Top: Header for La Bretange Passenger List, 26 Jan 1891
Bottom: Detail showing Albertini and Parisi passengers
Using some of the stories Diane Baldrica told me, and the Albertini name, I was able to locate the Passenger list showing Marina and Antonio Parisi immigration to the United States. I'll detail the passenger list on this blog entry, with the discussion and stoires on the entry after that. I'll also be showing the possible route, the reasons for immigrating and some of the pictures of the ship and of Premione, the village they came from.
The header states that the manifest, and the entire sailing across the Atlantic, complies with the US Passenger Act of 1882. This Act set conditions for housing passengers, including the height of the deck they could be housed in, the minimum amount of space they must be given, the amount of light and air that had to be on each deck, etc. It greatly helped the immigrants' treatment and accommodations about ship, although it would be still considered crude by our standards today. You can read the Act, transcribed by Borge Solem, on the Norwegian Heritage website: http://www.norwayheritage.com/articles/templates/new.asp?articleid=132&zoneid=21. What is most startling about reading the Act is realizing that many, many ships had had far worse conditions for immigrants that made this Act necessary.
The Header also states the date of 26 Jan 1891 and that the ship sailed from Havre, France.
On page 6 of the seven page passenger list are the five people we are most interested in:
Lines 336 to 340 (respectively)
Constante Albertini, 45, m, journeyman
Annetta Albertini, 24, f, (no occupation listed)
Davide Parisi, 31, m, miner
Mariana Parisi, 34, f, (no occupation listed)
Antonio Parisi, 6y 2m, m, (no occupation listed)
All are listed as being from Italy with New York as their destination, and for all of them, one additional entry: "Midship Between decks family compartment". This means that they all crammed into a family cabin located between decks in the middle part of the ship. It could also mean literally the middle of the ship, an interior cabin with no port hole. Even now, cruise ship rooms are not spacious unless more monies are paid, and this one held two pregnant women, two men and a small child!
One other small note: Marina's name is misspelled, an extra "A" being added. Having been Dina all my life, and having most people add an extra "a" when spelling or reading my name and making it into Diana, I can easily see where this happened!