Thank you for responding so quickly. You have a lot of interesting information there. My grandmother has a coat of arms in her home, but she said it was from one of those companies years ago, so I do not think it is genuine. It also is completely different from the one you described. I'd definitely love to see a picture of that crest, that would be interesting. Maybe I can decipher what it means.
On my great-grandfather Francesco Patafio's citzinship papers, it only says Reggio Calabria as his birthplace, so I was never sure if that meant the city Reggio or somewhere in the region of Reggio Calabria.
I have also come across many Patafios with the name Clement.
I know we have some Patafios in Nassau County and around that area.
I'll ask my mother (she was a Patafio by birth) if she knows of a Canadian link.
My grandfather was August Patafio. His father was Francesco Patafio and his mother was named Rose Corso (although there is some debate about the spelling of Corso).
From what I know so far, great-garndfather Francesco Patafio was born in Reggio Calabria in 1888 and emigrated to the US in 1900 with his mother and two sisters, the names written down as being Antonia and Serafina. Later in the 1910 US Federal Census, he shows up with his mother and two sisters, although by this time the names became Sarah and Della. Della married a Frank Benfatto. Not sure how she got the name Della, must be a nickname.
Francesco's father was named Agostino. Agostino Patafio emigrated in 1913 with apparently another son, Vittorio. I am not sure what happened to Vittorio. Agostino's father was named Antonio. I have them on two ship manifests. On the first, they did not sail, but it indicates that Agostino was born in Scilla and Vittorio was born in Nicastro. This manifest says they lived in Scilla. On the second sailing, they did sail, and that one says that Agostino was born in Nicastro, Catanzaro and Vittorio the same. They lived in Scilla. A bit of confusion there, I'm afraid.
I do know of some Patafio cousins in Nassau who owned some sort of paper or stationary company. My mother remembers them so I know that contingent is related.
If you could find that tree, that would be great. I'll see if I can out together a Patafio tree today (the one on Ancestry that I have has more than Patafios in it) and maybe we can see how we could be related.
P.S. I checked a bit on what the snakes in the crest mean, and they symbolize wisdom. Is there a motto written below the crest? Also, my mother and grandmother have recounted an odd story about a brother of Francesco's who was adopted by an earl or something like that. Sounds like a weird story, and it must have come from someplace, but I yet to prove or debunk that one, but it would be interesting to do so. Maybe that has some sort of grain of truth to this papal Borgia/coat of arms thing, who knows, that will definitely take some research!
Talk to you soon.