B. January 21, 1891 in Chania, Greece
D. August 6, 1947 in Elgin, Kane County, IL
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  • Father: Gust Stergios
  • Mother: Cynthia Stergios
  • Wife: Theresa (Drant) Stergios born January 17, 1899 in Illinois, daughter of George Drant (1859-?) and Mary (Scharmann) Drant (1860-1941); married John Stergios on January 24, 1921 in Cook County, IL; Theresa died December 1967; last residence in Waukegan, Lake County, IL
  • Children:
  1. Dolores Jean (Stergios) Vepley born May 15, 1931 in Chicago, Cook County, IL; married Robert F. Vepley (1930-1985); Dolores died March 20, 1988; lived in Zion, Lake County, IL

Additional Information:

(NOTES: various documentation below indicates the different dates of birth for John Stergios)

According to the New York, U.S., Arriving Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957:


Required by the regulations of the Secretary of Commerce and Labor of the United States, under Act of Congress approved March 3, 1903, to be delivered to the U.S. Immigration Officer by the Commanding Officer of any vessel having such passengers on board upon arrival at a port in the United States.

S. S. Madonna sailing from Naples 25th day of September, 1906 Arriving at Port of NY, Oct 10, 1906

NAME IN FULL: Giovan Stergiopulo; Age, Yrs, Mos: 18; Sex: Male; Married or Single: Single; Calling or Occupation: Laborer; Able to – Read, Write: Yes, Yes; Nationality: Greek; Race or People: Greek; Last Residence: Patrasro; Final Destination: Chicago, Illinois; Whether having a ticket to such final destination: Yes; By whom was passage paid?: himself; Whether in possession of $50, and if less, how much?: $10; Whether ever before in the United States?: no; Whether going to join a relative or friend; and if so, what relative or friend, and his name and completed address: His friend Renbusiskas Giorgis, 201 Bersan Ave; Height – Feet, Inches: 5 ft, 6 in; Complexion: Fair; Color of – Hair, eyes: Black, Brown; Marks of Identification: none; Place of Birth: Achaia (sic Achaea)”

According to the 1920 U.S. Census for Chicago, Cook County, IL living at 634 Custer St., the household members were:

“John Stergois, head, age 29, single, immigration year: 1906, alien, born in Greece, parents born in Greece, Occupation: Retail – Fruits; Pete Poulos, lodger, age 33, single, immigration year: 1914, alien, born in Greece, parents born in Greece, Occupation: Retail – Fruits; George Reator, lodger, age 23, single, immigration year: 1914, alien, born in Greece, parents born in Greece, Occupation: Delivery man – Fruits”

According to the U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918:

“Name n Full: Stergios John; Age in yrs: 28; Home Address: 634 Hamburg, Chicago, Ill; Date of birth; January 29th 1889; Are you (1) a natural-born citizen, (2) a naturalized citizen; (3) an alien (4) or have you declared your intention?: an alien; Where were you born? Ahaia (sic), Greece; If not a citizen of what country are you a citizen: Greece; What is your present trade?: Fruit dealer; By whom employed?: Self; Where employed: 634 Hamburg, Chicago, IL; Have you a father, mother, wife, child under 12 or a sister or brother under 12, solely dependent on you for support?: No; Married or single: Single; Race: Caucasion; What military service have you had? No; Tall, medium or short?: Medium; Slender, medium, or stout?: Stout; Color of eyes?: Brown; Color of hair?: Black; Bald?: No”

According to the Illinois, U.S., Federal Naturalization Records, 1856-1991:

Invalid for all purposes seven years after the date hereof

United States of American, } ss: In the District Court of the United States.
Northern District of Illinois }

   I John Stergios, age 32 years, occupation fruit dealer, do declare on oath that my personal description is: Color white, complexion fair, height 5 feet 8 inches, weight 168 pounds, color of hair black, color of eyes brown other visible distinctive marks none. I was born in Kate Chaia (sic Chania, a city on the island Crete), Greece on the 22 day of Jany, anno Domini 1889, I now reside at 634 Custer St, Chicago, Ill. I emigrated to the United States of American from Patras, Greece on the vessel Mautona (sic Madonna); my last foreign residence was Greece; I am married; the name of my wife is Theresa; she was born in Chicago and now resides at Chicago. It is my bona fide intention to renounce forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty, and particularly to Constantine King of the Hellenes, of whom I am now a subject; I arrived at the port of New York, in the State of New York, on or about the 10 day of Oct 7, anno Domini 1906; I am not an anarchist; I am not a polygamist nor a believer in the practice of polygamy; and it is my intention in good faith to become a citizen of the United States of America and to permanently reside therein: SO HELP ME GOD.

Signed: John Stergios

Subscribed and sworn to before me in the office of the Clerk of said Court at Chicago, Ill., this (blank) date of “NOV 29 1921″ anno Domini 10”

According to the 1930 U.S. Census for Chicago City, Cook County, IL living at 5934 1/2 N. Paulina St., the household members were:

“John Stergios, head, age 39, married at age 29, born in Greece, parents born in Greece, Immigration year: 1906, naturalized, Occupation: Clerk – Retail Fruit store; Theresa Stergios, wife, age 31, married at age 22, born in Illinois, parents born in Germany, Occupation: Winder – Radio coils”

According to the 1940 U.S. Census for Chicago, Cook County, IL living at 4260 N. Clark St., the household members were:

“John Stergios, head, age 47, married, highest grade completed: H4, born in Greece, lived in same place in 1935, Occupation: metal folder – cabinet mfg; Tresa Sterios, wife, age 40, married, highest grade completed: 8, born in Illinois, lived in same place in 1935; John Stergios, daughter, age 8, single, highest grade completed: 3, born in Illinois”

According to the U.S., Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992 (Indexed in World Archive Project):

“Family name: Stergios (Stergiopulo); Given name: John (Gievan); Address: c/o H. & H., Round Lake, Ill.; Certificate no.: P-249541 CN 5509126; Title and location of court: U.S. Dist., Chgo, Ill.; Country of birth or allegiance: Greece; When born (or age) Jan 20, 1890; Date and port of arrival in U.S.: Oct. 10, 1906, New York, N.Y.; Date of naturalization: Jan. 14, 1942; Name and addresses of witnesses: Ernest J. Hills, 2520 N. Drake Ave., Chgo., Ill. and Alida Hills, 2520 N. Drake Ave., Chgo., Ill.; Other facts of record: Name changed by order of the court from Giovan Stergiopulo to John Stergios”

According to the U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942:

“Name: John Strigios; Place of Residence: Round Lake, Lake County, Ill; Mailing Address: Round Lake, Ill.; Telephone: (blank); Age in Years: 52; Date of Birth: Jan 24, 1890; Place of Birth: Greece; Name and Address of Person Who Will Always Know Your Address: Harry Demoeulos, 647 Custurt, Chicago, Ill; Employer’s Name and Address: Advertising Metal Display Co.; Place of Employment: 125 N. Green st., Chicago, Cook County, Ill; Race: White; Height: 5′ 7″; Weight: 180; Eyes: Brown; Hair: Black; Complexion: Dark; Signed: 4/27/42”

According to the Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947:

“Name: John Stergios; Birth Date: 21 Jan 1980; Birth Place: Greece; Death Date: 6 Aug 1947; Death Place: Elgin, Kane, Illinois; Burial Date: 8 Aug 1947; Burial Place: Round Lake, Lake, Illinois; Cemetery Name: Fort Hill; Death Age: 57; Race: White; Marital status: M; Gender: Male; Residence: Round Lake Beach, Lake, Illinois; Father Name: Gust Stergios; Father Birth Place: Greece; Mother Name: Cynthia; Spouse Name: Theresa; FHL Film Number: 1991869”

According to the Lake County Illinois Genealogical Society. “Strang Funeral Home – Grayslake, Illinois – 1908-1964”. Mundelein IL. 2015:

“Surname: STERGIOS; Name: John; Birth Date/Place: 21 Jan 1891, GRC; Death Date/Place: 06 Aug 1947, Elgin State Hospital; Cause of Death: (blank); Married; Occupation: Produce Merchant; Minister – Funeral Home: Chapel; Burial Place – Next of Kin: Fort Hill, Gust STERGIOS (GRC)-Father”