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Di Mora's from Porto Empedocle and Alesi's from Menfi

Postby crernst1111 » 08 May 2011, 04:19

I am looking for my maternal great great great grandparents.
1). Alfonzo Di Mora
2). Alfransina Di Mora (maiden name unknown)
I know Alfonzo came from Porto Empedocle, but am unsure about Alfransina.
3). Antonino (or Antonio) Alesi, Born 1-2-1878 in Menfi, Sicily, Died 5-20-1965 in Long Island, NY
4). Guiseppa Bivona, Born 1879 in Menfi, Sicily, Died 12-12-1920 in NY during the birth of her child.

Please if anyone has any information pertaining to the aforementioned parents, post a comment for me. My name is Christopher

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Re: Di Mora's from Porto Empedocle and Alesi's from Menfi

Postby Tessa78 » 08 May 2011, 05:03

Hello Christopher! Welcome to the forum :-)

Here is the birth record of Alfonso DiMora, born in Porto Empedocle, Agrigento...

born 1 July 1885 at 8 AM to
Matteo DiMora, 36, laborer; and to his wife Carmel (can't read the surname)

Notation in margin is the marriage of Alfonso to Alfonza Mallia on 23 October 1909

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Re: Di Mora's from Porto Empedocle and Alesi's from Menfi

Postby crernst1111 » 08 May 2011, 05:13

Considering that, after reading the Italian tradition of first son named after paternal grandfather, the Alfonso I'm looking for has a son named Matteo, who was the oldest child, can I pretty much confirm that this is him? And would Alfonza and Alfransina be interchangable as far as first names go? I have a copy of a WWI draft card for Alfonso and her name is clearly Alfransina. THis is fantastic! Do you have more information on Matteo Dimora and Carmel (it looks like Scirex, but that doesn't sound italian at all....)

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Re: Di Mora's from Porto Empedocle and Alesi's from Menfi

Postby crernst1111 » 08 May 2011, 05:14

Also, Alfonso's WWI draft card says 7-8-1884...they are very close dates...do you think it's the same Alfonso?

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Postby Tessa78 » 08 May 2011, 13:32

Discrepancies between dates and name spellings on US and Italian documents is common. I think, if Alfonso named his first son Matteo, that this is a good bet.

I'll look to see if I can find the marriage record :-)

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Re: Di Mora's from Porto Empedocle and Alesi's from Menfi

Postby Tessa78 » 08 May 2011, 13:50

Here is the marriage record of 23 October 1909 for the above Alfonso Di Mora...

Bride is Alfonsa Mallia, 17.
Mother of groom is Carmela Ginex (this is a common surname in Agrigento)
Father of the bride, Giuseppe, is deceased.
Mother of the bride is Carmela DiMora

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The script at the bottom of the marriage record indicates that banns (pubblicazione) were published on the 19 and 26 of September.
Also present at the marriage were the parents of the groom and the mother of the bride...

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Re: Di Mora's from Porto Empedocle and Alesi's from Menfi

Postby Tessa78 » 08 May 2011, 14:29

Birth Record of the above Alfonsa Mallia...

Born in Porto Empedocle, Agrigento
18 July 1892 at 11 PM to
Giuseppe, 46, laborer and to his wife Carmela DiMora

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Re: Di Mora's from Porto Empedocle and Alesi's from Menfi

Postby Tessa78 » 08 May 2011, 14:32

crernst1111 wrote:Considering that, after reading the Italian tradition of first son named after paternal grandfather, the Alfonso I'm looking for has a son named Matteo, who was the oldest child, can I pretty much confirm that this is him? And would Alfonza and Alfransina be interchangable as far as first names go? I have a copy of a WWI draft card for Alfonso and her name is clearly Alfransina. THis is fantastic! Do you have more information on Matteo Dimora and Carmel (it looks like Scirex, but that doesn't sound italian at all....)


Was Matteo, son of Alfonso, born in Italy? What year?

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Re: Di Mora's from Porto Empedocle and Alesi's from Menfi

Postby crernst1111 » 08 May 2011, 15:07

The information I have says he was born in Brooklyn, NY, on 12-14-1913.

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Re: Di Mora's from Porto Empedocle and Alesi's from Menfi

Postby Tessa78 » 08 May 2011, 15:46

Was Matteo the first born son?

Do you know when Alfonso immigrated to America? Did his wife travel with him?

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Re: Di Mora's from Porto Empedocle and Alesi's from Menfi

Postby crernst1111 » 08 May 2011, 16:12

She arrived in NY 3-2-1913 aboard a ship called, appropriately, Italia, which departed from Palermo, on 2-14. If I had to make an educated guess, i would say Alfonzo was here already: she arrives in March, 9 months later she has her first son, Matteo (Matthew)...the timing seems right for that. I have no emigration information on Alfonso, though. There may be an older sister, Millie, but i don't have a birthday for her, so she could be the youngest as well. She is not on the 1930 census, so she's either not born, or married and moved out.

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Re: Di Mora's from Porto Empedocle and Alesi's from Menfi

Postby Tessa78 » 08 May 2011, 16:30

crernst1111 wrote:[color=#FF0000]She arrived in NY 3-2-1913 aboard a ship called, appropriately, Italia, which departed from Palermo, on 2-14. [/color] If I had to make an educated guess, i would say Alfonzo was here already: she arrives in March, 9 months later she has her first son, Matteo (Matthew)...the timing seems right for that. I have no emigration information on Alfonso, though. There may be an older sister, Millie, but i don't have a birthday for her, so she could be the youngest as well. She is not on the 1930 census, so she's either not born, or married and moved out.


On the ship manifest at ellisisland.org Alfonsa is listed under the surname "Mallia" with "DiMora" written above it. (Line 11 of the manifest for the Italia, arriving NY on March 2, 1913) Italian women kept their maiden names, and traveled under that name...
She is going to join her husband Alfonso DiMora in Rochester, NY/NJ(?)
She is traveling with her brother (who is on line 7) Giovanni Mallia.
There is a group traveling from Porto Empedocle...

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Re: Di Mora's from Porto Empedocle and Alesi's from Menfi

Postby crernst1111 » 08 May 2011, 17:21

I just noticed it...i was looking up alfonso dimora at one point and i came across that, and it piqued my interest...that is definitely them them? Do you have any information regarding the second half of my query, Alesi and Bivona??

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Re: Di Mora's from Porto Empedocle and Alesi's from Menfi

Postby Tessa78 » 08 May 2011, 18:51

crernst1111 wrote:I just noticed it...i was looking up alfonso dimora at one point and i came across that, and it piqued my interest...that is definitely them them? Do you have any information regarding the second half of my query, Alesi and Bivona??


At this free site there are many manifests for Antoni(n)o Alesi, from Menfi...

http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsea ... me=Antonio

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Re: Di Mora's from Porto Empedocle and Alesi's from Menfi

Postby Tessa78 » 08 May 2011, 19:07

From the same site:
Possible manifest index for Giuseppa Bivona...

Given Name: Guiseppa
Surname: Bivona
Last Place of Residence:
Date of Arrival: 21 Feb 1894
Age at Arrival: 16y
Ethnicity: Italian
Port of Departure: Naples, Italy
Port of Arrival: New York
Gender: Female
Marital Status:
US Citizen:
Ship of Travel: Plata
Collection: New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924

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