Elizabeth Manos

Elizabeth Manos

Female 1914 - 2013  (98 years)

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  • Name Elizabeth Manos 
    Born 25 Dec 1914  Anderson, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 4 Aug 2013  Baden, Beaver County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Notes for ELIZABETH MANOS:

      2007 living in Baden, PA. Elizabeth attended Draughon"s Business School in Greenville, SC. She worked for her Father until he went to Greece, then worked for her brother Costa until he was drafted into the Navy in WW II. When he sold his business, she worked for the new owner until she married . After marriage she was bookkeeper for an Iron Foundry in Philadelphia while her husband attended Piano Technician School. When they moved to Baden, PA, she worked 35 years for a florist shop. In 2007, she works part time for her son Alex.

      JJake and Pat Vagias Greece Trip, November 2012
      Search for Elizabeth Manos (b. 1914) Yia Yia’s Father’s relatives

      While visiting Xerokambi, a village approximately 8 miles south of Sparta, we went into a taverna on the square owned by Antonia Giannakea (nickname= Nitsa). Since we were the only people in the restaurant, Nitsa came to our table to talk; her English was very good as she had lived in Canada. Jake told her that his maternal grandfather had come from this area and immigrated to USA in the late 1800’s. She inquired about the name and told us a lot of people in the town were named Manatis. In the southern part of Peloponnese is a town/area called Mani. People from the village of Mani are called Manatis.

      She excused herself and made a phone call; then asked us if Jake’s grandfather had a brother name Alex. Jake wasn’t sure, but he knew his mother had a brother named Alex and he has a brother named Alex….so it was reasonable to assume (since names are handed down in Greek families) that his grandfather had a brother named Alex. We stayed at the restaurant about an hour and returned to our hotel just around the corner. At the hotel, Jake received an email from his brother Alex saying that their grandfather had a brother named Alex—this was unsolicited information and quite astounding since we had just spoken about the same subject with the tavern owner.

      About 2 hours later, Nitsa called our hotel and said we should come right away as she had our relative at the restaurant.

      We went back to the taverna and met Louis Nicolas Manatis, 75 years old. His
      English was very good as he had lived in the USA for about 30 years. His story was a bit hard to follow, but the pieces fit together well enough to ascertain that Louis’ grandfather, James Manatis, and Jake’s grandfather, John Konstantine Manos were first cousins. (the name Manatis was commonly changed to Manos in the USA).

      James Manatis came to America in 1885-1890, at the age of 12. This is approximately the same time that John Konstantine came to America. James settled in Baltimore and John went to South Carolina. James had 3 sons: Nick, Chris and Louis.

      Louis (the cousin we met) said his American mother came to Greece in 1925, she was caught in a big storm at sea and never left Greece. Louis went to grade school in Xerokambi and then was sent to Athens for high school. In 1953, at age 14, he went to America to live with his sister in Lewistown, PA. Louis lived in USA from 1953-1982. in 1964, Louis returned to Greece via Amsterdam. His plane was disabled and he vowed never to fly again. He married his wife and returned to America by boat—there was a big hurricane and he vowed never to travel by boat again. His wife was unhappy in America so he returned to Greece in 1982 when his daughter was 12 and his son was 5.

      In 1956, “Costa”, son of John Konstantine, came to Baltimore and told his 3 cousins that he had a farm for sale in Greece. The 3 brothers bought the farm for $8000.00

      Louis and his brother James opened a restaurant in Baltimore next to Johns Hopkins. It was a gold mine with 28 waiters. In 1967, racial tensions were high (Louis called it a Civil War). His restaurant was located in a “black” area. Thugs entered the restaurant twice threatening violence if he did not vacate. He moved his restaurant to 1812 Taylor Avenue. It was called “Maria’s”.

      Louis has a house in Xerokamba—he picks olives in winter at his farm ???

      Louis said, “I love you” to Jake’s mom. He said he did not know his parents very well as he left home at an early age, but his father was like a holy man, very kind, he had 7 children and owned a candy store.

      Germans occupied Xerokamba in WWII and destroyed the town.
    Person ID I01570  McKenzie Genealogy
    Last Modified 29 Oct 2018 

    Father John Konstantine Manos,   b. 27 Mar 1885, Xerocambia, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Sep 1948, Greenville, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Rossie Lillian Kay,   b. 19 Nov 1886, Anderson County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Oct 1971, Greenville, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Feb 1909  South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F00847  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Annastasios Ernest Vagias,   b. 28 Mar 1915, Ambridge, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Oct 1994, Baden, Beaver, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 23 Aug 1945  Greenville County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. James Ernest Vagias,   b. Private  [private]
     2. John Konstantine (Jake) Vagias,   b. Private  [private]
     3. Alexander Michael Vagias,   b. Private  [private]
    Last Modified 29 Oct 2018 
    Family ID F00011  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    Obituary of Elizabeth Manos (b. 1914)
    Obituary of Elizabeth Manos (b. 1914)


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