Dimitreas Family of Kardamilli Greece

scan0042Sitting on this donkey is my great-grandmother, Anastasia Dimitreas Spileos b. 1893 in Kardamilli Greece – d. 1965 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.  Anastasia emigrated to the U.S.A. in 1913.  This photograph was taken during a trip to Greece to visit family, possibly 1955.  It is believed from the strong resemblance, that she is photographed here with her brother Panagioti, and a sister (Mary or Helen).  Anastasia’s husband Evangelos Spileos, b. 1881 Louka Tripoli Greece – d. 1946 in Boston, MA, USA,  is believed to be deceased at the time of this trip and not photographed.


I would love to find the names of these relatives and the location where the photographs were taken.


Old Auntie Burgess

Elizabeth M. Morrissey (b. Oct 1862 in Harbour Grace Newfoundland) with son Francis William Eldridge (b. 11 Feb 1889 – d. 21 May 1976) and “Old Auntie Burgess”.  Auntie Burgess is believed to be Ann Cavill.  Photo taken about 1890.  Elizabeth would be about 28.

Kotta and Kottas from Macedonia

Searching for ancestors and descendants of the Kottas / Kotta family.  The family sailed from the Port of Piraeus on board the S.S. Megali Hellas, and arrived in New York City, New York on April 22, 1920.  On the ship manifest are;

Ioannis Kottas, age 39 years

Viktoria Kotta, age 25 years (his wife)

Naoum Kottas, age 6 years (their child)

Soultana Kotta, age 18 years.  [listed as their child, but believed to be sister to Ioannis]

They list their nationality and race as Greek, their last permanent address as Florina, Greece, and their place of birth as Tyrnevan Servia.

All four are listed as able to read and write in Greek.  Ioannis’ occupation is listed as “shoemaker”, Naoum’s as “scholar”, and both Viktoria and Soultana are listed as “housewife”, even though the manifest makes clear that Soultana is unmarried.

The family states their destination is Ioannis’ brother, Periclis Kottas, 23 Wall Street Boston Mass.

On the same ship, on a differant page of the manifest are listed;

Stavros Kottas, age 33

Ourania Kottas, age 26 (his wife)

Stavros states that his brother Pantelis is still living in Salonica.  Their destination is his brother, Periclis Kottas, as listed above.  They list their place of birth as as Salonica Greece.

Also on board is the Kondyli / Kondylis family.  It is believed that Constantina Kondyli is Ioanni’s sister.

After settling in the US, the Kottas family name changes to Naoum, and the Kondyli family name changes to Condell.

On later applications for social security numbers, the family states their name, birth, names of parents and places of birth as follows;

Periclis Naowm, b. 1893, Monastir Serbia, to parents Kotas Naoum and Chrysanthe Anne

Soltana Kottas Butcaris, b. 1902, Turkey, to parents Naowm Kottas and Santa Anney

Peter Naoum, b. 1896, Monastir Macedonia Turkey, to Nahum N. Kotas and Santa Anni

Stavros Naoum, b. 1887, Monastir Turkey, to Nahum Kottas and Chrysanthy Anna

The mother and father to Ioannis, Stavros, Periclis, Peter and Sultana did not come to America.  According to living descendants of the Kottas line, the father’s name was Naum and the mother’s name was Santa.  Naoum was a widower with three daughters (Constance, Virginia and Blaga) when he met Santa.  Santa was also a widow and had one son (Pandu).  Another family name may have been Gegas.  Naum and Santa lived in Monastir, on the outskirts of what is today known as Bitoli Macedonia.  Naum was the caretaker of a Greek Orthodox Church.  According to descendants who visited the area back in the 1980s, the village had been destroyed during war and only the church still stood.

Schneider from Austria

Searching for the ancestors of Joseph Schneider born July 1857 in Austria, immigrated to the USA in 1881.  In 1881 Joseph married Johanna Morse, born June 1858.  The country of marriage is unknown.  The couple settled in Quincy Massachusetts (1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930 US Federal Census). 

The 1900 US Federal Census lists their children as Minnie (Jun 1882), Annie (Mar 1883), Emma (1884), Frank (1886), Joseph (1894), Bertha (1895), Rudolph (1897) and Albert (1899). 

The 1910 US Federal Census lists Joseph’s occupation as “granite cutter”.  The 1920 census states he was naturalized in 1891, that both of his parents were born in Austria, and that he spoke German.

Naturalization or marriage records may provide names of parents.  Immigration records would show what part of Austria they immigrated from.  Joseph’s name may be spelled differently on immigration forms?  Josef Schneider?

Jerry Robetoye (1846-1928)

Jerry Robetoye

Eldridge Family from Denmark

Searching for the ancestors of a Peter Eldridge, born March 1819 in Copenhagen Denmark, father’s name is John, mother’s name is unknown.  Date of immigration to the United States is unknown, but had to be before 1854.  Peter settled in Boston and worked in the shipping industry. 

The Link to Nurse Edith Cavell

Family legend holds that Nurse Edith Cavell was a second cousin of Frank Eldridge (1889-1976).  Frank was married to Sophia Ahearn (1889-1973) who was pregnant with their fourth child in 1915 when Edith died.  They decided that if they had a girl, they would name the baby Edith, but Sophia had a boy, so instead they named him Cavill.  Cavill in turn named his son Cavill, and the name was used in the family over several generations.

In order for Edith to be Frank’s second cousin, Edith would have to be the child of one of Frank’s great aunts, whose names I do not have.  Frank’s grandparents were Peter Eldridge (1819-1892) born in Denmark and Martha Cain (1836-1899) born in Ireland.  I would need to find their sisters to see if I could connect them to Edith’s mother, Louisa Sophia Warming (1835-1918).


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