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Charles M. BONINI
Magdalena NARDINI
Husband:  Charles M. BONINI
Birth:  1868/9, Italy
Migration:  1880, to America
Occupation:  ice cream manufacturer
Probable Kin:  Frank BONINI, b. Jan 1872, Italy; 1900 Census (fruit merchant), Pittsburgh, PA
Parents:  born in Italy
Marriage:  2 Apr 1893, Allegheny Co., PA
Wife:  Magdalena "Lena" NARDINI /  NEIDINI
Birth:  1878/9, PA
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  Mr. NARDINI, b. Italy
Mother:  Victoria __?__, b. Washington, DC
Children born in PA, possibly in Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PA:
1.  Marie BONINI, b. 1893/4; d. 23 Mar 1960, Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PA; opera singer; m. Edward / Edwin Joseph BROWN (1888-1929)
2.  Charles J. BONINI, b. 1896/7
3.  Zerelda D. BONINI, b. 1901
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; Italia; USA, US, United States, District of Columbia, Pennsylvania

Sources:

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found.

3.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

4a.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find, and I really looked.

4b.  1900 Census Head-of-Household-Index/Images (online at Genealogy):  can't find, and I really looked.

5a.  1910 Census Head-of-Household-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #3 of 16):  306 Winebiddle Avenue, Pittsburgh City, Allegheny Co., PA, Roll T624_1301 (Part 2), p. 247A, SN 2A, SD 20, ED 377, enumerated 16 Apr 1910, official enumeration date 15 Apr 1910 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1910:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 23 24 25 26 27 28
* 306 19 20 Boninin Charles M Head M W 41 M1 18     It. Italian It. Italian It. Italian 1880 Na Eng Manufacturer Ice Cream Emp Y Y   O F H
      _______ Lena Wife F W 31 M1 18 3 3 Pennsylvania It. Italian Washington DC     Eng None     Y Y        
      _______ Charles Son M W 13 S       Pennsylvania It. Italian Pennsylvania     Eng None     Y Y Y      
      _______ Marie Dau F W 15 S       Pennsylvania It. Italian Pennsylvania     Eng None     Y Y Y      
      _______ Zearlad? Dau F W  9 S       Pennsylvania It. Italian Pennsylvania       None         Y      
      [Plus servant.]
*Winebiddle Avenue
In addition to the bad spelling and bad handwriting, the record was faded and blurred, so my extraction cannot be entirely accurate.

5b.  1910 Miracode Index of Pennsylvania (online at Ancestry.com):  The family is indexed "Boninia," and Zerelda is indexed "Zearldd."

6.  1920 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #22 of 35):  352 South Pacific Avenue, Pittsburgh City (Ward 8), Allegheny Co., PA, Roll T625_1517, p. 215B, SN 11B, SD 24, ED 445, enumerated 24 Jan 1920, official enumeration date 1 Jan 1920 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1920:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 16 17 18 19 21 22 23 25 26 27 28
* 352 199 220 Bonini Charles J Head O M M W 22 M   Y Y PA Italy Italian PA Y Manufacturer Ice Cream Em
      ______ Hilda I Wife     F W 22 M   Y Y PA Ireland Irish PA Y None    
      ______ Martha Dau     F W 1 ?/12 S       PA PA   PA   None    
      ______ Zeralda D Sister     F W 19 S N Y Y PA Italy Italian PA Y None    
*South Pacific Avenue
Their sister, Marie (BONINI) BROWN (æ 26, PA/Italy/PA; singer), is living in Pittsburg (Ward 19, Roll 1523, p. 64B) with her husband, Edward.

7.  1930 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  subject not found.  We do find Widow Marie B. BROWN (æ 35, PA/Italy/Italy; music teacher) living in Pittsburgh, PA (Roll 1985, p. 139A) with her two children and four lodgers.  Charles and Zerelda are living with their spouses (q.v.).

8.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

9.  George S. Applegarth.  [nd]  Men of This Big Town of Ours as Seen by "Appy."  Iron City Trades Journal Printing Co., Pittsburgh, PA (online at Pitt University Library web site): Illustration of Charles Bonini.

10.  Anon.  1916?  Our Friends: How We Caricature Them.  Newspaper Cartoonists of Pittsburg, Pittsburgh, PA (online at Pitt University Library web site; citation uncertain [it's amazing that a library web site doesn't know how to supply a coherent citation!]): Illustration of Charles Bonini.

11.  Message posted to the Bonini Family Generalogy Forum (online at GenForum.com).

12.  Message posted to the BONINI Surname Board (online at Ancestry.com/RootsWeb.com).
 

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