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Philadelphia Moffas

Posted: 4 Aug 2002 4:54AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 1 Sep 2006 2:35AM GMT
Surnames: Moffa, Moffo
My grand father was Fedelle Moffa, he came to America with possibly three brothers in the late 1800's or early 1900's, and died well into his 90's or over 100 in 1985. One of his brothers moved to south jersey and ran a farm, while another brother was supposedly the father of the Opera diva Anna Moffo. He came from Naples, or south of naples, where the family had a large farm. My grandparents uses to return to Italy often in the 1950's and 60's. One of my Moffa aunts has also visited the estate and said it was huge. My father is the youngest of 12 children, and the family has scattered around the Philadelphia and South Jersey area. I would like any information anyone has to share about where we come from and who we may be related to. I'd love to visit the home town in Italy, but my father can't remember where we are from. I did make it to Rome this past spring, but without much time to search around Naples for family history. Any ideas or Philadelphia Moffa realtions out there?

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Posted: 7 Sep 2002 11:44PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 1 Sep 2006 2:34AM GMT
Surnames: Moffa, Moffo, Genoa
Hi Michael - My grandfather was Vincent Moffa whose brother is Anna Moffo's father and who was my father's godfather. Vincent Moffa was married to Adele Genoa. They had 5 children, Mary, Umberto, Vera, Joseph & another son who died in youth. They lived in Mt Vernon, NY. Vincent passed away in the 1950's.

Re: Philadelphia Moffas

Posted: 5 Oct 2002 5:04AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 1 Sep 2006 2:43AM GMT
Surnames: Moffa, Moffo
Hello Michael: my maiden name is Moffa and my family lived in W. Berlin, NJ in the early to mid 1900's. My grandfather was Augustino Moffa and he was born abt. 1884. Not sure if he was born in Italy or New Jersey. Anyway, growing up I was told that I was a cousin to Anna Moffo.

From what I understand, the Moffa's had a big farm in W. Berlin and ran a road-side vegetable stand. I know that they were not rich, but seemed to do okay. Also, I think the farm was near or across the street from the W. Berlin cemetery. There are about 12 Moffa's buried there.

I'd be interested if any of this sounds familiar to you. I also remember my mother talking about the cousins in Pennsylvania too. I believe there was an Uncle Louis and an Aunt Rose.

Look forward to your reply.

Holly

Re: Philadelphia Moffas

Michael Moffa (View posts)
Posted: 25 Aug 2003 4:15AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 1 Sep 2006 2:41AM GMT
Surnames: Moffa, Moffo
I believe Augustino Moffa was my great grandfather. I believe he and my grandfather Fedelle Moffa Sr came from Foggia, Italy. He lived in South Philadlephia, and I do have an Aunt Rose. I was always told about the New Jersey Moffas of Moffa's Farm, and of my father's cousin Anna Moffo. My Granmother Tomasina passed away earlier this year, and my aunts told me we were from Foggia. Some of them had been over to visit family there years ago, and while I went to Rome and Florence last year, I have yet to travel to that southern Italian town. I hope to do so next year.

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pat snyder (View posts)
Posted: 28 Jan 2004 4:48PM GMT
Classification: Query
There once was a thriving restaurant/resort business in Camden County near where I grew up called Moffa's Farm on Cooper Street, near the Black Horse Pike. It's gone now, but I remember it vividly. Let me know if I can help.

Re: Philadelphia Moffas

Linda Lee (View posts)
Posted: 26 May 2004 4:29PM GMT
Classification: Query
As a child in the 1950's I used to visit a farm near Gloucester,NJ, owned by the Moffa family. The son of the family, Vince, was a friend of my father's and worked for the NJ State Department of Correction and Parole in the late 40's and early 50's. The farm during the early years of my recollection also had a bar where Vince's mother served delicious home-syle Italian food. Eventually, the small bar expanded and became a large, well-known restaurant. Vince left his work with the state to manage the restaurant, but a few years afterward, died in an unfortunate accident at the restaurant while fixing a dumb-waiter. His wife, Louise, had also worked for the Department of Correction and Parole and was once my father's secretary, and that is where she met Vince. If she is still alive, she would be in her eighties. After her husband's death, she stayed on the family farm with their two (I think) children who would be in their 50's now. The Moffa's came from the southern part of Italy (as evidenced by the style of food Vince's mother used to prepare). Also, I think that common family roots in the south of Italy may have been one of the ties of the friendship between my father and Vince. I also recall that Vince had siblings, but do not remember anything about them. You might find more info about them, by looking at the newspaper archives of the Camden NJ or Philadelphia papers for notices of Vince's death, in the early 60's, I think. The NJ State emplyment offices might have records of people employed in the 1950's. And perhaps you could find info on Moffa's Farm Restaurant in Gloucester or Camden records. I think it was on Almonesson Rd. Hope this helps. P.S. The Moffas were wonderful people.

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Joseph Moffa Jr. (View posts)
Posted: 10 Jun 2004 6:19PM GMT
Classification: Query
My Grandfather was Augustino Moffa who lived in Berlin, New Jersey on a farm. My father Joseph Moffa Sr, had sisters of Anna, Margaret, and three other sisters who were Nuns. He also had an older brother named Mike. We are also related to Anno Moffo the opera singer.

Joseph Moffa

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John Moffa (View posts)
Posted: 22 Feb 2005 1:56AM GMT
Classification: Query
Mike,
My name is John Moffa. I grew up on a farm in South Jersey with my grandfather Salvatore Moffa. Could he be you grandfather fidelle's brother ? Keep in touch

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John Moffa (View posts)
Posted: 22 Feb 2005 2:03AM GMT
Classification: Query
Linda Lee'
My dad was Vince Moffa and Louise his wife'. You say my mom was your dad's secretary? I would love to talk with you but I'm rushed right now. Hope yopu reply

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John F. Moffa (View posts)
Posted: 14 Apr 2005 12:57PM GMT
Classification: Query
I am a Philly born Moffa. My father was Domenic A. ; He came from Italy in 1898. His father was Frank and his mother was Rose. He had about 12 siblings.
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