Danielle, you seem to be forgetting that I have a graduate degree in European history and am thus most accustomed to old handwriting in all kinds of historical records and documents.As mentioned, there is no such name as Spyvidion, so that of course could not be this person's first name if that name does not exist.The first name is Spyridion -- fourth letter is an "r".And the surname is Phoca.Compare the first letter of that name to other names beginning with "P" and beginning with "T", and you will see the difference.And the fourth letter is definitely a "c".Having spent the amount of time I've spent in various archives, both in Europe and the U.S., doing historical research, I am, as I said, accustomed to reading old handwriting.(Genealogy is what you might call my "history sideline".)The first name of the cousin is Marinos.The entry actually reads "M. Marinos".Don't know what the "M." stands for.
Here is what has me very puzzled:
The censuses of 1920 and 1930 both show Samuel's place of birth as ROMANIA, his mother tongue as ROMANIAN.His 1918 World War I draft registration card shows his nationality as AUSTRIAN/ROMANIAN, and even shows his first name as SERBAN, which is a Romanian name.Further, I have taken a look at his 1938 death certificate, for which Maria herself provided the information, and his place of birth is shown as ROMANIA, as is the place of birth of both of his parents.And last but not least, I have taken a look at daughter Victoria's 1915 baptismal record of St. John the Evangelist Church in Lima, Ohio, and that again (like the World War I draft registration card shows) shows his first name as Serban, and says that he is a Romanian (currently -- meaning at the time the priest made Victoria's entry in the baptismal register -- separated from his wife Maria Crista).Nowhere is there any mention of Greece.Further, if he were Greek, he would of course not have been Roman Catholic.He would have been Greek Orthodox.
If Samuel and/or Maria eventually became U.S. citizens, then I would suggest as your next step obtaining copies of their naturalization papers.The Declaration of Intention or Petition for Citizenship would contain a lot of detail.If they chose to become naturalized through a county court, their naturalization records would be on file at the Allen County Courthouse.If they chose to become naturalized through the Federal District Court, then their naturalization records would be on file with the Great Lakes Region branch of the National Archives in Chicago.
One thing I will explain in case you were puzzled by it:As mentioned, Samuel's World War I draft registration card shows his nationality as Austrian/Romanian.In case you are not aware of it, the city called in Romanian Sibiu, in Hungarian Nagyszeben, and in German Hermannstadt, and the nearby town called in Romanian Turnu Rosu, in Hungarian Verestorony, and in German Rothenturm are located in the region known as TRANSYLVANIA -- (if you're familiar with Dracula, you're familiar with Transylvania).Until 1918, Transylvania was part of HUNGARY, which was one of the components of the AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN EMPIRE, and thus the entry in Samuel's World War I draft registration card.Transylvania has always been a mixture of nationalities -- primarily Romanians, Hungarians (or Magyars, as the ethnic Hungarians call themselves), Germans, Armenians, Jews, and Gypsies -- which is why the cities, towns, and villages have names in more than one language.If you get into it, Transylvania has a very interesting history.Following World War I and the break-up of the vast Austro-Hungarian Empire by the western Allies, Transylvania was awarded to Romania and remains part of Romania today.