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08/10/2010 11:00:44 AM
S.S.Marco Minghetti Passenger Vessel 1900
Update August 7 2010: The family names are confirmed as Mariano PediVellano and Marianna Bova-Conti
My research has now uncovered some interesting facts as you will read below. Back in 1999 Mary and spent 3 weeks in Italy and driven the 2 hour trip to Vellano, it was wonderful, the top of a mountain, a beautiful picturesque area north east of Florence. We have a video of the trip and pictures as well. With all the various spellings of the name including Pedi villano, Pede Villano , Vellano, Pedi Vellano I wouldn't doubt that this is where our family name started ... long before Sicily!
So here's my theory on how we arrived with the name DeVellano. My (webmaster Fred II) great grand father arrived in New York, like most other immigrants didn't speak /Read/Write English. My research shows Mariano was 22 years of age with 3 other young men from Termini Imerese, Sicily . This is the actual Document . The ship manifest shows that he did not speak/read/write English, but 1 of his fellow travels did. He arrived on the SS Marco Minghetti in the year 1900. As a result he was met at the US border by USA Immigration who didn't speak Italian. I'm betting that when asked his name ...he answered Mariano Pedivellano from Termini Imerese. Much too difficult for USA of the day...so it was incorrectly written in the record as Mariano Pedvillano ,The immigration officer wrote down that he was heading to Chicago to meet with a relative. And he had $20.00 in his pocket. Then we have a gap till he shows up again in 1911 Canada Census and his name is shown incorrectly as Mary Anna Divillano by a volunteer census taker in 1911. Then as time went on different docs show that the name became Mike Devellano (1935 death certificate shows Mary Devellano)
And the ship manifest is part of the search
This is the first time the name was incorrectly spelled by immigration in 1900
The correct spelling of the family name is PediVellano
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We have a record of him in the Italian records which show he got married in Termini Imerese in 1903 to Marianna Bova-Conti source: http://www.termini-imerese.org/ A screen shot of the record is located in this album from http://www.termini-imerese.org/ . The database also shows the birth of Salvador and Francesco (Sam and Frank). See the screen shots of all docs here:
Additionally I am researching the vast database of records from www.ancestry.ca and www.ellisisland.org and have tried different spellings and came up with a lot of great information. Click here for more docs
That Mariano PediVellano (Mike Devellano) was from Termini Imerese, Sicily early in his life and he met Marianna Bova-Conti and married ( marriage certificates). According to the immigration records posted on www.ancestry.ca if he had $20.00 in his pocket and we like to say that IF he could come up with $1.00 more he could have ended up in California :-) BUT he came to Canada sometime between 1900 and 1903, Is shown in the 1911 census as living On Main street in Prince Edward County , Picton Ontario area.. Eventually they moved to Toronto and then the family grew from these humble beginnings. Although there are a few time gaps the writer will continue to update the records as facts appear.
EllisIsland shows tons of documents for bova-conti and PedeVellano, and Angela Pedevilano in the archives versus Pedivellano.
Feb 8 2009: I have now located one of the grandsons of this person Angela Pedevilano ( versus our PediVellano)
My grandmother was Angela Pedevilano, my grandfather was Rocco Di
Pietro...lo and behold their names are on the ships manifest on your website!!!
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As on August 7 2010 the webmaster Fred has connected to Tony Pedivellano (45yrs) who is a distant relative, Mary and Fred are planning a trip to Sicily and Italy May 2012.
'To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not having seen
Italy at all, for Sicily is the key to everything.'
( Notice the name of the place Vellano (frazione di pescia)
Is This Where It All Began?
Back to the year 1300 Vellano, Pescia, Italy Northern Italy
This place in Vellano goes back a lot longer then the last 100 years of my great-grandfathers life. This goes back to the year 1000 and the castle in 1300. So we KNOW for a fact that the original couple Mariano and Marianna came from Termini Imerese, Sicily, but If the family name is Pedivellano D'Vellano or Di Vellano or De Vellano perhaps all started back in Vellano, northern Italy. Those spellings are all so similar that we all might be connected to those in some manner back in history.
In Vellano, there is an old...family name is VELLANO so my guess is that our name is a derivative of the original. The town was unified by Giuseppe Garabaldi. Giuseppe Garibaldi (July 4, 1807 – June 2, 1882) was an Italian patriot and soldier of the Risorgimento. He personally led many of the military campaigns that brought about the formation of a unified Italy. He was called the "Hero of the Two Worlds", in tribute to his military expeditions in South America and Europe.
Vellano is a Walled Mountain Village as a protection from marauders in the years 1000-1300 Most Italian Villages Have This Protection
The castle of Vellano dates back to the 10th century, Giuseppe Garabaldi played a major role in defending Italy during regional up risings and wars. As a result there is a plaque that recognizes him as a hero of the village, it's posted above the old church door. There are about 600 people in Vellano, (Tuscany, Italy) beautiful mountains and lush green valleys, the wine is considered of the best in the world...Tuscany. There are no Vellano's left in the Village, but there are Vellano's in different places in Italy and New York , NY USA.
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