We’ve visited the home village of our Pensa and Gardella families in Italy. We’ve investigated the mystery of Josephine Pensa’s birth.
Now we’re back in New Orleans. The S.S. Paganini arrived at the docks March 1, 1869, having left Genoa three or four weeks earlier. The Pensa and Gardella families were among the 85 passengers, all Italians.
We’ve found the home village of our Pensa and Gardella families.
We’ve found citations for the marriage of Antonio Pensa and Rosa Gardella. We’ve even discovered their parents’ names.
But there’s one big mystery remaining. Who is Josephine Pensa?
Antonio and Rosa would recognize Roccatagliata today. The church and many of the buildings are those that they knew. Perhaps they lived in one of those buildings.
Antonio Pensa was born in Roccatagliata in 1825.
His father Giovanni and mother Caterina were born in Roccatagliata, probably in the 1790s. And their parents and grandparents were born in Roccatagliata.
Antonio married Rosa Gardella, who was born in Roccatagliata in 1835. Rosa’s parents and grandparents were born there too.
It was their home village.
We’ve found the home village of our Pensa and Gardella ancestors. Our families lived in the village of Roccatagliata, in the commune of Neirone, in the Ligurian Apennine mountains.
Roccatagliata – 1775 map Continue reading
We’re focusing on the villages of the Comune di Neirone to find the home of our Pensa and Gardella families.
Josephine Pensa and her family had emigrated from Italy in 1869. Their arrival in New Orleans in 1869 aboard the S.S. Paganini is well-documented.
They sailed from Genoa, probably departing in January 1869.