Antonia Lucia Soldano is born in Corleone on 15 July 1891 and baptized 11 October, the daughter of Paolo Soldano and Maria Grazia Paparcuri. Antonia's godparents are Pietro lo Curto and Gioachina Majuri.
According to Michelle Cascio's interview of Joseph Cascio, the nickname “Lucy” was given to her on account of her father’s blindness. “Santa Lucia was among other things the protector of eyesight, a role that led to her often being pictured holding a platter of disembodied human eyes.”
Again according to our great uncle Joseph: Lucy did not travel with her two brothers, Tony and Manny, and two sisters, Niccolena and Grace, to America. Instead, she remained in Corleone to help care for her father (and maybe bring good luck). In fact, both Lucy and her brother, Tony, stayed behind until after their father's death.
"Antonina" Soldano, age 14, originally intends to immigrate with her father, Paolo Soldano, age 54, and Antonino, age 11, on the SS Sannio on 22 June 1906. However, all three of their names are crossed out on the manifest, indicating that they did not sail.
A year later, Paolo has died, and Lucy immigrates, according to Dr. James Ragusa's unpublished family history, arriving in New York on 1 November 1907 on the SS Hamburg.
In 1909, Lucy's oldest living sister, called Grace in the US, marries a Corleone native, Nicolo' Cascio.
In the 1915 New York Census, Lucy, age 22, her brother Tony, and older sister Maria live with their widowed mother in a large multi-family tenement apartment at 153 East 106th Street, near Lexington Ave, in Manhattan. Lucy works as a dressmaker. Her brother, Tony, makes music boxes. At the same address are Emanuel Soldano and Antonino Soldano.
In 1916, Lucy's youngest brother, Tony, marries Jennie Cascio, the sister of Nicolo'.
Antonina "Lucy" Soldano and Leoluca "Louis" Cascio, who is also a Corleone native, marry in New York on 2 June 1918. The marriage date comes from Uncle Eddie's flat data file, and is confirmed by the Italian Genealogical Group website's searchable index, and by Dr. Ragusa. Leoluca Cascio, and the siblings Jennie and Nicolo' Cascio, are of no known blood relation.
Note: My sister Michelle says that in the 1920 Census record, Lucy lives at 156 East 106th Street, New York, and claims to have immigrated in 1908.
In the same census, Louis' brother in law, Charles Di Palermo, his wife Lena, and their children Lena (she is called Biagina), Philip, and Paul, live with his mother in law Mary Soldano, 58. Charles has filed his papers for citizenship.
Lucy and Louis have four children: Giuseppe (1919), Paolo (1922), Angelino (1926), and Maria (1929).
In 1930, the Cascio family is living in Manhattan. Louis Cascio is 42 (b. 1888), and he married at age 31. His wife, Lucy, is 37 (b. 1893)and was 25 at marriage. Both born in Italy, Louis immigrated in 1913, and Lucy in 1916. Louis is a laborer in a laundry. He is not a military veteran. Their rent is $40 a month. The children at home are Joseph, 10, Paul, 8, Angelo, 4, Mary, fourteen months. The children were all born in New York.
In 1934-43, the family live at 172 East 107th Street, between Lexington and third Avenues in Manhattan, New York.
Lucy is naturalized at age 51 on 9 November 1943.
The date of death is from Uncle Eddie's data file.
Baptism of Antonia Lucia Giordano, 11 October 1891
Manifest of the SS Sannio, aka the Sofia Hohenberg, 22 June 1906
Marriage of Antonina Soldano and Leo L Cascio, June 2 1918 in Manhattan CtfNum16213. Returned from NYC Brides Record Index. Accessed 24 March 2014.
"United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KQS5-KFF : accessed 10 April 2016), Louis Cascio, Assembly District 18, Manhattan, New York City, New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 31-1619, sheet 12A, family 224, NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012), roll 2662.
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