Week 1 (Jan 1 – Jan 7, 2018) prompt is Start. So, I started researching my soon to be son-in-law’s family and began with his great grandfather.
Kenneth Malcom Cayton was born on June 18, 1909, in Tyrone, Oklahoma, to Bell Bailey, age 27, and Lawrence Melvin Cayton, age 29.5 That means that he was living in Oklahoma when it became the 47th state.
He lived in Baca, Colorado, in 1910. His family moved to Kansas where his brother Forrest Ward was born on September 21, 1913, when Kenneth Malcom was 4 years old. The family was still living in Liberal, Kansas, in 1915 but had moved to Lake Charles, Louisiana by 1920.
Kenneth’s Seaman’s Certificate of American Citizenship dated April 25, 1927 states that he was 21 or thereabouts but he was not quite 18. It indicates that he was 6′ 2″, with brown eyes and dark complexion. He had moles on the right jaw and right cheekbone and scars on his left jaw and left palm near thumb. In addition, this certificate has a photo and his signature.1
Kenneth married Lucy Mae Ferguson on September 11, 1929 in Lake Charles, Louisiana and a little over a year later their son Scotty was born.5
By 1940 Kenneth and Lucy were still residing in Lake Charles, Louisiana where he owned a furniture business, called the Enterprise Furniture Store. On March 4, 1952 he received a patent for his Cover Tensioning Device for Sofa Beds and the description says “The present invention relates to new and useful improvements in sofa-beds, or similar types of convertible furniture, and more particularly to tensioning means for holding the cushion covers for the seat and back stretched in a smooth condition when the device is converted to either a bed or sofa.”2 Then on November 8, 1955 he received another for “Lever operated cover tensioning means for sofa-beds.”3
By 1956 and still in Lake Charles, Louisiana Kenneth started in the cattle business. Then in 1962 he and his wife moved to Maxwell, Caldwell County, Texas where they purchased 150 acres on which to raise cattle. Later they sold the cattle ranch and moved to Lockhart, Texas.4
In last few months of 1969 as Kenneth was preparing for the realtor examination he became ill with brain sarcoma.5 After an 8 month illness Kenneth Malcom Cayton died on July 3, 1970, in Lockhart, Texas, when he was 61 years old.6 His wife Lucy continued the fight for cancer by starting the Lockhart Pink Ladies and being active with the American Cancer Society as noted in several newspaper articles in Lockhart.7
- Ancestry.com. U.S., Applications for Seaman’s Protection Certificates, 1916-1940 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
- Cayton, Kenneth M., and Robert C. Thompson. Cover Tensioning Device for Sofa Beds. Cayton Kenneth M, Thompson Robert C, assignee. Patent US2588058 A. 4 Mar. 1952.
- Cayton, Kenneth M., and Robert C. Thompson. Lever Operated Cover Tensioning Means for Sofa-beds. Cayton Kenneth M, Thompson Robert C, assignee. Patent US 2722691 A. 8 Nov. 1955.
- “Cayton’s Buy Jones Place at Maxwell”, Lockhart Post Register, Lockhart, Texas, November 22, 1962, 4.
- Ancestry.com. Texas, Death Certificates, 1903-1982 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.
- “Obituary,” Lockhart Post Register, Lockhart, Texas, July 9, 1970, 8.
- “Cancer Society Lends Equipment and support to cancer patients,” Lockhart Post Register, Lockhart, Texas, October 28, 1982.