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Clay Edward Gerrard

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Clay Edward Gerrard

Birth
Inwood, Marshall County, Indiana, USA
Death
23 Jan 1947 (aged 54)
Plymouth, Marshall County, Indiana, USA
Burial
Plymouth, Marshall County, Indiana, USA Add to Map
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Clay was the son of Shedrick Gerrard and Rosetta E. Ellinger, who married on 28 Nov 1885 in Marshall Co., Indiana. The couple had six children together (per Rosetta in 1900 and 1910). I found the names for four—Minnie Blanche (Jan 1888), Cora Belle (Jan 1890), Clay Edward (13 Aug 1892), and Clarence Shedrick (15 Aug 1895).

I found the family on the 1900 Census, living in Center Township (Plymouth), Marshall Co., Indiana, where Shedrick Gerrard, aged 40, was working as a section hand for the railroad. Rosetta, aged 35, reported that she had had six children, but that only four had survived to that census. Home with her were those four--Minnie, aged 12, Cora, aged 10, Clay, aged 7, and Clarence, aged 4.

The 1910 Census placed the family on Inwood Rd. in Center Township, Marshall County. Shedrick, aged 50, was still working for the railroad. Rosetta, aged 47, reported that only two of the six children she had borne were still living, but she must have misunderstood the question, reporting only the two children still living at home--sons Clay, aged 18, and Clarence, aged 14. Daughters Minnie and Cora had married. Cora married Benjamin H. Cramer on 20 Feb 1909 in Marshall County, and Minnie married Ira Milton Gibson on 10 Oct 1906 in Marshall Co., Indiana.

Three years after that census, Clay married first-wife Inez Nelita Wolfarth on 29 Mar 1913. Inez was the daughter of Fred Wolfarth and Anna Zimmerman. Their marriage did not endure, and Clay married second-wife Myrtle Marie Croy on 10 Jul 1915. Myrtle was the daughter of Jefferson Croy and Elizabeth VanBlaricom. Clay and Myrtle had two children together—Annabelle R. (12 Apr 1917) and Henry C. (23 Aug 1919).

On his 5 Jun 1917 WWI card, Clay Gerrard, aged 24, reported that he was living in Inwood in Marshall County, and that he was employed by the Penn Railroad. He noted that he had a wife and child to support. He was described as tall and slender with blue eyes and dark brown hair.

In 1918, Clay lost his mother Rosetta Gerrard, aged 53.

The 1920 Census placed Clay's family at 116 Rex St. in Plymouth, Marshall County. Clay, aged 26, was employed as a fireman by a creamery, likely Schlosser Brothers. Myrtle, aged 21, was home with Annabelle, aged 2, and Henry, aged 4 months. Also living with the family was Myrtle's younger brother, 17-year-old Howard Croy, a laborer in a saw mill.

Three years after that census, the family lost wife and mother Myrtle on 14 Aug 1923, aged 26, victim of an intestinal blockage and influenza.

Clay married third-wife Gladys E. Moot (nee Wilson) circa 1925. It was a second marriage for Gladys. She had previously married Clarence Albert Moot. Gladys brought daughter Nola Lucille Moot (26 Nov 1920) with her to her new marriage. Clay and Gladys would have two children together—Wilson Edward (19 Jan 1926) and Dessie Doris (13 or 14 Nov 1928).

On 26 Jan 1926, Clay's father Shedrick Gerrard died at age 66.

I found Clay and Gladys' blended family on the 1930 Census, living on Oak Hill Rd. in Plymouth's Center Township. Clay Gerrard, aged 37, was working as a buffer for an electric plating company. Gladys, aged 30, was keeping house. There with her were Clay's two children—Annabelle, aged 12, and Henry, aged 10, Clay and Glady's two children—Wilson, aged 4, and Doris, aged 1, and Gladys' daughter Nola Moot, aged 9.

Seven years after that census, Clay's step-daughter Nola Moot married Everett Carlton Holderead. They welcomed daughter Carolyn Suzanne on 25 Mar 1938.

On 15 Apr 1939, Nola and Everett were out celebrating their second wedding anniversary with Everett's uncle and his wife. A "friendly scuffle" broke out between the two men and Everett fell and hit his head on the pavement, fracturing his skull. He died six days later on 21 Apr 1939, aged 26. He would miss the birth of his son Roger Everett three months later on 25 Jul 1939. After losing Everett, Nola and the two children moved back in with Clay and Gladys.

The 1940 Census placed them at 1014 W. LaPorte St. in Plymouth, a home they owned. Clay, aged 47, was employed as a sheet metal worker for an auto radiator factory. Gladys, aged 40, was taking in laundry. There with their parents were Wilson, aged 14, and Doris (aka Dessie), aged 11. Also there were Nola Holderead, widowed, aged 19, and her two children—Suzanne (aka Carolyn), aged 2, and Roger, just 8 months old.

On his 20 May 1942 WWII card, Clay, aged 49, gave the W. LaPorte St. address as his residence, and named his employer as McCord Radiator Company. He was 5'10" tall, and weighed 200 lbs. His eyes were noted as gray, his hair as brown.

Five years after that census, Clay died on 23 Jan 1947 at age 54. Gladys eventually remarried, wedding Albert Leo Thull sometime between 1947 and 1956.
Clay was the son of Shedrick Gerrard and Rosetta E. Ellinger, who married on 28 Nov 1885 in Marshall Co., Indiana. The couple had six children together (per Rosetta in 1900 and 1910). I found the names for four—Minnie Blanche (Jan 1888), Cora Belle (Jan 1890), Clay Edward (13 Aug 1892), and Clarence Shedrick (15 Aug 1895).

I found the family on the 1900 Census, living in Center Township (Plymouth), Marshall Co., Indiana, where Shedrick Gerrard, aged 40, was working as a section hand for the railroad. Rosetta, aged 35, reported that she had had six children, but that only four had survived to that census. Home with her were those four--Minnie, aged 12, Cora, aged 10, Clay, aged 7, and Clarence, aged 4.

The 1910 Census placed the family on Inwood Rd. in Center Township, Marshall County. Shedrick, aged 50, was still working for the railroad. Rosetta, aged 47, reported that only two of the six children she had borne were still living, but she must have misunderstood the question, reporting only the two children still living at home--sons Clay, aged 18, and Clarence, aged 14. Daughters Minnie and Cora had married. Cora married Benjamin H. Cramer on 20 Feb 1909 in Marshall County, and Minnie married Ira Milton Gibson on 10 Oct 1906 in Marshall Co., Indiana.

Three years after that census, Clay married first-wife Inez Nelita Wolfarth on 29 Mar 1913. Inez was the daughter of Fred Wolfarth and Anna Zimmerman. Their marriage did not endure, and Clay married second-wife Myrtle Marie Croy on 10 Jul 1915. Myrtle was the daughter of Jefferson Croy and Elizabeth VanBlaricom. Clay and Myrtle had two children together—Annabelle R. (12 Apr 1917) and Henry C. (23 Aug 1919).

On his 5 Jun 1917 WWI card, Clay Gerrard, aged 24, reported that he was living in Inwood in Marshall County, and that he was employed by the Penn Railroad. He noted that he had a wife and child to support. He was described as tall and slender with blue eyes and dark brown hair.

In 1918, Clay lost his mother Rosetta Gerrard, aged 53.

The 1920 Census placed Clay's family at 116 Rex St. in Plymouth, Marshall County. Clay, aged 26, was employed as a fireman by a creamery, likely Schlosser Brothers. Myrtle, aged 21, was home with Annabelle, aged 2, and Henry, aged 4 months. Also living with the family was Myrtle's younger brother, 17-year-old Howard Croy, a laborer in a saw mill.

Three years after that census, the family lost wife and mother Myrtle on 14 Aug 1923, aged 26, victim of an intestinal blockage and influenza.

Clay married third-wife Gladys E. Moot (nee Wilson) circa 1925. It was a second marriage for Gladys. She had previously married Clarence Albert Moot. Gladys brought daughter Nola Lucille Moot (26 Nov 1920) with her to her new marriage. Clay and Gladys would have two children together—Wilson Edward (19 Jan 1926) and Dessie Doris (13 or 14 Nov 1928).

On 26 Jan 1926, Clay's father Shedrick Gerrard died at age 66.

I found Clay and Gladys' blended family on the 1930 Census, living on Oak Hill Rd. in Plymouth's Center Township. Clay Gerrard, aged 37, was working as a buffer for an electric plating company. Gladys, aged 30, was keeping house. There with her were Clay's two children—Annabelle, aged 12, and Henry, aged 10, Clay and Glady's two children—Wilson, aged 4, and Doris, aged 1, and Gladys' daughter Nola Moot, aged 9.

Seven years after that census, Clay's step-daughter Nola Moot married Everett Carlton Holderead. They welcomed daughter Carolyn Suzanne on 25 Mar 1938.

On 15 Apr 1939, Nola and Everett were out celebrating their second wedding anniversary with Everett's uncle and his wife. A "friendly scuffle" broke out between the two men and Everett fell and hit his head on the pavement, fracturing his skull. He died six days later on 21 Apr 1939, aged 26. He would miss the birth of his son Roger Everett three months later on 25 Jul 1939. After losing Everett, Nola and the two children moved back in with Clay and Gladys.

The 1940 Census placed them at 1014 W. LaPorte St. in Plymouth, a home they owned. Clay, aged 47, was employed as a sheet metal worker for an auto radiator factory. Gladys, aged 40, was taking in laundry. There with their parents were Wilson, aged 14, and Doris (aka Dessie), aged 11. Also there were Nola Holderead, widowed, aged 19, and her two children—Suzanne (aka Carolyn), aged 2, and Roger, just 8 months old.

On his 20 May 1942 WWII card, Clay, aged 49, gave the W. LaPorte St. address as his residence, and named his employer as McCord Radiator Company. He was 5'10" tall, and weighed 200 lbs. His eyes were noted as gray, his hair as brown.

Five years after that census, Clay died on 23 Jan 1947 at age 54. Gladys eventually remarried, wedding Albert Leo Thull sometime between 1947 and 1956.


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