91st PA: William O'Conner

William O'Conner

Before the war

He was born in Pennsylvania, in 1830/31, perhaps to Patrick O'Connor and Elizabeth [unknown family name]. [sources: date: 5 (32 in 1863), 6 (32 in 1863), 12 (18 in 1850), 13 (25 in 1860). place: 5, 6, 12, 13. parents: 12]

In 1850, he may be the William OConner who was living in Washington Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania. He was living with Patrick and Elizabeth OConner (presumably his parents), and with Dennis and Elizabeth OConner (presumably his siblings). He was a farmer, and had attended school within the year. [source: 12]

On 25 March 1852, he married Mary Bigley. She was born in 1835/36, in Pennsylvania. They were married by Justice of the Peace John D Cunningham. They had two known children:

[sources: 9, 13, 14]

In 1860, he was living in Washington Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Mary and their children Isabel and Sarah E. He was a farmer, and owned $300 in real estate and $100 in personal property. [source: 13]

When he enlisted, he was a laborer. [source: 5]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 8 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, blue eyes, and dark hair. [sources: 5, 6 (5'6")]

During the war

He was drafted. He enlisted and was mustered into service on 16 July 1863 in the 62nd Pennsylvania Infantry. He enlisted for three years. His service was credited to the 23rd congressional district. He was in company M. [sources: 1, 5, 6, 8]

He was wounded in action on 8 May 1864, near Spottsylvania Court House He had a severe gunshot fracture of the left humerus involving the head of the bone, which required excision of the head and resection of the shaft. [source: 9]

He died on 10 May 1864 of wounds received in action. He had last been paid on 29 February 1864. [sources: 1, 4 (Jun 64), 8, 9]

He was transferred from company M of the 62nd Pennsylvania to the 91st Pennsylvania. On 21 July 1864, he, and the other members of companies L and M, were assigned to company G. On 22 July 1864, they were transferred to company K, following brigade orders to assign them to the smallest company. He was then absent, as a private. He was a private in company K. [sources: 1, 2, 3, 4 [transferred as sick), 8, 9, 15]

Jacob Appel was also transferred with the men from the 62nd Pennsylvania although he had died.

At the end of June 1865, the regiment reported him absent in hospital. He was a private, in company K. [sources: 7, 15]

After the war

On 14 February 1865, his widow, Mary O'Connor, successfully applied from Pennsylvania for a pension, under the Act of 14 July 1862. On 18 November 1867, she applied for the additional benefits for minor children, under the Act of 25 July 1866. She was living in Venango County, Pennsylvania (post office Wesley, Pennsylvania). Her application was accepted on 3 March 1868, and she received $8 per month and $2 additional per month for each child less than sixteen years old, retroactive to 10 May 1864. [sources: 9, 10, 11]

In 1870, his widow, Mary Conner, was living in Pine Township, Mercer County, Pennsylvania. She was living with their children Isabella and Sarah E. [source: 14]

On 22 July 1872, Mary O'Connor died, in Venango Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania. [source: 9]

On 24 August 1880, Isabella Davis and Sarah E Anderson applied for a minors' pension. THey were living in Hilliards, Butler County, Pennsylvania. On 15 April 1881, the Pension Office informed their attorney that they were not entitled to the pension due her at her death since they were then more than sixteen years old. [source: 9]

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) (William O'Connor)

2 special order 65, HQ 91st PA, 21 July 1864 (William O. Connor)

3 special order 66, HQ 91st PA, 22 July 1864 (William O. Conner)

4 company K, second register of deaths (William Oconner)

5 company K, third descriptive roll (William O'Conner)

6 company K, fourth descriptive roll (William O'Conner)

7 monthly return, company K, June 1865 (Wm OConnor)

8 Page 243. Floyd G Hoenstine. Military services and genealogical records of soldiers of Blair County, Pennsylvania. Harrisburg, PA: Telegraph Press, 1940. (William O'Connor)

9 abstract of widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, certificate number 109,619, widow's class (Mary Bigley widow of William O'Connor)

10 pension index, by name (William O'Connor)

11 pension index, by unit (William O'Connor)

12 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Butler County, Washington, microfilm series M432, film 760, page 380 recto = [755] handwritten FamilySearch) (William OConner)

13 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Butler, Washington Township, microfilm series M653, film 1087, page 833 = 29 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Wm Connor)

14 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Pine Township, microfilm series M593, film 1373, page 420 verso = 12 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Mary Conner)

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1880 US census
since the evidence that she died in 1872 is convincing, I did not try to evaluate the many candidates
1890 US census, veterans schedules
Ancestry index (acccessed 20 Nov 12)
1900 US census
since the evidence that she died in 1872 is convincing, I did not try to evaluate the many candidates
1910 US census
since the evidence that she died in 1872 is convincing, I did not try to evaluate the many candidates
1920 US census
since the evidence that she died in 1872 is convincing, I did not try to evaluate the many candidates
1930 US census
since the evidence that she died in 1872 is convincing, I did not try to evaluate the many candidates
pension index, by name
Ancestry index (accessed March 2007)
records of headstones of deceased Union veterans, 1879-1903
FamilySearch index (accessed 22 November 2012)
applications for headstones for military veterans, 1925-1941
FamilySearch index (accessed 22 November 2012)
US National Cemetery interment control forms, 1926-1962
Ancestry index (accessed 22 November 2012)

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William O'Conner in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Butler County, Washington, microfilm series M432, film 760, page 380 recto = [755] handwritten FamilySearch)]
[identification is speculative]
line1718192021
Dwellings visited1096    
Families visited1105    
NamePatrick OConnerElizabeth "William "Dennis "Elizabeth "
Age5252181211
SexMFMMF
Color     
Occupation of males over 15 yearsFarmer Farmer  
Real estate owned1000    
BirthplaceIrelandMarylandPaPaPa
Married within year     
Attended school within year  11 
Over 20 & can't read/write1    
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.     

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Butler, Washington Township, microfilm series M653, film 1087, page 833 = 29 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is probable, since the (apparent) spouse's and childrens' names and ages match the names and ages in the widow's pension certificate file abstracted below]
line23242526
Dwelling number202   
Family number201   
NameWm ConnorMary "Isabel "Sarah E "
Age252262
Sexmfff
Color    
OccupationDo [sc. Farmer]House Keeper  
Value of real estate owned300   
Value of personal estate100   
Place of birthdo [sc. Pa]dododo
Married within year    
Attended school within year    
Cannot read & write    
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.    

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Mercer County, Pine Township, microfilm series M593, film 1373, page 420 verso = 12 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is probable; see the note on the 1860 census above]
line252627
Dwelling-house number84  
Family number78  
NameConner Mary- Isabella- Sarah E
Age321614
SexFFF
ColorWWW
OccupationKeeping House  
Real estate value   
Personal estate value   
Birthplace" [sc. Pennsylvania]""
Father foreign born   
Mother foreign born   
Birth month if born within year   
Marriage month if married within year   
Attended school past year 11
Can't read   
Can't write   
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.   
Male US citizen at least 21 years old   
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...   

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 13 February 2015, from Fold3]


O'Conner William
Co. K, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also 62 Pa Inf
Ref card

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

widow's pension certificate file

[abstract of widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, record group 15, certificate number 109,619, widow's class, Mary Bigley widow of William O'Connor]
[abstracted from 28 pages on Fold3, November 2012]
25 March 1852
William O'Connor married Mary Bigley, by Justice of the Peace John D Cunningham (pp.4, 7)
2 children living, under 16, at time of pension application: Isabella (born 14 Jan 1854) and Sarah Elizabeth (born 17 March 1856) (pp.4-5, 7, 12, 24)
*
drafted; served in M 62nd PA (p.9)
29 Feb 1864
last paid (p.10)
10 May 1864
William O'Connor died of wounds received 8 May 1864 (p.9)
1st division 5th Corps Field Hospital records show William Conner [sic] wounded in battle near Spottsylvania court house between 8 and 16 May 1864 (p.19)
severe gunshot fracture of left humerus involving head of bone, [requiring] excision of head and resection of shaft (p.19)
12 May 1864
reported absent wounded (p.10)
July 1864
William O'Connor transferred to 91st PA per S.O. 159, 2 July 1864, and S.O. 176, 20 July 1864, HdQrs 5 AC (pp.9, 10)
16 Nov 1864
Mary O'Connor, of Butler County, 28 years old, made a declaration for pension under the act of 14 July 1862 (p.4)
she was the widow of William O'Connor (M 62nd PA), killed on picket or skirmish duty near Spottsylvania Court House Virginia on or about 14 May 1864 (p.4)
witnesses Charles Heckathan [?] and Hiram Heckathan [?] (p.5)
attorney R M McClure of Butler County PA (p.6)
25 Mar 1865
the Pension Office [requested information from?] the Adjutant General's Office (p.17; see p.20 for circular 16 requestion information)
3 Apr 1865
the Adjutant General's office sent the above-summarized information to the Pension Office (p.10; see p.16 for the request)
14 April 1865
the Pension Office [requested information from?] the Adjutant General's Office (p.17)
19 May 1865
the Medical Director, Army of the Potomac reported that Pvt W Conner [sic] 62nd PA was wounded at Spotsylvania Court House on 12 May 1864 (description as above), and was sent to the Depot Hospital at Frederickburg VA (p.21)
23 October 1865
the Pension Office [sent circular] 9 [requesting information about O'Connor's death] (p.17)
8 Jan [1866?]
the Pension Office asked the Adjutant General's Office and the Surgeon General's Office for the hospital record, and requested clarification of the discrepancy in the name of the minor child, Sarah (p.17)
18 Nov 1867
Mary O'Connor, widow of William O'Connor (M 62nd PA) applied for a pension under the acts of 14 July 1862 and 25 Jul 1866 (pp.3, 23 [only the 2nd page of the declaration is included])
resident of Venango County PA, post office Wesley PA
attorney Black + Fleeger, Butler PA (p.14)
application 82,954 (p.9)
approved 3 March 1868, retroactive to 10 May 1864, for $8 per month + $2 per month additional for each child less than 16 (pp.3, 14)
certificate 109,619 dated 9 March 1868 (p.14)
Pittsburgh Agency (p.14)
17 Dec 1867
Isabella OConner and Lydia A Miller, residents of Washington Township, Butler County, PA, testified supporting Mary O'Connor's application (p.12)
8 January 1868
the Pension Office sent circular 14 requesting information about William O'Connor's death (allegedly at Fredericksburg VA on 14 May 1864 of wounds) (p.18)
on 14 Jan 1868, the Surgeon General's office replied with the above summarized information, and no information from the death records (p.19)
9 Jan 1868
the Adjutant General's office sent the above-summarized information to the Pension Office (p.9)
24 [?] Jan 1868
Mary O Connor, of Irwin Township, Venango County, PA, swore that Sarah's name was sometimes written 'Sarah', but 'Sarah Elizabeth' is the correct name; she is sometimes called 'Sarah', and sometimes 'Elizabeth' (p.24)
also that her post office address is Wesley, Venango County, PA (p.24)
Thomas Hudalson [?] and Isabel Hudason (residents of Venango) testified supporting her claims (pp.24-25)
24 August 1880
Isabella Davis and Sarah E Anderson made a 'declaration for childrens [sic] restoration', stating amont other things that Mary O'Connor died in Venango Township, Butler County, PA, on 22 July 1872, and was last paid to 4 Mar 1872 (pp.26-27)
the pension wasn't claimed because no guardian was appointed (p.27)
attorney Geo Bancroft + Co, Washington DC (p.27)
post office address: Hilliards, Butler County, PA (p.27)
Sarah M O'Connor, Hilliards Butler County PA, and William A Ferguson [?], Butler PA, testified in support (pp.27-28)
15 April 1881
the Pension Office informed Bancroft + Co that the children were not entitled to the pension due Mary O'Connor at her death because they were more than 16 years old (p.15)

pension index, by name

[pension index, by name]
[transcribed 20 November 2012, from Ancestry]
NAME OF SOLDIERO'Connor William
 
NAME OF DEPENDENTWidowO'Connor, Mary
Minor 
  
SERVICEM. 62 Pa. Inf.
 
 
DATE OF FILINGCLASS APPLICATION NO CERTIFICATE NO STATE FROM WHICH FILED
  Invalid      
1865 Feb 14 Widow 82954 109619  
  Minor      
         
ATTORNEY  
REMARKS  

pension index, by unit

[pension index, by unit]
[transcribed 20 November 2012, from Fold3]
DEAD
NAME OF SOLDIER
O'Connor, William
 
SERVICELate rank Pvt Co. M. 62 Reg't Pa. Inf
TERM OF SERVICEEnlisted Discharged
DATE OF FILINGCLASS APPLICATION NO LAW CERTIFICATE NO.
  Invalid      
1865 Feb 14 Widow 82.954   109.619
  Minor      
         
ADDITIONAL SERVICES  
 
 
REMARKS  
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