Bernardo Terranova

Bernardo Terranova (1847 - 1909)

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Bernardo Terranova
Born in Corleone, Palermo, Sicilymap
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Biography

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Bernardo Terranova is born and baptized 6 July 1847 in Corleone, named after his paternal grandfather. He is the son of Vincenzo Terranova and Lucia Jannazzo. His godparents are Maestro Vincenzo Ferreri and Vincenza Ciaccia, a married couple.[1]

Calogero Morello dies in 1872 and his widow, Angelina Piazza, remarries the following year on 30 July, to Bernardo.[2] Bernardo is a campiere (armed fieldworker)[3] and member of the Corleonesi Mafia, the "Fratuzzi," "little brothers" in Sicilian. His father has died and his mother is still living in the summer of 1873.

Angelina and Bernardo have at least seven children together: two sons named Vincenzo (1874 and 1885), Lucia (1876), Salvatrice (1880), Ciro (1888), Nicolo' (1890), and Rosalia (1892).

Lucia is born 10 January 1876.[4]

The first son named Vincenzo dies in infancy, in 1876.

Salvatrice, known as Dora, is born 30 July 1880, in the vicolo dei Cortile, #2, in Corleone.[5]

The second son named Vincenzo is born at the same address on 19 May 1885, and baptized the next day. His godparents are his half-siblings, Giuseppe and Maria.[6]

Ciro is born in June or July 1887.[7][8]

Bernardo's stepson, Giuseppe Morello, marries twice, first to Maria Rosa Marsalisi on 2 March 1889.[9]

Nicolo' is born and baptized 19 January 1890. His godparents are Antonino Palazzo and Giuseppa, his sister.[10]

Rosalia is born in August 1892 in Corleone at the family's home on via Piazza, 2. Her birth is reported by the midwife, Carmela Cerniglia, as Bernardo waiout of town.[11]

In 1892, Giuseppe immigrates to New York. That same year, Gioachino Lima, a cart driver, disappears when he is wanted in connection with a murder. Gioachino marries Bernardo's stepdaughter, Maria, at an unknown date.

In March 1893, Bernardo, Angela, their children, and Giuseppe's wife and son, immigrate to join Giuseppe in New York.[12]

Bernardo Terranova, age 40, his wife Angela Piazza, 44, and children Lucia, 16, Salvatrice, 12, Vincenzo, 7, Ciro, 6, and Nicolo', 3, immigrate together on the SS Alsatia from Naples, arriving in New York 8 March 1893. Bernardo is listed as a laborer, and literate: his wife and children are not. Unlike almost everyone else they travel with, who have one or two pieces of luggage with them, the Terranovas have sixteen bags with them. Bernardo has six, Angela has four, Lucia, two, and each of the younger children has a piece of luggage. Also with them are Giuseppe's wife, Maria Rosa Marsalisi, age 29, and their son Calogero, who is two months old.[13][14]

The Terranova-Morello family enters through the Port of New York and then moves to the South, where they work in agriculture. Lucia marries her first husband, Antonio Saltaformaggio, in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, on 3 February 1894.[15] He is killed in 1903.

By 1896 the family returns to New York City. Giuseppe "Joe" Morello founds what will become the Genovese crime family in New York City with his half-brothers Vincenzo, Ciro, and Nicolo'.[16][17]

Three of the Terranova-Morello children marry in Manhattan in December 1903:

  • Salvatrice marries Ignazio "The Wolf" Lupo on December 23.[19] Lupo is a Mafia gang leader born in Palermo and with ties to the Mafia in that city, who merges his interests with that of the Morello crime family in New York.
  • Lucia remarries to Vincenzo Salemi, Nicolena's brother, on 27 December.[20][21]

Ciro marries Teresina "Tessie" Catania in St. Lucy's Church in New York on 25 April 1909.[22]

Death of Bernardo

Bernardo dies at the age of 62 on 15 June 1909[23] in his home at 207 East 107th St, Manhattan, and is buried on 12 July in Calvary Cemetery. His wife survives him.[12][24] The cause of his death is given as Insufficientia mitralis valvae,[23] a form of heart disease.

After his death, Angela lives in New York with Salvatrice and Ignacio.

Vincenzo marries Bernarda Reina, his second cousin, on 23 July 1913.[25]

Nicolo', called Nick, is killed at age 25 on 7 September 1916 in Brooklyn.[26] He never married.

Rosalia marries Nicolo' Sanzone, a divorced man, on 10 October 1921 in Manhattan.[27]

Vincenzo is killed on 8 May 1922 in Manhattan.[28] He dies at the age of 35.[29]

Maria dies at the age of 54 on 17 December 1926 in Manhattan.[30]

Giuseppe is killed at the age of 63 on 15 August 1930.[31]

Rosalia dies 23 February 1934 in her home in Brooklyn. She is 39 years old (b. 1895). Her husband survives her.[32]

On 18 February 1938, Ciro Terranova suffers a stroke. He dies two days later[33] at Columbia Hospital, age 49. "Ciro was the only one of the four Terranova brothers to die in bed."[34]

Angela dies 20 June 1941 at age 93, in Queens, New York.[35]She dies in her home of forty years, at 120-11 222nd St, in St. Albans, Queens, New York. The cause of her death is diabetes, from which she suffered the last eleven years of her life. Angela fell into a diabetic coma from which she did not recover. Her daughter, Salvatrice Lupo, provides the information for her mother's death certificate.[36]

Salvatrice dies in 1969 and is buried with Ignazio.[37]

Sources

  1. Baptism of Bernardum Terranova, 6 July 1847, "Italia, Palermo, Diocesi di Monreale, Registri Parrocchiali, 1531-1998," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11029-144089-6?cc=2046915 : accessed 9 February 2016), Corleone > San Martino > Battesimi 1837-1847 > image 502 of 538; Archivio di Arcidiocesi di Palermo (Palermo ArchDiocese Archives, Palermo).
  2. Marriage of Bernardi Terranova and Angela Piazza, 30 July 1873, "Italia, Palermo, Diocesi di Monreale, Registri Parrocchiali, 1531-1998," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11622-15254-94?cc=2046915&wc=MG37-L29:351041801,351041802,351107101 : accessed 6 March 2015), Corleone > San Martino > Matrimoni 1872-1887 > image 80 of 535; Archivio di Arcidiocesi di Palermo [Palermo ArchDiocese Archives, Palermo].
  3. Atto di nascita, Rosalia Terranova, record no. 398, 23 August 1892, "Italia, Palermo, Palermo, Stato Civile (Tribunale), 1866-1910," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32358-14954-30?cc=2051639 : accessed 11 March 2016), Palermo > Corleone > Nati, pubblicazioni, matrimoni, cittadinanze, morti 1882-1893 > image 2374 of 3063; Tribunale di Cagliari (Cagliari Court, Cagliari).
  4. Certificato di nascita, record no. 18, Lucia Terranova, stamped by the municipality of Corleone, dated and signed 8 May 2003. Color copy received by Justin Cascio from Vivian Lima on 1 September 2016.
  5. Certificato di nascita, part I, record no. 337, Salvatrice Terranova. Stamped and dated by the municipality of Corleone on 13 January 1998. Received by Justin Cascio from Vivian Lima on 1 September 2016.
  6. Baptism of Vincentium Terranova, record no. 261, 10 May 1885, "Italia, Palermo, Diocesi di Monreale, Registri Parrocchiali, 1531-1998," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12332-68649-15?cc=2046915 : accessed 16 November 2015), Corleone > San Martino > Battesimi 1884-1888 > image 121 of 398; Archivio di Arcidiocesi di Palermo (Palermo ArchDiocese Archives, Palermo).
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  8. Certificato di nascita, part I, record no. 602, Ciro Terranova. Stamped and dated by the municipality of Corleone on 13 January 1998. Received by Justin Cascio from Vivian Lima on 1 September 2016.
  9. Marriage of Joseph Morello and Maria Rosa Marsalisi, record no. 24, 2 March 1889, "Italia, Palermo, Diocesi di Monreale, Registri Parrocchiali, 1531-1998," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11622-19708-55?cc=2046915&wc=MG37-L23:351041801,351041802,351112201 : accessed 21 January 2015), Corleone > San Martino > Matrimoni 1888-1902 > image 47 of 445; Archivio di Arcidiocesi di Palermo [Palermo ArchDiocese Archives, Palermo].
  10. Baptism of Nicolaum Terranova, record no. 34, 19 January 1890, "Italia, Palermo, Diocesi di Monreale, Registri Parrocchiali, 1531-1998," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12332-71425-52?cc=2046915 : accessed 24 November 2015), Corleone > San Martino > Battesimi 1889-1895 > image 60 of 427; Archivio di Arcidiocesi di Palermo (Palermo ArchDiocese Archives, Palermo).
  11. Atto di nascita, Rosalia Terranova, record no. 398, 23 August 1892, "Italia, Palermo, Palermo, Stato Civile (Tribunale), 1866-1910," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-32358-14954-30?cc=2051639 : accessed 11 March 2016), Palermo > Corleone > Nati, pubblicazioni, matrimoni, cittadinanze, morti 1882-1893 > image 2374 of 3063; Tribunale di Cagliari (Cagliari Court, Cagliari).
  12. 12.0 12.1 Critchley, David. The Origin of Organized Crime in America: The New York City Mafia, 1891-1931. Routledge: New York, 2009.
  13. Ship manifest, SS Alsatia, arriving 8 March 1893. Accessed online 31 January 2016.
  14. "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6BQ-M2K : accessed 11 March 2016), Beranrdo Tenanova, 08 Mar 1893; citing departure port Naples, arrival port New York, ship name Alsatia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  15. Mike Dash. The First Family: Terror, Extortion and the Birth of the American Mafia. Accessed https://books.google.com/books?id=zKtZNLbcpGEC&pg=PT381&lpg=PT381&dq=antonio+saltaformaggio+killed&source=bl&ots=-S_YAHDol-&sig=1PD3IZ_0NyGTgxYMbKrkzrhCv-M&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiA-YW-qLLOAhXj5oMKHSyPAhcQ6AEIHDAA#v=onepage&q=antonio%20saltaformaggio%20killed&f=false on 8 August 2016. Dash cites private information from the Saltaformaggio family.
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  17. Mafia Wiki entry: Giuseppe Morello. Accessed 17 November 2014.
  18. Marriage of Giuseppe Morello and Nicolina Salemi, Transcript: Church of Santa Lucia, 344 East 104th St, New York, NY. Record no. 108, "Italia, Palermo, Diocesi di Monreale, Registri Parrocchiali, 1531-1998," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11580-167401-72?cc=2046915 : accessed 3 October 2015), Corleone > San Martino > Matrimoni 1903-1911 > image 41 of 284; Archivio di Arcidiocesi di Palermo (Palermo ArchDiocese Archives, Palermo).
  19. "New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:243W-8JC : accessed 16 February 2016), Ignazio Lupo and Salvatrice Terranova, 22 Dec 1903; citing Marriage, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York City Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,570,991.
  20. "New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:243W-FVD : accessed 16 February 2016), Salemi Vincenzo and Lucia Terranova, 27 Dec 1903; citing Marriage, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York City Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,570,991.
  21. Hunt, Thomas. "Sinistro: The Underworld Career of Giuseppe Morello (1867-1930)." Accessed online 11 January 2016.
  22. "New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24H8-6KZ : accessed 16 February 2016), Ciro Terranova and Teresa Catania, 25 Apr 1909; citing Marriage, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York City Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,439,690.
  23. 23.0 23.1 State of New York Certificate and record of death, certificate no. 21112, City of New York Department of Health. DOD 10 July 1909, signed 11 July 1909. Received by Justin Cascio from Vivian Lima on 1 September 2016.
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  25. "New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:243R-PDC : accessed 16 February 2016), Vincenzo Terranova and Bernarda Reina, 23 Jul 1913; citing Marriage, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York City Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,613,796.
  26. "New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2WNJ-SRJ : accessed 16 February 2016), Nicolo Terranova, 07 Sep 1916; citing Death, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States, New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,324,302.
  27. "New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24WJ-PLG : accessed 16 February 2016), Niola Sanzone and Rosalia Terranova, 10 Oct 1921; citing Marriage, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York City Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,653,317.
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  29. "New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2W19-QWD : accessed 16 February 2016), Vincent Terranova, 08 May 1922; citing Death, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 2,028,151.
  30. "New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2WBW-G7N : accessed 16 February 2016), Mary Lima, 17 Dec 1926; citing Death, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 2,048,156.
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  33. "New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2W2M-D7Z : accessed 31 January 2016), Bernardo Terranova in entry for Ciro Terranova, 20 Feb 1938; citing Death, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 2,107,687.
  34. Critchley, David. The Origin of Organized Crime in America: The New York City Mafia, 1891-1931. Routledge: New York, 2009.
  35. "New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2W2H-11W : accessed 31 January 2016), Bernark Terranova in entry for Angela Terranova, 20 Jun 1941; citing Death, New York City, Queens, New York, United States, New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 2,156,346.
  36. Certificate of Death, cert. no. 4526, Angela Terranova, Department of Health, City of New York. Copy received from Vivian Lima on 1 September 2016.
  37. Salvatrice Terranova Lupo on FindAGrave.com accessed 30 August 2016.


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