Re: Manisera and Malpede Families in Caggiano

Posted by Ed Cikowski on September 13, 2010 at 04:53:14:

In Reply to: Manisera and Malpede Families in Caggiano posted by Serra McArthur on April 09, 2004 at 20:43:15:

Hi. My mother-in-law (Ann Manisera Cikowski of Moosic, PA) is of the Manisera family from Caggiano. She and I went to Caggiano for the first time to meet her relatives in June 2009. Her father Guiseppe Manisera, came to the US from Caggiano shortly before World War One as a teenager, to avoid the war in Italy. He wound up serving in US Army. Guiseppe, in coming to the US with an uncle (no one knows his name) was on his way to California to meet relatives that owned or worked at a vineyard (possibly the San fernando Valley), but never made it there because he met and married a woman in Dupont, PA.
While in Salerno/Caggiano last year we met several family members. One man, Paulo Manisera- about 82 years old, whose father was named Pasquale is married to woman named Margherita is still living in Caggiano. They have 4 daughters (Filippa, Pasqualina, Rosa and Josephine). Paulo's sister Maria (94 years old) is also still alive.
Paulo's cousin, Maria Giuseppina - 84 years old (daughter of Filippo Manisera) and her brother Giovanni are both still alive and living in Salerno.
They were a delightful bunch, and welcomed us with opened arms. We got to meet the entire family at a wedding for one of Paulo's grand-daughters. They found us via the internet. One of Maria Giuseppina's grand-daughters found my mother-in-law's niece (Christine Manisera) based on an old home address that they had.
It was a very emotional get together, as they family in Italy was extremely excited to meet their American cousins, and vice versa. We have kept contact with Maria Giuseppina through her daughter and grand-daughter via the internet.
Feel free to contact me via email if there is anything else I can help with. Unfortunately, because of the language barrier we struggled slightly in obtaining any other information. Good luck in your search.
Lisa Cikowski

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