of the Family History James Miles of
Information compiled by Sandra Scott Cook 2000-2004
know nothing about this family before they came to
is available online or someone can take a trip to Corovia. We may never learn much more.
From speaking to mom I have learned that they belonged to the Orthodox Church before coming to Canada. So those records would be a place to start.
Below are name changes from the names we have on certificates.
Chernauti 48d18' 25d56' Cernauti,Chernovits,Chernovitsy,
Corovia 48d14'25d58' Korovya,Koroviya
1910, Czernowitz and Corovia in Blue. Bukowina Province
Romanian Flag Ukrainian Flag
Notes to anyone who would like to search further. The part of
He married Trina Creocheja. Trina: The spelling of this last name is questionable. I would say from one of the documents a squiggle line is over the second e and a house shape is over the last a.
2. i Alexander Verenca (Werenka) b. Feb 23,1887.
ii Marie Verenca.
iii Elizabeth Verenca.
iv Anastasia Verenca.
2. Alexander Verenca (Werenka), (1.Demetri1) born Feb 23,1887 in Corovia, Romania, baptized Feb 24, 1887 Corovia died August15, 1940 in at home Halifax, NS.
He is buried with his wife at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lower
His Parents were Demetri Verenca and Trina Creocheja. He also had three
sisters Marie, Elizabeth and Anastasia. I have no idea if any of Demetri’s
sisters came to
Have found some information that he had come to
He arrived back to the
At the time he was 32yrs old and married. He was 5’5” and had brown eyes.
Alexander’s Birth Certificate Alexander’s Passport Photo
Amsterdam built by Harlan& Wolf Limited,
speed 16 knots. 2886 passengers (440 first class, 246 second class,2,200 third
class)Built for Holland-American line, Dutch Flag, in 1906 and named Nieu
First Name: Alexander
Last Name: Verenca
Ethnicity: Rumanian, Roumanian
Pace of Residence:
Date of Arrival: Sep 07, 1920
Age at Arrival: 32y Gender: M Marital Status: M
Ship of Travel: Nieuw Amsterdam
Manifest line Number: 0015
Peter Vera and Alexander in front of Alexander’s Grocery
Alexander Werenka and Daughter Veronica Paulina, Veronica, Peter and Alexander Werenka ab 1936-38
married Paulina Chiperi, Nov 13, 1911 in Corovia,
Nov 05, 1956 in
her 3 children. She was proprietor of Alexander's Grocery in
may contain information of Paulina, Vera, and George.
T-15338 Venes, Dilon to Wallace, Wylie
Quebec Ports Quebec Microfilm #’s 1865-1921 T-14704 Nov21 1919-May23 1920, T-14705 May 23, 1920- June19,1920 T-14706 June 19 1920- July12,1920
Marriage Certificate Alexander and Paulina
Paulina, George and Veronica Werenka passport photo 1921.
See Vasile Chiperi for further Information on Paulina’s Ancestors.
3. i Veronica Werenka b. Feb 03,1909.
4. ii George Patrick Werenka b. July 27,1912.
iii Peter Werenka, born July 06, 1922 in
in Gate of Heaven Lower
Peter Werenka as a young man Peter Werenka 1967
3. Veronica Verenca (Werenka), (2.Alexander2, 1.Demetri1) born Feb 03,1909 in Romania, died March 01,1966 in Alton, NS, buried in Fort Ellis ,NS
Veronica Birth Certificate (Certificate de Botez)
married Walter Philip Miles, born Sep 02, 1895 in Bonavista,
NFLD, (son of William Thomas Miles and Margaret
Peters) died April 13, 1968 in
5. i Elizabeth Marie Miles
6. ii Walter Philip Miles
7. iii Paulina Veronica Miles
8. iv Robert Alexander Miles
v William George Miles, William (Billy) George Miles unmarried and living Western Canada 2002.
9. vi Sophie Ann Miles
See Miles Family for continued Descendants:
4. George Patrick Werenka, (2.Alexander2, 1.Demetri1) born July 27,1912 in Corovia, Romania, baptized July 29,1912 in Corovia, Romania, died Sept, 05,1988 in Truro, NS,
I had asked George to go to
it better be soon". George was not well by then. We started our journey down memory lane shortly after.
began with a stop at their first home
Vera, had told me they arrived in
Creighton there, they had a third child, Peter, born July 6, 1922.At this time Alexander was working for Bens Bakery and Nanny, Paulina, was working for Jewish families,
cooking.Their next home was on
After that they moved to
George and Vera delivered the bread, she on a bicycle and he with a little wagon. In order to help the family they both had to stop school when they were in grade five.
George and Vera went to the Old St. Pats on
a delivery truck.he next move took them to
reappeared in the stew pot.In 1926 they moved to 6319 Yukon Street, I believe they owned this house and rented the upstairs .The next venture was building a house next
demolished houses, some free and some purchased. It cost them between $2000.00 and $3000.00. Payments on mortgage $20.00 per month; they were unable to meet
these payments and lost the house. Alexander was still driving for the coal company at this time.
George and I stood talking and looking at these houses I noticed an older man
watching us. We drove to
He and George conversed for a while. He had a very strong “old country” accent. George told him why we were looking at the houses. I don’t believe they knew each other.
house was built on
and they had to blast through the rocks. They used far too much dynamite. Quite a blast!
Onward and upward, Up Harvard to the corner of
and their living quarters. I remember Mrs. Diamond who rented the upstairs and
let out the rooms .In the meantime Alexander started the wood yard on
They bought slab wood, which they sawed and delivered to customers. The business continued after his death. Peter ran this business. Nanny continued to run her store,
where she was called “ Ma” by many of her customers. I remember when someone complained of her prices she told them to “fly to the hell to the Dominion store and
buy it there”. She operated the store until her death in 1957. Peter continued on after until his death in 1978. Nanny only closed the store on Easter Sunday. That day
rented a limousine taxi. Nanny, Vera and children went to Gate Of
got to ride in a car. There were extra pull down seats in the car and there was always a fight among the kids as to who would sit on them. Nanny kept her store open from
early morning to 11 pm sometimes later, every day. Often someone would come to the back door and ask her to get them something. Bread, milk, whatever. She growled
but always got it for them. Nanny worked very hard. She was also a very good seamstress, who made most of her clothes. Nanny was stern with us her grandchildren,
but very good to us. She was, I believe a very successful business woman.George and I finished up by going into the store. It had been changed so much it seemed sad
to us .We also went next door and had a nice visit with Mrs. Johnny Martin. They were neighbors for many years. We decided to finish off our day by having supper at Hoagies.
Steak, baked potatoes and scotch: George paid. I think he really enjoyed his day.George went into the hospital shortly after .He passed away September 5, 1988.
My notes from this day were very sketchy, but for the most part I believe are fairly accurate.
Written By: Elizabeth Marie Miles Scott Fox Nov 18, 2002 for our family History.
Some of my memories of Uncle George, We spent many a hour playing cribbage with uncle George and Aunt Shirley growing up as a teenager and young adult. I remember the cabbage
he would have in a big crock in the sun porch from which he made cabbage rolls. He always had a garden in the summer; you would always see him working in it. I remember one time
or 1987. I was living in
I called Uncle George and asked if he would come up and get the snake. I cannot remember his words however he was having quite a chuckle over this hysterical girl. He came up to the house
but by the time he came the snake was gone or maybe he chased it away not sure. I know I waited to unlock the door until he said it was gone. I am sure he laughed about that for a long time.
He always enjoyed talking to us.
George Werenka Birth Certificate (Certificat de Botez) This is a photo copy that I colorized
to make look old. I believe Aunt Shirley still has the original.
George Werenka in uniform George as a young man in Halifac George Werenka taken a few days before he went into Hospital.
He married Shirley Carol Van Horne, Nov 26, 1946 in Halifax, NS, born Feb, 14, 1923 in Yarmouth, NS, (daughter of Harold William Van Horne and Ruby Dorothy Bethune). Aunt Shirley died June 17, 2009 at Cedar Stone Nursing home Truro,NS.
Shirley: Aunt Shirley Supplied Dates for herself and son Joe( with the exception of her birthdate , that we may always be unsure) also names of her parents.
i 10. i George Sydney Werenka,
He married Susan McKillop in 1966.
17. 11. i Robert Werenka
18. 13. ii
19. 14. iii Alexander Stacey Werenka. After a conversation with Stacey Werenka Nov 7, 2004 I have decided to include all
the children of George Sydney Werenka. Since this information is being shared amongst family and I may not
have all facts straight at this time but this certainly can be edited when I know more.
I am sure Stacey will help me fix any errors.
. 15. iv Trevor Werenka married in June 2004 to Sarah Brenton. Divorced Sep05. Married #2 before Sep 2007 Cynthia Lorraine Crawford.
He married 2nd Martha unknown
17. v. Darren Werenka age 16 in 2004.
He not married Dorothy Graham (Name from Aunt Shirley) sometime during a separation from his first wife Susan. They had a child. I am not sure how
Nicky had the name Cook, or maybe Graham in incorrect something to Clarify.
12. vi Juanita Cook (Nicky) Nicky
He not married Ella Nora Colburn sometime I believe during another separation from first wife Susan.
18. vii Roger Colburn
11. Robert Werenka . (10 George, 4 George, 2 Alexander2, 1.Demetri1)
He married Wanda Lee unknown
i Cameron Werenka
ii Chelsea Werenka
iii Christian Werenka
21. 13. Troy Werenka (10 George, 4 George, 2 Alexander2, 1.Demetri1)
He married Tracy Dort May23, 1992.
i George Brandon Werenka
ii Nikolaus Troy Werenka
19. Alexander Stacey Werenka (10 George, 4 George, 2 Alexander2, 1.Demetri1)
He married Dawn Leigh unknown
i Jeffery Alexander Werenka
ii Chandler Andrew Werenka
iii Connor Donald Donte’ Werenka
12.. Juanita Cook (Nicky) (10 George, 4 George, 2 Alexander2, 1.Demetri1)
She married Arthur King
i Christina King
She married #2 Gordon Lawrence
I Lucas Lawrence
iii Rachel Lawrence
Left to right back George Werenka, Sandra Cook, Billy Miles, Stephen Cook, Arthur King, Trevor Werenka, Maybe Robbie Werenka behind,
Troy Werenka, Alexander Stacey Werenka, Sophie O’Neill, second row Nicky Cook King, Baby Christina King, Gary McKenzie,
Pauline Scott, Kathy Miles, Duke Hayes, and Front Row Heather Miles, Mary Beth Miles, Jennifer Miles,
Melanie O’Neill, Philip Jr Miles and Andrew O’Neill. This Photo was Taken 1986.