vampires in the united states

September 17, 2012 § 10 Comments


This is not part of the story, but a short interruption, which explains the ending of the last part [story part 32]. This little piece of history is an insight into the past lives and history of the american vampire.

The story of vampires in the U.S starts about twenty years before Regina left Sighisoara. Around 1850.

With enough population by now, significant industrialization and opportunities, the U.S was now being targeted for the first time as a promising expansion of territory. This was to be the first and only ample territory expansion of the kinship outside of Europe up until this day.

Numerous elders uprooted and left their lives on the old continent at Regina’s indication, in 1850, and headed for establishing territorial boundaries in the U.S. By the year 1870, this was done.

The last post showed you how Regina lived and “died” in Sighisoara, at least according to the papers, with the death year in 1873.

For the first time, she had left the old continent behind for more than twenty years, and went to further establish the kinship’s expansion into the U.S, with territories spanning at the time mostly in the northern most regions, across the U.S and Canada, from Boston to New Orleans and across the U.S up to Seattle, down to Portland and to the right towards Chicago, with the last city falling under territorial influence being Vancouver in Canada, in 1886. Seattle remains to this day the preferred city in the U.S. Regina first stepped into Vancouver in May 1887, I remember this because of the “Day Game”. It was a silly yet highly addictive game (for me) – in which when we were travelling and I was bored out of my skull – I used to randomly throw days at her, and she would tell me “Firsts” and then we built conversations on that. I found it amazing that she had a “First” for each and every day of the year. For example throwing out November 22nd she would casually say “Uhmmm I saw my first atomic bomb go off” sometimes I would ask the year, sometimes I would guess.

What’s more interesting about the game is 1) She remembers them all, 2) Calling them “firsts” imply there were seconds too, but some of them were “firsts and only”.

But I’m digressing. The point here is that Regina left the old continent as soon as everything was set for the U.S expansion, so in 1873, just like the tombstone in the photo shows (the photo in the last post). Using the same name (which is on the tombstone) we can track this down via copies of the U.S New York Port authority.

If you go to Ancestry.com and input Regina Abraham as first and last name, with the birthdate in 1825 and the place where she might have lived as Romania, you will end up with results (from the 8th down) that shows copies of original documents of the New York Passenger Lists between 1820 and 1957. Sure, there might be a lot more people with that name, but there you have it.

Alternatively you can go directly here to check it out, or here or search it more easily via the New York Passenger Lists website, powered also by Ancestry.com.

You can also find the same EXACT match on CastleGarden.com – America’s first Immigration Center, view it here or perform the search yourself without providing country (The result for country is U. – short for unknown).

You can also find the same match in printed books of records, more info here or ultimately perform the search on National Archives website which is a bit more complicated but I can simplify it by pointing you direct to the databases located here.

There’s also GeneSearch, which leads to the same results.

After her arrival in the U.S, she shortly returned in Europe after WW1 and then went back again for the full duration of WW2.

How do I know all this? I specifically asked on how did vampires got to the U.S and when, and I got this history lesson in return. Why was I interested? Because at the time there seemed to be an exploding mass-media focus (Hollywood movies and series) about vampires, and I wanted to know from where all the fascination.

Seeing as this is related to my last post, I figured I should squeeze it in here.

Next up story part 33, as usual, from where we left off.

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