US Veterans Administration master index card: Is this my ancestor's spouse?
Just discovered that a US Veterans Administration master index card has been created for Harry Holly Smith. On this card, near the bottom, is the following text: "(S)Mrs W.J. Whitlock". See picture below. Who is Mrs. J.W.Whitlock? Is she a (s)pouse, (s)urvivor, (s)ource, or something else? I currently have no information about a spouse for Harry Smith. He died at age 38 so I had thought he probably had one, and it would be wonderful if it is this J.W. Whitlock, but I need to confirm what this card is really telling me. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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His draft registration, from 1917, lists that he is responsible for his parents and a wife. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KZVV-C431
Hello @Craig Ronal Smith,
We looked at records for Harry Holly Smith 1887–1925 • KCB7-GD1. We assume this is the person you are referring to.
There is a record of his death which shows as a hint for his mother, Mary Ann Busby 1850–1928 • KJW9-L3M. In that record, the person giving the information is Mrs. J W Whitlock. He is also showing as divorced in this death record.
If Mrs J W Whitlock is indeed his former spouse who has since remarried, then J W Whitlock is the name of her second husband and not her actual name. She could also be a sister, though I could not find J W Whitlock listed as any of the husbands.
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Thank you bathompson and Áine Ni Donnghaile for your helpful replies. Will do some more research to track down more about his wife.0
Just looked at the death record you mentioned. That is a real find! Yet another reason to praise indexers. HIs death record shows the birthplace of his mother, which I didn't know before. Also shows cause of death (except I can't read it).1