Looking for help finding grandfather. Have exhausted ourselves with no luck at all. We do know the following.
USA Name and Information
Simone Joseph Cropper Born around 1859 in Palermo Sicily Italy Immigrated around 1881 Married Alida Blanchard from Louisiana Lived in Louisiana and died in Port Arthur Texas Height 5' 2" and very dark complexion
Cropper is not his real last name. I think Simone is his last name because he carried a large seed with him at all times and claimed it was from his families crops. We are unsure what type of seed it was. Possible he added Cropper to describe his work. Spoke only Italian and could not read or write. Wife had a French lineage and we believe he must have met her in Europe and followed her to Louisiana. Searching names also has shown Simone was never a given first name at the time in Sicily. Joseph has stayed prominant in the family and was giving to one of his sons. Stories have said he was running from something like mafia or war. But no history to confirm that idea.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. We would love to know our true family name. This is the only part of our tree we can not finish. Very frustrating indeed.
hi, the below record could be abt your Simone J Cropper: 1900 United States Federal Census about Seymore Cropper Name: Seymore Cropper Age: 46 Birth Date: 1854 Birthplace: Italy Home in 1900: Police Jury Ward 5, Saint Mary, Louisiana [St. Mary] Race: White Gender: Male Relation to Head of House: Head Marital Status: Married Spouse's Name: Allida Cropper Marriage Year: 1886 Years Married: 14 Father's Birthplace: Italy Mother's Birthplace: Italy Occupation: View on Image Neighbors: View others on page Household Members: Name Age Seymore Cropper 46 Allida Cropper 45 Saul Cropper 22 William Cropper 12 Willie Cropper 7 Mary Cropper 1
1860 United States Federal Census about Alida Blanchard Name:Alida Blanchard Age in 1860: 6 Birth Year: abt 1854 Birthplace: Louisiana Home in 1860: Ward 11, Assumption, Louisiana Post Office: Paincourtville Household Members: Pierre D Blanchard 51 Elisa Blanchard 39 Adolphe Blanchard 16 Lorenza Blanchard 9 Alida Blanchard 6 Ducroisel Blanchard 5 Devilliers Blanchard 4 Seraphin Maitrejea 20
We have all of the American records on him. Just cant find any in Italy or who his family is and have looked at the Craparo. There are no ship records we can find. We do know he had a house boat and they lived on it for a very long time. We have thought it possible they came through Canada with the Acadian roots of his wifes family. They were together long before their marrraige date according to the census records. My mom died last year and all she wanted to know is what her real last name was. She asked me to put it on her tombstone when I found it. Our frustration level of not knowing for her has reached an all time high. We researched everything we could before she died and never found it. Now its my mission to find it for her head stone. Alida had a son named Saul Cropper in one of the census but we learned his real name was Paul Foret by a previous man. We think he was born in France since we were unable to find birth records on him in the US.
Sorry, not about Cropper, but about Blanchard... Don't know if it can be useful, but this image was lately made available on FamilySearch: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/T ... 1364123623 It MIGHT be related to your Blanchard's. If you go some images back, you will also find an Adolphe and an A., who according to the names present in 1860 Census might also be related.
Giuseppe "Pippo" Moccaldi
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