Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Alonzo “Lonnie” Montgomery Found?–Part 2

I was going to do a dissection of the U. S. Army, Register of Enlistments that lists Lonnie N. Montgomery but I’ve found two other documents that I believe, when taken together show that Lonnie N. Montgomery and Alonzo “Lonnie” Montgomery are NOT the same person.

A zoomable copy of the U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments can be found here. The line in question is 1687. The source information and related material for this document is listed below.

Source Information U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2007.

Original data: Register of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M233, 81 rolls); Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1780’s-1917, Record Group 94; National Archives, Washington, D.C.


About U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914

This database contains a register of enlistments in the U.S. Regular Army from 1798-1914. The Regular Army is comprised of career soldiers and maintained through peacetime. Therefore, this database will not usually include individuals who enlisted as part of a reserve or during wartime for limited periods of time, or in a military unit raised by a state. Data in these registers was compiled from a variety of other military records, including enlistment papers, muster rolls, and unit records. Information listed on these records includes:

  • Name of enlistee
  • Age at time of enlistment
  • Birthplace
  • Date of enlistment
  • Enlistment place
  • Occupation
  • Physical description (eye color, hair color, complexion, and height)
  • Rank, company, and regiment
  • Date and cause of discharge
  • Remarks

Note: some of this information be only be obtained by viewing the register image. Also, the register images are usually two pages long. When viewing an image, be sure to scroll all the way to the right in order to see all pages that are part of that record.

These records are arranged chronologically and alphabetically according to first letter of the surname.

Basically, this is a compiled record. The above highlighting was added my me.

This document says that Lonnie N. Montgomery died 1904 in Hawaii of Typhoid fever, so I went to familysearch in search of his death certificate.  Unfortunately, it is not available there. 

I did manage to find his obituary.

L N Montgomery Obit From Evening bulletin.(Honolulu [Oahu, Hawaii) , September 23, 1904, 3:30 O'CLOCK EDITION, COLORED COMIC SUPPLEMENT, Page THREE, Image 3. Image provided by: University of Hawaii at Manoa; Honolulu, HI. Chronicling America website

The obituary states that the “remains will be sent… to the Montgomery home at Crisp, Mo., for burial”.  This is significant because based on other records Alonzo “Lonnie” Montgomery’s family was not in Missouri in 1904.  They were in Tennessee in the 1900 census and a family letter states that in 1904 they moved to Texas.  

They next thing I did was see if I could locate Lonnie N. Montgomery in the 1900 census.  Because Crisp, Missouri is located in Dade County, I focused my search there and was able to locate Lonnie with his parents and siblings.  A copy is below.


Here is a close-up showing the names.


Lonnie N. Montgomery is clearly the son of Frank and Joe Anne Montgomery and NOT Alonzo “Lonnie” Montgomery, son of Theodore Jonas Montgomery and Sarah Jane Hicks.

The search for Alonzo “Lonnie” Montgomery continues!

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