Need to find info on grandfather Rocco Crafa from pietrelcina. Born in 1887 came to United States in early 1900s.

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Need to find info on grandfather Rocco Crafa from pietrelcina. Born in 1887 came to United States in early 1900s.

Post by Kennymack » 08 Jul 2018, 16:52

Parents tell me he was a distant cousin of padre pio

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Re: Need to find info on grandfather Rocco Crafa from pietrelcina. Born in 1887 came to United States in early 1900s.

Post by erudita74 » 13 Jul 2018, 13:37

There are records here for the town. There is no Rocco born between 1885 and 1889 there. Indices for the birth records are in alphabetical order at the end of a particular year's record. If you find him, someone on the forum will be happy to help you with the translations


http://dl.antenati.san.beniculturali.it ... etrelcina/

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Re: Need to find info on grandfather Rocco Crafa from pietrelcina. Born in 1887 came to United States in early 1900s.

Post by Tessa78 » 13 Jul 2018, 16:00

Is this your Rocco in the 1920 US Census on Troy AVe, Brooklyn? (5th January)
He was a blacksmith, arrived 1909.
Wife: Nicolina; children: Mary, Eleanor, Angelina, Sylvio.
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903 ... cc=1488411

Also listed in the 1920 Census again (10th January - a different census taker)
On Troy AVe. Rocco listed as a iron worker. Arrival 1909, Papers 1918.
Same wife and children -
Also listed is a BROTHER, Arthur, residing with them.
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903 ... cc=1488411

At same address in 1915 NYS Census
https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/27 ... bel=Return

And a WWII Registration Card for Rocco Crafa East 19th St. Brooklyn
DOB 9 December 1882 in "Bonivendo" (most likely Benvenuto) - employed at A & B Iron Work
Wife: Nicolina
https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/10 ... PUBJs=true

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Re: Need to find info on grandfather Rocco Crafa from pietrelcina. Born in 1887 came to United States in early 1900s.

Post by Tessa78 » 13 Jul 2018, 17:05

Making a correction... :D

And a WWII Registration Card for Rocco Crafa East 19th St. Brooklyn
DOB 9 December 1882 in "Bonivendo" (most likely Benevento) - employed at A & B Iron Work
And adding...

WWII registration card for Arthur Crafa (brother of Rocco)
https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/10 ... PUBJs=true

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Re: Need to find info on grandfather Rocco Crafa from pietrelcina. Born in 1887 came to United States in early 1900s.

Post by Tessa78 » 13 Jul 2018, 19:11

I was following a path of research of Arthur Crafa, brother of Rocco, to see if we could find a definite place of birth. It appears from the above records that Arthur is 2 years younger than Rocco (births about 1886 and 1883-4, respectively).
The interesting notation is on the WWII record of Arthur - place of birth listed as "Nontova" - obviously written phonetically by the clerk. Similar to the phonetic spelling "Bonivendo" on Rocco's WWII card.

Then I found this military service card for Arthur during WWI. Same address - Troy Ave., Brooklyn.
He lists his place of birth as Venice, Italy. (????) It is POSSIBLE that the "Nontova" above is Noventa di Piave, Venezia Province.
https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/30 ... PUBJs=true

AND*** while serving in the military, and stationed in Texas, Arthur Crafa filed for his naturalization.
On THIS record, his birthplace is listed as "Beatralcena, Italy" :-) Another phonetic spelling.
https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/25 ... PUBJs=true

I searched the births (1884-1887) in Pietrelcina for Arturo/Arthur (as erudita did for Rocco) and did not find him.

I also did not find an arrival manifest for either Rocco or Arthur. It is possible that these were their "American" names and not their given names...

This will certainly take some additional research.

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