Home in 1900:
40 Mulberry Street
Manhattan, New York, New York
head Antonio Folenso 75, born Feb 1825
- married 40 yrs, abt 1860
- immig 1896, in US 3yrs, Al
wife Maggie Folenso 58, born Mar 1842
- 9 children born, 5 children living
- immig 1896
son Nunsiato Folenso 38, born Apr 1862
- married 15 yrs
- immig 1892, Pa
son Constantino Folenso 35, born Jan 1865
- married 10 yrs
- immig 1892, Al
son James Folenso 28, born Mar 1872
- immig 1895, Al
son Joseph Folenso 20, born Mar 1880
- immig 1896
daughter Vincenza Folenso 15, born Jan 1885
- immig 1896
boarder Joseph Pinarello 23
I think that Michela Briscione was a sister to my bisnonno Giovanbattista Briscione who stayed in Contursi. I can't be sure, but family lore says the Brisciones were a big family, and the timeline is right.
Other possible siblings:
Gabriel Briscione b 1857 immigrated to NY
Louisella Briscione b1866 " " married Sabbato Siani b 1865
Maria Giuseppina Briscione b 1844 " " married Antonio Cantore
Unfortunately, so many sisters, so few brothers, makes it hard to trace the name. I have been in touch with Gabriel's descendents and the Cantores, but we have not been able to confirm the relationship.
Thanks, vj, for telling me to save everything because it may someday be valuable.
misbris wrote:Thanks, vj, for telling me to save everything because it may someday be valuable. MJ
Isn't it just awful .
When I try to find something I've saved 'just in case' I usually find 2-3 copies of the same thing!
In fact I'm sure I have 5 copies of my great grandfather's Civil War index card 8O !
My Grandfather Angelo was the son of Gianbattista (b approx 1840-50) and grandson of Pasquale Briscione. Maria Michala's birth date would make her a contempory of my great grandfather. She was either his sister or his first cousin (if her father was Salvatore)
If you could find a death certificate which gives her father's name, I have some family history for both Pasquale's and Salvatore's children.
Unfortunately, civil records for Contursi Terme only go back to 1868, so I was able to get my grandfather's birth certificate, but not his father's.
You will have the same problem with Maria Michala's records.
The church may have the records, but they might be difficult to access. Church was rebult after an earthquake.
Most of the Briscione's settled in NYC, Newark, and Hudson County, NJ.
Please let me know if you have any records showing M Michala's father. Once we acertain that, I can give you a lot more information.
Do you know DSLOAN or did you just find this thread? Contursi civil records begin in 1868, so it is difficult to be sure of anything before that time unless I can get into church records.
My great grandfather was Gianbattista Briscione born approx 1850. (I am basing this on the fact his oldest so was born 1869) His father was Pasquale Briscione. Maria Giuseppa Briscione, daughter of Pasquale was born approx 1854 married Antonio Cantore.
Your ggggrandmother was born approx 1844. She was either either a sister or cousin of Gianbattista. The only contemporary of Gianbattista I found was Salvatore Briscione whom I believe was his brother. (I have lots of info on that part of the family as well)
If we can find the father of Maria Michela, I can place her in the Briscione tree.
The name is very rare and there is only one family in Contursi so we are all related. The hard part will be finding records before 1870.
As I said previously, the Forlenza are a prominent family in Contursi. There are many more of them and it may be a lttle more difficult to trace exact family for your ggggrandfather.