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Searching for Gradone

Postby hachaliah » 01 Mar 2006, 22:33

Hi everyone!
I just stumbled on this site and thought I'd register and get involved.

I have been searching for information on the surname Gradone. My great-grandfather, Michaelangelo Benedict Gradone came to the U.S. through Ellis Island. His hometown was Castelvetere. From what I understand, he had six siblings - Olympia, Irene, Alice, Elvira, Arthur, and Rafaele. Rafaele was the only one to stay in Italy. He became the village priest at Castelvetere and was there for his entire life.
I have had the hardest time finding anything on this family - it's as if my Gradones are the only ones EVER!
If anyone has any suggestions, alternate name spellings, whatever, it would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks!
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Re: Searching for Gradone

Postby vj » 01 Mar 2006, 23:55

Brian,
is this your ggrandfather's ship manifest?

Michaelangelo GRADONE
Manifest 24 Jan 1910
Traveling with mother & sister?
page 1
http://ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup_wei ... &line=0003
page 2
http://ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup_wei ... &line=0003

and WWI Draft Registration?
WWI Draft Registration Card
5 June 1917
Boston, Suffolk, MA
Michael B GRADONE
25 Lynde St, Boston, MA
born 21 Sep 1892, Avellino, Naples, Italy
filed 1st papers (for naturalization)
dependent: mother
single, 5'6" brown hair, blue eyes

and 1920 Census?
1920 US Census
Boston Ward 1, Suffolk, MA
424 Frankfort St
Michael GRADONE, 27 yrs old b in Italy, immig 1910 Naturalized in 1916
Rents house, Plumber - General
wife Josephine, 21 yrs old b in Italy, immig 1904 Na in 1916

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Re: Searching for Gradone

Postby FLucci » 02 Mar 2006, 00:22

Looks to me like Rafaele was left behind on this manifest and they were from the same town.

VJ you beat me to the link.. :>

You guys are too good.

I'm so excited about all the help I've recieved from this site I'm cataloging a near by cemetary for other genealogist to use on line in the future.

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Re: Searching for Gradone

Postby hachaliah » 02 Mar 2006, 00:49

is this your ggrandfather's...


Yep, that's all him.
I've found his U.S. related stuff, but I have had no luck on anything prior. As a matter of fact, I can find very little on any of his siblings outside of the spouse names.
As far as the Ellis Island records go, does anyone have any idea why his mother would have a different name? I have debated the relationship between the two for a while and I'm just not quite sure.
Any other info would be greatly appreciated!
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Postby hachaliah » 02 Mar 2006, 00:51

is this your ggrandfather's...


Yep, that's all him.
I've found his U.S. related stuff, but I have had no luck on anything prior. As a matter of fact, I can find very little on any of his siblings outside of the spouse names.
As far as the Ellis Island records go, does anyone have any idea why his mother would have a different name? I have debated the relationship between the two for a while and I'm just not quite sure.
Any other info would be greatly appreciated!
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Re: Searching for Gradone

Postby wldspirit » 02 Mar 2006, 01:01

Italian women do not lose their maiden surnames as American women do.
So she would have traveled under her maiden name.

Also, just to clarify, do you need help in tracking down info on siblings here in US? If so, please mention location, spouse's name, any known children and ages.

Have you sent to the town of origin for any records? Searched for available microfilm?
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Re: Searching for Gradone

Postby wldspirit » 02 Mar 2006, 01:30

Did a surname search for Italy, the name, with it's current spelling
is few and far between. There are only 17 listings in all of Italy!!

To see the distribution of the name, enter surname in cognome and click on the red arrow to the left of the screen.........this will bring up a map showing the name and location.......
http://www.gens.labo.net/

Suanj is our resident expert on surname origins and meanings, perhaps she could shed some light on the subject. :)
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Re: Searching for Gradone

Postby vj » 02 Mar 2006, 01:36

GRADONE: another spelling on Manifest?
23 Nov 1899

Olympia? GRADANO going to see sister Irene in Boston?

http://ellisisland.org/EIFile/popup_wei ... &line=0013

what do you think?
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Re: Searching for Gradone

Postby wldspirit » 02 Mar 2006, 01:57

It occurs to me....these names seem to be very American??
Any thoughts?

this manifest vj....can you make out the surname of Irene?


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Re: Searching for Gradone

Postby vj » 02 Mar 2006, 03:06

wldspirit
Really hard to read, I was thinking maybe the same as on the 1st manifest
(b-i-l Francesco) LaCentra (corrected) in Boston...
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Re: Searching for Gradone

Postby vj » 02 Mar 2006, 03:54

GRADONE
another brother, Salvatore GRADONE?
(correction: in Nuccia's post below <thanks! :) > could be father on June manifest)

April 1903 manifest from Naples to Boston
(on ancestry.com)
Elvira GRADONE age 20, single
Arturo GRADONE age 13
from Castelvetere going to join brother* Salvatore (*correction Jun/Jul 1903 manifest is father) in Monson, Hampden, MA
Lined out - didn't sail.

what do you think?
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Re: Searching for Gradone

Postby nuccia » 02 Mar 2006, 04:14

Hi Valerie and DeLisa!

also in 1903 Boston maifest, but June 16 Elvira travelled alone to see her father Salvatore:

Too similar from the previous 1903 manifest as it's the same name and place visiting...Father son bothe had name Salvatore or there was an error on one of the manifest? Your thoughts?

Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1943 Recordinfo
about Elvira Gradone
Name: Elvira Gradone
Arrival Date: 16 Jun 1903
Age: 20 years
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1883
Gender: Female
Ethnic Background: Italian (South)
Port of Departure: Naples, Italy
Ship Name: Cambroman
Port of Arrival: Boston, Massachusetts
Friend's Name: Sacoatore Gradone
Last Residence: Cassebretere
Microfilm Roll Number: 62


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Re: Searching for Gradone

Postby hachaliah » 02 Mar 2006, 04:55

Wow!
This is awesome! I need to get myself access to Ancestry.com unless someone would be so kind as to email me a copy of the manifest showing Elivra and Arturo!
Salvatore... Hm... As far as all my relatives say, there were only two brothers, Rafaele and Arthur. I'm going to guess that Salvatore is his father. This is awesome stuff. It's been a while since I had any good leads with any of this - I'm glad i've found this place.
How about this challenge? Michaelangelo's wife's name was Josephine DiNunzio. I can't find her anywhere prior to the 1920 census. Thoughts?
Either that or I wonder where I could go to get some info on Salvatore...
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Re: Searching for Gradone

Postby nuccia » 02 Mar 2006, 05:34

Hi Brian,

I believe this is her death and census information as per the information VJ found. Still looking for the ship manifest though.

Massachusetts Death Index, 1970-2003 Recordinfo
about Josephin Gradone
Name: Josephin Gradone
Certificate: 057298
Death Place: Duxbury
Death Date: 28 Dec 1987
Birth Place: Other
Birth Date: 24 Oct 1895

or this one

Social Security Death Index Recordinfo
about Josephine Gradone
Name: Josephine Gradone
SSN: 019-26-3111
Last Residence: 02332 Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States of America
Born: 25 Oct 1895
Died: Jan 1988
State (Year) SSN issued: Massachusetts (1951 )

and the census info is:

1920 United States Federal Census Recordinfo
about Josephine Gradone
Name: Josephine Gradone
Age: 21 years
Estimated birth year: abt 1899
Birthplace: Italy
Race: White
Home in 1920: Boston Ward 1, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Sex: Female
Marital status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Year of immigration: 1904
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Mother's Birth Place: Italy
Father's Birth Place: Italy
Image: 451

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Re: Searching for Gradone

Postby wldspirit » 02 Mar 2006, 06:19

Any luck in locating a ship manifest for Irene or Alice?

Most libraries have ancestry access for free, also, depending on your internet provider, ancestry does special offers for subscription at a substantial savings........aol and ancestry have a deal for $99 for a year...check with your provider and ask........

If you are interested, with the names of the parents, known children and approximate birth dates as well as the town of origin, you can make a request for birth records to Italy, let us know your needs........
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