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Subject: [NYSUF] Jean Marilyn Altz Petrocelli, 1926 - 1966
Date: 4 May 2003 07:34:57 -0600
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On 5/4/03 (7:18:20 AM MDT), in a posting to the Suffolk County Board that was 'gatewayed' to , Teri () asked,
"I am trying to find the family of the late Jean Marilyn Altz Petrocelli to invite them to a Downs family reunion to be held in July 2003. I am also compiling the family history for this reunion and would like to include Jean's family in our family tree.
Jean was the daughter of Leroy Altz and Mary Ellen Downs. She was born about 1926 in Brooklyn. She married an unknown Petrocelli after 1930 and had one daughter, name and age unknown. Jean died of cancer at age 40 in Smithtown, NY. Her exact date of death is unknown but she was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY, on June 4, 1966. I would presume from this that she died between June 1 - 3, although she may have died as early as May 31."
A few thoughts:
You may want to seek help at the Smithtown Library:
Smithtown Library (Main Branch)
1 North Country Road
Smithtown, New York 11787
Additionally, parts of the Village of the Branch and the Village of Nissequogue are in the "Smithtown, NY 11787" postal zone and places in these 2 villages (municipal corporations) have a "Smithtown, NY" mailing address. If the address you have "Bridle Path Road" is in either of these 2 villages, then you may want to contact the village clerk of the respective village.
The pertinent geography:
Smithtown is a hamlet (unincorporated area) in the center part of the Town of Smithtown, Suffolk County. There are 3 villages (incorporated municipalities) and 8 hamlets all or partly in the Town of Smithtown. There are no cities and 10 towns in Suffolk County. There are 2 Indian reservations in Suffolk County. (I'm including after my name a NYS Geographic Glossary with the NYS definitions of county, city, town, village, hamlet and postal zone.)
Beginning on the north and moving in a clockwise direction, the Hamlet of Smithtown in the Town of Smithtown is bordered on the north by the Hamlet of Kings Park and the Village of Nissequogue; on the east the Village of Head of the Harbor. the Hamlet of St. James, the Village of the Branch and the Hamlet of Nesconset; on the south by the Hamlets of Hauppauge and the Hamlet of Commack; and, on the west by the Hamlet of Commack and the Hamlet of Kings Park.
And, as occurs in every one of Suffolk County's 157 communities (0 cities, 31 villages and 126 hamlets), the Hamlet of Smithtown has a different border than does the "Smithtown, NY" postal zone. There are places that have a "Smithtown, NY 11787" mailing address that are not in the Hamlet of Smithtown. These places are in the Village of the Branch and the Village of Nissequogue, as well as in the Hamlets of St. James and Nesconset.
For those who have their copy of the 2002 or earlier edition of the LI Population Survey or have already downloaded the report from the Long Island Power Authority web site (eMail me directly if you need instructions on how to access and download the report), you'll find the Hamlet of Smithtown in the Town of Smithtown, Suffolk County on pages 14 & 22 (map) and 23 (population estimate).
I hope this information is useful or, at least, interesting.
Cities, Towns, Villages, Hamlets and Postal Zones in New York State
New York State is divided into counties.
A county is a municipal corporation, a subdivision of the state, created to perform state functions; a "regional" government. All counties are divided into cities, towns and Indian reservations.
A city is a unique governmental entity with its own special charter. Cities are not sub-divided, except into neighborhoods, which are informal geographic areas.
A town is a municipal corporation and encompasses all territory within the state except that within cities or Indian reservations. Towns can be sub-divided into villages and hamlets.
A village is a general purpose municipal corporation formed voluntarily by the residents of an area in one or more towns to provide themselves with municipal services. The pattern of village organization is similar to those of a city. A village is divided into neighborhoods, which are informal geographic areas.
A hamlet is an unincorporated area in one or more towns that is governed at-large by the town(s) it is in. A hamlet is divided into neighborhoods, which are informal geographic areas.
Postal Zone "City" and "Town"
A postal zone "City" and "Town" is an administrative district established by the U.S. Postal Service to deliver the mail. Postal zone "City" and "Town" may not (but are encouraged to) conform to municipal or community borders. Thus, postal zone location does not always determine city, village or hamlet location.
Please be aware: In many areas of New York State, the problem of non-conforming postal zones leads to a situation where the majority of place shave a different community name in their mailing address than the community where that place is actually located.