Anna Azarian Claveloux (1908-1990)
BORN: Constantinople, Turkey
DIED: Belmar, New Jersey

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Anna, AKA Annik

Anna Azarian, the daughter of Abraham Azarian and Lousia Hagopian, Galatia, born March 25, 1908, baptized May 18, 1908, priest, Ekmekjian, godfather, Tibalti Arevian, place of residence, Ho Prgiz.

LDS microfilm #1037106, Surp Sauvour, Beyoghle, Istanbul.

Eileen Claveloux, the granddaughter of Anna Azarian Claveloux, gave me a copy of a baptismal certificate that Anna Azarian Claveloux obtained from the Armenian Catholic Church in Istanbul in 1969.

It reads:

" Acte de Naissance et de Bapteme

L'Archeveche Armenien Catholique d'Istanbul declare et certifie que Anna (Annik) Azarian, fille des epoux legitimes Abraham Azarian et Lucie (Nee Agopian), est nee a Galata (Istanbul) le 25 Mars 1908 et qu'ell e ete baptizee et confirmee, selon le reit Armenien Catholique le 18 Mai de la meme annee par Monsiur l'Abbe Raphael Ekmekdjian en eglise paroissiale du Saint Sauveur a Galata, ayant eu pour parrain Monsieur Stepan (Etienne) Tibaldi.

En foi de quoi le present certificat e (can't read two words) pour servir et valoir ce que de droit.

Fait a Istanbul, le 20 Aout 1969


"Certificate of birth and baptism. The archives of the Armenian Catholic Church of Istanbul declares and certifies that Anna (Annik) Azarian the legitimate daughter of Abraham Azarian and Lucie nee Agopian, was born at Galata (Istanbul) on March 25, 1908 and was baptized and confirmed according to the Armenian Catholic rite on May 18 of the same year by the Abbot Raphael Ekmekdjian in the parish church of Saint Savior at Galata and her godfather was Stepan (Etienne) Tibaldi.

This certificate will serve as proof.

Istanbul August 20, 1969."

The godfather's name in the church records was given as Tibalti Arevian and in the 1969 certificate as Stepan (Etienne) Tibaldi.

See Abram Azarian and Lucy


Annik Azarian, age 12, pupil, immigrated with her mother, Lotzika and her two sisters, Heghine (Mary) and Zabel (Alice) on the S.S. Calabria from Patras, Greece which arrived in New York on May 15, 1921 . See Lucy

Annik was listed as able to read and write Armenian. She was described as 5 ft tall, dark complexion, black hair, brown eyes, in good health, born in Sevastia, Turkey.

The above information was taken from the passenger manifest of the S.S. Calabria available on microfilm at the National Archives Records Administration, NYC Branch.


Anna Azarian, age 19, married Peter "Clavalous", age 24, on June 30, 1928, in Union City New Jersey. The marriage was preformed by the Rev. James Walter Doughty. Copy of the marriage certificate for Anna Azarian provided by her granddaughter, Eileen Claveloux.

Peter Clavelous of 198 Palasades Ave. Union City, age 24, manufacturer, born West Hoboken, father, Louis Claveloux mother Fanny La Prade, to Anna Azarian of 285 Bergen Line Ave Union City age 19, born Constantinople, father Abraham Azarian mother, Lucy "Elb--y" 819 15th Street, Union City James Walter Dougherty June 30, 1928 3:30


Anna and Pierre had two children, Louie and Denis (They were born to late to obtain the birth records at the New Jersey Archives.).

  1. Louie, born January 25, 1929, Union City, New Jersey.

    Marriage: Jean Thompson born February 6, 1928

    Children: See below for more details provided by Louis Claveloux:

    1. Eileen
    2. Denis
    3. Ron
    4. Lisa
    5. Miggs

    Death of Louis Claveloux: Louis A. Claveloux, Birth: 25 Jan 1929, Death: 31 Oct 1998 - Madison, New Haven, Connecticut, Issued: New York

    LOUIS A CLAVELOUX, Father's Surname: CLAVELOUX, Death Date: 31 October 1998, Death Place: Madison, New Haven, Connecticut, Age: 69 Years, Birth Place: New Jersey, Birth Date: 25 January 1929, Marital Status:, Married, Spouse: JEAN State File #: 22408, Occupation: MGR OF ENGINEERING, Industry: UPJOHN PLANT Education: 16, Residence: Madison, New Haven, Connecticut, Address: 29 SPORTSMAN HILL RD ,

    Death of Jean Claveloux: Jean T. Claveloux, Birth: 6 Feb 1928, Death: 11 Nov 2003 - Madison, New Haven, Connecticut Issued: Delaware

    November 21, 2003 CLAVELOUX, Jean Eileen Thompson - Age 75, of Sportsman's Hill Rd., Madison, CT passed away early Tuesday morning peacefully at home surrounded by her family, after a long battle with cancer. She was the beloved wife of the late Louis Anthony Claveloux. Born in Wilmington, DE, February 6, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Ewing and Inez (Delamain) Thompson. During her life, Jean worked at various retail stores along the shoreline and most recently at Page Hardware in Guilford, CT until 1987. Jean cared for her husband Lou at home for 11 years after an accident left him a quadriplegic, until his death in 1998. She was the beloved mom of Eileen Claveloux of Amherst, MA., Denis Claveloux and his wife Diane of Mason, NH, Ronald Claveloux of San Francisco, CA, Lisa Claveloux and her husband Bruno Ghigliazza of Madison, CT. and Margaret Surgenor and her husband Scott of Guilford, CT. Jean was a loving grandmother to Jacob Claveloux, Andres and Sofia Bur, Michaela, Daniele and Stefano Ghigliazza, and Sam and Jack Surgenor. Jean is also survived by her sister Cita Rice of Wilmington, DE. Jean was predeceased by her sister Margaret Strickler. A Memorial Service will be celebrated Friday, November 14th at 11am in St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Madison, CT. There are no calling hours. Interment will follow in the church memorial garden. Swan Funeral Home, 825 Boston Post Rd., Madison, CT is in care of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 1004, Meriden, CT. 06450-1004 or St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 232 Durham Rd., Madison, CT. 06443.
  2. Denis born October 19, 1931 (From Anna's Naturalization papers)




    Marriage: Denis P Claveloux Birth Year: abt 1932, Residence: Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, Age: 66, Race: White Spouse: Madeline Y Primeau, Spouse Residence: Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, Spouse Age: 50, Spouse Race: White, Marriage Date: 23 Oct 1998, Place of Marriage: Milford, New Haven

1930 Federal Census

Anna and Pierre Claveloux were listed with Pierre's family in the 1930 Federal Census at 198 Palisades Avenue, Union City, New Jersey as follows:

  • Fanny, head, owing home, value, $20,000, age, 60, born in France, language spoken in home before arriving in the US, French, immigrated in 1891, naturalized, occupation, none
  • Marie, daughter, age, 29, born in New York, teacher, school
  • Pierre, son, age, 26, born in New Jersey, presser dresses
  • Anna, daughter-in-law, age, 21, born in Turkey, language spoken in home before arriving in US, Armenian, immigrated 1921, Alien, occupation, none.
  • Louis, grandson, age 1 year and 1 month, born in New Jersey
  • Antoinette Gubler, daughter, age 24, born in New Jersey, occupation, none
  • Denise Gubler, granddaughter, age 1 year and 1 month, born in New Jersey

At the same address but listed separately were

  • Albert L Gubler, head, renting, $50, age 28, born in New York, occupation, cashier, insurance co.
  • Alex, wife, age 28, born in New Jersey, occupation, stenographer, law office

Census 1940

Union, Hudson, New Jersey, Palisade Avenue House Number: 196, Pierre Claveloux 36, presser dress manufacturer, Anna Claveloux 31, operator dress manufacturer, Louis Claveloux 11, Dennis Claveloux 8

Naturalization, 1944

Anna Azarian Claveloux, age 35, was naturalized in the United States District Court in Newark on February 14th, 1944. Petition #72787. Her address was 922 Palisades Avenue, Union City, New Jersey. Copy of Anna's naturalization papers provided by her granddaughter Eileen Claveloux.

Anna Claveloux made a petition for Naturalization in the District Court of the United States at Newark, New Jersey which contained the following information: Anna Claveloux, nee, Azarian, age 35, born March 28, 1908 in Istanbul, Turkey, residing at 922 Palisades Ave., Union City, New Jersey, female, white, medium complexion, brown eyes, brown hair, height, 5 ft, 4 inches, weight, 142 pounds, no visible distinctive marks, present nationality, Turkish, married to Pierre, on June 30, 1928, at Union City, that Pierre was born Union City, New Jersey, November 17, 1903, Two children, Louis, January 25, 1939 and Denis, October 19, 1931 both at Union City, New Jersey, immigrated from Pereas Greece entering the United States at New York, New York, under the name of Annik Azarian on May 15, 1921 on the Calabria, witnesses, Etta Foley , housewife, 613 10th Street, Union City and Anthony Iorio, labourer, 210 Palisades Avenue, Union City.

Death of Anna Azarian Claveloux

Anna Claveloux, born March 25, 1908, died February 10, 1990, Belmar , New Jersey (Social Security Death Index)

Death of Pierre Claveloux

Pierre was born November 17, 1903 and died April 10, 1991(Social Security Death Index)

Information Provided by Louie Claveloux

Louie Claveloux provided the following information:

  • Mother, Anna Azarian, born March 25, 1909, in Sebastia, Turkey
  • Father, Pierre Claveloux, born November 18, year unknown, Union City, New Jersey
  • Anna and Pierre were married in Union City, date unknown
  • Louie born January 1, 1925 in Union City, New Jersey
  • His wife, Jean Thompson born on February 6, 1928 in Wilmington, Delaware. Louie and Jean met at a dance in Wilmington. They had five children:
    1. Eileen Joyce, born May 29, 1953 in Wilmington, Delaware. Eileen married Martin Bur. They had two children Andres Martin Bur born August 21, 1982 in Chicago and Sofia Inez Bur born on July 4, 1984 in Chicago. Eileen and Martin are now divorced.
    2. Denis Anthony born on October 20, 1954 in Wilmington, Delaware. Denis married Brenda Vetro. They had one son, Jacob Seth, born January 14, 1980 in New Jersey. Denis and Brenda are now divorced.
    3. Ronald Louis born on May 23, 1958 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Ronny is single.
    4. Lisa Jean born March 2, 1960 in Perth Amboy. Lisa married Bruno Ghigliazza who was born on September 1, 1954 in Varazze, Italy. They met in Varazze in 1982. They have three children, twins Michaela Nicole and Daniele Luca born on October 26, 1987 in Ridgewood, New Jersey and Stefano Nicolo born on April 30, 1990 in New Haven, Connecticut.
    5. Margaret Anne born on September 24, 1963 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Margaret married Scott Surgenor who was born on October 5, 1962 in North Adams, Massachusetts. They have one child, Dam Ewing born November 17, 1997 in New Haven, Connecticut.

Pierre Claveloux's Family

Pierre's parents were Louis Claveloux and Fanny Dela Prade. They were listed in the 1900 and 1920 census in West Hoboken (later Union City).

Birth of Louis Claveloux: circa 1855, France

Immigration: Circa 1871

Birth of Fanny dela Prade: circa 1869

Marriage: Louis Claveloux and Fannie De La Prade before 1893, possibly NYC. NOT in Grooms Index.


  1. Denise A. G. Claveloux 27 March 1893 Cert #13429 NYC Births

    Death: Claveloux Denise 1 y Jan 29 1895 3961 Manhattan

  2. Marie born April 1895 New York, per census

    Female Claveloux 03 April 1895 Cert #15048 NYC Births

    Death: Marie Clareloux [Marie Claveloux] Birth: abt 1896 - New York Residence: 1920 - West Hoboken Ward 1, Hudson, New Jersey

  3. Alix born October 1897 per census

    Birth Record: "Marie" Claveloux October 24, 1897 270 Palisades Ave. West Hoboken father Louis Claveloux, age 43, artificial flower maker, mother, Fannie De La Prade, age 29, 3rd child 2 still living.

    Death: Alex Clareloux [Alex Claveloux] Birth: abt 1898 - New Jersey Residence: 1920 - West Hoboken Ward 1, Hudson, New Jersey

  4. George Clavelou"t" October 26, 1899 270 Palisades Ave. West Hoboken, father Louis Clavelou"t" age 44, Fannie de la Prade age 31 4th child, 3 still living.

    Death: George Claveloux 26 Oct 1899, Death: Oct 1967 - Union City, Hudson, New Jersey, United States of America Civil: New Jersey

  5. Antoinette circa 1902 per 1920 census

  6. Pierre circa 1904 per 1920 census

  7. Adele Clavelous and Joseph Anthonly Davis

    Birth: Adele circa 1907 per 1920 census

    Marriage: Joseph Anthonly Davis


    1. Pierre Claveloux Davis, (March 22, 1937, Jersey City NJ) now 71, and younger of two sons of Joseph Anthonly Davis* and Adele Claveloux originally of Palisade Avenue in Union City NJ. (and eventually 309-14th st.)

      *family name before entering through Ellis Island was d'Avis, although they were from Mainz in Germany

      (The Rt. Rev.) Pierre C. Davis, Archpriest (& founder), The Aquarian Tabernacle Church, September 2008)

1900 census: 250 Palisade Avenue as follows.
  • Louis, head of family, born August 1845 in France, immigrated in 1869, naturalized citizen, married 8 years, maker of artificial flowers.
  • His wife, Delaprope (?), born April 1868 in France, immigrated in 1889, married eight years, mother of 4 children, 3 still living.
  • Marie, daughter, born in New York in April 1895
  • Alex, daughter, born in New Jersey in October 1897
  • George, son, born in New Jersey in October 1899

1910: Did not find them

1920 census: 198 Palisade Avenue as follows:

  • Louis A, head of family, age 65, born in France, immigrated in 1871, naturalized in 1891, maker of artificial flowers
  • His wife, Fannie, age 51, born in France, immigrated in 1891, naturalized in 1891
  • Marie, daughter, age 24, born in New York, school teacher
  • Alex, daughter, age 22, born in New Jersey, typist insurance company
  • George, son, age 20, born in New Jersey, helper artificial flowers
  • Antoinette, daughter, age 18, born in New Jersey, no occupation
  • Pierre, son, age 16, born in New Jersey, no occupation
  • Adele, daughter, age 13 born in New Jersey, no occupation

1930 Census: see above.

Antoinette's husband was Arthur Gubler (per Eileen Claveloux).

A Claveloux Trip to France

Ellis Island records shows that Marie, Pierre and Adele went to France and returned on September 5, 1913, from Le Harve on the France. They were listed as US Natives: Claveloux, Marie born NYC April 11, 1895 Pierre, born West Hoboken Nov 17, 1903 Adele, born W. Hoboken March 4, 1906. "Bos and sis" noted in margin. Address in US 198 Palisades Ave West Hoboken.

Email from Pierre Claveloux September 2008

Joseph Anthonly Davis eventually rose to be a very prominent attorney in Jersey City with a firm named Wall, Hait (or Height), Carey & Hartpence with offices at 1 Exchange Place in Jersey City. The firm eventually became named O'mara, Schumann, Davis & Lynch some time before my Dad's death from lung cancer in the 60s. Adele, my mom died 2 years later from throat cancer (both were heavy smokers). Adele was the youngest of some 9 Claveloux children born of Louis Claveloux and Fannie DeLa Prade. My parents, Joseph & Adele, were good and loving parents who gave my brother Joe Jr. and I (Pierre C. Davis, originally from Jersey City and Newton, NJ) everything they had not had in their own lives. They were wonderful parents, excellent role models and at times it was hard to uphold their moral standards, but we managed to do it. Of those in the photos, I remember well Anthony Iorio and "Uncle" harry, a diamond setter who crafted my first wife's and my wedding rings. When I was a child, Harry would always encourage me to do an imitation of Jimmy Durante, a popular comedian of the time (40s & 50s). An invitation to Pierre & Anna's for a holiday dinner was always a wonderful event, with several main courses to choose from, and multiple desserts which Uncle Pierre would often overindulge in, to everyone's dismay. Anna was a superb cook as well as a wonderful woman, wife and mother. I believe both she and Uncle Pierre worked in the garment district in NYC when Grandpa Louis Claveloux's business making artificial flowers for millenry went out of vogue (Pierre was taken out of high school to learn the business, which eventually closed leaving him with no useful education).

The west coast Claveloux folks may well be descendants of Louis' wife, who ran off to America (without him). He came here looking to find her but could not. As the story goes, since he was married in France and not America, he saw no need for a divorce and married Fannie after meeting her here in New York, and proceeded to have some 9 children, not all of whom survived. As best I can recall them, they were Marie, Toinette (Antoinette), George, Alix, Pierre, and my Mom, Adele. Presumably the others died in childbirth or as infants. At least this is what my Mom told us. (The Rt. Rev.) Pierre C. Davis, Archpriest (& founder), The Aquarian Tabernacle Church

Claveloux in the Social Security Death Index

Catherine, born January 8, 1908, died January 6, 1992, New Jersey

George Claveloux, born October 26, 1899, died October 1967, Union City, New Jersey

Marie L Claveloux, born April 4, 1895, died November 4, 1989, New York, New York

Photos of Anna

I have hardly any photos of Anna by herself

Circa 1945
Collection of Thomas Blanck

Anna with Christine and Mary in background
circa 1945
Collection of Thomas Blanck

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