Faustina Alberti arrived with two of her four children to New York on May 19, 1899. Faustina was joining her husband Raffaelo Marcelli, who was already in the United States with their two of their older children. He resided at 753 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. On board the SS Kaiser Wilhelm II with Faustina were her two youngest children Carmela and Adelina.
On the ship manifest, Faustina is listed as 48 years old, she is able to read and write, and she is from Rovina, Italy. When they arrived her two daughters were children. Carmela was age 14 and Adelina was age 8. According to modern maps, there is no Rovina, Italy. There is, however, Rovigo, Italy. Rovigo is located in North Eastern Italy, about 82 km south of Venice.
The family can be located in the 1900 Federal Census. They are still living at 753 Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn. Raeffello Marcelli is listed as the head of household. He was born in March 1856 and at the time of the census was 44 years old. He and Faustina had been married for 21 years. He arrived in 1893 and had been in the United States for seven years. His trade is listed as Shoemaker and he rented his home.
Faustina was born in April 1851 and was 49 years old at the time of the census. She gave birth to five children all of whom were still living.
Four of the five children were living in the home with them. Vincent was born in February 1879 and was a 21-year-old single man. He arrived in 1895 and his occupation was listed as a candy maker. Their older daughter Albina was born December 1880 and was a 19-year-old single woman. She arrived in 1898 and her occupation was listed as a dressmaker.
On the 1900 census, Carmela is listed as Carmelina. Born in February 1884 she was a 16-year-old single woman. Her occupation is listed as candy maker. Adelina was born January 1891 and was a nine-year-old girl. She is listed as attending school. For both Carmela and Adelina their arrival is listed as 1898 a discrepancy from the ship manifest records found with their mother.
** SS Kaiser Wilhelm II image by Andrew Steller (English Wikipedia) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
**Ship manifest images from the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, www.ellisisland.org.
**Census images obtained from Ancestry.com.