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Henry Stokes
Civil War Documents
courtesy of Kathyrn Todd
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Henry Berkely Stokes
The son of George Stokes (born in England) & Mary Moyer Stokes (born in Ireland)
Born on June 7, 1843 in Bristol, Somersetshire, England (Yeovil)
Came to the United States at the age of 14 years.
Military Service - Civil War
      Co. K, 5th Illinois Cavalry
Married Margaret Ann Neill on May 3, 1866 in Pinckneyville, Perry County, Illinois
Died on February 1, 1918 in Coulterville, Randolph County, Illinois.
Buried in Swanwick Cemetery, Perry County, Illinois.
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War Department            
      Adjutant General's Office,
                                    Washington,       Nov. 16       , 188 5
Respectfully returned to the Commissioner of Pensions
      Henry Stokes       , a Private, of Company K, 5 Regiment Illinois Cav, Volunteers, was enrolled on the 10 day of September, 1861, at Sparta for 3 years, and is reported on roll from date of muster in Sept 21 : 61 to Dec. 31 . 61, present; same to Apr. 30 . 63 May + June 63 absent on detached service; same to Aug 31 . 63 Sept. + Oct. 63 present; same to Dec. 31 . 63. Reenlisted as Vet. Vol. Jan 1 . 64; Roll for Jan + Feb . 64 reported him absent on expedition; Mar + Apr . 64 absent on furlough; May + June . 64 present; same to Apr. 30 . 65., Roll of Field + Staff for May + June 65, to which transferred reports him present Comp' Sergt.; same to Aug 31 . 65. Muster out roll of Co. K to which re-transferred dated Oct. 27 . 65, reports him present, a private, and mustered out with Co. on that day at Springfield, Ills. Return for Mar. 62 does not report him absent.
Prisoner of War Records, show him captured at Ellisville, Miss. June 26, 27 : 63. Conf'd at Richmond, Va, July 9 ". 63 when he was admitted to Hospital No. 21. July 10 : 63 with Dysenterry. Paroled at City Point, Va. July 14 . '63. Admitted to Hospital Div Ch 2 Annap, Md. July 15. '63. Cause not given, ret'd to duty at Camp Paroli, Md. July 20 '63, where he reported the same day. Sent to Benton Bk's on August 10. '63, where he arrived August 14, '63. desirted Aug. 25. 63.
      Regtl Hospital Records covering term of service show him admitted Mch. 8. '63 with Diarrhea - disposition not stated. Dec. 1. '83 with "Conjunctiva" and returned to duty Dec. 2. '63. Sept. 26 '65, with "Intermittent" and returned to duty Sept. 29. '65.
      Records of this Office furnished no evidence of injury to eye, or wound of hand and fail to show any additional information in case.
      F. D. Rueker      
2" Lt. 2" # Cas.

Act Of May 11, 1912
The Pension Certificate should not be forwarded with this application.
State of       Illinois       , County of       Randolph       , ss :
      On this       27 "       day of       May       , A. D. one thousand nine hundred       twelve       , personally
appeared before me, a       Notary Public       within and for the county and State aforesaid,
      Henry Stokes       who being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is       68      
years of age, and a resident of       Coulterville      , county of       Randolph      
State of       Illinois       , and that he is the identical person who was enrolled at
      Springfield, Illinois       , under the name of       Henry Stokes      
on the       21 "       day of       October       , 18 61 , as a       private       in       Company      
      K, of the 5th Illinois Cavalry      
in the service of the United States, in the       Civil       war, and was honorably discharged
at       Springfield       , on the       27 "       day of       October       , 18 65
That he also served            
That he was not employed in the military or naval service of the United States otherwise than stated above. That the personal description at enlistment was as follows : Height       5       feet       5       inches ; Complexion       Sandy       ; color of eyes       blue       ; color of hair       light       ; that his occupation was       Minister      , that he was born       June 7 "       18 43 , at       Yeobil England      
      That his places of residence since leaving the service have been as follows :       Coulterville, Illinois      
      That he was a pensioner under certificate No.       413480      , that he has       not       applied for pension under original No.           
      That he makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the pension roll of the United States under provisions of the act of May 11, 1912.
      That his post-office address is       Coulterville       , county of       Randolph       , State of       Illinois      
Attest : (1)       F. P. Armstrong      
(2)       Henry R. Wilson      
|       Henry Stokes      
   Subscribed and sworn to before me this    27th    day of       May       , A. D. 19 12 ,
and I hereby certify that the contents of the above declaration was
fully made known and explained to the applicant before swearing,
including the words        erased, and the words        added,
and that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution
of this claim.
U. S. Pension Office
May 31, 1912
My Commission Expires Nov. 7, 1914       J. A. Hislent      
      Notary Public      

Section I.   Civil War Div.   ASG/EBG.   Examiner.
Cert. No. 413,480.   Henry Stokes   Co. K. 5 Ill. Cav.
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  State of Illinois  )
: SS
Randolph County)
                                On this day, personally appeared before me Henry Stokes, to me well known to be a reputable person, and the same person who is a claimant for increased Pension under the Act of May 11, 1912, and he first being duly sworn on his oath deposes and says,
When, in applying for increase of pension I gave my birth as in the year 1843 I went by my discharge papers which state that I reenlisted as a veteran Dec 31" 1863. I know my birthday was June 7th but was not absolutely certain of the year so according to my statement I was born June 7th 1843. I had a brother living in New York to whom I wrote and he sent me a copy of the family record contained in the old family bible, which copy I attach hereto and make a part of this record affidavit; such brother is now dead and I have no knowledge of the disposition of his effects or what became of the said family bible. My name is Henry Berkely Stokes, but when I enlisted I gave the name of just Henry Stokes. My last discharge would make me 70 years of age on June 7th 1914. My parents were both born in England. four of my brothers immigrated to America but all are dead there is no available means in this country by which I can show or establish the exact date of my birth. I have no relatives in this country now living and no family, bible or church record by which I can establish my exact age; but affirm that the record herewith sent is correct and that same was taken from the records kept by my parents, but that the present whereabouts of such bible is unknown to me.
      Henry Stokes            
Witnesses to Signature,
                 Neute Osborn      
                 J. F. Sanford      
  State of Illinois  )
: ss.
Randolph County)
                                I, J. F. Sanford, a Notary Public, in and for the county aforesaid do hereby certify that Henry Stokes, personally known to me to be the same person whose name is subscribed to the foregoing affidavit appeared before me this day and on his oath stated that the matters and facts therein contained were true.
      J. F. Sanford       Seal,
Notary Public      
U. S. Pension Office
Jun 22 1914      

Coulterville, Ills
June 20 th 14
Dear Sir
      When I gave my birth Aug 1, 1843, I went by my Discharge which says Dec. 31st 1863 I Re enlisted as a Veteran Dec. 31st 1863. I new my Birth date was June the 7 But was not certain of the year of my birth so according to my statement. I was born June 7th 1843, so I had a brother now deceased, living in New York, so I wrote to him and asked him if he could give me my age, so he sent me a copy out of the Family Bible which I send to you. My name is Henry Birkeley Stokes, but when I enlisted I just gave my name as Henry so my last discharge will make me 70 years of age the 7th day of June 1914. so this is the best I can do. I have no living Relatives I could get a sworn Aff. from. Please return the Family Record.
Henry Stokes      
U. S. Pension Office
Jun 22 1914      

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
G. M. Saezgaber           
Henry Stokes
           Coulterville, Ill.
413480            Act May
No. 1.Date and place of birth? Answer,       Brister, England   June 7th 1841      
No. 2. What was your post-office at enlistment? Answer :       Coulterville, Illinois.     
No. 3. State your wife's full name and her maiden name.
      Answer:       Margaret Ann Stokes nee Margaret Ann Neill      
No. 4. Where, when, and by whom were you married?
      Answer :       May 3rd 1866       Marriage by John P. Davis = Justice of Peace      
No. 5. Is there any official or church record of your marriage?
      If so, where? Answer :       Have Marriage Certificate      
No. 6. Were you previously married? If so, please state the name of your former wife the date of the marriage and the date and place of her death or divorce. If there was more than one previous marriage, let your answer include all former wives.
      Answer :       No.    Living with my first wife      
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, and state whether he ever rendered any military or naval service, and if so, give name of the organization in which he served. If she was married more than once before her marriage to you, let your answer include all former husbands.
      Answer :       Nobody but me.      
No. 8. Are you now living with your wife, or has there been a separation?
      Answer :       Living together.      
No. 9. State the names and dates of birth of all your children, living or dead.
      Answer :
      George Alfred Stokes 25 Oct 1866 Dead      
      Robert Johannes Stokes 22 Aug 1868 Living      
      James Charles Stokes 20 Feb 1870         "      
      Mary Agnes Stokes 4 Sept 1874         "      
      Matthew Stokes 5 " May 1878         "      
Date       March 10th, 1915             Henry Stokes      
U. S. Pension Office
Mar 18 1915

1918 - (1866)
Certificate of Record of Marriage
State of Illinois,
Perry County
} ss.  
                 I,       H. H. Baughman       Clerk of the County Court of said
County and Keeper of the Records and Files pertaining to Marriages
Do Hereby Certify That
Mr.       Henry Stokes       was married to
Miss       Margaret Ann Neill       in said County
on the       3d       day of       May       A. D. 1866
by       John B. Davis       a       Justice of the Peace      
duly authorized to solemnize marriages by the Statue of the State of Illinois, as appears by his
return and certificate of marriage attached to the license granted therefor by the Clerk of this
Court, and now on file in my office.
U. S. Pension Office
Apr. 22, 1918
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my
name and attached the seal of said County Court, at my
Office in Pinckneyville, this       18th      
day of       April       A. D. 19 18
      H. H. Baughman       County Clerk
By Marie Eaton, Deputy

Certified Copy Of A Record Of Death
      I, HEREBY CERTIFY that the attached is a true and correct copy of the record of death
of       Henry Stokes       as made from the report of such death filed in this office in accordance with the law requiring reports of births, stillbirths and deaths in Illinois.
  Signed       Wm R. Karsteter      
Official title       County Clerk      
Address       Chester, Ills.      
Date       April 18"       19 18
1. Place of Death
County       Randolph      
Incorp. Town
or Village       Coulterville      
Dist. No. 5423
Dist No. 5423
State of Illinois
State Board of Health - - Bureau of Vital Statistics
Registered No.       24      
2. Full Name       Henry Stokes      
      Personal and Statistical Particulars
3. Sex       Male      
4. Color or Race       White      
5. Single, Married or Divorced       Married      
6. Date of Birth       June 7      , 1841
7. Age       76       yrs       7       mos       25       da
8 Occupation       Retired farmer      
9. Birthplace       England      
10. Name of Father       Geo. Stokes      
11. Birthplace of Father       England      
12. Maiden Name of Mother       Mary Moyu      
13. Birthplace of Mother       Ireland      
14. The Above is True to the Best of my Knowledge
      (Informant)       M. Stokes      
      (Address)       Salem, Ill.      
15. Filed       2 / 2      , 191            M. J. Richmond      
      Medical Certificate of Death
16. Date of Death       Feby     1   , 191 8
17.       I HEREBY CERTIFY, That I attended deceased from
            April 27       , 191 0 to             Feby 1      , 191 8 ,
      that I last saw him alive on       Feby 1      , 191 8 ,
      and that death occurred, on the date stated above at 10 a. m.
      The CAUSE OF DEATH was as follows
            Organici Heart       
      (Signed)       G. E. Hendrickson       
      (Address)       Coulterville       
18. Length of Residence            
19. Place of Burial       Coulterville                    Date of Burial       Feby 3        , 191 8
20. Undertaker       Burus Bros                          Address       Coulterville       

Act of April 19, 1908,
Amended by Act of September, 1916.
State of       Illinois       , County of       Randolph       , ss :
      On this       18th       day of       February      , 19 18 ; personally appeared before me, a   Notary Public   within and for the County and State aforesaid,       Margaret A. Stokes        , who being duly sworn by me according to law, declares that she is       70       years of age and that she was born       July 18th, 1847        at       Coulterville, Illinois       
      That she being the widow of       Henry Stokes       , who enlisted       October 21st 1861        at
      Sparta, Illinois        , under the name of       Henry Stokes       , as a       private        in
      Co. K, Fifth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Cavalry        and was honorably discharged
      December 31st 1863       , having served ninety days or more during the CIVIL WAR
      That he also served       a Re-enlistment from January 1st, 1864, mustered out Oct. 27, 1865.
Having been appointed a Commisary Sergeant, June 26, 1865       

      That otherwise than herein stated said soldier (or sailor) was       not       employed in the United States service.
      That she was married       May 3rd, 1866        under the name of       Margaret A. Neil        at
      Pinckneyville, Illinois        by       Squire Davis        ; that she had       not       been previously married; that he had       not       been previously married.
That said soldier (or sailor) died       February 1st , 1918, Coulterville, Ill.      
That she was       not       divorced from him; and that she has       not       remarried since his death.
      That the following are the ONLY children of the soldier (or sailor) who are NOW living and under sixteen years of age, namely :
      Left No children under sixteen years of age.      
That she has     not     heretofor applied for pension, the number of her former claim being     none made    
that said soldier (or sailor) was         a pensioner, the number of his pension certificate being       413,480    
      That she makes this declaration for the purposes of being placed on the pension roll of the United States under the provisions of the Act OF APRIL 19, 1908, as amended by the ACT OF SEPTEMBER 8, 1916.
(Two attesting and identifying witnesses)
      J. Z. A. Hisbent       
      Coulterville, Ill.       
      Wm. A. Milligan       
      Coulterville, Ill.       
      Margaret A. Stokes       
      Randolph Co. Ill.       
Subscribed and sworn to before me this       18       day of       February       , 19 18 , and I
hereby certify that the contents of the above declaration were fully
made known and explained to the applicant before swearing,
including the words            erased, and the words            added ; and
that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the prosecution of this claim.
U. S. Pension Office
R. Feb 21, 1918
      M. J. Richmond      
      a Notary Public      
My Commission Expires Apr. 14, 1918.

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