Rosa Civitano Marries Domenico Simone

My last post was in memory of my Aunt Coletta on the 7 year anniversary of her passing. I am always excited about posting because I never know what door, what lead on an ancestor might be shared or found, who might comment, what friendship might be made, what new cousin might emerge and that is exactly what happened.

Through my cousin Peter Marino, I was connected to a 3rd cousin for the first time. Her name is Rose Nappi Naef and Rose helped with identifying a picture that had her grandmother Angelina Marvulli- Civitano in the photo. We were so lucky to have this confirmation along with Peter’s grandmother Julia (also her grandmother). Rose is the daughter of Mary Simone and Carmine Nappi. It’s been a real treat for me to begin sharing and getting to know her. Prior to the new year, I had been spending some time researching and writing about the children of Vito Luigi Civitano, brother to my great grandfather Vincenzo (who was murdered in 1909). This family line has so many branches of which Rose descends. So with this new year in full swing I would like to pick up with the family of ~

Vito Luigi (Louis) (1860 – 1945) and Angelina (1859 – 1958). Louis and Angelina were the parents of 7 children: Francesco (1884) Domenico (1885) Giuditta (1888) Rosa (1890-1892) Rosa (1893) Vincenzo (1897) Giuseppe (1899) All but one child would live to adulthood and along with the whole family, would eventually immigrate to the United States. Today I would like to concentrate on their daughter Rosa, grandmother of Rose Nappi Naef.

Rosa Civitano, was born on the 27th of August, 1893, Largo San Lorenzo 1, Grumo Appula, Italy.

Via Largo San Lorenzo 1, Grumo Appula, where Rosa was born according to her birth certificate. I just love google earth. It truly can take you just about anywhere you want to go. I believe the corner building is where Rosa Civitano – Simone was born. Also a very big thank you goes out to Peter Marino who meticulously has waded through many records to point out the fine points for us.


At the age of 15, December 8, 1908, Rosa boarded the ship The S.S. Luisiana leaving out of Naples and headed for New York to her father Vito Luigi. Traveling along with her was 21 other residents of Grumo so she was certainly not alone. Under ‘relative left behind’ was listed her mother Angelina. Rosa arrived on Dec, 24th, 1908.

SS Luisiana


NYT715_1181-0246Source InformationTitleNew York Passenger Lists,

Two years later in 1910, her mother Angelina, traveling under her maiden name of Marvulli with 2 of Rosa’s siblings arrived in time for Rosa’s marriage to Domenico Simone.

Marriage Certificate - Domenico

Marriage Certificate - Domenico -2

They were married at St Clare – Chiesa di Santa Chaira, New York City



St Clare – Chiesa di Santa Chaira, 436 West 36th St, held it’s first Mass in 1903, the church was later dedicated in 1907. Sadly this beauty was destroyed to make way for the Lincoln Tunnel.

Domenico Simone was born Apr 1, 1893, Via Gelso 6, Grumo Appula to Vito Rocco Simone ( 1851 -1911) and Maria Fanelli (1852 – 1914)

Domenico also arrived in 1908, traveling aboard the SS Nord America, leaving behind his father Vito Rocco and mother Maria. He was traveling to his brother Vito Simone, already here, living at 456 W. 29th St, NYC, married to Rosa’s sister Giuditta/Julia.


My first hint into the family of Domenico and Rosa Simone was the WWI June, 1917 draft registration record for Domenico. Listed as Domenico Simon they are living at 432 1/2 W. 25th St. He is working as a driver helper for the Knickerbocker Ice Co. located at W. 26th St. between 10th & 11th St.

DomenicoSimoneWWISource InformationTitleWorld War I Draft Registration Cards,

I was unable to find the family in the 1915 census but it is safe to assume that the family was close by to this address. In the 1920 census, listed as Dominic Semoni, they were  living at 351 W. 25th St., NYC. Next door were Rosa’s parents Vito Luigi, now Louis (60) and Angelina (60) with their son Giuseppe/Joseph (19)

Domenic (26) was still working in the ice industry, as many of our family members were at the time. Rosie (26) was at home with daughter Mary (1914), son Rocco had joined the family in 1918, and baby Louis was 1/12 (1919).

DomenicSimone1920CSource InformationTitle1920 United States Federal

By 1930 the family had relocated to the Bronx putting down roots. Dominic must have been doing very well; they had bought a home located at 538 Beach Ave. This is the home (middle home) built in 1920, (possibly with a facelift – the 539 address is across the street) The home value was $7,500. It is the area known as Clason Point. (census actually recorded the home price as $2,500 but that is most likely a recording error as all other homes on the street are in the $7000 to $10,000 range)

DomenicSimone1930CSource InformationTitle1930 United States Federal


1930 seems to be the turning point for the family. Dominick Simone (39) was working on his own as an ice dealer with his own route. His first papers had been submitted to become a citizen. This census tells us as well that he had not attended school and could neither read or write and the language spoken was Italian. Rosa (34) had not attended school either but she could read and write, language too was Italian but I suspect they both could speak English. Mary (16), Rocco (12), Louis (10), were joined by sister Angelina (7, born 1923) Vito (1/12, born 1930), nothing was listed for school or work for the children. We do know that Rosa had also given birth to a daughter, also named Angelina (1920 – 1921)

Their happiness was shattered in 1933 with the death of Rosa at age 39. Rosa passed away on Feb 7th, 1933.

Death Certificate - Rosa Civitano (1893) p.1

Death Certificate - Rosa Civitano (1893) p.2

Simone, Rose - St. Raymond's Cemetery

Rosa was put to rest at St Raymond’s Cemetery, Bronx, New York

Along with her are her children Rosa #1, Louis and Rocco

This families story does not end here. Domenico went on to marry widow Teresa Colavito – Gierdano (unsure of the spelling of this last name. Colavito is a common surname and repeated many times in our family history)

The marriage took place September 1, 1934, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Bronx.


By 1940, the family was still living at the 538 Beach Ave, Bronx address. Domenico was no longer in the ice business. His occupation was listed as laborer, W.P.A. projects. The W.P.A. was the Works Projects Administration, the largest of the ‘New Deal’ agency. This was created under Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935 to put the unemployed to work. I was so happy to learn that, possibly unemployed at some point he was working and they had not lost their home.

Teresa preceded Domenico in death passing in 1959 and Dominick in 1963.

SimoneDominick &TeresaGravestone


May their memories be a blessing



10 thoughts on “Rosa Civitano Marries Domenico Simone

  1. Dear Sharon,

    What a wonderful job you are doing. I, unfortunately, do not dig into much research, its amazing how you got everything correct. I do not have the patience or capability in doing so.

    I sort of remember things that my grandfather told me when I was a little girl. I will be happy to give you any info that I may have (providing I know it) It was hard to communicate with my grandfather and grandmother because they did not speak english. As far as the house on Beach Ave goes, I was married out of this house, because my father Carmine Nappi had just sold the house on Commonwealth Ave, and I wanted to get married at Holy Cross which was just around the corner from 538 Beach Ave., this church was very important to me – because I made my communion and confirmation there and did not want to get married in a new church.

    Anna Civitano lived in the same area, and we saw them quite often, Frank Civitano, my second cousin was in our bridal party, —————-it’s funny how I remember this family well, but cannot remember the rest of this family, outside of the Forese family, (you see we had wonderful picnics together) the food was outrageous, I could never recap the great times we had as children.

    My grandmother, Theresa (which I did not know was my step grandmother until an older age) did not speak english, my mother took great care of her when she was sick, we always had her in our home, looking after her. My grandfather did not live far away from our home on Commonwealth Ave.

    My Uncle Rocco, was my favorite Uncle, he didn’t have much, but gave me lots of love and always looked after me. He also spent time at our home, when he was down & out, we were all just a great family. My father always opened his home & had great respect for my mother’s family.

    I can go on and on, about my Aunt Lena, Uncle Vito and the rest of the family.

    Sorry I have not been corresponding with you, have been not feeling well, it must be some kind of flu, even though I had the flu shot, chances are getting the flu are about 30% – not knowing what to encounter, it is mostly my head.

    I will be reviewing pictures that I have in boxes somewhere and when I get everything together (whatever I have) I will send them to you.

    Regards to my distant cousin,

    Love Rose


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  2. Hello Rose- I am so sorry you haven’t been feeling well. A wish for a speedy recovery is being sent to you. Thank you for the wonderful detailed reply back to this post. I am delighted I got everything correct about your family history and will be making note of all you shared. The amazing picnics and family gatherings along with the food are definitely one of the most memorable highlights from our past. I am so happy I could make you smile and bring back these wonderful memories for you. I look forward to the picture share and our continued new family/cousin/friendship ~ Love Sharon


  3. What a wonderful post, Sharon! I love the images from Italy and from the Bronx. They really bring to life where the family lived. And how tragic that that beautiful church was destroyed for the tunnel. That makes me so sad. Great work!

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    • Thank you Amy. I was so shocked to read the church had been destroyed for the tunnel too. However I will add one of my most memorable childhood memories was the ride through the tunnel from the Island to the city, whether it was the tunnel itself or the anticipation of seeing my grandparents I am not sure. Thank goodness photo’s have survived to bring the past back to life.

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  4. N Y Painted Lady, Thanks once again for your in depth investigation and for awakening memories (mostly vague) of family origins…when I think really hard, these names and places come back to mind. Good Work…….

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  5. I love google earth and I’m always so excited to find buildings still standing. I also do a google search for the address to see if I can find the year the building was built to make sure of the time frame. Happy I could inspire you ~


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