California Val(l)erga's Genesis
This webpage is dedicated to the memory of Bartolomeo Valerga and his wife Antonietta Damonte, whose efforts long ago ensured a better life for all of us. (Thanks for this page go to Louellen Kelly.)
Bartolomeo Val(l)erga was born June 14, 1824, Alpicella, Luguria and died Bartolomeo Valerga, May 27, 1906, Oakland, CA.His parents were Domenico Vallerga and Maria Perata. (Note-I personally saw the notation of his birth in the Alpicella church records.The village of Alpicella is about five kilometers north up the hill from Verazze, Liguria.)
Antonietta Damonte was born probably in Genoa, about 1831, and died September 5, 1923, Oakland.Her parents were Francesco Damonte and Bernardina/Bernardetta Ratti. (Note-the SF 1880 census shows mother-in-law Bernardetta Damonte, age 85, in Valerga household at 1108 Filbert Street).
Bartolomeo and Antonietta immigrated to Boston in 1849 and had a number of children.They included my g/grandfather Domenico "Richard", born Oct. 24, 1849 "at sea", Frank (1858), Matilda (1858), John (1862), Theresa (1866), Lawrence (1868), and Robert (1870).
I will contribute more details on Domenico "Richard" and his life in a subsequent message, and I encourage others to add more details on his siblings, ancestors, and decendents.