One of our family tree mysteries; this photograph, found with my maternal grandmother’s (Lauretta Eldridge) belongings. No names on the back of the photograph, but someone wrote across the top; “The Pride of Islington”. Could be relatives from Lauretta’s Eldridge, Morrissey or Cavill heritage? I would love to discover who they are!
Here is another image, possibly featuring three of the same individuals and looks to be taken around the same time. This one is dated October 7, 1917. Could this be my grandmother Lauretta (she would have been 8 in 1917, and this child looks to be about 8). Perhaps in the above photograph, she is seated on her grandmother’s lap? Her grandmother, Elizabeth (Morrissey) Eldridge would have been 55 years old in 1917. For the longest time I thought Islington referred to England, but I have recently learned that Elizabeth’s daughter Mildred lived in Westwood, MA, and there is a neighborhood in Westwood called Islington! This could be a photograph of Elizabeth with her daughter Mildred Frances (Eldridge) Prescott b. 4 Oct 1899 (Standing with the hat on) and some of Elizabeth’s grand-daughters.
Sitting 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.
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 (Sister to Sophia Cavill, who was Elizabeth’s mother). Photo taken about 1890. Elizabeth would be about 28.
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.
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?
This is a photograph of Jerry Robetyoye who was born March 15, 1846 in Canada. He married a woman named Lovina Secor (Or possibly Decor or Secov – Her name was obtained from their son’s birth certificate and is not very legible). She was also born in Canada. Jerry and Lovina had a son Louis L. Robitaille, born February 12, 1902 in Massachusetts.
On Civil War Pension Form and in New Bedford Massachusetts City Directories; Jerry’s last name is spelled “Robetoye”. The 1920 US Census lists him as a widower, living with his son Louis. It says that he speaks French and was naturalized in 1896.
Jerry died January 30, 1928 and is buried at Rural Cemetery in New Bedford, MA.