Will be visiting Italy from Oct. 7 to Oct. 21. Hoping to meet some of my extended family. My grandfather and grandmother (Thomas Moriscano and Josephine) immigrated to America in 1912. He served in WWII and military records indicate a birthdate of 6/29/1877. Was listed as having lived in Canosa prior to immigration. Possible that the spelling might be off, as some of the first names were changed slightly upon immigration. My father, Patsy (Pascquale)visited Italy about 35 years ago and was planning on retiring there. However, he died before his dream was realized. Any leads would be appreciated.
The surname MORISCANO does not exist in present day Italy... Perhaps the name was originally spelled MARSICANO?
Can you tell me where in the US Thomas and Josephine lived? Maybe we can trace back through census records... Names of children would help...
Can you post the WWII registration you speak of? It may provide more clues. EDIT: I found the WWII card and Thomas has signed his name TOMASO MARSICANO The top of the card indicates Moriscano - perhaps someone else filled it out for him?
Thomas and Josephine lived in Massachusetts. Their last know address was on Walnut Street, Brockton, Massachusetts. Their children were Rose, Mary, Netta, Sally, Danny, Patsy. One of Thomas' sisters was Anne. She married a DeMarco and they lived on Thorney Lee Terrace in Brockton, MA. I remember when I was a child that my father, and others, pronounced his name more like Morsicano than Moriscano so it's likely that Marsicano was our name. Maybe someone did fill out his paperwork as I know he did not speak English and I'm not sure how far he had gone in school.
This looks like the marriage of Thomas and Josephine listed in the Massachusetts Marriage Index
The name is spelled MARSICANO Marriage occurred on Dec. 27, 1914 in Brockton Thomas is listed as age 27 (born about 1887), and Josephine as age 20 (born about 1894). Thomas's first name is incorrectly spelled with a "K" Parents are listed as Donato (Marsicano) and Maria Farano Josephine's surname is DIMARCHE (probably DiMarchi) Her parents are listed as Pasquale (DiMarche) and Laverie Capilletti Everyone born in Italy Thomas and Josephine living on Perkins St.
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Name: Kommaso Marsicano Titles & Terms: Event: Marriage Event Date: 27 Dec 1914 Event Place: Brockton, , Massachusetts Gender: Male Age: 27 Marital Status: Race: Birth Date: 1887 Birthplace: , , Italy Marriage Registration Year: Marriage Registration Place: Brockton, , Massachusetts Estimated Birth Year: 1887 Father: Denato Marsicano Father's Titles & Terms: Mother: Maria Farano Mother's Titles & Terms: Spouse: Josephine Dimarche Spouse's Titles & Terms: Spouse's Race: Spouse's Marital Status: Spouse's Father: Pasquale Dimarche Spouse's Father's Titles & Terms: Spouse's Mother: Laverie Capilletti Spouse's Mother's Titles & Terms: Record Number: 8888 Film Number: 2409948 Digital Folder Number: 4329373 Image Number: 00539 Number of Images: 1
Last name was transcribed as "Moxsicano", but you can see that it is spelled "Marsicano" They are living on Grove St. Ages match the marriage index. So Thomas was born around 1887 not 1877... He is working as a laborer for the City Water Dept. Immigration listed as about 1910, and naturalization papers about 1919. 1920 United States Federal Census
Name: Thomas Moxsicano [Thomas Marsicano] [Thomas Morsicano] Home in 1920: Brockton Ward 5, Plymouth, Massachusetts Age: 32 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1888 Birthplace: Italy Relation to Head of House: Self (Head) [Head] Spouse's Name: Josephine Moxsicano Father's Birth Place: Italy Mother's Birth Place: Italy Marital Status: Married Race: White Sex: Male Home owned: Rent Year of immigration: 1910 Able to read: Yes Able to Write: Yes Neighbors: View others on page Household Members: Name Age Thomas Moxsicano 32 Josephine Moxsicano 27 Mary Moxsicano 4 y 1 mo. Tonala Moxsicano 2 y 6 mos Daniel Moxsicano 1 y 2 mos. Anthony Griga 36 (Boarder) Med Banbaros 33 (Boarder)