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Our Family History and Family Name
Salvatore Gorgone and Grazia Olivo
my grandparents

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The Family

From all accounts the Gorgone family originated in UCRIA, Messina, Sicily. They lived in and around this area for at least a century.

Salvatore Sr. worked for the Paladino Family in Floresta, Sicily. From a young age his son Sebastian was promised by Anna's mother the hand of her daughter when they became of age. Consequently, Anna and Sebastian had a life long infatuation with one and other. But because her family was of wealth and royalty, and he was a farmers son, this promise was inevitably retracted. Sebastian and Anna eventually ran away together and married in 1904. Anna was disowned by the family at that time.

A Family Reunited

It was the dying wish of Anna's brother Guiseppe Paladino that his daughter reunite the family, which she did. They have come to USA and we have been to Sicily!


"A Legacy of Love ..."

The Gorgone Family originated in Sicily.

Story has it, that my Grandfather Salvatore Gurgone (1859-1930), marred his best friend's sister Grazia Olivo (1861-1930) in 1878, after he served in the service.

They had 7 children that we knew of: Sebastian, Mary (Rigolli), Josephine (Mancuso), Gertrude (Valenti), Angelina (Salpietro), Salvatore, and Frank. My father was Sebastian (1880-1972). However, we recently discovered an additional brother Vito (1890) in Sicilan birth records. We are not sure what happened to him (as yet)! Perhaps he died of sids or the influenza, so common in those days.)

marriage certificateMarriage Certificate of Grazia Olivo and Salvatore Gorgone, Sicily 1978

"....and An Immigrants Dream"

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SS Florida to Ellis Island NY

Sebastian, a stone cutter, and Anna immigrated to the USA along with his Family in the early 1900's via Ellis Island on the SS Florida with his father, then resided in Boston, MA. First the men came, once settled, they sent for the women. At that time most of the family made their homes at Cottage Place West Newton. Sebastian did Masonry work, building many of the foundations and stone masonry in surrounding Newton area.

The family experienced many tragedies in a few short years starting with the death of Anna Maria, Sebastian's beloved wife in childbirth with twins, while they lived at the corner of Webster and Waltham Street in a large porch wrapped Victorian. Then as if enough was not enough, the depression overwhelmed them and they were forced to leave the Webster Street address and move into their other property at River Street. Most of us today remember this Gambrel home where Greta and Eleanor were the family matriarchs!

The extended family eventually lived in several homes along and off of River Street, including a store at "Night Caps Corner" which suffered tragedy when it burned down during the prohibition, killing five family members.

During World War 1 Sebastiano went back to Italy and fought for Italy. The family stayed here.

Like all families back then, they persevered, and with hard work and determination rebuilt their lives and achieved the American dream. From this humble beginning grew a wealth of accomplished Golfers, Firemen, Policemen, Executives, Artisons, Athletes and more. From a few streets in West Newton to addresses all over the world. It has been nothing but uphill!

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The Gorgone Family Originated in Ucria, Messina, Sicily:

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My father Sebastiano Gorgone

My mother Anna Maria Paladino
my mother




Ucria Coat of Arms

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The Gorgone Name:

family symbolThe "Gorgone" name has roots in the french spelling of the word "La Gorgone". We have also read that it's origin means "by the sea". The most common is thought to be a Greek derivative from the Greek Myth: Medusa.

"Medusa was one of the three Gorgons, daughter of Phorcys and Ceto. She was the only one of the Gorgons who was subject to mortality. She is celebrated for her personal charms and the beauty of her locks. Neptune became enamoured of her, and obtained her favours in the temple of Minerva. This violation of the sanctity of the temple provoked Minerva, and she changed the beautiful locks of Medusa, which had inspired Neptune’s love to serpents. According to Apollodorus, Medusa and her sisters came into the world with snakes on their heads, instead of hair, with yellow wings and brazen hands. Their bodies were also covered with impenetrable scales, and their very looks had the power of killing or turning to stones. Perseus rendered his name immortal by his conquest of Medusa. He cut off her head, and the blood that dropped from the wound produced the innumerable serpents that infest Africa. The conqueror placed Medusa's head on the shield of Minerva, which he had used in his expedition. The head still retained the same petrifying power as before, as it was fatally known in the court of Cepheus. . . . Some suppose that the Gorgons were a nation of women, whom Perseus."

Spelling Variations.

Somewhere along the line, the name Gurgone in the italian archives was changed to Gorgone in US records for our family.

In Sicily, spellings were determined, in the town you were from as to how the name was spelled. It was recorded according to the dialect! From UCRIA it was spelled as "Gurgone", From Leone recorded as "Gorgone", other towns had spellings such as" Furgone".

In the early days of immigration,when immigrants came through at Ellis Island, names were spelled out by border patrol authorities according to sound. If the entrants to US soil were illiterate or unable to speak English, they had no control over the exact spelling of their names. We are told that variations on the name could be Giurgone, Gurgone, or Giorgione.

Spellings vary for many reasons on documentation in the US. Such is the case on my Grandfather Salvatore's birth certificate, which was recorded as "Florence" but we think should have been Floresta (Sicily).

Some Gorgone Trivia:

Search GORGONE on Google HERE. You will find anything from butterflies to famous Architects. I have chosen a few fun and fascinating links:

Growing up Gorgone-A compilation of stories from West Newton.A ride down memory lane:

Gorgone Island of the Islands of Elba in Tuscany
Villa Gorgone, Tuscany, Italia
Gorgone Ancient Comet
The Gorgone Head at Consorzio Castle Museum (there was also one in Gela Sicily
Gorgone Butterfly
Gorgone One dive site in Tahiti
Gorgone Coral
Gorgone Torrent in Casentinesi Forests

famous italian paintingOur Children's Links:

Michelle Gorgone US SKI TEAM Page
Judith Gorgone Designs
Carol Gorgone Stenberg
Justin Teague and Family

famous italian paintingItalian Genealogy Links:

Italian Surnames
Italian Geneology 1
Italian Geneology 2
Distant Cousins
American Immigrant Wall of Honor
Immigration Records
Names of families that immigrated to America
Italy Link.com

Museums in Italy Other:

This page was created in fond memory of Aunt Mary, Greta, Eleanor, Chee Chee, Frank and John, all of whom most recently passed, are greatly missed and were of great assistance in compiling this information.

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We continue our   genealogical search for the following names from Northern Italy and Sicily to complete  our family tree: GORGONE, PALADINO, OLIVO, and from Arche and Frosinone: PROIA, and MARINUCCI. Thanks for your help! Contact us  at: handicap7@hotmail.com