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Naranzetta - is it a carnival name?

From: Phyllis Hart Leedom
DearMYRTLE,

After searching for many years for my dad's aunt, I am stuck. Maybe you can help me find "Aunt Ethel." Mollie Ethel Hart was born in Bath County, Kentucky, June 9, 1891, daughter of Jacob Coleman (Cole) Hart & Carrie McGrady. Her mother died when she was 9 months old.

-- ACCORDING TO HER MARRIAGE APPLICATION Ethel Hart (noticed she dropped the Mollie) married Jack Naranzetta, May 20, 1912 in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana. Jack Naranzetta according to his application for a marriage license was born January 25, 1888 in Monrana [Montana?](no county or city listed). He was the son of Harry Naranzetta (born Dakato) and Josephine Shaunbackler (born Berlin, Germany). This was the first marriage for both Jack & Ethel.

-- IN 1921 ETHEL NARANZETTA SUES JACK NARANZETTA FOR DIVORCE. April term 1921, Order Book, No. 92, Madison County, Indiana, Circuit Court, #4540, pg. 535, and is declared divorced on August 27, 1921. She also regained her maiden name (Hart).

-- SUING FOR DIVORCE AGAIN IN 1927. Itís a strange document in Order Book No.105, Madison Circuit Court, January Term 1927, dated January 21, 1927, where Ethel Naranzetta is suing Jack Naranzetta again for divorce. #4540, page 289.

-- NO SECOND MARRIAGE LICENSE. I cannot find another marriage license for the couple between 1921 and 1927.

-- THE 1930 US FEDERAL CENSUS of Anderson, Anderson Township, Madison County, Indiana, Ethel Hart is enumerated with her brother W. L. Hart, a local shoe merchant, Enumeration District 48-21, Sheet #13-14.

-- SHE LEAVES HER BROTHER'S HOME IN THE EARLY 1930s. A post card is sent in 1933 and that is the last time she ever writes. No clue as to where she was except there was a picture of the Natural Bridge in the State of Virginia. My grandmother said "she went to live with the Indians."

-- AROUND 1925 WHEN MY FATHER, THE LATE JOHN M. HART WAS ABOUT 5 YEARS OF AGE, HE REMEMBERS sitting on the lap of "Uncle Jack." He said he was a full blooded Indian Chief. That could not be if Jack's mother was born in Germany.

-- BOTH JACK & ETHEL NARANZETTA WERE IN CIRCUS & WILD WEST SHOWS. One of uncles said they were with the 101 Ranch in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Aunt Ethel was a sharp shooter with a .22 rifle. She could hit a bull's-eye riding a horse at a gallop, standing up. She did all kinds of tricks with a whip and rope. She and Jack performed at Harter Field in the mid 1920s in Anderson, Indiana. She played the calliope and banjo. She knew bead work and taught my dad and one of his brothers how to make all kinds of jewelry.

THE RESEARCH PROBLEM: I have never been able to find Aunt Ethel or Uncle Jack anywhere, except Aunt Ethel is listed in the 1920 census with her brother and family.

I do not find the name Naranzetta anywhere except for the queries I have posted on Message Boards. I do not find him in any census records or his parents. Do you think Naranzetta is a made up name? Myrt, can you or any of your readers give me some further advise where to find these people. I had so wanted to find them before something happened to my dad but alas he died Nov. 22, 2003. Thanks.

DearPHYLLIS,
Indeed, a search of the Ancestry.com/RootsWeb message boards for "Naranzetta" only returns the queries you previously posted. FamilySearch.org returned no hits for the surname. Similar zips were provided by GenCircles and Genealogy.com. Ancestry.com returned only the indexed 1912 marriage entry, of which you were previously aware. These entries do provide birth dates which weren't mentioned in your original request.

  • Name: Ethel Hart
  • Spouse Name: Jack Naranzetta
  • Marriage Date: 20 May 1912
  • Marriage County: Marion
  • Birth Date: 9 Jun 1891
  • Age: 21
  • Source Title 1: Marion County, Indiana
  • Source Title 2: Index to Marriage Record 1911 - 1915 Inclusive Vol
  • Source Title 3: Original Record Located: County Clerk's Office Ind
  • Book: 65
  • OS Page: 659
  • Name: Jack Naranzetta
  • Spouse Name: Ethel Hart
  • Marriage Date: 20 May 1912
  • Marriage County: Marion
  • Birth Date: 25 Jan 1888
  • Age: 24
  • Source Title 1: Marion County, Indiana
  • Source Title 2: Index to Marriage Record 1911 - 1915 Inclusive Vol
  • Source Title 3: Original Record Located: County Clerk's Office Ind
  • Book: 65
  • OS Page: 659

HOWEVER, ELLISISLANDRECORDS.ORG BEGAN TO PROVIDE SOME ALTERNATIVE SPELLINGS, including beginning with M instead of N.

  • Maranzata 91%
  • Morenzetti 86%
  • Maranzelli 85%
  • Marunzella 85%
  • Maranselli 84%

All names in my opinion appear decidedly Italian, not Native American or Germanic as you suspect. But try working those names and see what pops up.

You might also check out CIRCUS HISTORY - "Founded in 1939, the Circus Historical Society, Inc. (CHS) is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to recording the history of the American circus from the first one in Philadelphia during 1793 to today. Membership includes people from all walks of life including historians, scholars, circus personnel, memorabilia collectors, Americana specialists and just folks who share both a love of the circus and a desire to preserve and disseminate its great and interesting heritage." See: http://www.circushistory.org/

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt      :)


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