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Thank you for your most interesting information. Have you been to Cicagna?
There are still many Foppiano's there, although the younger families have moved, some to Milano, some to Genova. My cousins have a reataurant in Rapallo.
My grandfather's name was Alessio . He died nearly 2 yrs. ago @ the age of 95. His cousin, Giuseppe Foppiano, who was born in Cicagna but lived in Monleone ( about 3 or 4 miles west of Cicagna) owned a slate mine which is still partially owned by my father & his cousins in San Francisco. I was in Italy in 1979 & stayed with some of the cousins for several months. The house in which my Grandfather was born is older than that of Cristoforo Columbo (Christopher Columbus) still with dirt floors (covered with some wooden planks here & there) & it boasts the first oven in the entire district. The oven is merely part of the house in that it is a huge part of the wall, chipped out of stone, with various openings, some for wood, others for bread, etc. The house is still heated merely by a wood stove in the center of the kitchen. The house stands next to a large stream & beside the house is an old mill-like structure. The younger part of the family have built a modern house next to the ancient one. My Grandfather FINALLY journyed back to Cicagna to sign over his house to the cousins. He also had a very large piece of property up on a hill overlooking Cicagna & Moleone but I don't know whether he signed that over to his cousins as well. I do know that the slate mine is still a part of the family here in California. My grandfather was the youngest of 13 children & apparently his mother died sometime when he was young. His father remarried a somewhat well to do woman & then he began sending his children, one by one, to California. One of my Grandfather's sisters--Rechetta, was nearly lost when her ship was sunk a couple of days away from New York. None of our part of the Foppiano family went through Ellis Island as they all traveled 2nd class & all had sponsors in America. If you would like to chat more about the Foppiano's please contact me @ firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you! By the way, where is your mother living? & where do you live? Kindest Regards, Vicky Foppiano Niver