Walter Jacob GREEN Eva Lee GREEN Walter Jack GREEN Doris Deanne MAHAFFEY Laurie Margaret LEE Mini tree diagram
Walter Jacob GREEN

Walter Jacob GREEN3,4,9,5,6,7,1,8,10,11,12

also known as Jake Green

4th Nov 192510 - 17th Nov 19846,7

Life History

4th Nov 1925

Born in Fort Gibson, Muskogee County, Oklahoma, USA.10

(less likely)

4th Nov 1925

Born in Fort Gibson, Muskogee, Oklahoma.3,4,5,6,7

(most likely)

17th Mar 1945

Married Doris Deanne MAHAFFEY in Kerman, Fresno, California.3,1

7th Dec 1945

Military in Discharge from the US Navy.9

Dec 1948

Military in Philippine Sea, US Navy.1,2

Aug 1972

Divorced from Doris Deanne MAHAFFEY in Fresno, Fresno, California.3

California Divorce Index, 1966-1984; Jacob Green, age 25; Spouse DorisD Mahaffey, age 24; Married 1945, Divorced Aug 1972 Fresno

17th Nov 1984

Died in Fresno, Fresno, California.6,7

Cardiopulmonary failure and carcinoma of the prostate

20th Nov 1984

Buried in Fresno Memorial Gardens, Fresno, Fresno County, California.6,7,7,8

(most likely)

Other facts


Buried in Fresno, Fresno, California.10


  • 1930 Federal Census,  Fresno County, California, 18 April, Township 5,District 76, page 7A, Conejo Avenue, Hse #150, Fam #151
    Green, Pink Head M W 42 First married at 32 [but no wife in thehousehold] OK TN TN Farm Laborer
    Green, Maggie Sister-in-law F W 35 First married at 34 [but no husbandin the household] OK MO MO
    Green, Eva Lee Niece  F W 7 OK OK OK
    Green, Jack Nephew  M W 6 OK OK OK
    Green, Junior Nephew  M W 4yrs 4mos OK OK OK [b abt Dec 1925]

    A researcher reports that the last child was named Walter Jacob.  Herehe is named Junior, so we may conclude that his father Walter's fullname was also Walter Jacob.

    The 1930 census reports Walter's widow and children living in thehousehold of Walter's brother Pink.  The Find-a-Grave memorial forWalter's brother Pink (below) reports that Walter died in Oklahomaabout 1925.  From the age of Junior in 1930 as 4 years and 4 months,Walter must have died before the birth of Junior.  If the age ofJunior is as exact as it looks, we can say he was born in November orDecember 1925.  This enables us to place Walter's death between Marchand December 1925.

    This also means that Maggie did not move to California with herchildren till at least 1926, after the birth of Jacob Jr.  Pink'sobituary reported that he had lived in Fresno since 1925.  so eitherhe went earlier and Maggie and her children moved later to join Pinkand Lois, or they all moved together in 1926, and the obit date was arounded number.  The latter seems most likely.

    In the 1940 census, Jack and his siblings are reported as children ofPink.  It appears to be an enumerator error.

    1940 Federal Census, Fresno County, California, 9 April, JudicialTownship 11, District 132, page 2B, Belmont Ave, Hse #43, Rents $10,Live on a Farm
    Green, Pink Head M W 53 Widow First  Grade 3 b Oklahoma  Place under2000 population in 1935 Farmer
    Glory, Maggie Wife F W 48  Grade 3 b OK lived in same house in 1935
    Green, Eva Dau F W 17 Single Grade 8 b OK lived in same house in 1935
    Green, Jack Son M W 16 Single HS-1 b OK lived in same house in 1935Farm Laborer
    Green, Jacob Son M W 14 Single Grade 8 b OK lived in same house in1935

    Jake was in the Navy for a while, though I have not found hisenlistment records.  Bev Bell found his discharge certificate.  Notethat the initials USNR seem to indicate he was in the Reserves duringWWII.

    Honorable Discharge from the United States Navy
    This is to certify that Jacob Green, a Seaman First Class USNR ishonorably discharged from the US Naval Separation Center, Shoemaker,California, and from the naval service of the United tates this 7thday of December 1945.  This certificate is awarded as a testimony ofFidelity and Obedience.

    Jake married Doris Deane Mahaffey on 17 March 1945 in Kerman, FresnoCounty, California.

    California Marriage Certificate
    County of Fresno
    Jacob Green, P O Box 39, Kerman (Fresno Co), Calif
    age 19, b Okla, Occupation US Navy
    Father Walter Green born Okla, Mother Maggie Lee born Missouri
    and Doris Deane Mahaffey, 230 No 1st, Fresno, Calif
    age 20, b Texas, Occupation Clerical
    Father Alton Mahaffey born Texas, Mother Josie Allen, born Texas
    Married 17 March 1945 in Kerman, Fresno, California
    By Harved D Byram, Minister Assemblies of God
    Filed 19 March 1945

    Jake was a professional wrestler for a while.  There is a newspaperannouncement of a boxing bout featuring Jake in 1948 in Fresno.

    Pro Boxing Tonight
    Double Main Event
    [Several fights listed]
    4 rounds - 170 pounds
    Jake Green  Fresno
    Percy Butler  San Francisco
    --  Fresno Bee Republican newspaper, Fresno, Fresno, California, 17Mar 1948

    In an accompanying story on scheduled boxing matches, Jake ismentioned:
    "The Lou Montoya-Jimmy Anderson four round fight is off the card asMontoya hurt his hand winning a fight in San Francisco Monday night.Instead, Jake Green, Fresno heavyweight, has been matched with PercyButler, 175 pound San Franciscan."
    --  Fresno Bee Republican newspaper, Fresno, Fresno, California, 17Mar 1948

    There is another naval record for a Walter J Green Jr, that appearedto be this same person.  But my cousin and coresearcher Marion Mixon,with his military background, noted that the service number wasdifferent, indicating this was a different person.  Some genealogiesmay have the following record attached to our Walter Jacob Green Jr,but it appears to be a different person, who just entered service in1948.

    U.S. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949
    Walter J Green Junior
    Ship, Station or Activity: Philippine Sea
    Ship Number or Designation: CV 47
    Muster Date 6 Dec 1948

    His name here indicates he is named the same as his father, who is aJunior as reported in the 1930 census, where he is enumerated simplyas Junior Green.  In this 1957 city directory, Jake is reportedworking for Dallas Wilson as a heavy equipment operator running atrencher.  His death certificate indicates he worked for 35 years inPipelne Construction.  His wife is Doris Deane Mahaffey.

    U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989
    Polk's Fresno (Fresno County, Calif.) City Directory, 1957, p 269
    Green Jake (Doris D) trencher opr Dallas Wilson  h 3842 E Austin way

    U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
    Fresno, California, City Directory, 1960, p 305
    Green Jakes (Doris D) opr eng Frank Hudson Inc h 3842 E Austin way

    I found a divorce records for Jake and Doris, which gives theirmarriage date, but have not found the original marriage records.

    California Divorce Index, 1966-1984
    Jacob Green, age 25
    Spouse Doris D Mahaffey, age 24
    Married 1945
    Aug 1972 Fresno

    Jake has a joint gravestone, but there is no death date on Doris'side.  It seems odd they would have included Doris' name on thegravestone since they had been divorced 12 years before his death.  Ihave not found where she was finally buried.  I found she did marryagain, to John Lowe Ripley 28 April 1989 in Carson City, Nevada.

    Funeral Remembrance Card
    Mr Jake Green
    Birth November 4, 1925
    Death November 17, 1984
    Stephens and Bean Chapel, Tuesday, November 20 (Fresno)
    Officiating Rev Paul Burch, Brother of Mr Green and Dr Orville Winters
    Interment Fresno Memorial Gardens
    Pallbearers Tom Green, Jack Green, Jim Green, John Butler, J T Scott,Tunney Starks

    Pallbearers Tom and Jack were Jake's brothers.  I have not identifiedJim Green.

    Walter Jacob "Jake" Green
    Birth  Nov. 4, 1925, Fort Gibson, Muskogee County, Oklahoma, USA
    Death  Nov. 17, 1984 Fresno County, California, USA

    Jake Green was the son of Walter Jacob Green (1889-1925) and MaggieLee Green (1897-1952).

    He was one of three children: Eva Lee, Jack, and Jake. They were justbabes when their father died in OK, and their mother moved to centralCalif. before 1930, where she was in HH of her brother-in-law, PinkGreen, in 1930 Fresno census--and Jake was listed as "Junior."

    Family Tree says his mother, Maggie, married Earl Burch, in MO., andthere is a MO Marriage record to that effect. On Jake's funeral card,it says "Officiating: Rev. Paul Burch, brother of Mr. Green" and Dr.Orville Winters.  Several Green family were pallbearers.  His twosiblings, Eva Lee and Jack are buried here.  His double tombstone iswith Doris Green. [Doris' side has no date of death, and her date ofbirth is unreadable on the photo]

    Burial Fresno Memorial Gardens, Fresno, Fresno County, California, USA

    Created by wvy Jul 25, 2011
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #73922002,

    California Certificate of Death #T-35-114827-1
    Jacob N.M.N. Green
    White Male, Married, Spouse's name Doris Mahaffey
    Born 25 November 1925 Oklahoma
    Death 17 November 1984 St Agnes Hospital, Fresno, Fresno County
    Cause of Death Cardiopulmonary failure and carcinoma of the prostate
    Occupation Heavy Equipment Operator, Pipe Line Construction, for 35years
    Father Walter Jacob Green, born Oklahoma; Mother Laurie M Lee, bornMissouri
    Informant Doris Green (Wife), P O Box 9425 Fresno CA 93392
    Place of burial Fresno Memorial Gardens 20 November 1984
    By Stephens and Bean Funeral Service
    Filed 19 November 1984

    Note that his name is entered on the certificate as Jacob NMN Green.The initials NMN mean "No Middle Name."  This is curious, since JacobIS his middle name.  Other records and family information indicate hisname was Walter Jacob Green.  He was always referred to as Jacob orJake.  Did his surviving family members not know his full name wasWalter Jacob?  The certificate indicates the informant was his wifeDoris Mahaffey, which also seems curious, since we have the record oftheir divorce.

    I see Jake's occupation is reported as Heavy Equipment Operater, andhe has worked for a Pipline Construction Company for 35 years.  Weknow, however, that during that period he was a professional boxer andhe was in the Navy, at least once on an assignment at sea, shippingout to the Philippine Sea in December 1948.


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