John Azari LACOTTS Clarence Elmer LACOTTS Bobby Wayne LACOTTS Joan LACOTTS Esther DOWNING Nora E MCKENZIE Mini tree diagram
Clarence Elmer LACOTTS

Clarence Elmer LACOTTS1,2,2,3,4,5,8,11,10,6,9,7

17th Feb 18911,2,3,4,5,6,7 - 5th Aug 19364,9

Life History

17th Feb 1891

Born in Arkansas County, Arkansas.1,2,3,4,5,6,7

27th Sep 1913

Married Esther DOWNING in DeWitt, Arkansas, Arkansas.2


Birth of son Clarence Elmer LACOTTS in DeWitt, Arkansas, Arkansas.2,4,12,5


Resident City Directory in Little Rock, Pulaski, Arkansas.8

10th Mar 1923

Birth of son Bobby Wayne LACOTTS in DeWitt, Arkansas, Arkansas.12,5,13,14,13,15,4


Resident City Directory in Little Rock, Pulaski, Arkansas.10


Resident City Directory in Little Rock, Pulaski, Arkansas

about 1932

Birth of daughter Joan LACOTTS in DeWitt, Arkansas, Arkansas

5th Aug 1936

Died in Pulaski County, Arkansas.4,9

after 5th Aug 1936

Buried in De Witt Cemetery, De Witt, Arkansas County, Arkansas.4


  • 1900 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 1 June, DeWitt,District 1, Page 2A, House #24, Family #26
    LaCotts, John Head W M Apr 1871 29 Married 4 yrs [marr abt 1896] ARDelaware SC [No Occup Stated]
    LaCotts, India Wife W F Aug 1875  24 Married 4 yrs 1 child/1 living ARTN AR
    LaCotts, Clarence Son W F May 1894 6 Single AR AR AR
    LaCotts, Cecil Son W M June 1896  3 Single AR AR AR

    Some sources have the surname as Lacott.  Three undocumentedgenealogies appear to be presenting information from family sources,with full names and dates.  Clarence's date of death is reported as 15Nov 1920.  In these trees the name is Lacotts.  It appears that way inClarence's marriage record also.  Note below also that he signed it asLaCotts in his WWI registration.  It is also spelled in the French wayLaCottes in his son's listing in the Little Rock City Directory in1923.  John's son Clarence signed his name as LaCotts.  This is how itappears on most records.

    Sometiems on these Index-only recors, the problem is in thetranscription. ignores all caps after the first letter,so, for instance all Irish and Scottish names show up with nocapitalization in their transcriptions; ex Mcswain instead of McSwain,the correct form.

    Age reports for Clarence and others in Arkansas County in this era areall over the place.  Note that in the 1900 census, his age wasreported as 6, with a birth date of 1894.  But in his marriage recordin 1913, he reported his age as 22, which would make birth in about1891.  This does match his reported birth date of 17 February 1891,reported in his WWI Draft registration.  One wonders how theenumerator got his age as 6 (then figured his birth date back to theyear 1894) when he was already 9 years old in 1900!

    In the 1910 census, Clarence and his young sister Ruth are living withtheir grandmother.

    1910 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 15 April, DeWitt,District 9, Page 4A, Hse/Fam #51
    Lacotts, Mrs Bettie Head F W 63 Widow 7 Children/4 Living MS VA AL NoOccup [b abt 1847]
    Travis, Ralph Grandson M W 5 Single AR KY AR Farmer Owns [b abt 1905]
    Travis, Johnie Dau F W 3 Single AR KY AR [b abt 1907]
    Travis, Elizabeth Granddau 1yr4mos F W  Single AR KY AR [b abt Nov1908]
    Lacotts, Clarence Grandson M W 19 Single AR AR AR Farmer Owns [b abt1891]
    Lacotts, Ruth V Granddau F W 9 Single AR AR AR [b abt 1901]

    In 1913, Clarence married Esther Downing.

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    Clarence E La Cotts
    Age 22, Birth Year abt 1891
    Residence DeWitt, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Spouse's Name Esther Downing
    Spouse's Age 18
    Spouse's Residence DeWitt, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Marriage 27 Sep 1913 Arkansas County
    Marriage License Date 27 Sep 1913

    U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
    Clarence Elmer LaCotts
    Residence Almyra, Arkansas County, Arkansas
    Birth Date 17 Feb 1891 Arkansas County, Arkansas
    Farmer, near Dewitt, Arkansas
    Has wife and child
    Tall, Slender Gray Eyes, Brown Hair
    Registered 5 June 1917 LaGrue Precinct, Arkansas County, Arkansas
    Signed Clarence Elmer LaCotts

    The 1920 census reported that their household included Esther'swidowed father and three brothers.

    1920 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 4 February, DeWitt,District 12, page 14A, North Union St, Hse #297, Fam #311
    LaCotts, Clarence E Head Rents F W 27 Married AR AR AR Cattle Buyer [babt 1892]
    LaCotts, Ester Wife F W 22 Married MO MO MO [b abt 1897]
    LaCotts, Clarence E Son M W 5 Single AR AR MO [b abt 1914]
    Downing, Matthew Father-in-law M W 67 Widow MO OH OH [b abt 1852]
    Downing, Binam F Brother-in-law M W 22 Single MO MO MO Well riglaborer [b abt 1897]
    Downing, Arch B Brother-in-law M W 39 Single MO MO MO Dray Laborer [babt 1880]
    Downing, Earl Brother-in-law  M W 26 Single MO MO MO Dray Laborer,Public Works [b abt 1893]

    They were reported in LIttle Rock's City Directory in 1923.

    U.S. City Directories, 1822-1989
    Little Rock, Arkansas, City Directory, 1923, p 296
    Lacottes Clarence E (Esther) emp Gunnels Riley Co h 999 Rock

    The were reported in the directories for 1926, 1929 and 1930.

    U.S. City Directories, 1822-1989
    Little Rock, Arkansas, City Directory, 1926, p 325
    Lacottes Clarence A [sic] (Esther) slsmn h 705 E 14th
    Lacottes Lucenia (wid John) h 705 E 14th

    In 1929, Esther is reported running a beauty parlor.  In 1926 and1929, the widow of a John LaCotts was also reported in Little Rock.Her name was Lucenia in the 1926 directory and Bettie in 1929.  Bettieis a common nickname for Elizabeth.  It seems likely her name wasLucenia Elizabeth.  The 1910 census clarifies the identity ofLucenia/Bettie, reporting that Clarence is her grandson.  This meansshe is John Azari LaCotts' mother, and his father's name was alsoJohn.  John Jr, Clarence's father, lived until 1942.

    U.S. City Directories, 1822-1989
    Little Rock, Arkansas, City Directory, 1929, p 321
    Lacottes Bettie (wid John) r 4223 W 3rd
    Lacottes Clarence E (Esther) slsmn h 400 Spruce
    Lacottes Esther Mrs Beauty Parlor 400 Spruce r ditto

    They were still in Little Rock for the 1930 census and city directory. Clarence was working with an electric company there.

    1930 Federal Census, Pulaski County, Arkansas, 15 April, L:ittle RockWard 5, District 60-26, page 9B, 2025 Lloyd Ct, Hse #191, Fam #206
    La Cotts, Clarence E Head Owns $9000 M W 37 First Married at age 21 ARAR AR salesman, Jiffy Elec Co [b abt 1893]
    La Cotts, Esther Wife F W 32 First Married at age 16 MO MO MO [b abt1898]
    La Cotts, Elmer Son M W 16 AR AR MO [b abt 1914]
    La Cotts, Bobby Son M W 7 AR AR MO [b abt May 1923]

    Clarence died in 1936.  In the 1940 census, Esther is the head ofhousehold, with their son Bobby in the home.  Their son Clarence Elmer(reported as Elmer) is living next door with his family.

    Arkansas Death Index, 1914-1950
    Clarence E Lacotts
    Death 5 Aug 1936 Pulaski County
    Roll #19341940, Page 2013

    Clarence E. LaCotts
    Birth Feb 17, 1891
    Death Aug 5, 1936
    John A. LaCotts (1868 - 1942)
    Nora E. LaCotts (1870 - 1892)
    Clarence E. LaCotts (1891 - 1936)
    Cecil A. LaCotts (1897 - 1920) Half-sibling
    Vivian Ruth LaCotts (1900 - 1987) Half-sibling
    Burial De Witt Cemetery, De Witt, Arkansas County, Arkansas
    Created by Jerry Grisham Jul 26, 2012
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #94210239,


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