It has been difficult for me to decide in what direction I wanted to continue. There is just so many and so much to write about with our Civitano family. I have decided to go back to Vito Luigi Civitano (1803 – 1836) and Isabella Elisabetta D’Amico (1804 – 1874) (my 3x great grandparents) They were the parents of Francesco Civitano (1834 – 1879) the stage coach robber who I have written about in great detail. I have not however written anything about the other children of Vito Luigi and Isabella.
Our Civitano family was a huge established family of Grumo Appula with so many surnames crisscrossing and firsts names repeating, that it is almost impossible to keep track or make sense of each family branch. With that said I’d like to introduce you to the siblings of my 2x great grandfather Francesco, thankfully there are only 4.
Vito Luigi and Isabella were the parents of Rosa, Rosa, Grazia and Francesco. Isabella would have 1 more child, a son named Rocco with her 2nd husband after the passing of Vito Luigi.
Vito Luigi and Isabella’s first born was Rosa Civitano, named after her father Vincenzo’s mother Rosa Spano. Rosa was born Feb 20, 1827. Her sweet little life was short lived. She passed away 7 days later on Feb 27.
Birth Certificate Rosa Civitano
A year later on March 9, 1828 Isabella and Vito welcomed Rosa #2. She was baptized on the same day at the Parroco (parsonage) of the Church of MonteVerde.
Birth Certificate Rosa Civitano
Church of MonteVerde Grumo Appula, 97 Via MonteVerde
Side view of building with parsonage entrance behind tree.
Sister Grazia was next, born on January 20th, 1932 and was baptized 2 days later on January 22nd at the Parroco of Grumo. Grazia was named after Isabella’s mother Grazia Priore – D’Amico (1785 – 1848 of Grumo)
Birth Certificate Grazia Civitano
My 2x great grandfather Francesco was born next on April 23, 1834. (I have written extensively in previous a post on the life and family of Francesco)
Tragedy would strike again 2 years later in 1836 when Isabella’s (30) husband Vito Luigi passed away on April 24th at the age of 33. His death left Isabella a widow with 3 small children ages 10, 6, and 2.
On August 5, 1837, one year later, Isabella married Vincenzo Guaccero also from Grumo Apulla. He was the son of Rocco Guaccero and Carmela Cavalluzzi. I do not have information at this time to confirm where they were from specifically but, Vincenzo was born in Grumo.
Marriage Certificate for Isabella and Vincenzo Guaccero
On July 6, 1838 son Rocco Guaccero, 1/2 brother to Rosa, Grazia and Francesco, was born. Rocco is the only known child of Isabella and Vincenzo.
Birth Certificate Rocco Guaccero
Death Certificate Rocco Guaccero
Rocco’s life was short lived, passing at the age of 20. Thinking about the lose of child no matter the age I took a look at mother Isabella’s life in terms of lose.
Isabella married at age 18 and at 23 she lost her first baby Rosa. By age 32 she lost her husband Vito Luigi, followed by her father at age 41, then her mother at 44, her son Rocco at 54 years of age followed by daughter Grazia at 63. Isabella would live another 10 years passing away at age 70. Her 2nd husband Vincenzo would pass 3 years after her.
Isabella was the oldest child/daughter of 9 children born to her parents Pietro and Grazia, 3 children who did not survive to adulthood and the rest who all out lived her.
Francesco’s sister Rosa married Giuseppe Peragina April 16, 1849 in Grumo Appula. His occupation was a Contadino – peasant farmer, as with most of our relatives.
Marriage Certificate Rosa and Giuseppe Peragina
Grazia married Erasmo L’Aratro Rella April 25, 1853, Grumo Appula also a peasant farmer.
Marriage Certificate Grazia and Erasmo L’Aratro Rella
In my next post I will try to complete the family histories of the siblings of my 2x great grandfather Francesco Civitano.
Always a huge thank you to my cousin Peter Marino for all his endless work in gathering documents of our family.
Italian Peasants by Gustave David (French, 1824 – 1891) medium: watercolor over graphite on slightly textured, moderately thick, cream wove paper
Italian Peasant Girls at Prayer by Alexandre – Marie Guillemin (French, 1817 -1880) medium: watercolor with graphite underdrawing, white heightening and gum heightening on moderately thick, heavily textured wove paper
Italian Peasant Kneeling with Child by William – Adolphe Bouguereau (French, 1825 – 1905) medium: watercolor and graphite underdrawing with gum heightening and shell gold on cream, moderately thick, heavily textured wove paper