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Message Board - archive 31

From: David Eager
Email: david_eagar@btinternet.com
Subject: Ancoats website glory
Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2008 22:20:37

Thank you so much for creating the wonderful Ancoats Italian website.

It was reading on Hazel Roy's site that she thought yours the best website, with its wonderful music, that I came to it.

My paternal grandfather (English from London) played his Napolese mandolin for me once, a life-enhancing memory.

So, good, very well done,



From: Jenny Anderson
Email: jennyanderson123@yahoo.co.uk
Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2008 15:02:11

Hi My grandmother Anne, her first husband's surname was named Cervi, she became widowed, but that's as much i know about the surname...but she then married my grandfather Anthony Dagostino in 1922...she was 27years old @ that time... ?? don't know how helpful ...regards


From: Jenny Anderson
Email: jennyanderson123@yahoo.co.uk
Subject: Dagostino / dirolla family name
Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2008 14:51:21

Hi i am trying to locate any info regarding the Dagostino or Dirolla families.... My mother was Mary Dagostino, and her father was Anthony and her mother's maiden was Dirolla.... regards jenny anderson


From: Tony Fascione
Email: anthonyfascione@yahoo.AC.UK
Subject: Fascione family
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2008 19:56:39

Hi my name Tony l look for an information about my family my father was call henry. Born 1908 in Leeds west Yorkshire my G.F was call Angelo born 1869? ice cream vendor who live orange street in Leeds is father was call Micheal a Farmer.I know a place in Italy Town call Rocca D,evandro were some of Fascione live.Can anybody on your board help me trace Angelo or Micheal or Fascione

Regard Tony


From: Emma Jeffries
Email: emma_jeffries@hotmail.co.uk
Subject: Tiani
Date: Wed, 9 Jan 2008 20:58:26

I love your site its really interesting to learn of the Italian history.

I wander if you could help me please. My Grandfather was a Tiani and I am soon to open a Italian restaurant named Tianis. I would like to write a little about the family history unfortunately I am not in touch with any Tiani and believe there are few of us left.

Would you know where I could find some information I could add to our literature?

Thank You for your time.

Emma Jeffries


From: Jack holland
Email: jackholland10@btinternet.com
Subject: please find a dear friend
Date: Sun, 6 Jan 2008 22:17:27

Sarifino di felice was a dear friend that I sadly lost contact with. I find that he had connections with Manchester Italian Catholic Association


From: Pauline Freeman
Email: paulinefreeman@blueyonder.co.uk
Subject: The Tiani Family
Date: Sat, 5 Jan 2008 17:24:01

Hi there, Am looking for any details of the Tiani family who may have emigrated from Sette Frati in the late 1800s/early 1900s. Are there any decendants out there who can help me find any of my grandparents 'siblings' offspring? They were Orazio and Maria Antonia Tiani.


From: Lorraine McKenzie
Email: mckenzielorraine@hotmail.com
Subject: ice cream families
Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2008 22:02:05

You forgot to include the 'Marre' family in the list of ice cream makers, otherwise a great piece of info!!


From: Peter FOY
Email: peter-foy@primus.ca
Subject: Ancoats memories
Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2008 05:59:37

Hello Tony, Although I am not of Italian heritage I admire the people of the Ancoats Area of Manchester greatly.I was Police officer with Manchester City Police from Dec 1961 until March 1966 when I left to come to Canada. During my service in Manchester I had the pleasure of being a beat officer in the Ancoats Area many times and came to know many people in the area. One of the highlights of the year was the Italian Whit Walks around the area and the colour and pomp that was there for all to see the Manchester Italian Community in their GLORY. Your web site is tremendous especially the article on Jerome Caminada Best wishes for 2008 and hopefuly as time goes on you may have the opportunity to add more to your site.

Peter FOY


From: Amanda Jennings
Email: amanda.jennings@litody.com
Subject: ANGELO MARTINE (Martini)
Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2007 05:17:48

Hi everyone trying to find out more regarding my great grandfather Angelo who lived in Manchester - his occupation is shown as ice cream vendor. Angelo sadly died in 1909 at aged 42 leaving a widow Elizabeth Penney and 4 children - Emily, Assunta (Susan) Dominic, and Florence. Not sure which part of Italy Angelo came from - has anybody got any details on who worked for which ice cream company. It is said that his friend was called Tony Pandolfo and that he came over to Manchester with Tony in the late 1800's. Love to hear from anyone who can shed some light on this.


From: Carol Dorland
Email: dorlandcaz@aol.com
Subject: Kale
Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2007 23:24:38

I am looking for my grandfather Donald P Kale, my mother lived in Ancoats with her father but her mother died when she was about 3yrs old I have looked everywhere to find him but so far have had no luck i was told as a child i had med blood im hoping i have found the right place any answers anyone he was married to emma simmonds


From: Lawrence Granger
Email: larrygranger@cwgsy.net
Subject: Lawrence Cervi
Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2007 18:40:31

Lawrence Cervi of George Leigh St was my Father. I am trying to trace my family background and would appreciate some help. I have big gaps in the family tree but what I have found so far is amazing. Please help. Larry Granger (formerly Larry Cervi)


From: Alan Smith
Email: asmith616@btinternet.com
Subject: The Perella Family
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 16:39:01

Sir, Iam researching my wifes family history and Iam turning to you to try and further my research. My wifes maiden name is Beresford and she had an aunt whose name was May. May married an italian gentleman whose name was, Jack Perella in 1935. At the time of the marriage Jack was living in Moston. Although he was not a resident of Ancoats, I believe he was a member of the little italy society.

I am hoping that someone out there will have some memories of the Perella family and will want to share them with me and my wife. Thanking you in anticipation.

Alan Smith.


From: Yvonne Monks nee Carney
Email: munksy@e-wire.net.au
Subject: Farro's
Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2007 14:42:04

I am having trouble tracking down the 'Farro's' that came from Italy to Ancoats Manchester in the early 1800's. I have a George Albert 1881 father William Farro 1850 (my great great grandfather). Married we think to a Isabella??? not sure but they may have been the couple who emigrated by boat. Does anyone know of them or know the names of any of the Boats that brought the Italians to England in the 1800's.Thank you so much for this site....I did not live in Ancoats but remember watching the 'Italians' walk on Whitsunday every year, Always the most spectacular! I now live in Australia so not so easy to get information.

Many Thanks Yvonne Monks


From: Anthony Rea
Email: trea2@sc.rr.com
Subject: family from aprino
Date: Sun, 18 Jun 2007 14:11:43

My name is Anthony Rea my family is Italian and from Aprino we have relatives in delaware n Myrtle Beach sc my mothers maiden name is Rinaldi


From: Jane
Email: withheld
Subject: Italians in Glasgow
Date: Tue, 22 May 2007 21:44:47

Hi Tony I have just noticed that my grandparents surname is listed (Defilippis) but I'm sure they came to Scotland (Glasgow) from London approx.1892. I have no recollection of Machester being mentioned. I know there will probably be many with that surname Is there a similar site that has records of the Italians who came to Glasgow. From death records etc I do know that my grandfather was an ice-cream vendor/confectioner in Glasgow 1892-1894.

Hope you dont mind me asking



From: Peter Barnes
Email: peter@docsaway.co.uk
Subject: Italian Heritage
Date: Tue, 15 May 2007 09:54:15

Hi Tony Rea

I am Peter Barnes just retired at 60 and inspired by your Ancoats book and website to research my Italian roots.

My grandad was Gerardo Margiotta and my gran was Rosa Margiotta nee Protano. My mum, Phyllis and her 3 sisters are still alive-although mum is creaking a bit at 82 but is full of stories from her childhood- she remembers your family from the old days.

My grandad's sister, Maria, married into the Andreucci family who were ice cream manufacturers and vendors, changing their name to Andrews- I remember them from my own childhood.

I enjoyed your tales of my great grandfather 'drinking the Green Dragon dry of beer' -this ability seems to have missed me although I like a drink! but seems alive and well in our 2 sons.

My 8 weeks of research since retirement do not compare to your 'lifetime' but thanks for the inspiration!! I am currently researching 'Aunty Lucy' (Lucia Margiotta) who married into the Arcaro family.If you have any family stories for me they will be most gratefully received




From: Tony Roberts
Email: Gmcd282@aol.com
Subject: family
Date: Sat, 12 May 2007 12:47:41

Hi Tony, I am trying to find any information on my mothers side of the family. Her maiden name was cashinella i think they first came from genoa mid 19th century,the name could have been cassinelli at the time. i think he had an ice cream business.and lived around poland st ancoats.many thanks tony roberts.


From: Nicola Phillips
Email: www.njp0@o2.co.uk
Subject: Mancini Family Information
Date: Fri, 4 May 2007 23:05:36

I have been looking into my family history and would like to share some information and also would appreciate and information that can piece some of the blanks that I have not been able to find? Mancini Family came from Italy around 1880-1890 my great grandmother suggested Naples, however this has not been confirmed. They settled in Ancoats and lived in Jersey Street, there surname on the 1901 Censor in shown as Mancini, however when Angelo (middle son) married Ellen there marrage certificate shows Angelo\'s sername as Mangini. My great uncle (Mary's son) suggests they were quiet alliterate in those days so there is some confusion about my ancestors surname. I have checked for the surname Angelo Mangini in manchester and only a mancini family is registered. Also Angelo's headstone shows his surname as being Mancini he died aged 31yrs not sure of the cause of his death, it is believed that angelo was buried from the cheetham workhouse. Censor information 1901 Angelo Mancini Seniour (Icecream Vendor) Maddelena (Wife) Guiseppe Mancini (Eldest son) Street musician Angelo Mancini (middle Son) born in Italy 1885-1916 Street musician Antonio Mancini (Youngest Son) only son born in England. Angelo Junior married Ellen Sands in 1908 and a daughter Mary (my great grandmother), it is believed that angelo and Ellen had a daughter called Winifred and died very young. I believe there are still familys relating to the above family are still living in Manchester, if any of the above information means anything to anyone I would love to here from you.

Nicola Phillips


From: Steve Mcleod
Email: j0.mcleod@virgin.net
Subject: Query
Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2007 18:01:14

Dear Tony,

For several years I have been researching my family history and seem to have come against a block in the early 1800s.

My great great grandfather Peter Sassi came from Italy but I don't know from which area.He was a Carver and Gilder but also Looking Glass Manufacturer and Watchmaker.He lived in Wigan and had four children dying in 1843 the eldest of which was my great grandmother Martha Maria Sassi.He was born in 1803 approximately but I don't know why he should be in Wigan at that time.Can you shed any light as there were no other Italian families in Wigan at that time although many came into the area like the Cassinellis, Sivoris and Raffos later.

I found your website as I am doing a bit of chauffeuring for some family friends who are part of the RAI television crew covering the Inter Milan game on Tuesday......they also came over two weeks ago for the Roma game....and was researching the Italian connections with Ancoats,Manchester and the United football team.

Best Wishes,

Steve Mcleod


From: Valerie Coppola
Email: rick5654@aol.com
Subject: My Grandfather
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2007 23:01:22

My Grandfather was on the SS Arandora Star he was passenger no 131 Paolo Coppola,sadly I never knew him. My father told me what happened to my Grandfather and being able to find out more information has been fascinating.

Best wishes Val Coppola


From: Jean Bailey
Email: jeanb362@aol.com
Subject: Verrechia Family
Date: Sun, 4 Mar 2007 19:53:42

I am trying to trace my husbands family history on his mothers side, her maiden name was Thomasina Verrechia and she was brought up at 59 Loom St Ancoats. She was born in October 1916 and had 2 sisters (Rose and Nina) and 1 brother (Michael). Her Father was called Frederick and we dont know anything about her mother I would appreciate any information at all on the Verrechia family


From: Steve Eccles
Email: steve-eccles@ntlworld.com
Subject: Query
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2007 16:54:46


I believe my maternal grandfather (George Hill) was of Italian decent and lived in Manchester. He was born in 1901.

However his surname was Hill. I realise it may have been his mother who was of Italian decent.

However I am wondering did Italians ever adopt English surnames?

I am in the process of attempting trace this side of my family tree, but it is proving difficult. Any suggestions would be most welcome.

Many thanks

Steve Eccles



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