In Memory of Catherine Saccoccio nee DeLellis

In Memory of 

Catherine Saccoccio nee DeLellis 

7 October 1912 Rhode Island ~ 3 February 1938, Cranston, Rhode Island

Daughter of Luigi DeLellis and Annunziata Cordini

Catherine is at rest in the St Anne Cemetery in Cranston, Providence, Rhode Island

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May Her Memory Be A Blessing 

 

Catherine was one of nine children born to her parents. With the exception of a brother, Francesco b. 1908 d. 1909, she was the first in her family to pass away, and at the young age of 26. I  can find no record or mention as to the cause of her death but whether it was from a natural cause, sickness or accident it was a tragedy. Married in 1935 to Anthony Saccoccio, Catherine passed just 2 years later. Prior to her death, 2 children had been born. A son Louis, and a daughter named Madeline who would later marry Robert Frank Montaquila. I have written about the family in an earlier post where I detailed a newspaper article for Madeline.  The article sited Madeline, the daughter of the late Catherine DeLellis Saccoccio.

In the 1940 census, I found father Anthony (son) with 2 children Louis 7 (grandson ) and Madeline 6 (granddaughter) living with his parents Louis (64) and Madeline (67) along with 2 sister’s and a brother at 15 Randall St., Cranston, Providence, Rhode Island. Anthony was working as a mould maker. An earlier 1935 census for Anthony lists him as married, living at 12 Knight St., Cranston working as a toolmaker in Jewelry Factory. I also found the 1935 census for Catherine at the same address. Interesting to me is the Rhode Island 1935 census is recorded on an individual punch type of card, like one might use in the older fashion of voting.

 

In Memory of

Vera Mosca nee DeLellis 

25 January 1917 Cranston, Rhode Island ~ 5 February 1987 San Bernardino, California 

Daughter of Luigi DeLellis and Annunziata Cordini 

Vera is at rest at Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, California

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May Her Memory Be A Blessing 

 

Vera was a younger sister of Catherine. She was married by 1935 to Louis Mosca. Beyond that, I know very little about Vera nor was I able any information on Vera. Both Vera and Catherine were my first cousin 2x removed.

 

 

 

©2019, copyright, Sharon Haimowitz-Civitano. All rights reserved.

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In Memory of Vincenzo DeLellis

In Memory of 

Vincenzo DeLellis 

About 1863 San Gregorio, Caserta, Italy ~ 30 January 1915 Providence, Rhode Island 

Son of Francesco Saverino DeLellis and Caterina Loffreda

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Arriving in 1885, I believe Vincenzo was our founding family member here in the states. His wife would join him in 1887 and together they had 12 children, 6 lived through to adulthood with 1 unknown. Starting out in Pennsylvania, they made their way to Delaware settling in Johnston, Rhode Island by 1900 where Vincenzo was working as a farmer.

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May His Memory Be A Blessing 

 

©2019, copyright, Sharon Haimowitz-Civitano. All rights reserved.

Our Italian Family Year in Review

Here were are near the end of the year. 2018 has been on amazing research journey for me. I have made and corresponded with new cousin connections on both sides of my family, broken through a few brick walls, read fascinating and informational ancestral blogs by amazing genealogy research bloggers, networked, strengthened family ties, connected family, shared and had shared family photo’s I never thought I would have the honor of obtaining….truly this year journey has been wonderful and fascinating.

This January through blogging and picture sharing we were able to confirm and identify the only known picture of Angelina Civitano nee Marvulli, sister to my great grandmother Nicoletta. Through this I met and connected with a 3rd cousin, Rose, which has continued to be an on going blessing for me.

Angelina Civitano nee Marvulli wife of Vito Luigi Civitano

Photo is of the sweet 16 (1946) party for Coletta Civitano.  

 

In February as I was working on the children of Vito Luigi and Angelina, while reviewing the marriage certificate of son Vincenzo (James) Civitano to Anna Plavcsan I noticed that the best man was recorded as Vincenzo Simone. Vincenzo Jame’s two sisters, Rose and Julia married two Simone brothers, Domenico and Vito. That left me with the question who was Vincenzo Simone? I have not had a chance to research this but the one thing I have learned is never assume, as in assuming he is a brother.

On the 16th of  March we lost Filomena Tanzillo. She was the daughter of Emily Langellotti and Frank Tanzillo.

Filomena (Phyllis) Muller nee Tanzillo ~ may her memory be a blessing 

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In April I connected with a 2nd cousin 1 X removed on my DeLellis line which opened an exciting dialog and information and photo share. The most exciting for me the photo of

Francesco Saverio DeLellis born 1828 San Gregorio Mattese, Caserta, Italy  died March 1908 Johnston, Providence, Rhode Island 

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Researching Francesco and his wife Caterina Loffreda left me with the question, what happened to their youngest son Umberto? Married to Michelina Mastangelo in New York (1911), had they returned to San Gregorio sometime after 1911 and remained there? That question remains into the new year.

In May I blogged at length about Francesco’s oldest son Vincenzo, who married Maria Iannetti, and his children which led to this wonderful photo I received below in July from Flora – I so love and appreciate getting to know Flora over the last few years. She has been a wealth of information on the DeLellis family she married into.

Vincenzo DeLellis and Maria Carmella Iannetti

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While receiving this photo was so welcomed we lost another member of our family and with deep sadness I recorded the passing of

Julia Mary Bianca nee Civitano ~ may her memory be a blessing  

I had the honor and pleasure to meet Julia with my adopting mother (Grace Brown) along with her daughter Phyllis and grandson Peter Marino in Florida. Julia will always hold a place deep within my heart.

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I debunked the myth that Filomena DeLellis arrived through Argentina by finally locating her passenger record and wrote about the gangland murder of her daughter Emily, sister of my grandmother Catherina Civitano nee DeLellis. In Sept. I continued to receive records for Emily and was surprised by an additional marriage certificate from ‘Our Lady of Pity Church’ Bronx.

In September my cousin Ann left L.A. on a trip to Italy to visit the ancestrial towns of our family, San Gregorio Mattes, Caserta and Grumo Appula, Bari, Italy. I am excited to begin sharing about her adventure in the coming year.

When November rolled around I ordered off of eBay a 1919 map of the Johnston, Rhode Island, home of where many of our DeLellis family settled, with many descendants still there in the area.

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November also was a month of sadness which brought the passing of another family member; mother to my cousin Ann and her family ~

Rose Mary Giuliano nee Forese

 February 8, 1931, Bronx, New York – November 21, 2018

May her memory be a blessing 

Rose Mary was born on Feb 8, 1931 to Nicholas Forese and Julia (Giuditta) Civitano. (Julia was sister to my grandfather Frank Civitano). Rose Mary was the oldest of 2 siblings, both who preceded her in death, Michael John and Nicoletta Rose.

In 1955 Rose married Emanuel Giuliano in the Bronx. He was the son of James Vincent Giuliano and Antonette Prezzano. Emanuel preceded her in death on May 14, 2014.

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Now here we are in December…. and I wanted to end the year with saying thank you for following along, all the comments shared on the blog and privately. Happy Holidays and healthy coming New Year to you all.

Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo

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1919 Johnston, Rhode Island Map

Although I never knew her or my grandfather, Catherine Langellotti was my grandmother and over the course of many years of research into my families history, day by day she has become more and more alive to me. She was the daughter of Giuseppe (Joseph) Langellotti and Filomena DeLellis. I have written quite a few posts on their story, the story of Filomena’s parents, Francesco DeLellis and Caterina Loffreda. Quite recently, my cousin named Ann made a trip from California to the town of San Gregorio Matese, Caserta, Italy – the home of our DeLellis family and still home to many many descendants of our family. Her story and photo’s will be shared in the coming year.

In an attempt to drawer closer and discover as much as I can about our family I purchased this awesome 1919 plate map of Johnston, Rhode Island off of ebay for the small price of $20. I just love having another piece of our history.

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Just to briefly recap our story I need to go back to

Luigi DeLellis who married Mariana D’Amico (birth dates unknown) They had 1 son that I have knowledge of and that would be my 2x great grandfather Francesco DeLellis b. abt 1828, San Gregorio Matese. Francesco married Caterina Loffreda and they had 3 sons, Vincenzo, Luigi and Umberto along with 1 daughter my great grandmother Filomena Maria.

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FrancescoDeLellis copy.jpgOur patriarch DeLellis branch father immigrated to Johnston, Rhode Island in 1904 joining his son Vincenzo and Luigi, their families, who were already here. Traveling with Francesco was his wife Caterina and youngest son Umberto. Daughter Filomena, married in Italy arrived by 1904 along with her first 2 children, meeting her husband in the New York. Upon the death of both his parents and his recent marriage in 1911 son Umberto left with wife Michelina Mastangelo returning to San Gregorio Mateste. As far as we know he remained there. With a little luck I had hoped we would be able to track down Umberto’s descendants on Ann’s trip but she was unable – but not without giving it a great try.

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Vincenzo and Maria were the parents of 10 children 6 who lived to adulthood. Baby Girl 1890-1890, Philomena (Mamie) b.1890, Riddle Banks, Del. married Pedro Nicoletti; Maria Carmela (Mary) b. 1892, PA, married Attilo(Arthur) Langellotti, the rest were all born in R.I.. Antonia b. 1895 d. 1903, Marco Francesco b. 1892, married Winifred Cassidy; Benedetto (Diley) b. 1898, married Earline Bickley; Annina (Anna) b. 1901, married Ricardo Toselli; Clara A. b. 1904 d. 1905; Vincenza (Jennie) b. 1906 married Carmine Fera and Maria T. b. 1911 d. 1911.

This is another family photo shared with me by the descendants of Vincenzo and Maria. Middle row: Anna Toselli, Frank DeLellis, Mary Langellotti, Jennie Feta. If anyone is able to identify the other family members in this photo we would love to hear from you.

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Luigi DeLellis and Annunziata Cordini were the parents of 9 children 8 who lived to adulthood. Antonette (Jeanette) b. 1902 San Gregorio, Italy married Thomas Pezzuco; Mary E. b. 1905, R.I. married John Delbonis; Francesco b. 1908, R.I. d. 1909 R.I.; Anthony b. 1910 R.I.; Catherine b. 1912 R.I. married Anthony Saccoccio; Frank b. 1914, Johnston, R.I. married Dolores Detonnancourt; Vera b. 1917, R.I. married Louis Mosca;  Albert Luigi b. 1919, Johnston, R.I. married Yvonne Holden; Anna b. 1923, Johnston, R.I. married Caulafrancesco.

Umberto married Michelina Mastangelo on April 2, 1911 in Manhattan, N.Y.. His story still remains pretty much a mystery. We do know he arrived in 1904 at the age of 14, married in 1911 then returned to Italy. I also have 1 record having him return to N.Y. in 1913, age 23, leaving his wife at home in San Gregorio but with no other information on why or when he returned to Italy.

My great grandmother Filomena DeLellis and Giuseppe Langellotti were the parents of 7 children who all lived to adulthood. Ermina (Emily) b. 1901, San Gregorio, Italy married Frank Tanzillo; Vincent James b. 1903, San Gregorio, married Elizabeth Festa; Margaret b. 1907, New York married John Leone; Anthony b. 1909, Bronx married married Marie Visaggi; Catherine b. 1912, Bronx (my grandmother) married Frank Civitano; Rita Lucy b. 1914, Bronx married Steven Staluppi; Arthur Frank b. 1917, Bronx married Teresa Venerose

My favorite photo of Filomena with Emily and Vincent James

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Looking back over this year of research and connections made with family members of this branch I want to say a very special thank you for sharing so many wonderful stories and photo’s and your willingness to help keep their stories, their memories alive.

We truly have so much to be Thankful for ~

 

 

San Gregorio Matese, Caserta, Italy…here she comes

This week I had an exciting phone calling from my 2nd cousin, Anne, who shared with me a life long dream. I will be living this dream through her as she travels to Italy in Sept.. Anne will be spending a fantastic month touring, visiting with family and friends and doing a little reconnaissance/research mission as well. I have kept my request minimal allowing her in the words and heart of the ‘American Pickers’ to do this “free style”.

Below I have freeze framed 3 plagues from the town of San Gregoria Matese, Caserta, Campania, Italy – home of my DeLellis and Langellotti family. Along with those two paternal last names, on the maternal side we also have Loffreda, D’Amico, Ferrito and Fattore to name the top few. On the plaques – family members

I have also added the video from You Tube that I found these memorial markers on. Please take a moment to watch.

Using google translate I was able to transcribe the memorial headings.

San Gregorio D’Alife to his Valorious Fallen Children For The Greatness of Italy In War 1915 -1918

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Civilian Victims of War 1940 – 1945

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Fallen Of War  1940 – 1945 Soldiers

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The Wonderful You Tube video of our San Gregorio 

 

 

The most common 5 family names SanGregorio from http://italia.indettaglio.it/eng/campania/sangregoriomatese.html

77.50 De Lellis

45.00 Fattore

35.00 Boiano

32.50 Mezzullo

30.00 Loffreda

 

Consigliere

Fernando De Lellis, He was born on 10/08/1983 in PIEDIMONTE MATESE (CE).

Education: Licenza media superiore

He was elected on 11/06/2017 and he was in charge on 12/06/2017 – Party: Lista civica – Civicamente San Gregorio

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Vincenzo De Lellis, He was born on 13/07/1989 in PIEDIMONTE MATESE (CE).

Education: Licenza media superiore

He was elected on 11/06/2017 and he was in charge on 12/06/2017 – Party: Lista civica – Civicamente San Gregorio

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Pietro Filomeno De Lellis, He was born on 13/08/1964 in REGNO UNITO.

Education: Licenza media superiore

He was elected on 11/06/2017 and he was in charge on 12/06/2017 – Party: Lista civica – Noi per Voi

Consigliere

Salvatore Fattore, He was born on 08/09/1972 in SAN GREGORIO MATESE (CE).

Education: Licenza media inferiore

Job area: Condizioni non professionali

He was elected on 11/06/2017 and he was in charge on 12/06/2017 – Party: Lista civica – Noi per Voi

Our roots run deep in San Gregorio

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Filomena Langellotti nee DeLellis continued

In my last post I left off with the passing of Caterina Loffreda nee DeLellis, the mother of Filomena, my great grandmother and wife of Giovanni Luigi (Joseph)Langellotti. The year was 1918, February 18. Caterina was buried at St. Raymond’s Cemetery, Bronx, New York.

Filomena had married Joseph (Giovanni) in June 1890 in San Gregorio, Caserta, Italy and immigrated to the United States in 1906, joining her husband who had arrived 2 years earlier in 1904. Filomena arrived with her 2 children Ermina, also known as Emily and younger brother Vincenzo, Vincent. With this post I will pick up in the year 1920.

In 1920 the family was still at the E. 149th St, Bronx address. Joseph (45) had switched from the building trade and was working for the city as a street cleaner. Filomena and Joseph had added on more child and the last of their 7 children, Frank (Francesco) was born in 1916. Oldest daughter Ermina (18)  (recorded Emilla) was working as a shirt operator and Vincenzo, 16,  (recorded as Jim) was working as clerk in a factory, Margaret 12, Tony 10, Kate 8 – my grandmother, and Vieda (Rita) 5 were all home. The only curious thing about this census record was the fact that Ermina was listed as immigrating in 1915 and Jim in 1917.

We clearly have the original immigration record for 1906 with the children arriving with their mother Filomena.

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The question raised for me is – had the two children returned to Italy at some time after arriving, lived with relatives and then returned to join the family? This could simply be a census error. I have nothing to support a return. It just seems a little to specific.

I was unable to find the family in 1925 census but located them again in 1930 living at 1141 Croes Ave., Bronx. Much had changed by 1930. Oldest daughter Emily had married Frank Tanzillo shortly after the 1920c on Feb. 19th. Their first child born in 1921 was daughter Angelina Lucy followed by Filomena/Phyllis in 1926 and Bernard in 1930. Husband Frank was working as a bricklayer and the family was living along with Emily’s parents at the 1141 Croes Ave. address.

Also by 1930 daughter Margaret (22), and husband John Leone 21 (spelled Lenone) was at the same address too. John was working as a packer/shoes. I have been unable to find their marriage record. I want to note that I originally  picked up a marriage date and record of 1939 for them. (quite a few researchers list this record as the date) However in researching I found 2 other couples with their same names and I believe one of them is the 1939 marriage and not our couple.  Unless they had their first 2 children before marrying, they married prior to 1933. Their first child Jenny was born in 1933 followed by Emily in 1935 and Phyllis some time after 1940c.

Along with daughter’s Margaret and Emily was my grandmother Katherine (17), with her new husband, my grandfather Francesco (22), Frank Civitano at the 1141 Croes Ave. They were married on the 14 of Sept. 1929. I have a wonderful wedding photo for Frank and Katherine but I would like to save it for another post.

Katherine DeLellis’s  engagement photo 

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So by 1930 three of their four daughters were married. I was not able to find the youngest daughter, Rita, she was not listed on the census with her parents. She would have been 16 at the time. At home with Filomena and Joseph were  their three sons. James (26), working as a window trimmer, Anthony (20) was employed in a butcher shop as a helper and Frank (16), had ‘none’ next to employment, and no mention of student/school. It is possible Rita was simply left off the census or at another location.

1141 Croes Ave. was a multi family home built in 1927 (red awning)  

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1932 was a year of tragedy for the family with the death of oldest daughter Emily Tanzillo on Feb. 2nd. Emily was killed in the cross fire in an ongoing gang war between gangster Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll and the Dutch Schultz gang. This tragedy alone, deserves its own blog post. Needless to say this event would forever be engraved in the minds and psyche of the family. Emily left behind her husband Frank and her three young children, Angelina, Philomena and Bernard.

Sometime between 1930 and 1935 Joseph and Filomena moved to 1114 Metcalf Ave., Bronx. Following his in-laws, my grandfather Frank (33) had moved to the same address with his wife Katherine (27) with their daughter Coletta (9) and Vincent (5). His occupation was listed simply ‘coal’. We know that the extended Civitano family members were all involved in the ice and coal business. 1940 was a very busy year, Filomena (63) had her hands full on the home front. Living with them was son James (37) an assembler, and Anthony (30) with no occupation listed, Rita (25) was on this census and working as a clerk. Their son-in-law, widower Frank Tanzillo (44) was living with them along with their three grandchildren Angelina (18) a telephone operator, Phyllis (16) and Bernard (10) My Uncle tells me that he can remember Bernard sharing a room with my father in those early years. Also in the unit next to them was Franks brother Louis Tanzillo (40), a machine mechanic and his family. Wife Anna(38) children Angela (15) and Bernard (10).

My dad Vincent Civitano and Bernard Tanzillo 

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1114 Metcalf Ave home (without awning) 

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Grandparents Katherine and Frank Civitano                                                                          with my father Vincent and his sister Coletta 

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This picture is labeled 1930’s but I believe it is most likely 1939 – 1940. Coletta (9) in the 1940 census and Vincent (5).

Looking very close to the same year, here is a photo of Filomena Langellotti nee DeLellis with my father Vincent and sister Coletta.

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All three of Filomena and Joseph’s son’s were married in 1940. First was Arthur Frank to Teresa Venerose on Feb. 17th followed by Vincent James to Elizabeth Festa on Sept. 21st, and then Anthony to Marie Visaggi on Dec 11th. All the weddings took place in the Bronx.

Arthur Frank and Teresa Venerose                                                        

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My Aunt Coletta was the flower girl and my grandfather Frank the best man

Vincent James and Elizabeth Festa  

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Daughter Rita Lucy married  Steve (Stefano Giovanni Battista)  Staluppi in 1959. Both of Rita’s parents had passed away by that time.

Rita and Steve Stalupi

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Filomena Langellotti nee DeLellis passed away on November 9, 1942 at the age of 65. No cause of death is listed on her death certificate but the signature of the physician indicates it was natural causes. The informant of the document was her son James (Vincent). *note on the gravestone photo (to follow) the birth year is incorrect.

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Filomena Langellotti 

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Five years later on April 6, 1947 husband Joseph (Giuseppe Luigi) Langellotti passed away. Informant on his certificate was his daughter Rita. There is no cause of death but again the signature attests to natural causes. Both are buried at St Raymond’s Cemetery.

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Working on this post I realized I do not have a single photo of Joseph (Giuseppe) Langellotti. Of course I have added this to my must find list 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Filomena Langellotti nee DeLellis

Filomena Maria DeLellis was born on October 28th, 1877, Via Andrea 5, San Gregorio, Caserta, Campania, Italy. She was my great grandmother and the only daughter of Francesco DeLellis and Catherine Loffreda, both of San Gregorio.

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Filomena was a 1/2 sister to Vincenzo, 14 years her senior, and a full sibling to Luigi born 3 years after her followed by Umberto 13 years later.

By 1900 at the age of 23 Filomena had married Giuseppe (Joseph) Langellotti. Giuseppe was the son of Vincenzo Langellotti (1838 – 1899) and Maria Maddalena Ferritto (1834 – 1908) both also of San Gregorio, Italy.

Let me stop there and tie in the Langellotti and DeLellis line just little bit more. Vincenzo Langellotti (Giuseppe”s father) was the son of Gabriele Langellotti and Teresa DeLellis. I have not been able to research further back to tie in this grandparent generation to confirm a cousin match however if we were to assume that Luigi and Teresa DeLellis with siblings, we would have a cousin marriage. I think it is very possible. Even if Teresa and Luigi were cousin’s, we have a familia connection at best.

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What I find so very interesting when working on a family is how it breaks down and the connections that are found. These are two families with their roots deep in this San Gregorio, Caserta region of Italy. It seems so natural that families merged and blended together.

Giuseppe and Filomena married on the 9th of June, 1900 in San Gregorio, Caserta, Italy

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Their first child, Erminia Maria (Emily) was born in 1901 followed by son Vincenzo Gregorio (Vincent James) in 1903. One year following Vincenzo’s birth Giuseppe left Italy for New York harbor aboard the Prinz Adalbert joining his brother Angelo Langellotti living in Brooklyn, New York. Giuseppe arrived on June 22, 1904.  His profession was noted as shoemaker. If you have been following this blog you may remember that Filomena’s brother Luigi was also a shoemaker/cobbler and already here.

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Ships Manifest for Giuseppe

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Two year later in 1906 Filomena left to join Giuseppe. Over the last few years I have had many conversation’s with my Uncle Joe regarding the route she may have taken to get here. He was always under the impression that she came via Argentina. I had been unable to find anything to support this or any immigration record for Filomena. While preparing for this post I decided to take one last look for anything I could find. I was so shocked to locate a record on familysearch.org (which I have checked many times) for Filomena, traveling under her maiden name of DeLellis, with daughter Erminia and Vincenzo.  The name of the ship is still in question. On the following document (3rd) you will see the ship’s name is unclear. There were two ships owned and in use by the The White Star Line at the time; The S.S. Celtic and The S.S. Cedric. I think she was on the Celtic; because of the tic ending.  Sometimes known as the S.S. Celtic (Steam Ship) it was also known as RMS Celtic (Royal Mail Ship or Steamship) From the site http://www.norwayheritage.com/p_ship.asp?sh=celt2 ; I located a S.S. Celtic (2) which departed on Sept 21, 1906, departed Liverpool for New York via Queenstown. The familysearch record had Queenstown for the ship name which through me off at first. It was an indication of going through Queenstown. Scrolling backwards through the microfilm the ship recorded prior was spelled clearly as CRETIC, also a tic ending. For now it remains unclear as to the ship Filomena was actually on. I have found nothing to confirm that the ship may have traveled to or through Argentina.

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A wonderful photo of Filomena with presumed Ermina standing and Vincenzo on the pedestal. Filomena would be about 26 years old in this photo.

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The first census I found for the family was the 1910. They were living at 209 E. 149th St., Bronx, NY. Giuseppe had adopted his Americanized name of Joseph (34)  and was working as a laborer in the building trade. Filomena (32), Erminia (9) was recorded as Emma, James (7). Two more children had been added to the family Margaret (2), transcribed as Maculato and Antonio 4/12. Living with the family was Joseph’s brother Angelo (34 – married)  and two boarders, Marchese Deleiso and Vincenzo Ingo. All three of them were working as laborers in the building trade along with Joseph.

1910 was a year of excitement for the family because shortly after the census in April, Angelo’s wife of Caterina (Bucchino) and their 3 children, Nicola, Maria Filomena, and Angelica arrived in August from San Gregorio. One more child would be born, John Frank in 1911 and then tragedy struck. Angelo passed away sometime in 1915 at 45 years old.

Angelo is buried at Old Saint Raymond’s Cemetery in the Bronx.

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By 1915 more children had joined the family of Joseph and Filomena. Catherine (my grandmother) had been born and her sister Rita. The family had also moved to 283/288 148th St, Bronx. Finding this census took some doing as this is by far the worst misspelling of a name I have ever run across. Recorded as Joseph Lanciardo and Filomena was recorded as Firearms. Also living with them was Filomena’s mother Caterina (60), widowed. Joseph’s (38) occupation again was laborer, building and Filomena (37) house work. List with alien status was Joseph, Filomena, first born Emilia, now Emily and Vincenzo now Vincent as well his mother in law Caterina.

1918 saw the passing of Filomena’s mother Caterina. She died on Feb. 15th and was buried at St Raymond’s Cemetery.

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While looking at this death certificate for Caterina, I noticed something I had not put  much thought into before I began blogging about this family. This death record states she was here in the U.S. for 4 years. I suddenly realized she must have returned to Italy after first arriving in 1904 after husband Francesco passed away in 1908. Not only had she returned but this must be when and most likely why youngest son Umberto, then 18, returned to Italy. Aging, she returned in May of 1915 (not a true 4 years) to her daughter Filomena and her family to be cared for until she passed away. This seems to support the notion reported by a family member that they believed Umberto had returned to Italy and why I have had no succession finding Umberto or Caterina here in the states between those years.

In my next post I will continue with the story Filomena and Joseph and their family.

 

 

Photo of Vincenzo DeLellis & Maria Carmela Iannetti

Before I move on with my next post for the DeLellis Family branch I wanted to share this wonderful photo of my 2x great uncle Vincenzo DeLellis and his wife Maria Carmella Iannetti. Vincenzo is the oldest son of Francesco Saverio DeLellis and 1/2 brother to my great grandmother Filomena, and brothers Luigi and Umberto. All of the family hailed from the town of San Gregorio, Casserta, Italy settling in the Providence/Johnston area of Rhode Island. I have been blogging extensively on this family for the last few post with the exception of Filomena, who will be next.

Vincenzo and Maria were the parents of 11 children, 3 of which did not survive past infancy. Vincenzo passed in 1915 and Maria went on to live until 1940.

Vincenzo and Maria Carmela DeLellis 

DeLellis2Flora copy.jpgCourtesy of a family member of Vincenzo’s branch. I can not say thank you enough for sharing this picture with me. 

 

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

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.