di Steffano? Para? HELP!
I need help with my great-great-grandfather's name and his parent's names.
My gggrandfather was Steven Victor Para. He was born in Italy in March 1870-1874. he died in Bolivar, Tennessee at the Western State Mental Asylum on April 13, 1942. On his death certificate his father is named as Kiacoma Para, which I know is wrong since the 1891 Memphis, Tennessee Directory has him listed as Giacoma Para. Steven's deather certificate has his mother listed as Chiarlone Maria di Steffano, which I also suspect is wrong. Both Giacomo and Maria were born in Italy between 1845 and 1855 (I know that's a broad set of years, but this is determined by census records and death certicates). Steven, Giacomo an Maria all immigrated to the US between 1877 and 1881. My great-grandfather had said that Para was not the family name, that it had been changed when they entered the US. I am not able to find anyrecords of their immigration. And all of the census records they are on her in the US have the parents listed as Jacob Para (or Jacamo Para on one) and Mary Para. I hope someone can help me find where they ar from, what their original last name was and what their original given names were.
Giacomo and Maria had another son that went by Joseph Para, born in Italy on October 14, 1874. He died April 25, 1958 in Memphis, Tennessee. Maria's name on his birth certificate is "Mary Sansona" or "Mary Sanrona" or "Mary Sanaona".