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.

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.


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.


  • 1925 Rhode Island Census,, 1925 Census – James Varone – Enumerated 22 April 1925. Accessed 25 September 2021.
  • 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.
  • Find a Grave, Find a Grave, Dorothy B. Varone Halcro. Find a Grave, database and images ( : 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).
  • 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,, Vincenzo Varone – Beatrice M Hennessey – 23 October 1916. (No Image). Rhode Island, U.S., Marriage Index, 1851-1920 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2000.
  • Rhode Island, U.S., State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1802-1945,, 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.
  • Rhode Island, U.S., State Censuses, 1865-1935,, 1915 – Providence Ward 9 – Tony Varone. Rhode Island, U.S., State Censuses, 1865-1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013.
  • Rhode Island, U.S., State Censuses, 1865-1935,, 1935 – Providence – James Varone. Accessed 24 September 2021.
  • Rhode Island, U.S., State Censuses, 1865-1935,, 1935 – Providence – Florence Varone. Accessed 24 September 2021.
  • Rhode Island, U.S., State Censuses, 1865-1935,, 1935 – Providence – Anthony Varone. Accessed 24 September 2021.
  • Rhode Island, U.S., State Censuses, 1865-1935,, 1935 – Providence – Albert Varone. Accessed 24 September 2021.
  • Rhode Island, U.S., State Censuses, 1865-1935,, 1935 – Providence – James Varone (Jr.). Accessed 24 September 2021.
  • Social Security Death Index, 1935-2012, Various, Dorothy B Halcro (No Image). “United States Social Security Death Index,” database, FamilySearch ( : 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).
  • S. City Directories, 1822-1995,, Providence, Rhode Island, City Directory, 1934 (Ending April 1935) – Page 821 – Varone. U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011. Accessed 28 September 2021.
  • S. City Directories, 1822-1995,, Providence, Rhode Island, City Directory, 1942 – Page 802.
  • S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007,, Lawrence Denis Halcro (1917-1998). No image – Accessed 11 September 2020.
  • S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007,, Florence Josephine Depasquale – Death Apr 1992 (No Image). U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015.
  • S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,, James Varone. Registration State: Rhode Island; Registration County: Providence.
  • S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947 (NARA),, 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),, 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.
  • S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947 (NARA),, 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.

Donna Darling Collection – Part 37

Treasure Chest Thursday
By Don Taylor

Fay’s Theater – Providence, Rhode Island

For this week’s Treasure Chest Thursday, I’m looking at a set of clippings from the Donna Darling Collection. First, we see she received top billing of “Great Acts of Vaudeville.” Her show, “Dona [sic] Montran and her Bathing Beauties” included “Eight beautiful California girls from the Golden Gate displaying the coming summer fashions at the beaches; a carload of scenery and a satchel full of costumes. 

My immediate questions were where and when. This was the first large ad I’ve seen for a theatre where Donna played that didn’t provide the name of the theater. The when was pretty easy. The bill includes the 1920 silent short, “Wedding Blues,” which IMDB indicates was released on November 28, 1920. Also, Donna began her “California Bathing Girls” show in July 1920 and it ran until May or June of 1921.

A second ad provides information about where. The ad says Donna Montran is coming Monday 8.  It isn’t clear what the 8 means, but, if it means date, then it fits that it would mean Monday,  November 8th. I’ve seen cases before where IMDB is wrong about the release date, so I’m not too concerned about the inconsistency.

Another clipping on the same page provides a bit more insight. It reads, in part, “The act held the stage at the Broadway Theatre, New York for ten consecutive weeks coming direct to Newport from Fay’s in Providence where it established a new record for attendance.

Key features:

  • The date is possibly 8 November, but more likely December 1920 or January 1921.
  • The venue is the Fay’s Theatre, Providence, RI
  • The show is the “Donna Montran and Her Bathing Beauties. “
  • Also, on bill
    • “Wedding Blues” with the Christie Follies Girls


I have searched all of the on-line newspaper sources I could to determine an exact date for her playing in either Providence or Newport –, Chronicling America (using Elephind), Genealogy Bank, Google News Archive, Newspaper Archives,, etc.  Search as I may, I was unsuccessful in finding an on-line source for newspapers from that time. The closest I found was the Google News Archive and it has a gap in coverage from Oct 8 thru Nov 15, 1920.


Nov 8-10 (Possibly later) – Fay’s Theatre, Providence, RI – Donna Montran and Her Bathing Beauties. 


According to the Library of Congress, “US Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present” the following Libraries hold the Providence Journal (Providence, R.I.) 1920 issues, typically in microfilm form.

  • Boston Pub Libr, Boston, MA
  • Brown Univ, Providence, RI
  • Library of Congress, Washington, DC
  • Rhode Island Hist Soc Libr, Providence, RI
  • Univ of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
  • Wisconsin Hist Soc, Newsp Proj, Madison, WI

I will try to visit the Boston Public Library the next time I am in Boston and see if I can find newspaper article or advertising that proves the dates she played at Fay’s Theater in Providence. Alternately, I’ll add this article to my (lengthly) list of tasks when I can visit Washington DC.


Donna Darling Collection – Scan0071.

MM06 – Elmer Stevens Mapes (1898-1974)

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 89

Elmer Stephens Mapes

1920 – Kanakadea

Elmer Stephens Mapes was born in New York on 24 Aug 1898. He was the third of four children born to James and Myrtle (Myrtie) E Mapes.

The 1900 Census finds little Elmer living with his parents and siblings and his paternal grandfather, Martin Mapes. Martin was 82 year, born in New York, a widower, and farmer who owned his farm without a mortgage. His father was also a farmer and his mother had four children, only three of whom were still living at the time.[i]
By 1905, Martin and family were living on North Church Street in Burns, Allegany County, New York. His father was a produce dealer.[ii]
The 1910 Census indicates the Mapes family still in Burns, but now on Mill Street. Elmer is attending school. The 1910 Census indicates that his mother had four children, all of whom were alive. [iii]This conflicts with the 1900 census, which indicated that one child of Myrtie, had died.
In 1915, the Mapes family is still in Burns, but now on Bennett Street. His father was postmaster and Elmer attended school. [iv]
Advertising Photo of the Alfred Cafe from the 1921 Kanakadea yearbook.
The Alfred Cafe – A sure Alfred College hangout.
Note: They have electric lights!
Advertisement in the 1921 Kanakadea – Via
In 1918, Elmer headed off to attend Alfred College, sixteen miles away, in Alfred, New York. Elmer enlisted in the Army and served two months in the Alfred training company[v][vi]. He was a member of many groups.
The 1920 Census indicates that he was living on West Main in Burns. His older sister, Rena, was a high school teacher.[vii] Elmer was continuing in college, where he was the Assistant Business Manager for “Fiat Lux,” the school yearbook. His future wife, Marion Roos was the editor-in-chief of the “Fiat Lux” that same year. It is my suspicion that they met there. In any event, Elmer and Marion married in 1923.[viii]
By 1930, Elmer had moved to Bristol, Rhode Island, where he was the superintendent of schools.[ix] He must have been really good as a superintendent because, in 1933, the governor appointed Superintendent Mapes to a select committee.[x] Elmer was involved in civic organizations including the Rotary.[xi]

In 1935, Elmer, Marion, and their two daughters lived in Bristol, at 997 Hope.[xii]  

Photo of the devastation on Hope Street, Bristol, Rhode Island from the 1938 Hurricane.
Hurricane of 1938 aftermath in Bristol, RI

Photo: Hope Street, abt 10 blocks from Mapes home. 

On 21 September 1938, a hurricane & tidal wave hit Bristol, RI. Elmer S. Mapes stated that the schools would resume Monday (Sept 26th) contingent on the water service being restored by that time. According to a newspaper article, “Mr. Mapes took a leading part in the rehabilitation work.”[xiii]
Between 1940 and 1942, the Mapes family moved to 16 Union, still in Bristol.[xiv]
Elmer S. Mapes
PhotoL 1946 Reflector (Weymouth HS)
About 1946, Mr. Mapes took a position as the superintendent of schools in Weymouth, Massachusetts. The school dedicated their yearbook to him that year.
Elmer S. Mapes showed his continuing leadership when he was elected as 2nd Vice President for the Massachusetts School Superintendents Association in 1958.[xv] In 1963, he was a panelist at a P-TA conference[xvi] and in 1965, tentatively supported school busing to correct racial imbalances in education.[xvii]
Elmer Mapes died on 17 Nov 1974 in Weymouth, Mass. [xviii]

[i] 1900 U.S. Census,, Year: 1900; Census Place: Burns, Allegany, New York; Roll: T623_1008; Page: 12A; Enumeration District: 11; FHL microfilm: 1241008.
[ii] New York, State Census, 1905, “New York, State Census, 1905,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 28 Aug 2012), Elmer Mapes, Burns, Canaseraga Village, E.D. 01, Allegany, New York.
[iii] 1910 United States Federal Census,, Year: 1910; Census Place: Burns, Allegany, New York; Roll: T624_923; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0018; Image: 916; FHL microfilm: 1374936.
[iv] New York, State Census, 1915,
[v] New York, Abstracts of World War I Military Service, 1917-1919,, Elmer S Mapes.
[vi] U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010,, Elmer Mapes.
[vii] 1920 United States Federal Census,, Year: 1920; Census Place: Burns, Allegany, New York; Roll: T625_1084; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 19; Image: 864.
[viii] U.S., School Yearbooks, 1880-2012,, Alfred University – 1920 – Kanakadea, Page 74.
[ix] 1930 United States Federal Census,, 1930; Census Place: Bristol, Bristol, Rhode Island; Roll: 2168; Page: 17A; Enumeration District: 4; Image: 144.0; FHL microfilm: 2341902.
[x] 1933-11-17 – Newport Mercury – Page 6 – ]Governor Names Unemployed Teachers’ Fund Group (Elmer Mapes)., Newport Mercury, Newport, Rhode Island (
[xi] 1935-09-27 – Page 5 – Rotarians Swarm to District Convention (E.S. Mapes)., Newport Mercury, Newport, Rhode Island (
[xii] Rhode Island, State Census, 1935, Family Search, Elmer S Mapes, Bristol, Rhode Island, United States; State Archives, Providence; FHL microfilm 1,753,866. (Accessed 1 September 2015),.
[xiii] Richard V. Simpson, “The Great Hurricane and Tidal Wave of 1938:   Scenes of the Disaster in Rhode Island’s East Bay”.  Roger Williams University. (Year 2012); online archives, Roger Williams University (, Chapter 1, The Tidal Surge and its Aftermath as Reported by The Scribe | Paragraph:  Schools May Open.
[xiv] U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 (Beta),
[xv] 1958-04-23 – Page 12 – Malden Man to Head School Superintendents. ., The North Adams Transcript, North Adams, Massachusetts (
[xvi] 1963-01-30 – Fitchburg Sentinel · Page 15 – State P-TA Conference Attended (Elmer S Mapes)., Fitchburg Sentinel, Fitchburg, Massachusetts (
[xvii] 1965-04-16 – Bennington Banner – Page 2 – Racial Imbalance Report Draws Fire, High Praise (Elmer SMapes)., Bennington Banner, Bennington, Vermont (
[xviii] Massachusetts Death Index, 1970-2003,
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