Angelo Merlino and Felix Rosia

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Angelo Merlino and Felix Rosia

Postby Betty Heaton » 01 May 2011, 00:35

My great grandmother's second husband, Lorenzo Anselmo (his father was Antonio Anselmo)traveled to the US from possibly Torino in about 1890 in the company of Angelo Merlino and Felix Rosia. I am hoping that finding out something about the origins of the two men might lead to information about Lorenzo Anselmo's origins. After traveling to the US on the same ship the three men crossed the US together, Felix Rosia was a well known florist in the Seattle area; Angelo Merlino opened an import business in Seattle, "Merlino's Fine Foods". The three men maintained a friendship for many years. I am looking for any information about Angelo Merlino and Felix Rosia. Thank you...

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Re: Angelo Merlino and Felix Rosia

Postby Betty Heaton » 01 May 2011, 04:45

I have discovered that Angelo Merlino had two sons, Ubaldo and Attilio...

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Re: Angelo Merlino and Felix Rosia

Postby suanj » 01 May 2011, 15:15

Felix Rosia, really is listed in Washington naturalization records as Felix Rosaia:

Felix Francisco Rosaia - Emma Barsotti - King County
Record Series: Naturalization Records
Collection: King County
County: King


Name: Felix Francisco Rosaia
First Middle Name:
Second Middle Name:
Third Middle Name:
Alias Name:
Naturalization Id: 2499
County: King
Document Type: Petition for Naturalization
Other Document:
Volume: 7
Document Number: 1449
Birthdate:
Country Of Origin: Vepeana, Italy
Entry To Us Date:
Date Of Document: 9/7/1911
Spouse Name: Emma Barsotti
Childrens Names:
Volunteer Notes: Emigrated from Havre, France.

Selected U.S. Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1790-1974
about Felix Rosaia Name: Felix Rosaia
State: Washington
Court Type: Superior Court
Court Location: King County, Washington
Naturalization Record Type: Petition and Record
Roll Description: (Roll 038) Petition & Record, 1911-12, #1299-1659
Archive: National Archives, Washington, D.C.
Collection Title: Naturalization Records for the Superior Court for King, Pierce, Thurston, and Snohomish Counties, Washington, 1850-1974
Archive Series: M1543
Archive Roll: 38
http://img857.imageshack.us/i/felixrosaia.jpg/
the birthplace is Verpiana hamlet, Aulla town,( Massa Carrara province, Tuscany region, IT)

Censuses:
Name: Eugene Rosaia
Titles:
Residence: San Francisco city, San Francisco, California
Birth Date: 1838
Birthplace: Italy
Relationship to Head-of-Household: Self
Spouse Name: Filomena Rosaia
Spouse Titles:
Spouse Birth Place: Italy
Father Name:
Father Titles:
Father Birthplace: Italy
Mother Name:
Mother Titles:
Mother Birthplace: Italy
Race or Color (expanded): White
Head-of-household Name:
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Married
Years Married: 27
Estimated Marriage Year: 1873
Mother How Many Children:
Number Living Children:
Immigration Year: 1885
Enumeration District: 0120
Sheet Number and Letter: 8A
Household ID: 138
Reference Number: 9
GSU Film Number: 1240103
Image Number: 00259
Household Gender Age
Eugene Rosaia M
Spouse Filomena Rosaia F ( nee Gianpolini)
Child George Rosaia M
Child Celia Rosaia F
Child Silvio Rosaia M
Child Rosie Rosaia F
Child Peter Rosaia M
Child Vera Rosaia F
Child Felix Rosaia M
Domonic Perry M


1910 United States Federal Census
about Felix Rosaia Name: Felix Rosaia
Age in 1910: 34
Estimated Birth Year: 1876
Birthplace: Italy
Relation to Head of House: Head
[Self (Head)]
Father's Birth Place: Italy
Mother's Birth Place: Italy
Spouse's Name: Emma Rosaia
Home in 1910: Seattle Ward 2, King, Washington
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Year of immigration: 1888
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Felix Rosaia 34
Emma Rosaia 26


1920 United States Federal Census
about Felix Rosaia Name: Felix Rosaia
[Felix Rosara]
[Felix Rosara]
Home in 1920: Seattle, King, Washington
Age: 44
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1876
Birthplace: Italy
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
[Head]
Spouse's Name: Emma Rosaia
Father's Birth Place: Italy
Mother's Birth Place: Italy
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Male
Home owned: Own
Year of immigration: 1887
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Felix Rosaia 44
Emma Rosaia 33
Mary Gantoni 24

florist....

1930 United States Federal Census
about Felix Rosaia Name: Felix Rosaia
Home in 1930: Seattle, King, Washington
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Age: 55
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1875
Birthplace: Italy
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name: Emma Rosaia
Race: White
Occupation:

Education:

Military Service:

Rent/home value:

Age at first marriage:

Parents' birthplace: View image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Felix Rosaia 55
Emma Rosaia 45


World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
about Felix Francesco Rosaio
Name: Felix Francesco Rosaio (Rosaia)
City: Seattle
County: King
State: Washington
Birth Date: 28 Dec 1875

Race: White
FHL Roll Number: 1991930
DraftBoard: 10

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Washington Death Certificates, 1907-1960 for Felix Rosaia
Name: Felix Rosaia
Death Date: 31 Mar 1952
Death Place: Seattle, King, Washington
Gender: Male
Race (Displayed on Form):
Age at Death: 76 years
Estimated Birth Year: 1876

Birth Date:
Birth Place:
Marital Status:
Spouse's Name:
Father's Name: Eugene Rosaia
Father's Birth Place:
Mother's Name: Philomena
Mother's Birth Place:
Occupation:
Street Address:
Residence:
Cemetery:
Burial Place:
Burial Date:
Additional Relatives:
Film Number: 2033087
Digital GS Number: 4224251
Image Number: 1157
Volume/Page/Certificate Number: 6036

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Re: Angelo Merlino and Felix Rosia

Postby suanj » 01 May 2011, 15:54

this is the arrival of Eugenio Rosaia and Filomena Giambollini:
New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957
about Felia Giambollim Name: Felia Giambollim
Arrival Date: 27 Dec 1883
Birth Year: abt 1855
Age: 28
Gender: Male
Ethnicity/Race­/Nationality: Italian
Place of Origin: Italy
Port of Departure: Le Havre and Brest, France
Destination: San Francisco
Port of Arrival: New York
Port Arrival State: New York
Port Arrival Country: United States
Ship Name: St Laurent

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it are a Ermelindo Rosaia age 19 travelling also; but I know not if the children of Eugenio and Filomena( Felia) Rosaia travelled after 1883...
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Re: Angelo Merlino and Felix Rosia

Postby Susangene » 11 Jun 2011, 15:18

I am the grand daughter of Laurence Anselmo's eldest daughter, Phyllis. We have always heard stories of the Anselmo/Rosia/Merlino connection, and assumed that Laurence traveled with both families from the Turion area when he was around 13 years old. The odd thing is, I have a friend who is Sr. Rosia's great grandson here in the Seattle area. Is there any information you could impart regarding history before the group sailed?

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Re: Angelo Merlino and Felix Rosia

Postby Jeanese » 09 Jan 2012, 22:54

How surprised I was to see information about my great uncle Felix Rosaia. My mother and I embarked on a genealogy project over eight years ago. I never heard much about him since he was the second oldest of 11 children (two died while still young) and my grandmother (his sister) was the youngest. Yes, he and his brothers (in birth order: Palmiro, Felix, George, Sivio and Peter) were in the florist business in Seattle (Rosaia Brothers Floristss and Decorators, 3rd Avenue, Seattle, WA) and the other siblings settled in the San Francisco Bay Area region. Felix's wife was named Erminia (Emma) Rosaia and they had no children. I have been researching the correct spelling of "Vepeana" and information about that town in Italy, which is how I found this website.

The information is fascinating. I have not heard mention of Angelo Merlino but I do have pictures from the 1920s and if they were still friends, maybe he is in one of the group photos.

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Re: Angelo Merlino and Felix Rosia

Postby PippoM » 10 Jan 2012, 12:53

I think the correct spelling of "Vepeana" should be "Verpiana".
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