TOUCH ANNEX

 

Ralph John Touch, Jr., PhD Pedigree

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Origin of the surname "Touch:"

 

Ralph John Torschia, generation 4, below, completed 2 years of pre-medical school education at the University of Scranton and in 1929 applied for admittance to Georgetown Medical School.  His application was denied, and he suspected the reason was primarily because he had an Italian surname.  Ralph reapplied for medical school, this time using the alias "Ralph John Touch," and his application was accepted.  Since Ralph's professional license to practice medicine was issued under his alias, he continued to use that name the remainder of his life and gave his children the surname "Touch."

 

Generation

 

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5   Joseph Torschia

 

1. Biographical notes:

 

Born about 1880 in the Calabria area of Italy.  Died .  Emigrated from Italy to the United States in 1897/98.  Employed as a laborer.  Resided in Archbald Borough, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.

 

1900 US Census: No record found.

 

1910 US Census: Joseph Tuch, age 29 (b. Italy; parents b. Italy) and employed as a coal miner, was heading a household on Greenhill Street in Archbald Borough, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.  He had been married once and had immigrated to the US in 1897; subsequently naturalized.  The household also included his wife of 8 years, Katie Tuch, age 21 (b. South America; parents b. Italy), who had also been married once, had had 4 children, 2 of whom were still alive, and had immigrated to the US in 1900; son, Ralph Tuch, age 7 (b. PA); and son, Toney Tuch, age 5 (b. PA).

 

1920 US Census: Joseph Touci, age 40 (b. Italy; parents b. Italy) and employed managing a hotel, was heading a household on Main Street in Archbald Borough, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.  He immigrated to the US in 1898 and was naturalized in 1903.  The household also included his wife, Kate Touci, age 30 (b. South America; parents b. Italy), who didn't know when she immigrated to the US; son, Ralph Touci, age 16 (b. PA); son, Tony Touci, age 14 (b. PA); son, Loui Touci, age 8 years and (perhaps) 10 months (b. PA); and daughter, Anna Touci, age 4 years and (perhaps) 8 months (b. PA).

 

2. Wife: Catherine "Kate" Nictari/Nicoteri (photos)

 

Born about 1890 in Argentina; her father (perhaps b. in the Genoa area of Italy) had attempted to immigrate to the US, but for health reasons was rejected at the port of entry, Ellis Island, and proceeded from New York Harbor to Argentina, where his illness was cured and Catherine was born.  Died .  About 1900 emigrated with her parents from Argentina to the United States.

 

1940 US Census: Katherine Touch, age 50 (b. South America) and widowed, was heading a household at 218 Lawrence Street in Archbald Borough, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.  She had completed 4th grade, her home was valued at $5,000, and she was a naturalized citizen.  The household also included her daughter, Anna Touch, age 24 (b. PA), single, and employed as a bookkeeper for a coal company, who had completed 1 year of college; son, Joseph Touch, age 13 (b. PA); son, Anthony Touch, age 34 (b. PA), who was employed as an auto mechanic for a coal company and had completed 8th grade; and daughter-in-law, Marie Touch, age 31 (b. PA), who had completed 2 years of high school.  All, except Marie, resided in the same house in April 1935; Marie resided in Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania in 1935.

 

3. Children: (12 total; order uncertain; all born in the USA)

 

a. Ralph John Torschia: See generation 4, below.

 

b. Anthony "Tony" Torschia. (photos) Born about 1906 in Pennsylvania.  Married Marie (?) (b. abt 1909 in PA).

 

c. Nicholas Torschia.

 

d. Louis Torschia: Born about 1911 in Pennsylvania.

 

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j. Anna Torschia: Born about 1916 in Pennsylvania.  Not married in 1940.

 

k. Joseph "Joe" Torschia, Jr. (photos) Born about 1927 in Pennsylvania.

 

 

4   Ralph John Touch, MD (photos) (more info)

a.k.a. Ralph John Torschia before medical school

 

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1. Biographical notes:

 

Born (perhaps) 7 August 1903 in Archbald Borough, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.  Died (perhaps) 19 October 1988, age 85.  Changed his surname from Torschia to Touch when he applied for admittance to medical school.  Employed as a medical doctor (general practitioner) at Carbondale, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.

 

1930 US Census: Ralph J. Touch, age 26 (b. PA; parents b. Italy), single, and employed as a physician, was enumerated as an intern at St. Francis Hospital, Trenton City, Mercer County, New Jersey.

 

1940 US Census: Dr. Ralph Touch, age 36 (b. PA) and employed as a medical and surgical doctor in private practice, was heading a household at 44 N. Church Street in the City of Carbondale, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.  He had completed 5 years of college and resided in the same house in April 1935.  The household also included his wife, Henrietta Touch, age 26 (b. NJ), who had completed 3 years of high school; son, Ralph Touch, age 4 (b. PA); and son, David Touch, age 7 months (b. PA).

 

2. Wife: Henrietta Elizabeth Gazzolo/Gozzolo (photos)

 

Born about 1914 in Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey; daughter of Henry J. (b. NY City, NY) and Albina (Perazzo) Gazzolo (b. NY City, NY).  Died .  Married, as a minor, Dr. Ralph John Touch on 13 May 1933 at Mount Pocono, Monroe County, Pennsylvania (permission given by her guardian, Joseph F. Tadesco).

 

3. Children:

 

a. Ralph John Touch, Jr.: See generation 2, below.

 

b. David Joseph Touch: (photos)

 

c. Thomas Touch: (photos)

 

c. John Laurance Touch: (photos)

 

d. Michael Anthony Touch.

 

e. Nancy (Durland) Touch: (photos) Adopted at age 14 from Our Lady of Fatima Orphanage, Carbondale, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.

 

3   Ralph John Touch, Jr., PhD:

 

Born 1935 at Carbondale, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.  Married (1st) Inga Dittman of Danzig, Poland and had the following son:

 

1. Ralph John Touch, III: (photos) Born 1959/61 in Germany.  Married Lisa Kay Brimberry in 1984 and had the following children:

 

a. Shane Michael Touch: Born 1992 in Texas.

 

b. Spencer Helmut Touch: Born 1997 in Harris County, Texas.

 

Married (2nd), as her 2nd husband, Judith "Judie" Kayliene (Hudson) Villeneuve, paragraph 4.a.(1.(a. of generation 3 of the Froome Annex in 1980.

 

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Other, still unidentified, Touch names:

 

1. (?) Touch: Born in Italy.

 

1910 US Census: Rose Touch, age 45 (b. Italy) and widowed, was heading a household on Back Street in Archbald Borough, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.  She had had 9 children, all still alive.  The household also included her son, Tony Touch, age 27 (b. Italy; parents b. Italy) and employed as a coal miner; son, Frank Touch, age 23 (b. Italy) and employed as a laborer in a coal mine; son, Joe Touch, age 22 (b. Italy) and employed as a laborer in a coal mine; son, John Touch, age 18 (b. Italy) and employed as a driver for a coal mine; son, Louie Touch, age 16 (b. Italy) and employed as a slate picker in a coal breaker; son, Ralph Touch, age 13 (b. Italy); son, Dominsk Touch, age 9 (b. Italy); and boarder, Joseph Mancuso, age 19 (b. Italy), who immigrated to the United States in 1905.  All but Joseph Mancuso immigrated to the United States in 1904.

 

1920 US Census: Tony Touch, age 37 (b. Italy; parents b. Italy), married, and employed as a coal miner, was heading a household on Main Street in Archbald Borough, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.  He immigrated to the United States in 1902.  The household also included his mother, Rosy Touch, age 89 [looks exactly like 89, but doesn't seem possible] (b. Italy), who immigrated to the United States in 1905; brother, Louise Touch, age 24 (b. Italy; parents b. Italy), single, and employed as a car runner in a coal mine, who immigrated to the United States in 1907; brother, Dommick Touch, age 18 (b. Italy; parents b. Italy), single, and employed as an oiler on the coal breaker, who immigrated to the United States in 1907; and boarder, Joe Ponas, age 37 (b. Italy; parents b. Italy), married, and employed as a mine laborer, who immigrated to the United States in 1907.

 

Married Rose (?) and had 9 children, including:

 

a. Anthony "Tony" Touch: Born about 1883 in Italy.

 

b. Frank Touch: Born about 1888 in Italy.

 

1920 US Census: Frank Touch, age 30 (b. Italy; parents b. Italy) and employed as Foreman of the breaker in a coal mine, was heading a household at 250 Main Street in Archbald Borough, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.  He immigrated to the United State in 1904 and became a naturalized citizen in 1919.  The household also included his wife, Anna Touch, age 21 (b. PA; parents b. Italy); daughter, Rose Touch, age 3 years and 8 months (b. PA); and son, Francis Touch, age 1 year and 5 months (b. PA).

 

1930 US Census: [note: head of household and wife lines are mislabeled] Anna Touche, age 42 (b. Italy; parents b. Italy) and employed as a coal miner, was heading a household at 286 Ridge Street in Archbald Borough, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.  She was married 1st at age 25, and her home was valued at $2,000.  She immigrated to the United States in 1900 and was subsequently naturalized.  The household also included her husband, Frank Touche, age 30 (b. PA; parents b. Italy) and not employed, who was married 1st at age 15; daughter, Katherine Touche, age 3 (b. PA; father b. Italy; mother b. PA); daughter, Rose Touche, age 14 (b. PA; father b. Italy; mother b. PA); son, Francis Touche, age 12 (b. PA; father b. Italy; mother b. PA); and daughter, Mary Touche, age 10 (b. PA; father b. Italy; mother b. PA).

 

1940 US Census: Frank Touch, age 52 (b. Italy) and employed as a coal mine laborer, was heading a household at 286 South Main Street in Archbald Borough, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.  He had completed 3rd grade and resided in the same house in April 1935.  The household also included his wife, Anna Touch, age 41 (b. PA), who had completed 6th grade; daughter, Mary Touch, age 19 (b. PA), single, and employed as a maid in a private home; daughter, Katherine Touch, age 12 (b. PA); daughter, Frances Touch, age 6 (b. PA); and son, Anthony Touch, age 1 (b. PA).

 

c. Joseph "Joe" Touch: Born about 1888 in Italy.

 

1920 US Census: Joseph Touch, age 31 (b. Italy; parents b. Italy) and employed as a laborer in a coal breaker, was heading a household at 21 Shell Avenue in the City of Carbondale, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.  He immigrated to the United States in 1905.  The household also included his wife, Angelina Touch, age 21 (b. Italy; parents b. Italy), who immigrated to the United States in 1907; son, Dominick Touch, age 1 year and 6 months (b. PA); and daughter, Mary Touch, age 2 months (b. PA).

 

1930 US Census: Joseph Touch, age 40 (b. Italy; parents b. Italy) and employed as a laborer in a coal mine, was heading a  household at 21 Shell Avenue in the City of Carbondale, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.  He immigrated to the United States in 1904, was subsequently naturalized, and married 1st at age 28.  The household also included his wife, Angelina Touch, age 28 (b. Italy; parents b. Italy), who immigrated to the United States in 1905, was subsequently naturalized, and was married 1st at age 17; son, Dominick Touch, age 11 (b. PA; parents b. PA); daughter, Mary Touch, age 8 (b. PA; parents b. PA); daughter, Carmella Touch, age 6 (b. PA; parents b. PA); son, Anthony Touch, age 4 (b. PA; parents b. PA); lodger, Thomas Celuzo, age 34 (b. Italy; parents b. Italy); and lodger, Carlo Santila, age 39 (b. Italy; parents b. Italy).

 

d. John Touch: Born about 1892 in Italy.

 

1920 US Census: John Touch, age 29 (b. Italy) and employed as a coal miner, was heading a household on Gaughans (sp) Court in Archbald Borough, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.  He immigrated to the United States in 1905.  The household also included his wife, Rose Touch, age 30 (b. Italy), who immigrated to the United States in 1915; son, Domnick Touch, age 4 years and 4 months (b. PA); son, Francis Touch, age 2 years and 6 months (b. PA); and daughter, Kathleen Touch, age 1 year and 2 months (b. PA).

 

e. Louis "Louie" Touch: Born about 1894 in Italy.

 

1930 US Census: There was a Louis Touche, age 33 (b. Italy; parents b. Italy) and employed as a laborer for a coal company, who was heading a household at 913 Charles Street in Archbald Borough, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.  He married 1st at age 23 and his home was valued at $4,000.  The household also included his wife, Anna Touche, age 23 (b. PA; parents b. Italy), who was married 1st at age 16; son, Domnick Touche, age 9 (b. PA); daughter, Mildred Touche, age 7 (b. PA); son, Francis Touche, age 5 (b. PA); daughter, Whilmenia Touche, age 3 (b. PA); and son, Samuel Touche, age 1 (b. PA).  Of interest, a close neighbor was Rose Touche, age 51 (b. Italy).

 

f. Ralph Touch: Born about 1897 in Italy.

 

g. Dominic Touch: Born about 1901 in Italy.

 

2. John Touch: Born about 1866 in Italy.

 

1910 US Census: John Touch, age 44 (b. Italy; parents b. Italy) and employed as a coal miner, was heading a household on 5th Street in Mayfield Borough, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.  He immigrated to the United States in 1885 and was subsequently naturalized.  The household also included his wife of 17 years, Josephine Touch, age 38 (b. Italy; parents b. Italy), who immigrated to the United States in 1887; daughter, Roela Touch, age 17 (b. Italy; parents b. Italy), single and not employed, who immigrated to the United States in 1887; daughter, Jenny Touch, age 10 (b. PA); son, Peter Touch, age 7 (b. PA); daughter, Ralphin Touch, age 5 (b. PA); daughter, Josephine Touch, Jr., age 3 (b. PA); son, John Touch, age 2 (b. PA); boarder, Joe Matzo, age 22 (b. Italy; parents b. Italy), single, and employed as a track layer for the railway, who immigrated to the United States in 1906; boarder, Dominic Matzo, age 30 (b. Italy; parents b. Italy), married 4 years, and employed as a track layer for the railway, who immigrated to the United States in 1907; boarder, Frank Matzo, age 40 (b. Italy; parents b. Italy), married 10 years, and employed as a track layer for the railway, who immigrated to the United States in 1908; and boarder, Augustin Matzo, age 39 (b. Italy; parents b. Italy), married 5 years, and employed as a track layer for the railway, who immigrated to the United States in 1908.

 

1920 US Census: Josephine Touch, age 45 (b. Italy; parents b. Italy) and widowed, who immigrated to the United States in 1899 and was naturalized that year, was heading a household on Penn Avenue in Mayfield Borough, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.  The household also included her daughter, Jinnie Touch, age 19 (b. PA) and single, who was employed as a dress maker in a factory; son, Peter Touch, age 17 (b. PA) and single, who was employed as a mule driver in a coal mine; son, Ralph Touch, age 16 (b. PA) and single, who was employed as a laborer on a coal breaker; daughter, Josephine Touch, age 13 (b. PA) and single; son, John Touch, age 12 (b. PA); and daughter, Rose Touch, age 9 (b. PA).

 

3. Louis Touch: Born about 1865 in Italy.

 

1920 US Census: Louis Touch, age 55 (b. Italy; parents b. Italy) and employed as a coal miner, was heading a household at 905 Charles Street in Archbald Borough, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.  He immigrated to the United States in 1893 and became a naturalized citizen in 1903.  The household also included his wife, Rose Touch, age 45 (b. Italy; parents b. Italy), who immigrated to the United States in 1894 and became a naturalized citizen in 1903 and was employed doing dress work in a dress factory; daughter, Jeaneave Touch, age 16 (b. PA), single, and employed doing dress work in a dress factory; and son, Tony Touch, age 11 (b. PA).

 

1930 US Census: Rose Touche, age 51 (b. Italy; parents b. Italy), was heading a household at 907 Charles Street in Archbald Borough, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.  She immigrated to the United States in 1897; was naturalized in 1899; was married 1st at age 20 and her home was valued at $4,000.  The household also included her daughter, Genevieve, Touche, age 26 (b. PA; parents b. Italy) and single, who had no occupation recorded; son, Anthony Touche, age 21 (b. PA), single, and employed as a laborer in a coal mine; and boarder, Anthony DeFazio, age 26 (b. Italy; parents b. Italy), single, and employed as a laborer in a coal mine, who immigrated to the United States in 1913 and was naturalized the same year.  Of interest, a close neighbor was Louis Touche, age 33 (b. Italy).

 

Louis Touch married Rose (?) (b. abt 1875 in Italy) and had the following children:

 

a. Genevieve Touch: Born about 1904 in Pennsylvania.

 

b. Anthony Touch: Born about 1909 in Pennsylvania.

 

4. Louis Touch: Born about 1895 in Italy.

 

1930 US Census: Louis Touch, age 35 (b. Italy; parents b. Italy) and employed as a coal miner, was heading a household at 1028 Beech Street in Archbald Borough, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.  He immigrated to the United States in 1908, was subsequently naturalized, and was married 1st at age 27.  The household also included his wife, Stella Touch, age 23 (b. Italy; parents b. Italy), who immigrated to the United States in 1912, was subsequently naturalized, and married 1st at age 15; son, Francis Touch, age 8 (b. PA); and son, Albert Touch, age 6 (b. PA).

 

1940 US Census: Louis Touch, age 45 (b. Italy) and employed as a coal miner, was heading a household at 1028 in Archbald Borough, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.  He had completed 2nd grade and he resided in the same house in April 1935.  He was a naturalized citizen.  The household also included his wife, Stella Touch, age 32 (b. Italy), who had completed 3rd grade and was a naturalized citizen; son, Francis Touch, age 17 (b. PA), who had completed 2 years of high school; and son, Albert Touch, age 16 (b. PA), who had completed 8th grade.

 

5. Ralph Touch: Born about 1905 in Pennsylvania.

 

1930 US Census: Ralph Touch, age 25 (b. PA; parents b. Italy), married 1st at age 19, and employed as a salesman in a grocery store, resided in the household headed by his brother-in-law, Joseph Festa, age 43 (b. Italy; parents b. Italy) and employed as a salesman in a retail grocery store, at 46 Fallbrook Street in the City of Carbondale, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.  Joseph immigrated to the United States in 1907, was subsequently naturalized, and married 1st at age 26.  Joseph's home was valued at $10,000.  The household also included Joseph's wife, Loretta Festa, age 36 (b. Italy; parents b. Italy), who immigrated to the United States in 1899, was subsequently naturalized, and married 1st at age 17.

 

6. Basil Touche: Born about 1901 in Pennsylvania.

 

1930 US Census: Basil Touche, age 29 (b. PA; father b. PA; mother b. Italy) and employed as a coal miner, was heading a household on Back Road (off Ridge Road) in Archbald Borough, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.  He was married 1st at age 20 and his home was valued at $2,000.  The household also included his wife, Mary Touche, age 26 (b. PA; parents b. Italy), who married 1st at age 17; son, Joseph Touche, age 7 (b. PA); son, Remo Touche, age 6 (b. PA); son, Samuel Touche, age 5 (b. PA); and son, Salvatore Touche, age 3 (b. PA).

 

7. Domnick Touche: Born about 1891/94 in Pennsylvania.

 

1920 US Census: Dommick Touch, age 29 (b. Italy; parents b. Italy) and employed as a coal miner, was heading a household at 218 Lawrence Street in Archbald Borough, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.  He immigrated to the United States in 1913 and was naturalized in 1919.  The household also included his wife, Rosy Touch, age 26 (b. Italy; parents b. Italy), who immigrated to the United States in 1915 and was naturalized in 1919; daughter, Edith Touch, age 3 (b. PA); and daughter, Conshet Touch, age 6 months (b. PA).

 

1930 US Census: Domnick Touche, age 36 (b. PA; parents b. Italy) and employed as a coal miner, was heading a  household on Back Road (off Ridge Road) in Archbald Borough, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.  He married 1st at age 19 and his home was valued at $2,000.  The household also included his wife, Rose Touche, age 31 (b. PA; parents b. Italy), who married 1st at age 16; daughter, Ida Touche, age 16 (b. PA) and single; daughter, Mildred Touche, age 14 (b. PA) and single; daughter, Catherine Touche, age 12 (b. PA); son, Francis Touche, age 11 (b. PA); daughter, Anna Touche, age 10 (b. PA); son, Adam Touche, age 7 (b. PA); and daughter, Mary Touche, age 5 (b. PA). 

 

8. Philip Touche: Born about 1891 in Italy.

 

1930 US Census: Philip Touche, age 39 (b. Italy; parents b. Italy) and single, was boarding in the household headed by Emilio Persimoni, age 37 (b. Italy) and employed as a coal miner, in Archbald Borough, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.

 

 

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