My name is Rose Meli and I am the Granddaughter of Rose Mascaro Meli (born in 1900) and Charles Arthur Meli. Charles had two brothers and a sister, Adolph, Mary and unknown name. Mary had a son, Arelius who was a child prodigy and taught at Fordham University in his teens until his early death due to TB. My Great Grandfather was Vincenzo Meli and he was married to a Marchioness. They came from Sicily and resided in Harlem; where they ran a bank. The Marchioness died circa 1934, and my father recalls a royal type wedding where she was honored. As a child, I remember hearing stories about the family sheepskin and how if I went to Sicily, I would be treated as royalty as I am the descendent of the Marchioness. My Grandfather turned up missing in the early 1930ís so all of this information is sketchy. It was rumored that the sheepskin was passed onto Adolph, however, I have no knowledge of the whereabouts of any of these relatives. I would love to receive any information about my relation to the Marchioness or any other family information that could be passed onto me. I have been curious about this for years!
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