It Pays To Look Twice: Emily Tanzillo Revisited

I my last post I told the tale of love, murder and heartbreak regarding my great Aunt Emily (Ermina) Langellotti who married Frank Tanzillo on Feb 19th, 1920 at the Bronx Borough Hall.

Marriage Certificate - Frank

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Evidently I had sent away for another marriage certificate which I just received. I was pleasantly surprised with this additional certificate. You can see the original certificate number was crossed off and rewritten with the first certificate’s number on it. The date of this new record was 4 months later on June 20th, 1920 at Our Lady of Pity Church in the Bronx.

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The question: why? The first was a legal state marriage and the second a wedding sanctioned in the eyes of the church. Was this done because of parental pressure or did it hold a true religious meaning for the couple? I don’t think the questions can ever be answered.

A google search for Our Lady of Pity led me to learn that it was demolished. You can read the story at

https://www.welcome2thebronx.com/2018/02/06/our-lady-of-pity-church-being-demolished/

As I was reading the article on the demolition I came across this mention

“In 1929, the current church was built to serve the fast-growing community of Ponzese living in the neighborhood. For decades, Our Lady of Pity Church and School served the Italian community even as the fires roared through the South Bronx. Even after the parish was merged with nearby Immaculate Conception in 2007, the faithful Ponzese congregated each June 20th on the feast day of Ponza’s patron saint, San Silverio.”

Emily and Frank were married in the church on the June 20th, 1920 on the feast day of Ponza’s patron saint, San Silverio.

For me all of this just adds to the sadness of Emily’s story. I know we must tear down to make way for the new but do we have too? Something stirs deeply in my soul for the loss of the past, whether with her stories, or the physical reminders of what once was. I hate to see these old houses of worship church/synagogue torn down instead of designated as landmarks and refurbished. Their beauty, the craftsmanship of these old buildings of worship can never be replaced. The stained glass, the mosaic tile work irreplaceable.

Our Lady of Pity Church 

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Saint Silverio 

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One one last note before closing, I wanted to also make mention of the witnesses on this June 20th wedding. Giovanni Dunnola and Lena Piacente. A conversation with my Uncle Joe and a quick look at the 1930c Bronx census answered a question and clarified  fading memories.

Lena Piacente was the sister of Edward Piancente. Edward, an undertaker, our families undertaker was also a very close and personal friend to the family. He was my grandfather’s best man at his wedding in 1929. Lena would go on to marry Michael Puglia in 1924. Connecting our family even more strongly is the fact that my Aunt Coletta later in her life time reconnected with her first love Joseph Puglia- Michael’s (an undertaker) brother. Joseph and Coletta would go on to live out their later years in each others arms and not even in death would they part.

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Coletta and Joe

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Love, Murder and Heartbreak

This post will tell the story of Erminia Maria (Emily) Tanzillo nee Langellotti, my great aunt, sister to my grandmother Katherine Civitano nee Langellotti.

In my last few post I had concentrated on my great grandmother, Filomena Langellotti nee DeLellis and her husband, my great grandfather Joseph (Giuseppe Luigi) Langellotti  both from San Gregorio, Caserta, Italy. I had outlined and given a brief history of each of their seven children, Emily, Vincent James, Margaret, Anthony, my grandmother Katherine, Rita Lucy and Arthur Frank. With much love for the memory of Emily I would like to spend some time and share the story of this great aunt and oldest daughter of Filomena and Joseph; Emily (Erminia Maria) Langellotti. Her life tells a tale of love, betrayal, murder, heart break as well as an error in time that has been often glamorized but is far from that. The scars left behind are real effecting the generations to come.

Emily was born on March 4, 1901 at 10:00am in San Gregorio, Italy. The street and house number is listed as 58 Via Matese. Google earth does not enter that road but I have asked my cousin Anne to try and get a photo for me on her up coming visit to Italy if she is able to get to San Gregorio.

Birth Certificate of Erminia Maria Langellotti 

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Emily’s brother, Vincent James was born next on May 12, 1903. By 1904 their father Joseph had left for America arriving in June. He set off on the task of working and securing a place for his family that would arrive 2 years later in 1906.

Passenger Record of Filomena, Erminia and Vincenzo 

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By 1917 five more children were added to the family, all born in New York. Emily was 15 when the last sibling, Arthur Frank was born.  The 1915 New York census indicated that Emily was in school, but by 1917 I am not sure. On the January 1920 census she was working as a shirt operator in a factory.

On February 20, 1920 at the Bronx Borough Hall Emily Langellotti (19) wed Frank Tanzillo (24). Frank (Francesco) was the son of Bernardo Tanzillo and Angelina Coccera.

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Marriage Certificate - Frank

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Three children followed with the oldest, Angelina Lucy (1921), Filomena known as Phyllis (1926) and Bernard (1930).  In 1930 Frank Tanzillo was working as a brick layer, the same profession as his father. Their address was 1141 Croes Ave. Bronx, where they were living with Emily’s parents, along with sister Margaret who had married John Leone and my grandmother Katherine who had married Frank Civitano.

Emily with Angelina and Filomena, pregnant with Bernard

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Also living on Croes at 1129 was Frank and Rose Civitano. This Frank Civitano (my 1st cousin 2x removed) was my grandfather Frank’s favorite cousin although more of an Uncle to him. He was also the sponsor of Frank and sister Julia on their return (1923) from Italy as teenagers. Living with Frank and Rose were all of their children along with daughter Lena who was now married to Salvatore Vizzo and daughter Mary married to Anthony Gentile. (I would like to make a special mention of their daughter Julia Bianca nee Civitano, who recently passed away – you are loved and remembered) The importance of this mention of this family branch is that these families were extremely close knit and bonded. They too must have been deeply affected by the impending event.

Tragedy was building and by 1932 the happiness of the family was shattered and forever altered.

Emily apparently had a fondest for gangsters. In all fairness I am not sure that is correct or if it should be she had a fondness for a man who was a gangster. In any event she was caught in the crossfire in the conflict between Mad Dog Coll, Dutch Schultz and Lucky Luciano.

When I had first heard about this story of Emily, I was compelled to get to the bottom of it. Very few details had remained as the story was a sad one and one that was not talked about or passed down with any detail. A good 10 years past now, I set out to learn what had happened to Emily.  The following is the original newspaper article I located.

Daily News Thursday, February 2, 1932

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A Bronx stronghold of Vincent Coll was turned into a shambles last night. Standing in the doorway of an apartment at 1216 Commonwealth Ave., four torpedo men ruthlessly shot down two woman and four men whom they found lingering over dinner. Three were killed outright – one woman and two men. All others were wounded one of the men probably fatally. It was apparently Dutch Schultz’s response to Coll’s recent “call to arms” a summons which resulted in the arrest of Coll, his bride and two of his ace trigger men on Jan 11th. For the apartment where the shooting occurred is a known rendezvous of Coll and his lieutenants, at least one of which died in last nights massacre. He was Pasquale Del Greco, 32, alias Patsy Dugan. The other dead was Emily Tarrizello, 32, of 1141 Ave., Bronx. (let me stop here and say that the family purposefully gave the incorrect last name at the time. Also note that the street name of Croes was left off the address too) Fiore Basile, 33, a known killer and burglar and brother of Michael Basile, one of Colls most trusted mobsters. Basile and Miss Tarrizello were said to have been sweethearts. The wounded are: Mrs Lena Vineiguerra who’s only address police reported as 15th St. shot in the arm. Joseph Parrone, 19, who lives in the rear of the apartment where the shooting occurred, who was shot in the arm. Luis Basile, brother of brother of Fiore who was shot in the heart and the right arm. Little hope was held for his recovery at Fordham hospital where he and Mrs Vineiguerra were held last night.  (Children in next room) Parrone who who was taken to Bathgate Station after he had been treated at Fordham told police that his father, who is deaf, was asleep in an adjoining room when the fusillade was fired. In the same room were Parrone’s two younger brothers age 6 and 3. Neither they nor his father were hurt. although slugs from the murderer’s .45 caliber ? pockmarked the walls and splintered furniture in both the dining room and living room. The article goes on to say that the apartment belonged to Mrs Margaret Zaccardi, the sister of the Basile brothers. The article also goes on to say that One of the children in the apartment, unschooled in the ways of gangland, ran to the corner of Westchester Ave. informed a policeman that “men were shooting upstairs” That was the official knowledge of the affair although occupants of near by houses and heard the fusillade and screams. None could be found however who would say they saw the killers.

Coll was expected to be present at the apartment and the main target of this hit. Unfortunately he had not arrived yet. From what I have read, the hit man had not actually known what Coll looked like and was unaware he was not among those gathered when he began firing. Coll was successfully killed a few days later on Feb 8th, 1932 (which is my birth day)

This was the original accounting of the event that took place. From the article, to me, it is unclear which of the Basile brothers Emily might have been seeing, was it Fiorie or Michael? What I do know is that the family knew about Emily and what she was doing and was upset over her ‘going out’. She would say she was going to play cards. I can not even begin to imagine the turmoil and heart ache that was felt in the home prior to and after this event that would alter their lives forever.

Death Certificate of Emily Tanzillo

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Frank Tanzillo and his children would remain with Emily’s parents, Filomena (63) and Joseph (64) into the 1940’s with a move to the home at 1114 Metcalfe Ave., Bronx on the 1940 census. My grandparents Frank (33) and Katherine (27) also had moved with them. My father Vincent (5) Coletta (9) were now born. On this 1940 census Frank Tanzillo (44) widowed, listed as son-in-law had no work listed. He had worked 10 weeks in 1939 with an income of $500, granddaughter Angelina (18) was working as a operator telephone company, and their was Phyllis (16) and Bernard (10). In addition, Frank Tanzillo’s brother Louis and wife Anna was also living in the house next door with their children Angela and Bernard.

Frank Tanzillo would go on to live another twenty four years with out Emily. This was a difficult post for me to write about. There is of course more to this story that needs not be shared or remembered. The important thing is to remember that she was a daughter, a sister, a wife and mother. She was loved and missed and remembered. It was important to me that this story not be lost as it is part of who we were and are.

Rest in Peace Emily and Frank Tanzillo 

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A simple google search for Mad Dog Coll will yield quite a few articles on him and the event that took place.

San Gregorio Matese, Caserta, Italy…here she comes

This week I had an exciting phone calling from my 2nd cousin, Anne, who shared with me a life long dream. I will be living this dream through her as she travels to Italy in Sept.. Anne will be spending a fantastic month touring, visiting with family and friends and doing a little reconnaissance/research mission as well. I have kept my request minimal allowing her in the words and heart of the ‘American Pickers’ to do this “free style”.

Below I have freeze framed 3 plagues from the town of San Gregoria Matese, Caserta, Campania, Italy – home of my DeLellis and Langellotti family. Along with those two paternal last names, on the maternal side we also have Loffreda, D’Amico, Ferrito and Fattore to name the top few. On the plaques – family members

I have also added the video from You Tube that I found these memorial markers on. Please take a moment to watch.

Using google translate I was able to transcribe the memorial headings.

San Gregorio D’Alife to his Valorious Fallen Children For The Greatness of Italy In War 1915 -1918

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Civilian Victims of War 1940 – 1945

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Fallen Of War  1940 – 1945 Soldiers

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The Wonderful You Tube video of our San Gregorio 

 

 

The most common 5 family names SanGregorio from http://italia.indettaglio.it/eng/campania/sangregoriomatese.html

77.50 De Lellis

45.00 Fattore

35.00 Boiano

32.50 Mezzullo

30.00 Loffreda

 

Consigliere

Fernando De Lellis, He was born on 10/08/1983 in PIEDIMONTE MATESE (CE).

Education: Licenza media superiore

He was elected on 11/06/2017 and he was in charge on 12/06/2017 – Party: Lista civica – Civicamente San Gregorio

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Vincenzo De Lellis, He was born on 13/07/1989 in PIEDIMONTE MATESE (CE).

Education: Licenza media superiore

He was elected on 11/06/2017 and he was in charge on 12/06/2017 – Party: Lista civica – Civicamente San Gregorio

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Pietro Filomeno De Lellis, He was born on 13/08/1964 in REGNO UNITO.

Education: Licenza media superiore

He was elected on 11/06/2017 and he was in charge on 12/06/2017 – Party: Lista civica – Noi per Voi

Consigliere

Salvatore Fattore, He was born on 08/09/1972 in SAN GREGORIO MATESE (CE).

Education: Licenza media inferiore

Job area: Condizioni non professionali

He was elected on 11/06/2017 and he was in charge on 12/06/2017 – Party: Lista civica – Noi per Voi

Our roots run deep in San Gregorio

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Filomena Langellotti nee DeLellis continued

In my last post I left off with the passing of Caterina Loffreda nee DeLellis, the mother of Filomena, my great grandmother and wife of Giovanni Luigi (Joseph)Langellotti. The year was 1918, February 18. Caterina was buried at St. Raymond’s Cemetery, Bronx, New York.

Filomena had married Joseph (Giovanni) in June 1890 in San Gregorio, Caserta, Italy and immigrated to the United States in 1906, joining her husband who had arrived 2 years earlier in 1904. Filomena arrived with her 2 children Ermina, also known as Emily and younger brother Vincenzo, Vincent. With this post I will pick up in the year 1920.

In 1920 the family was still at the E. 149th St, Bronx address. Joseph (45) had switched from the building trade and was working for the city as a street cleaner. Filomena and Joseph had added on more child and the last of their 7 children, Frank (Francesco) was born in 1916. Oldest daughter Ermina (18)  (recorded Emilla) was working as a shirt operator and Vincenzo, 16,  (recorded as Jim) was working as clerk in a factory, Margaret 12, Tony 10, Kate 8 – my grandmother, and Vieda (Rita) 5 were all home. The only curious thing about this census record was the fact that Ermina was listed as immigrating in 1915 and Jim in 1917.

We clearly have the original immigration record for 1906 with the children arriving with their mother Filomena.

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The question raised for me is – had the two children returned to Italy at some time after arriving, lived with relatives and then returned to join the family? This could simply be a census error. I have nothing to support a return. It just seems a little to specific.

I was unable to find the family in 1925 census but located them again in 1930 living at 1141 Croes Ave., Bronx. Much had changed by 1930. Oldest daughter Emily had married Frank Tanzillo shortly after the 1920c on Feb. 19th. Their first child born in 1921 was daughter Angelina Lucy followed by Filomena/Phyllis in 1926 and Bernard in 1930. Husband Frank was working as a bricklayer and the family was living along with Emily’s parents at the 1141 Croes Ave. address.

Also by 1930 daughter Margaret (22), and husband John Leone 21 (spelled Lenone) was at the same address too. John was working as a packer/shoes. I have been unable to find their marriage record. I want to note that I originally  picked up a marriage date and record of 1939 for them. (quite a few researchers list this record as the date) However in researching I found 2 other couples with their same names and I believe one of them is the 1939 marriage and not our couple.  Unless they had their first 2 children before marrying, they married prior to 1933. Their first child Jenny was born in 1933 followed by Emily in 1935 and Phyllis some time after 1940c.

Along with daughter’s Margaret and Emily was my grandmother Katherine (17), with her new husband, my grandfather Francesco (22), Frank Civitano at the 1141 Croes Ave. They were married on the 14 of Sept. 1929. I have a wonderful wedding photo for Frank and Katherine but I would like to save it for another post.

Katherine DeLellis’s  engagement photo 

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So by 1930 three of their four daughters were married. I was not able to find the youngest daughter, Rita, she was not listed on the census with her parents. She would have been 16 at the time. At home with Filomena and Joseph were  their three sons. James (26), working as a window trimmer, Anthony (20) was employed in a butcher shop as a helper and Frank (16), had ‘none’ next to employment, and no mention of student/school. It is possible Rita was simply left off the census or at another location.

1141 Croes Ave. was a multi family home built in 1927 (red awning)  

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1932 was a year of tragedy for the family with the death of oldest daughter Emily Tanzillo on Feb. 2nd. Emily was killed in the cross fire in an ongoing gang war between gangster Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll and the Dutch Schultz gang. This tragedy alone, deserves its own blog post. Needless to say this event would forever be engraved in the minds and psyche of the family. Emily left behind her husband Frank and her three young children, Angelina, Philomena and Bernard.

Sometime between 1930 and 1935 Joseph and Filomena moved to 1114 Metcalf Ave., Bronx. Following his in-laws, my grandfather Frank (33) had moved to the same address with his wife Katherine (27) with their daughter Coletta (9) and Vincent (5). His occupation was listed simply ‘coal’. We know that the extended Civitano family members were all involved in the ice and coal business. 1940 was a very busy year, Filomena (63) had her hands full on the home front. Living with them was son James (37) an assembler, and Anthony (30) with no occupation listed, Rita (25) was on this census and working as a clerk. Their son-in-law, widower Frank Tanzillo (44) was living with them along with their three grandchildren Angelina (18) a telephone operator, Phyllis (16) and Bernard (10) My Uncle tells me that he can remember Bernard sharing a room with my father in those early years. Also in the unit next to them was Franks brother Louis Tanzillo (40), a machine mechanic and his family. Wife Anna(38) children Angela (15) and Bernard (10).

My dad Vincent Civitano and Bernard Tanzillo 

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1114 Metcalf Ave home (without awning) 

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Grandparents Katherine and Frank Civitano                                                                          with my father Vincent and his sister Coletta 

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This picture is labeled 1930’s but I believe it is most likely 1939 – 1940. Coletta (9) in the 1940 census and Vincent (5).

Looking very close to the same year, here is a photo of Filomena Langellotti nee DeLellis with my father Vincent and sister Coletta.

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All three of Filomena and Joseph’s son’s were married in 1940. First was Arthur Frank to Teresa Venerose on Feb. 17th followed by Vincent James to Elizabeth Festa on Sept. 21st, and then Anthony to Marie Visaggi on Dec 11th. All the weddings took place in the Bronx.

Arthur Frank and Teresa Venerose                                                        

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My Aunt Coletta was the flower girl and my grandfather Frank the best man

Vincent James and Elizabeth Festa  

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Daughter Rita Lucy married  Steve (Stefano Giovanni Battista)  Staluppi in 1959. Both of Rita’s parents had passed away by that time.

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Filomena Langellotti nee DeLellis passed away on November 9, 1942 at the age of 65. No cause of death is listed on her death certificate but the signature of the physician indicates it was natural causes. The informant of the document was her son James (Vincent). *note on the gravestone photo (to follow) the birth year is incorrect.

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Filomena Langellotti 

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Five years later on April 6, 1947 husband Joseph (Giuseppe Luigi) Langellotti passed away. Informant on his certificate was his daughter Rita. There is no cause of death but again the signature attests to natural causes. Both are buried at St Raymond’s Cemetery.

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Working on this post I realized I do not have a single photo of Joseph (Giuseppe) Langellotti. Of course I have added this to my must find list 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Filomena Langellotti nee DeLellis

Filomena Maria DeLellis was born on October 28th, 1877, Via Andrea 5, San Gregorio, Caserta, Campania, Italy. She was my great grandmother and the only daughter of Francesco DeLellis and Catherine Loffreda, both of San Gregorio.

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Filomena was a 1/2 sister to Vincenzo, 14 years her senior, and a full sibling to Luigi born 3 years after her followed by Umberto 13 years later.

By 1900 at the age of 23 Filomena had married Giuseppe (Joseph) Langellotti. Giuseppe was the son of Vincenzo Langellotti (1838 – 1899) and Maria Maddalena Ferritto (1834 – 1908) both also of San Gregorio, Italy.

Let me stop there and tie in the Langellotti and DeLellis line just little bit more. Vincenzo Langellotti (Giuseppe”s father) was the son of Gabriele Langellotti and Teresa DeLellis. I have not been able to research further back to tie in this grandparent generation to confirm a cousin match however if we were to assume that Luigi and Teresa DeLellis with siblings, we would have a cousin marriage. I think it is very possible. Even if Teresa and Luigi were cousin’s, we have a familia connection at best.

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What I find so very interesting when working on a family is how it breaks down and the connections that are found. These are two families with their roots deep in this San Gregorio, Caserta region of Italy. It seems so natural that families merged and blended together.

Giuseppe and Filomena married on the 9th of June, 1900 in San Gregorio, Caserta, Italy

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Their first child, Erminia Maria (Emily) was born in 1901 followed by son Vincenzo Gregorio (Vincent James) in 1903. One year following Vincenzo’s birth Giuseppe left Italy for New York harbor aboard the Prinz Adalbert joining his brother Angelo Langellotti living in Brooklyn, New York. Giuseppe arrived on June 22, 1904.  His profession was noted as shoemaker. If you have been following this blog you may remember that Filomena’s brother Luigi was also a shoemaker/cobbler and already here.

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Ships Manifest for Giuseppe

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Two year later in 1906 Filomena left to join Giuseppe. Over the last few years I have had many conversation’s with my Uncle Joe regarding the route she may have taken to get here. He was always under the impression that she came via Argentina. I had been unable to find anything to support this or any immigration record for Filomena. While preparing for this post I decided to take one last look for anything I could find. I was so shocked to locate a record on familysearch.org (which I have checked many times) for Filomena, traveling under her maiden name of DeLellis, with daughter Erminia and Vincenzo.  The name of the ship is still in question. On the following document (3rd) you will see the ship’s name is unclear. There were two ships owned and in use by the The White Star Line at the time; The S.S. Celtic and The S.S. Cedric. I think she was on the Celtic; because of the tic ending.  Sometimes known as the S.S. Celtic (Steam Ship) it was also known as RMS Celtic (Royal Mail Ship or Steamship) From the site http://www.norwayheritage.com/p_ship.asp?sh=celt2 ; I located a S.S. Celtic (2) which departed on Sept 21, 1906, departed Liverpool for New York via Queenstown. The familysearch record had Queenstown for the ship name which through me off at first. It was an indication of going through Queenstown. Scrolling backwards through the microfilm the ship recorded prior was spelled clearly as CRETIC, also a tic ending. For now it remains unclear as to the ship Filomena was actually on. I have found nothing to confirm that the ship may have traveled to or through Argentina.

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A wonderful photo of Filomena with presumed Ermina standing and Vincenzo on the pedestal. Filomena would be about 26 years old in this photo.

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The first census I found for the family was the 1910. They were living at 209 E. 149th St., Bronx, NY. Giuseppe had adopted his Americanized name of Joseph (34)  and was working as a laborer in the building trade. Filomena (32), Erminia (9) was recorded as Emma, James (7). Two more children had been added to the family Margaret (2), transcribed as Maculato and Antonio 4/12. Living with the family was Joseph’s brother Angelo (34 – married)  and two boarders, Marchese Deleiso and Vincenzo Ingo. All three of them were working as laborers in the building trade along with Joseph.

1910 was a year of excitement for the family because shortly after the census in April, Angelo’s wife of Caterina (Bucchino) and their 3 children, Nicola, Maria Filomena, and Angelica arrived in August from San Gregorio. One more child would be born, John Frank in 1911 and then tragedy struck. Angelo passed away sometime in 1915 at 45 years old.

Angelo is buried at Old Saint Raymond’s Cemetery in the Bronx.

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By 1915 more children had joined the family of Joseph and Filomena. Catherine (my grandmother) had been born and her sister Rita. The family had also moved to 283/288 148th St, Bronx. Finding this census took some doing as this is by far the worst misspelling of a name I have ever run across. Recorded as Joseph Lanciardo and Filomena was recorded as Firearms. Also living with them was Filomena’s mother Caterina (60), widowed. Joseph’s (38) occupation again was laborer, building and Filomena (37) house work. List with alien status was Joseph, Filomena, first born Emilia, now Emily and Vincenzo now Vincent as well his mother in law Caterina.

1918 saw the passing of Filomena’s mother Caterina. She died on Feb. 15th and was buried at St Raymond’s Cemetery.

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While looking at this death certificate for Caterina, I noticed something I had not put  much thought into before I began blogging about this family. This death record states she was here in the U.S. for 4 years. I suddenly realized she must have returned to Italy after first arriving in 1904 after husband Francesco passed away in 1908. Not only had she returned but this must be when and most likely why youngest son Umberto, then 18, returned to Italy. Aging, she returned in May of 1915 (not a true 4 years) to her daughter Filomena and her family to be cared for until she passed away. This seems to support the notion reported by a family member that they believed Umberto had returned to Italy and why I have had no succession finding Umberto or Caterina here in the states between those years.

In my next post I will continue with the story Filomena and Joseph and their family.

 

 

Photo of Vincenzo DeLellis & Maria Carmela Iannetti

Before I move on with my next post for the DeLellis Family branch I wanted to share this wonderful photo of my 2x great uncle Vincenzo DeLellis and his wife Maria Carmella Iannetti. Vincenzo is the oldest son of Francesco Saverio DeLellis and 1/2 brother to my great grandmother Filomena, and brothers Luigi and Umberto. All of the family hailed from the town of San Gregorio, Casserta, Italy settling in the Providence/Johnston area of Rhode Island. I have been blogging extensively on this family for the last few post with the exception of Filomena, who will be next.

Vincenzo and Maria were the parents of 11 children, 3 of which did not survive past infancy. Vincenzo passed in 1915 and Maria went on to live until 1940.

Vincenzo and Maria Carmela DeLellis 

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In memory of Julia Mary Civitano

In loving memory of

Julia Mary Civitano – Bianca 

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15 August 1929  ~ 24 June 2018 

There are time’s in ones life when you are blessed to meet a person who leaves such an impression on you that it changes your entire outlook on how to view the world and this was certainly true of Julia for me.

Julia was born to Francesco Civitano (1884 – 1972) and Rosa D’Armiento (1888 – 1963) both of  Grumo Appula, Bari, Italy. Her parents were married in 1908 in Grumo, arriving in New York by 1909, they settled into a new life and began their family.  The last born of  8 children, Julia, joined siblings Angelina (1909), Mary (1911), Louis (1912), Helen (1914), Julia (1917 -1917), Dominick (1920) and John (1922).

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At the time of Julia’s birth the family was living at 1129 Croes Ave, Bronx. By then   daughter Angelina had married Sam Vizzo, and daughter Mary had married Anthony Gentile. The entire family was all there together at the Croes address. Living a few doors down was my grandfather Frank Civitano and his wife Katie at 1141 Croes. This was a grand time of intertwined family which I know nurtured Julia’s love for family and her deep faith.

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Her father had 5 siblings, Dominick m Jenny Maggio, Julia m Vito Simone, Rose m Dominick Simone, Vincent/James m Anna Plavcsan, and Joseph m Nancy Traini. Joining Julia from this branch of our family was 27 1st cousin’s. Julia’s mother Rosa had 3 siblings, Rita Margherita m Peter Lucatuorto, John m Mary Cirillo and Frank m Rosa Laudo. From this side of the family Julia had 17 1st cousins.

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A typical  photo of family all gathered to enjoy life

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Julia, my 2nd cousin 1x removed was deeply passionate about everything as well as sharing the love of genealogy with her grandson Peter Marino and myself. I can’t  remember how Peter and I originally connected, it’s been so many years now, but I quickly bowed to his expertise referring to him as Sherlock taking a back seat as his Holmes. But Julia ~ she was our “Ace Photo Detective” We shared many days and hours swapping photo’s and asking Julia to help us with identification of unlabeled photo’s.

Sometime around 2013/14, I had the honor to meet with Julia, Peter and Phyllis in Delray Beach. Surprisingly my adopting mother, Grace lived there too, it was certainly kismet that we all connected. Myself and Grace met with them in an Italian restaurant (of course) for lunch. The impression left on me, even more so on my mom was one of genuine love and the pure joy of life from Julia. The memory of her warmth and caring for my mom (very health compromised) for those few brief hours would see Grace through to her time of passing in 2015. She never stopped talking about Julia and how much she adored her. I can not say thank you enough for the love she brought to my mothers spirit.

I would like to share something Peter wrote to me that captures Julia’s heart and our love of genealogy and this blog.

“The Civitano Family was everything my grandmother lived and breathed for. While my grandmother was the last of the old guard, I feel it is my responsibility to keep her, and all those that came before her, memories alive” ~ 

I have often said ~ we have a responsibility to remember those who have passed before us, without them we would not be, without us to remember, they will not be ~

 

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Obituary from The Pelhams – Plus @ pelhamplus.com 

Julia Bianca, 88

Julia Bianca, formerly a 37 year resident of Pelham, passed away peacefully at home in Delray Beach, FL on June 24, 2018 surrounded by her family. She was 88 years old.

She was born on August 15, 1929 at 1129 Croes Avenue in the Bronx, NY to Francesco Civitano and Rosa D’Armiento who immigrated to this country from Grumo Appula, Province of Bari in the Apulia region of Italy. The youngest of seven adult children, she attended Public School 47, Jane Addams High School, and James Monroe High School. After leaving school, she worked as a clerk at Bonwit Teller before spending over 10 years as a counter for the American Bank Note Company. She met musician Joseph Bianca at Charlie’s Inn in the Bronx and they married on June 7, 1959 in Yonkers, NY. Julia was passionate about her Catholic faith and her family was everything in the world to her. She truly lived life to it’s fullest and she will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

Mrs. Bianca is survived by her daughter Phyllis (Peter) Marino and grandsons Joseph and Peter Marino. She was preceded in death by her sisters Lena Vizzo, Mary Gentile, Helen Hardina, and an infant sister Julia, and her brothers Louis, Dominic (Dick), and John Civitano. 

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While those of us left will miss her greatly Julia is now at rest. May love and light surround those of us left. Cousin Julia you were an amazing woman, strong, compassionate, caring, full of laughter and love. Your shoes can never be filled and your loss will always be felt. I am thankful for the short precious moments I had with you in my life time. flowers21

Photo’s Courtesy of the Marino Family

Luigi DeLellis: My Two Times Great Uncle

Luigi DeLellis was born on August 21, 1880 in San Gregorio, Caserta, Italy. He was the son of Francesco DeLellis and Caterina Loffreda. {He was named after his grandfather Luigi DeLellis and his wife, Luigi’s grandmother was Mariana D’Amico.  Caterina’s parents were Onorato Loffreda and Maria Maddalena D’Amico. A likely assumption for me is this was a cousin marriage between Luigi and Caterina} Luigi joined siblings Vincenzo, 17 years his senior, the son of Luigi and his first wife Anna LNU, and sister Filomena (1877) daughter of Francesco and Caterina.

Luigi married Annunziata Cordini (1879). She was the daughter of Nicodemo Cordini and Maria Vorruti. Annunziata was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina which I learned from her death announcement.  According to the 1910 census they married in 1901, just prior to Luigi immigrating to the United States in 1902. I was able to locate an immigration record on the Ellis Island site that I believe is for Luigi. This record states he was 21 years old, from San Gregorio, married, arriving on June 30th, 1902.  A quick look at the passenger information told me that he was traveling to a brother-in-law named “Ferritto”.  I have not been able to identify a Ferritto marriage that would be a brother-in-law as stated but, Vincenzo Langellotti married Maria Ferritto; they were the parents of the Giuseppe Langellotti who would marry Luigi’s sister Filomena, my great grandmother. The connection was there. According to his naturalization papers Luigi stated he arrived on  July 11, 1902 but I feel the June 30th date is close enough (with dates commonly off) to be a match.

The first census record for Luigi was the 1910 Rhode Island census. Recorded under the name of Dellis he was living at 504 Union Ave., Johnston, Providence, Rhode Island. Luigi was 30 years old, living with his wife Nunnziatina (32). His occupation was listed as cobbler although the census reported he had been out of work for the last 24 months. Luigi and Annunziata had three living children. Antoinette born in 1903 in Italy with immigration noted in year 1904. That gave me the clue that Annuziatia remained in Italy when Luigi immigrated traveling a year later with their infant daughter. Maria was born in 1905 in R.I. followed by Francesco (1908) passing away a year later in 1909 and baby boy DeLellis in 1910, later named Anthony.

In 1913 Luigi filed his Declaration of Intention to Naturalize

2.jpgAncestry.com. Rhode Island, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1802-1945 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016.

It is also important to note that it does not appear that Luigi ever completed the naturalization process. He was still listed with Alien status on the 1940 census.

Along with the above document and his in 1918 WWI draft registration a few more gaps about his life filled in. He was working as a shoe laborer at the time at Bourn Rubber Co. 54 Warren, Prov., Prov. R.I. The family had been living on Simmonsville Rd. since 1913.

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Bourn’s NATIONAL RUBBER COMPANY, in Bristol, RI.

Augustus Osborn Bourn (October 1, 1834 – January 29, 1925) was an American politician and the 36th Governor of Rhode Island. (en.wikipedia.org)

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On site at 54 Warren is this huge complex. I was not able to find an age associated with the existing building but perhaps some of the building had its beginnings as the rubber Co. that Luigi worked in.

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Their family had also grown by 1918/1919. Catherine (1912) Frank (1914) Vera (1917) and Albert Luigi (1919) had been born making the number of children in the household seven.

Still at the Simmonsville Road address on the 1920 census, there appears to be no house numbers associated with this street.  I located Luigi now listed as Louis and his wife as Nunzie Delles/Deller. His occupation was listed shoemaker in a repair shop. I like to think of him out of that huge factory and into something more like a small mom and pop type shoe repair shop. Louis had submitted his papers for naturalization in 1913 but they were still not finalized. Antonionette (18) was working as a spinner – hosiery, and Mary (15) was a doffer in woolen mill. On this 1920 census Albert Luigi was listed as Alberto.

A doffer is someone who removes (“doffs”) bobbins, pirns or spindles holding spun fiber such as cotton or wool from a spinning frame and replaces them with empty ones. Historically, spinners, doffers, and sweepers each had separate tasks that were required in the manufacture of spun textiles.  from Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org 

1920 Census

4384811_00435.jpgAncestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.

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From Ancestry U.S. Directories for the year 1922, I located the listing below for Luigi. Working as a shoe repairer the work address was 900 Cranston. Located there now is a Dunkin Donut shop. The home was located on Thornton.

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Rhode Island has a 1925 census and on this daughter Anna, the last of the children had been born in 1923. At home were all of the other children as well as their oldest daughter Antoinette (22) now married and with her husband Thomas Pezzuco (29). In this census Luigi was still using Louis and Annunziata was now Nancy. No occupation was listed.

1925 Census

41271_316042-00084.jpgAncestry.com. Rhode Island, State Censuses, 1865-1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.

Their address was 107 Walnut Street, Johnston, R.I. Here is the home they lived in (built in 1912) 107Walnut .jpg

Between 1930 and 1940 life moved on for the family. The 1930c revealed that the home on Walnut was owned by Luigi (50). It’s value was listed at $4000. At this time he was an inspector / rubber works.  I am speculating he may still had been working for the Bourn’s National Rubber Co. Daughter Mary (24) was also in the work force in the same field, inspector / rubber works along with daughter Catherine (17) doing bench work / rubber works. Anthony (19) was working as a stone setter / jewelry. Wife Nancy (52) was home with the children Frank B. (15), Alvenia/Vera (13), Albert L. (10), and Anna C. (7). Antoinette and Thomas were now living at 48 Elmhurst, Cranston, R.I.. Luigi and Nancy became grandparents to 3 children: Nancy (5) Anthony (3) and Thomas (1). They would remain at this home for many years.

Some time between 1930 and 1935 daughter Mary married John DelBonis.  I located a census record for John on familysearch.org . Not only married to Mary, they are living with her parents and they had 1 child. John was working as a shipper in hardware.

John Delbonis

Rhode Island State Census, 1935
Name John Delbonis
Event Type Census
Event Year 1935
Event Place Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Address 107 Walnut
Gender Male
Marital Status Married
Race White
Number in Family 3
By the time 1940 came around  John (34)  and Mary (33) had moved out of her parents home and into their own rented home at 784 Park, Cranston, R.I.. They had the 1 child, a daughter named Eleanor(1934) John was working as a salesman at an Insurance Co. Their rent was $20. Below from google maps is the building built in 1892.
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As I continued to research the children of Louis and Nancy I turned to daughter Catherine. I had the married last name of Saccoccio (a number of researchers on ancestry had this last name) but no first name. I needed to prove this connection and I did. I located this 1935 Rhode Island census from ancestry.com  (1935 were individual punch card type of census record) The address is 12 Knight, the birth date is correct.
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Not finding enough to i.d. her husband or the correct Catherine (Saccoccio is a very popular name) I found this death record on familysearch.org for her. Catherine died Feb. 3, 1938 at the age of 25.

Anthony Saccoccia

mentioned in the record of Catherine Saccoccia
Name Anthony Saccoccia
gender Male
Wife Catherine Saccoccia
Other information in the record of Catherine Saccoccia
from Rhode Island Deaths and Burials
Name Catherine Saccoccia
Gender Female
Death Date 03 Feb 1938
Death Place Providence, Rhode Island
Age 25
Birth Date 1913
Marital Status Married
Spouse’s Name Anthony Saccoccia
Father’s Name Luigi De Lellis
Mother’s Name Annunziata Cordini
I was also able to find  a mention for her on FindAGrave. She is buried with her husband
Anthony R. Saccoccio at St Ann Cemetery, Cranston, Rhode Island. Anthony  passed away on March 28, 1982. They are buried in section 15 lot 209. I am curious to learn if there is a ahead stone and I would like to try and find out why she passed at such a young age.
Wondering if Anthony and Catherine had any children I located him in the 1940 census. He was living with his parents Louis and Madeline Saccoccio at 15 Randall St Johnston, R.I.. I discovered that Catherine and Anthony had had 2 children before Catherine passed away. Both named after their grandparents, Louis (1933) and Madeline (1934). What a sad time that must have been for all the families. Catherine passed 4 years after Madeline was born.

Vera had also married. From Mark (Luigi’s grandson) I was able to note her husbands name as Louis Mosca but I was not able to find a marriage record. From ancestry.com I found a 1935 census record for Vera Mosca which indicates she was married by 1935.  On  familysearch.org I found her death record of Feb. 5, 1987, San Bernardino, CA.

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Name Vera Mosca
Event Type Death
Event Date 05 Feb 1987
Event Place San Bernardino, California, United States
Birth Date 25 Jan 1917
Birthplace Rhode Island
Gender Female
Father’s Name Delillis
Mother’s Name Cordina

Citing this Record

“California Death Index, 1940-1997,” database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VPVM-RS8 : 26 November 2014), Vera Mosca, 05 Feb 1987; Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.

 

Antoinette had married by 1925 and was living with her husband and children which left only  son Frank B. (1915) to locate.  He was home in 1935 with his parents working as a butcher living at the 1066 Plainfield address. I located a WWII draft record (1942) for Frank, confirmed with his profession as a meat cutter. It also stated is that he was married.

The 1940 census was interesting. It appears Louis had sold the house on Walnut and moved to the home at 1066 Plainfield St. The census indicates this was his home in 1935 as well. The ages for Louis and Nancy have been consistent throughout the censuses. Nancy (61) a bit older than Louis (59). Louis also had a job change.  He was now a laborer doing road work for the government. Anthony (30) was no longer working as a stone cutter/jewelry but was working with brother Albert L. (20) at a cotton mill as a laborer. They were both still living at home along with Anna C. (17)  noted as a new worker. The value of the home on Plainfield was $1500. The 1939 city directory noted son Frank was living at the 1066 Plainfield address but no occupation was given. Frank was located on Thornton in 1940 and working as a clerk at Weybosset Market.

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So many of my ancestor worked the cotton and worst/woolen mills of the area, I couldn’t help but do a bit of digging about this. I collect old postcards (NYC mostly) but spotted this beauty and had to have her. The postmark was 1909 for this card, the mill was already the State Armory so no one after 1909, would have worked at this mill.

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The 1942 WWII draft registration for Thomas Pezzuco, Antoinette’s husband continued to show the 48 Elmhurst address. Thomas was the owner of a Cattle business. According to another researcher she has listed 5 more children born to Thomas and Antoinette in addition to the 3 I have confirmed. I have reached out to her but have not heard anything back. She has no documents to prove the children so I will leave it at the first 3 for now. I was able to find a city directory listings up to 1961 with cattle business listed. I was able to find  few more of the children through google searches but again they are not proved so I will not include them at this time. It appears some of the family has remained in the area with a construction company in business.

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To recap the highlights of Luigi’s life

He was born in 1880 and immigrated about 1902, he would outlive his father Francesco who passed away in R.I. in 1908, followed by the passing of his first son Francesco in 1909. His older 1/2 brother Vincenzo passed away in 1915, and then his mother Caterina in 1918, both in R.I also. Luigi would bury his daughter Catherine in 1938, he was 57 when she died. He would also suffer the loss of his only sister, Filomena in 1942 (Bronx) and then his wife Annuziata in 1950, R.I.. He would survive another 12 years before passing away on

 Feb 17, 1962

Luigi and Annunciate are buried at Saint Ann Cemetery, Cranston, Rhode Island.

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I was delighted to find on genealogy bank.com the obituary announcements for Annunziata, but unfortunately I could not locate anything for Luigi.

11Genealogybank: Providence Journal Monday, Jun 19, 1950 Providence, RI Page: 13

12Genealogybank.com: Providence JournalThursday, Jun 22, 1950 Providence, RIPage: 13

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I would like to dedicate this post to Mark DeLellis ~ and his family. Luigi and Annunziata are Mark’s grandparents. I hope that I have been able to provide a time line and some new information for Mark and his family about his grandparents, aunts and uncles and extended family. It’s been a pleasure corresponding with Mark.

As I was hunting through genealogy bank.com for DeLellis mentions I came across three more I wanted to share. The first was a mention for son Anthony and the other is for their granddaughter Madeline ~ daughter of Catherine, and granddaughter Eleanor ~ daughter of Mary.

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Providence JournalTuesday, Jun 24, 1952 Providence, RI Page: 15

 

 

Providence JournalSunday, Jul 19, 1959 Providence, RI Page: 158
transcription of the article
“The marriage of Miss Madeline Saccoccio daughter of Mr. A Robert Saccoccio of St Mary’s Drive, Cranston and the late Mrs. Catherine DeLellis Saccoccio to Mr. Robert Frank Montaquila, son of Mr. ad Mrs. Antonio Montaquila of Commodore Street, took place yesterday. The Rev. Joseph F Meruzzo officiated at the 10 am ceremony in St Mary’s Church, Cranston. The couple received the papal blessing. A reception was held in the Crystal Ballroom of the Narragansett hotel. Mrs. Alfred C Pascale was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Miss Margaret T. Kelly and Mrs Pat Ruggeo (?) Dr. Alfred C Pacale was best man. Ushers were Mr. Louis A Saccoccio brother of the bride and Mr Pat Ruggeo
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a silk organza and Alencon lace gown with an Empire bodice, portrait neckline, short sleeves, bouffant skirt and a chapel train. Her silk illusion veil fell from a queens crown of orange blossoms, and she carried a colonial bouquet of white roses, stephanous, and an orchard.
After a motor trip to California and Canada, the couple will live at 35 Butler St., Cranston.”

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Providence JournalSunday, Jun 07, 1959 Providence, RI Page: 142

Umberto DeLellis Update

I received the marriage certificate today for Umberto DeLellis, my 2x great Uncle, brother of my great grandmother Filomena Langellotti nee DeLellis.

Just to recap, Umberto (1890) married Michelina Mastangelo(1884), daughter of Salvatore Mastangelo and Nicolina Leggiers. They were married on April 2, 1911. This is basically all I know about Umberto and Michelina.

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I had hoped getting the marriage license would open up an avenue for discovering more about their lives, children, but unfortunately I haven’t found much more in the way of records or their life after marriage. Here is what I learned however from the certificate and it’s a start.

Umberto was living in Manhattan not in Rhode Island as was Michelina when they married. Umberto at 290 E. 149th and Michelina at 2038 1st Ave (not sure 1st is correct as the 1 written is quite different than the 1 written under number of marriages category on cert.). Michelina was older than Umberto by about 6 years. Umberto was working as a driver. They were married at Mt Carmel Church ~ 447 E 115th St by Rev. Robert Sorgi

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Something else surprising jumped out at me however and that was the witnesses. Pasquale Vetri, which means nothing at this time to me but the name of the second witness, Filomena DeLellis. This must have been my great grandmother and although she was already married with the last name of Langellotti, I feel very confident this must have been her. Filomena would have been about 34 at that time. There is no one else I have yet to discover that would have fit this possibility.

I had hoped these few new clues would lead to more discoveries but they haven’t. I have had no luck in in discovering anything else on the couple at this time.

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In my last post I wrote about Vincenzo DeLellis (1863 – 1915), son of Francesco DeLellis (1828 – 1908)  and Anna (LNU). Vincenzo was their only son. Francesco went on to marry Caterina Loffredo (1853 – 1918) after the presumed passing of his 1st wife Anna. I have no additional information on Anna. Francesco and Caterina went on to have 3 more children. Filomena (1877), my great grandmother, son Luigi (1880) and Umberto (1890)

Umberto, the youngest child, was born 1890 in San Gregorio, Casterta, Italy. I have found very little information on Umberto other than a passenger manifest for him and marriage record.  He was traveling with his parents, Francesco and Caterina, destination Rhode Island to his brother Vincenzo. The record below is familysearch.org 

Name Umberto Delellis
Arrival Date 30 Apr 1904
Birth Date abt 1890
Age 14
Gender Male
Ethnicity/ Nationality Italian (South)
Port of Departure Napoli
Port of Arrival New York, New York
Ship Name Citta Di Genova
Search Ship Database Citta Di Genova
Umberto Delellis – Apr 1904 – New York, New York Napoli Napoli – Male – Citta Di Genova

I know so little about the DeLellis family. Hopefully with the few family connection’s I have made, together we can piece together our branches. I have sent away for a marriage certificate for Umberto. I will update when the record is received. The record below was also found on familysearch.org This was an important record since I had located two men named Umberto born in the same year. Umberto #2 was the son of Alfonso DeLellis.

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Name Umberto De Lellis
Event Type Marriage
Event Date 02 Apr 1911
Event Place Manhattan, New York, New York, United States
Event Place (Original) Manhattan, New York
Gender Male
Age 21
Marital Status Single
Race White
Birth Year (Estimated) 1890
Birthplace Italy
Father’s Name Francesco
Mother’s Name Caterina Lofejjo
Spouse’s Name Michelina Mastangelo
Spouse’s Gender Female
Spouse’s Age 27
Spouse’s Marital Status Single
Spouse’s Race White
Spouse’s Birth Year (Estimated) 1884
Spouse’s Birthplace Itlay
Spouse’s Father’s Name Salvatore
Spouse’s Mother’s Name Nicolina Leggiers

By 1910 there were 8 DeLellis families living in Johnston, Rhode Island. They were all connected but exactly how I am not sure yet.

Living at 536 Union Ave. was Giovanni DeLellis (1848), laborer, his wife Anna (1855), son Giovanni Jr (1886) working as a clerk, daughter Maria (1882) working as a spooler in worsted mill. Also living with them was there married daughter Carmela aka Minnie (1890) husband Angelo Dibiase (1887), tailor, daughter Louisa (1908) and son Ettore (1910)

Also on Union Ave at 503 was Vincenzo DeLellis (1865), millsman,  his wife Carmela(1867) their children Maria (1892), Francesco (1896), Benedetto (1898), Anna (1902), Vingenza ( 1907)

Living next door at 504 Union Ave was Luigi DeLellis (1880)(Vincenzo’s brother), cobbler, wife Annuziata (1878), children Antonetta (1903), Maria (1905), and a son (9/12)

At 11 What Cheer Ave was Tommas DeLellis (1858) florist,  wife Maria (1861) children Emilia (1902) Alfredo (1904) Louisa ( 1906) and two stepdaughters.

Domiano DeLellis  (1873), barber,  was living at 161 Knight St with his wife Antonia (1867) daughters Annie (1901) Margarita (1907) son Luicei (1905) son Sinefore (1908 – 1909) Living with them was his mother-in-law Maria Bartolomingi and brother-in-law Joseph

Alessandro DeLellis (1877), filler in fuse shop, lived at 319 Pocasset Ave with his wife Maria (1878), children Francesca (1908), Giovanni (1910 – 1911), son Alberto (1905 – 1906) Living with them was his father-in-law Giuseppe Piacitelli (widow) and his sister-in-law Asunta, candy maker.

With an address change from Vanner to Simmonsville Rd  Giocabbe DeLellis (1856), day laborer and wife Raffaela (1862) were living in Johnston as early as 1900 along with Giuseppe and Vincenzo. They had 1 confirmed son named Peitro (1890) Living next door to Giocabbe and Raffaela in 1900 was Nicola DeLellis (1840) day laborer, and his wife Mary (1854)

These early residents set the stage for our families beginning here in the United States.