From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (African American Women Veterans in and from Kentucky)

Jackson, Alberta Robert Ewing Burke Myers

(born: August 6, 1901  -  died: June 27, 1985) 

Military Branch

Women's Army Corps

Active Duty Entered

August 28, 1943

Active Duty Exit

October 26, 1945

Notes

Alberta R. Ewing Jackson was married when she enlisted in the Army in Buffalo, NY, according to her record in the National Archives Archival Databases. She was living in Buffalo at the time. Born in Louisville, KY, she was the daughter of Alberta Kean and Henry Ewing, who had married January 2, 1896 and divorced in October 1908. They had three daughters: Fanny, Ouida, and Alberta. By 1910, their mother had remarried (Mrs. Alberta S. Jackson), and the family was living in Hounsfield, NY, where her mother managed a restaurant and her step-father was a soldier. The three daughters were all listed with the last name Jackson when the family was enumerated in the 1910 U.S. Census. The daughters' father, Henry Ewing, remained in Louisville.

Ten years later Alberta, her husband Frank Jackson, and the girls were living in Queens, NY. The youngest daughter, she is referred to in the 1920 U.S. Census as Alberta R. Jackson, Jr. She was employed as a store clerk and was living with her mother, step-father, and a boarder. Five years later, Alberta married John Myers on July 13, 1925 in Cleveland, OH. This was her second marriage; her previously married name was Alberta Burke. Ten years later, Alberta Myers was no longer married; in the 1930 U.S. Census is again listed as Alberta Jackson. She was living with her widowed mother and her sister Ouida [Ewing] Jackson in Cleveland, OH. Her sister Ouida was a nurse doing private duty.

A few years later, Alberta had married again: On January 11, 1938 she married musician Raymond E. Jackson in Buffalo. Raymond is sometimes misidentified as white in the census records and other documents. The couple is enumerated in the 1940 U.S. Census. In 1936, Raymond Jackson had been appointed the National Investigator for the American Federation of Musicians and was a traveling representative. Alberta was employed as a salesperson in Buffalo. She enlisted in the Army in 1943. After her military service, she moved to California.

Alberta Jackson was included in her mother's obituary as living in Buffalo [though she was actually living in California at the time]. Her mother died in 1948; she had been living in Fresno, CA with her daughter Ouida. Alberta S. Jackson was buried in New York.

Alberta R. Jackson was also living in Fresno, having  arrived in 1946 without her husband. In 1949 she was employed as an office secretary for E. R. Meyers. She had been in Fresno for 39 years when she died in 1985. She had owned Alberta's Gift Shop there and had been a nurse at the Veterans Hospital. During World War II she was with the Nurses Army Corps. Alberta Robert Ewing Burke Myers Jackson is buried in Belmont Memorial Park in Fresno.

Sources: Kentucky Birth Index in Ancestry; "Six wives granted divorce," The Courier-Journal, 10/04/1908, p. 14; Billy Roach, "Clef Club music notes," The Detroit Tribune, 6/27/1936, p. 5; New York Marriage Index in Ancestry; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File in Ancestry; California Marriage Index in Ancestry; California Death Index in Ancestry; Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Marriage Records Application #203014 (Ancestry); "Obituaries: Mrs. Alberta S. Jackson," The Fresno Bee, 9/6/1948, p. 15; Mrs. Alberta R. Jackson on p. 387 in Polk's Fresno (California) City Directory, 1949; "Obituaries: Alberta R. Jackson," The Fresno Bee, 6/29/1985, p. 36; and  Alberta Roberts Jackson at Find A Grave.

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Item Relations

Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: Ancestry (online)
NKAA Source: National Archives, Access to Archival Databases (online)
NKAA Source: Courier-Journal [Louisville] (newspaper)
NKAA Source: The Detroit tribune (newspaper)
NKAA Source: The Fresno bee (newspaper)

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