My grandfathers (both) immigrated from Italy to the US. I have decided to do some background research since they have already passed on and we have no other way to know their history growing up in Italy. Strangely enough, both my parents last name is Messina - they married but were not related (supposedly - and hey I am pretty "normal")
Anyways, my mothers dad was from northern Italy - blonde hair/blue eyes. His name was Lee Messina and he was born on Sept 8, 1899.
My fathers dad was from southern Italy and he had all the dark features - dark hair and brown eyes. His name was Charles Messina and he was born April 22, 1897. I have searched the ship manifests and have had very little luck - not to mention that whoever wrote those things had horrible handwriting. My paternal grandfather came in to NY and migrated over to Chicago where he was supposedly offered a job by Al Capone. My son is fascinated with this story and I would love to be able to link this all together. I have requested a copy of his US Social Security App since I also found both their social security numbers. Any other ideas??
Groom's Name: Charles Massina Bride's Name: Bessie Dragna Marriage Date: 07 Oct 1923 Marriage Place: Harris, Texas Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M00028-8 System Origin: Texas-EASy Source Film Number: 25249 Reference Number: v 33 p 154 n 60696 Collection: Texas Marriages, 1837-1973
Home in 1930: Farm, rents Precinct 5, Brazos, Texas
head Lee Missina 30, abt 1900 TX(?) - married age 23, abt 1923 - no immig information - farmer, general farm wife Nellie Missina 26, abt 1904 TX son Mike Missina 6, abt 1924 TX son Dominic Missina 4, abt 1926 TX son Felix Missina 1, abt 1929 TX ---
Name: Sam Messina Date of Birth: 25 Jun 1944 Gender: Male Birth County: Brazos Father's Name: Lee Messina Mother's Name: Nellie Kickirillo
Name: Josephine Messina Date of Birth: 23 Sep 1939 Gender: Female Birth County: Brazos Father's Name: Lee Messina Mother's Name: Nellie Chirchiuillo
Name: Callie Messina Date of Birth: 30 Jan 1933 Gender: Female Birth County: Burleson Father's Name: Lee Messina Mother's Name: Nell Kicirillo
Name: Felix Messina Date of Birth: 6 Feb 1929 Gender: Male Birth County: Brazos Father's Name: Lee Messina Mother's Name: Nellie Kicknillo
Name: Domineck Messina Date of Birth: 9 Aug 1926 Gender: Male Birth County: Brazos Father's Name: Lee Messina Mother's Name: Nellie Kirkirillo
Home in 1920:
Pittbridge, Burleson, Texas
head Mike Masano 56, abt 1864 IT
- immig 1910, Al (alien)
wife Carrie Masano 50, abt 1870 IT
- immig 1910
son Lee Masano 19, abt 1901 IT
- immig 1910
son Phelix Masano 11, abt 1909 IT
- immig 1910
son Joe Masano 7, abt 1913 TX
I'm so glad we could help
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Was hoping to find Charlie Messina living near Bessie Dragna in 1920, no luck
Home in 1920:
Houston Ward 2, Harris, Texas
head Ben (Biagio) Dragno 44, abt 1876 IT
- immig 1900, Na
- merchant, grocery
wife Bessie Dragno 36, abt 1884 IT
- immig 1900
daughter Bessie Dragno 16, abt 1904 LA
daughter Annie Dragno 13, abt 1907 LA
daughter Rosie Dragno 9, abt 1911 LA
daughter Laura Dragno 7, abt 1913 TX
daughter Bensor (Vancie) Dragno 6, abt 1914 TX
daughter Maria Dragno 3 4/12, abt 1916 TX
son Luke Dragno 7/12, abt 1919 TX
This obituary should help to sort out Bessie's family (if needed)
VANCIE T. CORTE - SHINER March 14, 2006
SHINER - Vancie Theresa Dragna Corte, 91, of Shiner, died Monday, March 13, 2006.
She was born April 17, 1914, in Houston, to the late Biagio and Bessie Rizzo Dragna. She did accounts receivable and collections and was a Catholic.
Survivors: daughters, Frances Jasek of Houston, Bessie Jo Ruffino of Bryan, and Geraldine Krenek of Crockett; son, Anthony Corte of Shiner; brother, Charles Dragna of Willis; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: husband, Victor Corte; sisters, Rose Scarmardi, Laura Dileo, Mary Tilotta, Bessie Messina, and Ann DeCola; and brother Luke Dragna.
A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. tonight at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, the Rev. Robert Knippenberg officiating.
Burial will be at Shiner Catholic Cemetery. Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner, 361-594-3352
thanks for the info. I get so involved with all the different branches of my family tree that this website will help me keep all my info organized. Its especially hard for me because both my parents were "Messina"!
Name: Bladge Dragna Death Date: 29 Jan 1946 Death Place: Houston, Harris, Texas Gender: Male Estimated Birth Date: 1877 Father's Name: Luke Dragna Mother's Name: Bessie Orlando Film Number: 2218229 Digital Film Number: 4030525 Image Number: 3353 Reference Number: 2929 Collection: Texas Deaths, 1890-1976
Bessie Rizzo Dragna
Name: Bessie Dragna Death Date: 13 Jun 1964 Death Place: Houston, Harris, Texas Gender: Female Race: White Death Age: 79 years Birth Date: 16 Nov 1884 Birthplace: Italy Marital Status: Widowed Father's Name: Vincent Rizzo Occupation: Homemaker Place of Residence: Houston, Harris, Texas Cemetery: Garden of Gethsamani Burial Place: Houston, Texas Burial Date: 15 Jun 1964 Additional Relatives: X Film Number: 2117488 Digital Film Number: 4029234 Image Number: 1415 Reference Number: cn 36680 Collection: Texas Deaths, 1890-1976
You probably have answered all your questions by now...since your original post is more than 3 years old. However...my search has just begun. My husbands family history is still a mystery to us. But we have heard the names Al Capone and Katherine Messina used together. His grandfather Stephano Fasone married Rosalie Messina (dont know relationship to Katherine) and lived in Brooklyn for many years before migrating to California (after Rosalie died). Would like any updates you have!