It is Week 8 in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks’ writing challenge. This week’s theme is Prosperity. Prosperity usually means a successful, flourishing, or thriving condition, particularly in financial respects. This word derives from the Middle English word prosperite, borrowed from the same Old French word which came from the Latin word prosperus, meaning favorable or fortunate, as in luck.
When I first saw this writing prompt, I immediately thought of the many wealthy ancestors found throughout our families’ trees, specifically in my Cole-Marriner and Watts-Stark lines. Although I have written about several of these ancestors in past posts, a part of me wanted to write about someone not so wealthy and much less famous. So, I thought a bit outside the box. Instead of people who were wealthy or successful by nature, what if I focus on someone whose surname IS this week’s theme?
So, without further adieu, please allow me to introduce the Prosperoni family. (Their surname means “prosperous one” in Italian.) The first known Prosperoni in our families’ trees is Stanislao Prosperoni, my spouse’s brother-in-law’s 2nd great-grandfather. (Incidentally, the name Slanislao is Slavic in origin and means someone who achieves glory or fame. Combined with Prosperoni, that is one heck of a name to live up to, don’t you think!)
Nothing is known about Stanislao Prosperoni’s parentage or his childhood. I do know that he married Rosa Papini.
Together, the couple would have three known children. The first, a son named Arcite Calisto Prosperoni (my spouse’s brother-in-law’s great-grandfather), was born on 24 July 1888, in Corchiano, an ancient fortified town located in central Italy.
Daughter Annunziata Prosperoni came along two years later on 10 January 1892.
Their final child, a son named Valentino Prosperoni, was welcomed to the family three years later on 30 December 1895.
Circa 1906, Arcite Prosperoni left the hazelnut groves of Corchiano, Viterbo, Italy for the wilds of Elk County, Pennsylvania.
On 30 March 1913, he married Laororo “Aurora” Campana, daughter of Francillo Campana.
At some point, the couple relocated to Aliquippa, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, where Arcite worked as a steel mill laborer and worshipped at Mount Olivet Catholic Church.
In 1916, the couple welcomed their first known child, Albert J. Prosperoni.
Four years later, in 1920, daughter Helen Prosperoni was born in Aliquippa, Beaver County, Pennsylvania.
The next year, 1921, son John J. Prosperoni was welcomed to the family.
Son Alfred Prosperoni arrived in the family’s Aliquippa home in 1923.
In 1925, another son, Lawrence Prosperoni, was welcomed to the ever-growing family.
Son Tony Prosperoni came along two years later in 1927.
The couple’s final son, Rudolph A. Prosperoni, was born in 1929.
On 3-4 April 1930, the Prosperoni family was enumerated at 212 Jarvis Street in Aliquippa, Beaver County, Pennsylvania.
In January 1930, the couple’s last child, Rosie Prosperoni, was born. Sadly, she died a year later in 1931 and was buried in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Aliquippa.
On 10 April 1940, the Prosperoni family was enumerated at 139 Oakwood Street in Aliquippa, Beaver County, Pennsylvania.
Arcite Prosperoni spent the next 27 years in the steel town of Aliquippa. Then, in January 1967, at the age of 78, Arcite Prosperoni passed away and is buried near his daughter Rosie in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery.