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Salvatore Cuba – Caltanissetta, Sicily

A few years ago, I wrote a post about my great-uncle Salvatore Cuba. This year, I connected with Salvatore’s descendants so I thought it only fitting to update the post with new information.

Salvatore Cuba was born September 24, 1878 in Terranova di Sicilia (Gela), Sicily. It is likely that the Cuba’s followed the traditional naming patterns common among Italians. The first born son was named after the father’s father. The second son was named after the mother’s father. The first born daughter was named after the father’s mother and the second daughter was named after the mother’s mother.  Rosaria’s father’s name was Salvatore, so it could be that an older son was born before Salvatore, or that Luigi’s father’s name was also Salvatore.

Salvatore married Vincenza Giordano on January 4, 1902 in Caltanissetta. It should be noted that on the marriage record, Salvatore’s last name is spelled Cubba. Salvatore worked as a sulfur miner in Caltanissetta. They had eight children, five who died as infants: Rosaria (1902 -1903), Rosaria (1907 -1910), Nicolo ( 1911-1912), Nicolo ( 1913-1914) and Giovanni (1916-1917). Their three surviving sons were Luigi, Michele and Giovanni. Michele had two children: Salvatore and Vincenza. Michele’s son Salvatore immigrated to Belgium and his daughter Vincenza immigrated to France. After World War II, coal companies in Belgium and France recruited miners from Italy to work for them. That is how Salvatore ended up in Belgium in the 1940s and Vincenza and her husband emigrated to France.

Salvatore never immigrated to America. When his brother John died in Detroit in 1955, Salvatore was distraught and asked how John could have died in a modern hospital in America. Perhaps lack of good medical care was the cause of Salvatore’s children dying? Salvatore died on March 10, 1960 in Caltanissetta, Sicily.

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