's back injury came in handy on a least one occasion, as Archibald stated '...I know he was exempted from the draft on that account. He and I were drafted at the same time and I remember I thought if I had a discharge and was disabled as he was I would save three hundred dollars.'
After leaving the service, Samuel found a job as a stone setter at Cassoins Teabold Company Jewelers in Philadelphia. Samuel's back injury became a life-long disability. His friend and co-worker, Archibald Fisher, recalled that Samuel '...has several times described his feeling to me as a 'distressed feeling,' very painful some times and he would often have to quit work.' Between 1866 and 1870, Samuel lived at 1324 South 6th Street. The family lived for a short time in Camden, New Jersey, before returning to Philadelphia. Samuel D. Daniels appeared on the census of 1870 in the South ward, Camden County, New Jersey. In 1875, Samuel lived at 1212 South 4th Street, Philadelphia. In 1879, Samuel lived 1149 South 18th Street, Philadelphia. Samuel and Jane appeared on the census of 1880 with their children George, Robert, Samuel, Louisa, Sarah, Jennie and John 1206 Moore Street, Philadelphia.
Samuel's back injury often prevented him from working, causing him finally, around 1880, to apply for military disability benefits. Samuel was eventually granted a disability pension. The affidavits filed with his pension claim give some insight into his life. Archibald Fisher, Samuel's friend and co-worker, recalled an outing with Samuel which occurred around 1872 or 1873. Archibald stated that '...he [Samuel] and I went up Timber Creek in a row boat. I had to do all the rowing, he said he could not row on account of his back. I remember this more distinctly on account of just being vaccinated myself and that I rowed with difficulty.' Tamie Ringler stated '...that she keeps and eating stand in the vicinity of the Thirteenth and Fifteenth Street passenger railway depot and in that capacity met the said Daniels daily twice a day during the time he was engaged with the company, a period of about two years beginning at about the year eighteen hundred and seventy four...' She said '...that during the time he ate his meals with her he appeared to be suffering with his back and often complained to her that he had great misery there; that from the way he described his feeling she believed it to be lumbago. That he used to stop in for his morning meals and sometimes complain to her that he did not believe he could 'hold out the day,' his back hurt him so badly.' In 1885, Samuel lived at 1206 Moore Street. In 1890, Samuel lived at 1113 Moore Street, Philadelphia, with his children George, Robert and Samuel. In 1895, Samuel lived at 1849 South 12th Street, Philadelphia. In 1899, Samuel lived 1211 Ritner Avenue, Philadelphia. On 20 May 1900, the following notice appeared in "The Philadelphia Inquirer":
'Since last Tuesday Samuel D. Daniels, aged 68 years, has been missing from his home, 2434 South Iseminger street. His family cannot account for his absence and would welcome any information concerning his whereabouts.
He is a man of medium height, dark complexion, dark eyes, gray beard and mustache, and weighs about 125 or 130 pounds. When he left home he wore a soft black hat, dark trousers and striped neglige shirt, but it is not known whether he had a coat on or not'
Although no followup article was found, Samuel must have been located, as Samuel and Jane appeared on the census on 4 June 1900 with their children George and Martha at 2435 Iseminger Street. Samuel had apparently retired, as no occupation was given on the census.
Samuel D. Daniels died on 1 August 1900 in Philadelphia at age 67 of valvular heart disease. An obituary for Samuel was published on 4 August 1900 The Philadelphia Inquirer:
"DANIELS – On August 1, 1900, Samuel D. Daniels, aged 68 years. Funeral services on Sunday afternoon, at 1 o’clock, at his late residence, 2434 South Iseminger street. (Thirteenth and Ritner streets). Interment private."28
He was buried on 5 August 1900 Evergreen Cemetery, Camden, Camden County, New Jersey.
1840 U.S. census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Co., page 62, Joshua Daniels.
"City Directories of the US", Daniels Saml., jeweler (1859 McElroy's); Daniels Samuel, jeweler (1861 McElroy's); Daniels Samuel D., jeweller (1864, 1870 McElroy's; 1875, 1880, 1885, 1890, 1895 Gopsill's).
Register of Marriages, 1841-1864, Wharton Street Methodist Episcopal Church , Sameul S. Daniels & Jane A. Murphy entry, 23 Feb 1857.
"City Directories of the US", Daniels Saml., jeweler, 1322 S 6th (1859 McElroy's).
"City Directories of the US", 1860 Cohen's: Daniels Jas. jewel. 308 Chestnut. h 327 N 12th, Daniels Samuel jeweller, 308 Chestnut, h 2d bel Almond.
"City Directories of the US", 1860 Cohen's - Daniels Samuel jeweller, 308 Chestnut, h 2d bel Almond; Daniels Samuel jeweller, 519 Wilder; 1860 McElroy's - Daniels Samuel D., jeweler, 510 Wilder.
"City Directories of the US", Daniels Samuel, jeweler, 1324 S 6th (1861 McElroy's); Daniels Samuel D., jeweller, 1324 S 6th (1864 McElroy's).
International Genealogical Index (IGI), extracted data, Batch #390969: Samuel D. Daniels, son of Samuel D. and Jane A. Daniels, 3 Jul 1861, Philadelphia.
"City Directories of the US", Daniels Samuel D., jeweller, h 1324 S 6th (1870 McElroy's).
"City Directories of the US", Daniels Samuel d.. jeweller, h 1212 S 4th (1875 Gopsill's).
"City Directories of the US", Daniels Samuel D., Jeweller, h 1149 s 18th (1880 Gopsill's); Daniels George W., clerk, h 1149 S 18th (1880 Gopsill's).
"City Directories of the US", Daniels Samuel D., jeweller, h 1206 Moore (1885 Gopsill's; Daniels George W., restaurant, h 1206 Moore (1885 Gopsill's).
"City Directories of the US", Daniels Samuel, jeweller, h 1113 Moore (1890 Gopsill's; Daniels George w., restaurant, Old Passy'k av n River rd. h 1113 Moore (1890 Gopsill's); Daniels Robert M., hatter, h 1113 Moore (1890 Gopsill's); Daniels Samuel D., waiter, h 1113 Moore (1890 Gopsill's).
"City Directories of the US", Daniels Saml D., jeweler, h 1849 S 12th; (1895 Gopsill's); Daniels Geo W., segars, Pt Breeze, h 1849 S 12th (1895 Gopsill's).
"City Directories of the US", Daniels Saml D., h 1211 Ritner (1900 Gopsill's); Daniels Geo W., restaurant, Schuy'l av n W Passy'k av, h 1211 Ritner (1900 Gopsill's).
Letter, Laura Loyburg to Lauren Mahorter, List of those buried in Sec. D, lot 156, of Evergreen Cemetery, Camden, NJ; death date for Samuel Daniels given as 8/1/1890.