James Arthur Forrest (1893-

by Ayanna Smith

James Arthur Forrest was born on August 27th, 1893 to Ida Ganer and Robert Forest in Gold Point, Martin County, North Carolina. He had no siblings. They attended Baptist church services, and his highest education was in public school. Before he enlisted, he worked as a chauffeur for A. J. Wood & Co.

Forest enlisted in the Army on June 20th, 1918, at Camp Lee, Virginia. His original assignment was 535 engineers service battalion, but he was transferred to Company 45 service battalion. His enlisted bank was private engineers, and when discharged on December 17th, 1918, in Camp Humphrey, Virginia, he was at a private bank. He was awarded a Victory medal for his service. Once discharged, he resumed his profession as a Chauffeur. James married Nellie Jane Perkins on July 20th, 1919, in Princess Anne County, Virginia. They had no children. 

By 1920, James and Nettie Forest rented a room on Wool Street and he was working as a porter for a grocery store. The couple disappears from the historical record after this point.

Sources:

“United States Census, 1920”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MJJ7-N2S : 4 February 2021), James Forest, 1920.

“Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, County Marriage Registers, 1853-1935,” database, FamilySearch(https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:DSRW-Q52M : 1 July 2022), James Arthur Forrest, 20 Jul 1919; citing Marriage Registration, Princess Anne, Virginia, United States, Virginia State Library and Archives, Richmond. 

Draft record: “United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918”, database with images, FamilySearch(https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K6ZQ-P7K : 23 December 2021), James Arthur Forrest, 1917-1918. 

“Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, County Marriage Registers, 1853-1935,” database, FamilySearch(https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:DSRW-QR3Z : 1 July 2022), Nellie Jane Perkins in entry for James Arthur Forrest, 20 Jul 1919; citing Marriage Registration, Princess Anne, Virginia, United States, Virginia State Library and Archives, Richmond. 

William Fulcher (1884-1938)

by Aris Baker

William “Willie” Fulcher was born in North Carolina on November 22nd, 1884, in a large family of nine siblings. He had five brothers and four sisters and was the oldest child in his family. His parents, Columbus and Fannie Fulcher raised Willie in a non-religious household. Willie Fulcher only had a 4th grade education and worked on his father’s farm at fifteen years old. By 1910, Willie had moved to Norfolk and was working as a dock laborer and renting a room on Allentown Road.

Willie married his wife, Lula Wilson, on February 18th, 1912, in Norfolk, Virginia and they had three children, Marie, Naomi, and Lillie (born after the war). When Willie signed up for the draft, he was working as a laborer in a steamship company and he and his wife had two daughters. Before enlisting into the U.S. Navy, Willie worked for the City Water Department of Norfolk, Virginia. The couple also shared their home after the war with Ernest and Mannie Odom and their infant daughter Helen. The couple continued renting out a room in their home on Smith Street to a variety of boarders, and Willie continued working as a plumber for the city. William Fulcher died March 1, 1938 of a cerebral hemorrhage and is buried in Calvary Cemetery, Norfolk.

Sources:

“United States Census, 1900”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MSYY-NHK : 25 February 2022), Willie Fulcher in entry for Columbus Fulcher, 1900.

“United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MPLW-NQK : accessed 29 November 2022), Willie Fulcher in household of Thomas Moore, Norfolk Ward 1, Norfolk (Independent City), Virginia, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 20, sheet 4B, family 89, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1637; FHL microfilm 1,375,650.

“United States Census, 1920”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MJJW-7K9 : 4 February 2021), William Fulcher, 1920.

“United States Census, 1930,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:CH5C-8W2 : accessed 29 November 2022), William Fulcher, Norfolk, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 24, sheet 14B, line 77, family 318, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 2470; FHL microfilm 2,342,204.

“United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918”, database with images, FamilySearch(https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K6Z3-178 : 23 December 2021), William Fulcher, 1917-1918.

“Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, County Marriage Registers, 1853-1935,” database, FamilySearch(https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:847V-RWW2 : 1 July 2022), William Fulcher, 18 Feb 1912; citing Marriage Registration, Norfolk, Virginia, United States, Virginia State Library and Archives, Richmond.

“Virginia, Death Certificates, 1912-1987,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVR4-PH93 : 16 August 2019), William Fulcher, 01 Mar 1938; from “Virginia, Marriage Records, 1700-1850,” database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2012); citing Norfolk, , Virginia, United States, entry #, Virginia Department of Health, Richmond.

Edward Augustus Frisby (1884-1930

by Aris Baker

Edward Augustus Frisby was born on January 17th, 1884 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His mother, Bessie Blounton from Bacon Castle, VA, and his father, Stephen Frisby from Philadelphia, PA, raised Edward in a non-religious household. He was the youngest of four children and the only son. Edward Frisby attended preparatory school but pursued no further education beyond that. Edward was enlisted in the Navy on September 5th, 1902, and re-enlisted for WW1. Before re-enlisting, Edward worked as an elevator lift operator and a cook. At some point before 1910, Edward married Annetta Canada. Annetta worked as a servant in a white household in Rhode Island early in their marriage. It wasn’t until November 15th, 1915, that Edward officially re-enlisted in the U.S. Navy at Fort Monroe. where he was assigned as a Mess Attendant as a Petty Officer 3rd Class. Edward remained in the U.S. Navy through 1920, when he was stationed on the USS Stockton as a cabin steward. Edward and Annetta had several children, Laura born in 1911, Florence, born in September 1913, Edward Jr., who passed away at 7 months old in 1916, and Annetta C., born in 1917. Annetta and the children lived at 901 Fremont Street while Edward served on the USS Stockton. At some point between 1920 and 1929, Annetta Canada Frisby died and Edward left the Navy.

He married Ella Victoria Brown on February 15th, 1929, in Portsmouth, Virginia. The couple lived with Edward’s youngest daughter Annetta on Effingham Street, Portsmouth. Edward Augustus Frisby passed away on October 31, 1930 from chronic myocarditis at the Norfolk Naval Hospital and was buried at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Portsmouth, VA.

Sources:

“United States Census, 1900”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M37Z-RNK : 13 January 2022), Edward A Frisby in entry for Stephen Frisby, 1900.

United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MPX3-32L : accessed 29 November 2022), Annette Frisby in household of Francis T Evans, Newport Ward 2, Newport, Rhode Island, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 55, sheet 24A, family 6, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1437; FHL microfilm 1,375,450.

“United States Census, 1930,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:CC8S-8T2 : accessed 29 November 2022), Edward A Frisby, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 12, sheet 10B, line 83, family 296, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 2473; FHL microfilm 2,342,207.

“United States Census, 1920”, database with images, FamilySearch(https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:SP8R-P35 : 4 February 2021), Edward A Frisby, 1920.

“United States Census, 1920”, database with images, FamilySearch(https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MJJD-7X7 : 4 February 2021), Annetta Frisby in entry for Annetta Frisby, 1920.

“United States Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1949”, database with images, FamilySearch(https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VHZC-3FF : 26 April 2021), Edward Agustus Frisby, .

“Virginia, Death Certificates, 1912-1987,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVRW-PNH3 : 16 August 2019), Edward Agustus Frisby, 31 Oct 1930; from “Virginia, Marriage Records, 1700-1850,” database and images, Ancestry(http://www.ancestry.com : 2012); citing Portsmouth, Norfolk, Virginia, United States, entry #, Virginia Department of Health, Richmond.

“Virginia, Death Certificates, 1912-1987,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVRQ-R523 : 16 August 2019), Edward A Frisby, 29 Feb 1916; from “Virginia, Marriage Records, 1700-1850,” database and images, Ancestry(http://www.ancestry.com : 2012); citing Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia, United States, entry #, Virginia Department of Health, Richmond.

“Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940”, database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XR94-JSB : 29 January 2020), Edward Augustus Frisby, 1929.

“Virginia, Marriage Certificates, 1936-1988,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVBY-CKSW : 20 February 2021), Edward Augustus Frisby in entry for Robert Wise and Florence Elizabeth Frisby, 27 Jul 1969; from “Virginia, Marriage Records, 1700-1850,” database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2012); citing Norfolk, , Virginia, United States, certificate 69 025045, Virginia Department of Health, Richmond.

Charlie Frizzel Evans (1895-?)

by Aris Baker

Charlie Frissel Evans was born on July 8th, 1895, in Gloucester, Virginia. Evans was raised by Rosia and Robert Evans in a Baptist household. He and his sisters, Julia, Frederica and Inez, grew up near his grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins in Ware District, Gloucester County, Virginia. His father and uncle were oystermen and his mother worked as a laundress. His grandfather was a farm laborer. Charlie attended school through high school.

Charlie spent much of his adult life in Norfolk, VA, and worked as a waiter for W. H. Gary in Willoughby Beach, Norfolk, Virginia before his entry into service on October 29, 1917, at Camp Lee, VA. He enlisted into the National Army as a Private and was assigned to Delta company in the 511 Engineers Regiment, 80th Division. Charlie departed from Hoboken, NJ, on the USS Martha Washington and arrived in France on April 4th, 1918. Charlie saw combat before he reached France and was a participant in battle against a German U-Boat submarine while in transit to France and did not sustain any injuries nor did he have any distinguishing actions during this fight. He was promoted to Private 1st Class after his engagements on June 15th, 1918. After serving two years in France, Charlie Evans returned to Newport News on the USS Susquehanna on June 8th,1919, and just 10 days later, was discharged from the National Army as a Private 1st Class on June 18th, 1919. Charlie Evans returned to civilian life as a government laborer and regarded his experience and time of service as “very helpful to me.” Evans married Susie Blackwell Clayborn of Petersburg, Virginia on July 28, 1920.

Sources:

“United States Census, 1900”, database with images, FamilySearch(https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MMNQ-JFN : 11 March 2022), Charles Evans, 1900.

“United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MPPK-53Y : accessed 29 November 2022), Charles Evans in household of Robert Evans, Ware, Gloucester, Virginia, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 49, sheet 6B, family 115, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1629; FHL microfilm 1,375,642.

“United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918”, database with images, FamilySearch(https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K6ZM-228 : 24 December 2021), Charlie Frizzell Evans, 1917-1918.

“Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, County Marriage Registers, 1853-1935,” database, FamilySearch(https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:83K6-JP2M : 1 July 2022), Charlie P Evans, 28 Jul 1920; citing Marriage Registration, Norfolk, Virginia, United States, Virginia State Library and Archives, Richmond.

Archie Atkins/Adkins (1887/92-1938)

Archie Atkins or Adkins was an African American soldier who served in World war 1. Atkins was born in Mathews County, Virginia in either 1887 or 1892 to Josephine Ferguson and Alexander Atkins. He lived in Norfolk, Virginia before the war. Atkins worked as a fireman for the Lambert’s Point Taxer Co and supported his father.

After the war, he returned to his rented home at 826 White Ave., Norfolk and worked as a fireman on a tugboat. He had a lodger who lived with him, Mary Cousins, who ran a laundry out of their home.

Archive Atkins married Lillie, daughter of Robert and Mandy Johnson of Currituck, NC on December 21, 1927.

By 1930, they had one son, Archie Jr., who was estimated to be about 5 years old. The family lived at 629 Chapel Street, Norfolk and Lillie worked as a house maid for private families. The couple belonged to the True Vine Club, a social club with their neighbors and fellow members of the Queen Street Baptist Church.

Atkins died on August 28, 1938 at the age of 50 from lung cancer. He was buried in Mathews County, Virginia. He was survived by his wife, Lillie Atkins. Lillie passed in 1953.

Sources:

“Other 6 — no Title.” New Journal and Guide (1916-), Jul 26, 1930. http://0-search.proquest.com.library.nsu.edu/historical-newspapers/other-6-no-title/docview/567043139/se-2.

“United States Census, 1920”, database with images, FamilySearch(https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MJJW-9Q9 : 4 February 2021), Archie Atkins, 1920.

“United States Census, 1930,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:CHPQ-NT2 : accessed 17 October 2022), Archie S Atkins, Norfolk, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 20, sheet 15A, line 48, family 292, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 2470; FHL microfilm 2,342,204.

“United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918”, database with images, FamilySearch(https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K6Z3-R85 : 23 December 2021), Archie Adkins, 1917-1918.

“Virginia, Death Certificates, 1912-1987,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVR4-PY17 : 16 August 2019), Archie Atkins, 28 Aug 1938; from “Virginia, Marriage Records, 1700-1850,” database and images, Ancestry(http://www.ancestry.com : 2012); citing Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia, United States, entry #, Virginia Department of Health, Richmond.

“Virginia, Death Certificates, 1912-1987,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVR8-R21D : 16 August 2019), Archie Atkins in entry for Lillian Atkins, 07 Nov 1953; from “Virginia, Marriage Records, 1700-1850,” database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2012); citing Norfolk, , Virginia, United States, entry #, Virginia Department of Health, Richmond.

“Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940”, database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XRM5-732 : 29 January 2020), Archie Adkins, 1927.

John L. Cheatham (1895-1979)

John Langston Cheatham was born on January 27, 1895 at Sport Spring, Appomattox, Virginia. His father’s name was Alford Cheatham, and he was born in the United States, as was his mother named Mattie Davenport. He had two older brothers, Manuel and Alfred, and he grew up next door to his maternal grandparents. His parents and grandparents farmed while he and his siblings went to school. The Cheatham family moved to Norfolk between 1900 and 1910, and they lived at 59 Chapel Street, with another single woman and her boarder. He had earned a sixth grade education and worked as an hostler at the U.S. Port Storage Yard before the war.

On July 18, 1918 he was inducted into the service. He was a private in the Quartermaster Corps and was assigned to the 407th Regiment. He served at Camp Lee VA, while there, his eyesight permanently became weakened from the flu. He was discharged only as a private. He didn’t get the opportunity to do much as he didn’t even get a chance to rank up in the military. When asked about his attitude towards military service in general and towards his call in particular he talked about how he was fond of military service. He thought that the United States had to have a good army to back up the country as he felt like they were needed to protect their people. Cheatham seemed to be the kind of person to always keep himself in a good mood no matter what life threw at him.

Cheatham married Buelah Beck on July 3, 1919. The young couple started out living with John’s brother Herman, and John worked at the Navy Yard. Beulah died in 1970. He died November 23, 1979 at Norfolk Medical Center of a cardiopulmonary infarction and other heart disease. He is buried in Calvary Cemetery, Norfolk.

Experiences in life can either weaken or boost your morals. When asked about the subject of what effects his experiences had on his religious belief, he answered with the belief that it made him stronger towards God. So in the case of John L Cheatham the experiences that he went through caused him to have a stronger faith in god. To me that is nice to see as I hope serving has the same effect on me. Cheatham was a hopeful, Christian man who saw the good in things. Not coming from a lot, he appreciated everything he had. His life was full of setbacks and hard times, but people like Cheatham paved the way for the new generation to hopefully have a better chance at a better life, thanks to their sacrifices.

Sources:

“United States Census, 1900”, database with images, FamilySearch(https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MMFD-KPJ : 22 January 2022), John L Cheatham in entry for Agnes Cheatham, 1900.

“United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MPLW-7CY : accessed 5 May 2022), John L Cheatam in household of Alfred Cheatam, Norfolk Ward 1, Norfolk (Independent City), Virginia, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 19, sheet 5A, family 110, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1637; FHL microfilm 1,375,650.

“United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918”, database with images, FamilySearch(https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:7Z43-GLZM : 25 December 2021), John L Cheatham, 1917-1918.

“Spanish Flu.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 18 Apr. 2022, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_flu.

“1918 Pandemic (H1N1 Virus).” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20 Mar. 2019, https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/1918-pandemic-h1n1.html.

“Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, County Marriage Registers, 1853-1935,” database, FamilySearch(https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:8WJP-HDPZ : 21 January 2022), John L Cheatham, 3 Jul 1919; citing Marriage Registration, Norfolk, Virginia, United States, Virginia State Library and Archives, Richmond.

“United States Census, 1920”, database with images, FamilySearch(https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MJJ7-K7V : 4 February 2021), John Cheaton in entry for Herman Cheaton, 1920.

“Virginia, Death Certificates, 1912-1987,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVYG-SZYF : 16 August 2019), John L Cheatham in entry for Buelah Cheatham, 19 Oct 1970; from “Virginia, Marriage Records, 1700-1850,” database and images, Ancestry(http://www.ancestry.com : 2012); citing Norfolk, , Virginia, United States, entry #, Virginia Department of Health, Richmond.

“Virginia, Death Certificates, 1912-1987,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVY2-TPPW : 16 August 2019), John Langston Cheatham, 23 Nov 1979; from “Virginia, Marriage Records, 1700-1850,” database and images, Ancestry(http://www.ancestry.com : 2012); citing Norfolk, , Virginia, United States, entry #, Virginia Department of Health, Richmond.

Ernest Edwards (1887/88-

by Tajah Worthy

Ernest Edwards was an African American soldier born June 10th, 1887/88, to parents Millie Tynes and Jerry Edwards in Suffolk, Virginia. Ernest grew up poor as his parents were still affected by slavery. He spent most of his life on his family’s farm and was a freight and vegetable handler on the New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk Railroad before joining the National Army as a cook. Before the war, he lived at 347 Queen Street.

 Edwards was assigned to the 304 Company C, 335th Battalion, Stevedores Regiment, a regiment specifically for colored soldiers. This unit was located in France. Edwards was most likely involved in the Second Battle of the Marne and the Battles of the Meuse-Argonne. This is based on when America entered France, June, 1917. The possible battles that he was involved in were major turning points in the war. During the Second Battle of Marne German troops were forced to retreat after the allied forces successful defense. The Battles of the Meuse-Argonne took place in the Argonne Forrest and was one of the deadliest battles resulting in 120,000 casualties.

Despite what he may have faced he continued on with his life once the war was over. On June 9th, 1919 he would go on to marry Virginia Britt. He worked as a shucker in an oyster house and the couple lived at 632 Chapel St. While much is not known about his death based on research of the average life expectancy it is safe to assume he has passed and does not have any predecessors.

Sources:

“First U.S. Troops Arrive in France .” History.com. A&E Television Networks, November 16, 2009. https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-u-s-troops-arrive-in-france

“Fold3 Search.” Fold3. Accessed May 4, 2022. https://www.fold3.com/search?keywords=E.%2BEdwards&military.conflict=World%2BWar%2BI

“France.” New Articles RSS. Accessed May 4, 2022. https://encyclopedia.1914-1918-online.net/article/france#:~:text=In%201914%2C%20the%20war%20began,behind%2Dthe%2Dlines%20France

FromThePage.com. “Edwards, Earnest.” FromThePage. Accessed May 4, 2022. https://fromthepage.com/lva/norfolk-va/edwards-earnest

History.com Editors. “World War I Battles: Timeline.” History.com. A&E Television Networks, April 8, 2021. https://www.history.com/topics/world-war-i/world-war-i-battles-timeline.

“United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918”, database with images, FamilySearch(https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K6ZQ-PM9 : 23 December 2021), Earnest Willie Edwards, 1917-1918.

“United States Census, 1920”, database with images, FamilySearch(https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MJJ7-K88 : 4 February 2021), Ernest Edwards, 1920.

John Robert Carter (1889-1950)

by Tomeka Fauntleroy

John Robert Carter was born on February 3, 1889 in Nottoway, VA. His father Charles Carter was a farmer, and his mother was Sarah Fowlker, sometimes spelled at Fultz, Carter. John Carter had one older sister and 9 younger siblings. Their names were Aldena, Blanche, Herbert, Helen, Eugene, Maude, Ledyre, Dennis, Bertha, and Charles. 

Prior to this John Carter was inducted into military services on April 15, 1918, On his draft card he listed hie occupation as a labor and that he was a caretaker of his parents. When asked about his services after WWI, Private John Robert Carter said he felt it was his duty to fight for his county. 

After enlisted Private John Carter trained for two and a half months in New Jerey before being shipped out to Liverpool, England. From there John Carters company, Company “B” 540 Engineers went to Camp Standard, France. John Carter later said that he never had a sick day in camp or had his faith shaken by the war. When John traveled to and from on the SS Leviathan. Private John Carter was not married and used his sister Helen as his emergency contact while aboard the Leviathan. 

Private John Carter died April 20, 1950 due to complications from high blood pressure. He was never married or had children. He was laid to rest in the family cemetery.  He was buried in Burkeville, Virginia when a flat military headstone was requested for him. 

Sources:

“Carter, John Robert.” World War I Questionnaires, Virginia War History Commission, Library of Virginia.

“Virginia, Death Certificates, 1912-1987,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVR8-5JMD : 16 August 2019), John Robert Carter, 20 Apr 1950; from “Virginia, Marriage Records, 1700-1850,” database and images, Ancestry(http://www.ancestry.com : 2012); citing Burkeville, Nottoway, Virginia, United States, entry #, Virginia Department of Health, Richmond.

Ellis Duncan (1894-

by Tyriq Smith

Ellis Duncan was born August 1st, 1894, in Princess Ann County, Virginia. He was the son of Sarah Dozier and Daniel Duncan and was raised as a Methodist. His father Daniel was from North Carolina but moved north to Norfolk where he met Mrs. Dozier. Ellis was the youngest child of three. He never attended college that was documented and went into the workforce at an incredibly early age. At 16, he was working as a laborer at a barrel factory with his two older siblings. His mother and aunt ran a laundry service out of their home at 11 Landing Street, and his father was a street laborer. Before enlistment, a young Ellis worked as a steamboat cook. Documents show that he worked for New York/ Philadelphia Incorporated and Norfolk Railroad Services and for the Norfolk Warehouse Association until his enlistment.

 He enlisted as a private in the National Army on July 17th   1918 in Norfolk, Virgina. When he enlisted, he was assigned to Part of Company C 340th Service Battalion 1st Platoon, Quartermaster Corps. He was trained at Camp Lee in Virginia where he would eventually be deployed. He embarked from Newport News, Virginia headed for Breast, France . Other than as a private it is not made clear what role he served exactly. He is said to have never fought in the war though his time overseas was a wonderful experience. When explaining his time in the military he said to have learned a lot and gained profound knowledge both physically and mentally. 

   He was discharged from the army on July 18th, 1919, in Norfolk at the same base he trained at. It is unknown exactly why he was discharged but it was a year to the day of his enlistment. Though he never received any promotions he enjoyed his time and learned a lot. After he left the Army, he then began work as a Longshoreman. He never had any kids though he did get married to Ruby/Ruth Mae Porter. He lived a modest life in Virginia Beach, Virginia where he continued his work. On July 10th, 1975, at the age of 80 he succumbed at Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Hampton, Virginia to an illness called Myocardial Infraction. The illness is described as a blockage of blood flow to the heart. He also suffered from several aliments at the time acromegaly and diffuse arteriosclerosis. He was buried at Roosevelt Memorial Park in Chesapeake, Virgina. Though his time in the military was brief he made the most. He never had to fight at war but served his country with pride every day that he was enlisted and took extraordinary pride in it.

Sources:

“United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940,” database, FamilySearch(https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QPRH-NRSW : 3 September 2021), Ellis Duncan, 18 Jul 1919; citing Military Service, NARA microfilm publication 76193916 (St. Louis: National Archives and Records Administration, 1985), various roll numbers.

“United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MPL4-7QX : accessed 5 May 2022), Ellis Duncan in household of Daniel Duncan, Norfolk Ward 4, Norfolk (Independent City), Virginia, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 41, sheet 14A, family 277, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1637; FHL microfilm 1,375,650.

“United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918”, database with images, FamilySearch(https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:7HS2-XRPZ : 25 December 2021), Ellis Duncan, 1917-1918.

“Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, County Marriage Registers, 1853-1935,” database, FamilySearch(https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:8WQP-MQ2M : 21 January 2022), Ellis Duncan, 8 Nov; citing Marriage Registration, Norfolk, Virginia, United States, Virginia State Library and Archives, Richmond.

“United States Social Security Death Index,” database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VMY4-KJ7 : 8 January 2021), Ellis Duncan, Jul 1975; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

“Virginia, Death Certificates, 1912-1987,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVRZ-G4WZ : 16 August 2019), Ellis Duncan, 20 Jul 1975; from “Virginia, Marriage Records, 1700-1850,” database and images, Ancestry(http://www.ancestry.com : 2012); citing Hampton, , Virginia, United States, entry #, Virginia Department of Health, Richmond.

David Henry Edwards (1892-

by Jordan E. Thomas

David Henry Edwards was born on 29th July 1892 in Norfolk, Virginia, U.SA. He was a son of E. G. Edwards and Jennette Rodgers, both citizens of the U.S.A by birth. He had one older brother, Joseph, who was ten years his senior. Edwards was a staunch Christian and a strong member of the Baptist church. They lived at 732 Edwards attended Booker T. Washington High School for four years before he was enrolled in military service. 

David Henry Edwards has a good war record. He was first inducted into service on 18th January 1917 at Norfolk, Va. He was ranked at Mess Att. 3rd Class in the Navy section when he was first listed. Edwards received a series of promotions in his ranking in the service. On 8th November 1917, barely 10 months after his enlistment into the service, he was promoted from Mess Att. 3rd. O1. to Mess Att. 1st. 01. He was later promoted to 2nd, 01. Petty officer in ships cooks branch or S.C. 2nd Class.

The veteran recorded positive effects of his camp experience in the United States, both mentally and physically. The experience in the Camp improved his health and intellect. His religious beliefs were not affected in any way. The experience Edwards obtained from the war made him a more determined citizen for the good of the U.SA. 

After the war, David Henry Edwards became a student of law and economics at Howard University. He completed his law degree in 1923, after passing the bar in the middle of the school year. He married Theresa Irene Rodgers, in 1919 in Norfolk, Va. They had one son, David H. Jr. who was born while Edwards was in law school. He was a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He opened a law office in Norfolk after graduation and defended local men in several high-profile cases. He moved to Washington, DC around 1930, and was arrested for embezzlement from one of his clients 1933. He was paroled and made to repay the funds. Afterwards, he moved to Philadelphia. Edwards died on September 10, 1969 and is buried in Calvary Cemetery in Norfolk, VA

Sources:

“United States Census, 1900”, database with images, FamilySearch(https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MMNK-7R4 : 11 March 2022), David H Edwards in entry for Green Edwards, 1900.

“United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918”, database with images, FamilySearch(https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:7HHK-X4N2 : 25 December 2021), David Henry Edwards, 1917-1918.

“David Henry Edwards” FindAGrave.com Available Online: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/102587003/david-henry-edwards

“Norfolk Boy, Howard Student, Sets Record: Passes Va. Bar Examination in Middle of Senior Year at Law School” New Journal and Guide (1916-) Norfolk, Va. 23 Dec. 1922: 1.

“David Edwards Held for U.S. Grant Jury: Former Norfolk Att’y Arrested in Washington Recently.” New Journal and Guide (1916-) Norfolk, Va. 18 March 1933: 1.

David Edwards is Indicted for Embezzlement: Paroled; Given 5 Years to Make Restitution of Funds.” New Journal and Guide (1916-) Norfolk, Va. 06 May 1933: A1.