Manuel Gensalves Leite

5 October 1892–11 August 1974 (Age 81)
Ílhavo, Aveiro, Portugal

The Life of Manuel Gensalves

Manuel Gensalves Leite was born on 5 October 1892, in Ílhavo, Aveiro, Portugal as the son of Antonio Gonçalves Leite. He married Irbie Alabama Raines on 4 April 1924, in Escambia, Florida, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He immigrated to Ellis Island, New York City, New York, United States in 1919 and lived in Escambia, Florida, United States in 1935 and Election Precinct 37 Ferry Pass, Escambia, Florida, United States in 1940. He died on 11 August 1974, in Milton, Santa Rosa, Florida, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Holley, Santa Rosa, Florida, United States.

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Manuel Gensalves Leite
Irbie Alabama Raines
Marriage: 4 April 1924
Manuel Gonzalez Leite

Spouse and Children

4 April 1924
Escambia, Florida, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Antonio Gonçalves Leite




World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 4

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1913 · The Woolworth Building Opens as the Tallest Building in the World

Age 21

At 792 feet above Broadway, the Woolworth Building became the tallest building in the world and held the record for 17 years. The Woolworth Building was overshadowed by the Chrysler Building at 1,046 feet in 1930 and the Empire State Building at 1,454 feet in 1931. Retailer and mogul Frank W. Woolworth commissioned the Woolworth Building in 1910 with the intent of his namesake building to be the tallest in the world. The 13 million dollar project was financed in cash by Woolworth which allowed him freedoms in the design and construction of the ornate, gothic building. An opening ceremony was held on April 24, 1913 at which President Woodrow Wilson pressed a button from the White House and lit the historic building in New York City.
1914 · Florida Involvement in World War I

Age 22

Florida contributed to World War I in several ways. The state's open land and warm climate made for a great military training location. Additional technological and agricultural developments took place in Florida as well. Roughly 42,030 Floridians joined the troops during 1917 and 1918.

Name Meaning

1 Portuguese: nickname from leite ‘milk’ (Late Latin lacte), probably denoting someone with a particularly pale complexion.2 German and Dutch: from the female personal name Aleit(e), a short form of a Germanic name, Adelheid, formed of the elements adal ‘noble’ + heid ‘kind’, ‘sort’, ‘(human) being’.3 Norwegian: habitational name from any of several farmsteads in western Norway named Leite or Leitet, from Old Norse leiti ‘hill’, ‘elevation’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Emanuel Leite in household of George W Brown, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Manuel Leith, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Manuel Leith, "Florida State Census, 1935"

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