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James Disney of Baltimore, Maryland (1842-1909)
Posted by: Ken Walsh Date: October 29, 2001 at 20:26:09
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Please contact me if you have further information on this family line.

This history is put together based on several sources. When not otherwise identified, the records came from James Disney's Civil War service and pension records (available from the National Archives), the most informative source.

According to his 1907 declaration for pension, James Disney was born on March 17, 1842 in Baltimore, Maryland.

According to the 1850 Census Index (Baltimore City, Ward 1, Enumeration District 12, August 12, REEL NO: M432-281 PAGE NO: 110B from http://www.rootsweb.com/~mdcbalti/), Benjamin Disney lived with his family at number 1878. He was a 32-year-old painter, born in the District of Columbia and married to 27-year-old Rachael. Their oldest child Mary was 8 years old and in school. James L. Disney was 6 years old with four younger siblings: Sarah E. (4 yo), Maria (3 yo), Emma (2 yo), and William (4 months old). Rachael and all of the children were born in Maryland. No other James Disneys were identified in Baltimore City's Wards 1 and 2 in the 1850 Census.

According to the 1860 Census Index (Baltimore City, Ward 1, August 10, REEL NO: M653-458 PAGE NO: 257 from http://www.rootsweb.com/~mdcbalti/), Benjamin Disney lived with his family at number 1446. He was a 43-year-old painter, born in Maryland (doesn't agree with 1850 Census birthplace). He lived at this address with his nine children: Mary (17 yo), James (16 yo), Sarah (15 yo), Maria (12 yo), Emma (11 yo), William (9 yo), Amanda (7 yo), Laura (5 yo), and Fanny (1 yo). Maria and Emma Disney were in school at the time, and James was working as an assistant ship carpenter. No other James Disneys were identified in Baltimore City's Wards 1 and 2 in the 1860 Census.

"Over the summer of 1861 the hand of the federal government fell firmly on the shoulders of Marylanders. Troops encamped in Patterson Park and on the railroad avenues into the city. Soldiers on Federal Hill, overlooking what a Union officer called a neighborhood "rank with disunion," dug fortifications and planted cannon that could reach three-fourths of the city. Federals began improvements on Fort McHenry, which had few defenses on its land side…" (source: "Maryland: A Middle Temperament" by JHU Press 1988). Patterson Park is located just four blocks from where Rebeca Long lived during the War.

There is some indication that a James F. Disney (18 yo) enrolled as a private in Company C of the Maryland Volunteer Infantry's First Regiment on May 11, 1861 and deserted on May 20, 1861 from Fort McHenry (source: "Maryland Volunteers: War of 1861-1865"). I don't know if this was the same James Disney described in the rest of this research. However, my gggrandfather James Disney's military involvement definitely began:

July 16, 1861 - James Disney enrolled for duty at age of 18 years. He joined in Baltimore as a private in Captain Stinchcomb's Company in the 2nd Regiment of the Maryland Infantry.
July 23, 1861 - James Disney was mustered into the company.
July 23-December 1861 - not stated if present or absent in Company E of 2nd Regiment
January-February 1862 - Absent without leave
March-April 1862 - not stated if present or absent
May-June 1862 - Present; $3 deducted from his pay for 4 months by sentence of court martial
July-August 1862 - Absent when mustered
September 1862 - Deserted from Washington, DC
December 11-16, 1862 - Private James Disney was listed as a casualty at Fredericksburg, Virginia.
January-August 1863 - He was absent from Company E while in a hospital at Baltimore (since December 17, 1862).
September-October 1863 - Present in Company E
December 31, 1863 - Discharged from Company E at Blaines Crossroads, Tennessee so that he could re-enlist as a veteran volunteer at the age of 20 years
January 1, 1864 - Remustered into Company E of the 2nd Regiment of the Maryland Volunteer Infantry under Captain James Cooper (listed painter as occupation)
Jan-Feb 1864 - Present in Company E of 2nd Regiment
Mar-Apr 1864 - not known if present or absent in Company E of 2nd Regiment
June 16-17, 1864 - Private James Disney was wounded, along with several other Company E soldiers, at Petersburg, Virginia.
June 20, 1864 - James Disney (21 yo, single) was admitted into Hospital Number 2833 (probably near the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC) with a gunshot wound of the forefinger (index finger) on his left hand. He listed the address of his nearest relative as Miss Rebeca Long of 11 Cambridge Street in Baltimore, Maryland. After a few days he was transferred to Patterson Park Hospital in Baltimore.
July 4, 1864 - He was transferred to Philadelphia (but this was just to Baltimore by his own account). Disney remained in Patterson Park Hospital for nearly three months and then re-joined his company.
July-August 1864 - absent after he was wounded in action from Company E of 2nd Regiment
September 1864-April 1865 - Private James Disney was present in Company E
April 15, 1865 - Promoted to corporal
April-June 1865 - Corporal James Disney was present in Company E
July 17, 1865 - In Alexandria, Virginia, Company E was officially mustered out.
August 4, 1865 - The charge of absence without leave was removed.
August 10, 1865 - At the age of 22, Private James Disney was mustered out of the infantry (individual) in Baltimore.
January 19, 1867 - The charge of desertion was removed from his record.

The volunteer enlistment form from Blaines Crossroads shows that James Disney had blue eyes, brown hair, a dark complexion (listed as a light complexion in 1907), and stood 5'5" high (he personally testified in 1870 and 1907 that he was 5'6" tall).

On October 17, 1866 James Disney married Mary C. Long at the Parsonage of the M.E. Church. The service was performed by Reverend William Harden, and this was the only time that James Disney was married (as of June 4, 1898).

On April 11, 1870, James Disney appeared before the Deputy Clerk of the Superior Court of Baltimore City and testified to his service record, the fact that his first joint of his left index finger was shot off, and that he lived in Baltimore the entire time after the war. The lop of his finger greatly interfered with his work as a hand at the Abbotts Rolling Mill. He lived at 18 Essex Street in Baltimore.

In the 1880 Census (vol. 5, ed 46, sheet 9, line 45), James Disney is listed as a 37 yo living at 286 N. Gay Street with his wife Kate (36 yo). Was Kate the middle name for Mary Long Disney? Their children were listed as Mary R. (12 yo), James W. (8 yo), Virginia (4 yo), and John R. (7 months old).

The 1890 Baltimore City Directory listed James Disney and James W. Disney as painters living at 429 Colvin Street (Painters Court is currently near the south end of Colvin Street). In 1890 James Disney the war veteran was listed in the Census as living at 1031 Hillen Street, right around the corner from the Colvin Street address.

On June 4, 1898 James Disney gave the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Pensions a list of his living children's names and birthdates: Mary R. Disney (July 1, 1867), James W. Disney (April 17, 1872), Virginia D. Disney (February 20, 1876), John R. Disney (October 21, 1879), Emma E. Disney (April 22, 1882), and Harry F.T. Disney (November 7, 1884). James or John Disney married a woman named Cora R., who was listed under a life insurance policy in 1909.

In the 1900 Census (vol. 12, ed 91, sheet 8, line 92), James Disney (58 yo) was living at 1933 Fayette Street, listed his birth month as March 1842, and said that his father was born in Virginia (although his mother and his wife's parents were born in Maryland). His wife Mary C. had been born in February 1844 (56 yo), and they had been married 34 years. The couple had had seven children, and six were still alive. Emma E. (b. April 1882) and Harry F.J. Disney (b. Nov. 1884) lived with their parents. James and Harry were housepainters, Emma was a buttonhole maker, they rented the house, and all could read, write, and speak English.

In 1907 James Disney claimed to be 65 years old, eligible for pension, and living at 1933 E. Fayette Street in Baltimore City. His son Harry's wife Katherine nursed him from April 14, 1909 until his death from chronic bronchitis on July 16, 1909. He was buried at Baltimore Cemetery.


1. EMMA E.3 DISNEY (JAMES L.2, BENJAMIN E.1) was born April 22, 1882 in Maryland, and died October 19, 1928 in Maryland. She married JOSEPH WALSH October 05, 1902 in St. Patricks Church, Bank St., Baltimore, MD, son of MARY E..
       
Children of EMMA DISNEY and JOSEPH WALSH are:
2.       i.       Harry G.J.4 Walsh, b. 1907; d. March 21, 1964.
       ii.       Margaret Susan Walsh, b. 1908.
3.       iii.       Loretta A. Walsh, b. 1911; d. May 20, 1960, Baltimore, MD.
4.       iv.       Joseph L. Walsh, b. 1918; d. 1962.
5.       v.       Elizabeth C. Walsh, b. September 29, 1920; d. November 28, 1974, Baltimore, MD.


Generation No. 2

2. HARRY G.J.4 WALSH (EMMA E.3 DISNEY, JAMES L.2, BENJAMIN E.1) was born 1907, and died March 21, 1964. He married CATHERINE.
       
3. LORETTA A.4 WALSH (EMMA E.3 DISNEY, JAMES L.2, BENJAMIN E.1) was born 1911, and died May 20, 1960 in Baltimore, MD. She married (1) ? DAVIS. She married (2) ? DEVLIN.
       
4. JOSEPH L.4 WALSH (EMMA E.3 DISNEY, JAMES L.2, BENJAMIN E.1) was born 1918, and died 1962. He married MARGARET.
       
5. ELIZABETH C.4 WALSH (EMMA E.3 DISNEY, JAMES L.2, BENJAMIN E.1) was born September 29, 1920, and died November 28, 1974 in Baltimore, MD. She married (1) HAROLD KIEL in Annapolis, MD. She married (2) PETER WANCOWICZ January 13, 1946 in St. Brigid's, Baltimore, MD.


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