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Antonio Messina - Palermo, Sicily

Postby nj1pyt » 17 Jul 2013, 00:27

Hello all,

I am looking for any information pertaining to my great great grandfather -Antonio Messina of Palermo, Sicily.

Parents: Joseph Messina and Maria Busalacchi
DOB: Aug 3rd, 1868
Spouse: Maria Balistrieri. I am not sure if they married in Italy or the US. My guess is they married in Italy, due to the timing of my GGF's birth (1908).
Traveled to the US around 1908 (according to the ship manifest).
According to a 1930 Census, he and his family lived in San Franciso, Ca.

I have found an Antonio Messina on two seperate ship manifest (via ancestry.com). One into New Orleans and one into NY. I tried searching ellisisland.com and was not able to find anything for an Antonio Messina. :/

Any help would be greatly appreciate.

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Re: Antonio Messina - Palermo, Sicily

Postby PippoM » 18 Jul 2013, 09:28

Are you sure he was from the city of Palermo, or was he from the Province of Palermo?
Here are images of civil acts for the city of Palermo:
https://familysearch.org/search/image/i ... %3D2051639

The problem is that there one register per year per borough of the city, so you'll have to go thru all the indexes (if there are).

Here are images for most of the Communes in the province:

https://familysearch.org/search/image/i ... %3D2051639
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Re: Antonio Messina - Palermo, Sicily

Postby pink67 » 18 Jul 2013, 16:16

Hi Natasha,

If this 1910 census is correct, then Antonio and Maria Messina were in San Francisco before 1908,

from Ancestry.com:

1920 United States Federal Census

Name: Antonio Missina
Age: 54
Birth Year: abt 1866
Birthplace: Italy
Home in 1920: San Francisco Assembly District 33, San Francisco, California
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1880
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Maria Missina
Father's Birthplace: Italy
Mother's Birthplace: Italy
Home Owned: Rent
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Antonio Missina 54 head,
Maria Missina 39 wife, born in Italy, immigration year 1898
Joseph Missina 19 son, born in CA
Salvatore Missina 18 son, born in CA
Pedro Missina 16 son, born in CA
Maria Missina 15 daughter, born in CA
Vincenzo Missina 11 son, born in CA
Luciano Missina 6 son, born in CA
Frank Missina 3 son, born in CA

I found an interesting 1899 arrival manifest for a Maria Balestrieri:

1 february 1899

Balestrieri Maria, age 18, female, single, from Sant'Agata di Militello to San Francisco to join her uncle Giovanni Balestrieri. She was travelling with her brother Vincenzo, male, age 12 , sister in law? Maria Faraone age 25 and her little daughter Maria Balestrieri age 5 (Maria Faraone was going to meet her husband Giuseppe Balestrieri in SF)

image from ellisisland.org:
http://www.ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup ... &line=0002

Possible birth act for Maria Balistreri from the site Familysearch.org:

Birth Act n. 125 - Year 1880

Balistreri Maria was born in Sant'Agata di Militello (Messina Province - Sicily region) on the day 19 august 1880. She was daughter of Salvatore Balistreri occupation fisherman and his wife Giuseppa Salvo?

image here:
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/T ... 1273252267

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Re: Antonio Messina - Palermo, Sicily

Postby pink67 » 18 Jul 2013, 16:24

Lastname is mispelled but this is the 1910 census for the Messina Family:

from Ancestry.com:

1910 United States Federal Census

Name: Antonio Mollino
[Antonio Mollins]
Age in 1910: 45
Birth Year: abt 1865
Birthplace: Italy
Home in 1910: San Francisco Assembly District 45, San Francisco, California
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1889
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Maria Mollino
Father's Birthplace: Italy
Mother's Birthplace: Italy
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Antonio Mollino 45 head, born in Italy
Maria Mollino 30 wife, born in Italy
Guissipe Mollino 10 son, born in CA
Alistor Mollino 9 son, born in CA
Pietro Mollino 7 son, born in CA
Maria Mollino 5 daughter, born in CA
Vincenzo Mollino 1 [1/12] son, born in CA

image here
http://postimg.org/image/ta34bkh7f/

looks like they were married in San Francisco on 1899
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Re: Antonio Messina - Palermo, Sicily

Postby pink67 » 18 Jul 2013, 16:33

Possible 1889 arrival manifest for Antonio Messina, from Ancestry.com:

New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957

Name: Antonio Messina
Arrival Date: 31 Dec 1889
Birth Date: abt 1864
Age: 25
Gender: Male
Ethnicity/ Nationality: Italian
Place of Origin: Italy
Port of Departure: Le Havre, France
Destination: United States of America
Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Ship Name: La Champagne
Search Ship Database: Search the La Champagne in the 'Passenger Ships and Images' database

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please note that he was travelling with Giovanni Busalacchi age 47 and Salvatore Busalacchi age 35., both sailors

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