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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Great-Grandmother Mendoza

Great-Grandmother Mendoza

My great-grandmother on my mother's side. She was from Chihuahua, Mexico. Her husband, pictured in the locket she's wearing, is my great-grandfather Jose, from Rio De Janiero. Great-Grandma's given name (Rangel?) was written very illegibly on her daughter Rachelita's birth certificate, so we are not sure how to say it or spell it. When Grandmother Rachelita was 2, her father left them -- Rangel had TB and my grandmother got a bad case of rickets. So he thought they were dying. Rangel did die, but Rachelita was rescued. She was given up for adoption to an older Anglo couple. They raised her till she was 16, then she married my Grandfather John. Grandmother Rachelita looks very much like her mother too.

Not sure

My Grandmother says they didn't have the same name. It makes sense what you commented though. Thanks.

"Rangel"

Isn't it more likely that her name was Rachel, not "Rangel"? Especially considering that her daughter was called Rachelita.

 
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