Submitted by Harry Steele.

Mini-Biography of Henry Conkle

Henry Conkle-was born around 1843. He lived in the Triadelphia of Ohio County, WV for a number of years prior to enlisting in the Army. He enrolled on the 15th day of August 1861 at East Richland in Co. D, 1st Regiment of West Virginia Cavalry Volunteers as a Private. He mustered in on October 1st, 1861 for three years or during the war.

He re mustered as a Vet. Volunteer January 1st, 1864. On May 6, 1864, while on a night march in the mountains on the Lynchburg raid, near Logans Court House, his horse stumbled and fell on him, injuring his right knee. This injury would later lead to getting an Invalid Pension. He was mustered out with his unit on July 8th, 1865 at Wheeling, WV.

After the war resided in Belmont County, Ohio, -- first in Barnesville until about 1890 and then in Hendrysburg until his death on June 3rd, 1907. He was a cigar maker for most of his life until his health gave out. He married Charity Williams on March 21, 1891 at Hendrysville. She died February 12, 1893. They had no children.


Declaration for an Invalid Pension
State of Ohio
County of Belmont

     On this 24th day of April A. D. one thousand eight hundred and sixty nine, personally appeared before me, clerk of the Common Pleas, a Court of Record within and for the County and State aforesaid, Henry Conkle, aged 24 years, a resident or the County of Belmont, in the State of Ohio, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical Henry Conkle who enlisted in the service of the United States at Wheeling in the State of West Virginia, on or about the 23 day of December in the year 1863 as a Corporal in Company “D” commanded by Lieut. Charles Armstrong in the First Regiment of West Va. Vet Cav Vols commanded by Colo. Capehart in the war of 1861, and was honorably discharged at Wheeling West Va., on or about the 8th day of July in the year one thousand eight hundred and sixty-five; that while in the service aforesaid, and in the line of his duty, That when he was at a place called Logans Court House in the State of Va. on the 6 day of May A. D. 1864 was injured as follows: While crossing Mountains in the State of Virginia the horse he was riding fell on him injuring his right knee making it stiff so much so that it interferes with the proper use of the same.

     That since leaving said service, this applicant has resided in the County of Belmont, in the State of Ohio, and his occupation has been cigar maker.

     That prior to his entry into the service above named, he was a man of good, sound physical health, being when enrolled, a ________.

That now he is ________ disabled from obtaining his subsistence from manual labor in consequence of the above named injuries, received in the service of the United States.

He makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed an the Invalid Pension Roll of the United States, by reason of the disabilities above stated, and revoking and countermanding all other authority that may have been given, he hereby constitutes and appoints, with full power of substitution and revocation Hall & Lowe of Steubenville, Ohio, his true and lawful attorney, to represent his claim, and obtain the pension certificate that may be issued. That his Post Office is at Barnesville, County of Belmont, State of Ohio. That his domicile or place of abode is Barnesville, Belmont County, State of Ohio.

Henry Conkel

     Sworn to, subscribed and acknowledged before me the day and year first above written, and also personally appeared Thos. H. Barnes, Esq. and George Scheck, residents of the County of Belmont in the State of Ohio, persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn, say that they were present and saw Henry Conkle sign his name to the foregoing declaration; and they further swear that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of the applicant and their acquaintance with him that he is the identical person he represents himself to be, and they further swear that they reside as above stated, and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.

Thos. W. Barnes
George Schreck

     Sworn to and subscribed before me this 24 day of April, A. D. 1869, and I hereby certify that I have no interest, direct or indirect in the prosecution of this claim. I further certify that the foregoing declaration and joint affidavit were read over to and understood by the respective parties before they made their several signatures to the same.

J. B. Campbell, Clerk
Court Common Pleas

Adjutant General’s Office
Washington, D. C.

May 20, 1869

     I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt from your Office of application for Pension No. 142.861, 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 Henry Conkel was enrolled on the 15th day of Aug., 1861, at East Richland in Co, “D” 1st Regiment of W. Va. Cav Volunteers, to serve 3 years, or during the war, and mustered into service as a Pvt. On the 1st day of Oct., 1861, at Wheeling, in Co. “D”, 1st Regiment of W. Va. Cav Volunteers, to Serve 3 years, or during the war. On the Muster Roll of Co. “D” of that Regiment, for the months Nov. & Dec. 1863, he is reported present for duty. Reenlisted a Veteran Dec. 23rd, 1863. On roll for Sept. & Oct. 1864. “_______ Remustered Jany. 2nd 1864” present. Returning rolls not on file. (Co. engaged May 10th 1864 at Wytheville, Va.). Mustered out July 8th, 1865 with his company. No evidence of wounds or disability on file.
     I am, sir, very respectfully,
     Your obedient servant,

Assistant Adjutant General

Department of the Interior
Bureau of Pensions

Southern Div.
Inv ctf No. 507722
Henry Conkle
Co. D, 1 Reg’t. W. Va. Cav

Washington, D. C., April 12. 1898

     Will you kindly answer, at your earliest convenience, the questions enumerated below? The information is requested for future use, and it may be or great value to your family.

Very respectfully,

Henry Conkle
Hendrysburg, Ohio

No. 1. Are you a married man? If so, please state your wife’s full name, and he maiden name.
Answer: Charity Conkle     Charity Williams

No. 2. When, where, and by whom were you married?
Answer: March 21, 1891. Rev. Loyd Hendrysburg, Ohio

No. 3. What record of your marriage exists?
Answer: Recorded at St. Clairsville, Ohio

No. 4. Were you previously married? If so, please state name of your former wife and the date and place of her death or divorce.
Answer: My wife died February 12=1893 Hendrysburg, Ohio

No. 5. Have you any children living? If so, please state their names and dates of birth.
Answer: I haven’t any children.

Date of reply, April 16, 1898

Henry Conkle

Est. DOB
5-Sep 1861Disability Affidavit181843       
5-Sep 1861Declaration of Soldier for Pension2018415' 6" Fairbluelight  
24-Apr 1869Declaration For Invalid Pension241845      Barnesville, Ohio
28-Sep 1880Examining Surgeon's Certificate3518455' 8.5"156Fair    
3-May 1882Examining Surgeon's Certificate3618465' 7"156Light    
28-Sep 1889General Affidavit351854      Barnesville, Ohio
5-Jul 1890Declaration of Soldier for Pension471843      Hendrysburg, Ohio
15-Oct 1890Examining Surgeon's Certificate4618445' 8"176    Hendrysburg, Ohio
17-Sep 1891Examining Surgeon's Certificate4818435' 8"175    Hendrysburg, Ohio
28-Jun 1895Declaration For Invalid Pension521843      Hendrysburg, Ohio
11-Sep 1895Examining Surgeon's Certificate5218435' 8"158    Hendrysburg, Ohio
15-Apr 1897Declaration For Increase of Invalid Pension541843      Hendrysburg, Ohio
23-Jun 1897Examining Surgeon's Certificate5418435' 8.5"150    Hendrysburg, Ohio
10-Oct 1898Declaration For Invalid Pension551843      Hendrysburg, Ohio
3-May 1899Examining Surgeon's Certificate5618435' 9"157    Hendrysburg, Ohio
10-May 1901Declaration For Increase of Invalid Pension581843      Hendrysburg, Ohio
23-Oct 1901Examining Surgeon's Certificate5818435' 6"145LightgraylightHillsboro, PaHendrysburg, Ohio
18-Jun 1902Declaration For Increase of Invalid Pension591843      Hendrysburg, Ohio
22-Oct 1902Examining Surgeon's Certificate5918435' 7.25"140FairgraygrayWashington Co, PaHendrysburg, Ohio
20-Jul 1903Declaration For Increase of Invalid Pension60 1843      Hendrysburg, Ohio
24-Feb 1904Examining Surgeon's Certificate6018445' 7"125LightgraygrayWheeling, W. Va.Hendrysburg, Ohio
25-Feb 1905Declaration For Increase of Invalid Pension621843      Hendrysburg, Ohio
3-May 1905Examining Surgeon's Certificate6218435' 6"124LightbluegrayHillsbour, PaHendrysburg, Ohio
21-Sep 1905Examining Surgeon's Certificate6218435' 6"124LightgraygrayHillsboro, PaHendrysburg, Ohio
27-Dec 1905Declaration For Increase of Invalid Pension62 1843      Hendrysburg, Ohio
7-Feb 1906Declaration For Increase of Invalid Pension62 1844      Hendrysburg, Ohio