Mike and Margaret Mottola (both born 1875)of Avellino, Italy

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Mike and Margaret Mottola (both born 1875)of Avellino, Italy

Postby hinkles » 05 Aug 2010, 17:01

My wife is related to some Mottolas from Avellino in Italy. Their names are listed as Mike and Margaret Mottola (both born around 1875). They had a son, Joseph Jeremiah Mottola (Born October 8, 1896) who came with them from Italy. Mike came to the US in 1896 and Margaret came to the US with Joseph in 1902.

I am unable to locate anything about their arrival in the immigration records. Maybe their first names were "Americanized" and I am missing them? I'd also like to find the link to their ancestors in Italy. I would appreciate any help or information if this rings a bell with anyone. Thanks!

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Re: Mike and Margaret Mottola (both born 1875)of Avellino, I

Postby Biff83 » 05 Aug 2010, 17:30

This might help as a reference to locate immigration records:

WWI Draft Reg Card for Joseph Mottola

http://a.imageshack.us/img821/3313/zzmottolawwi.jpg

Alternate surname spelling might be Mattola.
Possible place of birth Santa Lucia di Serino in province of Avellino.

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Re: Mike and Margaret Mottola (both born 1875)of Avellino, I

Postby hinkles » 05 Aug 2010, 18:07

You found the right Joseph Mottola. Thanks for the town name. Hopefully that will help too.

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Re: Mike and Margaret Mottola (both born 1875)of Avellino, I

Postby vj » 05 Aug 2010, 22:06

possible 1918 WWI Card for father Michele
Have you ever seen Michael's wife (Joseph/Giuseppe's mother) refered to as Liberata?

http://a.imageshack.us/img337/3021/1918h.jpg

Michael Mottola 44
23 Central Madison Morris NJ
born 5 May 1874
naturalized citizen
gardener
nearest relative at 23 Central, Liberata Mottola
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Re: Mike and Margaret Mottola (both born 1875)of Avellino, I

Postby hinkles » 06 Aug 2010, 01:42

Wow! This is definitely the correct Michael's WWI Draft card. The addresses match Joseph's draft card above.

What's still confusing me is a 1910 US Census form (link below) that shows a "Mike and Margaret Mottola" (age 35) and son Joseph (age 14) living in Madison, NJ but all born in Italy. Could this be a different family in the same town?

http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/9488 ... lausce.jpg

Also, Joseph's WWI draft cards say that both he and his father were born in Avellino, Italy but the WWII draft card says that he was born in Madison, NJ not Italy.

Joseph did had a daughter (who is my wife's grandmother) named Loretta which sounds like it could have been an Americanized version of the name Liberata on the draft card you found.

I can't seem to find the right Michael and Liberata Mottola in the immigration records, though.

Thanks so much for your help! You guys have already answered many questions faster than I ever could.

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Re: Mike and Margaret Mottola (both born 1875)of Avellino, I

Postby Biff83 » 06 Aug 2010, 13:01

From Valarie's post, possible immigration record for Liberata Martone and son Generoso Mottola. Destination Paterson NJ to join husband/father Michele Mottola.

http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0024

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Re: Mike and Margaret Mottola (both born 1875)of Avellino, I

Postby vj » 06 Aug 2010, 14:08

Great find Biff :D !
Does the last residence look like Serino? (Avellino)
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Re: Mike and Margaret Mottola (both born 1875)of Avellino, I

Postby Biff83 » 06 Aug 2010, 14:17

vj wrote:Great find Biff :D !
Does the last residence look like Serino? (Avellino)
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Couldn't have found it without your Liberata clue. Last residence looks like Serino to me.

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Re: Mike and Margaret Mottola (both born 1875)of Avellino, I

Postby hinkles » 06 Aug 2010, 14:35

I feel like I need to buy you both a beer! Paterson, NJ fits. I have record of the son Joseph Jeremiah Mottola marrying a girl named Lillian of Patterson, NJ. I found a 1930 Census (see links) with "Michal" and "Loretta" Mottola living in Madison, NJ which also fits.

http://img717.imageshack.us/i/michaelmo ... uscen.jpg/
http://img839.imageshack.us/i/michaelmo ... uscen.jpg/

I can't seem to find them in the 1910 or 1920 Census. I would guess they would be in Paterson, NJ in 1910 and Madison, NJ by 1920 (since the WWI Draft card indicates that). Maybe the names are spelled differently.

This Italian genealogy seems to be trickier than for my German and English ancestry. Again, I can't ever thank you enough for your help!

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Re: Mike and Margaret Mottola (both born 1875)of Avellino, I

Postby vj » 06 Aug 2010, 14:52

Interesting 1920 census for 23 Central Ave Madison Morris NJ
enumerated as dwelling #7, 4 units
http://a.imageshack.us/img291/251/1920ys.jpg
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http://a.imageshack.us/img413/4969/192001r.jpg

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Re: Mike and Margaret Mottola (both born 1875)of Avellino, I

Postby hinkles » 06 Aug 2010, 15:07

That address keeps popping up. It's the same address where Michael, Liberata, and Joseph Jeremiah (son) live according to Michael and Joseph's WWI draft cards. I wonder if it's an older brother of Michael's who immigrated before him? Would make sense that relatives would live in the same apartment building.

Still a mystery where Michael, Liberata, and Joseph are in 1910 and 1920.

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Re: Mike and Margaret Mottola (both born 1875)of Avellino, I

Postby hinkles » 06 Aug 2010, 15:07

That address keeps popping up. It's the same address where Michael, Liberata, and Joseph Jeremiah (son) live according to Michael and Joseph's WWI draft cards. I wonder if it's an older brother of Michael's who immigrated before him? Would make sense that relatives would live in the same apartment building.

Still a mystery where Michael, Liberata, and Joseph are in 1910 and 1920.

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Re: Mike and Margaret Mottola (both born 1875)of Avellino, I

Postby vj » 06 Aug 2010, 15:15

Since it's the same address in 1918 and 1930, perhaps the census taker missed the family in 1920 - or their first names are really wrong.
Do you know the names of all of Michael and Liberata's children?
Thanks, Valarie

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Re: Mike and Margaret Mottola (both born 1875)of Avellino, I

Postby hinkles » 06 Aug 2010, 15:26

In the 1930 Census, I show Abe D. (14) and Ernest (20) living with them. Joseph Jeremiah would have moved out by then since he married Lillian in 1922.

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Re: Mike and Margaret Mottola (both born 1875)of Avellino, I

Postby vj » 06 Aug 2010, 15:31

Looks like Michael owned 23 Central
from GenealogyBank

Date: 24 Sep 1912
Paper: Jersey Journal

"Tenement House Plans Approved"
Plans approved by the State Board of Tenement House Supervision for the week ending September 20, were as follows:


http://a.imageshack.us/img189/4631/mottola.jpg
(several towns included for comparison)


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