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Orphan Palermo Help with Birth Record and More Information

Postby AvaAnn » 22 Feb 2011, 13:11

Hi

So far this is all I have been able to find for my grandfather who was an orphan in Palermo, Sicily. It looks like this came from some type of registry book as there were single line entries above and below his line of information. I don't know what the "Off.2" refers to but I am guessing that the "v.80" is the volume and the "n.1751" is the number.

Calenda, Napoleone – No father’s first name – No mother’s first or last name – Date of Birth June 26, 1873 - Off.2 - v.80 - n.1751

Napoleone was subsequently taken into foster care by Mercurio Orlando and his wife Caterina Circuru in Terrasini, Sicily.

I would like to know who named him as his name does not look typical of what an abandoned baby would be named. Since there is no father or mother names, would he be illegitimate? Or abandoned? Or both?

I would like to find out more information - what foundling home was he in, where was he found, did he have any article on him with which the parents could later use to identify and claim him, etc. - but don't know where to go.

Can anyone offer any assistance or suggestions?

Thanks

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Re: Orphan Palermo Help with Birth Record and More Informati

Postby adelfio » 22 Feb 2011, 13:49

You have to look at the actually birth certificate to see. the information would be on there it would say padre ignoto madre ignoto and it would have usually a wetnurse is presenting the baby before the town official.Why dont you post the the index on here

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Postby adelfio » 22 Feb 2011, 14:03

Across the index it would be the district, volume and number
Here are the districts in Palermo click on the prompt
https://sites.google.com/site/palermobi ... tricts-map
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Postby AvaAnn » 22 Feb 2011, 18:08

adelfio wrote:Across the index it would be the district, volume and number
Here are the districts in Palermo click on the prompt
https://sites.google.com/site/palermobi ... tricts-map
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Thanks so much for your response.

You indicated that I should post this to the index. I have never done this before and am not sure what to do or what I outcome to expect from doing this. Can you please explain a little more?

Thanks again
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Postby Tessa78 » 22 Feb 2011, 18:14

Hello AVA :-)

I think Marty was recommending that you post the reference you found (the document itself) if you have it, to this forum using an image-sharing site such as www.imageshack.com

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Postby Tessa78 » 22 Feb 2011, 18:23

Don't know if you have this ship manifest for a Napoleon Calenda, fisherman from Terrasini, arriving 1899 with wife Antonia Le Cavoli, going to brother-in-law "Matteo"? LeCavoli in St. Louis...

Also traveling with the above are what seem to be Antonia's brother/cousin Giuseppe LeCavoli, his wife and his children.

http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/757/ ... nifest.jpg


If this is your GF, then in 1910 he arrives in NY aboard ship again, but wife Antonia LeCavoli is listed as being in Terrasini...

http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/9167 ... st1910.jpg

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Postby Tessa78 » 22 Feb 2011, 18:38

1912 Manifest for Antonia LeCavoli-Calenda, traveling with her children (Antonina 13, Mercurio 10, Grazia 9, Pietro 3)to father Napoleon Calenda in St. Louis, MO

Lines 12 +
http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... exe%3FT%3D\\\\192.168.100.11\\images\\T715-1943\\T715-19430926.TIF%26S%3D.5&pID=100996170586&name=Antonia%26nbsp%3BLi+Cavoli-Calenda&doa=Sep+28%2C+1912&port=Palermo&line=0012

Page 2
http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... exe%3FT%3D\\\\192.168.100.11\\IMAGES\\T715-1943\\T715-19430927.TIF%26S%3D.5&pID=100996170586&name=Antonia%26nbsp%3BLi+Cavoli-Calenda&doa=Sep+28%2C+1912&port=Palermo&line=0012

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Re: Orphan Palermo Help with Birth Record and More Informati

Postby AvaAnn » 23 Feb 2011, 11:07

Thank you for Ellis Island posts I was able to find those records and track my grandfather from Sicily to the U.S. I was also able to discover more about his foster family in Terrasini. What I have really hit the wall on is discovering more about the circumstances of his birth and being given up for adoption.

I was trying to find out what foundling homes were in Palermo around the time of his death. I could only find one - Boccone del Povero - which was founded in 1869, about 4 years before my grandfather's birth in 1873.

Does anyone know if it is possible to contact them and, if so, are they open to inquiries?

Thanks again for everyone's help.

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Postby seabreezes1 » 19 Nov 2011, 19:45

Ooooh. About Boccone del Povero, I know quite a bit. As a matter of fact, my dad's great aunt and your grandfather would have been arriving at San Marco as children about the same time. I wrote a story about it, here: http://web.me.com/seabreezes1/Karen_Spe ... ssage.html

also a paragraph here: http://web.me.com/seabreezes1/Karen_Spe ... story.html
"Julia LoChirco’s little sister, ‘Nina, was sent to the Palermo orphanage/poorhouse at San Marco, begun in 1873 by the Blessed Father Giacomo Cusmano (1834 -1888). San Marco was run by an association Father Cusmano founded in 1867 and commonly known as “Boccone del Povero,” which was aligned with the St. Vincent de Paul Society. At that time, the mission housed 80 people, mostly orphans and elderly women. The elderly weaved and made rosaries. Assisted by a group of lay women and religious, Father Cusmano (who was also a trained medical doctor) tended to the sick and cared for the children. During the next 15 years, Father Cusmano founded a religious order, Servants of the Poor, and established other convent orphanage/poorhouses in Palermo and Agrigento. Nina did not take her final vows as a Sister Servant of the Poor until Christmas Day 1903 at age 35; however, she likely had been ministering to the sick and poor as one of the laity since her adolescence - a decade punctuated by several devastating cholera epidemics. She may have also taught needlework to the orphans. Although the order expanded to other countries in the 20th century, Sr. Maria Girolama never left Sicily. She died at age 45 - “worked to death,” according to Mama Julia. "
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Re: Orphan Palermo Help with Birth Record and More Information

Postby Frank2105 » 13 Nov 2015, 04:29

My grandfather was born in Castronovo di Sicilia and taken to an orphanage immediately after birth. The Boccone del Povero Orphanage was the only one in Palermo in 1871 to my knowledge. His birth name was Vitale Onorato. When I was stationed in Comiso in 1986 courtesy of the USAF, I was told that that orphanage was still in existence. He was adopted by Phillip and Stephanie Balsamo from Termini Imerese but I do not at what age. Do you know how I could contact the orphanage? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks Frank S Dattilo

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Postby Tessa78 » 13 Nov 2015, 18:33

Hello Frank, :D

There are several listings in the Italian Phone book in Palermo that include "Boccone del Povero" in their title... Perhaps it is one of these?

Here is the link to the addresses and phone #s (specifically #2, 3, 5, 6)
http://www.paginebianche.it/ricerca?qs= ... o+%28PA%29

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Postby seabreezes1 » 14 Nov 2015, 21:34

I visited the orphanage April 2014. It is now a nursing home for the elderly nuns of the order. The nun in charge was very gracious, but no English is spoken there. The bedroom of Father Cusumano is kept as a shrine with his clothes behind glass. They are scrimping by and are not open to the public, but I had the story of my g-aunt in Italian and English and a tray of pastries when I showed up. I also made a sizable donation :)

They call it a square but it's more like a shared driveway. Suore Serve Dei Poveri; Piazzetta S. Marco 7

See Photo: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... =3&theater

See Story: http://www.karenfavazzaspencer.com/Kare ... ssage.html
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