Militello / Bosco Detroit / Bay City Michigan

Are you looking for an Italian surname? Do you need more information about your family heritage?
This is the right place to start your genealogy search.
User avatar
LoisM
Rookie
Rookie
Posts: 48
Joined: 22 Oct 2009, 13:14

Militello / Bosco Detroit / Bay City Michigan

Postby LoisM » 22 Oct 2009, 13:36

Hello All!

I have been lurking for a few days and decided to join because I have hit a wall finding my Grandparents.

I only have a bit of info and I can't seem to find them on the Ellis Island Manifests and I was told they came through but I have no idea when.

My Grandpa: James V. (could be for Vincent?) Militello
Born: Nov 9th, 1892 Terrasini Italy
Died: July 25th, 1959 Bay City, Michigan

My Grandma: Rose (Bosco) Militello
Born: March 25th 27th? Born in France?? (I was told)
Died: June 24th, 1975 Bay City, Michigan

I only have a few obits and some info I have been told over the years to start with but so far I can't find them anywhere. If you guys can point me in the right direction I would appreciate it.

Thanks!
Lois M.

User avatar
pink67
Master
Master
Posts: 4459
Joined: 25 Oct 2005, 00:00
Location: italia - liguria

Re: Militello / Bosco Detroit / Bay City Michigan

Postby pink67 » 22 Oct 2009, 15:04

Hi Lois and welcome to the forum!

checking this free site:
http://search.labs.familysearch.org/rec ... tml#p=home

I found the marriage record for Vincenzo Militello and Rosa Bosco:

Date of marriage January 18, 1919. Vicenzo's father was Santo Militello, mother was Rosalia.
Rose's father wa Tony and mother Rose.
Both Vincenzo and Rose are listed as born in Italy.

Image:
[img=http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/6292/421004134.th.jpg]

I know birth date is different from the one you have, but I believe this document could be the military enlistment for the first world war for Vincenzo:

form the (subscription) site Ancestry.com:

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
about Vincenzo Militella
Name: Vincenzo Militella
City: Detroit
County: Wayne
State: Michigan
Birthplace: Sicily;Italy
Birth Date: 17 Sep 1893
Race: Caucasian (White)
FHL Roll Number: 2024108
DraftBoard: 8

image:
[img=http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/8371/militellowwi.th.jpg]

date on the document is June 1917, Vincenzo was single, supporting his mother (65 years old)

Laura

Edit to add:

this is (I believe) the 1930 census for the family, can you tell us if the family is correct?

1930 United States Federal Census
about Jim Meletwlo
Name: Jim Meletwlo
Home in 1930: Bay City, Bay, Michigan
View Map
Age: 36
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1894
Birthplace: Italy
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name: Rose
Race: White
Occupation:

Education:

Military service:

Rent/home value:

Age at first marriage:

Parents' birthplace: View image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Jim Meletwlo 36 hed, born in IT, year of immigr. 1910, Alien
Rose Meletwlo 29 wife, born in IT (Napoli?) year of immigr. 1913, Alien
Santo Meletwlo 10 son, born in MI
Tony Meletwlo 7 son, born in MI
Sam Meletwlo 5 son, born in MI
Felix Meletwlo 4 son, born in MI
Mary Meletwlo 2 8/12 daughter, born in MI
Rose Meletwlo 8/12 bdaughter, born in MI

image:
[img=http://img514.imageshack.us/img514/1129/militello1930.th.jpg]

User avatar
pink67
Master
Master
Posts: 4459
Joined: 25 Oct 2005, 00:00
Location: italia - liguria

Re: Militello / Bosco Detroit / Bay City Michigan

Postby pink67 » 22 Oct 2009, 15:20

Here is the 1920 census:

from Ancestry.com:

1920 United States Federal Census
about James Melitello
Name: James Melitello
Home in 1920: Bay Ward 1, Bay, Michigan
Age: 27 years
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1893
Birthplace: Italy
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name: Mary
Father's Birth Place: Italy
Mother's Birth Place: Italy
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Male
Home owned: Rent
Year of Immigration: 1909
Able to read: No
Able to Write: No
Image: 14
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
James Melitello 27 head, born in IT
Mary Melitello 28 wife, born in FRANCE
Tony Melitello 2 2/12 son, born in MI
Mary Melitello 1 1/12 daughter, born in MI
Felix Bosco 21 brother in law, born in FRANCE
Fred Bosco 19 brother in law, born in FRANCE
John Bosco 16 brother in law, born in FRANCE
Joseph Bosco 12 brother in law, born in FRANCE
Tony Bosco 16 brother in law, born in MI
Frank Bosco 1 10/12 brother in law, born in MI

image:
[img=http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/5286/militello1920.th.jpg]

Laura

from the free site:

http://www.ellisisland.org/

the 1912 arrival manifest for Rosalia Di Mercurio (age 35)and her child:
Bosco Maria age 16, Bosco Felice age 14, Bosco Alfonso age 12, Bosco Giovanni age 7, Bosco Giuseppe age 5, them both were joining their husband/father Antonio Bosco in Detroit, place of birth for both is Terrasini...

page 1:
http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0021
page 2:
http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0021

User avatar
pink67
Master
Master
Posts: 4459
Joined: 25 Oct 2005, 00:00
Location: italia - liguria

Re: Militello / Bosco Detroit / Bay City Michigan

Postby pink67 » 22 Oct 2009, 15:45

I noticed that Rosa Bosco is not listed on the 1912 arrival manifest.... I found an interesting 1915 arrival manifest for a Giuseppina Bosco, age 14 (approx birth year 1901), coming from Terrasini (she was leaving in Italy her aunt Di Mercurio Pietra) joining her father Antonio Bosco in Congress street - Detroit, then corrected in Bay City - Michigan.
Place of birth of Giuseppina is Lacroise? - Algerie
Until 1962 Algerie was under France:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_rule_in_Algeria

page 1:
http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0019
page 2:
http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0019

Do you know if Rose was her real first name?

Laura :D

User avatar
pink67
Master
Master
Posts: 4459
Joined: 25 Oct 2005, 00:00
Location: italia - liguria

Re: Militello / Bosco Detroit / Bay City Michigan

Postby pink67 » 22 Oct 2009, 15:55

On this free site I believe I found the birth record for Giuseppina and her siblings in Algeria:

http://caom.archivesnationales.culture. ... search.xsp


BOSCO FRANCE, MARIE - LACROIX - 1896 - Naissance - (1 vues)
BOSCO FELIX - LACROIX - 1898 - Naissance - (1 vues)
BOSCO LUCIE, MARIE - LACROIX - 1899 - Naissance - (1 vues)
BOSCO ANIEL, ALPHONSE - LACROIX - 1900 - Naissance - (1 vues)
BOSCO JOSEPHINE, ROSINE - LACROIX - 1901 - Naissance - (1 vues)
BOSCO LEONIE, CATHERINE - LACROIX - 1901 - Naissance - (1 vues)
BOSCO JEAN, BAPTISTE - LACROIX - 1904 - Naissance - (1 vues)

Laura :D

User avatar
pink67
Master
Master
Posts: 4459
Joined: 25 Oct 2005, 00:00
Location: italia - liguria

Re: Militello / Bosco Detroit / Bay City Michigan

Postby pink67 » 22 Oct 2009, 16:06

Lois :D


you're really very lucky :!: because I'm pointing you to a site where you can see the original birth acts for all the Bosco's siblings....

http://anom.archivesnationales.culture. ... e=&x=0&y=0

Bosco Josphine Rosine was born in Lacroix - Algerie on March 27, 1901... she was the daughter of Antonio Bosco (age 36) and Di Mercurio Rosalie (age 26)
image:
http://anom.archivesnationales.culture. ... cte=321744

Laura

User avatar
LoisM
Rookie
Rookie
Posts: 48
Joined: 22 Oct 2009, 13:14

Re: Militello / Bosco Detroit / Bay City Michigan

Postby LoisM » 23 Oct 2009, 15:02

Wow thanks for all the help!!!

I am going to the local library today that has a great Genealogy Dept to do some more research on what you gave me already.

To answer your question no I don't know my Grandmother's real name or my Grandfather's. It depends on what relative you ask...lol

The misspelling of the last name is common, Meletwlo, Millitella, Miletelo etc...so that doesn't surprise me at all.

Both the Militello and Bosco families are huge so that makes it even harder to sort out family members.

I'll let you know what I find out as the search continues.

Thanks again for all your help, anything else would be appreciated.

Have a great day!
Lois M.

User avatar
pink67
Master
Master
Posts: 4459
Joined: 25 Oct 2005, 00:00
Location: italia - liguria

Re: Militello / Bosco Detroit / Bay City Michigan

Postby pink67 » 23 Oct 2009, 16:09

You're welcome Lois!
I'm very glad to help here....

I want to point you to this site were you can find the burial memorials for Antonio and Rosalia Bosco (Rose's parents):

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cg ... id=&GSob=n

Laura

User avatar
LoisM
Rookie
Rookie
Posts: 48
Joined: 22 Oct 2009, 13:14

Re: Militello / Bosco Detroit / Bay City Michigan

Postby LoisM » 26 Oct 2009, 00:27

Thanks for that. I am going to do some grave hunting next spring. Cold, wet and rainy weather has hit Michigan hard and it is too cold and damp to walking around...lol

I am planning a trip down to Detroit to do some record digging as well next year too.

I hopefully will find my Grandpa's Ellis Island record soon I am looking under so many names it is taking a while.

I will keep you guys posted on what I find...

Take care,
Lois M.

User avatar
pink67
Master
Master
Posts: 4459
Joined: 25 Oct 2005, 00:00
Location: italia - liguria

Re: Militello / Bosco Detroit / Bay City Michigan

Postby pink67 » 26 Oct 2009, 07:49

Lois :D

you can use this site to search into the Ellis Island website:

http://stevemorse.org/ellis2/ellisgold.html

Laura

User avatar
LoisM
Rookie
Rookie
Posts: 48
Joined: 22 Oct 2009, 13:14

Re: Militello / Bosco Detroit / Bay City Michigan

Postby LoisM » 27 Oct 2009, 14:06

Thanks for the search... it sure works better than the original one on the site!

I am inputing all the info I have gotten into a family tree maker and getting the stuff you gave me organized.

My Next mission is some family interviews for even more information, old pictures etc...

If I find anything interesting I will pass it along..

Have a great day!
Lois M.

User avatar
PeterTimber
Master
Master
Posts: 6817
Joined: 16 Dec 2007, 18:57
Location: Yonkers NY

Re: Militello / Bosco Detroit / Bay City Michigan

Postby PeterTimber » 27 Oct 2009, 14:26

Dear Lois if your hunting around then go to google.com and put in the family name-Genealogy-town of origin in Italy, italy and see if anyone has ever done any research on that surname in that town at any time. You can checkout the surname by changing the nature of the title on google to suit your genealogical whims. =peter=
~Peter~

User avatar
LoisM
Rookie
Rookie
Posts: 48
Joined: 22 Oct 2009, 13:14

Re: Militello / Bosco Detroit / Bay City Michigan

Postby LoisM » 29 Oct 2009, 13:37

Peter,

Thanks for the tip. I will give it try....

I am making headway with all the info everyone has shared. I still have alot of stuff to go over and some road trips to make to get some more paperwork but overall I am having a blast.

Thanks for you help! Have a great day!

Lois M.

User avatar
LoisM
Rookie
Rookie
Posts: 48
Joined: 22 Oct 2009, 13:14

Re: Militello / Bosco Detroit / Bay City Michigan

Postby LoisM » 04 Nov 2009, 01:45

With alot of help from people on the site I have managed to get alot done. But once again I am stuck.

I know my Grandfather Vincenzo went to Boston when he came to America and he doesn't show up in Michigan until the 1930 Census in Bay City

He got married in Detroit in 1918

I was told he went to Boston then onto St Louis, Missouri to work on the railroad with his brothers Antonio, Francesco. Both times they went to a cousin.

Antonio and Francesco show up in the 1930 Michigan Census in Detroit

I loose a few years here...lol and I would like to fill in the blanks...

Thanks,
Lois M.

User avatar
PeterTimber
Master
Master
Posts: 6817
Joined: 16 Dec 2007, 18:57
Location: Yonkers NY

Re: Militello / Bosco Detroit / Bay City Michigan

Postby PeterTimber » 04 Nov 2009, 02:43

what RR company employed them. Usually RR kept goodecords. =Peter=
~Peter~


Return to “Italian Genealogy”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot], Exabot [Bot], Google [Bot], VickiNeff and 11 guests