91st PA: Patrick J O'Connor

Patrick J O'Connor

Before the war

He was born in 1831/32 (4 (29 in 1861)).

On 23 October 1860, he married Ann O'Neil (8). He was married by the Reverend George Strobel, of St Mary's, 4th Street above Spruce, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (8). They had no children (8).

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 30 September 1861 (1, 4). He was mustered in as a private, in company D, on 7 October 1861 (1, 4, 8, 10-11).

He fought at the Battle of Gettysburg (6). He was killed on 3 July 1863 at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8). He was a private, in company D (10-11). He was wounded by a shell (8). He was buried in the National Cemetery in Gettysburg, section 6 grave 51 (1, 2, 4, 5).

After the war

On 24 September 1863, his widow, Ann O'Connor, successfully applied for a pension (7, 9). She was admitted on 16 December 1865, to a pension of $8 per month, retroactive to 3 July 1863 (8). She was living in Alexandria, Virginia (8).

About 4 September 1866, she moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (8).


Contact Chris Miller at [email protected] about Patrick O'Connor.


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) (Patrick J O'Connor)

2 tombstone (Thanks to Chris Buckingham for the picture!)

3 company D, register of deaths (Patrick O Connor)

4 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 10 August 2004 (Patrick J O'Connor; rolls have 'O'Conner')

5 Veterans' cemeteries, on Ancestry (searched 31 Mar 2005) (Patrick OConnor)

6 Pennsylvania Memorial, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (P J O'Connor)

7 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company D (Patrick O'Conner)

8 widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, RG 15, widow's certificate 10819 (Patrick O'Connor)

9 pension index, by name (Patrick O'Connor)

10 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Patrick O'Connor)

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

Sources checked unsuccessfully

pension index by name
Ancestry index (accessed March 2007)


Patrick J O'Connor in the 91st PA database

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'Connor Patrick
Co. D, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
Original filed under
O'Conner Patrick


[card 2, transcribed 15 February 2015]

O'Conner Patrick
Co. D, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]


widow's pension certificate file

[Widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, RG 15, widow's certificate 10819, Patrick O'Connor]

[page 1]
Box No 31467
Cert No 10819
Ann OConnor

11 Images ok

Bundle No 13

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[not transcribed; this is a heading sheet from Footnote]

[page 3]

WAR OF 1861. 10819
Brief in the case of Ann O'Connor, widow of Patrick O'Connor,
a private in Co. "D", 91 Reg't Pennsylvania Vol.

Alexandria County, and State of Virginia
Act of July 14, 1862.
Post Office address of Applicant, Alexandria, Va
Claim for Widow's Pension.

Declaration and Identification in due Form.

The Adjt Gen'l reports that Patrick O'Conner was mustered into Co. "D", 91. Regt Pa. Vols. October 7, 1861, and was "Killed at the battle of Gettysburg. Pa. July 3. 1863. [a private.]

Church record Evidence filed
Power of attorney.
In due form.

Admitted December 16, 1865, to a Pension of $8 per month, commencing July 3d, 1863.

Charles H. Monk,

Name and Residence of Agent. William F. Bascom, Washington D.C.
Ex L.M.D.

[page 4]

Philp & Solomons, Printers & Stationers, 332 Penn. Avenue, Washington.
Dist. of Columbia, County of Washington ss.

On this 11th day of September, 1863, personally appeared before me, a Justice of the Peace in and for the County and Dist aforesaid, Ann OConnor a resident of Alexandria in the County of Alexandria and State of Virginia aged 40 years, who, being duly sworn makes the following declaration, in order to obtain the Pension provided by the Act of Congress approved July 14, 1862: That she is the widow of Patrick OConnor who was a Private in Company D commanded by Capt Foust in the 91st Regiment of Pennsylvania Infantry Vols in the War of 1861; that her maiden name was Ann ONeil and that she was married to said Patrick OConnor on or about the 23d day of October 1860, at Philadelphia in the County of Philadelphia and State of Pennsylvania by Rev [?] G Strobel [???] and that she herewith exhibits a certificate of her marriage aforesaid (or copy of record)

[re the minister's name: see page 6 below; the name is clear in the affidavit. see also Biddle's Philadelphia directory, 1861, page 1313: "St. Mary's, 4th ab Spruce, Rev. Geo. S. J. Strobel."]

She further declares that said Patrick OConor [sic] her husband, died in the service of the United States as aforesaid at Gettysburg in the State of Pennsylvania on or about the third day of July 1863, by reason of a wound received from a shell, while engaged in battle at that place She also declares that she has remained a widow ever since the death of said Patrick OConnor and that she has not in any manner been engaged in, or aided or abetted, the rebellion in the United States; and she hereby appoint Wm F Bascom as her lawful attorney, and authorizes him to present and prosecute this claim, and to receive and receipt for any orders or certificates that may be issued in satisfaction thereof.

Signature of Claimant Ann OConnor X her mark
Att A. T. Macontheux [??] + W. S. Clary

Also personally appeared before me, Margaret Burns and John Collins residents of Alexandria + Philadelphia County, and States of Virginia + Penna, by me believed to be credible persons, who being duly sworn declare, that they were present and saw said Ann OConnor sign her name [sic] to the foregoing declaration, and that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of said applicant, and their acquaintance with her, that she is the identical person she represents herself to be, and know that said deceased recognized said applicant as his lawful wife, and that she was so recognized by the community in which they resided; and that they have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.

Signature of Witnesses Mrs M Burns John Collins

Sworn and subscribed to before me, this 11th day of September 1863; and I hereby certify that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.

Official Signature W S Clary J. P.


[page 5]

Pension Claim
Ann O'Connor
Widow of Patrick O'Connor
Pr. Co. D. 91st Pa. Vol. Inf'y

[illegible stamp]
W. F. Bascom
Lam [??] Com. Pen. Agency
Washin D.C.

[page 6]


Copy of Record.

St Marys [sic] Church Philada

On the 23d day of October AD 1860 Patrick OConnor & Ann ONeil were by me joined in the Bonds of marriage in the presence of Patrick Blue and Mary Reynolds.

Given under my hand this 17th day of September 1863

G [?] Strobel
Pastor of said Church


Before me, an Alderman and ex-officio a Justice of the Peace, in and for the said County, personally appeard Rev. George Strobel who being duly sworn according to law, deposes and says, that the above writing is a true and correct copy of the record of marriage of Patrick O'Connor and Ann O'Neil as the same appears on the record of marriages of St. Mary's Church, Philadelphia. That the said record is in deponent's custody; that the above copy is in his own proper hand writing, and that he is a disinterested witness.

G. Strobel

Sworn and subscribed this 17th day of September A.D. 1863 before me
James McCahin
Jusice of the Peace.

[page 7]

Commenwealth of Pennsylvania, ss.

I, JAMES ROSS SNOWDEN, Prothonotary of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, for the Eastern District, DO CERTIFY, That James McCahen Esq. before whom the foregoing affidavit was made was at the time the same was made, and now is an Alderman and ex-officio Justice of the Peace of the City and County of Philadelphia, duly commissioned and qualified to administer oaths and affirmations, and to take acknowledgments, &c., and to all whose acts as such, full faith and credit are and ought to be given, as well in Court of Judicature as elsewhere, and that his signature thereto is genuine.

In Testimony Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Seal of said Court, at Philadelphia, this 17th day of September A.D. 1863

James Ross Snowden,

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Adjutant General's Office,
Washington, D.C.,
October 27 1863.

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your Office of application for Pension No. 34,246, and to return it herewith, with such information as is furnished by the files of this Office.

It appears from the Rolls on file in this Office that Patrick O'Conner was enrolled on the 30th day of September, 1861, at Philadelphia Pa in Co. "D." 91st Regiment of Penna Volunteers, to serve three years, or during the war, and mustered into service as a Private on the 7th day of October, 1861, at Philadelphia Pa., in Co. "D", 91st Regiment of Penna Volunteers, to serve three years, or during the war. On the Muster Roll of Co. "D" of that Regiment, for the months of July + August, 1863, he is reported "Killed at the battle of Gettysburg Pa July 3. 1863"

I am, Sir, very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
Saml Breck
Assistant Adjutant General.

The Commissioner of Pensions, Washington, D.C.
Name of applicant, Ann O'Connor
Address, Alexandria, Alexandria Co. Va
N.S. [?]

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No. 10819
[crossed out:] Virginia
Ann O'Conner
widow of Patrick O'Connor
Rank Private
Company "D"
Regiment 91st Pa. Vols.
Washington D.C. Agency.
Rate per month, $8
Commencing 3d July. 1863.
Certificate dated 18th Dec. 1863.
and sent to Wm. F. Bascom
Washington D.C.
Act 14th July, 1862.
Book A Vol. 5 Page 222

1867 January 9 Transfd to Philad Pa from the 4 Sept 1866

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wid. cert. # 10819
No. 34246
ACT OF JULY 14, 1862.
Ann O'Connor Alexandria Co Va Wid of
Patrick O'Conner pri in
Co "D" 91 Penn vols
Died at Gettysburg Pa
July 3. 1863 of a wound

Pension Office,
Sept 26, 1863.
Respectfully referred to the Adjutant General, for official evidence of service and death.
Joseph H. Barrett
Received, Sep 23, 1863.
Wm F. Bascom
Washington D.C.

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Dec 5 /63 Agent

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Washington D.C. Dec. 11th 1863.

I, Ann OConnor, widow of Patrick O'Conner deceased and late private Co. D. 91st Pa. Vols. certify that I am the identical Ann O'Connor, whose application for a pension, now pending in the Pension Office, is dated September 11th 1863, and was made through the Pension Agency of the U.S. Sanitary Commission in Washington D.C.; and that I have no children and that my husband, the said Patrick O'Connor left no children at his decease and never had any.

Anne O'Connor X her mark
Att A. J. Macomber

District of Columbia County of Washington ss.

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 11th day of December A.D. 1863.

W. F. Bascom
Justice of the Peace.

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Dec 15 1863

Ann OConnor
widow of Patrick OConnor
late private co D 91st Pa Vols
P.O. Alexandria Va.
Statement of Claimant

Nosse [?]

W. F. Bascom
San. Com.
Washington D.C.

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