Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Exploratory Data Analysis: Clemon Beals Lambertson (1898-1994)

Clemon & June (Gilliland) Lambertson
Clemon Beals Lambertson (1898-1994) was my maternal great-grandfather.  What follows is an exploratory analysis of the biographical facts I have discovered about him.

1. Vital records

     1.1. Birth certificate

          Clemon was born October 27, 1898 in Cicero, Hamilton County, Indiana1. The State of Indiana began requiring births be recorded in 1907.  However, many counties have records going back to 1880.  The W.P.A. index compiled for Hamilton County did not list a birth for Clemon.

          1.1.1. Birth notice in newspaper

               If Clemon's birth was recorded in a local newspaper, I have not yet discovered it.  The Hamilton East Public Library has local newspapers going back to 1837 on microfilm.  This will be a research item on my next trip there.

          1.1.2. Bible record

               I believe that cousin Larry has the Lambertson family Bible, will need to contact him to see if the births were recorded in it.

          1.1.3. Baptismal record

               The family was associated with the West Grove Monthly Meeting of the Society of Friends (Quaker) in Hamilton County, Indiana. The society does not believe in infant baptism.

          1.1.4. Adoption record

               There is no indication that Clemon was adopted.

     1.2. Marriage license

          Clemon was married on June 28, 1917 in Monroe County, Indiana to June Kirk Gilliland2. I didn't realize that I didn't have a copy of their marriage license.  It is recorded in Book 16, page 230, according to an index.  Have added this to my "to-do" list of research.

          1.2.1. Marriage notice in newspaper

                Will need to search out mentions of their wedding in local Bloomington, as well as Noblesville newspapers on my next research trip.

          1.2.2. Anniversary notice

               Will need to search out mention of their anniversary in the local newspapers, particularly Elwood.

          1.2.3. Divorce decree

               There is no indication that a divorce ever occurred, though a search of court records has not been completed.

     1.3. Death certificate

          Clemon died March 18, 1994 in Anderson, Madison County, Indiana1. However, I have not yet obtained a copy of his death certificate from the Madison County Health Department.

          1.3.1. Obituary in newspaper

               Clemon's obituary appeared in the March 20, 1994 edition of the Anderson Herald-Bulletin and the March 21, 1994 edition of the Tipton Tribune.  I need to see what other local papers might have carried it, including Elwood Call-Leader and Alexandria Times-Tribune.

          1.3.2. Funeral home record

               Clemon's funeral was conducted at the Guilkey and Herider Mortuary in Anderson, Indiana.  I have not yet contacted them regarding record of the funeral cost, who paid, etc.

          1.3.3. Tombstone photograph

               Clemon's tombstone in the Elwood City Cemetery has been photographed.  It lists him as "Father"  Clemon B. 1898-1994, and his first wife, "Mother" June K. 1898-1951 is also listed3.

2. Census records

     2.1. Federal Census Records

          2.1.1. 1930 Federal Census

               On April 10, 1930, Clemon was enumerated in the 2nd Ward, City of Elwood, Pipe Creek Township, Madison County, Indiana4, as Clemon Lambertson, married laborer in a cabinet factory, aged 31, born in Indiana.  His father and mother were both listed as born in Indiana.  He could read and write and spoke English.  He owned his home, valued at $1500, and owned a radio.

          2.1.2. 1920 Federal Census

               On January 14, 1920, Clemon was enumerated in the 2nd Ward, City of Elwood, Duck Creek Township, Madison County, Indiana5, as Clemon Lambertson, married carmeler in a cabinet factory, aged 21, born in Indiana.  His father and mother were both listed as born in Indiana.  He could read and write and spoke English.  He rented his home.

          2.1.3. 1910 Federal Census

               On April 23, 1910, Clemon was enumerated in the town of Cicero, Jackson Township, Hamilton County, Indiana6, in the household of his father, Charles Lambertson.  He is listed as Clemon B., age 11, attended school within the year, born in Indiana.  Both of his parents are listed as being born in Indiana.

          2.1.4. 1900 Federal Census

               On June 16, 1900, Clemon was enumerated in Jackson Township, Hamilton County, Indiana7, in the household of his grandfather, Carey Lambertson.  He is listed as Clemon, age 1, born in Indiana.  His father is listed as being born in Ohio, mother in Indiana.

     2.2. State Census Records

          The State of Indiana conducted state census in 1853, 1857, 1871, 1877, 1883, 1889, 1901, 1913, 1919 and 1931.  These however, were merely for the purposes of determining legislative apportionment.

     2.3. Agriculture Census Records

          I have not yet investigated these types of census records to see what information might come to light.

3. Military Records

     3.1. Draft Registration

          Clemon registered for the draft during World War I on September 12, 19188.  He was listed as slender build with brown hair and brown eyes.  The card lists him as Clemon Beals Lambertson living at 615 North 18th Street, Elwood, Indiana.  His occupation was a painter at Sellers & Sons.

      3.2. Pension Records

          Not applicable, as I have no evidence that Clemon ever served in the military.

     3.3. Service Records

          Not applicable.

4. Land Records

     4.1. Deed Records

          Deed records need to be thoroughly researched in Madison County, Indiana and Howard County, Indiana.  Clemon spent most of his adult life in Madison County, though briefly lived in Howard County during World War II period.

     4.2. Plat Map / County map

          Madison County published a plat map in 1880, 1891, 1893, 1901, 1910, 1915, 1921, 1923, 1931 and 1940 that may be relevant to my search on the Lambertson family.

5. Supplemental Records

        Supplemental records available for Clemon to search include court records and will and probate records, as well as city directories for Anderson, Indiana.
        A search of city directories in Elwood, Indiana shows Clemon at the following addresses:
       1906 North F Street - 1924, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1931/2, 1933, 1935, 1938.
       221 North 12th Street - 1945
       717 South A Street - 1949, 1952


1. Obituary of Clemon Beals Lambertson, Anderson Herald-Bulletin, Anderson, Indiana, 
2. Obituary of June Lambertson, Alexandria Times-Tribune, Alexandria, Indiana, March 21, 1951.
3. Elwood City Cemetery (Elwood, Indiana), Clemon B. and June K. Lambertson marker, photographed by Travis LeMaster.
4. Clemon Lambertson household, 1930 U.S. census, Madison County, Indiana, population schedule, Pipecreek Township, ED 48-49, SD 5, sheet 6A, dwelling 123, family 130.
5. Clemon Lambertson household, 1920 U.S. census, Madison County, Indiana, population schedule, Duckcreek Township, ED 135, SD 84, sheet 8, dwelling 186, family 192.
6. Charles Lambertson household, 1910 U.S. census, Hamilton County, Indiana, population schedule, Jackson Township, ED 104, SD 9, dwelling 156, family 158.
7. Carey Lambertson household, 1900 U.S. census, Hamilton County, Indiana, population schedule, Jackson Township, ED 84, SD 9, sheet 2, dwelling 345, family 371.
8. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005.

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 draw in this article are welcomed.

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