Andrew Jasaitis / Yasaitis / Yasitis
(December 23, 1866 – April 17, 1927)
was born in Lithuania in 1866 and immigrated to the United States about 1885. He became a naturalized citizen about
1893. He married Anna Dalida (Dailidie
/ Dalilyda) in Vermilion County, Illinois on October 30, 1899.
From a public family tree on
ancestry.com I see that Andrew’s parents may have been Antonas
or Antanais Jesaitis and
Elizabeth Zukas. If that proves to be true that is a
major breakthrough in identifying the parents of this large Jasaitis
In mid June, 1900, Andrew
and Anna were living in Danville City,
Danville Township, Vermilion County, Illinois. The census record shows his last name as Yassitas, his birthdate as 1865,
married for 8 years (should be months), no children. Anna’s birthdate
is 1870, married 8 years, no children. It appears they have a 24-yr-old boarder
and both he and Andrew are saloon keepers by profession.
In the 1910 census they are
living in Westville, IL and have five children. The census shows that they
gave birth to eight but only have five by April 23, 1910. Those children were: Andrew W. b. September 14,
1902, Anna Agatha b. July 28, 1904, Petronella b. abt 1904, Frances b. abt 1907, and Joseph b.
abt 1909. Andrew’s occupation is shown as proprietor
of a saloon.
In the 1920 federal census
the family is still in Westville and the youngest child, Joseph, is not shown,
so I’m assuming he died. Also, Andrew’s
occupation at that time is “coal miner.”
Andrew died April 17, 1927, in Vermilion County. Interestingly, and sadly, the couple’s twenty-one-year-old daughter, Patronella, who used the name Patricia, died that year
also. I’ve just learned (January 2015) that there was a house fire in 1927, that Andrew pulled his family from the fire but died
shortly after from smoke inhalation.
In the 1930 federal census
Andrew’s wife, Anna, and their two oldest children are living together on Moore Street in Westville and Anna owns the home. Anna died in
1988 and is buried with her husband and two daughters who share a tombstone at
St. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Westville. My thanks to the coan.net website and the person who
photographed every grave in the cemetery and posted the images online.