The Family of Rita Edith Marvulli

Rita Edith Marvulli is my 2x Great Aunt. She was born November 22, 1862 in Grumo Appula, Bari, Italy to Domenico Marvulli and Rosa D’Armiento.

Rita’s birth certificate 

Birth Certificate - Rita Marvulli p.1

Birth Certificate - Rita Marvulli p.2

On December 6, 1890 Rita Edith married Gaetano Caso of Grumo Appula, son of Michele Caso and Domenica Verni.

Marriage Certificate - Gaetano


Marriage Certificate - Gaetano -2

Rita and Gaetano had 7 children of which only 3 survived.  Their first child, a boy, named Michele/Michael was born on October 26, 1892,  followed by the loss of  4 daughters between 1893 and 1897, 3 who were named Domenica & 1 Rosa.  A second son was then born named Domenico on May 6, 1900, followed by Domenica Margharita born April 11, 1903.

GaetanoCaso1 copy

A stone mason by trade, Gaetano boarded the ship SS California and arrived in New York  on Jan, 11, 1905. He was traveling to his cousin Luigi Mitarotondo.

SS California

If the name of Mitarotondo sounds vaguely familiar to you, it should. In my post of August 25, 2017 I wrote about a group of Grumo cousins immigrating to New York in 1903, most all traveling to their cousin Luigi Mitarotondo. One specifically was Francesco Civitano, son of Vito Luigi brother to my great grandfather Vincenzo Civitano.

Gaetano’s wife Rita left from the port in Naples and traveled with her son Domenico (5) and daughter Margharita (2) arrived on Sept. 11, 1905 and joined her husband Gaetano living at 112 Stone Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. (now renamed Mother Gaston Blvd, Brooklyn) Son Michele had been left behind.

Michele (16)  (Michael) joined his family on Nov. 16, 1908 arriving in Boston, Mass. At that time his family were now living at 4150 Bergen St., Brooklyn. Gaetano was using the name Thomas and working as a laborer at odd jobs. Gaetano, Rita and Michele only spoke Italian but children Domenick and Margharita (Margaret) spoke English. Michele was a laborer, working in a coal yard. I located an immigration record for son Michael scheduled to sail to his family in 1907. Something happened and he never made that first voyage but arrived the following year in 1908. Michele had a bad/blinded eye. The story I have heard was that it had happened in a work accident; a stone particle may have blinded him. Perhaps he was injured at that time of his first travel date and that was the reason for the delay in his sailing.

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

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

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


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



Welcome to the fabulous Roaring 20’s

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

Wedding-Michele Caso &RosaDiGirolamo copy

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

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

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

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

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

CasoDomenick:Roseoriginally shared by KarenBick77, 2009 (Ancestry)

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


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

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

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

DominickCaso&Wife RoseAirplane copyoriginally shared by KarenBick77, 2009 (Ancestry)

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

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

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

Margharita and children 1928

MARGUERITE CASO copyoriginally shared by KarenBick77, 2009 (Ancestry)


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

Michele’s Petition of Naturalization 



Rosa’s Petition of Naturalization 


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




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

CASO FAMILY.Robert,Gaetano,Rita,Arthur,Rosejpg copyoriginally shared by KarenBick77 2009 (Ancestry)

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

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

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

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

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



Gaetano and Rita 1942

CasoGaetano&Rita copyoriginally shared by KarenBick77 2009 (Ancestry)

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


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

Caso - Calvary Cemetery

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







The Marvulli Family of Grumo Appula

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

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

Marriage License of Domenico and Rosa 

Marriage Certificate - Domenico -3

Marriage Certificate - Domenico -4

Marriage Certificate - Domenico -5




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

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

Angelina married Vito Luigi Civitano

Rita Edith married Gaetano Caso

Giuseppe married  Lucia DiGirolamo

Giovanni married Grazia Scarola

Nicoletta married Vincenzo Civitano

Gaetano married Nunzia Lavechhio 

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


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

Death certificate for Domenico Marvulli ~ April 5, 1883

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

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

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




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


The Children of Vito Luigi Civitano and Angelina Marvulli

The children of Vito Luigi and Angelina…they truly are responsible for our Civitano families here in the states. I have written in depth about this patriarchal family already but I’m feeling a complete listing of the children is in order. Because of them, our family name continues. Our branch – no more males to carry on the name after my generation is gone…it’s a sadly odd feeling to think about that so ~ Grazie ~ Vito and Angelina ~ this is for you


Francesco Civitano (1884-1972) m Rosina Di Armiento (1888-1963) 

children: Angelina (Lena), Maria (Mary), Vito Luigi (Louis John), Nicoletta (Helen), Domenico (Dominic John), Giovanni (John Robert), Julia


Domenico Civitano (1885-1981) m Giovanna (Jennie) Maggio (1888-1974)

children: Angiolina (Angelina), Vito Luigi (Louis Joseph), Domenico ( Dominick), Francesco (Frank Joseph), Onofrio (Nofie), James Vincent, Michael




Giuditta Civitano (1888-1939) m Vito Simone (1883-1937)

children: Maria (Mary), Vito Rocco (Dick), Vito Luigi (Vito Louis) Angelina (Lena) Domenico (Dominick Joseph)

Rosa Civitano (1890 – 1892) 


Rosa Civitano (1893-1933) m Domenico Simone (1893-1963)

children: Maria (Mary), Rocco, Vito Luigi (Louis), Angelina, Vito


Vincenzo Civitano (1897-1954) m Anna Plaveson (1899-1963)

children: Luigi (Louis), Antonetta (Lee), Giulia (Julia), Tomasco (Thomas), Frank Thomas


Giuseppi Civitano (1899- 1965) m Annuziata (Nancy) Traini (1903-1961)

children: Angelina (Lena), Rosa (Roseann), Juditha (Judith Nancy), Louisa (Louise), Ann


Please help me share their story – search those photo albums, talk to those who may remember and take note of their stories. We would love a photo of Vito Luigi and Angelina Civitano – that’s on our ‘we can dream list!’ If you find something you would like to share please contact myself or Peter Marino.  In my next post I will talk about the Marvulli family of Grumo.








Frank (Francesco) & Julia(Giuditta) Civitano ~ brother & Sister

There is so much and so many family members to write about. In my last post I shared the unknown photo of a young woman that turned out to be identified as Nicoletta, my great grandmother. What a fantastic discovery for me. I have gone ahead and am having the photo enlarged for framing to hang in my home. Today I wanted to write a little bit more about my grandfather Frank and his sister Julia, the children of Nicoletta and Vincenzo.

If you remember their father Vincenzo was murdered in NYC on Oct 12, 1909. The family belief is that this was a work dispute of some kind. Vincenzo was buried in a paupers grave at Calvary Cemetery in Woodside, Queens NY. (currently, myself and cousin Peter Marino are working on trying to solve the ‘who’ of who murdered Vincenzo Civitano. We are so close and yet so far away. Peter has spent a considerable amount of time combing through records at the NY Municipal Archives. We have been in communication with Mr. Rossi Mendez, working at the archives, who has been very helpful in directing us on what and how to locate the information, which isn’t easy since we have the complete opposite information we need to locate the records easily – darn it) After testifying at the trial, Nicoletta left NY and returned to Grumo Appula, Italy with her 2 young children. There she remarried a man name Nicholas Gisondi. (I have been talking with my cousin Ann Elmendorf, who desends off of Julia, trying to round out the story of Julia’s life through the memories and pictures kept by her mother, Rose, Julia’s daughter) We believe that Nicholas may have had a daughter, a step sister to Frank and Julia. Memories and stories by family members confirms this was not a happy marriage for Nicoletta but I have found nothing to link to this Gisondi family.

Frank returned from Grumo on June 7, 1923 at age 15. His goal was to avenge his fathers death but was talked out of it by his Uncle and very close friend, his name sake, Frank (Francesco) Civitano.

Uncle Frank (Francesco) Civitano Francescosonof VitoLuigi

Julia returned 2 years following Frank on May 2, 1925 at the age of 16. Below is a picture of Julia and her brother Frank, my grandfather. According to Ann, this photo may be of Julia at 16, as a bridesmaid. It appears as if Frank is a groomsman as well for a wedding we are still unable to identify.



Both Frank and Julia, lived with their Uncle Frank, his wife Rose and their children upon their return. The June 1925 census listed the address as 160 9th Ave NYC.  Frank was 42 and his  occupation was listed as – owner store.  My grandfather Frank (18) was working as a factory porter and sister Julia was in school. They joined the children of Rose and Frank as follows: Anna (16) Mary (15) Louis (13) Helen (10) Dominick (5) and John (4) (youngest Julia – Peter’s grandmother had not been born yet.) I can’t even imagine an apt large enough to hold this family of 8 plus 2 in the building photo below which is where they lived. Remaining in Italy, was their mother Nicoletta who would not return to New York until the death of her 2nd husband, Nicholas, sometime in the 40’s.


160 9th Ave – the white stone building 

Between 1925 and 1930 the family of Frank and Rose made the move from Manhattan to the Bronx, renting at 1129 Croes Ave. Franks occupation was listed as proprietor – ice. Still living at home at the Croes address were children Louis, Helen, Dominick, John, and now Julia along with their married daughter Angelina (Lena) and husband Salvatore (Sam) and daughter Mary married to Anthony Gentile with grandson Luke. 2 post back I shared a photo with this extended family. Sometime between 1925 and 1929 prior to marring in September Frank moved to the Bronx, met and fell in love with Catherine Langellotti b. June 7, 1912 in NYC. Catherine was the daughter of Joseph (Giuseppe) Langellotti and Filomena DeLellis.

Catherine’s engagement photo




Just a few doors away from Frank, Rose and family at 1141 Croes Ave in the 1930c was my grandfather Frank and his new bride Catherine Langellotti, married on the 14th of September 1929. I have their gorgeous wedding photo but would like to continue trying to ID everyone before I post it. This looks like an after the wedding photo to me.


Things were certainly changing. The ice and coal businesses within the family was in full swing. 1st generation children were marring, in fact Franks sister Julia wed just 6 months after brother Frank to Nicholas Forese on March 30th, 1930. Babies were being born and families were growing spreading there wings and moving in different directions.


Another fabulous family gathering


Little boy with finger in mouth, my Uncle Joseph held by his Aunt Rita Langellotti to his right, flower in hair is Mena Tanzillo


I have spent way to much time looking through pictures today while working on this post. I will pick up where I have left off in my next post. But before I say Ciao I wanted to say hello to another new cousin that I have met along the way. While we have been unable to determine just how and through who we are connected she descends off of the Langellotti line. Welcome Lisa to our family blog. Lisa joins the family through a close DNA match with myself, my daughter Marissa and brother Frank. She also matches with all the Langellotti side cousin’s that have tested their DNA with Ancestry. Unfortunately Lisa is another with an adoptee’s story looking for her roots ….we may not know how you are connected but we do know your roots run deep into the heart of an Italian family. If the last name of Romasco rings a bell please let me know.