Monday, January 17, 2011

Military Monday: Bascom Tapley


This is the World War I Draft Registration Card for my grand uncle, Bascom Bishop Tapley.  Uncle Bascom was the youngest brother of my grandfather, Lusion Keman Tapley. 

On June 5, 1917, the date of the registration card, Uncle Bascom would have been 27 years old with a wife and no children.  His first child was not born until 1921.

I like finding these registration cards for ancestors because they provided some good information such as date of birth, occupation, and a hint of what the person looked like, i.e. eye and hair color, height, build.  Also, if you get really lucky, they will list the name of their next of kin, rather than just stating "wife." 

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