My Grandfather, Filippo Palermo (who I was named after), was born on January 3, 1883 in Santa Ninfa, Sicily. I don’t know much about his early years in Sicily, but I do know that he came to the United States when he was in his mid-twenties. He married my Grandmother, Felicia Augello, on September 12, 1912 in New York, so he had to arrive in New York before then. I found various ship’s manifests with his name on them, but all of them have inconsistencies that rule them out from being the correct one.
The following manifests with images seem to have the least number of inconsistencies in them, so there is a possibility that one of them is the correct one. I removed most of the rows of passengers to make reading them a little more manageable to view. If you click on the images, a larger, more readable version will open up in a separate page. Below those, I list a few other ones where I did not include images. I don’t think any of these are possibilities, so I did not bother doing the photo editing to include the images.
Just a note about the age on all of the manifests with my Grandfather’s name on them: none of them have his age as correct. He was born on January 3, 1883 – a few manifests are a year off, but others are off by 2 or more years.
The SS Virginia sailed from Naples, Italy and arrived in New York on September 20, 1910
The SS Sicilian Prince sailed from Naples, Italy on January 22, 1907 and arrived in New York on February 6, 1907
The SS Italia sailed from Palermo, Sicily on March 6, 1907 and arrived in New York on March 26, 1907
The other manifests I mentioned above without images are as follows:
The SS Nord-America, arrived in New York on May 3, 1906 from Palermo, Sicily. Filippo Palermo is listed as 22 years old, his last residence in Sicily is Favara and he was supposed to stay with his cousin, Ignasio who lived at 76 Banker St.
If anyone has information that may clear up these inconsistencies, just let me know via email.
It would be nice to see the actual manifest showing who he planned to meet and where he was going to live. I haven’t given up yet, but I’m running out of resources.