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
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
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.
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 Mariana D’Amico. Caterina’s parents were Onorato Loffreda and Maria Maddalena D’Amico. 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.
Item 1: In 1913 Luigi filed his Declaration of Intention to Naturalize. I am having trouble with adding the documentation but have been successful in adding at the end of this posting. Please see item 1 at the bottom.
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, his in 1918 WWI draft registration a few more gaps about his life filled in. See Item 2
Their family had also grown by 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 NunzieDelles/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
Found in U.S. Directories for the year 1922, I located the listing for Luigi. Working as a shoe repairer with the work address of 900 Cranston. Located there now is a Dunkin Donut shop. The home was located on Thornton.
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.
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.
Rhode Island State Census, 1935
Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Number in Family
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.
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 was 12 Knight, the birth date is correct.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Providence JournalSunday, Jun 07, 1959 Providence, RI Page:142
As I had mentioned this posting has been updated from the original and much of the information has been deleted. I was able to add just a few of the original documents and 1 pic to the bottom. There had been a glitch with photo’s and then a change in WordPress made reposting the original missing content impossible.