John & Rose (Marvulli) D’Attoma
Lucia DiGirolamo and Giuseppe Marvulli
Courtesy of Vita Andreoli nee Caso
Giuseppe/Joseph is my 2x great Uncle – brother to my great grandmother Nicoletta Marvulli.
I can not get over the gentleness in the face of Lucia and just how beautiful she truly was. Sadly, as I have written before, Lucia passed away on the 11 June 1908, in Grumo Appula, Italy, just three years after the birth of Vera.
In this photo, Lucia is pregnant with Vera/Vita and off to the side barely visible is daughter Rose. Vera was born in 1905. I do not have a birth month or date so at this time I am dating this photo between 1904 -1905.
The story that was shared with me was that after Lucia died Giuseppe was forced to put Rose into an orphanage as he was not able to care for both children. Lucia’s mother, Vita DiGirolamo nee Serveddio actually wet nursed her grand baby. After some time, Giuseppe, in a better position, had Rose return home.
A very big thank you to Vita Andreoli for sharing her memories and this photo with me to share with you 🙂
For Wordless Wednesday I shared a picture with no markings or identification.
The photo was shared with me recently by my cousin Isabella. We share the same great grandmother Nicoletta Civitano nee Marvulli. Our first assumption was that this was Nicoletta. However I have started to wonder if perhaps this could be a picture of her sister, Angelina Civitano nee Marvulli. (These two sisters married brothers Vincenzo and Vito Luigi.) You may remember these sisters from the wonderful photo’s shared also recently with me by the Fraticelli Family. Their branch descend off of a third sister, Rita Caso nee Marvulli.
We have no known photo of Angelina younger to compare the photo too but I do for Nicoletta.
There is something in the shape of the nose that gives me cause to pause
After posting the photo I heard from another cousin, Rose who shared the woman looked very much like her mother, Mary Nappi nee Simone, granddaughter of Angelina. Below is the only photo of Mary that I have at this time to compare with. I too see a strong resemblance between the two and see what Rose saw in the photo.
It would not be out of the question to believe that a photo of Angelina or even Mary would be in the possession of Isabella, past to her from her grandmother Julia, to her mother Nicoletta on down to her. I don’t know if we will ever know for certain who this is in the photo, but it is another reminder for us to label.
This is a shout out to all Civitano family branch members to please dig deep into your photo archives, label what you know, question who you don’t and reach out to members of your family to try and identify them. If you come across any photo’s of Angelina – or any you would like to share on the blog please contact me.
I would also love to read your thoughts on the photo’s above and what you think about the comparison’s that I shared. I look forward to hearing from you.
A wrench was thrown into the works when this Immigration card was discovered by my cousin Isabella a week ago and forwarded to me. Innocent enough, however a name on this card was a shock. Nicola (often seen for her name Nicoletta, Marvulli (her maiden name), Civitano (1st marriage name to Vincenzo Civitano) missing from this document is her 2nd marriage to Gisdoni, and then the name Palumbo?
Nicoletta, born in Grumo Appula, returned to Italy from her home in NYC (abt1910) when her husband Vincenzo was murdered. Once there, family was aware of her second marriage to a man named Nicholas Gisondi. While no other information is known about him, we do know he existed as both my grandfather Frank and his sister Julia (Giuditta) lived with him until their return.
Always believed to be a photo of Nicoletta with Nicholas Gisondi
But now add the name of Palumbo to the mix, who and why was Palumbo added to this card for her? Had there been a 3rd marriage no one was a ware of?
A check for her passenger record in conjunction with this also turned up the name of Palumbo being used. In this passenger record from Ancestry.com, she returned aboard the Vulcania, using the name Palumbo, departing from Naples and arriving on the 22 Sept., 1947, traveling to her son Frank @ 1244 Rosedale Ave., Bronx, N.Y. (last entry on page)
I have been in contact with cousin Peter Marino in regards to doing some more research on this development. (With the closure of the archives it will have to wait.)
Just another twist and turn, another family mystery.
A random thought…could Palumbo be the maiden name of Gisondi’s mother? Was there a naming custom that would allow for this too be used?
Julia (Giuditta) Civitano ~ 1909 – 2004
For Wordless Wednesday I shared this photo of three Marvulli siblings, Angelina (93), John (77) and Nicoletta (75). The year was about 1952.
The photo was just one of a group of pictures that was graciously shared with me by the Fraticelli family. Featured in the above photo is Angelina Marvulli who married Louis (Vito Luigi) Civitano, brother John (Giovanni) Marvulli who’s name was more commonly spelled Marvilli and Nicoletta Marvulli who married Louis’s brother Vincenzo Civitano (my great grandparents)
Angelina seems pretty intent to share something important
From Lt to Rt Vera (Marvulli) D’Attoma, John Marvulli, Michael Caso, Nicoletta, Angelina, Rosa Caso, unknown and Angelo D’Attoma. Photographing the evening was Anthony Fraticelli husband of Rita (Caso) daughter of Michael and Rosa (as seen above)
It was a family gathering and a special one at that, with all three of the siblings finally together. Nicoletta had recently returned (1949) from living the last 39 years in Grumo Appula, having returned to her home town (abt) 1910 after the murder of her husband Vincenzo in 1909. The only sibling missing was Joseph (Giuseppe) Marvulli who passed away in 1950. The time frame of these photo’s is estimated to be about 1952 based on the age of Toni Fraticelli at the time, sitting with the back of her head (with bow) visible. It was a warm evening and the air was thick with cigar smoke at times. Italian was being spoken non stop under the homemade 3 sided gazebo attached to the house. I am not sure of the exact location of the photos but Toni wrote her Aunt has shared that these were taken at John Marvilli’s home. John operated a small neighborhood grocery story and lived in the apartment above it. This gazebo was attached to the building. I did find a WWII draft registration card, 1944, for his son Thomas listing the address was 340 Stockton St. consistent with 1940 census for John. If there was no move since this could be the location
The evening was all about a good old fashioned belly full of laughter.
You might say John loved his beer with this bottle front and center but what I have learned is that while that may actually be beer it could be just the bottle with home made wine in it, which might account for the smiles on these faces. In the photo below, I had the bottle removed, having posted it on the FB group ‘Genealogist Photo Restoration’ page. One of the members shared with me what the objects were on the table, taps for barrels when making ‘wine’ and then I heard from Toni who shared with me
This has been quite a ‘gift’ to receive these photo’s from the Fraticelli’s, as no other known full photo of Angelina has yet to surface (I have a poor snippet head shot of her) She is the matriarch of a very large group of our Civitano’s and I know these photo’s will be so appreciated by her descendants and those to come.
Thank you for sharing them with us
Angelina Civitano (Marvulli), John Marvulli, Nicoletta Civitanon (Marvulli) ~ 1952
For Wordless Wednesday I posted this beautiful wedding photo of Angelo D’Attoma to Vera (Vita) Marvulli that was shared with me by my 3rd cousin Toni. Below I have identified the members in this photo.
From left to rt seated: Rosa (Marvulli) D’Attoma (sister to the bride), Vera (Marvulli) D’Attoma, Maria Covito, Rosa (DiGirolamo) Caso standing: John D’Attoma (brother to the groom) Angelo D’Attoma, Antonio Scici, and Gaetano Caso (Rosa D. husband)
This photo screams roaring 20’s to me with Rosa on the left, the poster girl for the era. Notice the shorter skirts especially for the bride. Those flowers and that headdress, seed beads and/or pearls, the cascading gorgeous delicate veil – all makes me swoon. I have tried to look very closely at this photo and while impossible to see all the detail there really is so much to see. I am guessing there are 24 white roses in Vera’s bouquet, I could actually count 18 with some blurring for the rest. Satin ribbons cascade out of the bouquet with ferns for the greenery. There is a very wide satin ribbon that can be seen below the skirt line and covering her legs with possibly a scalloped edging to the dress. I am not spotting any jewelry on Vera although she may be wearing pearl stud earrings with sparkling through on the left. Maria looks regal with a three strand pearl necklace and satin shoes. Her dress does not appear to be sleeveless, with maybe a 3/4 sleeve of some type of sheer material and she is wearing elbow length gloves with a delicate ribbing on the back of the hands. Her bouquet has a large satin ribbon bow cascading down but impossible to tell the type of flowers. The bodice of her dress is embroidered. Rosa Caso’s dress is really quite something. The deep V neckline is decorated with some type of sparkling beads, seed pearls perhaps or maybe some type of sparkling glass beading which is also along the sleeve cuffs. Her inside blouse is done in a material that matches these beaded accents. At the hip you can see there is a nosegay of sorts. White short gloves and possibly an accent bracelet or watch is on her left wrist. Love her shoes too.
Their marriage took place on Dec. 12, 1926 at the Immaculate Conception Church, Long Island City, Queens, New York.
Vita, know as Vera, was born on June 4, 1905 in Grumo Appula, Bari, Italy. She was the daughter of Giuseppe (Joseph) Marvulli and Lucia DiGirolamo; the birth took place on Via Giardino Ugenti 37 @ 3:30am
She joined 1 sister, Rosa who was born March 9, 1903; Piazza Independenza 39 @ 2:00am
Happiness for this family was extremely short lived as Joseph became a widow with the passing of Lucia on June 11, 1908, Grumo Appula. Lucia was only 24, leaving Joseph with two small daughters ages 3 and 5. Such sadness must of prevailed. While researching this family, one document attached to Joseph really left and impression on me. Rosa arrived in 1921 and Vera followed the following year, in 1922, leaving Joseph home in Grumo where he would remain until 1938 before he traveled to N.Y. to join his daughters, his 3 sisters, Rita, Angelina and Nicoletta and 1 brother, Giovanni (John) and their families, already here. From Joseph’s passenger record his profession was listed as barber and under the heading ‘nearest relative or friend from whence alien came’ Jospeh replied – no-one. At age 49 it was time for Joseph to leave home and follow his family.
Joseph Marvulli Passenger Record
Vera’s older sister Rosa had immigrated to New York arriving on the 15th of April, 1921. She was 17 and listed her father as her nearest relative left behind, traveling to her Aunt Angela (Angelina) Marvulli (spelled Marzulli) living at 351 W. 25th St. Traveling with her was Anna Peragine, 20, and Rosa DiGirolamo, 19 (in the wedding party picture) On their travel record, for Rosa it was written ‘marriage’ ‘Promised’ Caso, Michele, W. 25th St 432
RosaMarvulli, Anna Peragina and Rosa DiGirolamo
Vera immigrated the following year in 1922, 17 years, leaving from Naples in July arriving on the 5th of August aboard the Conte Rosso. Her records states she left behind her father Giuseppe and was traveling to her cousin Michele Caso @ 432 W. 25th.
Vera, traveling under her given name Vita
All passenger records are from Ancestry.Com
Rosa listed Michele as her cousin. It’s a bit confusing and here is my best explanation for the relationship. Rosa DiGirolamo born 1901, married to Michele Caso, was the daughter of Giuseppe DiGirolamo and Vita Servidio. Giuseppe and Vita had another daughter named Lucia DiGirolamo born 1883 (18 years age difference between them) who was married to Joseph Marvulli, they were the parents of our Vera and Rosa. Michele was Vera and Rosa’s mothers sisters husband so really he was her Uncle by marriage. The ages and generation difference however did seem to line up more as cousins.
You may be asking who was Anna Peragina going to her sister Antonia and how and if she is connected to the family. With out going down the rabbit hole and getting lost for days, to understand the connection to the Peragina family I had to go back to my 3x great grandfather Vitobino Luigi Civitano (1803) in Grumo who married Isabella Elisabetta (1806) D’Amico also of Grumo. Their daughter Rosa Civitano, (1828) married Giuseppe Peragina ~ and from here the family connection was established.
The parents of Angelo D’Attoma were Giovannantonio D’Attoma and Antonia Stanisci, both of Conversano, Bari Italy. And as you have seen in the photo above Vera’s older sister Rosa married Angelo’s brother John (Giovanni). Their marriage took place 2 years earlier on 21st Sept., 1924, in N.Y.C.
And this wraps up some of the details for this amazing photo shared with our family by the Fraticelli family.
Angelo D’Attoma and Vera (Vita) Marvulli