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2nd Lt. Lloyd Herbert "Pete" Hughes, Jr.
(12 Jul 1921 - 1 Aug 1943)


The Birth Certificate Mystery

I would dearly love to find someone who can get past the bureaucracy of the state of Louisiana. I would like to get a copy of the ORIGINAL "Certificate of Live Birth" from Louisiana for Pete, Lloyd Herbert HUGHES, Jr.

Family Lore:

Pete's parents are Lloyd Herbert HUGHES, Sr. and Mildred Mae RAINEY. Mildred was born in Trinity County, Texas. Pete was named after his father. Other than that, nothing else is known about HUGHES, Sr. - not his date of birth, where he was born, his parents, nothing. Pete was born in Louisiana. Mildred later married John Raymond JORDAN and had four sons together. They lived in various places around Texas then settled in Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas in the late 1930s. Mildred died in Corpus Christi and is buried there.

Facts:

19 Sep 1901 - Mildred Mae RAINEY was born in Josserand, Trinity County, Texas. Her parents were Stephen Marion RAINEY and Emily Elizabeth JOSSERAND.

On 18 Apr 1910, the 1910 census taker for Trinity County, Texas listed Steve M. Rainey, 38, Lizzie Rainey, 30, Mildred Rainey, 8, and three more children in the household.

On 31 Jan 1920, the 1920 census taker for Polk County, Texas listed S. M. Rainey, 48, Lizie Rainey, 40, Mildred Rainey, 18 and single, and four more children in the household.

Between 19 Sep 1920 and 19 Sep 1921 Mildred marries her first husband.

Pete's grave marker has his name as "LLOYD H HUGHES" and his birth date as "JUL 12 1921."

According to Pete's Statement of Military Service, Pete was born on "12 July 1921 at Alexandris, Louisiana." This is Alexandria, Rapides Parish, Louisiana.

On 1 Nov 1923, Mildred Hughes was named the Postmistress in Onalaska, Polk County, Texas.

On 2 Aug 1924, Mildred Jordan was named the Postmistress in Onalaska, Polk County, Texas. A note says this was a "Name changed by marriage."

On 1 Feb 1925, another person is named Postmaster of Onalaska, and Mildred Jordan is no longer the Postmistress.

On 24 Jul 1925, Mildred gave birth in Onalaska, Polk County, Texas to the first of four sons she and John Raymond JORDAN would have together.

On 24 Apr 1930, the 1930 census taker for Trinity County, Texas listed John R. Jordan, 33, Mildred Jordan, 28, Lloyd Jordan, 8, and three more children in the household. John is listed the he was 20 when he first married (between 18 Jan 1917 and 18 Jan 1918) and Mildred states that she was 19 when she first married (between 19 Sep 1920 and 19 Sep 1921.)

On 28 Jan 1942, Pete enlisted into the Army Air Corps in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. He lists his birth year as 1920 and his residence as Nueces County, Texas.

Louisiana and their "Certificate of Live Birth":

Back to the State of Louisiana and their Certificate of Live Birth for Pete. I paid for and requested a copy of Pete's original birth certificate. What I got is not a copy of the original document - it is a computer generated certificate. Computer entry mistakes can be made; I want a copy of the original certificate. The computer generated one is in question for a number of reasons. It states:

"STATE OF LOUISIANA CERTIFICATE OF LIVE BIRTH:
NUMBER: L3629289;
BIRTH NO.: 117-1921-037-18335;
CHILD’S LAST NAME: HUGHES JR;
FIRST NAME: L;
SECOND NAME: H;
BIRTH DATE: JULY 11, 1921;
TIME OF BIRTH: 6:OO AM;
SEX: MALE;
NUMBER BORN: SINGLE;
BIRTH ORDER: (blank);
PLACE OF BIRTH: ALEXANDRIA;
PARISH OF BIRTH: RAPIDES;
NAME OF HOSPITAL OR INSTITUTION: *;
RESIDENCE OF MOTHER: ALEXANDRIA;
PARISH: RAPIDES;
STATE: LOUISIANA;
ZIP CODE: (blank);
STREET ADDRESS OF RESIDENCE: ------;
FATHER’S LAST NAME: HUGHES SR.;
FIRST NAME: L;
SECOND NAME: H;
CITY AND STATE OF BIRTH: LOUISIANA;
AGE AT THIS BIRTH: 41;
MOTHER’S MAIDEN NAME: JONES;
FIRST NAME: ADA;
SECOND NAME: *****;
CITY AND STATE OF BIRTH: LOUISIANA;
AGE AT THIS BIRTH: 22;
FILE DATE: OCTOBER 13, 1921;
DATE ISSUED: MARCH 18, 2008;
ISSUED BY K THOMAS."

Inconsistencies in Certificate of Live Birth:

At first glance, this seems to be Pete's Certificate of Live Birth:

Father's names and child's names all match (L. H. HUGHES.)
The birth months and years match (Jul 1921.)
The birth places match (Alexandria, Rapides Parish, Louisiana.)

Then it starts falling apart:

The birth days do not match (11 vs. 12.)
Mother's names do not match (Ada JONES vs. Mildred Mae RAINEY.)
Mother's ages do not match (22 vs. 19.)
Places of mother's birth do not match (Louisiana vs. Texas.)

 

I received this document on 2 Apr 2008. I told the person from the Louisiana vital statistic office that I thought there was some error. She insisted that this was the correct certificate. I sent it back for review on 3 Apr 2008. Even after a review, they still insist that this is the correct Certificate of Live Birth for Lloyd Herbert Hughes.

I say that this certificate is wrong. If it is correct, then my grandmother raised a child who was not even related to her. Either that or when Pete's birth certificate was filled out, she changed both her first and maiden names, aged herself three years, and forgot where she was born. To top it all, she forgot the day she gave birth to Pete, because all other records state he was born on the 12th.

If there is anyone out there who can get a copy of an original Certificate of Live Birth from Louisiana, I would love to hear from you.


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