Please see my post dated 09/29/03.
Since I posted that, I have done more online research... this may be something! I hope you read this post.
My grandfather was born in Patton, in Cambria County, 08/10/1905. I did a Soundex search on the 1920 Census for Cambria County, and came up with:
MISINCO, John, 51, Slavic, born about 1869, miner
Wife: Verona, 40, Slavic, born about 1880
Son: John, Jr., 20, miner, born about 1880
Son: Michl (Michael, Mike), 16
Son: Joe, 14
Daughter: Annie, illegible
Daughter: Mary, illegible
Son: Francis, illegible
A couple of points here. My mother was told she was named for both grandmothers. Her maternal grandmother was Catherine Hall. Her paternal grandmother (if I am correct) would have been Verona (or Verna) Misinco. My mother's name was Catherine Verna Mizenko.
George (my grandfather) (listed above as "Joe") used Joseph on his marriage license. (He also used an assumed last name, but more about that later.)
The siblings match (name for name) the siblings my grandfather told his daughter (my aunt).
The years and geographic location appear to be correct.
Next, the 1930 Census. I searched for John Misinco:
In Patton Borough:
MISINCO, John, 61, Czech, miner, naturalized
Wife: Verona, 50, Czech, naturalized
Daughter: Mary, 14
Son: Francis, 12
Same family as in 1920? I think so.
My grandfather used the name "Joseph R. Whitey" on his marriage license when he married Irene Marlett. I searched the 1930 Census for Joseph Whitey.
In Cambria County, Summerhill Twp., Beaverdale Town:
WHITEY, Joseph, Head, 25 (born 1905), first marriage at 23
Wife: Irene, 21 (born 1909), first marriage at 19
Son: Leonard, 1 (born 1929)
I believe the wife above, Irene, is Irene Genevieve Marlett, my grandmother. She married Joe Whitey (born Joseph Misinco). I believe the son listed is my uncle Leonard Joseph Whitey (who used Mizenko until he died in 1963-64). His siblings, my mother and aunts, aren't listed because they were born after 1930 (1932, 1935 and 1941).
What do you think, Terry?
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