Bartholomew Sbarboro (1806-) & Susanna Basaracco (1810-)

Bartholomew Sparboro and Susanna Basaracco are my 3x great grandparents, the parents of my 2x great grandfather Joseph (Guiseppe) (S)Barboro.

Bartholomew Sparboro was born about 1806 in the Piedmont of Italy. His parents are unknown.

Susanna Basaracco was born about 1810 in the Piedmont of Italy. Her parents are unknown.

The Sparboros arrived in the United States on April 9, 1851. They traveled from Genoa, Italy on a ship named Arbace, and arrived in New York City. Their family is recorded as B. and M. Susanna Sbarboro, ages 43 and 40, and sisters Maria age 8 and Catarina age 5 months, and Guiseppe (my 2x great grandfather Joseph) age 10. I have no further record of Maria or Catarina after that passenger list. The trip likely took 2-4 weeks, and there were 85 passengers on the boat.

On the 1860 US Census, Bartholomew was 54 and Susanna was 50. They lived in St. Louis, Missouri with son Joseph (Guisseppe), age 22, working as an engineer. Bartholomew and Susanna are both marked as unable to read or write. All three Sparboros were born in the Piedmont of Italy. Also in the home was George Hawcroft, age 36 and a tailor born in England, and George Humes, age 25 and a shoe maker born in Hesse-Darmstadt.

On the 1870 US Census, Bartholomew was 69 and working as a huckster in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri. Susanna was 64. Son Joseph (Guisseppe), age 31 and working as a laborer, lived in the home with his wife Sarah Ann, age 19. There were two young children, both born in Missouri, in the home, and I assume Joseph was their father: Mary, age 9; Amelia, age 6.

The 1870 Kansas City Directory lists Bartholomew as a fruit dealer. I don’t know when Bartholomew or Susanna died.

The children of Bartholomew Sparboro and Susanna Basaracco:

Joseph (Guisseppe) Barboro – Joseph was born April 27, 1834 in Italy. Joseph was married to an unknown wife, and they had two children. Joseph married Sarah Ann Clovis in January of 1870. They had 10 children. Joseph died at home on December 23, 1927. He was 93 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here. Read more about him here.

Maria Sbarboro – Maria was born about 1843 in Italy. The only record I have of her is the passenger list from her arrival in the states when she was 8 years old.

Catarina Sbarboro – Catarina was born in about November of 1849 in Italy. The only record I have of her is the passenger list from her arrival in the states when she was 5 months old.

There may be 3 more sons, Giacomo, Francesco, and Giovanni. Read about that here.

The Fratellanza Society & Adding 3 Great Great Great Uncles to My Family Tree

A cousin I’ve connected with, from my Sbarboro side, sent me information about the Fratellanza Society in Saint Louis, Missouri. He said that brothers of my great great grandfather (my cousin’s great grandfather), Guisseppe “Joseph” Sbarboro, were involved in the start of the organization in 1866.

According to their website:

The Fratellanza is the oldest Italian American organization in the United States. The Fratellanza Society was organized on November 11, 1866 and was incorporated on December 6, 1866 as a fraternal and benevolent society under the Societá Unione e Fratellanza Italiana (Italian Fraternal Union).

The Primary objective was and continues to be, to create an organization that will promote unity between Italians and their adopted country. A unity which meant the fusing of all Italian-Americans into one compact body devoted to the interest of patriotism, charity, and brotherly love.

I contacted the organization’s historian for more information on Sbarboros involved in the group. He said that there was a Giacomo Sbarboro as one of the 15 starting members, and two other Sbarboros, Francesco and Giovanni, in the first 85 members. And there was an Antonio Sbarboro in the early years, too. The historian found records that indicate Giovanni and Antonio were born in Priola, in the Chiavari Province of Genoa in Italy. (A possible cousin from Italy named Gianmichele Taormina contacted me, and says that “The town of Priola is not located in the province of Chiavari. Chiavari, in Liguria is not a province and Priola is in the province of Cuneo in Piemonte.”)

Back to my other cousin, in the US, he says that Giacomo, Francesco, and Giovanni are Joseph’s brothers and that Giacomo became James, Francesco became Francis, and Giovanni became John.

I haven’t found any documents connecting them to my known Sbarboro family. They were in Saint Louis, Missouri at about the same time, but by the time the Fratellanza Society was formed in 1866, Joseph and his parents were living in Kansas City. I haven’t found arrival records for Giacomo, Francesco, Giovanni or Antonio, but I have records showing Joseph, his parents and two sisters arriving in 1851.

By the 1860 US Census, my Joseph and his parents (but not the sisters they arrived with) were living in Saint Louis. I don’t find any other Sbarboros living in Saint Louis at the time, on a census or in a city directory. The only other Sbarboros on the entire 1860 US Census are in California – Madelina, age 18, boarding; Bartolmo, age 35, boarding; and Antonio, age 35 and a miner, with his wife Mary, and daughter Rosa, age 1.

A Giacomo Sbarboro was in San Francisco as early as 1871 according to City Directories and voter registration. He was born in 1839. James Sbarboro is found in San Francisco as early as 1875. Giacomo is listed on the 1880 US Census in San Francisco with wife Mary, age 33; Rose, age 10; August, age 9; Thomas, age 7; Mary, age 6; Kate, age 2. Giacomo was 42 and working as a teamster. Are Giacomo and Antonio the same person? Antonio on the 1860 US Census and Giacomo on the 1870 US Census match. There’s also a James Sbarboro, born in Italy, who registered to vote in Chicago in 1892.

There’s a Francisco Sbarboro in San Francisco as early as 1897 according to the City Directory.

A Giovanni Sbarboro died in Pennsylvania in 1914. One Giovanni Sbarboro was naturalized in New York in 1881, and another one in 1879. I also find a Giovanni Sbarboro in San Francisco as early as 1863 in the City Directory.

I will keep searching, but that’s the information I can find on men by these names in the United States in the late 1800s.

(I previously wrote about Joseph Sbarboro here.)