James Charles Campbell

Events

Born: 22 December 1888 in Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland [1]
Married: 1912 in New York
Died: January 1942 in New York [2]

Family

Parents: James Campbell Campbell, Jane Davidson Christie
Siblings: Alex J. Campbell
Children: Jean Marguerite Campbell, Kenneth James Campbell, Frances Mary Campbell, Patricia Dorothy Campbell

Notes

James was born in Rathmines, a suburb to the south of Dublin.[1] At some point he moved to 25 Drumcondra Park, in Dublin, where he resided with his parents in 1911.[3] Later in 1911 he immigrated to America on his own.[4]

Within a year, James married Daisy Juchau. In 1917, when James registered for the World War I draft, the couple lived in Evanstan, Illinois.[5] By 1920, James and Daisy had moved to the city of Alameda in California, and they had two children, Jean and Kenneth.[6] They were back in Aurora Illinois by 1930 and had four children — Jean, Kenneth, Frances, and Patricia.[7]

At some point, James and Daisy divorced, and James died in 1942.

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Documents

  1. [1] Birth certificate, General Records Office, Dublin, Ireland
  2. [2] United States Social Security Death Index, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JTTX-TZC : accessed 27 July 2012), James Campbell, 1942.
  3. [3] 1911 census of Ireland, County of the City of Dublin, North Dublin, Drumcondra townland, St. George Parish, Drumcondra Park, FHL British Film 2104789
  4. [4] Manifest, S.S. Campania, 13 May 1911, stamped p. 1, line 10, James C. Campbell, age 22; New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1950, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com).
  5. [5]  World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Ancestry.com. Original data: United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls. Imaged from Family History Library microfilm.
  6. [6] 1920 US Census, California, Alameda County, Alameda, Precinct 33, Supervisor’s district 5, Enumeration district 17, sheet 3A, line 18, digital images, Ancestry.com
  7. [7] 1930 US Census, Illinois, Kane County, Aurora Township, Aurora City, Supervisor’s district 10, Enumeration district 45-1, sheet 10A, line 29, digital images, Ancestry.com

Kenneth James Campbell

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  • birth certificate
  • marriage certificate
  • death certificate

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Events

Born: 26 November 1915
Married: Marguerite Elizabeth Siegler, 5 May 1940 in Brooklyn, New York, New York
Died: 12 June 1992 in Issaquah, King, Washington

Family

Parents: James Charles Campbell, Daisy Juchau
Siblings: Jean Marguerite Campbell, Frances Mary Campbell, Patricia Dorothy Campbell
Children: James Campbell, Kathy Campbell, John Campbell, Pat Campbell

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Finding Alberta Peck’s father

One of my friends from grade school, Lori Verwiel Crupi, asked me to help her mom find some information on Alberta Peck, who is her great-grandmother. The family doesn’t know who Alberta’s father is, and would like to find a birth certificate or other record containing this information.

I started by finding any records on Alberta Peck and her mother, Carrie Peck, from FamilySearch and Ancestry. The census and marriage records I found confirm that Alberta was born about 1883 in Virginia. Carrie Peck lived in Monterey in Highland County, Virginia, in both 1870 and 1880, giving a strong likelihood that Alberta was born there. Carrie also married in Highland County then later moved to Bath County in 1910, providing a strong connection to Highland County and the western portion of Virginia.

I will be looking at the available birth records for Virginia to see if I can track her down …

 

Carrie Peck

Events

Born: 1861 in Virginia
Married: Philip Eagle, 14 September 1900 in Highland, Highland, Virginia  [1]
Died: 1938

Family

Parents: Abraham Peck, Susan

Notes

In 1870, Carrie is living in the Monterey District of Highland County, Virginia, with her mother, Susannah (42) and two other girls, Virginia (11) and Infant (1), who are likely her sisters. They are living with John H. Cobb (34), a farmer, and Emily Cobb (13), who is keeping house.[2] In 1880, Carrie is listed as Cary B Peck (19), still living with John H. Cobb (40) and Emily Cobb (22), now his wife, and their children, Mary, Frances, and John. Carrie is also living with her sisters Isabella (11) and Luella (1). Her mother is no longer with the family.[3] In 1910, Carrie is married to Philip Eagle, her first marriage and his second. They are living in the Williamsville District of Bath County, Virginia, with their daughter Elsie.[4] Note that Philip Eagle was a neighbor of the Cobb family in the 1880 census, where he is married to his first wife, Henrietta, and is living with their three children.[3]

Documents

  1. [1] Virginia, Marriages, 1785-1940, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XR96-DKX : accessed 26 July 2012), Carrie B. Peck, 1900.
  2. [2] 1870 US Census, Virginia, Highland County, Monterey District, page 25, line 19, digital images, Ancestry.com
  3. [3] 1880 US Census, Virginia, Highland County, Monterey District, Supervisor’s district 4, Enumeration district 48, page 11, line 26, digital images, Ancestry.com
  4. [4] 1910 US Census, Virginia, Bath County, Williamsville District, Supervisor’s district 4, Enumeration district 51, sheet 2B, line 77, Carrie Eagle, digital images, Ancestry.com

Alberta Peck

Events

Born: 1883 in Virginia
Married: Ilo P. Frakes, 18 November 1903 in Webster City, Hamilton, Iowa [1][2]
Died: 1939

Family

Parents: Carrie Peck, unknown father

Notes

Alberta married Ilo Patrick Frakes on 18 November 1903 in Webster City, Hamilton, Iowa.  On this record her name is listed as Etta Albertie Peck. It also lists her father as Philip Eagle and her mother as Carrie Peck. [1][2] The couple lived in Woolstock Township, Wright County, Iowa in 1905, 1910, 1915, 1920, 1925 and 1930 (where she is listed as widowed).[3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] Alberta is listed as 27 in the 1910 census and married 6 years, 32 in the 1915 census, 36 in the 1920 census, 41 in 1925, and 46 in 1930. This consistently matches her reported birth date of 1883. All the census sheets list her birth place and her parents’ birth places as Virginia. The 1915 Iowa census lists her religion as Presbyterian and says she has lived in Iowa for 12 years.

It is not clear who Alberta’s father is, since her maiden name is Peck, the same as her mother Carrie Peck. In addition, her mother married Philip Eagle on 14 September 1900 in Highland, Virginia, 17 years after Alberta was born. [9] She may have listed Philip as her father meaning her step-father on her marriage license.

Documents

  1. [1] Iowa, Marriages, 1809-1992, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XJCW-4MV : accessed 26 July 2012), Ilo Patrick Frakes, 1903.
  2. [2] “Iowa, Marriages, 1809-1992,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XJBP-FG5 : accessed 26 July 2012), Ilo Patrick Frakes, 1903.
  3. [3] 1905 Iowa census, Wright County, Woolstock Township, line 518, John Frakes, Ida A. Frakes, Ilo P. Frakes and Alberta Frakes, digital image, Ancestry.com.
  4. [4] 1910 US Census, Iowa, Wright County, Woolstock Township, Supervisor’s district 3, Enumeration district 199, sheet 1A, line 11, Ilo Frakes, Elbertie Frakes and Byron Frakes, digital images, Ancestry.com
  5. [5] 1915 Iowa census, Wright County, Woolstock Township, Mrs. Ilo Frakes, digital image, Ancestry.com.
  6. [6] 1920 US Census, Iowa, Wright County, Woolstock Township, Supervisor’s district 3, Enumeration district 216, sheet 4A, line 30, Ilo P. Frakes, Alberta Frakes, Byron Frakes and Donald Frakes, digital images, Ancestry.com
  7. [7] 1925 Iowa Census, Wright County, Woolstock Township, line 62, John Frakes, Ilo Frakes, Bertie P. Frakes, Byron Frakes and Donald Frakes, digital images, Ancestry.com
  8. [8] 1930 US Census, Iowa, Wright County, Woolstock Township, Supervisor’s district 6, Enumeration district 99-29, sheet 4A, line 2, John Frakes, Bertie Frakes, Donald Frakes and Anna Frakes, digital images, Ancestry.com
  9. [9] Virginia, Marriages, 1785-1940, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XR96-DKX : accessed 26 July 2012), Carrie B. Peck, 1900.

Carmelo Zappalà

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Events

Born: 6 October 1886 in Linguaglossa, Catania, Sicily, Italy [1]
Married: Lucia Grillo, 16 February 1908 in Sersale, Catanzaro, Italy [2]
Immigrated: America, 28 April 1910 in New York, New York [3]
Immigrated: America, 30 April 1914 in New York, New York [4]
Died: 16 March 1983 in Burbank, Los Angeles, California [5]
Buried: San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Los Angeles, California [6]

Family

Parents: Mariano Zappalà, Maria Nicotra
Siblings: Francesco Zappalà, Antonino Zappalà, Salvatore Zappalà, Anna Zappalà, Egidia Zappalà, Gaetana Maria Zappalà, Francesco Zapplà, Maria Catena Zappalà, Rosa Zappalà, Giuseppina Zappalà (step-sister), Giuseppina Maria Michelina Zappalà (step-sister)
Children: Maria Zappala, Cecilia Zappala, Mariano Zappala, Al Zappala, Tony Zappala

Notes

Carmelo was born in Linguaglossa, a town on the west slope of Mount Etna in the province of Catania. Linguaglossa is named after the “large tongue” of lava that spread from Mount Etna after the volcano erupted in 1169. Legend holds that the apparition of Saint Egidio blocked the lava from destroying the town; the main church in Linguaglossa is named in his honor and he is the town’s patron saint.

Carmelo’s mother, Maria Nicotra, died when he was 12. Shortly after this, he and his father moved to Sersale, in the province of Catanzaro, the southern portion of the Italian mainland. He married Lucia Grillo in 1908, and then sailed to America in 1910. He returned at some point and then immigrated to America in 1914. His wife and children did not join him until 10 years later. During this time, his wife Lucia raised their three children, Maria, Mariano, and Cecilia. While he was gone, Lucia’s sister died and Lucia cared for her children as well as her own. When it was time for Lucia and her children to meet Carmelo in Sersale, the parting was very sad, and the relatives who live there today still tell stories of this day.

While in America, Carmelo worked as a coal miner, which was similar to his work in Italy as a carbanaio. This involved cutting down trees and burning them in a hut or pit, turning them into charcoal, then selling the coal door-to-door. He later joined the army to serve during World War I. This enabled him to become a naturalized citizen, which also granted citizenship to his wife and children when they came to the country. Carmelo later worked as a brick layer, sold ice until refrigerators were invented, then became a watchman in a shipyard. A family story says that during his time as a brick layer, Carmelo helped to build the original Yankee Stadium.

Carmelo lived until he was 97, long enough to celebrate his 75th wedding anniversary.

Photos

Documents

  1. [1] Linguaglossa, Catania, Registri dello stato civile, 1886, number 315, Carmelo Zappalà, FHL Film 1803312.
  2. [2] Sersale, Catanzaro, Registri dello stato civile, 1908, number 8, Carmelo Zappalà and Lucia Grillo, FHL INTL Film
    1848886.
  3. [3] Manifest, S.S. San Giorgio, 29 April 1910, stamped p. 7, line 26, Carmelo Zappalà, age 24; New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1950, Ancestry.com.
  4. [4] Manifest, S.S. Baltic, 3 April 1914, stamped p. 7, line 9, Carmelo Zappalà, age 28; New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1950, Ancestry.com.
  5. [5] California, Death Index, 1940-1997, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VG1Z-XJJ : accessed 24 July 2012), Carmelo Zappala, 1983.
  6. [6] Daniel Zappala, personal knowledge, daniel.zappala@gmail.com

Mariano Salvatore Zappala

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  • birth certificate
  • marriage certificate

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Events

Born: 21 March 1913 in Sersale, Catanzaro, Italy [1] [2]
Immigrated: America, 11 January 1924 in New York, New York[3]
Married: Anna Sposato on 4 December 1938 in Mount Vernon, Westchester, New York
Died: 26 May 1993  in Palmdale, Los Angeles, California, United States [1][2]

Family

Parents: Carmelo Zappalà, Lucia Grillo
Siblings: Maria Zappala, Cecilia Zappala, Al Zappala, Tony Zappala
Children: living

Notes

Mariano was born in Sersale and lived there with his until he was 11, when he immigrated to America. Mariano’s father, Carmelo, left for America in 1910, returned for a short time, then left for good in 1914. During this time, his wife Lucia stayed in Sersale with her three children, Maria, Mariano, and Cecilia. While he was gone, Lucia’s sister died and Lucia cared for her children as well as her own. When it was time for Lucia and her children to meet Carmelo in Sersale, the parting was very sad, and the relatives who live there today still tell stories of this day.

Mariano married Anna Sposato in 1938, and they had five children, who are still living.

Photos

Documents

  1. [1] United States Social Security Death Index, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JR9X-63T : accessed 17 July 2012), Mariano S Zappala, 1993.
  2. [2] Los Angeles County, California, district no. 393, death certificate no. 9023215, Mariano Salvatore Zappala; Los Angeles County Dept of Public Health – Vital Records Office, Los Angeles. ]Los Angeles County, California, district no. 393, death certificate no. 9023215, Mariano Salvatore Zappala; Los Angeles County Dept of Public Health – Vital Records Office, Los Angeles.
  3. [3] Manifest, S.S. Conte Verde, 11 January 1924, stamped p. 30, line 28, Mariano Zappala, age 10; New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1950, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 20 November 2011).