|Birth: ||Jun. 17, 1882|
Glasgow City, Scotland
|Death: ||Apr. 20, 1951|
MANY THANKS TO M. RICHARDS FOR SPONSORING GRANDFATHER THOMAS CLYDE! YOUR GIFT IS SO APPRECIATED! THANK YOU FOR BEING SO GENEROUS! Cari
WHEN I WAS FOUR YEARS OLD, WE TRAVELED TO YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK WITH MY GRANDPARENTS AND MY PARENTS. I RECALL GRANDFATHER TAKING MY LITTLE HAND IN HIS STRONG RIGHT HAND AND WALKING WITH ME TO THE EDGE OF OLD FAITHFUL GEISER. AT THAT TIME, THEIR WERE NO BOARDWALKS AND NOTHING TO HAMPER A PERSON FROM WALKING UP CLOSE!
I WAS SO SCARED! GRANDFATHER LOOKED DOWN AND ME...MY EYES WERE CLOSED TIGHT! HE SAID, "CAROLYN, DON'T BE AFRAID! I'VE GOT A GOOD HOLD ON YOU! OPEN YOUR EYES AND LOOK AT THE BEAUTY INSIDE THE GEISER!
SLOWLY, I OPENED MY EYES! I HAVE SUCH A FEAR OF HEIGHTS, BUT FOR SOME REASON...THE FEAR WAS GONE! GRANDFATHER SEEMED SO TALL (IN REALITY HE WAS ONLY 5'5" TALL) AND SO STRONG.
HE WAS RIGHT...IT WAS THE MOST AWESOME SIGHT. LOOKING DEEP INSIDE THE DARK HOLE AT THE BEAUTIFUL COLORS OF THE WALLS AND THE LITTLE BIT OF CLEAR BLUE WATER INSIDE. OF COURSE, I COULDN'T SEE THE BOTTOM.
IN LESS THAN A YEAR AFTER OUR VISIT TO OLD FAITHFUL, GRANDFATHER WAS DEAD! I WAS FIVE YEARS OLD AND I HAVE MISSED HIM EVERY DAY OF MY LIFE!
HE TAUGHT ME TO ENJOY THE BEAUTY OF THE WORLD AND MY FATHER CARRIED ON THE TRAVELING TRADITION BY MAKING SURE THAT WE VISITED EVERY NATIONAL PARK IN THE UNITED STATES.
THE TOP PICTURE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HIS MEMORIAL REMINDS ME OF MY GRANDFATHER SO MUCH THAT EVERY TIME I LOOK AT IT, I STILL CRY.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR VISITS AND TRIBUTES FOR GRANDFATHER TOM! HE WAS A GENTLE MAN WITH A KIND VOICE. HE DIED WHEN I WAS FIVE YEARS OLD AND I'VE MISSED HIM EVERY DAY OF MY LIFE! WE LIVED WITH THEM WHILE MY DAD WAS SERVING IN WORLD WAR II, SO GRANDFATHER WAS MY SPECIAL "DAD" AND TAUGHT ME TO WALK AND TALK. YOUR VISITS ARE HEARTFELT AND SO GREATLY APPRECIATED!
THOMAS BROWN CLYDE was born on 17th June 1882 in Glasgow, Scotland to Sarah Bradford Clyde and Joseph Clyde (a coal miner) birth registered 1st July 1882 by father at New Monkland, Scotland. Information taken directly from his Scottish birth certificate.
Tom grew up in the Glasgow and Airdrie areas of Scotland with his family and didn't come to the United States until shortly after his marriage to Rachel Knox, daughter of Walter Knox and Jean Gentleman Knox, on March 12, 1907 at Rothiemurchus, Arthur Avenue, Airdrie, Scotland. Information taken directly from original Scottish Marriage License.
Canadian Passenger Lists indicate that Rachel and Tom entered the Port of Halifax, Nova Scotia and Portland, Maine on the 30th of March, 1907 aboard the vessel, Corinthian. Their Port of Departure was listed as Glasgow, Scotland.
They stayed in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with Tom's brother, John Clyde and his wife Margaret Knox Clyde--Rachel's sister, for about three years.
In May of 1910 they crossed the border into the United States from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Canada/US border crossing records.
As far as I can discover, Tom never returned to Scotland. He had two brothers--John Clyde and Joseph Clyde who also immigrated to the United States, along with one sister, Sarah Clyde Macfarlane.
According to his World War I draft card Thomas was living in Wyandotte County, Kansas. I have found no records to indicate that he ever served in the military.
Tom was a traveling salesman for Procter and Gamble. He retired in 1948 after over 30 years of service. His sales territory was Western Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska. He spoke six languages in order to better communicate with his clients. Since he could speak different languages, his sales increased and he earned many awards.
His son, Walter, often stated that his father was a terrible driver!
Thomas Brown Clyde became a naturalized citizen of the United States of America on 9th of September 1918 in Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas. He is listed as 32 years of age and 5 feet 5 inches tall with blue eyes and brown hair. Taken from original Naturalization Certificate.
September 12, 1918, Thomas Brown Clyde, U.S. World War I Draft Registration Card listed his address as 2207 Orville Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas. He was 36 years of age. Born June 17th, 1882. He is listed as a Naturalized Citizen. His occupation is listed as a Checker/Freight Officer for the Missouri Pacific Railway. Spouse listed as Ray Knox Clyde. Grandfather is listed as Medium Build, Medium Height with Light Gray eyes and Dark Brown Hair.
He was my hero and he has left an enormous impression on my heart and life! I've missed you everyday, Grandfather!
THE BROKEN CHAIN...
WE LITTLE KNEW THAT DAY
THAT GOD WAS GOING
TO CALL YOUR NAME.
IN LIFE WE LOVED YOU DEARLY
IN DEATH WE DO THE SAME.
IT BROKE OUR HEARTS TO LOSE YOU,
YOU DID NOT GO ALONE;
FOR PART OF US WENT WITH YOU
THE DAY GOD CALLED YOU HOME.
YOU LEFT US PEACEFUL MEMORIES,
YOUR LOVE IS STILL OUR GUIDE,
AND THOUGH WE CANNOT SEE YOU,
YOU ARE ALWAYS AT OUR SIDE.
OUR FAMILY CHAIN IS BROKEN,
AND NOTHING SEEMS THE SAME,
BUT AS GOD CALLS US
ONE BY ONE,
THE CHAIN WILL LINK AGAIN.
By Ron Tranmer
Joseph Clyde (1849 - 1924)
Sarah Bradford Clyde (1849 - 1913)
Rachel Knox Clyde (1878 - 1956)*
Walter Alexander Russell Clyde (1912 - 1988)*
John Joseph Clyde (1915 - 1945)*
Alexander Clyde (1872 - 1952)*
Joseph Bradford Clyde (1876 - 1936)*
John Baxter Clyde (1878 - 1952)*
Robert Clyde (1881 - 1882)*
Thomas Brown Clyde (1882 - 1951)
Dinah Bradford Clyde Coventry (1885 - 1960)*
Sarah Bradford Clyde Macdonald (1887 - 1967)*
Mary Jane Clyde (1890 - 1953)*
Margaret Clyde (1891 - 1950)*
David Clyde (1894 - 1966)*
Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens
Created by: Cari
Record added: Jun 17, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 92049122