Johnston, Rhode Island Cemetery Series and the DeLellis Family

For my DeLellis and Langellotti family members I wanted to bring something you might find interesting to your attention.

The Johnston SunRise newspaper is beginning a weekly series looking into the history of the many (over 100) historic cemeteries in Johnston, Rhode Island. Over the years I have been following the town of Johnston on their facebook page and this is where I found the first of the series published. You can access the article at the link below in red.

https://johnstonsunrise.net/stories/grave-responsibility-johnston-historical-society-cemetery-committee-needs-help-maintaining-town,163326?fbclid=IwAR0PEOa12zHcWsEeYnKFMaxa8kidoIsV16EpMyu0T2KUAzadjFM791Ibrg0

In the first of the series, writer Rory Schuler shares some valuable information on gravestones and then goes into telling the story about Johnston’s only native son to become governor of Rhode Island, Samuel Ward King, as told to him by Steve Merolla, Vice President of the JHS.

My connection to Johnston is through my 2x great grandparents Francesco Saverio DeLellis and his wife Caterina DeLellis nee Loffreda.

Just briefly, Francesco (76) and Caterina (61), along with their youngest son, Umberto (14) arrived 30 April, 1904 from San Gregorio, Caserta, Italy to Ellis Island going to Francesco, oldest son of Vincenzo DeLellis who had arrived prior in 1885. Vincenzo was the son of Francesco and 1st wife Anna Maddelena LNU. Vincenzo had made his home in Johnston and by 1900 I found hm living on Peck Hill Ave. with his wife Marie and six children.

Francesco and Caterina had three children together, my great grandmother Filomena, Luigi and Umberto.

Filomena (1877) born in San Gregorio, married Giuseppe Luigi (Joseph) Langellotti also of San Gregorio, on 6 Sept, 1900. They had both arrived by 1904 and made their home in the Bronx. They had seven children, Catherine (Katie) Langellotti, my grandmother who married Frank Civitano.

Son Luigi DeLellis married Annunziata Cordini, in Italy. He arrived 11 July, 1902 according to his naturalization papers and made his home in Johnston. Annunziata followed with first born Antonetta and went on to have eight more children, making Johnston their home.

Umberto married the 2nd April, 1911 to Michelina Mastangelo in New York City. The best I have been able to discover is that they had returned to Italy and may have remained permanently. I have a passenger list record for Umberto, leaving wife Michelina in Italy and returning to the NY for what appears to be a visit in 1913.

Francesco DeLellis passed away on 28th March, 1908, in Johnston. I have not been able to locate where he is buried which is what led me to the Johnston historical society originally, hoping to find some record of his burial. His place of burial remains a mystery to me.

Francesco Saverio DeLellis originally shared with my by the Turi Family

Another DeLellis and Langellotti Branch

I have written numerous times about the DeLellis and Langellotti families on our blog. Some of the female maiden names, going back 5 generations, included Fattore, Iannetti, Loffreda, Ferrito, DiAmico, Magro, Cianci, D’Onofiro, Ciccarelli, Maisono and Mastangelo.

In blending these two families together I will try to explain as simply as I can this new family branch.

Francesco DeLellis (my 2x great grandfather) had been married two times. His first wife was a woman named Anna LNU and from this union son Vincenzo DeLellis was born abt. 1863, San Gregorio, Caserta, Italy. Vincenzo married Maria Carmella Iannetti some time prior to 1890 in San Gregorio.  (it is through Vincenzo’s 1/2 sister Filomena Maria DeLellis daughter of Francesco’s second wife Caterina Loffreda, that my line or branch follows)

Vincenzo and Maria had 11 children, all born in the US, of which 6 survived to adulthood.

Philomena (1890-1966) m Pietro Nicoletti, Maria Carmella (1893-1984) m Arthur Langellotti, Marco Francesco (1869-1981) m Winifred Cassidy, Benedetto (1898-1941), Annina/Anna (1901-1994) m Riccardo Tiselli and Vincenza (1906-1996) m Carmine Fera. Those that did not survive were BabyGirl (1890-1890) Antonio (1894-1903) Clara Antonia (1904-1906) Maria T (1911-1911) along with Thomas (1894) who I have no other information on. 

It is about their daughter Maria (Mary) Carmela, born 17 Dec., 1893 Phil., Penn. and her family, that I would like to focus on. 

Maria (Mary) Carmela DeLellis married Attilio (Arthur) Langellotti on May 14th, 1914. The event took place in Providence, Rhode Island, however the marriage was registered in Springfield, MA. (I will refer to Attilio as Arthur) 

Arthur Langellotti and Maria DeLellis

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Both Photos Courtesy of the Langelo Family

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Maria DeLellis Langellotti 1923

 Arthur born abt. 1888, was the son of Antonio Langellotti (1856) and Anna Fattore both of San Gregorio, Caserta, Italy. ( I have not attempted to research how Antonio fits into our family yet) Anna passed away sometime prior to 1904 in Italy and it was after that, Antonio left and immigrated with their 2 sons Roberto (Umberto) and Arthur.  (A 3rd son, Adamo (1886) had arrived a few years prior to his father and two brothers. He married in 1909, Cranston, R.I. to Guiseppina Cerro. This branch has dropped the L from the last name and uses Angelotti)

Antonio applied to be naturalized on 28 Feb., 1905 in Philedelphia, Pennsylvania where he first settled with Roberto and Arthur. (record from ancestry.com)

Antonio Langellotti Petition to Naturalize 

I was able to find Antonio in the Providence Rhode Island City Directories under Contractors and Builders in 1910, 1911, and 1912. His address was listed as 13 Pequot. The building still stands, built in 1900, looking as if it has had a facelift. https://goo.gl/maps/ABMLHQij5XMarspMA

With the marriage date for son Arthur (Attilio) and Maria in May 1914, I feel comfortable in writing that the family relocated to Rhode Island possibly as early as 1910.

I also located a record of sale for two lots to an Antonio Langellotti on Penbroke Ave. in 1918 for $600.

From Genealogybank: Evening Bulletin, Jan 23, 1918.

A quick look on google for the road Penbroke and I discovered the neighborhood is now the Oakland Avenue Historic District. I was unable to locate a death record for Antonio Langellotti. This is the last mention I could find for him.

Coming back to Antonio’s son, Arthur (Attilio) and Maria, their first child Emily, was born in 1818 followed by Vincent 1919, Arthur Jr 1922 and Victor in 1924.

Unable to find a 1920 census for the family I did find Arthur’s naturalization record with the date of naturalizing Dec. 11, 1920. This gives us a location for where the family was living in 1920 – 238 Sterling Ave., Providence. I also discovered something else about this address of Sterling Ave.. Maria’s father, Vincenzo DeLellis’s death record from familysearch.com, lists his address was 238 Sterling Ave. So he was living with them or they were living with Maria’s father. Vincenzo died in 1915 from atrophic cirrhosis of the liver at the age of 52. He is buried in St Ann Cemetery in Cranston, Rhode Island. The family had remained in the home.

Notice the name of the witness above, Frank Delellis. I have been thinking about this and just who was this Frank? This is just a guess but I am making the assumption that this was most likely Arthurs wife’s brother, Marco Francesco (aka Frank) b. 1896. In 1920 he would have been 24 years old.
Both records are from Ancestry.com

Above is his Intention to Naturalize with a date of Dec. 1904. Arthur’s occupation was listed as steam engineer. One question I had was, when had the name been changed from Langellotti to Langelo. On both nat’l records he is using Langelo. But it is important to note that on his wedding record of 1914, he did use Langellotti.

Another wonderful photo shared with me by the Langelo Family is this photo of Arthur and Maria with their children Vincent, Arthur Jr. & Emily. I estimate this photo to be 1923 with Arthur Jr born in 1922 and Victor not yet born (1924)

Maria and Arthur (Attilio) with children L to R Vincent, Arthur Jr. and Emily

I really love this photo. I love that Emily and Arthur Jr. are holding hands and I can’t help but wonder is this possibly a first photo for the children? Their expressions seem to be saying ‘what is going on or happening here’ Vincents sailor suit is adorable too. Both Emily and Vincent have the same hair cut and shoes seem the same too. Emily’s hair bow is larger than her sweet little head, and certainly in style for this time.

By 1930 Arthur had moved his family to 37 Simmonsville Rd. in the town of Johnston. Their last child Victor had joined the family in 1925. Unfortunately no information on what Arthur was doing for work was listed on the census. One clue to his occupation was his WW1 Draft Registration (ancestry.com) Written as Arturo Langelotti, occupation is fireman. 

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The 1930 census was enumerated in April. Perhaps he had been ill at this time and the reason he was not listed, because 7 months later on November  21st, Attilio (Langellotti) Langelo died at the age of 43 in Cranston, R,I.. He is buried at St. Anne Cemetery, Cranston, R.I..  

Maria was 38 when she lost her husband, leaving her with 4 children under the age of 12. This must have been a very heavy burden for her. I have not been able to locate any information on where Arthur’s brothers, Roberto and Adamo were at the time. Were they close by and able to help? I have not taken the long look at her siblings yet to answer that question. By 1940 Maria had relocated her family 89 Cumerford St. in Providence. A picture of the home can be seen at https://goo.gl/maps/WFWw6WGu2JDMCiPc8

It appears that Vincent, now 20 was the only one working according the the census information. He was a bread wrapper in a bakery. Neither Emily 22, or Arthur Jr. 18 showed an occupation. A listing in the 1942 City Directory, still on Cumerford, Arthur was working as a bread wrapper, Victor and Emily were working as clerks, and Vincent was listed as USN. Continuing to track the family by 1945, still on Cumerford, Vincent USN, Victor USAAC (United States Army Air Corp) and Arthur USA – I believe this stands for U.S. Army as I have his WWII draft registration for the Army. Emily is listed but without work.

But 1945 would bring sadness to the family with the passing of Emily on July 26th. She was 28 years old.

Emily High School Photo (Ancestry.com) photo below courtesy Langelo Family

From 1945 through 1962 using City Directories on ancestry.com I was able to tract the family. They remained at the 89 Cumerford address up until 1951 with Maria and her three sons all together at that address. By 1952 Vincent had left home. Then jumping to the 1962 directory, Maria was listed alone at 3 What Cheer. While the 1945 directory showed all three son’s in the service of the our country in 1947 they were all listed as students. Arthur Jr. had found a job in personal finance in 1951 Victor was not working and Vincent was still a student. 1952 Arthur Jr. became the asst. manager for the Methodist Finance Co., and Victor was working as an engineer both still living with their mom.

Maria outlived two of her sons, Arthur Jr. who passed away in 1977 and then Victor who passed the follow year in 1978. Maria had outlived her husband Arthur by 54 years, passing away in 1984. Her son Vincent saw the passing of all his siblings and father and mother.

Saint Ann Cemetery, Cranston, Rhode Island
Saint Ann Cemetery, Cranston, Rhode Island

Col. Arthur Frances Langelo is buried at Saint Marys Cemetery, Bristol, Bristol Co. Rhode Island

Victor Anthony Langelo and his wife are buried together at Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery, Springfield, Delaware Co., Pennsylvania
Vincent Arthur Langelo is buried at Lake Grove Cemetery, Holliston Middlesex Co. Massachusetts along with a WWII Veterans Grave site

I am very thankful to the Langelo family that reached out to me after locating our family blog and providing me with these wonderful photo’s of their connected family. I plan on spending additional time researching the family.

Robert G. Caso Revisited

Robert G. Caso, known as Bob, was my 2nd cousin 1x removed. I never knew Bob and only recently discovered we lived within 150 miles of each other.

I wrote about Bob in a May postings of this year, highlighting his life and the fact that he played an intricate role in solving a 75 year old mystery about a missing couple in 1929 in the Port Angeles, WA area. You can access that post by clicking here Robert G. Caso ~ Solves a 75 Year Old Mystery

The Caso branch is from Grumo Appula and married into the Marvulli branch also originating in Grumo. Rita Marvulli married Gaetano Caso in 1885 immigrating by the 1900’s. (Rita was the sister to my great grandmother Nicoletta). But DeLellis and Langellotti branches please don’t feel left out as the Bob Caso’s story is as much yours  because it all started as far back as about 1760 in San Gregorio, Caserta and Grumo, Bari with Caso’s and D’Amico’s, DeLellis and Langellotti’s all mingling and marring one another.

The Begots: Pietro D’Amico and Elisabetta Caso had daughter Caterina D’Amico who married Vincenzo DeLellis son of Giovanni DeLellis and Elisabetta Ciccarelli and they had Teresa DeLellis who married Gabriele Antonio Langellotti . They had Vincenzo DeLellis who married Maria Maddalena Ferritto which brought me to Joseph Langellotti marrying Filomena DeLellis (my great grandparents) intertwining these branches.

When I had connected with a 3rd cousin, Guy Caso, he shared with me the amazing story of Bob and the role he played in finding a missing couple from 1929, WA and that a book had been written about it, I had to purchase it. Below is the cover for the book written by  Dan Pontbriand  The Missing Ones – A True Story 

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It is truly an amazing story about a couple with 2 young boys. The Mom had been in the hospital. Dad left them with neighbors and went to fetch Mom and bring her home, promising the boys the following day they would attend the 4th of July celebration in the near by town. They never returned and were never found. Speculation of what happened spread, searches were conducted but yielded little to no evidence and their disappearance remained a mystery. The setting is on the magnificent Olympic Peninsula within the Olympic Nat’l Park of Washington State and Lake Crescent. Dan Pontibriand weaves a detailed tale leading up to their being found, including the history of the area, the people who settled it, and one mans obsession and mission (Bob’s) to discover what happened to Blanche and Russell Warren.

In addition there are wonderful photo’s along with a few of Bob. Copyright law prevents me from sharing them but if you have any interest in delving deeper into this story, the story of one of our fellow family members, I recommend this book.

Celebrating Family

Caso, Marvulli, D’Attoma Branches

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left to rt seated: Rita Fraticelli (Caso), Vera D’Attoma (Marvulli), Rose D’Attoma (Marvulli), Michael Caso, Rose Caso, on lap Lucy D’Attoma (Vera’s daughter), unknown friend. 2nd row: Angelo D’Attoma (Vera’s husband), Guy Caso, Elizabeth Caso (Panacciulli), Elizabeth’s Uncle, Elizabeth’s brother Frank Panacciulli, woman with glasses another Panacciulli family member. In Middle: man with glasses white hair and woman next to him are Elizabeths parents Antonio and Antonia Panacciulli. Back row: John D’Attoma (Rose’s husband), Giuseppe Marvulli, Antoinette D’Attoma, Joe Panacciulli, Toni, John D’Attoma.

This timely photo was shard with me by my 3rd cousin who I have recently connected with through this blog. Timely, because, Toni shared it was taken in the spring, possibly on Palm Sunday. Looking at the photo closely you can see a plant in the center of the crowd and the table is filled with an array of baked goods, dessert, traditional for Palm Sunday and Easter. The picture was taken by Anthony Fraticelli, Toni’s father who was an amateur photographer. The family was gathered at the home of her grandparents Michael Caso and Rosa DiGirolamo, who I have been featuring these last few postings. Their home was located at 37-21 28th St, Astoria, Queens, N.Y., a frequent gathering place for their growing branch as the basement featured a full kitchen with seating for all.

Gathering together to celebrate life and family was not only a tradition but a must for all our extended families. My branch gathered together also, to raise their glasses to say ‘all vostra salute’

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I am imagining all our branches gathering together and this is by far not all of us

But as we gather this Easter 2020, or I should say as we stay sheltered in place during this Easter Sunday, so many of us alone, not by choice but necessity of this pandemic, as the years have gone by and family gatherings like these have become less and less common, remembering and celebrating our ancestors has taken on a broader and more important meaning to me. Whether we have separated by time, place, or ideas that don’t line up, we are those who came before us with their hopes and dreams becoming our hopes and dreams, we are not alone. 

 

Below is one of my favorite photos of my family taken at our last gatherings when all of my children were together, with their children, add four more grands born since, and then add 6 more to that photo, 1 on the way, the grands with their own children, spanning the country from Oklahoma, Alaska, California, Oregon, Texas, Illinois and Okinawa, Japan.

4            Yucca Valley, CA, 1996 

From my home to yours, from my family to your family

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A very special thank you to Toni for reminding me of just how precious our family is  

Angelo Antonio Langellotti continued

In my last post, I wrote about my great grandfather Giuseppe (Joseph) Langellotti. In writing a bit of his story I began to understand the close bonding ties he held with his older brother Angelo Antonio who was b.1870 San Gregorio Martese, Caserta, Italy. Angelo passed away on 28 Dec. 1915, Bronx, New York. He was buried at the Old St Raymonds Cemetery in the Bronx. (On most all of his documents, his name was written as Angelantonio but I will refer to him as Angelo)

Angelo arrived in New York in 1904 ahead of his wife Caterina aka Catherine Bocchino and their 3 children, Nicola (1897) Maria (1899)  and Angelica (1903).  Their last child, a son they named John Frank was born in 1911 in New York. Four years after John’s birth Angelo passed away at the age of 45 leaving Catherine with 4 children to raise. Curious about the young age of his passing, I had sent away for his death certificate and it has arrived.

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There is no telling how long Angelo had pneumonia but according to his death certificate, he passed away from Acute Broncho Pneumonia after being treated for only 5 days by the attending physician.

Looking at the death record that was signed by his wife Catherine (not shown) I began to think about what happened to her. I tried looking for her in the 1920 census but was having no luck. So I switched to trying to locate her through her children. I found her living by her oldest son, Nicola, using Nicholas, in New Rochelle, Westchester, New York on the 1930 census. Nicolas was now married to Ernestine Magro with children Angelo 12, Joseph 10, Catherine 7 and John 7/12. He owned his house at 29 Ashland Street, value, $8,000. He was working as an electrician with the railroad. Looking at the neighbors, it was then that I spotted Langellotti, John, 19, listed as a stepson and there above him was his mother Catherine, 51, wife of Salvatore Panetta, 55. She had remarried. Salvatore’s occupation was listed as hod carrier, industry – building ( I do not know what this job may have been unless it was an error and it is wood carrier) * this is an amendment to my original posting regarding a ‘hod carrier’ Thank you to Amy of http://brotmanblog.com   who did my work and found the meaning  for a hod carrier.  I always appreciate the help and collaboration with fellow researchers. According to Wikipedia     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brick_hod

John was working as a mechanics helper – railroad and I suspect he may have been working with his brother Nicholas.

 

 

With the information of Catherine’s 2nd husband, I went back to see if I could locate her in 1920 with Salvatore. This time I found them both and son John living on South Center Street in Southington, Hartford, Connecticut. They were renting and Salvatore was working as a laborer in a hardware factory. John, 8 was as listed stepfather, obviously, an error meaning son living with a stepfather.

I have not been unable to find a marriage license for them, looking both in N.Y. and Connecticut.  But using the information from both censuses it was easy to approximate a marriage year. From the 1930 census, it states Salvatore’s age of first marriage was 40. Giving us a good clue they married sometime prior to the 1920 census that was enumerated on the 12, January.

By 1940 Catherine’s youngest son John Frank had married Frances Cianci. John was working as a plumber’s apprentice. His income was recorded as $880. His highest grade completed was the first year of high school. John and Frances had two daughters, Catherine, named for his mother and Marie named for Frances’s mother. The family was living with Frances’s parents Joseph and Marie Cianci at 417 Weed St., Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut.

But what happened to Catherine Langellotti – Panetta and her 2nd husband Salvatore Panetta?

I am not quite sure.

I have found two records that could be Salvatore. One could support an earlier death prior to 1940 and the other could support that they may have divorced and he was on his own. As for Catherine, I have a death date of 8 Nov. 1948 in Connecticut. But I have not been able to find Catherine. I suspect she was living somewhere close to her son John Frank. What I do know is she is buried with her first husband Angelo under Langellotti in the Old St. Raymond’s Cemetery in the Bronx.

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I would love to be in touch with anyone who may be able to share more of their story with me and tell us what happened to Catherine.

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.

 

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 finding 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.

 

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. 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.

 

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 1930 c.

 

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.

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.

 

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.

Francesco DeLellis 

FrancescoDeLellis copyOur 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. DeLellis2FloraPhoto 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

 

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 ~

 

 

Love, Murder and Heartbreak

This post will tell the story of Erminia Maria (Emily) Tanzillo nee Langellotti, my great aunt, sister to my grandmother Katherine Civitano nee Langellotti.

In my last few post I had concentrated on my great grandmother, Filomena Langellotti nee DeLellis and her husband, my great grandfather Joseph (Giuseppe Luigi) Langellotti  both from San Gregorio, Caserta, Italy. I had outlined and given a brief history of each of their seven children, Emily, Vincent James, Margaret, Anthony, my grandmother Katherine, Rita Lucy and Arthur Frank. With much love for the memory of Emily I would like to spend some time and share the story of this great aunt and oldest daughter of Filomena and Joseph; Emily (Erminia Maria) Langellotti. Her life tells a tale of love, betrayal, murder, heart break as well as an error in time that has been often glamorized but is far from that. The scars left behind are real effecting the generations to come.

Emily was born on March 4, 1901 at 10:00am in San Gregorio, Italy. The street and house number is listed as 58 Via Matese. Google earth does not enter that road but I have asked my cousin Anne to try and get a photo for me on her up coming visit to Italy if she is able to get to San Gregorio.

Birth Certificate of Erminia Maria Langellotti 

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Emily’s brother, Vincent James was born next on May 12, 1903. By 1904 their father Joseph had left for America arriving in June. He set off on the task of working and securing a place for his family that would arrive 2 years later in 1906.

 

By 1917 five more children were added to the family, all born in New York. Emily was 15 when the last sibling, Arthur Frank was born.  The 1915 New York census indicated that Emily was in school. On the January 1920 census she was working as a shirt operator in a factory.

On February 20, 1920 at the Bronx Borough Hall Emily Langellotti (19) wed Frank Tanzillo (24). Frank (Francesco) was the son of Bernardo Tanzillo and Angelina Coccera.

 

Marriage Certificate - Frank

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Three children followed with the oldest, Angelina Lucy (1921), Filomena known as Phyllis (1926) and Bernard (1930).  In 1930 Frank Tanzillo was working as a brick layer, the same profession as his father. Their address was 1141 Croes Ave. Bronx, where they were living with Emily’s parents, along with sister Margaret who had married John Leone and my grandmother Katherine who had married Frank Civitano.

Emily with Angelina and Filomena, pregnant with Bernard

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Also living on Croes at 1129 was Frank and Rose Civitano. This Frank Civitano (my 1st cousin 2x removed) was my grandfather Frank’s favorite cousin although more of an Uncle to him. He was also the sponsor of Frank and sister Julia on their return (1923) from Italy as teenagers. Living with Frank and Rose were all of their children along with daughter Lena who was now married to Salvatore Vizzo and daughter Mary married to Anthony Gentile. (I would like to make a special mention of their daughter Julia Bianca nee Civitano, who recently passed away – you are loved and remembered) The importance of this mention of this family branch is that these families were extremely close knit and bonded. They too must have been deeply affected by the impending event.

Tragedy was building and by 1932 the happiness of the family was shattered and forever altered.

Emily apparently had a fondest for gangsters. In all fairness I am not sure that is correct or if it should be she had a fondness for a man who was a gangster. In any event she was caught in the crossfire in the conflict between Mad Dog Coll, Dutch Schultz and Lucky Luciano.

When I had first heard about this story of Emily, I was compelled to get to the bottom of it. Very few details had remained as the story was a sad one and one that was not talked about or passed down with any detail. A good 10 years past now, I set out to learn what had happened to Emily.  The following is the original newspaper article I located.

Daily News Thursday, February 2, 1932

 

 

 

A Bronx stronghold of Vincent Coll was turned into a shambles last night. Standing in the doorway of an apartment at 1216 Commonwealth Ave., four torpedo men ruthlessly shot down two woman and four men whom they found lingering over dinner. Three were killed outright – one woman and two men. All others were wounded one of the men probably fatally. It was apparently Dutch Schultz’s response to Coll’s recent “call to arms” a summons which resulted in the arrest of Coll, his bride and two of his ace trigger men on Jan 11th. For the apartment where the shooting occurred is a known rendezvous of Coll and his lieutenants, at least one of which died in last nights massacre. He was Pasquale Del Greco, 32, alias Patsy Dugan. The other dead was Emily Tarrizello, 32, of 1141 Ave., Bronx. (let me stop here and say that the family purposefully gave the incorrect last name at the time. Also note that the street name of Croes was left off the address too) Fiore Basile, 33, a known killer and burglar and brother of Michael Basile, one of Colls most trusted mobsters. Basile and Miss Tarrizello were said to have been sweethearts. The wounded are: Mrs Lena Vineiguerra who’s only address police reported as 15th St. shot in the arm. Joseph Parrone, 19, who lives in the rear of the apartment where the shooting occurred, who was shot in the arm. Luis Basile, brother of brother of Fiore who was shot in the heart and the right arm. Little hope was held for his recovery at Fordham hospital where he and Mrs Vineiguerra were held last night.  (Children in next room) Parrone who who was taken to Bathgate Station after he had been treated at Fordham told police that his father, who is deaf, was asleep in an adjoining room when the fusillade was fired. In the same room were Parrone’s two younger brothers age 6 and 3. Neither they nor his father were hurt. although slugs from the murderer’s .45 caliber ? pockmarked the walls and splintered furniture in both the dining room and living room. The article goes on to say that the apartment belonged to Mrs Margaret Zaccardi, the sister of the Basile brothers. The article also goes on to say that One of the children in the apartment, unschooled in the ways of gangland, ran to the corner of Westchester Ave. informed a policeman that “men were shooting upstairs” That was the official knowledge of the affair although occupants of near by houses and heard the fusillade and screams. None could be found however who would say they saw the killers.

  • an addition to this original posting, more articles have been downloaded to newspaper.com that have the name of Emily recorded correctly (Tanzillo)

Coll was expected to be present at the apartment and the main target of this hit. Unfortunately he had not arrived yet. From what I have read, the hit man had not actually known what Coll looked like and was unaware he was not among those gathered when he began firing. Coll was successfully killed a few days later on Feb 8th, 1932 (which is my birth day)

This was the original accounting of the event that took place. From the article, to me, it is unclear which of the Basile brothers Emily might have been seeing, was it Fiorie or Michael? What I do know is that the family knew about Emily and what she was doing and was upset over her ‘going out’. She would say she was going to play cards. I can not even begin to imagine the turmoil and heart ache that was felt in the home prior to and after this event that would alter their lives forever.

Death Certificate of Emily Tanzillo

notice spelling of first name which I have seen before 

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Frank Tanzillo and his children would remain with Emily’s parents, Filomena (63) and Joseph (64) into the 1940’s with a move to the home at 1114 Metcalfe Ave., Bronx on the 1940 census. My grandparents Frank (33) and Katherine (27) also had moved with them. My father Vincent (5) Coletta (9) were now born. On this 1940 census Frank Tanzillo (44) widowed, listed as son-in-law had no work listed. He had worked 10 weeks in 1939 with an income of $500, granddaughter Angelina (18) was working as a operator telephone company, and their was Phyllis (16) and Bernard (10). In addition, Frank Tanzillo’s brother Louis and wife Anna was also living in the house next door with their children Angela and Bernard.

Frank Tanzillo would go on to live another twenty four years with out Emily. This was a difficult post for me to write about. There is of course more to this story that needs not be shared or remembered. The important thing is to remember that she was a daughter, a sister, a wife and mother. She was loved and missed and remembered. It was important to me that this story not be lost as it is part of who we were and are.

Rest in Peace Emily and Frank Tanzillo 

Tanzillo, Frank

 

 

A simple google search for Mad Dog Coll will yield quite a few articles on him and the event that took place.

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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 one more child, 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.

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 on Feb. 19, 1920. 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 was 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  heir 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.

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

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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 Nicoletta 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).

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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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