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FRANCESCO MARIA SAPONARO
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On 3 June 1897, Francesco and Maria Rosa were married in S. Luca Abbate Roman Catholic Church in Armento, Potenza, Basilicata.  Soon after if not before, plans were in process for  the bride and groom to emigrate to Philadelphia where they  will  join Maria's brother Luca Antonio Mancuso and Vitale Antonio and Giuseppe Saponara of New York.  They were joined by two other Armento travelers, Maria Rosa's brother, Pietro Nicola Mancuso and Domenico Bello, a sixteen year old shoemaker, who settled in Boston.   After tearfully saying goodbye to family and friends  gathered in the piazza, they began the long, difficult trek to Naples.

On October 8,1897 Francesco and Maria boarded the S.S. Werra and began their steerage trip to the United States  When the ship docked in New York on October 27, 1897, Maria in particular, being with child, had to be greatly relieved. According to the many articles written on the subject of traveling in steerage,  earlier steam ship crossings of the Atlantic were always bad to very bad depending on the weather and other steamship variables;  but the discomfort of being pregnant on such a voyage had to be horrendous.

The first address recorded for them, 819 So. 9th Street, is noted on the birth document of their first born Filippo,  March 27, 1898.  According to these records, Francesco’s first occupation in the new land was boot black.   As noted on census records, he later became janitor at the public school and via family verbal records  printer at the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin. 

 

Saponaro Descendants 

Children of Francesco Maria Saponara & Maria Rosa Mancuso
Child Birth Spouse Marriage Children Death
Filippo/Philip 03-27-1898 Josephine Mela 06-23-1923 Four 07-1972
Pietro/Peter 11-07-1899 Florence Cianfrani 12-19-1927 Two 10-07-1989
Luca/Louis 07-22-1901 Rosalie Costello 11-09-1929 Two  
Carmine/Fred 09-19-1908 Mary Subranni 02-14-1921 Two 02-05-1959

 

Grandchildren of Francesco & Maria Rosa Mancuso

Children of Philip Anthony Saponaro and Josephine Mela
Child Birth Spouse Marriage Children Death
Rosemary 1925 Michael Martinelli 1948 Two  
Gloria Santa 1927 Chris Ferraiolo 04-11-1953 Four 2006
Francis Anthony 1929 Vittoria Perrone 11-1950 Four  
Joseph Louis 02-28-1929 Marie Mattera 06-03-1950 Six 10-12-1993

 

Children of Peter Saponaro and Florence Cianfrani
Child Birth Spouse Marriage Children Death
Rosemarie 03-09-1929        
Richard 06-19-1930 Maryann Eastman 04-19-1958 Four 1978

 

Children of Louis Saponaro and Rosalie Costello
Child Birth Spouse Marriage Children Death
Dolores 10-1930       08-1984
Michael 11-1944     One 05-1985

 

Children of Carmen and Mary Subranni
Child Birth Spouse Marriage Children Death
Philip   Barkdoll   2  
Elizabeth 02-11-1933 Anthony D. Mignano 10-09-1954 2 196?

 

Great-Grandchildren of Francesco Saponaro & Maria Rosa Mancuso

Grandchildren of Philip Saponaro and Josephine Mela

Children of Rosemary Saponaro and Michael Martinelli
Child Birth Spouse Marriage Children Death
Michelle 1949 William DiCola   Two  
Rosemary 1952 Ronald Masi   Five  

 

Children of Gloria Santa Saponaro and Chris Ferraiolo
Child Birth Spouse Marriage Children Death
Michael   Justine      
Christopher          
Mark          
Rick   Sherry      

 

Children of Francis Anthony Saponaro and Victtoria Perrone
Child Birth Spouse Marriage Children Death
Philip J. 1952 Sherrie Hickman 05-25-1985 Two  
Frank A. 1954 Mary Fuhrman 06-04-1985 Two  
Dianne Marie 1956 David Kyaw   One  
Paul T. 1959 Claire Dzieminski 02-09-1996 One  

 

Children of Joseph Louis Saponaro and Marie Mattera
Child Birth Spouse Marriage Children Death
Susan Marie 1952 Robert Capresecco 08-25-1972 One  
    Joel Anthony Waller 02-07-1981 Two  
Joanne Marie 1954 James Vernamonti 09-27-1980 Three  
Joseph Philip 1955 Patricia Palmer 08-03-1986 Two  
Randall Joseph 1957 Patricia Horton 02-14-1979 Six  
Jay Joseph 1961 N/A      
Rodney Joseph 1965 N/A      

 

Grandchildren of Peter Saponaro and Florence Cianfrani

Children of Richard Saponaro and Mary Ann Eastman
Child Birth Spouse Marriage Children Death

Richard M.

1959   N/A    
Theresa Marie 1986 Pasquale D'Ambrosio 12-27-1986 Two  
Stephan A. 1964 Hope Scott 07-02-1988 One  
Mary Elizabeth 1967 Thomas Girone 11-01-1997    

 

Grandchild of Louis Saponaro and Rosalie Costello

Child of Michael Saponaro and Michele
Child Birth Spouse Marriage Children Death

Michelle

         

 

Grandchildren of Carmen Saponaro and Mary Subranno

Child of Philip Saponaro and 
Child Birth Spouse Marriage Children Death

Laurie

         

Stephan

         

 

Child of Elizabeth Saponaro and Anthony Mignano
Child Birth Spouse Marriage Children Death

John Mignano

         
 
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