His name on US records is Mariano Travirca. I believe it may have been Traversa. He came to the US somewhere between 1855 and 1868. He married in the U.S. when he was 29. U.S. census records state that his mother and father were from Italy and that he spoke Italian. I can't find any ship records with his name on it. I'm not sure where to go from here so any help would be great. Grazie!
Welcome Sandi it would be easier to start with your great grandparents and see if theres any info is this your family.
Name: Mariano Travirca
[Mariano Taavisca] Home in 1920: Beat 4, Hancock, Mississippi Age: 80 Estimated birth year: abt 1840 Birthplace: Italy Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
[Head] Spouse's name: Mary D Travirca Father's Birth Place: Italy Mother's Birth Place: Italy Marital Status: Married Race: White Sex: Male Home owned: Own Year of immigration: 1865 Able to read: Yes Able to Write: Yes Neighbors: View others on page Household Members: Name Age Mariano Travirca 80 Mary D Travirca 80 Simond Travirca
I saw the Travisca tree on Ancestry.com... I noticed that these is no link to the 1930 census for Mary Diane, Mariano's wife, here is just in the case you don't have:
1930 United States Federal Census about Mary D Travoina Name: Mary D Travoina Home in 1930: Beat 4, Hancock, Mississippi
View Map Age: 90 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1840 Birthplace: Mississippi Relation to Head of House: Head Race: White Occupation:
Age at first marriage:
Parents' birthplace: View image Neighbors: View others on page Household Members: Name Age Mary D Travoina 90 mother
Sanan I Travoina 60 son-head
1880 United States Federal Census about Marian Savaker Name: Marian Savaker Home in 1880: Hancock, Mississippi Age: 34 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1846 Birthplace: Mississippi Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head) Father's birthplace: Italy Mother's birthplace: Italy Neighbors: View others on page Occupation: Farmer Marital Status: Married Race: White Gender: Male Cannot read/write:
Deaf and dumb:
Idiotic or insane: View image Household Members: Name Age Marian Savaker 34 Simon Savaker 11 son
Mary Savaker 9 daughter
Hannah Savaker 7 daughter
Angeline Savaker 5 daughter
Errestine Savaker 4 daughter
Antonie Savaker 1 son
and the 1910 census for Mariano's wife listed as Dianna Travisca, living with her son Antonio?
1910 United States Federal Census about Quinn Toavencas Name: Quinn Toavencas[Dianna Trevencar] [Davinco Treveneas] Age in 1910: 71 Estimated Birth Year: 1839 Birthplace: Mississippi Relation to Head of House: Head
[Self (Head)] Father's Birth Place: Mississippi Mother's Birth Place: Mississippi Home in 1910: Beat 4, Hancock, Mississippi Marital Status: Married Race: White Gender: Female Neighbors: View others on page Household Members: Name Age Quinn Toavencas 71
1900 United States Federal Census about Mariana Trivecca Name: Mariana Trivecca[Mariana Drivecca] Home in 1900: Jordan River, Hancock, Mississippi
[Hancock, Mississippi] Age: 60 Birth Date: Feb 1840 Birthplace: Austria Race: White Gender: Female Relationship to head-of-house: Step Father
[Stepdaughter] Father's Birthplace: Austria Mother's Birthplace: Austria Marriage Year: 1868 Marital Status: Married Years Married: 32 Occupation: View on Image Neighbors: View others on page Household Members: Name Age Simon Trivecca 32 head, single, born in Ms on August 1867, both parents born in MS Dianha Trivecca 62 mother, married since 32 years, Angiline Trivecca 24 sister, single, born in MS (father born in Austria, mother born in MS) on May 1876
Ernestine Trivecca 22 sister, single born in MS (father born in Austria, mother born in MS) on march 1878
Antonia Trivecca 21 son, single, born in MS (father born in Austria, mother born in MS) on Aprilm 1889
Mariana Trivecca 60 step-father, born in Austria on February 1840, married since 32 years
1870 United States Federal Census about Marion Branfield Name: Marion Branfield Birth Year: abt 1835 Age in 1870: 35 Birthplace: Mississippi Home in 1870: Beat 1, Hancock, Mississippi Race: White Gender: Male Value of real estate: View image Household Members: Name Age Marion Branfield 35 Dianna Branfield 23
they were living nex door to Favre John (and his child Simon, Tessie, Armstrong... William married with Mary etc...)
I believe that Mariano's place of origin may have been a north region of Italy (for example the Trentino Alto Adige region who was under the Austro Hungarian Empire until 1919... this may be the reason Mariano stated he was born in Austria in the 1900 census..) this is just my thought...
Thank you so much for this information. I had the 1900 census and that's where I was confused on the Austria info. I will certainly follow that lead. I was really surprised at the 1880 census and the spelling Savaker, but that definitely is the family. I don't know why his wife wasn't there as her youngest son was barely a year old. She is in the 1920 census. Do you know if any of these spellings of the surname are names found in this region? Grazie!
I don't know which was the correct italian lastname, I can only suppose it was possibly Traversa/Traverso (not many of them in the Trentino Alto Adige region though)...
You can use this helpful site to find the actual spread of the lastnames in Italy:
I'm back to researching Mariano Travirca and came across a passenger list in 1845. A Mariano Travaco was 5 years old traveling with a Jose Honorats G. Du Camara? who is a native of St. Michaels (don't know if this is England or Barbados). I noticed there is a region in Italy Travaco Siccomario. Could he have been an orphan and DuCamara? took him as a servant? Is there any records of orphans in this region?