#MeetMyImmigrants: Francesca (Palumbo) Carbone Chetriello

Francesca Palumbo is one of my thirteen foreign-born 2x-great-grandparents. She was born 10 October 1870 in Rodi Garganico, Italy. She was orphaned as a child, and raised by nuns. She married Tommaso Carbone in 1891, but was widowed by the time she arrived in the US in 1910. She was held for Special Inquiry at Ellis Island upon arrival, likely because she was pregnant. She lived in Hoboken, NJ, and married again in 1912, to Salvatore Chetriello. He died in 1923, and she spent her remaining years living with her numerous daughters. (Lena was her daughter.) She was a pious woman - she attended St. Ann's Church every morning. Because she had never become a citizen of the US, she was considered an "Enemy Alien" during World War II, and carried around an identification card with her photo and information. (All German, Italian, and Japanese nationals residing in the US needed one of these.) Despite all of the hardship she endured in her life, she lived to be 96.

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