Ancestor Sketch – James Vincenzo Varone (Sr.)

Halcro-Varone Project
By Don Taylor

James Vincenzo Varone was born on 03 April 1889 in Rome, Italy as the first child of Antonio Varone5 and Giuseppa (Galluccio) Varone. He had five siblings, namely: Eleen, Celia6, Rose6, John6, and Mary6. When he was 27, he married Beatrice M Hennessey on 23 October 1916 in Rhode Island. James married Albertina C (LNU) sometime before 19345.

List of Grands

  • Maternal Grandfather – James Vincenzo Varone (1889-c. 1960)
  • Great Grandfather – Antonio Varone (1863-1933)

James Vincenzo Varone (1899-c. 1960)

Vincenzo Florio – 1880
Photo courtesy Ancestry.Com

James was born 03 April 1889 in Rome, Italy, the oldest child of Antonio and Giuseppa (Galluccio) Varone. Sometime before 02 June 1899, the Varone family moved to Galluccio, Caserta, Campania, Italy, which is the last place the family lived before going to Naples, Napoli, Campania, Italy4 where he departed aboard the Vincenzo Florio. On 02 June 18994. He arrived in New York, New York, USA4 on 18 June 1899.

James grew up with five younger siblings, all born in the United States.

Children of Antonio “Tony” and Giuseppa (Galluccio)[?] Varone

Name Born
James Vincenzo Varone 3 Apr 1889, Rome, Italy
Eleen Varone c. 1902, Rhode Island
Celia Varone c. 1904, Rhode Island
Rose Varone c. 1907, Rhode Island
John Varone c. 1908, Rhode Island
Mary Varone c. 1910, Rhode Island

The family located to Providence, Rhode Island, and lived at 118 Sutton Street by 1912.. James was described as 5′ 8″, 130 lbs, black hair, brown eyes, on 02 April 1912.

James became a naturalized citizen, taking his oath of allegiance to the United States on 29 January 1916 in Providence (Certificate #640045).

First Marriage

James Vincenzo Varone married Beatrice M. Hennessey on 23 October 1916. Together they had six children.

Name Born Married Died
Albert Anthony 1916    
Florence Josephine 1919 FNU Depasquale 1992
Anthony Frederick 1921 Eileen Moilo 1991
Dorothy Beatrice 1923 Lawrence Halcro 2008
Mildred C. 1926 Archie DiNucci  
James V.
(Junior)
1930    

In 1917, James worked as a machinist and later worked as a glassworker at New England Glass, 110 West Exchange St. He was described as medium height, medium build, dark brown eyes, black hair3 when he registered for the draft.

In 1924 he was a jitney driver living at 227 Unit in Providence. He moved to 60 Seymour, Providence, in 1925 and moved again to 1233 Westminster Street.

The couple lived at 306 Carpenter from 1928 to 1930, 37½ Almy om 1921, and James appears to have lived at 14 Zone in 1932 without Beatrice. It seems that James and Beatrice divorced in 1932 or 1933.

Second Marriage

In 1933, James married Albertina C Germani[?], and they lived at 448 Pleasant Valley Parkway, Providence, Rhode Island. James was a salesman. Albertina may have had two children from a previous marriage, Vilma and Camille, who were living with James and Albertina during the 1940 Census. They were identified as James’ children using the Varone surname in that census; however, they do not appear in other records I have found.

1940 Census showing the James V Varone household including Vilma and Camille. 

He was employed as a Bus Driver at Valley Bus Line on 03 February 1936, in Providence, Rhode Island. He was the proprietor for the Bus Transportation Co. according to the 1940 census. He was educated to an 8th grade Education.

In 1942, Eddy M. Fisher of 6 Hay Street in Providence employed James. During his registration for the WWII draft, on 27 April 1942, he was described as 5’ 7½”, Brown eyes,  Black & Gray hair, dark complexion in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, USA2.

Death

I have been unable to find a death record for James Vincenzo Varone. He appears in the 1960 Providence City Directory, living at 165 Harold but doesn’t appear in the 1961 city directory. As such, I suspect he died about 1960.

Follow-up Research

  • Find Death information for James Vincenzo Varone.
  • Find vital records for James’ siblings; Eileen, Celia, Rose, John, and Mary.
  • Determine Death information for both of James’s wives.
  • Determine Death information for all of James and Beatrice’s children.
  • Determine if Vilma and Camille were step-children. If so, who was their father?
  • Look for school records for James, his siblings, and his children.

Sources:

  • 1925 Rhode Island Census, Ancestry.com, 1925 Census – James Varone – Enumerated 22 April 1925. Accessed 25 September 2021. https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=RICensus&indiv=try&h=2452863.
  • 1940 Census, Various, James V Varone – Rhode Island, Providence, Providence. Year: 1940; Census Place: Providence, Providence, Rhode Island; Roll: m-t0627-03775; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 6-72. Accessed 24 September 2021. https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/110539562:2442.
  • Find a Grave, Find a Grave, Dorothy B. Varone Halcro. Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/95788599/dorothy-b-halcro : accessed 23 September 2021), memorial page for Dorothy B. Varone Halcro (10 February 1923–18 November 2008), Find a Grave Memorial ID 95788599, citing Scarborough Memorial Cemetery, Scarborough, Cumberland County, Maine, USA ; Maintained by NoraK (contributor 46838659). https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/95788599/dorothy-b-halcro.
  • Obituary: Dorothy B. Halcro, 85., Portland Press Herald, Portland, Maine, images on-line at the Scarborough Historical Society.
  • Rhode Island, U.S., Marriage Index, 1851-1920, Ancestry.com, Vincenzo Varone – Beatrice M Hennessey – 23 October 1916. (No Image). Ancestry.com. Rhode Island, U.S., Marriage Index, 1851-1920 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/4263/records/211974/.
  • Rhode Island, U.S., State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1802-1945, Ancestry.com, James Varone – b. 03 April 1889. National Archives At Boston; Waltham, Massachusetts; ARC Title: Petitions and Records of Naturalization, 2/1842 – Ca. 1991; NAI Number: 3432872; Record Group Title: Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685-2009; Record Group Number: Rg 21. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/61208/records/245604.
  • Rhode Island, U.S., State Censuses, 1865-1935, Ancestry.com, 1915 – Providence Ward 9 – Tony Varone. Ancestry.com. Rhode Island, U.S., State Censuses, 1865-1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/4721/records/993783/.
  • Rhode Island, U.S., State Censuses, 1865-1935, Ancestry.com, 1935 – Providence – James Varone. Accessed 24 September 2021. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/4721/records/2434701.
  • Rhode Island, U.S., State Censuses, 1865-1935, Ancestry.com, 1935 – Providence – Florence Varone. Accessed 24 September 2021. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/4721/records/2434697.
  • Rhode Island, U.S., State Censuses, 1865-1935, Ancestry.com, 1935 – Providence – Anthony Varone. Accessed 24 September 2021. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/4721/records/2434688.
  • Rhode Island, U.S., State Censuses, 1865-1935, Ancestry.com, 1935 – Providence – Albert Varone. Accessed 24 September 2021. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/4721/records/2434686.
  • Rhode Island, U.S., State Censuses, 1865-1935, Ancestry.com, 1935 – Providence – James Varone (Jr.). Accessed 24 September 2021. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/4721/records/2434700.
  • Social Security Death Index, 1935-2012, Various, Dorothy B Halcro (No Image). “United States Social Security Death Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JTKQ-VMG : 12 January 2021), Dorothy B Halcro, 18 November 2008; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing). https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JTKQ-VMG.
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  • S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Ancestry.com, James Varone. Registration State: Rhode Island; Registration County: Providence. https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/10913814:6482.
  • S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947 (NARA), Ancestry.com, James Varone. The National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; World War II Draft Cards (Fourth Registration) for the State of Rhode Island; Record Group Title: Records of the Selective Service System; Record Group Number: 147; Series Number: M1964
  • S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947 (NARA), Ancestry.com, Albert Anthony Varone. National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; WWII Draft Registration Cards for Rhode Island, 10/16/1940-03/31/1947; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147; Box: 164. https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/284490257:2238.
  • S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947 (NARA), Ancestry.com, Anthony Frederick Varone. National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; WWII Draft Registration Cards for Rhode Island, 10/16/1940-03/31/1947; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147; Box: 164.

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