Antonio is the youngest of Paolo and Mary Soldano's children.
According to his baptismal record, Antonino Soldano is born 4 February 1894, son of Paulo Soldano and Maria Gratia Bernarda Paparcusi. He's baptized 17 February, Antoninum, godparents Giuseppe Fiducia and Giuseppa Soldano.
He initially attempts to immigrate with his sister, Antonina, and their father, Paolo, in 1906. However, the three did not travel on the SS Sannio, because their names are crossed out on the ship manifest.
About a year later, Paolo, who has become blind, has died, and Antonina, who is called Lucy, and Antonio, called Tony, immigrate to New York to join their mother and siblings, who have been in New York since 1904.
The record of Antonino's immigration has not yet been found.
In 1909, Tony's sister, Maria Grazia (called Grace in the US) marries another Corleone native, Nicolo' Cascio.
Tony marries Giovanna "Jennie" Cascio, Nicolo's sister, in Manhattan, New York on 2 December 1916, when he is 22 years old.
The following year, when Tony registers for the draft on 5 June, he lives at 226 East 118th Street, near Third Avenue, in Manhattan. He works for a mandolin and guitar maker at 474 Willis Avenue. His draft registration says that Tony is tall, slender, and has gray eyes and black hair. He is exempt from the WWI draft because he is needed to support his wife and his widowed mother.
Antonio stands as godfather to his nephew Joseph Cascio in 1919, according to Michelle's interview of our great-uncle Joseph. Antonio, as Lucy's youngest brother, helps to sell her family’s olive oil that was shipped over by Louis’ sister, who remained in Corleone.
In 1920, Tony and Jennie live at 1601 Lexington Ave, near 102nd St, in Manhattan. He is illiterate, and works as an operator in a factory.
In 1925, Tony and Jennie live at 139 West Jackson Avenue in Corona, Queens. He works as a butcher at this time. In the next apartment in the same building are Tony's mother, his married sister Lena, Lena's husband Charles di Palermo, a plasterer, and their three children.
In 1930, Tony and Jennie live at 31-24 101st Street, near Northern Blvd and south of the current site of the La Guardia Airport, in Jackson Heights, Queens. Tony is still working as a butcher. He has applied for citizenship by this time.
In 1935, Tony and Jennie live at 97-12 Northern Blvd, near 97th St, in Corona, Queens.
In 1940, Tony and Jennie still live at this address. Tony now is a citizen and owns a butcher shop. A married couple live with them as boarders.
Tony and Jennie have no children.
In 1942, Tony registers for the draft again. The couple still live at the same address in Corona, and Tony still owns his own business, now at his home address. He is 5'5", weighs 179 lbs, and has brown eyes and grey hair, and a light complexion.
Tony dies in 1959.
Jennie dies in 1962. She is buried beside Tony in Calvary Cemetery in Woodside, Queens. Buried nearby are his sister, Lena, her husband, Charles, and Tony's mother, Maria Grazia Bernarda.
Baptism of Antonino Soldano, 17 February 1894
Manifest of the SS Sannio, aka the Sofia Hohenberg, 22 June 1906
Ragusa, James M. The Ancestors and Descendants of Vincenzo (James) Ragusa (1870-1952) and Related Sibling Families (Before 1676-Present). Unpublished review copy dated 2015 March.
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