Clyde C. Culipher1,2,3

ID# 20834, (1897 - 1965)
FatherCommodore P. Culipher7,8 (May 1870 - )
MotherEula H. Markett4,5,6 (Sep 1870 - )

Key Events:

Birth: 28 Aug 1897, Fisher, Louisiana9,10,11,12,13
Marriage: about 1914, Ruth P. Flora (27 Dec 1897 - Nov 1986)14,15
Divorce: between 1930 and 1940, Ruth P. Flora (27 Dec 1897 - Nov 1986)16
Marriage: between 1935 and 1940, Sara [surname unknown] (about 1900 -17 )
Death: Dec 196518
ChartsDescendants of David Dutt/Toot

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Narrative:

     Clyde C. Culipher was born on 28 Aug 1897 in Fisher, Louisiana, although he claimed in various documents to having been born in years ranging from 1893 to 1900.9,10,11,12,13 He moved to Texas with his parents, Commodore P. Culipher, and Eula H. Markett before 1900. He appeared on the 1900 Federal Census of Newton Co., Texas, in the household of his parents.7
     He appeared with his mother, his sister, and his half-sister on the 1910 Federal Census of Lufkin, Angelina Co., Texas, boarding in the household of Joe Albin and his two children. Also boarding there was another mother with her two teen-age children.19

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     Clyde's troubles with the law seem to have started in his teens. On 13 May 1913 his mother filed a writ of habeas corpus in District Court in Lake Charles. He had been arrested two weeks prior in Shreveport and charged with the theft of $225 from a party in De Quincy. News reports said other charges were likely. The writ challenged his being held in the Paris Jail on the grounds that he was under 17 years old.20
     Clyde married first Ruth P. Flora, daughter of Edward K. Flora and Mary Arizona Wellen, about 1914, according to her age at first marriage as reported in the 1930 census, though other evidence suggests it was later.14,15
     He and Ruth P. Flora apparently lived in Louisiana after their marriage, as their son was born there in 1918.
     He found himself in trouble with the Federal authorities, while still a minor but apparently after his marriage. He was sentenced to the National Training School for Boys, Washington, District of Columbia under the name Clyde Cullipher.21 The nature of his offense has not been discovered, but the majority of boys committed to the School were convicted of either interstate commerce violations, such as breaking into rail cars, or postal offenses, such as stealing mail or breaking into post offices.22
     He managed to escape, and was recaptured in Texas. In Jan 1918 he was being held in the county jail in Houston, Texas awaiting instructions from Washington. He was released 9 Mar 1918 based on direction from the Attorney General in Washington. On 22 Apr a guard arrived from Washington to return him to the school, which had apparently not gotten the word from the Attorney General.21
     He registered for the draft for World War I on 5 Jun 1918, under the name of Clyde C. Culiper. He reported he was living at 1716 Caroline, Houston, Texas, and was employed by Schaeffer & Buman in Houston.3
     Clyde changed his name to Taylor James Wallace, apparently about 1919. But Clyde seems to have continued to use his birth name in some contexts at least until 1920.23,24,25
     He appeared on the 1920 Federal Census of Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, in the household of his mother, listed under his birth name, Clyde Culipher. He is shown as married, but his wife and child are not listed in the household. His occupation was listed as salesman, selling soda water.26

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     Taylor and Ruth apparently moved to Maryland about 1920. In addition to being recorded with his mother in Louisiana, Taylor appeared with Ruth on the 1920 Federal Census of Baltimore, Maryland, at 11 E. Centre, reporting they were renting their home. The enumeration date not recorded. He was listed as Taylor J. Wallace. Their son Gordon was listed as living with them.23 His occupation was listed as the proprietor of a candy shop.23 He was listed in the 1920 and 1921 Baltimore city directories at the same address, with an occupation as salesman.27
     Taylor and a confederate were arrested 4 Dec 1920 and charged with larceny of an automobile valued at $3,000. His address was given as 1826 Madison Ave., Baltimore.28 They were released on bail, with a trial set for 19 Jan 1921. In the two days preceding the trial Taylor passed a series of bogus checks, then disappeared. The checks were for $50 to Times Square Auto Supply Co., $38 and $25 to two individuals, and several smaller amounts. An indictment on charges of obtaining money and merchandise on alleged bogus checks was added to the pending charges.29
     He was arrested 16 Feb 1921 in Detroit, Michigan, and transported back to Baltimore.29 He was tried 10 Mar 1921 on charges of forgery and burglary, and sentenced to 10 years in the Maryland Penitentiary.30,31 He was admitted to the Maryland Penitentiary on 11 Mar 1921, where is residence was recorded as Dallas, Texas, and his occupation as auditor.32 In announcing his arrest, the detective said he also used the alias. Whether he was using this name in Detroit or previously is not clear Clyde Fulerton.29
     He also used the name Clyde Larkins, his mother's second married name. That name is found only in connection with his arrests, so it is unclear whether he ever used it routinely.21,33
     He was paroled 5 Aug 1926 and joined Ruth in West Virginia, as he appears with her in the 1927 city directory, at 201 E. Union Ave., Martinsburg, West Virginia. His occupation is listed as shoemaker.34
     It appears that Taylor was soon in trouble with the law again, as he returned to prison, this time at the Maryland House of Corrections, which generally housed prisoners with shorter sentences.
     Taylor appeared on the 1930 Federal Census of Jessup, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland, at Maryland House of Corrections, enumerated 9 May 1930, listed as a prisoner. He was shown as working in the paint shop.35
     Taylor and Ruth were divorced between 1930 and 1940 He was also known as Taylor James Wallace, and she used that surname as her married name.16

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     His release date is not known, but clearly was before 1937. He applied for a Social Security Number 26 Oct 1937, while living at 3504 Cotwood Place, Baltimore, Maryland where he was employed by Century Metalcraft Corp, 200 W. Saratoga St. in Baltimore.36
     Some time between 1937 and 1940 Taylor moved to Long Island, New York.
     Clyde married second Sara [surname unknown] between 1935 and 1940.17
     Taylor and Sara appeared on the 1940 Federal Census of Mineola, Nassau Co., New York, at 52 Juniper Ave., enumerated 27 Apr 1940, reporting they owned a home valued at $5,000. His mother was listed as living with them. He and his mother reported they had lived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1935, while Sara had lived in Glen Cove, Nassau Co..37
     He was a cemetery salesman in 1940. That year he reported he had worked 54 hours the last week of March, and had worked 52 weeks the prior year, earning $1,922 in 1940.38
     At the time of his death Clyde's birth date was shown in Social Security Administration records as 28 Aug 1893, despite the fact that his original application for Social Security account showed his birth date as in 1900 and other records strongly suggest it was in 1897. He apparently had convinced the Administration of the earlier date, one might assume in order to collect benefits.13,39
     Clyde died in Dec 1965 at age 68.18

Children:
     Children with Ruth P. Flora:

  • Julia Culipher40 (say 1916 - say 1917)
  • Gordon Hugh Wallace41,23,42 (26 Jan 1918 - 17 Jun 1983)

Children:
     There were no children with Sara [surname unknown]

Citations

  1. [S6943] Comidore P. Culipher household, 1900 U.S. Census, Newton Co., Texas, shows name as Clide C. Culipher.
  2. [S6944] Joe Albin household, 1910 U.S. Census, Angelina Co., Texas, shows name as Clyde Culipher.
  3. [S6946] Clyde C. Culiper, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.
  4. [S6943] Comidore P. Culipher household, 1900 U.S. Census, Newton Co., Texas, shows him as the son of her husband and that the parents had been married longer than the age of the child.
  5. [S6944] Joe Albin household, 1910 U.S. Census, Angelina Co., Texas, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  6. [S6946] Clyde C. Culiper, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, shows her as his mother.
  7. [S6943] Comidore P. Culipher household, 1900 U.S. Census, Newton Co., Texas.
  8. [S6972] Taylor James Wallace, Application for Account, shows his father as Commy Clyde Wallace.
  9. [S6943] Comidore P. Culipher household, 1900 U.S. Census, Newton Co., Texas, shows month, year, as 1897, age 2, and state.
  10. [S6944] Joe Albin household, 1910 U.S. Census, Angelina Co., Texas, shows age 12 and state.
  11. [S6946] Clyde C. Culiper, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, shows date, with year as 1896, town as unknown, and state.
  12. [S6972] Taylor James Wallace, Application for Account, shows date, with year as 1900, town, and state.
  13. [S1000] "Social Security Death Index," Ancestry.com, record for Taylor Wallace, Soc. Sec. No. 220-07-4619, shows date, with year as 1893.
  14. [S6936] Taylor J. Wallace household, 1920 U.S. Census, Baltimore, Maryland, shows married.
  15. [S6937] Ruth Wallace household, 1930 U.S. Census, Berkeley Co., West Virginia, shows her as married, with first marriage at age 17, but no husband present.
  16. [S6940] Ruth Wallace household, 1940 U.S. Census, Berkeley Co., West Virginia, shows her as divorced.
  17. [S6942] Taylor J. Wallace household, 1940 U.S. Census, Nassau Co., New York, shows married, and that she lived in Glen Cove, Nassau Co. in 1935 while he and his mother had lived in Baltimore.
  18. [S1000] "Social Security Death Index," Ancestry.com, record for Taylor Wallace, Soc. Sec. No. 220-07-4619, shows month, year, and last residence as New York.
  19. [S6944] Joe Albin household, 1910 U.S. Census, Angelina Co., Texas.
  20. [S6948] "Mother Comes to Rescue," Times-Picayune, 14 May 1913.
  21. [S6973] W. W. Green, "In Re: Clyde Cullipher Allias Larson."
  22. [S6975] Bloodgood, The Federal Courts and the Delinquent Child, pg 36.
  23. [S6936] Taylor J. Wallace household, 1920 U.S. Census, Baltimore, Maryland.
  24. [S6941] House of Corrections, 1930 U.S. Census, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland, shows name as Taylor J. Wallas.
  25. [S6947] Hugh Wallace and Mary Logue, Marriage License and Marriage Certificate, shows name as Taylor James.
  26. [S6945] Eula Larkins household, 1920 U.S. Census, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana.
  27. [S6953] Baltimore City Directory, 1920 pg 2023; 1921 pg 2083.
  28. [S6949] The Sun, 5 Dec 1920.
  29. [S6950] "Bail Jumper in Auto Case is Captured in Detroit," The Sun, 17 Feb 1921.
  30. [S6951] "Court Calendar," The Sun, 21 Mar 1921.
  31. [S6952] "Auto Theft Cases Hard of Solution," The Sun, 7 May 1922.
  32. [S7086] Wallace, Maryland State Penitentiary, Prisoner Record.
  33. [S6950] "Bail Jumper in Auto Case is Captured in Detroit," The Sun, 17 Feb 1921, shows Clyde Larkins as one of his aliases.
  34. [S6822] Polk's Tacoma City Directory, 1927, pg 261.
  35. [S6941] House of Corrections, 1930 U.S. Census, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland.
  36. [S6972] Taylor James Wallace, Application for Account.
  37. [S6942] Taylor J. Wallace household, 1940 U.S. Census, Nassau Co., New York.
  38. [S6942] Taylor J. Wallace household, 1940 U.S. Census, Nassau Co., New York, shows occupation as salesman, industry as cemetery.
  39. [S6972] Taylor James Wallace, Application for Account, shows date, with year as 1900.
  40. [S7497] Unknown author,[no subject] e-mail to author, 20 Jul 2017.
  41. [S7496] Gordon Hugh Culipher, Certificate of Birth.
  42. [S6947] Hugh Wallace and Mary Logue, Marriage License and Marriage Certificate.