Request for help: Gaetano & Louise Leone, Philadelphia,

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Request for help: Gaetano & Louise Leone, Philadelphia,

Postby rshowalt » 01 May 2009, 04:15

I am having a difficult time locating immigration records and identifying the parents of Gaetano & Louise Leone, who resided at 719 S. 7th Street in Philadelphia (1930-1942+). I located them in the 1930 census records and have Gaetano's WWII draft registration card. In particular, I am trying to identify their parents/families from Itlay.

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I believe that Gaetano was born in/near Naples, Italy on 13 Dec in 1876 or 1878. He arrived in the US about 1897. Married Louise Imperiale about 1900.

Lousie Imperiale
Born about 1881 in Italy and arrived in US about 1895.

Any assistance would be sincerely appreciated.

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Re: Request for help: Gaetano & Louise Leone, Philadelph

Postby michaeldi » 01 May 2009, 10:45

There are 2 children of Gaetano listed in the Philadelphia Death Certificates available at Family Search. Both are buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon, PA. The cemetery staff are very helpful. I would call them to see if Gaetano & his wife are buried there as well. The phone number is 610-626-2206.

You can view the death at Family Search:

http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsea ... ;c=1320976

Here is one of the children:

Name: Pietro Leone
Death date: 02 Feb 1902
Death place: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Race or color (on document): W
Age at death: 11 months
Estimated birth year: 1902
Birth date:
Birth place: Phila., Pa.
Marital status: Single
Spouse name:
Father name: Gaetano Leone
Father birth place:
Mother name: Louisa Leone
Mother birth place:
Occupation:
Street address:
Residence:
Cemetery name: Holy Cross
Burial place:
Burial date: 04 Feb 1902
Additional relatives:
Film number: 1853340
Digital GS number: 4009533
Image number: 462
Reference number: cn 16888
Collection: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915

Good luck,

Michael

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Re: Request for help: Gaetano & Louise Leone, Philadelph

Postby Biff83 » 01 May 2009, 12:50

WWI Draft Reg Card edited to correct link
Name: Gaetono Leone
City: Philadelphia
County: Philadelphia
State: Pennsylvania
Birth Date: 13 Dec 1876
Address: 719 S. 7th Street, same address as on WWII Draft Card
Occupation: Butcher
Employer: Rafaele Imperiale
Nearest relative: Louisa Imperiale Leone
Naturalized

1900 census
Name: Raphael Imperiale
Home in 1900: 719 7th St, Philadelphia Ward 4, Philadelphia,
Birth Date: Apr 1877
Birthplace: Italy
Race: White
Ethnicity: American
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1887
Relationship to head-of-house: Son
Household Members: Name Age
Joseph Imperiale, head, age 43, butcher
Christina Imperiale. wife, age 32
Raphael Imperiale, son, age 23
Mary Lusse. granddaughter, age 13

edited comment: Possibility that Joseph (Giuseppe) Imperiale is Louisa's father and Raffale is her brother. It appears that Cristina was Giuseppe's second wife.

WWI Draft Reg Card
Name: Raffaele Imperiale
City: Philadelphia
County: Philadelphia
State: Pennsylvania
Birth Date: 18 Nov 1876
Occupation: Butcher
Address: 743 So. 7th St
Naturalized

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Re: Request for help: Gaetano & Louise Leone, Philadelph

Postby vj » 01 May 2009, 13:32

Marriage record from the FamilySearch pilot site mentioned by Michael

Name Year License Number
Imperiale Luisa (Leone) 1899 F 118289
Leone Gaetano (Imperiale) 1899 M 118289

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Re: Request for help: Gaetano & Louise Leone, Philadelph

Postby Biff83 » 01 May 2009, 13:40

HI, Valarie :D !

Gaetano Leone Petition for Naturalization
Name: Gaetano Leone
Record Type: Petition for Naturalization
Court Type: District Court
Court: Eastern District (Rolls 042-067) District Court, Oct 1844-Sept 26, 1906
Court Location: Eastern District, Pennsylvania
Date: 30 Mar 1903
Address: 728 Christian Street

Unfortunately, pre-1906 naturalization documents have very little information.

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Re: Request for help: Gaetano & Louise Leone, Philadelph

Postby vj » 01 May 2009, 14:22

Hi Biff :D !
Boy, these census records are tough to find

possible 1900 census

Home in 1900:
616 Catherine Street, rents
Philadelphia Ward 3, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

head Gaton Leona 23, born Dec 1876
- married 6 mos
- immig 1888, in US 12 yrs, Al
- day laborer
wife Louise Leona 19, born Apr 1881
- immig 1895, in US 5 yrs
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possible 1910 census

Home in 1910:
759 South 6th Street (rear), rents
Philadelphia Ward 3, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

head Tom Leoni 32, abt 1878 IT
- married 10 yrs
- immig 188?, Na
- laborer, railroad
wife Louisa Leoni 27, abt 1883 IT
- 6 children born, 2 children living
- immig 1897
daughter Mary Leoni 6, abt 1904 PA
son Gisuppe Leoni 1 4/12, abt 1908 PA

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Re: Request for help: Gaetano & Louise Leone, Philadelph

Postby Biff83 » 01 May 2009, 14:38

1910 census for Joseph Imperiale and family living at 719 S 7th Ave
Name: Joseph Imperiale
Age in 1910: 53
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1857
Birthplace: Italy
Relation to Head-of-house: Head
Father's Birth Place: Italy
Mother's Birth Place: Italy
Spouse's name: Christina
Household Members: Name Age
Joseph Qupierle 53
Christina Qupierle 43

1920 census
Name: Joseph Imperiale
Home in 1920: Philadelphia Ward 4, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Age: 63 years
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1857
Birthplace: Italy
Relation to Head-of-house: Head
Father's Birth Place: Italy
Mother's Birth Place: Italy
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Male
Home owned: Own
Year of Immigration: 1882
Joseph Imperiale 63
Mary Imperiale 16
Raphael Imperiale 8 (another son named Raphael/Raffaele?)
Peter Imperiale 6
Larmolen (Carmelina?) Imperiale 1 6/12
Not sure where wife Christina is. Joseph's shows married not widowed.

Gaetano's WWI Draft reg card states his residence as 719 7th Ave but the family is not there in the above 1920 census??

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Re: Request for help: Gaetano & Louise Leone, Philadelph

Postby vj » 01 May 2009, 15:35

Biff, you're right 1920 is a puzzle.
Perhaps we're looking at some of Joseph's grandchildren?
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Re: Request for help: Gaetano & Louise Leone, Philadelph

Postby Biff83 » 01 May 2009, 20:37

1930 census
Name: Gaetano Leone
Home in 1930: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Age: 53
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1877
Birthplace: Italy
Relation to Head-of-house: Head
Spouse's name: Louise
Race: White
Occupation: Butcher
Household Members: Name Age
Gaetano Leone 53
Louise Leone 49
Carmela Leone 11
Ralphale Leone 16
Jeanmarie Leone 15
Rita Leone 9
Joseph Leone 21
Pete Leone 19
Tony Leone 5

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Re: Request for help: Gaetano & Louise Leone, Philadelph

Postby rshowalt » 07 May 2009, 11:28

Wow. I am surprised by and very appreciative of the detailed assistance. I had located the 1930 census information, but had not connected with the 1910 or 1920 information.

I have extensively searched arrival information through ancestry.com and the on-line Ellis Island records. I have also identified and requested Gaetano's and Louise' marriage certificate from the City of Pennsylvania.

Can anyone provide additioal suggestions on how I might locate details regarding Gaetano and Louise's arrival in the US or identify their parents/family in Italy?

Thanks again!!


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