Monday, March 22, 2010

Francisco Mastrostefano

Today I am featuring my husband's great-grandfather, Francisco Mastrostefano.  Francisco was born in Italy in 1862.  He married Concetta DiBiasio in 1867.  Francisco and Concetta had some children who were born in Teano, Italy and some in France. Then the family moved to America.  Francisco came on the La Gascogne from Havre, France, arriving in New York on February 5, 1905.  He traveled with his oldest two daughters, Pasqualina and Maria. 

His wife and the rest of the children came some time in 1906.  (I have yet to locate them on any passenger lists)  One of the children was born August 4, 1906, so Concetta most likely stayed behind till her daughter was born.  Francisco's occupation is listed as "shoemaker" on this document.  Later US census records show him working in a worsted mill and in a jewelry shop. 

No doubt Francisco and Concetta moved their family looking for work and a better life. They have many descendants now who appreciate their sacrifices and love!

A favorite family photo shows Francisco holding his great granddaughter in about 1952.  The photo was taken in Rhode Island where most of the family settled.

God Bless you Francisco!


  1. What a great photo! I love the mustache!

  2. Love the photo too, the look in his eyes, priceless!

  3. Kathy, that is a wonderful photo. Somebody was smart to capture it at the right moment.

  4. This is a great photo! How very Italian he is with that mustache. LOL My great-great grandfather also had a big mustache. It must have been the fashion in Italy at the time!

  5. Aw, that photo is the sweetest!