Thursday Tidbit – Pasquale’s Estate

Pasquale Giorgio’s name was sometimes spelled Georgia and sometimes Georgio. He worked for the B&O railroad in New Castle, had two wives, 12 children (5 who died as infants or children) and a lot of heartache in his life.

Today’s tidbit is the screen shot from my search for “Pasquale Georgia” in the New Castle News. After his death in 1960, it looks like his son Victor was the administrator of his estate. Pasquale Georgia.estatematters.1960 What doesn’t show up in this screen shot is a quiet title action that Victor George filed as the Administrator of his father’s estate. Beginning in the 1920 census, Pasquale was listed as owning his home at 109 Home Street. The house was the site of many parties and gatherings as indicated by various newspaper articles in the NCN. Apparently, by the time 1960 came around, someone other than Pasquale’s family, was claiming ownership of the home – or may have had a claim of ownership. This can occur for many different reasons, sometimes because of a technical error in how the deed was recorded or a neighbor’s fence or driveway that is too far over the property line, but in order for the estate to have clear title to sell the property, title issues had to be cleared up. From that article I learned that Pasquale’s deed to the property was dated 1919.

Now I have something new to investigate when we visit New Castle, PA this summer. I remember the people in the clerk’s office being very friendly and helpful and our time there on our last visit much too short. I’m looking forward to a return trip to where our Giorgio journey began.

Victor Americus George – Where’d He Go Wednesday?

VictorAGeorge.obit.1960.NCNIn genealogy you learn to research people by learning about their “FANs” which stands for friends, associates and neighbors. You also learn to search for details about a particular person’s life by the things you find in his obituary.

It also turns out that newspaper articles are a big boost to learning about your ancestors and the digitized version of the New Castle News is one of the best sources for information about the Giorgio boys who lived in New Castle and their descendants.

When Adriano left Dunbar in 1912, he may have spent some time in New Castle with his brothers before leaving the country for good. We know that his oldest son Nick George was living in New Castle by 1915 and probably sooner, because that was the year he married Mary Giampaolo.

This article is from the New Castle News – July 11, 1960 and even though I found it while searching “Nick George” it offers a lot of detail about his younger brother Victor. Victor died at the early age of 49 – another victim of the heart conditions that plagued so many of the men in the George family.

This article provides a wonderful summary of Victor’s many accomplishments. Another example of one of the George boys leading a very civic minded life. How sad that he died on the night he would have been installed as President of the Midland Rotary club.

It’s also interesting that he graduated from Midland High School. I do remember that in the 1930 census, Victor was living in Midland with his brother’s Fred and Joseph. He must have been helping in George’s Pharmacy before he had even finished high school – a pattern that Frank, the youngest son, also followed.

Of the original Giorgio boys who came from Italy: Ciro, Adriano, Pasquale and Romualdo, all of them, except for Ciro, had a son named Nick. Other popular names for their sons were Pasquale or Pat, Louis and Victor. Filomena – or the Americanized version – Phyllis, Josephine and Mary seemed to be the most popular girls’ names.

Another Cousin Found !

Jamie George from California has found the Giorgio family blog. His grandfather Victor, was the first son born to Pasquale Giorgio and his second wife, Filomena Ranieri. Jamie’s father was named Pasquale but went by Pat. When we first met Terry Colaluca, I remember her saying that 2011 was a bad year for her, because she was very close to her uncle Pat and he died just four months after her father died.

Most of the pictures and posts have been about the direct descendants of Adriano and Custode Iacobucci. My husband Rick is the grandson of their first son – Frederick William George who was born in Pennsylvania in 1899. I am so thankful for meeting so many of you and for you sharing the pictures you have of our family.

I would love to find someone who has pictures of Pasquale Giorgio, with either of his wives and their children. I’ll be spending a week in Pittsburgh this summer and I’ll have my portable scanner with me so if you’ve got any photos you are willing to share – please let me know.

You can read more about Pasquale in this post from last summer.

Friday Foto Feature – Custode’s Boys

Custode's Boys

Custode’s Boys

This is one of my favorite photos. Not surprisingly, there’s likely to be some uncertainty about exactly who is who in this picture. It would help to know when it was taken. My guess is around 1920 – 1925. Any ideas from family photo enthusiasts who might be reading this blog?

And true to what several female descendants of Custode have noted, the girls didn’t seem worthy of a photo. It seems she had a preference for boys including her sons and grandsons and according to Irene Veri, she tended to remember her granddaughters by which son they belonged to rather than their names.

Here’s what I’ve pieced together (from various sources) as the birth dates of Custode’s children, in order from oldest to youngest starting with Fred who was my husband’s grandfather.

  1. November 19, 1899 – Frederick William George
  2. December 18, 1901 – Luigino Anthony George – Gene (who later went by Gene L.A. George, which I think is a great way to honor his given name plus it sounds so Hollywood!)
  3. July 19, 1903 – Joseph Lloyd George
  4. June 3, 1905 – Philomena George – Custode’s first daughter
  5. November 21, 1906 – Lena (whose birth certificate lists her name as Angelina Ida George, her father as Andy Georgia and mother as Custode Yacobucci. Her marriage license application lists her name as Lena Agnes George.
  6. September 23, 1908 – Hubert Allen George
  7. December 13, 1909 – Lydia Lucia George (who died on September 17, 1916 of scarlet fever)
  8. April 1, 1911 – Victor A. George (does anyone know what the “A” stands for? In the 1920 census there was a child listed as Americus that was the right age to be Victor, but I’ve never heard whether or not that was his middle name.)
  9. 1912, probably late in the year – Francis George (I haven’t been able to find his birth date yet.)

Okay – if this doesn’t get folks talking I’m not sure what will! Whose who in today’s Foto Friday???

What’s in a Name – or a Census Report for that Matter

Several people have commented that of the four Giorgio boys, Adrian and Custode gave their children (sons at least) the most “Americanized” names – Fred, Gene (Luigino so perhaps the exception), Joseph, Hubert (unusual), Victor and Francis (or Frank.) Like many Italian immigrants, I suspect they wanted to minimize the discrimination their children might face based on their name.

If you click on the image below it should enlarge (I’m trying to use a new screen clipping tool). I captured the lines from the 1930 US Census for Midland in Beaver County PA, where Fred George was living with his brothers – Victor and Hubert. Their names were the first three in what appears to be a boarding house at 384 Midland Avenue. There were at least four other families there, including the owner of the house – a total of 20 people – with some living “upstairs” or “rear.” The house had boarders from strange and exotic places; Yugoslavia, Italy and even Arkansas, Mississippi and North Carolina!

But if you check the middle columns for our ancestor F W George and his brothers, it is reported that they were born in Pennsylvania (true) and that their father was born in England (not true) and their mother was born in Wales (also not true). Isn’t it ironic that we take such delight in exploring ethnic heritage when less than 100 years ago some of our ancestors were compelled to deny it!

1930 Census for Fred George and two of his brothers - taken in Midland, Beaver County, PA

1930 Census for Fred George and two of his brothers – taken in Midland, Beaver County, PA

We cannot assume from this bit of information that Fred was intentionally hiding his Italian background since we don’t know who was providing the information to the census taker. Perhaps the three George boys told the landlord that their background was English instead of Italian to avoid housing discrimination. Perhaps one of the other brothers (Hubert or Victor) provided the information.

I wonder if this was originally where Fred lived with his wife Evelyn when they first moved to Midland. In 1930 they were separated, she was in California with her sisters and the two boys she had with Fred but we don’t know when she left for California or when she returned to Pennsylvania.