Maria Carmen Pelayo

1 August 1910–20 May 2010 (Age 99)
Santa Rosalía, Ayutla, Jalisco, Mexico

The Life of Maria Carmen

Maria Carmen Pelayo was born on 1 August 1910, in Santa Rosalía, Ayutla, Jalisco, Mexico as the daughter of Salvadore Pelayo. She married George Richard Norona on 2 July 1955, in Santa Clara, California, United States. She died on 20 May 2010, in San Jose, Santa Clara, California, United States, at the age of 99, and was buried in Santa Clara, Santa Clara, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

George Richard Norona
Maria Carmen Pelayo
Marriage: 2 July 1955

Spouse and Children

2 July 1955
Santa Clara, California, United States

Parents and Siblings

    Salvadore Pelayo




World Events (8)


Age 1

Rebellion spreads throughout Mexico. After attack on Ciudad Juárez, Díaz resigns. Madero returns in triumph to Mexico City and is elected to presidency. Emiliano Zapata publishes Plan of Ayala demanding quick reforms.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 24

Alcatraz Island officially became Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on August 11, 1934. The island is situated in the middle of frigid water and strong currents of the San Francisco Bay, which deemed it virtually inescapable. Alcatraz became known as the toughest prison in America and was seen as a “last resort prison.” Therefore, Alcatraz housed some of America’s most notorious prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. Due to the exorbitant cost of running the prison, and the deterioration of the buildings due to salt spray, Alcatraz Island closed as a penitentiary on March 21, 1963. 
1937 · The Neutrality Act

Age 27

The Neutrality Acts were passed in response to the growing conflicts in Europe and Asia during the time leading up to World War II. The primary purpose was so the US wouldn't engage in any more foreign conflicts. Most of the Acts were repealed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

Spanish: from the medieval personal name Pelayo, from Greek Pelagios (a derivative of pelagos ‘sea’). In the Middle Ages this was one of the most popular personal names in the northwestern Iberian peninsula, having been borne by the first king of the Reconquest, and by various martyrs, including a young boy in the 10th century who was, according to legend, tortured and killed by the Moors of Cordoba for refusing to renounce his faith.

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

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Sources (3)

  • 1930 United States Federal Census
  • 1940 United States Federal Census
  • Jalisco, Mexico, Civil Registration Births, 1857-1947

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