10 Replies Latest reply on Jan 26, 2021 9:22 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking information about Acer Ferrell

    Nedra Williams Newbie

      Hello. I found a picture of my grandfather. I believe the picture was taken in the 1940s or 1950s. My mother wrote his name as Acer Ferrell but I'm uncertain of the spelling. He may have been stationed in Mississippi or Alabama. I'm uncertain of how to attach the photo.  I would like to find out more about him. Thanks

        • Re: Seeking information about Acer Ferrell
          Elliot Schneider Ranger




          Dose this look familiar. If you have any additional information you can provide such as a DOB, and or place of birth that would be helpful. Ive seen first names for Acer also called Yasser, Azer, and Asser. Do you have your mothers name?



          United States Census, 1940


          Name:A E Ferrell •
          Event Type:Census
          Event Date:1940 •
          Event Place:Gadsden, Etowah, Alabama, United States •
          Event Place (Original):Alabama, Etowah, Election Precinct 1, Gadsden
          Last Place of Residence:Same Place
          Marital Status:Married
          Race (Original):White
          Birth Year (Estimated):1902
          Relationship to Head of Household:Head
          Relationship to Head of Household (Original):Head









          A E Ferrell







          Inza Ferrell







          Mary Lou Ingram






            • Re: Seeking information about Acer Ferrell
              Nedra Williams Newbie

              Hi Elliot,


              My mother's name was Mary F Collins. She was married once and her last name was Williams at that time. I honestly don't know much about him because she never talked about him. I'd really like to learn as much as I can. All I have are a picture of him dressed in a military uniform with my grandmother. We thought the khaki uniform may be Navy. My mom once mentioned she had a sister and a brother (Jeremy).  I thought if I could identify military records that would be a great start.


              I'm open to suggestions.


              Thank you for your help,



                • Re: Seeking information about Acer Ferrell
                  Elliot Schneider Ranger



                  Is this your mother? Please follow the link. Can you provide me with your mother Mary's Mother who was married to Mr. Ferrell? and if you now where your grandmother was born and DOB?


                  hey I also found this WW2 Navy Log for a Jessier O. Ferrell its possible your mom thought Acer but think about how this mans first name sounds to what your mom wrote on the picture. I can see how someone could easily pronounce it incorrectly.







              • Re: Seeking information about Acer Ferrell
                J. Andrew Scout

                Instructions for adding photographs are at How to add a picture to your post or comment.

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                • Re: Seeking information about Acer Ferrell
                  Alice Lane Pioneer

                  Hi Nedra,

                  Welcome to History Hub


                  Your Mother: Mary F. Collins-Was her married name Collins or Williams?


                  Do you have a copy of your mother's birth certificate? Do you know her birthdate?


                  Do you know any places where your mother or her family lived?


                  What was your grand-mothers maiden or married name?


                  Alice Lane

                  Research Volunteer

                  • Re: Seeking information about Acer Ferrell
                    Jason Atkinson Ranger

                    Dear Ms. Williams,


                    Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


                    The uniform is most likely that of the U.S. Army, but the amount of fading and the lack of visible insignia makes it difficult to be sure.


                    We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for enlisted men of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after October 1912 and before 1959 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. In many cases where personnel records were destroyed in the 1973 fire, proof of service can be provided from other records such as morning reports, payrolls, and military orders, and a certificate of military service will be issued. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail it to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002. If there is any information requested by the form that you do not know, you may omit it or provide estimates (such as for dates), but the more information you provide, the easier it will be to locate the correct file if it survived the fire. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.


                    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NPRC is closed except for emergencies. Currently, NPRC will continue servicing requests ONLY associated with medical treatments, burials, and homeless veterans seeking admittance to a homeless shelter. If your request is urgent, please see Emergency Requests and Deadlines. Please refrain from submitting non-emergency requests such as replacement medals, administrative corrections, or records research until NPRC returns to pre-COVID staffing levels. Please check archives.gov/veterans for updates to the NPRC operating hours and status. We apologize for any inconvenience.


                    For further assistance with identifying the uniform, you may wish to contact the curators who specialize in U.S. Army uniforms at the following museums:


                    We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!


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