My Great Grandfather
Umberto Cenci

Unfortunately I do not know as much as I would like about my Great Grandfather, but this is what I know. He was a carpenter. His work is in many of the homes on Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. His carpentry is part of a frame in the US Capitol building. I believe it is in either the East or West most stairwell. I believe it is huge (>8ft x 10ft) and he contributed part of the work.

His primary language was Italian. I believe he never spoke English, or if so very limited. He was college educated in Italy but because of the language barrier he was limited to carpentry rather than using his degree.

He immigrated to the USA through Ellis Island. From the Ellis Island records it says he was 33 upon arrival. He rode on the S.S. Venezia from Naples, Italy to Ellis Island, NY. The ship departed September 13th, 1911 and arrived in NY on September 28, 1911. He was single, could read, and could write. It says his last permanent residence was Genova, Italy. His sister paid the passage fee to get him to the US. He was going to live with his sister Beatrice Cenci living at East 48th Street. He was not a polygamist, an anacharist. (yes, those things were actually on the manifest) He was in Good physical and mental health. He was 5 ft 8 inchest tall, fair skinned, with brown hair. It says he was born in Italy.

Actual Ellis Island Records Results

Built by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Limited, Wallsend-on-Tyne, England, 1907. 6,707 gross tons; 457 (bp) feet long; 51 feet wide. Steam triple expansion engines, twin screw. Service speed 15.5 knots. 1,880 passengers (80 first class, 1,800 third class).

Built for Fabre Line, French flag, in 1907 and named Venezia. Mediterranean-New York service. Chartered by French Line, French flag, in 1919. Destroyed by fire in the Atlantic on October 19, 1919.

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Commanders Log
& Instructions

Surgeons Log
No. 294
Family Name Cenci
Given Name Umberto
Age 33 years
Sex Male
Occupation Engraver
Able to Read Yes
Able to Write Yes
Nationality Italy
Race or People (unreadable)
Last Permanent Residence
Country - Italy
City or Twon - Genova
The name and complete address of nearest relative or friend in country whence alien came
his Sister ???? Cenci ???? ?? ????
Final Destination
City - N.Y.
State - New York
No. 30
Wether having a ticket to such final destination
By whom was passage paid? - his Sister
Wether in posession of $50, and if less, how much? - $13 (??)
Whether ever before in the United States; and if so, where? (??)
Wether going to join a relative or friend; and if so, what relative or friend, and his name and complete address.
his Sister Beatrice Cenci ??? 302 - ?? East 48 Street ???? NY
19 ??? No
Wether a Polygamist? No
Wether an anarchist? No
???? No
Condition of health, mental and physical? good
Deformed or crippled, nature, length of time, and cause? No
Height Feet 5
Inches 8
Complexion Fair
Color of Hair brown
Eyes ?????
Marks of Identification ------
Plce of Birth
Country - Italy
City or Town - Mon????

Record Details - Limited, more information can be read from the actual pages.

First Name: Umberto
Last Name: Cenci
Ethnicity: Italian
Last Place of Residence: Genova, Italy
Date of Arrival: September 28, 1911
Age at Arrival: 33y Gender: M Marital Status: S
Ship of Travel: Venezia
Port of Departure: Naples
Manifest Line Number: 0030

He Sailed on the Ship: Venezia