Men ordered to report, no. 1.

On 31 July 1918, the Wilson County Draft Board inducted these 17 African-American men into military service and sent them to Camp Greene, outside Charlotte, North Carolina, for basic training.

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  • John Henry Hunt registered for the draft on 5 June 1917. Per his registration card, he was born January 1891 in Spring Hope, North Carolina; lived at 613 Goldsboro Street, Wilson; was married; and was a laborer for contract and engineering company R.G. Lassiter & Co., Wilson. He was of medium height and build, with brown eyes and black hair. He signed his name “John Henry Hunt.”
  • Lovett B. Harris
  • Mark Guy Smith registered for the draft on 5 June 1917. Per his registration card, he was born March 1896 in Wilson; lived on RFD#2, Wilson; was single; and was a laborer for his father. He was medium height, slender, with brown eyes and black hair. He signed his name with an X.
  • Louis Lampley registered for the draft on 5 June 1917. Per his registration card, he was born 29 April 1896 in Red Springs, North Carolina; lived at Black Creek; was single; and was a self-employed farmer in Black Creek township. He was tall and slender, with black eyes and hair. He signed his name “Louie Lampley.”
  • Luther Harris
  • John Coon
  • Frank G. Newsom registered for the draft on 5 June 1917. Per his registration card, he was born 15 February 1889 in Lucama; lived in Lucama; had a wife and child; and was a self-employed farmer in Black Creek township. He was of medium height and build, with black eyes and hair. He signed his name “Frank G. Newsome.”
  • Henry Bullock registered for the draft on 5 June 1917. Per his registration card, he was born 1 June 1896 in Wilson; lived at RFD#1, Wilson; was single; and was a quarry hand for The [illegible] Granite Quarries Company, Neverson, North Carolina. He was of medium height and build, with brown eyes and black hair. He signed his name with an X.
  • Joseph Palmer registered for the draft on 5 June 1917. Per his registration card, he was born 15 August 1893 in Wilmington, North Carolina; lived in Wilson; was married with dependents; and was a prisoner in Wilson County. He was of medium height and build, with dark eyes and hair. He signed his name “Joe Palmer.”
  • Jonah Artis registered for the draft on 5 June 1917. Per his registration card, he was born 7 August 1895 in Wayne County, North Carolina; lived in Stantonsburg; was single; and worked as a laborer and farmer. He was of medium height and build, with black eyes and black hair. He signed his name with an X.
  • Turner Mitchell
  • Columbus King registered for the draft on 5 June 1917. Per his registration card, he was born 13 July 1890 in Wilson County; lived Stantonsburg; was single; and was a farm laborer for W.T. Harrison. He was short and stout, with brown eyes and black hair. He signed his name with an X.
  • Johnie Farmer registered for the draft on 5 June 1917. Per his registration card, he was born 4 February 1895 in Wilson; lived on Finch Mill Road, Wilson; was single; and was a butler for Mrs. F.S. Davis. He was tall and stout, with black eyes and black hair. He signed his name “Johnie Farmer.”
  • Arthur Vance Williams registered for the draft on 5 June 1917. Per his registration card, he was born 25 February  1896 in Wilson County; lived on R.F.D. route, Elm City; was single; and farmed for W.M. Whitehead near Elm City. He was of medium height and build, with brown eyes and black hair. He signed his name “Arthur Williams.”
  • Howard Barnes registered for the draft on 5 June 1917. Per his registration card, he was born May 1889 in Wilson township; lived on Green Street, Wilson; was single; and was a servant for W.S. Harriss. He was tall and stout. He signed his name with an X.
  • Abner Gorham registered for the draft on 5 June 1917. Per his registration card, he was born 19 November 1893 in Washington, North Carolina; lived at East Goldsboro Street, Wilson; was married; and was a drayman for Wells Grocery Company. He was tall, of medium build, with brown eyes and black hair. He signed his name with an X.
  • Liston Hales registered for the draft on 5 June 1917. Per his registration card, he was born 3 June 1896 in Lake View, South Carolina; lived at 605 Green Street, Wilson; was single; and was a laborer for W.W. Simms Company. He was of medium height, stout with brown eyes and black hair, and his “arm [had] been broken.” He signed his name with an X.

U.S. Lists of Men Ordered to Report to Local Board for Military Duty, 1917-1918, [database on-line], http://www.ancestry.com; U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line], http://www.ancestry.com.

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