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This is a transcription of the "Pension Application of Cevilius Berry" of South Creek Township, Bradford County, PA by Paul Newell
Cevilius S. BERRY was born 1832 in Tompkins Co., NY. About 1836, his family moved to the area of Berrytown, Bradford Co., PA. In 1862, Cevilius was enrolled as a Private of the 171st Regiment of Pennsylvania Drafted Militia. At the end of his nine months term of service in 1863, Cevilius was mustered out at Harrisburg, PA.

The 1860 Bradford County census records enumerated Cevilius Berry in Canton Township (June of 1860) and in South Creek Township (July of 1860) so it's difficult to know exactly where he resided at the time of his 1862 enrollment. Most of his adult life was spent in South Creek Township.

Cevilius died 1912 at Gillett, Bradford Co., PA and he’s buried in Gillett Cemetery. Cevilius’s gravestone is inscribed Civilius Berry Co. G 171 PA.

From Cevilius’s pension records, three documents have been transcribed and are provided, below.

Document 1 – Declaration for an Original Invalid Pension

This must be executed before a Court of Record or some Officer thereof having Custody of the Seal.

State of Pennsylvania, County of Bradford, SS.

On this 25th day of July A.D. one thousand eight hundred and ninety personally appeared before me a Pension Notary of the Boro of Canton a court of record within and for the County and State aforesaid Cervillius Berry aged 57 years, a resident of the town of Grover, County of Bradford, State of Penn – who being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical Cervillius Berry who enrolled on the 2nd day of Nov, 1862, in Company G of the 171st Regiment of Penn Vols. commanded by Capt. Albert Judson and was honorably discharged at Harrisburg, Pa. on the 8th day of Aug, 1863; that his personal description is as follows: Age 57 years; height 5 feet 7 ½ inches; complexion light; hair dark; eyes blue.

That while a member of the organization aforesaid, in the service and in the line of duty at Washington in the State of N.C. on or about the * day of June, 1863, he contracted malaria and its results caused by exposure. That he was treated in hospitals as follows: in Regimental hospital at Washington, N.C. also in Philadelphia Convalescent hospital.

That he has not been employed in the military or naval service otherwise than as stated above. That he has not been in the military service of the United States since the 8th day of Aug., 1863. That since leaving the service this applicant has resided in the County of Bradford in the State of Penn and that his occupation has been that of a peddler and teaming. That prior to his entry into the service above-named he was a man of good, sound, physical health, being when enrolled as a farmer. That he is now equivalent to loss of a hand or foot disabled from obtaining his subsistence by manual labor by reason of his injuries, above described, received in the service of the United States; and he therefore makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the invalid pension roll of the United States. He hereby appoints with full power of substitution and revocation, E.J. Cleveland of Canton, Pa., his true and lawful attorney to prosecute his claim. That he has not received or applied for a pension; that his residence is Grover, Bradford Co., Pa and that his post office address is Troy, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.

Cevilius Berry


F.A. Owen

L. Brooks


Document 2 – General Affidavit

State of Penn ss.

County of Bradford

In the matter of Pension Claim 788110 Cervillius Berry late of Co. G 171st Reg. Penna Vols.

On the 20th day of Feb., A.D. 1891 personally appeared before me a Notary Public in and for the aforesaid County duly authorized to administer oaths Thomas Fitzgerald, aged 42 years, a resident of Grover in the County of Bradford State of Penn well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declare in relation to aforesaid case as follows:

That he has been intimately acquainted with claimant [Cevilius Berry] about 18 years except 14 years when

I was in the west, during the past two years have lived in the same town with claimant and for the past year a near neighbor and have seen him every day. I believe that claimants alleged disabilities malarial poisoning and its results and deafness are not due to due to any vicious habits as claimant is a gentleman of good moral habits and of Christian character for years past and that his disabilities are of a permanent character and that claimant is disabled from the performance of manual labor to such an extent as to disable him from earning a support. Claimant can do no hard work or manual labor and has done no had work since I have known him. He has peddled and driven team and light work only. His Post Office is Grover Pa. he further declares that he has no interest in said case and is not concerned in its prosecution.

Thomas Fitzgerald


Document 3 - Pension Survey

Department of the Interior

Bureau of Pensions

Washington, D.C.

January 15, 1898

Certificate #570474

Berry, Cerelius S.


In forwarding to the pension agent the executed voucher for your next quarterly payment please favor me by returning this circular to him with replies to the questions enumerated below.

Very Respectfully,

H. Clay Evans


No. 1. Are you married? If so, please state your wife’s full name, and her maiden name. Answer: am not now married.

No. 2. When, where and by whom were you married? Answer: was married to Susan R. Fosburgh Nov. 24, 1867, she having died Aug 14, 1878.

No. 3. What record of marriage exists? Answer: certificate of marriage.

No. 4. Were you previously married? If so, please state the name of your former wife and the date and place of her death or divorce. Answer: No.

No. 5. Have you any children living? If so, please state their names and the dates of their birth. Answer: yes four; George H. Born May 15, 1872; Hattie M. Born June 27, 1874; Leon E. Born July 18, 1876; Lena E. Born Nov 6, 1881.

Date of reply, Feb. 10th, 1898.

Cevilius S. Berry