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The Farchione - Terzini families originated in Tocco Da Casauria Italy. Tocco is a small hill town in the Abruzzi Region located about 90 miles east of Rome and 18 miles west of the seaside resort town of Pescara. It is in the Province (County) of Chieti and about 3 miles east of the larger neighbor towns of Sulmona and Popoli. Today it is easily accessible from Autostrada A-24, which originates in Rome and terminates in Pescara. Antonio Farchione and Santina Terzini would not recognize their hometown today. While the original buildings and homes that have existed for hundreds of years still remain, the newer areas of Tocco resemble a suburb of Middle America - complete with split-level homes, libraries, and stores. Our ancestors probably settled in Tocco during the Middle Ages when Italy was divided into hundreds of small feudal states. Most of those groups settled into small mountainous outposts that could be more easily defended. Tocco da Causuria is representative of one of these mountain towns, hundreds of which dot the landscape of Central and Southern Italy. Today Tocco is best known for its production of a medicinal liqueur called â€œcenterbeâ€. This liqueur dates back to the early part of the 18th century, and is available worldwide.
Antonio Farchione was born June 9, 1889, grew up in Tocco and decided to immigrate to the United States around 1910. He lived with his Uncle Pasquale and Aunt Elisabetta (Marchione) Farchione in Steubenville, but was not able to find steady work. As a result, within a year he returned to Italy. To avoid being drafted into the Italian Army, he returned to the U.S. in 1912. This time he settled in Canton, Ohio with other members of the Farchione (Fortune) family and began working with the Pennsylvania Railroad. (Remember that each trip to the United States meant a 5-7 day oxcart ride from Tocco to Naples, and a 10-14 day steamship passage under overcrowded below deck conditions).
Santina Terzini, born May 25, 1892; and her brother, William, left Tocco in 1913 under similar circumstances seeking a better life in the U.S. They settled in Steubenville with their Uncle Antonio Terzini and his wife Domenica (Pinti) Terzini. She died a few years later during the influenza epidemic and Uncle Antonio returned to Italy. Antonio and Santina were introduced during one of Antonioâ€™s visits to see his Uncle Pasquale and Aunt Elisabetta. Even though they both were familiar with each otherâ€™s families in Tocco, they really didnâ€™t know each other that well.
Santina accepted Antonioâ€™s proposal only under the condition he move from Canton to Steubenville. Fortunately the P.R.R. honored his request for a transfer and they were married March 19, 1914. The best man was Mr. Ross Pinti and Maid of Honor was Mary Romano. Three months later Santina Farchione became seriously ill with Scarlet Fever, nearly died and had an extended recuperation. After their marriage they lived in the Tobasso Apartments at the corner of North Street and Marsh Alley. Their first child Cesidia (Jessie) was born September 4, 1915. In 1917 they moved from the Tobasso Apartments to rear of 211 North 7th Street. After that move, Emily was born November 24, 1917. Then Phyllis on October 4, 1918. Their first son Eustachio was born October 17, 1920, but died at 3 months of age on January 18, 1921. (He was named after Saint Eustachio, the Patron Saint of the Abruzzi Region, the Church of Saint Eustachio still stands in Tocco today, unchanged from the days Antonio and Santina were baptized there over a hundred years ago). Their second son Eric was born exactly one year after the birth of Eustachio on October 17, 1921. A third son also named Eustachio was born October 19, 1923 but died at 7 months of age on May 24, 1924. (Many family members will remember the picture of a baby in a casket that hung for many years in the rear bedroom). Violetta (Violet) was born March 27, 1925 but she also died at 3 months of age on June 24, 1925.
On February 11, 1924, Antonio and Santina signed a Mortgage Contract for the sum of $3650.00 at 6% interest to purchase their home at 128 North 7th Street. At this time Antonio left the P.R.R. to work at the Labelle Iron Works (later to become Wheeling Steel Company) until his retirement in 1954.
One final child, Lillian, was born September 9, 1926.
Antonio passed away January 12, 1966 at the age of 76 and Santina passed away March 10, 1975; ending productive hardworking lives filled mostly with happiness and some tragedy. But their legacy consisted of five children, eighteen grandchildren and countless great grandchildren who will always remember them for the strong, stoic, loving people they were.