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Samuel (Salvatore) Pagoria
Male 1903 - 1960

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  • Birth  19 Jul 1903  Chicago Heights, Cook, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender  Male 
    Died  03 Oct 1960  Chicago Heights, Cook, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  05 Oct 1960  Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I1015  Ellis-Pagoria Family Tree
    Last Modified  23 Dec 2012 
    Father  Nicasio (Nick) Pagoria,   b. 08 Mar 1862, Caccamo, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1945, Chicago Heights, Cook, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Concetta Polizzi,   b. 19 Dec 1866, Caccamo, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 May 1955, Chicago Heights, Cook, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  15 Oct 1890  Caccamo, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F397  Group Sheet
    Family  Audrey Maxine Ellis,   b. 05 Aug 1908, Harvey, Cook, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Aug 1990, Chicago Heights, Cook, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  08 Dec 1924  Crown Point, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Constance Ann Pagoria
     2. Nicholas R. Pagoria
     3. Geraldine Faye Pagoria
     4. Sam Joseph Pagoria
    Family ID  F324  Group Sheet
  • Photos 1917 Sam Pagoria (on right) graduation from San Rocco.jpg
    Sam Pagoria (1903-1960).jpg
    1940 Nick & Concetta, Phil,Sam,Frank,Joe,Mary,Lula,Josephine.jpg
    1940 United States Federal Census for Sam Pagoria.jpg
    (At least one living individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Sam Pagoria Graduation - San Rocco School - 1917.jpg
    Sam Pagoria & Sister Sacred Heart - taught him at San Rocco.jpg
    1910 Census - Nick & Concetta Polizzi Pagoria & Family2.jpg
    1920 Census - Nick & Concetta Polizzi Pagoria & Family.jpg
    1923 Auto Wreck.jpg
  • Notes 
    • Audrey Maxine Ellis' Husband

      Sam Pagoria was born on July 19, 1903 in Chicago Heights, Cook, Illinois. In 1910, he was living at 1538 Lowe Avenue in the "Heights" as it was called with his four brothers and three sisters and parents, Nick and Concetta "Clara" Polizzi Pagoria. Nick was a storekeeper. Sam's oldest brother Joseph, age 19 was a teamster and his oldest sister Mary, age 16 was working as a clerk in a store.

      Sam graduated from the San Rocco grade school in 1917 at the age of 14. There were five kids in his graduating class, three boys and two girls. He was still living at home in 1920 at the age of 16, but he family had moved to 139 East 16th Street in the "Heights" Nick was running a grocery store by this time and his wife, Concetta was now calling herself "Anna". Lula, Josephine, Sam and Philip were the only kids still living at home. Joseph having married Angeline LoBue in about 1916 or 1917, Mary rose having married George (Giorgio) Venturella in 1911 and Frank having married Marie "Amy" Delsinore Jones in 1918.

      Sam and Tony Faso went to San Rocco school on Hungary Hill in Bloom. One of the places where kids hung out then was the Walgreens at the corner of Illinois and Halsted. It is possible that this is where they met the Ellis sisters, Virgil and Audrey whom they would later marry.

      Sam & Tony began dating the Ellis sisters Audrey and Virgil, respectively, when they were still in high school. In 1923, Sam and Audrey were out driving after a date one night, They had a spat, and Audrey was sitting way over against the passenger door instead of in the middle next to Sam. The car hit a semi hauling a load of steel beams that had broken down and was parked on the road with no lights to indicate that it was there. One of the beams pierced the front window and would have killed Audrey if she had been sitting where she normally sat when driving with Sam. They were taken to the hospital. Sam's injuries were minor, while Audrey's left leg was pretty mangled. The emergency room doctors were considering removing the leg, when another doctor that the family knew stepped in and said no. That he would save the leg, which he did.

      Sam and Audrey Maxine Ellis were married on December 8, 1924 in Crown Point, Indiana. They rented the residence at the 139 East 16th Street address from his father, where Sam along with his brother Frank and other family members from time to time ran a delivery business, Pagoria Trucking, delivering goods throughout the south Chicago suburbs. Sam was the secretary and treasurer. They owned several buildings in an around the 16th street address in Chicago Heights and also on Lowe avenue where Constance was born. The families stayed in the apartments on the second floors with the truckng business housed in one of the lower floors, a restaurant, tavern and dance hall was in the other buildings.

      By 1930, Sam and Audrey had two children, Constance born 2/28/1926 and Nicholas born 3/25/1928. They continued to live at the 139 East 16th St. address. Also living with them in 1930 was Leroy Ellis, Audrey's father who at the time was 49 and was employed as an engineer running a steam shovel at the Thornton Quarry. According to Constance, Leroy had a drinking problem. Carrie and Leroy had separated probably in 1927 or 1928 with him living with Sam & Audrey Pagoria. She had taken the three youngest children Bessie, Russell and Paul and moved to Elkland township in Michigan where she rented and lived on a farm with an uncle, Jacob W. Spencer whose wife was Carrie's aunt (her mother's sister) and who had died in 1927 . Leroy and Carrie subsequently divorced and she remarried a man named Greenleaf in1935, whom she subsequently divorced. Finally, she married a man named Gleason and they moved to Michigan, where he subsequently hung himself.

      In 1940, Sam and Audrey had three children living at home at the 139 East 16th St. address, including Constance now age 14, Nicholas now age12 and Geraldine born 8/13/1932 age 7. Leroy had moved out and was living .. However they now had living with them at this address Sam's brother Philip, his wife Jennie nee Corso, who had married on September 8, 1931 and their 6 year old daughter Concetta. Philip was a salesman for the trucking business. Also living with them at this time was Paul Ellis, age 18, who was Audrey's brother. Since he was driving for the company, and his parents were divorced it probably was just as well that he lived with his sister and her husband.

      In 1947, Sam and Audrey were blessed with another child, Sam Joseph born 9/5/1947. Sam continued to run the Pagoria Trucking company until his death on October 3, 1960. The company assets were sold and Audrey continued to live at... until her death on August 7, 1990, 2 days after her 82nd birthday.

      Social Security Death Index
      about Sam Pagoria
      Name: Sam Pagoria
      SSN: 322-16-1103
      Born: 19 Jul 1903
      Died: Oct 1960
      State (Year) SSN issued: Illinois (Before 1951)

      Source Citation: Number: 322-16-1103;Issue State: Illinois;Issue Date: Before 1951.
  • Sources 
    1. [S6] 1930 U.S. Census, Illinois, Cook, Bloom Township, 15th Census Schedule; Online Images, 4th Ward, Chicago Heights, Bloom Township, Cook County, Illinois, Roll 414, page 5A, Enumeration District 16-2020, Image 776.0. Dwelling Number 47, Family Number 67, 139 16th Street.

    2. [S7] "Social Security Death Index", SSN - 322-16-1103, Issued in Illinois before 1951. Birth July 19, 1903, Death October, 1960..