Grandfather Benjamin Zarzana

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Grandfather Benjamin Zarzana

Postby italianovero » 19 Mar 2015, 19:42

I am trying to get information on my paternal grandfather. I believe he was from Palermo region. He was born around 1875-76, moved to NYC and died in July 1927. He passed away 21 years before I was born, but I did manage to find his death certificate and cemetery plot. He ran a tavern on Bergen St. in Brooklyn NY and was 51 when he died. I would like to find his birth or baptismal certificate in order to possibly assist me in achieving dual citizen ship.

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Re: Grandfather Benjamin Zarzana

Postby adelfio » 20 Mar 2015, 01:36

Welcome to IG website
Was his wifes name Maria Vicaro?
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Re: Grandfather Benjamin Zarzana

Postby suanj » 20 Mar 2015, 17:52

italianovero wrote:I am trying to get information on my paternal grandfather. I believe he was from Palermo region. He was born around 1875-76, moved to NYC and died in July 1927. He passed away 21 years before I was born, but I did manage to find his death certificate and cemetery plot. He ran a tavern on Bergen St. in Brooklyn NY and was 51 when he died. I would like to find his birth or baptismal certificate in order to possibly assist me in achieving dual citizen ship.

Hi, I found the 1925 census, where Benjamin was widow and living with sons Joseph, John, and William Zarzana, and with stepson Frank Chiofalo ( or Ciofalo):

Name:Benjamin Zarzana
Birth date: 1877
Birth place:Italy (Italia)
Age:48
Gender:Male (Maschio)
Residence: Brooklyn, Kings
Relationship: Head (Capofamiglia)
ethnicity:White (Europoide)
Years in USA:27

Benjamin Zarzana 48
Joseph Zarzana 24
John Zarzana 21
Frank Chiafal 19 (Frank Chiofalo stepson, maybe born with first name of Fortunato Chiofalo)
William Zarzana 06


I believe that Benjamin real first name was Baldassarre, and he was married and had 2 son from his first wife, here in 1915 census:

Name:
Baldassare Zarzana
birthyear:circa 1877
birthplace:Italy (Italia)
age:38
Sesso:Female (NO: MALE)
residence place:New York, Kings
relationship: Head (Capofamiglia)
ethnicity: White (Europoide)
years in USA:17
Baldassare Zarzana 38
Joseph Zarzana 14
Johnie Zarzana 11


in 1916 he married at Maria ..... formerly Chiofalo; she was also widowed and with children...
THE MARRIAGE:
Chiofalo Maria Nov 8 1916 13792 (1916) Kings 1613706 Zarzana, Baldassare

and Baldassarre changed the his first name in Benjamin...
1920 census:


Benjamin Zarzana

United States Census, 1920

Name: Benjamin Zarzana
Event Type: Census
Event Year: 1920
Event Place: Brooklyn Assembly District 17, Kings, New York, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 43
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Race (Original): White
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Head
Birth Year (Estimated): 1877
Birthplace: Italy
Immigration Year: 1901
Father's Birthplace: Italy
Mother's Birthplace: Italy
Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
Benjamin Zarzana Head M 43 Italy
Mary Zarzana Wife F 45 Italy (imm. 1908; nat.1913)
Joseph Zarzana Son M 18 New York
John Zarzana Son M 16 New York
Fortunato Zarzana Son M 13 New York
Theresa Zarzana Daughter F 11 New York
Anna Zarzana Daughter F 6 New York
William Zarzana Son M 1 New York



It could be possible that Benjamin first name was really Baldassarre? I believe yes... here Baldassarre and first wife arrival:
First Name : Baldasfare
Last Name : Zarzana
Nationality : Italy, Italian
Last Place of Residence : S. Margherita
Date of Arrival : May 6th, 1900
Age at Arrival : 22y
Gender : Male
Marital Status : Married
Ship of Travel : Spartan Prince
Port of Departure : Naples
Manifest Line Number : 0023
http://www.libertyellisfoundation.org/s ... SUYiOw==/1
http://www.libertyellisfoundation.org/p ... 5pZmVzdCI7
with wife Andenzia Randazzo.. final destination: Brooklyn, New York

Baldassarre ZARZANO right italian spelling, was born in Partanna, Sicily ... son of late Raffaele Zarzano and of Angela Bassi; he married in Santa Margherita in Belice, Sicily on 12 Mar 1900 #10 at Andenzia RANDAZZO.. here the marriage act:
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-33350-4649-27?cc=2043548&wc=MC5P-MNL:349457201,349547101,349549801

United States World War I Draft Registration Cards

Name: Baldasoare Zarzana (Baldassarre)
Event Type: Draft Registration
Event Date: 1917-1918
Event Place: New York City no 83, New York, United States
Gender: Male
Nationality: United States
Birth Date: 01 Jun 1877
Birthplace: , ,

wife Mary Zarzana; home address 79 Utica Ave, Brooklyn, Kings, New York
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/T ... cc=1968530
In 1920 census the home address is 83 Utica Ave, Brooklyn, Kings, New York


My opinion:
Baldassarre Zarzano born in Partanna, Sicily married at Andenzia Randazzo in Santa Margherita in Belice, Sicily.... after the wedding, they immigrated in USA, and had 2 sons... she died, and in 1915 census Baldassarre was widow, and with 2 son; in 1916 married at Maria Chiofalo( maiden name unknown) also widowed and with children, and the family is in 1920 census... Baldassarre changed the first name in Benjamin ..... between 1920 and 1925 Mary died and in 1927 he died....

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Re: Grandfather Benjamin Zarzana

Postby suanj » 20 Mar 2015, 18:06

Here the 1905 census: the names have a bad transcriptioin
Ualdessaro Dardano Head M 27y Italy ( Baldassarre Zarzano)
Andenzia Dardano Wife F 27y Italy (Andenzia Zarzano nee Randazzo)
Joseph Dardano Son M 4y United States (Joseph Zarzano)
John Dardano Son M 1y United States (John Zarzano)

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/T ... cc=1463113

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Re: Grandfather Benjamin Zarzana

Postby italianovero » 24 Mar 2015, 20:38

Thank you so very much. This is my grandfather. This is more information that I have ever been able to find on my own. Cannot thank you enough.

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Re: Grandfather Benjamin Zarzana

Postby suanj » 24 Mar 2015, 21:52

happy of help you...
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