Papagiannakos or Pappas Demetrios Panagiotis

Male 1875 - 1948  (72 years)


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  • Name Papagiannakos or Pappas Demetrios Panagiotis 
    Born 15 Apr 1875  Agios Ioannis - St. Johns, Sparta, Laconia, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • Mitroon Arrenon
      Eparhias Lakedaimonos; Nomos Lakonias, Village: Agios Ioannis
      Copy in Greek Archive file
      Year: 1875; Line: 10; Papagiannakos, Dimitrios; father: Panagiotis; born 1875 in Agios Ioannis; death recorded; removed from record November 9, 1982
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 28 Nov 1913  New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Passenger Ship Record:
      S.S. Ioannina, sailing from Piraeus on Oct 30, 1913; arrival in New York on Nov. 28, 1913.
      Line 22:
      Papagianacos, Dimitrios, age 38, male, married, occupation: workman, can read and write Greek; Greek race and nationality; Last permanent residence: Greece, Agios Ioannis; nearest relative in country from whence alien came: his father, Panagiotis, Agios Ioannis, Greece; going to New York. NON-IMMIGRANT ALIEN, paid for ticket himself; last time in US - 1899-1912 in New York; going to: his wife, Athanasia Papagianacou, 254 W. 14 St, New York; 5'4", white complexion, brown hair and eyes, born in Agios Ioannis, Greece.

      (Also traveling with him was Ioannis Lericos).
      Source: Ellis Island.com
    Died 17 Feb 1948  Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried 21 Feb 1948  Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Maspeth, Queens, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Death Recorded 11 Nov 1982  Agios Ioannis - St. Johns, Sparta, Laconia, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • This is the date that his death was recorded on the Mitroon Arrenon; it is not his death date.
    FS ID KGC3-KP6 
    _FSFTID KGC3-KP6 
    _UID 1828266007CB471B9B52FCA808A8360D7E69 
    _WEBTAG
    • Line 22
    Notes 
    • Birth and death information came from son, Nicholas J. Pappas. He believes Dimitrios and Athanasia were married in Holy Trinity Church in New York City. He remembers his father saying he was a friend of Father Konskonli, who was the priest there for a long time. (Source : letter dated Jan. 5, 1996, in possession of Carol Petranek).

      Tombstone: Buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Lot 6764, Section X, Grave 2: Demetrios, Vasiliki, Athanasia, Arthur J. & James A.

      Ellis Island Ship Manifests:
      1. DIMITRIOS PAPAGIANACOS; SS Ioannina, sailed from Piraeus; arrived Ellis Island on Oct. 30, 1913; age: 38 (born 1875); closest relative his father Panagiotis from Agios Ioannis Greece; was in US before 1899-1912 in New York; going to his wife, Athanasia Papagianacou at 254 W 14th Street, NY, stamped “non-immigrant.”

      Nicholas J. Pappas Personal History, January 1999:
      "My father's parents, Peter Papagianakos (Pappas) and Katherine Eliopoulos, were very poor. My father, who I believe was the oldest, agreed to emigrate to the United States in 1895 in order to work and send money to his parents."

      Nicholas J. Pappas Personal History, January 1999, (in possession of Carol Kostakos Petranek) states: "My father was not a big man; he probably stood around 5 ft. 5 in., and weighed around 150 pounds. He was strong and healthy even though he has a mild rupture which he told me was a result of moving 150 pound barrels of olives while he was in his early teens. His first job in New York was working in a small restaurant owned by a cousin of his. After about 3 months he decided the only way he was going to make enough money for himself and his family in Greece was to strike out on his own. This display of courage, with a minimum knowledge of English, is one of the marvels of the Greek immigrant, and especially this one. During this time, New York City was enjoying the vast availability of oysters from Long Island, so my father purchased a wheelbarrow, a bushel of oysters and a block of ice and sold oysters on the half shell at various street locations in lower Manhattan. I don't know how long he did this, but my guess is that he gave it up when winter hit Manhattan. Since he had to get indoors, he rented one half of a storefront and continued selling oysters on the half shell. When I was old enough to work with him, he could still open at least 6 oysters to my one. My father went from selling oysters from a wheelbarrow to outright owner or partner in a number of restaurants, ending with Pappas Restaurant on 3rd Avenue between 14th and 15th Street. This Pappas Restaurant could seat over 200 people and offered a full menu from appetizers to desserts. They also served beer, wine and cocktails. [Nick gives an example of prices in 1942]

      "My parents were married in 1909. Someone, I believe it might have been my mother's brother, Paul Morfogen, followed the Greek custom of arranging the marriage. If there was a dowry, it would have been small because they were still struggling immigrants. Prior to her marriage my mother worked in a rabbit fur factory. She told me the smell alone could make you sick. My mother was the oldest child of the four children born to George Peter Morfogenis and Vaseliki (Vivian) Alatsas Morfogenis. My mother, my uncles Nick, Paul and Sam, all emigrated here and died here. After the death of my grandmother, my grandfather married Helen Sakas and had an additional 8 children." [Nick's personal history goes into detail about various family members.]

      "I'm not sure of the moment that my father made a very tough choice. All I know is what I've read about this period and the little he ever told me. When the Balkan War of 1912-1914 or 15 broke out between Greece and Turkey, the Greek government issued a call to all Greek citizens, including those who emigrated to the USA, telling them that if they did not return to Greece to fight the Turks, they would lose their citizenship. Now you must remember the original intent of the emigres was to "make enough money to go back to Greece and live the life of the rich," which, therefore, also meant they had not given up their Greek citizenship. My father, along with an estimated 40,000 others, returned to Greece to fight. The tough choice was that at this point he had a family and a business. My father thought he had taken care of all the possible problems by appointing a cousin of his to run the restaurant he had on 14th St. and 8th Avenue. This cousin was also to see to it that my mother received whatever financial assistance needed. The cousin turned out to be a rogue, not only did he do a lousy job at the restaurant, he tried to make improper advances on my mother. Fortunately the war was won quickly and my father came back and threw this cousin out of the business and out of any family contact. At this point my father realized that he should become an American citizen, which he did."

      "My father loved telling me he was the champ "slap" card game player in the USA because on the boat coming here one man beat him but that man never arrived at Ellis Island He was a very quiet man but obviously had a sense of humor."

      "My father had a nickname, Kapicki."
      [End of Nicholas J. Pappas story of his father.]



      Jimmy owned a restaurant on 14th Street. In 1914, Christos Papagianakos' Ellis Island manifest says he was going to his Aunt Athanasia (and Uncle Jimmy's) at 254 W. 14th Street, New York City.

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      Southern District of New York - Naturalization Results. Pappas, James. Age 53, Petition #140030; Date of Certificate: 4/8/1929; Approx Yr of Birth: 1876; Soundex P120. (www.italiangen.org)

      Declaration of Intention #192452
      James Pappas
      Age: 50 years
      Occupation: Restauranteur
      Color: white; complexion: fair; height: 5'6"; weight: 160 lbs; hair: brown; eyes: light brown
      Born: St. Johns, Sparta, Greece on April 15, 1875
      Reside at 179 Third Avenue, New York City, New York
      Emigrated from Piraeus, Greece on the vessel Pennsylvania
      Last foreign residence: St. John, Sparta, Greece
      Married to Athanasia; she was born in Sparta, Greece; now resides at 179 Third Avenue, NYC
      I arrived at the Port of New York in April 1899
      Signed and sworn January 11, 1926
      Witnesses: George Balfour, NY;
      Paul Morfogen, restaurant, 1065 Moodycrest or Woodycrest Ave, Bronx, NY


      Petition for Naturalization
      (Petition #140030 - not on this document; found it on an index)
      James Pappas
      Residence: 175-3d Ave City
      Occupation: Restaurant
      Born: April 15, 1875 in Agion Joanin, Greece [Agios Ioannis]
      Emigrated to US from Piraeus Greece on or about Mar 30, 1899
      Arrived in New York on April 10, 1899 on the vessel Pennsylvania
      Declared Intention to become citizen on Jan 11, 1926 in the District Coourt of U.S. S.D.N.Y. [Southern District of New York]
      Married to Athanasia, born in 1899 in Anabrila Greece [Anavriti Greece], she now resides with me
      Children: 5:
      Pete, born June 29 1910, New York City, resides with me
      Cathrine, born Nov 26, 1911 New York, resides with me
      Arthur Pappas, born Nov 12, 1917 New York, resides with me
      Basilike, born Jan 10, 1919 New York, resides with me
      Nicholas, born Oct 9, 1921 New York, resides with me
      Have resided continuously in US since April 10, 1899.
      Declaration of Intention No. 192452 and Certificate of Arrival filed this 13th day of Aug 1928
      Witnesses: George Balfour, occupation: butter and eggs, residing at 225 W. 20th St., NY
      Paul Morfogen, occupation: restaurant, residing at 1065 Moodycrest or Woodycrest Ave, Bronx
      Signed and sealed August 13, 1928.

      Oath of Allegiance
      Signed April 8, 1929
      ____
      Research at National Archives, New York City, May 2007 by Carol & Gary Petranek
      Digital photos #DSC01014, DSC10105, DSC01016
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      Mitroon Arrenon - Nomos Lakonias
      Received April 2006 from General Archives of Greece, 174 Vrasidou, Sparta 23100
      Line 6: Papagiannakos, Dimitrios
      Born 1897 in Agios Ioannis
      Father: Nikolaos
      Death recorded: Nov. 9, 1982

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      Obituary: New York Times: February 19, 1948, pg. 23.
      Pappas, James P., Feb. 17, beloved husband of Athanasia, father of Peter, Arthur, Wilhemenia, Nicholas and Catherine Salatas. Reposing at Constantinides Funeral Home, 186 South Oxford Street, Brookly. Funeral Saturday, services at Three Hierarchs Church, 1724 Avenue P, Brooklyn, 1:30 p.m.
    Person ID I103  Kostakos
    Last Modified 16 Nov 2014 

    Father Papagiannakos Panagiotis Nikolaos,   b. 1841, Agios Ioannis - St. Johns, Sparta, Laconia, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Deceased, Agios Ioannis - St. Johns, Sparta, Laconia, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Eliopoulou Aikaterini,   b. Abt 1847, Sikaraki, Sparta, Laconia, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Deceased, Agios Ioannis - St. Johns, Sparta, Laconia, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 22 Dec 1867  Agios Ioannis - St. Johns, Sparta, Laconia, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Address:
    Agios Dimitrios Church 
    • In July 2014, Carol Petranek and Gregory Kontos went to the Mitropolis of Sparta and photocopied the following entry from the Book of Marriages, 1866-1872 (Image #DSC00307, Panagiotis Giannakos married Aikaterini Eliopoulos):
      Line #371 – 1867, December 22. Panagiotis Giannakos,resident of Alaimbey, Sparta, married Aikaterini, daughter of Efstatios Eliopoulos of Sikaraki. Their first marriage. Agios Dimitrios Church. Priest:Panagiotis Mouhtaras. Witnesses: Athanasios Moukasis and P. Smyrlakos. Book ofMarriages, 1866-1872. Photographed at the Mitropolis of Sparta, July 2014.

      Image in 2 Greek Surname folders: Papagiannakos and Eliopoulos.
       
    Notes 
    • Marriage date estimated to be 2 years before Louis' marriage.
    Family ID F11  Group Sheet

    Family Morfogen Athanasia,   b. May 1889, Anavriti, Vyrseon, Laconia, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1955, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Married 1909  New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Pappas Peter,   b. 28 Jun 1910, Manhattan, New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 1984, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    +2. Pappas Catherine,   b. December  05, 1911, New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Sep 1991, St. James, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years)
     3. Pappas George,   b. Abt 1914, New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1918, New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 4 years)
     4. Pappas Mimi,   b. Abt 1916, New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1918, New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 2 years)
    +5. Pappas Arthur J.,   b. 12 Nov 1917, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1971, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     6. Pappas Wilhelmina or Vasiliki,   b. 10 Jan 1919, New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1951, New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
    +7. Pappas Nicholas James,   b. 9 Oct 1921, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jul 2002, Amherst, , New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 27 Jan 2015 
    Family ID F71  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S8] Individual - Pappas, Nicholas J. - Family Group Sheet, Feb. 10, 1996.

    2. [S120] General Archives of Greece - Mitroon Arrenon (Male Register).

    3. [S54] Immigration - New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957.

    4. [S93] Greek Orthodox Church - Marriage Record.


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