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Family of Dominic PODESTA and Maria AZZARO

Husband: Dominic PODESTA (1861- )
Wife: Maria AZZARO (1874- )
Children: Agnes PODESTA (1890- )
Theresa PODESTA (1891- )
Marie PODESTA (1894- )
Ellen PODESTA (1896- )
Marriage 13 Jun 1889 Eastbourne Register Office

Husband: Dominic PODESTA

Name: Dominic PODESTA
Sex: Male
Father: -
Mother: -
Birth 1861

Wife: Maria AZZARO

Name: Maria AZZARO
Sex: Female
Father: Emmanuelle AZARO (1840-1916)
Mother: Ursula MAY (1849-1921)
Birth 1874 Windsor

Child 1: Agnes PODESTA

Name: Agnes PODESTA
Sex: Female
Spouse: James B BIRKHEAD ( - )
Birth 1890 Brighton

Child 2: Theresa PODESTA

Name: Theresa PODESTA
Sex: Female
Spouse: Frederick William HARE ( - )
Birth 1891 Brighton

Child 3: Marie PODESTA

Name: Marie PODESTA
Sex: Female
Spouse: Paul BARTESAGHI ( - )
Birth 1894 Eastbourne

Child 4: Ellen PODESTA

Name: Ellen PODESTA
Sex: Female
Birth 1896

Note on Husband: Dominic PODESTA - shared note

1. At the time of his marriage he is aged 26, batchelor, General labourer. His father is Louis Podesta (deceased).


2. In the 1901 census, there is a Dominic Podesta, aged 40, Banjo Player, married but living alone in Hastings, and born in Hastings. Is this him ? (In the 1881 census he appears to be in Hastings, aged 16, transcribed as Dominic Podestio. Since his father is Louis Podestio, it looks likely that this is the guy who married Maria. Note that this Hastings family includes some lodgers from Genoa, including a Mary Bacigulupe - this name is very much from the Sestri Levante area.)


3. In the 1911 census, there is a Dominic Podesta, aged 46, an inmate of H M Prison, Brighton Road, Lewes. He is described as a General Labourer, born in Hastings, Sussex, and married.


4. By 1921 when his daughter (?) Marie is married in Knaresborough, he is said to be deceased.


[5. There is an odd coincidence with the name Podesta. In the 1861 census there is an Anthony Podesta (b.1821 Genoa) living at 8 Chesterfield Street (which is where Emanuel Azzaro was living in 1891). The profession of this Anthony Podesta is 'Marine Store Lab' which is remarkably similar to the profession which Emanuel gave for his father on his marriage certificate. Just a coincidence ? ]

Note on Wife: Maria AZZARO - shared note

1. Marie Azzaro is one of the 'acknowledged daughters' in the will of Emanuel Azzaro. No record of her birth has yet turned up on FreeBMD (as at Dec 2012).


2. She turns up in 1889, getting married to Dominic Podesta in Eastbourne on June 13. She gives her age as 21 and her father as Emanuel Azzaro, so there is no doubt it is her. Emanuel's profession is down as General Labourer (so either she doesn't really know what he does, or else there has been a muddle since her father-in-law's profession is Lodging House Keeper). Both of them give their address as 19 Lime Tree Terrace, Eastbourne. Neither of the witnesses are named either Azzaro or Podesta.


3. In the 1891 census they are living at 22 Lime Tree Terrace, Eastbourne. The family consists of

Dominic Podesta Musician Age 26 Born Hastings

Marie Podesta Hawker of Flowers Age 21 Born Windsor

Agnes Podesta Age 1 Born Brighton

Teresa Podesta Age 3 months Born Brighton


4. In the 1901 census Marie Podesta is still living in Eastbourne at 3 Glovers New Flats Avondale Road. Her age is 27 (which is not very consistent with her age when married) and birthplace is Windsor, Berks. She describes herself as married, but is the head of the household with no husband present, and is working on her own account as a flower hawker. She has 4 children as follows :

Agnes Podesta Aged 11, born Brighton

Treasa (sic) Podesta Aged 10, born Brighton

Marie Podesta Aged 7, born Eastbourne

Nellie Podesta, Aged 5, born Eastbourne


FreeBMD has some candidates for the birth of two of her children. These are Marie, born 2nd Qtr 1894 in Eastbourne and Ellen, born 1st Qtr 1896 in Eastbourne.


5. In the 1911 census the family turn up (somewhat surprisingly) at 7 School Court, Harrogate, Yorkshire. The family consists of

Joseph Donovan, Head of household, married, age 43, Florist. Born in Westminster, London

Maria Donovan age 38, Florist, 4 living children, born Brighton, Sussex

Maria Donovan age 17, Servant, born Eastbourne

Nellie Donovan age 15, Servant, born Eastbourne


Maria's place of birth as Brighton looks like a mistake, but the entries for the two children suggest that this must be the right record for Maria Azzaro.


The name Donovan appears to be a mis-transcription of Donegan because we have a record of the marriage in 3rd Qtr 1920, in the Leeds registration district of Joseph P Donegan and Marie Podesta. Presumably they were unable to marry for most of the intervening years because Dominic Podesta was still alive.


6. See the notes on her daughters Theresa and Marie, who both married in Knaresborough, confirming that the family had moved to Yorkshire.