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.
Below are the photos of Maria Filomena Peragina and her husband Rocco Tetro. Recently I had received notification from MyHeritage for ‘discovery matches’. In the tree of I. Tetro, Italy, were the pictures of Maria and her husband.
And here is how they are connected to our family tree. (everyone was born in Grumo Appula, Bari, Italy
Vito Luigi Civitano (1803 – 1836) married Isabella Elisabetta D’ Amico (1806 – 1874) (they were my 3x great grandparents) they had daughter
Rosa Civitano ( 1828 – 1891) and she married Giuseppe Peragina ( 1825 – 1896) they had daughter
Maria Filomena who married Rocco Tetro making her my 1st cousin 3x removed and Rocco the husband of my 1c3xr.
According to one family researcher on Ancestry the birth and death years for Maria was 1866 – 1928 Rocco was 1863 and some time after 1829. (this is undocumented)
They were the parents of nine children
Giuseppe Luigi (Joseph) b. 1888 Grumo d. 1969, Westchester, N.Y.
Chiara (Grace) b. 1891 Grumo d. 1920 Bronx, N.Y.
Rosina b. 1893 Grumo d. unknown (Grumo)
Francesco b. 1895 Grumo d. 1927 Grumo
Vito Luigi b. 1897 Grumo d. 1919 N.Y.
Laura b. 1898 Grumo d. unknown
Pietro b. 1901 Grumo d. 1972 Grumo
Donato b. 1902 Grumo – 1990 Grumo
Giovanna Maria b. 1905 Grumo
Angela b. 1907 Grumo d. 1993 N.Y. She married Vito Cascione in Grumo and immigrated in 1960 and became a citizen in 1966.
Isabella Civitano was the daughter of Francesco Civitano (1834-1879) and Giuditta Maria Sportelli (1839-1908)
She was born 21 July 1865, Grumo Appula, Italy. Isabella was my great grandaunt. She was the sister of my great grandfather Vincenzo and his brother Vito Luigi Civitano. Both Vincenzo and Vito Luigi immigrated and began our our Civitano families here in New York. Isabella however, remained in Grumo Appula.
Isabella’s Birth Certificate
I have written briefly about Isabella before. I have had no luck in locating information on or connecting with any family members of her branch. It is my hope in keeping her current I may be able to discover more about her from readers.
Isabella married Michele Sollecito on 31 January 1891 in Grumo Appula, Italy.
Marriage Certificate for Isabella and Michelle
Michelle Sollecito was born 11 March, 1864 in Grumo Appula. He was the son of Leonardo Sollecito (1836 -18730 and Francesca Filomena Capozzolo (1840 – 1916)
Birth Certificate of Michele
Backtracking just a bit, Isabella’s father Francesco had been convicted of robbing a stage coach and assault on August 30, 1873. He was 39 years old at the time. He was sentenced to 18 years of forced labor at the Bagno Penal Facility in Civitavecchia. He would only serve 6 years, passing away at age 45, in prison.
Isabella was only 8 years old when her father was convicted. Mother Giuditta was left with her daughter and her two sons, Vito Luigi (13) and Vincenzo (5) to raise. A great deal of responsibility must have been placed on Vito Luigi being the oldest child.
When Isabella married Michele in 1891, brother Vito Luigi was already married (1882) to Angelina Marvulli and brother Vincenzo was still single and would not marry Nicoletta Marvulli until 1900.
Isabella and Michele’s first son was Leonardo Sollecito born 25 Feb., 1893. He too remained in Grumo Appula, passing away on 5 March 1954, Grumo.
Their next three children, all named Francesco did not live to adulthood, all passing within a 2 years of being born.
A daughter Francesca was born on May 15, 1902. I have no other information on her. She was followed by Giuditta born 25 Feb. 1905. She would live for 15 years before passing away on March 6, 1920.
Isabella and Michele last child was Donata born on November 14, 1908. She went on to marry PasqualeD’Erasmo. Pasquale was the son of Vito D’Erasmo and Rosa Burdi. It appears they made their home in Grumo where Donata died on 26 July, 1973. I have no other information on Pasquale.
Brother Vincenzo was the first to immigrate to New York, arriving on June 19, 1903, Vito Luigi followed on May 8, 1907.
Their mother, Giuditta passed away on February 21, 1908 leaving Isabella, her only child in Grumo Appula to bury her. Actually she was not alone her sister in law, Vito Luigi’s wife, Angelina, was still there. She would not join her husband until 1910. Vincenzo’s wife Nicoletta (Angelina’s sister) was already in New York, having traveled in 1906 to join him.
While the details of Isabella and Michele Sollecito and family remain limited I am hopeful more information will eventually surface.
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.
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 (?)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Today, November 23rd, marks the anniversary of my grandfathers passing. He was born on the November 8, 1907 in Manhattan and died in 1982 at the age of 75.
Frank was the son of Vincenzo and Nicoletta (Marvulli) Civitano, natives of Grumo Appula, Italy, who immigrated to start a new life in the early 1900’s. Frank was the older brother to Giuditta (Julia) born in 1909. The excitement of their new life was cut short when on the 12 of October, 1909 Vincenzo was murdered. After a trial, and the assailant was sent to prison, Nicoletta returned to Grumo with her two children. There, she remarried Nicholas Gisondi. Life was not easy and the memories of that time was not openly talked about or shared.
Frank returned to New York at the age of 15 on June 7, 1923. He was sponsored by his cherished cousin – more like an Uncle to him, Francesco (Frank) Civitano – oldest son of his father’s brother Vito Luigi Civitano. Sister Julia followed in June of 1925.
Frank got down to the business of work and building a new life in New York but it wasn’t long before he met and married Catherine (Katie) Langellotti, daughter of Giuseppe (Joseph) and Filomena (DeLellis) Langellotti.
Frank and Katie had three children. The oldest was daughter Nicoletta, then my father Vincent and younger son Joseph. They made their home in the Bronx which was often the gathering place for many family celebrations.
Frank worked hard to support and raise his family for many years in the ice delivery business and then as a fuel oil dealer and later President of a window cleaning business.
He took great pride in his home, his family and his extended family.
Frank and Katie celebrated 53 years of marriage before he lost his life in a tragic accident. Below celebrating 50 years of marriage they were joined by their beloved family and friends.
Frank was laid to rest at Ferncliff Cemetery, Shrine of Memories Mausoleum, Hartsdale, Westchester County, New York
Not a Civitano or blood relation, but an extremely important family can not be overlooked. Below is photo of my father Vincent Civitano and Vincent DeVito, son of Thomas (Gaetano) DeVito and Mary Mercurio/Mercumo.
I have posted this photo before on the blog with out identifying the man with my father. Spotting the photo recently, my Uncle shared who the other fellow was. He believes this meeting was by chance, and he is not sure they were in the same unit. What is important is that the DeVito family was more like family than friends. Vincent’s father, Thomas DeVito was my father Vincents Godfather.
Thomas and my grandfather Frank were paisan – country men from Bari, but it went farther than that. There was a bond of brotherhood between the two men that extended into the families. So in this posting I will honor the family of Gaetano (Thomas) DeVito.
Thomas was born on February 26, 1901 in Toritto, Bari, Puglia, Italy. Toritto is 2. 85 miles from our home town of Grumo Appula. Whether they had known each other growing up or had met in New York, the bond between the two was cemented here in the states. Thomas arrived aboard the SS Dante Alighieri on May 14, 1920 at the age of 19. I was unable to find his actual immigration passenger record so this information came from his Intention and his Petition To Naturalize from Ancestry.com.
Using familysearch.com I was able to locate Thomas’s marriage record to Mary Mercurio. From this record I discovered that Thomas’s parents were Vincenzo DeVito and his mothers name was not legible and spelled as Ar…Ela Ferrovecch. Mary’s parents were Nicola Mercurio and Anna Ottomanelli.
Thomas married under his name Gaetano to Mary on June 21, 1925. First born daughter Marie was born in 1927, followed by Anna, 1929, Virgina, 1932, Vincent, 1932, and Nicholas, 1935.
Thomas worked in the business so popular with our family – the ice and coal delivery service. The 1930 census records from Ancestry.com listed him and Mary at 1054 Trinity Ave., Bronx, rent $50, work listed as proprietor Ice Co. Marie and Anna had both been born. Living with them or the apt next to them (it wasn’t clear) at this address was his brother Michael and his wife Mary – also in the ice business. Listed under the spelling of their last name as Devits in 1940 they had moved to 1221 Bryant Ave. Still in the ice business, all of their children had been born.
I was so pleased to learn there was a photo of my father and Thomas (his Godfather) at his confirmation. A big thank you to my brother Frank for digging through photo’s and finding it for me.
I have been unable to find a death record for Thomas or for his wife Mary. I know very little about their lives or family. It seems the families grew apart and lost touch or as our family members grew older and passed, the stories faded.
I was able to find a death record for son Vincent, buddy in the picture with my father.
Vincent passed away on Oct 15, 2003 and is buried at Ascension Cemetery, Monsey, Rockland Co., New York.
I did check the cemetery for any other family members. There is a Nicholas DeVito buried there but with no ages given. It’s possible it is Vincents brother but that in not known