91st PA: William W Blocker

William W Blocker

Before the war

He was born in 1830/32, in Pennsylvania. [sources: date: 2 (33 in 1865), 7 (19 in 1850). place: 7]

In 1850, he was living in Menallen Township, Bendersville, Adams County, Pennsylvania. He was living with Thomas and Mary Blocher (presumably his parents), and with Martha, Caroline, Andrew, and Oliver (presumably his siblings). He was a saddler. [source: 7]

He married Ellen Donnelly. She was born in 1836/37, in Pennsylvania. They apparently had at least these children:

[sources: 8, 9, 11]

In 1860, perhaps he is the William Blocher living in Menallen Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania. If so, he is living with Mary (apparently his wife), and with Jane and Samuel (apparently their children). He is a day laborer, and owned $600 in real estate and $150 in personal property. [source: 12]

During the war

He was drafted. He was mustered into service on 28 February 1865, at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. He was a private, in company F. [sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 14, 15]

He mustered out with his company on 10 July 1865. He was a private in company F. [sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 14, 15]

After the war

In 1870, perhaps he is the William Blocher living in Menallen Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania. If so, he was living with Jane (apparently his wife), and with Mary, Charles, Clarissa, William B, Harry, and Ella (apparently their children). He was a grocer, and owned $2,700 in real estate and $950 in personal property. [source: 13]

In 1880, he was living in Boiling Springs SM township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Ellen J, and children William B, Ella O, and Emery W. He was a saddler. [source: 8]

In 1890, he was living in Mount Holly Springs, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. [source: 4]

On 12 August 1890, he successfully applied from Pennsylvania for a pension. [sources: 3, 10]

On 25 July 1893, his wife, Ellen J Blocher, died. She was buried in the Biglerville Cemetery, Biglerville, Adams County, Pennsylvania. [source: 11]

In 1900, he seems to have been living in Tyrone Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania. He was widowed. He was living with his daughter Mary and her family. [source: 9]

He died on 1 January 1902. He was buried in Biglerville Cemetery, Biglerville, Adams County, Pennsylvania. [sources: 3, 5, 6]

Sources

1 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233. (In the roster) (Wm W Blocker)

2 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 19 January 2005 (Wm W Blocker)

3 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company F (William W Bloucher [sic])

4 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Cumberland County, Mount Holly Springs, enumeration district 108, page 3 (William Blocker)

5 Pennsylvania veterans burial records, available on Ancestry (transcribed 5 April 2011) (William Blocher)

6 Find a Grave, memorial 18306430, created by pat callahan, maintained by Melaney Friesen Shaum, aded 9 March 2007, accessed 6 April 2011 [identity is likely, given the date of death in the pension index (3)] (William W Blocher)

7 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Bendersville, Menallen Township, microfilm series M432, film 743, page 60 = 120 handwritten (William Blocher)

8 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Cumberland County, Boiling Springs S. M. township, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 78, microfilm series T9, film 1122, page 270 = 24 D handwritten (W W Blocker)

9 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Tyrone Township, supervisor's district 12, enumeration district 28, microfilm series T623, film 1354, page 341 = 2 B handwritten (William W Blocher)

10 pension index, by name (William W Bloucher [?])

11 Find a grave, memorial 27913991, created by pat callahan, added 29 June 2008, maintained by Melaney Friesen Shaum, accessed 7 February 2014 (Ellen J Donnelly Blocher)

12 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Menallen Township, microfilm series M653, film 1057, page 432 = 86 handwritten (FamilySearch) (William Blocher)

13 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Menallen Township, microfilm series M593, film 1289, page 259 verso = 18 handwritten (FamilySearch) (William Blocher)

14 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (William W Blocher)

15 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (William W Blocker)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

RootsWeb WorldConnect
accessed 9 April 2011 and again on 7 February 2014
1910 US census
FamilySearch and HeritageQuest indices (accessed 9 April 2011)
1920 US census
FamilySearch and HeritageQuest indices (accessed 9 April 2011)
1930 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 7 Feb 2014)
1940 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 7 Feb 2014)
records of headstones of deceased Union veterans, 1879-1903
FamilySearch index (accessed 7 Feb 2014)
headstone applications for US military veterans, 1925-1949
FamilySearch index (accessed 7 Feb 2014)

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William W Blocker in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Bendersville, Menallen Township, microfilm series M432, film 743, page 60 = 120 handwritten]
[identification is uncertain, but (1) his occupation and age match the William in the 1880 census entry transcribed below]
line33343536373839
Dwellings visited798      
Families visited898      
NameThomas BlocherMaryWilliamMarthaCarolineAndrewOliver
Age47421912975
SexMFMFFMM
Color       
Occupation of males over 15 yearsJustice Saddler    
Real estate owned1200      
Birthplace" [sc. Pa]""""""
Married within year       
Attended school within year   1111
Over 20 & can't read/write       
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.       

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Menallen Township, microfilm series M653, film 1057, page 432 = 86 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is speculative; (1) the location seems right, but (2) the apparent spouse's name and (3) the children's names do not match e.g. the 1870 census entry below]
[he was not living with his apparent parents in 1860--see Pennsylvania, Adams County, Menallen Township, microfilm series M653, film 1057, page 429 = 83 handwritten]
line10111213
Dwelling number603   
Family number627   
NameWilliam BlocherMary "Jane "Samuel "
Age252531
SexMFFM
Color    
OccupationDay laborer   
Value of real estate owned600   
Value of personal estate150   
Place of birthDo [sc. Pennsylvania]DoDoDo
Married within year    
Attended school within year    
Cannot read & write    
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.    

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Menallen Township, microfilm series M593, film 1289, page 259 verso = 18 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is speculative; (1) William is 10 years older than other records indicate, (2) his occupation doesn't match other records, and (3) while Jane could be Ellen J in e.g. the 1880 census entry below, it isn't obvious that she is; note however that (4) William's and Ella's names and ages match the 1880 census entry below]
[he was not living with his apparent parents in 1870, in Pennsylvania, Adams County, Menallen Township, microfilm series M593, film 1289, page 260 = 19 handwritten]
line3132333435363738
Dwelling-house number135       
Family number146       
NameBlocher William- Jane- Mary- Charles- Clarissa- William B- Harry- Ella
Age4534141210841
SexMFFMFMMF
ColorWWWWWWWW
OccupationGrocerKeeping House Attending School    
Real estate value2700       
Personal estate value950       
Birthplace" [sc. Penna]"""""""
Father foreign born        
Mother foreign born        
Birth month if born within year        
Marriage month if married within year        
Attended school past year  1111  
Can't read        
Can't write        
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.        
Male US citizen at least 21 years old1       
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...        

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Cumberland County, Boiling Springs S. M. township, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 78, microfilm series T9, film 1122, page 270 = 24 D handwritten]
[identification is likely, since (1) the location matches the location in the 1890 census]
line4041424344
street name     
house number     
dwelling visit #246    
family visit #253    
nameBlocker W W- Ellen J- William B- Ella O- Emery W
colorWWWWW
sexMFMFM
age484317107
month born if born in year     
relationship WifeSonDaughter[illegible]
single  111
married11   
widowed/divorced     
married during year     
occupationSadlerKeeping HouseWorks in Ore [?] Bank  
months unemployed     
currently ill?     
blind     
deaf/dumb     
idiotic     
insane     
disabled     
school this year   1 
can't read     
can't write     
birthplacePaPaPaPaPa
father's birthplacePaPaPaPaPa
mother's birthplacePaPaPaPaPa

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Cumberland County, Mount Holly Springs, enumeration district 108, page 3]
[identification is confirmed by reference to his service in the 91st]

[line] 39
[house] 135
[family] 138
[name] William Blocker [could be 'Blocher']
[rank] Priv
[company] F
[unit] 91 Pa Inf
[enlistment date] Feb 28 1865
[discharge date] July 10 1865
[length of service] [blank] years, 4 months, 12 days
[post office address] Do Do [sc. Mt. Holly Springs]
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Adams County, Tyrone Township, supervisor's district 12, enumeration district 28, microfilm series T623, film 1354, page 341 = 2 B handwritten]
[identification is uncertain, but note that (1) he was buried in Biglerville, Adams County, Pennsylvania (based on Find a grave)]
line6364656667686970
street        
house number        
dwelling number42       
family number42       
nameWright Jesse H- Mary L- Harry L- Charles B- Hapatia J- Dinton L- Mary EBlocher William W
relationshipHeadWifeSonSonDaughterSonDaughterF in Law
colorWWWWWWWW
sexMFMMFMFM
birth dateJuly 1852Jan 1859Feb 1883Nov 1877Oct 1879Nov 1891July 1894Aug 1834
age47411722208565
married?MMSSSSSWd
# years married2424      
mother of how many children? 7      
# of children living 7      
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigration year        
# years in USA        
naturalized citizen?        
occupationFarmer Farm LaborerDay Laborer   School Teach
# months not employed0 04   12
# months in school     5  
can readyesyesyesyesyesyes yes
can writeyesyesyesyesyesyes yes
speaks Englishyesyesyesyesyesyes yes
owned/rentedO       
free or mortgagedF       
farm/houseF       
# of farm schedule32       

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 2 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Blocher, William W.
Co. F, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt. | Pvt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 15 March 2014]

Blocker, William W.
Co. F, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Blocher, William W.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

Pennsylvania veterans burial record

[Pennsylvania veterans burial records, available on Ancestry (transcribed 5 April 2011)]
[identity is likely, given the date of death in the pension index (3)]


RECORD OF BURIAL PLACE OF VETERAN
Adams County
NAME Blocher, William
DATE OF BIRTH [blank]
DATE OF DEATH [blank]
VETERAN OF Civil WAR
SERVED IN ARMY
DATES OF SERVICE Not given
ORGANIZATION(S) [blank]
RANK [blank]
CEMETERY NAME Biglerville
[CEMETERY] LOCATION Biglerville
LOCATION OF GRAVE IN CEMETERY SECTION A LOT No. 1
HEADSTONE Fam. stone
INFORMATION GIVEN BY Personal investigation
DATE 3-9-36
REMARKS F

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