I am helping my sister and her husband trace his DEMOS family.
I have:John James Demos (father) and 3 sons, James J. Demos born 1887, Tripolis, Greece, Tom Demos born 1890 Greece, and William Demos birthdate unknown.
It is said that they came from Greece when James J. Demos was 9 years old.Therefore, that would make it sometime between 1896 and 1910, (James J. Demos filed a Declaration of Intent to become a Citizen of Sheridan, Sheridan County, Wyoming in 1910).This first filing was Denied, as his witnesses could not testify that he had been in Sheridan for 5 years.
James J. Demos filed again in 1918, but the Sheridan District Court tells me that this filing went nowhere.They cannot say whether it was Approved or Denied, as they can find no records of it past the actual filing.
Tom Demos filed a Declaration of Intent to become a Citizen of Sheridan, Wyoming in 1919. This was Approved.
I also know that James J. Demos and Tom Demos spent some time living in Billings, Montana.They are both buried in Sheridan Municipal Cemetery in Sheridan, Wyoming.Tom Demos actually died in Lafayette, Louisana in 1948, but his body was shipped back to Sheridan, Wyoming for burial.I have no idea if there was possibly family members in Lafayette, Louisana, and that is the reason that Tom was there at his death.James died in 1961.
I have not been able to locate John James Demos (the father) or the other brother, William Demos.
I have also been told that Demos was a shortened name, but I have no idea what name it derived from.I know that John is not a Greek name, so I am wondering if the father did not change both his given name and their surname at the time of arrival in the United States.I have no information on their Mother, to my knowledge she did not come to the United States with them, perhaps she was already deceased.I have been told that they did leave family in Greece.But since I have no names, I cannot trace this.I do not know what Ship they arrived on or what Port they arrived at.
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