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.
I have written about the Forese Family before. Specifically covering the story of little Maria 2 (7 years old) who died tragically in a fire in 1919, the passing of Maria’s 2 younger sister Angelina in 1917 and the passing of their mother, Rosa (DeSantis) in 1920, as well as touching briefly on the remaining family.
This week I received an email from Dr. John Sherry. Researching his family, he discovered the blog and contacted me. I am always so thankful to hear from family and so grateful for their willingness to add to our shared family story. John and I connect through the marriage of his grandmother Maria 1(Mary) Forese and my grandfather’s sister Julia Civitano. Julia married Nicholas Forese, Mary’s brother. With Johns help and information it is time for me to revisit his family.
Michele Forese b. 21 Sept. 1873 and Rosa De Santis, b. 1 July 1876 both from Grumo Appula, Bari, Italy married on January 9, 1897, in Grumo.
They had four children born in Italy. First was daughter Maria 1 b.1898, followed by Nicola b.1900 who did not survive past infancy and died in 1900. On the 12 July 1902 son Nicholas1 (Nicola) was born followed by another Nicholas2 (Nicola) in 1908. (for the sake of repeating names I have added 1, 2 and 3 to make it less confusing – hopefully)
Father Michele Forese left for New York arriving on April 2nd aboard the S.S. Weimar. He was traveling to his cousin Giovanni Forese living at 240 E. 79th St. N.Y.C.. Rosa, under her maiden name, De Santis, along with her three children Maria 1 (11) under Nicola 1(Nicholas)(8) Nicola 2 (Nicolas) (2) left behind father-in-law Nicola Forese, traveling aboard the S.S. Florida to join her husband. They arrived at Ellis Island, New York on May 9, 1911.
Rosa and Michele added two more daughters to their family once she arrived. Maria 2 was born on Aug 23, 1912 followed by Angelina in 1916. (the daughters who passed away very young)
Their oldest daughter Maria 1, married Michele (Michael) Sinisi. Michael was the son of Nicola Sinisi (abt.1855) and Rosa Rella (abt.1861) both of Grumo Appula, Italy.
Maria 1 (Forese) and Michael Sinisi had 9 children.
Nicholas (Nick) b. 1918, Rose Louise b. 1919, Rose (Dolly) 1924, twins Sam and Michael b. 1925, Elizabeth (Bibit) b. 1926, Joseph b. 1928, Maria 3 b. 1931 and Anthony b. 1938
Below is the wonderful family photo of Maria and Michael Sinisi with all their children courtesy of Dr. John Sherry.
Michael Sinisi Family 1938/39
This is such a precious photo. Maria 3 (Mary) in the front row on the end is John’s mother. I love the boys in the front…so much personality.
Michael Sinisi passed away on October 14, 1951, his wife Maria 1 lived another 17 years before passing away on January 10, 1978, New Jersey. They are together at rest at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, East Orange, New Jersey
Of their nine children, three are still living together. twin Michael Jr., Elizabeth (Bibit) and Anthony. God Bless them!
Nicholas 3 (Nick) was born September 29, 1917 New York. Nicholas 3 served our country in the Army. He enlisted on June 4, 1941, Trenton, N.J.. He was married to Carmella (Mildred) Santucci in April of 1952. Nicholas passed away on February 17, 1995 in Florida. He was buried at Southern Memorial Park in N. Miami, Florida.
WWII Draft registration (ancestry.com)
Rose Louise born October 10, 1919 New Jersey. She passed away at 93 years old on Jan. 20, 2013, Brick, N.J. She had married Salvatore Strafaci.
Rose Laura (aka Dolly) was born in 1924. She went on to marry Nicholas Spano. I was able to locate their wedding announcement using newspaper.com. appearing in The Courier News 16 Jan. 1947 . page 14
If the name Spano rings a bell, it should as Spano is a familiar name in our tree. I tried briefly to see if I could locate a cousin connection for this marriage. I found another researcher with unproven information which showed parents for this Nicholas (aka Rocco/Rocky) who were from Bari, Puglia, Italy.
Next born were twins Samuel and Michael Sinisi. I was able to locate their WWI draft registration, which gave me their birthdate.
WWII Draft Registration (ancestry.com)
Samuel married Florence DeStefano. Samuel passed away on Jan. 19, 2012, New Jersey. He is entombed at St Joseph Cemetery in Toms River, New Jersey.
*after posting I heard from John that Samuel and twin brother Michael had married sisters but he was not sure of her name. I was able to confirm this fact, Michael married Geraldine DeStefano, Florences sister. Their parents were Salvatore and Rose DeStefano.
Elizabeth was affectionately known as Bibit. John shared this photo of Bibit holding him on his Christening day. Also in the photo, his father John Sherry and Godfather George Vainer.
Joseph Sinisi was born on 25 May, 1927 in East Orange New Jersey. Joseph served his country in the Army during WWII. From ancestry.com his draft registration.
Joseph passed on 24 Mar 2004 in Brielle, New Jersey. He is also entombed at St. Joseph Cemetery, Toms River, New Jersey.
Mary Rose Sinisi was John’s mother. She was born on May 9, 1930 East Orange, New Jersey. Mary was the niece of the husband of my grandaunt. John connects to me as the grandnephew of the husband of my grandaunt. I am so thankful for Ancestry easy quick explanations of connection. Mary is the sweet little girl on the left, front row in the family photo above. She married John Sherry in 1957. Mary Rose passed away on March 27, 2007, Dover, New Jersey.
John shared with me that his love for his family history was a shared love with his cousin Lynore Sinisi, daughter of Anthony and Marian Sinisi. Sadly, Lynore passed away on May 24, 2020 due to COVID. John wrote “I have been keeping this going, something we shared together.” Because of Lynore’s passion for her family history not only have John and I connected but I was able to put him touch with a direct line Forese cousin – Ann, his 1c1xr. Thank you Lynore for your love of preserving our family story.
This post is dedicated to the memory of Lynore M. Sinisi
In my last posting I shared my recent cousin connection with Joseph Eckhardt and some of his wonderful family photos. That posting opened up a dialog and communication between us which later included another cousin, Guy Caso, which led to their connection. Guy has graciously shared some of his family favorites before. He is at it again and a big thank you for these two additional photo’s.
Coney Island, July 18th 1943
Rita Caso was born in 1922 and was the daughter of Michael Caso and Rosa DiGirolamo. Rita married Anthony Fraticelli on 18 Dec., 1943. Our shared common ancestor was Domenico Marvulli and Rosa DiArmiento, my 2x great grandparents.
Elizabeth Panacciulli was born in 1927 and was the daughter of Antonio Panacciulli and Antonia Albanese. Elizabeth married Gaetano (Guy) Caso, brother of Rita, on 23 Aug., 1947.
Antoinette D’Attoma was born in 1928. She was the daughter of Angelo D’Attoma and Vera (Vita) Marvulli. Antoinette married Andrew Bellini on 31 Mar., 1948. The 2nd Antoinette D’Attoma was born in 1927. She was the daughter of John D’Attoma and Rosa Marvulli. Antoinette married Sabino Piacenza. Vera and Rosa Marvulli, sisters, married brothers John and Angelo D’Attoma. My shared ancestors with the Antoinettes is also Domenico Marvulli and Rosa DiArmineto.
Lena (last name unknown) is not related but a friend.
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.
Heading into 2021 I wanted to take a look back at this year and all the amazing discoveries and connections I was so fortunate to make. There were times I felt stuck on what direction to go and ideas but so many family members came through and shared thoughts and photos. With your help, our families stories are being told and preserved. Thank you for helping me tell our story.
In January I asked the question in “Can You Identify Us” with this photo.
This posting led me to being contacted by a 2nd c 1x removed who was able to give me the answer to who the man in the white pants and shirt was. This was Frank Tanzillo husband of Emily, father of Bernard.
One of my favorite photo’s was of Lucia DiGirolamo & Giuseppe Marvulli shared with me by Vita Andreoli
In this photo, Lucia is actually pregnant with daughter Vera Vita and seated, buckled in is daughter Rose. Tragically Lucia passed away 11 June 1908, three years after the birth of Rose in Grumo Appula, Italy.
Michael Caso and Rose DiGirolamo grandson Guy shared with me an amazing story about Robert Caso, my 2nd cousin 1x removed who solved a 70 year old mystery of the the Warren Family. Dan Pontbriand wrote the book ‘The Missing Ones’ A True Story detailing Robert’s never ending search to discover what happened to the parents of two young boys who disappeared on July 3rd 1929 never to be heard from again
Then there were these amazing photo’s shared with me of three siblings and the only known photos at this time of them together. It was also our families first real glimpse of Angelina Civitano nee Marulli.
Michael Caso was born 26 Oct 1892 Grumo Appula, Italy and passed away in Dec 1975 in New York. His wedding photo is above with Rose DiGirolamo. Michael had a very unique talent and art form – a message in a bottle. Many family members remember these interesting pieces of art ~ thankfully preserved by his grandchildren. Thankful to Guy Caso for sharing these amazing pieces.
I began the year with this wonderful photo of Domenico Civitano son of Vito Luigi Civitano brother of my great grandfather. This photo was originally shared on Ancestry by the Paglia Family. I had written “I love everything about this photo, from the little hands on dad’s shoulders to the knickers and leggings on down to the shoes. All the boys look darling in their hats and dad Domenico looks quite handsome in his. Believing the youngest boy is about 3, that would be Onofrio born in 1917 placing the photo about 1920. Frank would be next, born in 1915, Dominic born 1913 and the oldest, Louis born 1911 which would make him about 9.”
Guy Caso, son of Gaetano Caso, grandson of Michael Caso shared many wonderful photo’s and his fathers story with me. Geatano recently passed in 2018.
So many wonderful discoveries and mysteries too. Like the discovery of my great grandmothers Immigration card shared with me by my cousin Isabella. I am still baffled by the last name of Palumbo on her card. Nicoletta had a known second marriage to Nicholas Gisondi/a which does not appear on her card, but there is no knowledge of another marriage with this name.
Checking in with my cousin Peter Marino and his page on Ancestry I discovered that a Donata Civitano had married a Vito Domenico Palumbo sometime in the beginning of 1800’s. So Palumbo/Palummo is a Grumo family name. How and why she has this on her card will remain a mystery for now.
A collage of more photos shared
I can’t say thank you enough to every one who contacted me through out 2020. I made many family connections, connecting via email and phone. It made a terrible stressful year seem like a piece of cake, delicious and sweet.
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
I have a few wonderful family photo’s to share. In my last posting there was a photo of my father Vincent with his God-father Thomas DeVito at his confirmation. You can see the post here Thomas (Gaetano) DeVito and FamilySeptember 25, 2020
While going through photo’s to find the confirmation picture, my brother Frank found a few more that he shared with me that I had not seen before.
In this photo below is my grandfather Frank Civitano with his cousin Vincent (James) Civitano with one of his daughters.
Vincent was the son of Louis Civitano and Angelina Marvulli. Vincent born in 1897, Grumo Appula, Italy immigrated in 1910 at the age of 13. He was traveling with his 10 year old brother Giuseppe aboard the SS America. They were the last of their family to leave Italy, traveling to their father on the immigration record. Written under ‘family or relative in country in which they came’ was recorded “nobody”. Vincent went on to marry Anna Plavcson on June 29, 1919. Vincent and Anna had 5 children, 3 boys, Louis (1921), Thomas (1930) and Frank Thomas (1934) and 2 girls, Angelina (1923) and Julia (1926). Checking with my uncle on this photo, he is not sure which daughter this is. I am guessing this photo was from the mid to late 40’s.
This must be one of the first photo bombed pictures I have seen. Notice the man looking in on them. The woman appears to be a advertisement. In this photo my grandfather Frank is enjoying and afternoon ride with his cousin John Robert or Dominic JohnCivitano. They are the son’s of Frank Civitano and his wife Rosa DiArmiento. Frank and Rosina were the parents of 7 children, 3 boys and 4 girls. All were born here in the states. Angelina (19109), Mary (1911), Helen (1914) and Julia (1929) and Louis John (1912), Dominic John (1920) and John Robert (1922) My uncle could not be sure in identifying which son this was. I am leaning on this being Dominic but would love to have a family member chime in on this. Dominic married Anna Rose Servidio March 14, 1943 and they went on to have 4 children. John married Frances Kaiserman 1953 and had 3 sons. Whether Dominic or John – I love seeing them out having fun.
This last picture is of my grandfather Frank holding (who my uncle believes) is the daughter of father Anthony (Tony) Langellotti, Franks brother-in-law. Tony married Marie Visaggi on Dec 11, 1940. They had 2 daughters.