The Children of Vito Luigi Civitano and Isabella Elisabetta D’Amico

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.

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.

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)

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.

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.

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.

Grazia married Erasmo L’Aratro Rella April 25, 1853, Grumo Appula also a peasant farmer.

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. I have all the birth, death and marriage certificates for these family members. If you are interested in copies please email me and I will be happy to send you copies


7 thoughts on “The Children of Vito Luigi Civitano and Isabella Elisabetta D’Amico

    • Initially years ago I hired a researcher who worked in the ‘familysearch’ archives (NY) and he sent me the copies of birth death marriage of the direct line to me. Peter has really been spot on using family search online (yes) and the local f s libraries (NY & Fl) the Municipal Archives (NY) to continue to round out his and our shared branches.

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  1. You are doing such a good job with the Civitano family, unfortunately, I am the only one (beside Peter & his grandmother) that are interested in our roots, therefore making it very difficult for me to give out names (specially since many are not talking to one another).

    Thank You for all the information you gave me on my grandmother, which I appreciate. It seems the life they had in Italy must have been very hard, many did not live long.

    I often wonder about all this information ——– I still research many names, but thanks to you and Peter I have much knowledge about the Civitano’s. As far as the Simone family is concerned (my grandfather) I have not done very much.

    I still can remember the stories my grandfather told me about the ICEMAN days and all the quarters he came home with (throwing them up in the air – stating gather up all you want and keep them) – I am thankful that I have wonderful memories of his home on Beach Ave & the Civitano’s on Theriot.

    I am very fortunate to have many memories, that is why I always wondered about years ago, about our roots, about what kind of life they had.

    Again, thank you so very much for all the information.

    Love Rose


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    • Hi Rose~ I am so happy I can bring the family history alive for you, that alone is worth the work. I will also take a look at the Simone family for you. So happy we have connected. I love the memory about the ‘quarters’ ~ thank you for sharing that ~ love Sharon


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