Domenica Caso and Vincenzo Locorriere

Preparing to write this first post of 2022, I did a quick look back at my posts for this past year. My first posting was on Feb 1. In that post I had been contacted by a 3rd cousin, Joseph Eckhardt, the grandson of Domenica (Caso) and Vincenzo Locorriere. Joseph had found the blog and wanted to share a few photo’s of his grandparents with me. I had researched and written about this branch before but in this posting of 2021, I was thrilled to share these two photo’s below and update about this family. Domenica Margharita, known as Margaret, was the daughter of Rita Edith Marvulli and Gaetano Caso. Rita was sister to my great grandmother Nicoletta (Marvulli) Civitano.

Shortly before Christmas, I heard from Guy Caso, who has graciously shared many family photo’s with me over the last few years. He had made a visit to Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington, New Jersey to pay his respects to his parents, Gaetano T. (Guy) Caso and his wife Elizabeth Panacciulli. While he was there he located the graves of Vincenzo and Domenica Locorriere and sent me this photo.

It is quite serendipitous to be starting the year 2022 again with a posting of Vincenzo and Domenica. May their memory be a blessing to their family and friends.

May we remember with reverence and admiration the courage, fortitude and sacrifice of those who came before us and honor their hopes and dreams with always remembering them and sharing their stories.

Elisabeth Caso nee Panacciulli ~ a found gem

In my last posting I shared the wonderful wedding photos of Elizabeth Panacciulli to Guy Thomas Caso (1947). Hoping to find some additional information or details on their wedding I turned to newspapers.com and genealogy bank to try and locate something. I had no luck in either but in newspapers.com, I noticed a mention for an Elizabeth Panacciulli, the year 1937, in a Louisiana paper. It didn’t match my search criteria but I had to take a look.

From The Town Talk – 1937 – 10 – 29 – Page 14

The article highlights 2 letters, the 1st by Rabbi Baum who shipped ‘Louisiana bounteous products’ up to his sister Mrs. Harold Abrahams to share with her public school pupils.

A check on ancestry.com, I located a Sylvia Abrahams (29) living with her husband Harold, at 12 W. 72 St., N.Y.C.. Her occupation was listed teacher – public school. This seemed as the most likely person but the fact she was living in the city and not in Queens, I wanted to confirm this. My next step was to try and prove that Sylvia was actually Sylvia Baum, sister of Rabbi Baum. I was able to locate a marriage license for August 8, 1933 for Harold L. (Leonard) Abrahams to Sylvia Baum, Brooklyn, N.Y.. The marriage took place on the August 15th. I had our sister and teacher.

The 2nd letter highlighted was written by Queens, N.Y. 4th grade student Elizabeth Panacciulli. Her letter starts at the bottom of the article, Dear Dr. Baum. She writes they were learning about Louisiana in class and goes on to say her teacher, Mrs. Abrahams let them taste the peanuts. She wrote “we wish the children down there could see the biggest building in the world. It is the Empire State Building.”

We know that Elizabeth was born in 1 Jan., 1927 which would have made her 10 years old in 1937. The right age for a 4th grader. A check on ancestry and she was the only Elizabeth Panacciulli living in Queens. I feel very confident this is our Elizabeth.

I can only assume that she and her family were made aware that her thank you letter had been chosen to be highlighted in the newspaper. What a huge honor and thrill that must have been. And if for some reason this never was made known – it now has for her descendants.

Wedding Bells for Guy T. Caso and Elizabeth Panacciulli

In my posting of March 12, 2021, I shared engagement party photos for Gaetano (Guy) T. Caso and his soon to be bride Elizabeth Panacciulli. Guy was my 2nd C 1x removed. Below are a few of those photos.

I am very grateful to their son, also Guy, for recently sharing these wonderful wedding photo’s with me.

Arriving to wed, Elizabeth is accompanied by her father Antonio
Mr. & Mrs. Guy T. Caso
Identified: bridesmaid front is Vita Caso Andreoli, sister of the groom. Groomsmen : 2nd from front Frank Panacciulli, Joseph Panacciulli, brothers of the bride.
Any family members who may recognize some one in the photo’s, I would love to hear from you.
Smiles to light up the world

Guy and Elizabeth were married for 57 years.

Caso Family Photo’s

Continuing to record and preserve the story of the Marvulli and Caso Family branch, the son of Guy T. Caso (also Guy) has been sharing some more family photos. Our connection goes back to the marriage of Rita Marvulli (my great grandmothers sister) and Gaetano Caso. They were married December 6, 1890, Grumo Appula, Italy and from their humble beginnings there to here, in New York, this branch on our tree was established.

I’m dating the photo below in the late 1920’s, around 1928. Guy T. Caso is with his grandfather Michele Caso (son of Gaetano) Guy T. was born in 1923 and he looks about 5 years old to me, which led me to this date.

In the photo below Guy T. is with his sister Rita and their God-parents Angelo D’Attoma and his wife Vera (Marvulli) D’Attoma. Possibly a first communion photo (?)

Angelo D’Attoma, Vera D’Attoma seated: Rita Caso, Guy T. Caso

Guy T. Caso – School Graduation

Guy was 16 in June of 1939, the time of this photo. He would be turning 17 in September. I was assuming this was his high school graduation although in the group photo many of the boys do not look high school age. So perhaps this is a joint Jr and Sr high class photo. But looking at the 1940 census gave me a clue to this photo. In 1940 the family of Michele Caso and his wife Rose was living at 438 25th St, just a few doors down from the Church/School. Rita (18) was listed as H.S. 3rd year and Guy (16) was listed H.S. 1st year. That would make the group photo below a Jr. High School graduation photo or even some other religious graduation photo. Their sister Vita (7) listed in 1st grade.

St. Columba 1939 Graduating Class ~ Guy T. Caso ~ top row left end standing

From Guy’s autograph book we have the exact graduation date June 21st, 1939 and what his sisters had written. Very precious!

St. Columba today (source: From Abyssinian to Zion (4th ed.) ) 343 W. 25th St. St. Columba was built in 1845 and is one of the oldest Catholic Churches in N.Y.C.

Cousins: Robert G. Caso and Guy T. Caso

On May 23, 2020 I wrote about Robert G. Caso my 2nd cousin 1 X removed. You can access that post at the link below. I never knew Robert, but in researching him I learned I’ve lived within 150 miles of him for the past 20 years. Robert, known as Bob was born in 1924, New York and passed away in 2018 in Port Angeles, WA.

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I have also highlighted Gaetano (Guy) T. in a number of postings over this past year. (also a 2 C 1X R) He was born in 1923, New York and also passed away in 2018 in New Jersey.

Robert and Guy share their grandparents, Gaetano Caso (1864) married to Rita Marvulli (1862). Gaetano and Rita had sons Michele (Michael) Caso (1892) and Domenico (Dominick) Caso (1900). Both born in Grumo Appula, Italy. Dominick arrived in September of 1905 at 5 years old. He was traveling with his mother Rita Caso, under her maiden name of Marvulli, along with his sister Domenica. Michael arrived three years later in November 1908 (Boston arrival) at the age of 16.

Michael married Rosa DiGirolamo and had son Gaetano T. Caso and Dominick married Rose Haughey and had son Robert G. Caso.

Below is a photo of these two 1st cousins together.

Courtesy of Linda Caso-Conte, daughter of Guy T. Caso

While working on this posting I was reminded of another photo I was gifted. Below are the cousins once again together. Lt to Rt : Robert, his brother Arthur Caso and Guy Caso.

Courtesy of Guy Caso, son of Guy Caso

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Guy T Caso and Elizabeth Panacciulli

It was March of 2020 that I wrote a number of posts highlighting the family of Michael Caso and his wife Rosa DiGirolamo. Michael was the son of Rita Marvulli (sister of my great grandmother Nicoletta Marvulli) and her husband Gaetano Caso. Gaetano and Rita immigrated from Grumo Appula, Italy with their three children (all born in Grumo) to begin their new lives here.

Michael and Rosa’s children were, Rita, Guy T. (Gaetano) and Vita. In this posting I am highlighting Guy T. (Gaetano) with a few photo’s shared with me courtesy of his son. Below are engagement party highlights of Guy T. and Elizabeth Panacciulli. They applied for their wedding license on 23 Aug, 1947 and were married on the 14th of September.

1947 – Standing left-right: Michael Caso, Antonio Panacciulli Seated left-right: Rosa (DiGirolamo), Guy T. Caso, Elizabeth Panacciulli, Antoinette (Albanese) Panacciulli, Angelo D’Attoma and a hint of Giuseppe Marvulli
left-right: Mary Lingo, Lena Mancini, Elizabeth, Guy T., Giuseppe Marvulli

I am adding three additional photo’s to the original posting that Guy sent to me. These are unlabeled photo’s although a few people are recognizable. I love seeing everyone celebrating and enjoying.

Standing center: Joseph Panacciulli arm around Antoinette, Pauline directly in front of Jospeh is his wife, to Paulines left is Nicoli Panacciulli, his wife, Antoinette is to Paulines right. Next to Nicoli, Gennaro Panacciulli (another brother) and an adorable Gennaro Panacciulli son of Joseph and Pauline. (ID courtesy Louis Panacciulli)

28th Street, Long Island City home of Michael Caso where the reception took place

Guy T. Caso and Elizabeth (Panacciulli) Caso

Photo Courtesy of the Guy Caso Family

Coney Island Beauties – 1943

In my last posting I shared my recent cousin connection with Joseph Eckhardt and some of his wonderful family photos. That posting opened up a dialog and communication between us which later included another cousin, Guy Caso, which led to their connection. Guy has graciously shared some of his family favorites before. He is at it again and a big thank you for these two additional photo’s.

Coney Island, July 18th 1943

Left to Right: Rita Caso, Elizabeth Panacciulli, Antoinette D’Attoma Bellini , Antoinette D’Attoma Piacenza, Lena LNU

Rita Caso was born in 1922 and was the daughter of Michael Caso and Rosa DiGirolamo. Rita married Anthony Fraticelli on 18 Dec., 1943. Our shared common ancestor was Domenico Marvulli and Rosa DiArmiento, my 2x great grandparents.

Elizabeth Panacciulli was born in 1927 and was the daughter of Antonio Panacciulli and Antonia Albanese. Elizabeth married Gaetano (Guy) Caso, brother of Rita, on 23 Aug., 1947.

Antoinette D’Attoma was born in 1928. She was the daughter of Angelo D’Attoma and Vera (Vita) Marvulli. Antoinette married Andrew Bellini on 31 Mar., 1948. The 2nd Antoinette D’Attoma was born in 1927. She was the daughter of John D’Attoma and Rosa Marvulli. Antoinette married Sabino Piacenza. Vera and Rosa Marvulli, sisters, married brothers John and Angelo D’Attoma. My shared ancestors with the Antoinettes is also Domenico Marvulli and Rosa DiArmineto.

Lena (last name unknown) is not related but a friend.

Coney Island July 18, 1943

Back left to right: Lena, Rita Caso, front: Antoinette D’Attoma Piacenza, Antoinette D’Attoma Bellini, Elizabeth Panacciulli

Caso ~ Locorriere New Cousin Connection and Photos

This past week I had the welcomed surprise of an email from a distant cousin who had found the blog and contacted me. He shared briefly that he was the great grandson of Rita Edith Marvulli and her husband Gaetano Caso and would love to share some photo’s with me. The cousin who contacted me was Joseph and he is my 3rd cousin. He is the son of Gloria Caso, daughter of Domenica Margharita Caso. Domenica was the daughter of Rita Marvulli, who was the sister of my great grandmother Nicoletta Marvulli. A sincere thank you to Joseph Eckhardt for reaching out and graciously sharing some of his family photo’s. The first one I wanted to share was this lovely wedding photo of Domenica to Vincenzo Locorriere.

Domenica Margharita (Margaret) Caso & Vincenzo Locorriere December 1922, N.Y.

Curtesy of the Joseph Eckhardt Family

Domenica Margharita known as Margaret was born 11 April, 1903 in Grumo Appula, Bari, Italy. She was the daughter of Rita Edith Marvulli and Gaetano Caso. Joseph and I share our 2x great grandparents Domenico Marvulli and Rosa DiArmiento parents of Rita Edith. Vincenzo Locorriere was born on June 1, 1890, also in Grumo Appula and was the son of Leonardo Locorriere and Laura Antonelli, both of Grumo Appula.

Birth Certificate Domenica (Margaret) Caso – Via San Lorenzo 81 – 6pm

Birth Certificate Vincenzo Locorriere – Piscina la Terra 3 – 12pm

Margaret, under the name of Domenica arrived on Sept. 11, 1905 aboard the S.S. Manuel Calvo. She was traveling with her mother Rita and older brother Domenico (b. 1900). They were traveling to their father Gaetano Caso at 112 Stone Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y.. I was unable to locate a passenger record for Vincenzo. The 1930 census listed his immigration year as 1908 and showed alien status. I was also unable to locate a 1910 or 1920 census. Jumping ahead to the 1940 census it showed under citizenship he had naturalized. Using that information I was still unable to locate any record for this with ancestry but checking familysearch.com I was able to find his Petition For Naturalize. In order, the earliest record I found was for him was the 1917 WWI Draft Registration (ancestry.com) and then the Petition For Naturlization.

His Petition For Naturalization 1919 while in the service, Fort Dix, New Jersey (familysearch.com)

If you noticed on his WWI draft registration his occupation was listed as Ice Business. Joseph also shared this photo of his grandfather Vincenzo in front of his Ice Delivery Truck

Photo curtesy of Joseph Eckhardt Family

Locorriere and Civitano Ice & Coal Delivery Trucks ~ A true family affair

Two years after marring, Margaret and Vincent welcomed daughter Laura (1924) Rita (1926) and Mary (1927) followed by their first son Leonard (1929). They were renting at 38 Wales Ave.. Jersey City, N.J.. I noticed that under occupation it said disabled – veteran and not working. He had been employed in the ice delivery business prior to serving in WWI. I was unable to locate any record pertaining to his injury using ancestry and fold3. Below from google, a photo of the home in 1930.

Between 1930 and 1940, three more children were added to the family of Vincent and Margaret. Gaetano (1930), Helen (1933) and Gloria (1940). As reported on the 1940 census by 1935 the family had moved to 151 Grand Ave., North Bergan, New Jersey. Vincent now listed his employment as ice and coal delivery. He reported work for 52 weeks.

Sitting in back yard of the summer bungalow that his (Joseph) grandfather Vincent built in Brick, New Jersey is his great grandparents Rita (Marvulli) and Gaetano Caso and grandparents Vincent and Margaret.

Another wonderful photo, this one of Margaret and Vincent with all 7 of their children. They are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary ~ 1972

Sadly, Vincent passed away a year later on July 31, 1973. Margaret lived until August of 1982. The are both laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, New Jersey.

2020 ~ A Year in Review

Heading into 2021 I wanted to take a look back at this year and all the amazing discoveries and connections I was so fortunate to make. There were times I felt stuck on what direction to go and ideas but so many family members came through and shared thoughts and photos. With your help, our families stories are being told and preserved. Thank you for helping me tell our story.

In January I asked the question in “Can You Identify Us” with this photo.

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)

This posting led me to being contacted by a 2nd c 1x removed who was able to give me the answer to who the man in the white pants and shirt was. This was Frank Tanzillo husband of Emily, father of Bernard.

There was this gorgeous wedding photo shared with me by my 3rd cousin Toni. Identified in the this photo is from Lt to Rt seated: Rosa (Marvulli) D’Attoma (sister to the bride), Vera (Marvulli) D’Attoma, Maria Covito, Rosa (DiGirolamo) Caso standing: John D’Attoma (brother to the groom) Angelo D’Attoma, Antonio Scici, and Gaetano Caso (Rosa D. husband)

One of my favorite photo’s was of Lucia DiGirolamo & Giuseppe Marvulli shared with me by Vita Andreoli

1904 – 1905

In this photo, Lucia is actually pregnant with daughter Vera Vita and seated, buckled in is daughter Rose. Tragically Lucia passed away 11 June 1908, three years after the birth of Rose in Grumo Appula, Italy.

Michael Caso and Rose DiGirolamo grandson Guy shared with me an amazing story about Robert Caso, my 2nd cousin 1x removed who solved a 70 year old mystery of the the Warren Family. Dan Pontbriand wrote the book ‘The Missing Ones’ A True Story detailing Robert’s never ending search to discover what happened to the parents of two young boys who disappeared on July 3rd 1929 never to be heard from again

Then there were these amazing photo’s shared with me of three siblings and the only known photos at this time of them together. It was also our families first real glimpse of Angelina Civitano nee Marulli.

And who can forget the stranger, jogging through Calvary to bring flowers to his own special person only to pass by the grave stone of Grazia Marvulli and decide to leave the flowers for her instead. Once home he decided to try and research her and came across the blog with her story. From there he wrote to me, sharing this photo. What an act of kindness.

Michael Caso was born 26 Oct 1892 Grumo Appula, Italy and passed away in Dec 1975 in New York. His wedding photo is above with Rose DiGirolamo. Michael had a very unique talent and art form – a message in a bottle. Many family members remember these interesting pieces of art ~ thankfully preserved by his grandchildren. Thankful to Guy Caso for sharing these amazing pieces.

I absolutely swooned over this photo of my grandfathers sister, Julia (Giuditta) Forese nee Civitano. From the headband to the double strand of pearls, the bouquet with with steaming ribbons and ? flowers tied to the ends, the cut of the hem to the tips of her shoes…I couldn’t have been more blessed to receive this from one of her granddaughters.

I began the year with this wonderful photo of Domenico Civitano son of Vito Luigi Civitano brother of my great grandfather. This photo was originally shared on Ancestry by the Paglia Family. I had written “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.”

Guy Caso, son of Gaetano Caso, grandson of Michael Caso shared many wonderful photo’s and his fathers story with me. Geatano recently passed in 2018.

So many wonderful discoveries and mysteries too. Like the discovery of my great grandmothers Immigration card shared with me by my cousin Isabella. I am still baffled by the last name of Palumbo on her card. Nicoletta had a known second marriage to Nicholas Gisondi/a which does not appear on her card, but there is no knowledge of another marriage with this name.

Checking in with my cousin Peter Marino and his page on Ancestry I discovered that a Donata Civitano had married a Vito Domenico Palumbo sometime in the beginning of 1800’s. So Palumbo/Palummo is a Grumo family name. How and why she has this on her card will remain a mystery for now.

A collage of more photos shared

I can’t say thank you enough to every one who contacted me through out 2020. I made many family connections, connecting via email and phone. It made a terrible stressful year seem like a piece of cake, delicious and sweet.

Graziella Marvulli ~ an Act of Kindness ~ Caso and Marvulli Families revisited

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

Hello,
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.

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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 

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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