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From: Kathy Greifzu []

Sent: Wednesday, February 16, 2000 7:29 PM


Subject: [{ITA-SICILY-L}] Bushwick... Brooklyn... A long shot....


Since you all are talking about Brooklyn (Bushwick) and I know very little about it, I would like to ask a question. When my grandma came to the states in April of 1909, she went to stay with her uncle Giuseppe LaRocca.  The address on the passenger list is very difficult to read because it looks as if it was written over. It kind of looks like 211 Johns St. or 211 Johnson St. in Brooklyn Anyway, all I know about Giuseppe, who probably became Joseph in the U.S. was that he was born in Castelvetrano, Trapani, Sicily.

He probably resided in Campobello di Mazara where he was married.  It was only about 4 miles away from Castelvetrano. He was born in 1863 and he married Caterina Casu in 1891.  If they had children, they might have been named after him (Joseph), his wife (Catherine), his parents, Giovanni and Rosa, or his brothers or sisters, Rosaria (Sarah), Antonino, Giovanni (John), and Lorenza. As far as I know he was still living in Campobello in Apr of 1908 when he reported the death of my great-grandmother. So I assume he came to the U.S. in late 1908 or early 1909.

I joined the Brooklyn mailing list for a short time last summer but no one ever heard of him or his surname. It's possible that the surname became Rocca or Rocco (as my maiden name became).

If anyone heard of this surname, family, or street in Brooklyn, please email me. I am on the digest version, so please send it to me directly if you send it to the list also.

Thanks so much,

Kathy Greifzu