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Octavius Victor Rodrigues

March 29, 1885—May 3, 1966

1885 Birth

Date: March 29, 1885
Place: Demerara-Mahaica, Guyana
Father: Emmanuel Paschal Barbosa Rodrigues
Mother: Leopoldina Aloycia Nunes

The 1930 US Census gives his birthplace as “At Sea”

1909 Immigration

Leopoldina Rodrigues, Age 50, Female, Married
Marie Rodrigues, Age 27, Female, Single
Octavius Rodrigues, Age 24, Male, Single

All of them:
Ship: S.S. Parima
Sailing fro: West Indies
Natinonality/Race: British Portuguese
Last residence: Georgetown, B.G.
Departure contact: S P Rodrigues, Georgetown B.G.
Final destination: Springfield
Arrival contact: Friend, M. N. Dickinson, Springfield

1917/18 Draft Registration

Address: 610 W 135 St., New York City, N.Y.
Age: 33, Born March 29 1885
Citizen of England
Occupation: Controller at Champlain Silk Mills, 25 Madison Av., New York City, N.Y.
Nearest relative: Leopoldina Rodrigues, Mother

1921 Marriage

Dutch Reformed Church Records

First Church, Passaic, New Jersey

  • Date of marriage: May 28, 1921
  • Names of parties: Octavius Victor Rodrigues, Ethel Marie Cayan
  • Residences: New York N.Y., Passaic N.J.
  • Witnesses: Korell R. Cayan, Mabel E. Cayan
1922 Birth of daughter Barbara

Name: Barbara Kaye Webb, née Rodrigues
Date: Dec 23, 1922
Place: Passaic, Passaic County, New Jersey, USA
Father: Octavius Victor Rodrigues
Mother: Ethel Marie Kayan or Cayan Rodrigues

Barbara died in 2019, at the age of 96.

1930 United States Census
  • State: New York
  • County: Westchester
  • Incorporated place: City of Mount Vernon
  • Street: East Lincoln Avenue

Most intriguing is his birthplace: “At Sea”

Surname: Rodrigues Rodrigues Rodrigues
Given Name: Octavius Ethel Barbara
Relation: Head Wife Daughter
Home: Rented
Home Value: 130
Radio Set: Yes
Gender: Male Female Female
Race: White White White
Age: 45 Nr 7
Marital Status: Married Married Single
Age at first marriage: 36
Attended School: No No Yes
Able to read and write: Yes No
Birthplace: “At Sea” New Jersey New Jersey
Father's birthplace: Portugal US At Sea
Mother's birthplace: British Guiana US New Jersey
Language spoken: Unknown
Occupation: Financial Ex None None
Industry: Manufacturer
Employment: Yes
1931 Divorce Reno Evening Gazette, October 5, 1931, Page 3 Nevada State Journal, Reno, Nevada, Oct 6, 1931, Page 7

The entry is at the end.
Divorces granted in Judge Benjamin F. Curlers court yesterday numbered 45 and included…
… Ethel Cayan Rodrigues from Octavius Victor Rodrigues

A mystery divorce, as the 1940 census shows him, 9 years later, living with his wife Ethel and their daughter Barbara.

1940 Immigration

Place of birth: British Guiana
Language: English
Race: Portuguese
Nationality: British Guiana
Occupation: Business Executive
Coming from: Niagara Falls, Ont., Canada
In US from 1909 to date, Fairfield, Conn. and others
Wife: Ethel M. Rodrigues, 226 Ludlow Road, Fairfield, Conn.
Purpose: Resume perm. residence
Obtained reentry permit for mean of identification on frequent business to Niagara Falls, Canada

1940 United States Census

Address: 226 Ludlow Road, Fairfield Village, Fairfield, Connecticut
In 1935: Passaic, New Jersey

O. Victor Rodrigues, Head, Age 55, Executive, Razor Mfg.
Ethel M. Rodrigues, Wife, Age 49
Barbara Rodrigues, Daughter, Age 17
Leopoldina Rodrigues, Mother, Age 72

1942 Draft Registration

Address: 1907 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, Fairfield, Conn.
Age: 57, Born March 29 1885
Place of birth: Georgetown, British Guiana
Contact: Mrs. L. A. Rodrigues, 1907 Park Ave., Bridgeport, Conn.
Employer: Magazine Repeating Razor Company, Bridgeport, Conn.
Address: 929 Connecticut Ave., Bridgeport, Fairfield, Conn.

1966 Death

Last place of residence: Hillsborough, Florida
Previous residence postal code: 33612 (Tampa, Florida)
Date: May 1966

The Tampa Tribune, Tampa, Florida, May 6, 1966, Page 2

He died the preceding Tuesday, May 3, 1966