30 May 2012

1861 Torre le Nocelle Death - Gelsomina Brogna

Pedigree of Giovanpietro Colella - oldest son of Gelsomina Brogna


#3 Filed 14 Febbraio 1861
Name: Gelsomina Brogna, 27, contadina, figlia del fu Gaetano Brogna ed Antonia dello Iacono, contadini dei Montemiletto
Death: 13 Febbraio 1861 alle ore ventidue
Declarant: Domenico Todesca, 36, contadino
Declarant: Angelo Bevilacqua, 50, contadino


29 May 2012

1861 Torre le Nocelle Death - Carmine Lombardi

Pedigree of Carmine Lombardi


#2 Filed 30 Gennaio 1861
Name: Carmine Lombardi, di mesi sei, contadino, figlio di Alessandro Lombardi e Saveria di Minico, contadini
Death: 29 Gennaio 1861 alle ore ventidue
Declarant: Gennaro di Carro, 60, contadino
Declarant: Ciriaco Ardolino, 45, contadino


28 May 2012

1861 Torre le Nocelle Death - Giuseppa Colucciello

Pedigree of Giuseppa Colucciello


#1 Filed 20 Gennaio 1861
Name: Giuseppa Colucciello, 62, contadina, figlia dei furono Domenico Colucciello ed Anna Tafuri, contadini
Death: 19 Gennaio 1861 all ore tre
Declarant: Ludovico Froncillo, 70, falegname
Declarant: Adamo Pizzano, 50, mannese


23 May 2012

1861 Torre le Nocelle Atti di Matrimoni

Nostra Bella Torre - Photo by Florindo


#1 Filed 2 Marzo 1861
Church Ceremony: 2 Marzo 1861
Sposo: Angelo di Minico, 25, scalpellino, figlio di Gennaro di Minico, scalpellino, e della fu Stella Vozella
Sposa: Gaetana Todesca, 29, figlia del fu Silvano Todesca, scalpellino, e Carmina d'Ambrosio
Witness: Don Giovannpietro Petriello
Witness: Nicolangelo Cefalo
Sindaco: Pasquale Petriello

#2 Filed 2 Marzo 1861
Church Ceremony: 3 Marzo 1861
Sposo: Ciriaco Garofano, 34, contadino, figlio di Gennaro Garofano ed Eurelia Bevilacqua, contadini
Sposa: Rosaria Todesca, 32, figlia del fu Silvano Todesca, scalpellino e Carmina d'Ambrosio
Witness: Don Emiddio dello Iacono
Witness: Nicolangelo Cefalo

#3 Filed 17 Marzo 1861
Church Ceremony: 17 Marzo 1861
Sposo: Michelangelo Colantuoni, 27, contadino, nato e domiciliato in Pietradefusi, figlio di Giuseppe Colantuoni e della fu Carmina Nardone, contadini, domiciliati in Pietradefusi
Sposa: Clementina Manganiello, 30, nata in Sant'Angelo a Cancelli, domiciliata in Torre le Nocelle, figlia di Alessandro Manganiello e della fu Vittoria de Nisco, contadini, domiciliati in Torre le Nocelle
Witness: Nicolangelo Cefalo
Witness: Vincenzo di Nuzzolo

#4 Filed 23 Marzo 1861
Church Ceremony: 23 Marzo 1861
Sposo: Michele Cheche, 29, contadino, figlio di Pasquale Cheche e Rosa de Angelis, contadini
Sposa: Carmina di Iorio, 29, figlia dei furono Antonio di Iorio e Rosaria Colella, contadini
Witness: Don Giovannpietro Petriello
Witness: Nicolangelo Cefalo

#5 Filed 12 Giugno 1861
Church Ceremony: 23 Giugno 1861
Sposo: Angelo Rubicco, 29, contadino, nato e domiciliato in Pietradefusi, figlio del fu Antonio Rubicco e Carmina Iacobelli, contadini, dei Pietradefusi
Sposa: Anna de Cristofaro, 28, figlia del fu Vincenzo de Cristofaro e Veneranda dello Iacono, contadini, dei Torre le Nocelle
Witness: Nicolangelo Cefalo
Witness: Ciriaco Ardolino

#6 Filed 10 Agosto 1861
Church Ceremony: 15 Agosto 1861
Sposo: Crescenzo Bonito, 30, contadino, nato e domiciliato in Montefusco, figlio dei furono Gaetano Bonito e Concetta Pizzano, contadini dei Montefusco
Sposa: Maria Carmela de Cristofaro, 21, figlia di Angelo Raffaele de Cristofaro e della fu Lucida Luongo, contadini dei Torre le Nocelle
Witness: Nicolangelo Cefalo
Witness: Giovanni Antonio Strollo

#7 Filed 19 Agosto 1861
Church Ceremony: 19 Agosto 1861
Sposo: Fortunato dello Iacono, 30, contadino, figlio di Bernardo dello Iacono e della fu Maria de Angelis, contadini
Sposa: Giovanna Colucciello, 18, figlia del fu Carmine Colucciello e Chiara di Iorio, contadini
Witness: Nicolangelo Cefalo
Witness: Saverio dello Iacono

#8 Filed 19 Agosto 1861
Church Ceremony: 19 Agosto 1861
Sposo: Carmine Garofano, 32, viaticale, figlio del fu Antonio Garofano e Maria Pizzano, contadini
Sposa: Nicolina Cefalo, 32, figlia di Vincenzo Cefalo e Rosa Cardillo, contadini
Witness: Nicolangelo Strollo
Witness: Giovanni Antonio Strollo

#9 Filed 12 Settembre 1861
Church Ceremony: 14 Settembre 1861
Sposo: Pasquale Manganiello, 47, contadino, nato in Montefusco, domiciliato in Torre le Nocelle, figlio dei furono Gaetano Manganiello e Teresa Bonito, contadini dei Montefusco
Sposa: Lucia Tafuri, 29, figlia del fu Giuseppe Tafuri e Vincenza Giardiello, contadini dei Torre le Nocelle
Witness: Carmine Cardillo
Witness: Vincenzo Mazzariello

#10 Filed 28 Settembre 1861
Church Ceremony: 9 Ottobre 1861
Sposo: Carmine Cardillo, 35, contadino, figlio dei furono Andrea Cardillo e Matilde Vozella, contadini
Sposa: Marianna de Angelis, 23, figlia del fu Agostino de Angelis ed Orsola di Fronzo, contadini
Witness: Nicolangelo Cefalo
Witness: Giovanni Antonio Strollo
Sindaco: Achille di Dominicis

#11 Filed 5 Ottobre 1861
Church Ceremony: 5 Ottobre 1861
Sposo: Vincenzo Mazzariello, 57, contadino, nato in Pietradefusi, domiciliato in Torre le Nocelle, figlio dei furono Francesco Mazzariello e Rosalina di Iorio, contadini dei Torre le Nocelle
Sposa: Clorinda de Santis, 38, figlia dei furono Nicola de Santis e Giovanna Cefalo, contadini dei Torre le Nocelle
Witness: Nicolangelo Cefalo
Witness: Ciriaco Ardolino

#12 Filed 1 Novembre 1861
Church Ceremony: 14 Novembre 1861
Sposo: Saverio Giangregorio, 43, contadino, nato e domiciliato in Bonito, figlio dei furono Crescenzo Giangregorio e Brigida Pepe, contadini dei Bonito
Sposa: Anna Maria la Torella, 42, nata e domiciliata in Torre le Nocelle, figlia dei furono Gennaro la Torella, segatore e Petronilla Ardolino
Witness: Nicolangelo Cefalo
Witness: Ciriaco Ardolino

#13 Filed 10 Novembre 1861
Church Ceremony: 14 Novembre 1861
Sposo: Francesco de Cristofaro, 29, contadino, figlio del fu Vincenzo de Cristofaro e Veneranda dello Iacono, contadini
Sposa: Monica de Minico, 30, figlia di Gennaro de Minico, scalpellino e della fu Stella Vozella
Witness: Nicolangelo Cefalo
Witness: Ciriaco Ardolino

#14 Filed 19 Novembre 1861
Church Ceremony: 20 Novembre 1861
Sposo: Nicola Maria Puzo, 28, contadino, figlio di Angelo Puzo e Veneranda Cirignano, contadini
Sposa: Carmina d'Ambrosio, 28, figlia di Pasquale d'Ambrosio e della fu Anna Maria de Minico, contadini
Witness: Nicolangelo Cefalo
Witness: Ciriaco Ardolino

#15 Filed 28 Novembre 1861
Church Ceremony: 28 Novembre 1861
Sposo: Carmine Froncillo, 28, contadino, figlio dei furono Andrea Froncillo, falegname e Giuseppa Garofalo
Sposa: Saveria de Minico, 25, figlia di Giovanni de Minico e Marianna Cefalo, contadini
Witness: Nicolangelo Cefalo
Witness: Ciriaco Ardolino

#16 Filed 22 Dicembre 1861
Church Ceremony: 23 Dicembre 1861
Sposo: Sebastiano Bevilacqua, 38, contadino, nato e domiciliato in Apice, figlio dei furono Luigi Bevilacqua e Tremenziana Principe, contadini dei Apice
Sposa: Pasqualina la Torella, 23, nata e domiciliata in Torre le Nocelle, figlia del fu Vincenzo la Torella e Maria Michele de Minico, contadini
Witness: Nicolangelo Cefalo
Witness: Francesco Ardolino


22 May 2012

1861 Torre le Nocelle Marriage Banns - Sebastiano Bevilacqua to Pasqualina la Torella

Pedigree of Pasqualina la Torella


Pedigree of Sebastiano Bevilacqua


#19
First: 3 Novembre 1861
Second: 17 Novembre 1861
Sposo: Sebastiano Bevilacqua, 38, contadino, domiciliato in Apice, figlio dei furono Luigi Bevilacqua e Tremenziana Principe, contadini dei Apice
Sposa: Pasqualina la Torella, 23, contadina, figlia del fu Vincenzo la Torella e Maria Michele di Minico, contadini


21 May 2012

1861 Torre le Nocelle Marriage Banns - Carmine Froncillo to Saveria de Minico

Pedigree of Andrea Froncillo - oldest child of Carmine and Saveria de Minico


#18
First: 3 Novembre 1861
Second: 17 Novembre 1861
Sposo: Carmine Froncillo, 28, contadino, figlio dei furono Andrea Froncillo, falegname e Giuseppa Garofalo
Sposa: Saveria de Minico, 25, figlia di Giovanni de Minico e Marianna Cefalo, contadini


20 May 2012

1861 Torre le Nocelle Marriage Banns - Nicola Maria Puzo to Carmina d'Ambrosio

Pedigree of Ciriaco Puzo - oldest child of Nicola and Carmina d'Ambrosio


#17
First: 20 Ottobre 1861
Second: 3 Novembre 1861
Sposo: Nicola Maria Puzo, 28, contadino, figlio di Angelo Puzo e Veneranda Cirignano, contadini
Sposa: Carmina d'Ambrosio, 28, figlia di Pasquale d'Ambrosio e della fu Anna Maria de Minico, contadini


1861 Torre le Nocelle Marriage Banns - Francesco de Cristofaro to Monica de Minico

Pedigree of Maria Carmela de Cristofaro - oldest child of Francesco and Monica de Minico


#16
First: 13 Ottobre 1861
Second: 27 Ottobre 1861
Sposo: Francesco de Cristofaro, 29, contadino, figlio del fu Vincenzo de Cristofaro e Veneranda dello Iacono, contadini
Sposa: Monica de Minico, 30, figlia di Gennaro de Minico, scalpellino e della fu Stella Vozella


19 May 2012

1861 Torre le Nocelle Marriage Banns - Saverio Giangregorio to Anna Maria la Torella

Pedigree of Anna Maria la Torella


#15
First: 6 Ottobre 1861
Second: 20 Ottobre 1861
Sposo: Saverio Giangregorio, 43, contadino, domiciliato in Bonito, figlio dei furono Crescenzo Giangregorio e Brigida Pepe, contadini dei Bonito
Sposa: Anna Maria la Torella, 42, figlia dei furono Gennaro la Torella, segatore e Petronilla Ardolino

Anna Maria must have been hard on husbands as Saverio was her third.  Her previous marriages were to Angelo Gambino (1815-1850) and Ciriaco Carideo (1819-1860).  

On the pedigree chart you'll also notice several names for her mother Petronilla, who at various times has also had her name recorded as Leonilla and Cleonice.


18 May 2012

1860 Torre le Nocelle Marriage Banns - Vincenzo Mazzariello to Clorinda de Santis

Pedigree of Angela Mazzariello - oldest child of Vincenzo and Clorinda de Santis


#14
First: 8 Settembre 1861
Second: 22 Settembre 1861
Sposo: Vincenzo Mazzariello, 57, contadino, figlio dei furono Francesco Mazzariello e Rosalina di Iorio, contadini
Sposa: Clorinda de Santis, 38, figlia dei furono Nicola de Santis e Giovanna Cefalo, contadini


17 May 2012

1861 Torre le Nocelle Marriage Banns - Pasquale Manganiello to Lucia Tafuri

Pedigree of Lucia Tafuri


#13
First: 25 Agosto 1861
Second: 8 Settembre 1861
Sposo: Pasquale Manganiello, 47, contadino, domiciliato in Torre le Nocelle, figlio dei furono Gaetano Manganiello e Teresa Bonito, contadini dei Montefusco
Sposa: Lucia Tafuri, 29, figlia del fu Giuseppe Tafuri e Vincenza Giardiello, contadini dei Torre le Nocelle


16 May 2012

1861 Torre le Nocelle Marriage Banns - Carmine Cardillo to Marianna de Angelis

Pedigree of Maria Carmela Cardillo - oldest child of Carmine and Marianna de Angelis


#12
First: 25 Agosto 1861
Second: 8 Settembre 1861
Sposo: Carmine Cardillo, 35, contadino, figlio dei furono Andrea Cardillo e Matilde Vozella, contadini
Sposa: Marianna di Angelis, 23, figlia del fu Agostino di Angelis ed Orsola di Fronzo, contadini


15 May 2012

1861 Torre le Nocelle Marriage Banns - Generoso d'Ambrosio to Giuseppa Lanzillo

Andrea Froncillo and wife Anna Maria d'Ambrosio
Photo thanks to John D.


#11
First: 18 Agosto 1861
Second: 1 Settembre 1861
Sposo: Generoso d'Ambrosio, 24, contadino, figlio di Pasquale d'Ambrosio e della fu Anna Maria di Minico, contadini
Sposa: Giuseppa Lanzillo, 25, figlia del fu Pasquale Lanzillo ed Antonia Colella, contadini, domiciliati in Montemiletto


Pedigree chart of Anna Maria d'Ambrosio - first child of Generoso and Giuseppa Lanzillo.


14 May 2012

1861 Torre le Nocelle Marriage Banns - Carmine Garofano to Nicolina Cefalo

Pedigree of Angelantonio Garofano - son of Carmine and Nicolina Cefalo


#10
First: 21 Luglio 1861
Second: 4 Agosto 1861
Sposo: Carmine Garofano, 32, viaticale, figlio del fu Antonio Garofano e Maria Pizzano, contadini
Sposa: Nicolina Cefalo, 32, figlia di Vincenzo Cefalo e Rosa Cardillo, contadini


13 May 2012

1861 Torre le Nocelle Marriage Banns - Fortunato dello Iacono to Giovanna Colucciello

Pedigree of Maria Grazia dello Iacono - daughter of Fortunato and Giovanna Colucciello


#9
First: 21 Luglio 1861
Second: 4 Agosto 1861
Sposo: Fortunato dello Iacono, 30, contadino, figlio di Bernardo dello Iacono e della fu Maria de Angelis, contadini
Sposa: Giovanna Colucciello, 18, figlia del fu Carmine Colucciello e Chiara di Iorio, contadini

Giovanna Colucciello's father Carmine died of typhoid in the prison in Montefusco on 2 April 1861.


12 May 2012

1861 Torre le Nocelle Marriage Banns - Crescenzo Bonito to Maria Carmela de Cristofaro

Pedigree of Maria Carmela de Cristofaro


#8
First: 14 Luglio 1861
Second: 28 Luglio 1861
Sposo: Crescenzo Bonito, 30, contadino, domiciliato in Montefusco, figlio dei furono Gaetano Bonito e Concetta Pizzano, contadini dei Montefusco
Sposa: Maria Carmela de Cristoraro, 21, figlia di Angelo Raffaele de Cristofaro e della fu Lucida Luongo, contadini, domiciliati in Torre le Nocelle


11 May 2012

1861 Torre le Nocelle Marriage Banns - Gennaro Todesca to Saveria Caggiano

Pedigree of Gennaro Todesca


#7
First: 14 Luglio 1861
Second: 28 Luglio 1861
Sposo: Gennaro Todesca, 27, contadino, figlio di Antonio Todesca e Saveria de Santis, contadini
Sposa: Saveria Caggiano, 19, figlia del fu Gennaro Caggiano ed Emmanuela d'Addiego, contadini, domiciliati in Taurasi


10 May 2012

1861 Torre le Nocelle Marriage Banns - Angelo Rubicco to Anna di Cristofaro

Pedigree of Anna de Cristofaro


#6
First: 19 Maggio 1861
Second: 2 Giugno 1861
Sposo: Angelo Rubicco, 29, contadino, domiciliato in Pietradefusi, figlio del fu Antonio Rubicco e Carmina Iacobella, contadini, domiciliati in Pietradefusi
Sposa: Anna di Cristofaro, 28, figlia del fu Vincenzo di Cristofaro e Veneranda dello Iacono, contadini, domiciliati in Torre le Nocelle


09 May 2012

1861 Torre le Nocelle Marriage Banns - Michele Cheche to Carmina di Iorio

Pedigree of Pasquale Cheche - oldest son of Michele and Carmina di Iorio


#5
First: 24 Febbraio 1861
Second: 10 Marzo 1861
Sposo: Michele Cheche, 29, contadino, figlio di Pasquale Cheche e Rosa de Angelis, contadini
Sposa: Carmina di Iorio, 29, figlia dei furono Antonio di Iorio e Rosaria Colella, contadini


08 May 2012

1861 Torre le Nocelle Marriage Banns - Michelangelo Colantuoni to Clementina Manganiello

Family Group Sheet of Clementina's Parents - Alessandro Manganiello and Vittoria de Nisco


#4
First: 27 Gennaio 1861
Second: 10 Febbraio 1861
Sposo: Michelangelo Colantuoni, 27, contadino, domiciliato in Pietradefusi, figlio di Giuseppe Colantuoni, contadino, domiciliato ivi, e della fu Carmina Nardone
Sposa: Clementina Manganiello, 30, figlia di Alessandro Manganiello, contadino, domiciliato in Torre le Nocelle, e della fu Vittoria Nisco


07 May 2012

1861 Torre le Nocelle Marriage Banns - Ciriaco Garofano to Rosaria Todesca

Pedigree of Palmarino Garofano - oldest son of Ciriaco and Rosaria Todesca


#3
First: 27 Gennaio 1861
Second: 10 Febbraio 1861
Sposo: Ciriaco Garofano, 34, contadino, figlio di Gennaro Garofano ed Euralia Bevilacqua, contadini
Sposa: Rosaria Todesca, 32, figlia del fu Silvano Todesca, scalpellino e Carmina d'Ambrosio


06 May 2012

1861 Torre le Nocelle Marriage Banns - Angelo de Minico to Gaetana Todesca

Pedigree of Gennaro Antonio de Minico, oldest son of Angelo and Gaetana Todesca


#2
First: 27 Gennaio 1861
Second: 10 Febbraio 1861
Sposo: Angelo de Minico, 28, scalpellino, figlio di Gennaro de Minico, scalpellino e della fu Stella Vozella
Sposa: Gaetana Todesca, 29, figlia del fu Silvano Todesca, scalpellino e Carmina d'Ambrosio


05 May 2012

Photo of Mariagrazia De Angelis


Friends,

By total accident, I located the photocopied photo that I mentioned in my last post!  (Isn't it always that way: you find something when you're not looking for it.)

The photo was taken in Montefalcione c. 1890.  Mariagrazia De Angelis is the taller woman.  She was about 28 years old.  The cute boy to her left is his firstborn, Domenico Ciampa, around age 5.  (Who could have guessed that he would live another 101 years!)  To Mariagrazia's right was her husband, Federigo Ciampa.

I believe that the older woman is Federigo's mother, Giuseppa Fabrizio.

To name the others in the photo would be pure guesswork.  However, I'm almost certain they are on the Ciampa side, not the De Angelis side.  The boy on the far left and the other boy on the right would seem to be brothers; their resemblance is striking. 

The original photo was owned by a cousin, Anthony C. ("Charlie") Ciampa (1919-2006).  Charlie was very interested in the family history and had several historic photos like this one.  (At wakes he used to bring the photos in a manila envelope and show them to people.)  I'd give my right arm to know where those photos ended up ...

Leonardo Ciampa
http://leonardociampa.com/albero



1861 Torre le Nocelle Marriage Banns - Francesco dello Iacono to Pasqualina de Simone

Pedigree of Francesco Angelo Raffaele dello Iacono


#1
First: 6 Gennaio 1861
Second: 20 Gennaio 1861
Sposo: Francesco Angelo Raffaele dello Iacono, 32, proprietario, figlio del fu Federico dello Iacono, agrimensore (surveyor) e Concetta Ardolino
Sposa: Pasqualina de Simone, 19, figlia di Vincenzo de Simone, contadino e Maria Gaetana Catullo, domiciliati in Napoli
Sindaco: Pasquale Petriello


04 May 2012

From Torre to Montefalcione to East Boston, II

Friends,

Though I was unable to locate a photocopy of a photo of Mariagrazia De Angelis (I have it somewhere), I did find information about her and Federigo Ciampa's nine children — two of whom died the same week.

I wrote about her eldest son, Domenico Ciampa, who lived to be 106.  Here is a list of all nine. (I'm not 100% sure of the order of the last four.)

1. Domenico — born Montefalcione 12 Oct. 1885, died Somerville, MA, 9 Dec. 1991. (Reported to have come to America, alone, in 1898, at age 14.  There is no record of it on EllisIsland.org.  He changed his name to Champa and had an upholstery business.  He lived in Medford and Somerville.)
2. Cristina (Married name: Pisano) — born c. 1887 (Emigrated to Boston, but I could not find her on EllisIsland.org.  In the 1930 Boston census she was listed as "Maria"; perhaps her name was Maria Cristina.)
3. Giuseppe — 1889-1980. (Never came to America)








4. Angelo — born 22 March 1892, killed in WWI, 5 June 1917 (see above)
5. Maria (My grandmother. Married name: also Ciampa!) — born 27 Dec. 1893, died in E. Boston, 22 Jan. 1981) (Arrived at Ellis Island on 14 July 1920 aboard the Presidente Wilson.)
6. Antonio — born 12 Dec. 1899, died in Boston, Feb. 1987.  He lived on Endicott St. in Boston's "North End."  I met him; my father was very fond of him.  
7. Carolina — born c. 1901, died at age 16 from a bolt of lightning, 9 June 1917
8. Nunzia (Married name: Lembo) (Never came to America)
9. Virginia (Married name: Gensale) (Never came to America)

I don't believe that Mariagrazia knew until after the fact that Angelo and Carolina died the same week.  Obviously she knew when Carolina was struck by lightning.  But the news of her son's death on the battlefield probably didn't reach her until later.  Family legend has it that she never got over losing two children during the same week.  She died only two years later.

Leonardo Ciampa
http://leonardociampa.com/albero

1861 Torre le Nocelle Birth - Maria Rosa Magno

Pedigree of Maria Rosa Magno


#43 Filed 30 Dicembre 1861
Name: Maria Rosa Magno
Birth: 29 Dicembre 1861 alle ore venti
Baptism: 30 Dicembre 1861
Father: Francesco Magno, 28, calzolaio, figlio del fu Luca Magno
Mother: Giuseppa Cheche, 26
Witness: Luigi Magno, sartore
Witness: Michele d'Ambrosio, contadino


From Torre to Montefalcione to East Boston

Friends,

I am honored by Carm's invitation to write something on this extraordinary blog.

One advantage to having a Mormon wife is that, once or twice a year, we visit Utah.  And the two things I always try to do when we visit Utah is to hear Richard Elliott play an organ recital at the Mormon Tabernacle, and to visit the nearby Family History Library — you know, the one with all those microfilms!

On April 20th, when I walked into the Library, I believed that all of my father's ancestors were from Montefalcione.  There had been rumors of a line of French ancestry somewhere, and it was at least possible that there was something on the De Angelis line, one of the lines that I had least explored.

So I go down to the huge International floor, and I take out some Montefalcione microfilms, and I start searching.  In particular, I was looking for the marriage certificate for Federigo Ciampa and Mariagrazia De Angelis, my paternal grandmother's parents.  I knew they were married around 1884, because I knew that their eldest child, Domenico, was born in 1885.  (I'll have you know that Domenico came to America, alone, as a teenager, changed his name to Champa, had two 30-year marriages, and died in 1991 at the age of 106!)

I looked in the Montefalcione marriage banns for 1884, and without much trouble I found those of Federigo and Mariagrazia, in November of 1884.  The only thing was: it listed Mariagrazia's birthplace not as Montefalcione but as some other town that I couldn't read very well.

Was it some French town?

The town's name was listed three times in the document.  I still couldn't quite make out what it was — Torre something-or-other?  A nearby librarian suggested, "Go to Googlemaps.  It's probably the next town over."

Lo and behold, seven miles to the north of Montefalcione was a town called ... Torre le Nocelle!

I also found that Mariagrazia's mother, Carolina Musto, was from Montemiletto.  (That town I had heard of.  My father remembered relatives talking about it.)  So whereas I went into the library thinking that my paternal ancestors were from one town, I left knowing that they were from three.

I still haven't gotten to the most amazing part of the story.  I returned to my in-laws' home, about 40 minutes south of Salt Lake City.  I went to their computer.  I Googled "GENEALOGY TORRE LE NOCELLE."  I found this blog.  And within hours — not days or weeks, hours —suddenly I had generations and generations of Torre ancestors, dating back to the 1600s! 

It's impossible to know why Mariagrazia De Angelis journeyed from Torre le Nocelle to Montefalcione.  Maybe it seems strange to use the verb "journey" for a seven-mile trip.  But can you imagine what travel was like in the province of Avellino in those days?  It's not like you could just hail a cab.  As recently as the 1940s, outhouses were still common.  And even later than that, in Sicily (where my mother's relatives were from), it was not unusual to meet folks whose animals lived with them in their home.

That is why is seems amazing to me that folks would travel from one town to another — which in itself must have been a journey.  (Then imagine what it was like to come to AMERICA!  How did they even get to the port in Naples?  And once in New York, how did they find their way to Boston?  On the other hand, they didn't have an awful lot of luggage ... I'm guessing they had next to nothing.)

But for whatever the reasons, and by however the means, Mariagrazia De Angelis (born in Torre 5 July 1862) found her way to Montefalcione, where she married Federigo Ciampa in November of 1884.

The aforementioned Domenico (1885-1991) was named not for Federigo's father (which was the norm) but for Mariagrazia's father, Domenico De Angelis (born 3 Mar. 1822 in Torre, died there 13 Aug. 1878).  Domenico Ciampa was the oldest of nine children.  I'm not sure where my grandmother was in the line-up, but her name was Maria, and she was born in Montefalcione on 27 Dec. 1893.  She married a Montefalcionese whose name was also Ciampa.  Carmine Ciampa and Maria Ciampa were married in Montefalcione on 11 June 1919.  They had a child, Giovanni, who was born in Montefalcione on February 26, 1920.  The three set sail on the Presidente Wilson, arriving at Ellis Island on 14 July 1920.  They made their way to Boston, where they had eight more children.  (The youngest, my father Gennaro, was born on 17 October 1937.)  I remember my grandmother well.  She died on 22 Jan. 1981, when I was ten years old.

Meanwhile, Mariagrazia De Angelis died in Montefalcione on 13 Sep. 1919, only three months after her daughter Maria's wedding. 

I think often of my ancestors, wondering if they regretted coming to America.  Sure, we had jobs.  But what kind of jobs?  Digging ditches?  Maybe the south of Italy wasn't booming economically.  But they had the sun, the water, nature.  It's hard to imagine that the rigors of life in East Boston compared at all.  I feel very agrodolce about the whole thing, especially when I work in my garden and I realize all that my ancestors gave up.  But in the end, I'm certainly glad to have been born in Boston.  Better to be born in America and discover Italy, rather than to be born in Italy and never have the opportunity to discover America. 

Leonardo Ciampa
http://leonardociampa.com/albero



03 May 2012

1861 Torre le Nocelle Birth - Maria Orsola Capone

Pedigree of Maria Orsola Capone


#42 Filed 30 Dicembre 1861
Name: Maria Orsola Capone
Birth: 29 Dicembre 1861 alle ore diciotto
Baptism: 30 Dicembre 1861
Father: Lucantonio Capone, 32, proprietario, figlio di Pasquale Capone
Mother: Giuseppa de Angelis, 24
Witness: Pietro de Angelis, contadino
Witness: Lorenzo de Angelis, contadino


02 May 2012

1861 Torre le Nocelle Birth - Carmine de Cristofaro

Pedigree of Carmine de Cristofaro


#41 Filed 25 Dicembre 1861
Name: Carmine de Cristofaro
Birth: 24 Dicembre 1861 alle ore ventuno
Baptism: 25 Dicembre 1861
Father: Ciriaco de Cristofaro, 36, scarpellino, figlio del fu Marzio de Cristofaro
Mother: Grazia Capone, 34
Witness: Luigi di Minico, contadino
Witness: Giovanni Bianchino, contadino


01 May 2012

1861 Torre le Nocelle Birth - Angelo Gennaro Puzo

Pedigree of Angelo Gennaro Puzo


#40 Filed 20 Dicembre 1861
Name: Angelo Gennaro Puzo
Birth: 19 Dicembre 1861 alle ore ventitre
Baptism: 20 Dicembre 1861
Father: Emmanuele Puzo, 48, contadino, figlio del fu Pasquale Puzo
Mother: Giuseppa de Angelis, 38
Witness: Agostino Luongo, contadino
Witness: Carmine Giardiello, contadino