Thursday, January 14, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - Lyle's Marine Muster Roll

It is Treasure Chest Thursday - time for show-and-tell of items found in private papers or online about your ancestral families.

My grandfather, Lyle L. Carringer (1891-1976) joined the United States Marines Corps Reserve on 7 May 1917, and served for two years on active Reserve duty and two years on inactive Reserve duty.

I found these Marines Muster Rolls online in the U.S. Marine Corps Muster Rolls, 1798-1940 collection on This one is dated May 1919, and it transfers Private Lyle L. Carringer from Active to Inactive duty:

The entry for Lyle says:

* Enlisted: 7 May 1917
* Remarks: 1-28: SD P.X. Clerk. 29 trans to inactive status as Pvt (Prov) MCR cl 4 district #16 Los Angeles Cal. Auth. MGC #66680-150EE , 2-12-19. [note: some of the letters are difficult to decipher]

Here is the entry for May 1921, which shows that Private Lyle L. Carringer enrollment in the Marine Corps Reserves has expired:

The entry for Lyle says:

* Enlisted: 7 May 17
* Remarks: 6 May 21: "Expiration of Enrollment" Character "Excellent"

There are 24 entries for Lyle L. Carringer in the U.S. Marine Corps Muster Rolls, 1798-1940 collection on They range from his enlistment to his transfer to inactive duty on a monthly basis until 1919, and then his expiration of enrollment in 1921. They are the only record I have of his service, which was spent as a salesman at the PX on the Marine base in Balboa Park in San Diego.

While these were not found in a physical "Treasure Chest," I thought that they were a "treasure" found during my family history research. They are important factors in the life of my grandfather, all 5 foot 6 and 123 pounds of him! One of my favorite ancestors, too!

Are there records for your ancestors lurking in (or other online sites) databases that shed some light on an event or time period in their lives?


Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

Neat! Muster Rolls are fun... and informative! Thanks for sharing these from your folks!

Keep these ancestor stories coming!

Bill ;-)
Author of "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories"

Sanjay Maharaj said...

Your ancsetor stories are great and a pleasure to read

rolling tool chest said...

Nice stories about your ancsetor.