Cloyd J. Pierce (1916-1962) was my maternal great-granduncle. What follows is an exploratory analysis of the biographical data I have discovered about him.
1. Vital Records
1.1. Birth Certificate
Cloyd was born May 22, 1916 in Madison County, Indiana, according to my database. I do not yet have a copy of his birth certificate. Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.
1.1.1. Birth Notice in Newspaper
Will need to search contemporary newspaper accounts for mention of Cloyd's birth. The Alexandria-Monroe Public Library has newspapers from the early 1900s. Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.
1.1.2. Bible Record
I am not aware of any surviving Bible record of the Pierce family. Will continue to reach out to extended family in hopes that one does exist.
1.1.3. Baptismal Record
I am not aware of any baptismal record for Cloyd. The Pierce family were members of the Methodist Episcopal church.
1.1.4. Adoption Record
There is no indication that Cloyd was adopted.
1.2. Marriage License
Cloyd married Anna M. Robertson on June 12, 1937 in Libertyville, Indiana. I do not yet have a copy of their marriage license. Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.
1.2.1 Marriage Notice in Newspaper
Will need to search contemporary newspaper accounts to see if mention was made of Cloyd and Anna's nuptials. Will add this to my list of "to-do" items.
1.2.2. Anniversary Notice
Cloyd and Anna's 25th wedding anniversary would have been June 12, 1962. Will need to search contemporary newspaper accounts to see if mention was made of any anniversary celebration.
1.2.3. Divorce Decree
There is no indication of divorce, but a thorough search of Madison County, Indiana court records would need to be completed.
1.3. Death Certificate
Cloyd died December 30, 1962, in Anderson, Madison County, Indiana1. I do not yet have a copy of his death certificate. Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.
1.3.1. Obituary in Newspaper
Cloyd's obituary appeared in the December 31, 1962 edition of the Anderson Daily Bulletin1.
Will need to search other contemporary newspaper accounts to see if I can locate additional obituaries.
1.3.2. Funeral Home Records
According to his obituary, the funeral arrangements were handled by the Karl M. Kyle Funeral home in Alexandria, Indiana. Will need to check with the funeral home to see if they have any additional records regarding Cloyd's funeral.
1.3.3. Tombstone Photograph
Cloyd is buried in the Parkview Cemetery in Alexandria, Madison County, Indiana. I do not have a photograph of his tombstone. Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.
2. Census Records
2.1. Federal Census Records
2.1.1. 1940 Federal Census
On April 24, 1940, Cloyd was enumerated as the head of household in Lafayette Township, Madison County, Indiana2 as Cloyd Pierce, age 23, Farmer. He was renting his home. He had completed four years of high school. His residence in 1935 was Alexandria, Madison County, Indiana.
2.1.2. 1930 Federal Census
On April 24, 1930, Cloyd was enumerated in the William Pierce household in Monroe Township, Madison County, Indiana3, as Cloyd J. Pierce, son, age 13, born in Indiana. He had attended school within the year. He could read and write and speak English. His father was born in Indiana and his mother was born in Kentucky.
2.1.3. 1920 Federal Census
On January 23, 1920, Cloyd was enumerated in William F. Pierce household in Lafayette Township, Madison County, Indiana4, as Cloyd Pierce, son, age 4 years and 7 months. He was born in Indiana, his father born in Indiana and mother born in Kentucky.
2.2. State Census Records
The State of Indiana conducted state census in 1853, 1857, 1871, 1877, 1883, 1889, 1901, 1913, 1919 and 1921. These, however, were merely for the purposes of legislative apportionment.
2.3. Agricultural Census Records
I have not yet investigated these types of census records to see what light they might shed on the Pierce family farm.
3. Military Records
3.1. Draft Registration
I have not discovered any draft registration records for Cloyd.
3.2. Pension Records
I am not aware of any military service by Cloyd or his father that would have made him eligible for this benefit.
3.3. Service Records
I have not discovered any military service by Cloyd.
4. Land Records
4.1. Deed Records
Deed records need to be thoroughly searched in Madison County, Indiana to see what records might mention Cloyd and his family.
4.2. Plat map / county map
Madison County, Indiana published a plat map in 1880, 1891, 1893, 1901, 1910, 1915, 1921, 1923, 1931 and 1940 that might be relevant to my search on the Pierce family.
5. Supplemental Records
Supplemental records available to search for Cloyd include city/county directories, court records and will and probate records. Will add these to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.
1. Cloyd Pierce obituary, Anderson Daily Bulletin, Anderson, Indiana, 31 December 1962, page 6.
2. 1940 U.S. census, Madison County, Indiana, population schedule, Lafayette Township, enumeration district 48-49, SD 11, sheet 8A, dwelling 152, digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 December 2013); National Archives, Washington, D.C.
3. William Pierce household, 1930 U.S. census, population schedule, Monroe Township, Madison County, Indiana, ED 48-45, SD 5, sheet 13B, dwelling 321, family 327; National Archives micropublication T 626.
4. William F. Pierce household, 1920 U.S. census, population schedule, Lafayette Township, Madison County, Indiana, ED 119, SD 8, sheet 6A, dwelling 127, household 129; National Archives micropublication T625, roll 449, page 6B.
This post was developed as part of the series relating to Building My 2011 Research Template, an attempt to systematically document and source the details of my ancestors' lives. Comments regarding this template and the conclusions drawn in this article are welcomed.