In Memory of Nicoletta Marie Civitano

Today, January 7 marks the 7 year anniversary of the passing of

Nicoletta Marie Civitano

November 27, 1930 ~ January 7, 2011

In honor and memory I would like to dedicate this first post of 2018 to her  

Nicoletta, known more affectionately as Coletta, was the first child of Frank Civitano and Catherine Langelotti. Born in the Bronx, she was sister to Vincent and Joseph, sister-in-law to MaryAnn, mother to Karen Oliveri, aunt to Frank, Vincent (may he rest in peace), Joseph and myself. My memories are brief as I only knew her for a short time but those memories are like brilliant primary colors, intense and vibrant. To me she will always be red velvet draped in gold lame’. Cut crystals by a window streaming rainbow’s around a room. Coletta is fun wrapped in laughter. She is determined and driven, fiercely protective, spontaneous, creative, crafty and opinionated. She ‘is’ because she ‘was’ and will always be a part of my life. On occasion a situation will present itself during my day and automatically my mind then mouth will whisper ‘in honor of Aunt Coletta’ as her imprint on my life is ever present. Over the course of the few years prior to her passing, then onward, I have been so blessed to have family who graciously opened their hearts and shared their stories, my story our story.  Today in her honor  I would like to share Coletta Marie Civitano with you


All of the photo’s posted are courtesy of her daughter Karen Oliveri, my brother Frank Civitano, who opened their photo albums to provide this intimate  glimpse into her life. To my Uncle Joseph who has spent countless hours going over photo’s and sharing story after story with me and to Peter Marino and his grandmother Julia Bianca for help in identifying people for me ~ I say thank you, this post could not have been done with out you.

Frank&Catherine2Frank, Catherine, Coletta and baby doll.


Coletta&Vincent2Abt. 1935 Coletta with my dad Vincent


Colettaconfirmation3May 1938 ~ Confirmation ~ Blessed Sacrament Church





1940 Easter Wedding of Arthur Langellotti and Teresa Venrose. Coletta (10) was the adorable flower girl for her Uncle. Maid of Honor was Arthur’s sister Rita Langellotti and best man my grandfather Frank.



Abt. 1943 Grammar/Middle School Graduation Party

ColettapartyfamilyIn front row: father Frank Civitano, Coletta, unknown woman in dark dress                                                Back row: *Angelina Civitano, partial woman unknown, Catherine Civitano, Sonia, behind her standing is her husband Edward Piacente & their daughter Anne.

*I need to stop here and mention the image of Angelina Marvulli Civitano, wife of Vito Luigi Civitano. This is the first and only picture that has surfaced with her image so far. It was identified by Julia Civitano Bianca (Angelina’s granddaughter), my Uncle Joe, along with the help of a granddaughter of Rosa Civitano Simone, Rose Nappi, contacted by  Peter Marino.


1946 Sweet 16 Birthday Party  

Colettasweet16Front row: Frank C., Coletta, Catherine C.                                                                                          Back row: James (Vincent) Langellotti (Catherine’s brother), my father Vincent C., Rita Langellotti (Catherine and Jim’s sister) Julia (Frank’s sister) and husband Nick Forese

Sweet 16 Party Guests 

Colettasweet16labeledThis wonderful photo was highlighted with the names by Peter Marino. Do you recognize a family member?



Colettapartyfriends2Maybe a school dance? Coletta is on far right 



Coletta attended Jane Addam’s Vocational High School along with cousin and friend Julia Civitano Bianca. She graduated in 1948.


ColettaCarPinup2I just love this picture shared with me by her daughter Karen.




In 1950 Coletta married Joseph Palladino, it was a brief marriage that was soon annulled. However this photo below with Joseph P. and Coletta’s youngest brother, my Uncle Joe, was just to precious not to post.



In 1956 Coletta entered a new and exciting period in her life. She married Jack Oliveri and would welcome their daughter, Karen Oliveri in 1963






Coletta, Jack & Karen


But Coletta’s story can not stop there nor would it be complete if I did not fast forward to  early 2000’s when I first met my Aunt. I had just begun doing genealogy. After years of searching for my birth family research had become ingrained in my being. Here we are below looking at the first draft I had done of our family tree. I was welcomed into her home and the family with a massive ‘Italian’ buffet spread, a very intimate and exciting glimpse into the Italian culture overflowing in food, drink and family.



Life had moved forward and on for Coletta. She had reconnected with the love of her life Joseph A. Puglia, who would precede her in death. I will end this post with love overflowing in the smiles that follow.

















Good Bye to 2017


Soon we will say good bye to 2017. I am in the process of organizing and wrapping up some loose ends before welcoming 2018. This has been an exciting year for me as I dug my feet deeper into the rich Italian soil of my ancestors. 2017 saw the beginning of this blog after getting my feet wet with another blog on my maternal side in 2016. I was hooked!

At times it was hard to know what direction I wanted to go in, how deep to dig, how expansive on a family should I get. But in the end, I just let the spirit of those before us lead me forward. I fell in love with the Marvulli family, the family of my great grandmother Nicoletta. We solved a mystery of a picture shared with me by my cousin Ann Elmendorf grand daughter of Julia Civitano – Forese, sister of my grandfather Frank Civitano. We had so much fun this year going back and forth with photo’s trying to identify them. It could not have been done without the help of our cousin Peter Marino and his absolutely fantastic grandmother, another Julia Civitano – Bianca (my 2 cousin 1x removed) who id’d quite a few photo’s for us. Below is one of the wonderful photo’s shared with me, that mystery photo of Nicolette Marvulli – Civitano. Her picture had once graced an oval frame. My imagination of course pictured one of those beautiful ornate bubble glass frame. I had the photo enlarged to 11×14 and then went on the hunt for the perfect frame. I hit up my favorite antique store with picture in hand. The owner and I tried to find another bubble glass frame just the right size but there didn’t seem to be one that would fit properly. From there she, also a Sharon, let me into her back storage room and allowed me to look through all the frames she had collected over the years. I think I found the perfect one. (It’s nice to have a favorite place you frequent often) She let me have it for $7. Frame and picture in hand, I took it to one of the quality framing shops in town. “This is a great frame, very well done and very old” the framer commented “really”   “about how old?” “oh I’d say about 100 to 110 years old, you can tell by the workmanship and the way it was put together” What can I say other than ~ perfezionare!


We almost cracked the mystery of who murdered my great grandfather Vincenzo, Nicoletta’s husband, in Oct of 1909. We came this close, close enough to think we would finally have the assailants name.  A big thank you goes out to Peter for his leg work at the archives in NYC. Peter, I know we will solve this mystery eventually. One thing I know for sure, we will have fun trying.

I learned quite a lot about Italian history, the hard life and poverty that prevailed in so many areas of our ancestors lives. At times while researching I felt as if I was there walking along side them. I especially was moved by the story of Francesco, my 2x great grandfather, the stage coach robber and his imprisonment and death in “the criminal bath” of Civitavecchia. Once I understood the times and history, I understood the what and why he robbed that stage and some how that softened my thoughts towards him however it deepened my sadness regarding his death and the impact and imprint on his family. But that is what this blog, blogging our ancestors journey is all about, the impact and imprint it has on our lives.

We explored the many sons and daughters of Vito Luigi, brother of my great grandfather and the patriarch of so many of Civitano families here today.

I made wonderful cousin connections with so many branches in our tree. I am especially thankful to my Uncle Joe, for all the time he spent with me on the phone sharing memories, sharing his life. To all of you who have followed this blog this past year, I say thank you for each and every comment on and off the blog and privately. It has been so much fun and such a blessing to connect with each one of you. I am looking forward to the direction the spirits of the past will lead me in 2018 but if you have any ideas or family you would like me to look into, please let me know too. To each and every one of you, a happy, healthy coming new year.



Sampling the Presepe-Nativity from Italy

Staying true to an Italian tradition, it would not be Christmas with out a ‘Presepe’ the nativity scene, also known as a crèche or a crib. The name comes from the Latin word praesaepe, which means manger. Saint Francis is said to have built the first one in the 13th century in Greccio, in Lazio.

st_francisSt. Francis of Assisi in the Desert Night by Jane Cassidy

The first presepe’s had people representing the different characters, reenacting the birth of Jesus. This type of depiction is still very popular today. Some believe the origin has its roots in the Etruscan and Latin cult of lares familiares, spirits of dead ancestors who were watching over families. The ancestors were represented by little statuettes called sigillum that were placed in the homes. This was celebrated on December 20th with a holiday called Sigillaria by the Romans. In the days leading up to Sigillaria, children polished the small figures and created miniature pastorial scenes with them. The night before Sigillaria families gathered, feasted and prayed for their ancestors. In the morning the food and drink left for their ancestors the night before was replaced with gifts and toys for the children. Christianity kept the dates and changed the meaning once Saint Francis introduced the presepe as symbolism for the birth of Jesus up until the Wise Men arrived, a new tradition took hold as a way to celebrate Christmas in Italy.

I believe my love or fascination with Presepe’s has to have come from the holiday window displays of the Macy’s Department store in N.Y.C.. We never missed a year when I was a child growing up in the 50’s and 60’s. It was a truly magical and a fascinating adventure standing in the long lines, moving ever so slowly until finally, the first window display appeared. Having been raised in a Jewish home, with a sprinkling of Christmas thrown in with our holiday menorah for Chanukah, I have always felt the duo pull of both celebrations. From my ancestors home town of Grumo Appula here is their 2017 invitation to come learn about Presepe.

Risultati immagini per stemma grumo appula




Si invitano i cittadini e tutti gli appassionati ad un 7° incontro, che si terrà presso il Palazzo Municipale
lunedì 24 aprile – ore 18,00

per continuare nello reciproco scambio di ulteriori conoscenze e informazioni costruttive per elevare tecnicamente ed artisticamente la costruzione del Presepio ed esplicitare le fasi operative per realizzare accessori ed altro. Saranno distribuite alcune nuove fotocopie di modelli di presepi da poter realizzare ed esporre in una seconda mostra per le festività natalizie 2017, con proiezione di foto relative a idee presepistiche. Saranno approfondite le procedure per la costruzione di presepi con tecnica mista utilizzando polistirene e legno: murature, porte, finestre, sedie, tavoli, ecc.

to continue the reciprocal exchange of further knowledge and constructive information to technically and artistically raise the construction of the Crib and explain the operational steps to make accessories and more. Will be distributed some new photocopies of nativity models to be able to realize and exhibit in a second exhibition for the Christmas holidays 2017, with projection of photos related to ideas cribs. The procedures for the construction of cribs with mixed technique will be deepened using polystyrene and wood: walls, doors, windows, chairs, tables, etc.
Photo posted with the invitation


Below is the Presepe I constructed this year. How did I do?







The photo above is from  “The Neapolitan Creche – The Art of the Presepio” by Bonnie Alberts. A wonderful read I think you would enjoy.

ChristnativityPresepio.jpgPhoto from Wikipedia

christnativity2Photo from

ChristItalianways.comPhoto from

christpresepeNapoliPresepe from Naples

Below 2 Christmas market scenes from Trento, Italy



Christmas Market in Sorrento








Frank (Francesco) Civitano Nov. 8, 1907 – Nov. 23, 1982

As we enter the holiday season and offer up a prayer on this 2017 Thanksgiving Day…I wanted to take a few moments to remember and honor my grandfather – Frank Civitano. Life truly is so short and memories so precious… memories are within the smiles and photo’s of the past…with out them I would not know him. I never met my grandfather since he passed before I found my birth family. However as I said, through the wonderful photo’s and stories that have been shared with me, as my research reveals and uncovers so many stories and other wonderful information…I have come to a place of really feeling like he truly touched my life in a very real and personal way. Today, the anniversary of his passing, falls on Thanksgiving. I am so thankful for Frank and all my Civitano family that have entered my life with thankfulness that I am a part of their lives.

Frank with his father Vincenzo 


Passport photo returning to New York from Italy 


Frank with his sister Julia 


Frank’s wedding day with his beautiful bride Catherine Langellotti                                          14 Sept. 1929 


With their first child my Aunt Coletta 


My father Vincent has joined the family 


The Iceman ~ Frank Civitano 


I am really not sure of the occasion – their 25th wedding anniversary possibly


The whole family: Coletta, Frank, Joe, Catherine & Vincent 


Frank with his sister Julia 


Frank is played to rest at Ferncliff Cemetery and Mausoleum, Shrine of Memories, Westchester, New York.



In loving memory of my grandfather Francesco Civitano


The life and times and Giovanni Marvulli continued….

Continuing the story of Giovanni Marvulli, I had left off with the death of his beautiful wife Grazia Scarola in 1916. She was the mother of 5 of his children of which 1 had passed in infancy. Their 4 living children were all under the age of 10. From 1916 until 1922 Giovanni was a single father.

Graziella Marvulli

By August 1922 Giovanni met or had reacquainted with widow Maria Fazio – Tomanelli. Maria (1887, Grumo Appula) was the daughter of Pietro Fazio (1842 G.A.- 1923 G.A.) and Laura Tetro (1854 G.A.) (the Tetro name is one that has repeated in our family history) Maria Fazio had married Domenico Tomanelli of Grumo Appula on Sept. 3, 1910.

Marriage Certificate - Domenico

Marriage Certificate - Domenico -2

Together they had 3 children. Giuseppe (1911), Pietro  (1913 ) and Teresa (1914).

So much of their personal story is lost, but like so many others, it is not hard to imagine what their lives were like. All born in our family town of Grumo, this was most likely a family introduction or arrangement, Maria in Grumo with 3 children and Giovanni (John) with 4 children in New York were paired up out of convenience and necessity. Maria traveled alone to New York and on August 20, 1922 Giovanni and Maria said I do. They were married in the ‘family’ church St. Clare’s in New York City.

Marriage Certificate - Giovanni .jpg

St. Clare's Church

Giovanni and Maria went on to have 3 children together, although 1 passed away in infancy. Recapping the children: Giovanni at the time of their marriage had son Dominick (20), Rocco (16) Rose (14) and Joseph (13). Maria had children Joseph (11) and Teresa (8) from her marriage to Domenico Tomanelli. Joseph and Teresa were left behind in Grumo and did not join their mother until 1933, arriving together. A year after marrying Giovanni, Maria had son Pietro ( Peter) born in 1923, followed by Grace in 1924 and Thomas in 1926.

1925 New York Census



Little Grace did not survive and passed away on Dec 30, 1925.

Death Certificate - Grace Marvilli p.1

I was unable to find Giovanni in the 1905, 1915 and 1920 census records. I was able to pick up his path in the 1925 census and then in the city directory index’s on Ancestry. I can see by these last two records that by the 1920’s Giovanni was now using the name of John. His last name has been written Marvulli, Marvilli, and a form of Marvullo. Maria has also been using the name Mary.

1920, Mavilli, – ice – (W 37th St)


1922, Marvulll, Grocer, (W 37th St)



With the stamped date of June 8, 1925 on the second page I was sad to see that his Petition For Naturalization had been denied for ‘lack of knowledge’



By 1930 the family was still living on W 37th St., John (54) Mary (44) have son Rocco (24), Joseph (21), Peter (17), Thomas (3) living with them. John’s occupation was listed as fruit store dealer. Mary and Joseph were both working as clerks in the store. Son Rocco was a press feeder in a print shop.


On June 19, 1933, Teresa (19)  and Giuseppe (22) finally arrived from Italy to join their mother and step father and siblings aboard the Conte Grande.


I paused here to consider their arrival. Joseph (Giuseppe) had been 10/11 when his mother left and Tessie (Teresa) had only been 8 years old. Who had they lived with? What had they thought about all this, their mother leaving? What had they been told? Joseph’s occupation on the passenger list was carpenter and Tessie was housewife, which I believe was a generic catch all for single woman at the time. I took another look at the records and discovered another passenger list for the year 1921, a Boston, Mass arrival on into N.Y.. Quite a few researchers have picked up this record as our Giuseppe (Joseph) but on very close inspection I do not believe this is our Joseph. Below is the record and my explanation.


There were 17 people traveling from Grumo, with last names like Peragine, D’Armiento, Spano, ….on this ship. I do believe these are many of our extended family members. The age of this Giuseppe/Joseph is off, which led me to look very closely. He was traveling with Maria Baccellieri – Tomanelli going to her husband Rocco Tomanelli. She had along with her Carlo 12, (Giuseppe/Joseph 9) and Raffaele 4. It was noted on page 2 that this Giuseppe was traveling to his father the same as with Carlo and Raffaele. This passenger list is a great resource for tracking our extended family branches but I believe this is not our guy. I have to tell you too that I had to resist the rabbit hole and continue on with our story.

By 1940 the census for John (65) and wife Maria (52) had an address of them living at 340 Stockton St., Brooklyn. The census record indicated that they had also been living there in 1935 as well. John had listed coal and ice dealer for his occupation and not grocer. Their 2 son’s Peter (16) and Thomas (13) were living at home but no indication was given that they were in school or working. A quick glance at the WW11 enlistment records for Thomas revealed that he had only a grammar school education. Perhaps he was working with his father. Son Peter I had written about in my previous post honoring him on Veteran’s Day. He was killed in action in 1944. HIs enlistment record also indicated only a grammar school education.


Now an empty lot, I imagine that 340 Stockton looked very much like the building still standing that was next to their address. (The 354 address is for across the street 🙂


Meet John and Mary Marvilli

Mary and John Marvulli

Thank you to Deborah Hansen who originally shared this on Ancestry July 11, 2017

Photo-2Thank you to Elisabeth Villarroel who originally shared this on Ancestry Jan. 24, 2016

*I have tried connecting with both Deborah and Elisabeth but unfortunately have had no reply from either of them.

With out starting to go into the marriages and lives of the children of John and Mary, I have not found much more about their lives after 1940. I have not been able to confirm the death date of Mary however most researchers have March 15 or the 30, 1955 for a date. From the New York, New York, Death Index, 1949 – 1965 I did find this listing.

Name Maria Marvilli
Age 69
Birth Date abt 1886
Death Date 15 Mar 1955
Death Place Brooklyn, New York, New York, USA
Certificate Number 6449
Household Members
Name Age
Maria Marvilli

I will need to do some more research on her . The death certificate for Giuseppe/ John Marvilli does shed some additional insight into John’s life. He retired from the Grocery business and had owned his own store. His last years were spent at the Holliswood Nursing Home in Queens, New York where he was seen by the attending physician from August of 1957 till he passed in Jan. 1959 at the age of 84. The certificate does indicate that he was a widower. His son Rocco Marvilli, living at 608 Evergreen Ave., Brooklyn was the informant. Rocco was about 53 at the time of his father’s death. John is buried at Calvary Cemetery, in L.I.City.

Death Certificate - John Marvilli.jpg

Preceding John in death had been his sister Rita Edith Caso in 1950 along with his  brother Giuseppe in the same year. His sister Angelina had passed the year prior in 1958 leaving my great grandmother Nicoletta still living until 1962. In my next post I will finish with the children of Domenico Marvulli and his wife and mother of his children Rosa D’Armiento.

In Honor of Pvt. Peter Marvilli

With Veteran’s Day less than 24 hours behind us, and as I began to research for continuing the story of the family of Giovanni and his second wife Maria Fazio, I had to stop, reflect and honor their son Peter Marvilli

Peter Marvilli 

Marvulli, Peter - Cypress Hills National Cemetery


The Brooklyn Daily Eagle – 30 Aug 1944 – Page 13

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle - 30 Aug 1944 - Page 13

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle – 7 July 1948 – Page 7 

Brooklyn Daily Eagle - 7 Jul 1948 - Page7

I was unable to get a clear legible copy of this article so I have quoted the beginning. It goes on to state the names of the others addressing the crowd as well as stating the “the names of the Brooklynites who’s bodies were aboard the ship and their next of kin, follow: Pvt Peter Marvilli, army: John Marvilli 340 Stockton St.” 

“The bodies of 116 Brooklynites were among the 4,842 World War 11 dead returned from temporary military cemeteries in Italy aboard the Army transport Carroll Victory, which docked yesterday at the Brooklyn Army Base.” The article goes on to say “Aaron L. Jacoby, chief clerk of the Surrogate’s Court, who delivered the principal address, told the more than 400 relatives of the deceased servicemen present at the memorial services on Pier 3 that America “must be strong and prepared in order to preserve the freedom for which these soldiers fought and died.” “


Today I remember and honor my 1st cousin 2x removed Peter Marvilli, son of Giovanni (John) Marvulli and his mother Maria Fazio Marvulli, brother Thomas Marvilli, 1/2 siblings Rosa Marvulli – Alessi, Dominck, Rocco and Joseph Marvulli; nephew of Giuseppe, Rita Edith, Gaetano, Angelina and Nicoletta, all who mourned his passing along with extended family and his country.

Peter Marvilli

The life of Giovanni Marvulli and wife Grazia Scarola

The next son of Domenico Marvulli  and Rosa D’Armiento that I took a closer look at was Giovanni (John) Marvulli. Born 18 May 1875 in Grumo Appula, he lived to be 84 years old before passing away in Brooklyn, New York on Jan. 22, 1959. Before I continue in my research I wanted to comment on the spelling of this last name. I have seen it many ways now on records; Marvulli, Marvilli, Marvullo…perhaps starting as spelling errors but morphing and changed by families for what ever the reason.

Birth certificate of Giovanni Marvulli 

Birth Certificate - Giovanni Marvulli p.1Birth Certificate - Giovanni Marvulli p.2

On November 30, 1901 Giovanni (26)  married Grazia Scarola (1879).

Marriage certificate of Giovanni & Grazia 

Marriage Certificate - Giovanni -2

Grazia was the daughter of Rocco Santo Scarola (1836) and Anna Lucia Panzarino (1841) both of Grumo Appula. Looking back at records on this family something exciting jumped out. The mother of Anna Lucia was Grazia Donata Gisonda. This is the family name of the 2nd husband of my great grandmother Nicoletta (Marvulli) Civitano who married Nick Gisonda/Gisondi after the death of Vincenzo. I could so go down the rabbit hole of research at this point 🙂


But back to Giovanni and Grazia. They went on to have 5 children together. Domenico (1902 – 1981), was their first son born in Grumo and would go on to immigrate to the U.S. with his parents. All 4 other of their children were born in N.Y.  Rocco ( 1907 – 1979), Giuseppe (1907 – 1909), Rosa (1908 – 1996) and Giuseppe (1909 – 1985).

Father, Giovanni arrived first on Nov. 18th, 1903. He was traveling on the ship the           SS Hesperia.

SS Hesperia


On this record under occupation it lists ‘peasant’ however above that it does say mason. Giovanni indicated that he was traveling to the home of his nephew Vito Simone. This would be the husband of Giuditta (Julia), daughter of Giovanni’s sister Angelina (Marvulli) Civitano –

Following in 1905,  wife Grazia and 2 year old son Domenico (recorded as Giovanni on the passenger record – I have no idea why Domenico was listed with this name as I have found no other documents to indicate this as his proper first or middle name) arrived on the May 23, 1905 on the ship the Republic. Grazia’s occupation was listed as farm laborer, going to her husband Giovanni at 103 16th St, NYC.


From arrival I was unable to locate the family in the 1905, 1910, or 1915 census. I decided to follow this family by the birth certificates of their children. Once Grazia had arrived with 1st son Domenico in 1905, Giovanni and Grazia had 2nd son Rocco Marvulli born March 30th, 1906. They were living at 136 W. 19th St., Rocco’s occupation was coal man.

Birth Certificate - Rocco Marvulli

Follow Rocco’s birth in 1906 was baby Giuseppe born March 17th, 1907. The family has moved and was living now at 211 W. 16th St., #7. Notice also on this and Rocco’s birth certificate the ‘levatrice – midwife’ was Antoinette Mitarotonda – this family name repeats continually in our family. (cousins)

Birth Certificate - Giuseppe Marvulli (1907)

Giuseppe lived a short 2 years passing away from diphtheria in March of 1909. Notice the spelling of the last name – Marvullo.

Death Certificate - Giuseppe Marvullo p.1

I am sure Grazia had little time to grieve the loss of young Giuseppe as baby Rosa had entered the family on Sept. 28, 1908. The ‘O’ has been added to her document as well. Still working as a coal man, the family has changed address’s to 223 W. 16th St.

Birth Certificate - Rosa Marvullo

Giuseppe #2 was born November 13, 1909. Giovanni has had steady employment and was still working as a coal man but has moved his family again now to 310 W. 25th St.

Birth Certificate - Giuseppe Marvullo (1909)

This wonderful photo of Rosa and Joseph (Giuseppe) was originally shared                        by Elisabeth Villarroel Jan 2016 (Ancestry) It looks like Elisabeth descends off of Joseph’s branch. She has not been back on since posting in Jan. In addition the family spelling has become Marvilli. I will try and reach out to her. In the mean time a big thank you for this fantastic picture and this glimpse into the life of Giovanni’s family.


Not to long after this photo, beautiful Grazia Scarola Marvulli  passed away leaving Giovanni a widower with four young children all under the age of 10. From the document below she was in Hahnemann Hospital from Aug. 25th till she passed on Sept. 1, 1916. I am unable to read the reason for her death however the best I can make out is ‘acute dilation? deterioration? of stomach following … appendectomy?….’                            (Her place of residence was 318 W. 37th St. so it appears they had moved again)

Hahnemann Hospital

You may enjoy reading this wonderful article on the Hahnemann Hospital

Hahnemann Hospital

Rosa Marvulli was buried at Calvary Cemetery Woodside, Queens, new York.

Marvulli - Calvary Cemetery.jpg

It is not hard to imagine Giovanni’s grief with this stone. ‘Erected by Giovanni Marvulli in memory of his wife Graziella Marvulli’….the stone also continues to mark the passing of his second and ‘dear wife’ Maria along with his infant daughter Grace in 1925 and then with his own remembrance. This gravestone tell’s quite a story.

Graziella Marvulli

In my next post I will continue the story of Giovanni and his family after the death of Grazia when he goes on to marry Maria Fazio 6 years later in 1922.








Giuseppe Marvulli and Family

In my last post I continued the story of the children of Domenico Marvulli and Rosa D’Armiento from Grumo Appula, Italy. To recap, Rosa had 13 births of which 6 lived to adulthood and all 6 immigrated to America. The last post was about daughter Rita Edith Marvulli, sister to my great grandmother Nicoletta, and their oldest sister Angelina. Following in the birth order after Rita, was their brother Giuseppe Marvulli. He was born the July 12, 1873 Grumo Appula.

Birth Certificate - Giuseppe Marvulli (1873) p.1Birth Certificate - Giuseppe Marvulli (1873) p.2

Birth Certificate - Giuseppe Marvulli (1873) p.3

At the age of 29 Giuseppe married Lucia DiGirolamo on Nov. 27, 1902. She was 19 years old. Lucia was the daughter of Giuseppe DiGirolamo and Veta Serevedio. While I don’t know the exact place of their births, I do know that Lucia and Giuseppe were married on Jan. 21, 1883 in Grumo Appula so I am assuming the Lucia’s parents were from the same area.

Marriage certificate for Giuseppe and Lucia

Marriage Certificate - Giuseppe .jpg

I have very little information about Giuseppe.  But there was something, once again, connecting about Giuseppe and Lucia to be discovered. Lucia was an older sister to Rosa DiGirolamo who married Michael Caso, son of Rita Marvulli and Gaetano Caso. Ok, my head was spinning too and I had to draw a small chart to actually see the connection. Rita Marvulli and Giuseppe Marvulli are brother  and sister. Rita’s son married the sister of her brothers wife 🙂

Giuseppe and Lucia had 2 daughters that I know of. The first was Rosa born the 19th of March, 1903, Grumo and Vera (Vita) born the 4th of June 1905, also in Grumo.

Three years later sadness would descend upon this family when their mother Lucia DiGirolama died at the age of 25, leaving Giuseppe  with 2 small daughters to raise.

From here nothing more is known to me about what happened to Giuseppe in these early years of his life.

In April of 1921, at the age of 17, oldest daughter Rosa left Italy aboard the ship, The Providence for New York. She was traveling to her Aunt Angela (Angelina) Marvulli (Civitano),  living at 351 W. 25th St. NYC.

SS Providence



In examining this document I was totally surprised by what I discovered. Not only was Rosa traveling to America but she had two companions with her also from Grumo. Anna Peragine, traveling to her sister Antonia living at 2306 2nd Ave and Rosa Di’Girolamo, sister of her mother, betrothed to Michael Caso. In fact, on the passenger manifest it states ‘Promised – Caso Michele – marriage with the address of 432 1/2 W. 25th St. (I have not done much research on the Peragine Family of Grumo, which also has deep roots in Grumo, but I do know a daughter of Vito Luigi (b.1803) Civitano, would marry a Peragine ~ fast forward; cousin and traveling companion Anna Peragine)


The following year, traveling on board the Conte Rosso was Rosa’s sister Vera (Vita) Marvulli. On the passenger manifest she had stated she was leaving behind her father Giuseppe and the destination was her cousin Michele Caso. Her age was listed as 17 and her passage, paid by herself. I do not think she was traveling alone but I can not be sure. What leads me to believe this was that on the manifest on the line above was a woman, Maria (23) with a last name I can not read but above that name is Spano (husband with a notation to another record) I do know we have a Spano line in Grumo in our history I have yet to explore. NYT715_3154-0418


The story of Rosa, Vera and their father Giuseppe does not end here. The two sisters would marry two brothers from the town of Conversano, Bari, Italy.

Rosa married John (Giovanni) Dattoma (D’Attoma) on the 21st of Sept., 1924. They were wed at St Claire’s Church. The best man was Angelo Copertino and the maid of honor was her sister Vera Marvulli. (marriage information provided by my cousin Peter Marino)

St. Clare’s aka The Church of Santa Chiara, est: 1903, 436 -438 W. 36th St

St. Clare's Church

Two years later Vera married Angelo Dattoma on Dec. 12th, 1926 in Queens. They went on to have 4 children, and Rosa and John went on to have 1 child. I hope to make a connection with someone from this family line and will share if anything positive develops.

Now, what happened to Giuseppe Marvulli, father of Rosa and Vera? In the year of 1938, I located a passenger record for Giuseppe (65) leaving Grumo and arriving here Feb. 28th going to his daughter Vera Marvulli. There was an interesting notation that gives us a clue about what was possibly going on with Giuseppe.



As best as I could make out what was written is ‘med cert  (something) Senility (something something ….) I have not been able to locate Giuseppe in any records after he arrived in New York.

I first found Angelo and Vera in the 1930c living at 22-61 Kindred St, Queens. Angelo (32),  and was working as a bricklayer. Vera (25) was now mom to Antoinette (2) and John Angelo (1/12)

The 1940c lists their home (also in 1935) at 3931 24th St Queens. Still using Angelo, he is 43 and has kept the same profession of bricklayer through the years. Daughter Lucy was born in 1938, Antoinette (12) and John (10). A search of Find A Grave revealed the record copied below for the death of John Angelo D’Attoma. From this document I learned that Angelo and Vera added 1 last son by the name of Joseph along with so much more.

Birth: Jul. 9, 1926, USA
Death: Jun., 2007, USA

D’ATTOMA, JOHN ANGELO, 80Ocala – John Angelo D’Attoma born July 9, 1926, devoted and loving husband to the late Anna D’Attoma. He is survived by his son John and wife Carol of Ridgewood, NJ., daughter Roseann and her husband Tom of the Villages, Florida and daughter Marie and her husband Lou of Dunnellon, Florida. He will be sorely missed by his grandchildren, Alyson, Amy, Michael, John, Blake, Christine, Thomas, Nicolette and Louis and his 5 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters Antoinette and Lucy and brothers Joseph and Angelo. John was born in Astoria, New York and worked for over 20 years at Monning Steel in Maspeth, NY. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy as a Yeoman Third Class V6 aboard “the” SS Williard Keith from 1944-1946. John was a true caregiver in every sense of the word. He did not know a stranger, treated all equally, and devoted his years to his family and friends. He will be missed but will rest in peace with the Lord for his goodness, fairness, lovingness, peacefulness and kindness will be rewarded. A mass will be said in his memory on June 23 at 8:30 a.m. at St. Jude’s Roman Catholic Church, 443 Marion Oaks Drive, Ocala, FL. A gravesite burial will be held on June 25th at Florida National Cemetery at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers the family suggest that donations can be sent to St. Jude’s Catholic Community at the above address or The Villages Hospice House, 601 Casa Bella, The Villages, FL 32162 in memory of John.
Published in the Ocala Star-Banner from 6/22/2007 – 6/23/2007.
Florida National Cemetery
Sumter County
Florida, USA


I could not locate sister Rosa and her husband John in any census records however I did find a 1940 naturalization records index for John showing a home address of 59 Stockton St., Brooklyn


Four years later they have moved and the address recorded on Rosa’s naturalization index record was 105 Tompkins Ave., Brooklyn, New York.


John and Rosa had 1 son named John Angelo. The only record I could locate to prove this was the record below. I will continue to try and find out more information on this family.

U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
Name Rose Marvulli
Gender Female
Spouse John Dattoma
Child John Angelo Dattoma
Household Members
Name Age
John Angelo Dattoma
Rose Marvulli
John Dattoma

Giuseppe was my 2x great Uncle, brother to my Great Grandmother Nicoletta Marvulli Civitano. He was born the 12 of July 1873 in Grumo Appula, Italy and died January 8th, 1950. In the course of my research I located his death record and have sent away for his death certificate. I did not want to hold up this post waiting on that 1 record. Below is the only picture I have of Giuseppe…may he rest in peace and be remembered by all those who knew and loved him and by those of us who have now come to know him now.

MarvulliGiuseppeMass card photo courtesy of Ann Elmendorf (Ann I am so thankful for your early ‘spring cleaning’ of photo’s, thank you for sharing this mass card with me)


Vera Marvulli ~Dattoma died in 1972 followed by her husband Angelo in 1988.

Rosa Marvulli ~Dattoma died in 1990 followed by her husband Giuseppe (John) in 1998

The Family of Rita Edith Marvulli

Rita Edith Marvulli is my 2x Great Aunt. She was born November 22, 1862 in Grumo Appula, Italy to Domenico Marvulli and Rosa D’Armiento. Preceding her in birth was Angelina (1858 -1858), Angelina (1859 – 1958), wife of Vito Luigi Civitano, and Giuseppe (1861 – 1862).

Rita’s birth certificate 

Birth Certificate - Rita Marvulli p.1

Birth Certificate - Rita Marvulli p.2

On December 6, 1890 Rita Edith married Gaetano Caso of Grumo Appula

Marriage Certificate - Gaetano


Marriage Certificate - Gaetano -2

The pattern and sadness of babies not surviving did not skip Rita and Gaetano. Rita would have 8 births and only 3 lived. They had their first child, a boy, named Michele/Michael on October 26, 1892 followed by the loss of  5  daughters between 1893 and 1897, 3 named Domenica, Filomena, and Rosa. A second son was then born named Domenick who lived (1900 – 1950).  Domenick was followed by Margherita Domenica (1903 – 1982). Their family and joy was finally complete.

Rita’s husband Gaetano was the son of Michele Caso (1833 – 1901) and Domenica Verni (1834 -1883) both of Grumo Appula.

Gaetano (Thomas) Caso (1864 – 1950) 

GAETANO CASOoriginally shared by KarenBick77, 2009 (Ancestry)

A stone mason by trade, Gaetano boarded the ship SS California and arrived in New York  Sept 1905. He was traveling to his cousin Luigi Mitarotondo.

SS California

If the name of Mitarotondo sounds vaguely familiar to you, it should. In my post of August 25, 2017 I wrote about a group of Grumo cousins immigrating to New York in 1903, most all traveling to their cousin Luigi Mitarotondo. One specifically was Francesco Civitano, son of Vito Luigi. So the Caso’s of Grumo were in fact related in some way to the Civitano’s.

In 1905 Gaetano’s wife Rita left from the port in Naples and traveled with her son Domenico (5) and daughter Margharita (2) to her husband Gaetano  living at 112 Stone Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. (now renamed Mother Gaston Blvd, Brooklyn)



By the 1910c son Michele (Michael)  had arrived and joined the family who were now living at 4150 Bergen St., Brooklyn. Gaetano was recorded with the name Thomas, working as a laborer at odd jobs. Gaetano, Rita and Michele only spoke Italian but children Domenick and Margharita (Margaret), spoke English. Michele was a laborer, working in a coal yard. I located an immigration record for son Michael scheduled to sail to his family in 1907. Something happened and he never made that first voyage but arrived the following year in 1908, arriving in Boston, Mass onboard the ship The Canopic. My cousin Margaret (Maggie – through this Mavulli line) had shared with me years back and again in a more recent conversation that her great grandfather Michael had a blind eye. The story she had heard was that it had happened in a work accident; a stone particle may have blinded him. Perhaps he was injured at that time of his first travel date and that was the reason for the delay in his sailing until the following year. Michael was 15 years old and most probably was working at the time. But we don’t know.

In 1915 on the census the address for the family was recorded as 2150 Bergen St., Brooklyn (4150 in 1910). This could have been a census error or an actual move. I can  not be sure. Gaetano (50) was working as a mason, Michael’s (23) profession was difficult to read (?) Lab for laborer (?) Domenick and Margaret (recorded as Michelina) were both in their teens, in school, and Mom Rita was a housewife.

Micael1915Before I leave this 1915 census I wanted to make mention of the family below the Caso’s, Antonio Nuzzi. This family was also living next to the Caso’s in the 1910 census (4150 address) If the addresses are correct it would appear that this family had moved and relocated again next to the Caso’s. ****this is an edit to my original posting. I had questioned if  “they might be connected” They are. Edith Marvulli’s great grandparents were Domenico Marvulli and Margherita Nuzzi. I have not researched and followed this line but we see here that, again the branches of our tree have continued to entwine and remain connected here in America.

I was unable to find a 1920c record for the family however the WW1 draft record for Michael (1917) told me where the family was living. 432 1/2 W. 25th St. N.Y.C.. Michaels parent’s would continue living at the 25th St address for some years to come. What’s wonderful about this document is that it says that Michael had a ‘Blind R. Eye’, line 9 indicates that his parents were dependent on him and line 12 that he was claiming an exemption from service.


On September 12, 1918 brother Domenick Caso would also register for the WW1 draft with the same listed address.He was working as a machinist for a company named Kiley & Mueller.



Welcome to the fabulous Roaring 20’s

On June 12th, 1921 Michele Caso married Rosa DiGirolamo in Manhattan.

Wedding Phote of Michele Caso and Rosa DiGirolamooriginally shared by Margaret Ciocco 2009 (Ancestry)

New York, New York, Marriage Certificate Index 1866-1937

Name: Michele Caso
Gender: Male
Marriage Date: 12 Jun 1921
Marriage Place: Manhattan, New York, USA
Spouse: Rosa Digirolamo
Certificate Number: 15898

The early 20’s was certainly a time of change for the Caso’s. Not only did son Michael say        ‘I do’ but the following year on December 3rd, 1922 daughter Domenica (Margaret) married Vincenzo Locorriao.

Name Domenica Caso
Gender Female
Marriage Date 3 Dec 1922
Marriage Place Manhattan, New York, USA
Spouse Vincenzo Locorriao
Certificate Number 30529
Household Members

Brother Domenico was next in 1923. On October 25th he said ‘I do’ to Rose Haughey. (I think her dress and hair piece is absolutely glorious)

CasoDomenick:Roseoriginally shared by KarenBick77, 2009 (Ancestry)

Name: Domenico Caso
Gender: Male
Marriage Date: 25 Oct 1923
Marriage Place: Manhattan, New York, USA
Recorded Marriage Year: 1924
Spouse: Rose Haughey


All three of Rita and Gaetano’s children were married now and beginning their own families here in America. What an exciting time for the Caso’s from Grumo Appula.

1925: Gaetano (61) and Rita (61) were living at 432 1/2 W. 25th St., NYC. This was the address from Michael and Domenick’s WW1 document. Gaetano was working as a factory porter. From this point I will began to follow the story of their children and their families.

Below is a photo of Domenick and Rose Caso, taken in 1928. I like to imagine them as great adventurers. This was 25 years following the first flight by the Wright brothers. Flying was truly still in it’s infancy and I know for sure I would never have gone up in anything like that. I wonder if Rose flew?

001originally shared by KarenBick77, 2009 (Ancestry)

By 1930 Domenick and his wife Rose had moved to Queens and were living at 40-65 97th St.. Domenick (29), was working as a machinist to support his growing family. Wife Rose (26), had been born in New York, but both parents were from Ireland. They now had three children, Robert (5), Rita (4 7/12) and Arthur (7/12)

Michael and his family were living at 446 W. 25th St., NYC. He was working as a plumber. Rosa and Michael had added children Rita (8), and Gaetano (6). On December 3, 1932 daughter Vita would be born making their family complete.

Margaret and Vincenzo had moved to Jersey and were living at 38 Wallis Street, Jersey City. I was unable read Vincenzo’s occupation on the census. They too have added a daughter named Rita (4) along with Laura (6) Mary (3) and Leonard (1). Margharita and Vincenzo went on to have three more children, Geatano (1931), Helen (1933) and Gloria (1940). *of note, the spelling of the families last name from marriage license to now had changed and would remain Locorriere.

Margharita and children 1928

MARGUERITE CASOoriginally shared by KarenBick77, 2009 (Ancestry)

The Locorriere home at 38 Wallis St., Jersey City, N.J.



I was able to locate the Petitions of Naturalization for both Michele and Rosa Caso. Both record a different wedding date on their documents. Rosa listed April 28th, 1921 and Michele’s says June 12, 1921, the same as the recorded marriage license for the state. Rosa said she arrived here in the U.S. on April 15, 1921. That would be just days before her marriage. The differences in dates could have been that one was the actual wedding date and the other the recorded date. Regardless, it is clear they were married very shortly after she arrived.

Michele’s Petition of Naturalization 


Rosa’s Petition of Naturalization 


Sometime in 1935 Michele took his family to Italy for a visit. Below is the passenger record for their return trip home, arriving in N.Y. on the 21st of Sept 1935. Traveling was Michele (42) Rosa (34) Rita (13) Gaetano (12) and Vita (2). On the manifest, page 2 they had been visiting with Antonio DiGirolamo, Aspromonte,  listed as the place. Aspromonte is in the Province of Reggio, Calabria and is a National Park. At this point in my research I have not been able to discover who Antonio DiGirolamo was that they were visiting. I suspect a brother or he could have been an Uncle to Rosa. (Rosa’s father was named Giuseppe) The reference to Aspromonte could be referring to many towns in that area as well. It was not a specific town.




1939 Domenick Caso Family Photo ~ Robert, Gaetano, Rita, Rita, Arthur and Rose 

CASO FAMILYoriginally shared by KarenBick77 2009 (Ancestry)

By  the 1940’s the families of all the children were strongly established.

Parents/grandparents Gaetano and Rita were in their 70’s, still on W. 25th St., N.Y.C.. I payed close attention with this census as it would be the last time I would find them in a census. Neither had ever attended school, neither had become citizens of the U.S., they had been in this home/apt in 1935. Gaetano had only used Thomas once on a census record although he was known by that name as well and only one time was his occupation listed as a mason, his profession from Italy.

The Locorriere were still in New Jersey but now at 151 Grand Ave., North New Bergan, N.J.. Vincenzo was working on his own account supporting his family in the ice and coal business. This was the same business most of my Civitano family members were involved in. I have not mentioned much about Vincenzo Locorriere but he too is from Grumo Appula. His parents were Vincenzo Locorriere and Laura Antonelli both of Grumo. Marghrita using Domenica on the 1940 census, was tending the children and the home. Children Laura (16) and Rita (14) had both completed the 1st year of high school, Mary (13) highest grade completed had been 6 and Leonard (11), 5th grade.  Both Gaetano (9) and Helen (7)  had completed 1st grade, Gloria (3/12) .

Michele (46) and Rosa (39) were still on W. 25th but at number 438, close to his parents. They were living at that same address in 1935 as well. Michele is working as a laborer in what appears to be a pipe manufacturing company and Rosa is tending house and the kids. Rita (18), Guy (Gaetano 16), Vita (7). Listed for schooling is the highest grade completed for each child, Rita 3rd year high school, Guy 1st year high school, Vita 1st grade.

By 1942 Michele registered for the ‘Old Mans’ WW11 draft but I did not find a record for brother Domenick.


Gaetano and Rita 1942

GAETANO AND RITA CASOoriginally shared by KarenBick77 2009 (Ancestry)

As this extended family entered the 1950’s much sadness descended on them Sadly,  Domenick would precede his parents in death. He passed away Feb. 16th, 1950 from pancreatic cancer. He was buried in a family plot (see below) I noticed that on both this death record for Domenick and the WW11 document for Michael, that they list the same place of employment for the two brothers, Kieley & Mueller, a paint store, in Newark, N.J. (The WW1 document for Domenick also had Kieley & Mueller listed for his employment but as a machinist.)

Death Certificate - Dominick Caso.jpg

Rita (86) passed away on March 3, 1950 and Gaetano (86) passed a few weeks later on April 30th, 1950. All three are buried at Calvary Cemetery in Woodside, Queens, New York.

Caso - Calvary Cemetery-2.jpg

The story of this extended Caso Family is far from over but for Gaetano Caso and Rita Edith Marvulli, sister of my great grandmother Nicoletta Marvulli, may they rest in peace and their memory be a blessing for those who have followed them.

A very special mention of and to my cousin Margaret Ciocco ~ who descends from the Michael Caso family. I feel a very special connection with her as we both share an adoption story that eventually led us both to search and locate our birth families. Thank you for your openness to share and connect with me over these past years. What a fun journey of discovery it has been sharing with you along the way 🙂







The Marvulli Family of Grumo Appula

The Marvulli Family of Grumo Appula played a huge part in my families history. My great grandmother Nicoletta and great Aunt Angelina Marvulli married brothers, Vincenzo and Vito Luigi Civitano. With such an influence and the intertwining of these branches I decided it was time to introduce and write a little about this Marvulli family.

Domenico Marvulli (1830), son of Giuseppe Marvulli and Angela Santa Tricanco,  married Rosa D’Armiento (1839), daughter of Giovanni Donato D’Armiento and Rita Maria DiGiorgio, on 13 June 1839 in Grumo Appula. (Domenico and Rosa are my 2x great grandparents) They went on to have 13 children. Only 6 would survive to adulthood and out of those 6 all would immigrate and make their home in the United States.

Marriage License of Domenico and Rosa 

Marriage Certificate - Domenico

Marriage Certificate - Domenico -2

Marriage Certificate - Domenico -3


The children of Domenico and Angela were as follows: Angelina (1858-1858) Angelina (1859-1958). Angelina #2  holds the honor of being the oldest child and actually living the longest of her siblings. Giuseppe (1861-62), Rita Edith (1862-1950), Maria Nicola (1865-1865), Maria Nicola (1866-1867), Giuseppe (1867-1950) Maria Nicola (1869-1875), Anna (1871-1873), Giovanni (1875-1859), Nicoletta (1877-1962) (my great grandmother), Antonio (1880-1883), and Gaetano (1889-1953). As I sat and actually listed these children with birth and death dates I began to think about this mother of 13 children, the mother’s of others who lost so many children in infancy or childhood. What had it been like for them? Surely there was deep sadness with the lose of each child, but was there time to mourn?  After so many, did it become the norm? Was childbirth a gamble that loss was expected and if survival did happen, that was cause to celebrate as the child grew into adulthood. I actually shared this thought with my friend Lorna the other day. She shared with me a story she had heard; that there was no time to mourn in those days as work was required at all times to keep the home and family on track but one woman’s memory was  ‘that in making the daily bread, in kneading the dough, it became her way to allow her grief in losing her child to surface. The act of kneading became her grieving tool.’

Here is a list of the 6 children that survived to adulthood and their spouses.

Angelina married Vito Luigi Civitano

Rita Edith married Gaetano Caso

Giuseppe married  Lucia DiGirolamo

Giovanni married Grazia Scarola

Nicoletta married Vincenzo Civitano

Gaetano married Nunzia Lavechhio 

Again I find myself thinking about their mother Rosa D’Armiento Marvulli and her life in Grumo Appula. Her husband Domenico died November 4, 1883. Rosa lived until 1922 which left her a widow for 39 years. Not only had she experienced the death of 7 of her children, but the lose of her husband when she was only 44.  She would come to experience another kind of loss, the lose of all of her children immigrating to the America. The first to leave was Giovanni in 1903, followed by Gaetano in 1904, next her daughter Rita in 1905, Giuseppe in 1906, I do not have the immigration record for Nicoletta but it was sometime close to 1906, followed by her oldest, Angelina, in 1910. I imagine there was a very profound and deep sadness for Rosa when she said good bye to her last child, Angelina. Rosa was already 71 years old. We know from the life of Nicoletta that she did return home in sometime in 1910 under her own cloud of sadness with the lose/murder of her husband Vincenzo. It seems she was not alone very long.  Additionally perhaps that is why Angelina left at that time, Nicoletta was home now to care for their mother freeing her to make her move with her family. Rosa passed away in 1922 with Nicoletta there in Italy with her. That truly brings me some comfort in knowing that Rosa had 1 of her children by her side. Call me sentimental or silly but below is a picture of a embroidered handkerchief/scarf  by Nicoletta (her initials). The photo was shared with me by my cousin Ann Elmendorf who also shares Nicoletta as her great grandmother. What a treasure! How many times might this have covered her head entering church, or wiped her tears? Thank you Ann for this photo.


As I begin to come to the end of this first post on the Marvulli’s and I was getting ready to post the death certificate for Domenico, I wanted to mention just a little about his own sadness with in his family. As the oldest son/child the 2nd born, he witnessed the birth of 7 of 8 siblings of which including himself only 3 survived. His mother, Angela died when he was 18 and his father Giuseppe, when he was 21. He became a man quite early I am sure.

Death certificate for Domenico Marvulli ~ April 5, 1883

Death Certificate - Domenico Marvulli p.1Death Certificate - Domenico Marvulli p.2

Death certificate for Rosa D’Armiento Marvulli  ~ March 26, 1922

Death Certificate - Rosa D'Armiento p.1Death Certificate - Rosa D'Armiento p.2

With so much sadness and so many deaths I thought it would be interesting to share about some of the churches in Grumo Appula. From the web site:


“ArtPuglia is a web platform that promotes, enhances and advertises the cultural heritage of the Apulia Region. From the most interesting tourist attractors to those more distant from the classical tours, such as the ones located in the small towns, with the aim of favouring and increasing the presence of tourists in less-known places of culture. The ArtPuglia app allow users, through a simple and intuitive interface, to find places and events in the locations requested, also showing how to reach them. Moreover, the user has the opportunity of directly contacting tour guides to organize a tour as well as specific guided visits together.”


The Rosary Church 

Rosary Church

“The Rosary Church, located in the old town centre, was built in the late XV century. The front is adorned with two lateral pilaster strips with Ionic capitals that frame the entrance portal topped by a mixtilinear gable. The axis hosts a large segmental-arched window and, above, a round oculus emphasized by a lombard band. The interior is divided into two spaces by a wide arch resting on two pillars embedded in the side walls, decorated with pairs of pilaster strips with Corinthian golden capitals. The area fronting the entrance, reserved to the worshippers, is covered by a reduced dome painted with grotesques and angelic figures. The interior hosts two altars made by de Grecis dedicated to the Annunciation and Our Lady of Sorrows with valuable plaster icons arranged according to the rococò style. The latter are characterized by spirals on which rest two pyres or acroteria, typical elements of the Neapolitan plastic decoration dating back to the XVIII century.”

Saint Rocco’s Church 


“Located in the heart of Piazza Vittorio Veneto, St. Rocco’s church is one of the oldest worship places in the city. The front consists of a single-spired gabled façade: the gable of the portal hosts a stone statue of St. Rocco, perhaps formerly placed on the Porta del Ringo and carefully saved when it was decided to tear down the old door of the City in 1844. The interior contains on the main altar a beautiful golden wooden icon of the XVIII century which houses the statues of San Vito on the left, St. Rocco at the centre and San Donato on the right, while above there is the painting of the Virgin of Mercy. In a niche of the sacristy, instead, is kept the statue of the so-called Burned St. Rocco: according to the tradition, the wooden sculpture was sacked by the Saracens who, once arrived at the gates of the town, decided to abandon it because of the excessive weight.”

The Mother Church Of The Assumption Of The Virgin Mary 


“The Mother Church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Assumption is one of the main religious buildings in Grumo Appula. It dates back to the XIII century and was most likely built in replacement of another church that was destroyed due to critical structural conditions. The building presents typical elements of the Apulian Romanesque architectural style and has a Greek cross plan. Inside there is a baptismal font of the XIV century from the close St. Rocco’s church, an aristocratic chapel of the XVIII century and the remains of Cardinal Francesco Colasuonno.”

I can not leave this posting with out making mention that back about 2/3 years ago I was contacted via my tree on the website, by descendants of Giovanni Marvulli. With the help of google translate I had an exciting dialog in Italian with distant cousin Damiano Sisto and his wife Sara of Lobbi, Italy. In my next post I will continue with more on the Marvulli family in America. ciao