NameGiacomo (John) Varnerin
Birth22 Feb 1854, Tramonti Di Sotto - Tamar
Death23 Aug 1931, Boston, Massachusetts
BurialNew Calvary Cemetery, Mattapan, Boston, Massachusetts
OccupationJ. Varnerin & Sons Construction
FatherDavide Varnerin (1825-1895)
MotherSanta Moruzzi (1829-1918)
Birth13 Sep 1861, Palcoda, Tramonti Di Sotto, Italia
Death10 Nov 1937, Boston, Massachusetts
BurialNew Calvary Cemetery, Mattapan, Boston, Massachusetts
FatherDaniele Masutti (ca1830-)
MotherMaria Marmai (ca1830-)
Marriageca 1882, Tramonti di Sotto, Italia
ChildrenPietro (1883-1975)
 Leonardo (1885-1960)
 Maria Santa (1888-1963)
 Annie May (1893-1989)
 Lawrence John (1895-1989)
 Joseph L. (1897-1962)
 Albert J. (1899-1994)
 David Angelo (1901-1989)
 Louis Henry (1903-1993)
Notes for Giacomo (John) Varnerin
Henry Rugo says that his grandfather understood five languages as the result of traveling out of Tramonti in the summer to work in other countries, especially Germany. Henry’s daughter, Hope, visited the remains of the Varnerin family home in Tramonti and found the chain which suspended the kettle over the fire in the kitchen. Henry has the chain at his home.

Giacomo’s first arrival in Boston may have been in 1885, the year stated in 1900, 1910 and 1930 Census. Family reports that he came with his brother Luigi and with Leonardo Feroli and that they walked from New York to Boston, chopping wood and doing other odd jobs along the way.

Arrival in New York on 4 May 1888 having sailed from Hamburg, age 34. Possibly Leonardo Feroli with him age 47 (approximately correct age).

Their daughter Annie’s birth record shows them living at 285 Norfolk Avenue in May of 1893. On 22 November 1893 a deed was recorded for Varnerin’s purchase of land at what was then 297 Norfolk Avenue, Dorchester, (later renumbered as 321 Norfolk Ave. ca 1906-1909). The next month, Romeo Bossi applied for a building permit to construct a three-family house on the rear portion of the lot, identifying himself as the owner and builder, although Varnerin’s deed conveying this portion of the land to Bossi was not recorded until 30 July 1894. In April, 1894 Varnerin applied for a permit to build a two-family house at the front of the lot, listing Romeo Bossi as the builder. Many immigrants from Tramonti gave 321 Norfolk Avenue as their destination in Boston when they came through Ellis Island.

On 16 January 1895 he purchased an 8,400 sq. ft. lot in the middle of the block adjoining his home.

November 1895 - he was naturalized, living at 285 Norfolk Avenue.

He appears to have sent money to help rebuild “la chiesetta della Madonna della Salute” in Tramonti in 1898 and it looks like his brother, Luigi, also contributed, as well as Giuseppe Marmai, the nephew of Giacomo’s wife:
“Mando un appello per la raccolta di denaro a tutti gli emigranti sparsi per il mondo.
  Da Boston (Massachusetts), da Dorchester risposero (Fachin Pietro detto Pian, Varnerin  Luigi di Davide, Ferrodi Giobatta Mora, Marmai Giuseppe Rutizza, Varnerin Giacomo di Davide, Fachin Giovanni Scrin, Fachin Giuseppe Scrin) con una offerta di nove dollari, ...." The original church had been built around 1844 and the rebuilt church was consecrated in 1911.

9 June 1900 Census says they have been married for 19 years and gives his birth as April 1856, age 44, both of which seem to differ from 1910 Census. Six children born, six still living.

Possible Ellis Island arrival on February 11, 1902, Giovanni at age 47, a US citizen who had been in US for 17 years, (since 1885, same year of arrival for Luigi Varnerin who was born about 1850) traveling from Tramonti with Santa, age 11, who may be making her first trip to US or may be a citizen. Says they are going to New York.

1910 Census: Living at 321 Norfolk Ave., married for 27 years, total of 9 children born, all still alive, unmarried, and living with the family, 3 children born in Italy: Peter age 26, Leonard age 24, and Mary age 21, 6 children born in Massachusetts: Annie age 16, Laurence age 15, Joseph age 13, “Anileto? (Albert ?) age 10, Angelo age 8, and Louis age 6. Says that he first came to Boston in 1885. In another apartment are Pietro and Guiditta Serafini with children Oswald, Americo, Robert, Margaret and Katherine.

1920 Census: Owns house at 321 Norfolk Avenue. Living with 6 children. Both parents naturalized in 1895. Says he came to US in 1887 and she in 1892. He is a building contractor. Renting an apartment to Alvise & Annie Varnerin Rugo and 3 children.

Summer 1922 - rented a cottage at Nantasket Beach. Other years they rented a cottage on Adams Shore, Quincy so that each of the families could spend a week at the beach.

Who is this?
1924 April 19 - Ettore Ferroli, age 42, married, resident of Boston, left behind his wife, Letizia Ferroli, in Tramonti di Sotto, joining uncle, Giacomo Varnerin, at 321 Norfolk Ave.

1930 Census has them living in own home at 321 Norfolk Avenue, Dorchester, Massachusetts, at ages 74 and 67. They were married at ages 29 and 22. Says he came to US in 1885 and she in 1892.

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