Cristiani Family of Monteverde???

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Cristiani Family of Monteverde???

Post by ulr_anna » 18 Apr 2014, 22:15

Is anyone familiar with the surname Cristiani in Monteverde? As the story goes, my husband's great grandfather (Potito Cristiani born in 1885) boarded a ship at the age of 12 as a laborer, because he was sick of traveling between their farm in the country and the home in the city, bringing in product daily. So he jumped a ship, headed to America, and was immediately asked if he would like to work after getting of the boat. He and a few other children supposedly were taken in as apprentice groundskeepers for Harvard. Potito Cristiani lived and worked there (again all this is from a story told to Gpa Cristiani, by Potito). At the age of 18 Potito left the US and went back to Italy, joining troops to fight in Sardinia. He left Italy again in early 1914, arriving in America again in March of 1914. Potito claimed that this area that he was from, was quite fond of Hannibal. So much so, that many of the male children were named Hannibal or variations on the name Hannibal.
If anyone has any information or links that could help in researching Cristiani in Monteverde, I would appreciate it.

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Re: Cristiani Family of Monteverde???

Post by Tessa78 » 18 Apr 2014, 23:16

Welcome to the forum, Anna :-)

Here is a manifest for Petito Cristiano, age 18, arriving in 1903.
He lists his last residence as Monteverde, and his destination as Boston, to his brother Vincenzo at North Sq. St.
He indicates that this is his FIRST trip to US...
Line 9 ... 0234344864&

Here is the possible manifest for the 1914 arrival you mentioned.
Now age 28, leaving father Domenico in Monteverde.
Destination - cousin Arcangelo Cortis(?) in New Jersey

New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 about Polito Cristiani
Name: Polito Cristiani
Arrival Date: 25 Mar 1914
Birth Date: abt 1886
Birth Location: Italy
Birth Location Other: monteverde
Age: 28
Gender: Male
Ethnicity/ Nationality: Italian (South) (Italian)
Port of Departure: Naples, Italy
Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Ship Name: Hamburg

AND... POSSIBLE WWII Registration Card for Potito Cristiani - living in New Jersey in 1942
Click to enlarge, and again to magnify

I am not aware of any online records available for Monteverde...
but you can write directly to the Comune to request birth record of Potito Cristiani

Ufficio dello Stato Civile
Via Fontana
83049 Monteverde (AV)

Help with letter of request in Italian ... tter3.html ... talrecords

You can also rent and view the microfilmed records of Monteverde (1809-1910) at your nearest LDS Family History Center ... %20Library

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Re: Cristiani Family of Monteverde???

Post by ulr_anna » 18 Apr 2014, 23:35

This is correct- This is Potito's registration for WW2. I have also found ship manifests showing Potito's father's name as his "known relative"... Indicating Potito traveled to America MULTIPLE times. More times than what anyone knew about. Potito's father was Dominic (sp). On two manifests, one from 1914 and another from 1909, Potito traveled from Italy to the US. Both times the relative listed was his father, Dominic (again spelling variations) of Monteverde. Very very strange.

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