Anthony Karatzis (1921-1926)

Until a week ago I did not know of my 1st cousin 2x removed, Anthony Karatzis (Karr) (1921-1926). Tragically, Anthony was struck and killed by an automobile before his 5th birthday.

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I learned of Anthony from a 3rd cousin, Ryan Karr, I have been corresponding with. Anthony would be Ryan's great uncle.

Anthony's grandparents were my 2nd great grandparents. They were: Antonis Tsardoulias (b. 1850) and Paraskivi Korfists (1854-1912). His mother, Angeline Charouldias Karr (1896-1984), was the sister of my great grandmother, Maria Chardoulias Halvangis (1894-1951).

The Karr family is no stranger to tragedy. Decades later another Karr child was lost: A Boy's Life Cut Short: Michael Anthony Karr (1954-1964)

Anthony was born and died in between the 1920 and 1930 censuses. His death certificate (above) was the only document I was able to find on I searched several newspaper clipping sites for any information about the accident but nothing turned up.

I did learn directly from the family the location of Antony's burial at Evergreen Cemetery in Detroit, MI. He is not far from my great grandparents, perhaps being watched over by them. Anthony was their nephew. 

Part of our job as genealogists and family historians is to honor the memories of the children whose lives were cut tragically short. As generations pass the memories of these losses fade. But, they never quite disappear. With each new generation comes an opportunity -- a responsibility, perhaps -- to continue the important work of mourning that began decades before. 

This is the 36th of 52 weekly posts planned for 2018. It was inspired by the #52Ancestors writing challenge issued by professional genealogist, Amy Crow Johnson. The challenge: once a week, for all 52 weeks of the year, write about a relative in your family tree.