I am looking for any information on the Cefalu family of Bogalusa, Louisiana. They originated from Cefalu, Italy. The first generation information I have is Rosario Cefalu married unknown Papa they had 1 child Charles Cefalu unknown Papa died in childbirth
Rosario Cefalu married Mary Papa (unknown Papa's sister) they settled in Bogalusa, Louisiana where they are both died and are buried.
I have checked the online records of Italy, Palermo, Termini I...on (Tribunale), 1862-1910 Cefalù for birth records of Rosario Cefalu and Mary Papa and came up empty How accurate are their birth dates? How about the ancestry.com family tree info?
Thank you so much for the replies! I am so sorry it has taken me so long to return to this site. I began working on my mother's family line (Much easier!) and took a break from the Italian side!
The information I have comes from the family history, which is quite spotty! (Im surprised at how very little big Italian families talk about the past!) As close as they are! It did not help that the generation that traveled to the US never learned English and the generation that is left to carry on the family line does not know Italian nor the Italian history.
The family lore is that
Rosario moved to the US to avoid a crackdown either by the law or by the mafia, ? , He was said to have changed his name from Blanco to Cefalu upon his exit. He was married at the time to a wife __________ PaPa. Upon his arrival in the US they settled in Bogalusa, LA and the wife passed away after giving birth to their son. Rosario either went back to Cefalu, Italy and married her sister Mary Papa or sent for her to come to America and marry him and take care of her sister's family. This fact is known to be true. But the name of the sister is not known.
I am having trouble getting a copy of Mary Papa Cefalu's Death records but continue to try. (Louisiana red tape!)
Marriage of Rosario Cefalu and Rosa Papa INDEX#57 1888 Oct 23rd in the town of Cefalu appeared Rosario Cefalu age 22 (1866) fisherman born in Cefalu son of deceased Antonio Cefalu and deceased Maria Pirrone married Rosa Papa age 14(1874)weaver born in Cefalu daughter of deceased Pietro Papa and Antonina Curreri