91st PA: John Brocus

John Brocus

Before the war

He was born on 3 October 1846, in Ringtown, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, to Daniel Broscious and Sarah Gohs [?]. [sources: date: 6, 12, 15, 19; 2 (19 in 1865), 4 (68 in 1918), 6 (53 in 1900), 7 (63 in 1910), 8 (73 in 1920), 9 (83 in 1930), 13, 16 (3 in 1850), 17 (14 in 1860), 18 (34 in 1880). place: 19; 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 16, 17, 18. parents: 12, 15, 16, 17, 19 (Sarah Boles)]

On 18 August 1847, he was christened, at the Saint Paul's Lutheran and Reformed Church, Ringtown, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. [source: 15]

In 1850, he was living in Butler Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his (presumed) parents Daniel and Sarah, and (presumed) sister Elizabeth. [source: 16]

In 1860, he was living in Butler Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his (presumed) parents Daniel and Sarah, and (presumed) siblings Elizabeth, Sarah, Daniel, and Mary. He had attended school within the year. [source: 17]

When he enlisted, he was a laborer. [source: 2]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 2-1/2 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, blue eyes, and light hair. [source: 2]

During the war

He was a substitute. He was enlisted and mustered into service on 27 March 1865. He was enlisted for one year, at Pottsville, Pennsylvania, by Captain Bowen. He was mustered in as a private in company H. [sources: 1, 2, 4, 5, 13, 22, 23]

He mustered out with his company on 10 July 1865. He was a private, in company H. [sources: 1, 4, 5, 13, 22, 23]

After the war

In 1868/70, he married Annetta Elizabeth Paul ("Nettie"). She was born in October 1852, in Pennsylvania. They apparently had eight children, including:

[sources: 6 (8 children all alive in 1900), 7 (8 children 5 alive in 1910), 9 (at 25 (?) years old), 12, 13, 14, 18, 19]

In 1880, he was living in West Mahanoy, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife, and with their children Teressa, Sammy E, Charly, and Henry. He was a laborer, and had been unemployed for three months in the previous year. [source: 18]

In 1890, he was apparently living in Ringtown, Union Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. [source: 20]

On 11 November 1891, he applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension. He was initially pensioned under the Act of 17 June 1890, for rheumatism, at a rate of $6 per month. [sources: 3, 4, 5]

In 1900, he was living in Ringtown, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Annie, and children Henry, Lillian, Victor, and George. He was a sawmill laborer. [source: 6]

On 24 November 1908, he again applied for a pension. [source: 5]

In 1910, he was living in Union Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Anetta, son Samuel, and a granddaughter. He was a sawyer, at a sawmill. [source: 7]

In 1918, he was receiving a pension of $18 per month, under the act of 11 May 1912. He was living in Ringtown, Pennsylvania. He was unable to support himself, because of rheumatism, hydrocele, disease of urinary organs, and loss of left thumb. He owned a house worth $1,000, which had a mortgage of $500, and had no other property or income. The House and Senate committees recommended that his pension be increased to $25 per month. [source: 4]

In 1920, he was living on Main Street, in Ringtown Borough, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Anetta, and daughter Elizabeth (who may well be the granddaughter in the 1900 census). He was not working. [source: 8]

In 1930, he was living on West Main Street, Ringtown Boro, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Annetta. He owned his house, which was worth $2,000. He was not working. [source: 9]

On 11 December 1930, his wife, Annetta, died, in Ringtown, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. She was buried in the Methodist Cemetery, Ringtown, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. [sources: 14, 21]

On 13 May 1935, he died, in Ringtown, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. He died of bronchopneumonia (5 days duration), with chronic emphysema and bronchitis (duration about 10 years) contributing. He was a laborer. He was buried in the Methodist [?] Cemetery, Ringtown, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. [sources: 10 (Lutheran), 11, 12 (Evangelical Cem), 13 (Methodist), 19]

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) (John Brocus)

2 company H, descriptive roll, #165 (John Brocus)

3 pension index, by name (John Brocious [?])

4 'Pensions and increase of pensions for certain soldiers and sailors of the Civil War, etc. May 8, 1918.' Senate Report 430. Page 63. Serial Set volume 7306, 65th Congress, 2nd Session, session volume B. [repeats Serial Set volume 7310. 65th Congress, 2nd Session. Session volume B. 'Pensions and increase of pensions for certain soldiers and sailors of the Civil War. April 10, 1918.' House Report 481. Pp.63-64] (John Brocious)

5 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company H (John Brocious)

6 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Union Township, Ringtown Village, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 210, microfilm series T623, film 1486, page 27 A = 6 handwritten (John C Brocious)

7 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Union Township, supervisor's district 8, enumeration district 105, microfilm series T624, film 1419, page 149 B = 14 handwritten (John Brocious)

8 1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Ringtown Borough, supervisor's district 6, enumeration district 105, microfilm series T625, film 1651, page 172 B = 1 handwritten (John Brocious)

9 1930 US census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Ringtown Boro, supervisor's district 54-101, enumeration district 20, microfilm series T626, film 2147, page 48 = 2 A handwritten (John Broscious)

10 Pennsylvania veterans burial records, available on Ancestry (transcribed 4 December 2010) (John Brocious)

11 Pennsylvania death indices, 1935 ('B622 John Broscious 51588 Ringtown 5/13')

12 death certificate, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, file number 51588, 13 May 1835 (John Broscious)

13 Find a grave, memorial 115955751, created by Donald Seltzer, added 23 August 2013, accessed 27 October 2013 (identification is confirmed by reference on the stone to his service in the 91st) (John Brocious)

14 Find a grave, memorial 116003875, created by Donald Seltzer, added 24 August 2013, accessed 27 October 2013 (Annetta Brocious)

15 [not transcribed] abstract of christening record for John Broscious (available on FamilySearch, accessed 28 October 2013)

16 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Butler Township, microfilm series M432, film 826, page 24 verso = 48 handwritten (FamilySearch) (John Grocus [sic])

17 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Butler Township, microfilm series M653, film 1180, page 160 = 96 handwritten (FamilySearch) (John Broches [sic])

18 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, West Mahanoy, enumeration district 246, microfilm series T9, film 1194, page 328 = 81 A handwritten (FamilySearch) (J C Brochius)

19 'Webber ancestry', an Ancestry family tree, owner webbergh, accessed 28 October 2013 (John C Brocious)

20 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Union Township, enumeration district 245, microfilm series M123, film 83, page 1 (FamilySearch) (Charles [sic] C Brosious)

21 Pennsylvania death indices, 1930 ('ANNETTA BROSIUS RINGTOWN B622 54 12 11 30 118494')

22 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (John Brocus)

23 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (John Brosino)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1870 US census
searched Ancestry index for John born 1846 +/- 2 lived in Schuylkill County PA; searched Samuel born 1879 +/- 1 lived in Schuylkill County PA; Annette or Annie born 1852 +/-2 live in Schuylkill County PA; John Brocus born 1846 +/-2 PA lived in PA (accessed 28 Oct 13)
also searched FamilySearch index (accessed 28 October 2013)
1940 US census
Ancestry and FamilySearch indices (accessed 28 October 2013)
headstone applications for US military veterans, 1925-1949
FamilySearch index (searched for deaths in Schuylkill County PA in 1935, for John Broscious, for John Brocious, for John Brocus, and for John Br* died in Pennsylvania in 1935 (accessed 28 October 2013)]
RootsWeb WorldConnect
searched for John (Brocious or Brosius or Broscius or Brocus) (metaphone) (died 1935 or married to Annetta) (accessed 28 October 2013)

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John Brocus in the 91st PA gedcom on RootsWeb WorldConnect

John Brocus in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Butler Township, microfilm series M432, film 826, page 24 verso = 48 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is uncertain, because of the surname: note that (1) searching for Daniel Grocus born in Pennsylvania 1820-1830 on FamilySearch found no other records, and (2) this family seems to be the same one as in the 1860 US census entry below]
line15161718
Dwellings visited295   
Families visited295   
NameDaniel Grocus [sic]Sarah "John "Elizabeth "
Age262432
Sexmfmf
Color    
Occupation of males over 15 yearsSawyer   
Real estate owned    
Birthplace" [sc. Pa.]"""
Married within year    
Attended school within year    
Over 20 & can't read/write11  
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.    

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Butler Township, microfilm series M653, film 1180, page 160 = 96 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is likely, since (1) the parents' names match those on the death certificate (confirmed to be his by the Pennsylvania veterans burial card)]
line34353637383940
Dwelling number693      
Family number642      
NameDanl Broches [sic]Sarah "John "Elizabeth "Sarah "Danl. "Mary "
Age36331411531
Sexmfmffmf
Color       
OccupationSawyer      
Value of real estate owned       
Value of personal estate50      
Place of birth" [sc. Penna]""""""
Married within year       
Attended school within year  111  
Cannot read & write       
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.       

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, West Mahanoy, enumeration district 246, microfilm series T9, film 1194, page 328 = 81 A handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is likely; see the note on the 1900 US census entry below]
line111213141516
street name      
house number      
dwelling visit #661     
family visit #685     
nameBrochius [?] J.C.- [illegible initial] E.- Teressa- Sammy E.- Charly- Henry
colorWWWWWW
sexMFFMMM
age342861192
month born if born in year      
relationship WifeDaughterSonSonSon
single  1111
married11    
widowed/divorced      
married during year      
occupationLaborerkeeping house Laborer  
months unemployed3  2  
currently ill?      
blind      
deaf/dumb      
idiotic      
insane      
disabled      
school this year   1  
can't read      
can't write      
birthplacePaPaPaPaPaPa
father's birthplacePaPaPaPaPaPa
mother's birthplacePaPaPaPaPaPa

1890 census, veterans schedule

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Union Township, enumeration district 245, microfilm series M123, film 83, page 1 (FamilySearch) (Charles C Brosious)
[identification is uncertain because of the listed personal name: (1) the only Brocus, Brosious, etc. who served in the 91st was John C; perhaps his middle name was 'Charles', and the census taker misrecorded his name; further, Fold3's index to the pension index by unit include no Charles Brocus, Brocius, Brocious, Brosus, Brosious, or Brosius. (2) On the other hand, note that the discharge date is 14 July 1865, not 10 July 1865]

[line] 9
[house] 71
[family] 74
[name] Brosious Charles C
[rank] Priv
[company] H
[unit] 91 Pa In [sic]
[enlistment date] 27 Mar 1865
[discharge date] 14 July 1865
[length of service] 0 years, 3 months, 19 days
[post office address] do [sc. Ringtown Schl Co Pa]
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] [blank]

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Union Township, Ringtown Village, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 210, microfilm series T623, film 1486, page 27 A = 6 handwritten]
[identification is likely; see the note on the 1910 census entry below]
line8910111213
street      
house number      
dwelling number122     
family number122     
nameBrocious John C- Annie- Henry- Lilian [sic]- Victor E- George W
relationshipHeadWifeSonDaughterSonSon
colorWWWWWW
sexMFMFMM
birth dateOct 1846Oct 1852July 1879July 1885Jan 1887Feb 1892
age53472014138
married?MMSSSS
# years married3131    
mother of how many children? 8    
# of children living 8    
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
['Pennsylvania' is written across three columns on each line]
father's birthplace[see the previous line]
mother's birthplace[see two lines above]
immigration year      
# years in USA      
naturalized citizen?      
occupationSawmill laborer R R track repair Day laborer 
# months not employed  6   
# months in school   773
can readyesyesyesyesyes 
can writeyesyesyesyesyes 
speaks Englishyesyesyesyesyes 
owned/rentedR     
free or mortgaged      
farm/houseH     
# of farm schedule      

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Union Township, supervisor's district 8, enumeration district 105, microfilm series T624, film 1419, page 149 B = 14 handwritten]
[identification is likely; see the note on the 1920 census entry below]
line59606162
street    
house nr    
dwelling nr110   
family nr114   
nameBrocious John- Anetta- SamuelShietle [?] Elizabeth
relationshipHeadWifeSonGranddaughter
sexMFMF
colorWWWW
age6357404
marital statusM1M1Wd3
#years present marriage4040  
mother of # children 8  
mother of # living children 5  
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigrated    
naturalized/alien    
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglishEnglish 
occupationSawyerGeneral Housework [?]LaborerNone
nature of industry etc.Saw MillWorking OutOdd Jobs 
employer etc.WWW 
out of work 15 Apr 1910?NoNoNo 
# weeks out of work 190902620 
can readNoNoYes 
can writeNoNoYes 
school since 1 Sep 09    
owned/rentedR   
owned free or mortagaged    
farm/houseH   
nr on farm schedule    
civil war vetUA   
blind    
deaf & dumb    

1920 census

[1920 US census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Ringtown Borough, supervisor's district 6, enumeration district 105, microfilm series T625, film 1651, page 172 B = 1 handwritten]
[identification is likely, since (1) this is clearly the same family as in the 1930 US census below]
line666768
streetMain Street
house numberX  
dwelling visit number18  
family visit number0  
nameBrocious John- Annetta- Elizabeth
relationshipHeadWifeDaughter
own/rentO  
free/mortgaged (if owned)M  
sexMFF
raceWWW
age at last birthday736714
marital statusMMS
year of immigration   
naturalized/alien   
year of naturalization   
attended school since Sept 1919  Yes
can readNoNoYes
can writeNoNoYes
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
native language   
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's native language   
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's native language   
can speak EnglishYesYesYes
occupationNoneNoneNone
industry, business   
employment status   
number of farm schedule   

1930 census

[1930 US census, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Ringtown Boro, supervisor's district 54-101, enumeration district 20, microfilm series T626, film 2147, page 48 = 2 A handwritten]
[identification is likely, since (1) the location matches the location of his death and burial (see his Pennsylvania veterans burial card and death certificate), as well as the House Report on increasing his pension)]
line67
streetWest Main Street
house number  
dwelling visit #23 
family visit #27 
nameBroscious John- Annetta
relationHeadWife-H
owned/rentedO 
value or rent$2000 
radio  
farmNo 
sexMF
colorWW
age8376
married?MM
age 1st marriage2516
['25' might be '23']
school/college since 9/29NoNo
can read & writeYesNo
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
native language  
immigration year  
naturalization  
can speak Englishyesyes
occupationnonenone
industry  
worker class  
at work yesterday  
unemployment schedule #  
veteran?Yes 
warCiv 
farm schedule #  

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 8 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Brocus, John
Co. H, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt.
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 13 March 2014]

Brosino, John
Co. H, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt.
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Brocus, John

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

Pension increase

'Pensions and increase of pensions for certain soldiers and sailors of the Civil War, etc. May 8, 1918.' Senate Report 430. Page 63. Serial Set volume 7306, 65th Congress, 2nd Session, session volume B. [repeats Serial Set volume 7310. 65th Congress, 2nd Session. Session volume B. 'Pensions and increase of pensions for certain soldiers and sailors of the Civil War. April 10, 1918.' House Report 481. Pp.63-64]

H. R. 11063. John Brocious, aged 68 years, late a private, Company H, Ninety-first Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry, from March 27 to July 10, 1865 (length of service, 3 months 14 days), and is now pensioned under certificate No. 1109608 at the rate of $18 per month.

Post office, Ringtown, Pa.

[page 64]

He was formerly pensioned at $6 per month under act of June 17, 1890, for rheumatism, and is now pensioned for age and length of service under act of May 11, 1912.

Medical testimony submitted to this committee indicates the claimant is unfitted for self-support by reason of rheumatism, hydrocele, disease of urinary organs, and loss of left thumb; further evidence is to the effect that he owns a home valued at $1,000 which is encumbered by mortgage to the amount of $500, but has no other means, property, or income except his pension, which it is recommended be increased to $25 per month.

Pennsylvania veterans burial record

[Pennsylvania veterans burial records, available on Ancestry (transcribed 4 December 2010)]

RECORD OF BURIAL PLACE OF VETERAN
Schuylkill County
NAME Brocious, John
DATE OF BIRTH [blank]
DATE OF DEATH 5/13/1935
VETERAN OF Civil WAR
SERVED IN ARMY
DATES OF SERVICE 3/27/65 to 7/10/65
ORGANIZATION(S) Company H, 91st Regt. Pa. Vol. Inf.
RANK Private
CEMETERY NAME Lutheran Cemetery
[CEMETERY] LOCATION Ringtown, Pa.
LOCATION OF GRAVE IN CEMETERY [blank]
HEADSTONE None
INFORMATION GIVEN BY J. R. Wilson
DATE July 10, 1935
REMARKS [blank]

death certificate

[death certificate, Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, file number 51588, 13 May 1835, John Broscious]
[transcribed 28 October 2013, from PA Vital Records]

CERTIFICATE OF DEATH
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
BUREAU OF VITAL STATISTICS
File No. 51588
Registered No. 4
Registration District No. [blank]
Primary Registration District No. 54-22-41
1. PLACE OF DEATH
County of Schuylkill
Borough of Ringtown
2. FULL NAME John Broscious
(a) Residence. No. [blank]

PERSONAL AND STATISTICAL PARTICULARS
3. SEX M
4. COLOR OR RACE W
5. widower
5a. HUSBAND of Annette Broscious
6. DATE OF BIRTH Oct. 3, 1846
7. AGE 88 Years 7 Months 10 Days
8. OCCUPATION OF DECEASED
(a) Trade, profession, or particular kind of work laborer
(b) General nature of industry, business or establishment in which employed (or employer) [blank]
(c) Name of employer [blank]
9. BIRTHPLACE Penna.
10. NAME OF FATHER Daniel Broscious
11. BIRTHPLACE OF FATHER Penna
12. MAIDEN NAME OF MOTHER Sarah Gohs [?--'Goh' is clear; the final character could be 's' or 'o']
13. BIRTHPLACE OF MOTHER Penna.
14. Informant Mrs. Lewis Schistle
(Address) Mahonoy City Pa
15. Filed May 15 1935 H. B. Hurthaus [?] REGISTRAR

MEDICAL CERTIFICATE OF DEATH
16. DATE OF DEATH May 13 1935
17. I HEREBY CERTIFY, That I attended deceased from May 8 1935 to May 13 1935, that I last saw him alive in May 12 1935 and that death occurred, on the date stated above, at 3.00 A.m.
The CAUSE OF DEATH was as follows:
Bronchopneumonia (duration) - yrs. - mos. 5 days.
CONTRIBUTORY (Secondary) Chr. emphysema + Bronchitis (duration) about 10 yrs. - mos. - days.
18. Where was disease contracted if not at place of death? At place of death
Did an operation precede death? No date of -
Was there an autopsy? No
What test confirmed diagnosis? clinical
(Signed) H R Rang M.D.
May 15 1935 (Address) Ringtown Pa
19. PLACE OF BURIAL, CREMATION, OR REMOVAL Evangelical Cem Ringtown, Pa.
DATE OF BURIAL 5/16/1935
20. UNDERTAKER C E Barrow
ADDRESS Ringtown Pa

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