I'm helping my friend Jack Ghio research his family and I saw your posting.
My friend believes that his grandfather, James Ghio, was born in Italy in/or around Chicavari (sp?), Italy around 1850, was one of five brothers who emigrated to the U. S. through the Port of New Orleans around 1871, lived in Kansas City, Missouri for some time and then moved to St. Louis, Missouri where he operated a wholesale liquor business, married Amelia Cunio and died around 1898/1899 in St. Louis.
Does any of this connect in with the Ghio family you are researching? The fact that your John Baptist Ghio lived in St. Louis for some time caught my interest and makes me hopeful.
Please e-mail me at: FsJFOSTER@aol.com
Thanks so much for whatever help you can provide.