Subject: Mariano Dioguardi and Nicoletta Peri Dioguardi(aka Marion or Mike Devardo and Ethel Perre)
Using the ship's passenger lists available at ellisislandrecords.org, mu husband Mark Line and I succeeded in locating information on the following individuals in my family tree: Mariano Dioguardi, Nicoletta Peri, Caterina Dioguardi, and Pasquale Giovanni Dioguardi.
Mariano Dioguardi (spelled in their data base as Di Oguardi)
sailed on the Burgundia, his Port of Departure was Marseilles, Bouches-du-Rhone, France in August of 1901, arriving at Ellis on Sept. 16, 1901. The ship's manifest states that his final destination was Murphysboro, IL to visit his brother. He was 27 years old, in good health, is listed as married. His wife and children did not accompany him at that time. We read the manifest and decided that it read "Cicciano" although the data base transcription lists the place as "Creciano".
Addendum 12/29/2001 per phone conversation with Mary Ann Miloch, aunt (daughter of Mary Amelia Devardo DiSalvo, also spelled DeSalvo) states that the brother was Guiseppe Dioguardi, who settled his family in Willisville, IL after starting out in Murphysboro, IL. They owned a furniture store of some kind she believes.
The Social Security Death Index lists Mariano as Mike Devardo, last residence Marion, IL 62959. His birthdate is listed as 23-Jan-1876. He died in July, 1968. He lived with his daughter Mary DiSalvo (DeSalvo) at her home in Marion, IL. Mary's second husband, Jack Fabris, constructed a small widower's cottage on the property for him. As a teenager, on visits during the summer in the early 1960s, I used to visit him there. I knew him simply as Great-Grandpa. At that time, he was quite old, and Grandma Mary used to take care of him like a child. My memories of him are vague.
Nicoletta Peri Dioguardi, Caterina Dioguardi, Pasquale Giovanni Dioguardi: Nicoletta Peri Dioguardi was Marion's wife. Nicoletta Peri (also known later as Ethel Perre or Ethel Devardo or Nicoletta Devardo), and her children Caterina Dioguardi, age 5, and Pasquale Giovanni Dioguardi, age 2, sailed on the Koenig Albert (the King Albert), from Naples, Italy on May 29, 1903. They arrived at Ellis Island on June 10th, 1903. The ship's manifest lists the purpose of their trip to join husband Mariano Dioguardi, Box 195, Murphysboro, IL. All are listed in good health and Nicoletta was in possession of $20. Her last place of residence was Caccomo, Sicily. She is listed as age 27, which places her year of birth around 1876. She states she has been married for 4 years, putting her marriage date around 1898-1900.
Her oldest child, Caterina Dioguardi is my great-aunt Catherine, who is still alive. At the time of the voyage, Caterina's age is listed at 5. That puts her year of birth at around 1898. At last report, Catherine was still going strong at 100+.
Nicoletta's son, Pasquale Giovanni Dioguardi, is listed as age 2. This was a sibling of which I had no prior knowledge, so I am wondering what his name anglicized to, and if he survived very long after they landed.
It is interesting to note that immediately after their entries in the ship's manifest, there are several other people from Nicoletta's village about her same age also on the list, headed for Murphysboro. We theorize that perhaps they all lined up together and we wonder if they were relatives of hers. These names are Guissepe Porto, age 27, and Pietro Rotollo, age 44.Other passengers from her village that were bound for Murphysboro may also be on the manifest, we are looking into it. I find it difficult to believe that she made that journey to join her husband with two small children by herself.I do not know of any other relatives of Nicoletta's and would like to find out if any came along.
Once in the United States, other children came along. My grandmother, Mary Amelia Devardo, was born in 1904. Her brother Philip, in 1908. Other siblings were Josie, Jennie, Carl, Angie. I do not know in which order they occured but we will be finding this out. Dioguardi was anglized to Devardo, and Nicoletta became known as Ethel, which was also my mother's first name. My mother was Ethel DiSalvo (DeSalvo) Accomando.
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