He was a bigamist and he had one wife in California and another in Rhode Island. The odd thing is they knew about one another, but never divorced him. They were good Italians and their Catholic religion played a big part in their decision not to seek divorce.
During this time of sheltering in place, seeking out our ancestors and learning about who they were is a worthy use of time. Not only will you be inspired by their lives, but you will also find fun facts, where your ancestors came from, and much more that influences who you are. During the sheltering in place mandate, the Mechanics’ subscription to the Ancestry Library Edition is now available for use from home. (Normally, MI members must access it at the Mechanics’ Institute Library.) You’ll just need to enter your last name and barcode number (the long number on the back of your MI Library card) to log in.
Find out more by accessing our Ancestry Library database: http://www.milibrary.org/research/databases.
The photo provided is the mother of Library Director, Deb Hunt, in approximately 1924.