Monday, January 05, 2015

Military Monday : Tobias Otterbein 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 Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania for Tobias Otterbein 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. Original data : 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., Philadelphia, Pennsvylvania.

Before locating this record, I didn't have much in my database on Tobias.  I knew from the 1910 census that he was a public school teacher, at that time in Lenawee County, Michigan.  This record shows that he was employed at the Indiana State Teachers College in Indiana, Pennsylvania, possibly as a professor.  This opens up another avenue of research.

Tobias was the son of Nathaniel Durbin Chew and Margaret H. Heistand.  Tobias' draft registration indicates that his exact date of birth as May 28, 1885 in Montpelier, Ohio.  Montpelier is a village in Williams County, Ohio.

Tobias was 54 years old at the time of registration and listed his nearest relative as Muriel Brown Chew, presumably his wife, of Indiana, Pennsylvania.  He listed his address as 401 South 13th St., Indiana, Pennsylvania.

Tobias was described as having a dark brown complexion, negro male, brown eyes, and black hair.  Why was he listed as negro?  He definitely was listed as white in the census records.  Was this a mistake or something else?  He was 5' 5 1/2" tall, weighing 145 lbs.

This draft registration gave me some areas to search, and a quick Google search indicates that Tobias O. Chew wrote a book, Practical High School Speller , when he was the Superintendent of Public Schools in Washburn, Wisconsin.

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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