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The name SARTOR is the last name of some very good friends of his Mom and Dad's. The name SARTOR may be spelled SARTER. I need copies of his birth and death certificates to verify this.
Death certificate does not list middle name.
Application for SS # list middle name as SARTOR.
1995 CD SS record says DOB 10/26/18;
Death certificate says 10/26/1918;
my Dad said 10/27/1919;
SS application says 10/27/1918.
Ruth RITTENHOUSE says 10/27/1919 but she probably got it from me.
1925 census says he is 6 in June 1925, so that would indicate he was born 1918 because he would be 6 in June 1925 and 7 in October 1925.
Some photos I have with handwriting from Nina Ella SALISBURY PRAY gives a date of Aug 1919 and the photos are of Dode. Birthyear must be 1918. I am changing the year of birth on the family page at this time, but not the date.
Per 1915 NY State Census - June: G.B.; head; white; male; age 24; born US; citizen; occupation is roll turner; Class W. Nina E.; wife; white; female; age 23; born US; citizen; housework. Oliver S.; son; white; male; age 1; US; citizen. Living on Lake Ave., Blasdell, Hamburg, Erie County, NY.
Per 1925 NY State Census - June: George; head of house of 4; male; age 34: born US; citizen + unreadable; occupation is foreman at Bethlehem Steel. Nina E.; wife; white; female; age 33; born US; citizen; housework. Oliver; son; white; male; age 11; born US; citizen; school. George Jr.; son; white; male; age 6; born US; citizen. Living Lake Ave., Village of Blasdell, Town of Hamburg, Erie County, NY.
Per Application for SS Account #: # is 085-20-1802, George Sartor PRAY, mailing address 42 Highland Ave., Hamburg, N.Y., full name given you at birth is blank, age at last birthday 24, DOB October 27, 1918, place of birth Buffalo, Erie County, N.Y., father's name George Bowers PRAY, mother's full name before married Nina Ella SALISBURY, sex male, color white, have you ever before applied for a social security account number? No or railroad retirement number? No, business name of employer is Hamburg Diary (sic, should be dairy), street and number 248 Main St., Hamburg N.Y., date signed Feb. 24, 1948, signed by George S. PRAY.
His is stamped "Received from Collector". It is filled in by someone else but signed by George (Uncle Dode).
Per Death Certificate: George S. PRAY, male, date of death July 3, 1992 at 10:00 am., died in a nursing home, date he was admitted to the facility was October 16, 1991, Name of Facility is Orchard Park Health Care Center in town of Orchard Park, county of death Erie, medical record # 587, not transferred from another institution, date of birth October 26, 1918 (this does not agree with what I knew all my life as October 27, 1919), age 73 years, city of birth Buffalo, did not serve in armed forces, race white, not Hispanic, highest grade completed in school - 7th grade, SS# 085-20-1802, marital status never married, usual occupation Handyman, self employed, residence New York, Erie County, town of Orchard Park, 6060 Armor Road 14127, Father George B. PRAY, Mother Nina SALISBURY, name of informant John Lester, mailing address 38 Henderson Pl., Hamburg, New York 14075, burial Jul 7, 1992 at Hillcrest Cemetery, Hamburg, New York, Froehley-Dengler Funeral Home, 84 Lake St., Hamburg, New York 14075, registration # 00716, funeral director Daniel J. Dengler with signature, registration # 01268, signature of registrar Betty K. Reukauf?, filled July 6, 1992, issued July 6, 1992. Signed by S. Evans, July 3, 1992, physician attended deceased from April 1, 1992 to July 3, 1992, last seen alive July 2, 1992, Name of attending physician Stephen J. Evans, 815 Hopkins Rd., Williamsville, New York 14221; manner of death natural cause, no coroner, no autopsy; immediate cause sepsis 1 day, pneumonia 3 days, chronic? Obstructive? Pulmonary disease years, at work? No, hospitalized last 2 months no. Recorder district # 1460, Register # 44. Official document with raised seal.
Per Church Obituary: George PRAY died 3 July 1992; memorial service 7 July 1992 at 11:00 A.M.; Hamburg Presbyterian Church; interment Hillcrest Cemetery; Froehley-Dengler Funeral Home, Hamburg, New York.
Per Newspaper obituary Buffalo News dated July 5, 1992 P A12?: Pray, George S.; July 2, 1992; son of the late George B. and Nina SALISBURY PRAY; step-son of Edith MURRAY PRAY; brother of the late Oliver PRAY; uncle of Denny PRAY; also survived by many friends. Friends may call Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. at the Froehley-Dengler Funeral Home, 84 Lake St., Hamburg. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday at the Hamburg Presbyterian Church, 177 Main St., Hamburg at 11:00 am. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hamburg Presbyterian Church. Interesting that the newspaper obituary knew he was going to die before he did, they dated his death 2 July 1992.
He lived with Aunt Edith (not really related) for many years at 42 Highland Ave., Hamburg, New York.
Nickname was Dode; he got it because when he was born, his brain was partially damaged because he was born with forceps. The speech part of the brain was damaged and he had a speech impediment. When he was learning to talk, he could not pronounce some words correctly. His own name - George - came out Dode and it stuck.
Comment from 18 June 1989, also says the name Sartor comes from a family in Centerville, New York. My Dad was first taken to visit them when he was 6 months old. My brother Denny also visited them when he was 6 months old or so. He had been potty trained already but the folks were caught in a blizzard on the way home from visiting the SARTORs and Denny wet his pants and had to be repotty trained. His name was Henry SARTOR and he could kick his foot up real high so when Dad was little he used to say "Kick a moon Henny, kick a moon." They were not related, just very good friends.
LOOK THIS NAME UP IN CENTERVILLE PHONE DIRECTORIES, R.L. POLK. See if anyone is still living or related.
Dode was very religious. Rev. Ed SPRAGUE wrote to me and told me that Dode was a Deacon in the church and there is an area in the balcony of the sanctuary of Hamburg Presbyterian Church named in honour of him: George S. PRAY. A plaque was hung on the Sunday George was recognized for his service to the church. This is the Hamburg Presbyterian Church at 177 Main Street in Hamburg, Erie County, New York. The Reverend's name was Edwin H. SPRAGUE that laid him to rest at the Hillcrest Cemetery Section G Plot B 5 grave # 6 on Tuesday, July 7th, 1992. Dode must have been very well liked in his Church community because he had over 150 mourners in attendance. Ed SPRAGUE thinks Dode joined the church in 1930's; the church register will contain that date, the date he was ordained as a deacon, and the date of his death; suggests I write to Jack GILBERT and Gordon POECKING.
1925 New York State Census - Erie County - Hamburg
Newspaper obituary Buffalo News dated July 5, 1992 P A12?.
Funeral Home announcement of death; 7 July 1992. [photo copy]
Letter from his friend and Pastor Edwin H. Sprague.
Application for Social Security Account Number Form SS-5.
A Service of Witness To The Resurrection and the Life of George S. PRAY by Rev. Edwin H. Sprague; 7 July 1992.
Newspaper photo of his 1933 Grade 6 class from Hamburg Grade School submitted by Richard C. Williams, 129 Prospect Ave., Hamburg, New York.
INFORMATION TO ACQUIRE:
Gather lots more information - fill in those blanks.
Get birth certificate. 1995 CD SS record says DOB 10/26/18; my Dad said 10/27/1919; SS application says 10/27/1918.
Get Church paperwork.
Try to verify proper spelling of his middle name.
Get a copy of his will if he had one. Lawyer John W. LESTER says he has given me all he has.
Ask other PRAY's if they knew the SARTOR family.
Look up the name SARTOR in the phone books and R.L. Polk books. Try to track someone down. They may have pictures or additional information.
[Brøderbund Family Archive #110, Vol. 2, Ed. 4, Social Security Death Index: U.S., Social Security Death Index, Surnames from M through Z, Date of Import: 26 Oct 1999, Internal Ref. #220.127.116.11339.112]
Individual: Pray, George
Birth date: 26 Oct 1918
Death date: 3 Jul 1992
Social Security #: 085-20-1802
Last residence: 14075
State of issue: New York
ZIP Code of last known residence: 14075
Primary location of this Zip code is: Hamburg, Erie County, New York
Hillcrest Cemetery, Hamburg, Erie County, New York Section G Plot B 5 grave # 6