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The Scarnecchia & DeMarco Family

Updated September 5, 2000

Kathleen Rita Hooper
13322 Spruce
Grant, MI 49327
United States
616-834-5255
khooper@riverview.net

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We have been very interested in finding more information about our Italian genealogy. The Scarnecchia FamilyMy Great Grandfather (Patrizzio Scarnecchia) was from Barrea, Abruzzi,and married my Great Grandmother (Maria Sansone). They were living in the town of Laurenzana (province of Potenza) when they "fled" Italy in the mid-1880's for New York on what everyone calls a cattle boat. They departed from either Naples or Genoa in '84, '85, or '86 (we THINK) and arrived in New York after 2 or so months of travel.Patrizzio was a stone carver in Laurenzana (and in New York, and the Boston area). They left their baby son (Pete) with the Sansone family in Laurenzana until he came to the US at age 20 years in around 1905 or so. In total, they had 7 boys (Peter, Daniel, William, Louis, Leo, Charles, and Tony), all of which are now passed away. My Grandfather was William Scarnecchia.Patrizzio was born in Barrea, Abruzzi (we think) some time in the 1850s. His mother (name unknown) died after she gave birth to Antonio, Patrizzio (my Great Grandfather), and Donato. One of Patrizzio's brothers went to Brazil, the other remained in Italy (possibly Rome). Their father (name unknown) re-married and had a son named Furangela (not sure how to spell it). Furangela Scarnecchia (Patrizzio's half-brother) supposedly visited my Great Grandfather in Massachusetts around 1927. Since coming to the US, most of the descendants of Patrizzio Scarnecchia went by the last name of Scarnegie. I know who all the Scarnegies are, but am trying to locate my Scarnecchia relatives here in the US and in Italy. Are any of you searching for your Scarnecchia heritage? Does any of this sound like it could be connected to your family? Please let me know. I would appreciate VERY MUCH any information you might have that would help my cause. Who knows, we may actually be related!The DeMarco FamilySalvatore Born in Naples, married (Donna) Clelia Marini, born in Rome came to USA about the turn of the century. Settled in the Old North End of Boston on Salem Street, across from the Old North Church. They had 8 children Attillio, Linda, Virginia, Eda, (MY Grandmother) Guy, Amilgree, Joseph, Anna. My Uncle Attilio had a bakery on Salem Street. I believe Uncle Attilio's daughter Clara still lives in the North End today. If you have any information Please let us know.

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