FamilyTree Caraber, Caranicolas, Kotalis
Greece to Massachusetts, 1905-1914
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SteamShip The Karaberis-Caraber Family

Dimitrio Karaberis, born 1890 in Peristeri, Athens, Greece.  Dimitrio came to America at Boston, Massachusetts as a young man.  Here he met and married another immigrant from Greece, Vaya Karanicholas. While proud of their Greek heritage, they anglicized their names to James Caraber & Viola Caranicolas.  James and Viola wanted to name their first son Archibald Caraber, but Greek and Boston accents were hard to reconcile; in the official record their son's legal name became Archie Paul Caraber, later the father of my wife, Nancy V. (Caraber) Tuttle.

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SteamShip The Karanicholas-Caranicolas Family

Nicholaos Seraphim was born about 1830 in Sparta, Greece.  He emigrated to Konstantsikon in Kozani, Macedonia around 1850 and changed his family name to Karanicholas.

"As part of the historical background of the period, it is important to keep in mind that this was a tumultuous time in the history of modern Greece. In 1821 in Sparta, Peloponnesus, the Greek Revolution began, in order to throw off the Ottoman Turkish subjugation, which had gripped Greece for nearly 400 years. With the help of the European powers, little Greece became a monarchy in 1830, with Otto I of Bavaria (Germany) her first king. Noteworthy is the fact that Nicholas Seraphim undoubtedly witnessed some of this upheaval, and most assuredly his parents did, as some of the most heroic resistance and fiercest battles against the Ottomans came from the Spartan Greek patriots. By the time the Turks were defeated, the Peloponnesus, in particular, had been devastated." [Marianthe Karaberis]

One of Nikos' grand-daughters, Vaya Karanicholas, immigrated at Boston, Massachusetts and married another Greek immigrant, Dimitrio Karaberis, as noted above.

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SteamShip The Koutsalaes-Kotalis Family

Some family stories are seldom passed down in full detail, and this is one of them. Several years after James & Viola Caraber married and had two children, James left the area for places and reasons unknown. Left on her own with two young ones, Viola Caraber called on her family ties in Greece and convinced her second cousin, Christos Kotalis, to come to Boston and help her raise the family.

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