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History of Claude Robert Waters

A brief biographical sketch of Claude Robert Waters with sources.

Claude Robert WATERS (Minnie Gertrude5 Smith, Lacy F.4, Reubin3, Reubin2, Daniel1), a son of Minnie Gertrude Smith and Benjamin Charles Waters, was born in Georgia on 6 February 1908. He was named as a son, aged 2 years, in his parents household in the 1910 Tattnall County, Georgia census,1 and as aged 12 in the 1920 Candler County, Georgia census.2
   
He married Cornelia Cochran about 1929, probably in Fulton County, Georgia. They were living with his sister Bessie and her husband Lloyd Stroud when the 1930 census was taken. They were recorded in Atlanta, Fulton County, as follows: L. S. Stroud, head, rented, $12 rental, does not live on a farm, age 32, married, married first at age 26, could read and write, born in Georgia, parents born in Georgia, shipping clerk, meat packing company, wage earner, was not working at time of the census, was not a veteran; Bessie M., wife, housekeeper, age 27, married first at age 21, could read and write, born in Georgia, parents born in Georgia; T. D. Stroud, father, age 73, widower, could read and write, born in Georgia, parents born in Georgia; C. R. Waters, brother-in-law, age 21, married, married first at age 20, could read and write, born in Georgia, parents born in Georgia, dry cleaner, dry cleaning company, wage earner, was working at time of the census; Cornelia Waters, sister-in-law, age 18, married first at age 17, could read and write, born in Georgia, parents born in Georgia, saleslady, department store, wage earner, was working at time of the census.3
   
No children have been identified from Claude's marriage to Cornelia.
   
He married second Evelyn Georgia Harwell. She was born about 1912 in Georgia.
   
Claude and Evelyn were listed in the 1932 through 1941 Atlanta city directories at various addresses: 1932, 1099 Woodland Avenue SE; 1935, 306 Atlanta Avenue SE; 1936, 525 Glenwood Avenue SE; 1937-1939, 13 Pryor SW 525 Glenwood Avenue SE; 1940-1941, 814 Capitol Avenue SE.4-12 He was employed in several dry cleaning establishments through those years.
   
They rented a house at 814 Capital Avenue SE in Atlanta for $10 a month when the 1940 Fulton County census was taken. They were recorded as follows: Claude R. Waters, head, age 31, married, completed seven grades of school, born in Georgia, lived in the same place on 1 April 1935, was at work the week of 24 March, worked 60 hours the week of 24 March, proprietor of Pressing Club, worked on own account, worked 52 weeks in 1939, earned no wages in 1939, had other sources of income in 1939; and, Evelyn Waters, wife, age 28, married, completed eight grades of school, born in Georgia, lived in the same place on 1 April 1935, was at work the week of 24 March, worked 40 hours the week of 24 March, packer for wholesale coffee, wage earner, worked 52 weeks in 1939, earned $624 in wages in 1939, had no other source of income in 1939.13
   
Claude served in World War II in the U.S. Army. His enlistment papers provide the following information: Name: Claude R. Waters; Birth Year: 1908; Race: White, citizen (White); Nativity State: Georgia; Residence: Fulton County, Georgia; Enlistment Date: 23 March 1943; Enlistment Place: Fort McPherson, Atlanta, Georgia; Branch: No branch assignment; Grade: Private; Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War; Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men); Source: Civil Life; Education: Grammar school; Civil Occupation: Economist or Tailor; Marital Status: Married.14
   
He and Evelyn were listed in the 1944 Atlanta city directory at 398 Boulevard Street NE Apt. 10.15 His employer was the US Army.
   
Claude and Evelyn had one son:

i.    Larry Gene WATERS
Claude R. Waters was listed in the 1947, 1948, and 1951 Atlanta city directory without Evelyn.16-18 They probably had divorced by then. He was employed as a tailor for Wm. H. Bailey, his step-father, and resided with his mother and step-father at 315 SE Ormond Street.
   
He married third Thelma Margarett McGuire.
   
Claude died on 2 March 1979 in Fulton County.19-20
   
Notes for Claude Robert Waters
11910 U.S. Census (Population Schedule), Tattnall County, Georgia (144th ED, 1607th GMD, Claxton, James Street, Dwelling 115, Family 117, Lines 29-35), p. 39A;
     recorded 15 April 1910. National Archives Microfilm T-624, Roll 212.
21920 U.S. Census (Population Schedule), Candler County, Georgia (39th ED, 1685th GMD, Metter, Cowart Street, Dwelling 93, Family 102, Lines 90-97), p. 220B;
     recorded 16 January 1920. National Archives Microfilm T-625, Roll 240.
31930 U.S. Census (Population Schedule), Fulton County, Georgia (61-47th ED, Atlanta, Ward 3, Block 191, Georgia Avenue, NE, Dwelling 133, Family 171, Lines
     9-13), p. 205A; recorded 5 April 1930. National Archives Microfilm T-626, Roll 360.
4Atlanta City Directory Cos Greater Atlanta (Fulton County, GA) City Directory. Atlanta City Directory Co., Publishers: Atlanta: 1932, 1103.
5Atlanta City Directory Cos Greater Atlanta (Fulton County, GA) City Directory. Atlanta City Directory Co., Publishers: Atlanta: 1935, 1169.
6Atlanta City Directory Cos Greater Atlanta (Fulton County, GA) City Directory. Atlanta City Directory Co., Publishers: Atlanta: 1936, 1301.
7Atlanta City Directory Cos Greater Atlanta (Fulton County, GA) City Directory. Atlanta City Directory Co., Publishers: Atlanta: 1937, 1433.
8Atlanta City Directory Cos Greater Atlanta (Fulton County, GA) City Directory. Atlanta City Directory Co., Publishers: Atlanta: 1938, 1436.
9Atlanta City Directory Cos Greater Atlanta (Fulton County, GA) City Directory. Atlanta City Directory Co., Publishers: Atlanta: 1939, 1294.
10Atlanta City Directory Cos Greater Atlanta (Fulton County, GA) City Directory. Atlanta City Directory Co., Publishers: Atlanta: 1940, 1421.
12Atlanta City Directory Cos Greater Atlanta (Fulton County, GA) City Directory. Atlanta City Directory Co., Publishers: Atlanta: 1941, 1506.
131940 U.S. Census (Population Schedule), Fulton County, Georgia (160-57th ED, Atlanta, Ward 1, Blocks 23-24, 814 Capital Avenue SE, Household 44, Lines
     58-59), p. 799B; recorded 6 April 1940. National Archives Microfilm T-627, Roll 726.
14National Archives and Records Administration. U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 [database online]. Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2005.
     Original data: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, 1938-1946 [Archival Database]; World War II Army Enlistment Records; Records of the National
     Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 64; National Archives at College Park, College Park, MD.
15Atlanta City Directory Cos Greater Atlanta (Fulton County, GA) City Directory. Atlanta City Directory Co., Publishers: Atlanta: 1944, 1025.
16Atlanta City Directory Cos Greater Atlanta (Fulton County, GA) City Directory. Atlanta City Directory Co., Publishers: Atlanta: 1947, 1298.
17Atlanta City Directory Cos Greater Atlanta (Fulton County, GA) City Directory. Atlanta City Directory Co., Publishers: Atlanta: 1948-49, 1534.
18Atlanta City Directory Cos Greater Atlanta (Fulton County, GA) City Directory. Atlanta City Directory Co., Publishers: Atlanta: 1951, 1576.
19Ancestry.com. Georgia Deaths, 1919-98. [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2001. Original data: State of Georgia. Indexes of Vital Records for Georgia:
     Deaths, 1919-98. Georgia: Georgia Health Department, Office of Vital Records, 1998: Name: Claude R. Waters; Death Date: 2 March 1979; County of Death:
     Fulton; Gender: Male; Race: White; Age: 71 years; County of Residence: Fulton; Certificate: 007335.
20Ancestry.com. Social Security Death Index [database on-line]. Provo, UT: Original data: Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master File.
     Social Security Administration: Name: Claude Waters; SSN: 257-24-4815; Last Residence: Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia 30306; Born: 6 February 1908; Last Benefit:
     Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia 30306; Died: March 1979; State (Year) SSN issued: Georgia (Before 1951).

Owner/SourceMary Bowman
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