Luigi DeLellis: My Two Times Great Uncle

Luigi DeLellis was born on August 21, 1880 in San Gregorio, Caserta, Italy. He was the son of Francesco DeLellis and Caterina Loffreda. {He was named after his grandfather Luigi DeLellis and his wife, Luigi’s grandmother was Mariana D’Amico.  Caterina’s parents were Onorato Loffreda and Maria Maddalena D’Amico. A likely assumption for me is this was a cousin marriage between Luigi and Caterina} Luigi joined siblings Vincenzo, 17 years his senior, the son of Luigi and his first wife Anna LNU, and sister Filomena (1877) daughter of Francesco and Caterina.

Luigi married Annunziata Cordini (1879). She was the daughter of Nicodemo Cordini and Maria Vorruti. Annunziata was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina which I learned from her death announcement.  According to the 1910 census they married in 1901, just prior to Luigi immigrating to the United States in 1902. I was able to locate an immigration record on the Ellis Island site that I believe is for Luigi. This record states he was 21 years old, from San Gregorio, married, arriving on June 30th, 1902.  A quick look at the passenger information told me that he was traveling to a brother-in-law named “Ferritto”.  I have not been able to identify a Ferritto marriage that would be a brother-in-law as stated but, Vincenzo Langellotti married Maria Ferritto; they were the parents of the Giuseppe Langellotti who would marry Luigi’s sister Filomena, my great grandmother. The connection was there. According to his naturalization papers Luigi stated he arrived on  July 11, 1902 but I feel the June 30th date is close enough (with dates commonly off) to be a match.

The first census record for Luigi was the 1910 Rhode Island census. Recorded under the name of Dellis he was living at 504 Union Ave., Johnston, Providence, Rhode Island. Luigi was 30 years old, living with his wife Nunnziatina (32). His occupation was listed as cobbler although the census reported he had been out of work for the last 24 months. Luigi and Annunziata had three living children. Antoinette born in 1903 in Italy with immigration noted in year 1904. That gave me the clue that Annuziatia remained in Italy when Luigi immigrated traveling a year later with their infant daughter. Maria was born in 1905 in R.I. followed by Francesco (1908) passing away a year later in 1909 and baby boy DeLellis in 1910, later named Anthony.

In 1913 Luigi filed his Declaration of Intention to Naturalize

2.jpgAncestry.com. Rhode Island, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1802-1945 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016.

It is also important to note that it does not appear that Luigi ever completed the naturalization process. He was still listed with Alien status on the 1940 census.

Along with the above document and his in 1918 WWI draft registration a few more gaps about his life filled in. He was working as a shoe laborer at the time at Bourn Rubber Co. 54 Warren, Prov., Prov. R.I. The family had been living on Simmonsville Rd. since 1913.

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Bourn’s NATIONAL RUBBER COMPANY, in Bristol, RI.

Augustus Osborn Bourn (October 1, 1834 – January 29, 1925) was an American politician and the 36th Governor of Rhode Island. (en.wikipedia.org)

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On site at 54 Warren is this huge complex. I was not able to find an age associated with the existing building but perhaps some of the building had its beginnings as the rubber Co. that Luigi worked in.

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Their family had also grown by 1918/1919. Catherine (1912) Frank (1914) Vera (1917) and Albert Luigi (1919) had been born making the number of children in the household seven.

Still at the Simmonsville Road address on the 1920 census, there appears to be no house numbers associated with this street.  I located Luigi now listed as Louis and his wife as Nunzie Delles/Deller. His occupation was listed shoemaker in a repair shop. I like to think of him out of that huge factory and into something more like a small mom and pop type shoe repair shop. Louis had submitted his papers for naturalization in 1913 but they were still not finalized. Antonionette (18) was working as a spinner – hosiery, and Mary (15) was a doffer in woolen mill. On this 1920 census Albert Luigi was listed as Alberto.

A doffer is someone who removes (“doffs”) bobbins, pirns or spindles holding spun fiber such as cotton or wool from a spinning frame and replaces them with empty ones. Historically, spinners, doffers, and sweepers each had separate tasks that were required in the manufacture of spun textiles.  from Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org 

1920 Census

4384811_00435.jpgAncestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.

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From Ancestry U.S. Directories for the year 1922, I located the listing below for Luigi. Working as a shoe repairer the work address was 900 Cranston. Located there now is a Dunkin Donut shop. The home was located on Thornton.

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Rhode Island has a 1925 census and on this daughter Anna, the last of the children had been born in 1923. At home were all of the other children as well as their oldest daughter Antoinette (22) now married and with her husband Thomas Pezzuco (29). In this census Luigi was still using Louis and Annunziata was now Nancy. No occupation was listed.

1925 Census

41271_316042-00084.jpgAncestry.com. Rhode Island, State Censuses, 1865-1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.

Their address was 107 Walnut Street, Johnston, R.I. Here is the home they lived in (built in 1912) 107Walnut .jpg

Between 1930 and 1940 life moved on for the family. The 1930c revealed that the home on Walnut was owned by Luigi (50). It’s value was listed at $4000. At this time he was an inspector / rubber works.  I am speculating he may still had been working for the Bourn’s National Rubber Co. Daughter Mary (24) was also in the work force in the same field, inspector / rubber works along with daughter Catherine (17) doing bench work / rubber works. Anthony (19) was working as a stone setter / jewelry. Wife Nancy (52) was home with the children Frank B. (15), Alvenia/Vera (13), Albert L. (10), and Anna C. (7). Antoinette and Thomas were now living at 48 Elmhurst, Cranston, R.I.. Luigi and Nancy became grandparents to 3 children: Nancy (5) Anthony (3) and Thomas (1). They would remain at this home for many years.

Some time between 1930 and 1935 daughter Mary married John DelBonis.  I located a census record for John on familysearch.org . Not only married to Mary, they are living with her parents and they had 1 child. John was working as a shipper in hardware.

John Delbonis

Rhode Island State Census, 1935
Name John Delbonis
Event Type Census
Event Year 1935
Event Place Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Address 107 Walnut
Gender Male
Marital Status Married
Race White
Number in Family 3
By the time 1940 came around  John (34)  and Mary (33) had moved out of her parents home and into their own rented home at 784 Park, Cranston, R.I.. They had the 1 child, a daughter named Eleanor(1934) John was working as a salesman at an Insurance Co. Their rent was $20. Below from google maps is the building built in 1892.
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As I continued to research the children of Louis and Nancy I turned to daughter Catherine. I had the married last name of Saccoccio (a number of researchers on ancestry had this last name) but no first name. I needed to prove this connection and I did. I located this 1935 Rhode Island census from ancestry.com  (1935 were individual punch card type of census record) The address is 12 Knight, the birth date is correct.
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Not finding enough to i.d. her husband or the correct Catherine (Saccoccio is a very popular name) I found this death record on familysearch.org for her. Catherine died Feb. 3, 1938 at the age of 25.

Anthony Saccoccia

mentioned in the record of Catherine Saccoccia
Name Anthony Saccoccia
gender Male
Wife Catherine Saccoccia
Other information in the record of Catherine Saccoccia
from Rhode Island Deaths and Burials
Name Catherine Saccoccia
Gender Female
Death Date 03 Feb 1938
Death Place Providence, Rhode Island
Age 25
Birth Date 1913
Marital Status Married
Spouse’s Name Anthony Saccoccia
Father’s Name Luigi De Lellis
Mother’s Name Annunziata Cordini
I was also able to find  a mention for her on FindAGrave. She is buried with her husband
Anthony R. Saccoccio at St Ann Cemetery, Cranston, Rhode Island. Anthony  passed away on March 28, 1982. They are buried in section 15 lot 209. I am curious to learn if there is a ahead stone and I would like to try and find out why she passed at such a young age.
Wondering if Anthony and Catherine had any children I located him in the 1940 census. He was living with his parents Louis and Madeline Saccoccio at 15 Randall St Johnston, R.I.. I discovered that Catherine and Anthony had had 2 children before Catherine passed away. Both named after their grandparents, Louis (1933) and Madeline (1934). What a sad time that must have been for all the families. Catherine passed 4 years after Madeline was born.

Vera had also married. From Mark (Luigi’s grandson) I was able to note her husbands name as Louis Mosca but I was not able to find a marriage record. From ancestry.com I found a 1935 census record for Vera Mosca which indicates she was married by 1935.  On  familysearch.org I found her death record of Feb. 5, 1987, San Bernardino, CA.

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Name Vera Mosca
Event Type Death
Event Date 05 Feb 1987
Event Place San Bernardino, California, United States
Birth Date 25 Jan 1917
Birthplace Rhode Island
Gender Female
Father’s Name Delillis
Mother’s Name Cordina

Citing this Record

“California Death Index, 1940-1997,” database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VPVM-RS8 : 26 November 2014), Vera Mosca, 05 Feb 1987; Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.

 

Antoinette had married by 1925 and was living with her husband and children which left only  son Frank B. (1915) to locate.  He was home in 1935 with his parents working as a butcher living at the 1066 Plainfield address. I located a WWII draft record (1942) for Frank, confirmed with his profession as a meat cutter. It also stated is that he was married.

The 1940 census was interesting. It appears Louis had sold the house on Walnut and moved to the home at 1066 Plainfield St. The census indicates this was his home in 1935 as well. The ages for Louis and Nancy have been consistent throughout the censuses. Nancy (61) a bit older than Louis (59). Louis also had a job change.  He was now a laborer doing road work for the government. Anthony (30) was no longer working as a stone cutter/jewelry but was working with brother Albert L. (20) at a cotton mill as a laborer. They were both still living at home along with Anna C. (17)  noted as a new worker. The value of the home on Plainfield was $1500. The 1939 city directory noted son Frank was living at the 1066 Plainfield address but no occupation was given. Frank was located on Thornton in 1940 and working as a clerk at Weybosset Market.

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So many of my ancestor worked the cotton and worst/woolen mills of the area, I couldn’t help but do a bit of digging about this. I collect old postcards (NYC mostly) but spotted this beauty and had to have her. The postmark was 1909 for this card, the mill was already the State Armory so no one after 1909, would have worked at this mill.

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The 1942 WWII draft registration for Thomas Pezzuco, Antoinette’s husband continued to show the 48 Elmhurst address. Thomas was the owner of a Cattle business. According to another researcher she has listed 5 more children born to Thomas and Antoinette in addition to the 3 I have confirmed. I have reached out to her but have not heard anything back. She has no documents to prove the children so I will leave it at the first 3 for now. I was able to find a city directory listings up to 1961 with cattle business listed. I was able to find  few more of the children through google searches but again they are not proved so I will not include them at this time. It appears some of the family has remained in the area with a construction company in business.

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To recap the highlights of Luigi’s life

He was born in 1880 and immigrated about 1902, he would outlive his father Francesco who passed away in R.I. in 1908, followed by the passing of his first son Francesco in 1909. His older 1/2 brother Vincenzo passed away in 1915, and then his mother Caterina in 1918, both in R.I also. Luigi would bury his daughter Catherine in 1938, he was 57 when she died. He would also suffer the loss of his only sister, Filomena in 1942 (Bronx) and then his wife Annuziata in 1950, R.I.. He would survive another 12 years before passing away on

 Feb 17, 1962

Luigi and Annunciate are buried at Saint Ann Cemetery, Cranston, Rhode Island.

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I was delighted to find on genealogy bank.com the obituary announcements for Annunziata, but unfortunately I could not locate anything for Luigi.

11Genealogybank: Providence Journal Monday, Jun 19, 1950 Providence, RI Page: 13

12Genealogybank.com: Providence JournalThursday, Jun 22, 1950 Providence, RIPage: 13

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I would like to dedicate this post to Mark DeLellis ~ and his family. Luigi and Annunziata are Mark’s grandparents. I hope that I have been able to provide a time line and some new information for Mark and his family about his grandparents, aunts and uncles and extended family. It’s been a pleasure corresponding with Mark.

As I was hunting through genealogy bank.com for DeLellis mentions I came across three more I wanted to share. The first was a mention for son Anthony and the other is for their granddaughter Madeline ~ daughter of Catherine, and granddaughter Eleanor ~ daughter of Mary.

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Providence JournalTuesday, Jun 24, 1952 Providence, RI Page: 15

 

 

Providence JournalSunday, Jul 19, 1959 Providence, RI Page: 158
transcription of the article
“The marriage of Miss Madeline Saccoccio daughter of Mr. A Robert Saccoccio of St Mary’s Drive, Cranston and the late Mrs. Catherine DeLellis Saccoccio to Mr. Robert Frank Montaquila, son of Mr. ad Mrs. Antonio Montaquila of Commodore Street, took place yesterday. The Rev. Joseph F Meruzzo officiated at the 10 am ceremony in St Mary’s Church, Cranston. The couple received the papal blessing. A reception was held in the Crystal Ballroom of the Narragansett hotel. Mrs. Alfred C Pascale was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Miss Margaret T. Kelly and Mrs Pat Ruggeo (?) Dr. Alfred C Pacale was best man. Ushers were Mr. Louis A Saccoccio brother of the bride and Mr Pat Ruggeo
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a silk organza and Alencon lace gown with an Empire bodice, portrait neckline, short sleeves, bouffant skirt and a chapel train. Her silk illusion veil fell from a queens crown of orange blossoms, and she carried a colonial bouquet of white roses, stephanous, and an orchard.
After a motor trip to California and Canada, the couple will live at 35 Butler St., Cranston.”

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Providence JournalSunday, Jun 07, 1959 Providence, RI Page: 142
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Umberto DeLellis Update

I received the marriage certificate today for Umberto DeLellis, my 2x great Uncle, brother of my great grandmother Filomena Langellotti nee DeLellis.

Just to recap, Umberto (1890) married Michelina Mastangelo(1884), daughter of Salvatore Mastangelo and Nicolina Leggiers. They were married on April 2, 1911. This is basically all I know about Umberto and Michelina.

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I had hoped getting the marriage license would open up an avenue for discovering more about their lives, children, but unfortunately I haven’t found much more in the way of records or their life after marriage. Here is what I learned however from the certificate and it’s a start.

Umberto was living in Manhattan not in Rhode Island as was Michelina when they married. Umberto at 290 E. 149th and Michelina at 2038 1st Ave (not sure 1st is correct as the 1 written is quite different than the 1 written under number of marriages category on cert.). Michelina was older than Umberto by about 6 years. Umberto was working as a driver. They were married at Mt Carmel Church ~ 447 E 115th St by Rev. Robert Sorgi

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Something else surprising jumped out at me however and that was the witnesses. Pasquale Vetri, which means nothing at this time to me but the name of the second witness, Filomena DeLellis. This must have been my great grandmother and although she was already married with the last name of Langellotti, I feel very confident this must have been her. Filomena would have been about 34 at that time. There is no one else I have yet to discover that would have fit this possibility.

I had hoped these few new clues would lead to more discoveries but they haven’t. I have had no luck in in discovering anything else on the couple at this time.

Umberto DeLellis

In my last post I wrote about Vincenzo DeLellis (1863 – 1915), son of Francesco DeLellis (1828 – 1908)  and Anna (LNU). Vincenzo was their only son. Francesco went on to marry Caterina Loffredo (1853 – 1918) after the presumed passing of his 1st wife Anna. I have no additional information on Anna. Francesco and Caterina went on to have 3 more children. Filomena (1877), my great grandmother, son Luigi (1880) and Umberto (1890)

Umberto, the youngest child, was born 1890 in San Gregorio, Casterta, Italy. I have found very little information on Umberto other than a passenger manifest for him and marriage record.  He was traveling with his parents, Francesco and Caterina, destination Rhode Island to his brother Vincenzo. The record below is familysearch.org 

Name Umberto Delellis
Arrival Date 30 Apr 1904
Birth Date abt 1890
Age 14
Gender Male
Ethnicity/ Nationality Italian (South)
Port of Departure Napoli
Port of Arrival New York, New York
Ship Name Citta Di Genova
Search Ship Database Citta Di Genova
Umberto Delellis – Apr 1904 – New York, New York Napoli Napoli – Male – Citta Di Genova

I know so little about the DeLellis family. Hopefully with the few family connection’s I have made, together we can piece together our branches. I have sent away for a marriage certificate for Umberto. I will update when the record is received. The record below was also found on familysearch.org This was an important record since I had located two men named Umberto born in the same year. Umberto #2 was the son of Alfonso DeLellis.

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Name Umberto De Lellis
Event Type Marriage
Event Date 02 Apr 1911
Event Place Manhattan, New York, New York, United States
Event Place (Original) Manhattan, New York
Gender Male
Age 21
Marital Status Single
Race White
Birth Year (Estimated) 1890
Birthplace Italy
Father’s Name Francesco
Mother’s Name Caterina Lofejjo
Spouse’s Name Michelina Mastangelo
Spouse’s Gender Female
Spouse’s Age 27
Spouse’s Marital Status Single
Spouse’s Race White
Spouse’s Birth Year (Estimated) 1884
Spouse’s Birthplace Itlay
Spouse’s Father’s Name Salvatore
Spouse’s Mother’s Name Nicolina Leggiers

By 1910 there were 8 DeLellis families living in Johnston, Rhode Island. They were all connected but exactly how I am not sure yet.

Living at 536 Union Ave. was Giovanni DeLellis (1848), laborer, his wife Anna (1855), son Giovanni Jr (1886) working as a clerk, daughter Maria (1882) working as a spooler in worsted mill. Also living with them was there married daughter Carmela aka Minnie (1890) husband Angelo Dibiase (1887), tailor, daughter Louisa (1908) and son Ettore (1910)

Also on Union Ave at 503 was Vincenzo DeLellis (1865), millsman,  his wife Carmela(1867) their children Maria (1892), Francesco (1896), Benedetto (1898), Anna (1902), Vingenza ( 1907)

Living next door at 504 Union Ave was Luigi DeLellis (1880)(Vincenzo’s brother), cobbler, wife Annuziata (1878), children Antonetta (1903), Maria (1905), and a son (9/12)

At 11 What Cheer Ave was Tommas DeLellis (1858) florist,  wife Maria (1861) children Emilia (1902) Alfredo (1904) Louisa ( 1906) and two stepdaughters.

Domiano DeLellis  (1873), barber,  was living at 161 Knight St with his wife Antonia (1867) daughters Annie (1901) Margarita (1907) son Luicei (1905) son Sinefore (1908 – 1909) Living with them was his mother-in-law Maria Bartolomingi and brother-in-law Joseph

Alessandro DeLellis (1877), filler in fuse shop, lived at 319 Pocasset Ave with his wife Maria (1878), children Francesca (1908), Giovanni (1910 – 1911), son Alberto (1905 – 1906) Living with them was his father-in-law Giuseppe Piacitelli (widow) and his sister-in-law Asunta, candy maker.

With an address change from Vanner to Simmonsville Rd  Giocabbe DeLellis (1856), day laborer and wife Raffaela (1862) were living in Johnston as early as 1900 along with Giuseppe and Vincenzo. They had 1 confirmed son named Peitro (1890) Living next door to Giocabbe and Raffaela in 1900 was Nicola DeLellis (1840) day laborer, and his wife Mary (1854)

These early residents set the stage for our families beginning here in the United States.