Sabella Ancestors

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Calugerina "Dolly" Sabella was born on December 21, 1920, at home at 522 West 125th Street, Manhattan, New York.  She was a beautiful child and was soon nicknamed Dolly. Calugerina was a hard name to have as a little girl. She was baptized at the Church of Corpus Christi, 529 West 121st Street in NY. After the family moved to 194 Avenue U in Brooklyn, she attended St Simon and Jude Catholic School but left during the 8th grade. As a teenager she lived across the street from her future husband's family's candy store. She worked odd jobs in a candy factory, in a millinery shop putting feathers on hats, and during the war, sewing uniforms.

She loved to dance and partnered with her future husband Fiore Cristarella and they won many dance contests. After their marriage on February 1, 1942, they lived with her parents on Avenue U.  She gave birth to her first child after four days in labor in a Catholic Hospital which didn't believe in medication other than aspirin. Her husband enlisted in the Army Air Corp and she stayed with her parents while he served his county. When her husband was stationed in Nevada (about 1944), she visited him there twice. The first time without her infant daughter, and the second time she took her child and joined him there. She always spoke about how hot and dry it was and spoke often about the darning needles which flew around her head when she hung the wash! She became pregnant and had to return to Brooklyn to deliver their second child, Joseph born in 1945, as the army base could not deal with her difficult pregnancy. She, with the two children lived with her parents. After the war, Fiore returned home and another child was born. In 1951 they moved to a cold water flat in Coney Island.  She loved to swim in the ocean and would take her children there often. A year later, they moved to a home in West Hempstead, Nassau County, NY and lived there for seven years. She was an active mother of three children. She had a stroke at 35 years old, which left her paralyzed on her left side. She fought back and made a complete recovery, but was left with a sluggish thyroid and no left side vision. She gave birth to her last child soon after her recovery. In 1960, they moved future east on Long Island to a home in Massapequa and lived there for six years. In 1966, when three of her four children were out of the house, they returned to renting an apartment in Brooklyn to be closer to family.

After her husband's death, she purchased a new home in a retirement community called Sunrise Village in Sayville in Suffolk County on Long Island to be nearer to her third child. Always hating her given name and disliking her girlish nickname Dolly, she legally changed her first name to Maria, her confirmation name. She said she did not want to go into eternity as Calugerina! Everyone in her new community knew her as Maria. 

She died of a heart attack on March 15, 1991, at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital. She donated her body for scientific research to the State University of New York Medical Center in Stony Brook, Suffolk County, NY. This caused quite a controversy with her siblings. This last act went along with her giving nature.

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Vincenzo James Sabella was born on April 21, 1888, in Sciacca, Sicily, Italy to parents Caterina Friscia and Accursio Sabella. Not much is known about his early years except he was an altar boy in his Catholic Church. He was the youngest of seven children. He immigrated to America through Ellis Island when he was 11 years old with his brother Biagio, on the Marco Minghetti from Palermo on March 16, 1900.  It is said that his parents lied about his age to allow him to travel on the ship without a parent. The ship's manifest says they were going to their brother Calogero's (Charles) home at 125 Elizabeth St. in Manhattan.

His father died only six months after he arrived in New York. Two years later, his mother came to America. Sometime prior to February 16, 1906, Vincenzo returned to Sciacca. The reason is unknown, but on February 28, 1906, 18 year old sailor Vincenzo returned to the states with his 24 year old sailor brother Giuseppe on the Prinzess Irene. They both said Sciacca was their last place of residence, that they were going to their mother Caterina at 176 Elizabeth St, plus Giuseppe lists this trip as his immigration on his application for citizenship. There are no records for Vincenzo in New York from the time he first came in 1900 until this 1906 return to New York, so we really don’t know how long he was in Sciacca. When he came to NY the second time, he adopted the first name of James to be more American. 

On July 6, 1909, in the Episcopal Church of the Mediator Rectory, in Edgewater, New Jersey, in the Diocese of Newark, he married 18 year-old Anna Scott,who was from Edgewater. He is listed on this record as 22 years old and living at 3 Manhattan St in NYC. On the April 19, 1910 census, James and Anna were living with her mother, and her sister on the south side of West 131st St in Manhattan. He was working as a porter on a ferry company. Four months later, Anna gave birth to a son born on August 22, 1910, named Accursio, Gus for short. It is said that when Gus was very young, Anna left him in a high chair and never came back. Gus may have grown up in a children's home on Staten Island, NY, called the Mount Loretta Boys and Girls School, Mission of the Immaculate Virgin, as he isn’t listed with his father’s family in any census, but this has not been completely confirmed. As an adult, Gus married, was widowed, lived in a rented room in Brooklyn, NY in 1940, enlisted in the Army in 1942, and on July 28, 1943, married Nina Mae Jenkins in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida, but they never had children. Gus worked as a chef for many years in the Tampa area and died on September 10, 1978, in Seffner, Hillsborough County, Florida. (Mouse over photo left.)

Vincenzo/James married Liboria Marotta in The Basilica of St Patrick’s Old Cathedral in Manhattan on February 14, 1915. On their marriage certificate, it states that it was the first marriage for both of them, listing Vincenzo as a Single, Fish dealer, living at 58 Elizabeth St in N.Y. It also lists his brother Biagio and his wife as witnesses. (Mouse over and click on their marriage record image left to enlarge in a new window or tab.) This marriage was said to have been arranged because both of them were deemed unmarriageable-James because he was divorced. Family stories say that they both went to St. Patrick's school in Manhattan. He would pull her braids and she'd ask her older brother Sam to make him stop. He married Liboria on February 1, 1915, and they had six children. On the 1915 NY State Census, dated June 1, the newly weds are living at 151 Mott St, either next door or in the same apartment with Liboria's parents. It is interesting to note that his son Gus from his first marriage is not living with them at this time.

In the Common Pleas Court of Bergen County, New Jersey, on February 23, 1916, 27 year-old James signed a Declaration of Intention for naturalization, stating that he lived on John St in Fort Lee, NJ. A little more than a year later, his World War I Draft card dated June 5, 1917 lists him as living at 522 West 125th St in Manhattan, working as a Deck Hand at the Fort Lee Ferry Boats on 130th St in Brooklyn. James signed his Petition for Naturalization on September 19, 1918, where he stated he was living at the West 125th St address, and listed his wife’s name and his three children, including Gus, his son from his first marriage. His US citizenship was granted by the State of NY on February 18, 1919. The West 125th St address is where they were living at when the 1920 US Census was taken in January. Again Gus was not living with them, only their two children Catherine and Leonard, who died the next month, were listed. A 1930 US Census can't be found for them, but the 1940 US Census has them living at 194 Avenue U in Brooklyn, with their four surviving children, without Gus. James was now working for the NYC Department of Sanitation.

James kept food on the table during the Great Depression; he worked as a street cleaner, cleaning the streets after the horses. He was a wonderful and gentle man. His World War II draft card dated April 27, 1942 has him living at 194 Avenue U, which was a walk-up apartment over a dress store named Bella's. The document also states he was working for the City of New York (Sanitation Depart.) on Attorney and Delancy Streets.

Much later in life, when they could no longer make the flights of stairs, they moved into a smaller first floor apartment in the Marlboro Housing Projects on 86th St near Avenue U and West 6th St in Brooklyn, where he died of Alzheimer's on June 3, 1967. On June 6th, he was buried in Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th St, Brooklyn, NY.


Liboria Lena Marotta was born on August 19, 1895, at home at 151 Mott St, Manhattan, NY. She grew up in a very loving family and was called Lena.  The 1910 census listed her as 15 years old, a Pearl Maker in a factory, who spoke English and lived on Mott St. As a very young child she was badly burned from crawling into a pot of pasta water that sat on the floor. She was scarred from her neck onto her chest. Because of this imperfection, when she was about 20 years old, a marriage was arranged with James Sabella, who was also considered unmarriageable. They applied for a marriage license on January 28, 1915, and married less than a month later in The Basilica of St Patrick’s Old Cathedral in Manhattan on Valentine’s Day, February 14th. On their marrige certificate, she is listed as living at 152 Mott St in N.Y. (see certificate above in James' bio). Lena has said that they didn't have a honeymoon, after the ceremony, she went home to take care of her husband's son Gus. Apparently, Gus did not live with them long, as the 1915 NY State Census, dated June 1, has them living at 151 Mott St., either in the next door apartment or with her parents, without Gus. On the 1920 US Census taken in January, they are living at 522 West 125th St. in Manhattan. A 1930 US Census can't be found for them, but the 1940 US Census has them living at 194 Avenue U in Brooklyn, with their four surviving children, without Gus. As a matter of fact there isn't one census that shows Gus living with them, but family stories tell of his relationships with the other Sabella children, especially Dolly who was very close to Gus.

Lena had six births with only four children surviving to adulthood – Katherine born December 23, 1915, married Michael Simineri, had six children and died on August 8, 2008; Leonardo born on March 19, 1917, and died at St. Vincent’s Hospital on February 20, 1919, of pys-pneumothorap, only 23 months old; Leonard Aloyious, was born on June 10, 1919, married Marian Jean D'Amato, had three surviving children and died on March 30, 2009; ancestor Calugerina, Dolly; Annie called Anna on April 6, 1922, married Primo Campigotto, had five children and died on November 14, 2005; and Rosa, who was born on January 21, 1924 and died at 18 months old of measles, complicated by bronchiole pneumonia on July 29, 1925. Both babies, Rosa and Leonardo, are buried in Calvary Cemetery.

Lena worked hard out of the house as a seamstress and never seemed happy. When her daughter ancestor Calugerina (Dolly) followed her husband to Nevada, Lena took care of her eldest child. When Dolly returned from Nevada, she lived with her parents while she was pregnant with her second child, Joseph. When the war was over the entire family lived with Lena and Jim until their third child was four years old.

Later in life Lena had a stroke which left her face somewhat twisted. After her husband's death she moved out of the Marlboro Housing Project into a small apartment in an Italian neighborhood of Brooklyn. In 1970 she gave her pregnant granddaughter the baptismal dress her mother (ancestor Calogera) made, but kept the matching bed robe. She died of Cancer on November 8, 1979, and was buried on November 10th with her husband in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY. (Mouse over photo left for more info.)

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Accursio Sabella was born on May 22, 1842, in the Quartiero Matrice section of Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy, to parents Calogero Sabella and Caterina Saladino. Accursio's wife Caterina Friscia was born and baptized on February 27, 1847, also in the Quartiero Matrice section of Sciacca, to parents Rosa Attardo and Biagio Friscia, and they named her after her grandmother, Caterina Pumilia. Accursio and Caterina were married in Sciacca on December 4, 1869, and on the marriage record, Accursio is listed as a Marinaro, which translates to seafaring, meaning he was a sailor. (Mouse over and click on marriage record image left to enlarge in a new window or tab.)

They had at least seven children, all born within a few blocks of each other in the Quartiero Matrice area of Sciacca. Four different addresses were listed on the birth records beginning with Via Castello, 9; then Via San Nicolo, 9; then Via Santa Caterina, 9; again at Via San Nicolo, 9; and lastly at Via San Nicolò, 20. This seems to indicate that they rented and were not home owners. Their five other sons and one daughter, all born prior to ancestor Vincenzo were –the eldest child, Caterina born on November 21, 1870, married Vincenzo Corrao on December 2, 1893, in Sciacca, and died in Brooklyn, New York on April 3, 1937; the eldest son named Calogero aka Charles born on August 15, 1872, and married Antonia Dimino in Manhattan, New York on September 9, 1900; Biagio, born on February 21, 1875, married Accursia Gelardi on June 17, 1901, in Manhattan, and moved to San Francisco, California before September of 1918, and died there on October 16, 1962; Antonio born on July 27, 1878, married Angela Mandracchia in Manhattan; Giuseppe aka Joseph born on September 10, 1881, married Angela La Rocca on June 7, 1908, in Manhattan, and died there on April 20, 1931, of a fractured skull and brain damage due to being hit by a car; and Accursio, born on September 14, 1884, who came to America with his mother, and as an unmarried 22 year-old, died of shock during a second operation in the Italian Hospital in Manhattan on February 2, 1907.

In 1897, daughter Caterina, with her 2 year old son, was the first to come to the US, joining her husband in New York City. Calogero came the next year, followed by Antonio in 1899, then Biagio with ancestor Vincenzo, and lastly Giuseppe. They never saw their father again. Accursio and Caterina could have known that Accursio was ill and would die soon and wanted to give the children a better chance in life.

Accursio died on September 10, 1900, seven months after sending his youngest child to America. His death is recorded in Vol 214, Parte I, Anno 1900, Comune di Sciacca, Provincia Di Girgenti, Registro Degli Atti Di Morte in the Sciacca Civil Registration. His parents and spouse are listed on the record. (Mouse over and click on image right to enlarge in a new window/tab.)

Two years to the day, after her husband’s death on September 10, 1902, Caterina Friscia, with her 18 year-old son, Accursio, boarded the Trojan Prince in Palermo and sailed to America. They arrived at Ellis Island on September 26th at 10:35am but Caterina was held one day for Special Inquiry and admitted to the US on the 27th. Five years later, Caterina Friscia died at home, at 85 Elizabeth St in Manhattan of “edema of lungs complicating a capillary bronchitis and influenza with an old mitral regurgitation.” She was buried the same day in Third Calvary Cemetery in Queens, in the non titled, unmarked area. On her death record, her father is listed as Biagio, but her mother’s name is listed incorrectly. It is interesting to note that in 1908, her son Antonio traveled to Sciacca with his family. He stayed with a friend until May 31st of the following year, when he returned to NY as a US Citizen, arriving on June 13, 1909. He may have gone there to settle his deceased mother’s affairs.

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Leonardo Marotta was born on January 29, 1861, in Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy, the first child of at least nine children born to Santo Marotta and his wife Liboria Friscia. He married Calogera Chiarello on February 16, 1890, in the Mother Church, the Basilica of Maria Santissima del Soccorso in Sciacca.  (Mouse over and click on their church marriage record image right to enlarge it in a new window or tab.)  When Leonardo immigrated to America he was 31 years old and had a son, Santo, born in Sciacca in 1891. He left Sciacca without his wife and child, traveled to Naples with his younger brother Antonio and good friend Luigi Guardino, who was the grandfather of the Brooklyn-born actor Harry Guardino. They all arrived in Ellis Island on April 1, 1893, on the Assyria (aka Assyrian) and Leonardo's age was given as 32.

The 1910 Federal Census, dated April 16, lists him as a fish peddler, working from home on Mott St, who could not read nor write with seven children. The 1915 NY State Census, dated June 1, has him and his wife living at 151 Mott St, either in the next door apartment or with his newly wed daughter Liboria and her husband James Sabella. He is listed as a 53 year-old fisherman, in the US for 22 years. The 1920 census dated January 12, has him still peddling fish out of his rented apartment on Mott St, but now he can read and write with eight children living at home with his wife. They are still there on the 1925 NY Census, but with only five children living at home. By the date of the next US census, April 4, 1930, they were living in their own home at 1976 West 11th St. in Brooklyn with four children. Leonardo was working for the Department of Sanitation as a street cleaner and did not speak English.  They had a garden in the backyard and grew grapes trellised overhead.

In 1934 he was diagnosed with Carcinoma of the gall duct and had an operation. Leonardo Marotta died at home on February 16, 1935, in Brooklyn and was buried on February 19th in the Calvary Cemetery in Woodside, Queens County, New York, with his wife and unmarried adult children Paulina and Santo, known as Sam. (Mouse over gravestone image left to read inscription.)

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Calogera Chiarello was born on April 23, 1870, in Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy, to Giovanni Chiarello and wife Rosa Turturici, as stated in her birth record found in Volume 09, Anno 1870, Provincia Di Girgenti, Comune di Sciacca, Registro Degli Atti Di Nascita. (Mouse over and click on her birth record image right to enlarge in a new window/tab.) The family story is that her parents died in a fire when she was very young and she was raised in an orphanage. Her father’s dearth record dated March of 1871, confirms he was dead before she was one year-old. In the orphanage she became good friends with Antonia Dimino who, in New York, married ancestor James Sabella's older brother Charles. Calogera’s death record states her birthdate as December 20, 1871, which confirms that she was an orphan, who never knew her real birth date.

Calogera married Leonardo Marotta on February 16, 1890, in the Mother Church, the Basilica of Maria Santissima del Soccorso (mouse over photo left) in Sciacca and had a son Santo, born there on January 11, 1891. With her 3 year-old son and her husband's brother Paolo, she left Sciacca and traveled to Naples to board the Victoria (mouse over photo of ship pictured lower right) which arrived in New York on October 19, 1894. She was 23 years old. Her husband Leonardo had immigrated earlier and was waiting for her. Their son Santo became known as Sam in the US, married, separated, became a citizen and died on November 16, 1955. Calogera and Leonardo had at least nine other children born in America – ancestor Liboria; Rosa was born on June 10, 1897, married Joseph Corrao, and died at 94 years-old on May 4, 1992; Paolina was born on August 31, 1899, and died unmarried at the age of 23 on May 3, 1923; Giovanni, known as John, was born on October 13, 1901, married Helen Weleswick, and died on March 6, 1973; Antonino was born on December 4, 1903, and diedof Scarlet Fever at age 2 ½ on May 22, 1906; Lucia was born on August 12, 1906, married an unrelated Joseph J. Marotta, and died in October of 1979; Angelina was born on July 16, 1908, married Antonio Guardino and died in August of 1986; another Antonio was born on March 31, 1911, married Maria Italiano on June 14, 1936, and died on October 22, 1992, in Cape Coral, Florida; and Leonardo who was born on March 19, 1917, and died sometime between January 12, 1920 and June 1, 1925.

According to the 1910 census dated April 16, Calogera could not read, write or speak English. It also states that she had eight births, but only seven children were living. By the 1930 census dated April 4, she was able to read and write, but still could not speak English. After her husband's death she remained at the same address, 1976 West 11th St. in Brooklyn with her son Santo, now called Sam. On the 1940 US Census they are at the same address, but living with them are Calogera's married children and grandchildren. Those living with her were daughter Angelina with her husband Anthony Guardino (son of Luigi mentioned above in Leonardo's bio) and two children; her daughter Rosina with her husband Joseph Corrao and four children; and her son Anthony, his wife Marian and two children. Calogera was listed as 68 years-old with no occupation. Her son Santo was listed as 48 years-old and working for the Government in Sanitation. The other males were also listed as working for the Government, but in different departments.

Sometime prior to the end of 1915, Calogera made a baptismal dress for Liboria's children. Most of them were baptized in it. It was used again in the1970's and 80's for Dolly's four grandchildren, two in New York and two in Canada, and then in 2006 for her great-grandchild in California. The dress was sent to Brooklyn and Connecticut to be used by other descendants.

Calogera Chiarello Marotta died a citizen of Italy on October 13, 1948, in St. Mary's Hospital in Brooklyn at the age of 76 and was buried on October 18th in Calvary Cemetery in Woodside, Queens, with her husband and two unmarried adult children. 

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Biagio Friscia was born on September 2, 1815, in Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy, one of at least eight children born to Giuseppe Friscia and Maria Marinello. On February 18, 1844, a few months after his father died, 28 year-old Biagio married 20 year-old Rosa Attardo. (Mouse over and click on their church marriage record image left to enlarge it in a new window or tab.) The Official Marriage Notifications were dated January 6th and 21st of that year. Their 13 page marriage processetti has revealed much information on them and their ancestry. Most pages are difficult to read as they are all hand written, but his birth date is clearly stated on the first page. One of the more interesting documents is a letter of consent to marry, written by his mother. Biagio and Rosa had at least seven other children besides ancestor Caterina, four more girls, and three sons, see her bio for details. 

Biagio Friscia died in Sciacca on August 15, 1891, five years after his wife’s death. His death record image was found in the Italy, Agrigento, Sciacca Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1861-1929 collection and states that he was the widower of Rosa Attardo, a sailor in his seventies, and gives his parents names. (Mouse over and click on his death record image lower right to enlarge it in a new window or tab.)


Rosa Attardo was born on October 26, 1823, in Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy, the third of six known children born to Calogero Attardo and Caterina Pumilia. Because Rosa was baptized on December 6th, her birth record is filed in the December section of the 1823 records. On the bottom of this record, it states that the reason she could not be baptized within the three day limit, was because her father was working in the fields harvesting the crop.

Rosa married Biagio Friscia on February 18, 1844. Because her parents and grandparents were deceased, relatives gave permission for her to marry. In their 13 page marriage processetti there is a three page letter dated February 14th that states four Sciacca men, who were her relatives, presented their approval. The men were named, but no relationship was given. They were 24 year-old farmer, Liborio, son of Calogero, who was probably her eldest brother; 25 year-old Antonino, farmer, son of Michele Attardo, possibly a cousin; 34 year-old Antonio Venria, barber, son of Antonino; 63 year-old Leonardo, son of Francesco Marinello; and 22 year-old Francesco Marinello, son of Leonardo. It is interesting that the last two men have the same surname as her husband-to-be, mother’s surname.

Rosa and Biagio had at least eight children, all born in Sciacca  — Maria born on November 14, 1844, and died at 5 years old on January 3, 1850; ancestor Caterina; Alfonza born and baptized on May 4, 1851 and died at 19 months old on December 17, 1852; another Maria born and baptized on September 26, 1853, who was a 25 year-old Industriosa (a manufacturer or trader) married Accusio Guardino on February 6, 1879, and died at age 60 on July 27, 1914; Angela born and baptized on September 18, 1855; Maria del Soccorso, who was named in honor of the Madonna del Soccorso (Our Lady of Help), was born on May 6, 1859; a son Giuseppe, who was born on February 3, 1862, and died seven months later on September 16, 1862 and another Giuseppe born on April 15, 1865.

Rosa Attardo died on October 15, 1886 in Sciacca, at the age of 62. Her death record image, found in the Italy, Agrigento, Sciacca Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1861-1929 collection, lists her age at what looks like 60, her address as 2 Via San Nicolo, (mouse over photo left) and her parents and husband’s names. What is odd is that it seems to say that she was the spouse of the deceased Biagio Margiotte. (Mouse over and click on her death record image upper right to enlarge it in a new window or tab.) This researcher believes this is just another death record recording error.

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Giuseppe Friscia was born in Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy, to Angela Imbornone and her husband Antonino Friscia sometime before 1776. He was the brother of Gaetano Friscia, whose line goes down to Liboria Friscia who married Santo Marotta. Giuseppe married Maria Marinello, on October 4, 1807, in Sciacca. (Mouse over and click on their marriage image left to enlarge in a new window/tab.) On their church marriage record, which is written in Latin, her father is listed as Laurentii (Lorenzo) and her mother’s as Giuesppa Pulizzi. But this surname is hard to read. In her son ancestor Biagio’s marriage processetti, there is a consent to marry letter that Maria wrote where it is stated that she is the daughter of Lorenzo, which confirms what is written in her marriage record.

What we know of them comes mainly from their children’s records. Giuseppe was a Marinario, a sailor and they lived in Quartiero Madrice. Like many of the others in this time period, their birth years are difficult to calculate, as it doesn’t seem that it was important to record the exact age of parents on these records. For example in 1831, 1835 and 1838, Giuseppe was listed as being 50 years old. Taking into account all the ages found for him, his birth year could be anywhere from 1779 to 1788, but that is impossible, as his father died in December of 1775. The only other explanation is that there was another man with his same name who married another Maria Marinello. Maria’s ages were recorded inconsistently also. As the years passed, her age was recorded younger, to the point that she couldn’t have possibly given birth to her eldest children! The best estimate for her birth year is between 1784 and 1792.

Giuseppe and Maria had at least eight children, but birth records for the first six can not be found in the available Sciacca, Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy records, which begin in 1820. These six children’s birth years are calculated from their marriage and death records, which also don’t always agree. Their eight children were — Angela who was born probably about 1809/10, was an Industriosa who married at the recorded age of 22 on October 2, 1831, to Salvadore Proietto, and died at the recorded age of 44 years old on January 5, 1865; Antonino was born between 1809 and 1811, married at 29 years old on January 7, 1838, to Maria Geraldi, was a Corriero, a messenger or town crier, and died at the recorded age of 42 on February 10, 1853; ancestor Biagio; Giuesppa was born about 1817, was married at 18 years old on September 27, 1835, to Michele Catanzaro, and died sometime after 1850; Maria was born between 1819 and 1821, was married at 22 years old to Damiano Zinna on September 10, 1841, and died two years later on February 17, 1843, at a recorded age of 22 years old; Lorenzo was born about 1821/2, was a sailor who married Giuseppa Guardino, at age 23 on September 27, 1845, and died at age 56 on February 21, 1877; Marianna was born and baptized on November 23, 1824, she married Francesco Montalbano on October 10, 1845, and after he died, at 36 years old, she married Giuseppe Maniscalco on October 31, 1860, then died on April 9, 1903, at 78 years old; and lastly Giovanni, born on October 6, 1826, was baptized the next day, married on June 3, 1855, at age 29, to Rosa Lauro, and died at age 80 on January 7, 1907.

Giuseppe died on December 8, 1843, in Agrigento in what seems to be a hotel in the district of San Gerlando. His death record was found in the Girgenti records and calls him a 64 year-old Padron, which means translates to master, a term of respect. It may indicate that he was an owner of a ship or fishing boat. This recorded age has to be incorrect, as he had to have been born within nine months of his father’s death, so the youngest he could be is 67 years old. It also states that he was born in Sciacca and was a resident of Sciacca. This document also confirms his wife and parents names.  (Mouse over and click on his death record image left to enlarge it in a new window or tab.)

Sciacca records for the death of Maria can not be found, but from their children’s records we can calculate that Maria lived much longer than her husband and probably died after 1865, but before 1877. On the 1865 death record of her daughter Angela, Maria is listed as living in Sciacca. The first document that says she has died, is in her son Lorenzo’s 1877 death record. It is not known if she ever remarried. Why her death record does not exist in the Sciacca records is a mystery.

Lorenzo Marinello and Giuesppa Polizzi’s ancestries are unknown, but it is believed they lived in Sciacca Agrigento, Sicilia, Italy. Their names come from their children’s Latin Sciacca church marriage records. But Giuesppa’s surname is hard to read, it may be Pulizzi. Some say her surname is common in Palermo, and others say it’s common in Trapani, both places are not far from Sciacca.

Lorenzo and Giuseppa had only one other documented child beside ancestor Maria, a son named Ignazio. On his Sciacca Latin marriage document his mother’s surname is listed as Polizzi, but on his civil death record his mother’s surname is listed as Indelicato. This Ignazio married in Sciacca on September 9, 1804, the younger sister of ancestors Gaetano and Giuseppe Friscia, the latter being married to Lorenzo and Giuseppa’s daughter Maria. There are two other people who lived in Sciacca whose parents were named the same as ancestors Lorenzo and Giuseppa, so they could be their children. One was named Antonino, whose mother’s surname was listed as Licata, he married Giuseppa Fricia and died in on July 19, 1854. The other was Marianna, whose mother’s surname was listed as Indelicato, she married Francesco Fauci, and died on July 7, 1841. It is proven that on death records, the mother’s surname is often incorrect. Without seeing their church marriage record, it is uncertain if they truly are ancestors Lorenzo and Giuseppa’s children.

It is not known when Lorenzo and Giuseppa died, but they were deceased at the time of their son Ignazio was married in 1804. Unfortunately, nothing else is known about them.

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Mott Street, NY, NY.

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