Benjamin Zarzana - Grandfather

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Benjamin Zarzana - Grandfather

Postby italianovero » 19 Mar 2015, 19:45

I am trying to get information on my paternal grandfather. I believe he was from Palermo region. He was born around 1875-76, moved to NYC and died in July 1927. He passed away 21 years before I was born, but I did manage to find his death certificate and cemetery plot. He ran a tavern on Bergen St. in Brooklyn NY and was 51 when he died. I would like to find his birth or baptismal certificate in order to possibly assist me in achieving dual citizen ship. do not know much of my grandmother, I believe she passed away much earlier than my grandfather. Her maiden name was Mary Vicaro. My fathers name was John Zarzano, who was born in 1904. The last name was changed due to a misspelling while my father and uncle we in an orphanage on Staten Island. The were taken away from my grandfather by child services because they did not believe it was a proper environment for them, due to my grandfather being a widower and running a tavern.

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Re: Benjamin Zarzana - Grandfather

Postby Tessa78 » 23 Mar 2015, 16:08

Could this be your GF's family in Brooklyn in 1920 US Census?
IF YES...
It would appear that wife, Mary/Maria, was still living. Her arrival in USA stated as 1908.
All children appear to be born in New York.
Son John, your father, is age 16... and it would appear unlikely that he would be put in an orphanage at that age if Mary died soon after. Unless this is a second marriage? since a 1908 arrival for this Mary would make the births of Joseph and John in New York prior to her arrival :shock: -

Benjamin Zarzana
United States Census, 1920
Name: Benjamin Zarzana
Event Type: Census
Event Year: 1920
Event Place: Brooklyn Assembly District 17, Kings, New York, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 43
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Race (Original): White
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Head
Birth Year (Estimated): 1877
Birthplace: Italy
Immigration Year: 1901
Father's Birthplace: Italy
Mother's Birthplace: Italy
Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
Benjamin Zarzana Head M 43 Italy
Mary Zarzana Wife F 45 Italy
Joseph Zarzana Son M 18 New York
John Zarzana Son M 16 New York
Fortunato Zarzana Son M 13 New York
Theresa Zarzana Daughter F 11 New York
Anna Zarzana Daughter F 6 New York
William Zarzana Son M 1 New York
District: 1040 , Sheet Number and Letter: 6B , Household ID: 145 , Line Number: 95 , Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) , Affiliate Publication Number: T625 , GS Film number: 1821171 , Digital Folder Number: 004313894 , Image Number: 00354
Last family on the page. Residing at Utica Ave, Brooklyn.
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SAME family in 1925 New York Census
Wife, Maria, does not appear on the Census.
As on the 1920 record, Benjamin lists his occupation as Street Cleaner Driver.
Living with him are sons, Joseph, John and William; and also a stepson, Frank Chiafalo, who was born in Italy.
Name: Benjamin Zarzana
Birth Date: abt 1877
Birth Place: Italy
Age: 48
Gender: Male
Residence Place: Brooklyn, Kings
Relationship: Head
Color or Race: White
Number of Years in US: 27
Assembly District: 18
House Number: 173
Line Number: 49
Page Number: 3
Household Members:
Name Age
Benjamin Zarzana 48
Joseph Zarzana 24
John Zarzana 21
Frank Chiafal 19 Stepson
William Zarzana 06
http://interactive.ancestry.com/2704/32 ... 4195-00297

POSSIBLY your GF's given name was Baldassare?
Here is a WWI Alien Registration Card for Baldassare Zarzana of Utica Ave, Bklyn
Wife is Mary. Occupation is Stableman for D. S. C. (dept of street cleaning?)
http://interactive.ancestry.com/2704/32 ... 4195-00297

USING the first name Baldassare - located this earlier (1910) Census record

Baldassare Zarzana is a widower, age 35, residing on Delmonico Place at the residence of his brother-in-law, Franck Carcio (correct spellling could be Cascio)...
Baldassare lists his occupation as Bartender/liquor store.
Could this be the time when your father and his siblings were in Orphanage?
Baldassar Zarzano
United States Census, 1910
Name: Baldassar Zarzano
Event Type: Census
Event Year: 1910
Event Place: Brooklyn Ward 21, Kings, New York, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 35
Marital Status: Widowed
Race: White
Race (Original): White
Relationship to Head of Household: Brother-in-law
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Brother-In-Law
Birth Year (Estimated): 1875
Birthplace: Italy
Immigration Year: 1900
Father's Birthplace: Italy
Mother's Birthplace: Italy
Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
Francisico Carcio Head M 56 Italy
Rosa Carcio Wife F 50 Italy
Louis Carcio Son M 18 Italy
John Carcio Son M 7 New York
Baldassar Zarzano Brother-in-law M 35 Italy
District: 501 , Sheet Number and Letter: 22B , Household ID: 432 , Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) , Affiliate Publication Number: M1283 , GS Film number: 1374982 , Digital Folder Number: 004449988 , Image Number: 00317
http://interactive.ancestry.com/7884/44 ... bel=Return


HERE is possible arrival manifest for your GF, Baldassare (Ben) Zarzana in 1900

Destination - Brooklyn - to brother-in-law Cascio
Last Place of residence - S. Margherita
He is age 22, and lists occupation as cook.
New York, Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island)
Given Name: Baldasfare
Surname: Zarzana
Last Place of Residence: S. Margherita

Event Date: 06 May 1900
Age: 22y
Nationality: Italian
Departure Port: Naples
Arrival Port: New York City, New York, New York
Gender: Male
Marital Status: M
Ship Name: Spartan Prince
http://www.libertyellisfoundation.org/s ... SUYiOw==/1

Here is the 1915 New York Census for Baldassare and sons, Joseph(14) and John(11)

Younger children do not appear on this census.
http://interactive.ancestry.com/2703/32 ... bel=Return

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Re: Benjamin Zarzana - Grandfather

Postby adelfio » 23 Mar 2015, 16:50

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Re: Benjamin Zarzana - Grandfather

Postby italianovero » 25 Mar 2015, 15:29

Mary/Maria was my fathers step-mother. My fathers mother died in 1915, my father was born in 1904.


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