I am wondering if any one knows if Castagna, Italy is/was an actual place in the Calabria region. It is the location of my great grandather's birth. I believe it may be or have been in the Province of Catanzaro. Anytime I have tried to research it I have come up empty.
I don't know much about my ggf side of the family, so as always any help is appreciated!
Didn't see the 1920 Census on your Family Tree posted on Ancestry...so here it is. Santo is listed as Sam, and the Coriale's are listed as Careall..
1920 United States Federal Census
about Sam Graziano
Name: Sam Graziano
Home in 1920: Utica Ward 8, Oneida, New York
Estimated birth year: abt 1889
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Spouse's name: Mary
Father's Birth Place: Italy
Mother's Name: Victoria
Mother's Birth Place: Italy
Marital Status: Married
Home owned: Rent
Year of Immigration: 1902
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Sam Graziano 31
Mary Graziano 27
Victoria Graziano 6
Rose Graziano 4
Frank Graziano 0
Tony Careall 62
Victoria Careall 58
Couldn't find the manifest on Ellis Island because the names are really mangled. If for any reason you need to access from Ellis Island Santo's name is spelled GRAFIANO and Raffaele's is GRAZIDNO.
A couple of interesting things that you may have already noted. There is a 15 year age difference between the brothers and Raffaele was going to a cousin and Santo to his brother in law.( they lived next door to each other.)
First Name: Filippo
Last Name: Di Fazio
Last Place of Residence: Castagna Date of Arrival: Apr 13, 1901
Age at Arrival: 24y Gender: M Marital Status: S
Ship of Travel: Citta di Torino
Port of Departure: Naples
Manifest Line Number: 0004
the right name is Castagna ( no Castagne or Castagni)
I am very positive abt Castagna hamlet of Carlopoli town in Catanzaro province...
So I didn't realize that Rafalle was his brother and not his cousin. For some reason, probably because I saw the word "cousin" and they weren't going to the same house I didn't make the connection.
So know that you all have connected the dots for me! As I understand it, Santo or Sam's parents died in a fire when he was young. So my theory is Rafalle must have gone back to get Santo to bring him back his siblings. Also I believe Rafalle went to Canada later on.
Jim - I do Santo's obit. The Fulton website is a favorited of mine. I have gotten a lot of good information from it. Thank you as wall.
Thanks to everyone for all your help and pointing out the Graziano's are brothers!
Tessa - I do have the 1920 Census, it must connected to my tree. Like you said, it was hard to find. Thank you for the address and the info to send a letter to Castagna.
I am originally from Utica, and my mother's parents were born in Castagna! Their names were Cardamone & Sacco.
I am also sending you a message via private message. I am in touch with some castagnesi (past and present) via email and Facebook, and know someone who is researching the Graziano and Sacco families too. There were several Graziano families, also Sacco families but I have researched my Saccos into the 1700s and most Saccos in Castagna descend from one landowning family.
Yes, Castagna is a hamlet (or frazione) in the comune of Carlopoli, Catanzaro province, in Calabria, Italy. It is in the Sila Piccola mountains. It used to be an independent comune but lost its independent status around 1868? due to an increase in brigandage.
Anyway, we are probably distant cousins! Several people have been researching on Castagna, so you might not have to reinvent the wheel!
Researching ancestors from Castagna & Carlopoli (Catanzaro) Calabria
Surnames: Sacco, Cardamone, Scalzo, Piccoli, Mancuso, LePorte, and others