"A family tree can wither if nobody tends its roots."

Apr17th2011

Lisa & Mark visit Pescasseroli, Italy

by  Phyllis Zeck

Last month Lisa & Mark visited Europe and one of their stops was Pescasseroli.  Lisa’s great grandparents were Pietro Del Principe and Elvira Ciolli.  Pietro and Elvira’s youngest son was Frank.  Frank’s son is Frank Jr. (Luke) and Lisa is Luke’s daughter. Whew, kind of confusing isn’t it?!  Lisa and Mark live in Arizona  and they have been looking forward to this trip to Europe since last fall.  Lisa’s email to me said “The trip was great, we had a blast.  Pescasseroli was one of the highlights of the trip.  The drive from Rome to Pescasseroli was very picturesque.  The town is quite a bit bigger than I thought it would be.”

Lisa and Mark stayed at Salvatore Toscano’s Bed and Breakfast – Via Della Piazza. Salvatore’s great, great grandmother Ester and my great grandmother Elvira were sisters.  They also met Salvatore’s mother, Ester Saltarelli.    Then they visited with Giovanni Del Principe.  I am very jealous!  They have graciously agreed to let me post some of their photos in my blog, thank you Lisa & Mark.

Pescasseroli is a town in the province of L’Aquila in southern Abruzzo.   A summer and winter resort, it is the headquarters of the Abruzzo National Park.   The monument below (I believe it is a WWII monument) was funded mostly by money sent from America. Click on any of the photos below to enlarge them, click on the back button to return to the blog.

Homes in Pescasseroli

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The Fontana di san Rocco

Piazza Sant' Antonio

 

 

 

 

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Next are photos from our family church in Pescasseroli.  Chiesa Dei Ss. Apostoli Pietro E Paolo was founded in 1100.  Below is a link to a very interesting article about a Church in Buffalo, New York and a statue of the Madonna that was brought to Buffalo by Gaetano Del Principe.  I don’t believe I am directly related to this Gaetano Del Prinicipe, his family appears to have settled in New York in the early 1900’s.

“The statue of the Madonna is a copy of the one in Pescasseroli, Italy and was brought here from Italy by the efforts of Mr. Gaetano Del Principe. It was beautifully adorned with a hand embroidered white dress and blue mantle that was made by several members of the Society.” xx http://www.stlawrencebuffalo.org/devotion.shtml

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below are photos of Salvatore taking Lisa and Mark to the Ciolli home, the arch leading to the home, and snapshots of the area around the home.  Although the home no longer is owned by Salvatore’s family, they still own the storage area below the home which is just inside the Arco Ciolli.

Ciolli Arch

Salvatore

Back of the Ciolli Home

Homes in the area

Salvatore's storage area

Ciolli Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below are photos of Salvatore Toscano’s Via Della Piazza Bed & Breakfast.  This is a link to his website http://www.viadellapiazza.it/

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While in Pescasseroli Lisa and Mark checked into “The Book” that was mentioned in my previous post (March 12, 2011).  The book appears to have been published by the community and it is about the people and landmarks in Pescasseroli.  Salvatore checked with his mother as to the name of the woman at the wake and she believes the woman is Filomena Ursitti (my great great grandmother).  The last photo is the remains of a castle which was destroyed by an earthquake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below are photos of Chiesa Del Carmelo

 
 

Apr4th2011

Paulo

by  Phyllis Zeck

I don’t have much information about Paul.  He was married to Mary and they had three daughters.

One daughter Dorothy was killed by a truck when she was young.  Dorothy (in the photo to the left) is 3 years old.

Their twins were named Paulette and Toni.  The top left photo is of Paul and Mary with the twins. The bottom right photo is of Edith with the twins.  Click on any photo to enlarge it.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

  

 
 

Apr2nd2011

Historical Records for Del Principe

by  Phyllis Zeck

Gilbert Guy Del Principe (my grandfather)

As promised in the previous blog here are some of the documents I received from Kathy at GenTracer.

Click here for Family Group Record Sheets for: Cesidio Gaetano del Principe, Mattio del Principe, Donato del Principe, Cesidio Boccia, and Antonio Gentile.  Family Group Records

Click here to print the Pedigree Chart for my great grandfather Pedigree Chart for Pietro Giovanni Del Principe .

Here are instructions from Kathy about how to read documents that are written in Italian.  Reading a birth document,  Reading a marriage document, and Reading a death document

Doumentation From GenTracer:

The birth, marriage and death records of Pescasserroli for 1854-1858 (FHL #1360904). The marriage of Vincenzo del Principe with Lionarda Liboria Rossi, filed on 15 July 1856.  Vincenzo and Liboria (Birth and Marriage) 4 pages.

The first page was the birth extract for Vincenzo del Principe, filed on 2 July 1830 in Pescasserroli. The birth was reported by the midwife. The male child was born to the married couple of Annamaria Boccia, 23 years old and a spinner living in Pescasserroli and Gaetano del Principe, 31 years old and a shepherd living in Pescasserroli on 2 July 1830 in their family home. The right column shows that he was baptized on the same day in the parish of Pescasserroli.

Page 2 was the birth extract for Lionarda Liboria Rossi, filed on 23 March 1832 in Pescasserroli. The birth was reported by a midwife. The female child was born to the married couple of Giovanni Rossi, 40 years old and a laborer living in Pescasserroli and Maria Rosaria del Principe, 41 years old and a spinner living in Pescasserroli on 23 March at their family home. The right column shows that she was baptized on the same day in the parish of Pescasserroli.

Pages 3-4 were the marriage record of Vincenzo del Principe with Lionarda Liboria Rossi, filed on 15 July 1856. The groom was 26 years old, born in Pescasserroli and a shepherd living in Pescasserroli. He was a son of Gaetano del Principe, a shepherd living in Pescasserroli and Annamaria Boccia, a spinner living in Pescasserroli. The bride was 24 years old, born in Pescasserroli and living in Pescasserroli. She was a daughter of Giovanni Rossi, a shepherd living in Pescasserroli and Maria Rosaria del Principe, a spinner living in Pescasserroli. The right column shows that this wedding occurred on 15 July in the parish of San Pietro and Paolo in Pescasserroli. Source #2

The birth, marriage and death records of Pescasserroli for 1851-1854 (FHL #1360903). #81, the birth of Pietro Giovanni del Principe,  Birth Record of Pietro Giovanni Del Principe filed on 24 June 1853. The birth was reported by a midwife. The male child was born to the married couple of Gaetano del Principe, 46 years old and a shepherd living in Pescasserroli and Annamaria Boccia, 40 years old and a spinner living in Pescasserroli on 24 June in their family home. The right column shows that he was baptized on the same day in the parish of Pescasserroli. Source #3

#7   The first page was the birth extract for Samuele Nicola del Principe, filed on 13 February 1824 in Pescasserroli. The birth was reported by a midwife. The male child was born to Beatrice Criola, 36 years old and a landowner living in Pescasserroli and Francesco del Principe, 38 years old and a landowner living in Pescasserroli on 13 February in their family home. The right column shows that he was baptized on the same day in the parish of Pescasserroli.

Page 2 was the extract of the birth of Maria Domenica del Principe, filed on 28 February 1833. The birth was reported by a midwife. The female child was born to the married couple of Gaetano del Principe, 31 years old and a shepherd living in Pescasserroli and Annamaria Boccia, 27 years old and a spinner living in Pescasserroli on 28 February in their family home. The right column shows that she was baptized on the same day in the parish of Pescasserroli.

Page 3 was the extract of the death of Beatrice Criola, filed on 21 April 1848. The death occurred on 20 April at her home. She was the wife of Francesco Saverio del Principe, a farmer in Pescassedrroli. She was 59 years old, born in Pescasserroli and a spinner living in Pescasserroli. She was a daughter of the late Nicola Criola and the late Donata del Principe.

Pages 4-5 were the solemn promise to marry for Samuele Nicola del Principe with Maria Domenica del Principe, filed on 3 August 1854. The groom was 30 years old, born in Pescasserroli and a laborer living in Pescasserroli. He was a son of Francesco del Principe, a laborer living in Pescasserroli and the late Beatrice Criola. The bride was 22 years old, born in Pescasserroli and living in Pescasserroli. She was a daughter of Gaetano del Principe, a shepherd living in Pescasserroli and Annamaria Boccia, a spinner living in Pescasserroli. The right column shows that this wedding occurred on 3 August in the parish of San Pietro and Paolo in Pescasserroli. Source #4

The birth, marriage and death records of Pescasserroli for 1847-1850 (FHL #1360902). They included: #54, the birth of Maria Scolastica del Principe, filed on 17 June 1849. The birth was reported by a midwife. The female child was born to the married couple of Gaetano del Principe, 42 years old and a shepherd living in Pescasserroli and Annamaria Boccia, 38 years old and a spinner living in Pescasserroli on 17 June in their family home. The right column shows that she was baptized on the same day in the parish of Pescasserroli. Source #5

The birth, marriage and death records of Pescasserroli for 1843-1846 (FHL #1360901). They included: #59, the birth of Gerardo del Principe, filed on 24 May 1844. The birth was reported by a midwife. The male child was born to the married couple of Gaetano del Principe, 40 years old and a shepherd living in Pescasserroli and Annamaria Boccia, 38 years old and a spinner living in Pescasserroli on 24 May in their family home. The right column shows that he was baptized on the same day in the parish of Pescasserroli. Source #6

#28, the birth of another Gerardo del Principe, filed on 7 April 1846. The birth was reported by a midwife. The male child was born to the married couple of Gaetano del Principe, 45 years old and a shepherd living in Pescasserroli and Annamaria Boccia, 36 years old and a spinner living in Pescasserroli on 7 April in their family home. The right column shows that he was baptized on the same day in the parish of Pescasserroli. Source #7

The birth, marriage and death records of Pescasserroli for 1839-1843 (FHL #1360900). They included #38, the birth of Berorda del Principe, filed on 2 May 1842. The birth was reported by a midwife. The female child was born to the married couple of Gaetano del Principe, 40 years old and a shepherd living in Pescasserroli and Anna Maria Boccia, 35 years old and a spinner living in Pescasserroli on 2 May in their family home. The right column shows that she was baptized on the same day in the parish of Pescasserroli. Source #8

The birth, marriage and death records of Pescasserroli for 1836-1839 (FHL #1360879). They included #15, the birth of Antonio Luigi del Principe, filed on 12 March 1839. The birth was reported by a midwife. The male child was born to the married couple of Gaetano del Principe, 37 years old and a shepherd living in Pescasserroli and Annamaria Boccia, 33 years old and a spinner living in Pescasserroli on 12 March in their family home. The right column shows that he was baptized on the same day in the parish of Pescasserroli. Source #9

The birth, marriage and death records of Pescasserroli for 1833-1836 (FHL #1360878). They included: #6, the birth of Maria Domenica del Principe, filed on 28 February 1833. The birth was reported by a midwife. The female child was born to the married couple of Gaetano del Principe, 31 years old and a shepherd living in Pescasserroli and Annamaria Boccia, 27 years old and a spinner living in Pescasserroli on 28 February in their family home. The right column shows that she was baptized on the same day in the parish of Pescasserroli. Source #10

#10, the birth of Lucia Carmina del Principe, filed on 2 March 1836. The birth was reported by a midwife. The female child was born to the married couple of Gaetano del Principe, 34 years old and a shepherd living in Pescasserroli and Annamaria Boccia, 30 years old and a spinner living in Pescasserroli on 2 March in their family home. The right column shows that she was baptized on the same day in the parish of Pescasserroli. Source #11

The birth, marriage and death records of Pescasserroli for 1828-1833 (FHL #1360877). They included: #11, the marriage of Gaetano del Principe with Anna Maria Boccia, filed on 6 September 1829. The first page was an extract of the baptism of Cesidio Gaetano del Principe on 18 March 1799 in Pescasserroli. He was born to Mattio, son of the late Donato del Principe and Maria Scolastica, daughter of the late Anseleto Salterelli, a married couple.

Page 2 was an extract of the baptism of Annamaria Boccia on 11 July 1808 in Pescasserroli. She was a daughter of Cesidio, son of the late Michele Boccia and Domenica, daughter of the late Antonio Gentile, a married couple. Page 3 was an extract of the death of Mattio del Principe, filed on 20 November 1816 in Foggia. The death occurred on 19 November. He was from Pescasserroli, 55 years old and a farmer living in Foggia on strada Cattiglima. He was a son of the late Donato del Principe and the late Maria Tarquinio.

Page 4 was an extract of the death of Donato, son of the late Mattio del Principe on 8 September 1786 in Pescasserroli. Page 5 was an Death extract Maria Domenica Gentile on 25 April 1820 in Pescasserroli. She was the wife of Cesidio Boccia, 40 years old and born in Pescasserroli. She was a spinner living in this town. She was a daughter of the late Antonio Gentile, a shepherd of this town and the Lucia Sant’Ercole, living in this town.

Page 6 was the solemn promise to marry. Pages 7-8 were the solemn promise to marry from the marriage book, filed on 6 September 1829 in Pescasserroli. The groom was Gaetano del Principe, 30 years old, born in Pescasserroli and a shepherd living in Pescasserroli. He was a son of the late Mattio del Principe and Maria Scolastica Saltarelli, a spinner living in Pescasserroli. The bride was Anna Maria Boccia, 21 years old, born in Pescasserroli and living in Pescasserroli. She was a daughter of the Cesidio Boccia, a shepherd living in Pescasserroli and the late Domenica Gentile. The wedding occurred on 6 September in the parish of Pescasserroli. Source #12

#55, the Birth of Vincenzo del Principe, filed on 2 July 1830. The birth was reported by the midwife. The male child was born to the married couple of Annamaria Boccia, 23 years old and a spinner living in Pescasserroli and Gaetano del Principe, 31 years old and a shepherd living in Pescasserroli on 2 July 1830 in their family home. The right column shows that he was baptized on the same day in the parish of Pescasserroli. Source #13

I did not scan every document as a pdf file for this blog.  As time permits I will try to scan and add them all.  Now I wait patiently for Kathy to return from her month long research trip to Italy so that she can mail us our records for the Ciolli side of the family.  Thank you GenTracer!

 
 

Mar25th2011

GenTracer

by  Phyllis Zeck



The Church of San Pietro and Paolo in Pescasseroli

In the winter of 2010 my cousin Joe and I began corresponding regularly about our family history.  I told him I felt I’d gone as far as I could with my independent research.  My daughter and I had searched the micro film at the Family History Library in Portland (see blog from Dec 23, 2010) for the birth record of my great grandfather Pietro and were unsuccessful in finding it.  Joe had begun correspondence with the parish priest at the church of San Pietro and Paolo in Pescasseroli in the hopes of obtaining the birth record of his father Giuseppe Florian who was born in 1889.

We decided we could use a researcher of our own.  How would we find someone?  I have been watching the tv show Who Do You Think You Are.  The featured star always has their documents ready to view when they arrive at their research facility.   This was not going to be the way it worked for us.

I wrote to some professionals who posted their services on Ancestry.com but received half hearted responses.  Then I stumbled upon a website called GenTracer.  Kathy Kirkpatrick specialized in Italian research, and she lived in Salt Lake City so she had access to the Family History Library.  Her fee was low, she responded quickly to our emails, she seemed like the perfect fit.  And she was!  Within one month we had our report in hand.   Thanks to GenTracer we are now able to fill in many gaps in our family tree.

Kathy’s report told us that “women used their maiden names throughout their lives. Italian naming patterns result in the first born son and daughter being named for the father’s parents, while the second son and daughter are named for the parents of the mother.  If one of the children with an important name dies, the next child born of that sex is given that name”.

Click this link to see a PDF file which shows the family tree more clearly:
Pedigree Chart for Pietro Giovanni Del Principe

Click this link to see a PDF file which shows family group records (it takes a few seconds to open): Family Group Record Del Principe

I thought my great grandfather Pietro had no siblings. Wrong!  Cesidio Gaetano Del Principe and Annamaria Boccia had many children.  Annamaria Boccia was the daughter of Cesidio Boccia (Cesidio’s father was Michele Boccia) and Maria Domenica Gentile (Maria Domenica parents were Antonio Gentile and Lucia Sant’Ercole).

Cesidio and Annamaria’s first born child was named Vincenzo, then came Maria Domenica, Lucia Carmina, Antonio Luigi, Berorda, Gerardo, another Gerardo born 2 years later, Maria Scolastica , and Pietro Giovanni.  Joe and I now know our great grandfather Pietro was given Giovanni for his middle name.

Cesidio Gaetano Del Principe was born in 1799 and was the son of Mattio Del Principe and Maria Scolastica Salterelli (daughter of Anseleto Salterelli).  Thanks to Giovanni Del Principe I know that Cesidio’s siblings were named: Donato, Francesco Mattia, Michelangelo, Domenico Leonardo and Giustino Gennaro.

Mattio Del Principe was born in 1761 and his parents were Donato Del Principe and Maria Tarquinio.

Donato Del Principe was born in 1744 and his father was named Mattio Del Principe.  Unfortunately we don’t know the year that Mattio was born.  I’m guessing it would have been around 1700.

Wow!  This was a lot of information to take in but I was excited that I could now document the Del Principe name 7 generations back.

Kathy from GenTracer also supplied us with official records that I will scan and add to my next blog.  If you can read Italian, you’ll be thrilled.  If you can’t read Italian, it’s still pretty exciting to skim the birth, baptism, marriage, and death records of our ancestors.

 

 
 

Mar12th2011

My Ciolli Cousin – Allen Adezio

by  Phyllis Zeck

Allen Adezio is my 2nd cousin 1 time removed.  Allen’s parents are Carmella Leone and Cesidio Adezio (aka D’Addezio).  Carmella’s parents were Speranza (Mary) Ciolli and Joseph Leone.  Speranza was the sister of my great grandmother Elvira.

In January I received an email from Allen’s wife, Marie, stating that her husband was a descendant of the Ciolli family.  She is also interested in genealogy so as you can imagine this was the beginning of many, many email exchanges.

The Leone Family

Here is a photo of Lillian, Speranza Ciolli & her husband Joseph Leone, and Carmella.  Lillian and Carmella are their daughters.

 

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The  photo below is of Carmella Leone and Cesidio Adezio on their wedding day June 20, 1923.  These are Allen’s parents.

Carmella Leone & Cesidio Adezio

 

 

 

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Josephine & Gladys

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This is a photo of Josephine, born in 1909 and Gladys born in 1914 (Speranza and Joseph’s daughters).

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Allen and Marie traveled to Pescasseroli Italy several years ago.  They found the Ciolli home which has now been remodeled into several apartments.  Here is a photo of the home.

Ciolli Home in Pescasseroli Italy.

Several people came out to the street and they all tried to communicate and ask about the house but the language barrier was too great, they couldn’t understand each other.  A woman sent one of the young girls into the house and she came back with a large book.  The book was opened to a photo of a woman laid out for her wake.  We think this may be a photo of Filomena; Speranza and Elvira’s mother.

In the birth records of her children it is noted that Filomena Ursitti was a “property owner”.  Her husband Amabile Ciolli was the town’s Apothecary.  We had always heard that Elvira’s parents were wealthy and important people.  Is this why the town published a photo of her in a book?  What is the name of the book?  Is the person in the book Filomena?

Marie has sent me charts with family names and dates that I will add to my Ancestry.com account.   Thank you to Marie for the wonderful photos, information, and stories.  I look forward to learning more about her travels and my Ciolli ancestors.