Marsicovetere - Francesco Domenico Bosco

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Marsicovetere - Francesco Domenico Bosco

Postby boscodesc » 12 May 2013, 02:11

Dear Marsicovetere People -- Bosco, Marotta (?) and Campiglia Families,
also Borra of Turin,

Searching for whomever could help with access to LDS microfilm birth records for my great grandfather, Francesco Domenico Bosco (harpist/violinist), born Marsicovetere 15 May 1845. It is apparently this microfilm number in LDS records: Nati, pubblicazioni, matrimoni, morti, diversi, allegati 1842-1847 - FHL INTL Film [1796269], which came from this link: ... 1&last=100

According to Francesco's death certificate in Denver, 25 Feb 1912, his natural father was Antony (Antonio?) Bosco, mother Marie Maretta (Maria Moretta?). He may have been illegitimate with different surname in Italy. Had a club foot, which may be in records. Francesco married Mary Louise Neal in Louisiana in 1871, and had eight children, born in Arkansas and Denver: Clara Elizabeth, Francis William, Mary Amelia, Florence Louise, George Borra, Leonardo Ernesto, Leona Christina and Luella Bedortha.

As to the Campiglia family, I refer to the Bernardo Campiglia family of Marsicovetere who emigrated to Denver and then Southern California. I have just found in my family records what I believe to be a 19th century photo of three Campiglia family members that may be of interest to descendants. My Francesco gave his long-beloved harp to the Campiglia family. According to writing on the back of the photo, the harp (perhaps originally given to Bernard?), went to "daughter Matilda (1955)." The name Richard Pierson is written next to hers, with an address in Whittier, CA. Above that is the name Christine (Mrs. Clyde Malpede), with an address in Santa Monica, CA. I hope to find descendants who know something of the disposition of the harp, and/or ANYthing of life in Marsicovetere. Musical life there is of greatest interest, also anything to do with children sent out with padrones to play harp/violin on streets in Paris/London/New York, also 1857 earthquake in Basilicata, also how Italian Wars of Independence affected that area, any local history, etc.

Bosco family stories say that after an unpleasant childhood, Francesco "roamed Europe for a few years playing music." Would give anything to know who were his musical companions, then, or on 1865 or 1866 ship to U.S. (played their way to pay passage?). Or perhaps he was with a padrone during the "roaming" years. I understand many children who served padrones were from Marsicovetere and Viggiano (see great book "Little Slaves of the Harp," on It's all such a mystery!

There is reference on the back of the photo to the Vito family of musicians being from the same town -- Joseph, Ed and Elaine (famed harpists of their time). Not sure if there is any real connection with them other than sharing same birthplace.

I am working on a book about an 1860 French violin that was 150 years in our Bosco family. Book completion is June 30, so am on a demanding time schedule in pursuit of ANYTHING on years in Italy. This violin originally belonged to a music teacher named Joseph Borra, born 1811 in Turin, died in 1885, perhaps in Butte, MT. Taught 45+ years in U.S. in 20+ states (!).

I will copy this same posting to several different forums/sites and see what happens. I can be reached through Ancestry or at

Forgot -- writing on photo says "seven brothers emigrated to Ontario." I'm assuming that means Canada, and this means Francesco's brothers and not Campiglias. Not sure.

Many thanks,

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Re: Marsicovetere - Francesco Domenico Bosco

Postby PecciSalera » 30 Apr 2014, 19:06

Hello, your post caught my eye, and even though it's been a while I hope you see this reply. I have been doing genealogical research for my husbands family, trying to find a photo of Josephine Pecci. While looking at records I kept finding references to musicians in the family, Pecci's and Salera's from Marsico Vetere and Tramutola in Potenza. I even posted the following in message boards, but no response:

Hello Marsico Vetere families,

As I have been researching the Pecci/Salera family trees I have noticed musicians cropping up amongst families from Marsico Vetere who also inter-married in Italy and here in America. I was wondering if anyone has noticed the same thing, and what the connection is. Is that area or town known for its musicians, or music hall?

Here's what I have:

Fred Benart Miraglia born 7 july 1888 in Marsico Vetere, musician, naturalized american citizen

Antonio Barrile born 1889 in M.V. musician

Frank Salera, born 1868 in M.V. married to Catharine (Catarina) b. 1894, musician

Bernard Miraglia, musician, born 28 feb 1856 M.V. married to Isabelle Lauletta b c. 1862, son of Antoine Miriglia and Rosa Vita, all born M.V.

Maria Salera b. 4 july 1872 in Marsico Nuovo, married an Anthony Lauletta, born in America in 1860, Anthony's father Victor born in M.V.

Also, I have since discovered a Campiglia surname connection. I'm curious, did you finish your research.


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Re: Marsicovetere - Francesco Domenico Bosco

Postby 113yearslater » 06 May 2014, 18:57

One more person chiming in to say that one side of my family is also from Marsicovetere and was full of musicians. :-) My great-great grandfather Frank Romagnano/Ramagnano had a gig band in Philadelphia full of South Philly Italians -- the "popular Romagnano Orchestra" as it was called in the local paper. My great-grandfather Nicola Cortese who married Frank's daughter was another musician, as was one of Frank's sons Pietro. And my grandfather Luigi/Lou and his brother Frank were also musicians. My grandfather played a harp, and one of my cousins still has it, so it's still loved, which makes me happy. My cousin is taking harp lessons, and I'm a pianist and composer, so music is still part of us!

(I also have Barrile and Miraglia in my family, but pretty far back.)

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