Carlo Salvatore “Sam” Randazzo: The details of his life are sketchy at best. There are multiple name changes, constant family moves from state to state and much speculation as to why. Family lore has it that there are mafia ties and that an escape from this explains the name and residence changes though this can not be backed up. Throughout his life, Sam went by many names, first and last, making tracking him quite difficult, as can best be seen by the fact that in his forty years while living in America, he doesn’t show up on even one census record. Whether it is the name changes or his wish to avoid being documented on any official records, Sam has made it quite difficult to track down anything concrete about him and even what has been found must be looked at with speculation as any information was provided by him and not to be trusted as fact given his inclination for changing his information over his life time. The information presented here is the best that can be concluded given the information available. There are definite gaps and question as to accuracy but this is the best possible conclusion based on the evidence that exists. (more…)
Stephen G. Greenman was born approximately 1815 in New York. There isn’t much information available about him since he died so young. His parents names are unknown and there are no records of which Greenman family line he falls into. (more…)
Clark Curtis Greenman was born on November 2, 1845 in Rochester, New York. He was the second youngest of five children born to parents Stephen G. Greenman and Lucinda Curtis.
Clark’s father passed away when he was a very young and his mother never remarried. The family is first found in 1850, living in Waterford, Erie County, Pennsylvania. (more…)
May J. Greenman was born on September 4, 1874 in Keokuk, Iowa. She was the oldest of four children born to parents Clark Curtis Greenman and Anne Sophia Hyce.
David Davis was born in 1835 in Llandygwydd, Cardiganshire, Wales. His father’s name was Robert Davis.
In the 1851 Wales census, David is listed as a lodger living with a Jones family. He lists his occupation as a “hocker in a rice mill”. He is living in Llantarnam, Monmouthshire, Wales.
In 1860, David married Mary Ann Burdekin at Ashton Under Lynn, Lancaster, England.
They went on to have seven children together:
In the 1861 census, the family is living in Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, Wales. David lists his occupation as a rail straightener for the railroad.
On February 23, 1871, David arrived in New York. He traveled alone on the SS Cuba from Liverpool, England to Castle Garden, New York. He lists his occupation as a laborer. (The ship and voyage details are on page 1 and David’s listing is on page 2.)
His pregnant wife and four children followed him to Illinois less than six months later. They took the SS Cuba’s maiden voyage from Liverpool to Queenstown to New York. The ship left port on August 16, 1871 and arrived in New York on August 28, 1871. They must have gone straight to Illinois because their son David Henry was born in Illinois in 1871.
In 1880, the family is living at 3238 Jones Street, Chicago, Illinois. David lists his occupation as working on the rails.
On March 5, 1893, David passed away in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. His death certificate lists his occupation as a watchman at the time of his death. He was buried at Rose Hill Cemetery in Chicago.
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