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.
  • S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com, Providence, Rhode Island, City Directory, 1934 (Ending April 1935) – Page 821 – Varone. Ancestry.com. U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Accessed 28 September 2021. https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/822174866:2469.
  • S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com, Providence, Rhode Island, City Directory, 1942 – Page 802. https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/920767072:2469?.
  • S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007, Ancestry.com, Lawrence Denis Halcro (1917-1998). No image – Accessed 11 September 2020. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/60901/records/47733239.
  • S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007, Ancestry.com, Florence Josephine Depasquale – Death Apr 1992 (No Image). Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
  • 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.

Ancestor Sketch – Rella May Sauve

Halcro/Sauve
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.Overview

Rella May Sauve was born on September 28, 1892, in Tilbury, Ontario, Canada, a child of Richard Sauve and Annie Brenneau. She had thirteen (nine known) siblings: Susan, Bertha, William, Joseph Dennis, Mary, Niana, Richard, Anna, and Minnie. When she was 23, she married Andrew James Halcro, son of William Francis Halcro and Harriet Park, on June 24, 1916, in Restigouche, New Brunswick, Canada (In a ceremony performed by Rev. E. P. Wallace of Campbellton). Andrew died in 1925. When she was 53, she married Harry Squires on February 11, 1946, in Pawtucket, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. She and Harry divorced on June 7, 1955. She died March 16, 1984, in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine (At age 91).

Halcro Project – Ancestor #5

List of Grandparents

    • Grandmother: Rella May Sauve (1892-1984)
    • 1st Great-grandfather: Richard Sauve (1849-___)

Name

Rella May Sauve has one of those names that seem to be different in every record I encountered.

  • Orella        1900 Census
  • Mary O.     1910 Census
  • Rella          1905 Rhode Island Census, 1921 Canada Census, 1930 Census,
    Marriage 1 (1916)
  • Rella M.    1940 Census, Death Index (1984)
  • Rella May Son Lawrence’s Draft Registration (1940), Naturalization (1961)
    [i]

Certainly, she was also known as Rella Mae. For example, her son, Robert J. Halcro, was the president of a business in Alaska named the Rella Mae Corp. Presumably named after his mother Rella Mae is also seen in several other documents.

Because I have not found an original birth record, I cannot be sure of her birth name, but I suspect it was Mary Orella Sauvé, which, over time, morphed into Rella May.


Events

Birth

The 1900 and the 1910 Censuses indicate that Rella’s mother, Annie Brennneau Sauve, had 14 children, 10 of whom were still living.  I have identified the names of 10 of her children. Rella was the youngest of the 10.  Rella was born on September 28 1892, in Tilbury, Ontario, Canada. Her ten known siblings include:

Name Birth
Anna c. 1874
Mary May 1876
Minnie c. 1878
Niana Jun 1880
Richard Oct 1882
Bertha Oct 1884
William Jun 1886
Susan May 1888
Joseph Dennis May 1891
Rella May 28  Sep 1892

Childhood

Rella’s life in Ontario was short-lived. In 1895 the family immigrated to the United States.

The 1900 Census finds six-year-old Orella (Rella) living with her parents and seven of her siblings at 716 Weeden Street, Pawtucket (Ward 4), Rhode Island. Her father is a mill laborer and five of her siblings are laborers; four were bleachers (including 13-year-old William), and one was a dyehand. Only she and her two youngest siblings are attending school and not working.

In 1905, Rhode Island conducted a state census. Rella was enumerated living at 195 Francis Ave, Pawtucket, RI, and was attending school.

The 1910 Census finds  Mary O. (Rella) still at home with her parents and her brother Joseph. She was not attending school, nor was she reported as working.

Marriage 1

Rella Married Andrew James Halcro on 26 June 1916 in Restigouche, New Brunswick, Canada. Rev. E. P. Wallace of Campbellton performed the ceremony. She and Andrew located to Montréal, where Andrew was from.

Together they had five children, namely:

Name Born
Lawrence A. 10 Aug 1917
Robert J. 10 Jul 1919
Horace J. 3 Dec 1920
Russel D 15 Dec 1921
Mary R. 26 Dec 1925

Andrew died 15 July 1925, while Rella was pregnant wiAndrew’s

After Andrew’s Death

The following year, on May 1st, 1926, Rella immigrated to the United States a second time.

The 1930 Census finds Rella living at 203 Francis Ave. in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, with her 77-year-old mother, her five kids, and a niece, Bernice Cote. Also living in the “household” is a “boarder.”

856 Weeden Built in 1920 – as seen today – courtesy of Google Maps.

In 1935, the widow Rella Halcro was living at 856 Weeden in Pawtucket, Providence County, Rhode Island.

The 1940 Census finds Rella living at 443 Columbus in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Columbus. All of her children are still at home.

Marriage 2

On 11 February 1946, Rella married Harry Squires in Pawtucket, Providence County, Rhode Island. They split and sometime in 1954 the two filed for divorce in Florida. The divorce became final on 7 June 1955.  Shortly after the divorce Rella relocated to Maine.

Naturalization

On 25 September 1961, Rella applied to become a US citizen. Mable B. Bouchard and Theresa A. Byram of South Portland were witnesses and swore they knew Rella since 1956.

A description of Rella said the 5’4” ear-old was 5’4”, 117 lbs., gray eyes, light brown hair with medium Complexion. She had a mole on the back of her neck and scars on the palm of each hand.

Rella May Squires took the Oath of Allegiance on 11 December 1961.

Death & Burial

Illustration Photo by “msimonds” via Find-a-Grave

Rella May Squires died on 16 March 1984 in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine. She was 91. She was buried at Scarborough Memorial Cemetery, Scarborough, Cumberland County, Maine. Her son, Horace A. Halcro, shares a marker with her.

Events by Location

Location Event(s)
Canada, New Brunswick, Restigouche Marriage (1916)
Canada, Ontario, Chatham-Kent, Tilbury Birth (1892)
Canada, Quebec, Longueuil, Jacques-Cartier 1921 Census
Maine, Cumberland, Portland Naturalization (1961), Death (1984)
Maine, Cumberland, Scarborough Residence (1984),Burial (1984)
Rhode Island, Providence, Pawtucket 1900, 1905, 1910, 1930, 1940 Censuses
Vermont, Orleans, Newport Immigration (1926)

Further Actions / Follow-up

  • Locate Richard and Annie Sauve (including Rella) in the 1911 Canadian Census.
  • Do a newspaper survey for Rella during her “Squires Years” (1946-1984)
  • Do a newspaper survey for Rella during her “Halcro Years” (1916-1946)
  • Do a newspaper survey for Rella during her “Sauve Years” (1892-1916)
  • Search for Rella in School records during her “Sauve Years.”

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Sources

  • 1900 Census, Various, Richard Scovee [Sauve] Head. Year: 1900; Census Place: Pawtucket Ward 4, Providence, Rhode Island; Page: 11; Enumeration District: 0159; FHL microfilm: 1241511, Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twel. https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/69435187:7602.
  • 1930 Census, Various, Annie Sauve, Head – Pawtucket, Providence “Rhode Island. “United Stat” s Census, 1930,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XMZB-B9P : accessed 20 February 2021), Annie Sauve, Pawtucket, Providence, Rhode Island, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 268, sheet 19B, line 66, family 470, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 2174; FHL microfilm 2,341,908. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XMZB-B9P.
  • 1940 Census, Various, Halcro, Rella – Pawtucket, Providence, Rhode Island. Year: 1940; Census Place: Pawtucket, Providence, Rhode Island; Roll: m-t0627-03768; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 4-200.
  • Acadia, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1757-1946 (Drouin Collection), Ancestry.com, Marriage – Andrew J Halcro & Rella Sauve – Page 84, #149. Ancestry.com. Acadia, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1757-1946 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2007.
  • Canada Census, 1921, Library & Archives of Canada, Andrew Halcro – Wife, Rala, & three children. Montreal West, Family 101, Page 10. https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1921/Pages/item.aspx?itemid=8230623.
  • Maine, U.S., Death Index, 1960-1997 (Augusta, Maine, State of Maine Department of Human Services), Ancestry.com, Death – Rella M Squires – 16 Mar 1984. Certificate: 8402606. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/6703/records/254937.
  • Maine, U.S., Federal Naturalization Records, 1787-1991 (Boston, Waltham, Massachusetts, National Archives), Ancestry.com, Rella May Squires – Certificate Number: 12519. National Archives at Boston; Waltham, Massachusetts; Record Group Title: Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685-2009; Record Group Number: RG 21; NAI Number: 6250662; NAI Title: Petitions and Records of Naturalization for Maine, 1945-1991; 1 Jan 1945-31 Dec 1991.
  • Minnesota, U.S., Death Index, 1908-2017 (St. Paul, Minnesota, Minnesota Department of Health), Ancestry.com, No Image – Mary Rella Irene Heil – 10 May 2012. Certificate Number: 2012-MN-014140.
  • Rhode Island State Census, 1905, Family Search, Rilla Sauve – Paw “ucket, Providence County. “Rhod” Island State Census, 1905”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MLJ VQN : 9 July 2019), Billa Sauve, 1905. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MLJR-VQN?from=lynx1UIV8&treeref=LYBX-SXK.
  • S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, City Directory, 1927 – Page 437 – Halcro.
  • S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, City Directory, 1935 – Page 301 – Halcro.
  • S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947 (NARA), Ancestry.com, Lawrence Andrew Halcro. The National Archives in St. Louis, Missouri; 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: 70.

Endnotes

[i] This is a key document regarding Rella’s name. In it she clearly signs her name as Rella May Squires. Both in her application and in her oath of allegiance.

Ancestor Sketch – Andrew James Halcro

Halcro Line

This is my first foray into researching a Canadian Ancestors. Although I’ve been very successful finding individuals in the US Census Records, I’ve not been as good at finding individuals in the Canadian Census Records. I clearly need to increase my skills researching Canadian Ancestors.

Halcro-Varone Project – Ancestor #4

List of Grandparents

  • Grandfather: Andrew James Halcro
  • 1st Great-grandfather: William Francis Halcro

Andrew James Halcro (1876-1925)

Birth

Andrew James Halcro1 was born on 31 Jul 1876 in Quebec, Canada as the third child of William Francis Halcro4 and Harriet Park3. He had three siblings, two older sisters, May5 and Harriet, and a younger brother George. It also appears that he had three younger half-siblings, Willie, Bessie, and Alice. I have more research to confirm these relationships. Andrew died on 15 Jul 19256 in Hudson Heights, Vaudreuil-Soulanges, Quebec, Canada. Hudson Heights is an off-island suburb of Montreal.

Mother’s Death – Between 1879 and 1881.

Andrew’s younger brother, George, was born circa 1879. Andrew’s father, Frank (William Francis), was a widower during the 1881 Census, so it appears that Andrew’s mother, Harriet (Park) Halcro, died between 1879 and 1881.

1881 Census

The 1881 Canadian Census found four-year-old Andrew living in Vaudreuil, Quebec, Canada with his father, a widower, and three siblings, Mary, Louisa, and George.  There are other Halcro families on the same page of the Census form.  Immediately before Andrew’s father are Elizabeth (a widow), Ada, and Kate Halcro (ages 68, 25, and 22). Also, on the same page are John H. Halcro and his apparent wife, Sophie and apparent son Isaac (ages 25, 23, and 5/12). Certainly, these households are likely related, but will take further research to determine the relationships to Andrew.

1891 Census

The 1891 Canadian Census finds 14-year-old Andrew living with his father, W. F. Halcro, his stepmother, Annie, his three full siblings, May, Hattie, and George, and his three step-siblings Willie, Bessie, and Alice. The family is living in Como Village, which was incorporated into the town of Hudson in 1969.

1901 & 1911 Censuses

I have been unable to find Andrew James Halcro in the 1901 or 1911 Census records. Actually, I’ve not been successful finding any Halcros in Quebec during either census. As such, I will try researching the 1891 neighbors, looking for grossly misspelled Halcro individuals.

1909-1917

Beginning in 1909, Andrew J. Halcro shows up in the logbooks of a notary having various real estate transactions. It appears that he bought and sold several properties. The notary records do not provide information regarding the properties; however, they do provide information to search for deeds. Doing property searches would be part of another follow-up action.

Children

I have not been successful in finding a marriage record for Andrew and Ralla, but Lawrence’s birth suggests that Andrew and Ralla married in 1916.[i]

Children of Andrew and Ralla Halcro

Child Birthdate Birthplace
Lawrence Andrew 20 Aug 1917 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Robert J. c. 1919 Canada
Horace J. 3 Dec 1920 Montreal, Canada
Russell D. 15 Dec 1921 Canada
Mary Rella (or Rella I.) 28 Dec 1925[ii] Canada

1921 Census

Andrew’s entry in the 1921 Census is one of the most frustrating entries I’ve ever encountered. What would have been a nice simple entry of Andrew, was overwritten with lots of incorrect data.

Name Original Entry Updated entries (wrong)
Andrew 45 year-old Head 55 year-old Head
Ralla 28 year-old Wife 28 year-old Son
Lawrence 3 year-old Son 23 year-old Daughter-in-law
Robert 2 year-old Son 2 year-old Son
Horace 1 year-old Son 1 year-old Son
19 Ballantyne, Montreal West today. (Image thanks to Google Maps.)

However, the good news is the 1921 Census clearly indicates that Andrew and his family lived at 19 Ballantyne, Montreal West. That house exists today.

He was working on his own account in Real Estate and indicated that his “Racial or Tribal Origan” was Scotch. He was Presbyterian, but his wife and children were Roman Catholic.

Death

Andrew died on 15 July 1925 in Hudson Heights (Now Hudson), Vaudreuil-Soulanges, Quebec, Canada.  He was buried in Saint James Anglican Church Cemetery, Hudson Heights. I was unable to find a memorial for Andrew James Halcro at Find-a-Grave, so I added a memorial for him and requested a photo.


Further Actions / Follow-up

  • Continue research using American Ancestors, My Heritage, Canadian Library & Archives, and Newspaper resources.
  • Research Elizabeth (a widow), Ada, and Kate Halcro (ages 68, 25, and 22) from the 1881 Census & determine if there is a relationship to Andrew.
  • Research John H. Halcro and his apparent wife, Sophie, and apparent son Isaac (ages 25, 23, and 5/12) from the 1881 Census and determine if there is a relationship to Andrew.
  • Do a Neighbor search for 1891 neighbors of Andrew in the 1901 Census.
  • Do a Neighbor search for 1901 neighbors of Andrew in the 1911 Census. In 1911, Andrew is known to live in the Montreal area and worked as real estate agent.
  • Research the marriage of Andrew and Ralla.
  • Confirm the birth date and place for all of Andrew’s children.
  • Follow-up with Find-a-Grave for Andrew James Halcro.
  • Research property records for Andrew James Halcro from 1909 through 1917.

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Sources

Canada Census, 1881

Canada Census, 1881, Library & Archives of Canada, Frank A Halcro – Vaudreuil, Vaudreuil, Quebec. Item Number: 5775195. Accessed 28 Aug 2020. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MVJH-9TV.

Canada Census, 1891

Canada Census, 1891, Library & Archives of Canada, W. F. Halcro. Accessed 28 Aug 2020. https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1891/Pages/item.aspx?itemid=4682139.

Canada Census, 1921

Canada Census, 1921, Library & Archives of Canada, Andrew Halcro – Wife, Rala, & three children. Montreal West, Family 101, Page 10. https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1921/Pages/item.aspx?itemid=8230623.

Portland Press Herald, Portland, Maine (online archive)

Obit – Lawrence A. Halcro, 81. Portland Press Herald (Maine) 14 October 1998, obit for LAWRENCE A. HALCRO WORKED IN CONSTRUCTION, GenealogyBank.com.  Accessed 27 August 2020).

Quebec, Canada, Notarial Records, 1637-1935

Quebec, Canada, Notarial Records, 1637-1935 (Montréal, Quebec, Canada, ), Ancestry.com, Andrew J Halcro – 1909-01-26 – Sale . Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec; Montréal, Quebec, Canada; Collection: Fonds Cour Supérieure. District judiciaire de Montréal. Cote CN601. Gre. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/61062/records/1206988137.

Quebec, Canada, Notarial Records, 1637-1935 (Montréal, Quebec, Canada, ), Ancestry.com, Andrew J Halcro – 1911-01-24 – Obligation . Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec; Montréal, Quebec, Canada; Collection: Fonds Cour Supérieure. District judiciaire de Montréal. Cote CN601. Gre. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/61062/records/6681802/.

Quebec, Canada, Notarial Records, 1637-1935 (Montréal, Quebec, Canada, ), Ancestry.com, Andrew J Halcro – 1911-03-28 – Acquittance. Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec; Montréal, Quebec, Canada; Collection: Fonds Cour Supérieure. District judiciaire de Montréal. Cote CN601. Gre. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/61062/records/6681966.

Quebec, Canada, Notarial Records, 1637-1935 (Montréal, Quebec, Canada, ), Ancestry.com, Andrew J Halcro – 1913-04-22 – Discharge . Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec; Montréal, Quebec, Canada; Collection: Fonds Cour Supérieure. District judiciaire de Montréal. Cote CN601. Greffes de notaires, 1648-1967.; District: Montréal; Title: Legault, Alphonse-Alexandre (1890-1916) – Accessed 28 Aug 2020. . https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=QuebecNotarial&indiv=try&h=6333725&indivrecord=1.


Endnotes

[i] Lawrence was born on 20 August 1917. Presuming that Frank and Harriet were married before Lawrence was conceived, Frank and Harriet were probably married before November 1916.

[ii] This date suggests that Mary Rella Halcro (possibly Rella I Halcro) was born about five months after Andrew’s death.

The Canadian Library & Archives

Tuesday Tips

I had the opportunity to do some genealogical research for a friend who knew virtually nothing about her grandfather, Andrew Halcro.  He died in 1925 at the age of 48 and was not talked about much by the family.  What made him of interest to me is that he was born, lived his entire life, and died in Quebec, Canada. I have very little experience with Canadian ancestors and thought researching him would be a great exercise for me to learn more about Canadian research.

First – Family Search

My first step in learning about an ancestor is to try to find the individual in Family Search. I quickly found my subject as ID: LYBX-5WS. Next, I go to Sources for the individual. In this case, I learned that someone had associated three sources with events in my subject’s life.

    1. 1881 Canada Census showing Andrew in the household of his father, Frank.
    2. 1891 Canada Census showing Andrew in 1891 Census but no image of the record.
    3. A 1998 obituary of one of Andrew’s sons indicating that Andrew was the son’s father.

Going from the most recent record back, I reviewed the 1998 obituary and then incorporated it into my research. The 1891 Canada Census was something of a conundrum. Why was there no image at FamilySearch?

Library & Archives of Canada

I was pretty sure I’d find it at Ancestry.Com, but that requires a World Explorer License. So, I did a Google search for: 1891 Canada Census.  I immediately saw an entry for the Library and Archives of Canada. I did a search for Andrew there and immediately found him. His entry was the only result.  There were links to download an image for the entry in either JPG or PDF format; I like that.

I then began to look at what else they have at the Library and Archives of Canada. All kinds of Census records from 1825 “Lower Canada” to a “1926 Prairie Provinces” Census.

As I wandered around the site a little bit, I learned they have Military Records, Passenger and Border Entry Lists (Immigration records), Birth, Marriage, & Death Records, Divorce records, and even some city directories online. What a great resource; not only does it have wonderful records, it is free. Anyway, it is a “Bright, Shiny Object” in my current project, so I took some notes to come back and data-mine the resource soon.

I searched the Family Search Records and was not successful in finding any new records relating to my Andrew. However, I noted there was another person with the same name living in the same town at the same time. I would need to be careful to differentiate between my Andrew (1876-1925) and this other Andrew (1811-1878) in any records I find.

Future Actions:

Datamine for the Halcro family in the Library & Archive of Canada.