Margaret (Scranton) Grajko

Margaret (Scranton) Grajko

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Margaret G. Grajko formerly Scranton aka Sands
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Died 2000s.
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Margaret was born 28 April 1917 in Tama County, Iowa.[1][2] She was the daughter of George Ellsworth Scranton and Ottilia Toepelt .

She married George Sands on 1 August 1936 in the village of Groton, Tompkins County, New York.[3][4] Her sister Bernice and her husband Ed Randall were witnesses.

She worked with her husband in the Red & White grocery store which they owned in Warners.[5] They lived nearby, in a house that was purchased along with the store.[4][6]

After George died, she ran the store for a few years, then worked various jobs.[5]

On 30 September 1967 she married Frank John Grajko at Holy Family Church in Camillus, New York.[5] The marriage certificate states that "Frank John Grajko residing at Camillus, New York born Oct 10 1907 at Syracuse, New York and Margaret Georgeanna Sands residing at Warners, New York born April 28, 1917 at Iowa were married Sept 30, 1967 at Syracuse, New York."[7]

She died 19 June 2000 in Chesapeake, Virginia.[8][9]

She is buried in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Lot 585, Wenonah Section, next to her husband George Sands. When George died, Fritz Schultz purchased six plots at Greenlawn Memorial Park. On 15 April 1958 spaces 10, 11, 12 in Lot 585, Wenonah Section of Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Camillus, New York, Deed # 118 were transferred from Fritz Schultz to Mrs. Margaret Sands, Warners, New York.[10] Margaret and her husband George Sands are buried in two of these spaces. George's sister Marian Jane Sands and her husband Fritz Schultz are buried in adjacent spaces.[5]

Reference Notes

Margaret's original birth certificate[1] lists her father as Geo Scranton, age 46, born in Tama County, Iowa and her mother as Ottia Toepelt, age 43, born in Allamakee County, Iowa.

In her Social Security records she identified her father as George Scranton and her mother as Ottlia Taplet.[11]

Her death certificate[8] identifies her father as George E. Scranton and her mother as Ottelia Toepelt.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Margaret Georgeanna Scranton, birth certificate 281 (28 April 1917), Tama County Recorder's Office, Toledo, Tama, Iowa, United States in possession of her daughter.
  2. "Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935," database, FamilySearch ( : 20 May 2016), Margaret Georgeanna Scranton, 28 Apr 1917; citing Grant Township, Tama, Iowa, United States; county district courts, Iowa; FHL microfilm 1,763,983.
  3. Marriage Certificate, , George Sands and Margaret G Scranton, 1 August 1936; in possession of her daughter.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Information told by Margaret to her daughter.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Personal knowledge of her daughter.
  6. "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 30 August 2017), George Sands, Camillus Town, Onondaga, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 34-2, sheet 8A, line 37, family 151, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 2703.
  7. Marriage Certificate, Record No. 50 of Year 1967, Frank John Grajko and Margaret Georgeanna Sands, 30 September 1967; in possession of her daughter.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Margaret Sands Grajko, death certificate Registration Area 234. Certificate No. 562 (19 June 2000), Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Health, Richmond, Virginia, United States; in possession of her daughter.
  9. "Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014," database on-line, (: accessed 23 April 2017), Margaret Sands Grajko;, Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015. Virginia, Deaths, 1912–2014. Virginia Department of Health, Richmond, Virginia.
  10. Deed in possession of her daughter.
  11. "U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007," database on-line, (: accessed 7 July 2016), Margaret G Sands;, Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007.

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