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Domenico Feminella - Searching for info

Postby Jim2814 » 12 Jan 2010, 17:37

My grandfather, Domenico Feminella came to the US in 1883 from Italy. I don't know his home town. He came before Ellis Island opened and I have not found his name under Castle Garden, NYC either. He lived in Elizabeth, New Jersey until his death in 1943.

He married Rosa in 1891 according to the 1910 US census.

I would appreciate any assistance.

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Postby johnnyonthespot » 12 Jan 2010, 18:10

Jim2814 wrote:My grandfather, Domenico Feminella came to the US in 1883 from Italy. I don't know his home town. He came before Ellis Island opened and I have not found his name under Castle Garden, NYC either. He lived in Elizabeth, New Jersey until his death in 1943.

He married Rosa in 1891 according to the 1910 US census.

I would appreciate any assistance.


I am curious - looking at the 1910 census, what is the place of birth for Domenico and Rosa?

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Postby Jim2814 » 12 Jan 2010, 18:27

They were born somewhere in Italy. Not sure what is written in census. Could be N. Italia??? for North Italy???

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Postby Jim2814 » 12 Jan 2010, 18:46

The 1900 census indicates just "Italy".

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Postby vj » 12 Jan 2010, 18:51

Here's a bit more info, different arrival date
Naturalized abt 1898

1920 census

Home in 1920:
607 Fourth Avenue, owns
Elizabeth City Ward 7, Union, New Jersey

head Dominick Feminelli 54, abt 1866 IT
- immig 1886, Na 1898
- junk dealer, own business
wife Rose Feminelli 45, 1875 IT
- immig 1890
daughter Mamie Feminelli 25, abt 1895 NJ
daughter Sadie Feminelli 21, abt 1899 NJ
son Harry Feminelli 17, abt 1903 NJ
son Charles Feminelli 15, abt 1905 NJ
son Michael Feminelli 12, abt 1908 NJ

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Postby Biff83 » 12 Jan 2010, 19:14

1900 census
Name: Domonick Funnurello
[Domonick Femmerllo]
Home in 1900: Elizabeth Ward 9, Union, New Jersey
Age: 33
Birth Date: Jan 1867
Birthplace: Italy
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1882
Relationship to Head of House: Head
Father's Birthplace: Italy
Mother's Birthplace: Italy
Spouse's name: Rosie
Marriage Year: 1890
Marital Status: Married
Years Married: 10
Residence : Elizabeth City, Union, New Jersey
Household Members: Name Age
Domonick Funnurello 33
Rosie Funnurello 25
Annie Funnurello 8
Phelomina Funnurello 6
Lizzie Funnurello 1

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Postby Biff83 » 12 Jan 2010, 19:19

1930 census
Name: Thomas Femmorelle
Home in 1930: Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey
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Age: 65
Estimated birth year: abt 1865
Birthplace: Italy
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's name: Rose
Parents' birthplace: View image
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Household Members: Name Age
Thomas Femmorelle 65
Rose Femmorelle 55
Harry Femmorelle 27
Charles Femmorelle 24
Michael Femmorelle 21

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Postby Tessa78 » 13 Jan 2010, 00:44

Here is a possible manifest...

The name is listed as Cono Femminella, but when you look at the manifest many of the first names are abbreviated, and what was transcribed as Cono, looks like it could be Dom.

This is a list for the SS Furst Bismark, arriving NY, Nov. 18, 1895. Not much info on the document other than his age, 26, peasant, and Italy.

He's on line 404...take a look.

http://i938.photobucket.com/albums/ad22 ... st1895.jpg

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Postby liviomoreno » 13 Jan 2010, 06:51

The pic is very small, however it could be Dom

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Postby Jim2814 » 13 Jan 2010, 13:39

Thanks Tessa for your post. However, in the 1900 census he indicated that he emmigrated in 1882 and in 1910 census he indicated it was 1883. So I believe it must have been around that time.

I have searched Ellis Island and Ancestry and can't find anything before 1900. If he did come in 1882 or 1883, then I should be able to find him in the 1890 census, but not yet. I have learned that often names were misspelled which is probably the case here. Thanks!

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Postby Biff83 » 13 Jan 2010, 14:38

Except for Jersey City in Hudson county, all 1890 US census records for New Jersey were lost in a fire in 1921.

New Jersey, however, did a state census in 1895 which is available on ancestry but I have not been able to locate the family nor have I been able to locate any possible ship manifests. I found it curious that Domenico was listed as Thomas on the 1930 census. That raises a question about his first name--Domenico, Tommaso, Gaetano are all possbilities.

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Postby Tessa78 » 13 Jan 2010, 19:26

Going with Biff's idea that the name might be Tommaso...what do you all think of this possibility?

Found a manifest for 1884, for "Commans Farinella". The image quality for the manifest is very poor, but I'm sure the name actually reads "Tommaso." His age is 18, laborer, from Italy. (That would make birthdate about 1866.)

The ship is the SS. Archimede departing from Palermo, Naples and Gibraltar, to New York. Tommaso is on line 207.

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Postby PeterTimber » 13 Jan 2010, 19:46

Did anyone check the www. castlegarden.org website for pre-1892 arrivals at NYC or did I err? =Peter=
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Postby vj » 13 Jan 2010, 19:56

Hi Peter!
Yes, without success
Often the Castle Garden site does a much better job of transcribing than Ellis & ancestry. com.
I think Tessa's latest manifest looks promising.
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Postby PeterTimber » 13 Jan 2010, 20:12

Certainly does since he is listed in Castle garden.org as well. =Peter=
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