Military Monday: World War I and II Draft Registration Cards For James Edward Jones
In my last post, Sunday's Obituary: Another Obituary Reveals Clues, I presented how I had discovered another child of my 2nd great grand uncle, William Henry Jones. This child was also a brother to Oscar Dunn Jones. I didn't know of James Edward Jones's existence until I saw his name mentioned in his brother Oscar's obituary. Happily, I found on Ancestry.com his World War I and II draft registration cards.
Source Citation: Registration State: North Carolina; Registration County: Carteret; Roll: 1765626. Source Information: Ancestry.com. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005
Now I have a date of birth for James Jones, Jan. 8th, 1895. I like draft registration cards because they give you a little snap shot in time of the lives our ancestors. In 1917, he was doing hotel work at a place called Gray's Armory in Richmond, VA. He was single and was claiming exemption because he was supporting his mother and father.
Source Citation: National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; State Headquarters: Pennsylvania; Microfilm Series: M1951; Microfilm Roll: 152. Source Information: Ancestry.com. U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
Fast forward to 1942 and we find James married, living in Philadelphia at 4806 Fairmont Ave, and working as a dentist. Now I have to dig up all the bits and pieces of how he made it from point A to B. Wish me luck!