Geneablogy: An occasional Journal about our experiences exploring our heritage

Thursday, December 6, 2001

I found one new item when I was at the Family History Center. I mentioned below that I hadn't yet found a death record for Domenico Manzo, my 6G-grandfather. Now I have. He died on 11 Nov 1822 at the age of 70. That means his widow, Marianna Altieri, survived him for almost 20 years. His parents were listed as Carlo Manzo (7G-grandfather) and Porzia Piazza (7G-grandmother).

Interestingly, earlier this week Larry Sennello had sent me scans of some pages showing birth or baptism dates for Piazzas from 1697 to the 1760s. He wanted some help checking his interpretation of the text; the numbers in particular were very difficult to read. It's damned near impossible to tell the difference between a 1 and a 2, and 7 is pretty close too. At the time I didn't know of any Piazzas in my tree, but I was happy to do the proofreading. So one day after I send my interpretations back to Larry, I find out that I do indeed have a Piazza in there. Looking at the scan and Larry's transcription, there's a Porcia Dorotea Piazza born on 10 or 11 Oct, 1712 or 1717 (I said that the numbers were a bear to distinguish). If the entries are in order, and they all appear to be, then it should be 1712. But the last number really looks like a 7, except that it's missing the little cross-bar that most of the other 7s have, so it's probably a 2. Anyway, I don't know if this is my 7G-grandmother or not. She would be an appropriate age to have a child in 1751, and I don't see any other candidates in the list of Piazzas, so it probably is, but I need more proof tieing this birth to the mother of Domenico Manzo. But if she is the right person, then Domenico Piazza and Antonia di Biase are my 8G-grandparents.

Posted at 10:16:34 PM