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.
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.
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 JohnCivitano. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Both Photos Courtesy of the Langelo Family
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
Col. Arthur Frances Langelo is buried at Saint Marys Cemetery, Bristol, Bristol Co. Rhode Island
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.
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.
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
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.
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)
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.
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.
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 PontbriandThe Missing Ones – A True Story
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.
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.
Photo very late 1904 early 1905
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 🙂
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.
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
There is no denying the men in our family worked hard for their American Dream.
Thankful for the few pictures that survive today today
Frank and his youngest son, Joseph (very early 50’s)
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.”
Vincent A. Civitano April 24, 1934 – June 20, 1990
Remembering and celebrating my father Vincent
Yesterday I lit a memorial candle on the anniversary for 30 years since he has past. In his memory I am sharing a few of my favorite photos of him.
With his older sister Nicoletta (Coletta)
My grandmother Katie (Langellotti), father Frank Civitano, and sister Coletta
Vincent with Coletta and his brother, my Uncle Joe
I never knew my birthfather yet it’s the most interesting feeling, as the years have gone by, as I have continued to blog and study his photos, as stories have been shared, visits with my brothers, my Uncle, my Aunt when still with us, boundless conversations with my Uncle, wonderful cousin reunions, Vincent has become so real to me. As if we had walked hand in hand and shared those special moments fathers and daughters often have.
Vincent with his mom and ?
With his parents Frank and Katie
Vincent and Katie
1953 Koren War
The 60’s ~ with his parents and Mary Mora, my brother Franks mother
Yesterday, on the anniversary of his passing, my brother Frank brought 4 red roses to our fathers grave for me. He placed one in honor of myself, his only daughter, one for his only grandchild, my daughter Marissa, and one for his two great grandchildren, Torance and Liam.
Vincent is buried along with my brother Vincent at
Julia was born today, June 18th, 1909. She was the sister to my grandfather Frank Civitano.
Today I remember and celebrate her birthday.
Both Julia and Frank were born in New York City to Vincenzo Civitano and Nicoletta Marvulli. Just 4 months after Julia was born, her father Vincenzo was murdered, stabbed in the streets of the city over what was believed a ‘ice route’ dispute.
Julia with her brother Frank
In this photo Frank and Julia (late teens or very early 20’s) are attendants in a wedding party. If any family members knows who wedding this might have been, has a wedding photo to match Julia’s dress, we would love to hear from you.