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Spadafora of Calabria

Postby jc4490 » 16 Nov 2011, 01:05

Hello,

I am searching for information on Francesco Spadafora and wife "Margaret" Martino. All I have is names, as were written on their son, Pasquale Spadafora (b. 25 Jan 1874 in Italy d. 25 Feb 1930 in WV)'s death certificate. I am reasonably sure that they were from somewhere in Calabria, and s search of surname frequency confirms that. I do not know if they came to America. I am interested in knowing more about them, whether they had any other children, which of them came to America, etc. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

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Re: Spadafora of Calabria

Postby Tessa78 » 16 Nov 2011, 04:32

Hi Jeremy
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Is this your Pasquale?
World War I Registration Card
Birth - Dec. 1875
Living in Gypsy(?) Harrison, West Virginia
Only tells us birthplace of ITALY -

BUT - could you tell us when he immigrated? Maybe his place of birth is on the manifest...

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Re: Spadafora of Calabria

Postby suanj » 16 Nov 2011, 13:05

Hi, maybe it is possible some error in the birth date... by death record:

Name: Pasco Spadafore
Death Date: 25 Feb 1930
Death Place: Shinnston, Harrison, West Virginia
Gender: Male
Age: 56 years 1 month
Estimated Birth Year: 25 Jan 1874
Birth Place: Italy
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name:
Father's Name: Frank Spadafore
Father's Birthplace: Italy
Mother's Name: Margaret Martius
Mother's Birthplace: Italy
Occupation: Coal Miner
Street Address:
Residence:
Cemetery: Masonic
Burial Place: Shinnston, W. Va.
Burial Date: 28 Feb 1930
Film Number: 847172
Digital Folder Number:
Image Number: 175
Source: County Records
Reference Number: v 9 p 164

again:
Name: Pasco Spadafore
Death Date: 25 Feb 1930
Death Place: Harrison, West Virginia
Gender:
Age:
Estimated Birth Year:
Birth Place:
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Rosie Romano
Father's Name: Frank Spadafore
Father's Birthplace:
Mother's Name: Margaret Martino
Mother's Birthplace:
Occupation:
Street Address:
Residence:
Cemetery:
Burial Place:
Burial Date:
Film Number: 1953605
Digital Folder Number: 4256271
Image Number: 1848
Source: County Records
Reference Number: 1808

the WWI draft registration card found by Tessa is correct; he was born on 5 dec 1875( or 1874) by military record...
and I believe that this could be the arrival:

in travel with wife Rosa and little daughter M. Rosa all coming from San Giovanni in Fiore, Cosenza IT; final destination Fairmont West Virginia
First Name: Pasquale
Last Name: Spadafora
Ethnicity: Italy, Italian
Last Place of Residence: Gioranuss
Date of Arrival: Feb 12, 1901
Age at Arrival: 26Y Gender: M Marital Status: M
Ship of Travel: Kaiserin Maria Theresia
Port of Departure: Genoa
Manifest Line Number: 0013

http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0013

It could be right this arrival record?

so if this census is abt your Pasquale:
1910 United States Federal Census
about Maria R Spadafore Name: Maria R Spadafore
Age in 1910: 10
Estimated Birth Year: 1900
Birthplace: Italy
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Father's Name: Pasquale Spadafore
Father's Birth Place: Italy
Mother's Name: Rosa Spadafore
Mother's Birth Place: Italy
Home in 1910: Grant, Marion, West Virginia
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Female
Year of Immigration: 1901
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Pasquale Spadafore 35
Rosa Spadafore 33
Maria R Spadafore 10
John Spadafore 8
Francesco Spadafore 8
Maria Spadafore 7
Lucretzia Spadafore 5
Antonio Spadafore 3
Victoria Spadafore 1


the oldest daughter was born in Italy....
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Re: Spadafora of Calabria

Postby jc4490 » 16 Nov 2011, 20:22

Tessa, I believe that is my Patsy, but I'm not sure why the birthday is 5 Dec 1875... Like suanj said, maybe that is some kind of error? Although it's a strangely specific error... But thank you for that image! I'm saving it on my computer.

suanj, yes, that is the correct arrival and census record. The daughter Maria Rosa was about 3 years old when they immigrated. That's my great-grandmother. I was telling my mom how lucky it seemed because I don't think little children like that handled the boat ride well... I'm sure many died... But, she was a strong woman. She told my mom's dad and uncles when they were young that they had to serve in the military because she came to this country with nothing and obviously she was very grateful. And all 8 of her sons served if I remember correctly...

Anyway, I thank you both for your help. I just wish I could learn more than just the names of his parents.

Also, on the ship manifest image, in the column for "who you are going to meet" it says brother but I can't make out the name or names. Could someone take a look? It looks like the first could be Biagio, but I'm not sure on the second or if its even a name...
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Re: Spadafora of Calabria

Postby Tessa78 » 16 Nov 2011, 23:11

Anyway, I thank you both for your help. I just wish I could learn more than just the names of his parents.

Also, on the ship manifest image, in the column for "who you are going to meet" it says brother but I can't make out the name or names. Could someone take a look? It looks like the first could be Biagio, but I'm not sure on the second or if its even a name...


The name on the manifest looks like Saverio Bianfori/Bianfosi... can't make out the address...

As for learning more about Pasquale's parents, you can write directly to San Giovanni in Fiore to request his birth record. This will have names of his parents and usually their age and place of birth. You can work backwards in time with this information.

Write to:
Ufficio dello Stato Civile
Via Gaspare Oliverio
87055 San Giovanni In Fiore (CS)
ITALY

Write your request in Italian..
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http://www.angelfire.com/ok3/pearlsofwi ... talrecords
http://www.circolocalabrese.org/resourc ... civile.asp

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Re: Spadafora of Calabria

Postby suanj » 17 Nov 2011, 11:17

Hi Tessa, I believe that Saverio Biafora is the relative of name in line 12 and not line 13 (Pasquale Spadafora); if I read well seeming to me "brother ( maybe brother in law) Burgo G.nni( =Giovanni Burgo)" but maybe I can be wrong...
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Re: Spadafora of Calabria

Postby Paolo47 » 17 Nov 2011, 13:22

Jeremy, Tessa and Suanj, :D
Another source for research would be to visit a Family History Center near you.
https://familysearch.org/locations
There should be much to learn about the Spadafora family looking at the following civil records on film and available to rent. http://tinyurl.com/c7sejqm

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Re: Spadafora of Calabria

Postby jc4490 » 20 Nov 2011, 21:31

Thanks, everyone! suanj, I think you may be right. I will see what I can find regarding Giovanni Burgo... This may be a new branch in my tree! Thanks again! :)
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Re: Spadafora of Calabria

Postby Totonno » 30 Nov 2011, 17:20

Ciao from Italy, I was born in San Giovanni in Fiore, but I live in northern Italy, I read your request for help to rebuild your family tree, if you think you need help I suggest you write to these associations, or to write directly to the mayor, the addresses are as follows;
"HERITAGE CALABRIA" ASS. DEGLI EMIGRATI
Rappresentante legale: François Xavier Nicoletti
Via Posta Vecchia, 5 tel. 0984/970423
San Giovanni in Fiore (CS),

ASS. EMIGRATI (Un sorriso per gli emigrati)
Rappresentante legale: Mazza Pietro
Archi, 30 tel. 340/1478555
San Giovanni in Fiore (CS)


Al sig sindaco
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Piazza Municipio
87055 San Giovanni in Fiore
Cosenza Italy
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Re: Spadafora of Calabria

Postby Totonno » 30 Nov 2011, 17:54

Spadafora Francesco M
19/04/1882
SAN GIOVANNI IN FIORE
Spadafora Francesco M
01/02/1884
SAN GIOVANNI IN FIORE
Spadafora Francesco M
11/03/1880
SAN GIOVANNI IN FIORE
Spadafora Francesco M
01/01/1862
SAN GIOVANNI IN FIORE
Spadafora Francesco Antonio M
16/02/1845
SAN GIOVANNI IN FIORE
Spadafora Francesco Saverio Umberto M
04/03/1884
SAN GIOVANNI IN FIORE
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Re: Spadafora of Calabria

Postby Totonno » 30 Nov 2011, 17:55

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Re: Spadafora of Calabria

Postby Angeline1956 » 16 Apr 2013, 05:02

Hi, So happy to have found this information.

My grandmother was Angeline Spadafore Rose, which would have made Pasquale my great-grandfather. My paternal grandparents adopted me at an early age and I only remember seeing the Spadafore family a few times before starting school, and for some reason never seen them again. Recently I've decided to do some family research and find the information here very interesting. Would love hearing from you.

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Re: Spadafora of Calabria

Postby misty spadafore » 25 Apr 2013, 17:44

Hello everyone. Im trying to find info on my family but don't know where to start. Everytime I search this forum comes up so here I am. My great grandfathers name is Pasquale Spadafora born in san giovani Italy in 1892. My great grandmothers name is Giovanna. Pasquale mothers name is Teresa and his father is Antonio.
Pasquale was a POW in Bombay and never made it back to Italy. I know he taken to Australia on the ship Mariposa. From there I have nothing so I would love to know what happened to him as we think he may have remarried and migrated to America. Thanks any info would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Spadafora of Calabria

Postby bellabella1946 » 23 Aug 2013, 21:54

Angeline1956 wrote:Hi, So happy to have found this information.

My grandmother was Angeline Spadafore Rose, which would have made Pasquale my great-grandfather. My paternal grandparents adopted me at an early age and I only remember seeing the Spadafore family a few times before starting school, and for some reason never seen them again. Recently I've decided to do some family research and find the information here very interesting. Would love hearing from you.

Angeline x


Angeline: My great-grandparents were Pasquale and Rosa Spadafore from Calabria and they settled in Shinnston, WV. My grandmother was one of their daughters, Mary Rose. She had a sister Angeline or Angel. I cannot find much info about Angel other than she married a Frank Rose or Russo. Do you have any info on her, any children? Angel would've been my dad's aunt...my dad was Frank J. Pulice of Shinnston, WV. Hope to hear from you soon.
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Re: Spadafora of Calabria

Postby bellabella1946 » 23 Aug 2013, 23:46

Angeline1956 wrote:Hi, So happy to have found this information.

My grandmother was Angeline Spadafore Rose, which would have made Pasquale my great-grandfather. My paternal grandparents adopted me at an early age and I only remember seeing the Spadafore family a few times before starting school, and for some reason never seen them again. Recently I've decided to do some family research and find the information here very interesting. Would love hearing from you.

Angeline x

You state that ur paternal grandparents adopted u. Who are ur paternal grandparents? One of Angeline's daughters was Rose Russo Iaquinta. She married Pete Iaquinta in 1939. Rose was my dad's first cousin. We and the Iaquinta's lived in Detroit, MI. Hope to hear from you.

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