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Looking for Descendants of Lombardo family, Boston, 1920s
Posted by: Randy Buss (ID *****7380) Date: September 15, 2003 at 18:36:15
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Looking for following family as favor to a family friend. These are a compilation of notes edited to hopefully provide a good summary of what I know. I do not really have any more detail on the family than this.

Emma Lombardo, maiden name Willutzki, immigrated to U.S. in 1923 from Koblenz, Germany, as the wife of an American officer in the Rhineland occupation army. The husband was Vincento Lombardo, Italian-born, age 39, and according to the Ellis Island passenger list (as provided to me by another researcher) he arrived with his wife Emma, age 36, and their son Hans, age 1 year. They had been living in Koblenz, Germany, in the Rhineland. They arrived in New York on their way to Boston on a ship called the S.S. George Washington on June 15, 1923.

Vincento Lombardo had originally emigrated from Italy to Boston in 1903. He apparently became a U.S. citizen and then joined the U.S. military, although his occupation in the ship manifest is indicated as "lattener", which was a kind of skilled metal worker. Their address in Boston in 1923 was 1148 Washington Street.

Emma Willutzki was born in 1887 in Nikolaiken, East Prussia (in Poland today). The family later moved to Konigsberg (Kaliningrad). Emma had two sisters: Bertha (born 1881), who stayed in Konigsberg until the Russians approached and died in a refugee camp in 1945, and Grete (born 1890), who moved to and was married in Berlin. A daughter of Grete is the family friend.

The name of the nearest relative in the country from where they came is indicated as Vincento's sister, Mrs. Julia Zampella, of Koblenz, Germany. Emma's physical indicated an abdominal tumor. She may have had twin sons around 1924 (or this may have been Hans and another son, not necessarily twins). Emma may have died about 1926, or this may refer to one or both sons.

Emma's niece would like to get into contact with any Lombardo relatives, especially to fill in the gaps since the 1920s. I can forward any information to her.

Thanks,

Randy




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