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My Ancestors: Galfre

I normally post at my blog, http://freya-newenglandgenealogy.blogspot.com, but I will begin posting here as well. I won't go back and repost everything here, so I'm just moving forward from this point. :)

This posting will be quite short and more detailed than the others, as we don't know much about our Galfre ancestors, except that they come from Italy. Fortunately, we are in contact with our cousins in Italy! One of my aunts and cousins from the U.S. visited with them this year, and many of us have connected on Facebook. It is wonderful that the internet can bring us together.

Without further ado, my maternal ancestry, which places me in Haplogroup H1 based on DNA testing I had done a few years ago.

Generation 1

1. Lia Galfre (aka Leah Elizabeth, b. 1903, Middleboro, MA, d. 1991, Brockton, MA)

Generation 2

2. Bartolomeo Giovanni Michele Galfre (b. 1869, San Benigno, Torino, Piedmont, Italy, d. 1952, Lakeville, MA)

3. Ernesta Maddalena Bergamasco (b. 1874, Moneglia, Genoa, Liguria, Italy, d. 1925, Middleboro, MA)

Ernesta is very interesting to me because, besides being a direct maternal ancestor, she supposedly had an uncle who was a bishop. I have not found any bishops named Bergamasco, so he was either her maternal uncle, or a great-uncle (but still not a Bergamasco). It would be fascinating to find out which bishop she was related to, if any.

Generation 3

4. Michele Galfre (b. 1836, Spinetta, Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy, d. ?)

5. Francesca Manassero (b. 1839, Spinetta, Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy, d. ?)

6. Giuseppe Bergamasco

7. Giabatta (that may not be the correct name for Ernesta's mother; that is as close as we can get based on family documents, such as Ernesta's passport, which was shared in a previous post).

Generation 4

8. Giovanni Battista Bartolomeo Galfre (he may have come from France)

9. Teressa Dematteis

10. Giovanni Manassero

11. Teresa Cavallo

12. No other information on Ernesta's ancestors

My Mayflower Ancestors

The pilgrims from whom I can prove descent are:

John Alden
Isaac Allerton
Mary (Norris) Allerton
John Billington
William Brewster
Peter Brown
Francis Cooke
Stephen Hopkins
John Howland
William Mullins
Henry Samson
George Soule
Myles Standish
John Tilley
Joan (Hurst) (Rogers) Tilley
Richard Warren


The majority of my lines go back to John Alden and Richard Warren, thanks to their prolific families. I descend from siblings in many instances.

People who find a Mayflower ancestor, often find more than just one. It isn't surprising - there weren't too many options for marriage in the 1620's. Once the Great Migration began, family trees really branched out (pun intended).

Since I have a bit of a mobile lifestyle, thanks to having a husband in the Air Force, I rely on my own personal library of the Mayflower Society's silver and pink books, as well as NEHGS for my research and documentation of these lines. Ultimately, I would like to get all of my supplemental lines into the Mayflower Society, though that is a rather costly goal.

For now, I am a member through one of my Richard Warren lines (via Mary Warren and Robert Bartlett - just one of many).

I think the paternal lines that ended up in Hancock County, Maine surprised me the most. When one thinks of the Mayflower, they often connect it to Plymouth. Yet, I know Mayflower descendants have certainly migrated much, much farther from Plymouth than just Maine. ;)

For detailed lineages on the 60 lines of descent that I claim, visit my blog: http://freya-newenglandgenealogy.blogspot.com/

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