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Garabini family c1830-1890

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Garabini family c1830-1890

Posted: 6 Mar 2009 5:17PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Garabini, Garabenia, Garobini, Hawkins, Brokaw, Tichenor, Pinhero
Around 1830-5 Joseph Garabini (b c1800 Italy-1885 NJ?) married Mary Jane Tichenor (b c1810 NJ - c 1895 NJ). They had four children while living in NY and another 2 in La and the whole family appears in the Harrison, Mississippi 1850 census. The children were named: Josephine (c1835- ), Joseph (c1837- ), Emma (c1838- ), Louisa (c1840- ), Angelina (c1843- ) and Gordon (c1850- ) The youngest, Gordon died in about 1927 in New Jersey using the name Archibald G. Hawkins.

The wife Mary Jane used the names Mary, Jane and Mary J. throughout her life and died in 1895 in New Jersey as Mary Jane Hawkins. She is listed in her later years as the widow of Aaron B. Hawkins. The only Aaron B. Hawkins marriage I have been able to find is to one Jane P. Pinhero who may or may not be the same Jane. So it appears that Mary Jane and Joseph Garabini may have been divorced, but in his last years they appear to have lived together in South Orange, NJ from about 1883-85.

Joseph Garabini used various names throughout his life including Archibald D Y Garabini. He disappears from the record around 1850 and may reappear in the 1860s in Washington DC and for sure in South Orange NJ where he bought property from his sister in law my great great grandmother. He again disappears until around 1883. It is believed that he may have gone to Panama in the early 1850s for the building of the railway there. There is also an indication of a Garabini family in Puerto Rico and Brazil in the same period and considering his use of the Iberian name joining convention he may have been in those territories as well.

One of his daughters, Angelina, using the name Mary Garabini traveled from Panama to NYC in 1859 and she and her older sister Louisa appear in the 1860 New York census under the names Angovine and Louisa Garobini. Angelina appears to have married Isaac E or K Brokaw a US soldier in Nevada in 1865 and appears in records until at least 1910 in California and Indiana.

Any further help you might be able to offer on this obscure and peripatetic family would be greatly appreciated. And of course I will be happy to share anything more I have on these various persons and families.

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