and Descendants of
Arcadipane Jr. (1870 -1913) and
Giovanina (Jennie) Sciarrotta (1874 -1960)
Jennie with children Guiseppe,
Jessie, Frank, Rose & Mary
was born on September 8th, 1870 in Favara, in the province of Girgenti, Sicily,
Italy. Jennie was born
on September 30th, 1874 in Grotte, province of Girgenti, Sicily,
Italy. During the reign
of Mussoulini, the province of Girgenti was renamed to Agrigenti,
which is its current name.
spent some time in the military, and gained the rank of officer (Corporale Maggiore), most likely
due in some part to his ability to read and write. Salvatore and Jennie gave birth to their first
child, Assunta Rose, in Italy around 1895.
became a miner and for several years,
relocated his family to Ouro
Preto (the state
of Minas Gerais), Brazil to work the gold mines there. He most likely worked in
the Passagem gold mine near Ouro Preto. Passagem is one of the largest oldest
gold mines in Brazil. It was in Brazil that Jennie gave birth to their next three children
(Salvatore III, Frank, and Giuseppe). A
few years later, the family returned to Italy, where Salvatore worked in the sulphur
mines. It was here in Italy that Jennie gave birth to their fifth child, Giovanni
in the town of Favara, Sicily. Seeking a better life, Salvatore and Jennie
brought their family to America in the early 1900's.
The family settled first in Adrian,
Pennsylvania where Salvatore worked the coal mines. Giovanni died and was buried in the mining
town of Anita, Pa. August 27, 1906, having lived only 25 months. (The mine owner named several of the local towns
after his children, one of which was Anita.) In America,
Jennie gave birth to three more children - Rose, Mary, and Jessie.
Around 1912, with many other Italian immigrants (including the Livechhi's
and Iacano's), they moved to Silver Creek, NY. In 1912, Salvatore's
health began to fail, and he died in 1913.
living in America for over 50 years, Jennie never learned to speak English.
When she first moved to Silver Creek, she picked beans and berries
in the fields with her children to earn money.
Her grandchildren remember her as being very quiet.
In fact, at one time someone accidentally shut a car door on her hand,
and she never made a sound. She always
wore black clothing. She wore her black
shawl as her dress outfit, especially during the cooler Fall
weather. Jennie somehow managed to
have a house built for her and her family after her husband died (sometime
before 1920), on Elm
Silver Creek. She moved to Angola, NY to live with her daughter Jessie later in life.
Although she couldn't speak English, she would answer the phone at
Jessie's house, would figure out who the phone call was for, and would then
get them to the phone.
Jennie in front of
her house on Elm Street, Silver Creek
Jennie at her home on 21
Elm Street in Silver Creek, NY with her daughters.
Left to Right: Mary,
Jessie, Jennie and Rose.
Jennie with GrandChildren.
Front Jean (Arcadipane) Patz, Jennie (Sciarrotta)
Arcadipane, Virginia (Lo Presto) ... Pete's wife, Rose Mary (Barone)
Guthrie ... Richards wife
Back: John Barone, Joseph (Arcadipane) Ark, Theresa (Biscaro) Ark
... Josephs wife, Peter (Arcadipane) Ark, Richard Guthrie, Jennette
(Caslinnio) Barone ... Johns wife
Jennie with son Salvatore
III and his wife Frances in front of picture of her husband
Salvatore Jr. Photo from 1955.
Jennie with Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren.
Front: Franny Ark, Elaine Ark, Jeanie Patz
Back: Carol Ark, Joanne Ark, Mary Jane Packard,
Diane Ark, Jennie, Linda Guthrie, Freddy Packard
Jennie with shawl.
Jennie with Mrs. Genco
Jennie with the St. Theresa Sodality of
Mt. Carmel Church, celebrating Mother's day with mothers and daughters.
Parents of Salvatore Arcadipane
Parents of Giovanina
Francesco (Frank) Sciarrotta
18?? - ????
18?? - ????
Children of Salvatore Arcadipane
Jr. and Giovanina (Jennie) Sciarrotta:
Documents and other artifacts:
- blowup of stamp - shows date as August 25, 1896
Translation into English
Translation into English (part 2)
of Brazil States
In Search of Salvatore's Gravesite: Salvatore died on July 30th,
1913 and was originally
buried at the County Home in Dewitville, NY. His body was interred and reburied in the Mount Carmel Cemetery in Silver Creek, NY on April 25th,
Giovanina died on January 12th, 1960 and was buried
in the Mount Carmel Cemetery in Silver Creek, NY.
Cemetery Map: Mount Carmel Cemetery in Silver Creek, NY
invite your interest and participation in development of this family history.
David Ark, Harrisburg,Pennsylvania (email@example.com)