My great, great uncle, Filippo Pandiscia, is listed on a WWI memorial in Lacedonia. I luckily found a photograph of the memorial on the website www.italiansofmontclair.com under 'Documents.' He was born in 1880, and he lived in Lacedonia. He came to the US in 1902. I believe that he went back to Italy to fight with the Italian army during the war.
I am interested in getting a copy of his death certificate and would like to know if he ever married. I would appreciate any help that you can offer. Thank you very much.
My grandfather was Guiseppe Pandiscia of Lacedonia who is also on the memorial and lived in Montclair. I think Filippo and he were brothers. It appears that many records in lacedonia were destroyed by a volcano. The best information I could find was on Ellis Island and the spelling of the names are very distorted and because most were unable to speak English, the recording of the names are difficult to locate. Our family name was changed to Pondish in Montclair in 1907 - so look for name change to locate your info. good luck
Filippo Pandiscia entered the USA in 1907 at NYC at age 40 and married coming from Lacedonia. Perhaps if you check the manifest you can ascertainif this is your Filippo since there does not appear to be any other Filippo entering at NYC. =Peter=
paulag wrote:My great, great uncle, Filippo Pandiscia, is listed on a WWI memorial in Lacedonia. I luckily found a photograph of the memorial on the website www.italiansofmontclair.com under 'Documents.' He was born in 1880, and he lived in Lacedonia.
Do you know if Filippo's father's name was Giuseppe? I found this record on this site:
PANDISCIA FILIPPO di GIUSEPPE (Filippo son of Giuseppe)
Soldato 16Â° reggimento fanteria, nato il 31 agosto 1879 a Lacedonia, distretto militare di Avellino, morto il 30 dicembre 1918 a Zara per malattia
Cynthia, is this record pertaining your grandfather?
PANDISCIA GIUSEPPE di TOMMASO (Giuseppe son of Tommaso)
Soldato 143Â° Reggimento fanteria, nato il 23 marzo 1898 a Lacedonia, distretto militare di Avellino, morto il 21 agosto 1917 sul Carso per ferite riportate in combattimento.
I do not know. Guiseppe was married to Antoinetta Merchant(e).She came over several years later. I do know that Guiseppe came over with a son and several years later once Antoinetta was in the USA with some other children born in Italy (James and one another one I just had a brain freeze on), the one son that came over with Guiseppe was ill and I heard was sent back to Italy to live with the nuns,
My father had several sisters, Teresa, Maria and Rose(bud) or Rosa. I know my grandfather Guiseppe "Pondiscio (named was changed) and he is buried in a cemetary in Bloomfield on the Nutley, NJ border. Antoinette(a) and a younger daughter are buried at Mt.Hebron Cemetary in Upper Montclair, NJ in the Non Catholic section.
It could very well be that Filippio was my uncle. I never knew I was half Italian until I was 50 yrs old. It was a secret that was kept by our entire family. Not one of my aunts or uncles married an Italian and no one was Catholic, I never heard any of them speak Italian. When I was little, I asked my Dad what language my grandma spoke and he lied and told me French. She died when I was 5. I do have a file on what I have found and can give you information i have
Guiseppe was married to Antoinetta Merchant(e).She came over several years later. I do know that Guiseppe came over with a son and several years later once Antoinetta was in the USA with some other children born in Italy (James and one another one I just had a brain freeze on),
This is the 1905 arrival manifest for Giuseppe Pandiscia' wife:
November 9, 1905 Mercadante Antonetta, age 36 (approx. birth year 1869), married, coming from Lacedonia, going to Montclair NJ to join her husband Giuseppe Pandiscia living on 85 Bay street. She was travelling with her son Vincenzo age 7 (approx. birth year 1898)
1910 United States Federal Census about Joseph Pandisio Name: Joseph Pandisio Age in 1910: 48 Estimated birth year: abt 1862 Birthplace: Italy Relation to Head of House: Head Father's Birth Place: Italy Mother's Birth Place: Italy Spouse's name: Antonia Pandisio Home in 1910: Montclair Ward 4, Essex, New Jersey Marital Status: Married Race: White Gender: Male Year of Immigration: 1894 Neighbors: View others on page Household Members: Name Age Joseph Pandisio 48 hed, born in IT, married since 21 years, immigr. year 1894
Antonia Pandisio 40 wife, born in IT, married since 21 years, mother of 8 children among whom 6 living, immigr. year 1906
Michael Pandisio 20 son, born in IT, immigr. year 1904
Tony Pandisio 18 son, born in IT, immigr. year 1905
James Pandisio 11 son. born in IT, immigr. year 1906
Mary Pandisio 3 daughter, born in NJ
Tessie Pandisio 2 daughter, born in NJ
Rose Pandisio 7/12 daughter, born in NJ
Lenord Corbo 25 boarder
Frank Botaszi 29 boarder
Brezis Mauro 29 boarder
Gaetano Mauro 40 boarder
Again, from Ancestry.com this is the 1920 census for your grandfather's family:
1920 United States Federal Census about Joseph Poudish Name: Joseph Poudish [Joseph Pondish] Home in 1920: Montclair Ward 5, Essex, New Jersey Age: 54
  Estimated birth year: abt 1866 [abt 1861] [abt 1863] Birthplace: Italy Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
[Head] Spouse's name: Antoniette Poudish Father's Birth Place: Italy Mother's Birth Place: Italy Marital Status: Married Race: White Sex: Male Home owned: Own Year of Immigration: 1898
 Able to read: No Able to Write: No Neighbors: View others on page Household Members: Name Age Joseph Poudish 54  head, born in IT
Antoniette Poudish 50 wife, born in IT
Mary Poudish 13 daughter, born in NJ
Thressa Poudish 12 daughter, born in NJ
Rosy Poudish 10 daughter, born in NJ
Joseph Poudish 7 son, born in NJ
Annie Poudish 4 daughter, born in NJ
From the military enlistments for the WW1 you can see the birth dates for some of Giuseppe's sons:
World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 about Vincenzo Pandisci Name: Vincenzo Pandisci (James)
State: New Jersey Birthplace: Italy Birth Date: 13 May 1891 Race: White FHL Roll Number: 1712102 DraftBoard: 3 Address: 85 Bay street - Montclair
please note that he stated he was born in Rocchetta Sant'Antonio (now Foggia Province - Apulia Region but until 1940 belongin to the province of Avellino - Campania region)
World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 about Anthony Pandish Name: Anthony Pandish County: Essex State: New Jersey Birthplace: Italy Birth Date: 14 Oct 1893 Race: Caucasian (White) FHL Roll Number: 1712102 DraftBoard: 3 marital status: single
Supporting Father-Mother and children
he stated he was born in Lacedonia - Avellino Province - Campania region