The Graffagninos of Salaparuta

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Contributing Family Members
See Family Tree Joel Paul Graffagnino - Kenner, LA
See Family Tree Lee Fiducia Hartmann - St. Augustine, FL
See Family Tree Margaret Avett Picone - Kenner, LA
See Family Tree Margaret Sentenn - New Orleans, LA
See Family Tree Terry Lombard Geubelle - Dallas, TX
See Family Tree Christine Ewy - Palatine, IL
241 Current Family Member Count


Christine writes: I've recently discovered your web site, for which I'm grateful. I've also recently returned from Sicily where I, too, met with Father Graffagnino in Salaparuta, whose work was a wonderful find. In looking at our branch, there seem to be some errors, or you have information that doesn't exist in our records, and I'd like very much to know about them. As far as I know, there were only three children of Leonardo Salvaggio and Caterina Graffagnino. I also have a few different dates than are posted.

The only portion of the family tree that I'm focusing on right now is that directly related to my grandfather, Rosario Salvaggio, son of Leonardo Salvaggio and Caterina Graffagnino. The dates I have for Leonardo Salvaggio are 1840-July 8, 1933. He and Caterina were married on february 4, 1877, so the other estimated dates are a bit off as well. This information I obtained from the local office "comune" when I visited Poggioreale in June of this year. The date of death was official, and he was 93, so we're calculating the birth date.

As far as I have known, there were only three children. Of course the others may have been infant deaths, which the rest of the family may not have kept track of over time. The three Salvaggios who we know of, whose direct descendants I visited this summer were: Rosario 1887-1961, Rosa 1890-1978, and Maria 1894-1973. (The dates came from their descendants, except for Rosario, whose my mother and Aunt supplied.) As I look at the difference between the date when their parents were married and the date of the oldest, it makes sense that the other children listed on your web site were born first and died, given the propensity to have children soon after marriage at that time.

I look forward to hearing how this information fits with your other sources.

Christine Ewy, Palatine, Illinois (Originally from New Orleans/Metairie) [see below]


Terry writes: I almost hate to mention this....But we moved....AGAIN! We are back in Dallas, Texas. Can you believe it! ha ha! Mark's company - Resumix was purchased by a Manhattan based company ( They wanted us to relocate to NY. After a lot of job hunting in New Mexico (as we were trying to stay near our families), the passing of my Grandfather (on my Mom's side - Michael Onufer) and my Mom needing to move to North Carolina to take care of my Grandmother - we decided to contact friends in Dallas and see what happens. And soooo we are back here! Mark now works for Lockheed Martin Missles and FireControl in Dallas. [see below]


An update from Margaret Sentenn, whose father passed away recently. [see below]. And some sad news from Joel, whose older brother, Peter, passed away just four days ago. [see below]


A few updates passed to me by Joel Graffagnino from a source in the Giovenco family. [see below].


Sandra Puccio Barscazeski of Wilmington, DE has checked in at the Guest Book. She is the daughter of Marie Graffagnino and Vero Puccio [see below].


Terry Geubelle send greetings and news that daughter and first child, Hannah Cheyenne Elizabeth Geubelle, was born January 10 in Irving, Texas. Terry and husband, Mark, have since moved "back home" to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Terry writes "My life has completely changed...and for the my quality of life has increased 100%." Congratulations from the "extended" family and best wishes to all.

Nav  Family H date and place of birth date and place of death
or residence
allparent 6Antonino Graffagnino 10 children 29.Sep.1818 Salaparuta, Sicily 2.Nov.1897
  6mMaria Cascioli c.1818  
  6mMaria Cangelosi (1843) 1.Jul.1824  
allparent 7Francesco Graffagnino 7 children 18.Feb.1844 Salaparuta, Sicily  
  7mLeonarda Giovinco (21.Jan.1875 USA) c.1854  
allparent 8Maria Graffagnino 10.Dec.1876  
  8mGiacomo Scardino c.1876  
allparent 8Antonino Graffagnino 9.May.1879 Salaparuta, Sicily 1879
allparent 8Desiderata "Tessie" Graffagnino 5 children 4.Jun.1881 Salaparuta, Sicily 21.Nov.1949 Brooklyn, NY
  8mMatteo "Matthew" Abruzzo 12.Apr.1879 Santa Margarita, Sicily 6.Jan.1961 Brooklyn, NY
allparent 9Antonina "Anne" Abruzzo 17.Jul.1904 New York, NY 16.Feb.1996 Massapequa, NY
  9mFrancesco "Frank" Cirlincione (1.Dec.1928) 25.Oct.1905 Newark, NJ 23.Dec.1958 Valley Stream, NY
allparent 9Leonarda "Helen" Abruzzo 17.Sep.1905 New York, NY 17.Nov.1995 Islip, NY
  9mCosimo "Gus" Dragone 25.Jan.1900 Bari, Italy 23.Jul.1971 Jersey City, NJ
allparent 9Francesco "Frank" Abruzzo 28.Jul.1907 New York, NY 24.Dec.1984 St. Petersburg, FL
  9mMadeline Santini (15.Jan.1947)(div) c.1907  
  9mElizabeth "Betty" Daly (13.Jun.1970) 21.Jun.1921 Brooklyn, NY res: St. Petersburg, FL
allparent 9Providenza "Frances" Abruzzo 14.Feb.1911 Brooklyn, NY 27.Jan.1988 Huntington, NY
  9mAnthony Caratozzolo (11.Jun.1932) 20.Jan.1908 Brooklyn, NY 24.Jan.1984 Huntington, NY
allparent 9Joseph "Joe" Abruzzo 24.Aug.1915 Brooklyn, NY 3.Mar.1976 Englewood, NJ
  9mEmily Michele Randon (15.Sep.1940) 10.Feb.1915 North Bergen, NJ res: Bergenfield, NJ
allparent 8Leonarda Graffagnino 3 children 7.Jan.1883 Salaparuta, Sicily 11.Nov.1953 Great Neck, NY
  8mBenedetto Fiducia c.1880 Salaparuta, Sicily 16.May.1933 Brooklyn, NY
allparent 9Nicolina "Irene" Fiducia 29.Aug.1902 Brooklyn, NY 10.May.1982 Great Neck, NY
  9mVincent R. Balletta 27.Mar.1887 Accura, Italy 6.Sep.1955 Port Washington, NY
allparent 9Maria "Marie" Fiducia 29.Jan.1905 Brooklyn, NY 05.Mar.1971 Huntington, NY
  8mGeorge Alcure (3.Nov.1930) 23.Jan.1908 Brooklyn, NY 4.Sep.1976 Port Washington, NY
allparent 9Anthony J. Fiducia  [see Note 4] 9.Dec.1908 Brooklyn, NY 21.Jan.1995 St. Augustine, FL
  8mRosa Graffagnino  [see Family C] 4.Sep.1901 Salaparuta, Sicily 5.Feb.1997 St. Augustine, FL
allparent 8Antonino Graffagnino 30.Aug.1885 Salaparuta, Sicily 1886
allparent 8Antonino Graffagnino 7.Jun.1887 Salaparuta, Sicily 1887
allparent 8Antonino Graffagnino 1889 Salaparuta, Sicily 1889
allparent 7Leonarda Graffagnino 5 children 31.Jul.1845 Salaparuta, Sicily 25.Mar.1926
  7mFilippo LaBella (30.Apr.1871) 1845 25.Sep.1918
allparent 8Maria LaBella 19.Jul.1874  
allparent 8Vincenza LaBella 13.Dec.1879  
allparent 8Maria LaBella 1880?  
allparent 8Filippo LaBella c.1881  
allparent 8Giuseppa LaBella c.1882  
allparent 7Antonina Graffagnino 7.Mar.1847 Salaparuta, Sicily  
allparent 7Caterina Graffagnino 6 children 16.Feb.1849 Salaparuta, Sicily Poggioreale, Sicily
  7mLeonardo Salvaggio (4.Feb.1877) 1840 8.Jul.1833, Poggioreale, Sicily
allparent 8Rosario Salvaggio 1 child 1887 1961, Metairie, LA
allparent 9daughter 1 child c.1925  
allparent 8Antonino Salvaggio c.1888 Poggioreale, Sicily
allparent 8Giuseppe Salvaggio c.1889 Poggioreale, Sicily
allparent 8Rosa Salvaggio 24.Aug.1890 1978, Poggioreale, Sicily
allparent 8Maria Salvaggio c.1892 Poggioreale, Sicily
allparent 8Maria Salvaggio 19.Sep.1894 1973, Poggioreale, Sicily
allparent 7Carmela Graffagnino 14.Feb.1850 Salaparuta, Sicily  
allparent 7Gioacchino Graffagnino 6 children 7.Aug.1852 Salaparuta, Sicily  
  7mMaria Beninati (3.Feb.1879) c.1852  
allparent 8Antonino Graffagnino 8 children 25.Mar.1879 Salaparuta, Sicily 21.Nov.1943 New Orleans, LA
  8mAntonia "Antoinette" Giovenco (7.Apr.1900 Plaquemine, LA) 11.Nov.1881 Gibellina, Sicily 2.Mar.1966 New Orleans, LA
allparent 9Maria Agnes Graffagnino 24.Jan.1901 Plaquemine, LA 9.Dec.1997 Metairie, LA
  9mPaul D'Gerolamo (24.Jun.1925 New Orleans, LA) 8.Apr.1899 28.Jul.1967 Kenner, LA
allparent 9Jacob Joseph Graffagnino 1 child 1.Sep.1902 10.Jul.1971 New Orleans, LA
  9mEthel Leitz (1919) c.1902  
  9mLola Danos(30.Jan.1947 New Orleans, LA) Jan.1906 Des Allemands, LA 8.Dec.1986 New Orleans, LA
allparent 9Vicenza Elizabeth Graffagnino 1 child 15.Jun.1904 New Orleans, LA 28.Dec.1976 New Orleans, LA
  9mJohn Paul Picone (19.Feb.1941 New Orleans, LA) 27.Mar.1905 Harvey, LA 28.Dec.1972 New Orleans, LA
allparent 9Pascal Graffagnino 10.Oct.1906 New Orleans, LA 1973 New Orleans, LA
  9mKatherine Maihler c.1906  
allparent 9Nicholas Graffagnino 23.Dec.1908 New Orleans, LA 19.Jul.1966 Biloxi, MI
  9mLucille Mayeaux c.1908 Biloxi, MI
allparent 9Lena Graffagnino 13.Jul.1911 New Orleans, LA Jul.1940 New Orleans, LA
  9mVictor Thomas D'Gerolamo (22.Jun.1938 New Orleans, LA) c.1908 21.Jan.1979
allparent 9Catherine Graffagnino 5.Aug.1913 New Orleans, LA 1969
  9mJules Salvador D'Gerolamo (29.Jun.1944 New Orleans, LA) 31.Oct.1913 Kenner, LA  
allparent 9Peter Anthony Graffagnino 1 child 31.Mar.1917 New Orleans, LA 1.Jan.1996 Slidell, LA
  9mRose O'Donnell (8.Nov.1940) 1917  
allparent 8Nicolò Graffagnino 1 child 6.Mar.1884 Salaparuta, Sicily 22.Jul.1963
  8m Maria Graffagnino [see Family I] 14.Aug.1880 Salaparuta, Sicily 14.Jan.1970 New Orleans, LA
allparent 9Mary Graffagnino 2 children Sep.1911 New Orleans, LA res: New Orleans, LA
  9mNicholas Lala 1907 5.Mar.2001 New Orleans, LA
allparent 8Maria Graffagnino c.1885  
  8mBonura c.1885  
allparent 8Francesco Graffagnino 1 child 2.Mar.1887  
  8mSarah Palermo [see Family I] 1887 1948
allparent 9Marie Graffagnino 1 child 1917 res: St. Louis, MO
  9mVero Puccio 1910  
allparent 8Leonarda Graffagnino c.1888  
allparent 8Antonina Graffagnino 9.Jul.1889  
  8mAnthony Tusa c.1885  
allparent 7Vincenzo Graffagnino 26.Mar.1854 Salaparuta, Sicily  
allparent 7Antonina Graffagnino 24.Oct.1858 Salaparuta, Sicily  
  7m Giuseppe Bonanno (1878) c.1858  
allparent 7Carmela Graffagnino 6 children 21.Jun.1861 Salaparuta, Sicily USA
  7mLeonard Nastasi (Salaparuta, Sicily) c.1861 Salaparuta, Sicily USA
allparent 8Catherin Anastas 1 child 18.Aug.1885 Salaparuta, Sicily 21.Oct.1921 Brooklyn, NY
  8mGiuseppe Lombardino (Brooklyn, NY) 16.Jun.1879 Salaparuta, Sicily 5.Dec.1951 Brooklyn, NY
allparent 8Leonard A. Lombard 1 child 5.Feb.1910 Brooklyn, NY 30.Oct.1998 Grand Lake, FL 
  8mMary Schramm (8.Aug.1936 Jamaica, NY) 17.Mar.1914 Ridgewood, NY 28.Jul.1998 Grand Lake, FL
allparent 8Josephine Anastas 6.Jun.1888 Nov.1968 Brooklyn, NY
  8mJames Caronna 1888?  
allparent 8Mary Anastas 1889?  
  8mLouis Caronna 1889?  
allparent 8Eleanor Anastas 1890?  
  8mVictor Caronna 1890?  
allparent 8Thomas Anastas 5.Jan.1901 Dec.1966
  8mLilian Capitano 1901?  
allparent 8Joseph Anastas 1902?  
allparent 7Simone Graffagnino 5 children 17.Jun.1863 Salaparuta, Sicily 1903
  7m Francesca Graffagnino (1886) [see Family I] 20.Nov.1867 Salaparuta, Sicily 19.Jun.1949
allparent 8Maria Graffagnino 4 children 16.Jul.1888 New Orleans, LA 19.Jan.1975 New Orleans, LA
  8mFortunato Mandina c.1888  
allparent 9Paula Mandina 3 children 15.Jun.1913 New Orleans, LA Oct.1998
  9mClark E. Steen, Jr. 1912 1968
allparent 9Frances Mandina 4 children Feb.1916 New Orleans, LA 1981
  9mRobert Mueller c.1916  
allparent 9Rose Mandina 3 children 13.Jun.1919 New Orleans, LA 11.Feb.1983
  9mLouis Duvigneaud 26.Apr.1918 2.Jul.1978
allparent 9Marie Mandina 19.Mar.1926 New Orleans, LA 18.Jan.1990
  9mMervin Sauviac [18.Jul.1956] c.1926  
allparent 8Angelina Graffagnino Dec.1892 New Orleans, LA 13.Apr.1913 New Orleans, LA
allparent 8Anthony Joseph Graffagnino 2 children 5.Sep.1893 New Orleans, LA 10.Dec.1949 New Orleans, LA
  8mLurline Allaine [1927] c.1907  
allparent 9Anthony Joseph Graffagnino, Jr. 3 children 1928 New Orleans, LA  
  9mMildred Jackson c.1928  
allparent 9Lurline Graffagnino 1942 1990
allparent 8Leonarda (Lula) Graffagnino 28.Mar.1894 New Orleans, LA 23.Feb.1974 New Orleans, LA
allparent 8Peter Joseph Graffagnino 4 children 21.Apr.1898 New Orleans, LA 23.May.1971 New Orleans, LA
  8mAntonia Bivona 14.Dec.1900 New Orleans, LA 16.Jul.1989 New Orleans, LA
allparent 9Frances (Betty) Graffagnino 4 children 12.Mar.1924 New Orleans, LA res: New Orleans, LA
  9mDonald Joseph Walsh (1950) 20.Mar.1927 New Orleans, LA  
allparent 9Peter Joseph Graffagnino, Jr. 4 children 1.Oct.1926 New Orleans, LA 23.Mar.2001 New Orleans, LA
  9mShirley Patricia Kelly 15.Aug.1929 New Orleans, LA 17.Jan.1997
allparent 9JoAnn Paula Graffagnino 7 children 25.Sep.1932 New Orleans, LA res: New Orleans, LA
  9mBlake George Arata [3.Jul.1954] 15.Aug.1931 res: New Orleans, LA
allparent 9Joel Paul Graffagnino 1 child 25.Sep.1932 New Orleans, LA res: Kenner, LA
  9mBetty Ann Pinero [2.Dec.1956] 1.May.1931 New Orleans, LA res: Kenner, LA
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