I am new to the forum. I am looking for any information on Vincentzo "Vincent" Valenti. So far, I have the following information:
Was born in roughly 1870.
He was a gunsmith for the wealthy in Italy
He was from Northern Italy
He was married to Maria Reso Valenti, who I believe was from Sicily. She was born in 1881.
Moved to America by 1902.
That is all that I know. I am trying to find out when exactly he was born, which city he was from and when he moved to America. Any help would be appreciated.
His oldest son, Dominico Valenti, was born in New Orleans, LA in 1902. All of his children were born in New Orleans, LA. My grandfather told me that he met his wife in Italy and moved to New Orleans. I made a mistake in his birth year. It is 1870. So my guess would be he married in the 1890s and moved between 1890 and 1900.
Home in 1920: 2120 Burgundy Street, owns without a mortgage New Orleans Ward 7, Orleans, Louisiana
head Vincent Valente 48, abt 1872 IT
- immig 1896, Na 1905 (naturalized in 1905)
- gunsmith, own shop
wife Mary Valente 40, abt 1880 IT - immig 1896, Na
son Corina (Cosimo) Valente 22, abt 1898 LA
- machinist, shop son Domenick Valente 18, abt 1902 LA
- helper machinist, shop
daughter Antoinette Valente 15, abt 1905 LA daughter Josephine Valente 13, abt 1907 LA daughter Rosie Valente 10, abt 1910 LA daughter Annie Valente 7, abt 1913 LA son Anthony Valente 5, abt 1915 LA
Home in 1900: 714 St Philip Street, rents
New Orleans Ward 5, Orleans, Louisiana
head Vincent Valenti 23, born Oct 1873 IT
- married 7 yrs, abt 1893
- immig 1882, in US 18 yrs, Al
- shoemaker wife Mary Valenti 23, born Feb 1877 IT
- 4 children born, 2 children living
- immig 1881, in US 19 yrs son Cosmo Valenti 3, born Feb 1897 LA daughter Frances Valenti 1, born Feb 1899 LA
Home in 1900: 812 Ursulines Street, rents
New Orleans Ward 6, Orleans, Louisiana
head Cusmo Valenta 45, born Aug 1855 IT - married 27 yrs, abt 1873
- immig 1881, in US 19 yrs, Al
wife Francis Valenta 47, born Dec 1852 IT
- 8 children born, 7 children living
- immig 1881, in US 19 yrs son Salvadore Valenta 22, born Mar 1878 IT - immig 1881, in US 19 yrs, Na
daughter Annie Valenta 14, born Nov 1885 LA daughter Josephine Valenta 13, born Apr 1887 LA
son Joseph Valenta 7, born Feb 1893 LA daughter Eva Valenta 5, born Nov 1894 LA
I am very impressed by how quickly you found this info. I have been looking for a few weeks, but I guess I didn't know where to look. The first Vincent Valenti is him. His kids match up with the kids I know about. The only difference is that we knew of a Cosmo, but we thought it was his son Paul Vincent Valenti. I am not sure if Paul is Cosmo, which I don't think, or if he was born after 1920.
It looks like he may have come over in 1896, according to what I can see in the census. It looks like Mary may have come at the same time. If this is the case, he may not be Cosimo Valenti's son. Though Cosimo has alot of children with the same names as Vincent, their ages don't seem to be right. Also, my grandpa told me that he was a gunsmith while living in Italy. If he moved to America at age 8, I don't think that could be right. But, my grandfather has been wrong on a few things.
He was married in 1893 and moved here in 1896. I am pretty sure he came into New Orleans and settled here. Do you think you could help me find which boat he came in on.
Again, thanks for the help. This is great information.
I can't locate any shipping manifest for Vincent in 1896. Honestly, I don't know where to look. Could anyone help find the boat he came in on. I think he was married in Sicily, so it most likely would have departed from there.
On Monday, December 23, 1929, at 9:30 p.m. COSIMO VALENTI beloved husband of Frances Comella, father of Vincent,Anthony, Joseph and the late Salvador Valenti, Mrs. Vincent Savarese, Mrs. Gustave Matherne, Mrs. Joseph DiFranco, brother of the late Michael Valenti. Also survived by sixteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, a native of Termini, Italy, and a resident of this city for the past 50 years.
Relatives and friends of the family, also officers and members of the Giovanni Bersaglieri Society are invited to attend the funeral which will take place Wednesday, December 25, 1929 at 3 o'clock p.m. from the funeral home of his late son (the late Salvador Valenti), 1530 Esplanade avenue, corner N. Claiborne avenue. services to be held at St. Peter and Paul church.
Interment in St Louis cemetery no. 3, Esplanade avenue.