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-----Original Message-----

From: Heather Simpson [mailto:Bean096@peoplepc.com]

Sent: Sunday, April 23, 2000 12:53 AM

To: ITA-SICILY-L@rootsweb.com

Subject: [{ITA-SICILY-L}] yikes

Hi there everyone! I need some serious help. my family search is leading nowhere and i keep getting more questions than answers. i only have time for sketchy information right now. more details to follow.

Maraffa (or any variation on that name) is one of them. supposed to be from Sicily. my grandma and great aunt aren't for sure about the province or the town. i am putting money of Ficcara, Messina, Sicily. He came to the United States in 1903 at the age of 16. He has been connected with the Biscuso family. The Biscuso's introduced him to his soon to be wife, Carmela Donato. They were married in 1915 in Columbus Ohio.

Sabastiano Maraffa ( the above mentioned) was born to Francesco Maraffa and Maryanna Armenio. Carmela Donato was born to Santo Donato and Lucia Guarnaccia. I know for sure that Carmela came from Santa Lucia Del Melo (sp?) in Messina.

I can't find any evidence that they existed at all in the state of Ohio until they applied for their social security cards in 1965 and if i didn't have their children's birth certificates i would think they never lived her.

if anyone could offer suggestions i would appreciate it. If anyone has heard these names or a variation of them please share! i will be glad for any information no matter how silly it may seem. thank you and best wishes for a happy Easter.

heather

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-----Original Message-----
From: Heather Simpson [mailto:Bean096@peoplepc.com]
Sent: Sunday, April 30, 2000 1:03 PM
To: guiffre@comcast.net
Subject: surnames

Hi.  I would like to ask if you would post the following information...
 
Sabastiano Maraffa (Marraffa, Maraffo, Maraffia) was born in Ficarra, Messina, Sicily in August of 1887.  His parents were Francisco Maraffa and Marianna Armenio.  He came to the United States in 1903 at the age of 16.  He was sponsored by the Biscuso family here in Columbus, Ohio.  In 1914 he was married to Carmela Donato.  Carmela was born in September 1893 and came to the U.S. in 1910.  She was born in Santo Lucia Del Melo, Messina, Sicily.  Her parents were Santo Donato and Lucile Guarnaccia.  I would really appreciate any information no matter how silly it may seem.. thank you, heather

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-----Original Message-----

From: Heather Simpson [mailto:Bean096@peoplepc.com]

Sent: Monday, May 01, 2000 11:13 PM

To: ITA-SICILY-L@rootsweb.com

Subject: [{ITA-SICILY-L}] SURNAMES (PLEASE HELP!!!)

I am not sure if I have posted this information here yet, so bare with me....

Sabastiano Maraffa ( Marraffa, Maraffo, Maraffia ) was born in Ficarra, Messina, Sicily in August of 1887. His parents were Francisco Maraffa and Marianna Armenio. He came to the United States in 1903 at the age of 16. He was sponsored by the Biscuso family here in Columbus, Ohio. In 1914 he was married to Carmela Donato. Carmela was born in September 1893 and came to the U.S. in 1910. She was born in Santo Lucia Del Melo, Messina, Sicily. Her parents were Santo Donato and Lucile Guarnaccia. I would really appreciate any information no matter how silly it may seem.. thank you, heather