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Dilemma -- Second Family in America?

Postby jennabet » 24 Mar 2012, 10:53

In 2001, I was recognized as an Italian citizen through the Philadelphia Consulate. From my Paternal grand-father's naturalization certificate, I learned that he Giuglielmo Gabriele Merlini, age 16 from Castelli, Teramo Abruzzo left the Port of Naples on the ship "Florida" February 28, 1910 and arrived at Ellis Island March 13, 1910. He was traveling alone.

Soon after receiving my Italian passport, I moved permanently to Teramo, Abruzzo where I found myself being questioned by relatives as to the status of my great-grandfather, Giovanni Merlini and did he have another family in the USA because nobody ever heard from him again and they consider him to have abandoned our great-grandmother and her three youngest children. The relatives seem to think that Giovanni left for America at the same time with his three sons, (my grand-father Giuglielmo, and younger sons Marco and Fioravanti). However, I know this is not true because my grand-father traveled alone in 1910 and I subsequently learned (gratefully through this website) that Giovanni and the youngest son Fioravanti, traveled together in 1913 and brother Marco arrived on his own in 1914.

I would like to find out why my grand-father, Giuglielmo, traveled alone in 1910 at age 16? Was it because his father, Giovanni was already settled in the USA with a new family (as my cousins suspect) and then returned to Italy to bring his youngest son back with him in 1913?

I never knew my GGF Giovanni nor the youngest son, Fioravanti who apparently died in a railroad accident and never heard anyone speak of them so this makes me think they lived separately from the other two sons. I have checked the cemetery records in Wilmington, DE where the rest of the family is interred but Giovanni and Fioravanti are not there. The 1920 census lists my grand-father Giuglielmo, his new wife (my grand-mother) and his brother Marco all living at the same address in Wilmington, Delaware. But again, there is no sign of GGF Giovanni or youngest son Fioravanti.

Several years ago, someone from Western Pennsylvania (railroad country) contacted me saying she was possibly my cousin but I could not figure out how. Now I'm wondering if this may be someone from the "other" family, if indeed there is another family, but I don't know what further research to do to find out. If anyone here can give me some tips, it would be much appreciated. If I had not returned to Italy, I would not be so concerned but I feel I owe an answer one way or the other to my cousins about this mystery. Besides that, it's really bugging me not to know the truth.

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Re: Dilemma -- Second Family in America?

Postby suanj » 24 Mar 2012, 11:58

Hi, maybe this is your Giovanni Merlini arrival:

Boston Passenger and Crew Lists, 1820-1943
about Giovanni Merlini
Name: Giovanni Merlini
Arrival Date: 28 Apr 1903
Age: 39
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1864
Gender: Male
Ethnic Background: Italian (South) (Italian)
Port of Departure: Naples, Italy
Ship Name: Commonwealth
Port of Arrival: Boston, Massachusetts
Friend's Name: Vincenzo
Last Residence: Cattelli (Castelli)
joining at brother Vincenzo in 115 South Jefferson St -New Castle PA (?)

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Re: Dilemma -- Second Family in America?

Postby jennabet » 24 Mar 2012, 15:43

Hi suanj, thank you very much for the quick reply. It's possible this is my Giovanni but I don't know if he had a brother named Vincenzo. I checked paginebianche and did find two Merlini, Vincenzo but they are in Isola Gran Sasso and my Giovanni was from Villa Rossi Castelli but perhaps he was originally from Isola Gran Sasso. When I first started researching my grand-father's family I went first to Comune Isola Gran Sasso but the Sindaco said, "No, your clan Merlini is in Villa Rossi, frazione di Castelli.

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Postby suanj » 24 Mar 2012, 16:35

Hi, maybe it is the right record... or not, who know..?
however we must search other records for to be very sure... it is possible that Giovanni parents coming from Isola di Gran Sasso and moved in Castelli... it is possible... abt Fioravante Merlini

Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1800-1945
about Fioravante Merlino
Name: Fioravante Merlino ( Merlini right)
Arrival Date: 26 Mar 1913
Age: 16 Years
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1897
Gender: Male
Ethnic Background: Italian (South) (Italian)
Port of Departure: Palermo, Italy
Ship Name: Verona
Port of Arrival: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Friend's Name: Guyhilmo
Last Residence: Ecramo
Birthplace: Casteth, Ecramo (Castelli, Teramo)
Microfilm Roll Number: T840_111
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with the father Giovanni Merlino ( Merlini) age 45 ( the age is a bit different from first trip), wife Elena in Castelli, Teramo; Giovanni already in USA from 1905 to 1911 in Phila, joining at son Guglielmo in Phila...

Giovanni previous crossed trip with Fioravante:
Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1800-1945
about Gisuanni Merlini
Name: Gisuanni Merlini
Arrival Date: 19 Mar 1913
Age: 46 Years
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1867
Gender: Male
Ethnic Background: Italian (South) (Italian)
Port of Departure: Naples, Italy
Ship Name: Ancona
Port of Arrival: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Friend's Name: Merlin Guglielmi
Last Residence: Italy
Birthplace: Caltelli, Italy
Microfilm Roll Number: T840_111



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Re: Dilemma -- Second Family in America?

Postby suanj » 24 Mar 2012, 17:01

abt Marco Merlini:
Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1800-1945
about Marco Merlini
Name: Marco Merlini
Arrival Date: 8 Apr 1914
Age: 14 Years
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1900
Gender: Female (male)
Ethnic Background: Italian (South) (Italian)
Port of Departure: Naples, Italy
Ship Name: Ancona
Port of Arrival: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Friend's Name: Giovanni
Last Residence: Italy
Birthplace: Cardelli, Italy (Castelli)
Microfilm Roll Number: T840_125

mother Elena in Castelli, final destination Philadelphia, joining at father Giovanni 927-929 So .. st Philadelphia

so in 1914 Giovanni lived in Phila...
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Re: Dilemma -- Second Family in America?

Postby jennabet » 24 Mar 2012, 21:49

Suanj, I have another question. You show Giovanni and Fioravante on the ship Verona arriving Philadelphia 26 March 1913. And then you have Giovanni arriving again on the Ancona 19 March 1913. I am confused by this. Is one of these dates not correct?

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Postby suanj » 24 Mar 2012, 22:37

sorry, the trip of 19 March 1913 is crossed... they no sailed; they sailed on the trip 26 march 1913... just I missed of to write abt no sailing..
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Re: Dilemma -- Second Family in America?

Postby suanj » 25 Mar 2012, 09:44

suanj wrote:Hi, maybe it is the right record... or not, who know..?
however we must search other records for to be very sure... it is possible that Giovanni parents coming from Isola di Gran Sasso and moved in Castelli... it is possible... abt Fioravante Merlini

Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1800-1945
about Fioravante Merlino
Name: Fioravante Merlino ( Merlini right)
Arrival Date: 26 Mar 1913
Age: 16 Years
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1897
Gender: Male
Ethnic Background: Italian (South) (Italian)
Port of Departure: Palermo, Italy
Ship Name: Verona
Port of Arrival: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Friend's Name: Guyhilmo
Last Residence: Ecramo
Birthplace: Casteth, Ecramo (Castelli, Teramo)
Microfilm Roll Number: T840_111
pag 1 Image

pag 2 Image

with the father Giovanni Merlino ( Merlini) age 45 ( the age is a bit different from first trip), wife Elena in Castelli, Teramo; Giovanni already in USA from 1905 to 1911 in Phila, joining at son Guglielmo in Phila...

Giovanni previous crossed trip with Fioravante:
Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1800-1945
about Gisuanni Merlini
Name: Gisuanni Merlini
Arrival Date: 19 Mar 1913
Age: 46 Years
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1867
Gender: Male
Ethnic Background: Italian (South) (Italian)
Port of Departure: Naples, Italy
Ship Name: Ancona
Port of Arrival: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Friend's Name: Merlin Guglielmi
Last Residence: Italy
Birthplace: Caltelli, Italy
Microfilm Roll Number: T840_111
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pag 2 Image



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Re: Dilemma -- Second Family in America?

Postby suanj » 25 Mar 2012, 10:22

Hi,
Giovanni Merlini in 1930 census it was with son Guglielmo in Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware

1930 United States Federal Census about John Merelini
Name: John Merelini (MERLINI)

Gender: Male
Birth Year: abt 1868
Birthplace: Italy
Race: White
Home in 1930: Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware
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Marital Status: Married
Immigration Year: 1912
Relation to Head of House: Father
Father's Birthplace: Italy
Mother's Birthplace: Italy
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Military Service:

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Age at first marriage:

Parents' birthplace:

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Household Members:
Name Age
William Merelini 37
Amalia Merelini 34
Robert Merelini 7
Ralph Merelini 6
John Merelini 62
Nuzio Roda 50 boarder
Luigi Chiappini 53 ditto

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so Giovanni had no a second family in PA...
now I know not if he died in Wilmington or he back in Italy.. in 1930 he was married and no widow so Elena, him wife was living ....
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Re: Dilemma -- Second Family in America?

Postby suanj » 25 Mar 2012, 10:32

again me:
World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 about Gugliemo Merlino ( 5 jun 1917)
Name: Gugliemo Merlino
City: Wilmington
County: New Castle
State: Delaware
Birthplace: Italy
Birth Date: 15 Jun 1893
Race: Caucasian (White)
FHL Roll Number: 1570712
DraftBoard: 3
Guglielmo supporting: mother father sister and brother ( Marco I believe, and if so Fioravante was already decesead)

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abt the cemetery records in Wilmington, DE, that you no found Fioravante record,
maybe Giovanni sent Fioravante in Castelli for the burial, it is possible that Elena wishing that....
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