My Dad’s SS-5 — Application for Social Security Account Number — arrived today!
It’s strange to see a document in his handwriting that he filled in at age 15 on November 7, 1946.
You probably can’t read the writing but he lists his given name at birth as John Jeff Carnell Jr., and his father as John Jeff Carnell Sr. On top of John Jeff Carnell Sr. he wrote James Paul Tiner. This name is written in smaller letters, so I’m guessing he added it as an after thought. Mother’s name is listed as Dorothy Crocker.
Carnell is only one letter different than the Carnall, the name on Dorothy’s 1930 and 1933 marriage certificates, so this must be the same person. Also, since the records I’ve found for Carnell Sr. usually (but not always) give his first name as Jack and my father was always called Jack it seems hard to believe that Carnell Sr. isn’t the father. I still see the possibility of the help-a-girl-out scenario, but why would Grandmother name my Dad Jack and why would my Dad bother with Jr. if Sr. wasn’t really the father? I suppose it could all have been a pretense to give my Dad a legitimate name.
Now that I have this evidence of my Dad’s given birth name, I can follow up on Kerry Scott’s next suggestion of tracking down DELAYED birth records for Cook County. To do so I will need to visit the local LDS Family History Center (FHC) in San Bruno.
The detective hunt continues!