Bockius, William H.



Bockius, William H.


William H. Bockius was a master builder of Philadelphia during the first half of the 19th century. He was elected to the Carpenters' Company of Philadelphia in 1823. In addition to being a member, he served the Company as a member of the Managing Committee for one term in 1837-1839. According to Company records, many of his projects were in the suburbs and rural areas surrounding Philadelphia. In 1814, Bockius was listed in the directory at 24 Cypress Alley. In 1820 and until 1830, Bockius lived at 81 Union street.

Biography from the Philadelphia Architects and Buildings, a project of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia. Written by Tom Stokes.

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Committee Membership

Managing Committee, 1837-39

Business Address

81 Union St. (CD) (1830)


City Directory - 1814 - William, carpenter, 24 Cypress Alley 1820, 24, 26 - William, carpenter, 270 Lombard; dwelling 81 Union City Directory - 1830 - William H. Bockius, house carpenter, 81 Union St. 1835 - William, carpenter, 217 S. 9th St. 1840 - William, carpenter, Pine above 10th, house 217 S. 9th. 1845 - William, visitor of poor, 217 S. 9th (also the home of Henry Bockius). ------------------------ E-mail from descendant (Linda Hauns) gives some genealogical information on both William and Henry ------------------------ City Records D.S.B. book #341; filed July 24, 1823; satisfied but date not noted William Bockius vs. William Miller. Claim for $450 against a certain two story house 21 feet in front and 35 feet 5 inches in depth, erected on a certain farm situate on the east side of Darby creek adjoining lands now or late of Justice Cox, John Hunt, Adam Guier (?), in the township of Kingsessing county of Philadelphia, for carpenters work. ---------------------- Next item also against William Miller on same date; satisfaction acknowledged by attorney. Claim for $250 against a two story stone stable 24 feet in front and 60 feet in depth (on same property) for carpenters work done. ---------------------- City Records D.S.B. book #344; filed July 30, 1831; satisfied November 7, 1831 (with his signature) William Bockius vs. John Starr. Claim for $171.52 against a certain two story stone house finished plain, about 18 feet square, adjoining the old buildings, situate in Moreland township and county of Philadelphia about a mile and a half back of Bustleton and about two miles from the Fox Chase, which is on the old Oxford road built upon a certain plantation and tract of land (lengthy site measurements follow for purposes of exactly locating the building) for carpenters work done and materials furnished.