Langellotti Connected ~ Can you Identify Us?

For Wordless Wednesday this week I shared this 1939 photo which included family members of my Langellotti family. Unable to be identified is the gentlemen on the right, the woman to his left and young boy below him. There is a group of three photo’s that were taken on this day, and I have included them in this posting below.

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Above left to right back : my grandmother Katie Civitano (aka Catherine Langellotti), her sister Rita Stalupi (Langellotti), Teresa Langellotti (Venerose -wife of Arthur Frank Langellotti, Katie and Rita’s brother) Front: Vincent Civitano (my father) my great grandmother Filomena Langellotti (DeLellis), and Bernard Tanzillo (son of their sister Emily langellotti Tanzillo, deceased)

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Included in this photo above with the three unknown individuals is Katie, my grandmother, Vincent, my father and  Katie’s daughter, my Aunt Coletta.

Below, Filomena poses with ?


I have been in contact with my Uncle Joe, only surviving child of Katie and he has no idea who they are. I have also been in contact with a cousin, Phyllis, daughter of Teresa and she also can not identify this family.


Can you help identify this family?

Domenico Civitano ~ some of his story

On Wordless Wednesday  I shared the photo of Domenico Civitano and his four sons. I came across this photo on quite a few other Civitano family pages. It appears to have originally been shared on the Paglia Family Tree on Ancestry.

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Domenico was my 1st c 2x removed, the son of Vito Luigi, brother of my great grandfather Vincenzo. Domenico was born 16 December 1885 in Grumo Appula, Bari, Italy. He married Giovanna (Jennie) Maggio on 20 Sept. 1908 at St Clairs Church in New York City. Serving as best man was Onofiro Rella and maid of honor was Domenica Servedio.

On October 12, 1909, Domenico’s only Uncle, Vincenzo was murdered over an ice route dispute. Newly married and a new dad to daughter Angelina born Sept. 7th, I can imagine there had to have been quite an uproar within the family. Domenico’s father Vito Luigi must have been devastated losing his only brother. His son Francesco along with Domenico were in this ice/coal delivery business together. The question remains who the assailant was in this case, that information has been lost and remains my top research priority to discover. There was a trial and conviction, time served and a release.

Continuing with Domenico and Jenny, along with 1 daughter, Angelina they went on to have 6 sons, Louis Joseph (Vito Luigi), Dominic, Frank (Francesco), Onofrio, James, and Michael. Because this photo is not labeled, I am going on the assumption that the boys are their first 4 sons.

I love everything about this photo, from the little hands on dad’s shoulders to the knickers and leggings on down to the shoes. All the boys look darling in their hats and dad Domenico looks quite handsome in his. Believing the youngest boy is about 3, that would be Onofrio born in 1917 placing the photo about 1920. Frank would be next, born in 1915, Dominic born 1913 and the oldest, Louis born 1911 which would make him about 9.

In 1915 the family had been living at 205 West 27th Street in NYC but by 1920 the family had moved and were living at 942 Columbus Ave. Working as a coal dealer in 1915, on the 1920 census his profession was written ice man – own business.  Doing well in business by 1930 the family moved to the ‘country’ – the Bronx  living at 1441 Leland Ave.  Son’s Louis 18, and Dominic 16, were both working with dad and listed as helpers on the ice route.

Tracking Domenico up to the 1940 census, the most recent available census record, he was 54, living at 1414 Taylor Ave. Bronx. He owns the home and the value was $9000. The census also tells us he had up to an 8th grade education and was working on his own account although the income amount was listed 0. He had applied for citizenship and his first papers were in. All of the children were still living at home, including his daughter Angelina, now married to Carmine Paglia and his first grandson Louis.

Domenico (Dominic) Civitano was born 16 Sept 1885, Grumo Appula, Bari, Italy  and passed away at the age of 95 in April 1981, White Plains, Westchester, New York.  He is at rest at Ferncliff Cemetery and Mausoleum.

Passo Corese, Lazio, Italy

According to Wikipedia Passo Corese is an Italian town and hamlet (frazione) of Fara in Sabina, a municipality in the province of Rieti, Lazio. In 2011 it had a population of 3,573.[1

Back in 2015 I was contacted by Damiano and Sara of Passo Corese, Italy. They were doing family research and discovered my tree on Ancestry. This led them to contact me, connecting us as very distant cousins off of our Marvulli family branch. Over the years we have remained in touch and while I know no Italian and they English, with the help of Google translate and Facebook we have remained in touch. According to Ancestry Damiano is the 2nd great nephew of the wife of my 2nd great uncle. Thank goodness for Ancestry because I really have no idea how we got to that. In an attempt to explain the connection I will try and simplify it as best I can.

Vito Francesco Scarola  married Antonia Colavito  (everyone comes from Grumo Appula, Bari, Italy)

on July 2, 1836 Antonia gave birth to Rocco Scarola 

on November 16, 1865 Rocco married Anna Lucia Panzarino 

Rocco and Anna had a daughter Grazia b. 20 Nov 1879  and a son Pasquale b.13 June 1884  (they had 8 additional children born Grazia, Grazia, Vitantonio, Vito, Vito, Giuseppe, Antonia, and Anna Maria) but it is off of Grazia and Pasquale that we connect.

Grazia Scarola married Giovanni (John) Marvulli on 30 Nov. 1901. John was brother to my great grandmother Nicoletta Marvulli. Nicoletta married Vincenzo Civitano, they had Francesco, my grandfather, who married Catherine Langellotti, who had my father Vincent.

Pasquale Scarola married Isabella Guerrieri. They had Anna Scarola who married Giuseppe Capone who had Lorenza Capone who married Cosimo Sisto who had Damiano, the 2nd great nephew of the wife of my 2nd great uncle

And so our legacy and family history connects and continues.