Searching for Jimmie Lee

This post is to show my work for a genealogy group in which I’m participating. My mom has never been sure where my grandfather was after his mother died, reportedly from tuberculosis, until he met my grandmother some 20 or more years later; they married “late in life” for the time period. Here are his movements.

JOHNSON, Jimmie Lee

Objective: To find Jimmie (James) Lee JOHNSON’s places of residence between 1918 and 1939. He was born 14 Oct 1896 in Colquitt Co., Georgia; married Mary Etta (Henrietta) NELSON 10 Feb. 1938 in Tampa, Hillsborough Co., FL; and died 20 Nov 1960 in Tampa.


1896 Oct 14: Born in Colquitt Co., Ga.
1900 July 10: Moultrie Town, Colquitt Co., in U.S. Census
1910: Unknown
1918 June 5: Cairo, Ga., draft registration
1918 July 30: Cairo, Ga., via Navy WWI service card
1918 July 30: Cairo, unemployed brick mason (service card)
1920: Unknown
1923 April: Lakeland, Fl., Polk’s City Directory
1930: Unknown
1934-35: Possibly Dover, Hillsborough Fl., as per his nephew Frank
1939, Nov. 11: Marriage in Tampa, Hillsborough Co., Fl.
1940: Child born, Jacksonville, Duval Co., Fl.
1944: Child born, Hillsborough Co., Fl.
1951-52: Tampa
1960 Nov. 29: Died at home, Tampa, Fl.


1900 United States Federal Census. Moultrie, Colquitt, Georgia. Roll T623_189, Page 48A, Enumeration District 26. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. Retrieved from Image No. 49. Online.

Death Certificate for Jimmie Johnson, 1 Dec. 1960, File No. 042769, Florida Bureau of Vital Statistics. Certified copy issued 13 Jan. 2017. Print.

Draft Registration for Jimmie Lee Johnson, 5 June 1918, United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Colquitt Co., Ga., Roll No. 1557018. Retrieved from U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,, Image No. 96. Online.

Francis “Frank” Gilliard. Conversation Notes, 4 June 2000, Dover, Fl. Personal notes.

Marriage Record for Jimmie Lee Johnson and Mary E. Nelson, 10 Feb. 1939, Marriage Records. Florida Marriages. Various sources. Retrieved from Florida, County Marriage Records, 1823-1982,, Film No. 001903247, Image No. 1088. Online.

R.L. Polk & Co., Lakeland and Polk County Directory, 1923-1924, page 160. Retrieved from U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989,, Image No. 78. Online.

Service Card for Jimmie Lee Johnson, 30 July 1918, Georgia Adjutant General’s Office. World War I Statements of Service Cards. Georgia State Archives, Morrow. Retrieved from Georgia, World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919, Image No. 1340. Online.