Torretta and Gebbia Family History?

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Torretta and Gebbia Family History?

Postby eltorretta » 07 Mar 2010, 17:41

Hello! I am searching for some information on my ancestors. My great grandfather's surname was Torretta (his first name is not known yet) and his wife was Josephine Gebbia. So far this is the only info we have on them (not at lot, we know).

We believe both immigrated to the U.S. but were married in Torretta, Cicily. My family's last name is Torretta as well. Not sure if that is a major connection or not.

Any info on how to start searching would be great!

Thanks!
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Re: Torretta and Gebbia Family History?

Postby pink67 » 07 Mar 2010, 18:25

Ellie,

to better help you, could you please give us other dates such birth years, children's names, immigration years etc?

Don't know if these are your ancestors but I found on this (free) site:
http://www.italiangen.org/vitalreclist.stm
these dates:

Surname Torretta
Given Name Benedetto
Month of Marriage Jun
Day of Marriage 19
Year of Marriage 1913
County Manhattan
Certificate Number 15110

Surname Gebbio
Given Name Giuseppina
Month of Marriage Jun
Day of Marriage 19
Year of Marriage 1913
County Manhattan
Certificate Number 15110

From Ancestry.com the 1920 federal census for Josephine and Benedetto Torretta in Manhattan:

1920 United States Federal Census
about Benny Sorretta
Name: Benny Sorretta
[Benny Torretta]
Home in 1920: Manhattan Assembly District 12, New York, New York
Age: 34 years
Estimated birth year: abt 1886
Birthplace: Italy
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's name: Josie
Father's Birth Place: Italy
Mother's Birth Place: Italy
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Male
Home owned: Rent
Year of Immigration: 1903
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Image: 331
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Benny Sorretta 34 head, born in IT, immigr. year 1903
Josie Sorretta 28 wife, born in IT, immigr. year 1899
Gregory Sorretta 5 son, bon in NYC
Tony Sorretta 27 brother, singel, born in IT, immigr. year 1913

http://www.postimage.org/image.php?v=aV5YoAi

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Re: Torretta and Gebbia Family History?

Postby Romano1970 » 07 Mar 2010, 18:40

Here are all the Torretta's listed in Ellis Island

http://www.ellisisland.org/search/match ... &dwpdone=1
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Re: Torretta and Gebbia Family History?

Postby PeterTimber » 07 Mar 2010, 20:29

Ellie the best bet for basic information is www.tuttitalia.it/sicilia/46-torretta and to send form letter requests to Ufficio Stato Civile and mail to address under MUNICIPIO whic is free of charge. Obtain form letter from
www.angelfire.com/ok3/pearlsofwisdom/it ... tters.html

Since you wish to know about Italian genealogy go to this website
www/angelfire.com/ok3/pearlsofwisdom/free_genealogy_research.html

We are here to answer any questions. I suspect they came in thru New Olreans if there is no record of arrivalat NYC. You say they were married in Torretta? do you know that for sure? =Peter=
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Re: Torretta and Gebbia Family History?

Postby Biff83 » 07 Mar 2010, 20:40

Based on Laura's finds:

Benedetto Torretta Petition for Naturalization
Birthplace: Campofiorito, province of Palermo
Birthdate: 8 Mar 1886

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Postby PeterTimber » 07 Mar 2010, 21:16

Benedetto was 17 upon arrival in 1902 and was destined to his uncle Antonino on e.13th street NYC coming from campofiorito. =Peter=
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Re: Torretta and Gebbia Family History?

Postby Biff83 » 07 Mar 2010, 22:00

Peter's manifest find based on Naturalization Petition.

http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0006

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Re: Torretta and Gebbia Family History?

Postby PeterTimber » 07 Mar 2010, 22:14

I located this on www.castlegarden.org which is most likely the same information on the petition Biff. When great minds meet. =Peter=
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Re: Torretta and Gebbia Family History?

Postby eltorretta » 07 Mar 2010, 23:28

Wow! This is wonderful! Thank you all so, so much!!! I am trying to get a hold of some relatives to get more information on my Torretta side of the family to get some dates of births, deaths, etc. Hopefully I will know more soon and when I do I now have some really great places to start!

Amazed at how quick you all responded! LOL!

I am so very thankful!

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Re: Torretta and Gebbia Family History?

Postby eltorretta » 08 Mar 2010, 01:44

So it turns out that Benedetto Torretta is my great grandfather! I was not sure if it was him, but the Naturalization Records you all have provided me with proved it. His two children, Gregory (my grandfather) and his sister Rita are indeed my family!

I have one question. It says on the immigration papers that Benedetto was signed over to his Uncle Antonio Torretta and either his father in law or brother in law Antonio Gebbia. I would like to find out Benedetto's parents names. Is it possible only knowing Antonio Torretta's name? How would I go about the search? I did find a S.S Death Certificate for Antonio, who died Feb 1978, and was born Jul 19th, 1892.

I would like to know if I still have family living in Italy, so my search is going to be a long one!

Thank you again for all the help! This is so exciting!!!

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Re: Torretta and Gebbia Family History?

Postby PeterTimber » 08 Mar 2010, 06:35

You should follow the websites I indicated to you above and that should start you on your way. If you have any questions please get back to us.

Yes it can be very exciting to find the information by your self and something you will always remember for the future if and when you decide to follow more of your family genealogy that you never considered.

Lots of luck to you. =Peter=
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Re: Torretta and Gebbia Family History?

Postby pink67 » 08 Mar 2010, 07:52

Ellie :D I'm glad we were able to help you....

just for references, this is the 1910 census manifest for Benedetto (single, living with his cousin Vincenzo's Rapisarda's family)

1910 United States Federal Census
about Beni Torretta
Name: Beni Torretta
Age in 1910: 24
Estimated birth year: abt 1886
Birthplace: Italy
Relation to Head of House: Cousin
Father's Birth Place: Italy
Mother's Birth Place: Italy
Home in 1910: Manhattan Ward 18, New York, New York
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Male
Year of Immigration: 1901
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Household Members: Name Age
Vincenzo Sapisorda 31 correct lastname Rapisarda, head, born in IT, immigr. year 1906
Coldero Sapisorda 27 wife, born in IT., immigr. year 1906
Romilda Sapisorda 2 daughter, born in NY
Guiseckina Sapisorda 2/12 daughter, born in NY
Marior Calvareso 25 sister in law, born in IT,
Vincenzina Calvareso 13 sister in law, born in IT
Beni Torretta 24 cousin, single, born in IT, immigr. year 1901, naturalized, occupation baker in a biscuits factory
Riensckke Torretta 21 correct first name Giuseppe, cousin (possible Benedetto's brother??) immigr. year 1902, occupation baker in a biscuits factory

Image from Ancestry.com:

http://www.postimage.org/image.php?v=aV7ldEA

eltorretta wrote:I would like to find out Benedetto's parents names.


from the site:


the death dates for Benedetto:

Torretta Benedic
Age: 63 y
Death Date: Mar 1 1948
Certificate Number: 5325
County: Manhattan

You may be able to find Benedetto's parents's names on his death Certificate:

http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/html/vi ... eath.shtml

Laura

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Re: Torretta and Gebbia Family History?

Postby pink67 » 08 Mar 2010, 08:06

This is the 1913 arrival manifest for Antonino Torretta, Benedetto's brother living with him in the 1920 census:

May 15, 1913:

Antonino Torretta, age 20, single, place of birth Campofiorito (Palermo Province - Sicily region) going to NYC to join his brother Benedetto Torretta living on 339 East 20 Street, leaving in Italy (Campofiorito) his father Gregorio Torretta. :!:

page 1:
http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0027
page 2:
http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0027

http://www.comune.campofiorito.pa.it/default.htm

Laura

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Re: Torretta and Gebbia Family History?

Postby pink67 » 08 Mar 2010, 08:30

Ellie, looks like Benedetto had a large family :D

1920 arrival manifest for:

Antonina Torretta, female, age 26, single, place of birth Campofiorito
Francesco Torretta, male, age 22, single, place of birth Campofiorito
Paolina Torretta, female, age 17, single, place of birth Campofiorito

them both stated they were joining their brother Torretta Benedetto living on 335 East 20 Street NYC and were leaving in Italy their father Gregorio

page 1:
http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0020
page 2:
http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0020

Laura

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Re: Torretta and Gebbia Family History?

Postby eltorretta » 08 Mar 2010, 19:43

pink67 wrote:Ellie, looks like Benedetto had a large family :D

1920 arrival manifest for:

Antonina Torretta, female, age 26, single, place of birth Campofiorito
Francesco Torretta, male, age 22, single, place of birth Campofiorito
Paolina Torretta, female, age 17, single, place of birth Campofiorito

them both stated they were joining their brother Torretta Benedetto living on 335 East 20 Street NYC and were leaving in Italy their father Gregorio

page 1:
http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0020
page 2:
http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0020

Laura
Amazing! Thank you so much!!!! I have a lot to work with now!

Man you guys are good!


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