I have been doing a bit of research on a non-relative, who is buried at a cemetery in the area of the Monocacy Battlefield. This cemetery is on my list of places to visit in the near future, hopefully in the spring.
The Question that I am trying to answer is: What is his military service ?
It starts with a World War I Draft Registration Card:
“World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918”, digital image, The National Archives (www.ancestry.com ; accessed 16 December 2019), registration card [a] for William Joseph Rogers, Form 1 1872 (stamped), no. 1032 (stamped)Washington, D.C.: citing World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, National Archives microfilm publication M1509, imaged from Family History Library film roll 1643517.
Searching in the “normal” records, the information on this card is consistent with those records. He lived his life in Washington, DC.
Two things about this card that caught my attentions. 1) the number of Stamped numbers, in the upper Left and Right, and the Back, and a stamped number in the lower Left. 2) the notation of 6 years in the Militia of Washington DC.
The 1872, in the upper left, is a Serial Number, assigned at registration and a Registration Number, 1032, in the upper right. Those were expected. The number of the back of the card, 8-1-6 A, is also expected.
There is a stamped #9 to the right of the word Card, and I think that is the Precinct Number from the back of the card.
But, in the Name Field (1), there are two numbers. IF I understand correctly, that 258 that is not crossed out, was the First Number drawn in this Registration. Is that important ? And there is 2594 crossed out under the word Registration. Is that Important?
Also, in the lower Left is 2596, which is 2 off from the crossed out number at the top, and it is also a Stamped Number. Is that important?
The question is about #11, What military service have you had?
Nation or State: Wash D.C.
Looking Wikipedia, The “Militia” for the District of Columbia was established in 1776, and remained “as Militia” until 1903. It continues to be the District of Columbia National Guard, as a reserve to this day.
What I learned from that article is that the President is the commander-in-chief of this National Guard Unit.
So, in 1917, the “militia” should have been the “National Guard”. Serving for 6 years, it would have called the National Guard in 1911. Now, the D.C. National Guard was mobilized for 12 days in 1917, but was made up of an all-black 1st Separate Infantry.
The Find A Grave website, has a Death Notice from the Washington Post, March 11, 1932
On Thursday, March 10, 1932, at his residence, 2717 Kansas Avenue, NW, William J., beloved husband of Mary R. Rogers. Funeral services at the above address on Saturday, March 12, at 10 a.m. Interment at Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, Md.
Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 17 December 2019), memorial page for William Joseph Rogers, Jr (9 Sep 1888–10 Mar 1932), Find A Grave Memorial no. 64015522, citing Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Glenn Wallace (contributor 46802463) .
No help here yet in the question. But, I always have a questions in situations like this, like Why Monocacy ? It’s not that far from Washington, “just up the street”, but why that specific cemetery. I was able to find the answer to that question, but looking around Find A Grave, and that is Mary, his wife’s family is also buried in this Cemetery. In fact, from what I can tell, the same plot.
Researching the “in laws” does not raise any flags as to why they shouldn’t be buried there.
I have not been able to find any “Militia” / National Guard records, online. I also know that a trip to NARA (2) in College Park, Maryland is probably where I would find those records.
Newspaper searching came up with a number of articles:
From the 7 Jan 1912, Evening Star (Washington, District of Columbia), Page 25, Newspapers.com by Ancestry
What is the Canton Washington, No.1 ? In this article, in mentions William J Rogers, Captain.
Captain in 1912, Corporal in 1917 ? Hmmm
A search for “Canton Washington, No.1” found that to be part of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF).
In the Find-A-Grave Memorial text, there is mention that William was installed as Captain, in January 12, 1912, in the IOOF, in Washington, D.C.
Are those extra, unexpected numbers on that Draft Card important ?
Might there be a reason when the Draft Card uses the term Militia, when it might have been National Guard, or Reserve” ?
Does the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) play any part in Militia vs National Guard ?
Captain or Corporal is also, in my mind, conflicting information to resolve.
Is this one of the “ancestors” who have a story to tell, looking for someone to tell the story ?
Comments are Welcome.