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WWI American Army Draft Cards 1917-1918.

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Linda Report 9 Feb 2014 20:00

I was wondering whether anyone might be able to help me. I am seeking military information of:

Ralph William Homan.

There are two US WWI Draft Registration Cards listed on the Ancestry website for Ralph William Homan, and each list a different location.

1. city, Washington, District of Columbia
2. city, Berks, Pennsylvania

It is the information listed on these two Draft Cards that I require.

I subscribe to but do not have the World edition, if anyone has access and could please do a look up for me, I would be most grateful.

Keeping my fingers crossed.
Many thanks.



Flip Report 9 Feb 2014 20:28

Both of them were born in Pennsylvania, both are white and single. The one living Washington's dob was 14/12/1895 and the one living Reading, Berks dob was 18/6/1895. Any help?


Flip Report 9 Feb 2014 20:33

The Washington ones home address was 312 East NE, Washington DC - he was a stenographer with the war dept. There's also a draft card for him for WW2

The oher lived at 1410 N6, Reading Pa. He was a polisher with Americal skate mfg co.


Linda Report 9 Feb 2014 21:04

Many thanks for that. Perfect, you're a star!

The one who was with the war department sounds hopeful, that tallies in with the information I have.
Can you add any more to the info, anything additional (including WW2) would be great.

Also, would you be happy to send copies of the Draft Cards so that they can be added to the family file?

Many thanks for loking for me and for the info you have found, it's brilliant!



Flip Report 10 Feb 2014 04:48

Images sent by PM. Also the 1910 census for the Washington one, in case you don't have it - shows parents Samuel J (Pennsylvania) and mother Lina M born Germany immigration year 1868.


MarieCeleste Report 10 Feb 2014 13:15

Hi Lin - US draft cards are free to search and view on FamilySearch, here's a link to the image for the man born 14 Dec 1895:

Ralph William Homan, "United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942"
Name: Ralph William Homan
Event Type: Draft Registration
Event Date: 1942
Event Place: Bloomsburg, Columbia, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 14 Dec 1895
Affiliate Publication Title: World War II Draft Cards (4th Registration) for the State of Pennsylvania
Affiliate Publication Number: M1951
Affiliate ARC Identifier: 563728
GS Film number: 2240436
Digital Folder Number: 004128507
Image Number: 00878

It's a match for the man who was on this WW1 draft:


MarieCeleste Report 10 Feb 2014 13:29

This is that man's baptism (from Ancestry):

Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985
Name: Ralph Wm Homan
Birth Date: 14 Dec
Event Type: Baptism
Baptism Date: 26 Jan 1896
Baptism Place: Williamsport, Lycoming, Pennsylvania
Father Name: Samuel Homan
Mother Name: Carolina Homan
Organization Name: St Mark´s Evangelical Lutheran


MarieCeleste Report 10 Feb 2014 13:35

This is the marriage of his son (verified by the father's birthplace on the record)

Ralph William Homan in entry for Norman Ryan Homan and Adelaide Sandy, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"

Name: Norman Ryan Homan
Event Type: Marriage
Event Date: 19 Apr 1944
Event Place: Los Angeles, California, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 22
Birth Year (Estimated): 1922
Father's Name: Ralph William Homan - born Williamsport
Mother's Name: Alice Mioren Teake
Spouse's Name: Adelaide Sandy
Spouse's Age: 21
Spouse's Gender: Female
Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated): 1923
Spouse's Father's Name: Lyman Gaye Sandy
Spouse's Mother's Name: Hildur Hallstrom
Page: 5
GS Film number: 2135574
Digital Folder Number: 005698979
Image Number: 00929

Norman's mother's name is hard to make out but actually looks like Joyce. From what is recorded on other trees she was Joyce Mildred Dewey.


MarieCeleste Report 10 Feb 2014 13:51

Just for background:

Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985
Name: Ralph W Homan
Event Type: Confirmation
Other Event Date: 20 Mar 1910
Other Event Place: Williamsport, Lycoming, Pennsylvania
Organization Name: St Mark´s Evangelical Lutheran


Linda Report 10 Feb 2014 19:28


Thank you very much for the images Flip, they are much appreciated, as is your help. You've been brilliant.

Thanks also to MarieC for the heads up regarding WWI Draft Cards being available on FamilySearch - I wasn't aware that they were there. Thanks also the taking the time to search the records for me, that was most kind of you.
The man I was searching for was the Stenographer who worked for the War Dept, born in Washington. He married a lady who was also a stenographer, she travelled repeatedly between the UK and the USA over many years.
We can now begin to piece all the info together.

Thank you so very much for your kind help, it was much appreciated Flip and MarieC, you've both been brilliant and you're both stars!



MarieCeleste Report 10 Feb 2014 20:58

Hi Lin, according to his army records and his baptism (above) he was actually born Williamsport, Pennsylvania.


Flip Report 11 Feb 2014 05:48

The 1930 census has her as Joyce M age 34 - born England, mother English, not sure but looks lke her father born Pennsylvania. Imigration 1920.

Also an incoming passenger list 12/8/53 has them both, intended address c/o Dewey, East Witterington, Sussex - so looks like you were right with the names MC.

Added, strange though when she arrived in US in 1920 she was going by the name of Emily Joyce Dewey, a stenographer.


mgnv Report 19 Feb 2014 14:09

Using collections at:®ion=UNITED_STATES

1900 [with image link]

Affiliate Publication Number: M1283
GS Film number: 1375386
Digital Folder Number: 004450129
Image Number: 00412

Population schedules: Lycoming Co. (ED's 76-103) McKean Co. (ED's 106-121) [NARA T624 roll 1373] Family History Library United States & Canada Census Area 1375386

1920 census was 1/1/1920
GS Film number: 1821599
Digital Folder Number: 004384795
Image Number: 00920
[but Ralph's left parental home]

Affiliate Film Number: 2023
GS Film number: 2341757
Digital Folder Number: 004639696
Image Number: 00946
[Bloomsburg is 65km SE of Williamsport]

1940 [with image link]
[addy=720 E 3rd St]

Magnify 4 clicks, then save image: