I'm pretty sure your great-Grandmother "Bicetta" is really "Brigida" - probably phonetically it sounded like "Bicetta" when pronounced, or it was her neckname? She was married in 1886 so her first child was probably born a year later, in 1887, as you mention in your note. She is the sister of my Great-Grandmother "Concetta" - who I wrote on this forum incorrectly in aprevious note to you thinking Bicetta was Concetta - but now I've found the links to Steubenville and the D'Onofrios. You are correct, neither of them ever left Italy, but many of their children came to New York and then to Steubenville.The Ellis Island manifests show my side of the famaily (New York Appignanis) visiting your side of the family (Steubvenville D'Onofrios)in Ohio.Please check out some of my previous notes on this forum.You mention another man as your grandfather, and his brother Carl,so those are two new children of Brigida I can add to the tree. What was your grandfather's first name? I will try to look for their Birth records in Italy and/or travel records through Ellis Island.
I sent the following note to some of my family members a few days ago, I've copied it here,hope there is enough room, and I have a document that I can email to you from Spoltore that is Brigida and Domenico's wedding registration, as well as more Family Tree Documents. Not sure how this all works on the forum, is there a private way to contact people without blasting our email addresses on the forum?
The way I found this all out: I was trying to find out the history of an "Adriana D'Onofrio" whom we have photos of, and who came through Ellis Island with my great Uncle Sinegrande Appignani, both going to Steubenville.Here is the note I sent to my family:
"I have figured out another piece of the Adriana puzzle and have found a link to the Steubenville branch of the Appignani family.I was correct: Adriana, the girl whose photos we looked at, at your house this past Spring, from Steubenville Ohio, and Gelonardo Appignani, who she wrote a note to on the photos, were cousins.My only guess is that her maiden name was D’Onofrio, and her married name is D’Mattia. The photography Studio was listed as from Steubenville, so I’m pretty sure that’s her.
Here is how I figured it out the link to the Appignani Family, but only tonight was able to put it together. On the Ellis Island manifest entry Adriana listed her father as Domenico D’Onofrio from Spoltore, and she was going to see her brother Querino D’Onofrio in Steubenville.
I found a document, an 1886 wedding record for Brigida Appignani (20 yrs old – born @ 1866) and Domenico D’Onofrio (30 yrs old, born @ 1856).It shows the following names:
Brigida Appignani’s parents are listed as Pantaleone Appignani (the top of our family tree so far, my great-great grandfather) and Guilia DiAssenzio.So Brigida is another sister of Concetta Appignani, Sinegrande etc. Brigida’s husband’s parents were Berardino D’Onofrio and Andreana Febo.
So, Brigida, daughter of Pantalaeone,and her husband Domenico,had at least two children, Adriana (named after her grandmother Andreana Febo) and Querino, who I listed in an earlier email note. Both of them went to Steubenville, Ohio.
So, now that you’re all totally confused,here is the update on the children of Pantaleone Appignani, my Great-Great Grandfather, in this order:
Concetta (My great Grandmother) Brigida Luigi (I found him also, and there are lots more Luigi’s -- I just have to sort them all out) Sofia Annina Attilio Arnaldo Sinegrande"(this is the end of note to my relaties).....
Thanks, Karen, I have lots of puzzle pieces that are starting to come together. Help me figure out how to safely email these documents to you?