The Fate of Thomas Kaylor

I’m sorry for the delay in updates…I haven’t had much to say up until recently!

Now, through my Ancestry.com account, I’ve made a huge breakthrough in several questions.

I decided to do a search on one of the passengers in Thomas Kaylor’s car. In the newspapers and court documents, he’s listed as James Hamilton. I put in his approximate birth date and death and instantly, a Jimmie B. Hamilton appeared. Imagine my surprise when one lone member tree included Hamilton’s name. I contacted the tree owner, Barbara, and she graciously agreed to answer my questions about Hamilton and Kaylor.

Jimmie Hamilton was her aunt’s young husband. His brother-in-law, Larry, was also in Kaylor’s car and managed to survive. The two worked in the oil business just like my grandfather. Kaylor and Jimmie were friends from high school, Barbara said, and they had been bar hopping the night of the accident. Driving along the hilly Avenal roads was difficult, especially since the three were intoxicated.

As we know, the accident took the lives of Jimmie, my grandparents and their infant daughter. Larry suffered severe head injuries and was near death. He managed to pull through after having two metal plates screwed into his head.

And Thomas Kaylor? After his divorce he decided to visit his children, who were living with their mother and her new boyfriend. Once there, a fight occurred between the three adults and Thomas was shot by his ex-wife’s boyfriend. This explains the short three-month gap between Kaylor’s divorce and death. He is buried in Lemoore Cemetery, California under a cemetery marker.

I haven’t found any information or news articles about this event but I’m searching. Barbara was in contact with Kaylor’s niece, who provided the information about his death. I’m hoping to contact her and find out more about her family. I want to thank Barbara and her aunt for providing me with answers. It’s so appreciated!

Questions:

  • Did Gerald work with Jimmie and Larry?
  • Who killed Thomas Kaylor?
  • Where are Thomas Kaylor’s children?
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My name is Courtney. I'm a copywriter in Philadelphia. I've recently started digging into my family history and trying to find out information about my grandparents. They were killed in 1965 by a drunk driver. This blog will chronicle the search to find out who they were, what they were like and what the world is missing out on now that they're gone.
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One Response to The Fate of Thomas Kaylor

  1. Debi Austen says:

    Oh my, what a wonderful breakthrough! I’m so happy you’ve been able to piece together some more information. Congratulations!

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