Where Did They Settle and Why?

For some years, I have been intrigued about where immigrants settled in American and why. Here is an excerpt from my recent piece in GoLodcalProv

They landed here because of a social principal called chain migration; not a new term by any means.  Friends and relatives wrote to them, “Come to this place (RI) in America where you can speak the same language (regional dialect) and be understood. The stores carry the same things as in our village. People will help.” All four of my grandparents made Federal Hill their first stop but hardly the last.

Domenica and Vincenzo Troiano. What joy in America!

So much courage in doing what they did, in braving so much that was unknown. Read of it here;

Why did they settle in Rhode Island?

Thank you, grandparents, for giving us the opportunity.

By | 2018-12-03T13:39:17+00:00 December 4th, 2018|GoLocalProv, Stories of the 1940's and 1950's|9 Comments


  1. Peter Voccio JR. December 7, 2018 at 11:18 pm - Reply

    Oh, so many traveled from far off lands to make America what it is today. The rewards were to watch their children and grandchildren succeed in this new land.

  2. Geri DiMasi December 10, 2018 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    Domenica and Vincenzo Troiano look just like my grandparents, Concetta and Luigi Frissore!

    • Ed December 10, 2018 at 2:57 pm - Reply

      Remind me, Geri. What was their region?

  3. Karen Chapman December 10, 2018 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    How do you always manage to make me most up? Spot on’

    • Ed December 10, 2018 at 8:19 pm - Reply

      Method acting

  4. Geri DiMasi December 11, 2018 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    My dear and beloved grandparents, Luigi and Concetta Frissore, emigrated from Italy in the early 1900’s. They settled in Boonton, New Jersey, where my grandfather, Tatone, got work in a quarry. My mother, their oldest child was born there. They had come from a small mountain town in Abruzzi called Introdacqua.

    • Ed December 11, 2018 at 6:10 pm - Reply

      Another success story of opportunity and hard work. Thanks, Geri

  5. Joe Kernan December 11, 2018 at 11:56 pm - Reply

    Ed, we should thank all our foreign-born ancestors for building this country. And I don’t mean just the roads and railroads and bridges: I mean the way they embraced our democratic principles and strengthened them in subsequent generations. Immigrants and their children will continue to contribute, provided they are allowed the opportunity. God bless immigrants and God bless the U.S.A.

    • Ed December 12, 2018 at 12:12 pm - Reply


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