||Alphonse CALDIERO |
||2 Nov 1882
||San Valentino, Salerno, Italy [1, 2]
||8 Dec 1892
||Buffalo, Erie Co., New York 
||8 Jul 1904
||Buffalo, Erie Co., New York 
||2nd Ward, Buffalo, Erie Co., New York
- aged 36, “labourer” for the City
||Enum. Dist. 15-31, 4th Ward (Swan St.), Buffalo, Erie Co., New York
- aged 47, speaks Italian, “City employee, public works”
||247 Swan St., Buffalo, Erie Co., New York
- aged 57, born in Italy, 0 years of schooling; married; lived in same house 5 years before; laborer, “Street Dept.”
|Social Security Number
||Buffalo, Erie Co., New York
- A number of Caldieros immigrate through Ellis Island, but none are named Alphonse. Instead, the only Alphonses close to this name who came through were named Caldieri. It might be a transcription error, but it’s an error by different scribes on different manifests over a number of years.
The 1930 census says that he immigrated in 1892, which must be the first date of immigration. There isn’t a reason to doubt this, but I can’t find a record of this trip.
The first migration record that matches his age is in 1901, aboard the S.S. Patria, arriving in NYC from Naples on 25 June 1901. He was 18, and Alphonse would have turned 19 that year. He was unmarried, but was from S. Valentino. He also has a relation listed, a “Pasquale” Caldieri.
This is interesting because this relation appears elsewhere. In 1907, Alphonse Caldiero, arriving from Naples aboard the Neckar on 1 June, is from S. Valentino and traveling to Buffalo. He says that his brother Pasquale lives there. There is another record of an Alfonso Caldiero arriving on the Roma from Naples on 21 April 1907, but this entry is lined out, with no data; perhaps this is an error.
1909 shows a Pasquale Caldiero immigrating from Naples on 7 Aug. aboard the Principe of Piemonte. He is from Valentino, and is married (to Lena Palamonty?), and is heading for Jersey City. In 1910 a Vincenzo Caldieri from S. Valentino immigrated on the S.S. Venezia from Naples on 26 April. He was going to Brooklyn, and married to Luisa Guisa.
A more promising possibility is in 1911. Pasquale Caldieri, from S. Valentino, arrived on the Duca Degli Abruzzi, from Naples on 22 November. He was a barber, traveling to Buffalo, and his father’s name was Carmine.
In 1912, Alphonzo Caldieri and his wife Carmela Alaria arrived from Naples aboard the S.S. Berlin on 22 March. This matches the 1920 census, which says that he and his wife Carmela immigrated in 1912. They were from S. Valentino in Salerno. They list a close relation. Alphonse’s father in San Valentino is is “_imone” Perhaps “Carmine”? The second page of the manifest says that they are traveling to Buffalo, and the relation they are traveling to there is his brother Pasquale at 278 Seneca St.
No Pasquale seems to appear in the 1910 U.S. or 1915 N.Y. State censuses. A Pasquale Caldiero does appear, however, buried in Cheektowaga, born in 1878 and died in 1917.
Nana (Theresa), his grand-daughter, says that he had first immigrated when he was 18 (so, abt. 1900) with a wife and three children. The wife and two children, twins, died (apparently in childbirth); the third died soon after—he always said from grief. He then returned to Italy to find another wife. When he did, though, he was drafted into the Italian army for WWI.
“Caldiero” is a town in nothern Italy. It has the historical distinction of being conquered by Napoleon (the Battle of Caldiero was on Nov. 11, 1796), and having the town’s name engraved on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. [3, 4]
||4 Sep 2016 |