52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #5: At the Library ~ Il Brigantaggio Farindolesi e Mia Famiglia/The Brigandage Farindolesi and My Family ~

This week’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge is At the Library.  I have been lucky enough to find a treasure of a book on the history of one of my main Italian ancestral villages in Abruzzo online at the website:  www.gelsumino.it.  The book is called Storia di Farindola, Dalle Origini ai Giorni Nostri by Antonio Procacci.  Since my family has lived in Farindola for centuries and my immediate family left Farindola less than 100 years ago, I was ecstatic.

There is a chapter in the book called “Il Brigantaggio/The Brigandage”.  I found quite a few ancestors and relatives mentioned in this chapter, specifically in the time period the author referred to as being the most violent in Farindola – the years 1805 to 1810.  The author clearly pointed out that this is during the time of French dominion over Italy, under Giuseppe Napoleone and Gioacchino Marat, and that some of the brigands were veterans of the fight to keep the French out of Abruzzo.

Please note, my translations of what I read are to the best of my ability, and that I am mentioning which page I took the information from as I write this post, and that I hope to provide accurate information to you.

In 1799 when the French left Teramo, these 100 or so soldiers returned home.  It is believed that these returning soldiers became “political brigands,” who in turn, joined the  factions of the “common brigands” already active in the country-side of Farindola for over a century. (page 36) 


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Two of these veterans, I believe are either cousins or a degree of uncles to me: Massimantonio Marcella and Nicola Pompili. (page 35)

Massimantonio Marcella

Massimantonio Marcella was well-known friend to bandit leaders, his house was a meeting place for them, and he was believed by authorities to have been the go-between that engaged in bribes for protection from the Guardia Urbana di Farindola (Urban Guards of Farindola), of whom the Comandata (Commander) was my 6th great grandfather Paolo Carusi(page 40, page 42)

This previous post relates some data I have collected on Paolo: Paolo Carusi, Writer and Landowner, Brother to a Conte.  Because this current post is an update to that  previous post, there is a link in that post to this one.

Massimantonio was also presumed to be the man one would seek out to gain protection from authorities in Penne and the other small villages surrounding it.  The author noted, Massimantonio Marcella was said to be close to the infamous brigand leader from Penne named Mascierelle and the brigand leader from Farindola Giovanni Sergiacomo dei Colli.  Testimony referred their relationships as compare. (page 42-43) 

Based on the naming patterns in my tree, and because some shootouts between French authorities and the brigands in Farindola took place at Contrada Trosciano, where Massimantonio lived, and was also the home of my early 19th century ancestors, I am taking a wild guess that there is a possibility that Massimantonio Marcella was the uncle of my 3rd great grandfather Massimonicola Marcella.  This is just a guess, however, I am sure there is a blood connection.

Paolo Carusi, my 6th great grandfather and

Nicola Carusi, my 5th great grandfather

More on the Guardia Urbana ~  This force were formed in 1808 by French authorities because of il brigantaggio in the Farindola environs.  The French appointed my 6th great grandfather Paolo Carusi the commander of the Farindola forces.  According to the Storia di Farindola, and if my translation is correct, he commanded the other urban guards – 12 French soldiers.  (page 40)

The book tells me that on May 11, 1807, a group of brigands got into a firefight with the Guardia Urbana in Farindola.  Because the villagers feared looting, they gave up the brigands and under the order of the son of Paolo Carusi, the French soldiers followed the brigands to their hideouts.  In fear for his life and that of his family’s, the son of Paolo fled with them to nearby Penne, leaving behind his business and property.  Paolo Carusi wrote to the French General Chavardes who then sent his son 15 days of rations while they hid out. (page 41)

Based on my research in the Farindola civil records on Antenati, that son of Paolo, and the only son married with children in 1807, was my 5th great grandfather, the future Cancelliere of the Comune di Farindola, Nicola Carusi.  Interestingly, Nicola died young!  At age 40 in 1817.  The civil records do not give a cause of death.  1817 was a year of famine in Abruzzo but he was a wealthy man.  It was also the year of a typhoid epidemic.  Is that why he died?  

Candeloro Salvitti, my 5th great grand uncle

The chapter also mentioned that a man was murdered on June 30, 1807.  He was my 34 year old, 5th great grand uncle Candeloro Salvitti(page 42)

According to my tree, Candeloro was also the brother of the father of the future mayor of Farindola, Donato Salvitti. 

Domenico Damiani, my 5th great grandfather

I was nearing the end of this very informative chapter when the author was mentioning that the Brigantaggio was winding down towards 1809 and 1810 and how the old leaders in hiding were still carrying out vendettas against those in Farindola that had betrayed them, and that such happened the night of January 9, 1810 when three men of the same family were murdered.  They were Domenico, Nicola, and Donato Damiani.   (page 44-45)

This rang a bell with me because I remembered seeing three death records in a row for three men of the same last name and I had figured it was an illness!  HA!  The name Domenico Damiani also rang a bell.  So I went to my tree and sure enough, I had an ancestor with that name and oh boy, yes, he died January 9, 1810 and by the way, Domenico Damiani, was my 5th great grandfather.

Donato and Nicola Damiani were brothers and were Domenico’s uncles.  My 5th great grandfather Domenico was married to Laura Rosa.  Besides leaving behind my 5th great grandmother, he also left behind three young children, and a teenager.  (More on Laura Rosa and Domenico Damiani at a later date!)  According to the death records I found in the civil records Antenati, all three men lived in the countryside at Contrada Della Valchiera.  Does that translate to Valkyrie?

I want to mention that my 5th great grandfather’s signature, Nicola Carusi (the same man mentioned above), is at the bottom of those three records as the Cancelliere, and that the same two men, Domenico Rosa and Tommaso Basile were informants on all three death records.

Other Potential Relations

Finally, these are some other names in this chapter that are likely some form of relation to me:

  • Tommaso Iannascoli, Cesidio Colella, and Giovanni Frattarola were among 20 accused brigands in the Penne area in December 1806 and were from Farindola.  Tommaso Iannascoli was hung at contrada della Piano della Fonte on January 15, 1808. (page 40)
  • 4 murdered on the night of June 4, 1807 were brothers Antonio and Nicola Pompili, and Francesco Di Francesco and his wife Anna Saveria (Basilicati) (page 41)
  • 4 were murdered during the month of July, 1807, including Jacopantonio De Rizio. (page 42)
  • Murdered on September 20, 1807 was Giovanni Battista Pompili, brother of the men killed on June 4, 1807. (page 42)
  • Vincenzantonio Lepore was hung at contrada della Piano della Fonte on January 15, 1808. (page 42)
  • On February 27, 1808 Domenicantonio Frattarola sopranome Cipranne and Orazio Cervo were shot and killed. (page 42)
  • On March 23, 1808, brigand Ambrosio Frattarola was arrested. (page 43)
  • In April 1808, a small band of brigands got into a firefight with French soldiers in Trosciano (an area where my ancestors lived.)  Killed were Filippo di Simone and Giovanni Colangeli. (page 43)
  • In May 1809, Giuseppe Frattarola was arrested for murder. (page 43)
  • On August 1, 1809, an award was launched for the information and capture of famous robbers Sabatino Marcella, Saverio Marcucci, and brothers Sabatino and Gesualdo De Juliis.  (page 44)
  • I also read that in 1809, the local occupying French Major Cochet was murdered at age 40 as an act of revenge, and buried without sacraments, according to Storia di Farindola. It is believed the murder was carried out by those avenging the arrest and hanging of the leader of the Dell’Orso family from Farindola. I have several known Dell’Orso ancestors. How does the hung man connect to me? I don’t know right now and they are only referenced as a family in this chapter and not by their first names like in my tree.  (page 40-41)
  • Lastly, on March 5, 1815, the L’Intendente della Provincia di Teramo sent a message to the mayor of Farindola that only one brigand was still on the run.  He was, the aforementioned, Sabatino Marcella. (page 45)  Note – 1815 was the last year of the French occupation.



Storia di Farindola, Dalle Origini ai Giorni Nostri by Antonio Procacci ,via http://www.gelsumino.it.  This blog post mentions data contained in pages 33-50.  








My Campania, Italy Surnames and Places Lists


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Present-day Province of Naples

  • Montecalvario (Quartieri Spagnoli), Metropolitan City of Naples: Ferraro
  • Nola:  Napolitano, Marotta, Notaro, Criscuolo, Sepe, Trocciola, Stellato 
  • Nola Collateral Lines: Morisco, Tortora, Vecchione, Castiello, Manna, Cassese, Della Marca, Dell’Anno
  • Sirico (now part of Saviano): Sabatino, Di Conza, Di Falco, Di Sena, Sierpico
  • Sirico Collateral Lines: Subbrizzi, D’Avella, Vardolo, Ambruscino, Franzese
  • Roccarainola: Barbarino, Nicolino
  • Saviano: Zingariello

Province of Salerno

  • San Valentino di Sarno: Petillo, Di Conza

Province of Caserta

  • Marcianise: Ferraro
  • Grazzanise: Ferraro
  • San Prisco: Ferraro, Delle Cave
  • San Prisco Collateral Lines: Vitale, Pitrillo, Iannotta, Ferrara, Mincione
  • San Felice a Cancello (Fraziones : Ferraro, Delle Cave, Fruggieri/Fruggiero, Librera, De Lardo, Gammella, Zingariello, Dragone, Iaderosa, Barbarino, Papa, Bonillo/Bionillo/Ionillo, Capobianco, D’Ambrosio, Benardo, Piscitella, Cioffi, Ventura, Nicolino, Paciello, Bucciero, Magliulo, Vocciero, Formale, Affenita/D’Affenita, Gianino/Ianino, Diodato, Marletta, Litieri, Secondina, Paoluccio, Perrotta, Carfora, Girardo, Porrino, Ferriello, Martenisi, D’Addico, Petillo



  • Nola records are now online on Antenati under the Archives of Caserta as part of the old region of Terra di Lavoro.
  • Marcianise, Grazzanise, and San Prisco are partially loaded on Antenati, also under the Archives of Caserta.
  • San Felice a Cancello records have been partially loaded on Antenati at the same Archives of Caserta link I have used above.  They are under the headings Sei Casali d’Arienzo and San Felice a Cancello.
  • Church records for San Felice a Cancello are available on Family Search for anyone to view in the comfort of their own homes.  Some of the church records go back to the 1500s.

Thank you for visiting!


Today’s Anniversary ~ Third Great Grandparents Massimo Nicola Marcella and Maria Carolina Colangeli ~


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Farindola – On today’s date in 1840, my third great grandparents Massimo Nicola Marcella and Maria Carolina Colangeli were married in San Nicola di Bari, Farindola.  They were the grandparents of my immigrant great grandfather Cesidio Marcella.

Maria Carolina Colangeli was born in Farindola in 1817 to Berardino Colangelo/i and Anna Giuseppa Antonacci.  They were contadini.  During this time period, her surname fluctuated between Colangeli and Colangelo in the Farindola records.  Her mother Anna Giuseppa Antonacci was born in nearby Montebello di Bertona, Pescara in 1791.

The records of Pescara on Antenati suggest that the Colangelis were from nearby Penne, Pescara, although at the time of Maria Carolina’s birth, a branch of them were living in Farindola, for Maria Carolina’s father was born in Farindola, but his midwife mother was born in Penne.  Also, the other Colangelis in my Abruzzese tree in a separate branch were from Penne and owned property there.

Maria Carolina’s tree was heavy with midwives, and though she was listed as a spinner on several civil records on Antenati, I suspect she too was a midwife.  Her aunt, grandmother, great grandmother, and her own daughter Maria Giuseppa were all midwives.   Maria Giuseppa was there for the delivery of Cesidio.

Massimo Nicola Marcella was born in 1814 in Farindola to Giuseppe Antonio Marcella* and Maria Domenica Sciarra. They too were contadini. Maria Domenica’s parents were born in Fara San Martino, Chieti and the occupations of her father and brothers were written as lanari (wool workers/merchants) in the civil records on Antenati.

Massimo Nicola’s paternal ancestors had been living in Farindola at least as far back as a man named Donato Marcella and a lady possibly named Domenica Cervo both alive in the early 1700s in the Farindola area.  This is the farthest back I have been able to trace his surname using church death records in the marriage processetti on Antenati.  Oh to have the church records in the Diocese of Penne available to research! 

My third great grandparents had 10 children, 4 of which were two sets of female twins.  They were:

Twins Maria Domenica and Maria Giustina (twins), born in 1841.  Maria Giustina lived less than a month.  Maria Domenica lived ten years.  They were born 9 months after their parents married.

Maria Giustina, born in 1843 in Contrada da Valloni – died in 1912 in Contrada Casebruciate, married foundling Panfilo Zenone

Filippo, born in 1844 in Contrada Trosciano – died in 1916 at #137 in Contrada Trosciano, married Maria Antonia Lacchetta and Elisabetta Rossi (my ancestress)

Maria Giuseppa (midwife in Contrada Casebruciate), born in 1846 in Contrada Trosciano – died in 1918 in Contrada Casebruciate, married Giovanni Costantini

Antonio, born in Contrada Trosciano in 1847 and died in 1851

Domenico, born in 1849 in Contrada Trosciano – died in 1908 in Casebruciate, married Maria Carmina Basilavecchia

Nicolantonio, born in 1851 in Contrada Casebruciate, married Maria Giuseppa Della Valle.  They had no children.  However, a man with his name appears to have had a child in 1901 to an un-named woman who was not his wife.  The child was named Vittoria Marcella.

Twins Serafina and Maria Domenica born in 1854 in Contrada Trosciano.  Maria Domenica married Vincenzo Di Silvestri.  Serafina married Antonio Di Francesco, who was the son of Anna Emidia Lucerini and Luigi di Francesco.  My third great grandparents on a different line!

Massimo Nicola Marcella died in 1884 in Contrada Casebruciate.  His widow Maria Carolina Colangeli died a few months shy of the birth of her grandson Cesidio in October 1894, at #65 Contrada Casebruciate, Farindola.

*I do not know how or if Giuseppe Antonio was related to the briganti with the same surname that were active in the countryside near Farindola during the Napoleonic occupation of Italy.  One of the main leaders was named Massimo.  He was jailed before the civil records start on Antenati.  (See Storia di Farindola, dalli origini ai giorni nostri by Antonio Procacci via http://www.gelsumino.it)


Antenati San Beniculturali:

(Record #13, 1840)

(Record #13 Processetti, 1840)


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Italian Heritage Month: Today’s Anniversary ~ Third Great Grandparents Rosa Antonia Pompili and Costantino Massei ~

On today’s date in 1856, my third great grandparents Rosa Antonia Pompili and Costantino Massei were married in San Nicola di Bari, Farindola.

They were the grandparents of my great grandmother, Maria Luigia Massei.

Rosa Antonia Pompili was born in 1825 in Farindola to Giuseppe Antonio Pompili and Anna Domenica Puccella.  They were both contadini and were related to a local politician.  When Rosa was born in 1825, her father’s uncle recorded her birth.  Notably, he was the Sindaco (mayor) of the Comune di Farindola at the time.

mayor Her 1825 Civil birth record

Or in a close up you can see:


My 5th great grand uncle was the Sindaco.

Rosa’s groom, Costantino Massei, was seven years younger than she was.  He was born in 1832 in Farindola to Sabatino Massei and Francesca Paola Innocenza Carusi.  They were both contadini.  Costantino’s mother was the daughter of a local politician and wealthy landowner, for  Francesca’s father was Nicola Carusi, Cancelliere di Comune di Farindola 1809-1817.*

In 1864, Rosa and Costantino welcomed twin sons into the world.  The second twin son recorded in the civil records was named Antonio and he was my second great grandfather.

Costantino passed away in 1901 in Contrada Macchie, Farindola, where Rosa passed away in 1909.

*I have updated information on this branch of the Carusi family from Farindola.  Feel free to email me (cinziarosagenealogy@comcast.net).


Antenati San Beniculturali


Italian Heritage Month: Immigrant 43 ~ Great Grandmother Serafina Merlenghi (Marcella) ~

My great grandmother Serafina Merlenghi was born in 1896 at Contrada Macchie, Farindola in 1896.  In 1948, she arrived at Ellis Island with her youngest child, Alberino, who was a citizen of the United States.  They were going to meet my great grandfather, Cesidio Marcella in Philadelphia.

Serafina had a daughter named Maria in 1916 with my great grandfather.  In 1919, they married and had two more children:  Zia L. and Biagio Filippo.

In 1930, their son Alberino was born.

After decades of living apart while my great grandfather worked in the United States and sent money home, she came to the United States in 1948 with their 18 year old son Alberino.  Because my great grandfather was a United States citizen when Alberino was born, Alberino was automatically a citizen.  Her daughters Maria (m. Iezzi) and Zia L. (m. Generosi) had families of their own in Italy when she left.

Serafina arrived while Lady Liberty’s beacon still shined brightly.

My great grandmother returned to Italy to visit several times before she returned for good after my great grandfather passed in 1980.  She resided in the village of her birth the rest of her life and is buried there.

I loved her name so much, it was my confirmation name.  A cousin shared a story of her in which she described her as knowledgeable in the ways of medicinal plants.  I thank you for the stories.

For more in honor of Italian Heritage Month, please find more on Serafina, her family, and her ancestry in this 2016 blog post that was written for the anniversary of her birth.




Today’s Anniversary ~ 3rd Great Grandparents Nicola Antonia Giansante and Carlo Di Pentima ~

Penne – July 19, 1862 – On today’s date in 1862, my third great grandparents Nicola Antonia Giansante and Carlo Di Pentima were married in Penne, Italy.


Nicola Antonia Giansante was born in 1828 in Rione San Giovanni in Penne, Pescara to Giosaffatte Giansante and Maria Trignani.

Carlo Di Pentima was born in 1814 at Via Piana, Pianella, Pescara to Felice Di Pentima and Palma D’Agostino.

Nicola Antonia and Carlo were both widowed.  My third great grandmother’s first husband was Nicola Delle Monache.  He died in 1855.  They had one child.  Stefano.

My third great grandfather’s first wife was Anna Rosaria Marcella.  They lived at contrada Cupoli, Farindola.  She passed away on May 12, 1862.  She was the daughter of Nicolangelo Marcella and Anna Di Luca.*  They had four children.  Vincenzo, Filomena, Serafina, and Anna.  Only Filomena survived until adulthood.

Giansante – Di Pentima marriage documents via Antenati

A little more than two months after the death of Anna Rosaria, Carlo married my third great grandmother.  They had at least three children:  Anna, Vincenzo, and Marianna (m. Biagio Di Francesco.)  At least two of their grandchildren perished in World War II:  Giovanni Di Pendima died at Monte Santo at the 11th battle of the Isonzo in 1917, and Alfonso Di Francesco died in 1915 at Monte Cappuccio at the 2nd Battle of the Isonzo.  The surname was spelled Di Pendima in Farindola.

I have previously explained some of Carlo’s Pianella and Nicola Antonia’s Penne and Carpineto ancestry in this previous post: Today’s Wedding Anniversary: Biagio Di Francesco and Marianna Di Pendima

*I cannot connect Nicolangelo to the other Marcella ancestors at this time.

Sources: Antenati, Caduti nella Grande Guerra, Wikipedia (for information on WWI battles)







Today’s 165th Wedding Anniversary ~ Angelo Merlenghi and Maria Carmina Cirone ~



Farindola – On today’s date in 1853, my third great grandparents Angelo Merlenghi and Maria Carmina Cirone were married in San Nicola di Bari in Farindola, Italy.  They were both contadini and were the grandparents of my great grandmother Serafina Merlenghi.

Maria Carmina Cirone was born in 1828 in Farindola to Bernardo Cirone and Maria Crocefissa Marzola.  Maria Carmina’s mother and grandmother Maria Donata Di Costanzo were both levatrici = midwives.  Bernardo Cirone’s Cirone ancestors were builders.

Angelo Merlenghi was born in 1820 in Farindola to Antonio Nicodemo Merlenghi and the fatherless Anna Paola Lucerini.  They were contadini.  Angelo Merlenghi’s great grandfather on his mother’s side was Artista Romoaldo Lucerini.  I still do not know what kind of artist Romoaldo was!


Maria Carmina Cirone and Angelo Merlenghi had four children:

Giuseppe Merlenghi m. Carmela Dell’Orso (parents of Soldato Domenico Quirico Merlenghi, disperso alla Zagora, Slovenia 12 Agosto 1915)

Francesca Merlenghi

Cesidio Merlenghi m. Maria Michela Cirone (parents of Serafina Merlenghi)

Maria Merlenghi

Maria Carmina Cirone had no more children and died in 1861 at the age of 33.

Angelo Merlenghi remarried in 1865 to Alba Maria Mergiotti.  She was the daughter of Donato Mergiotti and Maria Di Gregorio.

Angelo had two children with Alba Maria:

Antonio Merlenghi, died at age 17 in Contrada Macchie

Maria Loreta Merlenghi m. Alessandro Lombardi

Angelo passed away in 1876, at the age of 55 in Contrada Macchie.  Below is the 2012 view of Farindola from Macchie.

Contrada Macchie




Albo dei Caduti Della Grande Guerra


Today’s 150th Wedding Anniversary ~ Third Great Grandparents Donato Di Massimo and Anna Maria Domenica Cacciatore


On today’s date 150 years ago in Farindola, my third great grandparents Donato Di Massimo and Anna Maria Domenica Cacciatore were married in Farindola, Abruzzo.  They were both contadini and were the grandparents of Luigia Massei.

Donato was born in 1845 at Colle della Castagne near Farindola to Serafino Vincenzo Di Massimo and Anna Maria Cecelia Colangeli.  Serafino’s mother Maria Chiarella and grandmother Laura Marzola were levatrici or midwives..

Anna Maria Cecelia Colangeli was born in Montebello di Bertona.  However, her father Francesco Colangeli was from Penne.

Anna Maria Domenica Cacciatore was born in Rione di San Giovanni, Penne in 1845 to Sabatino Cacciatore and Antonia Oriani.  They too were contadini.  Sabatino’s grandparents were featured in the previous “anniversary” post Today’s Anniversary: Bartolomeo Massimo Antonio Desiati “Cacciatore” and Angela Emmanuela Sacchetti Muffitti.

Antonia Oriani’s grandfather had his name spelled “Auriano” in the Penne records before 1820.  I found a baptismal record in marriage processetti reflecting the name as “D’Auriano.”  The oldest I found was written for my 7th great grandfather Massimo as “Di Auriano” which just looks wrong.  In Farindola, her surname was recorded as Uriani.

My third great grandparents had three daughters and three sons.

Lucia Di Massimo

Angela Maria Di Massimo m. twin Antonio Massei

Maria Carmina Di Massimo

Quirico Di Massimo

Stefano Di Massimo

Serafino Di Massimo

These Di Massimos are the only part of my Farindolesi family I have ever seen living in and having children at a place called Colle della Castagne near Farindola.  By the 1880s, these Di Massimos were living in Contrada Macchie.

Anna Maria Domenica Cacciatore died at #57 Contrada Macchie in 1907.

Donato Di Massimo died at #19 Contrada Macchie in 1921.


Source: Antenati





Women’s History Month and the ABCs of My Genealogy

March is Women’s History Month, making it an excellent time to focus on the ancestresses in my genealogy.  I tried a memory exercise off the top of my head going alphabetically listing names of women in my tree.  I did pretty well, with the exception of Y and X.

I also listed off the top of my head where they lived.  If I could find their profession, station, or husband’s station, I listed that too.  All of these women were born pre-1870 and were born overseas.*  Only two on my list are immigrants.  

Here we go:

A is for Apolline Weyland, 9th great grandmother, Liederscheidt, Moselle, France, a laborer’s wife

B is for Anna Saveria Barbacone, 5th great grandmother, Rione di San Giovanni, Penne, Pescara, Italy, a contadina

C is for Cecilia “Cilla” Vocciero, 7th great grandmother, Talanico, Kingdom of Naples, unknown

D is for Dorotea Frattarola, 7th great grandmother, Farindola, Pescara, Italy, landowner’s mother

E is for Elisabetha Stauder,  8th great grandmother, Schweyen, Moselle, France, laborer’s wife

F is for Karolina Friederika Wilhemina Fehlig, 3rd great grandmother, Grohnde, Hameln-Pyrmont, Niedersachsen, Germany, master tailor’s wife

G is for Anna Dorothea Maria Grabe, 4th great grandmother, Grossmehlra, Schwarzburg-Sonderhausen, Thuringen, Germany, miller owner’s wife

H is for Anne Marie Aloisia Heinzen, 2nd great grandmother, Brig, Canton Valais, Switzerland, immigrant – dress-maker

I is for Ignota (Italian for unknown), mother of Panfilo Zenone, husband of Maria Giustina Marcella, Panfilo’s mother left Panfilo at the foundling wheel in Penne, Pescara, Italy

J is for Elisabetta di Julio, 6th great grandmother, Farindola, Pescara, Italy, unknown

K is for Kunigunde (No Last Name Known), 9th great grandmother, Hornbach, Sudwestpfalz, Rhineland Palatinate, Germany, unknown

L is for Laisa Girardo, 8th great grandmother, Talanico, Kingdom of Naples, unknown

M is for Marie Louise Koppel, 3rd great grandmother, Koerner, Sonderhausen, Thüringen, Germany, immigrant – miller owner’s daughter

N is for Vittoria Di Norscia, 6th great grandmother, Rione di San Giovanni, Penne, Pescara, Italy, a lacemaker

O is for Odile Kolsch, 8th great grandmother, Vinningen, Germany, wife of the Eschevin de Justice

P is for Veneranda Paolucci, 6th great grandmother, Farindola, Pescara, Italy, a contadina

Q is for Anna Elisabetha Dorre-mother of Quirinus Eckebrecht, 4th great grandmother, Grossmehlra, Sonderhausen, Thüringen, Germany, laborer’s wife

R is for Laura Rosa, 5th great grandmother, Contrada Tavo, Farindola, Pescara, Italy, a contadina

S is for Sandra Dragone, 5th great grandmother, Talanico, Kingdom of Naples, unknown

T is for Tommasina Secondina, 10th great grandmother, Kingdom of Naples, unknown

U is for Ursula Magliulo, 7th great grandmother, Talanico, Kingdom of Naples, unknown

V is for Vittoria Gambacorta, 5th great grandmother, Rione di San Giovanni, Penne, Pescara, Italy, a lacemaker

W is for Caroline Christina Wilhemina Julianne Geselle, 5th great grandmother, Sankt Andreasberg, Goslar, Niedersachsen, Germany, wife of silver mineworks supervisor

X is for all of the women in the tree with no surname.  They were in France, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy.

Y is for Magdalena SteYer, 5th great grandmother, Huberhof, Nuenschweiler, Rhineland Palatinate, Germany, a farmer

Z is for Anna Apollonia Ziehl, 7th great grandmother, Monbijou, Leichelbingen, Rhineland Palatinate, Germany, farm manager’s daughter

*I only have one female ancestor in my tree that was born pre-1870 in America – Katharina Schuttler Eckebrecht.  Her parents were immigrants.

Can you find one for every letter in your tree?

For my next entry this month, I plan to focus on a female ancestor we only know by her first name.



Today’s Anniversary ~ Anna Antonia Ricci and Giuseppe Antonio Rossi ~


Arsita (Baccucco), Teramo – On today’s date in 1865, my 3rd great grandparents Anna Antonia Ricci and Giuseppe Antonio Rossi were married in Arsita, Teramo, Abruzzo in the parish of Santa Vittoria.

Their marriage record stated that Anna Antonia Ricci was born in Castiglione Messer Raimondo, 29, had been living in Baccucco since infancy, was a contadina, and that her parents were Girolamo Ricci and Giustina Andreoli.  Her parents were both born in Penne.

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For the groom, the marriage record stated that Giuseppe Antonio Rossi was 32, a contadino, was born in Penne, was a resident of Baccucco, and was the son of Domenico Rossi and Anna Domenica Della Bricciosa, both contadini.

Present at Santa Vittoria were Giovantonio di Candeloro and Pasquale Pacelli. One of those men was likely the priest.

The four men that gave testimony at the Town Hall as witnesses to the marriage were:

Angelo Palini, 50, a tailor, resident of Baccucco;

Giandomenico di Pomponio, 33, a tailor, resident of Baccucco;

Giuseppe Absente, 60, a contadino, resident of Baccucco; and

Angelo di Giacinto, 59, a carpenter, resident of Baccucco.

NOTE:  Domenico Rossi, my 4th great grandfather, signed his son’s marriage record.  It is legible on the above second page of the marriage document.

The bride and groom were the parents of Elisabetta Rossi – the mother of Cesidio Marcella.



Antenati San Beniculturali

Family Search Microfilms for Castiglione Messer Raimondo and Arsita now online at LDS Research Centers