Friday, May 7, 2010

Elizabeth Leah Carr (21 Aug 1903 to 10 Oct 1983)

The Life Story of Stephen and Sarah Jane (Catterall) Carr
By: Julie Marie (Allen) Carr

Part One: Stephen and Sarah Jane (Catterall) Carr and family
Chapter 4: Stephen and Sarah’s Children born in England
Section 4.2: Elizabeth Leah Carr (21 Aug 1903 to 10 Oct 1983)

Elizabeth Leah Carr, the second daughter born to Stephen and Sarah Jane (Catterall) Carr was born on 21 August 1903 in Spennymoor, Durham, England. Her family members called her Lizzy. She left for Canada when she was about 8 years old. She then went to USA when she was around 10 years old. She experienced the same stuff has her sister Hannah Bell. The death of a sister would have been a very hard thing to handle at the age of 8. She has brown hair and blue eyes., Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935
(Provo, UT, USA, The Generations Network, Inc., 2008),, Database online., Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1956
(Provo, UT, USA, The Generations Network, Inc., 2008),, Database online
To find the Carr family cards you search the last name of Can

When the 1920 census was taken, Elizabeth was still living at home with her parents in in Benwood Ward 2, Marshall, West Virginia. On 28 February 1921 in Wheeling, Ohio, West Virginia, Elizabeth married her first husband, Nicholas Vondouris -- better known as Nick. He was born on 27 July 1900 in Greece.

Elizabeth and Nick had 4 children together; however, only three lived.

  1. John N. Vondouris (29 June 1921 West Virginia - 23 Nov 1983 Florida) was married twice -- First to a Margaret Stoker and second to a Lillian Mehozonek on 27 Sept 1947 at Weirton, Hancock, West Virginia, USA. He had 2 girls with Margaret and a boy and a girl with Lillian -- I have more information on his kids but I do not know if the are still living or not so will not state their names here. If you want more information on this or any other family please email me at I also have a marriage certificate for John and Lillian located at the following website. The picture on the right was taken in 1933 and is of Micheal Carr (the tallest), who is my husband's dad and John, Vincent, and Kathleen -- Elizabeth's three kids.
  2. Vincent G. Vondouris (05 May 1923 West Virginia - 12 Mar 1989 Arizona) was married many times and I don’t know all of them. Here are some names that was past down from some other relatives: Catherine, Marian, who had one son, Chris, who also had one son, and Lemma L. Mitchell on 28 March 1947 marriage certificate located at the following website. Vincent was in the army and was buried at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona; 23029 North Cave Creek Road Phoenix, AZ 85024. I don’t know the order of the marriages or when the kids were born. I do know their names, but again I do not know if they are living or not, so therefore I will not include there names here.
  3. Kathleen Leah Vondouris (17 Jun 1925 West Virginia - 21 Aug 1985 Ohio) was married Sam Elich on 27 Sept 1947 at Weirton, Hancock, West Virginia, USA, in a double ceremony with her brother John. I bet that was a long but joyful day for everyone involved. The marriage certificate is located at the following website. Kathleen had 2 daughter, who did not have children. Again if you need more information let me know by emailing me at       
  4. Infant Vondouris (02 Jun 1929 West Virginia - 02 Jan 1929 West Virginia). I found the death cetificate for this little baby at the following website. The baby, who was a male, only lived 5 minutes and his aunt Hannah Carr was the informant for the death certificate.

On 2 September 1928, Nick was killed from a car wreck in Maryland. This event in Elizabeth’s life was hard for her. It made her a single pregnant mother of three during the depression. Elizabeth moved in with her parents, and when the 1930 census was taken she and her three kids were still living with her parents in Wheeling, Ohio, West Virginia, USA. She ended up losing the baby on 2 Jan 1929 in Wheeling, Ohio, West Virginia.

Elizabeth got married two more times. She married Emmanuel Jacovidis on 02 May 1931 in Wheeling, Ohio, West Virginia, USA. Emmanuel Jacovidis was born on 21 Jan 1902 in Greece and died on 06 Apr 1971 in Ohio. Emmanual and Elizabeth didn’t have children.

She then got married to Shirl Stephen on 06 Nov 1971. We don’t have much information on Shirl, but we do know she didn’t have children with him. She got a divorce from him on 09 July 1974.

Elizabeth Leah Carr died on 10 Oct 1983 at Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, USA. She was buried at Ft. Steuben Estates in Wintersville, Jefferson, Ohio, USA. The year 1983 was hard for this family as Elizabeth died in October and her John died in November. This must have been hard on the surviving family members. I would like to find obituaries for any of the family member listed here so please email me at with any extra information.

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