Louis Marshall, born abt 1878 is speculated by us to be the possible father and namesake of Lewis Marshall though we tend to doubt it; but suspect the name may have been chosen because the Marshalls were rather prominent among Blacks and Mulattoes in Bedford County Virginia. Yet, Sarah may have had a practical reason for naming her son Lewis Marshall Robinson and giving birth in Bedford County.
As was a very common practice in the post-Civil War period among Blacks and Whites experiencing teenage mothers in family midst, ... the mother was encouraged to foster her newborn child the benefits of being raised in a more financially secured family setting such as a Aunt and Uncle until such time as she was able to provide the same.
In 1917 and 1918, approximately 24 million men living in the United States completed a World War I draft registration card. These registration cards represent approximately 98% of the men under the age of 46. The total U.S. population in 1917-1918 was about 100 million individuals. In other words, close to 25% of the total population is represented in these records.
The WWI draft registration cards database can be an extremely useful resource because it covers a significant portion of the U.S. male population in the early twentieth-century. If you had family in the United States during WWI, you are likely to find at least one relativeís information within this large collection. In addition, these cards contain more than just names and dates; they can contain significant genealogical information such as birthplace, citizenship status, and information on the individualís nearest relative.
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