Contee-Parago Trafic Island 280 Dolphin Street, Baltimore

The Contee-Parago Traffic Island (or Triangle) is a small park with a fountain on Dolphin Street at the end of Bolton Street. It was named in honor of two Bolton Hill neighbors who lived on Dolphin street - William Gayles Contee and Edward Wilson Parago. The park was dedicated in May 1971.

The park was labeled a "triangle" instead of a "park" as city policy required that parks could not be named for a living person. Mr. Contee died in 1987. Mr Parago died in 1983.

A plaque in the park reads:

"Dedicated to the spirit of neighborliness exemplified by William Gailes Contee and Edward Wilson Parago, May 1971"

William Gailes Contee and Edward Wilson Parago

William Gayles Contee born Montross, Virginia circa 1890 - died Baltimore 1987

Birth: c 1890 - 1898 Montross Virginia - On his 1917 WWI Draft Registration card he gave his birth day as August 15, 1891

Youth: Born in Westmoreland County Va. he was honored by the County: "as a native son who had done well. Born in Montross, Va. he was raised on a farm there until he moved north while still in his teens." (Baltimore Sun March 04, 1987)

Washington D. C.: worked in the Willard Hotel as a youth - per his own recollection.

1912/1913: moved to Baltimore where he first worked as a bar porter, then as a valet and chauffeur for judge Daniel Wright who he listed as an employer in 1917 and who left him $500 in 1922.

1915: worked at the Old Town cafe on North Gay street

1917: World War I Draft Registration - William Contee - age 26 - Home address: Parole A. A. Co Md* - date of birth Aug 15, 1891 - native born - Montross Va. USA - occupation farm hand - employed by Judge Dan'l Wright A. A. Co Md., - support of mother - single - negro - short - medium built - black eyes - black hair (*Note: A. A. Co must stand for Anne Arundel County as the registration was in the 3rd precinct of the 2nd district A. A co. Md. and is listed under Anne Arundel co draft cards. Parole is a suburb of Annapolis.)

Marriage: 1918 Emma Teresa Payne of Culpepper County, Va., (per obit of William G. Contee in 1987). She was born 1899, the daughter of Isaac Payne and Illa Hedrick Jones - She died 17 December 1945 of right lobar pneumonia at 232 Dolphin street - buried Arbutus Mem. Pk, Baltimore


  1. Myrtle born 1919 - married Fox - in 1971 she was living in North Carolina and growing corn and tobacco according to her father

    Death 2001: Myrtle Elizabeth Fox, [Myrtle Elizabeth Contee], Gender: Female, Race: Black, Marital status: Widowed, Social Security Number: 238648133, Father's Last Name: Contee, Age: 81 Years, Date of Birth: 16 Sep 1919, Residence City: Raleigh, Residence County: Wake, Residence State: North Carolina, Residence Zip Code: 27601, Education: 11th grade, Date of Death: 8 May 2001, Death City: Raleigh, Death County: Wake, Death State: North Carolina, Autopsy: Autopsy Not Performed, Institution: Hospital Inpatient, Hospital Name: WAKE COUNTY MED CTR, Attendant: Physician, Burial Location: Removal out-of-state, Recorded Date: 11 May 2001, Source Vendor: North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics

    Burial Arbutus Memorial Park Baltimore

    Obit: Baltimore Sun 27 May 2001 - daughter of the later William and Emma Contee died May 8, 2001 in Raleigh NC age 81. She was survived by three daughters and three son, 16 grandchildren and 14 great grand children, one sister and two brothers. Services conducted by Howard Contee mortician.

  2. Howard M born 27 March 1921

    1939: Howard M Contee graduated Douglas High School, class of 1939

    1943: 09 January 1943 WWII enlistment, civilian occupation, porter, born 1921, negro, single, private, 1 yr college

    1951: Howard M Contee was elected first vice president of the Baltimore Branch of the National Alliance of Postal Employees.

    Death: Howard M Contee sr. 28 April 2012

    CONTEE SR. , Howard M. On April 28, 2012 HOWARD M. CONTEE, SR., retired Postal Worker and Licensed Mortician. Predeceased by his daughter Nanette Contee. He is survived by his daughter Marsha White; one son Howard M. Contee, Jr., one sister Margaret Ogle

    Interment Monday, May 7th, at Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery.

    Howard did not leave a will. His daughter Marsha Y. White represented the estate.

  3. Margaret c. 1925 - married Lawrence E. Ogle, Sr.

    Mrs. Margaret C Ogle class of 1946 was listed as a Morgan State alumna over the years.

    Margaret C. Ogle birth May 27, 1924 relatives Lawrence E. Ogle Sr. and Lawrence Edward Ogle Jr. - Baltimore Md., years 1993-2009

    Lawrence E Ogle died April 13, 2013 survived by his wife, Margaret C. Ogle and two children: Denice Burton and Lawrence Orle Jr.

    Denice Ogle graduated from Western High School and magna cum laude from Morgan State. She married Theodore C. Burton Jr.

  4. William born 1926

    1950: Graduate of Morgan State College - in 2005 he was a MSU honoree

    1958: "Contee, Wm G parole ofe State Dept of Parole & Probation r[ear] 232 Dolphin st"

    1964: "William G Contee, Jr. was advanced from parole officer 2dC to parole officer 3dC and supervisor in the Baltimore district." (Baltimore Sun 03 March 1964)

    Death - 2005: William Gorden Contee Baltimore, Maryland Born: 22 Oct 1926 Died: 11 Apr 2005 (Social Security Death index)

    William G. Contee Jr., 78, official with Department of Public Safety

    William Gordon Contee Jr., a former administrator with the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, died of a heart attack April 11 at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The Woodlawn resident was 78.

    Born in Baltimore, Mr. Contee graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in 1944 and enrolled in Morgan State College, now Morgan State University, shortly afterward. He briefly served in the Army and was stationed at Camp Lee, Va., before returning to Morgan in 1947.

    While in college, Mr. Contee joined the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and worked nights as a mail sorter for the U.S. Postal Service. He did not enjoy his post office job and wanted a job where he could "get out and help people," said his brother, Howard Contee Sr. of East Baltimore.

    He graduated from Morgan with a degree in sociology in 1950. Two years later, he began working as a parole officer for the state. Mr. Contee "felt it offered him the best opportunity as a black man," said his brother. "He felt there would be fewer barriers there, and he wanted a job where he could be somebody and make a good living."

    Mr. Contee eventually became assistant regional administrator in the Baltimore area. He retired in 1988.

    He stayed active by volunteering at Calvin M. Rodwell Elementary School, teaching a weekly technology class. He read stories to pupils every Thursday as part of the school's Drop Everything and Read program. He also helped raise money to buy a set of encyclopedias and other books for the school's library.

    "He knew how important reading was to children," said his niece, Marsha Contee White of Northwest Baltimore. "He loved working with children."

    During his retirement, Mr. Contee also volunteered at his church and frequently attended Morgan State basketball and football games. He also was a member of the university's alumni association and helped organize scholarship fund-raising events. He was awarded the Howard L. Cornish Distinguished Service Award in 2004.

    "The school was something near and dear to his heart," said his niece. "The friends he made in his fraternity he made for life."

    Funeral services were Saturday.

    In addition to his brother and niece, he is survived by a daughter, Carole Contee-Stinson of Round Rock, Texas; a stepdaughter, Michelle Griffin-Sweeney of Round Rock; and a sister, Margaret C. Ogle of Baltimore. His marriage to Theodora Contee of Killeen, Texas, ended in divorce.

    (Baltimore Sun, April 18, 2005)

    William Contee Jr. Baltimore Sun 15 Apr 2005

  5. Clarence Garner Contee c 1929

    1958: Contee, Clarence G tchr [teacher] PS No 450 home r [ear] 232 Dolphin

    Marriage: Carmen Boston May 1970 (Marriage License - Clarence G. Contee age 39 of 4301 Portage avenue to Carmen M Boston age 27 - Baltimore Sun 28 May 1970)

Carmen Boston - Baltimore Sun 10 May 1970 Clarence Contee - Baltimore Sun 12, Feb 1988
Death: February 1988 - obit in the Baltimore Sun - professor of history at Howard University - lived in Wheaton - died of a heart attack- a member of the Howard faculty since 1971 he taught American and African history - - he taught at Douglass High School, Baltimore from 1956 to 1958 - taught at Morgan state University for 1960 to 1961 - graduated Douglas high school and Morgan State University - survived by his wife, Carmen Boston, (a graduate of Morgan state with an M. A. from Howard University), a son Clarence G. Contee Jr., two brothers, Howard Contee sr., and William Contee Jr., both of Baltimore and two sisters Myrtle C. Fox of Raleigh, N..C. and Margaret C. Ogle of Baltimore


History Professor

Clarence G. Contee Sr., 58, a retired professor of Afro-American history at Howard University, died Feb. 9 at the Washington Adventist Hospital after a heart attack. He lived in Wheaton.

Dr. Contee was born in Baltimore. He graduated from Morgan State University and earned a master's degree in American history at Howard University. He received a doctorate in American history and African studies from American University.

He served in the Army in Europe from 1953 to 1955. During the late 1950s, he taught in the Baltimore school system and was a professor of history at Prairie View College in Texas and at Morgan State. He also had lectured on American African history at American University.

Dr. Contee was a visiting professor at Columbia University before moving to the Washington area in 1971 and joining the history department at Howard. He retired for health reasons in 1976.

During 1967, Dr. Contee studied on a Fulbright scholarship in Senegal, Ghana, Kenya and Ethiopia. He studied in Great Britain on a Ford Foundation scholarship in 1972.

Dr. Contee was a consultant with the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, N.J., the Howard University Press and the Armed Forces Institute in Madison, Wis.

His articles appeared in the Journal of Negro History, Ebony Magazine and the African Historical Studies Journal. He contributed 16 essays to "The Dictionary of American Negro History."

He was a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, the African Studies Association, the NAACP and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History.

Survivors include his wife, Carmen Boston Contee, and two children, Cheryl and Clarence Contee Jr., all of Wheaton; two sisters, Myrtle Fox of Raleigh, N.C., and Margaret Ogle of Baltimore, and two brothers, William Contee Jr. and Howard Contee Sr., both of Baltimore.

(Washington Post)

1920: Baltimore ward 14, 1827 Division street, Contee, William age 28, born Virginia, valet, private family, Emma wife, age 20, born Virginia, Myrtle, daughter age 4 months born Maryland, all listed "Mu" [Mulatto]

1922: inherited $500 from judge Daniel Wright.

1922: Wm (Emma) lab h[ome] 231 w. Biddle (City Directory)


Baltimore Sun - 05 March 1922 - Judge Wright Leaves Personal estate of $49,222

1927: For sale valuable business property 232 Dolphin street - stocks and fixtures of grocery - sacrifice public auction - Deposit $350 balance in 30 days

1930: 1214 Park Avenue rent $32 -

William Contee 40, married at age 28, born Virginia, proprietor upholstery shop, Emma Contee 31, married at age 19, born Virginia, Myrtle Contee 10, Howard Contee 9, Margaret Contee 5, William Contee 3, Clarence Contee 0 - children al listed as born in Maryland - all listed as"neg" [negro]

1936 & 1938: 232 Dolphin street was a polling place for the 11th ward third district

1938: April 11, 1938 Baltimore Sun - Municipal Notices tax Delinquents - 232 Dolphin street - 15'x 106' - Improved by 3 story building assessed to Wm. Contee and wife .... $15.76. - Taxes to be paid on or before noon The 21 day of April 1938.

1940: 232 Dolphin - own home value $3,200 Dolphin street

Contee, William G, head, age 48 born Virginia, upholsterer education 5th grade, Emma M wife, age 39 born Virginia, education 5th, Howard M, son, age 19, born Maryland, education 4th year high school, Margaret, daughter, age 15, born Maryland, education 3 yrs high school, William "M" son age 13, born Maryland, education 7th grade, Clarence G, son, age 11 born Maryland, education 5th grade
All listed "C" [colored]

1942: World War II Draft Registration - William Contee, 232 Dolphin st, Baltimore, phone Madison 8248 -- age 52, born Montross Westmoreland, Va., August 15, 1890 - wife Mrs. Emma Contee 232 Dolphin st, has own business cabinet maker and upholsterer, 5 feet 6 inches, weight 145 negro eyes brown, hair gray, complexion dark brown

1954: 232 Dolphin - a private residence- was a polling place in November 1954. Democratic election watchers complained about pictures of President Eisenhower and Governor McKeldin hanging in the room where the voting machines were located. (The Evening Sun)

1958: Contee, Wm uphol 232 Dolphin home "do" [ditto]

Death 1897: Survived by 12 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren

Contee Plantations:
Philip Ashton Lee Contee inherited Nominy Plantation in Westmoreland Co. Va in 1841.

The 1830 census for Westmoreland Va shows under "Countee", Philip A. L. - Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1, Free White Persons - Males - 30 thru 39: 1, Slaves - Males - Under 10: 10, Slaves - Males - 10 thru 23: 4, Slaves - Males - 24 thru 35: 2, Slaves - Males - 36 thru 54: 5, Slaves - Females - Under 10: 13, Slaves - Females - 10 thru 23: 1, Slaves - Females - 24 thru 35: 7, Slaves - Females - 36 thru 54: 4, Slaves - Females - 55 thru 99: 1, Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2, Total Free White Persons: 2, Total Slaves: 47, Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 49

There was also a 575 acres Contee Tobacco plantation in Anna Arundel county, Maryland on the Rhode River owned by Richard and Charles Contee who were mostly absentee landlords. The ruins of the Java mansion can be visited. There are multiple remembrances by former Contee slaves available on the internet.

Home of the Week: Once a waterfront mansion, now a stately ruin

The Parago Family

Wilson B Parago (1860ish - 19??)

Wilson B Parago born Virginia circa 1860-1866 was the father of Edward W Parago (1898 - 1983) who was honored by the naming of the Contee-Parago Triangle in 1971.

Birth: 1860 to 1865 - In Otter Bedford, Virginia to Alfred and Eliza (ancestry.com)

1870 Census Otter Township, Bedford, Virginia, United States Alfrerd Paraga Male 45 Virginia, domestic servant, Eliza Paraga Female 35 Virginia, Wilson Paraga Male 9 Virginia, Geo A Paraga Male 6 Virginia

Marriage: Maggie T born circa 1870 Virginia - died Baltimore 1941


  1. W. A. Parago born 15 September 1896 Charlottesville, Albemarle, Virginia, race, black, father wilson mother Maggie (virginia Births and Christenings LDS)

    Death: 04 April, 1896 Charlettesville, VA. father Wilson mother Maggie (Virginia Deaths LDS)

    W A Parago, Birth Date: abt 1895, Birth Place: Charlottesville, Virginia, Death Date: 4 Apr 1896, Death Place: Charlottesville, Virginia, Death Age: 4 Months, Race: Colored (Black), Marital status: Single, Gender: Male, Father Name: Wm. Parago, Mother Name: Maggie Parago, FHL Film Number: 2048588

    The dates are inconsistant but it should be noted that these are not original records. The 1900 census does indicate the death of a child of Wilson and Maggie Parago.

  2. Edward Wilson Parago (1898- 1983)

    Edward Wilson Parago was the person for who the Contee -Parago Triangle was named.

    Edward Wilson born June 1 1898

    1914: The Afro-American Ledger - June 27, 1914 - "MANY GO TO HIGH SCHOOL" - A Large Number of Graduates Finish the Elementary Course in City Schools." Among those listed from PS 116 was Edward W. Parago.

    1918: WWI Draft Registration - Edward Wilson Parago 234 Dolphin street Baltimore, dob June 1, 1898, negro, porter, O'Neil & Co. Charles and Lexington streets, next of kin, Margaret Parago 234 Dolphin street, tall, slender, brown eyes, black hair, September 1918 (O'Neill was a high end department store founded in 1882 and closed in 1954. The building was demolished in 1961. See Retro Baltimore)

    1918: The mayor of Baltimore conferred 81 diplomas to graduates of the "Colored High School" in the 13th annual commencement held at the Lyric. Among the graduates was Edward Wilson Parago. (Baltimore Sun 27 June 1918)

    Marriage of Edward Parago and Sarah Violet Jones:

    Child : Cliton in 1919 see below

    Divorce: 1919 "Criminal court" Desertion Edward Parago paroled to pay $4 per week - Baltimore Daily Record September 27. 1919

    Death of Sarah Violet Jones 1976: Sarah Violet Jones born circa 1898 was a native of Baltimore. She was a graduate of Morgan and had a master's from New York University. She was: a former matron in the Order of the Eastern Star, emeritus trustee of the Douglas Memorial Community church, active in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, a member of Phi Delta Kappa. She was an elementary school supervisor in the Anne Arundel county school system for 42 years before her retirement. She had also taught summer education sessions at Hampton Institute and Morgan State University. She had married Edward Parago. They had one child, Clifton. The marriage ended in divorce. She resumed her maiden name. (The Baltimore Sun, 14 December 1976)

    Child of Edward Parago and Sarah Violet Jones - 1920:

    1. Clifton 12 July 1919 son of Edward Parago and Sarah Violet Jones

      Note: At her death in 2002 Gwendolyn Parago listed a brother named Clifton. At his death in 1976 William B Parago listed a brother, Clifton.

      1920: Ward 11, 218 Dolphin street, Andrew Jones 67, head, steward steam boat, Marg E Jones 57, wife, dressmaker, ----- Jones 18, daughter, Hortense Jones 16, daughter, Alan Jones 16, son, Ely Jones 14, son, Zebediah Jones 10, son, Sara V Parago 19, daughter, Clifton Parago 6 months, grandson, Frances Butler 50, boarder, Marie Butler 18, boarder

      1930: Harlem Ave., Mary C Jones 62, own home, $5000, Eli Jones 20, son, waiter, hotel, Zebedee Jones 18, son, waiter, hotel, Sarah V Jones 30, daughter, supervisor, public school, Julia P Jones 27, daughter, operator elevator, Hortence Jones 25, daughter, (can't read), Clifton Parago 10, grandson, William Franklin 0, grandson

      1940: Harlem Ave., Mary E Jones 70, born Virginia, widowed, Sarah Jones 40, daughter, supervisor Anne Arundal co., Julia Franklin 38, daughter, Helen Hall 65, lodger, Clifton Parago 19, grandson, William Franklin 10, grandson

      WWII Draft: Clifton Alexandria Parago, Race: Black, Age: 21, Relationship to Draftee: Self (Head), Birth Date: 12 Jul 1919, Birth Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA, Residence Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA, Registration Date: 1940, Registration Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA, Employer: Vocational School, Weight: 114, Complexion: Light brown, Eye Color: Brown, Hair Color: Black, Height: 5 8, Next of Kin: Sarah Viola Jones

      Death: Clifton Parago Last Residence: 18510 Scranton, Lackawanna, Pennsylvania Born: 12 Jul 1919 Died: 3 Oct 2007 State (Year) SSN issued: Maryland (Before 1951)

      Obit: Times Tribune Scranton Pa 07 October 2007 Clifton A Parago sr. of Scranton died at the Community Medical Center. Born in Baltimore to the late Edward and Sarah Violet Jones Parago, he graduated form Baltimore city schools. He got a degree from Rock Castle University. He taught painting and decorating in the public school system. During the World War II he worked at Edgewood Arsenal and Camp Hollinburg in Baltimore. He transfered to Tobyhanna Army Depot from which he retired in 1979. After retirement he composed music and promoted a number of bands. He established a well known art and sign painting business in Scranton He was survived by three sons, Louis "Bunny", Clifton A, Jr. and Keith, and two daughters, Jewel and Sherie.

    Marriage of Edward Parago and Emma Bishop: After 1920.

    Emma J Bishop born circa 1900. She was the daughter of William Bishop who lived at 1213 Druid Hill Ave in 1936. She had a sister Sallie Bishop Pittman who was a graduate of Morgan College and ran a large beauty shop with six professional operators at 2136 W. Columbia ave, Philadelphia. Mrs. Sallie Bishop Pittman visited her sister at 234 Dolphin in October 1936 (Baltimore Afro-America October 31, 1936.)

    1920 Census: Brunt street, William Bishop 51, waiter, hotel, Mary Bishop 48, cook private family, Emma Bishop 19, duster, department store, John Bishop 18, machinist copper plant, Sallie Bishop 17, Martha Bishop 14, Jane Bishop 72

    Children of Edward Parago sr and Emma Bishop:

    1. Gwendolyn M Parago circa 1926

      Gwendolyn M Parago was a graduate of Douglas High school class of 1945. She was honored at a breakfast party. (The Afro American June 30, 1945.) Mentioned her graduation again in June 1956 (The Evenning Sun - 19 June 1945)

      1934: Gwendolyn Parago was in second grade at School 103, Division street near Lanvale. She directed the class in tongue and vowel exercises.

      1949: Gwendolyn Parago a Morgan Stae rooter at the Morgan - Virginia state Thanksgiving Classic.

      1952: Gwendolyn Parago was a member of the Baltimore Alumni chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi which held a cabaret at the Starlight Arena to benefit the Kappa Kid fund. She married --- Culbreath ad had two children - Leslie and Maurice - survived by two brothers Clifton and Edward Jr. - died October 16, 2002 buried Arbutus Memorial Park

      Social Security Info: Gwendolyn Margaret Parago, [Gwendolyn Margaret Culbreath] , [Gwendolyn Culbreath], Gender: Female, Race: Black, Birth Date: 12 May 1926, Birth Place: Baltimore, Maryland, Death Date: 15 Oct 2002, Father: Edward W Parago, Mother: Emma Bishop, SSN: 220203256, Notes: Jun 1943: Name listed as GWENDOLYN MARGARET PARAGO; Aug 1954: Name listed as GWENDOLYN MARGARET CULBREATH; 30 Oct 2002: Name listed as GWENDOLYN M CULBREATH

    2. Edward Wilson Parago, Jr. circa 1927

      Edward W. Parago Jr graduated Douglass High School in February 1946.

      Marriage: Martha ??


      1. William


        PRYOR, JR. , William On June 15, 2008 WILLIAM JR. husband of April R. Pryor. Also survived by son William Aaron Pryor, III and daughter Alyse Monet Pryor; brother of Margaret Williams and her husband Maurice; son of Edward Parago, Jr.

      2. Margaret

        Margaret Elizabeth Pryor daughter of Mrs. Edward Parago married Willie Maurice Williams in July 1965. William Pryor gave his daughter in marriage. They had a reception at the Madison Club (Afro-American News)

      WWII: Edward Wilson Parago, Race: Black, Age: 16, Relationship to Draftee: Self (Head), Birth Date: 28 Apr 1927, Birth Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA, Residence Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA, Registration Date: 1943, Registration Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA, Employer: Hutzler Bros, Weight: 141, Complexion: Light brown, Eye Color: Brown, Hair Color: Black, Height: 6 1, Next of Kin: Emma Parago

      WWII: Edward W Parago Jr, Birth Year: 1927, Race: Negro, citizen (Black), Nativity State or Country: Maryland, State of Residence: Maryland, County or City: Baltimore City, Enlistment Date: 14 Feb 1946, Enlistment State: Maryland, Enlistment City: Baltimore, Branch: Air Corps, Branch Code: Air Corps, Grade: Private, Grade Code: Private, Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for Hawaiian Department, Component: Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men), Source: Enlisted Man, Regular Army, after 3 months of Discharge, Education: 4 years of high school, Marital status: Single, without dependents, Height: 03, Weight: 455

      Edward Parago, Gender: Male, Birth Date: 28 Apr 1927, Death Date: 8 Oct 2009, Branch 1: ARMY, Enlistment Date 1: 14 Feb 1946, Release Date 1: 17 Jan 1949

      1950: Baltimore Afro-American - May 20, 1950 Md Vocational School held an open house. The staff included Edward Parago.

      1950: Edward Parago was a member of the 165th transport undergoing field training in Baltimore. (Baltimore Afro-american July 15, 1950.

      Death 2009: Edward W. Parago Last Residence: 21228 Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland Born: 28 Apr 1927 Died: 8 Oct 2009

      Note: Edward's son, William "Pryor" appears to have changed the surname - according to the obit of William Pryor died June 15, 2008 - he had a sister Margaret Williams

    3. William Bishop Parago 1928

      WWII Draft Registration: William Bishop Parago, Race: Black, Age: 18, Birth Date: 10 Nov 1928, Birth Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA, Residence Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA, Registration Date: 1946, Registration Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA, Employer: Unemployed, Weight: 130, Complexion: Light brown, Eye Color: Brown, Hair Color: Black, Height: 5 8, Next of Kin: Ellen J Parago

      1958: William B Parago Street address: 808 N Fremont sv Residence Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA Occupation: Linesmn Spouse: Ann M Parago

      Social Security: William Parago SSN: 216-20-7903 Last Residence: 21229 Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA Born: 10 Nov 1928 Died: Oct 1976

      Death 1976 - obit Baltimore Sun - On October 10, 1976 William B Parago of 4 South Culver street, beloved husband of Annie V., one son William Parago Jr., one grandson, Tiant T Parago, father, Edward W Parago Sr., two brothers, Clifton, and Edward W. Parago Jr., one sister Mrs. Gwendolyn Culbreath, a sister in law Martha Parago.

  3. Thomas circa 1901 - died 1921

    1917: 234 Dolphin Residence Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA Occupation: Student - also listed Edward W porter and Wilson B waiter all at 234 Dolphin

    Death: Thomas Parago - DEATH 1921 BURIAL Mount Auburn Cemetery Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA

    The Afro American January 21, 1921 Official Death List included Thomas W.. Parago age 20, 234 Dolphin street

1890: List of letter remaining at the Baltimore Post Office, December 8, 1890 Parago, Wilson B (Baltimore Sun)

1897: Letters remaining at the post office October 12, 1897 - Mrs. Maggie Parago and Mrs. Ellen Parago.

1900: Morton alley, Baltimore, near 6 Lanvale - Wilson B Parago "39", waiter, born Virginia married c 1898, Margaret Parago 30, 2 children 1 living, laundress, Edward W Parago 1

1908: Mary McShane etc to Wilson b Parago and wife, n.w.s. Dolphin st nr. Mason ally 15x100 g.r. $37.50 Baltimore city (Note: g. r. = ground rent) (Baltimore Sun 20 June 1908)

1910: 234 Dolphin - Wilson B Parago 45 Margarette T Parago 40, wife, 3 children three living, married 15 (?) Susan Caine age unknown, widow, boarder, Ida Hall 40, lodger widow, Beatrice Hall 19, lodger

1913: Baltimore Daily Record, January 1, 1913 Short Release of Mortgages Wilson B Parago and wife

1914: Wilson Parago Residence Year: 1914 Street address: 234 Dolphin Residence Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA Occupation: Waiter Publication Title: Baltimore, Maryland, City Directory, 1914 (only listing for the name in 1914)

WWI Draft Registration: Edward Wilson Parago 234 Dolphin street Baltimore, dob June 1, 1898, negro, porter, O'Neil & Co. Charles and Lexington streets, next of kin, Margaret Parago 234 Dolphin street, tall, slender, brown eyes, black hair, September 1918

1920: 234 Dolphin, Wilson B Parago 55, waiter, private home born Virginia, Maggie Parago 50, born Virginia, laundress, Edward Parago 21, born Maryland, window washer, private company, Thomas Parago 19, born Maryland

1927: Pictured in the Afro American August 27, 1927 - four generations of the family of William Bishop of 1213 Druid Hill ave. were William Bishop, Mrs Jane Bishop, Mrs. Emma Pauline Bishop "Pargo" and her little daughter. (Unfortunately the picture is badly marred.) 1930: 234 Dolphin street Edward Parago 32, porter, customs house, Emma Parago 30, Gwendolyn Parago 4, Edward Parago 2, William B Parago 1, Wilson Parago 65, father, butler private family, Margaret Parago 59, mother, servant private family

1932: September 10, 1932 Afro American - Mrs. Emma Parago and children of 234 Dolphin street returned from a two week vacation in Atlantic city. On the way back to Baltimore they stopped to visit Mrs. Parago's sister, Mrs. Sallie Bishop Pittman.

1933: Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Parago and family of 234 Dolphin street motored to Philadelphia over the week end. (the Afro-american, December 16, 1933)

1933: Ad in the Afro America December 23, 1933

The Parago Press - Printers 234 Dolphin Street wish Their Many Friends and Patrons a MERRY XMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR"

1933: Mrs. Emma Parago of 234 Dolphin street retuned home from Johns Hopkins Hospital after an operation September 2, 1933.

1935: May 25th - Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Parago of 234 Dolphin street gave a birthday party in honor of their children, Edward W. Jr and Gwendolyn.


Mrs. Mary Frick Jacobs left $3,200,00 to charity. She also willed to "kin, friends and employees" a total of $600,00. Included in this beneficiary was listed "gift to employees" one thousand dollars to Wilson Parago, "All these bequests are to be paid if the beneficiaries were in Mrs. Jacobs's employ at her death, that condition not being made as to Parago." Mrs. Jacobs died at her home in Newport R. I. on October 21.

(The Evening Sun 10 November 1936)

1936: Afro-American - September 5, 1936 - Gold Button Awards - Edward Parago 234 Dolphin street - Afro-American clean Block Campaign

1940: Dolphin street, owned, value $3,000,

Wilson B Parago 74, head, born Virginia education 8th grade, no occupation
Maggie T Parago 70, wife, born Virginia, education 5th grade
Edward W Parago 41, son, born Maryland, education 8th grade, clerk US. Customs
Emma J Parago 40, daughter- in law, born Maryland, education 7th grade
Gwendolyn M Parago 14, grand daughter, born Maryland, education 7th grade
Edward W Parago 13, born Maryland, education 6th grade
William B Parago 10, born Maryland, education 3rd grade

All listed "C" [colored]

End of block

WWII Draft Registration: Edward Wilson Parago, Sr. 234 Dolphin street, age 43 dob June 1, 1898 Baltimore Md. employer U. S. Government Custom House, Gay and Lombard, Baltimore, next of kin Mrs. Emma Parago, negro, 5 feet 7 inches, 175 pounds, hair, black, complexion, dark brown

1941: Death of Maggie T Parago 08 January 1941 buried Mount Auburn Cemetery, Baltimore (Find a Grave)

1942: City Directory Edward W. Parago 234 Dolphin, Elevator Operator

1953 Social security info on Wilson Parago Birth Date: 20 Aug 1865 Claim Date: 6 May 1953 SSN: 213343083 Notes: 12 Nov 1976: Name listed as WILSON PARAGO

1958 City Directory:

  1. Parago, Edw (EmmaJ) home 234 Dolphin

  2. Parago, Edw W. (Martha W.) tool repair Army Chem Center, home 2722 Rosedale

  3. Parago, Emma J Mrs. maid Sco Sec r[ear] 234 Dolphin

  4. Parago, Martha W Mrs. prsr Dipilmat Tie Co r 2722 Rosedale

  5. Parago, Wm B (Ann M) linesman C & P Tel home 808 North Fremont ave

  6. Parago, Wilson B home 234 Dolphin

1971: Mr. Parago said that 4 generations of his family lived in his home on Dolphin street. He was born on Rutter street but moved to Dolphin street in 1908. He had two sons and a daughter. He worked at the Post Office during WWI. Then he worked at the Customs House until 1848.

Death of Emma Parago: Unknown

Death of Edward Wilson Parago senior: 1983 per 1987 article about the death of William Contee.

Judge Daniel Giraund Wright (1840-1922)

Judge Daniel Wright was the judge who left $500 of his estate to William Contee

Birth: 1 June 1840 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil He was the son of coffee trader Robert Clinton Wright (1822-1879) of Baltimore, Maryland and Rio de Janeiro, and his wife, Anna Selina Anderson. He was a descendent of Robert Wright, three times Governor of Maryland.

1860: Baltimore ward 11, Robert C Wright 51, merchant $3,000 born Maryland, Elise Wright 44, born Brazil, Carrie A Wright 24, born Brazil, Nellie Wright 21, born Brazil, D Girand Wright 20, born Brazil, Elise Wright 18, born Brazil, Alice Wright 17, born Brazil, Louisa G Wright 15, born Maryland Joseph M Wright 12, born Maryland, Clinton R Wright 7, born Maryland, Mary A Wright 5, born Maryland, Bridget Davis 22, servant born Ireland, Mary Dumfort 25, servant born Ireland, Mary Dougherty 23, servant born Ireland, Mary Marks 35, servant born Ireland, Cate Watts 32, black, servant born Maryland

Civil War: At the outbreak of the war he enlisted in the First Maryland infantry of the Confederate Army as a private. He received a commission as a first lieutenant within a year. He served in Stonewall Jackson's valley campaign. He was subsequently transfered to Mosby's Calvary and served with Charles E Grogan. He was captured in the third year of the war when an untrained colt he was riding crashed into a tree and threw him "in the path of the pursuing Union Calvary". He was incarcerated in Capital Prison in Boston until the end of the war. He claimed that capital Prison was as bad as Libby Prison. (Baltimore Sun, 20 February , 1922)

Marriage: Louise Sophie Wigfall - 1871 Judge Wright married Louise S., daughter of Senator and Gen. Louis T. Wigfall in 1871.


  1. Birth: William Henry DeCoursey 17 June 1873

    Died 23 January 1951 Monkton, Md

    Marriage: Mary Eyre (1875-1955)


    1. DeCourcy Eyre Wright 20 Jan 1899 - known as Eyre - Baltimore City, Maryland, Death Date: 15 Jun 1914 Baltimore City, Maryland, Cemetery: Saint Thomas Episcopal Church Cemetery Burial or Cremation Place: Owings Mills, Baltimore County, Maryland, United States of America Father: William Henry Decourcy Wright Mother: Mary Wright

      Death 1914: DeCourey Erye Wright, the 14 year old son of William Wright, died in an auto accident on the Annapolis boulevard about five miles from Annapolis in June 1914. There were four people in the car at the time of the accident: Eyre, a chauffeur named Harry Huff, age 22 (or 30), Erye's grandmother, Louise Wigfall Wright, and Rommilly Humphries, age 16, a family friend.

      Harry Huff had succumbed to Eyre's pleas to let him drive the car and young Eyre was at the wheel when the car hit an oil slick and skidded. Huff tried to take control of the car but it turned upside down. William Wright said he frequently let young Eyre drive the car. He blamed the accident on the newly oiled road. All four lay under the overturned car for some time before they were found.

      Harry Huff's chest was pierced by the stearing wheel but he was expected to live despite serious injury. Mrs. Wright broke her right leg and was in nervous shock. Rommilly Humphries was unhurt. One paper stated that Eryn died from "suffocation by escaping gasoline fumes as he lay beneath the car".

      The funeral was at the family's home at 800 Cathedral street. He was buried in Eyre Virginia the home of his mother.

      DeCourcy Eyre Wright - from news paper article at the time of his death - Baltimore Sun.

    2. Grace Eyre Wright Hower 1915

      16 April 1915 died May 6, 2003

      Married Edwin Neiman Hower of Pittsburgh Pa (Find a Grave)

    3. Grace Eyre Hower - [Grace E Hower] - [Grace Eyre Wright] - Birth Date: 16 Apr 1915 - Birth Place: Baltimore City, Maryland, Death Date: 6 May 2003, Father: W H Wright, Mother: Mary Eyre, SSN: 220361557

      Grace Eyre (nee Wright) wife of the late David G. McIntosh, III, and of Edwin Hower, mother of Ann L McIntosh and DeCourcy E McIntosh, step mother of Edwin N, Hower, jr an Marguerite H. Eliot. May 12, 1003

    1880: 120 Lanvale Charlotte M. Wigfall 60, Francis H. Wigfall 35 D. G. Wright 40 Louisa S. Wright 33 Wm. H. Wright 7

    1910: 1413 Park Avenue - William H Wright w, 36, lawyer, Mary Wright 35, w, married 11 years, 1 child 1 living, Decoursey E Wright w, 11, Grace D Taylor 36, w, ister in law, Widowed, Margaret E Taylor w, 11, niece, Lena Bowley 37, mu, servant, Virginia Lonesome, mu, 32, servant

    1930: 800 Cathedral street, W H Decourcy Wright 57, occupation none, Mary Wright 56 Grace Wright 14

1870: Daniel G Wright, age 28, born Brazil, Westminster, Carroll, Maryland, White, Male, Lawyer

1880 120 Lanvale street Charlotte M. Wigfall 60, born South Carolina, Francis H. Wigfall 35, son, cotton broker, born South Carolina, D. G. Wright 40, son in law, lawyer, born Brazil, Louisa S. Wright 33, daughter, born Rhode Island, Wm. H. Wright 7, son, born Maryland, Ma-or, Lizzie Mu servant age 23, house girl, born Virginia, and Johnson, Susan, Mu, servant age 30 cook, born Maryland

1900: 142 W. Lanvale Daniel Wright 59, judge, born brazil, married 29 years, Louise M Wright 53 Basil Golding, B[lack], 30, servant, waiter, Sarah Duke, B[lack] 35, servant, cook

1910: Judge Wright was not in good health in 1910. In February 1910 a bill for the retirement of Judge Daniel Giraud Wright from the Supreme Bench of Baltimore City passed the House by a vote of 87 to 10. He was to receive full pay until June 1, 1910 when he became 70 years old. At that time he would have been be entitled to full pay for the rest of his life. He had not asked for an extension. Under the constitution he was required to retire from the bench upon reaching 70 years of age. (Baltimore Sun, 15 February, 1910) The bill passed the senate in March.

Death of Louise Sophie Wright: 1915

Mrs. Louise Sophie Wright, wife of former Judge Daniel G. Wright, of Baltimore, Md., died in that city on March 7, 1915, after an illness of several months. She was a daughter of Gen. Louis T. Wigfall, United States Senator from Texas before the War between the States, who was later a member of the Confederate Senate and an aid on the staff of President Davis. Mrs. Wright spent several years in Washington in her youth and occupied a place in the society of the capital. Intellectually, she was brilliant beyond most women and a writer of strength and charm. Several years ago she published a book, "A Southern Girl in 1861," which was filled with reminiscences of life in the South and of Washington in the days prior to the war.

Mrs. Wright founded and was for many years President of the Baltimore Chapter, and the membership of the State Division, U. D. C., under her leadership increased rapidly. The imposing monument which commemorates the service of the soldiers and sailors of the Confederacy was the gift of the Maryland Daughters of the Confederacy to Baltimore during Mrs. Wright's presidency. With her exceptional mental ability and strong character, she possessed great energy and unwavering purpose, and as an executive she was distinguished for the calm reasonableness that makes for unbiased judgement. When the fourth convention, U. D. C., met in Baltimore in 1897, Mrs. Wright, as First Vice President General, presided on account of the illness of the President General, Mrs. Fitzhugh Lee.

Personally, Mrs. Wright possessed the warmth of heart that inspired others to seek her presence and the pleasant environment of her home. The atmosphere of her home was beautifully suggestive of the Southland, and the welcome of its mistress always possessed the simplicity and warmth of the old times.

Confederate Veteran Magazine, June, 1915.

Baltimore Sun March 8, 1915 -

listed address at 809 Park Avenue - Mrs. Wright died suddenly after an illness of several months - the death was due to heart trouble but was exacerbated by an accident on June 15th when the automobile her son was driving turned over on Annapolis Boulevard - she was thrown from the car and broke her leg - her 14 year old grandson Eyre was killed - for years she had been the president of the Maryland Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and it was mainly due to her efforts that the group erected "Glory Stands Beside Our Grief"* which commemorated the service of the sailor and soldiers of the Confederacy - she was survived by her husband and son, W. H. DeCourcy Wright of 800 Cathedral street.

*This statue was removed by Baltimore City officials in the middle of the night August 2017.

"The Confederate Soldiers and Sailor Monument was designed by F. Wellington Ruckstunl in 1902. The statue was designed to look like an archangel is holding a dying Confederate soldier in one arm and holding the crown of victory in the other, while the soldier holds a Confederate flag. Also inscribed with: Gloria Victis/ to the soldiers and sailors/ of Maryland/ in service of the Confederate States/ of America/ 1862- 1865. Deo Vindice. Fatti Maschii/ Parole Femine. Glory stands besides/ our grief/ erected by/ the Maryland Daughters/ of the Confederacy/ February 1903."
It stood at Mount Royal Near North Avenue.

1916: FOR SALE WATERFRONT - Beautiful South River Estate owned by ex judge Daniel G. Wright - 200 acres - half mile of shore line - large comfortable airy house, 10 rooms 2 baths, open fireplaces - surrounded by beautiful lawn and shade - 5 room caretaker's house, stalbes, garage, poultry buildings, boathouse, 30 fruit trees, 2 wells, vegetable garden, entire acreage fenced - only one and a half miles to station two and a half miles to Annapolis. (Baltimore Sun - 13 June 1916)


217 W. Lanvale

Daniel G Wright 79, w[hite], head, widowed, lawyer own office, born South America
Mary H Grosvenor 64, w[hite], sister, widowed, born Maryland
Selina F Kennedy 53, w[hite], niece
Ida V Miller 22, maid b[lack], born Virginia
Etta Lilliston 20, maid b[lack], born Virginia


19 Feb 1922 - Former judge of the Supreme Bench of Baltimore for 22 years - died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Robert Grosvenor 217 Lanvale - he retired in 1910 - had a stroke five years before his death - age 82 - suffered a second stroke which let to his death - an office in the Confederate Army during the Civil War - was captured and imprisoned in Capital Prison - his wife the former Miss Louise Sophie Wigfall was the daughter of a famous secessionist Texas Senator and she was the author of "A southern Gril in '61. She died in 1915. He was survived by his sister (out of twelve children she was the only surviving sibling) a son and a "grandchild". (20 February 1922 The Evenning Sun)

- to be buried in the cemetery of St. Thomas Church Green spring Valley

Find a Grave

Former Maryland Justice Passes Away. Daniel G. Wright, for 22 years a judge of the Supreme Court of Baltimore, died the latter part of February. He was 82 years old and a Confederate veteran. He was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where his father was American consul, and was educated at the University of Virginia. (Law Notes, Volume 26)

University of Virginia class of 1858.

Daniel Giraud Wright (1 Jun. 1840-19 Feb. 1922)

Posted on March 14, 2013 by Jean L. Cooper

"Daniel Giraud Wright was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was the son of coffee trader Robert Clinton Wright (1822-1879) of Baltimore, Maryland and Rio de Janeiro, and his wife, Anna Selina Anderson.

Daniel Wright attended the University of Virginia in sessions 34-35 & 37 (1857-1859 & 1860-1861). When the Civil War began in his last year, he enlisted as a private in Company H of the 1st Maryland Regiment, CSA. From 1862 to Dec. 1863, he served in Company C, and later in Company D of the 1st Virginia Regiment, and from Dec. 1863 to the end of the war he served in Mosby's Partisan Rangers, Company D of the 43rd Virginia Calvary. He was captured in 1864 and spent the rest of the war as a prisoner of war. After the Civil War, Wright joined the bar in Baltimore, MD, and practiced as a lawyer.

On 8 Nov. 1871, he married Louisa Sophia Wigfall (1846-1915), daughter of Senator Louis Trezevant Wigfall (who was in both the U.S. and the Confederate States Senates). Their only child was William Henry DeCourcy Wright. In 1888, Daniel Wright was elected to the Supreme Bench of Baltimore City, MD, a position in which he served until 1910. In 1896, Judge Wright was one of the charter members of the Maryland State Bar Association. Louise Wigfall Wright was the founder of the Baltimore #8 Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy and was the first president of the Maryland UDC. She was the author of a memoir, A Southern Girl in '61; the War-Time Memories of a Confederate Senator's Daughter, which was published in 1905.

Judge and Mrs. Wright and their son are buried in the Saint Thomas Episcopal Church Cemetery in Owings Mills, Maryland."

According to the Baltimore Sun March 05, 1922, Judge Wright left an estate valued at $49,222.
"He left $500 to William Contee, if in his employ, and the balance of his estate to his son, w. H. DeCourcy Wright"

Daniel G Wright (photo from Find A Grave)


Louise Wigfall Wright, 1846-1915

The Wigfalls were secessionist slave owners who believed in a society based on slavery.

In a 1905 Baltimore Sun article Mrs. Wright is quoted:

"The negro in slavery before and during the was was lazy and idle - he will always be that - but he was simple, true and faithful. What he has become since his emancipation from servitude is a queer comment on the effect of liberty bestowed upon him."

Louise Wigfall Wright - Image from Goodreads

"A Southern Girl in '61" "a wartime memory of a Confederate Senators daughter" (1905) is available on Amazon.

GLORY STANDS BESIDES OUR GRIEF - Saint Mary's Beacon - Leonard Town, Maryland - 08 January 1903

The monument was erected in 1903 on Mount Royal avenue near Mosher Street by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in a large part through the efforts of Louise Wigfall Wright. It was removed in August 2017.

Confederate soldiers and Sailors Monument

Robert Clinton Wright 1812 (or 1809) to 1879 - father of Daniel G Wright

ROBERT CLINTON WRIGHT, of Baltimore, Md., and later of Rio, Brazil, was at one time a very successful merchant of Baltimore, Md, and an adherent of the Episcopal Church. "He m. Anna Salina Anderson, dau. of Clinton Anderson". (Colonial Families of the Southern States of America: A History and Genealogy ... By Stella Hardy, Stella Pickett Hardy)

Robert Clinton Wright's father, Gustavus William Tidmarch Wright, was born 1784 died 1823 the second son of Maryland Governor Robert Wright (1752-1826) of Blakeford. Gustavus married Eliza Clayland. They owned "Wyoming" on the Wye River in Queen Ann's county, Maryland.

The had: Robert Clinton, Alonso Elouise, John Skinner Wright and Louise Ellen Wright.

Robert Clinton Wright married his cousin Anna Selina Anderson. They had ten children:

  1. Caroline, 1836 - married John Frizzell of Westminster, Daniel was listed with her in the 1870 census

  2. Gustavus W. T. -

  3. Ellen Clayland Wright 1839 - said to have engaged in charitable work among the poor of Baltimore

  4. Daniel Giraud Wright 1840 the judge who willed $500 to William Contee

  5. Anne Elizabeth 1842

  6. Alice 1843

  7. Louisa 1844

  8. Joseph Maxwell 1847

    Joseph Maxwell Wright born 6 Aug 1847 Christened 22 Oct 1848 Saint Peters Protestant Episcopal, Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland Father's name: Robert C Wright Mother's name: Selina A

  9. Clinton Anderson 1853

  10. Mary Henshaw 1854

Death of Robert Clinton Wright: November 12 1879 - died at his home 143 Lanvale street, Baltimore - age 67 - born Queen Anne's county Maryland August 6, 1813 - died of pleuro-pneumonia after an illness of one week. - he was the son of Gustavus Wright and the grandson of the Governor Robert Wright - at age 12 he went to Rio De Janeiro with his uncle Wiliam D. C. Wright - he returned to Baltimore in 1854 - and was made president of the Baltimore and Susquehanna railroad - he was survived by nine children - including "D. Giraud Wright", Baltimore attorney at law and a member of the city council from the 12th ward (Baltimore Sun).

1846: From a letter from William Henry DeCoursey Wright to his brother Robert Clinton Wright - April 25th 1846

"Old Henry Wright writes me the negroes have been sold and proceeds applied to Harrison's claim which was about $1300."
1846: William Henry DeCoursey Wright to Robert Clinton Wright