52 Ancestors: #26 Tombstone Tuesday – Josephine Bianchi Bridy

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

Tombstone of Josephine Bridy in Saint Peter's Cemetery, Mount Carmel, PA.  Photo courtesy of Robert David Miller. Find A Grave Memorial# 116490814.

Tombstone of Josephine Bridy in Saint Peter’s Cemetery, Mount Carmel, PA. Photo courtesy of Robert David Miller. Find A Grave Memorial# 116490814.

 

My great-aunt was baptized Violet Josephine Bianchi in Our Lady of Mount Carmel church on 18 August 1889 in Mount Carmel, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. Her baptismal record is the only document I have found so far that includes her first name of Violet. She seems to go by her middle name of Josephine.

Based on analysis of the records, Josephine was born in New York. Her mother, Mary Bianchi, would have been about 4 months pregnant when their ship landed in New York harbor in December, 1888. Josephine was born May 1889 but then baptized in Mount Carmel on 18 Aug 1889. So this family traveled from New York to Mount Carmel with three or four other small children and a newborn infant between May 20 and August 18. I am still trying to determine exactly where Josephine was born in New York. Could it possibly have been at the processing center?

June 27 was the 107th anniversary of the marriage of Josephine Bianchi and Mario Bridy on 27 June 1907 in St. Peter’s Church in Mount Carmel. Their witnesses were his brother, Henry Bridy, and her sister, Mary Bianchi. Josephine and Mario had four children: Albert, Alma, Lester and Lillian. I have not found this family in the 1930 US census so there may be additional children. In the 1940 US census, there is only Josephine and Mario in the household.

Josephine died in 1965 and is buried in St. Peter’s Cemetery located in Mount Carmel, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.

 

Week 26 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, a blogging challenge initiated by Amy Johnston Crow in her blog No Story Too Small.

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