Rosa Alessi Coniglio

Born: 9 September, 1893~Serradifalco, Caltanisetta, Sicily, Kingdom of Italy
Married to Gaetano Coniglio: 30November 1912 ~Serradifalco

Died: 19 February, 1972~ Buffalo, New York
Arrived at Ellis Island 14 December, 1914

Meaning of Alessi [uh-LACE-ee]: from the Greek, Alex, Alexander


Rosa's baptismal record, in Latin, below, shows in the left margin
the date of her church marriage to Gaetano as November 30, 1912.

From Serradifalco Registri Ecclesiastici Film No. 2012914, 1893 Baptisms, No. 295, Rosa Alessi     




Sp. il 30
Nov. 1912
fu Gaet.

Die 10 Settembre 1893

Ego  Sac.  Michael  Montante  Terranova,  c.s.  bap
tizavi   infantam   hodie   hora  9  natam   ab  Leo
nardo   Alessi   et   Concepta  Abate  jug,  cui  imposi
tum   fuit  nomen
 Rosa.   PP  fuere  Modestus  A
lessi et Rosaria Tabbone Conjuges.




 Married  30
November 1912
Gaetano Coniglio
son of the late Gaetano Coniglio

September 10,1893

I, Priest Michele Montante Terranova, High Chaplain, today at 9 :00 hours baptized an infant, daughter of Leonardo Alessi and Concetta Abate, and to whom the name given was Rosa. Godparents were Modesto Alessi and Rosaria Tabbone, husband and wife.


Rosa's birth record, below, indicates the date of Rosa and Gaetano's civil marriage as December 1, 1912.

From Serradifalco Registri Stato Civile Film 1961310, 1893 Births, No. 307, Rosa Alessi       


          Numero 307
Alessi Rosa
A 1 Dicembre 1912
sposÚ Coniglio Gaetano


hS'indichi la professione o la condizione.

    L’anno milleottocento novantatre, addi diece di Settembre, a ore ante meridiane sette e minuti trenta, nella Casa comunale.
    Avanti di me
Lima Giuseppe Assessore Anziano Funzionante da Sindaco per impedimento del Titolare,
Uffiziale dello Stato Civile del Comune di
Serradifalco Ť comparso
Leonardo Alessi, di anni trentasei, *solfaio domiciliatio
Serradifalco, il quale mi ha dichiarato che alle ore po meridiane nove e
___, del di nove del corrente mese, nella casa posta in
via Prizzi
al numero ___, da Concetta Abate sua
moglie, casalinga, seco lui convivente

Ť nato un bambino di sesso femminino che igli mi presenta e a cui da il nome di Rosa.
   A quanto sopra e a questo atto sono presenti quali testimoni
Lombardo Leo nardo di anni trentasette, *solfaio, e Sferrazza Francesco,
di anni
ventotto, *solfaio entrambi residenti in questo comune.
Letto il presente atto agli intervenuti si e da me sottoscritto
solamente, avendo li stessi detto di non sapere sottoscrivere.
G. Lima


           Number 307
Rosa Alessi

On First of December 1912
Gaetano Coniglio                Arnone





hIndicates occupation or status.

    In the year one thousand eight hundred ninety-three, on day ten  of  September,
AM hour ten , in the Town Hall.
   Before me,
Giuseppe Lima, Senior Councilman, assistant of the Mayor, because of the inability of the incumbent,
Official of Public Records of the Town of Serradifalco ___________ appeared Leonardo Alessi, age thirty-six ha sulfur miner living
Serradifalco, who has declared to me that at PM hour five and
minutes ____ on day
nine of the current month, in the house located at
via Prizzi number ____, by Concetta Abate
his wife, housewife, according to him living with him
is born a baby of the feminine sex who was presented to me, and who was given the name Rosa ______________________________________________
To the above, and to this record, are present the witnesses Leonardo Lom
age thirty-seven,hsulfur miner, and Francesco Sferrazza, age twenty-eight,hsulfur miner, both residents of this Town ____________
The present act was read to those assembled but is signed
by me alone, they having said that they don't know how to sign

    G Lima

        My parents were married in the Chiesa Matrice (Main Church) of San Leonardo Abate in Serradifalco on November 30, 1912, and in the Municipio, or Town Hall of Serradifalco on 1 December 1912.  Note that the civil marriage record is signed by both Gaetano and Rosa, who signed "Alessi Rosina".   Gaetano was a sulfur miner, and he married Rosa, daughter of a sulfur miner, which reflected the rigid class distinctions in Sicilian society at the time.  Rosa was the sister of Angela Alessi, the wife of his older brother Giuseppe.

Da Anagrafe di Serradifalco, 2008        

From the Serradifalco Registry Office, 2008        


        On 14 December 1914, Rosa, 19, and her son Gaetano, two weeks shy of his first birthday, landed at Ellis Island on the SS Patria.  Listed as their closest relative left in Sicily was her father Leonardo Alessi.  Their destination was her husband Gaetano Coniglio at P. O. Box 52, Robertsdale, Pennsylvania.


        Like many immigrants, Rosa and Guy, Jr., listed on the above manifest at page 62, line 8, were detained at Ellis Island because they did not have enough funds to pay their way to their destination.  The record above shows that Rosa arrived with $25.  This record of detainees lists "Alessi, Rose and ch[ild]"   The code "tel $" means they were being telegraphed funds.  At the right is the indication that they were released on 16 December at 12 noon, and that they had been charged for two breakfasts, one dinner [lunch], and two suppers.  They had landed on 14 December, so Rosa and her baby were held at Ellis Island for two days, until Gaetano either came for them or sent money. 
        We can only imagine  what thoughts were going through Rosa's mind, thousands of miles from her parents, hundreds from her husband, just twenty years old with a babe in arms, and unable to speak the language of the strangers around her.  But she made it!!


       The 1920 U. S. Census shows 'Rosy Comellia' and her sons Guy (named after Gaetano's father), Leonardo (named after Rosa's father)and Raimondo (named after Gaetano's brother) living at 100 Spring Street, Robertsdale, Wood Township, Pennsylvania.  Her husband 'Guy Comellia' is listed at the bottom of the previous census page.  The Coniglios lived next door to Calogero and Grazia Asarese Butera, two paisani from Serradifalco.


       Leonard, Ray and Phil were born in Robertsdale, respectively, in 1916, 1918 and 1920 and baptized at the Immaculate Conception Church in Dudley, Pennsylvania, about four miles away.      



Jan 12
April 24
Gaetano Coniglio
Rosina Alessi
  Gaetano Giumento
Salvatrice Petix
CL McKinney  

 September24  I baptized Raymond born May 23 of Gaetano
               Coniglio and Rosa Alessi     Godparents Francesco
               Lo Nobile and Mrs Francesco Lo Nobile
                                                           Joseph Carr



Dec 26
Sept 4
Gaetano Coniglio
Rose Alessi
  Philip Campagna
Mrs Phil Campagna
J. C. Carr   Married to Betty Hinton NC
June 30 - 1951 - Buffalo N.Y.
Church of Nativity of B.V.M.

Dispenseation by Rev S. J. Faiola
       Rosa's sister Angela Alessi and her brother-in-law, Gaetano's brother Giuseppe (lu Zi Peppe) returned to Serradifalco around 1920, and Gaetano, Rosa, Guy, Leonard, Ray and Phil relocated to Buffalo.  It was a sad time for Rosa, as her mother Concetta Abate died in Serradifalco at age 55 on 12 November 1920.      


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Rosa Alessi Coniglio
~ About 1928 ~

Len, Rosa, and Ray
~ A
bout 193
0 ~


Rosa, Ray
and Tony
, 1935

Rosa and Mary Modica Coniglio ~ 1939

Angelo & Rosa
~ 1941 ~


       Rosa did not automatically become a U.S. citizen by the 1924 naturalization of Gaetano; and in that year, the Immigration Act or Johnson-Reed Act started restriction of the entry southern and eastern Europeans.
      Rosa took classes in English in 1933, but did not begin her effort to be naturalized until another ominous Act, the Alien Registration Act (the Smith Act) required that all aliens (persons living in the U.S. who were not born or naturalized citizens) must register with the federal government.
      Probably on advice from social workers at Welcome Hall, on Myrtle Avenue and South Cedar Street,
Rosa began the process.  The first step was to go to Federal District 7 Court in Buffalo, and present her passport.  The court then contacted Ellis Island, where Rosa's 1914 passenger manifest was located and her legal entry confirmed.  Ellis Island then sent the court the Certificate of Arrival shown below.  A check of her passenger manifest, shown above, has a number written above her name.  That number reads: 7-1766197-2-26-41-550 No C/A.  That is the number on the Certificate of Arrival shown below, once known as a 'Form 550'.  On 26 February, 1941, an Ellis Island clerk, without benefit of computer or internet, located Rosa's 1914 passenger manifest, found the information, entered it on the Cerificate of Arrival, and sent the card to Federal District 7 Court.

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~ About 1941 ~

~ About 1942 ~

Rosa and Gaetano
Myrtle Avenue ~ 1943

~ About 1944 ~


        After her Certificate of Arrival was received by the federal court, Rosa submitted her Petition for Naturalization.  This document, shown on the left, gives her address at 309 Myrtle Avenue; her birth date and place; her vital statistics; her husband's name and birth date, the date on which they were married; the date of his entry to the U.S.;  the date and place of his naturalization; the names, birth dates and birthplaces of their nine children; the ship and date on which she arrived in the U.S; and her signed oath of her intent to renounce allegiance 'to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty."   The form was accompanied by the affidavits of two witnesses attesting to Rosa's character.  The Certificate of Naturalization on the right confirms her citizenship, but does not give the details of the Petition for Naturalization.

Tony Jr. with Rosa
~ 1961 ~

Ange & Rosa
Commencement 1961 ~

Rosa and her roses
~ Summer 1963 ~


Rosa and her roses ~ Summer 1963


Rosa ~ April, 1969

Rosa at the 1970 Family Picnic

Click HERE to see Rosa's direct ancestral tree (her 'pedigree')
          Rosa Alessi married Gaetano Coniglio on 30 November, 1912 in the Chiesa Matrice San Leonardo Abate, in Serradifalco.  The next day, they were married in a civil ceremony at the Serradifalco Town Hall. 

Gaetano Vincenzo Coniglio (Guy)
married Maria Antonia (Mary) Modica
Leonardo Coniglio (Len)
lifelong bachelor
Raimondo Angelo Coniglio (Ray)
married Marion Cappellano
Felice Salvatore Coniglio (Phil)
married Betty Jean Hinton
Carmela Coniglio (Millie)
married Alfonso (Alfred) Volo
Concetta Coniglio (Connie)
married Donald K. Miller
Maria Angela Coniglio (Mary)
married Fiore Denisco, then Francis (Frank) Sowa Sr.
Antonio Frank Coniglio (Tony)
married Frances Knickerbocker
Angelo Felice Coniglio (Ange)
married Angela Yvonne Bongiovanni


To read more about the family, go to these pages:


A Visit to Robertsdale


North Collins

Gaetano and Rosina


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