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 his World War I and II draft registration cards.

Source Citation: Registration State: North Carolina; Registration County: Carteret; Roll: 1765626. Source Information: U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: 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: U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: 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!


  1. Draft registration cards are great in so many ways. The physical descriptions they give are my favorite so I can imagine what they looked like. Funny, it seems that 90% of my male relatives were 5' 8'' tall.

  2. I do wish you continued success with your research. I know firsthand how exhilarating a hunt like this can be!


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