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American Story of Molfettese Immigration
Evidence of pre-1900 immigration from Molfetta to the
United States. No# 110 on this manifests lists a 60-year
old cigar maker named Onofrio Allegretta on his way to
meet his brother Ignazio in Chicago. In this document,
we can see that Allegretta was a widower and had lived
in New York from 1892-1895. It is unclear if he was again
admitted entry into the US since he was listed as senile
on this manifest.
A manifest from 1900 with five immigrants from Molfetta
(No # 5 - 9) who were on their way to New York City.
Evidence that in the early stages of immigration, Molfettesi
men settled elsewhere, outside of the eventual enclave
located in Hoboken, NJ. The names listed in this manifest
include, Ignazio De Felice, Vincenzo Trombetta, Onofrio
De Felice, Francesco Caló, and Giuseppe De Bari.
A manifest from 1901 with three immigrants from Molfetta
(No. # 14 -16) on their way to New York. (The exact
location is illegible) Listed as sailors, the surnames
of the three passengers include Pappagallo, Scicancalepore
A manifest from 1902 with several immigrants from Molfetta
(No. # 9 - 14) on their way to New York City. This manifest
also reveals early evidence of an entire family leaving
Molfetta to settle in the USA. According to this record,
Vito Cormio, his wife Giovanna and their 5-year-old
son Raffaele were on their way to Brooklyn.
A manifest from 1903 with six immigrants from Molfetta
(No. # 11 - 16) on their way to Mulberry Street in New
York City's famous Little Italy district.. All six men
(with the surnames, De Trizio, Sallustio, Mastrapasqua,
Mezzina & Magarelli) list their contact as
their cousin, Vincenzo Verdecchia. Without a doubt Verdecchia
was not a relative but rather a "Padrone"
enabling immigrants to settle in the USA.
A manifest from 1903 with several immigrants from Molfetta
(No. # 3 - 4, 7 - 8, 10, & 26) on their way to Hoboken,
NJ. The surnames listed in this manifest include Cirillo,
Mastropierro, Bufo, Amato and Camporeale). An interesting
footnote about this manifest is that three of these
Molfettese men were listed as "miners" under
their occupation. In order to pursue a mining job, these
men would have to have left the docks of Hoboken and
headed west to Pennsylvania.
A manifest from 1906 showing
three immigrants from from Molfetta (No # 13 - 15) who
were on their way to San Francisco, Cal. The surnames
listed in this manifest include Sasso & Mezzina.
Two of the passengers have their last residence changed
from Molfetta to USA, suggesting that they may have
been established more permanently as American citizens.