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Meo Family

Posted: 17 Aug 2009 4:23PM GMT
Classification: Query
I am looking for descendants of Alfonso Meo (or Meo-Martino) and his brother Antonio Meo. The brothers were from Italy, possibly Potenza and moved to Bournemouth. They were both muscians and both has children, although Alfonso sadly died on the Titanic.

Please let me know if you have any further info.

Regards,

Nicola

Re: Meo Family

Posted: 29 Dec 2011 12:16PM GMT
Classification: Query
Ciao Nicola,

sono Gianluca Veneziani, un giornalista pugliese. Mi sto interessando alla storia di Alfonso Meo, che mi risulta essere l'unico pugliese morto sul Titanic. So che è stato pittore e musicista. Mi piacerebbe ricostruire la sua storia, capire dove è nato (a Potenza? a Palagiano?)

Se tu sei un suo discendente, ci potremmo incontrare e dirmi cosa sai di questo tuo avo.

Intanto ti lascio i miei contatti

3407617313

gianlucavenezaini@yahoo.it

Sperando di avere una tua risposta,

Gianluca

Re: Meo Family

Posted: 29 Dec 2011 3:56PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Meo
Message Body





Dear Gianluca,



Thank you for your reply. Sorry, I don't speak Italian but can translate anything on my computer! I am also trying to trace Alfonso back as we believe that my grandfather (on my mother's side) to be his illegitimate son. On the English census he was in Oxford (linked to the University) and then went to London and eventually moved to Bournemouth before boarding the Titanic.



On the census records it shows that he had a brother called Antonio who put his birth date as the same year as Alfonso, so maybe twins? They gave their place of birth as Potenza, Italy.



We believe that they were musicians, specialising in the violin.

If you know anymore, or are able to trace records in Italy, such as birth records please let me know. The year of birth on the census works out at 1864 or 1865 in Potenza.

Regards,

Mrs Nicola Bowles

Re: Meo Family

Posted: 30 Dec 2011 10:22AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Nicola,

thank you for your answer. I can write a little bit in English. I am going to write a book about Alfonso's story. I read something about him on the website www.titanicpeople.co.uk., where there are the names of all the Italians dead on the Titanic. Alfonso was for sure a musician, especially a violinist, as you sad. And he was a painter too: I found a picture of Venice painted by him (http://annunci.corriere.it/annuncio/tempo-libero-sport/quadr...).


It's very interesting that you are probably an Alfonso's relative! I would like to quote you in my book and to keep in contact with you to have more information about him. Moreover, I am going to look through the records in Potenza, to catch more information about his birth date and his life in Italy.

But first of all, are you sure Alfonso came from Potenza? Somewhere else I read that he came from Palagiano, a small town in Apulia...

Looking forward to receive your answer,

Gianluca

Re: Meo Family

Posted: 30 Dec 2011 3:30PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Meo
Hi,

Yes, we are sure he came from Potenza as it stated on the census several years running and also on the Titanic records.

I would be interested in placing an article in a Potenza newspaper trying to trace relatives as he had a brother, Antonio. If you are able to give me names and contact emails of any Potenza publications I would appreciate it.

My parents are trying to get some further information from Bournemouth at the moment, I will let you know if I discover anything else. Please keep in contact.

Regards,

Nicola

Re: Meo Family

Posted: 30 Dec 2011 3:30PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Meo
Hi,

Yes, we are sure he came from Potenza as it stated on the census several years running and also on the Titanic records.

I would be interested in placing an article in a Potenza newspaper trying to trace relatives as he had a brother, Antonio. If you are able to give me names and contact emails of any Potenza publications I would appreciate it.

My parents are trying to get some further information from Bournemouth at the moment, I will let you know if I discover anything else. Please keep in contact.

Regards,

Nicola

Re: Meo Family

Posted: 5 Jan 2012 12:32PM GMT
Classification: Query
Dear Nicola,

I consulted the Potenza census but I couldn't find any Alfonso Meo born there in 1864. Now I'm searching informations about him in other Apulia towns as Palagiano and Volturara Appula.

I'm quite sure Alfonso Meo married in Bournemouth with Emily Jane Innes. Maybe, consulting in Bournemouth the documents referred to his marriage, it is possible to know the real place and date of his birth.

Please let me know if your parents discover anything about his birthplace.

Thanks a lot,

Gianluca

Re: Meo Family

Posted: 23 Jan 2012 4:03PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Nicola,

how are you? Have you known anything more about Alfonso Martino Meo thanks to your parents' research in Bournemouth? As soon as possible, I would like to write an article about him on "La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno", the most diffused newspaper in our region. And I would quote you as descendant and source.

Looking forward to having tour answer,

best regards

Gianluca

Re: Meo Family

Posted: 26 Jan 2012 6:57PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi,

I am forwarding you some paperwork from my parents which I will pick up tomorrow, scan and send to you.

I have just had an interesting reply from someone here in England about Alfonso and Gaetano Meo, I have pasted his message below.

Dear Nicola,
The message I was composing for you disappeared into thin air so I don’t know if it was sent. Here we go again. I heard about Alfonso Meo in a talk at the Museum here in Swanage about local survivors and casualties. The name intrigued me because I am a mosaicist and member of the British Association for Modern Mosaic and edited their Journal, ANDAMENTO for the last five years. We had an article in Volume 2 in 2008 on Gaetano Meo. He was born in 1849 in Vaglio Basilicata, near Potenza in Southern Italy. When he was fifteen he set out with his brother and they busked their way to Paris, he on the harp and his brother on the violin. In Paris they were in demand as models for painters. They came over to England and modelled for various important artists of the day. Henry Holiday gave Gaetano lessons and introduced him to William Blake Richmond who had him leading the team of mosaicists working in St Pauls Cathedral. He worked as a mosaicst and painter. He and his brother both married English girls and raised families. I have read somewhere that he brought over his father and other members of the family. I am presuming that Alfonso ( and his brother Antonio) came at that time. I am intrigued by the violin connection as Alfonso was on his way to America with a violin for a customer in Washington. I have been trying to find out if he had any connection with the Bournemouth Orchestra but haven’t come up with anything as yet.
Best wishes,
Bob

So tomorrow I will send over my parents paperwork for you.

Regards,

Nikki

Re: Meo Family

Posted: 26 Jan 2012 6:57PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi,

I am forwarding you some paperwork from my parents which I will pick up tomorrow, scan and send to you.

I have just had an interesting reply from someone here in England about Alfonso and Gaetano Meo, I have pasted his message below.

Dear Nicola,
The message I was composing for you disappeared into thin air so I don’t know if it was sent. Here we go again. I heard about Alfonso Meo in a talk at the Museum here in Swanage about local survivors and casualties. The name intrigued me because I am a mosaicist and member of the British Association for Modern Mosaic and edited their Journal, ANDAMENTO for the last five years. We had an article in Volume 2 in 2008 on Gaetano Meo. He was born in 1849 in Vaglio Basilicata, near Potenza in Southern Italy. When he was fifteen he set out with his brother and they busked their way to Paris, he on the harp and his brother on the violin. In Paris they were in demand as models for painters. They came over to England and modelled for various important artists of the day. Henry Holiday gave Gaetano lessons and introduced him to William Blake Richmond who had him leading the team of mosaicists working in St Pauls Cathedral. He worked as a mosaicst and painter. He and his brother both married English girls and raised families. I have read somewhere that he brought over his father and other members of the family. I am presuming that Alfonso ( and his brother Antonio) came at that time. I am intrigued by the violin connection as Alfonso was on his way to America with a violin for a customer in Washington. I have been trying to find out if he had any connection with the Bournemouth Orchestra but haven’t come up with anything as yet.
Best wishes,
Bob

So tomorrow I will send over my parents paperwork for you.

Regards,

Nikki
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