My name is Gary Roccapriore. I am newly registered with Italian Genealogy and hoping to find missing information for this forum.
I am a second generation Italian/American. My grandfather (Vitaliano Sebastiano Roccapriore b. 02/15/1891) immigrated to America from Melilli, Sicily between 1895 and 1905 with his father, my great-grandfather (Giuseppe Roccapriore b. abt. 1859). A little later my great-grandmother, (Maria Damiata b. abt. 1862) came over with a few more children and finally my great-great-grandmother (Sebastiana Dimauro, my great-grandfatherâ€™s mother b. abt. 1845) came over with the rest of the children. (Bringing a total of 14 children to America over a couple years span)
I am specifically looking for;
1. info/records such as birth certificates for my grandfather, great-grandfather, great-grandmother and my great-great-grandmother.
2. Info on the Roccapriore name. I can only trace the name Roccapriore back to my great-grandfather (Giuseppe Roccapriore b. abt. 1859). From what I can put together, Giuseppe Roccapriore was born out of wedlock to Sebastiana Dimauro. Where did the name Roccapriore come from? There is a small village/town outside of Rome that is named Rocca Priora it is the closest thing to our name.
Through ancestry.com we have found passenger lists where everyone coming to America in groups that I had mentioned earlier and the names listed were Roccapriore. I have found the names Rocco, Rocca and Priore and Priora on the internet but when I type in Roccapriore everyone that comes up is accounted for from Giuseppe Roccapriore down but never anything prior.
3. details re: everyday life in Melilli 1800 & 1900â€™s
Thanking everyone in advance for any help or direction to finding some answers.
My name is Lora Carrubba and my family migrated to the US from Priola, Sicily in 1907. My great-grandmother was Sebastiana DiMauro and her family is from Catania, Sicily. I've done some research and it seems that they moved in with relatives near Naples just before coming over.
I found your post very interesting. I've run into lots of roadblocks in my research because people have passed away. I've been to Priola and met some of my distant cousins, but have never been able to put the whole picture together.