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Military Mystery: ARMY Lance Corporal Charlie JACKSON (b. abt 1890) of Macon Georgia

I completely believe our research is championed by the Ancestors whose stories we seek to tell. So rather than holding on to all the Charlie JACKSON data I’ve gathered on my mission to find Gertrude’s big brother, I’ll begin posting what I’ve learned of their lives and military service here, among friends. I believe Charlie is fighting to not be forgotten and we will find him soon.

Charlie JACKSON Macon GA Service Card 1917Charlie JACKSON – Georgia, World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919

Lance Corporal Charlie JACKSON was born about 1890 in Macon, Georgia. According to his U.S. Army Service Card, Charlie JACKSON enlisted on October 23, 1917 at Fort McPherson in Atlanta, Georgia. He was promoted to Lance Corporal in January 1918, serving overseas from December 26, 1917 to July 10, 1919.

Lance Cpl. JACKSON was Honorably Discharged from the Army July 21, 1919.

From various records and Macon news sources, I can confirm Charlie’s address as 120 Pio Nono Avenue in Macon where he lived with his Wife, Roberta (b. 1890) for many years, including following his discharge from the Army. Charlie and Roberta can be found in Macon’s City Directory from 1924-1945. There address is less than 2 miles from the home Gertrude shared with Aunt Etta FLOYD at 306 Madison St.

Charlie-JACKSON-I---Macon-GA-City-Directory-1925Charlie & Roberta JACKSON – 1925 U.S. City Directory. Macon GA

Charlie’s 1890 birth year, Macon birth location, close proximity to Gertrude and Fort McPherson training base make him a strong candidate for being “Our Charlie”.

Wounded-Georgians-Return-July-12-1918What doesn’t add up is how could Charlie send Gertrude a postcard with what I believe a March 18, 1919 Fort McPherson postmark IF he didn’t return to the states until July 1919?

Atlanta GA
Mar 18 19
My dearest little sister,
I am so sorry that I didn’t see you any-more.
I am expecting visit there again soon, with lots of love your Bro Charl [sic]

Could Charlie have been injured overseas in France and returned early to Atlanta on July 11, 1918? Could he have been at Fort McPherson recovering from a war injury for 1 year, among the UNNAMED Negroes mentioned in this Macon Telegraph news article (07.12.1018)?

Also, if Charlie lived in Macon close to sister Gertrude, would he have spoken of a “visit” soon? Wouldn’t he have been returning home to Roberta?

I still plan to obtain a death certificate for Gertrude that would [hopefully] identify parents to trace via the census and connect Gertrude and Charlie. An Army Roster with Charlie listed and/or discharge papers would be GOLDEN too! Or a Georgia Military expert to weigh-in on the postcard and confirm if it’s Camp Gordon or Ft. McPherson.

So, what do you think? Is Lance Cpl. JACKSON our Charlie?

Charlie-JACKSON I---MACON-GA--6-AUG-1917

Last Draft List Has Been Mailed. Macon and Bibb County Physical Examinations for the Draft Are to be Held during Present Week
Date: Monday, August 6, 1917  
Paper: Macon Telegraph (Macon, GA)

Charlie JACKSON I - Army Registration CardCharlie JACKSON – Army Registration Card 1917

Charlie-JACKSON-I---Macon-GA-1920-Census

Charlie & Roberta JACKSON – 1920 Macon GA U.S. Census

References:

  • Wounded Georgins Return, Friday, July 12, 1918  – Macon Telegraph (Macon, GA)
  • Last Draft List Has Been Mailed. Macon and Bibb County Physical Examinations for the Draft Are to be Held during Present Week,  Monday, August 6, 1917  – Macon Telegraph (Macon, GA)
  • 1920 United States Census – Macon Georgia, BIBB County
  • 1925 U.S. City Directory – Macon, Georgia
  • World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919 – Ancestry.com
  • Army Registration Card 1917 – Ancestry.com
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4 thoughts on “Military Mystery: ARMY Lance Corporal Charlie JACKSON (b. abt 1890) of Macon Georgia

  1. It’s Uncle Charlie! Fort Gordon is in Augusta, Named now Fort Gordon. Fort McPherson is in ATL. He could of been injured or had delayed mail. He wouldn’t of been returning to Roberta right away. He would of had to “Out-Process”. Not sure as to why the “Negroes” Uncle Charlie wasn’t mentioned.

  2. You know how I am with my Exhaustive Measures True! Our Charlie could have STILL been initially sent to CAMP GORDON & then later to Fort McPherson if he was injured or moved into one of the “Development Companies” (more on this later). It just bugs me that this Charlie refers Macon as a visit vs. home & that the post mark would have been sent 4 months BEFORE his service card said he returned to Atlanta. And the reason why the Negro soldiers weren’t name is because of culture — they weren’t seen as important enough to name. Ugh!:(

  3. Yes, the plot thickens! I did wonder about Gordon (Augusta) vs. the Atlanta postmark BUT postcards can be bought, then used later, etc. so that’s always a possibility. As for naming, in my research for 1880s into 1910s African Americans are more often named in the smaller town “white” newspapers; bigger cities’ newspapers, not much.

  4. Couple of comments –

    Your paperwork says he was overseas until 10 Jul 1919 – and was discharged

    on 21 Jul 1919 – Your postcard is dated March 1919 – We all know just how

    good these records are – smile – sometimes it just doesn’t match –

    According to your military paperwork, this Charlie was born abt Mar1889 – (on 23 Oct 1917 he was 28 7/12) Although, it doesn’t mention his wife – the address 120 Pino Ave Macon matches the directory for a Charley and Roberta Jackson.
    The 1920 Census – both Charlie and Roberta are born abt 1882

    Also I found a marriage – Charley Jackson m Roberta Vaughelmer 26 Nov 1910

    in Bibb, GA – Does that help? Hope so –

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