I would find a tidbit about each family group about once every five or ten years; learn a little more and that would be it. Currently, I have eleven possibilities for the spelling of the maiden name of my husband's paternal grandmother, Cecelia. I have settled on Klimasansluski, because her original Social Security application is the only document I have in her own handwriting. Cecelia had as many as thirteen children, including more than one set of twins, according to my oldest sister-in-law. I have been able to find nine to date.
According to the documents I've found, all three of the oldest of Cecelia's sons -- John Joseph, Francis Adam, and Joseph Dagutis -- were born in 1904!
John Joseph's Social Security Applications and Claims Index record, indicated he was born on 27 July 1904 and spelled his surname as Degutis, which is the more common spelling.
|Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 for John|
Joseph Degutis; courtesy Ancestry.com
Francis "Frank" Adam Dagutis was born on 1 August 1904.
|Frank Dagutis' original application for a Social Security account; personal|
And Joseph Dagutis was born on 3 October 1904.
|The application for a headstone completed by Ceceilia Dagutis for her|
son, Joseph; courtesy of Ancestry.com
It is clear none or some of these records are correct. My thinking at this time is that Frank must have known his own birthday and his birth date is most likely correct. My assumption is Cecelia misremembered Joseph's birth date forty-three years later or got confused during a time of grief. I am also discounting John's birth date as family lore says he ran into a bit of legal trouble when working in a drug store and disappeared for several years. If that is true, changing one's date of birth would be within the realm of possibility. Recently, I discovered an article in the 1925 Daily News that would indicate family lore about an illegal abortion was true.
|Mount Carmel Daily News, 21 Feb 1925; courtesy of|
According to the 1920 census, 18-year-old John Dagutis worked as a clerk in a drug store. He married Mary Bernadetta (or Bridget) O'Donnell on 21 June 1925. I believe the Peter O'Donnell mentioned in the article is her brother.
After this article, I have not been able to find another record for John Joseph Degutis until his death in 1998.
What do you think about all these 1904 births?
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