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Pension Claim - Philander Bockus 1912
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This is a transcription of the Penison claim ofPhilander Bockus of Charleston.
Transcribed by Maryann Stalpers
Certificate No. 569,133

Name Philander Bockus Department of the Interior, Bureau of Pensions

Washington, D. C. January 15, 1898.


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

Very respectfully,

First. Are you married? If so, please state your wife’s full name and her maiden name.

Answer. Yes. Eliza J. Bockus. Peake

Second. When, where, and by whom were you married?

Answer. 7th of June 1869 Wellsboro Pa. Rev. O. L. Gibson

Third. What record of marriage exists?

Answer. Certificate

Fourt. 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.

Fifth. Have you any children living? If so, please state their names and the dates of their birth.

Answer. No.

S/Philander Bockus

Date of reply, July 4, 1898.

ACT OF FEBRUARY 6th, 1907.


STATE OF Pennsylvania COUNTY OF Tioga, ss:

On this 15 day of May, A. D., one thousand nine hundred and twelve personally appeared before me a _______ within and for the county and State aforesaid Philander Bockus, who being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is 70 years of age, and a resident of Charleston Twp., county of Tioga, State of Penna; and that he is the identical person who was Enrolled at Wellsboro Pa under the name of Philander Bockus, on the 7 day of Feby 1864, as a private in Co. "A", 187th Regt. Pa. Infty, Vols in the service of the United States, in the civil war, and was honorably discharged at Harrisburg Pa., on the 3 day of August, 1865.

That he was not employed in the military or naval service of the United States otherwise than as stated above. That his personal description at enlistment was as follows: Height, 5 feet 5 inches; complexion fair; color of eyes, blue; color of hair, brown that his occupation was farmer; that he was born April 24, 1842, at Tioga Co., Pa.

That his several places of residence since leaving the service have been as follows: always in Charleston Twp., Tioga Co. Pa

That he is ___ a pensioner on Certificate No. 569,133 at the rate of $12.00 per month.

That he makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the pension roll of the United States under the provisions of the act of February 6, 1907, and May 11, 1912.

That his postoffice address is Wellsboro, county of Tioga State of Pa. R.F.D. 8

Claimant’s signature s/Philander Bockus

Also personally appeared John W. English, residing in Wellsboro, Pa. And Robert Satterly, residing in ame place, persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn, say that they were present and saw Philander Bockus, the claimant, sign his name (or make his mark) to the foregoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of the claimant and their acquaintance with him of 30 years and 30 years, respectively, that he is the identical person he represents himself to be, and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.

S/John W. English

S/ Robert Satterly

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 15 day of May, A. D., 1912 and I hereby certify that the contents of the above declaration, etc. were fully made known and explained to the applicant and witnesses before swearing.

S/ E. M. Young

Justice of the Peace

My commission expires ____January 1918.



APR 20, 1915; Certificate No. 569,133

Class Act of May 11, 1912

Pensioner Philander Bockus

Service A 187 Pa. Inf.


I have the honor to report that the name of the above-described pension who was last paid at $10, to Jan. 4, 1915, has this day been dropped from the roll because of death Mar. 21, 1915.

Very respectfully.