Hello to one and all.I guess I'll start off by welcoming everyone to the Cavalcante Forum.I'm Robert Cavalcante Jr. and I requested this forum as an means for Cavalcante's everywhere to connect and research our heritage and ancestry through a common dialogue.
Since the Cavalcante name is very uncommon, research can be frustrating.Rather than researching just one document or volume with hundreds of possible links, we're destined to search through hundreds of documents for just one name.But like any treasure hunter knows, the rarer the gem, the more valuable it is.So it is with the Cavalcante heritage.
As many of you may know, there is a very large Brazilian offshoot of the Cavalcante name, and indeed there's even a city in Brazil named Cavalcante.Since my Grandparents emigrated directly from Italy, I don't have a lot of information on the "Brazilian Connection", so any info would be greatly appreciated.I believe the connection passes through Portugal and eventually back to Italy.
Here's a litle of the research that I've already conducted.See if anything sounds familiar and let's get this forum started!
Both my paternal grandparents, Vincenzo Cavlacante and Angelina Marie Scavetta were born in the Italian city of Accetura, in the Basilicata Region, but only met after emigrating to America years later.
Vincenzo's parents were Andrew and Carmella Cavalcante.Angelina Marie's parents were Rosa Cerabona and Michael Scavetta who served in the Italian army during World War I. Michael died in 1920 of pneumomnia he contracted while in the Army and shortly after that, my great grandmother Rosa Cerabona/Scavetta decided to bring her family to America for a new beginning. They left Napoli, Italy on the S.S. Regina D' Italia on 20 Dec 1920 and arrived at Ellis Island in January 1921. They settled in New Jersey.
Michael Scavetta's father's name is unknown, but his mother (the first wife of his father's two marriages) was named Marie. From that first marriage, he had 3 brothers, Salvatore, Giuseppe and another unknown brother. His mother died while he was young (cause currently unknown) and his father married a very young girl in her twenties, Filomena, who was the same age as his oldest son. Together they had two daughters, Mary and one unknown, and two sons - Anthony (born and died in Italy) and a son who was born in Camden, New Jersey.
I believe we still have family in Accetura from the Cavalcante, Scavetta and Cerabona lines. My Grandfather Vincent Cavalcante was a 10 month old infant when his mother and siblings emmigrated to America in 1901 and they lived in Philadelphia for some time. At age 16, he lied about his age and place of birth so he could join the U.S. Navy and fight in World War I.
Here's a brief family tree to our roots in Italy:
Giuseppe Cerabona + ??? = Angelina Cerabona Maria Cerabona Margaret Cerabona Rosa Cerabona(b 17Apr1888) + Michael Scavetta(b1885-d1920)= Beatrice Scavetta Philomena Scavetta *Angelina Scavetta(b 4Jan1910)
Andrew Cavalcante + Carmella ??? = Minerva Cavalcante Dora Cavalcante Patricia Cavalcante Henry Cavalcante Giuseppe Cavalcante *Vincenzo Cavalcante(b 15Nov1899 d 21Mar1972)
*Vincenzo Cavalcante + *Angelina Scavetta = James Cavalcante Robert Cavalcante Sr. + Jane Kiefaber(1) = Robert Cavalcante Jr. (Me)
Back to the Cavalcante name, I'm researching a possible link to Cavalcante de Cavalcante, father of Guido Cavalcante the medieval Italian poet who wrote The Decameron and was a contemporary of Dante Aligheri, famed author of the "Divine Comedy" (L'Inverno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso (Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise)). Guido Cavalcante is mentioned in L'Inverno. Also, the character Major Bartolomeo Cavalcanti is mentioned in Chapter 54 of Alexandre Dumas' Count of Monte Cristo, "You hear - Major Bartolomeo Cavalcanti - a man who ranks amongst the most ancient nobility of Italy, whose name Dante has celebrated in the tenth canto of `The Inferno,' you remember it, do you not?"
The surname Cavalcante is medieval Italian and is thought to mean "Trainer of Horses".
Please e-mail me if you have any information or questions concerning my/our family's heritage!