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Joseph (Giuseppe) Girard

Male 1873 - 1918  (45 years)


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  • Name Joseph (Giuseppe) Girard 
    Born 1873  Italy Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation hod carrier in 1910 
    Died 9 October 1918  Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 


    • Joe came to America from Acri, Italy via South America and through Ellis Island, NY. He Americanized his name from “Guiseppe Girardi” to “Joseph Girard,” but used both. He made two friends aboard ship, Mariano Molinari and Nicola or Antonio Amieri. They married when Joe was 25 and Conceta a mere 13. Molinari married Concetta sister Carmella.
      Joe read, wrote, and spoke Italian, Latin and English. He was an elegant and eloquent man. He worked for E. J. Cross Company in Worcester, an engineering company. He purchased some real estate, three large properties and the building where Angelo Luzzo ran his Luzzo’s Market.
      The Girards lived in the area of Worcester known as St. Bernard’s where Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church was located. Many Italian familes attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel, though, as all the Masses there were said in Italian.
      Joe wouldn’t let anyone take his photograph.

      1900 US Federal Census for Worcester, Ward 3:
      Joseph Girard not listed in the census index and a house-to-house search of the 3rd Ward (with the exception of Districts 1728 and 1729), did not reveal him. The enumerator went directly from #6 to #14 Norfolk St. in District 1732.

      1903, 1904, 1909 Worcester City Directories:
      Joseph Girard, laborer, lives at rear of 10 Norfolk St.

      1910 U.S. Federal Census
      Living at a home they own (with a mortgage) at 10 Norfolk St. in Worcester, Ward 3, Precinct 3:
      Girard, Joseph, head, 37 years, married for seven years, born in Itaty as were both of his parents, speaks English, works as a hod carrier for the building trades, can read and write.
      Girard, Conchett, wife, 22 years, has had five children, three are alive, born in Italy as were both of her parents, can read and write.

      1918 Worcester Directory:
      Girard, Joseph, laborer at 356 Franklin, lives at 10 Norfolk St.

      Joe died in the 1918 worldwide influenza epidemic. His death certificate is found in the Massachusetts Death Index, 1901-1980, Vol. 138, page 141.

      Incidentally, the term “Wop” initially meant “without papers” when a person came to the U.S.

      Some years after he died, an attorney contacted the Girards from Philadelphia, saying Joseph was entitled to an inheritance, but the family chose not to claim it.
    Person ID I1422  Moore-Bek
    Last Modified 1 February 2017 

    Father Antonio Girardi,   b. 9 July 1846, Civile, Prata Sannita, Caserta, Campania, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Italy Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Maria Rosa Talarico,   b. 26 December 1849, Calabria, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Italy Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1659  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Concetta /Pingitore Pingiton,   b. 5 March 1888, Celico, Cozensa, Calabria, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 July 1980, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 28 December 1901  Worcester, Mass Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mary Girard,   b. 1903, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. January 1968, Worcester County, Mass Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    +2. William Anthony Girard,   b. 16 November 1904, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1991  (Age 86 years)
     3. Living
     4. Joseph Girard,   b. 4 September 1908, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 February 1979, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     5. Living
    +6. Adeline Agnes Girard,   b. 18 November 1910, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1995  (Age 84 years)
     7. Rose Girard,   b. 26 February 1913, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1999, Auburn, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     8. Helen Girard,   b. 19 March 1915, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2002  (Age 86 years)
    +9. Marguerite R. Girard,   b. 13 September 1917, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 October 1993, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    Family ID F1015  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart


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