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Message Board - archive 41

From: danny
Email: dannyhughes11@btinternet.com
Subject: andrew breilla and lucy
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 18:31:01

Hi a lady named sue duckworth left a message trying to find out information on my great great grandad andrew and lucy breilla. she did leave an email but it is no longer in use if you read this letter sue contact me on the email above thanks danny


From: Dave Stubbs
Email: webmaster@fops.org
Subject: Information about mechanical music manufacturing
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2012 12:48:19

I am not related to Little Italy in any way, other than having been a resident of Manchester for 50-something years. I am the webmaster of the Fair Organ Preservation Society (FOPS) and am therefore very interested in the mechanical music manufacturing that took place in the area. I was fascinated by the page about Domenico Antonelli and I was wondering if anyone has any information about other manufacturers, for example Gavioli at number 4 Jersey Street. Any information, especially photos, would be appreciated and I would like to publish the information on the FOPS website or discussion forum for the other enthusiasts to read. I will of course give full acknowledgement to anyone who can provide material. The FOPS website is at www.fops.org . Best regards, Dave Stubbs (FOPS Webmaster)


From: Gerry Stewart
Email: gerry.stewart56@yahoo.com
Subject: Pump Street Manchester
Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2012 07:44:55

Hi I am doing some research into what was once known as Pump st now known as Whitworth st .Pump st ran from the jcn of London rd opp Picadilly railway stn or London rd stn as it was known back in the early 1900s and late 1800 I am almost sure some of the early Italian families lived in that area I think the street numbers started at the London rd end and finished the mill end of the street no more than 30 houses in total where in the street with multiple occupancy . If any one can supply me with any information on Pump st its people where they worked or photographs it would be of grt help in my reserch as the last part of this old street may still be saved from demolition .Thank you for talking time to read this post.


From: Manuel Perella
Email: mjaperella@hotmail.com
Subject: The Perellas of ancoats
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2012 18:08:07

My Great uncle fortunato Perella Married My great Aunt Theresa Crolla. Uncle fortunato immagrated from Italy to manchester married Aunt Theresa then had two children William and Mary then the family immagrated to the U.s.A.in 1903.Uncle Fortunato along with my Grandfather Gusippe;Anthony and Dominick stared an ice-cone factory in Pittsburgh around 1908. If anyone has any knowlege of the Perella Family feel free to email me.


From: Carole Giffen
Email: carolegif@yahoo.co.uk
Subject: Lanni's
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2012 10:47:16

I am looking for information on Lanni's in Manchester. Antonio came over from Picinsco, Italy. His father was Carl Lanni who was a barber in Picinisco and his borther Pietro went to the Us.


From: Janet
Email: janet.mcgrath1@btinternet.com
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2012 22:08:22

I am the grandaughter of Marco Seretti who was and ice cream merchant in cheetham hill, manchester. He married Margaret Perselli who lived in Jersey Street Ancoats with my great grandmother Eugene Perselli. I remember Jersey Steet quite well. As a little girl we regularly visited my great grandmother and spent many happy days and evenings in her humble home singing. I remember when I made my First Holy Communion we went to my Granny Perselli's in Jersey Steet and all my aunts and uncles were there. I collected lots of money that day!!! My cheeks were sore though due to the many times they were tweeked and kissed!! Happy, happy, days. If anybody remembers the Perselli's and Seretti's I would love to hear from you.


From: Catherine Coyle
Email: ccoyle@fsmail.net
Subject: St Michaels
Date: Wed, 8 Feb 2012 00:44:23

I'm not Italian but attended St Michael's up to about 1964 in the same class as Phillip Rea I was Jefferies then.I remember christmas parties at school when ice cream would be sent in by the Burdon family \\i think it was John who was in the class.I told my children about the Italian Society walking with the school. Then this year , now they are adults themselves,we were visiting an art event and the procession was just starting up in George Leigh St. It was just how I had described it and they could share my excitement. Anyone know what happened to our teacher Mr Hugh? Graet website well done.


From: Ian Monton
Email: ianmonton@talktalk.net
Subject: Montani Family
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2012 17:04:15

I am looking for information concerning the Montani family who reached Manchester around 1905. My father born Ronald Montani in 1918 served in the RAOC during WW2. His father Umberto Raimondo Carlo Montani (and accountant)was interned for a while in the IoM until considered zero risk in 1941. His father Ettore Luigiagusto Montani (trained as a cameo cutter in Florence abd born Rome 1844) died in Chorlton in 1923 and lived variously in Withington (where I was born in 1947, Chorlton, and Old Trafford. Problem is I have no idea what these ancestors did once in Manchester (apart from Dad and his father)or how Ettore travelled to UK (with 2 friends, Francati and Sardomavia)or by which route. Can you help with some general information? I would be grateful for anything you might be able to contribute. Very many thanks Ian


From: Ian Monton
Email: ianmonton@talktalk.net
Subject: Montani Family
Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2011 13:27:21

I am Manchester born and bred but left some years ago. My Great Granddfather Ettore Luigiagusto Montani was born in Rome in 1844, his mother was Luisa Ricci. He was a Cameo cutter by trade and moved to Florence when in his teens to study. He moved to London around 1868 with two friends,then moved north and met his wife to be Annie Mary Ball from Whitehaven. They evetually settled in Manchester. Ettore died in in 1923 (Newport Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy)and his wife died in 1944 in Withington. There were two offspring: Umberto Carlo Raimondo Montani (born Florence 1889) and Annie Ettoretta Montani (Born West Derby, 1867. They died in 1858 in Soutport and 1964 in Heaton Chapel respectively. My father (son of Umberto) was born in Charlesworth in 1918 at 16 Glossop Road. The family returned to Italy in 1888 where lived in Florence for several years and where Ettore felt he needed to re-marry is wife in the Italian style (What a romantic!) They returned to Manchester around 1905 and continued to live there until their deaths. If there's anyone out their who recognise the names above, whether they be Manchester based or elsewhere in the world (several Montani's went over to the USA in the late 1800's I would be pleased to hear from them.
Ian Monton, Penistone, South Yorkshire


From: Christine Gaukroger
Email: christine.edith@waitrose.com
Subject: Sunday afternoon ices
Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2011 13:24:58

I was born in Salford in 1954 and lived just off Tootal Road/Drive, Weaste. Every Sunday afternoon my dad, my sister and me would go to meet Vincent's ice cream cart in the back entry - a beaker of ice cream for me ( with proper raspberry vinegar!) and an apple for the horse! Years later in the 80's before the IRA bomb destroyed the old M&S in Market Street I met up again with ??? This time in his van and guess what? he remembered me all those years before as a child.


From: Sue Duckworth
Email: Sue.duckworth@live.co.uk
Subject: Breilla family - help!
Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2011 12:01:59

Please can anyone help me find more information about my ancestors. The family name is Breilla, consisting of Andrew, his wife Lucy and Their 10 children - many of which died in infancy or early childhood. They lived in this area in the late 1800's and 1900's ; pump st in 1893, lees st in 1896 and Barlow st in 1909. Andrew is listed in the earlier census's as a hawker but then in 1901 as an ice cream vendor and later an ice cream dealer. The witnesses on Andrew and Lucy's marriage certificate in 1888 are the Capaldis so I assume they were friends. apart from this I have no other information about this side of my family and would be incredibly grateful for any help at all! thank you!


From: Anthony Francis Rea
Email: afb61@yahoo ca
Subject: looking for family members - Rea
Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2011 13:37:38

Dear Rudy my fathers name was Raymond Eugene Rea my grandfathers name was was Francis Rea my grandmothers name was Madeleine i had an uncle named Peter my mothers name Lillian Smith


From: Karen Bennett
Email: karebiff@hotmail.co.uk
Subject: Family Surnames - Bifolchi
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2011 20:09:14

i would like to add my grandads name to your family surnames his name was giusseppe bifolchi he was born in naples and came to live in jersey st ancoats around 1900s and married my grandmother elizabeth my father Peter was born in 1920 youngest of 13 children and went st pats school ancoats m/c Thank you for keeping their heritage going with your good work im very proud of them all thanks again karen bifolchi bennett .


From: Marian Cooper
Email: marian.martin@rocketmail.com
Subject: DeFelices in Birmingham and Manchester
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2011 16:18:03

I am trying to find out more about Eugene and Eugenie DeFelice (also known as Kingie and Queenie) who had lodging houses, ice cream parlours, and also possibly a shop in Birmingham. They also had ties in London and Manchester. My maternal grandmother Lil was their adopted daughter. I would be grateful for any information concerning this. Cheers


From: Louise Gibboney
Email: jbone1998@sbcglobal.net
Subject: Andrew Dominic Cuneo
Date: Fri, 3 Jun 2011 19:44:23

I am looking for any information about my grandfather, Andrew Cuneo. I believe he was in Manchester about 1893 until he left for America via Liverpool. He sold ice cream while he lived in Manchester and worked in the coal mines. I would appreciate any information you might have. Thank you, Louise Gibboney


From: Anna
Email: h4ll3tt@btinternet.com
Subject: Prussia Park
Date: Sat, 14 May 2011 22:58:31

I wonder, does anyone remember the wooden 'dobby' horse in Prussia Park or have any photos of it? This was made by my G'G'Grandfather Thomas Riley who lived on City Road & then Duke Street.


From: Johnny Brown
Email: jonnybrown190687@hotmail.com
Date: Mon, 9 May 2011 17:40:27

Hi all, Just come across this website looking at all things Italian. I was looking in the Surname section of the site and noticed my grandmothers maiden name "Sinacola". I was just wondering if any Sinacola's still live in the Ancoats area? Im sure I have relatives out there! Grazie Johnny


Email: dougal_bug@yahoo.com
Subject: Vincent's Ice Cream
Date: Mon, 9 May 2011 14:35:52

I have always loved Vincent's ice cream, when I was a lad I used to take a basin, and get it filled with ice cream with a raspberry topping. In later years I used to enjoy a twist. On visiting Eccles today I noticed a Vincent's ice cream van, and was wondering where I can obtain some. Does the van park outside any schools in the Eccles area, or the Urmston area? Regards


From: linda stopford
Email: lulustopford@hotmail.com
Subject: verecchia
Date: Tue, 1 Mar 2011 14:33:29

I am trying to find details of Angela Verecchia and her family.I know they lived in the Ancoats area, around 1910. I believe she remarried when she arrived in England, his surname was possibly Bean. Any info would be greatly appreciated. thanks


From: Amanda Jennings
Email: amanda.jennings@litody.com
Subject: Italian Gt Grandfather - Martine / Martini
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011 23:29:26

Hi there, Can you please add my Gt Grandfather's name to the Ancoats Surname list. His name was Angelo Martine (not sure if this was shortened from Martini) We have discovered that he came from the Frosinone Lazio area of Italy and I have evidence of him living in Ancoats area. Thank you Amanda Jennings



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