10 August 2010

Giovenale Amodio di Nuzzolo (1895)

Giovenale di Nuzzolo 1923 Passport Photo

Giovenale di Nuzzolo was born in Torre le Nocelle on 15 October 1895.  He was the eighth of ten children born to Salvatore di Nuzzolo (1856) and Maria Giovanna Ardolino (1862).  Siblings were:

Rosina - 2 February 1882
Alfonsina - 18 September 1883
Ernesto Romolo - 11 September 1886
Ernesto - 13 August 1888
Catarina - 3 January 1891
Pasqualina - 1 September 1892
Michelina - 27 October 1893
Maria Carmela - 8 January 1898
Amorosa Elena Clelia - 1900

Father Salvatore was a stone cutter and made at least two trips to Boston.  The first was on the Vancouver in 1902.  He settled in at 115 Salem street, staying there at least until 1905.

He went home to Torre sometime between 1905-1909, returning to the States again on 17 March 1910 on board the Canopic.  The fourteen year-old Giovenale would accompany him on this second trip.

They stayed with older sister Rosina, who by that time had become the wife of Enrico (Henry) Baldassarre.  The 1910 census finds them all living together at 10 Sheafe street in Boston... along with brother Ernesto, also a stone cutter.

Salvatore is said to be widowed, but I'm not quite sure what to make of this as their Canopic manifest from only a month earlier lists mother Maria Giovanna as their relative in Torre.  Perhaps she was deceased and her death was the reason Salvatore decided to move back to the U.S., taking the young Giovenale with him?

Giovenale went on to marry Carmela Carnabuci circa 1915 ... presumably in Boston, although I'm having trouble finding a record of it.  Carmela's family was from Santa Teresa, Messina, Italy.  
His 1917 draft registration says he is working as a stone cutter for the Lynn Cement & Stone Company in Lynn, MA, and is the sole support of his wife, father and mother.  (More than likely he was referring to his mother-in-law Domenica Carnabuci.)  He also states that he has a recurring sore on his left leg.  Hokay... that was probably a little too much info ... but I had to toss it in, as it's the little details that make this hobby interesting ;-)

1917 U.S. Draft Registration Card

From the 1920 census we learn that Giovenale, Carmela, mother-in-law Domenica and Domenica's two other children - Joseph and Josephine - are all living at 8 Emmons St.  Giovenale has now become known as John and is working at a soda manufacturer.  John D. tells me this was probably the Puffer Manufacturing Company and that we had several ancestors who worked there at one time or another.

The Puffer Manufacturing Company - Winchester, MA

Giovenale was naturalized on 18 September 1922, listing his occupation as "merchant."

1922 Petition for Naturalization 

In June of 1923 he applied for his first U.S. passport (he's now back to being a stone cutter) and had plans to visit father Salvatore, who apparently had returned to Torre.  He'd already purchased his ticket for passage on board the Presidente Wilson and was ready to hit the high seas on 8 July 1923.  Peter Carnabuci, witness to the passport application, was also his brother-in-law.

 1923 Passport Application

He returned to the States on 8 June 1926 on board the Conte Biancamano, arriving at the port of New York.  The 1930 census shows Giovenale and wife Carmela (recorded as John and Carmela Nuzzo) at 12 Thorndike street in Revere, MA where the couple owns their own home valued at $4,000... which these days wouldn't even cover a down payment ;-)  Mother-in-law Domenica is still living in the household, along with her son Joseph and his new bride Giaconda.  
I googled Thorndike street and came up with this cute little house. In fact I've been playing with Google maps quite a bit lately  (thank you Jeff D. for getting me addicted), so the blue address links hook up to the corresponding maps.

So ... does anyone know what happened to Giovenale and Carmela after 1930?  I'm wondering if they ever had children.  Likely not as the 39 year-old Carmela was still childless in the 1930 census, but still, one never knows....


  1. You're welcome for the addiction to Google Maps.

  2. @BeardedManInAHat

    Good thing we didn't go to high school together ... you'd have had me in all sorts of trouble :-)


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