William McClellan Pierce (1913-1978) 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
McClellan was born March 17, 1913 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 McClellan'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 members in hopes that one does exist.
1.1.3. Baptismal Record
I am not aware of any baptismal record for McClellan. The Pierce family were members of the Methodist Episcopal church.
1.1.4. Adoption Record
There is no indication that McClellan was adopted.
1.2. Marriage License
McClellan married Geneva Ruth Aldridge sometime between 1930 and 1933, probably in Madison County, Indiana. I do not yet have a copy of their marriage license. Will add this to my list of "to-do" items on my next research trip.
1.2.1 Marriage Notice in Newspaper
Once I've obtained the exact date of their marriage, I can search contemporary newspaper accounts for mention of their nuptials.
1.2.2. Anniversary Notice
Once I'm able to determine the exact date of their marriage, I can also search contemporary newspaper accounts to see if there was mention of any anniversary celebrations.
1.2.3. Divorce Decree
There is no indication of any divorce, but a thorough search of Madison County, Indiana court records would need to be completed.
1.3. Death Certificate
McClellan died November 24, 1978 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
McClellan's obituary appeared in the November 26, 1978 edition of the Anderson, Indiana Herald-Bulletin1. I have not yet transcribed this obituary for this blog. Will need to add this to my "to-do" items.
Will need to research other local newspapers to see if mention was also made of his obituary.
1.3.2. Funeral Home Records
Will need to check with the records of the funeral home to see if they have any additional information regarding McClellan's funeral.
1.3.3. Tombstone Photograph
McClellan's tombstone in the Park View Cemetery in Alexandria, Madison County, Indiana2 has been photographed.
A link to his memorial page at the FindAGrave website is here.
2. Census Records
2.1. Federal Census Records
2.1.1. 1940 Federal Census
On April 16, 1940, McClellan appears as head of household in Ward 1, Alexandria, Madison County, Indiana3 as McClinnin Pierce, age 26, married, born in Indiana. He had completed 1 year of college. His residence in 1935 was on a farm in Alexandria, Indiana. He owned his own home, valued at $2500. His occupation was listed as a laborer in an auto factory.
2.1.2. 1930 Federal Census
On April 23, 1930, McClellan was enumerated in the William Pierce household in Monroe Township, Madison County, Indiana4 as William M. Pierce, son, age 17. He had attended school within the year and could read and write and speak English. He was born in Indiana, his father born in Indiana and mother born in Kentucky.
2.1.3. 1920 Federal Census
On January 23, 1920, McClellan was enumerated in the William F. Pierce household in Frankton, Lafayette Township, Madison County, Indiana5, as McClellan, son, age 6. He had attended school within the year, could read and write and speak English. He was born in Indiana, his father was born in Indiana and his 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 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 McClellan.
3.2. Pension Records
I am not aware of any military service by McClellan or his father that would have made him eligible for this benefit.
3.3. Service Records
I have not discovered any military service by McClellan.
4. Land Records
4.1. Deed Records
Deed records need to be thoroughly searched in Madison County, Indiana to see what records might mention McClellan 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 for my search on the Pierce family.
5. Supplemental Records
Supplemental records available to research for McClellan 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. Anderson, Indiana, Herald Bulletin, November 26, 1978.
2. FindAGrave, Inc., FindAGrave.com (www.findagrave.com : accessed 30 November 2013).
3. 1940 U.S. census, Madison County, Indiana, population schedule, Ward 1, Alexandria, enumeration district 48-52, SD 11, sheet 61A, dwelling 114; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 30 November 2013); National Archives, Washington, D.C.
4. 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 T626.
5. 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.