September 23, 2012 | 5 Comments
I have just basic facts about Catherina’s family.
You’ll see on the family tree that Catherina had a brother named after their father, Ulisse Gionti. There’s a problem here: Catherina was born in 1839; Ulisse was born in 1888. Catherina’s father remarried late in life, and I thought at first that Ulisse was the son of the second marriage — but the genealogist found birth records for children born of that second marriage, and he’s not on it:
- 9a. Carmela Gionti born 29 NOV 1855 daughter of Ulisse Gionti and Cristina Massanova;
- 9b. Nicola Gionti born about 1858. I found his death record, it reads: DR 26 JUL 1862 Nicola Gionti age 4 son of Ulisse Gionti, farmer and Cristina Massanova. Note, the deposition of death was made by Giuseppe Gionti age 50, farmer.
- 9c. Nicola Gionti born 7 MAR 1862 son of Ulisse Gionti age 48 and Cristina Massanova.
- 9d. Lucia Maria Filomena Gionti born 10 DEC 1863 daughter of Ulisse Gionti age 49, farmer, son of the late Francesco Gionti and of Giustina Massanova age 35, farmer
It seems highly unlikely that the Ulisse Gionti born in 1888 was a child of the marriage of Ulisse Gionti and Cristina Massanova, as the last recorded birth is for Lucia in 1863. However, Ulisse 1888 could be the son of the Nicola Gionti born in March of 1862. Or, there might have been some confusion or a technical glitch about the 1888 birth date… but then I found Ulisse 1888 here in the States:
This Ulisse Gionti was born in 1888 in Stella Cilento, and in 1917 he’s living in Williamstown NJ with a wife and three children. He’s still recorded as an ‘alien,’ but this card indicates that he registered for the WWI draft. Whether he fought or not I haven’t yet figured out; nor do I have information about his immigration or anything else. I will keep looking for some indication of his father’s name. At this point I’m willing to bet (but not very much) that he’s Nicola’s son.