In Memory of Giuseppe Luigi Langellotti

Giuseppe Luigi Langellotti known as Joseph was my great grandfather. I have written about him before, his life, his family but today I honor and remember him on the anniversary of his passing. From his humble beginnings in San Gregorio, Caserta, Campania, Italy to his home and life in the Bronx, New York, he raised his family and lived his dream.

Giuseppe Luigi Langellotti 

20 March 1876 ~ 6 April 1947 

Joseph was the son of Vincenzo Langellotti and Maria Maddalena Ferritto both of San Gregorio, Italy. He was one of three (known) son’s born to his parents. Angelo Antonio (1870), Joseph (1876) and Theodore who I have not researched or have any information on at this time.

Overshadowed by his father’s death on 13 Dec. 1899, Joseph married Filomena DeLellis (also from San Gregorio) on 9 June 1900. Their first child, Ermina Maria (Emily) was born in 1901 followed by son Vincenzo Gregorio (Vincent James).

Times were difficult in San Gregorio and all over southern Italy. Joseph’s brother Angelo had already left for a new start in America and Joseph deciding now was his time to set sail, left Filomena and his two young children and joined brother Angelo.

A shoemaker at that time he sailed on the SS Prinz Adalbert he arrived on 22 June 1904.

 

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By 1907 his wife and two children had joined him. News of his mother Maria’s passing in 1909 must have touched him deeply, now both his parents were gone. With Joseph and Angelo here and not knowing what had become of his brother Theodore yet, I like to believe that Maria passed with at least one of her sons still at home.

I was unable to find either Joseph or Angelo in the 1905 census but found them first in 1910. Living at 290 E. 149th St., the Bronx, Joseph (34) was no longer working as a shoemaker but was now a laborer in the building trade. Filomena had given birth to two more children, Immacolata (Margaret) (1907), and Antonio (Anthony) (1909). Living with them was brother Angelo also working in the same trade along with 2 male boarders, Marchese Deleiso and Vincenzo Ingo working in the same trade.

290 E. 149 is the small three-story gray building. I feel like the building had a facelift so it’s easy to imagine what it may have looked like in 1910 by the buildings on either side. The entrance door is the metal door below the phone number on the Pizzeria sign.

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Sometime between 1910 and 1915 Angelo had sent for his wife and children to join him.  But on Dec. 28, 1915, tragedy struck with the death of Angelo at the age of 39 leaving his wife Catherine Bocchino a widow with four children, Nicola, Maria, Angelica, and John. This must have been a very sad time for the whole family as Joseph and Angelo seemed to be extremely close-knit.

Then with his own growing family, Joseph moved a few blocks away to 283 E. 149th Street. Their home was the building above the ‘Nail’s’ sign (below). By 1920 my grandmother Catherine had joined the family along with the birth of Rita Lucy and Arthur Frank. Joseph was supporting them as a street cleaner for the city now.

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Doing very well during this time he purchased a home at 1141 Croes Ave. He was no longer a street cleaner but was working as scowman on the docks.  The value of his home was listed at $18,000 on the 1930c. This is the home with the red awnings.

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I like to think of this time as a heyday for this family. My grandmother had recently married her husband Frank Civitano and was living with them along with her sister Margaret who had married John Leone. Sister Emily was married to Frank Tanzillo and their three children were also at the same address. Not far from them was grandfather Frank Civitano’s Uncle, Frank Civitano and his wife Rose DiArmiento at 1129 Croes Ave., with 5 of their children, Louis, Helen, Dominick, John, and Julia, along with their married daughter Lena and her husband Sal Vizzo,  Mary and her husband Anthony Gentile.

But the happiness did not last, 1932 brought the tragic death of their daughter Emily. I have written quite extensively about Emily’s story before. By 1935  the Croes St. house was sold and the family moved again to 1114 Metcalf.  No longer working on the docks, Joseph was now employed as a window trimmer. It is interesting to note too that Joseph had only a 4th-grade education and yet he came, he saw and he prospered.

Tragedy struck in 1942, 10 years after Emily’s death when his wife Filomena (65) passed away.

For the children of Filomena and Joseph Langellotti, tragedy struck again, this time with the passing of their beloved father Joseph on April 6th, 1947. He was 71.

 

May His, Their Memory Be A Blessing

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They were laid to rest at St Raymonds Cemetery, Bronx, New York

 

 

 

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

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In Memory Of Giuditta Maria Sportelli

In Memory of

Giuditta Maria Sportelli

2 November 1839, Aquaviva delle Fonti, Bari, Italy  

21 February 1908,  Grumo Appula, Bari, Italy  

Daughter of Vincenzo Sportelli and Beatrice Costantina Michele Racano

Giuditta Sportelli was my 2x great grandmother. She married Francesco Civitano on 19 February 1860. Giuditta was the mother of Vincenzo and Vito Luigi, the patriarchs of our Civitano branches here in the United States.

Her life can be remembered as nothing less than difficult and filled with heartache. One researcher records 7 infant or toddler deaths (but with no documentation) along with 3 children living to adulthood. Vito Luigi, Vincenzo, and Isabella. I have only 1 infant death with documentation at this time. Whether 7 or 1 death, Giuditta was no stranger to a hard and despairing life. Her husband Francesco, a farmer by trade, desperate to support his family or simply a man with a wild streak was convicted of stagecoach robbery and assault and sentenced to 18 years of forced hard labor in August of 1873. Six years into his sentence he died in 1879.

Both her sons set out for America leaving Grumo Appula between 1903 and 1907. Giuditta would live just one additional year after her two son’s had immigrated. Daughter Isabella had married Michele Sollecito in 1891, remained home in Grumo where she would raise her family and die.

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May her memory be a blessing 

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.

In Memory of Erminia Langellotti and Nicoletta Marvulli

In Memory of 

Erminia Maria (Emily) Langellotti 

4 March 1901 San Gregorio, Caserta, Italy ~ 1 February 1932 Bronx, New York 

Daughter of Giuseppe Luigi Langellotti and Filomena DeLellis

I have told the story of Emily Tanzillo before.  Her life ended tragically at age 31, leaving her husband Frank Tanzillo with 3 young children to raise. He was given considerable help and a roof over their heads with her sister Katie, husband Frank Civitano and their family. Emily is buried at St Raymond’s Cemetery (new) in the Bronx along with her husband Frank Tanzillo and great-granddaughter Dorine Falantano.

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Rest in Peace

 

 

In Memory of

Nicoletta Civitano nee Marvulli

10 September 1877, Grumo Appula, Bari, Italy ~ 2 February 1962

Daughter of Domenico Marvulli and Rosa D’Armiento

 

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Nicoletta was my great grandmother. Arriving in 1906 at age 29 she joined her husband Vincenzo Civitano who was already here. Their first child, a boy was born in 1907 followed by a daughter in July of 1909. Happiness was short-lived as Vincenzo was murdered Oct 12, 1909. After a trial, Nicoletta returned to their home town of Grumo Appula with infant daughter Julia and son Frank, then 2. Not much is known about her life back in Italy. She did remarry a gentleman named Nicholas Gisondi. Details of this marriage are sparse. It is believed he too was a widower with children. Nicoletta’s children returned to New York in 1923, living with the family of Frank and Rose Civitano. Frank was his 1st cousin, son of his father’s brother. After the death of her second husband, Nicoletta returned herself, making her home with her daughter Julia and her family.  Nicoletta is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California

 

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May Their Memory Be A Blessing 

In Memory of Angelina Vizzo nee Civitano

In Memory of 

Angelina Vizzo 

1 November 1909, N.Y.C.  ~  25 January 1999, Bronx, New York 

Daughter of Francesco Civitano and Rosina D’Armiento

 

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Angelina was the first born of seven children to newly arrived immigrant parents, Francesco and Rosina Civitano from Grumo Appula, Bari, Italy. She married Salvatore Vizzo on 28 April 1929, however, they had applied for their marriage license on February 14, 1929.  Please be my Valentine!

More commonly known as Lena, she and Salvatore went on to have two daughters.

Lena was laid to rest at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, Westchester County, N.Y.

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May Her Memory Be A Blessing 

 

 

 

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

In Memory of Steven Joseph Staluppi

In Memory of

Stefano Giovanni Battista Staluppi

25 Jan 1915 – 15 Jan 1995

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Steven was the son of Thomas (Gaetano) Staluppi (Messina, Italy) and Sadie (Rosaria) Napoli (Itlay). His parents, both Italian immigrants, met in New York and were married here. Steven was born in Brooklyn, New York, the 2nd son and one of five siblings in his family.

Steven enlisted in the United States Army on 24 Oct. 1942 – 9 July 1945 and served proudly in WWII.

He married Rita Lucy Langellotti in 1959, sister to my grandmother Catherine Civitano nee Langellotti. They had no descendants.

Steven was laid to rest at the Ferncliff Cemetery and Mausoleum, Hartsdale, Westchester County, New York.

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May his memory be a blessing

 

 

 

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

In Memory of Giuseppi (Joseph) Marvulli

In Memory of

Giuseppi (Joseph) Marvulli 

12 July 1873 Grumo Appula, Italy ~ 8 Jan. 1950 Queens, N.Y.

Son of Domenico Marvulli and Rosa D’Armiento

Joseph arrived aboard the SS Conte di Sovoia on 28 Feb. 1938 at the age of 64. His destination was his daughter Vera in Long Island City. Joseph had been married to Lucia di Girolamo for a short six years when she passed away in 1908 at the age of 24, leaving him a widower with 2 small children, Vera and Rosa.

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May his memory be a blessing 

 

 

 

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

In Memory of Nicoletta Civitano

As 2019 was approaching, I  spent some time thinking about the direction I wanted to go with my family research. After some thought, one of the things I would like to do is highlight as many family members as I can with a memorial mention on the anniversary of their passing. My first post turns out to be for my beautiful Aunt Coletta. 

 

In Memory of 

Nicoletta Civitano 

27 Nov. 1930 – 7 Jan 2011

Daughter of Frank Civitano and Catherine Langellotti   

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Coletta was laid to rest at The Ferncliff Cemetery, Rosewood Mausoleum, Hartsdale, Westchester, New York

 

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May Her 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.

Son Vincenzo DeLellis married Maria Carmella Iannetti. DeLellis2Flora copy.jpgPhoto courtesy of the descendants of Vincenzo and Maria

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 ~