Monday, December 29, 2014

Military Monday : Nathaniel Durbin Chew, World War II Draft Registration, 1942

Working my way through the hints in the Ancestry database for World War II Draft Registrations, 1942 and located this registration in Kent County, Michigan for Nathaniel Durbin Chew, my paternal first cousin three times removed. U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.United States, Selective Service System. Selective Service Registration Cards, World War II: Fourth Registration. Records of the Selective Service System, Record Group Number 147. National Archives and Records Administration.

Before locating this record, I didn't have much information on Nathaniel, who was the son of Nathaniel Durbin Chew and Margaret H. Heistand.  Nathaniel's draft registration card indicates his exact date of birth as May 2, 1877 in Rossburg, Darke County, Ohio, where the Chew family lived before they moved by the 1880 census to Logansport, Cass County, Indiana.

Nathaniel was 64 years old at the time of the registration, and his nearest living relative was listed as Margaret Chew, of Evanston, Illinois, his daughter. 

Nathaniel's occupation in the 1910 census was given as missionary to Korea, and his employer listed on the draft registration card as Rev. Babbitt of the Courtland Circuit of the Methodist Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Nathaniel was described as having a light complexion, white male, 5'10" with blue eyes and brown hair.

This draft registration provides a few more clues to add to my database.  Nathaniel was married to Nettie Trumbauer and was the father of three chidlren : Nathaniel, Margaret S. and Elizabeth.  

Military Monday – We all have ancestors who have served in the military. Military Monday is a place to post their images, stories and records of their service in various branches of the military. Military Monday is an ongoing series by Cindy at Everything’s Relative – Researching Your Family History.

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