Brigis, Xenophon (1883-1950)

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1915, page 510.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1915, page 510.

n 1915, “X. Bragris” was in the 1915 Vancouver directory. He had a confectionery business at 1890 Georgia Street, and he was living at 1888 Georgia Street that year.

(Arthur F. Collyer also appeared at 1888 Georgia Street in the 1915 directory. Hanlan Garfield Wickwire was also at 1890 Georgia Street that year.)

Henderson’s Vancouver Directory, 1920, page 430.

Henderson’s Vancouver Directory, 1920, page 430.

By 1920, “L. Bragis” was operating the Robson Confectionery; he was living at 904 Robson Street.

Wrigley Henderson Amalgamated British Columbia Directory, 1925, page 685.

Wrigley Henderson Amalgamated British Columbia Directory, 1925, page 685.

In 1925 and 1926, “Xenephon Bragis” had a confectionery at 652 Kingsway.

It appears that this person was Xenophon Brigis, who was born in Greece on March 2, 1883. His mother was Mariha Agrin.

He lived in Washington State from 1909 to 1913.

On September 8, 1920, in Snohomish County, Washington, Xenophon married Ora (Oraine) Demeson. She was born in Tripoli, Greece on December 6, 1897.

In early 1924, Xenophon and Ora “Bragis” attempted to enter the United States at Bellingham, Washington. Xenophon said that he was 40, and that he had been born in Greece. Ora was 25, and she was also born in Greece. The United States authorities would not let them enter the country.

Xenophon and Ora later lived in Calgary and Lethbridge, Alberta and St Catharines, Ontario. They operated a restaurant for much of the time.

Xenophon died on October 28, 1950. He was buried in Victoria Lawn Cemetery in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Ora died on September 17, 1971. She was buried in Victoria Lawn Cemetery in St. Catharines.

Ora’s estate was involved in litigation relating to municipal tax assessments. The courts found in favour of the municipality.

Toronto Globe and Mail, July 10, 1981, page 33, column 2.

Toronto Globe and Mail, July 10, 1981, page 33, column 2.

Xenophon and Ora had the following children.

 

Anne (Anastasia) Brigis

Anne (Anastasia) Brigis was born in British Columbia (probably in Vancouver) on July 10, 1921.

She married Charlie (Constantine) Vlahos.

Anne died on October 19, 2018.

 

John Brigis

John Brigis was born in Vancouver on February 15, 1924.

He married Anne (Anastasia) Rigas.

In 1972, John and Anne were operating a restaurant in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Ancestry.com. Canada, Voters Lists, 1935-1980 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Name: John Brigis; Occupation: Restr Opr; Year: 1972; Location: Lincoln, Ontario, Canada; Electoral District: Lincoln.

Ancestry.com. Canada, Voters Lists, 1935-1980 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Name: John Brigis; Occupation: Restr Opr; Year: 1972; Location: Lincoln, Ontario, Canada; Electoral District: Lincoln.

John died before 2009.

Anne died on September 1, 2014.

 

Nicholas (Nick) Brigis

Nicholas (Nick) Brigis was born in Vancouver on October 26, 1925.

He married Zoe.

Nick and Zoe lived in Forest Hills, New York.

Nick died on March 30, 2009.

 

Sources

Vancouver directories: Arthur F. Collyer appeared at 1888 Georgia Street in the 1915 directory. Hanlan Garfield Wickwire was also at 1890 Georgia Street that year.

 

Xenophon Brigis

“Washington, Seattle, Passenger Lists, 1890-1957”, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KY27-51C : accessed 15 Jul 2014), Xenophon Bragis.

Ancestry.com. Washington, Marriage Records, 1854-2013 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Name: X Brigis; Gender: Male; Application Date: 8 Sep 1920; Application Place: Snohomish, Washington, USA; Spouse: Ora Demeson

“New York, Northern Arrival Manifests, 1902-1956,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q23H-ZT62 : 12 March 2018), Xnofon Brigis, 1940; citing  NARA microfilm publication M1480 and M1482 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); roll 00015, FHL microfilm 1,283,649.

“Vermont, St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings, 1895-1954,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK3B-YFJC : 16 March 2018), Xenophon Bragos, 1895-1924; citing M1461, Soundex Index to Canadian Border Entries through the St. Albans, Vermont, District, 1895-1924, 51, NARA microfilm publications M1461, M1463, M1464, and M1465 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, publication year); FHL microfilm 1,472,851.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2BY-38PW : 10 March 2017), Xenophon Brigis, 1950; Burial, Saint-Catharines, Niagara Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada, Victoria Lawn Cemetery; citing record ID 175602738, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/175602738: Xenophon Brigis; Birth: 2 Mar 1883; Death: 28 Oct 1950 (aged 67); Burial: Victoria Lawn Cemetery, St. Catharines, Niagara Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada; Memorial ID: 175602738.”

 

Ora (Oraine) Demeson (wife of Xenophon Bragis)

“Idaho, Eastport, Arrival Manifests, 1924-1956,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KF6D-55Y : 15 March 2018), Ora Brigis, 1937; citing Immigration, Eastport, Idaho, United States, NARA microfilm publication A3460 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2BY-38GZ : 10 March 2017), Ora Brigis, 1971; Burial, Saint-Catharines, Niagara Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada, Victoria Lawn Cemetery; citing record ID 175602739, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/175602739: “Ora Brigis; Birth: 6 Dec 1897; Death: 17 Sep 1971 (aged 73); Burial: Victoria Lawn Cemetery, St. Catharines, Niagara Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada; Memorial ID: 175602739.

 

Anne Brigis (daughter of Xenophon Brigis)

Anne Vlahos, obituary, Altamont Enterprise, Milestones; November 1, 2018; https://altamontenterprise.com/11012018/anne-vlahos [includes photographs].

 

John Brigis (son of Xenophon Brigis)

“New York, Northern Arrival Manifests, 1902-1956,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q23H-ZYS6 : 12 March 2018), John Brigis, 1940; citing  NARA microfilm publication M1480 and M1482 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); roll 00015, FHL microfilm 1,283,649.

 

Anastasis (Anne) Rigas (wife of John Brigis)

Anastasia (Anne) Brigis, death notice; http://yourlifemoments.ca/sitepages/obituary.asp?oid=824536: “BRIGIS, Anastasia (Anne) – On Monday, September 1, 2014, Anastasia Brigis (nee Rigas) suddenly passed away at the age of 81. Predeceased by her husband John. Dearly beloved mother of six children; Jim, Kathy, Fonda ( Kathleen), Nick, Tom (Roula) and Oraine (Nick) De Rosa. Highly cherished grandmother of Sophie, Katie and Chris. Dear sister of Georgina (late John), George (Lorraine), Kostas (Nicolitsa), Chris (Tina), late Martha (late George) and late Nick (Argiri). Dear sister-in-law of Anne (late Charlie) Vlahos and Zoe (late Nick) Brigis. Survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews in Canada, Greece and the USA. Anne was born in Skala, Nafpaktos, Greece to her late parents Thanassi and Kaliopi. She was the first of her siblings to come to Canada in the late 50’s, the second of 7 children. Her kind personality, loving smile and surprising wit, world class cooking, as well as her dedication to her church, will always be remembered, as she brought joy to all who had the good fortune of knowing her. Mrs. Brigis is resting at the HULSE AND ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME, 75 Church Street, St. Catharines (905-684-6346) where family will receive visitors on Thursday, September 4th from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Prayers will be said at 7:30 pm. A Funeral Service will be held at the St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, 585 Niagara Street, St. Catharines at 11:00 am Friday, September 5th, 2014. Interment at Fairview Cemetery, Niagara Falls. Anastasia will be sadly missed by family, friends and members of the Greek Community. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church (905-685-3028), 585 Niagara Street, St. Catharines L2M 3P6 would be appreciated. On-line tributes may be made at http://www.hulseandenglish.com. Jesus said: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” John 11:25-26 12833415.”

 

Nicholas Brigis (son of Xenophon Brigis)

The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Manifests of Alien Arrivals at Buffalo, Lewiston, Niagara Falls, and Rochester, New York, 1902-1954; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787 – 2004; Record Group Number: 85; Series Number: M1480; Roll Number: 015

“United States Social Security Death Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JTJR-N2V : 19 May 2014), Nicholas  Brigis, 30 Mar 2009; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

“United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVT4-T46P : accessed 19 November 2018), Nicholas Brigis, Long Island, New York, United States, 01 Apr 2009; from “Recent Newspaper Obituaries (1977 – Today),” database, GenealogyBank.com (http://www.genealogybank.com : 2014); citing Newsday, born-digital text.

Nicholas Brigis, obituary, published in Newsday on Apr. 1, 2009; https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsday/obituary.aspx?n=nicholas-brigis&pid=125655944: “BRIGIS – Nicholas, of Forest Hills, NY, on March 30, 2009. Beloved husband of Zoe Brigis. Devoted father of Anthony and Anastasia Brigis, Arthur and Olga Brigis, and Renee and John Gianakis, Jr. Cherished grandfather of ZoeAnna Vargas, Victoria Brigis, Joy Brigis and Nicholas Brigis. Dear brother of Anastasia Vlahos and the late John Brigis. Nicholas was a past president and current member of the Rego Park Lions Club. Reposing Hillebrand Funeral Homes, Inc., 63-17 Woodhaven Blvd., Rego Park, NY. Visiting Thursday 2:00pm until 5:00pm and 7:00pm until 9:00pm. Funeral service to be held Friday 11:00am at The Transfiguration of Christ Greek Orthodox Church, Corona, NY. Interment to follow, Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Maspeth, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nicholas’ name to The Transfiguration of Christ Greek Orthodox Church, 3805 98th Street, Corona, NY 11368.”

“BillionGraves Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QL19-NGZX : 31 October 2017), Nicholas Brigis, died 30 Mar 2009; citing BillionGraves (http://www.billiongraves.com : 2012), Burial at Calvary Cemetery (Second), Queens, Queens, New York, United States; https://billiongraves.com/grave/person/24711623.

“United States Public Records, 1970-2009,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KVDX-D9Z : 22 May 2014), Nicholas Zoe Brigis, Residence, Forest Hills, New York, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.

 

 

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