Headstone images courtesy of Bob Thomas.
Born: 1822, in Delaware County, NY
Died: August 8, 1887, Town of Morris, Otsego County, NY
Buried At: Hillington Cemetery, Morris, NY
Enlisted: Transferred from 144th NY Infantry, October 27, 1864
Mustered In: October 27, 1864
Mustered Out: June 30, 1865, at Charleston, SC
Occupation: Carriage Maker
Wife: Mary E. Jaquish
Died: November 8, 1889, Town of Morris, Otsego County, NY
Report of the Adjutant General New York
127th New York Volunteers By Franklin McGrath
Source: Freehold Transcript , Sept. 19, 1930 issue.
Civil War Hero Dies
JOHN HOWARD CONK,
86-year-old Civil War veteran, who was buried with full military honors from his home, 1169 East 96th street, Brooklyn.Â
A military guard from Fort Hamilton escorted the cortege to Canarsie cemetery, where he was laid to rest in the military plot.
Â Mr. Conk, who was born at Conk's bridge near here, and is a brother of Thomas Conk of 50 George street, died at the Brooklyn Naval hospital on Tuesday morning, September 9, 1930.
Â Mr. Conk, who was decorated 15 times during his military career, came from fighting stock, some member of his family having participated in every major conflict in which the United States has been involved. His father, Thomas who lived at Conk's bridge, Freehold, served with him in the Civil War as a captain and also saw service in the Mexican War. His grandfather fought in the War of 1812 and his great-grandfather served in the Revolutionary War, distinguishing himself in the Battle of Monmouth.
Â Mr. Conk's son, Ulysses S., fought in the Spanish-American War, and his grandson, Ulysses S., Jr., was one of the first to enlist following the entry of the United States into the World War. Mr. Conk, then 73, tried to enlist, but was rejected because of his age. John H. Conk, Jr., another son, was killed in the line of duty while a member of the New York police department.
Â The deceased was president of the Volunteer Firemen's association, commander of Ford Post No. 161, and a member of the Southern New York Volunteers. For 34 years he was a blacksmith in the Brooklyn Fire department, retiring 18 years ago.
Â Surviving are his widow, two sons, 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Source: The Canarsie Courier, Canarsie, Brooklyn, N.Y., Friday, September 12, 1930.
CONK FUNERAL HERE TODAY
Octogenarian Dies in Brooklyn Naval Hospital After Illness of Three Months; Lived in Canarsie Since 14 Years of Age; Leaves Widow Whom He Wed Sixty-six Years Ago; Knew Canarsie When But Few Hundred Lived Here; Enlisted When Sixteen; Shook Hands With Lincoln; Well-Known in Canarsie.
Â John Ulysses Conk, resident of Canarsie since the age of fourteen, died Tuesday morning at 11.45 o'clock at the Brooklyn Naval Hospital, after an illness of chronic nephritis. He was eighty-seven years old when he died, his two sons being at his bedside. The deceased was a Civil War Veteran, president of the Volunteer Firemen's Association, commander of Ford Post, No. 161, and a member of the Southern New York Volunteers. For thirty-four years he was a blacksmith in the Brooklyn Fire Department and had retired eighteen years ago. He leaves a widow, Elisabeth, a life-long resident of Canarsie, who before her marriage to the late soldier sixty-six years ago was Miss Elisabeth Johnson; two children, William H. and Ulysses S., ten grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. He will be buried from his home, 1169 East 96th Street, this afternoon at 2 o'clock, interment being in Canarsie Cemetery.
Â The Conk family has been well represented in the wars of this country. Mr. Conk's grandfather served with Washington in the Revolution and his father, Hiram, who died in 1905, was known as the last surviving veteran of the War of 1812. His son Ulysses served in the Spanish-American War, and he himself tried to enlist in the World War, but was rejected because of his age.
Â He was for nearly a decade commander of Ford Post.
Â Mr. Conk was born in 1844 at Conk's Bridge (named after his grandfather), Freehold, N.J. In 1862 he came to Canarsie, where he married Miss Elizabeth Johnson two years later. Canarsie at that time had a population of exactly 477 people, and when the Civil War brokeâ€¦â€¦..