George Como

Male 1859 - 1938  (79 years)

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  • Name George Como  [1
    Born 11 Jan 1859  Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 16 Jan 1938  Canton, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2107  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 3 Jan 2022 

    Father Nelson Como,   b. 18 May 1810, Rouville, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 1887, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Marinda Tyrrell,   b. Nov 1834, Cornwall, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1910, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 17 Oct 1854  Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F6829  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Elizabeth LaFlair,   b. 13 Jan 1884, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 1963, Oswego County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 26 Nov 1898  Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Maude May Como,   b. Between 1897 and 1898, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 1898, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 1 years)  [natural]
     2. infant Como,   b. 16 Jun 1901, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jul 1901, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [natural]
     3. Wilbert Henry Como,   b. 24 Jan 1905, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jan 1972, Phoenix, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 3 Jan 2022 
    Family ID F12  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • - George Como had three children: Maude May, 1891-1898; an unnamed infant who died on day of birth in 1901; and Wilbert, born 1905. In the 1910 census, George and wife Mary LaFlair Como are living with son Wilbert, 5; and indicate they have had three children, only one of whom is still alive. This would imply that Mary is the mother of Maude May, who died May 12, 1898 at, according to the death record, age 7; and of an infant who died on its day of birth, June 16, 1901. Maude May died in May, 1898, while George and Mary were not married until November, 1898. Maude was supposedly 7 years old, so would have been born about 1891. But when Mary married George in November of 1898, she was 14; in 1891, she would have been 7. Since there is no indication George had an earlier wife, and since Mary notes that she had two children who died, I assume an error was made and Maude May was her child, who died not at 7 years of age but either 7 days, or 7 months.

      - Maude May died at 66 Mechanic St. where George and Mary were residing. That address, under the old numbering system, is 1122 Mechanic St., which house was owned 100 years later by Ted Como, who lived in it for eight years. He purchased it from June (Recore) Pelo, who was Earl Como's first cousin and daughter of George Recore, Earl Como's mother Elizabeth (Recore) Como's brother. Ted was unaware of this relationship when he purchased the house in 1972.

      - 1860 U.S. census, Ogdensburg First Ward: George is 6 months old, is living with parents Nelson and Marinda "Commo", and was born in New York state.

      - 1865 N.Y. State census, Ogdensburg Fourth Ward: George is 4 years old and is living with his parents Nelson and Marinda Como.

      - 1870 U.S. census, Ogdensburg, George is 10 and living with his parents Nelson and Marinda Como.

      - 1880 U.S. cesus, Ogdensburg: George is 20 and living with his parents on Albany Avenue. He works as a laborer and is single. George cannot read or write.

      - Dec., 1892: Daily Journal, Dec. 3, 1892: HORSEWHIPPED IN A JUSTICE'S OFFICE: Some time ago the Board of Health ordered Hazel LaFrance to abate a nuisance on her premises in Market street, and she engaged a man named George Como to do the work necessary to comply with the order. She alleges that she paid him in advance and after the work was completed he demanded $3 more. This she refused to give and Como went before the Board of Health and entered a complaint that the work was performed improperly which led to one of the physicians of the board to require an examination which necessitated doing the work over again at the woman's expense. Como then brought suit against her for the $3. The case came up before Justice of the Peace, Mack, yesterday afternoon, When the case was concluded, and the people were leaving the justice's office, the woman brought out a raw hide, which she had with her, and commenced plying the man with it. She followed him about the office, cutting him on the head and shoulders, without mercy. He escaped to the hall, followed by the infuriated woman, who kept plying him with the whip until he jumped from the head of the stairs. He ran across Ford street and toward the bridge at the top of his speed. The woman then gave herself up to the authorities.

      - April, 1898: Ogdensburg News: Friday, April 8, 1898: George Como appeared before Recorder Wells yesterday morning and swore out a warrant for the arrest of James Bryan, who, he claims without provocation, assaulted him on Wednesday, at 10 a m., in the yard of H. Northrup's stave factory. Como named Wesley Story and Robert Oliver as witnesses. It was reported yesterday that Bryan had left the city for parts unknown. Como said he was at work as usual yesterday in Northrup's yard; that he was standing on a pile of staves, piling staves on to another pile and that Byran came along saying he would "put the boots" to him. Como said he should like to have a pair of boots, and jumped down to the ground. Bryan kicked Como and Como returned the salute just in sport. Brian clinched him; upon George's trying to disengage himself, Bryan seized the opportunity and clinched his opponent's ear between his teeth and began to chew away like a starving Cuban upon a fresh broiled steak. Como soon struck Bryan with a sufficient force to make him let go his hold. Bryan then endeavored to gnaw away a portion of George's cheek. After a time, Como succeeded in freeing himself. When Como came before the Recorder for the warrant, his ear was bound together with court plaster, and his cheek slightly lacerated.

      - April, 1898: April 10: The case of the people vs. James Bryan was postponed on account ot the officers being unable to apprehend the culprit. George Como and the witnesses to the chewing scrap, Wesley Storey and Robert
      Oliver were ordered to reappear when summoned.

      - May, 1898: Ogd. Advance reports on May 19, 1898: Died: COMO - In this city, May 12th, 1898, Elizabeth, daughter of James and Anna Como, aged 7 years. (This is incorrect in every respect. Actually, it was the death of Maude May Como, either 7 days or 7 months but NOT 7 years, daughter of George and Mary Como.) The June, 1898: Ogd. Advance reports on June 16, 1898: City Vital Statistics for May, 1898: The names and ages of the deceased persons were: Maude May Como, 7 years. Also: Ogdensburg city clerk death record: Maude May Como died May 12, 1898 at the age of 7. Her parents were George Como and Anna Como, both living in Ogdensburg at 66 Mechanic St. She died of diptheritic croup and was buried in Potter's Field (the burial place for the poor.) D.E. Southwick was attending physician.

      - Nov., 1898: On 26 November 1898, marriage of George Como, son of Nelson Como and Melinda Turl. George is 39 and this is his first marriage. Wife is Elizabeth LaFlair, who gave her age of 16, but she actually was 14 at the time.

      - Nov., 1898: Ogdensburg Advance, November 1898: Marriage of George Como to Elizabeth LaFlaire. Both are from Ogdensburg.

      - 1900 U.S. census, Ogdensburg: George is 41 and working as a day laborer. He was born Jan 11, 1859 in New York State. He has been married for two years. He is living with his wife Mary, 16, on South Street. They have no children.

      - June, 1901: On 16 June 1901, death of a 3/4 day old child who is the son of George and Marinda Como. Cause of death is pneumonia.

      - 1905-06 city directory: Geo & Mary Como, lab, 16 Gates St.
      - 1907-08 city directory: Geo & Mary Como, lab, 84 Ford Ave.
      - 1909-10 city directory: Geo, Mary Como, lab, 85 Main St.
      - 1911-12 city directory: George Como does not appear.

      - 1910 U.S. census, Ogdensburg Second Ward: George's age looks like it is 58, although it is hard to read. He is working in a stave factory and is living with his wife Mary, 26 and their son Wilbert, 5. George and Mary have been married for 12 years and have had three children, only one of whom is still alive. George was born in New York state, but both of his parents were born in Canada.

      - Sept., 1912: Daily Journal, Sept. 25, 1912: George Como was convicted of assaulting his wife. He got 30 days, suspended, that he keep away from his wife. They have been living apart the past two years.

      - May, 1912: Daily Journal: May-Aug, 1913: Case heard in Ogdensburg city court: The next case was an assault. George Como, with his right eye bathed in blue and black, accused Henry Rexford of punching him. Mr. Rexford said that he struck after Como had launched at him. Mr. Rexford went on to say that Como and other occupants of Ephraim Bushey's place have been making the night hideous with their boisterous conduct. He said that Bushey himself was in the habit of lying out in a naked condition. As to Como, Mr. Rexford said that he took liquor to the Bushey place and was one of the prime disturbers. Mr. Rexford said that he could produce the witnesses necessary to prove his charges. Como likewise said he would disprove what Rexford said and substantiate his own case. The case was adjourned.

      - 1920 U.S. census: George Como, 60, is boarding with John Langois, 65, in Ogdenburg's Second Ward. There is no listing in this census for wife Mary (Elizabeth) nor of Wilbert, who would be 15.

      - Aug. 21, 1913: Henry Rexford was in police court on Tuesday, charged with assaulting George Como. The latter exhibited as trim a black eye as one could wish to see. In the words of a spectator, "it was a dandy." While not denying he was the artist,Rexford said that Como provoked the assault and in fact struck first. This Como denied, and trial will be heard tomorrow. Rexford charged that Como brought whiskey to the home of Ephraim Bushey and a carousal followed. He tried to stop the noise so that he could get some sleep and Como interfered. Bushey was charged with indecent exposure, it being alleged that he was out in his yard in a naked condition. Bushey is a physical wreck, having been a hard drinker. He will be tried tomorrow.

      - May, 1923: The Watertown Daily Times of May 17, 1923, reported that the death of George Como of Ogdensburg occurred at Canton on Monday (May 14.) He is survived by a son, Wilbert Henry Como; two brothers, William and John, a sister, and several other relatives residing in Ogdensburg. However, this was revealed to be a hoax. Several days after it was published, George Como reported to the Ogd. Advance that he was not dead. At least the Norwood newspaper published a report on the hoax: The Norwood News of May 23, 1923: Ogdensburg, May 17: George Como of Ogdensburg, reported to have died at Canton Monday, entered a personal denial today. He said he did not know how the rumor originated. Announcement of his death had been sent to a local newspaper office and was signed "John Como." The article said John had a brother named George.

      - 1925 city directory: George Como, emp St. Lawrence Co Utilities, h rear 207 Lake

      - May, 1925: Journal, May 28, 1925: Compensation Court: A third hearing was conducted in the case of George Como who suffered an injury to the head when a bucket of concrete fell about sixty feet and struck him. The case was dismissed on objection of the carrier on grounds that he had failed to report the accident within the one year period. Como was injured August 1, 1923.

      - Aug., 1926: Aug. 6: Hugh Denmen was sentenced to serve 30 days in the county jail for assaulting George Como, a middle-aged man.

      - Oct., 1927: Journal, Oct. 17, 1927: George Como was arrested last evening on a charge of public intoxication. After he was placed in a cell he fell to the floor from a bunk and struck his head on a water pail. He suffered a cut on the side of his head which required six stitches. Dr. Leonard Charbonueau attended him.

      - Jan. 1938: The Ogdensburg Advance of Sunday, Jan. 16, 1938 reported: George Como, 79, native of Ogd. and son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Como, died at Canton late Friday night where he had been a resident since the Community Home was closed here last November. The body was brought to the Ramsdell and Ewart Funeral Home on Stte Street. Surviving is one brother, Willam Como of Tampa, and two sisters, Mrs. Vina Nevin and Mrs. Minnie Hoadley, both of Ogdensburg

      - Tues., Jan. 18, 1938: Funeral services held for George Como.


      - Dorothy Cayen said that George and his wife Martha were founding members of Rebecca's Lodge, a group affiliated with the Moose Lodge in Ogdensburg and that their names were on a plaque that hangs inside the Moose. She said that George and his wife had children and moved to Harrisville, where she was from, and that eventually she threw him out and he came back to Ogdensburg to live.

      - Earl C. Como said that George Como lived with his family during the depression, but he doesn't recall George ever being married. He said that eventually George had to go live in the Poor House near Canton and that he died there sometime during the 1930s. He said that Ted Como once ran across a letter dated around the 1920s that George Como had died of strong drink and bad habits.

  • Sources 
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