These are the records, photos, and lineage of a specific Lima family line from mid 1800’s in Sicily through migration to United States.

The earliest records we have of this specific Lima family bloodline start with the birth of Giuseppi Salvatore Lima in 1857

Lima Family Line

Anna Sunseri Lima, Grandmother of Joseph Lima. Her mother’s  maiden name was Greco. Anna’s grandmother’s maiden name was Ribino

Salvatore Lima Married Pietra Rubino  in Sicily
and had Giuseppi Salvatore Lima in 1857  

Giuseppi Salvatore Lima Married Anna Sunseri 12.12.1883
Anna was Born 1866 and was the daughter of Antonino Sunseri and Antonia Greco. 

Together, Giuseppi and Anna had

  1. Salvatore Lima 8.30.1889
  2. Antonio Lima 2.25.1891
  3. Michelangelo Lima 11.7.1896
  4. Giuseppi “Joseph“ Lima 8.15.1898
  5. Pietra Lima 2.5.1903
  6. Pietro Lima 5.9.1904

Giuseppi “Joseph“ Lima born in (or near) Palermo Sicily in 1898 and is said to have lived in Trabia Sicily until 1914 when he left to migrate to the US at 16 years old.

Giuseppi “Joseph“ Lima

The following information was curated by Katherine Amato-von Hemert in 2005:

Giuseppi Lima is listed on the passenger manifest of the S.S. San Guglielmo sailing from Napoli, Italy 1, September 1914 and arriving Ellis Island on October 15, 1914 1.  Lima was 16 years old and traveled in second class and claimed Cleveland, Ohio as his final destination in 1914. He did not have transportation beyond New York but was planning to join his brother, Salvatore Lima, who lived at 2959 (or possibly 2759) E. 1st in Cleveland.

16-year-old Giuseppi Lima was described by the US immigration officer as five feet four inches in height with a fair complexion, brown eyes and hair and a scar on his forehead.  Lima’s occupation was noted as “labourer.” He was able to read and write, and his nationality was listed as “Italy, South Italy” Trabia.  Palermo is listed as Lima’s place of birth and Trabia, Sicily was his most recent permanent residence.

Listed on the manifest just ahead of Guiseppe appears to be a relative with whom he was likely traveling, Pietro Lima.  Pietro was also 16 years old, he was a barber, able to read and write and his father in Trabia was Antoinio Lima.  Pietro’s final destination was his brother, Antonia Lima’s home in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

In September 1919, Guiseppe “Joseph” Lima married Pietrina Scaduto 

In this photo of the 1919 Lima Scaduto wedding we see Giuseppe’s older brother Sal Lima (Sam?) with his wife Dorthy Lima. We see Angelina Scaduto Puleo who is Tina’s older sister, and Angelina’s husband Mario Puleo. Angelina and Mario’s daughter Ann Puleo is on the rightmost side of the photo.

In stories, we learned that Tina would call her sister often who preceded her to the US to ensure she was well treated by her husband Mario Puleo.

Giuseppe Lima (Giuseppe “Joseph” Lima) passed away in 1960 in Vancouver B.C. Canada. The Vancouver Sun Newspaper Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada reported on 22 Aug 1960, Mon • Page 25, LIMA — Passed away suddenly August 20, 1960, Joseph Lima of 3448 W. 1st Ave. in his 63rd year. Survived by 3 sons, Peter, of Carmichael, California; Anthony, of Los Altos, California, and Joseph, of Sunnyvale, California; 1 daughter, Mrs. Ann Amato of San Carlos, California; 2 brothers, Sam Lima, Lodi, California; Michael Lima, Cleveland, Ohio, Deceased will rest in The Simmons & McBride Funeral Chapel, Broadway at Maple St., until Tuesday evening, when the remains will be forwarded to Sacramento, California, where funeral service will take place with interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Giuseppi “Joseph“ Lima family: Back row left to right: Joe Jr, Pietrina, Joe Sr.. Front row left to right: Anthony, Anne, Peter

Together, Joseph and Tina Lima had

  1. Joseph Salvatore Lima 5.23.1920
  2. Peter Anthony Lima 9.25.1922
  3. Anthony Jack Lima 9.12.1924
  4. Ann Pauline (Lima) Amato 2.2.1926

Joseph Lima married Providence DiMartino on Sept 21 1941.  Sister Anne on left and Brother Peter on right of photo.

Joseph Lima Married on  9.21.1941 to Providence “Puddy” DiMartino ( Providence was born  11.23.1921 to Anthony and Grazia Dimartino in Cleveland Ohio

And Had

Patricia Ann Lima 11-1942
Joseph Anthony Lima 11-1946
Anthony Lima 5-1950
Jerry Lima 1-1956
Grace Marie Lima 3-1959

Joeseph served in the US Army Division of 84th Infantry known as “Rail Splitters”

June 1945 Heidleberg Germany. Division of 84th Infantry US Army Front Row left to right: Gaines, Murray, Brende, Joseph Lima, Carter, McDonald. Back row left to right: McWilliams, Zink, Warman, Wolthekiser, Alrick
Joseph Salvatore Lima, holding daughter Patricia Lima, with mother-in-law Grazia Dimartino (“Nana Frangie”). This is likely after returning from US Army service in WW2.


Patricia Ann Lima 11-1942
Married Michael Stebbins of Stebbins Ancestry
who was born  5-1937 And Had

  1. Christian Michelle Stebbins Roseneau 3-1964
  2. Michael Kirk Stebbins 2-1965

Michael Kirk Stebbins Feb 1965 married October 1986 Karen Lea Hughes (b. 11 1965) and had

  1. Natasha Leanne Stebbins Jan 1988
  2. Tyler Michael Stebbins Aug 1989
  3. Travis Jonathan Stebbins Aug 1989

Natasha Leanne Stebbins married David Cross and had

  1. Everleigh Rose Cross Nov 2017
  2. Elowen Avery Cross Nov 2022

Matriarchal Lines

Scaduto Line from Bagheria, Sicily to the US

We track this line to know the ancestry of Pietra (Tina) Scaduto Lima who married into the LIma line in 1919

Pietro Scaduto of Bagheria Sicily, father of Pietrina Scaduto Lima

Pietro Scaduto and Katerina Puleo Scaduto married in the 1800’s in Sicily, probably the North coast and likely in Bagheria

Together, they had:

  1. Rose Scaduto 1888
  2. Angelina Scaduto 1890 – Angelina Married a Mario Puleo and had a daughter Ann Puleo
    Josephina Scaduto 1894
  3. Joseph Scaduto 1897
  4. Pietrina Scaduto 1900
  5. Frank Scaduto 1903

Pietrina Scaduto Lima

Pietrina Scaduto (Tina) was born 3.25.1900 of Pietro Scaduto and Katerina Puleo Scaduto and lived in Bagheria Sicily until her teens (15 1/2) whereupon Tina migrated to the US.   Her mother Katerina is reported to have died in 1911 when Tina was 11 years old.

In September 1919, Tina married Guiseppe “Joseph” Lima

Tina taught herself English and learned to read and write well enough to write for a local newspaper. She later moved to Lodi California.

Michael Stebbins adds:

The Scaduto name is still (as of 2017) quite prominent in Bagheria Sicily and is attached to the local university, two cathedrals, and a significant estate or villa.  Inquiries about the family name with locals in Bagheria in 2012 yielded careful answers such as, “Your family was known to be generous…. building schools, cathedrals, and… helping the community.”  When asked what business the family practiced, there was generally a thoughtful pause and smile, and then answer, “Lemons.  Your family had orchards of… Lemons.”

My great grandmother (Nana) Tina recorded her memories of Bagheria in an audio interview describing the family home in Bagheria (magnificent tiles, three stories) childhood trips to swim in the sea, her migration in 1915 (or 1916) to meet her sister in the New York, and her eventual migration to Lodi, California and life in the US.

Tina lived, among other places, in Palermo Sicily and in Lodi California

DiMartino Line:

Anthony DiMartino and Providence DiMartino married in the 1800s

Together they had Antonio “Nino” DiMartino 

Antonio “Nino” DiMartino with Wife Grazia Bisesi DiMartino in Lodi California.

Antonio “Nino” DiMartino migrated to the US and married Grazia Bisesi DiMartino.

Together, they had Providence DiMartino (Puddy) b. November 1921

Nino DiMartino was a shoemaker and had a shoe shop in Lodi, California.

Bisesi Line

Salvatore Bisesi Father of Grazia Bisesi DiMartino, and thus, Grandfather of Providence DiMartino Lima.  We are not certain of the name of Salvatore’s Wife, but notes on the backs of photos say her name was Catherine.

Providence DiMartino Lima’s Grandfather on her mother’s side was Salvatore Bisesi,

Salvatore m. Catherine [?] and had

Grazia [Francesca?] Bisesi

Grazia DiMartino Mother of Providence DiMartino. Photo 1948.

Grazia Bisesi married Antonio “Nino” DiMartino and lived in Lodi, California

Together, they had Providence DiMartino (Puddy) b. November 1921

Providence’s mother, Grazia Bisesi DiMartino was called “Nana Frangie” suggesting that her name, might have included “Francesca”

Grazia Bisesi DiMartino  with her brother Mike, 1967

Providencia DiMartino was born November 1921 and later married Joseph Salvatore Lima