The oldest and only known child of Francesco and his first wife Anna ( LNU) DeLellis was son Vincenzo DeLellis. Records for Vincenzo seem to be spotty with few documents found but I was able to form a reasonable time line for him from the little I do have.
Born about 1863 in San Gregorio, Casterta, Italy, Vincenzo arrived sometime in 1885 according to the 1900c, this would have made him about 22 years old. I have not been able to find an immigration record for him.
*A possible first record for Vincenzo that I did find was the 1890 birth record for his first child, a daughter, Philomena. This is an interesting record in that all the names seem to have been misspelled. Carmella as Carmena has a 2nd name looking like Yonet (?) and Vincenzo’s occupation was stone cutter, an occupation I never saw reference to again. I have looked at this record numerous times and have debated if this is truly the family. Following the trail of the birth date March 31, 1890 and of the known information from census to marriage to her death record, I have concluded this is most likely a correct record. The birthdate on the death record corresponds with the birth record.
DetailDelaware Public Archives; Dover, Delaware; Collection Number: Birth Records – 39; Roll Number: 39
|Event Date||06 Mar 1910|
|Event Place||Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States|
|Birth Year (Estimated)||1890|
|Spouse’s Name||Filomena Palma Delellis|
|Spouse’s Birth Year (Estimated)||1891|
|Spouse’s Father’s Name||Vincenzo|
|Spouse’s Mother’s Name||Maria C.|
Citing this Record”Rhode Island Town Marriages Index, 1639-1916,” database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F8VG-WXL : accessed 9 May 2018), Pietro Nicoletti and Filomena Palma Delellis, 06 Mar 1910; citing Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States, town halls, Rhode Island, and Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence; FHL microfilm 565.
01510 Clinton, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
|BORN:||31 Mar 1890|
|State (Year) SSN issued:||Massachusetts (Before 1951)|
Source InformationTitleRhode Island, Marriage Index, 1851-1920AuthorAncestry.comPublisherAncestry.com Operations IncPublisher Date2000Publisher LocationProvo, UT, USA
In the 1900 census record Vincenzo was living in Rhode Island, working as a farmer. Here again his last name has been misspelled and written as James Daily (37). James is a common nick name for Vincenzo. He was married to Maria Carmella, recorded as Malley born abt 1865 (35). It stated they had been married for 15 years. If the year of immigration is accurate, they had just married prior to Vincenzo leaving Italy, with Maria following about 2 years later. I do not have information for her parents nor have I found an immigration record for her. The census also tells us that he owned his home at 27 Peck Hill Rd, Providence, he could read, write and spoke English. Maria did not speak English nor could she read and write.
A search on google earth for the address 27 Peck Hill Road found this house. While the setting was most likely the same this house looks relatively new, new roof, but perhaps the larger part was an addition to the existing smaller structure with the chimney? Could that be an original chimney? I like to imagine so but I have no idea.
In this 1900c the family consisted of 5 children and (1 deceased) From the children and their birth states I was able to track Vincenzo’s early beginnings. It appears after arriving he started out close to Delaware since his first child was born in Delaware 1890, by 1891 he had moved down to Philadelphia, PA. By 1894 he had moved his growing family back to Delaware and by 1896 they had moved to Rhode Island where they would remain.
At home at 27 Peck Hill Road address, was first child Philomena/Mamie (10) born March 1890, Del., followed by Mary (8) Dec. 1891, Phil. PA, Tomaso/Tommy (6) Apr. 1894, Del., Marcus Francesco/Frank(4) Apr., 1896, R.I., Benedetto/Benjamin (2) Mar. 1898, R.I., Annie (3/12) Mar. 1900, R.I.. A few years later in 1904 daughter Clara A. was born, living a short time, passing away in 1905.
By 1910 the family had moved to 503 Union Ave, Providence, R.I.. Vincenzo was no longer farming but working as a millsman/business. Maria, recorded Carmella on this census was working as a spinner in a worsted mill. This census also says Vincenzo had his papers for naturalizing. I am still at a loss for finding immigration or naturalization records for him.
There is much information on historical society sites for Johnston and surrounding areas on the topic of worsted and woolen mills which is actually fascinating. Perhaps demanding a much deeper look and its own blog page. Simply put worsted mills are using smooth long fibers, fibers that have been carded to make the fibers smooth. Woolen mills use shorter fibers to create cloth. This is the hairier itchier wooled fabrics you are familiar with.
By 1910 daughter Philomena/Mamie (20) was married to Peter Nicoletti (20), living in Worcester, MA with his parents. Peter worked as a moulder in a foundry and Mamie was a folder in an envelope shop. Still at home with Vincenzo and Maria was Maria (18), Marco Francesco/Frank (14), Benedetto/Benjamin (12), Anna (8) and now Vincenza (3). Tommy was no longer listed. He would have been 16. I have had no luck finding a death record or a record to match his birth date. A year later in 1911 daughter Maria T. would join the family only to pass away in the same year.
Living next door to Vincenzo and his family in 1910, was his brother Luigi DeLellis (30) who had arrived in 1902. He was living at 504 Union Ave. Luigi was renting the home and with him was his wife Nunziatina/Annunziata (32) Italy, daughter Antonetta (7) Italy, Marica (5) R.I. and a son (9/12) R.I.. His profession was cobbler in shoemakers shop although the census indicates Luigi was out of work and had been for past 24 months. Living with them was boarder Giuseppe Posidorio (36), cobbler in his own shop. I wonder if Luigi had worked for him?
Also living in area were other DeLellis families. From the city directories for 1898 Providence/Johnston I found living there: Giovanni at 34 Minerva; Pietro and Tomaso living at 44 Ethan. All three occupations were listed as laborer. By the 1904 directory Alessandro had joined them and was living with Giovanni at 512 Union Ave, Giuseppe was at 24 Ridge and Tomaso was at 34 What Cheer Rd – where he would remain until his passing and his home then would pass on to his son Thomas.
Not much more is known about Vincenzo and his family between 1910 and 1915.
Daughter Maria married Attilio Langellotti on April 26, 1914. (name changed to Langelo) He was the son of Antonio Langellotti and Anna M. Fattore. Vincenzo’s sister Filomena – my great grandmother, would go on to marry Giuseppe Langellotti. My best guess at this time is that Attilio was a nephew to Giuseppe. The father of Giuseppe Langellotti was a Vincenzo Langellotti, his father was Gabriele Langellotti, his wife was Teresa DeLellis – this is taking us back to the late 1700’s – I mention this only to show the interconnectedness with these two families – so many of these names intersect, Loffreda, D’Onofrio, Fattore, Ferritto – I have seen them repeating and connecting through our DeLellis/Langellotti clan as well into our Civitano branches.
Vincenzo DeLellis died on January 30th, 1915
|Name||Vincenzo De Lellis|
|Death Date||30 Jan 1915|
|Death Place||Providence, Providence, Rhode Island|
|Father’s Name||Francisco Dilillis|
Citing this Record “Rhode Island Deaths and Burials, 1802-1950,” database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F88C-VFS : 10 March 2018), Vincenzo De Lellis, 30 Jan 1915; citing Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, reference 37; FHL microfilm 2,023,813.
I have not been able to locate a death certificate or his place of burial for him. A search of findagrave yielded something very interesting about Johnston, R.I. and it cemeteries. There are 105 historical cemeteries, many with photographed stones, many private family plots. I will need to spend a considerable amount of time to try and wade through these pages.
Not long after and on the 1915 census (no month indicated) Vincenzo’s wife Maria (50) was living with her son Frank (19) listed as head, son Benjamin (17), and daughters Anna (13) and Jennie (8). The only one working was Frank with his profession listed as ‘second hand, woolen mill’. The home was at 238 Sterling Ave.
Still at the Sterling Ave. address in 1920 Maria (54) widow, was living with daughter’s Anna (17) and Vincenza (13). The only one working was Anna, as a spinner in woolen mill. The census also notes that the home on Sterling was owned and not rented. Both son’s Frank and Benjamin were on their own. Looking at city directories I was able to track Maria up until 1939 where she remained at the 238 Sterling Ave. address.
|Name||Maria Caronela Delellis|
|Death Date||01 Jan 1940|
|Death Place||Providence, Rhode Island|
|Spouse’s Name||Vincenzo Delellis|
Citing this Record”Rhode Island Deaths and Burials, 1802-1950,” database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F8HK-R89 : 10 March 2018), Maria Caronela Delellis, 01 Jan 1940; citing Providence, Rhode Island, reference 1; FHL microfilm 1,955,420.
From Wikipedia I found an interesting fact about the town. In 2000, 46.7% of Johnston residents identified themselves as being of Italian heritage. This was the highest percentage of Italian Americans of any municipality in the country. Wikipedia