I have been spending a considerable amount of time with the Marvulli family lately. Much of it prompted by recent connections to family members from this branch. I have been blessed with cousins commenting and sharing stories and photos helping to give us a well rounded glimpse into the lives of our ancestors.
Yesterday, I had a very unusual but wonderful email a man named Giovanni D’Amato from Brooklyn. Giovanni wrote
My name is Giovanni D’Amato. I want to let you know that earlier today August 22, 2020 I went for a jog through the cemetery from my home in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. A particular grave stone caught my eye…I don’t know why, but it just did. It was the grave stone of Graziella Marvulli. I had brought with me flowers that I intended to bring to the chapel but I felt captivated by the stone and photo of Grace. I left the flower at the tombstone. I then got home and googled the name and your family blog popped up.
After a brief exchange of emails, he shared the photo with me and gave me permission to post it.
What a blessing and I couldn’t be more thankful to Giovanni and pleased to be able to share this with you.
Giovanni also shared he is a first generation, his family only arriving in 1973. He also pointed out that the stone was in Italian. Something I may not have initially have noticed or ignored. The stone reads:
Erected by Giovanni Marvulli in memory of his wife Graziella Marvulli born Nov. 20, 1879 died Sept 1, 1916 Dear Wife Maria Marvulli born 5 May 1885 died 30 March 1955 1924 Grace 1925 Beloved Father Giovanni Marvulli May 9 1875 Jan 22 1959
Grazia and John married in 1901 in Grumo Appula. Their first son, Dominick was born in Grumo in 1902. Grazia immigrated in 1905 under her maiden name of Scarola, joining her husband who had arrived in 1903. Their 2nd son Rocco was born in 1906, followed by Giuseppe born 1907 – who passed away in 1909. Their only daughter Rosa was born in 1908 and last son Joseph was born in 1909. Sadly, seven years after Joseph’s birth Grazia passed away.
It wasn’t until 1922 that John married Maria Fazio. They had son’s Peter born 1923 and Thomas born in 1926. Only daughter Grace was born in 1924 and passed one year later in 1925. (buried along with her parents)
Most recently I have had the great pleasure in hearing from and connecting with the daughter of Thomas, son of John and Maria. She shared with me this wonderful photo.
John Marvulli in the middle, Thomas on the right, the other two unknown at this time. I suspect the other male is one of Johns sons and a granddaughter. Any help in identifying them is always welcomed.
You may remember from other postings this wonderful photo of John with his two sisters, Angelina and Nicoletta (my great grandmother)
Nicoletta, John and Angelina ~ A priceless photo of the love and laughter with a little help of homemade wine.
Again, most recently, Guy Caso shared this wonderful photo of Michele Caso, son of Rita Marvulli – sister of those three laughter filled siblings above. (the back of Michele’s head is visible in the above photo.
Photo is taken in front of his home 28th St., Astoria, Queens
A big thank you to Giovanni for contacting me and sharing his story and remembrance of sweet Grazia and placing the flowers at her grave. Thank you to all my distant cousins for helping me share our families story.