Saturday, December 27, 2014

My Mother, Born One Hundred Years Ago Today

One hundred years ago today my mother was born in New Brunswick, Canada. Her parents, David Jewett Crabtree and Edith Rae Giberson Crabtree, had legally changed the family name from Crabb to Crabtree just four years before. She was the seventh of their thirteen children, and they named her Elva Myrtle.

Elva on the left, with some of her siblings

Over the next few months, I hope to tell some more about her life, but here are just a few of the facts that I know for now. She grew up on farms in Beaconsfield, New Brunswick and Easton, Maine. She attended Normal School to become a teacher and began her teaching career in rural schools in Maine and eventually retired from an elementary school in California. Education was very important to Elva and she took classes for as long as I can remember, eventually ending up with many, many credits beyond her Bachelor's degree.

Glamor shot (from the 1930s?)

Elva, looking lovely. I think that this photo might have been taken while she was dating my father.

Our family in Marinwood, California. L to R: Clair Harris Zarges (me), Elva Myrtle Crabtree Harris (my mother), Jean Lee Harris (my sister), and Daniel Lawrence Harris (my father).

She married Daniel Lawrence Harris, my father, in 1940. I was born in Maine in 1944, then we all moved to California in early 1945. My little sister was born in San Francisco in 1949.

Daddy died in 1972 and Mother died in 1998. That's the very barest outline of her life; there's much more to tell, of course.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Mallozzi Family at St. John's Catholic Cemetery

On every trip we made from New Hampshire to Stamford, Connecticut to visit with Bill's family, we almost always visited his mother's family graves in St. John's Catholic Cemetery in nearby Darien. 

The graves were all well looked after by the family and were decorated with flags, both cut and planted flowers, and always palm fronds at Easter. 

Vincenzo, the father of the family...

Vincenzo's wife, Alesandra

Detail from Alexandra's headstone

With the exception of the married daughters--Rose, Frances, and Delia--the children of Vincenzo and Alesandra are buried with their parents:

Filippina, also known as Pucci


Detail from Phil's headstone

Gennaro, also known as Gene

Mary, who lived to be 97

Amalio, also known as Mario...

and Mario's wife, Adeline

Vincenzo and Alesandra Poccia

Vincenzo married Alesandra Poccia [marriage date?] [marriage location?].

Vincenzo Mallozzi 
Born October 26, 1874 in Italy
Died November 13, 1951 in Stamford, Connecticut, U.S. 

Alesandra Poccia family group sheet
Born December 28, 1880 in Santa Maria, Italy
Died April 13, 1967 in Stamford, Connecticut, U.S. 

Rose Pelliccione
Born December 17, 1901 in Minturno, Italy
Died April 21, 1991 in Stamford, Connecticut, U.S. 

Maria Francesca Tucciarone
Born May 16, 1905 in Minturno, Italy
Died October 29, 1986 in Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.

Filippina Mallozzi
Born April 27, 1906 in Italy
Died August 28, 1998 in Stamford, Connecticut, U.S. 

Philip Mallozzi
Born September 30, 1907 in Minturno, Italy
Died June 18, 1950 in Stamford, Connecticut, U.S. 

Gennaro Mallozzi
Born May 8, 1911 in Minturno, Italy
Died April 28, 1974 in Stamford, Connecticut, U.S. 

Mary Maria Mallozzi
Born August 30, 1912 in Minturno, Italy
Died November 11, 2009 in Stamford, Connecticut, U.S. 

Amalio Mallozzi
Born March 4, 1920 in Minturno, Italy
Died April 23, 2005 in Stamford, Connecticut, U.S. 

Delia Zarges
Born 1922 in Pulcherini, Italy
Died August 18, 1966 in Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.

Coming soon: The graves of the married daughters (as soon as I get someone in Connecticut to take one more photo--probably not until spring when the snow is gone).