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Michael Califano - from Port of Naples to New York City

Posted: 24 Oct 2011 8:26PM GMT
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CALIFANO VELTRI GUARIGLIA

Anna Califano "was from Province of Compagna, Italy and likely Naples. She was a daughter of Michel or Michael or Mike Califano who is found in the 1910 and 1920 census of New York, born about 1870 in Italy, and both of his parents were born in Italy as well. According to Ellis Island Immigration records, Michele Califano arrived in New York City on June 22, 1891, age 21, from Port of Naples on the ship, Alesia. According to the Petitions for Naturalization, filed in New York City County Court Records (# 8971 and #9219), Michele Califano filed for naturalization on February 1, 1900, age 29; which were recorded on March 3, 1900. His witness was Michele Terrenova, a shoemaker, who lived at 1669 8th Avenue, New York.

Michele Califano married about 1898 in New York to "Julia" or Juliette (Guliette) - last name not known. She was born about 1883 in Italy, was naturalized in 1898, and that both of her parents were also born in Italy. Michele Califano is found in the 1910 Census in Brooklyn, Ward 30, at 6507 14th Street. His occupation was shown as "junk shop," and he was listed as the owner. He is also found in the 1920 Census in Brooklyn Assembly District 9, and he is renting a house at 1225 60th Street. All of the children of Michael and Julia Califano, according to the census, were born in New York as follows: Peter b. 1901 (according to Brooklyn Birth Certificate #11813, Pietro Califano was born July 16, 1901); Joseph b. 1903; Angelina b. 1906; Anna b. 1908 (who married Anthony Guariglia - See GUARIGLIA family); Concetta or "Connie" b. 1910; Laura b. 1912; Alfonso b. 1915; and Josephine b. 1918.

Anna Califano was born on November 28, 1908 and married in 1928 in Brooklyn to Vitantonio or Vito Anthony Guariglia, son of Giovanni Guariglia (see GUARIGLIA family). The family of Anthony Guariglia is also found living in the 1930 Census in Brooklyn, New York (16th Ward), where they are renting at 1375 65th Street between 13th and 14th Avenues. Anna (Califano) Guariglia died during the month of August, 1956, and she was buried in Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, Queens County, New York which is managed by The Trustees of Saint Patrick Cathedral and is one of the largest and oldest cemeteries in the United States.

In the 1920 census, Anna's brother, Peter Califano, born in 1901, was shown as a laborer in a soap factory. Another brother, Joseph Califano, was shown as a house painter. The Califano family resided in Brooklyn, New York, either in the Bay Ridge section or the Bensonhurst section, both in the County of Kings." Michele Calfiano died in Brooklyn, New York. If a mass was said, it would have been at St. Rosalia on 63rd Street or Regina Pacis (peace) on 65th Street. Julia Califano separated from her husband Michael and moved to Waterbury, Connecticut. She died in Corona, New York at about the age of 65, on or around 1950. If a mass was said, it would have been held at St. Leo Roman Catholic Church," which is located at 104-05 49th Avenue, Corona, New York.

VELTRI - GUARIGLIA

Not much is really known at this point about the Veltri family. Lucrezia Luerzine Veltri, known as "Grazia" and "Grezia" Veltri in the census, was born about 1883 in Italy. It is presumed that she was born in Craco, as was her husband, Giovanni Guariglia. Lucrezia immigrated in 1893-1894 to New York, and both of her parents were born in Italy. She was married about 1896 in New York (likely Brooklyn) according to the census. She married Giovanni Guariglia (see GUARIGLIA Family). Lucrezia Luerzine Veltri was a daughter of Maria Veltri, as Maria was living with the Giovanni Guariglia family in the 1910 Census at 88 Baxter Street in Manhattan, New York. Maria Velti is listed as his "mother-in-law," and she is also listed as a widow. The census relates that Maria Veltri had been born about 1855 in Italy, and that she immigrated between 1890 and 1893.

In the 1900 Census of Manhattan, New York, there is a George Veltri living there. According to the census, he was 35 years of age - thus born in February 1865, and he had immigrated to New York between 1880-1882. In checking immigration records (#125082), there is a Giovanni Veltri, who arrived in New York on November 17, 1883, age 33. His occupation is listed as a plough maker, who arrived from Naples on the ship, Britannia. Was he a close relative of George Velti? Living with George Velti in the 1900 Census of Manhattan is wife, Maria H., age 35, thus born about 1865 in Italy. The census also states that George Velti had been married 13 years - thus being married about 1887. Could the Maria Veltri be the same Maria Veltri, who was the widow in the 1910 Census, and whose daughter had married Giovanni Guariglia? Also living in the 1900 census household of George and Maria Veltri are the following children: Louis b. 1890; Francesco b. 1891; Antonio b. 1897; and Anna b. 1899 - all born in New York. Of course, if Lucrezia Luerzine Veltri was also their daughter, there is a discrepancy since her birth year has been given elsewhere as 1883. Also according to the 1910 household census for George and Maria Veltri, they are shown as having been married for 12 years - thus being married about 1887. And other census records indicate that Lucrezia was born about 1883, 4 years before the marriage. Of course, Lucrezia Veltri had married Giovanni Guariglia in 1896 in New York, and therefore, she would not be found in the 1900 Census with the family of George and Maria Veltri. When ages and dates do not always agree, and the only records available are census records, the discrepancies might be attributed to the fact that the information was taken every 10 years, and it is unknown also how knowledgeable or from whom the information was given to the census taker.

GUARIGLIA - CALIFANO - VELTRI

Giovanni Guariglia was also known by the following names: Zuanne (dialect or nickname) which was pronounced "Jew-wan" or the Latin: Joannes or the Anglicized name of John Guariglia. He was born likely in Craco, Italy between 1869 and 1879. According to the 1910 and 1920 Census of Manhattan (New York County) and Brooklyn (Kings County), New York, he immigrated between 1892 - 1893 from the Port of Naples, Italy to New York City. According to the 1910 census Giovanni Guariglia was age 31 - thus being born about 1879 in Italy. There was only one Giovanni Guariglia found in the Ellis Island Passenger and Immigration records, who had come to New York City in 1893 - arriving on August 21, 1893 from Port of Naples. His age is given as 24, and if this is true, this Giovanni was born circa 1869 in Italy. He arrived with one bag (alone?) and (single?) on the ship, named Weser, from Naples, Italy. His manifest number was 0691, and his occupation was listed as laborer. Did this Giovanni Guariglia, who gave his age as 24, was he younger than he stated? Is he really the same one born in 1879 as shown in the 1910 -1920 Census? Is the date discrepancy due to an error or misinformation given at different times or was recorded incorrectly? When ages and dates do not always agree, and the only records available are census records, the discrepancies might be attributed to the fact that the information was taken every 10 years, and it is unknown also how knowledgeable or from whom the information was given to the census taker. Also information may have been given years after the event, and it was easy to forget exact dates.

Giovanni Guariglia, found in the 1910-1920 Census of New York, was married in 1896 in New York City to "Grazia" or "Grezia" (according to the census), which also revealed her full Christian name to have been Lucrezia Luerzine. Her last name could have been Veldra or Vildra (as indicated by what appears to have been written) but more likely her last name was Veltri. She was a daughter of Maria Veltri, a widow, who lived with the Guariglia family in the 1910 Census (see VELTRI family). Giovanni and Lucrezia Guariglia, according to the 1910 census, lived in Manhattan (Ward 6) at 88 Baxter Street. In the 1920 Census they are found in Brooklyn (District 9), where they lived at 1231 60th Street. At that time, they had purchased their own home and had a mortgage per the census information. Their first child, according to the census, was Vincent Guariglia, and he was also called James or "Jimmie." He was born about 1897 in New York. According to the 1920 Census, apparently Giovanni Guariglia, his wife Lucrezia Guariglia and their son, Vincent Guariglia, returned about 1899 to Italy - likely Craco, as their second son, Joseph Guariglia, was born in Italy about 1901. Giovanni Guariglia may have returned to Italy at some point to serve in the military for one year - per family story "as required by Italian law. If he did not do this, he could never return to Italy which may indicate he always intended to return permanently to Italy because if you didn't serve, you could not return."

In the 1920 census, Joseph Guariglia, the second oldest son of Giovanni Guariglia, was listed as an "alien" and was shown as immigrating to New York in 1904. Therefore, the family returned from Italy in 1904 to New York where their third child, Mary Guariglia, was born in 1905 as were their subsequent children: Vitantonio or Vito Anthony b. August 20, 1906; Mildred or "Millie" b. 1908; Antonette or "Antonetta" b. 1909; Lena b. 1913; Pasqualle or "Patty" (Patrick) b. 1915; and John b. 1919. The 1910 census relates that Lucrezia Guariglia had had 6 children, all of whom were living as of 1910, and that she spoke English. According to the census, Giovanni could speak English, was a laborer in "paper stock" and "works (his) own account." Giovanni's wife, Lucretia " died young." Neither Giovanni Guariglia nor his wife could be found in the 1930 census of Brooklyn. Apparently Lucrezia Guariglia died shortly after the 1920 census. The three youngest children of Giovanni and Lucrezia Guariglia were Lena, Patrick and John who were all considerably younger than their six older siblings and were basically brought up by the older children. Giovanni Guariglia is likely to have returned once again to Craco, Italy in the 1920s, and he probably died there in the 1950s. Giovanni Guariglia started a successful paper company, called Roma Paperstock, after returning to Italy." According to the 1920 Census in Brooklyn, Vincent Guariglia, the oldest son of Giovanni, was a printer in a "printing office" and his brother, Joseph Guariglia, who spoke Italian, was employed in "paper stock."

Vitantonio or Vito Anthony Guariglia, son of Giovanni Guariglia, was married in 1928 in Brooklyn to Anna Califano, or "Annie" as shown in the census (marriage year also shown in the census). She was a daughter of Michele (Michael) "Mike" Califano and his wife, whose name was shown as "Julia" in the census, both being natives of Italy. His wife "Julia" was Juliette (Guliette) Califano.

The family of Anthony Guariglia is also found living in the 1930 Census in Brooklyn, New York (16th Ward), where they are renting at 1375 65th Street between 13th and 14th Avenues. Anthony Guariglia died in Brooklyn on 6 August 1970 and was buried at Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn in Section 125. Lot 38741. He had been a sanitation worker per the census. His wife, Anna (Califano) Guariglia, had been born in New York on November 28, 1908. Anna Guariglia died during the month of August, 1956, and she was buried in Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, Queens County, New York. In checking the records of Greenwood Cemetery, it was discovered that buried in the same plot as Anthony Guariglia is Fannie Guariglia, his second wife. She was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, on January 8, 1992 in Section 125, Lot 38741 as well. Fannie Guariglia was found in the Social Security Death Index which gave her birth date as December 2, 1903 and her date of death as January 4, 1992 in Brooklyn, New York. contact me directly at grandypace at aol.com
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