Re: Paolo (Paul) Scuderi, From Reggio di Calabria, Italy & Francavilla, Italy
My name is Philip Scuderi Jr, I am the grandson of Gaetano Scuderi and Maria Catina Manitta both born in Francavilla Sicily. Gaetano was born in 1883 and Maria in 1891. Gaetano came to New York in 1906, returned to Francavilla and brought Maria back to New York in 1908 where they were married. Gaetano had one brother that I know of, my great uncle Salvatore Scuderi.
Your ancestor Paolo Scuderi, born in Calabria who moved to Francavilla Sicily is about the right age to be the father of Gaetano, however, Gaetano's father was Guiseppi Scuderi and his mother was Rosalia Rizzo. Maria's father was Vincenzo Manitta and her mother was Giuseppina Orsina. I think it's interesting that Paolo married a Manitta (Felicia), the two famalies must have been connected for some time?
I have been to Francavilla twice, once in 1980 and again this year. The name Scuderi is not that uncommon in Francavilla, but Manitta is found less frequently. If you do a surname search for Italy Scuderi comes up most frequently in the north eastern corner of Sicily, which I think suggests that Francavilla and it's surroundings are likely the origin of the family?
I hope this helps.