|Birth: ||Oct. 15, 1891|
|Death: ||May 29, 1960|
Harry Carl Hamilton (1891-1960) was born the 15 Oct 1891 in Robinson, Crawford Co., Ohio under the name Carl H. Heldman the son of Rufus Bert Heldman (1870-1944) and Jennie M. Lightcap (1872-1905). He grew up in Summit, Stark, and Harrison counties.
On September 8, 1908, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in the 6th Field Artillery Regiment, Company D. He was discharged on September 8, 1911 at Ft. Riley, Kentucky at the rank of Sergeant. Following this, he made his way north, probably to return to Ohio. He stopped in Missouri, where he married (1) Lillie May Johnson (1894-1988) on the September 8, 1912 in Higginsville, Lafayette Co., Missouri. She was born on 13 Apr 1894 in Missouri the daughter of William Ballard Johnson (1868-1959) and Mary Sue Walton (1868-1954); she died 12 Nov 1988 in Kansas City, Jackson Co., Missouri. They had two children together, Vera and Vernon.
After the birth of their second child, Harry went to prison for presently unknown/unconfirmed reasons, though perhaps for killing a man in a bar fight, serving a sentence at the Missouri State Penitentiary from where he filed a WWI Draft Registration Card in 1917. It is unclear how Harry Carl came to serve in WWI, though it is a well known fact that prisoners (particularly those with military training) were released from prison to serve. He appears to have served oversease in France from 7/28/1917 to 7/10/1919.
At some point, his marriage to Lillie ended in divorce. Oral history states when he was released from prison, he didn't return to his family, abandoning them. It is also possible that she divorced him when he was sent to prison, as that was grounds for divorce. Regardless of what happened, on July 24, 1921 Lille married Gilbert Frances Brownfield (1892-1977), with whom she had at least one more child, Vivian.
According to oral history, when Harry Carl returned from military service overseas, he spent time in a military hospital. How long and for what reason is unclear. It is presently unclear where he was at in 1920, as he has not yet been found on the census for that year. However, by 1930, he is found on that census under the name "Harry C. Hamilton," a veteran of WWI, as a prisoner in the Missouri State Penitentiary. It is unclear if Harry Carl was sent back to prison following his military service, or if he was sent to prison a second time.
After getting out of prison, he made his way south, settling in Boone Co., Arkansas. There he married Goldia "Goldie" Mae Worthington (1912-2006) on the 18 July 1933. Harry and Goldie had seven children together between 1934 and 1950: Harry, Raymond, Sammy, James, Vera, Ernest, and Michael. By the birth of their third child, Harry moved his family to Oklahoma, eventually settling in Oklahoma City. He worked in construction, and towards the end of his life he was a janitor.
Harry passed away in Oklahoma City in 1960 and was buried in Highland Cemetery. His wife, Goldie, followed him in death forty-six years later.
Rufus Bert Heldman (1870 - 1944)
Jennie M. Lightcap Heldman (1872 - 1905)
Goldia Mae Worthington Hamilton (1912 - 2006)
Maintained by: William
Originally Created by: LindaC in OK
Record added: Dec 16, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 17042375