Moriscano (Thomas) family in Canosa Italy

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Moriscano (Thomas) family in Canosa Italy

Postby plindsey » 01 Sep 2011, 04:41

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.
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Re: Moriscano (Thomas) family in Canosa Italy

Postby Tessa78 » 01 Sep 2011, 15:54

Hello and welcome! :-)

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?


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Re: Moriscano (Thomas) family in Canosa Italy

Postby plindsey » 02 Sep 2011, 05:01

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.
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Re: Moriscano (Thomas) family in Canosa Italy

Postby Tessa78 » 02 Sep 2011, 17:18

This looks like the marriage of Thomas and Josephine listed in the Massachusetts Marriage Index :D

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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Record #701 at the bottom of the page

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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
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Re: Moriscano (Thomas) family in Canosa Italy

Postby Tessa78 » 02 Sep 2011, 17:28

This looks like the family in 1920 Census

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)



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