Angela (Angie) Sferra (1889-1917), daughter of Pasquale (I've also seen this spelled Pasqule) Sferra (1863-1942) Her mother may have been a Grazia (or Grace) Cesta (1866?-?)....not 100% sure though.
She was born somewhere in Italy. I believe, Campobasso area or Palermo area...but, again, I'm not sure.
I believe I found that she came over on the ship, Entella in 1891. She would have been 10mo. old at the time of arrival. Arriving along with 3 Men bearing the same last name as her. Domenico Sferra - 16y Nicola Antonio Sferra - 28y Salvatore Sferra - 33y I believe these would have been family, because I haven't been able to trace these names as of yet. I didn't see her father on this ship.
I found this info on www.italianimmigrants.org But couldn't find her on ellisisland's website. I did find her name on 8/17/1900 on the ship, Trojan Prince...but the age is wrong.
Name: Angela Sferra Arrival Date: 11 May 1891 Birth Year: abt 1890 Age: 10/12 Gender: Male Ethnicity/Race/Nationality: Italian Place of Origin: Italy Port of Departure: Naples, Italy Destination: New York Port of Arrival: New York Port Arrival State: New York Port Arrival Country: United States Ship Name: Entella
line 36 Angela Sferra (W-female) 11mos, abt 1890 her probable mother would have been on line 35 Orazia (Grazia) Testa (W-female) 23, abt 1868
Grazia Testa Sferra Birth: Oct. 9, 1866 Molise, Italy Death: Jan. 20, 1949 Cuyahoga County Ohio, USA
Grazia purchased a large gravesite for many of her family members. She is buried with her husband Pasquale and some of their children and their families. The gravestone is engraved with "Testa." Grazia and Pasquale came here from Carovilli, Italy
Burial: Calvary Cemetery Cleveland Cuyahoga County Ohio, USA Plot: Sec 40
Created by: Robin Falasco Tami Record added: Aug 31, 2005 Find A Grave Memorial# 11651708
Thank you, thank you, thank you. That manifest was being elusive. What is the best way/source to search for Italian birth certificates? Obviously I would need their name...my concern is having 50 possible matches, and how to diferentiate.
Robin Falasco Tami is family. Angela Sferra married a Falasco and had 4 children, Robin is the child of the boy, Roger. (She would be my great aunt...I believe I met her what I was very little) I saw that she posted that info...and saw reference to the Molise region. I just found it odd because family has always said we were Sicilian. (maybe from a smaller section than was originally thought)
I did hear a story that Pasquale Sferra kept chickens in the basement and when it was time for dinner, he would just go slaughter one. I guess this was about par for the time?
Thank you so much for all your help. It's great to see so much gusto in finding our roots.
nicolecat wrote:... What is the best way/source to search for Italian birth certificates? Obviously I would need their name...my concern is having 50 possible matches, and how to differentiate...
Your Welcome ! I'm so glad it's your great aunt that posted the memorial - it appears that she has done some interesting research. It only takes one record to confirm names and where your Sferra family was from. Perhaps writing to the comune for Angela's birth and/or Pasquale and Grazia's marriage record would be good start? For more in-depth research, the FamilySearch (LDS) Library has records for Carovilli (formerly in Campobasso) from 1809-1899 on microfilm. Valarie