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Clyde Carrigan

 

Born: 29 Dec 1886, Iredell County, North Carolina
Died:  1 May 1966, San Luis Obispo County, California

 
Clyde Carrigan was the second child born to Martin Grier Carrigan and Vickie E. Johnson.  He was born 29 Dec 1886, more than likely in Iredell County, NC.  Clyde's father was white but his mother was only half white.
 
 
Clyde had one sister, Bertha Mae "Bert" Carrigan, who was born 24 Nov 1889 in Iredell County, NC, and died 30 Mar 1972 in Statesville, Iredell County, NC.
 
 
Clyde first appears on Census records in 1900 where he was living in the Shiloh Township of Iredell County, NC, with the Odis Hollar family.   Clyde was 13 years old and working as a servant.  His race was listed as "W" (White) even though he was 1/4 black. 
 
Odis Hollar was a young local physician in the Shiloh Township at the time of the Census.  In addition to Odis' wife, Minnie, his children (Wallis L., Suma and Elsie), and Clyde, there was also a second servant, Sallie N. Ward, who was working as a "house keeper" for the family.
 

1900 Iredell County Census

 
 
Last Name First Name Relation Race Sex Birth Age S/M
Wd
Yrs.
Md.
No.
Kids
Born
No.
Kids
Living
Birth Occu-
pation
Can
Read
Write
Mth Year
Hollar Odis Head W M Jul 1872 27 M 6     NC Physician Yes
------ Minnie E. Wife W F Mar 1976 24 M 6 3 3 NC   Yes
----- Wallis L. Son W M Mar 1895 5 S       NC    
------ Suma Daughter W F Jul 1897 2 S       NC    
------ Elsie Daughter W F Sept 1899 8/12 S       NC    
Ward Sallie N. Servant W F Sept 1878 21 S       NC House Keeper Yes
Carrigan Clyde Servant W M Feb 1887 13 S       NC Farm Laborer No
 
 
 
By 1910 Clyde was living with James Calvin Blankenship and his wife Eliza Jane Johnson in the Shiloh Township of Iredell County, NC.  Eliza Jane was Clyde's aunt.  James and Eliza Jane helped to raise several children (including Clyde Carrigan) although they never had any children of their own.
 
The Census says that Clyde (spelled "Clide") was a "nephew", his age was 22 and his race was "mulatto".  Clyde was working as a "Farm Laborer".  Clyde's mother, Vickie Johnson Carrigan, died prior to 1900 when she was in her late 20s or 30s.
 
Others living in the Blankenship family home were Levina C. Sherrill Johnson (Eliza Jane's mother), Carrie Lee Edison (the daughter of Eliza Jane's sister Louisa Eveline Johnson and Jim Edison) and Genevia Mae Johnson (the daughter of Beulah Vernesta Johnson).  Mae was a great-niece to Eliza Jane and was Levina's great granddaughter.   
 

1910 Iredell County Census

 
Last Name First Name Relation Sex Race Age S/M
Wd
Yrs.
Md.
No.
Kids
Born
No.
Kids
Living
Birth Occu-
pation
Trade
Blankenship James C. Head M W 45 M 17     NC Farmer General
Farm
------- Jane Wife F W 55 M 17 1 1 NC None  
Idson Carrie E. Niece F W 17 S       NC Farm
Laborer
General
Farm
Johnson Lavina Mother-
in-Law
F W 78 Wd   8 4 NC None  
------ Genevia M. Niece F W 7 S       NC None  
Kerrigan Clide Nephew M Mu 22 S       NC Farm
Laborer
Working
Out
 
 
By June 1917, Clyde was 19 years old and apparently had decided to head out west.  More than likely he realized that he had little chance of moving ahead as a "white" man in an area where everyone knew that his mother (Vickie Johnson Carrigan) was only half-white.  In the US, during that period of time, if there was any part of your heritage that was "Negro/Black", you were considered 100% "Black".
 
 
Clyde Carrigan's WWI Draft Registration shows that he was living in Armington, Cascade County, Montana.  His birth date is listed as 29 Dec 1886 and his race was listed as "Caucasian/White".  The Draft Registration shows that he was born in Stoney Point, NC, and that he was currently working as a farmer at F. P. Flarex.  It is shown that Clyde also had a wife, although her name is not listed.  His Draft Registration lists his physical description as medium tall, medium size or weight, with grey eyes and black hair.  The date of the Draft Registration was 05 Jun 1917.
 
 

Draft Registration Card

 
 
In 1920, Clyde was living on a farm in Neil Creek, Cascade County, Montana, with a widow named Lulu B. Peterson.  Mrs. Peterson was 46 years old and was originally from Sweden.  She had three "laborers" working on her farm: (1) Steven Jenses, age 47, from Denmark, (2) Andrew L. Year, age 38, from Wyoming, and (3) Clyde Carrigan, age 30, from North Carolina.  This Census says that Clyde was "S" (Single).
 
 

1920 Cascade County, Montana, Census

 
 
 
 
 
By 1930, Clyde had moved on to California.  The 1930 Census shows him living in Orosi, Tulare County, California, with a 52 year old widow names Anna A. Jackson, and her 11 year old daughter, Peggy.  Clyde is listed as a "Boarder" and his age is 42.  The Census shows that he was born in NC.  He was working as a farm laborer.
 

1930 Orosi, Tulare County, California, Census

 

 

 
By 1940, Clyde was living in the town of Dinuba in Tulare County, California.  He was renting a home with a real estate value of $8.  Clyde was 53 and still single.  This particular Census also says that he had no schooling, which is not unusual for a mixed-race child born in 1886 from North Carolina.  He had a housekeeper living with him named Sarah Broder.
 

1940 Dinuba, Tulare County, California, Census

 
 
 
 
 
Clyde married Eva Mehling Myole on 19 Jun 1955.  He was 67 years old and living in San Luis, Obispo County, California, at the time.
 
The San Luis Obispo, California, City Directory shows Clyde and Eva living at 5315 Olmeda av Atas, San Luis Obispo, California, in 1958.
 
At the time of Clyde's death, he was living at 93442 Morro Bay, San Luis, Obispo County, California.
 
Clyde died on  1 May 1966 and was buried at the Cayucos-Morro Bay District Cemetery, in San Luis Obispo County, California.  His Plot at the cemetery is Sec 1 "Blk" 20.
 
The California Death Index lists Clyde's birth date as 29 Dec 1886 and his death date as 1 May 1966.  It also lists his mother's maiden name as Johnson (Vickie Johnson).
 
A little more information about Clyde's wife Eva Mehling Moyle:
The 1940 Census shows Eva, age 43, living is Orosi, Tulare County, California, with her husband Grover D. Moyle.  Grover was 47 years old.  He and Eva had a 4 year old daughter named Adeline Joyce Moyle.  Eva was born in Germany, had a 7th grade education, was a Naturalized Citizen, and was working as a seamstress.  It appears that she was born 28 Jul 1896.  Eva's husband Grover died in Jan 1955 and she married Clyde Carrigan in Jun 1955.
 
After the death of Eva's second husband, Clyde Carrigan, in 1966, she married Paul A. Langlois, age 76, on 01 Jun 1969, in San Louis Obispo County, California.  Eva died on 23 Jul 1977 in San Luis Obispo, California.
 
 
 
 
 
More About the Extended Carrigan Family
 
The 1900 Iredell County Census reveals a bit about the Carrigan Family (but not Grier and Victoria).   The head of the family is Andy N. Carrigan, who appears to be a brother to Grier.  Andy's wife, Martha E. Stamper, is also living on the family farm.  They've been married for 23 years but have no children.  Andy and Grier have another brother, Isaiah Carrigan, who is also living on the family farm.  Isaiah is Widowed and has three children: Effie M, Minnie J, Addaline, and Marry A.  The family also has a black female servant, Nancy Lewis, who is also living with them.  Nancy Lewis had given birth to 17 children but only 8 were still living - showing the difficulty of family life at the time.
 

1900 Iredell County Census

 
Last Name First Name Relation Race Sex Birth
Mth.
Birth
Yr.
Age S/M
Wd
Yrs.
Married
No.
Kids
Born
No.
Kids
Living
Birth Occu-pation
Carrigan Andy N. Head W M Sep 1850 49 M 23     NC Farmer
----- Martha E. Wife W F --- 1850 49 M 23 0 0 NC  
----- Isah D Brother W M Jul 1856 43 Wd       NC Farm Laborer
----- Effie M. Niece W F Dec 1887 12 S       NC  
----- Minnie J. Niece W F Jun 1889 10 S       NC  
----- Addaline Niece W F May 1892 8 S       NC  
----- Marry A. Niece W F Feb 1895 5 S       NC  
Lewis Nancy Servant B F --- 1814 86 Wd --- 17 8 NC Servant
 
 
 
The 1910 Iredell County Census reveals a little bit more about the Carrigan family (but not Grier and Victoria).   Andy's wife, Martha, had died.  His brother Isaiah and Andy's three daughters (Minnie, Addie and Mary) are still living on the farm.  Their sister-in-law, Mollie G. Mayberry Carrigan, is also living on the farm with her two children: Bessie 9 and May 7.  Mollie appears to be the 2nd wife of Martin Grier Carrigan, who died 23 Aug 1902.  The census further shows that Millie had given birth to five children, but only two were still living (Bessie & May).
 

1910 Iredell County Census

 
 
Last Name First Name Relation Sex Race Age S/M
Wd
No.
Kids
Born
No.
Kids
Living
Birth Occupation
Carrigan Andy Head M W 59 S     NC Farming
----- Isaiah Brother M W 53 Wd     NC Farm Laborer
---- Minnie Niece F W 20 S     NC None
----- Addie Niece F W 18 S     NC Farm Laborer
----- Mary Niece F W 16 S     NC Farm Laborer
----- Mollie Sis-in-Law F W 38 Wd 5 2 NC None
----- Bessie Niece F W 9 S     NC None
----- May Niece F W 7 S     NC None
 
 
 
There had been a few deaths in the Carrigan family between 1910 and 1920:
Addie Belle Carrigan died 16 Jun 1916  at the age of 25.
Isaiah Dewith Carrigan died 04 Apr 1914 at the age of 55.
 
The 1920 Iredell County Census shows only three people living on the Carrigan farm.  Andy (A.M.) is age 69, Bessie is age 19 and Mae is age 17.  Bessie and Mae are listed as Andy's daughters but we know they were the daughters of Mollie Carrigan (from the 1910 Census).  Mollie is still living (she didn't die until 23 Sep 1958), but she is not living with this family.  Perhaps she has remarried.
 
 

1920 Iredell County Census

 
Last Name First Name Relation Sex Race Age S/M
Wd
Can
Read &
Write
Birth Occupation
Carrigan A.M. Head M W 69 Wd Yes NC Farmer
----- Bessie Daughter F W 19 S Yes NC  
----- Mae Daughter F W 17 S Yes NC  
 
 
 
The 1930 Census shows Martin Grier Carrigan's second wife, Mollie Mayberry Carrigan, living at the state hospital in Morganton, Burke County, NC.  She is listed as an "Inmate" but she is working there as a "Domestic".  The Census says she was 57 years old.
 

1930 Burke County Census

 

 
Name Relation Sex Race Age S, M
Wd
Read
Write
Born Occupation Employed
Last First Occup Industry
Carrigan Mollie Inmate F W 57 Wd No NC Domestic State Hospital Yes
Murphy Charles L Inmate M W 61 M Yes NC Farm Laborer State Hospital Yes
Rodel Henry Inmate M W 58 M Yes Bavaria Store House Hospital Yes
Tinsley D.L. Inmate M W 41 M Yes NC None    
Pringle John R. Inmate M W 54 M Yes NC None    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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