Gabriello Masiello - Real Surname?

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Gabriello Masiello - Real Surname?

Postby AAltieriTarzia » 17 Apr 2010, 21:01

I am trying to locate my great grandfathers real last name ....he came to Boston in 1890 at the age of 14(b:1876) and when he arrived I believe he was given the name of his village (Masiello) not his real name. I am not really sure where I should start in finding his true identity. Any suggestions would be be very appreciated.

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Re: Gabriello Masiello - Real Surname?

Postby vj » 17 Apr 2010, 21:42

Welcome to the Forum!
What US records do you already have?
You'll need to know his town of birth in Italy to request his birth records.
Have you found his ship manifest or military registration cards?
Did he become a citizen?
Thank you,
Valarie

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Here's a possible record from NEHGS that may help:

Marriages in the City of Boston for 1903
Vol 539 Page 131

15 Jun 1903

Gabriele Masiello 26
1st marriage
115 Salem Street
Laborer
Born in Italy
Parents:
Angelo Masiello
Maria U Laverde (probably La Verde)

Carlotta Zizza 20
1st marriage
310 North Street
Born in Italy
Parents:
Michele Zizza
Teresa Necca (probably Necco)

married by Roberto Bissotti, Priest
12 North Square
St Leonard Church
http://www.catholic-church.org/stleonar ... parish.htm

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Re: Gabriello Masiello - Real Surname?

Postby Michael31 » 18 Apr 2010, 01:24

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Groom's name: Giuseppe Digiulio
Groom's age: 27 years
Groom's estimated birth year: 1879
Groom's birthplace: , , Italy
Bride's name: Carmela Zizza
Bride's age: 20 years
Bride's estimated birth year: 1886
Bride's birthplace: , , Italy
Marriage date: 11 Nov 1906
Marriage place: Boston, , Massachusetts
Groom's father's name: Antonio Digiulio
Groom's mother's name: Concetta Digiulio
Father of bride's name: Michele Zizza
Mother of bride's name: Maria T Necca
Film number: 2315298
Digital GS number: 4329356
Image number: 1176
Number of images: 1
Reference number: p 297 no 6830
Marriage registration place: Boston, , Massachusetts
Marriage registration year: 1906
Collection: Massachusetts Marriage Records, 1841-1915

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Re: Gabriello Masiello - Real Surname?

Postby Michael31 » 18 Apr 2010, 01:29

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Name: Teresa Zizza
Death date: 16 Feb 1914
Death place: Boston,,Massachusetts
Gender: Female
Race or color (expanded): White
Age in years:
Estimated birth year:
Birth date:
Birthplace: Italy
Marital status: Married
Spouse's name: Michele Zizza
Father's name: Antonio Necco
Mother's name:
Film number: 2404053
Digital GS number: 4284225
Image number: 00253
Reference number: 240
Collection: Massachusetts, Death Records, 1841 - 1915

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Re: Gabriello Masiello - Real Surname?

Postby AAltieriTarzia » 18 Apr 2010, 01:37

Thank you so much!!! I did not have this document yet. I have been doing most of my research through ancestry.com and they did not have this record. I have been really stumped on my Italian relatives since all of the documents I have found have just listed Italy, not the actual town. I believe Gabrielle was born Bonito, Avellino, Campania, but that was word of mouth and no actual record.

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Re: Gabriello Masiello - Real Surname?

Postby AAltieriTarzia » 18 Apr 2010, 01:38

Thank you so much!!! I did not have this document yet. I have been doing most of my research through ancestry.com and they did not have this record. I have been really stumped on my Italian relatives since all of the documents I have found have just listed Italy, not the actual town. I believe Gabrielle was born Bonito, Avellino, Campania, but that was word of mouth and no actual record.

Thank You!

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Re: Gabriello Masiello - Real Surname?

Postby AAltieriTarzia » 18 Apr 2010, 01:42

Michael31,

Thank you for this information -- again did not have any of this. Thank you so much for providing this next piece of the puzzle -- now I just need to confirm where they were born, I think Carlotta and Gabriele were from the same town

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Re: Gabriello Masiello - Real Surname?

Postby Michael31 » 18 Apr 2010, 02:54

Masiello Aurilia
83032 Bonito (AV)
Contrada Maleprandi, 43
tel: 0825 422147

Zizza Domenico
83032 Bonito (AV)
Via Delle Vittorie
tel: 0825 422603

Zizza Gennaro
83032 Bonito (AV)
Contrada Masiello Tordiglione, 17
tel: 0825 422356

Zizza Maria
83032 Bonito (AV)
Via IV Novembre
tel: 0825 422297

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Re: Gabriello Masiello - Real Surname?

Postby suanj » 18 Apr 2010, 07:48

NECCO M. Teresa with children: ZIZZA Maria Carmela and ZIZZA Alessandro, all coming from Bonito town( Avellino province, Campania region) joining at Michele Zizza in Boston:
http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0021

1910 census:
1910 United States Federal Census
about Michele Zizza
Name: Michele Zizza
Age in 1910: 55
Estimated birth year: abt 1855
Birthplace: Italy
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birth Place: Italy
Mother's Birth Place: Italy
Spouse's name: Treva
Home in 1910: Boston Ward 6, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Year of Immigration: 1890
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Michele Zizza 55
Treva Zizza 54
Alesandro Zizza 21


Masiello is a popular surname in Bonito town also... why you think that Masiello was not the right surname of Gabriele?
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Re: Gabriello Masiello - Real Surname?

Postby AAltieriTarzia » 18 Apr 2010, 16:40

I thought since he came from Masiello Tordiglione that maybe he acquired Masiello as a last name when he came here, but looking at some of the information above, I am now thinking that maybe it was his real name. Thank you for the information above, it is all very helpful

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Postby vj » 18 Apr 2010, 16:47

AAltieriTarzia wrote:I thought since he came from Masiello Tordiglione that maybe he acquired Masiello as a last name when he came here, but looking at some of the information above, I am now thinking that maybe it was his real name. Thank you for the information above, it is all very helpful


Alex, you were correct in a sense - the town was most likely the original source of his surname
Here's a pretty good article from the Italy World Cub:
http://www.italyworldclub.com/genealogy/surnames/
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Re: Gabriello Masiello - Real Surname?

Postby suanj » 18 Apr 2010, 17:07

Masiello Tordiglione is a hamlet of Bonito town; so your ancestors was born, both in Bonito; in Bonito it are the Masiello surname, so Gabriele Masiello is the right name, born in Bonito ...
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Re: Gabriello Masiello - Real Surname?

Postby AAltieriTarzia » 18 Apr 2010, 20:32

Great article thank you!!


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