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My First Cousin, Once Removed
Birth: 1892 in Agios Ioannis (St. John’s), Lakonia, Greece
Death: Dec 8, 1981 (date recorded), Agios Ioannis, Lakonia, Greece
Father: Grigorios Kostakos
Mother: Maria Theodoropolou Kostakos
Andrew (Andreas) Kostakos shares my father’s name. He was born in Agios Ioannis (St. John’s), a village near Sparta, Greece. He immigrated to America on June 1, 1911, became a naturalized citizen, and owned his own restaurant in Brooklyn, New York.
He was a tall, slim, quiet man who never married. My father call him "Uncle Andrew." He was a godfather to one of my cousins and lived with his family for over 20 years. He was a generous man who helped his family financially. Andrew lived in New York all of his working life and retired as a bachelor back to Greece where he died in 1981.
Andrew is listed in the Town Register from Agios Ioannis, which verifies his birth year as 1892 and his father as Grigorios.
On April 17, 1914, his brother, Georgios, arrived from Agios Ioannis and was going to Andreas' residence at 7 Merkle Street, Brooklyn. (Ellis Island website)
Eastern District of New York: Naturalization Year: 1928; Petition Volume 342
Petition for Naturalization #102163
Eastern District of New York
Residence: 541 Lincoln Place, Brooklyn, NY c/o Dorf
Born: March 15, 1892 in St. Johns, Greece
Emigrated to the US from Charbourg on or about June 1, 1911
Entered US at port of New York June 9, 1911 on vessel Adriatic
Declared Intention on June 22, 1925 in the US District Court of the ED of NY
Declaration of Intention #161338 and Certificate of Arrival from Dept. of Labor filed on this 26 day of April 26, 1928
Witnesses: John Doumancos, salesman, 3406 32nd St., Astoria LI
James Pappas, restaurant, 1794 Sheepshead Bay Road, Brooklyn, NY
Oath of Allegiance
signed July 26, 1928
Submitted by Carol Kostakos Petranek