24 November 2010

Modestino Ovidio Marzio "Augustine" de Cristofaro (1836-1900)

 1900 Boston MA Death Index Volume: 507 Page: 432 Entry: 8176

Name: Modestino de Cristofaro
Death: 2 September 1900 in Boston
Cause: Pneumonia
Age: 65, born in Italy
Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden, MA

Modestino Ovidio Marzio de Cristofaro was born on 11 April 1836 to Giovanni de Cristofaro (a shoemaker) and Flaminia Selvitella.  He married Maria Luigia di Iorio - also of Torre - on 14 October 1865.

Modestino was a sculptor by trade, and he and Luigia had eight children:

1. Erminio Giovanni born 27 September 1866
2. Florinda born 11 September 1868
3. Carmine born 3 May 1871
4. Giovanni born 25 September 1875
5. Alessandrina born 14 April 1879
6. Vincenzo born 1 July 1882
7. Carlo born 8 September 1886
8. Alberico born 27 July 1889

The oldest four left for Boston prior to 1893 and Modestino and Luigia followed with the four youngest in 1894.

Kronprinz Friedrich Wilhelm - Napoli to New York - 20 August 1894

List: 1
Line: 9
Name: de Cristofaro, Modestino
Age: 58
Marital: Married
Occupation: Laborer
Destination: Boston

Line 10: Luigia, wife, age 48
Line 11: Alessandra, age 15, child
Line 12: Vincenzo, age 10, child
Line 13: Carlo, age 7, child
Line 14: Alberico, age 5, child

Kronprinz Friedrich Wilhelm List 1

The 1900 census showed the family living at 5 Snowhill Street in Boston.  Their surname had evolved into Christoforo, with Marzio being called Augustine and Maria Luigia becoming Louisa.

I'll get to their children and respective families in another post, but in the meantime here's a shot of Snowhill Street.  Google tells me #5 is the building on the left ... which is where Modestino died.  

I wonder if he was content with the new life he'd made... and if, when leaving it... he thought of Torre?

Snowhill Street, Boston, MA

Pedigree of Marzio de Cristofaro

1 comment:

  1. I am wondering if Modestino DeCristofaro is brothers with Flaviano DeCristofaro.. my great grandfather... it is a shot in the dark but would you know any of Modestino's brothers and sisters names by chance... thank you


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