Antonio Gardella and his wife, Maddalena Gardella, first appear at Painesville, Lake County, Ohio, in 1913. In America, Antonio Gardella was known as Anthony Gardella.
Antonio Gardella, son of Giovanni Gardella and Caterina Basso, was born on Monday, August 4, 1884, at Neirone, Italy. He married Maddalena Gardella (maiden name not known) about 1912 at Neirone, Italy.
Antonio Gardella first immigrated to the United States on August 30, 1901, at age 17. He was travelling to New York City, New York. Antonio Gardella is cited on a passenger ship manifest re-entering to the United States on May 2, 1908, at age 23, travelling to Newburgh, New York. He was joining his father in Newburgh. He was accompanying his mother and brother, Enrico Gardella. He was also cited on a passenger ship manifest entering the United States a third time on May 7, 1913, at age 28, travelling to Painesville, Lake County, Ohio. He was joining his brother, Enrico Gardella, and cousin, Davide Gardella, in Painesville, Ohio. Antonio was travelling with his wife, Maddalena, his sister, Masilia Gardella, and his cousin, Giovanni Gardella. Antonio had returned to Italy in 1911.
Anthony Gardella registered for the World War I Draft on September 12, 1918. He was living at Eagle Street, Painesville, Lake County, Ohio. Anthony Gardella became a citizen of the United States in 1923. Anthony resided at 417 North St. Clair Street, Painesville, Lake County, Ohio, when he was naturalized.
Antonio and his family operated a confectionary store in Painesville. The Gardella’s moved from Painesville sometime after 1923, but before 1930. They probably moved to Detriot, Michigan.
The Gardella Family was one three Painesville Italian families from the Provence of Genoa, Italy. These families were related by marriage. Painesville Italian Vittoio DeBarbieri was born in Genoa, Italy, and also operated a confectionery store in Painesville. Giuseppe Schiappacasse and Andrea Schiappacasse were both born in Neirone, Italy, and lived in Painesville.
The known children of Antonio Gardella and Maddalena Gardella are as follows:
1. John Gardella was born in 1914 at Ohio.
2. Raymond Gardella was born in 1916 at Ohio.
3. Ester Gardella was born in 1919 at Ohio.