The family of Vincenzo “James” Veneziano may hold the DNA key to my identifying my paternal grandfather. Vincenzo was the Informant on the Death Certificate for Carlo A. Veneziano (21 September 1930) and provided information that leads me to think that Vincenzo and Carlo were related.
Vincenzo Veneziano is listed in the 1930 Federal Census, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, Ward 25 on 2 May 1930. He is living at 823 Leavitt Street. He has taken the name James and is the head of household. He owns his home valued at $6500 with a radio. He was married at age 27 and is currently 35 years old. He was born in Italy as were both his parents. He is working as a laborer at a candy manufacturer. He is a naturalized citizen who arrived in 1913. Angeline is listed as wife, female, white, 27 years old first married at age 18. She immigrated in 1920 and works as a seamstress at a tailor shop. Joseph is a son born in Illinois as are his two siblings. He is 8 years old. Frances is a daughter who is 6 years old and Carlo, a son, is 4 years old.
The new Liberty Ellis Island website (http://www.libertyellisfoundation.org/passenger-details/czoxMjoiMTAwNzc3MTAwMjYzIjs=/czo5OiJwYXNzZW5nZXIiOw==) records a Vincenzo Veneziano, 18 years old and single. arriving on the ship Verona from Palermo on 22 October 1913. His residence had been Calascibetta, Sicily, Italy and he is on his way to see his brother Agostino who lives in St. Louis at 901 Franklin. There were 14 people including Vincenzo who arrived on that day and ship! Exploring the information contained in the ship manifest leads to the BIG BINGO. My paternal grandfather Agostino was living at that address with his wife Mary and their three children, June, Pauline and Benjamin (my father)!! [So the Foundation is now $58.69 better off and I will have copies of the original ship manifest!]
He apparently registered for the WW I draft:
Vincenzo Veneziano registers for the World War I draft on the 5th of June 1917. He is living at 1044 W. Taylor and his birth date is Nov 14th 1892. He is an alien. He was born in Calasibetta, Calanisetta, Italy. He is a citizen of Italy. He works as a laborer at the Symore Peck Co. in Chicago. His father is dependent on him for support. He is single and white and has had no military experience. He claims exemption to support his father. He leaves his mark for signature. He is of medium height and build and has brown eyes and Dark brown hair. He is neither bald nor disabled.
I am still looking for him in the 1920 Federal Census.
Again, Vincenzo Veneziano is listed in the 1930 Federal Census, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, Ward 25 on 2 May 1930. Joseph is a son born in Illinois as are his two siblings. He is 8 years old. Frances is a daughter who is 6 years old and Carlo, a son, is 4 years old.
[Is Joseph named for his paternal grandfather and is Frances named for her paternal grandmother? Is Carl named after Carlo A. Veneziano? When Carlo A. Veneziano dies his residence address is listed at 823 So. Leavitt! ]
Son Joseph (Guiseppe) is born 24 March 1923 at 2162 DeKalb Street to Vincenzo Veneziano and Angelina Giliberto. He is the first born.
Daughter Frances (Franccesca) was born 20 March 1924 at 2162 DeKalb Street to Vincenzo Veneziano and Angelina Giliberto. Born alive and now living 2.
Carlo (Carmelo) was born 20 December 1925 at 2162 DeKalb Street to Vincenzo Veneziano and Angelina Giliberti. Vincenzo is a 32 year old laborer born in Italy. She is a 24 year old housewife born in Italy. Carmelo is number 3 in birth order.
Vincenzo Veneziano is listed in the 1940 Federal Census, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, Ward 25 on 11 April 1940. He is living at 823 Leavitt Street. He has taken the name James and is the head of household giving the information for the family. He is male, white, 47 years old who is married born in Italy. James is a naturalized citizen. He is a proprietor of the retail grocery store. Angeline is listed as wife, female, white, 37 years old, married with 4 years education. She was born in Italy and is a naturalized citizen. Joseph, son, male, white, 17 years old is single with 3 years high school, born in Illinois and works as a clerk in a retail grocery store. Frances, daughter, female, wife, 16 years, single, with two years high school born in Illinois works as a clerk in a retail grocery store. Carl, son, male, white, 14 years old, single with 8 years education and born in Illinois. They all lived in the same house in 1935.
Vincenzo Veneziano registers for the World War II Draft listing his residence as 823 S. Leavitt, Chicago, Cook, Ill which is his mailing address. He has a telephone (Canal 5635) and is 47 years old with a birth date of November 14, 1894 in Calasibetta, Carlasbetta, Italy. The person who will know his address is Angie Veneziano at 823 S. Leavitt. He has his own business at 823 S. Leavitt in Chicago, Cook, Ill and signs his name. (Signature very similar to that on the Death Certificate for Carlo A. Veneziano.)
James (aka Vincenzo) Veneziano dies in Burbank, Los Angeles, California on 5 June 1955 at 7:15 PM. His date of birth is listed as November 14, 1894 and his place of birth Italy. He was a proprietor of a retail grocery. His father Joseph Veneziano was born in Italy as was his mother Maria (Unk surname). His spouse Anglina Veneziano is the Informant. He had been in Burbank six weeks. He died at St. Joseph Hospital, 501 South Buena Vista. He was buried 6 June 1955 at San Fernando Mission Cemetery. The funeral director was Glendale Mortuary. His death was coronary heart disease of about ½ year.
Angelina Veneziano dies in Glendale, Los Angeles, California 16 September 1992 and is buried at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery. Her Social Security Death Index lists her birth as 8 October 1901. Her obituary in the Daily News of Los Angeles is brief: “Veneziano, Angelina, 91, of Glendale, retired seamstress…” with no family information offered.
So the DNA hunt for the sons Joseph and Carl need to be found. This is where the story says “to be continued”.