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This is a transcription of the Widow's Penison claim of Harriet (Surname not given) "Bockus" of Knoxville.
Transcribed by Maryann Stalpers




Certificate No.. 910.242

Class Act of May 11, 1912

Soldier James A. Bockus


I have the honor to report that the name of the above described pensioner who was last paid at $32 to Jan. 4, 1920, has this day been dropped from the roll because of death March 24, 1920.

James A. Bockus,

Knoxville, Pa.

910242 Act May


ACT OF MAY 11, 1912


Class: Invalid

Pension James A. Bockus

Date of Death March 24. 1920, Certificate is not filed.

Claimant Harriet B. Bockus, widow


Tioga County


Attorney none The fee of $ none

Submitted for wd. Feb. 24, 1921, E. S. Barnett, Examiner.

Approved for Admission:

Pay widow as above

Geo. S. Livingston, Reviewer, Feb. 26, 1921

W. R. H. Alexander, Reviewer, March l, 1921.


State of Pennsylvania )

) ss

County of Tioga )

On this 10th day of April, A. D. One thousand nine hundred and Seven (7) personally appeared before me, a Justice of the Peace, within and for the county and State aforesaid, James A. Bockus, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is 62 years of age, and a resident of Knoxville, County of Tioga, State of Pennsylvania and that he is the identical person who was enrolled at Harrisburg, Pa. Under the name of James. A. Bockus, on the 25th day of August, 1864, as a Private, in Co. K. 207 Regiment, Volunteers in the service of the United States, in the Civil war, and was honorably discharged at Alexandria on the 31st day of May, 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 6 2 inches; complexion, Fair; color of eyes, gray; color of hair, brown; that his occupation was farmer; that he was born Sept. 14, 1844 at Stratford, N. Y.

That his several places of residence since leaving the service have been as follows: at Wellsboro, Pa. Until about 1898 and since at Knoxville, Pa.

That he is a pensioner....Certificate No. 910,242.

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.

That his post-office address is Knoxville, county of Tioga, state of Pennsylvania.

Signed; James A. Bockus

Attest: l. George W. Curran

2. F. W. Curran

Also personally appeared George W. Curran, residing in Knoxville Pa. And F. W. Curran residing in Knoxville Pa., 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 James A. 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 10 years and 9 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.

Signed; George W. Curran; F. W. Curran


Ca No. 66705; Bundle # 8.

Drop Report Pensioner

Section W

Harriet B. Bockus

Knoxville PA

897210 May 28

W Cert. No. 8971l0

Pensioner Harriet B. Bockus

Class June/30

May 4, 1932 canceled (payee deceased)

Accounting Division

May 13, 1932

The name of the above-described pensioner who was last paid at the rate of $40 per month to Apr 3, 1932, has this day been dropped from the roll because of death, Apr. 17, 1932.


State of Pennsylvania, County of Tioga, ss:

ON THIS 2nd day of July A. D. 1891; personally appeared before me a Clerk Court Record in and for the aforesaid County, duly authorized to administer oaths John J. Reese aged 50 years, a resident of Charleston, in the County of Tioga and State of Penna and duly sworn according to law, state that he is acquainted with James A. Bockus applicant for Invalid Pension, and know the said James A. Bockus to be the identical person of that name who enlisted or volunteered as a Prit. In Company AK@, 207 Regiment of Penna. Vols., and who was discharged at Harrisburg Pa. On or about 31 day of May 1865 by reason of close of War.

That the said James A. Bockus while in the line of his duty, at or near Alexandria in the State of Va. Did, on or about the middle day of April 1865 become disabled in the following manner, viz: He complained of being sick and was excused from duty. I can=t now say just what trouble he complained of--but since his discharge have often heard him complain of having the piles.

That the facts stated are personally known to the affiant by reason of personal knowledge. Was in command of Company at the time. He was treated by Regt. Surgeon or his assistant at the time he was excused from duty as aforesaid.

He was always ready to duty when able.

And deponent further state that he is well acquainted with the claimant, having known him for at least thirty years and further, that my knowledge of the facts above stated are derived from said acquaintance, and from having served as Capt. Of Company AK@ of the 107 Regiment of Pa. Volunteers from the day of ____ 1864 to the __ day of ___ 1865. And deponent further state that the claimant was a sound and able-bodied man at and prior to enlistment, so far as he knew, and that he is totally disinterested in this claim.

Post office address of affiant is Round Top, Tioga Co., Pa.

Signed/J. J. Reese, Captain

Co. K 207 Pa. V.

Notarized and date stamped as follows: Pension Office, Aug. 8, 1891.




On this 8th day of November A. D. One thousand eight hundred and eighty eight personally appeared before me a Deputy Clerk of the Court in Session a Court of Record within and for the county and State aforesaid James A. Bockus aged 44 years, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical James A. Bockus who was enrolled as a Private on the 25 day of Aug., 1864, in Company K of the 207 regiment of Pa. Vols. Commanded by Capt. Reese and was honorably discharged at Alexandria Va. On the 31 day of May, 1865; personally description is as follows: Age 44 years; height 5 feet 6 2 inches; complexion fair; hair brow; eyes grey. That while a member of the organization aforesaid, in the service and in the line of duty at Ft. Petersburg in the State of Va. On or about the ___ day of Spring 1865, he by exposure incident to army life contracted chronic diarrhea resulting piles.

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 or naval service of the United States since the lst day of May 1865. That since leaving the service this applicant has resided in the County of Tioga in the state of Pa., and that his occupation has been that of a farmer. That prior to his entry into the service above named he was a man of good, sound, physical health, being when enrolled a farmer. That he is now greatly disabled from obtaining his subsistence by manual labor by reason of his injuries....

That he has not received nor applied for a pension;; that his residence is Round top, Tioga Co. Pa.

Signed; James A. Bockus, claimant

S/Samuel D. Satterly, witness

S/L. A. Gardner, witness.

(Both witnesses lived in Wellsboro, Pa.)

Department of the Interior

Bureau of Pensions

Washington, D. C., January 2, 1915.

SIR: Please answer, at your earliest convenience, the questions enumerated below. The information is requested for future use, and it MAY be of great value to your widow or children. Use the inclosed envelope, which requires no stamp.

Very respectfully,

James A. Bockus Pension Office

Knoxville, Pa. May 21, 1915


No. 1. Date and place of birth? Answer. Sept. 14, 1844, in Herkimer co., N. Y.

The name of organizations in which you served? Answer. Co. K, 207th Reg. Of Pa. V. I.

No. 2. What was your post office at enlistment? Answer. Wellsboro, Pa.

No. 3. State your wife=s full name and her maiden name. Answer. Harriet B. Morse.

No. 4. When, where, and by whom were you married? Answer. Oct. 23, 1898, at Borden, N. Y. By G. N. White.

No. 5. Is there any official or church record of your marriage? Don=t know.

No. 6. Were you previously married? If so, state the name of your former wife, the date

of the marriage, and the date and place of her death or divorce. Answer: yes.

Martha A. Robb, Oct. 17, 1871. Died Apr. 2, 1894 at Charleston, Pa.

No. 7. If your present wife was married before her marriage to you, state the name of her

former husband, the date of such marriage, and the date and place of his death

or divorce.....Answer:

James T. Westbrook, Dec. 4, 1873; died Apr. 18, 1891 at Williamsport, Pa. No

other marriages.

No. 8. Are you now living with your wife, or has there been a separation? Answer.

Living with her.

No. 9. State the names and dates of birth of all your children, living or dead. Answer:

Stella born Feb 7. 1987

Sarah born Jan. 4, 1891

Ada M. Born Feb. 1l, 1894

Date: May 19, 1915 Signed; James A. Bockus

Certificate No. 910242 Department of the Interior,

Name James A. Bockus Bureau of Pensions

K. 207 Pa. Inf. Washington, D. C., January 15, 1898.


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,

S/ H. Clay Evans, Commissioner.

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

Answer: Martha Aurella Bockus, Martha Aurella Robbe (maiden name)

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

Answer. H. D. Taylor, Mansfield, October 17, 1871

Third. What record of marriage exists?

Answer. Certificate

Fourth: Were you previously married?

Answer. Never

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

of their birth.

Answer: Mrs. Stella May Farmon February 6, 1875

Sadie Bockus January 4, 189l

Adie Martha Bockus February ll, 1894

Date of reply, July 6, 1898 Signed/ James A. Bockus

Declaration for Widow=s Pension

Act Approved April 19, 1908

This paper MAY be executed before a Notary Public, a Justice of the Peace, or any other officer authorized by law to administer oaths for general purposes. The Certificate of the Prothonotary or Clerk of the Court need NOT be attached hereto but will be procured, if at all, when called for by the Commissioner of Pensions.

State of Pennsylvania County of Tioga, ss:

On the date hereinbefore mentioned, personally appeared before me a Notary Public within and for the County and State aforesaid Harriet B. Bockus, aged 66 years, a resident of the boro of Kuosville, County of Tioga, State of Pa. Who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that she is the widow of James a. Bockus who enlisted under the name of James A. Bockus at ___ on the 25 day of August A. D., 1864 in Co. K - 207 Reg. Pa. Vol. And served at least ninety days in the late war of the Rebellion, who was honorably discharged May 31, 1865 and died March 24, 1920 at Keeville Pa.

That she was married under the name of Harriet b. Westbrook to said James A. Bockus on the 23 day of October, 1898 by Rev. White, at Borden

Harriet Westbrook married to James Westbrook Dec. 4, 1873 who died April 19, 1891. James A. Bockus married to Martha A. Robb Oct. 17, 1871 who died April 2, 1894. That she was not divorced from him and has not remarried since the death of the said James A. Bockus

That she has duly heretofore applied for pension.

That her post Office address is Keevsville, County of Tioga, State of Pa.

Witnesses: Signed/Harriet B. Bockus, claimant

Charles D. Brugher

Forrest E. Beau

date stamp: Pension Office, Apr. 1, 1920


W. O. 1155233.

State of Pennsylvania.

County of Tioga, ss:-

Harriet B. Bockus, claimant aforesaid, being duly sworn according to law, deposes and says: - That at the date of the death of Martha A. Bockus, former wife of the soldier, James A. Bockus, there were no public records kept of the deaths of persons in Tioga County, Pennsylvania and therefore no public record exists thereof.

Signed/ Harriet B. Bockus

Sworn to and subscribed before me

this 7th day of September, 1920.

Signed/notary public

My commission expires Jan. 21, 1923.

Date stamp: Pension Office; Sep. 17, 1920.