20 Jul 1898-5 Sep 1924
Carlyle Duke is the much loved baby brother of Francis Duke. He is the youngest child in the Michael & Mary Duke family. Just two years separated him and his older brother Francis, who named his son David Carlyle Duke.
Carlyle was born and died in Corry, Erie County, Pennsylvania. He is buried in St Thomas Cemetery with his mother, Mary and his brother, Francis.
There are a few discrepancies in Carlyle's birthdate. I have not found any baptism record and the only other records are the U.S. Census, his WW I draft registration card, and his death certificate. I've been using the date of birth on his death certificate. His brother Francis is listed as the informant for that certificate.
Carlyle was probably born on the 20th of July in 1898 in Corry, Pennsylvania. He lived all of his 26 years there. He lived at several houses on Smith Street, until around 1907 when his Father died. At that point, he, his siblings, and his Mother moved in with his maternal Grandfather Patrick. (I believe Carlyle had Patrick as his middle name, but have yet to prove it.)
The 1900 census has the family living at 182 Smith Street in Corry, Pennsylvania. It lists his parents, Michael & Mary; 3 older brothers and an older sister. The census records state that his Father, Michael Francis Duke, was born in Wales. His Mother, Mary Shea, was born in Corry, Pennsylvania with her parents both being from Ireland.
In the 1910 census, his mother is listed as widowed and they are living at his Grandfather's house on West Smith Street. This was a busy place. It was home to:
Patrick Shea, 70 Grandfather, widowed
Honora Ryan, 74 Great-Aunt, widowed
Elzabeth Shea, 25 Aunt, single
Gabriel Shea, 23 Uncle, single
Mary Duke, 34 Mom, widowed
William Duke, 20 Brother, single
Florence Veronica Duke, 18 Sister, single
Charles Aloysius Duke, 16 Brother, single
Francis P Duke, 14 Brother, single
There were a few changes in the 1920 census.
Gabriel had moved out.
Honora passed away.
Charles Aloysius had married Sarah and they both lived there.
Francis had married Fern Williams and moved out.
We know from his draft registration in 1918 that Carlyle was employed by age 20. He lists Louis Bliss of Corry, PA as his employer. In 1920, he is a machinist at the Iron Works, and at the time of his death in 1924 he was a plumber for Barlow Hardware Company of Corry, PA.
Carlyle did serve in World War I. HIs application for a military headstone lists him as a Private in Company B for the Army.
Carlyle's death at the age of 26 years, 1 month, and 15 days was tragic. At 10:30 p.m. on Friday night his coupe was struck dead on by Engine 4349 at the Smith Street crossing of the Pennsylvania Railroad. By the 15th of the same month the Railroad company was found negligent by the coroner's jury. It was suggested that in the future the city of Corry have watchmen on duty for 24 hours a day.
A transcript of the Oil City Derrick Newspaper article can be found here on the accident.
Even though the railroad was found negligent in 1930 his mother, Mary, lost her suit against them.
-from the Oil City Derrick Newspaper,
Friday Morning, January 2, 1930