William Consul

William Consul

William August Consul (Wilhelm Consul or Konsul) was born in Ventspils on Aug. 14, 1885, according to his World War I draft registration card.1 Along with Oscar Kupler, he immigrated in 1906 to the United States. Consul and Tillie Lieke (also known as Lilly) married in 1909.2 In 1910, the couple lived at 354 Wolf St. in Philadelphia with their 1-year-old son, according to the U.S. census.3 William Consul was 25. In 1920, he lived at 4129 Parrish St. in Philadelphia with his wife, son Robert W. (born in Pennsylvania) and daughter Beatrice (born in Pennsylvania), according to that year's census.4 He worked as a machinist in a shop. Also living in the house was the Hans Eagle (Egle) family. The 1930 census reveals that the family had moved to East Lansdowne, Pennsylvania.5 Robert had a wife, Eleanor, and a daughter, Deloris. Eleanor was a daughter of Otto Sr. and Wilhelmina Lieke (and, therefore, the sister of Tillie Lieke Consul). William August Consul became a naturalized U.S. citizen relatively late, in 1941 at the age of 54.6 The following year, he registered for the World War II draft, but his birthdate was recorded as Aug. 13, 1886.7 He died in November 1971 at the age of 85.8


1. "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K6K7-QX3 : 12 December 2014), William August Consul, 1917-1918; citing Philadelphia City no 19, Pennsylvania, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,907,638.

2. "Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Marriage Indexes, 1885-1951," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJNF-X5N : 7 December 2014), Wilhelm Consul and Lieke, 1909; citing license number 235516, Clerk of the Orphan's Court. City Hall.

3. "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MGCN-K1X : accessed 19 January 2017), William Consul, Philadelphia Ward 39, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 986, sheet 10B, family 190, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1409; FHL microfilm 1,375,422.

4. "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MXMN-DL7 : accessed 19 January 2017), William Consul, Philadelphia Ward 24, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; citing ED 733, sheet 1A, line 23, family 9, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 1627; FHL microfilm 1,821,627.

5. "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHS8-JMK : accessed 19 January 2017), Willian Consul, East Lansdowne, Delaware, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 62, sheet 5B, line 78, family 109, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 2030; FHL microfilm 2,341,764.

6. "Pennsylvania, Eastern District Naturalization Indexes, 1795-1952," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KXF3-TLF : 8 December 2014), William August Consul Or Konsul, 1795-1952; citing Naturalization, Pennsylvania, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1248 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,412,456.

7. "United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VQFF-QJ3 : 7 April 2016), William August Consul, 1942; citing NARA microfilm publication M1936, M1937, M1939, M1951, M1962, M1964, M1986, M2090, and M2097 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

8. "United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JR49-5PJ : 19 May 2014), William Consul, Nov 1971; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).