Abel Ferrara

by Lil Vacha on April 12, 2010

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Place of Birth: The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 19, 1951

*Italian (father)
*Irish (mother)

Abel Ferrara is an American director, screenwriter, and actor.

Abel’s father, Alfred J., a bookie, of Italian descent, changed the family’s surname from “Esposito” to “Ferrara”. Abel’s mother was of Irish Catholic background.

Abel’s paternal grandparents were Abele Ferrara (the son of Alfonso Ferrara and Alfonsa Baselice) and Emilia Catalano. Abele and Emilia were from Sarno, Province of Salerno, Campania, Italy.

Sources: http://www.dazeddigital.com

Ship manifest record of Abel’s paternal grandparents, Abele Ferrara and Emilia Catalano – http://www.libertyellisfoundation.org

Passenger record of Abel’s paternal grandfather, Abele Ferrara – https://familysearch.org

Passenger record of Abel’s paternal grandmother, Emilia Catalano – https://familysearch.org

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bablah December 19, 2016 at 11:51 am

Emilia Catalano and her husband Abele Ferrara arrived on Ship Madonna in May 1906. Abele is listed as non-immigrant alien, and they are joining his brother in law Luciano Parziale.

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andrew December 19, 2016 at 5:05 pm

records of Abel’s paternal grandparents:


The story of the changed surname does not look accurate.

bablah December 19, 2016 at 5:34 pm

Yeah, that’s what I was thinking. The ship manifest clearly says his grandfather’s name was Ferrara before his father was even born.
They were even on the 1925 New York State census as Ferrara.

andrew July 15, 2016 at 4:41 pm

* Italian (father)
* Irish (mother)

andrew October 8, 2015 at 7:47 pm

Abel’s grandfather, Abele Esposito (the son of Alfonso Esposito and Alfonsa Baselice), immigrated in 1902, at 22, from Sarno, Province of Salerno, Campania, Italy. For some reason Abel’s father, Alfred J. , a bookie, changed the family’s surname from “Esposito” to “Ferrara”.

Abel’s grandmother was Emilia Catalano, also born in Sarno.

Abel’s mother is of Irish Catholic extraction.

source: http://www.vesuvioweb.com/it/wp-content/uploads/Gaetana-Mazza-E-il-nonno-del-regista-Abel-Ferrara-l%E2%80%99omonimo-sarnese-emigrato-in-America-agli-inizi-del-900.pdf

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