2020 ~ A Year in Review

Heading into 2021 I wanted to take a look back at this year and all the amazing discoveries and connections I was so fortunate to make. There were times I felt stuck on what direction to go and ideas but so many family members came through and shared thoughts and photos. With your help, our families stories are being told and preserved. Thank you for helping me tell our story.

In January I asked the question in “Can You Identify Us” with this photo.

Above left to right back : my grandmother Katie Civitano (aka Catherine Langellotti), her sister Rita Stalupi (Langellotti), Teresa Langellotti (Venerose -wife of Arthur Frank Langellotti, Katie and Rita’s brother) Front: Vincent Civitano (my father) my great grandmother Filomena Langellotti (DeLellis), and Bernard Tanzillo (son of their sister Emily langellotti Tanzillo, deceased)

This posting led me to being contacted by a 2nd c 1x removed who was able to give me the answer to who the man in the white pants and shirt was. This was Frank Tanzillo husband of Emily, father of Bernard.

There was this gorgeous wedding photo shared with me by my 3rd cousin Toni. Identified in the this photo is from Lt to Rt seated: Rosa (Marvulli) D’Attoma (sister to the bride), Vera (Marvulli) D’Attoma, Maria Covito, Rosa (DiGirolamo) Caso standing: John D’Attoma (brother to the groom) Angelo D’Attoma, Antonio Scici, and Gaetano Caso (Rosa D. husband)

One of my favorite photo’s was of Lucia DiGirolamo & Giuseppe Marvulli shared with me by Vita Andreoli

1904 – 1905

In this photo, Lucia is actually pregnant with daughter Vera Vita and seated, buckled in is daughter Rose. Tragically Lucia passed away 11 June 1908, three years after the birth of Rose in Grumo Appula, Italy.

Michael Caso and Rose DiGirolamo grandson Guy shared with me an amazing story about Robert Caso, my 2nd cousin 1x removed who solved a 70 year old mystery of the the Warren Family. Dan Pontbriand wrote the book ‘The Missing Ones’ A True Story detailing Robert’s never ending search to discover what happened to the parents of two young boys who disappeared on July 3rd 1929 never to be heard from again

Then there were these amazing photo’s shared with me of three siblings and the only known photos at this time of them together. It was also our families first real glimpse of Angelina Civitano nee Marulli.

And who can forget the stranger, jogging through Calvary to bring flowers to his own special person only to pass by the grave stone of Grazia Marvulli and decide to leave the flowers for her instead. Once home he decided to try and research her and came across the blog with her story. From there he wrote to me, sharing this photo. What an act of kindness.

Michael Caso was born 26 Oct 1892 Grumo Appula, Italy and passed away in Dec 1975 in New York. His wedding photo is above with Rose DiGirolamo. Michael had a very unique talent and art form – a message in a bottle. Many family members remember these interesting pieces of art ~ thankfully preserved by his grandchildren. Thankful to Guy Caso for sharing these amazing pieces.

I absolutely swooned over this photo of my grandfathers sister, Julia (Giuditta) Forese nee Civitano. From the headband to the double strand of pearls, the bouquet with with steaming ribbons and ? flowers tied to the ends, the cut of the hem to the tips of her shoes…I couldn’t have been more blessed to receive this from one of her granddaughters.

I began the year with this wonderful photo of Domenico Civitano son of Vito Luigi Civitano brother of my great grandfather. This photo was originally shared on Ancestry by the Paglia Family. I had written “I love everything about this photo, from the little hands on dad’s shoulders to the knickers and leggings on down to the shoes. All the boys look darling in their hats and dad Domenico looks quite handsome in his. Believing the youngest boy is about 3, that would be Onofrio born in 1917 placing the photo about 1920. Frank would be next, born in 1915, Dominic born 1913 and the oldest, Louis born 1911 which would make him about 9.”

Guy Caso, son of Gaetano Caso, grandson of Michael Caso shared many wonderful photo’s and his fathers story with me. Geatano recently passed in 2018.

So many wonderful discoveries and mysteries too. Like the discovery of my great grandmothers Immigration card shared with me by my cousin Isabella. I am still baffled by the last name of Palumbo on her card. Nicoletta had a known second marriage to Nicholas Gisondi/a which does not appear on her card, but there is no knowledge of another marriage with this name.

Checking in with my cousin Peter Marino and his page on Ancestry I discovered that a Donata Civitano had married a Vito Domenico Palumbo sometime in the beginning of 1800’s. So Palumbo/Palummo is a Grumo family name. How and why she has this on her card will remain a mystery for now.

A collage of more photos shared

I can’t say thank you enough to every one who contacted me through out 2020. I made many family connections, connecting via email and phone. It made a terrible stressful year seem like a piece of cake, delicious and sweet.

In Memory of Frank Civitano Nov. 8, 1907 – Nov. 23, 1982

Francesco (Frank) Civitano

Today, November 23rd, marks the anniversary of my grandfathers passing. He was born on the November 8, 1907 in Manhattan and died in 1982 at the age of 75.

Frank was the son of Vincenzo and Nicoletta (Marvulli) Civitano, natives of Grumo Appula, Italy, who immigrated to start a new life in the early 1900’s. Frank was the older brother to Giuditta (Julia) born in 1909. The excitement of their new life was cut short when on the 12 of October, 1909 Vincenzo was murdered. After a trial, and the assailant was sent to prison, Nicoletta returned to Grumo with her two children. There, she remarried Nicholas Gisondi. Life was not easy and the memories of that time was not openly talked about or shared.

Frank returned to New York at the age of 15 on June 7, 1923. He was sponsored by his cherished cousin – more like an Uncle to him, Francesco (Frank) Civitano – oldest son of his father’s brother Vito Luigi Civitano. Sister Julia followed in June of 1925.

Frank got down to the business of work and building a new life in New York but it wasn’t long before he met and married Catherine (Katie) Langellotti, daughter of Giuseppe (Joseph) and Filomena (DeLellis) Langellotti.

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Frank and Katie had three children. The oldest was daughter Nicoletta, then my father Vincent and younger son Joseph. They made their home in the Bronx which was often the gathering place for many family celebrations.

Frank worked hard to support and raise his family for many years in the ice delivery business and then as a fuel oil dealer and later President of a window cleaning business.

He took great pride in his home, his family and his extended family.

Frank and Katie celebrated 53 years of marriage before he lost his life in a tragic accident. Below celebrating 50 years of marriage they were joined by their beloved family and friends.

Frank was laid to rest at Ferncliff Cemetery, Shrine of Memories Mausoleum, Hartsdale, Westchester County, New York

Three Civitano Photo’s Just Found

I have a few wonderful family photo’s to share. In my last posting there was a photo of my father Vincent with his God-father Thomas DeVito at his confirmation. You can see the post here Thomas (Gaetano) DeVito and FamilySeptember 25, 2020

While going through photo’s to find the confirmation picture, my brother Frank found a few more that he shared with me that I had not seen before.

In this photo below is my grandfather Frank Civitano with his cousin Vincent (James) Civitano with one of his daughters.

Frank Civitano with his cousin Vincent (James) Civitano and Vincents daughter

Vincent was the son of Louis Civitano and Angelina Marvulli. Vincent born in 1897, Grumo Appula, Italy immigrated in 1910 at the age of 13. He was traveling with his 10 year old brother Giuseppe aboard the SS America. They were the last of their family to leave Italy, traveling to their father on the immigration record. Written under ‘family or relative in country in which they came’ was recorded “nobody”. Vincent went on to marry Anna Plavcson on June 29, 1919. Vincent and Anna had 5 children, 3 boys, Louis (1921), Thomas (1930) and Frank Thomas (1934) and 2 girls, Angelina (1923) and Julia (1926). Checking with my uncle on this photo, he is not sure which daughter this is. I am guessing this photo was from the mid to late 40’s.

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This must be one of the first photo bombed pictures I have seen. Notice the man looking in on them. The woman appears to be a advertisement. In this photo my grandfather Frank is enjoying and afternoon ride with his cousin John Robert or Dominic John Civitano. They are the son’s of Frank Civitano and his wife Rosa DiArmiento. Frank and Rosina were the parents of 7 children, 3 boys and 4 girls. All were born here in the states. Angelina (19109), Mary (1911), Helen (1914) and Julia (1929) and Louis John (1912), Dominic John (1920) and John Robert (1922) My uncle could not be sure in identifying which son this was. I am leaning on this being Dominic but would love to have a family member chime in on this. Dominic married Anna Rose Servidio March 14, 1943 and they went on to have 4 children. John married Frances Kaiserman 1953 and had 3 sons. Whether Dominic or John – I love seeing them out having fun.

This last picture is of my grandfather Frank holding (who my uncle believes) is the daughter of father Anthony (Tony) Langellotti, Franks brother-in-law. Tony married Marie Visaggi on Dec 11, 1940. They had 2 daughters.

Frank Civitano with Anthony (Tony) Langellotti

Thomas (Gaetano) DeVito and Family

Not a Civitano or blood relation, but an extremely important family can not be overlooked. Below is photo of my father Vincent Civitano and Vincent DeVito, son of Thomas (Gaetano) DeVito and Mary Mercurio/Mercumo.

Feb/March 1953 Cheonwon, Korea Vincent Civitano & Vincent DeVito

I have posted this photo before on the blog with out identifying the man with my father. Spotting the photo recently, my Uncle shared who the other fellow was. He believes this meeting was by chance, and he is not sure they were in the same unit. What is important is that the DeVito family was more like family than friends. Vincent’s father, Thomas DeVito was my father Vincents Godfather.

Thomas and my grandfather Frank were paisan – country men from Bari, but it went farther than that. There was a bond of brotherhood between the two men that extended into the families. So in this posting I will honor the family of Gaetano (Thomas) DeVito.

Thomas was born on February 26, 1901 in Toritto, Bari, Puglia, Italy. Toritto is 2. 85 miles from our home town of Grumo Appula. Whether they had known each other growing up or had met in New York, the bond between the two was cemented here in the states. Thomas arrived aboard the SS Dante Alighieri on May 14, 1920 at the age of 19. I was unable to find his actual immigration passenger record so this information came from his Intention and his Petition To Naturalize from Ancestry.com.

Declaration of Intention gave us this great glimpse of what Thomas looked like.
Petition For Naturalization 1936

Using familysearch.com I was able to locate Thomas’s marriage record to Mary Mercurio. From this record I discovered that Thomas’s parents were Vincenzo DeVito and his mothers name was not legible and spelled as Ar…Ela Ferrovecch. Mary’s parents were Nicola Mercurio and Anna Ottomanelli.

Thomas married under his name Gaetano to Mary on June 21, 1925. First born daughter Marie was born in 1927, followed by Anna, 1929, Virgina, 1932, Vincent, 1932, and Nicholas, 1935.

Thomas worked in the business so popular with our family – the ice and coal delivery service. The 1930 census records from Ancestry.com listed him and Mary at 1054 Trinity Ave., Bronx, rent $50, work listed as proprietor Ice Co. Marie and Anna had both been born. Living with them or the apt next to them (it wasn’t clear) at this address was his brother Michael and his wife Mary – also in the ice business. Listed under the spelling of their last name as Devits in 1940 they had moved to 1221 Bryant Ave. Still in the ice business, all of their children had been born.

Vincent Civitano and Thomas DeVito

I was so pleased to learn there was a photo of my father and Thomas (his Godfather) at his confirmation. A big thank you to my brother Frank for digging through photo’s and finding it for me.

I have been unable to find a death record for Thomas or for his wife Mary. I know very little about their lives or family. It seems the families grew apart and lost touch or as our family members grew older and passed, the stories faded.

I was able to find a death record for son Vincent, buddy in the picture with my father.

Vincent passed away on Oct 15, 2003 and is buried at Ascension Cemetery, Monsey, Rockland Co., New York.

I did check the cemetery for any other family members. There is a Nicholas DeVito buried there but with no ages given. It’s possible it is Vincents brother but that in not known

Another DeLellis and Langellotti Branch

I have written numerous times about the DeLellis and Langellotti families on our blog. Some of the female maiden names, going back 5 generations, included Fattore, Iannetti, Loffreda, Ferrito, DiAmico, Magro, Cianci, D’Onofiro, Ciccarelli, Maisono and Mastangelo.

In blending these two families together I will try to explain as simply as I can this new family branch.

Francesco DeLellis (my 2x great grandfather) had been married two times. His first wife was a woman named Anna LNU and from this union son Vincenzo DeLellis was born abt. 1863, San Gregorio, Caserta, Italy. Vincenzo married Maria Carmella Iannetti some time prior to 1890 in San Gregorio.  (it is through Vincenzo’s 1/2 sister Filomena Maria DeLellis daughter of Francesco’s second wife Caterina Loffreda, that my line or branch follows)

Vincenzo and Maria had 11 children, all born in the US, of which 6 survived to adulthood.

Philomena (1890-1966) m Pietro Nicoletti, Maria Carmella (1893-1984) m Arthur Langellotti, Marco Francesco (1869-1981) m Winifred Cassidy, Benedetto (1898-1941), Annina/Anna (1901-1994) m Riccardo Tiselli and Vincenza (1906-1996) m Carmine Fera. Those that did not survive were BabyGirl (1890-1890) Antonio (1894-1903) Clara Antonia (1904-1906) Maria T (1911-1911) along with Thomas (1894) who I have no other information on. 

It is about their daughter Maria (Mary) Carmela, born 17 Dec., 1893 Phil., Penn. and her family, that I would like to focus on. 

Maria (Mary) Carmela DeLellis married Attilio (Arthur) Langellotti on May 14th, 1914. The event took place in Providence, Rhode Island, however the marriage was registered in Springfield, MA. (I will refer to Attilio as Arthur) 

Arthur Langellotti and Maria DeLellis

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Both Photos Courtesy of the Langelo Family

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Maria DeLellis Langellotti 1923

 Arthur born abt. 1888, was the son of Antonio Langellotti (1856) and Anna Fattore both of San Gregorio, Caserta, Italy. ( I have not attempted to research how Antonio fits into our family yet) Anna passed away sometime prior to 1904 in Italy and it was after that, Antonio left and immigrated with their 2 sons Roberto (Umberto) and Arthur.  (A 3rd son, Adamo (1886) had arrived a few years prior to his father and two brothers. He married in 1909, Cranston, R.I. to Guiseppina Cerro. This branch has dropped the L from the last name and uses Angelotti)

Antonio applied to be naturalized on 28 Feb., 1905 in Philedelphia, Pennsylvania where he first settled with Roberto and Arthur. (record from ancestry.com)

Antonio Langellotti Petition to Naturalize 

I was able to find Antonio in the Providence Rhode Island City Directories under Contractors and Builders in 1910, 1911, and 1912. His address was listed as 13 Pequot. The building still stands, built in 1900, looking as if it has had a facelift. https://goo.gl/maps/ABMLHQij5XMarspMA

With the marriage date for son Arthur (Attilio) and Maria in May 1914, I feel comfortable in writing that the family relocated to Rhode Island possibly as early as 1910.

I also located a record of sale for two lots to an Antonio Langellotti on Penbroke Ave. in 1918 for $600.

From Genealogybank: Evening Bulletin, Jan 23, 1918.

A quick look on google for the road Penbroke and I discovered the neighborhood is now the Oakland Avenue Historic District. I was unable to locate a death record for Antonio Langellotti. This is the last mention I could find for him.

Coming back to Antonio’s son, Arthur (Attilio) and Maria, their first child Emily, was born in 1818 followed by Vincent 1919, Arthur Jr 1922 and Victor in 1924.

Unable to find a 1920 census for the family I did find Arthur’s naturalization record with the date of naturalizing Dec. 11, 1920. This gives us a location for where the family was living in 1920 – 238 Sterling Ave., Providence. I also discovered something else about this address of Sterling Ave.. Maria’s father, Vincenzo DeLellis’s death record from familysearch.com, lists his address was 238 Sterling Ave. So he was living with them or they were living with Maria’s father. Vincenzo died in 1915 from atrophic cirrhosis of the liver at the age of 52. He is buried in St Ann Cemetery in Cranston, Rhode Island. The family had remained in the home.

Notice the name of the witness above, Frank Delellis. I have been thinking about this and just who was this Frank? This is just a guess but I am making the assumption that this was most likely Arthurs wife’s brother, Marco Francesco (aka Frank) b. 1896. In 1920 he would have been 24 years old.
Both records are from Ancestry.com

Above is his Intention to Naturalize with a date of Dec. 1904. Arthur’s occupation was listed as steam engineer. One question I had was, when had the name been changed from Langellotti to Langelo. On both nat’l records he is using Langelo. But it is important to note that on his wedding record of 1914, he did use Langellotti.

Another wonderful photo shared with me by the Langelo Family is this photo of Arthur and Maria with their children Vincent, Arthur Jr. & Emily. I estimate this photo to be 1923 with Arthur Jr born in 1922 and Victor not yet born (1924)

Maria and Arthur (Attilio) with children L to R Vincent, Arthur Jr. and Emily

I really love this photo. I love that Emily and Arthur Jr. are holding hands and I can’t help but wonder is this possibly a first photo for the children? Their expressions seem to be saying ‘what is going on or happening here’ Vincents sailor suit is adorable too. Both Emily and Vincent have the same hair cut and shoes seem the same too. Emily’s hair bow is larger than her sweet little head, and certainly in style for this time.

By 1930 Arthur had moved his family to 37 Simmonsville Rd. in the town of Johnston. Their last child Victor had joined the family in 1925. Unfortunately no information on what Arthur was doing for work was listed on the census. One clue to his occupation was his WW1 Draft Registration (ancestry.com) Written as Arturo Langelotti, occupation is fireman. 

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The 1930 census was enumerated in April. Perhaps he had been ill at this time and the reason he was not listed, because 7 months later on November  21st, Attilio (Langellotti) Langelo died at the age of 43 in Cranston, R,I.. He is buried at St. Anne Cemetery, Cranston, R.I..  

Maria was 38 when she lost her husband, leaving her with 4 children under the age of 12. This must have been a very heavy burden for her. I have not been able to locate any information on where Arthur’s brothers, Roberto and Adamo were at the time. Were they close by and able to help? I have not taken the long look at her siblings yet to answer that question. By 1940 Maria had relocated her family 89 Cumerford St. in Providence. A picture of the home can be seen at https://goo.gl/maps/WFWw6WGu2JDMCiPc8

It appears that Vincent, now 20 was the only one working according the the census information. He was a bread wrapper in a bakery. Neither Emily 22, or Arthur Jr. 18 showed an occupation. A listing in the 1942 City Directory, still on Cumerford, Arthur was working as a bread wrapper, Victor and Emily were working as clerks, and Vincent was listed as USN. Continuing to track the family by 1945, still on Cumerford, Vincent USN, Victor USAAC (United States Army Air Corp) and Arthur USA – I believe this stands for U.S. Army as I have his WWII draft registration for the Army. Emily is listed but without work.

But 1945 would bring sadness to the family with the passing of Emily on July 26th. She was 28 years old.

Emily High School Photo (Ancestry.com) photo below courtesy Langelo Family

From 1945 through 1962 using City Directories on ancestry.com I was able to tract the family. They remained at the 89 Cumerford address up until 1951 with Maria and her three sons all together at that address. By 1952 Vincent had left home. Then jumping to the 1962 directory, Maria was listed alone at 3 What Cheer. While the 1945 directory showed all three son’s in the service of the our country in 1947 they were all listed as students. Arthur Jr. had found a job in personal finance in 1951 Victor was not working and Vincent was still a student. 1952 Arthur Jr. became the asst. manager for the Methodist Finance Co., and Victor was working as an engineer both still living with their mom.

Maria outlived two of her sons, Arthur Jr. who passed away in 1977 and then Victor who passed the follow year in 1978. Maria had outlived her husband Arthur by 54 years, passing away in 1984. Her son Vincent saw the passing of all his siblings and father and mother.

Saint Ann Cemetery, Cranston, Rhode Island
Saint Ann Cemetery, Cranston, Rhode Island

Col. Arthur Frances Langelo is buried at Saint Marys Cemetery, Bristol, Bristol Co. Rhode Island

Victor Anthony Langelo and his wife are buried together at Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery, Springfield, Delaware Co., Pennsylvania
Vincent Arthur Langelo is buried at Lake Grove Cemetery, Holliston Middlesex Co. Massachusetts along with a WWII Veterans Grave site

I am very thankful to the Langelo family that reached out to me after locating our family blog and providing me with these wonderful photo’s of their connected family. I plan on spending additional time researching the family.

Graziella Marvulli ~ an Act of Kindness ~ Caso and Marvulli Families revisited

I have been spending a considerable amount of time with the Marvulli family lately. Much of it prompted by recent connections to family members from this branch. I have been blessed with cousins commenting and sharing stories and photos helping to give us a well rounded glimpse into the lives of our ancestors.

Yesterday, I had a very unusual but wonderful email a man named Giovanni D’Amato from Brooklyn. Giovanni wrote

Hello,
My name is Giovanni D’Amato. I want to let you know that earlier today August 22, 2020 I went for a jog through the cemetery from my home in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. A particular grave stone caught my eye…I don’t know why, but it just did. It was the grave stone of Graziella Marvulli. I had brought with me flowers that I intended to bring to the chapel but I felt captivated by the stone and photo of Grace. I left the flower at the tombstone. I then got home and googled the name and your family blog popped up.¬†

After a brief exchange of emails, he shared the photo with me and gave me permission to post it.

What a blessing and I couldn’t be more thankful to Giovanni and pleased to be able to share this with you.

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Giovanni also shared he is a first generation, his family only arriving in 1973. He also pointed out that the stone was in Italian. Something I may not have initially have noticed or ignored. The stone reads:

Erected by Giovanni Marvulli in memory of his wife Graziella Marvulli born Nov. 20, 1879 died Sept 1, 1916 Dear Wife Maria Marvulli born 5 May 1885 died 30 March 1955 1924 Grace 1925 Beloved Father Giovanni Marvulli May 9 1875 Jan 22 1959 

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Grazia and John married in 1901 in Grumo Appula. Their first son, Dominick was born in Grumo in 1902. Grazia immigrated in 1905 under her maiden name of Scarola, joining her husband who had arrived in 1903. Their 2nd son Rocco was born in 1906, followed by Giuseppe born 1907 – who passed away in 1909. Their only daughter Rosa was born in 1908 and last son Joseph was born in 1909. Sadly, seven years after Joseph’s birth Grazia passed away.

It wasn’t until 1922 that John married Maria Fazio. They had son’s Peter born 1923 and Thomas born in 1926. Only daughter Grace was born in 1924 and passed one year later ¬†in 1925. (buried along with her parents)

Most recently I have had the great pleasure in hearing from and connecting with the daughter of Thomas, son of John and Maria. She shared with me this wonderful photo.

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John Marvulli in the middle, Thomas on the right, the other two unknown at this time. I suspect the other male is one of Johns sons and a granddaughter. Any help in identifying them is always welcomed.

You may remember from other postings this wonderful photo of John with his two sisters, Angelina and Nicoletta (my great grandmother)

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Nicoletta, John and Angelina ~ A priceless photo of the love and laughter with a little help of homemade wine.

Again, most recently, Guy Caso shared this wonderful photo of Michele Caso, son of Rita Marvulli – sister of those three laughter filled siblings above. (the back of Michele’s head is visible in the above photo.

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Photo is taken in front of his home 28th St., Astoria, Queens

A big thank you to Giovanni for contacting me and sharing his story and remembrance of sweet Grazia and placing the flowers at her grave. Thank you to all my distant cousins for helping me share our families story.

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Robert G. Caso Revisited

Robert G. Caso, known as Bob, was my 2nd cousin 1x removed. I never knew Bob and only recently discovered we lived within 150 miles of each other.

I wrote about Bob in a May postings of this year, highlighting his life and the fact that he played an intricate role in solving a 75 year old mystery about a missing couple in 1929 in the Port Angeles, WA area. You can access that post by clicking here Robert G. Caso ~ Solves a 75 Year Old Mystery

The Caso branch is from Grumo Appula and married into the Marvulli branch also originating in Grumo. Rita Marvulli married Gaetano Caso in 1885 immigrating by the 1900’s. (Rita was the sister to my great grandmother Nicoletta). But DeLellis and Langellotti branches please don’t feel left out as the Bob Caso’s story is as much yours ¬†because it all started as far back as about 1760 in San Gregorio, Caserta and Grumo, Bari with Caso’s and D’Amico’s, DeLellis and Langellotti’s all mingling and marring one another.

The Begots: Pietro D’Amico and Elisabetta Caso had daughter Caterina D’Amico who married Vincenzo DeLellis son of Giovanni DeLellis and Elisabetta Ciccarelli and they had Teresa DeLellis who married Gabriele Antonio Langellotti . They had Vincenzo DeLellis who married Maria Maddalena Ferritto which brought me to Joseph Langellotti marrying Filomena DeLellis (my great grandparents) intertwining these branches.

When I had connected with a 3rd cousin, Guy Caso, he shared with me the amazing story of Bob and the role he played in finding a missing couple from 1929, WA and that a book had been written about it, I had to purchase it. Below is the cover for the book written by  Dan Pontbriand  The Missing Ones РA True Story 

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It is truly an amazing story about a couple with 2 young boys. The Mom had been in the hospital. Dad left them with neighbors and went to fetch Mom and bring her home, promising the boys the following day they would attend the 4th of July celebration in the near by town. They never returned and were never found. Speculation of what happened spread, searches were conducted but yielded little to no evidence and their disappearance remained a mystery. The setting is on the magnificent Olympic Peninsula within the Olympic Nat’l Park of Washington State and Lake Crescent. Dan Pontibriand weaves a detailed tale leading up to their being found, including the history of the area, the people who settled it, and one mans obsession and mission (Bob’s) to discover what happened to Blanche and Russell Warren.

In addition there are wonderful photo’s along with a few of Bob. Copyright law prevents me from sharing them but if you have any interest in delving deeper into this story, the story of one of our fellow family members, I recommend this book.

Giuseppe, Lucia and baby Rose Marvulli

Back on May 13th of this year I posted the picture below of Giuseppe (Joseph) Marvulli and his beautiful wife Lucia and baby girl Rose. In the posting Rose was only partially visible but thank you to my cousin Toni for getting the full photo to me courtesy of Vita Andreoli nee Caso.

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Look at Rose so tiny and sitting so princess like, almost floating it seems in air. I can see just a faint making of a board that must be suspended across the arms of the chair, and you can make out a strap across her chest and a hunt of the buckle.

Giuseppe/Joseph is my 2x great Uncle – brother to my great grandmother Nicoletta Marvulli.

Written on the May 13th

I can not get over the gentleness in the face of Lucia and just how beautiful she truly was. Sadly, as I have written before, Lucia passed away on the 11 June 1908, in Grumo Appula, Italy, just three years after the birth of Vera.

In this photo, Lucia is pregnant with 2nd daughter Vera/Vita. Vera was born in 1905. 

The story that was shared with me was that after Lucia died Giuseppe was forced to put Rose into an orphanage as he was not able to care for both children. Lucia’s mother, Vita DiGirolamo nee Serveddio actually wet nursed her grand baby. After some time, Giuseppe, in a better position, had Rose return home.

A very big thank you to Vita Andreoli for sharing her memories and this photo with me to share with you ūüôā

I posted the photo on the FB page of Random Acts of Photo Restoration and this wonderful restoration of the photo was done by Jeff Lentz. I think he did a great job in removing some of the shadowing and gave it a nice crisp look.

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Frank Civitano the Ice Man

Frank Civitano (1), my grandfather, was born November 8th, 1907 in New York City. The first and only son of Vincenzo Civitano and Nicoletta Marvulli, both from our ancestral  town of Grumo Appula, Bari, Italy.

There is no denying that Frank (1) was a hard working man.  After his fathers death (murder) in 1909, he left for Grumo Appula with his mother and infant sister Julia. In 1923, at the age of 15, sponsored by his Uncle, his name sake Frank Civitano (2), Frank (1) returned to New York and set about following in Franks (2) footsteps as an ice and coal dealer.

Known affectionately as ‘Frank the Ice Man’ Civitano

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There is no denying the men in our family worked hard for their American Dream.

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Thankful for the few pictures that survive today today

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Many of the men in the family got their start in the ice and coal delivery business. Not just my grandfather, along with my father, Vincent, in those early years, but as mentioned

Frank (1) married to Rosa DiArmiento was in the business along with his brother’s

Dominick, married to Jenny Maggio as well as 2 of his sons’s Dominick and Frank in the ’30’s.

Vincenzo known as James, married to Anna Plavcsan was also in the business.

Their sister Julia married Vito Simone and he too had his own ice delivery business along with Julia’s sister Rosa married to Vito’s brother Dominick working as an ice delivery man for the Knickerbocker Ice Co. (WWI draft registration)

The ice and coal delivery business a great fit for our family.

According to an article on the trade of Iceman,¬†Wikipedia stated that “Many icemen in the Northeastern U.S. had origins in Southern Italy. Arriving in the U.S. with little education or trade skills, many of these immigrants began ice routes, especially in New York City, where ice routes were a common sight. In those times, ice was harvested from ponds and lakes, stored in ice houses and transported to cities.”