Hello! I am hoping that someone out there can help me...
I have been trying to find my Italian ancestors, but have hit a brick wall. This is the information I have:
Charles (Carmen) Ponzio b. January 22, 1883 married Concetta b. April 29, 1884 in Italy. They had a baby boy that died in Italy then they came to America in the early 1900's. They first lived in Pennsylvania, then came to Denver, Colorado where they had six children. The children's names are: Oswaldo, Lebia, Silvio, Virginia who passed away as an infant, Gilda, and Rolando.
I belive Concetta's madien name was Cardamone. Her father was Dieco of Celico, Calabria Italy. She had 4 sisters - Maria, Rachela, Rose & do not know the name of the other sister.
Maria married Frank Rotello in August of 1907 and they setteled in Denver, Colorado (Maria and Frank are also my great-grandparents as my grandparents were cousins).
Rachela married Nunziato Straface in Denver, Colorado in 1909.
I would be grateful for any information anyone may have on my Ponzio/Cardamone family! Thank you in advance....
Have you located ship manifest which may list addidtional clues?
Checked census for naturalization status?
Town of origin must be identified to obtain Italian records, either by correspondence or Lds microfilm.
I have relatives with the last name Cardamone. Some settled in Colorado. I think theres a posting on Ancestry message board for a Concetta Cardamone but I'll have to check. I'm sending you a private message.
So Concetta was Clara on the 1920 census and Carmen was Charles, right?
It shows Clara as coming immigrating in 1907 and Charles has already filed for naturalization and arrived in 1899. In the 1930 census, it shows a naturalized Charles arrived in America in 1906.
Charles Ponzio Denver, Denver, Colorado abt 1885 Italy White
View Record Clara Ponzio Denver, Denver, Colorado abt 1885 Italy White
View Record Osvaldo Ponzio Denver, Denver, Colorado abt 1909 Colorado White
View Record Libia Ponzio Denver, Denver, Colorado abt 1911 Colorado White
View Record Sylvie Ponzio Denver, Denver, Colorado abt 1912 Colorado White
This is the 1930 info.
View Record Name Family Members Home in 1930
(City,County,State) Estimated Birth Year Birthplace Relation View Image
View Record Charles Ponzio Conchela Ponzio Denver, Denver, CO abt 1884 Italy Head
View Record Conchela Ponzio Charles Ponzio Denver, Denver, CO abt 1884 Wife
View Record Libia Ponzio Charles Ponzio,
Conchela Ponzio Denver, Denver, CO abt 1912 Daughter
View Record Selvada Ponzio Charles Ponzio,
Conchela Ponzio Denver, Denver, CO abt 1913 Son
View Record Gildo Ponzio Charles Ponzio,
Conchela Ponzio Denver, Denver, CO abt 1920 Daughter
View Record Rolando Ponzio Charles Ponzio,
Conchela Ponzio Denver, Denver, CO abt 1922 Son
In 1910 census, this was the only info I could find...no image available to view census.
1910 United States Federal Census Recordinfo
about Carmino Ponzio
Name: Carmino Ponzio
Age in 1910: 25
Estimated birth year: abt 1885
Home in 1910: 7-Pct, Denver, Colorado
This might help with naturalization info. If you need me to link images let me know.
It took so long to figure out how to post this note, I'm not sure who first wrote! But I believe I can help find the family of Diego Cardamone of Celico. I'm a Celico researcher. Please try to find me... I guess by leaving a note on the site.
I believe the Maria Cardamone you mentioned was my grandmother. She was married to Francesco Rotello (or Rotella - we were never quite sure of the spelling), my grandfather. They settled in the Denver area in the early 1900s and Maria passed away between 1918 and 1920 at a very young age.
My father had a cousin named Osvaldo Ponzio (as kids we called him "Uncle Ozzie"). Osvaldo was married to Rose (Rosie) and from my childhood I also remember the names Concetta, Silvio, and Rolando Ponzio. I don't recall the name Gilda or Lebia, however, I do believe you and I are related.
I don't know that I can help you learn about your ancestors in Italy but would love to chat with you about our family.