Clyde C. Culipher1,2,3

ID# 20834, (1897 - 1965)
FatherCommodore P. Culipher7,8 (May 1870 - Sep 1900)
MotherEula H. Markett4,5,6 (Sep 1870 - 28 Oct 1943)

Key Events:

Birth: 28 Aug 1897, Fisher, Louisiana9,10,11,12,13,14
Marriage: about 1914, Ruth P. Flora (27 Dec 1897 - Nov 1986)15,16
Divorce: between 1930 and 1940, Ruth P. Flora (27 Dec 1897 - Nov 1986)17
Marriage: 24 Jun 1939, Baltimore, Maryland, Sara D. Vanderslice (7 Feb 1895 - May 1968)18,19
Death: 2 Dec 1965, New York20,21,22
Burial: New Rosemont Cemetery, Espy, Pennsylvania23
ChartsDescendants of David Dutt/Toot

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     Clyde C. Culipher was born on 28 Aug 1897 in Fisher, Louisiana, although he later claimed in various documents to having been born in years ranging from 1893 to 1900.9,10,11,12,13,14
     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
     According to family lore, his father died in the great hurricane of Galveston, Texas, which occurred in Sep 1900, when Clyde was 3 years old. No documentation of his death has been found, and he does not appear in the lists of casualties of that event, which are admittedly incomplete. But he has not been found alive in any later records.24
     Clyde 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.25

Trouble with the Law Began Young --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     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.26
     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.15,16
     He and Ruth 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.27 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.28
     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.27
     He registered for the draft for World War I on 5 Jun 1918, while living at 1716 Caroline, Houston, Texas, reporting he was employed as Schaeffer & Buman in Houston.3
     In the newspaper announcement of his second marriage he claimed to have graduated from Rice Institute (now Rice University) in Houston. That presumably would have been during the period he lived in Houston. But there is no record that he ever attended that school.29,30
     Clyde changed his name to Taylor James Wallace, apparently about 1919. But he seems to have continued to use his birth name in some contexts at least until 1920.31,32,33
     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.34

Moving to the East Coast --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     He and Ruth apparently moved to Maryland about 1920. In addition to being recorded with his mother in Louisiana, he appeared with Ruth on the 1920 Federal Census of Baltimore, Maryland, at 11 E. Centre, reporting they were renting their home. The enumeration date was not recorded. He was listed as Taylor J. Wallace. Their son Gordon was listed as living with them.31 His occupation was listed as the proprietor of a candy shop.31 He was listed in the 1920 and 1921 Baltimore city directories at the same address, with an occupation as salesman.35
     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.36 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.37
     He was arrested 16 Feb 1921 in Detroit, Michigan, and transported back to Baltimore.37 He was tried 10 Mar 1921 on charges of forgery and burglary, and sentenced to 10 years in the Maryland Penitentiary.38,39 He was admitted to the Maryland Penitentiary on 11 Mar 1921, where is residence was recorded as Dallas, Texas, and his occupation as auditor.40 In announcing his arrest, the detective said he also used the alias Clyde Fulerton. Whether he was using this name in Detroit or previously is not clear.37
     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.27,41
     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.42
     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. He 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.43
     Taylor and Ruth were divorced between 1930 and 1940.17
     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.44

A New Life on Long Island --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     Sometime between 1937 and 1940 Taylor moved to Long Island, New York.
     By 1939 he was general manager of the Long Island division of a cemetery firm, in Port Washington. In 1940 he reported he was a cemetery salesman. He reported he had worked 54 hours the last week of March, and had worked 52 weeks the prior year, earning $1,922.45,46
     Taylor married second Sara D. Vanderslice, daughter of Hervey Lloyd Vanderslice and Anna Belena Hagenbach, on 24 Jun 1939 in Baltimore, Maryland.18,19
     Taylor and Sara settled in Mineola, Long Island, New York after their marriage. They 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..47
     At the time of his death Taylor'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.13,48
     Taylor died on 2 Dec 1965 in New York at age 68.20,21,22 He was buried in New Rosemont Cemetery, Espy, Pennsylvania.23

Children:
     Children with Ruth P. Flora:

  • Julia Culipher49 (say 1916 - say 1917)
  • Gordon Hugh Wallace50,31,51 (26 Jan 1918 - 17 Jun 1983)

Children:
     There were no children with Sara D. Vanderslice

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. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 181520787, Taylor James Wallace, shows year, as 1895, and includes tombstone photo showing same.
  15. [S6936] Taylor J. Wallace household, 1920 U.S. Census, Baltimore, Maryland, shows married.
  16. [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.
  17. [S6940] Ruth Wallace household, 1940 U.S. Census, Berkeley Co., West Virginia, shows her as divorced.
  18. [S8725] "Announce Marriage," Times-Leader, The Evening News, 20 Nov 1939, shows date and city.
  19. [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.
  20. [S7744] "New York, Death Index, 1880-1956," Ancestry.com, record for Taylor Wallace, citing cert. no. 92069, shows date and state.
  21. [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.
  22. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 181520787, Taylor James Wallace, shows year and includes tombstone photo showing same.
  23. [S500] Findagrave.com, online, memorial # 181520787, Taylor James Wallace, includes tombstone photo.
  24. [S8726] Linda Wieland,Commodore e-mail to author, 3 Aug 2016, reports she has communicated with James Culiper, whose great-grandfather was Commodore's brother, who states that he died in the great floot of Galveston.
  25. [S6944] Joe Albin household, 1910 U.S. Census, Angelina Co., Texas.
  26. [S6948] "Mother Comes to Rescue," Times-Picayune, 14 May 1913.
  27. [S6973] W. W. Green, "In Re: Clyde Cullipher Allias Larson."
  28. [S6975] Bloodgood, The Federal Courts and the Delinquent Child, pg 36.
  29. [S8725] "Announce Marriage," Times-Leader, The Evening News, 20 Nov 1939, shows shows he was a graduate of Rice Institute, Houston, Texas.
  30. [S8727] Patterson, "reference question," e-mail to author, 6 Sep 2019, states that a search of applicant and student records and yearbooks from 1915 to 1924 did not fine any record of him under either Culipher or Wallace.
  31. [S6936] Taylor J. Wallace household, 1920 U.S. Census, Baltimore, Maryland.
  32. [S6941] House of Corrections, 1930 U.S. Census, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland, shows name as Taylor J. Wallas.
  33. [S6947] Hugh Wallace and Mary Logue, Marriage License and Marriage Certificate, shows name as Taylor James.
  34. [S6945] Eula Larkins household, 1920 U.S. Census, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana.
  35. [S6953] Baltimore City Directory, 1920 pg 2023; 1921 pg 2083.
  36. [S6949] The Sun, 5 Dec 1920.
  37. [S6950] "Bail Jumper in Auto Case is Captured in Detroit," The Sun, 17 Feb 1921.
  38. [S6951] "Court Calendar," The Sun, 21 Mar 1921.
  39. [S6952] "Auto Theft Cases Hard of Solution," The Sun, 7 May 1922.
  40. [S7086] Wallace, Maryland State Penitentiary, Prisoner Record.
  41. [S6950] "Bail Jumper in Auto Case is Captured in Detroit," The Sun, 17 Feb 1921, shows Clyde Larkins as one of his aliases.
  42. [S6822] Polk's Tacoma City Directory, 1927, pg 261.
  43. [S6941] House of Corrections, 1930 U.S. Census, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland.
  44. [S6972] Taylor James Wallace, Application for Account.
  45. [S8725] "Announce Marriage," Times-Leader, The Evening News, 20 Nov 1939, shows shows him as general manager, but omits name of firm.
  46. [S6942] Taylor J. Wallace household, 1940 U.S. Census, Nassau Co., New York, shows occupation as salesman, industry as cemetery.
  47. [S6942] Taylor J. Wallace household, 1940 U.S. Census, Nassau Co., New York.
  48. [S6972] Taylor James Wallace, Application for Account, shows date, with year as 1900.
  49. [S7497] Linda Wieland,[no subject] e-mail to author, 20 Jul 2017.
  50. [S7496] Gordon Hugh Culipher, Certificate of Birth.
  51. [S6947] Hugh Wallace and Mary Logue, Marriage License and Marriage Certificate.