DeLellis Family Connection

It’s been so long since I have posted on my ancestry blog. Sometimes living life just takes over and finding the time or the energy to spend on research is impossible but I am back and I have a DeLellis family connection and picture to share.

To refresh your memory or catch you up if you are a new reader, my great grandmother was a woman named Filomena DeLellis. She was born on 28 October, 1877 in San Gregorio, Caserta, Compania, Italy to Francesco Saverio DeLellis b. 9 Oct. 1827, in San Gregorio and Caterina Loffreda b. 20 Dec. 1853 also of San Gregorio. Francesco and Caterina had three children that I am aware of. Filomena b. 1877, Luigi b. 1880 and Umberto b. 1890

Francesco’s 1st wife was a woman named Anna and they had 1 child, a son named Vincenzo b.1863

In early February I received an email from Bob DeLellis. It turns out we are 3rd cousins with our MCRA being Francesco’s parents Luigi DeLellis and Marianna DiAmico Our great grandparents were 1/2 siblings, Vincenzo and Filomena. Bob wrote to me after finding the blog and wanted to say thank you for sharing information. Additionally he shared a photo with me.

Getting back to Vincenzo, he married a woman named Maria Carmela Iannetti and they had children Maria, Anna, Vingenza (Jenny), and Francesco (Frank) Marco. Frank Marco married a woman named Winifred Cassidy. They were Bob’s grandparents.

Below is the family photo that he shared with me and with his permission I would like to share it with you. Very little is known about this photo and we are hoping with some luck other DeLellis members may have a clue in helping to identify the people in the photo.

Written on the back of the picture is the date 1915 and Bob believes that the short man on the right is his grandfather Frank. Taking a look at the 1915 census (which gave no date for its enumeration) the head of house was Frank age 19, working as a mill man, his mother (written as) Carmina 50, brother Benjamin 17, and sisters Anna 13 and Jennie 8. Frank was the only one working. His father Vincenzo actually passed away January 30,1915, so it is possible if the census was enumerated prior to that date he could be in this photo. Just a guess but could the woman with the child on her lap be his mother Maria Carmela (? ) with Bob believing that is Frank to her side, and could that possibly be Vincenzo (?) his father.

Vincenzo’s father passed away in 1908 so he could not be in this photo. Vincenzo’s mother Caterina died in 1918 but in 1915 was not in Rhode Island but was living in the Bronx so it is unlikely she is in the photo. Could the older man and woman possibly be the parents of Maria Carmela ? I have no information on either of them.

At this point everything is a guess and I don’t want to make any more guesses based on ages and census information at this time. I will add that in 1915 Frank and his mother and siblings still at home were living at 238 Sterling Ave. Providence, R.I.

Thank you to Bob for sharing this picture and giving us this additional peak into our families story. I

Update edit thank you to Amy of Brotmanblog: A Family Journey @ https://brotmanblog.com for pointing out a few things I had missed. First she checked with family search and learned the Rhode Island census was enumerated in April. This most certainly means Vincenzo could not be in the picture. For some reason I was focused solely on January. Amy also pointed out that the clothing they were wearing clearly indicates warmer weather for the time the picture was taken.

Domenica Caso and Vincenzo Locorriere

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

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

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

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

Maria Filomena Peragina and Rocco Tetro

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.

Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx Giuseppe and his wife Anna Signorile

Chiara (Grace) b. 1891 Grumo d. 1920 Bronx, N.Y.

Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx. I do not know who this Rocco is.

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 and Michele Sollecito

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 Pasquale D’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.

Wedding Bells for Guy T. Caso and Elizabeth Panacciulli

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

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

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

Guy and Elizabeth were married for 57 years.

Caso Family Photo’s

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

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

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

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

Guy T. Caso – School Graduation

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

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

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

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

Cousins: Robert G. Caso and Guy T. Caso

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

https://wordpress.com/post/civitanofamilyblog.wordpress.com/5685

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy of Guy Caso, son of Guy Caso

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Guy T Caso and Elizabeth Panacciulli

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guy T. Caso and Elizabeth (Panacciulli) Caso

Photo Courtesy of the Guy Caso Family

Caso ~ Locorriere New Cousin Connection and Photos

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

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

Curtesy of the Joseph Eckhardt Family

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo curtesy of Joseph Eckhardt Family

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

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

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

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

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

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

In Memory of Frank Civitano Nov. 8, 1907 – Nov. 23, 1982

Francesco (Frank) Civitano

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.

1929

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