I am researching my grandfather Paul Batisto Stanculescu (born 22 May 1911 and died December 1966.) He may have Americanized his name when he came here, because I believe Paul is not a Romanian spelling of the name. He was the only one in our family (in Seattle, USA) that spoke Romanian, so after he died we lost contact with that side of the family and would love to know more about them or meet them.
All little more about him - We know his family was very involved with the church, in his words the Orthodox Catholic church, possibly near Bucharest (or possibly nearby). In addition, they were very devoted and even adopted several girls from the orphanage run by the church. We know he had about 12 sisters (a few were adopted) and that his mother and father had about the same number of siblings each. His father died when he was very young, in 1915 we believe, and possibly due to WWI. He was the youngest and his favorite sisters’ name was Neli, who we think never married. He may have been in the Romanian Navy in Galati for some time, and he was an active martimer his whole life.
He left Romania in either 1932 or 1933. Before coming to the U.S. (first NY/Maine, then California, then Seattle), he served in the French Foreign Legion for several years in Africa. He was serving in the French Foreign Legion in Morocco in April 1936 and served in Mekme, Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire) from November 1936 to 1937. Not sure when he started his service or ended, but he was at those locations at those times. Looks like he played in a FFL band while there too, probably clarinet.
He also served in the US Army Transport Corp during WWII, was at Normandy and Omaha Beach, and later served in the US Merchant Marines. As far as we know, he came alone to America.
I recently got a copy of his SSI and Naturalization forms and found that on the form he wrote his name as Paul Stanculescu Batisto (though he reversed it in later years). In addition, I was able to get even more info by filing a Freedom of Information Act request with Homeland Security. I would recommend this for anyone trying to find out more on a deceased family member.
The material shows that his father’s name was written down as Stanculescu Batisto (possibly reversed the order on the form) and that he was a bureaucrat, and his mother’s name was Zanfira Stancu (possibly Stanko). His mother may have been foreign or only half Romanian, possibly part Greek or otherwise. The father was born in Olto and the mother in Tulcea, possibly Babadag. Also, it seems Paul was born and baptized in Tulcea, and last lived on 69 or 96 Mircea Vodă.
Does any of this sound familiar to anyone? Maybe from old family stories? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.