NameGiovanni (John) ZAPPALA
Birth24 Mar 1877, 313 Via Cavour, Messina, Italy
DeathAug 1969, New Jersey Age: 92
Emigration4 Aug 1899, Archimede from Napoli Age: 22
FatherLetterio ZAPPALA (1841-1907)
MotherProvvidenza LAMANNA (1856-1906)
Misc. Notes
Came over on the Archimede, docking August 4, 1899. He is 23, last lived in Messina, and is a barber. Has $30 to start with. Looks like he was going to stay with his uncle Cosimo Zappala at 425 East 14th St., New York.34

In 1900, as John, living with uncle Cosimo Zappala and family at 69 3rd Ave in New York, working as a barber. 23 at time of census. Can read, write, speak English. Lists birthday here as May 1877.35

In 1904, marries divorcee Maria Letteria Cavaliere. The marriage is witnessed by Giovanni Cavaliere and Letterio Zappala. Lived at 334 E. 115th St. in 1904.36 He lists grocery store as his occupation.

In 1910, as Giovanni, living with wife Maria in the Bronx at 2462 Hughes Ave. with his relatives the LaMannas. He’s 34, she’s 39. It is his first and her second marriage. They say they’ve been married 8 years. She has two children who are still alive. He emigrated in 1899, she in 1877. They both speak English. He works as a dress manufacturer in the children’s dresses industry. (?) He has been naturalized. Also living at this address are his uncle Giuseppe, 62, and aunt Maria, 55, who have been married 29 years and had 5 of 7 children survive; widowed cousin Giovanna, 27, and her daughters Lilla, 4, and Maria, 3; and cousins Pasquale, 25 and Lilla, 15. Giuseppe LaManna arrived in 1900 and has filed papers. He works as a stone cutter in a stone yard. Giovanna LaManna works as a dress manufacturer in the children’s dress industry and arrived in 1904 with mother Maria and sisters Rosa and Lilla. Pasquale arrived in 1902 and is an alien. He works as a stone cutter in a stone yard. Lilla works as an operator at the children’s dress company. Newlyweds Giuseppe Visalli and his wife Rose live next door with the Gallos at 2460 Hughes. Giuseppe is 25 and Rosa is 22. He says he arrived in 1907 and has filed papers. He is a bricklayer in the ‘house building’ industry. She is an operator in the children’s dresses industry. Giuseppe and his parents-in-law are the only ones who can’t speak English. Giovanni’s sister and her family live a couple streets over.37

On February 8, 1915, the deed to the property at Old Tappan is transferred from the widow Emma F. Sanders to John Zappala, his brother Pasquale, and their cousin Pasquale LaManna for $5,500. Mrs. Sanders lives in South Nyack, Rockland County, NY and Pasquale, John, and Pasquale give their address as 1976 Lexington Avenue in Manhattan. The property is in Harrington Township, Bergen County and includes four lots at 15.310 acres (with a brook called Old Tappan Run), 2 woodlots at 3.757 acres, another lot at 4.4 acres (the same premises sold by Albert F. Haring to Abraham F. Haring in 1884) and another 8.119-acre lot. They paid $800 in cash and $4,400 was mortgaged. 38

WWI Draft Registration Card: John Zappala, Serial Number 3520. Permanent home address at Old Tappan, Bergen, NJ. Gives his birthday as March 20, 1877. He is 42, white, and a naturalized citizen. He is a barber working for G. De Rosa at at W. Clinton Ave., Tenafly, Bergen, NJ. Nearest relative: Mary Zappala, address unknown. Note at bottom says “alimony to Dept. of Public Charities, 124 E. 59th St.” Medium height, medium build, brown eyes, black hair.39

In 1920, John Zappala and his brother Pasquale were living at 54 Old Tappan Road in a house owned by Pasquale LaManna. Zappala’s relationship to LaManna is defined as cousin. Also living at the LaManna house are LaManna’s wife Rose and their sons Joseph, Anthony, and Biagio; his parents Joseph and Mary; his widowed sister Jennie Militello and her daughters Lillie and Mary; his sister Rosie Visalli with her husband Joseph and their sons Joseph, Alfred, and Eugene; and LaManna’s mother-in-law Grace Meo.40

In 1920, John Zappala is a barber working on his own account. Pasquale Zappala is a piano maker. Their cousin Pasquale LaManna, 35, is a marble cutter who lists his date of immigration as 1902. Rosie Visalli is a seamstress and her husband Joseph is a bricklayer. None of the other adults (Joseph and Mary LaManna, Grace Meo, or Jennie Militello) are working. Pasquale Zappala’s wife Frances and children Ada, Marie, and Leo also live there. John Zappala is still single at 42.40

In 1940, he lived in a rented house ($35) at 109 Teaneck Road in Ridgefield Park with his stepdaughter and great niece. He was 62, naturalized, and the highest grade completed was 8th grade. He worked as a barber, earning $1,500. Stepdaughter Mary Militello, 32, divorced, had completed high school. She worked for herself as a piano instructor, earning $500. In 1935, they had all lived in Ridgefield Park. Maryann Pascale, 12, had completed 8th grade.
Year: 1940; Census Place: Ridgefield Park, Bergen, New Jersey; Roll: T627_2313; Page: 14B; Enumeration District: 2-288.

In 1942, he did not need to register for the draft, like his brother did, because it was for men born on or after April 28, 1877 and on or before February 16, 1897.

Married his cousin Giovanna LaManna Militello and raised the girls. Lived with her daughter Mary, and Mary’s daughter Marianne, until his death.

SSN 058-10-5489
Last residence: 07430 (Mahwah, Bergen, NJ16}
BirthAug 1870, Tunis, Africa36,42
Death1936 Age: 65
FatherGiovanni CAVALIERE (ca1836-1920)
MotherGrazia OCCHIPINTI (ca1832-1895)
Marriage23 Apr 1904, Manhattan, New York, New York36
Marr MemoCity Hall
Divorcebef 1918
Birth22 Feb 1881, 47 Via Pia Costa, Messina, Italy40,43
Death19 Jul 193544 Age: 54
Burial22 Jul 1935, St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Hackensack, NJ44
FatherGiuseppe (Joseph) LAMANNA (1848-1924)
MotherMaria (Mary) CERTO (1851-ca1945)
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