Can you help me find my Great Grandmother?

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Can you help me find my Great Grandmother?

Postby JesB » 08 Oct 2010, 18:01

my great great grandmother came to the US from Italy in the 1900's. She is currently deceased. I am told that she may have come from sicily but I am not so sure. Here is some information about her:

Maiden Name: Antoinette Maximilian (spelling may be wrong)
Married Name: Antoinette Tessitori
Husband: Paul Tessitori
Place lived: The Catskills, NY
Children: Wanda L. Hall, Donald Tessitori, Elaine Tessitori, and Paul Tessitori (spelling may be wrong)
Death: Around the 1980's

If anyone could help me I would be very greatful! Thanks.

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Re: Can you help me find my Great Grandmother?

Postby vj » 08 Oct 2010, 18:04

Welcome to the Forum!
We'll be happy to see what we can do to help.
Have you found her on any census records?
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Re: Can you help me find my Great Grandmother?

Postby vj » 08 Oct 2010, 18:12

Tessitori

Does this record belong to your g-g-grandfather?

Petition for Naturalization
lists second wife Frances? and children from 1st marriage
http://img818.imageshack.us/img818/3192/natar.jpg

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Re: Can you help me find my Great Grandmother?

Postby vj » 08 Oct 2010, 18:22

Tessitori/Massimilla

1922 Ship manifest
http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0023
next page
http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0023

25 Aug 1922, SS Cameronia, Naples to NY

edit: added details from manifest

lines 23-24

Paolo Tessitore 25, abt 1897
- possible naturalization notation VL 344/806 2-711514 1/16/40
- last residence Napoli
- leaving sister Errichetta (Enrichetta) in Frigugno Maggiore Caserta
(probably Frignano, Caserta, Campania)
- destination Long Island, NY
- joining cousin Leopoldo Serao
- born in Naploli

wife Antonetta Massimilla 25, abt 1897
- possible naturalization notation 2-777908 -(505) ?/?/40 (C L- 205 12/5/40)
- last residence Frignano
- leaving father Pasquale Massimilla in Frignano
- born in Frignano
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Re: Can you help me find my Great Grandmother?

Postby Tessa78 » 08 Oct 2010, 18:30

Great manifest, Valarie! :-D

Link to Frignano, listed as Antonetta Massimilla's place of birth on manifest...

Frignano is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Caserta in the Italian region Campania, located about 20 km northwest of Naples and about 15 km southwest of Caserta. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 8,570 and an area of 9.9 km²

http://en.comuni-italiani.it/061/037/

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Re: Can you help me find my Great Grandmother?

Postby vj » 08 Oct 2010, 18:50

Tessitori/Massimilla

1930 census
http://img696.imageshack.us/img696/6992/1930q.jpg

Home in 1930:
1536 79th
Brooklyn, Kings, New York

head Paul Lesitore (Tesitore) 33
wife Antoinette Lesitore 28
daughter Wanda Lesitore 6
daughter Elaine Lesitore 5
son Paul Lesitore 2

mother-in-law Ida Zara 52, abt 1878 IT
- widow
- immig 1908
sister-in-law Yola Zara 23, abt 1897 IT

(may be using Antonette mother's maiden name??)

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Re: Can you help me find my Great Grandmother?

Postby vj » 08 Oct 2010, 19:05

Massimilla

If this is your g-g-grandmother, you can also order her SS Application ($27)

Name: Antoinette Tessitori
SSN: 083-42-xxxx
Last Residence: 11717 Brentwood, Suffolk, New York, United States of America
Born: 7 Sep 1897
Died: Sep 1982
State (Year) SSN issued: New York (1966)


Social Security Application SS-5

Her SS# is available here if you don’t already have it:
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/ ... _form=true

About the SS Application:
http://genealogy.about.com/od/online_re ... equest.htm
The SS-5, or Application for Social Security Number is a great resource for learning more about individuals who died after about 1960, and generally includes the following:
- Full name
- Full name at birth, including maiden name
- Present mailing address
- Age at last birthday
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Father's full name
- Mother's full name, including maiden name

- Sex
- Race as indicated by the applicant
- Whether the applicant ever applied for Social Security or Railroad Retirement before
- Current employer's name and address
- Date signed
- Applicant's signature


Order form SSA-711 (can be done online):
http://www.ssa.gov/foia/html/foia_guide.htm

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Re: Can you help me find my Great Grandmother?

Postby JesB » 08 Oct 2010, 19:53

THANK YOU so much for your help! This is it! My mom and I have been dyeing to figure this out and have been hoping to find relatives in Italy. This is much more than we ever new. Thank YOU!!!!!!
La famiglia e' tutto :D

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Re: Can you help me find my Great Grandmother?

Postby vj » 08 Oct 2010, 19:56

I'm so glad we could help :D .
Valarie

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This may help you and your mom locate family currently living in Italy.

White pages:
http://www.paginebianche.it/index_en.html

Form Letter to a Possible Relative

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Re: Can you help me find my Great Grandmother?

Postby ileana315 » 03 Aug 2011, 22:39

I am so glad that I found this website! I just googled my great grandfather's name Paul Hugo Tessitori and this came up. I am Antoinette and Paul's great-granddaughter. I am his daughter Elaine's (her real name was Ileana)granddaughter. My father has an entire family tree of our relatives back in Italy and my father and I have been trying to find "grand-daddy paul's" (as my dad called him) house in Lake Mahopac, NY. If you know where there residence was there I would love the help. Otherwise I'd love to help you out with finding the family in Italy. I've been told there is actually a town in Italy called Tessitore.

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Re: Can you help me find my Great Grandmother?

Postby JesB » 04 Aug 2011, 21:51

Oh my gosh. The moment I read this I got so excited! My Great Grandmother was Wanda, grandmother Laura, mother Audra. Ileana would be my great aunt. I'm not sure where Paul used to live but my grandfather told me he was a Dress Designer and owned a couple of companies in NYC. I've found out a little more about Antoinette since this post, about her siblings; it's really hard to figure this stuff out!
La famiglia e' tutto :D

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Re: Can you help me find my Great Grandmother?

Postby c6mitchell » 04 Aug 2011, 22:23

If you know where there residence was there I would love the help.


Ileana315, I do not know if this will help you but on fultonhistory.com I searched for "Paul Tessitori" and found a letter to the editor he had written about property he owned
called the former Wilson home overlooking Lake Mahopac,in the town of Carmel NY

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Re: Can you help me find my Great Grandmother?

Postby ileana315 » 21 Apr 2012, 20:22

Carolyn!!!
Thank you so much! We found the house because of that newspaper! My family and I will be visiting sometime this summer!

It turns out it is now an assisted living facility:
Jess the address is
517 N Lake Blvd.

Mahopac, NY


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