head Mike Merando 39, abt 1881 IT - immig 1900, Al (alien)
- owns house
- miner, coal mine
wife Anna Merando 29, abt 1891 IT - immig 1900
daughter Josie Merando 10, abt 1910 KS
daughter Hellen Merando 7, abt 1913 KS
son Louie Merando 5, abt 1915 KS
son Albert Merando 2, abt 1918 KS
edit: added Confirmed, this appears to be the correct family:
Home in 1920: Washington, Crawford, Kansas
head James Merenda 37, abt 1883 IT - immig 1904
- owns house
- miner, coal mine
wife Carmelia Merenda 32, abt 1888 IT
- immig 1905
daughter Mary Merenda 14, abt 1906 KS
son James Merenda 13, abt 1907 KS
son Louie Merenda 9, abt 1911 KS
son Joe Merenda 7, abt 1913 KS
son Tony Merenda 5, abt 1915 KS
daughter Lena Merenda 2, abt 1918 KS
boarder Joe Serra 31
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Thanks for your help! My husband recognizes the second listing as his family. The son Joe who was 7 is actually his grandfather. I am trying to trace back as much information as I can find for when our son gets older. My husband never knew his great-grandfather as being named James so it's funny that is what is written on the census form, because that is what we named our son. How ironic. Any other information you find or anything would be great! Thank you again for your help!
Lacee, thank you for the update.
We'll be happy to see what else we can find.
Is this the correct record?
SSDI Name: Joe Merando Date of Birth: Saturday January 11, 1913 Date of Death: Monday July 14, 1997 Est. Age at death: 84 years, 6 months, 3 days
Last known residence:
City: Frontenac; Pittsburg County: Crawford State: Kansas
Social Security details
State of Issue: Kansas Number: 512-05-xxxx
1945 WWII Army Enlistment
Name: Merando, Joseph Serial Number: 37766015 Residence: Crawford, Kansas Enlistment Place: Ft Levenworth, Kansas Enlistment Date: 03 April 1945 Grade Alpha: Pvt Grade Code: Private Branch Alpha: No Branch Code: No Branch Assignment Enlistment Term: Enlistment For The Duration of The War or Other Emergency, Plus Six Months, Subject To The Discretion of The President or Otherwise According To Law Longevity: Source: Civil Life Nativity: Kansas Birth Year: 1913 Race and Citizenship: White, Citizen Education: Grammar School Civil Occupation: Semiskilled Chauffeurs and Drivers, Bus, Taxi, Truck, and Tractor Marital Status: Married Army Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Home in 1925:
Capaldo, Crawford, Kansas
head James Marando 42, abt 1883 IT - immig 1904, Na (naturalized) 1906
wife Carmen Marando 43, abt 1882 IT son James Marando 18, abt 1907 KS son Louis Marando 15, abt 1910 KS son JoeMarando 12, abt 1913 KS son Tony Marando 8, abt 1917 KS daughter Lillie Marando 7, abt 1918 KS daughter Angeline Marando 5, abt 1920 KS son Leo Marando 15M, abt 1923 KS ---
This looks like the same family in 1915
Name may have been shortened by the person giving the information or the census taker
head James Moran 27, abt 1883 IT
- married 5 yrs, abt 1905
- immig 1901, Pa (filed 1st papers for naturalization) wife Hamelia (Carmela or Camilla) Moran 24, abt 1886 IT - 3 children born, 2 children living
daughter Mary Moran 4, abt 1906 KS son James Moran 3, abt 1907 KS mother Mary Moran 52, abt 1858 IT - widow
brother Frank Moran 17, abt 1893 IT
Gene Louie Merando Birth: Dec. 10, 1910 Death: Aug. 2, 1991 Pittsburg Crawford County Kansas, USA
Husband of Angela Arduino Merando, father of Angelo Merando and Frank Merando, grandfather to Joel Merando, and Rick (Merando) Hopper Original name: Luigi Merenda Son of Gaetano Merenda and Carmella Serra Merenda (nee Carmenuzza Serra), both from Calabria, Italy.
Burial: Garden of Memories Cemetery Pittsburg Crawford County Kansas, USA
A check of Ellis Island revealed a lot of folks, including Merenda's, immigrating from Paterno Calabro, Cosenza, Calabria to Weir (City), Cherokee County, Kansas at the turn of the century http://stevemorse.org/ellis2/ellisgold.html ---
Birth: Feb. 14, 1882, Italy Death: Jan. 29, 1926 Capaldo Crawford County Kansas, USA
He was married to my Great-Great Aunt Carmella. Gaetano was only in his forties when he died. Even though he wasn't a relation to my Great-Grandfather Luigi, but by marriage. He was my Great-Grandmother Concetta's 1st Cousin.
Burial: Mount Carmel Cemetery Frontenac Crawford County Kansas, USA Plot: Section 4: South Part in front: N to S
Wow that is all great stuff! I can't wait to show my husband! As for the find a grave stuff we went by all the cemetaries where we know that they are buried and got years of birth and death off the headstones. I will try and get that typed in this afternoon. Thank you for all your help the Ellis Island stuff is great! I am so excited about how much information you have found that we would have never b een able to find had I not stumbled on this site!
Okay here is what I gathered from the cemetaries on the Merando/Merenda Family
Gaetano Merenda 1882-1926
Francesco Merenda March 9, 1862- September 15, 1918
Zachary Thomas Merando July 6, 2000
Maria Serra 1851-1944
John F. Serra February 18, 1925- April 23, 1985
Mary Merenda Naccarato 1905-1995
Frank Naccarato 1896-1972
Rosez M. Morey Kritzer 1927
James W. Kritzer 1927-1982
Christine Yanko 1917-1989
Frances C. Yanko 1911-1980
Joseph Merenda 1913-1997
Clara Mae Morey Merenda 1916-1994
James V. 1907-1978
Diane Merando February 2, 1949 to December 5, 1993
Leo K. Merando 1923-1984
Verna L. 1926-2000
James E. Morey Feb. 25, 1911 to December 13, 2002
Michael Earl Morey July 25, 1948
Mary Catherine Morey 1914-1915
Mary A. 1891-1946
Earl H. Morey, Sr. 1888-1951
Maryann Moriconi July 29, 1960- August 15, 1960
LaceeM wrote:Okay here is what I gathered from the cemetaries on the Merando/Merenda Family
Gaetano Merenda 1882-1926 Carmella 1886-1962 Francesco Merenda March 9, 1862- September 15, 1918 Zachary Thomas Merando July 6, 2000 Maria Serra 1851-1944 John F. Serra February 18, 1925- April 23, 1985 Mary Merenda Naccarato 1905-1995 Frank Naccarato 1896-1972 Rosez M. Morey Kritzer 1927 James W. Kritzer 1927-1982 Christine Yanko 1917-1989 Frances C. Yanko 1911-1980 Joseph Merenda 1913-1997 Clara Mae Morey Merenda 1916-1994 James V. 1907-1978 Valerie 1909-2000 Diane Merando February 2, 1949 to December 5, 1993 Leo K. Merando 1923-1984 Verna L. 1926-2000 James E. Morey Feb. 25, 1911 to December 13, 2002 Michael Earl Morey July 25, 1948 Mary Catherine Morey 1914-1915 Mary A. 1891-1946 Earl H. Morey, Sr. 1888-1951 Maryann Moriconi July 29, 1960- August 15, 1960
Well since vj has found much of the US info for you, you now need to decide what do do next.
Have you been able to chart these people into a software program and match them all up? There is quite a bit of info and unless you organize it somehow it can be pretty overwhelming.
Through the Cosenza archives you can continue to search for family, or you can rent films from your local FHC for Paterno and see if you can find birth and marriage acts which will take you back a generation further.
You let us know how to proceed so we know how to direct you.