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Descendants of Francis M. Sockman

Submitted by Karen Hucko.

Francis M. Sockman

Obituary of Francis M. Sockman


Transcribed by Linda Fluharty.

Declaration For Pension

State of Pennsylvania, County of Washington, ss:
     On this 30th day of September A.D. one thousand nine hundred and twelve personally appeared before me, Notary Public within and for the County and State aforesaid, FRANCIS M. SOCKMAN, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is 68 years of age, and a resident of County of WASHINGTON, State of PENNSYLVANIA; and that he is the identical person who enrolled at - - under the name of FRANCIS M. SOCKMAN, on the 27th day of February, 1864, as a Private, in Co. C. 12th Regt. W.Va. Inf. Vols. in the service of the United States, in the Civil War, and was Honorably Discharged at Fortress Monroe, Va., on the 22nd of July, 1865.
That he was not employed in the military or naval service of the United States otherwise than as stated above. That his personal description at enlistment was as follows: Height, 5 feet 9 inches; complexion, FAIR; color of eyes, DARK; color of hair, SANDY; that his occupation was FARMER; that he was born AUGUST 9th, 1844 at MARSHALL CO. VA.
     That he is a pensioner under Certificate No 71422.

     That his Post-Office address is 240 Forrest Ave, County of Washington, State of Pennsylvania

Signed by Francis M. Sockman
Witnesses: W. H. Supler & H. C. Thompson
30 Sep 1912
Geo. O. Jones, Notary Public.

General Affidavit

State of Pennsylvania, County of Washington, ss:
     In the matter of claim for pension of FRANCIS M. SOCKMAN Co C. 12th Regt. W.Va. Inf. Vols. No 71.422
     On this 2 day of MAY, A.D. 1913, personally appeared before me, a Notary Public in and for the aforesaid County, duly authorized to administer oaths FRANCIS M. SOCKMAN aged 68 years, a resident of WASHINGTON in the County of WASHINGTON and State of PENNSYLVANIA whose Post Office address is 240 FORREST AVE, WASHINGTON, PA well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declares in relation to the aforesaid case as follows:
     That he is claimant in the case, that he is unable to furnish a certified copy of the public or church record of the date of his birth, because no such records were ever made - That he is unable to furnish a certified copy of the family record of the date of his birth, for the reason that the family Bible containing said record is lost or destroyed. That he has often seen paid record and he knows that it set forth the fact that he was born on the 9th day of August 1844 and his mother has often told him that he was born on that date and this is the best obtainable evidence of the date of his birth he can furnish.

Francis M. Sockman

Department of the Interior


No. 1. Date and place of birth? Answer. AUG 9, 1845. MARSHALL Co WEST VA.
     The name of organizations in which you served? Answer. Co C 12 West Va Vol Inft.

No. 2. What was your post office address at enlistment? Answer. ADALINE MARSHALL Co WVA.

No. 3. State your wife's full name and her maiden name. Answer. CELINA RICHMOND

No. 4. When, where, and by whom were you married? Answer. APRIL 12th 1866 BY REV G. W. RICHMOND. MARRIED IN GREEN(E) CO PA.

No. 5. Is there any official or church record of your marriage? NONE.

No. 6. & No. 7. (No previous marriages.)

No. 8. Are you living with your wife or has there been a separation? Answer. YES. NO SEPARATION.

No. 9. State the names and dates of birth of all your children, living or dead. Answer.

James E. Sockman Born Jan 29th 1867
Bruce Sockman - Nov 16 1868
Maggie B. Sockman - April 16 1872
Geo. William Sockman - Oct 7, 1875
Leota Sockman - Sept 9, 1878
Laura V. Sockman - Nov 6, 1880
F. M. Sockman - Mar 25, 1883
W. A. Sockman - March 16, 1888

Date April 18th 1915
Signed by Francis M. Sockman

Death Certificate Information

Francis M. Sockman
Died Jan. 29, 1938.
235 West Cambourne St., Ferndale, Oakland County, Michigan
Date of Birth: Aug 11, 1846. 91 years, 5 mo., 18 days
Birth Place: Unknown Virginia
Father: Henry Sockman, b. Virginia
Mother: Nackie Shepherd, b. Virginia
Informant: Wylie A. Sockman
Burial Place: Woodmere Cemetery, Detroit, MI - Jan 31, 1938
Cause of Death: Senility & Atrophy of Heart Muscle

Application For Reimbursement

Sate of Michigan
County of Oakland
     On this 5th day of February, A.D. 1938 before me, the undersigned, personally appeared WYLIE A. SOCKMAN, aged 54 years, a resident of FERNDALE, County of OAKLAND, State of MICHIGAN, who makes the following declaration as an application for, and claim is hereby made for, reimbursement from the accrued pension for expenses paid (or obligation incurred) in the last sickness and burial of FRANCIS M. SOCKMAN, who was a pensioner of the United States by Certificate No. 71422, and who died January 29, 1938, at Ferndale, Michigan and was buried at Detroit, Michigan.
     That the answers to questions propounded below are full, complete, and truthful to the best of my knowledge, information, and belief, and that no evidence necessary to a proper adjustment of all claims against the accrued pension is suppressed or withheld.

What was the full name of the deceased pensioner? Francis M. Sockman

In what capacity was the decedent pensioned? Soldier.

Was he ever married? Yes. - Celina Richman.

If married, did his wife survive him? No. Died Sept 1916.

Was he ever divorced? No.

Did pensioner leave any children under 16? No.

Were any sick or death benefits paid on pensioner's account? No.

Is there an executor or administrator, or will application be made for appointment of any person as administrator? No administrators. No estate.

Did the deceased pensioner leave any money, real estate, or personal property? No

Did pensioner leave an unindorsed pension check? Yes.

What was your relation to the deceased pensioner? None

Are you married? Yes.

What was the cause of pensioner's death? Senility. Atrophy of heart muscle.

When did pensioner's last sickness begin? Apr 26 1937.

Name and psot office address of each physician who attended the pensioner during the last sickness. Willard G. Beattie, Professional Building, Ferndale, Michigan.

State the names of the persons by whom the pensioner was cursed during the last sickness. Wylie A. Sockman and Margaret Sockman.

Where did the pensioner live during last sickness? 235 W. Cambourne St., Ferndale, Mich.

Has there been paid, or will application be made for payment to you or any other person, any part of the expenses of the pensioner's last sickness and burial by any State, county, or municipal corporation? Yes.

Has there been or will there be an application filed in the Veterans Administration for a burial allowance? Yes.

Expenses for Physician ($18 - unpaid), Undertaker ($216 - unpaid), Cemetery ($31 - paid)

235 W. Cambourne Ave.
Ferndale, Mich.

Witnesses: Clara E. Ainsworth and Frederick E. Burke

Our means of knowledge of the above statements made by us are: We knew the deceased pensioner for 12 years and made his home with his son Wylie A. Sockman and has had good care during that time.
8 Feb 1938.
Morgan E. Siple, Notary Public.