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Seeking Mercurellis Ischia di Castro

Postby sigatti » 20 Aug 2009, 17:39

We are seeking information about Adolfo Mercurelli (b. 1885) who emigrated to the USA and worked for a time in McDowell County, West Virginia. We have reason to believe that he may be related to my husband's mother, who was orphaned during the flu epidemic and adopted by a family in western Pennsylvania. We have only scant information about her family. We know that their name was Mercurelli or Mercurella (or any number of variants). Research on Ancestry has yielded some information but no positive identification.

Adolfo was married to Angela/Angelina Contini. They were from Ischia di Castro. He made several trips to and from Italy and on one trip brought his brother Giovanni to work in the mines. Adolfo registered for the draft in 1917. That is where the trail stops. We are seeking any information about the Mercurellis and Continis, who lived in this commune in Lazio.

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Susan Gatti
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Re: Seeking Mercurellis Ischia di Castro

Postby Romano1970 » 20 Aug 2009, 18:01

Hello sigatti. Could this be the person you are looking for??

http://www.ellisisland.org/search/shipM ... 0580040036
Michael Romano

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Looking for family history in Piazza Armerina, Aidone, and Musomelli Sicily.
Names researching: Romano, Nigrelli, Ristagno, Piazza Maida Triolo.

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Re: Seeking Mercurellis Ischia di Castro

Postby Romano1970 » 20 Aug 2009, 18:05

There are two more individuals with the same name. See below. When you click on the link please note that there are two pages to evry manifest. ( if the top of the page shown says "arrival" at the end it is the second of the two and you should look for the page back "previous" if the pages says Departure then click the next) you probably already know this but I thought I should advise.

http://www.ellisisland.org/search/match ... &dwpdone=1
Michael Romano

Chi va piano va sano e va lontano

Those who go slowly, go safely and go far

Looking for family history in Piazza Armerina, Aidone, and Musomelli Sicily.
Names researching: Romano, Nigrelli, Ristagno, Piazza Maida Triolo.

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Re: Seeking Mercurellis Ischia di Castro

Postby sigatti » 20 Aug 2009, 20:11

Thanks for the speedy and helpful reply. I have located three occasions on which Adolfo Mercurelli left Naples and sailed into New York. I obtained these through Ancestry.com. This raises a rather interesting matter that someone might be able to explain to us. Was it common for an emigrant to make back-and-forth trips between Italy and the United States?

I find it quite unusual that Adolfo Mercurelli, who is listed as a farm laborer and is registered as unable to read or write, had the means to make three trips. How could this have happened? Could he have worked for something like a coal company that paid him to solicit more immigrants to work in the mines? One of the manifests he's on reveals that there are twelve young men from Ischia di Castro making the same voyage. Can someone offer some theories or explanations? Also, I believe that his wife stayed in Italy--which might eliminate her as the mother of my mother-in-law, who was born in the United States. I cannot locate any evidence that she emigrated; however, her name is spelled variously.

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Postby PeterTimber » 20 Aug 2009, 20:29

Before full blown permanent immigration became the norm many southern Italians were recruited in large work gangs as temporary workers in the USA, usually for 6 months or perhaps a year and then returned to their families in Italy. Immigrant ships were going back and forth and carried mostly steerage passengers in not so pleasant conditions. Passage was usually paid by the labor recruiter or privately and was inexpensive.

It was only later after several trips back and forth that many Italian workers decided to stay and called for their families and remained permanently. Manual labor was in great need as the USA's industrial revolution started right after the civil war in 1865 and this is when railroads, mines,dams,roads,highways, subways, factories and public buildings along with other civic projects like streets,piers,trolley lanes,resevoirs,schools to support the infrastructure came into being. =Peter=
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Re: Seeking Mercurellis Ischia di Castro

Postby sigatti » 20 Aug 2009, 20:59

Peter--
This really helps to situate my research. Is there any way of locating documents or at least locating helpful scholarship on this immigrant recruiting process?

Is there a way to gain access to Ischia di Castro records? It's a smaller community, now part of Viterbo in Lazio. Would the LDS possibly have records from this community?

Thank you!
Susan

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Re: Seeking Mercurellis Ischia di Castro

Postby pink67 » 21 Aug 2009, 09:49

Susan,

just in case you didn't noticed this...

These two Adolfo's arrival (June 8, 1907 and March 18, 1913) are not to consider because his name is crossed out. It means he didn't sail on those times.

http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0013

March 1913 page 1:
http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0006

March 1913 page 2:
http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0006

this is his first arrival in the U.S. on March 20, 1909:

page 1:
http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0029

page 2:
http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0029

Adolfo stated he was born in Ischia di Castro - Roma, he was leaving in Italy his wife Angela Contini and was joining his brother in law Domenico Cocco in NYC . 69 Salle Street.

and this is his second arrival on April 3, 1913:


page 1:
http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0024

page 2:
http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0024

stating he was leaving in Italy his wife Angela Contini (in Ischia di Castro) and joining his Brother? Umberto in Williamtown? VWA, Point Creek 7.
He stated also he was in the U.S before, from 1908 to 1910

Hope this can help!

Laura

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Postby pink67 » 21 Aug 2009, 10:26

Pink67 wrote:and this is his second arrival on April 3, 1913:

page 1:
www.ellisisland.org/EI...;line=0024

page 2:
www.ellisisland.org/EI...;line=0024

stating he was leaving in Italy his wife Angela Contini (in Ishia di Castro) and joining his Brother? Umberto in Williamtown? VWA, Point Creek 7.
He stated also he was in the U.S before, from 1908 to 1910


Don't know if this Umberto was related to Adolfo, but as I noticed there are just a few Mercurelli from Ischia di Castro I believe there should have been a connection between them... :wink:

this is the first arrival in the U.S for Umberto Mercurelli (May 10, 1912):

page 1:
http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0007

page 2:
http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0007

his wife Maria's name is crossed out, so he did travel alone, from Ischia di Castro to Cincinnati - Ohio, joining his cousin Agostino Cozzi/Tozzi.

I hope I'm not making confusion... I found also Agostino Cozzi's April 1910 Arrival in the U.S. ... he stated he was joining his cousin Adolfo Marcurelli :!: in West Virginia. :D
I believe the correct last name was Tozzi

here is:

page 1:
http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0016

page 2:
http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0016

and this is the first arrival in the U.S for Maria Maffei (wife of Umberto Mercurelli) travelling with her son Giovanni Mercurelli (age 1) on July 1, 1913:

page 1:
http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0005
page 2:
http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0005

this makes sense because the son was born on July 1912 (aprox) so maybe she didn't travel with her husband Umberto on May 1912 due to her pregnancy... :wink:

Laura

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Postby pink67 » 21 Aug 2009, 10:46

:!: Susan,

possible 1920 census for Giovanni/John Mercurelli (Umberto and Maria Mercurelli's son)???

1920 United States Federal Census
about John Marcureller
Name: John Marcureller
[John Marcurellu]
Home in 1920: Triadelphia, Ohio, West Virginia
Age: 8 years
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1912
Birthplace: West Virginia
Relation to Head of House: Inmate of St. John Orphanage :!:
Father's Birth Place: Italy
Mother's Birth Place: Italy
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Sex: Male
Image: 728
Neighbors: View others on page

John Marcureller 8 born in WV to italian parents....

Sure he was too little to remember were he was born....he arrived in the u.s. at the age of 1... :wink:

[img=http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/3083/mercurelli1920census.th.jpg]

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p.s. do you know if your husband's mother had siblings?

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Re: Seeking Mercurellis Ischia di Castro

Postby sigatti » 21 Aug 2009, 13:46

Thank you for your response. In fact, my mother-in-law had two siblings, a sister who located her in the 1950s. This sister, had all the family information. I am trying to find her daughter, who lives in Tuscany. As the sisters grew older and became ill, they lost contact; so we did not get more than anecdotal information. There was a brother, I believe. The adoption of these children, ostensibly after both parents died within a few days of each other, was handled quickly by a parish priest. I believe that the Mercurelli family moved to Western PA, very possibly as recruits in the coal mines.

I am in contact with the family of Giovanni. I am wondering, given immigration records, if there was an error with his age or there were two Giovannis. According to a descendant of Giovanni's family, the children were placed in an orphanage--which later burned down. Triadelphia is near Wheeling, WVa, far north of the Mingo and McDowell County coal fields where these men first worked.

I truly appreciate the help.

Susan

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Re: Seeking Mercurellis Ischia di Castro

Postby pink67 » 21 Aug 2009, 14:04

Thank you Susan for the update....

Do you believe this document is regarding the Giovanni Mercurelli we're talking about?
from:
http://www.wvculture.org/history/archivesindex.aspx

Date: 23 Apr 1935
Place: Harrison, West Virginia
Bride Name: Rose Marie Mancuso
Groom Name John Joseph Marcurelle
Birth Date:
Birth Place:
Age at Marriage: 21y 22y
Marital Status
Prior to Marriage:
Mother: Mary Burnette Mancuso
Father: Frank Mancuso
Mother: Lillie Marcurelle
Father: Ceo Marcurelle

He stated he was born in Italy.

[img=http://img412.imageshack.us/img412/582/mercurellijohnmarriage1.th.jpg]

Do you know if your mother in law was born in West Virginia?

Laura


edit to add details:

pink67 wrote:and this is the first arrival in the U.S for Maria Maffei (wife of Umberto Mercurelli) travelling with her son Giovanni Mercurelli (age 1) on July 1, 1913:

page 1:
www.ellisisland.org/EI...;line=0005
page 2:
www.ellisisland.org/EI...;line=0005

this makes sense because the son was born on July 1912 (aprox) so maybe she didn't travel with her husband Umberto on May 1912 due to her pregnancy...


just a little note about this arrival manifest....
Don't know if this is the correct family, in case it's correct, Maria stated she was joining her husband Umberto Marcorelli in McVeigh - Pike County - Kentucky...

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Postby pink67 » 21 Aug 2009, 14:24

Here is another (i believe) interesting record:
from Ancestry.com:

Kentucky Birth Index, 1911-1999
about Welia Marcarello
Name: Welia Marcarello
Date of Birth: 8 Apr 1918
County: Pike
Mother's Name: Mary Murphy possible Murphy was a mispelling of Maffei (the "ph" in english has the same pronunciation of the "f" in Italian)
Volume Number: 99
Certificate Number: 49264
Volume Year: 1918

Laura

edit to add:

Kentucky Birth Index, 1911-1999
about Lelia Marcorelli
Name: Lelia Marcorelli
Date of Birth: 26 Aug 1916
County: Pike
Mother's Name: Mary Moffett
Volume Number: 109
Certificate Number: 54294
Volume Year: 1916

and this is the father of these child:

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
about Albert Marqwell
Name: Albert Marqwell
County: Pike
State: Kentucky
Birthplace: Italy (Ischia di Castro :!: )
Birth Date: 1893
Race: Italian
FHL Roll Number: 1653781
DraftBoard: 0

he was living in McVeigh and was supporting his wife and three children.

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Re: Seeking Mercurellis Ischia di Castro

Postby sigatti » 21 Aug 2009, 14:32

Laura--
I am checking with the South Carolina Mercurella researcher (cousin, perhaps?) I'll ask him about this particular marriage, but the dates seem close.

My mother in law had very little information about her birth. The SS Death index notes that she was born on 8 September 1914 in West Virginia. No specific birth location was given. For many years, she resisted the attempts of her "sister" who tried to establish a relationship. The sister provided what information she had--but its reliability is unclear. At times the story seemed fantastic. But the rough outlines are this: the parents died in the flu epidemic. There were three children--two girls and a boy. They never found the boy. A local priest oversaw adoptions. No records can be found.

My mother in law was adopted by a couple here and is listed in the 1920 Census as being 5 years old, an "adopted daughter," born in West Virginia, able to speak Italian and the child of an Italian mother and father. She was also "re-baptized." It was never clear to us how much she remembered about her natural parents. She never discussed them. If dates are correct, she was around 4 when they died. Memory might have been very faint. But, indeed, our aunt's birthdate is listed in the SS Death Index as April 1918.

We have had superb assistance from the Diocese of Wheeling archivist, who placed this family in Berwind WVa circa 1917 and 1918. He was unable to locate information that would place my mother in law in that family, but the details are beginning to form a mosaic of sorts.

Your help has really sent me in a new direction. Thank you!

Susan

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Re: Seeking Mercurellis Ischia di Castro

Postby pink67 » 21 Aug 2009, 14:37

Susan I adde some details to my previous message...

I hope we can help you... :D

Laura

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Re: Seeking Mercurellis Ischia di Castro

Postby sigatti » 21 Aug 2009, 14:38

Laura--One more thought: I'm going to pursue the Pike County matter. This is stunning. My mother in law claimed to have been born in 1916--and celebrated September 12 as her birthday. I was stunned to see her birthdate as 1914. I am going to see if I can find any information through Pike County or a Diocese covering that area.
Her name was "Lena"--which seems to align with the Pike County name. I don't find it unusual that coal miners moved from one field to another. You may have given us another important clue.

Thank you!
Susan


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